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Disaster Relief Funds

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in NCSF News

To help the many people who have been hit hard by natural disasters in the past 6 weeks, NCSF has compiled the following list of charities that you can donate to:

Puerto Rico

ConPRmetidos promotes innovation by connecting Puerto Ricans abroad to those on the island. This local nonprofit also has a fund to help victims of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Unidos, by the Hispanic Federation is coalition of elected officials in New York and Puerto Rico who joined the Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit, to launch this relief fund for Puerto Ricans affected by Maria.

AmeriCares is the relief and development organization is working with officials in Puerto Rico to provide emergency medical supplies, and has stocked emergency shelters with $1.8 million worth of medicine and supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Caribbean Islands

Fund for the Virgin Islands is the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands collecting donations through this fund, which will be used both to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations.

Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund is how the Dominica’s government is collecting donations, through crowdfunding website JustGiving. Donations will pay for temporary roofing, blankets and non-perishable foods.


Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items.

Direct Relief has staff in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, including delivering medical supplies to affected areas.

GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.

Fondo Unido México is part of the United Way network, and they have an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes.


GlobalGiving’s Irma Relief Fund is accepting donations here.

Organizations accepting donations for the welfare of animals include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Best Friends Animal Societyand the South Florida Wildlife Center.


The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.

To help animals, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund helps with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit its website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.

If you have additional charities that you have vetted and believe are worth supporting to help those who are in need, please add them in your comment.



Dr. Nyobi says more Black couples are choosing BDSM to spice up sex

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Rolling Out

by Mo Barnes

She also explained that BDSM is also about exploring your boundaries and doing it in a safe manner. Before any couple engages in BDSM play they have to establish trust. A couple must decide what is safe play and more importantly a safe word to stop when things get too rough.

Bisexual and Polyamorous: How My Pendulum Swings

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

For someone who doesn't play by society's sexual rules, the secret to happiness is living in the present.



“Why can’t bisexuals choose a side? You’re so greedy!” 

“If you’re polyamorous, does that mean you sleep with everybody?” 

“Is every sexual experience like an Eyes Wide Shut orgy?”

There isn’t a bisexual and/or polyamorous person on the planet who hasn’t heard these questions verbatim or a variation of them. I take it in stride these days, but I also recognize that the exalting of heterosexuality and monogamy is problematic for those of us who don’t fit neatly into these boxes. As it is Bisexual Visibility Week, I hope that sharing my experiences as a polyamorous bisexual can dispel some of the misinformation and crank open closed minds.


One In Seven Americans Has Had A Threesome And One In Five Finds Them Appealing

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates


by Zhana Vrangalova 

As you can see from the graph below, about 10% of women and 18% of men reported having had a threesome. (If you’re thinking those numbers don’t add up, they don’t have to – it’s possible that more threesomes involved two men and a woman than the other way around, or three men only.) These numbers may not be as high as the recent media coverage would have you believe, but 1 in 10 to almost 1 in five is actually quite a substantial minority of people.

Folsom and Jetsam

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa's BDSM scene is poised to become S.F.'s Leather Cultural District.

SF Weekly

by Peter Lawrence Kane

"Few people would doubt it does, yet much of this history has been lost. Dimly lit clubs with short lifespans that could be raided at any time didn’t typically maintain archivists on staff, and HIV/AIDS decimated two generations. Today, SoMa’s leather scene consists of fewer than half a dozen bars, and although they’re packed on weekends, the neighborhood faces a renewed threat of extinction in the face of displacement. To preserve this vital subculture, activists have chosen a novel strategy: partnering with City Hall to designate a portion of Western SoMa as the San Francisco Leather District. The degenerates are about to be officially sanctioned."

Consider research when it comes to polyamory

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Law Times

by Rebecca Bromwich

The CRILF research findings are that, in Canada, the concept that “family is now thoroughly unmoored from presumptions about marriage, gender, sexual orientation, reproduction and childrearing; the notion that romantic relationships, whether casual, cohabiting or connubial, must be limited to two persons at one time may be the next focal point of change.” It also says that the “scant data currently available on polyamorous relationships suggest that the number of people involved in such families is not insignificant and may be increasing.”

'The Ethical Slut': Inside America's Growing Acceptance of Polyamory

on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Millennials are increasingly embracing non-monogamous relationships – and the 1990s guidebook that helped popularize them is getting an update

Rolling Stone

By Anna Fitzpatrick

"The the first usage of the word polyamory is credited to pagan priestess Morning Glory Ravenheart Zell in 1990. Though different forms of non-monogamy have presented themselves in various cultures for millennia, in Western culture in the early 1990s it was still seen as an alternative practice, the kind favored by, well, pagan priestesses. Today, polyamory is less tied to one specific subculture or identity. In the two decades since the first edition of The Ethical Slut has been published, polyamory has expanded into a practice that, if not outright mainstream, is at least much more widely accepted and understood. According to a 2014 article from Psychology Today, at least 9.8 million Americans are in some kind of non-monogamous relationship."

A moment that changed me: turning my back on monogamy

on Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Guardian

by Stephanie Munro

"I didn’t go through this mission alone, either, this was a partnership exploring a new way of living, one that had the potential to be rich and fulfilling. We stayed up late, talking for hours about exactly what we would want, what the rules would be (trust me – there are many), about vetoes and breaks and age limits and sleeping over. This all came from a place of deep love and commitment, which might sound counterintuitive but in order to open up a marriage,"

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