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February: Black History Month

  • Diana and Keiland: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson
    NCSF honors Black History Month in this interview with Keiland and Diana:Keiland McClanahan is the owner/operator of KM Technical Solutions (IT) which works with various companies to take care of all of their IT needs and he is the co-owner of The Lifestyle Entertainment Group (Lifestyle Unlimited). Keiland hosts various events locally and around the ...
  • Dr. James Wadley: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    NCSF honors Black History Month with this interview with Dr. James Wadley, Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, ...
  • Dr. Lexx James: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    NCSF honors Black History Month in this interview with Dr. Lexx James (She|Her|Dr) talking about her history-making work as an Amazon Best Selling Author, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and sexologist. Dr. Lexx loves LOVE and is especially fond of ensuring Black Love lasts. As the #CouplesClinician, she works to ensure folks build and ...
  • Marla Renee Stewart, MA: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    NCSF honors Black History month with an interview with Marla Renee Stewart, MA, about her history-making work as a professional sexologist, intimacy/relationship/sex coach, speaker, and author. She is the owner of Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, as well as Contract Liberation, a company focused on research for non-profit groups. As a faculty member at ...
  • Viola Johnson: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    NCSF honors Black History Month with this interview with Viola Johnson, a leatherwoman, activist, motivational speaker and author who has been active in the leather BDSM scene for almost five decades. Vi has served as a mentor to countless individuals, and was dubbed “Mom” by several generations of Leathermen and women. She is delighted to ...

March: Women of Polyamory

  • Chasity Chandler: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson
    NCSF honors Polyamory Women in this interview with Chasity Chandler, LMHC, MCAP, ICADC, CST, CDWF. Chasity is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Masters level Certified Addictions Professional, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, EMDR trained clinician, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors. She is also a Certified Prepare ...

April: Neurodiversity Awareness

  • Nick Marzo: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson
    NCSF honors Neurodiversity Awareness in this interview with Nick Marzo, LPC, LMHC, CST, NCC, CCMHC. Nick is a trans-masculine, neurodivergent, genderqueer Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, supervisor, educator and consultant. Nick says, “I have been working in the behavioral health community for close to 25 years with experience in direct care and administrative oversight ...

June: Pride Month

  • NCSF Honors Pride Month
    Activism within the BDSM/Kink/Lifestyle communities has many heroes, trailblazers, and pioneers that have made grassroots contributions to uplift and empower its members. This month, NCSF celebrates them with Pride. https://youtube.com/shorts/__6P37xt6Tg?feature=share

June: Junteenth

  • Have a Proud and Happy Juneteenth!
    “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.” “Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a ...

July: BIPOC Mental Health Month

August: The Women of Leather

  • Amplify Voices: Women of Drummer
    Women of Drummer are fierce, sexy, playful, leather, sexual outlaws. They come together to share ideas, collaborate, and celebrate who they are. Holding 6 regional and one interNational event each year to provide opportunities to connect with one another. “We celebrate our love for our leather brothers, but this is our movement. We speak with our ...

September: Consent Month

  • Dr. James Wadley on Consent
    In celebration of Consent Month, Dr. James Wadley shares a video on consent. Dr. James Wadley is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New ...
  • Dr. Lexx on Consent and Negotiation
    In celebration of Consent Month 2021, Dr. Lexx Brown-James shares important advice on Consent and Negotiations with NCSF. Dr. Lexx is a phenomenal sex therapist, educator, and media consultant. The #CouplesClinician runs The Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy, LLC and is an Amazon best-selling author twice over! She’s the coolest nerd you’ll ever meet and ...
  • Zach Budd on the 5 Pillars of Consent
    In celebration of Consent Month 2021, Zach Budd shares his 5 Pillars of Consent. Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others. Zach became interested in consent as a topic more than ...

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Diana Ryan: Let’s Define Kink and Abuse
    https://youtu.be/NrWc_oQx9MY In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Diana Ryan defines kink and abuse for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Diana is the owner/operator of 360 Coaching and Counseling, LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. She also an internationally certified (International ...
  • Guest Blog: Young Adults & BDSM
    By Dr. Lee Kinsey Trends in young adult sexuality are poorly tracked. Because many in the United States are squeamish about studying sexuality there is not much we know about what emerging adults do and do not do with their sexuality. However, some researchers who study sexuality have noted a recent rise in aggressive sexual behaviors ...
  • NCADV Statement on 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released a statement this week acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which is recognized during the month of October. NCADV’s theme for 2021’s DVAM is #WeAreResilient, a reminder of survivor’s resiliency as well as the collective resiliency of the domestic violence movement.  “We chose this theme, this year in ...
  • NOTICE: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Hearing
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is time for the Senate to introduce and pass a strong VAWA reauthorization that meets the needs of survivors! WHAT’S HAPPENING Tomorrow, October 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on VAWA! Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will be testifying before the Committee about VAWA’s successes and ...

November: Transgender Awareness Month

  • Devyn Stone: In Honor of Transgender Awareness Month
    Devyn Stone (he/him) is a self-awareness and BDSM educator, author, and alternative lifestyles coach. He is a Leatherman, an extrovert, a dominant, a Sons of Anarchy fan, and a foodie. He also enjoys organizing events, volunteering, moderating, speaking, and emceeing! He is the Founder of Pragmatically Kinking and Executive Producer for the THRIVE conference. Devyn’s been actively practicing ...
  • Dr. A.C. Fowlkes: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    https://youtu.be/K-EwJRTXLpk In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, Dr. A.C. Fowlkes talks about his work with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, including founding the first dating website/app for polyamorous business professionals. Dr. A.C. Fowlkes is the Chief Executive Officer of Fowlkes Consulting which is an LGBTQ+ sensitivity and transgender inclusion consulting firm. He is a Licensed ...
  • Everett: Transgender Awareness
    He11oSweetie / Everett (they/Him) Polyam, GenderQueer. Happy to be one of the Midwest Advocates for NCSF. Based in St Louis, MO, where they host the Queer Caucus (a monthly discussion group for Queer Kinksters), help host Queeriosity (a Queer Centric Play Party) as well as the local Queer Munch. He joined the community in 2013, ...
  • Sir Damien: Transgender Awareness
    Sir Damien is a queer, trans, Dominant, who has been a part of the leather community since 2012. He is the co-Head of House of Maison de Meson with Mademoiselle Ceci. He is passionate about bringing leather and kink education to the BIPOC community as well as creating intentional space for BIPOC in the leather ...
  • Transgender Awareness Month Resources
    Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face. The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of ...