2nd Quarter 2011
In this issue
- NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge
- Annual Meeting Letter From the Chair
- Hosting the Annual Meeting
- New Coalition Partner, FetFest, Launches Ticket Donations
- Creating Change at Creating Change
- Why KAP (Kink Aware Professionals)
- Affecting the Law In California
NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Cambridge, MA from March 26-27, 2011. The CP meeting was well attended by 23 Coalition Partner Representatives, the entire Board of NCSF and the senior staff. The Coalition Partners voted in the new Board of Directors for NCSF, approved the 2012 budget, and brainstormed on NCSF's projects and goals for the coming year.
The CP meeting was preceded by a training-the-trainers day for NCSF's Education Outreach Project on March 25th. The EOP training was attended by 15 EOP presenters who were updated on the 20+ workshops that teach you how to protect yourself, your groups and events or your businesses.
NCSF's board consists of 9 members elected by our Coalition Partners to 2 year rotating terms. 4 additional seats are appointed to 1 year terms by the board. The board has 2 remaining seats to fill by appointment and we expect the board will appoint the seats at the next board meeting on May, 12th. The Board of NCSF currently consists of:
Leigha Fleming - Chair - Denver, CO
Vivienne Kramer - Treasurer - Boston, MA
Laura Carlson - Secretary - Boise, ID
Jim Fleckenstein - Hearndon, VA
John Baku - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Julian Wolf - Albuquerque, NM
Kevin Carlson - Boise, ID
Mark Richards - NYC, NY
Mercury - Nashville, TN
Steven Johnson - Dallas, TX
Susan Wright - NYC, NY
Kevin Carlson, NCSF Board Member, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless and countless hours on the brand-new, 21st century NCSF Web site. Check it out: www.ncsfreedom.org
NCSF gratefully acknowledges the hard work of Opn, Coalition Partner Representative for Mob and NELA, who acted as the weekend community organizer and arranged complimentary meeting space, found volunteer Mobster shuttle drivers for attendee travel to the meeting venue from the hotel, solicited meal sponsorships from local groups, and co-hosted the Saturday night play party with another Mobster and her Queer PlayCon (www.queerplaycon.com) co-producer.
NCSF would like to thank:
Click to see the Full Meeting Package
Affecting the Law In California
NCSF & The BDSM/Leather/Fetish Communities Launch a Legislative Campaign
In March, 2011, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) became aware of pending legislation in California, intended to further protect victims of domestic violence, that could seriously impact consensual BDSM activities between adults involving use of hoods, gags and the like. This legislation, while well intentioned to better protect domestic violence victims in incidents involving "strangulation" or restricted breathing, includes broad language that could be used to selectively prosecute consensual BDSM between adults.
NCSF and our communities fully promote and support protection of victims of domestic violence. NCSF has been in touch with the Senator's office introducing the legislation and has proposed alternative language that would better protect both victims of domestic violence and practitioners of BDSM.
NCSF launched a letter writing campaign online, at LLC and at IMsL to support legislative efforts. The leather community rallied at these events to gather over 400 letters from Californians in support of this legislation to submit to the California Senate. To find out more about his campaign and to submit a letter, visit our site.
Coalition Partners as of March 2011
Adventures in Sexuality (Columbus, OH) * Albany Power Exchange - APEX (Albany, NY) * Arizona Power Exchange (Phoenix, AZ) * Barone Photo Art (Perkasie, NY) * Black BEAT Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland) * Black Rose (Washington, D.C.) * Boise BDSM Society (Boise, Idaho) * Brandon Longwood (Maryland) * CAPEX (Gastonia, NC) * Center for Sex Positive Culture (Seattle WA) * Club X (San Diego, CA) * DC TNG (Washington DC) * DFW PowerExchange (Dallas, TX) * DLH Productions - (El Sobrante, California) * Eau Claire Munch (Bloomer, WI) * Evergreen Leather Events (Kenmore, WA) * Females Investigating Sexual Terrain (FIST) (Baltimore, MD) * FetFest by Born Lucky Productions (MD/DC/VA) * Fox Valley Coalition (Neenah, WI) * FetLife (Worldwide at Fetlife.com) * The Group in Fresno (Fresno, CA) * House of Decorum (Greenville, SC) * Iconic Bondage Productions (North Carolina) * International Ms. Leather (IMsL) * Kevin Carlson (Boise, ID) Knights of Leather (Minneapolis, MN) * LA Noble (New Orleans, LA) * Leather SINS (Chicago, IL) * Leigha Fleming (Denver, CO) * Lesbian Sex Mafia (New York, NY) * The Mark by CPI (Nashville, TN) * Midwest Alternatives (Lincoln, NE) * Midwest Fantasy Adventures (Chicago, IL) * Minnesota Kinky Youth (St. Paul, MN) * Minnesota Stocks, Debentures, and Bonds - MSDB (Minneapolis, MN) * MN Rope - (Minneapolis, MN) * MOB New England * Mollena.com, (San Francisco, CA) * New England Dungeon Society - NEDS (New England) * New England Leather Alliance - NELA (Boston, MA) * New Mexico Leather League (Albuquerque, NM) * OhioSMART (Cleveland, Ohio) * The Red Chair (Birmingham, AL) * Riverbound (Iowa/Illinois) * Robin Spector (San Leandro, CA) * Scarlet Ranch (Denver, CO) * The Sanctuary (Dallas, TX) * The Siege (Tennessee) * SINZ Social Networking * smOdyssey, Inc. (San Jose, CA) * Society of Janus (San Francisco, CA) * Swingers Date Club (North Carolina) * TABU Social Club (Baltimore, MD) * TES (The Eulenspiegel Society) (New York, NY) * Threshold (Los Angeles, CA) * TNG Baltimore (Baltimore MD) * The Treasure Coast Kinksters (Stuart, FL) * Tulsa Dungeon Society (Tulsa, OK) * Windy City Boys Troop (Chicago, IL)