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  NCSF supports research on kink and non-monogamy to dispel the misconceptions about sexual minorities. The following are a list of NCSF-affiliated surveys Narrative Project Everyone has a story. What’s yours?   NCSF would like to hear from you if you’ve been discriminated against because you are kinky or non-monogamous. We want to hear from you if you’ve been outed or if you’ve outed yourself as a fetishist, a cross-dresser, a leatherman or leatherwoman or that you’re in a polyamorous or Lifestyle relationship. We want to hear if your consent has been violated or if you’ve been sexually assaulted in a BDSM or non-monogamous encounter.   We will share your story anonymously on www.ncsfreedom.org. Please fill out one of these short surveys for each incident you’d like to tell us about.   To make sure you get to choose the details to include, we will only publicize the information you write in the sections at the end: Tell Us Your Story and What Can Be Done? The demographic information will only be used in the analysis of the data gathered in this project. For liability reasons, we cannot publish any names in your story. Demographic Info 1.   Gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary 2.   Orientation: Heterosexual, Gay/Lesbian, Same Gender Loving, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer, Asexual, Other 3.   Race/Ethnicity: White, Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Native American, Middle Eastern or Northern African, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Other 4.   Age: 17 or younger, 18-30, 31-50, 51-70, 71+ 5.   What is your current personal annual income (before taxes)? 7.      State: 8.      Country:  9.      Type of Story Coming out: kink, non-monogamy, both Outed: kinky, non-monogamous, both Discriminated against: kinky, non-monogamous, both Consent violated: during kink, non-monogamy, both Intersection of race, gender, class, economic or social status with your kink or non-monogamy, both Other  10.  When did this happen? In the past year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 20+ years 11.  At the time, did you have any experience with an educational or group, event or website for kinky or non-monogamous people? 12.  Now are you active in an educational or group, event or website for kinky or non-monogamous people? 13.  Tell Us Your Story: 14.  What Can Be Done? What did you do to respond, and what worked and did not work as well? What could other people have done to…
By Susan Wright The 2008 survey saw a total of 3,058 responses collected. Of those, 2,412 respondents resided in the United States (83.4%). Of the remaining 480 respondents, a total of over 42 other countries were represented. Where appropriate, the data is compared to the 1998 Violence & Discrimination Survey Against Sexual Minorities which collected over 1,000 responses to similar questions over the course of a year. The 1998 survey did not cover business or event-related experiences of harassment, nor did it ask about Internet experiences. The 2008 survey also included more questions about sexual activity and identity. Table 1. Gender 2008 1998 Women 51% 46% Men 45% 51% Transgender 5% 1% Intersexes 1% 2%   Table 2. Sexual Orientation 2008 1998 Heterosexual 41% 40% Bisexual 35% 36% Gay/lesbian 22% 22% Other 7% 4%   A total of 1,146 (37.5%) respondents indicated that they had either been discriminated against, had experienced some form of harassment or violence, or had some form of harassment or discrimination aimed at their BDSM-leather-fetish-related business. Of the respondents who reported some form of persecution, 476 (41.5%) identified as male 615 (53.7%) identified as female 9 (.8%) identified as intersexed 78 (6.8%) identified as transgendered (Sexual orientation, like gender, was a question which required some answer, but allowed respondents to choose as many as they felt might apply, so the percentage totals more than 100%.) Of the 1,146 respondents who indicated that they had either been discriminated against or had experienced some form of harassment or violence, 380 (33.2%) identified as heterosexual, 440 (38.4%) identified as bisexual 292 (25.5%) identified as gay or lesbian. 97 (8.5%) indicated that they identified in some other way from heterosexual, bisexual or gay/lesbian. (Sexual orientation, like gender, was a question which required some answer, but allowed respondents to choose as many as they felt might apply, so the percentage totals more than 100%.) The sexual orientation of respondents who were discriminated against or had experienced some form of harassment or violence is compared in Table 6.1 to the total percentage of respondents who identified their orientation. It is interesting to note that Gay/lesbian, Bisexual and Other respondents have slightly higher rates of persecution than their average percentage of total respondents, while Heterosexuals are less likely to be discriminated against. Table 3. Sexual Orientation and Discrimination Total Percent 2008 Respondents Percent Persecuted Gay/lesbian 22% 25.5% Bisexual 35% 38.4% Heterosexual 41% 33.2%…
  The 2008 Survey of Violence & Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities found significant discrimination and persecution against BDSM practitioners due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior. With over three thousand respondents, 37.5 percent indicated that they had either been discriminated against or experienced some form of harassment or violence. This survey addresses the gap in current knowledge by reporting data on the prevalence of violence and discrimination against BDSM and polyamory practitioners. The persecution of these individuals is conceptualized as a manifestation of sexual stigma, that is, society's negative regard for any non-heterosexual behavior, identity, relationship, or community.

  • NCSF’s 2014 Roundup
    NCSF’s 2014 Roundup    2014 has been a year of progress for NCSF and for people who are kinky and nonmonogamous. The national conversation about gay marriage, consent, and even Fifty Shades of Grey are transforming mainstream attitudes. The change in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 stating that BDSM is a healthy form of sexual expression has also had a significant impact on both the courts and public opinion about…
    Written on Sunday, 28 December 2014 20:51
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: Are you ready for the Fifty Shades of Gray Movie?
    Does your media agency have resources for these special interest pieces?  Contact the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom for interviews and information on kink and open relationships. NCSF is the national advocate for consensual adult sexual expression.    Why kink?   There has been a significant interest in BDSM sparked by the wildly successful Fifty Shades of Grey.  Similar topics appeared in recent TV Shows from CSI to House to Desperate Housewives, and even animated shows such as American Dad.      Furthermore many…
    Written on Friday, 19 December 2014 17:30
  • 50 Shades of NCSF Palm Cards
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    Written on Friday, 12 December 2014 20:16
  • GayLawNet Joins Forces with NCSF
    NCSF’s Kink Aware Professionals joins forces with GayLawNet   NCSF has expanded the reach of its Kink Aware Professionals by collaborating with GayLawNet, which now offers a way for lawyers in their database to self-identify as Kink Aware Professionals:  gaylawnet.com/attorneys/ussolc.html   “Whenever someone can’t find a lawyer in NCSF’s KAP list, I always refer them to GayLawNet,” says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. “Many of their gay-friendly lawyers are eager…
    Written on Monday, 01 December 2014 20:10
  • Tides Awards NCSF $1,500 Grant
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    Written on Monday, 24 November 2014 20:01