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Consent Counts Discussion in Phoenix

on Monday, 21 April 2014. Hits 50

NCSF partners with Arizona Men of Leather and Arizona TNG to hold a consent discussion at One Voice Community Center in Phoenix.

 

Free! and open to all adults

Saturday, April 26

2-4pm

@ 1 Voice

4442 N. 7th Avenue - http://1vcc.org/

Consent isn’t black and white – in fact sometimes what’s legal isn’t considered to be ethical by kinky people, and sometimes what kinky people consider to be ethical isn’t legal. Come join our interactive discussion to talk about the concepts of risk, limits, renegotiation, and how consent is given in scenes vs. power exchange relationships. We’ll look at the results of NCSF’s Consent Survey and see where the respondents largely agreed (you can revoke consent at any time), and where there was significant disagreement (above a certain degree of injury, there should be prosecution even where consent was given). Come talk about how the community is dealing with consent, so NCSF can hear from everyone what your shade of consent is.

https://fetlife.com/events/243147

 

Also, save the date for NCSF’s “BDSM? Erotic Play? Learn the Social & Legal Issues” presentation at APEX on May 19th, 7:30-9:30pm.

Call for Nominations for the NCSF Ombuds Committee

on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Hits 81

The Ombuds Committee for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) handles complaints and concerns regarding the conduct of NCSF officers and staff, and the operations of NCSF institutions. The NCSF Ombuds Committee shall be established as an Advisory Committee, as per NCSF bylaws, to review Coalition administration and activities, assuring ethical and effective fulfillment of NCSF’s mission and goals.

 

The Committee shall consist of three people, appointed annually by and accountable to the NCSF Board, for rotating two-year terms. The members may be reappointed for one subsequent two-year term. The members must be members in good standing with NCSF, either a Coalition Partner representative, a Supporting Member, or an Individual Member.

 

Please send your nominations to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Include:

 

1. Name and contact info of nominee – email and/or phone #

2. Professional experience that would assist you in performing the job of an Ombuds volunteer

3. Experience in the kink, leather, fetish, swing or polyamory communities that is relevant to performing the job of an Ombuds volunteer

4. References, professional and/or alt sex communities related.

 

Nominations will close May 8th, 2014.

 

Interviews of the nominees may be conducted by telephone or Internet chat. Applicants shall be assessed for the following:

a. knowledge and experience of processes for arbitration and/or adjudication of disputes;

b. familiarity with NCSF’s mission, bylaws and policies, and the ethos of the Coalition’s constituent communities (BDSM/kink/fetish, polyamory, swing);

c. capacity to remain objective and impartial in reviewing information;

d. overall character and reliability.

 

To prevent potential conflicts of interest, no Ombuds Committee member shall concurrently serve as an officer, staff member, or Board member of NCSF. The Committee shall select a chair from amongst its members annually.

 

NCSF is here to help you, so please help us! Support NCSF by becoming a member, volunteering or donating today! www.ncsfreedom.org

Guest Blog: Shame, If You Don't Have It - They Don't Want You

on Monday, 07 April 2014. Hits 78

by Joel Czarlinksy

Sex. It’s called the guilty pleasure. All too often - if it’s gay sex - it’s considered a shameful pleasure.

10 years ago my lover of twenty two years and I recognized a social need. There was no safe secure club in New York City where men could engage in sex that wasn’t clothed in darkness or a subliminal negativity. So we opened a private men’s sex club whose purpose was to provide an environment where sex could be talked about and engaged in with a positive attitude. We felt that a safe, positive and comfortable setting such as ours would give people the freedom and security to develop healthy practices.  We knew that the implicit shame in “underground, closeted” sex only fostered unsafe practices. In fact, we watched over the years as condom use increased and conversations between positive and negative men, about sex and risk, became more commonplace.

After seven years in operation we received a letter from Mayor Bloomberg’s Midtown Task Force, stating their intention to close us down. Our letter of response reminded them of our work and openness with the state and city representatives and invited them to meet with us about our business. That meeting was declined.

Then on November 16, 2006 a task force of Mayor Bloomberg’s came just as the staff had opened and rushed them out of the club, with just enough time to gather their things, and padlocked the door. In spite of our organization as a private membership club, in spite of our involvement with the city and state for three years on the Commercial Sex Venue Working Group (CSVWG) forum, we were forced to close. At the time the Gay City News reported that the summons filed by the city detailed a list of sexual acts. The majority – up to of 80% of those cited in the summons - were cited as safe sex acts.

EL MIRAGE - that was the name of the club - strived to be a good business citizen. We paid taxes, had unemployment insurance and workman’s compensation, provided CPR training/ certification for our employees. We supported groups like The Anti-Violence Project and Ryan-Nena Community Health Center. We had HIV testing and STD counseling on a regular basis. We worked with the CSVWG.

We operated strictly as a private membership club.  We knew that a state health law – written in the late eighties to justify the closure of gay bathhouses - forbade public establishments from providing facilities for sex. In CSVWG meetings with health department representatives, we were even told that the officials would honor this interpretation of the law and not pursue enforcement.

