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 The Consent Counts project involves the BDSM communities in a nationwide education and activism program coordinated and led by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.  This multifaceted campaign includes a comprehensive is analysis of current laws and court decisions, the development of legal arguments for changing the laws, participating in court cases, and ultimately, through lobbying, education and grass-roots activism, changing state laws and the way the public and the courts view BDSM.  An important element of the project also includes an Educational Outreach Program (EOP) to educate our own communities of the current state of the law, of the effort NCSF is undertaking and to involve them in our strategic planning process and development of “best practices” by which we can protect ourselves and facilitate change. 

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February 13, 2008 - The American Family News Network posted an inflammatory article condemning the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for honoring Guy Baldwin with  their Leather Leadership Award at the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality:  Creating Change, on February 6-10, 2008 (www.thetaskforce.org).


According to the February 7th article:

Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth commented that he is  not sure if he is more surprised by one of the sponsors of the event or by one of  the activists who will be honored. "It's incredible to me," he continues. "But the Democratic Party is endorsing an event where they're actually presenting an award for sadomasochism."

A sponsorship acknowledgement notes that the Democratic National Committee gave at least $2,500 to help pay for the event. The recipient of the "Leather Leadership Award" is Guy Baldwin, a psychotherapist who has successfully lobbied against treating sadomasochism as a mental health problem.

To see the entire article, go to: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?

id=66629

In point of fact, the Democratic National Committee did not sponsor Creating Change
or the Leather Leadership Award.

The Task Force does have a strong history of supporting the BDSM-leather-fetish
communities. In previous years, this included awarding their Leather Leadership Award to Dave Rhodes of The Leather Journal and Tony DeBlase, creator of the Leather Pride Flag, as well as providing tracks and roundtables for activists dedicated to leather community issues.

"Those who persecute our communities know that The Task Force and the BDSM-leather-
fetish communities have shared agendas in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination for sexual minorities, including those involved in alternate lifestyles. We grow stronger the more we stand together," says NCSF Spokesperson Susan Wright.

From Guy Balwin's acceptance speech for the Leather Leadership Award at Creating

Change:

"One of the many reasons it is important for The Task Force to be sending these
signals of acknowledgement and legitimacy out to the LGBTIQQ world is that when our enemies in the struggle for self-determination look in our direction, they can't see the amazing diversity represented in a room like this one. No, to our enemies, we all look the same. They make none of the distinctions that we, ourselves, have made. To our enemies, garbage is garbage, no matter what color we are.....how old we are.....how we smell, or how we play. And that's just one reason it's important that we build bridges between our diverse communities and that's why this award to me today matters to all our communities. But the effort to build these bridges will be
wasted unless they are vigilantly maintained from both sides." b Guy Baldwin

We ask you to send a short note of appreciation to the Task Force:


Roberta Sklar, Communications Director

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dear Ms. Sklar,


Thank you for your recognition and inclusion of the BDSM-leather-fetish communities
in your annual conference, Creating Change. The Leather Caucus and workshops on alternative sexuality have been very important to the LGBT members of our communities, providing a place where we can gather with our peers and discuss activist issues.

I congratulate you on choosing to give your Leather Leadership Award this year to
Guy Baldwin for his activist efforts on behalf of the leather community. I proudly support The Task Force and am glad to join together on our common and shared goals of equality for all Americans.

Sincerely,

(your name)

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Guy Baldwin is a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, author and activist on behalf
of "erotically uncommon people." Baldwin may be best known for his monthly essays which appeared in Drummer Magazine and were collected in his 1993 book, Ties That Bind. Baldwin is a former titleholder, having served in 1989 as Mister National Leather Association and also as the 11th International Mr. Leather. In 1987, Baldwin launched the DSM Project to mobilize mental health professionals worldwide to press for changes to the official clinical definitions that had long been used to label leather people, gay and otherwise, as pathological. The DSM Project succeeded with the publication of new and substantially improved language in 1993 in the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a national organization committed to
creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face discrimination because of their sexual expression.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127
Baltimore, MD 21202-3707
410-539-4824
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www.ncsfreedom.org

 

 

Published in Action Alerts
November 11, 2006 - Next week the NCSF and ITCR will be represented at the 19th Annual "Creating Change" conference, the largest annual convening of LGBT activists in North America! This groundbreaking conference works to provide LGBT activists and their allies with the information, tools and technical assistance necessary to successfully mobilize our local communities, to combat homophobia and to strengthen our political power in the fight to preserve sexual freedom.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Creating Change Conference

Kansas City, MO

Wednesday November 8 b Sunday November 12, 2006


Has Your Voice Been Heard??

Next week the NCSF and ITCR will be represented at the 19th Annual "Creating Change" conference, the largest annual convening of LGBT activists in North America! This groundbreaking conference works to provide LGBT activists and their allies with the information, tools and technical assistance necessary to
successfully mobilize our local communities, to combat homophobia and to strengthen our political power in the fight to preserve sexual freedom.

Why should you join us? For an incredible weekend filled with educational workshops, capacity building sessions, community-based caucuses, networking opportunities and fun social gatherings that promote a collaborative and issue-based approach to social justice organizing. Make sure that YOUR VOICE IS HEARD in the dialogue about public policy, human rights, same-sex marriage, hate crimes legislation, sexual health education, employment discrimination and coalition-building in movements for social justice. With four days of hands-on and discussion based programming, you’ll be sure to walk away from the weekend with your head spinning, your batteries recharged and your passion for activism renewed.

Classes of interest to our constituency base can be found in (and beyond) an entire "topic area" dedicated to issues of and pertaining to Sexual Freedom, Sexual Politics and Leather, and include:

- Hot Fantasies and Political Nightmares: A Leather Community Primer

- A Dialogue with Youth: Talking about Sex and Sexual Freedom

- Understanding Sexual Freedom as an LGBTQI or Leather Political Leader

- Building a Progressive Queer Movement in the Time of the Right

- Talking about Sex in the Disabled Community

- Sex, Sexuality and Spirituality for Communities of Color

- Public Pillow Talk

- Sexual Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right

- Talking about Sex with Bisexuals

- It's About Gay Sex: Strategies for Working With A Radical Right Obsessed
With Gay Sex Practices

- Effective Defense/Creative Offense: Mastering The Legislative Process

- Polyamory/Non-Monogamy Caucus

- Sash Revolutions: Building Political Power through Contest Culture

- What's $ Got To Do With It?: Sex Work, Economics and Class

- And The Teacher Wore Leather Chaps: Leadership Development, Leather
Style!

- Talking about Sex in Communities of Color

- Leather: A Community Building Perspective

- Sex, Race, Class and Gender: Establishing All-Inclusive, Sex Positive
Public Policy


Be sure to join us for the following Special Events over the course of the weekend:

Leather Meet and Greet

Hosted by Jessi Holman Ahart, International Ms. Leather 2005

Daily, 7pm b 8pm at the Westin Brasserie Lounge


Leather Social

A benefit for the NCSF and the Angel Tree Fund

Hosted by the Kansas City Leather Community and the National Coalition for
Sexual Freedom

Friday, 9pm b 3am at bBootleggersb on the second floor of Missie Bbs (805 W.
39th Street)


Community Table

Vending Area

Sponsored by the NCSF, Leather Leadership Conference, the Leather Archives and
Museum and International Ms. Leather, LLC


For more information on the conference, visit
http://www.thetaskforce.org/ourprojects/cc/index.cfm

SEE YOU IN KANSAS CITY!!

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A Project of NCSF

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a national organization committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face discrimination because of their sexual expression.

 

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