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Bylaws Revision and Budget!

on Monday, 20 July 2009. Hits 1032

(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.




Washington DC Gay Pride: NCSF needs your HELP!

on Thursday, 04 June 2009. Hits 496

HELP!

We have an amazing opportunity to be front row at the parade, give the NCSF some great exposure, and have a blast at the parade without needing to navigate thru throngs of pride-sters.

We need as many volunteers as possible (10 ideally) to hold NCSF banners, wear NCSF Shirts, and watch the best Gay Pride parade on the east coast!

When: Sat June 13th; check in between 430-5pm, parade starts at 630, ends at 730, done no later than 8!

What to Bring water and snacks, dress light, and bring your smile!

Where: check in with me at 24th and N street.

How: Call ME 412 901 1216, email me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Why: Because you should and it will be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Klawdya Rothschild

NCSF Board of Directors

Communications Chair

Membership Coordinator

Klawdya@

https://ncsfreedom.org

http://www.twitter.com/ncsf

http://ncsf.wordpress.com

Amazon.com Discrimination (repost)

on Sunday, 12 April 2009. Hits 1137

Reposted from: Mark R. Probst
Amazon Follies

* Apr. 12th, 2009 at 2:08 AM

On Amazon.com two days ago, mysteriously, the sales rankings disappeared from two newly-released high profile gay romance books: "Transgressions" by Erastes and "False Colors" by Alex Beecroft. Everybody was perplexed. Was it a glitch of some sort? The very next day HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their sales rankings, including my book "The Filly." There was buzz, What's going on? Does Amazon have some sort of campaign to suppress the visibility of gay books? Is it just a major glitch in the system? Many of us decided to write to Amazon questioning why our rankings had disappeared. Most received evasive replies from customer service reps not versed in what was happening. As I am a publisher and have an Amazon Advantage account through which I supply Amazon with my books, I had a special way to contact them. 24 hours later I had a response:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage

Yes, it is true. Amazon admits they are indeed stripping the sales ranking indicators for what they deem to be "adult" material. Of course they are being hypocritical because there is a multitude of "adult" literature out there that is still being ranked - Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, come on! They are using categories THEY set up (gay and lesbian) to now target these books as somehow offensive.

Now in fairness I should point out that Amazon has also stopped ranking many books in the "erotica" categories as well which includes straight erotica. But that's a whole other battle that I'll leave to the erotica writers to take on.

Now I could probably convince the automatons at Amazon that The Filly is YA and therefore not "adult" in the least, and I could probably even convince them to reinstate my ranking. But if they are excluding books just on the basis of being "gay" then by all means exclude mine too because I don't want them just to reinstate the "nice" gay books, they need to reinstate all the gay books and if they are really going to try and exclude so-called "adult" material, then how come this has an Amazon ranking?

Entertainment Media Update for "American Swing"

on Sunday, 12 April 2009. Hits 373

Film Title: American Swing
Release Dates: Released in theaters March 27 (NYC) and April 4, 2009 (LA); DVD release is April 14, 2009
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Directed and Produced by: Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart
Producers: Gretchen McGowan, Christian Hoagland Executive Producers: Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban

Description:

From the distributor's website - "The year was 1977 and New York City burned. As the metropolis hurtled into bankruptcy, the city's nightlife hit unprecedented heights. In midtown, the ultra-exclusive Studio 54 was a cocaine-fueled celebrity clubhouse. Downtown, at the spartan CBGB's, punk rockers set out to destroy everything Pop. Meanwhile, in the basement of the prestigious Ansonia building on the conservative Upper West Side, Plato's Retreat opened its doors to ordinary couples who came to dance, to swim, and... to swap.

It was the start of a revolution. The brainchild of former wholesale meat purveyor Larry Levenson, Plato's Retreat quickly emerged as the epicenter of public sex for the 'me' generation. Previously, swinging was mostly an underground activity, engaged in primarily by the attractive and the well-to-do.


But Plato's welcomed anyone and everyone. For a mere $35, couples checked their judgments and pedigrees at the door of this clothing-optional Disneyland. Debutantes got it on next to bus drivers, as movie stars gave secretaries the 'starlet treatment.' For Levenson and others, Plato's was a utopia. For some, it is a time capsule that they are eager to forget. Utilizing exclusive interviews with former patrons, employees, and family members, intercut with riveting, never-before-seen archival materials, AMERICAN SWING brings this little-known epic of sex and excess to the big screen for the first time.

