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Ravenstone has also led workshops on ravishment, [[sexual roleplaying|erotic role-playing]] and other subjects to a number of BDSM groups across the country. He served as education coordinator for the New England Dungeon Society for two years, and authored an advice column for the online [[zine]] '‘The Dominant's View'’.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Dear Desmond, Advice for the Kinky (archive) | |date= |accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref>
Ravenstone is a member of [[Arlington Street Church]], an historic [[Unitarian Universalist]] congregation, where he serves on the worship committee as well as Co-Moderator,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://|title=Arlington Street Church - About Us: Governance }}</ref> and other leadership roles; in the past, he has represented the congregation as a delegate to the Mass Bay District and the [[General Assembly (Unitarian Universalist Association)|UUA General Assembly]]<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Report on General Assembly 2014 (PDF document) |publisher=Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness}}</ref>. He also writes a blog, '‘‘Ravenstone's Reflections'’’, offering his thoughts on sexuality, spirituality, politics and other related topics. This has given him a prominent place to speak on behalf of kinksters, [[polyamory|polyamorists]] and other "alt-sexers" within the UU denomination. Ravenstone has recently started a new organization for UUs involved in BDSM, called [[Leather & Grace]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Leather & Grace website | |date= |accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref> In October 2014, he published a lengthy post on his blog, defending the view that kink should be regarded as a [[sexual orientation]],<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Towards a More Inclusive Model of Sexual Orientation | |date=October 23, 2014}}</ref> which was also carried as a guest blog on the website of the [[National Coalition for Sexual Freedom]].<ref>{{ cite web|url= |title=NCSF Guest Blog: Towards a More Inclusive Model of Sexual Orientation |publisher= |date=October 24, 2014}}</ref>
Ravenstone is politically unaffiliated, and describes himself as a “[[left libertarianism|libertarian progressive]]”.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Desmond Ravenstone's Facebook page | |date=December 8, 2010 |accessdate=June 25, 2012}}</ref> In 2008, he ran a [[write-in]] campaign for President on a sexual freedom platform; his running-mate was [[Darklady|Theresa "Darklady" Reed]], a fellow writer and sexual-freedom activist from [[Oregon]].