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David Cain (Cosmic) has been active on the London fetish for some years now and supports the Spanner Trust through the London Alternative Market and Just Rope parties. An advocate of the rights of consensual adults to engage in SM play and relationships free for fear of persecution he views dominance as a sexuality worthy of the same rights extended to all alternative sexualities.

Derek Cohen has been involved in SM activism for 27 years, having founded SM Gays in 1981 and been one of the initial members of Countdown on Spanner. He's made numerous TV and radio appearances, fearlessly defending the right of adults to engage in consensual SM sex without interference from the law.

Ian Gurnhill has been an out gay kinky fetish action player for along time. He became more experienced in serious SM whilst living in the US in the early 1990s when he became an Associate member of Chicago Hellfire Club. On returning home after the Spanner case he realised the negative impact of the Spanner decision on SM play in the UK and became a trustee in order to help change the law here.

John Lovatt is a solicitor who first supported the Countdown on Spanner Campaign in the early 1990s when the Spanner Men were prosecuted. He was horrified at men being sent to prison and having their lives wrecked just for having SM sex with each other.After he was invited to attend a Meeting of the Board of Trustees in July 2000 to give legal advice specifically about the Crown Prosecution Guidelines he was invited to become a Trustee.

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