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NCSF Press Release - Race Bannon Joins NCSF Board of Directors

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The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the addition of a new board member—Race Bannon.

Race is the founder of the popular Kink Aware Professionals free list service that refers people to kink-sensitive psychotherapeutic, medical and legal professionals. Race asked NCSF to take over the hosting and management of KAP, which is now one of our most popular programs. Race was also the leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in 1994 in the way the psychotherapeutic profession views BDSM. NCSF is currently building on the foundation laid by Race and Guy Baldwin in that project, moving closer towards our goal of depathologizing BDSM.

Kinky sex has been one of Race Bannon’s passions as a practitioner, organizer, writer, educator, commentator, activist and leader since his first explorations of the leather world starting in 1973. Race is the author of the best seller Learning The Ropes: A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun SM Lovemaking (Version 2.0 available soon); founder of Daedalus Publishing Company, the first publishing company dedicated to publishing nonfiction leather/SM/fetish books; writer of many articles on sexuality; former sex advice columnist; former producer and host of Bound To Talk, the first internet talk show about kinky sex; past Board member of NLA International, NLA Los Angeles and Avatar Club Los Angeles; and member of Chicago Hellfire Club. Race sits on the Board for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (www.carasresearch.org) and also for the Leather Hall of Fame (www.leatherhalloffame.com). He is on the organizing committee for OpenSF, an upcoming 2012, 3-day conference focused on creating non-monogamy community (inclusive of polyamorous people, BDSM aficionados, swingers, sex workers, queer non-monogamous folks, and non-monogamous families).

Race can be reached through his web site at www.bannon.com where you can read his sexuality and relationship blog. For more information on NCSF, go to www.ncsfreedom.org

"BDSM Club Seeks to Re-Open in NoMa"

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Washington City Paper

Proving that you can't keep a good swinger down, the Crucible—a "pansexual alternate lifestyles club" that lost its lease at 1815 Half Street on Buzzard Point in April—has found a new home. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs just issued a building permit for a small warehouse garage flanked by parking lots at 16 M Street NE, a block from the new Harris Teeter and around the corner from existing nightclubs Fur and Ibiza.

I'm not sure at this point what kind of opposition the BDSM fixture might run into. But I do know that they've probably got a good zoning lawyer. Recently, the club says on its homepage, they incorporated as a 501(c)7 non-profit. According to an email from Zoning Administrator Matt LeGrant justifying the award of a permit, non-profit status means it can't be classified as a "sexually oriented business establishment," and is instead a "private club." SOBEs, as they're affectionately called, can't open within within 600 feet of a church, school, library, playground, or the area under the jurisdiction of the Commission of Fine Arts. Plus, they have to get permission from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to operate in a commercial zone, giving neighbors a toehold to stop them (which is why Stadium Club fought the SOBE label tooth and nail). Private clubs, on the other hand, are allowed as a matter of right.

From my perspective, the only thing wrong with private clubs is that they're blank and impermeable to the street during the day—like dance halls, or even Georgetown's City Tavern—and so are not well-suited to aspiring pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods like NoMa. But that block isn't terribly walkable yet, so it wouldn't do any harm in the near term. And when someone buys the parcel for redevelopment, the club will just be displaced again anyway; such is the lot of sex clubs (as most of the old ones down by the ballpark learned years ago).

Still, I suspect that at least some residents will fret that the block is developing a reputation as a "red light district," which the Stadium Club's neighbors tried to claim as well. Thanks to their advance legal legwork, though, the Crucible might be in the clear.

The Crucible comes before Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C on Thursday.

"Swingers club in Seffner neighborhood shut down by sheriff's detectives"

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TampaBay.com

Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives say they shut down a swingers club in a Seffner rental house Friday and arrested four people.

Complaints from neighbors about the home at 11326 Brightridge Drive kicked off a six-week investigation by sheriff's detectives and agents from the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

Neighbors said cars would turn up their dead-end street on weekend evenings and head directly for the very end, pulling into the 150-foot driveway lit with tiki torches behind the white picket fence and gate.

