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Media Update - 2009-09-15

on Tuesday, 15 September 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Story puts Thurman on map

Glens Falls Post-Star

If you had to pick the least likeliest place to find swingers, Thurman would be on the short list. When I got to thinking about it I wondered why Lake 


Glens Falls Post-Star

By DON LEHMAN Representatives of the "swingers club" that has been using a resort in town for parties will meet with the Thurman Town Board on Tuesday to 

Media Update - 2009-09-11

on Friday, 11 September 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Sometimes the Victim Is at Fault, Argues Rutgers–Newark Law ...

News from Rutgers - NJ,USA

Evaluating several controversial cases involving euthanasia, sadomasochism, date rape, battered wives and “innocent” aggressors, Professor Bergelson builds 

Media Updates - 2009-09-09

on Wednesday, 09 September 2009. Posted in Media Updates


WNYT

The Lake George Social Club started as a swingers club a few months ago and doesn't appear to be breaking the law, but some residents of the small town of 


Glens Falls Post-Star

By DON LEHMAN THURMAN -- Use of a remote resort by a "swingers club" has upset residents and prompted town officials to check whether any laws are being 

  

Consent Counts- Serving You, Moving Ahead

on Tuesday, 11 August 2009. Posted in Media Updates

NCSF is pleased to announce the addition of the “Consent Counts” project to our major programs. Consent Counts is a community-wide project that was launched in 2007 at a Leather Leadership Roundtable hosted by NCSF at the Creating Change conference.

Consent Counts is focused on the decriminalization of BDSM. This was determined to be the number one priority for the BDSM/Leather communities at this meeting and the subsequent town hall meeting held at the Leather Leadership Conference.

It was decided that a steering committee should be formed that included representatives of national advocacy groups as well as other key individuals. An extensive survey was conducted to gain community input-- which also provided a basis for further planning.

It was recently determined that in order to serve this critical sexual freedom project that one of the national groups involved needed to take primary responsibility for it; because of the history of the origin of the project NCSF was the logical choice. The program will be directed by Judy Guerin, the former Executive Director of the NCSF, and long-time sexual freedom and gender expression activist.

“We are very excited to have this community-wide project as one of our major programs and a central area of focus,” stated Leigha Fleming, Chairperson of NCSF Board of Directors. “This is a major priority for the BDSM and Leather communities, and NCSF is pleased and proud to be able to take the leadership role.”Picture1

For more information on Consent Counts, or to volunteer, please visit:

http://www.consentcounts.org

To contact Judy Guerin, email her at” JUDY.

For resources like the workshop discussion guide: http://consentcounts.org/resource.html

To download  stickers/Banners like the one above click: http://consentcounts.org/PDFs/gotconsent_stickers.pdf

Incident Response- Policy and Clarifcation

on Wednesday, 22 July 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Incident Response was created to provide assistance to individuals and groups within the alternative sexual expression communities. If you engage in SM/fetish, swing or polyamory and are being persecuted or discriminated against the NCSF may be able to help you. If your group or business is being harassed or if you need help doing outreach to local law enforcement, the NCSF may also be able to assist you.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Response (IR) Program uses three primary criteria for taking a case:

1. The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.

2. The issue must be one whose outcome or precedent could potentially affect a significant number of people with the same, or similar, problem.

3. The incident needs to have a reasonable chance of a successful resolution; usually indicating that the individual filing has not also been found guilty of a crime other than behaviors currently considered illegal relating to BDSM, swing or poly.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take a fraction of the cases that come to us.

Many of the complaints we receive do not meet one, or several, of the above criteria. Even under the best circumstances, NCSF can only help a small percentage of those who approach us. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services, but we are happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IR Program-- make sure you note "Incident Response" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources allow and refer to professionals in our Kink Aware Professionals database.

The criteria for acceptance was developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.

IR Page: http://tinyurl.com/IncidentResponse

IR overview: http://tinyurl.com/IROverview

Incident Response was created to provide assistance to individuals and groups within the alternative sexual expression communities. If you engage in SM/fetish, swing or polyamory and are being persecuted or discriminated against the NCSF may be able to help you. If your group or business is being harassed or if you need help doing outreach to local law enforcement, the NCSF may also be able to assist you.



The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Response (IR) Program uses three primary criteria for taking a case:



1. The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.


2. The issue must be one whose outcome or precedent could potentially affect a significant number of people with the same, or similar, problem.



3. The incident needs to have a reasonable chance of a successful resolution; usually indicating that the individual filing has not also been found guilty of a crime other than behaviors currently considered illegal relating to BDSM, swing or poly.



Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take a fraction of the cases that come to us.



Many of the complaints we receive do not meet one, or several, of the above criteria. Even under the best circumstances, NCSF can only help a small percentage of those who approach us. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services, but we are happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IR Program-- make sure you note "Incident Response" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources allow and refer to professionals in our Kink Aware Professionals database.



The criteria for acceptance was developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.



IR Page: http://tinyurl.com/IncidentResponse



IR overview: http://tinyurl.com/IROverview




Bylaws Revision and Budget!

on Monday, 20 July 2009. Posted in Media Updates

(info taken from the BIG BIG Summer Newsletter.  For full Newsletter CLICK HERE)

In an interest for more transparency and to include the public and our constituency in our process, we are publishing out budget and bylaws revision on our blog and newsletter.  We hope to engage you, our community in our work, both to encourage you to become involved in the fight for sexual freedom, but also to let you knwo that the fight is being fought, and that we are here backing you all every step of the way.

Bylaws Revised SUMMARY:

Article VI

Sec. 3: Voting Partners are now called “Coalition Partners”, and are required to have dues current.

Sec 6. Members must be current on dues to be a Coalition Partner.

Article VII

Sec 3. The new joint board has 13 Directors on the Board. 9 of these are elected by CPs, and 4 are appointed by the elected Board.

Sec. 4.  Appointed Board members are elected annually, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, with a term lasting one year-- successive terms is allowed.

Sec. 5.  Elected seats on the board will always be elected at the next annual meeting, and appointed seats on the board will always stay appointed.

Sec. 6.  A person on the Board of     Directors can be removed at any Board Meeting, where there is quorum, and an affirmative vote of at least 60%.

Sec. 8.  The Chairman of the Board must be an elected member of the board.

Article IX

Sec. 1.  Voting Members is again changed to Coalition Partners.

Budget:



budget As you can see, every dollar counts!  We've made some significant cuts, and shifted around how we spend the little money that we have.  Please help the NCSF-- with your support we can better the serve the community THAT MEANS YOU!  No donation too small.  Every donation is another person we can help when it matters most.

YOUR RIGHTS-- YOUR PRIVACY-- YOUR FREDOM

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom




Article VI


Sec. 3: Voting Partners are now called “Coalition Partners”, and are required to have dues current.



Sec 6. Members must be current on dues to be a Coalition Partner.



Article VII


Sec 3. The new joint board has 13


Directors on the Board. 9 of these are elected by CPs, and 4 are appointed by the elected Board.



Sec. 4. Appointed Board members are elected annually, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, with a term lasting one year-- successive terms is allowed.



Sec. 5. Elected seats on the board will always be elected at the next annual meeting, and appointed seats on the board will always stay appointed.



Sec. 6. A person on the Board of Directors can be removed at any Board Meeting, where there is quorum, and an affirmative vote of at least 60%.



Sec. 8. The Chairman of the Board must be an elected member of the board.



Article IX


Sec. 1. Voting Members is again changed to Coalition Partners.




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

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