More info about AMERICAN SWING can be found at: http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=8f5fe7fd-78fd-
4231-8be6-19a8b3a72c91
NCSF Reviewer's Note:

Though the 1970s styles and sensibilities on display in "American Swing" inspire some easy mockery, overall the documentary takes a respectful and even-handed stance towards its subject and the individuals involved--and towards swinging on the whole. In recounting their experiences at Plato's Retreat, many of those interviewed seem nearly reverential as they recall the sense of sexual freedom they discovered at the club, a good thirty years prior. Throughout, their interviews, combined with archival television clips featuring club founder Larry Levenson, the self-proclaimed "King of Swing,"
reinforce many of the common wisdoms of swinging even as practiced today: that it's not for everyone and certainly not a means of fixing a troubled relationship, but can be a healthy way to sexually explore outside the constraints of monogamy.

What's generally remembered about Plato's Retreat is its celebrity aspect, but what is truly striking in the documentary is the seemingly ordinary nature of so many of its revelers, as if the sexual revolution had expanded to encompass that couple you know from down the street. While the documentary could have benefited from a bit more context of what was happening in the swing world on a national level, it's an important and engaging account of a particular time and place in the sexual freedom movement.

(Reviewed by Lisa Vandever, NCSF Media Committee)
GIVE FEEDBACK ON "AMERICAN SWING" TO ITS DISTRIBUTOR:

Magnolia Pictures
49 West 27th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
http://www.magpictures.com/contact.aspx

HOW TO WRITE VIEWER FEEDBACK

Viewer letters are an effective way to convey a positive image of alternate sexual practices such as SM, swinging or polyamory. Your feedback can help to correct negative social myths and misconceptions about these types of practices, and may influence the future decisions of programmers and producers about the entertainment they provide. These letters help achieve the advocacy goals of the NCSF.

For more information and suggestions of points to include in your letter, see:
https://ncsfreedom.org/index.php?option=com_keyword&id=182

Please alert us to positive, negative or neutral stories about SM, swinging and polyamory at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Viewer letters are an effective way to convey a positive image of alternate sexual practices such as SM, swinging or polyamory. Your feedback can help to correct negative social myths and misconceptions about these types of practices, and may influence the future decisions of programmers and producers about the entertainment they provide. These letters help achieve the advocacy goals of the 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.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127
Baltimore, MD 21202-3707
410-539-4824
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Vermont Same Sex Marriage Press Release

on Wednesday, 08 April 2009. Hits 316

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails enactment of Vermont legislation granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples

WASHINGTON, April 7 b The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails the Vermont Legislature's override today of Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the measure by 23 to 5 and the House by 100 to 49. Vermont is the first state in the nation to extend the freedom to marry through the legislative process.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Vermont is once again making history. Nine years ago it did so when it became the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex relationships through its civil unions law; today, it became the first state Legislature to pass and enact a marriage equality measure.

"This is a momentous day and significant turning point in the struggle for the equal treatment of our relationships. The enactment of this bill affirms that only marriage can provide the protections, dignity and respect that the institution bestows. This vote also recognizes that civil unions simply fall short in ensuring same-sex couples are treated equally under the law.

"We salute the courage and commitment of the Vermont state legislative leadership in pursuing this measure's passage b even successfully overriding the governor's veto. We especially extend our heartfelt thanks to Vermont Freedom to Marry for its hard work and tireless advocacy for the freedom to
marry."

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, visit www.theTaskForce.org (http://www.theTaskForce.org).