The unassuming two-story white house has red trim and sits well off a street lined with single-story ranch homes.

Inside, detectives found three bedrooms lined wall to wall with beds.

The living room was equipped with a dancing pole, a spanking table and large-screen televisions playing pornographic movies.

Steven Bowers, 56, and his wife, Cynthia Bowers, 55, both of St. Petersburg were the owners and operators of the swingers club, deputies said.

They were leasing the home. Ricky Zabala, 55, and his wife, Pamela Zabala, 54, of Orlando assisted with the club when the Bowers were away, according to investigators.

All four have been charged with operating a sexually oriented business without a license, a county ordinance violation, and operating a bottle club without proper zoning and licensing, a second-degree misdemeanor. Each charge carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. All four were released from jail Saturday. ...

"Couples arrested for running swingers club out of Seffner home"

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ABC News

Sex toys, adult entertainment and dozens of people.

That's what investigators say went on inside a Seffner home, which was allegedly used as a illegal swingers club.

Deputies arrested four people, two married couples,  in connection to the crime.

On a normal Saturday night., deputies say people would be lining up to go inside a home, at 11326 Brightridge Drive, in Seffner.

They say Steven Bowers and his wife Cynthia were operating a swingers club, while leasing the place and an Orlando couple ran the operation, when the Bowers' needed a night off.

Kristi Vanmeter lives next to the property.

"My dad thought it was something like that. Because the neighbors on the other side, like my dad and them are friends and they were talking like one night, he saw just a bunch of people in the hot tub out there and they're like what's going on?", she said.

Detectives say they found wall-to-wall beds in three bedrooms and a dancing pole, spanking table, and big screen TV's playing pornographic films in the living room.  

Owner Sheriff Iguaran happened to show up, while we were there.

He told us he knew about the parties but didn't know about the alleged illegal activity.

But, he says policing the home is not his responsibility. Iguaran said,  "As long as I rent it and they are not doing anything against the policy, I don't have any complaint."

According to investigators, as many as 50 people at a time partied at the home. They tell us single people paid a fee, while couples got in for free.

"FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape"

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Huffington Post

An FBI advisory board overwhelmingly voted to update the narrow, archaic way the agency defines rape on Tuesday, a move that women's rights advocates hailed as a long-overdue success.

Currently, the FBI defines rape as the "carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will."

This definition, which has not been updated since 1929, is narrower than the one used by many police departments around the country, and women's rights advocates say it leads to the under-counting of thousands of sexual assaults each year.

At a meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, the FBI's Criminal Justice Advisory Policy Board voted to change the definition of rape in its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Summary Reporting System, following the recommendation of a lower panel in October. The new terminology says rape is "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim."

This new definition expands the old one by taking out the requirement of a "forcible" assault and the restriction that the attack must be toward a woman. It also now includes non-vaginal/penile rape and rape by a blood relative. ...

"Before They Were Gay (at Least in Print)"

on Friday, 02 December 2011. Hits 1488

NY Times

How gay was the New York gay march in the infancy of the gay rights movement almost 40 years ago?

Not very, according to The New York Times, which prescribed an older nomenclature.

March Is Staged/By Homosexuals” read the headline on Page 21 of The Times that June 26, 1972.

And thereby, as they say, hangs a tale.

I was back on the metropolitan staff after two and a half years overseas. The war I had covered in Vietnam had come home, America’s streets the battleground. And among the revolutionaries in the three turbulent years since the Stonewall uprising were the Gay Veterans for Peace, the Gay Activists Alliance and the dwindling Gay Liberation Front, with its provocative echo of the Vietcong’s National Liberation Front.

I was assigned that year to cover what, since Stonewall, had become an annual commemoration, a march from Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village up Avenue of the Americas to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. I accompanied the thousands of colorfully clad demonstrators as they paraded, chanting, “Out of the closet and into the streets!” Joining them was the renowned Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose child care book I and millions of other baby boomers had been reared on.

Tourists drawn by the spectacle and thrilled to be witnessing an impromptu Gotham ritual hoisted children onto their shoulders and prepared to cheer, only to go ashen-faced as the orientation of the throng became manifest. This was, after all, 1972. ...