Why close El Mirage? What could be the compelling reason?  NO SHAME. Operating illegally, underground with no community awareness is tolerated because those in power don’t look like they are condoning gay sex.

Ted Haggard’s shame would only allow him to admit to having massages by a male while using crystal meth, asking for forgiveness for the part of his life “that is so repulsive and dark.” James McGreevy came out to divert attention from his breaking corruption scandal to gain sympathy for the “suffering and anguish” of his homosexual lifestyle. Andrew Sullivan has said he wants gays and lesbians to be considered “normal.”

Now, what is normal? Shame? Shame defined in Wikipedia is “the consciousness or awareness of dishonor, disgrace, or condemnation.

The question may be: whose consciousness or awareness shall lead us? Certainly not Haggard’s, McGreevy’s, Sullivan’s or a mayor of New York City. Any kind of consensual sex by persons of the same, or appropriate ages, should carry no shame. The dishonor, disgrace and self-condemnation are tools of the closet. As long as we are neutered, we are tolerated. But the idea that two men or two women have actual intimate physical contact brings our rights into question.

One of the philosophies from the sixties that was transformed, yet kept alive in the seventies by the gay and lesbian movement, was that of embracing our physical being as something spiritual and enlightening. Gay men developed this philosophy with more sexually expressive freedoms. Lesbians in turn developed a women’s health movement and a collective identity so beautifully proclaimed in “Our Bodies, Our Selves.”

This openness scared many people, straight and gay alike.  A resurgence of shame for sexuality was re-established throughout society. And this fear of ourselves, or should I say shame of ourselves, has brought us back to the oppression we see tolerated today. This shame prevents open and educated communication concerning sex, disease, and alternative lifestyles.

Who we are physically intimate with is one facet that makes us different from others - joyfully so. It gives us a novel -even revolutionary-  perspective on the world around us.

Shame is a terrible demon. After all, your shame could be considered my “normalness.” And it has no place being anywhere near sex, which is a glorious gift from the Universe.

To read more blogs by Joel, go to: http://www.tumblr.com/search/joel+czarlinsky

Erotic Awakening interviews NCSF Board Member Jsin

on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Hits 152

Listen to NCSF Board Member Jsin's interview about NCSF that took place at the recent Beat Me in St. Louis. Hear what NCSF is doing to help people today! Jsin's interview starts at 15:30 min.

http://www.eroticawakening.com/files/ea312.php

Town Hall Meeting Live on TSRnetwork.com BDSM TV

on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Hits 112

Town Hall Meeting Live on TSRnetwork.com BDSM TV
“ We are changing the world one vanilla at a time we are the real 50 shades of grey”
Live on March 30 at 2 PM PST broadcasting the first Live Town Hall Meeting that will broadcast all over the world.

Our Panel for the First Town Hall Meeting Live broadcast will be.
Jay Wiseman (Author BDSM 101 San Francisco, CA)
Sire Kane ( Founder and owner The Lair de Sade, North Hollywood, CA.
Mystryss Lily (Educator and community leader and owner of The Kinkdom. Detroit Michigan)
Galen Fous (Educator and Therapist and creator of the PEM Survey Portland, Oregon)
Lew Rubens (Educator and creator of Lewbari Weekend Olympia, Washington)
Mistress Cyan (Educator and owner of The Sanctuary LAX Los Angleles. CA
Goddess Genesis (Educator and owner of The Sanctuary LAX Los Angleles. CA
Submissann (Educator and community Leader) Los Angeles, CA.
Susan Wright (Author and is with the NCSF Phoenix, Arizona
MingDestiny (Community leader creator of Pocket Kink, Maui County, Hawaii
We will be airing Live on TSRnetwork.com, TSR Studio Group here on Fetlife, Youtube.com and Google +.
We welcome questions that you wish us to talk about from both guests on the shows and viewers. We will have the chat room open to all that wish to ask a question live on the show.
Please send this out to your friends and promote this event and send in your topic that you wish us to address. Plus use the hashtag #TSRnetwork.com to promote the event.
Link to Pop-Out Chat Room. http://tinyurl.com/TSR-ChatRoom
Where to watch the show?
We are the Real 50 Shades of Grey....
Shows Produced by M.A.P. Productions and TSRnetwork Studio

NCSF Files Amicus Brief in Support of Consensual Nonmonogamy

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Hits 194

Washington D.C. – NCSF has filed an amicus brief in a military case involving a marine who engaged in a consensual threesome and because of that was convicted of adultery, attempted consensual sodomy and indecent conduct, a "crime" based solely on undefined sexual conduct inconsistent with "common propriety."

 

In its brief, NCSF points out that military law is out of sync with U.S. Constitutional law and societal mores, especially when it comes to consensual sexual behaviors. Dick Cunningham, NCSF's Legal Counsel who prepared and filed the brief, said, "This is an important case in which we have challenged ways in which courts have criminalized consensual sexual conduct in what we regard as direct violation of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark sexual freedom decision in Lawrence v. Texas."

