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Pauley PerretteThe It Gets Better Premiere Charity Event on Friday Feb 1, 2013, was all that I expected it to be and more.  The performance will peel back the layers of even the stone strong and stable soul. While it was a star studded event, with the likes of Dave Koz, Paulie Perrette, Richard Simmons, Greg Louganis, and countless others including Dan Savage and IML 2007 Mike Gerle in the audience, the true stars of the night were on stage. With artfully executed performances, by the talented cast that were highlighted by the angelic voice of Drew Tablak and the haunting accompaniment by a pianist who I believe was Morten Kier. Mario Mosely and his sultry voice nailed the depth of Drag Queen Tootsie Rawls, bringing to life a serious diva, while aptly revealing "his" true self bit by bit throughout the performance.

On behalf of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), Jim Fleckenstein and Susan Wright attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Annual Conference the weekend of June 8-10 in Austin, Texas. The NCSF booth in the Exhibit Hall featured free copies of NCSF’s newly refreshed guide: “What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory.” 150 copies were given away to professional service providers courtesy of a grant by Alan of Polyamory in the News. The interest was so high, that supplies ran out before the end of the conference.
“This year we saw a significant increase in interest about alternative sexuality at the NCSF booth,” said Susan Wright, NCSF Spokesperson. “The therapists, counselors and sex educators were asking for more information about kinky people. We are providing a real service by supplying this much-needed education at conferences like AASECT.”
The NCSF exhibit gave away hundreds of brochures about NCSF projects such as the Kink Aware Professionals free referral list, the DSM Revision project to depathologize BDSM, the Consent Counts project to decriminalize BDSM, and NELA’s Is it S/M or Abuse? brochure. Two brochures intended for kinky people were also popular giveaways as illustrations of the difficulties our underserved population faces: Finding a Kink Aware Therapist and Finding Kink Aware Medical Care.
Jim Fleckenstein was the lead presenter on Re-Defining Fidelity in Committed Relationships: How to Negotiate Non-Exclusivity Successfully, a workshop designed to provide participants with a more complete understanding of the appropriateness of negotiated non-exclusivity as a relationship choice for their clients.
Susan Wright was the presenter on Violence and Discrimination Against BDSM Practitioners, a workshop presenting survey data from the BDSM community on the impact of persecution against kinky people.
NCSF also organized the AASECT Alt Sex Special Interest Group munch that took place Friday evening on the patio of the Hyatt Regency Austin. Over twenty-five AASECT members attended to further discuss issues raised in the Alt Sex SIG meeting that took place on Friday afternoon at the conference. It was an informative meeting that offered excellent networking opportunities for the professional service providers.

25th Anniversary Dinner San Diego

Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron Duke and Wish are hosting a dinner honoring The Leather Journal's 25 years of service at the Village Kitchen, 4853 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107 on Thursday, February 14 with cocktails starting at 6 PM and dinner at 7 PM.

There will be a table of memorabilia from The Leather Journal's coverage of San Diego events over the years, including the first San Diego Leatherfest in 1989, contests and other activities.

All proceeds collected will go to benefit the Leather Cares Fund and the Leather Foundation.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here

June wedding bells in CA?  The Supreme Court of the United States will in deed hear Prop 8's ban on same-sex marriage.  The arguments could be heard as soon as March however, the decisions will most likely be announced in late June according to the following AP article out of DC.

AP DEC 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right that had been granted by California's Supreme Court.

The court also will decide whether Congress can deprive legally married gay couples of federal benefits otherwise available to married people. A provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act limits a range of health and pension benefits, as well as favorable tax treatment, to heterosexual couples.

The cases probably will be argued in March, with decisions expected by late June.

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