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Fires of Venus Ritual Experience

on Monday, 20 July 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Walking in the Light of Gracein the fire 2

by Christina Parker

There are times in my life when I feel that everything I do, everything I say, and everything going on around me is exactly what it should be.  When I arrived for the Fires of Venus ritual at the Free Spirit Alliance’s Beltane event in May, I knew this was definitely one of those times.

I could feel that I was about to participate in something different, something special.  The evening ritual wasn’t just preparation for the weekend-long Fires of Venus event, a sacred sexuality fire circle that will be held in September.  This was an opportunity for me to connect with the Divine - a chance to serve, a chance to heal, and possibly a beacon to guide me on my path.

The ritual set in motion a spell to bring Venus (love in all of its many forms) more fully into our lives.  Circled around a flickering bonfire and held within a ring of glowing torches, perhaps a hundred people gathered for an evening of drumming, dancing, chanting, singing, sex, and SM to raise and sustain a sacred, sensual energy for several hours.

There were two main ingredients for the spell: Sacrifice and Gratitude. Every person was invited to commit to a specific personal sacrifice and to acknowledge their gratitude for the blessings in their lives.  Paper and pencils were available for us to write down our “ingredients,” which we took to the Cauldron of Venus where they were “stirred” with the others to begin the spell. The papers are being saved and will be used to light the first fire—and bring our spell to fruition—in September at Fires of Venus.

While the “official ritual” lasted only a few hours, the energy and sacred space remained in place until after the sun came up the next morning.  And the spell that I cast that night to bring love and Venus into my life?  It’s proved to be much more powerful than I anticipated, though it is still a work in progress.

I’ve had an interesting ride so far and I’m sure I’ll have quite a tale to tell when the spell is completed. If you want to see how it ends and hear that tale, meet me at Fires of Venus in September for some show and tell.

Fires of Venus
September 24-27, 2009

Darlington, MD

http://www.freespiritgathering.org/fov

Same Sex Marriage in San Francisco

on Monday, 15 June 2009. Posted in Media Updates

A PHOTOGRAPHIC REMEMBRANCE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REVOLT

David Steinberg

May 26, 2009

The California Supreme Court has issued the ruling that everyone expected, affirming the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

Surely, with organizing work and effort, Proposition 8 will be reversed by voters next chance they get. California progressives were taken by surprise by the money and effort poured into Proposition 8 by the Mormon and Catholic churches, but they're not going to be taken by surprise again. Obviously there is still a long way to go on these issues but, historically speaking, acceptance of equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders is coming quite quickly and is just a matter of time, patience, education, and organizing.

Still, this is a sad day for California. Everything that needs to be said about this has already been said, and will now be said many times again. The only useful thing I can think to add is my own photographic record of what turned out to be the last day in 2004 that same-sex marriages were performed in San Francisco -- March 10 -- before the Supreme Court ordered the practice to stop.

I had gone to City Hall that day to take photographs that would accompany an article about same-sex marriage I had written for a Santa Cruz newspaper. I was moved to tears by what I saw -- dozens of marriages being performed everywhere, from the grand rotunda to the balconies, to the little alcoves that help make City Hall such a marvelous piece of architecture. Volunteer county clerks performing one ceremony after another, helping people choose where they would tie the knot, grinning as broadly as the betrothed and their families, it seemed. It was a day of joy and celebration for all, and these photos are, I believe, as clear a statement as any about love, understanding, and the simple goodness of promoting full life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all....

[21 photos follow]  To see the photos CLICK HERE

Also visit David Steinberg's website, CLICK HERE

Washington DC Gay Pride: NCSF needs your HELP!

on Friday, 05 June 2009. Posted in NCSF News

HELP!

We have an amazing opportunity to be front row at the parade, give the NCSF some great exposure, and have a blast at the parade without needing to navigate thru throngs of pride-sters.

We need as many volunteers as possible (10 ideally) to hold NCSF banners, wear NCSF Shirts, and watch the best Gay Pride parade on the east coast!

When: Sat June 13th; check in between 430-5pm, parade starts at 630, ends at 730, done no later than 8!

What to Bring water and snacks, dress light, and bring your smile!

Where: check in with me at 24th and N street.