 

Lawrence held that non-injurious consensual sex among adults cannot be criminally prosecuted, and that moral disapproval is not a sufficient justification for a criminal law.  In this case, the military court used a spurious "public sex" argument to evade the Lawrence ruling.

 

Filing legal briefs is an important part of NCSF’s mission in its attempts to decriminalize consensual adult sexual behavior.  NCSF awaits the decision of the military court on whether its amicus brief will be accepted.  To view NCSF's brief and case legal documents on this case, visit https://ncsfreedom.org/who-we-are/about-ncsf/item/715.html

 

NCSF’s Coalition Partners Come Together in Nashville, TN

on Monday, 24 March 2014. Hits 156

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Nashville, TN from March 14-16, 2014. The Coalition Partners voted in the new Board of Directors for NCSF, approved the 2014 budget, and brainstormed on NCSF’s projects and goals for the coming year.

 

“The annual meeting gives NCSF's Coalition Partners the opportunity to tell the board where our focus should be in the coming year,” says Chairman Kevin Carlson. “It’s also their time to give us feedback on how we’re conducting the day-to-day business of NCSF. The Board and staff of NCSF are now re-energized and eager to continue the good work of NCSF.”

 

The CP representatives approved the new Financial and Control Policies which have an emphasis on transparency and accountability. The CP reps created an Ombuds Committee which will be responsible for reviewing actions by NCSF board and staff members. The CPs also received a full report on the forensic financial review and the results of the investigation into the theft of funds from the NCSF, and determined the next steps the Board should take in pursuing the restitution of those funds.

 

The CPs were eager to explore new ways of integrating NCSF programs with membership services and outreach efforts. They heard reports on the NCSF projects and programs including:

 

· The success of the DSM Revision Project in helping to ensure that kinky people are no longer misidentified as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association;

· Kink Aware Professionals list gained 200 professionals in the past year and totals nearly 1,400 professionals;

· The Media Outreach Project gave over 42 interviews on consensual kink and nonmonogamy;

· The Education Outreach Project and Consent Counts Project gave 28 presentations;

· NCSF’s Facebook page hit 1,000 Likes.

 

Keira Harris received NCSF’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as Volunteer Director. Keira has created a volunteer program that is successful in filling the needs of NCSF’s projects and programs. Because NCSF is an all volunteer organization, Keira’s work is critical to its success.

 

NCSF thanks CPI-The Mark for hosting CP representatives, NCSF board members and staff at their party on Saturday night, and at the Sunday afternoon presentation on BDSM & the Law presented by Judy Guerin, Dick Cunningham and Susan Wright. NCSF also thanks Mercury and Samantha for organizing the annual meeting and welcoming everyone to Nashville.

 

The new NCSF Board of Directors consists of:

 

Kevin Carlson – Chairman – Boise, ID

Mark Richards – Secretary – New York, NY

Stephanie "Sassy" Lynn – NCSF Treasurer – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Jim Fleckenstein – NCSF Foundation Treasurer – Manassas, VA

Devin MacLachlan – Fundraising Director – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Laura Carlson – Education Outreach Director – Boise, ID

Keira Harris - Volunteer Director – New Orleans, LA

Mercury – Membership Director – Nashville, TN

Julian Wolf – Newsletter Director – Albuquerque, NM

Susan Wright – Media and Incident Reporting & Response Director – Phoenix, AZ

Fil Vocasek – New York, NY

Jsin – St. Louis, MO

 

NCSF is here to help you, so please help us! Support NCSF by becoming a member, volunteering or donating today! www.ncsfreedom.org

 

DC Professional Dominatrixes Rocks On for NCSF!

on Friday, 21 March 2014. Hits 224

Now on it's fourth year, the annual Dinner with Dommes exclusive event organized by the DC Professional Dominatrixes have proven to be a beneficial fundraising event for NCSF .

 

This event brings together top DC and NYC Dominatrixes who donate their time and effort to raise funds for NCSF.  Every year, Mark of DCDominatrixes ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) sets up and manages an online auction for seats at the table at this very private  and exclusive dinner/play event held in one of the premier dungeons on the East Coast in Washington DC.

 

This year, eight lucky submissives were given the chance to be in the presence of eight beautiful and provocative top Professional Dominatrixes in the DC Metro area.  The sumptuous dinner was prepared by a very creative chef and her energetic kitchen staff courtesy of Mistress Max Rulz.  This event raised a total of $4,200.

 

At the 2014 Dark Odyssey Winter Fire event, the local DC Professional Dominatrixes together with DCDominatrixes and DC Sub Club once again hosted a VIP fundraising reception.  It was a night filled with excitement, laughter and hobnobbing with the creme de la creme of the BDSM community, professional Dominatrixes, fetish models and other kink-friendly people.  Fun was had by all and this event yielded $2,000 for NCSF.

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