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NCSF Applauds Federal Lawsut Filed against Atlanta Police

on Friday, 27 November 2009. Posted in NCSF News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

NCSF APPLAUDS FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ATLANTA POLICE

November 25, 2009 - Federal lawsuit filed yesterday! Check out http://atlantaeagleraid.com

NCSF is actively involved in supporting the Atlanta Eagle and the plaintiffs in this suit. In the case filed by Lambda Legal, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Dan Grossman as representation for the plaintiffs, a federal law suit alleging multiple civil rights violations was filed November 24, 2009.

In speaking with Leigha Fleming NCSF Board Chair, Wednesday afternoon, attorney Dan Grossman said, "NCSF's publicity and support is very welcome and needed in this effort."

Said Ms. Fleming, "We need everyone in the Alanta community getting involved in this. There's a mayoral election coming up. Ask your candidates their opinions of the police action at the Eagle and whether or not they support the kind of bigotry and discrimination exhibited. Blog about it. Talk about it. All the various Eagle's around the country should link to this. Support this lawsuit and support NCSF."

Said Grossman, "The police believed that they could violate the rights of these men precisely because they were in a gay _leather_ bar."

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. Donate to NCSF now at www.ncsfreedom.org

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Media Update - 2009-11-23

on Monday, 23 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Straits Times

TEHERAN - IRAN'S moral police have arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts, including swapping of partners. Extra-marital sex is illegal in Iran where Islamic sharia law is the principal source of legislation. If found guilty of adultery, those arrested in the crackdown face being stoned to death. 

Media Update - 2009-11-21

on Saturday, 21 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Hillsboro Argus - OregonLive.com

“If you know anything about (sadomasochism), both parties are getting pleasure,” Knapp said. “I don't believe it was sadomasochistic at all. 

Media Update - 2009-11-20

on Friday, 20 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


New York Times

For me, having found BDSM it's not just about sex. I find very fulfilling that I can educate people, because it's something I needed. So many people have come to tell me that I made them feel 'not guilty'

 
Chicago Reader

But he says he raised $1800 at one leather party, and he pitched members of the Next Generation Chicago, a pansexual BDSM group for the 18-34 set, 


Chicago Reader

He wrote for Gay Chicago magazine for 17 years, penning a “Leather Views” column under a pseudonym. Expect the content of those articles to be a huge campaign issue. 

 

 

 

Media Update - 2009-11-17

on Tuesday, 17 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Progress Through Education
Justice, Brandeis University

Transgender, polyamory, sadomasochism and asexuality are topics that still need to be introduced into the dialogue. "There's no overt prejudice, 

Shackle your judgment: BDSM deserves respect

UNH The New Hampshire, Durham, NH

It is a little hard to imagine the person sitting next to you in class choosing to wear a diaper and roll around like a baby, but BDSM is just as unique as ...

Playing with Desire: UNH students push sexual boundaries.

UNH The New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Courtney Jane, or CJ, is the creator and coordinator of UNH's BDSM group; ... CJ, a grad student at UNH, began exploring BDSM last January on her own,

Getting into the swing of things

Las Vegas Weekly

After a few minutes of trying to remember which men were emotionally committed to which women, I remembered something more important: I was at a swingers 
 

News Observer, Durham, North Carolina

At Duke University, a school that likes to tout its cutting-edge research, a sex toy study being conducted by a behavioral economist and student health workers has roused criticism. For much of October, researchers recruited female Duke students to take part in a "sexually explicit" study on Tupperware-style parties in which sex toys, not kitchenware, are the draw.


CNN

For some, even serial monogamy seems too restrictive. The 1970s introduced the concept of "open marriage" in which couples stayed married but were free to date other people.More recently, polyamory -- the practice of having romantic relationships with multiple people at the same time with the full knowledge and consent of all involved -- has been getting a lot of attention.


 

Media Update - 2009-11-13

on Friday, 13 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Seattle University Spectator

Seattle, WA

The group was originally conceived as a safe space for the adult BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) community, but according to Gabosch, 


Buffalo News

The doors are swinging open for “Entice the Falls,” an annual swingers convention billed as “Four Days of Wicked Temptation.” There is a predictable cry of 

Media Update - 2009-11-11

on Wednesday, 11 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


FindLaw

Mountain View, CA

In 1998, the Alabama legislature passed an amendment to the state's obscenity laws that made it a crime to distribute "any device designed or marketed as 


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Washington, DC

As to the charge about Cook's concern that the library was in violation of the state obscenity laws? Deborah Caldwell-Stone, acting director of the ALA's 

Special Media Update - 2009-11-11

on Wednesday, 11 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates

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The following Media Update concerns the leather community's own Jack Rinella, who is running as a Democratic for a seat as a Delegate in the Illinois statehouse. He is running under his real name, Joe Laiacona, however he has been out about his writings as Jack Rinella. He has published LeatherViews for Gay Chicago magazine for the past 17 years and has written numerous BDSM books including the Master's Manual. His websites are: www.friendsforjoelaiacona.org and www.leatherviews.com

Joe Laiacona takes on Deb Mell

Windy City Times

Joe Laiacona is taking on incumbent state Rep. Deb Mell in what is shaping up to a very intriguing race in the state's 40th District. Does Laiacona realize the magnitude of the task before him? Absolutely. Is he intimidated? Hardly.

In a talk with Windy City Times, the openly gay Laiacona—who teaches at Columbia College and is an amateur genealogist—discussed his platform, Mell's interview with this publication and his reason for not being more "out" on his campaign Web site. ...

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=23220

Change of Subject: On second thought....

Chicago Tribune

When I wrote last week that sexual orientation is unlikely to be an issue in the upcoming Democratic primary race on the Northwest Side between incumbent Rep. Deb Mell and challenger Joe Laiacona (they're both gay, a first at this level of politics in Illinois) I did so having not pursued a tiny clue buried in the Windy City Times interview with Laiacona: that he formerly wrote a column under the pen name "Jack Rinella" for Gay Chicago Magazine. 

Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller called my attention to a brief article from the Windy City TImes in June noting: "Laiacona—who wrote the column "Leather Views" for Gay Chicago magazine for many years under the name Jack Rinella...is also on the board of directors of the Leather Leadership Conference, Inc." 

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2009/10/on-second-thought.html

Rep. Deb Mell may be off re-election ballot

Chicago Tribune

Another big piece of bad news is hitting Chicago's Mell/Blagojevich political clan.

Northwest Side State Rep. Deb Mell may have screwed up her nominating petitions, with a real risk that she'll be knocked off the February Democratic primary ballot.

A challenge filed Monday afternoon by an attorney for Joseph Laiacona, the only other remaining candidate in the 40th District race, contends that Ms. Mell is not registered to vote at her apparently new address. By law, all candidates are supposed to be registered at the address they use for their nominating petitions. 

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/
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