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  NCSF Board of Directors Kevin Carlson Board Chair/IT Director Susan WrightMedia Relations Laura Carlson EOP Director Stephanie Sassy LynnTreasurer C4 Jim Fleckenstein Treasurer C3 MercuryMembership Julian WolfMedia/Newsletter KeiraVolunteer Coordinator/KAP Coordinator Devin MacLachlanBoard Member Mark RichardsSecretary/Graphics/Calendar JsinCP Liaison BarakCP Liaison Thomas (Rapture) EadsResource Coordinator     NCSF Key Staff .   Judy Guerin Project Director Consent Counts    Ombus Committee
The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities
BYLAWS OF THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL FREEDOM ARTICLE I  NAME ARTICLE II  PURPOSES ARTICLE III  PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES ARTICLE IV  NONDISCRIMINATION ARTICLE V  OFFICES ARTICLE VI  MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS ARTICLE VII  STOCK ARTICLE VIII  BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARTICLE IX  COUNCIL OF COALITION PARTNERS ARTICLE X  OFFICERS ARTICLE XI  ADVISORY BOARD ARTICLE XII  NOTICES ARTICLE XIII  CORPORATE FINANCES ARTICLE XIV  COMPENSATION ARTICLE XV  INDEMNIFICATION ARTICLE XVI  DISSOLUTION ARTICLE XVII  CORPORATE SEAL ARTICLE XVIII  FISCAL YEAR ARTICLE XIX  AMENDMENTS ARTICLE I -NAME The name of the corporation is The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a District of Columbia Corporation (hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation”). ARTICLE II -PURPOSES The Corporation is organized, and shall be operated, to support and encourage positive media presentations of and to engage in public policy advocacy at the national, state and local levels on issues relating to individual freedom for consenting adults in matters of sexual identity, expression and orientation, all as may qualify it as an organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the “Code”) and exempt it from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Code, or the corresponding provisions of any revised or future United States internal revenue law. The Corporation shall perform other acts as may be considered necessary, appropriate or beneficial and shall have all powers specified for nonstock and nonprofit corporations generally under the laws of the District of Columbia, as limited, however, by the first sentence of this Article and by Article III hereof. ARTICLE III -PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES Section 1. Specific Prohibitions. At all times, and notwithstanding any merger, consolidation, reorganization, termination, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation (whether voluntary, involuntary or by operation of law), or any other provision hereof: (a) No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, the Corporation’s directors, officers, contributors, employees or any other persons, except that the Corporation have the authority to pay reasonable compensation for services actually rendered to or for the Corporation and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II hereof. (b) No loans shall be made by the Corporation to any director, officer, contributor or employee of the Corporation or any parent, spouse, sibling or child of such individual. (c) Although the Corporation may participate in, or intervene…
Hard at Work to Defend Your Rights The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 by a small group led by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. The first five organizations who joined reflected our desire to be a nationwide organization: National Leather Association—International Gay Male S/M Activists The Eulenspiegel Society Black Rose Society of Janus   Today, NCSF has over 50 Coalition Partners who elect the board that runs NCSF, and establish our goals at the annual Coalition Partner meeting. Coalition Partners are groups and businesses who serve BDSM, swing and polyamory practitioners and also support NCSF by holding an annual fundraiser. NCSF also has over 100 Supporting Members – groups and businesses that support NCSF. Over the years, NCSF has formed alliances with other organizations that defend sexual freedom rights: Free Speech Coalition, the ACLU, American Association of Sex Educators Councilors and Therapists, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance, among others. Early Successes for NCSF The 1998 Violence & Discrimination survey revealed the extent of discrimination and persecution that exists against the SM-leather-fetish communities. NCSF found that 36 percent of SM practitioners have been victims of harassment and that 30 percent have been victims of discrimination. This discrimination resulted in 24 percent losing a job or a contract, 17 percent losing a promotion and 3 percent losing custody of a child. This survey helped NCSF gear our energies towards issues that matter most to our constituents. NCSF also lent assistance to the local communities in San Diego and Baltimore, to help to stop the selective enforcement of zoning and public indecency laws against the SM-Leather-Fetish communities. Next, NCSF assisted the local communities in Attleboro, MA and Washington, DC as those cities faced the same selective enforcement that had been attempted in Baltimore and San Diego. NCSF continues to work with State Attorney Generals and local District Attorneys to help educate these authorities about SM, swing and polyamory practices to prevent dangerous precidents from being set against adult consensual sexuality. NCSF and the Media As an advocacy organization, one of NCSF's strategies has been to educate the media about issues facing the SM-Leather-Fetish, swing and polyamory…
NCSF Board of Directors Leigha Fleming Board Chair Vivienne Kramer Treasurer Laura Carlson Secretary Steven Johnson Sales Force Jim Fleckenstein Foundation Liaison Susan Wright Media Relations Kevin Carlson  KAP Director Ed Mogul Legal Diamond         NCSF Key Staff Lolita Wolf Spokesperson Community Publicity and Liaison Luna Chase Office Manager Vicki Ballinger Outreach Judy Guerin Project Director Consent Counts John BakuWeb Development
NCSF is strongly committed to protecting and maintaining your privacy. NCSF will never sell, lend, lease, give away, or in any other way dissiminate information you may submit to us to any third party, person or organization. NCSF may require your name, address, email address, or other personal and identifiable information from you in order to process requests, process membership applications and donations, sell merchandise, or provide other services. This information will be considered strictly confidential, and will not be dissiminated to any third party, person or organization.   Our Mission The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.  
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  • NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit

    NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit   The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from February 8-10, 2013. The Consent Summit took place Friday evening, and Coalition Partners were able to participate via streaming video to give their input on the new Consent Statement. Go to www.ncsfreedom.org to see the Consent Statement and comment on it.   “The Consent Statement…






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  • NCSF Survey on Consent

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Coalition for Sexual Freedom NCSF Survey on Consent The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) wants to hear from you! Please take our Consent Counts survey and tell us what you think about consent: www.ncsfreedom.org/survey.html As part of decriminalizing BDSM in the legal codes, we need to be able to articulate a clear definition of consent that the BDSM communities believe in. The results of this…






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  • NCSF Launches the Next Chapter for Consent Counts

    NCSF Launches the Next Chapter for Consent Counts February 27, 2012 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announces two new publications as part of its nationwide campaign, Consent Counts. The Consent Counts Project was launched by the BDSM-leather-fetish communities in 2006 to decriminalize consensual BDSM in U.S. law by ensuring that consent will be recognized as a defense to criminal charges brought under assault laws and other statutes. "For…






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  • Action Alert - Take Action Californians!

    Our BDSM communities could be adversely impacted by a well-intentioned, but overly broad, piece of proposed criminal legislation that has been introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe in the California Senate.  NCSF is asking all of you to sign and send to NCSF letters (a draft is attached below) that we can introduce if necessary at a hearing likely to be held in April, 2011. The purpose of the bill, SB…






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  • NCSF Press Release - Missouri Indictment

    In an indictment rendered by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Missouri on September 9, 2010, five Missouri men allegedly participated in torturing a mentally disabled woman online or in person over a multi-year period when the victim was between the ages of 16 and 24. Among the charges are: Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud or Coercion, Forced Labor Trafficking, Transportation for Sexual Activity, and Conspiracy. The allegations…






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Consent Counts: We're Making a Difference

  • Completed Federal and State Legal Research
  • Developed Educational Programs and Outreach Materials
  • Built Alliances With Sexual Freedom Advocacy Groups

About Consent Counts

NCSF is leading a major national campaign—Consent Counts—to change the laws and police practices that our communities now endure, and to establish that consent is available as a defense in criminal BDSM prosecutions.

  • BDSM is prosecuted as assault in the U.S., even when it is consensual.
  • No state or appellate court has allowed consent as a defense to assault in BDSM cases.
  • Consent Counts is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM.
 
Program Goals:
Consent Counts
is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM through education, advocacy, legal actions and lobbying.

 

Contact:
Judy Guerin
Director, Consent Counts 
 
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