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement's premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.
The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. (C)2009 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. Fax 202.393.2241. TTY 202.393.2284. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tabu Social Club Fundraiser

on Monday, 30 March 2009. Hits 1408

Vicki Gonzalez TABU Social Club1115 N. Rolling Rd.Catonsville, Md. 21228 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it It's Time to Give Back BALTIMORE, MD. March 11, 2009 What: NCSF 2009 Fundraiser, Auction & Live Demonstrations Who: All who practice forms of alternative sexual expression and those who support us. When: Friday April 3, 2009 (8:00pm to 2:00am) Where: TABU Social Club in Catonsville, Md. 21228 We have answered Who, What, Where and When and now it is time to answer Why? The short answer is because we strongly believe in supporting those who support us and to do our part to further the mission of NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom)(www.ncsfreedom.org)  NCSF Mission: 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. "We opened TABU Social Club to create an environment where people who practice forms of alternative sexual expression could congregate with other like-minded, consenting adults without fear of being judged or ostracized, a safe haven of sorts," said Rick Gonzalez, co-owner of TABU Social Club, with his wife Vicki and active member of the swinging community (more commonly referred to as the Lifestyle First came erroneous complaints filed with the Fire department, Police department, Compliance Division of Planning and Zoning add in a County Councilperson, 3 television stations, 3 radio stations and 3 newspapers all by a civic association who didn't like the thought of our existence and what do you get? Frustrated, angry and ready to throw in the towel.  Just then, almost like a scene from a super hero comic book, came NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) offering their assistance in any way possible. Finally there was a ray of hope. When fighting a battle alone, no matter how right the cause, you can be worn down. When surrounded by people who believe in and support that cause you become stronger and much more willing to continue the fight.

Such was the case with TABU Social Club and NCSF. Widely recognized as the fastest growing "Lifestyle" club in the country, (boasting over 9000 member couples and single females), thanks in no small part to the guidance and assistance of NCSF, TABU is thriving. TABU Social Club, now a proud "Coalition Partner" of NCSF, with the assistance of Nina, owner of the "Power Exchange" (www.powerxchangebynina.com) in Baltimore, as well as many other volunteers, will be putting on a fundraiser on Friday April 3rd, 2009 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to furthering the mission of NCSF.  There will be music, dancing, light snack foods, door prizes, silent & live auctions for various goods and services and best of all Live Demonstrations to give you a small taste of some of the various "Lifestyles" that NCSF works tirelessly to support. This event is open to those 21 and over who practice forms of alternative sexual expression and to those who support our right to do so. The cost for the event is $20 per person with 100% of the proceeds being donated to NCSF. This is a BYOB event, so should you choose to drink alcohol, you must bring it yourself. We are also actively seeking volunteers to assist with various aspects of the event. As simple as setup and breakdown to providing demonstrations in an area that you have some expertise to being a roving ambassador to all who attend, we can use your help. Further, we are seeking donations of goods and services to be used as door prizes as well as live and silent auction items. For more information regarding this event or to register please visit http://tabulife.com/ncsf_2009.html If you would like to volunteer your time or donate any goods or services please contact Vicki Gonzalez ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Whether you know who NCSF is or not, you can breathe a little easier knowing that such a wonderful, committed organization exists to protect and support your freedom and right to express yourself. It is time to give back to an organization that gives so much. We hope to see you there. Donations are also being taken directly at : http://tabulife.com/ncsf_registration.html

Stop the Arrests in New York City

on Sunday, 29 March 2009. Hits 1076

Stop the Arrests in New York City

March 10, 2009 - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a proud member of the Stop the Arrests Coalition. Spokesperson Susan Wright has participated in organizing meetings and spoke out at the Sheridan Square Rally on February 21st, 2009, against the false arrests of gay men and professional Dominatrices for prostitution.

There is good news from a meeting on March 6th with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly pledging to curb the stings against gay men (see articles below). NCSF is continuing to press for a cessation of arrests of professional Dominatrices, and has written to Commissioner Kelly to ask for a meeting about the NYPD's change in policy after 14 years of legal operation, which has resulted in a number of arrests of Dominatrices and owners of BDSM houses since Fall 2007.

NCSF opposes the prosecution of pro-dominants under prostitution laws. Consenting adults engaging in safe, sane, consensual SM, fetishes, and cross-dressing services do not pose legitimate health or safety issues for local communities. What these adults agree to do in private is no one else's business.

Members of the Stop the Arrests Coalition include: Queer Justice League, Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Sex Workers Outreach Project, Urban Justice League's Sex Worker Project, and FIERCE New York.

Mission Statement

on Sunday, 29 March 2009. Hits 1113

Mission Statement

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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