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 survey will assist in the creation of a statement on consent that will be presented for the consideration by the BDSM communities at LLC in Seattle in 2013. NCSF needs your input on defining consent. What do we mean by consent? When is consent invalidated? Does “safe, sane, consensual” still work as a community creed? Are there behaviors that the BDSM communities don’t accept? What is your experience with consent in the BDSM communities? To participate in discussions of consent online with kinky people both in the US and around the world, join our Consent Counts group at https://fetlife.com/groups/46202 NCSF is committed to supporting and encouraging people to discuss ethical consent so we can move to a more thorough understanding of what consent is, and can provide better education for people who are interested in exploring their sexuality. NCSF has actively participated in changing the social discourse of BDSM since 1997. The term “consenting adults” is a commonly accepted standard for sexuality today due in a large part to our work. NCSF has pledged to continue to lead the change in political discourse until all consenting adults need not fear prosecution or victimization because of their sexual behavior.
Mark Frazier Joins the NCSF Board of Directors July 1, 2012 - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the addition of a new board member, Mark Frazier. Mark will fill an appointed board seat until the 2013 Coalition Partner meeting. Mark Frazier is the owner and executive producer of the International LeatherSir/Leatherboy and community bootblack contests. He has been involved in the leather and kink lifestyle for over 25 years. He has taught over 1700 workshops on various topics through the years. Mark has had the privilege of owning nightclubs, holding leather titles (ranging from local to international), holding numerous board positions and memberships on many prominent local and international organizations. Additionally he has been the recipient of many awards and accolades. Mark currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he co-owns the Dallas Eagle. Mark says I have been a supporter of NCSF since its inception. Becoming part of NCSF and working for the organization has been a goal of mine for a long time. I'm excited to be part of NCSF and I intend to be extremely involved in our growing Consent Counts project. NCSF is proud to welcome Mark Frazier to our board of directors!
NCSF at AASECT On behalf of NCSF, Jim Fleckenstein and Susan Wright attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Annual Conference on June 8-10th in Austin, Texas. The NCSF booth in the Exhibit Hall featured free copies of NCSF’s newly refreshed guide: "What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory." 150 copies were given away to professional service providers courtesy of a grant by Alan of Polyamory in the News (http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com). The interest was so high, that supplies ran out before the end of the conference. “This year we saw a significant increase in interest about alternative sexuality at the NCSF booth,” says Susan Wright, NCSF Spokesperson. “The therapists, counselors and sex educators were asking for more information about kinky people. We are providing a real service by supplying this much-needed education at conferences like AASECT.” The NCSF exhibit gave away hundreds of brochures about NCSF projects such as the Kink Aware Professionals free referral list, the DSM Revision project to depathologize BDSM, the Consent Counts project to decriminalize BDSM, and NELA’s Is it S/M or Abuse? brochure. Two brochures intended for kinky people were also popular giveaways as illustrations of the difficulties our underserved population faces: Finding a Kink Aware Therapist and Finding Kink Aware Medical Care. Jim Fleckenstein was the lead presenter on (Re)Defining Fidelity in Committed Relationships: How to Negotiate Non-Exclusivity Successfully, a workshop designed to provide participants with a more complete understanding of the appropriateness of negotiated non-exclusivity as a relationship choice for their clients. Susan Wright was the presenter on Violence and Discrimination Against BDSM Practitioners, a workshop presenting survey data from the BDSM community on the impact of persecution against kinky people. NCSF also organized the AASECT Alt Sex Special Interest Group munch that took place Friday evening on the patio of the Hyatt Regency Austin. Over twenty-five AASECT members attended to further discuss issues raised in the Alt Sex SIG meeting that took place on Friday afternoon at the conference. It was an informative meeting that offered excellent networking opportunities for the professional service providers, and is another indication of the increased interest in the Alt Sex SIG at AASECT. NCSF needs your donations to attend important events like the 2012 AASECT conference. Please join as a member now, go to our donation page, or encourage your group to hold a fundraiser for NCSF. Without your support, NCSF can’t continue…
