March 10, 2004 - Chicago, Illinois - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Club Adventure, Inc. held a leadership conference for swing club owners in Chicago on February 28 and 29, 2004. The conference was attended by over 50 people, representing dozens of swing clubs across the country.
Primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. Due to the significant discrimination and persecution that occurs against individuals who engage in swinging practices, it is necessary to create safe places for these people to socialize and receive safer sex education.
The two day conference was punctuated by pertinent issues, including an in-depth discussion of Lawrence v. Texas, presented by Jim Turner, Consumer Interest Attorney, former NCSF Board member and advisor to Woodhull Freedom Foundation; First Amendment Attorney Reed Lee presented his views on the same subject and other 1st Amendment issues. Robyn Friedman, a practicing criminal attorney and Director of NCSF'S Legal Education Outreach Program, presented a workshop focused on interacting with local law enforcement, avoiding legal trouble, and group considerations for swing groups and clubs.
Other topics of presentation were insights into the industry by NASCA International, and International Lifestyle Association, both of whom supported this conference. Lifestyle Financial Services discussed aspects of corporate vs. limited partnerships and tax liabilities and Ron Gould, Club Adventure, Inc. presented marketing strategies. All business owners were invited to a networking dinner sponsored by NCSF and spent the entire time discussing relevant business issues.
"NCSF is thrilled with the outcome of the first Leadership Conference for the swing club owners," said Vivienne Kramer, Chairperson of NCSF. "The willingness of the participants to listen and learn, not only to valuable hands-on- information which helps them increase their business, but about relevant political and social events that affect the lifestyle as a whole, was truly inspiring. The energy to continue this educational/activist effort is quantifiable and I am looking forward to a wonderful, synergistic partnership between NCSF and the Swing Community."