How it all began,
and our plans for the future of the organization
CUFSmaine was established in June of
1997 by Mistress Ren and LesVoiles after repeated requests for information from
Mainers about BDSM happenings. Upon discovering that there was no organization
supporting the pansexual BDSM scene in Maine, Ren and LesVoiles decided to pool their knowledge from the
Boston and New York scenes and establish a support/social group.
CUFSmaine's first meetings were held in
the food court of the Maine Mall, which we quickly outgrew. From there, we
progressed to Java Joe's coffee house in the Old Port, and finally to our long
term 'home', the Holiday Inn By the Bay in downtown Portland.
In the Spring of 1999, CUFSmaine became a Maine non-profit social service
agency serving over 450 kinksters within the state. CUFSmaine, Inc. was run by a board of five trustees,
all of whom shared the same vision and goals for the longevity of the group as
well as the education of its members. CUFSmaine not only
existed to assist those within the alternative sexuality community, but also to
educate others about the lifestyle and lovestyle we practice. CUFSmaine strictly adhered to the practices of SSC
(Safe, Sane, and Consensual) and RACK (Risk Aware Consensual Kink), and did not
discriminate regarding race, religion, disabilities, legal age (must be 18+),
sexual orientation, or gender.
CUFSmaine was pleased to be Maine's FIRST pansexual
group, and proud to serve the community.
In January of 2005, following eight and a half years of serving
the Maine community, CUFSmaine closed down all physical aspects of the
organization in the Portland area, due to lack of funding. It was a
bittersweet decision, but one that opened the door to a new future for the
The Future of CUFSmaine/CUFSnorth
Although CUFSmaine has closed down, the parent group -
CUFSmaine, Inc. - is still alive and running. After a hiatus during 2005, long
term plans for the organization include renaming (CUFSnorth) and reorganizing in New Hampshire (where the
president and vice president of the organization reside), and establishing
classes and social outreach within the state.
We look forward to our new incarnation.....as CUFSnorth
Renée Michaud Cabaup, President
Joseph Cabaup, Vice President