BDSM Romance Fifty Shades of Gray is a National Phenomenon Read the USA Today Article, Quoting NCSF own Susan Wright March 4, 2012 -- Everyone is talking about the run-away success of the novel Fifty Shades of Gray by E. L. James, the first book in a BDSM romance trilogy. On March 1st, 2012, the novel hit #1 on the Amazon ebook bestseller list in the genre, romance and erotica categories. The book got a big boost from The Today Show, with supervising producer Joanne LaMarca saying, “I downloaded a copy and don’t think I put it down until I finished it, despite what the pilot on my flight to Florida said. I can say, along with many other women I’m sure, that reading this book is very good for your marriage!" Read the coverage on: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46590258/ns/today-books/t/triple-x-trilogy-novels-has-women-talking-quietly/#.T1OJgfUzB8E In a segment televised on Today on March 2, 2012, sexologist Dr. Laura Berman touted the appeal of submission: “Now we’ve moved on to a new generation where women are more empowered than ever before, the glass ceiling has been broken, and we have as much control as we want—and what are we longing for? A little bodice-ripping.” NCSF supports the open discussion taking place about Fifty Shades of Gray, and celebrates the fact that acceptance of kinky sex between consenting adults is taking place. NCSF has worked hard to educate the media and the public about BDSM, and the benefit of having responsible, healthy sex through negotiation, communication, trust and honesty. The only sour notes were sounded by Today’s Chief Legal Analyst Savannah Guthrie, and Dr. Drew Pinsky, who called the BDSM romance “violence against women”: “But there is something about this. It’s not just a matter of steamy sex scenes. The context is this bondage, this submission, and frankly stripped bare: violence against women,” said Guthrie. “It does disturb me actually… the swept-away fantasy is a common fantasy but as you’re saying, Savannah, it’s going beyond that into violence against women,” said Pinksy. The voice of reason was relationship expert Dr. Logan Levkoff who said, “I’ve read these books. I don’t see these particular books as violence against women.” She added, “The community has very organized rules. It’s consensual. Let’s be clear, this does not depict rape or anything like that.” See the video on: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46602040#46602040 NCSF believes that adults who engage in BDSM with other consenting adults, as well as those who just want to fantasize about roleplay and power…
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 the past 18 months, NCSF's Consent Counts Project has almost exclusively focused on the legal and policy issues surrounding decriminalization of BDSM activities," says Leigha Fleming, NCSF Chairperson. "We have learned that the Consent Counts project also needs to do more to work within our own communities to better understand and articulate what consent is and to better educate about the importance of prior informed and ongoing consent." NCSF is proud to announce the publication of two new guides "The Aftermath: A guide for victims of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence in the BDSM community," by Natalie Quintero, and "When the Levee Breaks: A guide to dealing with and avoiding arrest and prosecution in BDSM scenes." "The Aftermath" is a compilation of advice that is regularly provided to victims who ask for help through NCSF's Incident Reporting & Response project. This guide will educate anyone in the BDSM community who has been victimized on what one might expect to experience after an assault, what one's options are, things to consider when weighing options and making decisions on what to do next, what one might expect if one decides to report the experience, as well as the resources available to assist in coping with and healing from abuse. "When the Levee Breaks" is a companion to the NCSF publication, "The Aftermath," and is a guide to provide a perspective for those who have, through mistake, misunderstanding, or a fleeting lapse of reason, committed an act of criminally actionable sexual assault. It is not intended to provide a defense for indefensible acts. "When the Levee Breaks" also provides information on how to better protect oneself against arrest and prosecution. Both guides are now available on the NCSF website: www.ncsfreedom.org/consentcounts.html You can join the NCSF Consent Counts community at FetLife to talk about these two new NCSF guides online! Join our Consent Counts group www.fetlife.com/consentcounts to discuss issues of consent with kinksters both in the US and around the world."Sexual abuse and…