How: Call ME 412 901 1216, email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why: Because you should and it will be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Klawdya Rothschild

NCSF Board of Directors

Communications Chair

Membership Coordinator

Klawdya@

https://ncsfreedom.org

http://www.twitter.com/ncsf

http://ncsf.wordpress.com

Poly Expecting Mother Wanted by Discovery Channel

on Tuesday, 02 June 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Discovery is producing a new documentary series for Discovery Health Channel that explores pregnancy through the eyes of various expecting mothers. For this installment, we would like to feature a woman in a poly family, due to give birth between June and August of this year. The goal of this episode is to illustrate a nurturing, alternative family group as they welcome in a new life.

$1500.00 will be awarded to each of our expecting mothers for their participation, which consists of five, non-consecutive days of filming. It is my hope that you will present this opportunity to the members of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

Interested parties may contact me directly via phone or email. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Sirens Media produces award-winning series for Discovery, Bravo, TruTV and Animal Planet. For more information please visit www.sirensmedia.com.

Warm Regards,

Nikki Dosedel

Sirens Media

301.920.9869

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.sirensmedia.com

May Tickler:Annual Meeting and more!

on Tuesday, 02 June 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Hello All!

It looks like some of the information about the annual meeting got truncated! Here's ALL of the information you need about the annual meeting:

Our annual meeting is just around the corner, June 6 and 7th in Dallas, TX.

Lots of information is packed in this email. Please read all of it! Please email Leigha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Alternatively, you can call her cell phone at 443-280-0457.

Here is what you will find in this update:

1- hotel info

2- tentative annual meeting agenda

The annual report and committee reports will be available after the meeting.

HOTEL INFORMATION:

We will have the annual meeting in Dallas, TX at the Marriott Residence Inn at the DFW Airport. The address is:

Marriott Residence Inn

8600 Esters Blvd

Irving, TX 75063

Ph: 972.871.1331

Ph: 972 574 8888 for airport shuttle pick up

The hotel url is:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dfwra-residence-inn-dallas-dfw-airport-north-irving/

We’ve gotten a terrific deal - $89 a night plus tax for either a one bedroom or a studio suite.

Studio Suites: use code: NCSNCSB

One Bedroom Suites: use code: NCSNCSA

The hotel serves a complimentary hot buffet breakfast 7 days per week. There is shuttle service between the hotel and the DFW airport.

Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW

1- Hotel direction: 3 miles N

2- Driving Directions from DFW: Take the North airport exit. Look for exit Hwy 114 East. Proceed on Hwy 114 East Exit Esters Blvd. Turn left. Hotel is on your right about 1 mile. Complimentary Shuttle hours are 8AM-10PM Monday through Friday; Weekend courtesy shuttle is limited; call hotel for more information on weekend shuttle services.

3- Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary (call Phone: 1 972 574 8888)

If anyone experiences a message that they can not book online, have them contact the hotel directly and we will identify the problem on this end. If you plan to stay Thursday and/or Sunday nights as well, please contact the hotel directly to book as they will not be able to book it online.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Friday June 5th –

BBQ Cookout poolside at 8pm at the hotel!

Saturday June 6th

9:30am-9:45am – Welcome

9:45am-10:30am – Ice Breaker & Introductions

10:30am-12:30am – Year in Review Reports

- Message from the Chair

- KAP Report

- Media Report

- Communications Report

- Marketing (CP Stewardship is here)

- Membership

- Outreach

12:30pm-1:30pm – We will provide a working lunch.

We will have speakers in from various Dallas metro area groups and the new IML will stop by!

1:30pm-1:45pm – Break

1:45pm-3:00pm– Year in Review Reports (continued)

- IT Report (including Salesforce)

- Marketing & CP Stewardship

- Incident Response

- Development Report

- 2008 Financial Review and 2009 to date.

3:00-4:15pm - Break Out Groups – Where are we going??

4:15pm-5:00pm – Wrap up break out groups & adjourn

Saturday Evening-

$20.00

7pm -9pm

Munch invite by the DFW Power Exchange

Invite to Hardy Haberman’s demo

9pm

Invite to Sanctuary party

You and any guests MUST RSVP and wear your NCSF badges to attend these optional events.

The munch begins at 7pm and is off site. The party is also off site and begins at 9pm. If you are not attending the munch, should plan to arrive *no earlier than* 9pm. Doors close to the party at 10:00pm.

