NCSF Counters Attack by Radical Right on Sexual Minority Groups

WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2002) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults, today a launched a new initiative that provides support to sexual minority groups under attack by radical right wing groups.

WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2002) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults, today a launched a new initiative that provides support to sexual minority groups under attack by radical right wing groups.
 
Based in Washington, DC, NCSF is dedicated to ensuring that all consenting adults can express their sexual identity freely and openly, without fear.
 
NCSF launched its new program to counter campaigns underway across the country by organizations such as The Concerned Woman for America (CWA) and the American Family Association (AFA) that defame legitimate, law-abiding sexual minority groups. Under the program, NCSF is advising groups on how to obtain injunctions and even money damages when right wing organizations interfere in their legal and private educational conferences and events. NCSF is also counseling groups on how to sue for defamation.
 
“The radical right has targeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual events for years,” states Susan Wright, Spokesperson for NCSF. “Now that discrimination against them is becoming increasingly unacceptable in America, the radical right is turning its hate on other minorities that are misunderstood among the general public such as SM practitioners or transgender individuals.”
 
The new initiative is part of NCSF’s efforts to use the law and the courts to advance issues of sex and sexuality, free speech and privacy rights. In December, NCSF launched a federal lawsuit to strike down the provision of the Communications Decency Act that restricts free speech on the Internet.
 
Kathy Valente, acting director of CWA of Illinois, recently made incorrect statements about My Vicious Valentine V (MVV is an educational event that will take place February 15-17 in Rosemont, Illinois). In a February 6th press release, Valente said that “off-duty Chicago police officers, who are sworn to uphold the law, would hire out to provide the security, allowing extremely harmful and certainly illegal behavior.” Valente also referred to the activities as “sexual torture.” Wright confirmed that MVV is a legal, private event offering information and education about sexual expression for consenting adults.
 
Concerned Women for America (CWA) takes credit for forcing the Radisson to cancel the MVV event at their hotel. MVV quickly had to obtain conference rooms in a nearby hotel in order to hold their event. In addition, last week, a similar event in Southfield, Michigan scheduled for February 9-10 by two educational and social groups was canceled after pressure from the American Family Association of Michigan.
 
“These radical fringe groups have used scare tactics and false statements of facts to try to compel local businesses and authorities to close down constitutionally-protected educational and informational assemblies on the ground that what is being taught does not adhere to their view of morally desirable behavior,” said Wright. “That is simply not acceptable in America.”
 
About the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
 
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a national organization committed to protecting freedom of expression among consenting adults. Based in Washington, DC, the NCSF Foundation works through legal initiatives, outreach, and education to promote greater understanding of sexuality and human rights.  The NCSF was founded in 1997 to mobilize diverse grassroots communities to help change antiquated and unfair sex laws, and to protect free speech and advance privacy rights. NCSF is dedicated to ensuring that all consenting adults can express their sexual identity freely and openly, without fear. For more information, visit https://ncsfreedom.org.