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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/

Media Update - 2009-11-08

on Sunday, 08 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


UNM Daily Lobo - Albuquerque, NM

In-person meetings consist of legal BDSM activities. PEP has been in business for over 20 years. Would PEP still be operating particularly after the last

NCSF Statement

on Friday, 06 November 2009. Posted in NCSF News

Anthony Sowell has been arrested in Cleveland, Ohio, and is alleged to have murdered more than 11 women. The media is reporting that Sowell was registered on dating website, Alt.com, for those interested in alternative lifestyles. People who engage in BDSM and other alternative activities do so as consenting adults and in a safe, sane, and consensual manner. That Sowell might have used the BDSM community to prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting victims is abhorrent.

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 confused with Sowell's alleged crimes. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and those in the neighborhood where Sowell lived.

Media Update - 2009-11-06

on Friday, 06 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


WLWT

Cobra Cincinnati is not the first swingers club in the Tri-State area, but it has become one of the most controversial because of its location -- quiet New 

Media Update - 2009-11-02

on Monday, 02 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Washington Times - Washington, DC

At the time, as deputy attorney general, Mr. Holder boldly called for stronger enforcement of pornography and obscenity laws, saying: "Priority should be 
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