Sunday – June 7, 2009

9:15am-9:30am – Welcome

9:30am – 9:45am – NCSF’s Volunteer of the Year

9:45am - 10:15am – Elections

10:15am – 11:00am – The union of the two (c)3 and (c)4

11:00am-12:00pm – More Committee Reports

- Bylaws Amendments

- 2010 Budget

12:000pm – 12:15pm – Take aways

1:00pm – 3:00pm – NCSF & You Workshop by Susan Wright

Rebecca Standley
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
www.ncsfreedom.org

PRESS RELEASE: “Erotic Services” Denied: Craigslist and Attorneys General Are Putting Sex Workers At Risk

on Thursday, 14 May 2009. Posted in Media Updates

This is a collaborative press release - please distribute and repost widely!

Contact:

Dylan WolAdd New Post ‹ Ncsf’s Blog — WordPressfe - Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Will Rockwell - $pread Magazine, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audacia Ray - Sex Work Awareness (SWA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Blake - Prostitutes of New York (PONY), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael Bottoms - Sex Workers Outreach Project - New York City (SWOP-NYC), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With Craigslist’s recent announcement that its Erotic Services category will be discontinued within the week, hundreds of thousands of erotic service providers will become more vulnerable to dangerous predators. Eliminating erotic listings as Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and others propose will only drive us further underground.

Policing the masseuses, phone workers, pro-dominants, and escorts using Craigslist fails to protect those of us who are coerced into the sex industry. Preventing the use of Craigslist advertisements also eliminates the advantage of screening clients online, which makes for a safer work experience by filtering out potentially dangerous individuals. Furthermore, keeping us offline hinders police investigations of violent crime. In the Boston murder of Julissa Brisman, it was online tracking that enabled the police to identify the suspect. One has to wonder: are the Attorneys General examining the evidence or simply enforcing their moral values?

“Removing the erotic services category from Craigslist does not help prevent violence against escorts and other sex workers. It only pushes me and people like me out of the places where advertising is available,” said Jessica Bloom, a sex worker from Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK). In the face of increasing criminalization, we insist upon respect. As mothers, daughters, brothers, and members of your community, we claim that sex work is real work, work that we are entitled to conduct in safety. As such, we must be accorded the human right of full protection under the law.

**EDIT** an addendum. I just typed this up in response to a Facebook friend asking what he could do to help. Here are some suggestions:

You can totally help, mostly by speaking up and jumping into the fray!

Legislation about consensual adult sex work (not trafficking, coercion, or child prostitution) mostly happens on the state level - since you’re in NY, you can find your assembly person here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ - write to him or her and tell them how you feel about the risks created and perpetuated by continued criminalizing of sex work and cracking down on advertising

Write letters to the editor of newspapers that publish misguided pieces about how the elimination of craigslist erotic services will “help” women

Comment on blog posts and online articles (if you’ve got the stomach for it!)

And check out the very excellent and thorough reports on research done by the Sex Workers Project to arm yourself with statistics

(original post: HERE)

NCSF

on Wednesday, 13 May 2009. Posted in NCSF News

Lolita has all the characteristics of a great teacher; vivacious, quick to laughter, earnest and forthright, and possesses a delicate patience. She is the author of two books, one on spanking, another on cock-and-ball torture (CBT); and is a charismatic activist in the BDSM community. Friday, as she drove to DC for her upcoming Whole DC-sponsored seminar, I had the pleasure to discuss with her the role of kink in sex, and in life. For more about Lolita, see the full interview below or check out her blog. (Warning, the blog is definitely not work-appropriate.)

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NCSF Spring Newsletter: Catalina, TNG, Retreat and Tabu!

on Tuesday, 05 May 2009. Posted in NCSF News

In this issue:

Catalina Loves The NCSF

NCSF Board Retreat: Change, the Time Is Now

Darian Il Re on Baltimore's TNG

Tabu Social Club: Swing Fundraiser for thr NCSF

READ THE NEWSLETTER- CLICK HERE

This Quarter's Newsletter was the most fun to write.  It features several different community perspectives, inclduing an article by Catalina Loves, talking about how the NCSF helped her in a critical moment in her life; a youth group in Baltimore that serves to help newcomers find their second skin, Tabu Social Club a success story for the NCSF Incident Response Program and a lively swing community space, and the new changes the NCSF is facing to better serve you resultant from our first ever joint board retreat.  This issue is indicative of the new communications you should expect to see from the NCSF, highlighting not just the critical threats facing us, but the joy our community has and the beauty we aim to share with the world--and now with color pictures and more content!

I hope you enjoy, and don't forget that now your stories, your opinions and your writing can be featured in the NCSF blog and newsletter so submit yours to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Klawdya Rothschild

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