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"Paladino campaign hosted naked leathermen picture"

on Tuesday, 12 October 2010. Hits 1966

"Paladino campaign hosted naked leathermen picture"


The Paladino for the People campaign of New York real estate developer Carl Paladino, who earlier on Monday called gay pride parades “disgusting” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today,” briefly hosted a picture of three nude leathermen on its blog as part of what the campaign manager is calling a computer hack.

Bloggers with regional cable network YNN’s Capital Tonight political roundtable took a screengrab of the blog, which is no longer loading, adding a black censor bar over the men’s behinds.

“It certainly wasn’t us doing it,” campaign spokesman Robin Wolfgang told Politerati. “We certainly had no intention of posting nude pictures on our web site.” The campaign manager for Paladino, Michael Caputo, told Capital Tonight the blog was hacked.

“Regardless of which side of the gay marriage debate one happens to embrace, I think a seperate debate can he held on the issue of whether or not children should necessarily be encouraged to attend gay parades?” the blog asked in the item with the photo before it went offline. “Are gay parade’s wild displays helping or hurting the struggle to win wider public acceptance?”

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is coming to San Francisco!

on Tuesday, 05 October 2010. Hits 876

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is coming to San Francisco!

Please join us for an enlightening evening of discussion of NCSF’s Consent Counts project to decriminalize BDSM.  You’ll find out about the state of the law regarding BDSM and consent and how you can help support this important national project.

NCSF Speakers:

Judy Guerin, NCSF Consent Count’s Director &
Richard Cunningham, Esq., NCSF Consent Counts Advisor

Appetizers, wine & other beverages provided

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:30

The Law Offices of Alex Austin & Shannan Rapoport
799 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA. 94114

Please RSVP to Judy Guerin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-494-9555

Richard O. Cunningham, B.S., M.A., J.D., has advocated for over 30 years on issues of gender, race and sex.  He has played a leading role in landmark legal cases, including being the supervising attorney on the Supreme Court Case regarding women in military academies and the initiating attorney for the lawsuit during the Vietnam War that resulted in equal media political coverage.  He has served as chair of the boards of both the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation (NCSF) and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.  He is senior international trade partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington, D.C.  Dick is currently advising on legal and policy aspects of the NCSF Consent Counts initiative.

Judy Guerin is a well-known activist, writer, speaker and educator on issues of sexual freedom and gender expression and has been dedicated to activism on these issues for over 30 years.  She is a long-time member of the BDSM/leather/fetish community and currently directs the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Consent Counts Project to decriminalize BDSM.  She is the former Executive Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and a former board member of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and GenderPAC.  She is a former steering committee member of the National Policy Roundtable of GLBT & HIV/AIDS groups and an advisor to the European Union on issues of sexual freedom, gender expression and GLBT issues.

"The Alt-Sex Anti-Abuse Dream Team"

on Thursday, 30 September 2010. Hits 636

“The Alt-Sex Anti-Abuse Dream Team”
Feministe (blog)

I've written before about generally negative conceptions of BDSM — they can briefly be summarized as: 1) People of all genders who are abused are often ...

“Judge denies bond to abuse suspect”
Columbia Daily Tribune

Cook's attorney, Carter Law, said during the hearing that many people might consider the bondage, domination, sadism and masochism lifestyle — known as ...

“What's in your closet?”

With Kinky Con III on its way to Portsmouth, local kinksters discuss the region's growing BDSM community. Courtney Jane looks inconspicuous enough as she ...

“Professionalism in a BDSM shoot”

Since after care is such a big part of BDSM, the Talent Department always checks in with the model after their shoot, either privately in person or with a ...

"In Professor-Dominatrix Scandal, U. of New Mexico Feels the Pain"

on Monday, 20 September 2010. Hits 6271

"In Professor-Dominatrix Scandal, U. of New Mexico Feels the Pain"

Chronicle of Higher Education

In some ways, working as a phone-sex dominatrix is a lot simpler than being on a college faculty. Your relationship with others is clearly defined, no one formally complains about anything you say to them, and you stand little risk of getting caught up in messy struggles over power.

It gets complicated, however, if you try to do both jobs. Life has become extremely complex in the University of New Mexico's English department in the three years since Lisa D. ChÃvez, a tenured associate professor, was discovered moonlighting as the phone-sex dominatrix "Mistress Jade," and posing in promotional pictures sexually dominating one of her own graduate students.

"Mayor, police chief must cooperate in Eagle probe"

on Thursday, 16 September 2010. Hits 634

Creative Loafing

 "We no longer have patience with an administration that fails to take
a strong stand against police misconduct — and for the civil
liberties of all of its citizens, no matter their sexual orientation.
Reed and Turner must immediately make clear that all members of the
police department will cooperate with the CRB in its investigation,
wherever it may lead. And those who don't must be fired."

NCSF Press Release

on Wednesday, 15 September 2010. Hits 1975

In an indictment rendered by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Missouri on September 9, 2010, five Missouri men allegedly participated in torturing a mentally disabled woman online or in person over a multi-year period when the victim was between the ages of 16 and 24. Among the charges are: Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud or Coercion, Forced Labor Trafficking, Transportation for Sexual Activity, and Conspiracy. The allegations involve sex with a minor, drug and firearms possession, forced prostitution, sexual abuse, and torture to the point that the victim suffered a heart attack. 

These activities should not be confused with consensual BDSM. People who engage in BDSM and other similar activities do so as consenting adults and in a safe, sane, and consensual manner. BDSM activities are not violent specifically because all participants can stop any time they wish. Millions of people engage in BDSM: according to the Kinsey Institute's New Report on Sex, between 5-10% of the adult population engages in BDSM on at least an occasional basis.

NCSF strongly condemns criminals who commit violence and engage in non-consensual activities. We encourage the media to remember that the large community of consenting adults who engage in BDSM activities should not be conflated with these alleged crimes. Ordinary people do BDSM – parents, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. But because of the stigma against BDSM, most people are closeted and don't speak out about their interests because they fear condemnation and discrimination.


To read the Federal Indictment:

The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.

"High School Coach Accused of Shocking Sex Scandal"

on Wednesday, 15 September 2010. Hits 1373

... operation at a motel in Norwalk, after he allegedly made an appointment with a prostitute through a website specializing in bondage and sadomasochism.

A local teacher accused of soliciting a prostitution service to fulfill sexual sadomasochism fetishes says his actions weren't illegal. 

"Atlanta Police Guilty of False Imprisonment"

on Monday, 13 September 2010. Hits 1414

"Atlanta Police Guilty of False Imprisonment"

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board has found 24 police officers guilty
of False Imprisonment for illegally detaining and searching patrons
during the raid of the Eagle bar on September 10-11, 2009.

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