... As I hammered out the article on deadline (on a typewriter, naturally), I waffled over one episode.

In the back of the line of march had been a contingent in black leather. I’d been curious and asked who they were.

“We’re the Eulenspiegel Society,” one told me. They took their name from a medieval prankster hanged for his mischief and immortalized in the Richard Strauss tone poem.

And so?

Well, he went on, they were a self-help group of sadists and masochists.

And which exactly were they? I asked.

Oh, he told me cheerfully, they were the masochists.

I had to ask. Why were they marching?

He delivered his answer deadpan.

“For better treatment.”

Somehow, that never made it into the article.

"Swingers' Party at Champagne Axed, Say Township Officials"

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West Deptford Patch

A planned swingers’ party featuring sex and hard liquor at a local strip club was cancelled Thursday after West Deptford officials met with club ownership.

The “December 3 Takeover” event, apparently organized by a group billing itself as Strip Club Takeover (SCTO), appeared to violate a court order already in place that governs what can take place in the club, as well as BYOB regulations, township administrator Eric Campo said.

Along with police Chief Craig Mangano and inspections officials, Campo met with club representatives to lay out those issues.

“They understood we had these concerns,” Campo said, and told township officials the party had officially been nixed.

“There wasn’t any debate,” he said. “It was very cordial.”

As reported in the Gloucester County Times earlier this week, the invitation emailed out by SCTO implied, if not outright said, the booze-fueled sex-fest was a three-hour, almost anything goes event.

It also said exotic dancers–Champagne’s lineup includes dancers with names like “Cashmere” and “Honey Dip” would be performing throughout the night.

As a BYOB club, Champagne’s patrons are limited by state law to bringing in only wine and beer.

"Pleasures, Alabama Adult Store, Holds 'Toys For Tots and Ta-Tas' Charity Drive"

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Huffington Post

Pleasures, an Alabama adult toy store with a drive-thru window, is holding a charity drive to benefit Toys For Tots and the Save the Ta-Tas.

As incentive, persons who donate a toy for the charity will receive their choice of a complimentary adult toy from a sort of "goody box," containing lube, blindfolds, edible body paint, vibrating bullets and other risque items. In addition, the store will donate $1 to the Save the Ta-Tas organization in that person's name.

"We are helping children, and saving the breasts that feed them," Williams stated in a press release.

The drive began Nov. 20 and runs through Dec. 15. On Dec. 3 local Huntsville radio station 95.1 will be broadcasting from Pleasures, where donators can pose for a picture with Dirty Santa or Sexy Mrs. Claus.

Pleasures owner Sherri Williams told The Huffington Post the idea for the dual-charity drive came naturally to her. She is a long-time supporter of breast cancer research and, since it's Christmas, she also wanted to something to help children in need. And while the thought of an adult store holding a toy drive for children might strike some as unusual, Williams said it's a perfect fit.

"Well, you've got to wonder how we all got here," Williams told The Huffington Post. "Passion played a part in that."

However, the Toy for Tots Foundation isn't too fond of the idea, calling it "very unusual" and "inappropriate."

"Toys for Tots should not be advertised at an adult store," Ret. Major Brian A. Murray, vice president of operations for the foundation, said in an email.

This is the first year the store has held the drive, and Williams said she's impressed with the results so far. The store has already received a variety of toys, including several bicycles.

"People are being very generous," she said.

While the drive benefits kids, Williams emphasizes one must be 18 years or older to enter the store.

Pleasures captured media attention earlier this year with the opening of the country's first adult store drive-thru window. The store, which first opened in 1993, was the subject of significant legal backlash from the state government following the move.

But Williams fought the state's anti-obscenity laws and pushed for the right to sell objects for sexual stimulation. After finding a loophole that allows the distribution of the items for "medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement" purposes, her store now distributes anonymous questionnaires to couples asking if they have trouble with sexual fulfillment.

After the nine-year battle, Williams said she's finally in a good place and is glad to be giving back.

"[It's great to] share some of the profits with charities that I like to support," she said.

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