NCSF Reaches Agreement with Cendant Hotels on SM Events

September 30, 2002 – Responding to concerns that it was prohibiting franchisees from hosting events for “sadomasochism enthusiasts,” the Cendant Corporation Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel franchisor, has assured the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom that it will honor the right of franchisees to host the events of their choice.

September 30, 2002 – Responding to concerns that it was prohibiting franchisees from hosting events for “sadomasochism enthusiasts,” the Cendant Corporation Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel franchisor, has assured the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom that it will honor the right of franchisees to host the events of their choice.
 
Cendant operates more than 6,400 hotels and 5,200 lodging franchisees, including Howard Johnson, Ramada, Days Inn, and Super 8 Motel.
 
The agreement was reached after NCSF worked closely with Cendant Hotel Division to clarify statements in a March 2002 letter from Cendant to its franchisees. In the letter, Cendant said it would “respond aggressively and immediately” when franchisees fail to consider the “potential negative consequences of hosting activities that your community and national interest groups find offensive.”
 
Cendant had written the letter to its franchisees after religious political extremists, such as Concerned Women for America and the
 
American Family Association, began targeting hotels that host legal, private conferences for adults interested in SM practices.
 
In a letter to NCSF dated September 20th, Cendant now states they will honor their franchisees “right to sell their guest rooms and function space to the persons of their choice.”
 
“Cendant’s position is a major step toward ensuring that no American will be barred from a hotel or public establishment because of how they express their sexuality,” said Susan Wright, NCSF spokesperson. “We applaud Cendant for its cooperative spirit and fair-mindedness in addressing this important issue.”
 
Wright said that NCSF would continue to work with both local groups who organize conferences for adults as well as the lodging industry. “Our goal is to promote both freedom of access and to ensure that all events hosted by members of our community are held in a safe, legal, and responsible manner,” said Wright.
 
Wright said that 250 educational and social, weekend-long SM events for adults are held nationwide throughout the year without complaints or problems.
 
For background information on NCSF’s Protect Your Privacy project, go to: www.ncsf-foundation.org/privacy.html
 
A project of NCSF and the NCSF Foundation
 
About the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
 
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a national organization committed to altering the political, legal, and social environment in the U.S. in order to guarantee equal rights for consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face discrimination because of their sexual expression.
 
For more information, visit www.ncsfreedom.org