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Jack Thompson Is the First Trans POC to Win International Mr. Leather

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates


“I’m Jack Thompson and I’m a proud biracial, openly transgender, HIV-positive man and I am enough.” he closed. The speech was the only speech of the night to receive a standing ovation.

19 05 28

#73 – Jim Fleckenstein – Consensual Non-Monogamy

on Saturday, 25 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Better Sex Podcast

For the reasons why people go the non-monogamous route, Jim says it has a lot to do with the emotional needs of the person. He says the question of “what is it that I am trying to attain here?” is a great question to ask to evaluate your emotional needs.

19 05 25


Sex Toy Testimony at NXIVM Trial Raises Questions About Kink and Consent

on Monday, 20 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Rolling Stone

The discussion of consent following Welch’s testimony is a recurring theme in the trial of Raniere, who is facing seven criminal charges including racketeering, extortion, forced labor, and sex trafficking. Earlier in the trial, “Sylvie” testified that Raniere and a “slave” named Monica Duran, coerced her into having oral sex with him and supplying him with nude photos against her will by threatening to release her “collateral” — in her case, explicit nude photos and embarrassing documents — if she did not. In the BDSM community, which emphasizes the importance of informed consent, the use of collateral is widely discouraged, with one BDSM educator telling Vice last year that “there should never be something hanging over your head, where you have to do something — or else. That totally violates free will and consent.”

Sexual consent bill fails in NC Senate, but supporters ‘remain hopeful’

on Sunday, 19 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

News & Observer

North Carolina may remain the only state in the country where someone cannot be charged with rape for continuing to have sex with a partner who told them to stop. It stems from a 40-year-old legal precedent.

Despite the demise of the Senate measure, it remains possible for a similar provision to be added to another piece of legislation. A state representative who has sponsored a separate bill reversing other precedents affecting sexual assaults told Carolina Public Press late Wednesday that he would not object to the addition of such language to his bill, which passed the House without opposition.

19 05 19

Demystifying Kink

on Saturday, 18 May 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline

NPR Radio

HEATHER: Talk about sex before you have sex. Talk about sex during sex. Talk about sex after sex. It's OK to have a discussion the next day or the week after and say, I liked this, but I didn't like that, or can we try this next time? Et cetera. Et cetera.

I think that vanilla society are missing out on a lot of feelings and emotions and satisfaction that they could get if they would be more open and honest with each other and more willing to communicate about these things.

19 05 18

LGBTQ Task Force: Tell your Representative to vote for the Equality Act!

on Monday, 13 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline

Last week the Equality Act was passed out of committee for the first time since it was first introduced in 1974. We expect the full House to vote on it next week.

Take action now and tell your Representative to vote for the Equality Act which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil and human rights laws while expanding protections for existing protected classes.

Urge your Congressperson to vote for the Equality Act without changes and amendments to ensure that existing protections are preserved as we advocate to expand protections to include all of us. Your story can make the difference to pass the Equality Act!

Your voice is needed to change history today. It’s been 50 years since Stonewall and 45 years since the first version of this bill was introduced. Tell your Representatives that we all deserve protection from discrimination, all the time.

19 05 13

Exhibit to highlight leather daddy Selby

on Saturday, 11 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Bay Area Reporter

A new exhibit opening this month at the GLBT Historical Society Museum recounts the story of "Daddy" Alan Selby, the founder of Mr. S Leather, within the context of a changing South of Market neighborhood and the emergence of a distinct leather and kink culture.

19 05 11

Wish you were in an open relationship? So do many Canadian

on Monday, 06 May 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Conversation

The study I conducted with Trevor Hart (department of psychology, Ryerson University) and Malcolm Fairbrother (department of sociology, Umeå University) is the first to provide a reliable report on how common open relationships are outside of the U.S. We found that 2.4 per cent of all Canadians, and four per cent of those who are romantically attached, report being in an open relationship.

Twenty per cent of participants reported prior engagement in an open relationship and 12 per cent reported open as their ideal relationship type.

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