Tabu's 5th Annual NCSF FUNraiser will be bigger and better than ever and it’s just around the corner! date: Friday, August 19, 2011 time: 09:00 PM to 02:00 AM where: Tabu address: 1115 N Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228 map cost: $20 Per Person – Couples, polys, women, and any other combination you can think of are welcome, including single men! All orientations welcome! dress code: Anything or nothing at all! This Event is a Extremely Special and is ONLY $20 Per Person with all net proceeds donated directly to the NCSF . Who is the NCSF and WHY Should you care? NCSF Is the National Coalition for Sexual Freedoms. They are a national organization 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. TABU has been holding FetFest Fridays for several months and has grown each and every month. So join us for the LAST FetFest Friday before FetFest 2011 over Labor Day Weekend. Here's what you can expect... Live auction with some very cool prizes including a vacation package to FetFest , a trip to Hedonism, Redskins and Ravens tickets, a pair of tickets to Winter Fire and an intimate private party for you and your friends at an exclusive Dungeon. The FET101 exploratorium with a variety of kinky stations to try different activities including whips, electricity, spanking and rope bondage! You can expect: Awesome private play rooms downstairs A pair of stripper poles A sweet dance floor A fully staffed BYOB Bar. A hot and fun crowd! So come to Tabu in Catonsville, MD on August 19th, 2011 for a good time and a great cause! The doors will open at 9 pm and the cover will be $20 per person for this event with ALL Net Door proceeds along with all the proceeds of the live and silent auctions being directly donated to along NCSF . Demonstrations will start at 9 pm as well as the silent Auctions. The LIVE auction will be around midnight. If you are un able to make the event Tabu will GLADLY take donations that we will forward to NCSF. If you have any items you might like to contribute to the silent auction, please contact
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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 involve sex with a minor, drug and firearms possession, forced prostitution, sexual abuse, and torture to the point that the victim suffered a heart attack. These activities should not be confused with consensual BDSM. People who engage in BDSM and other similar activities do so as consenting adults and in a safe, sane, and consensual manner. BDSM activities are not violent specifically because all participants can stop any time they wish. Millions of people engage in BDSM: according to the Kinsey Institute’s New Report on Sex, between 5-10% of the adult population engages in BDSM on at least an occasional basis. NCSF strongly condemns criminals who commit violence and engage in non-consensual activities. We encourage the media to remember that the large community of consenting adults who engage in BDSM activities should not be conflated with these alleged crimes. Ordinary people do BDSM – parents, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. But because of the stigma against BDSM, most people are closeted and don’t speak out about their interests because they fear condemnation and discrimination. Article: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts… To read the Federal Indictment: http://www.scribd.com/doc/37203030/Bagley-Indictmen… 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.
NCSF APPLAUDS FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED Federal lawsuit filed yesterday! Check out the Atlanta Eagle Raid website NCSF is actively involved in supporting the Atlanta Eagle and the plaintiffs in this suit.. In the case filed by Lambda Legal, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Dan Grossman as representation For the plaintiffs a federal law suit alleging multiple civil rights violations was filed 24 November 2009. In speaking with Leigha Fleming NCSF Board Chair, Wednesday afternoon, attorney Dan Grossman said, "NCSF's publicity and support is very welcome and needed in this effort." Said Ms. Fleming, "We need everyone in the Alanta community getting involved in this. There's a mayoral election coming up. Ask your candidates their opinions of the police action at the Eagle and whether or not they support the kind of bigotry and discrimination exhibited. Blog about it. Talk about it. All the various Eagle's around the country should link to this. Support this suit and support NCSF" Said Grossman, "The police believed that they could violate the rights of these men precisely because they were in a gay _leather_ bar." 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. Donate to NCSF now.
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Raid on iconic Atlanta Eagle bar highlights A.P.D.'s disregard for civil rights, common sense SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 In protest of the violent raid on the 22-year-old Atlanta Eagle bar on September 10, GLBTATL and members of Atlanta's LGBT community (and supporters) will be gathering in front of Atlanta City Hall on Saturday, September 19, at 12:00 p.m. COMMUNITY OUTRAGED: GLBTATL, made up of members of Atlanta's LGBT community, and our allies are highly concerned with the Atlanta Police Department in their handling of the police action against the Atlanta Eagle bar on September 10, 2009. We believe that no person, regardless of sexual orientation, race, or other aspect, should be treated in the manners alleged in the official complaints. We are further disappointed in the sluggish response from the Atlanta City Council, and particularly with the abject silence of Mayor Shirley Franklin. We join with other local and national groups in calling for an immediate, transparent investigation into the events. Should the allegations of improper police conduct prove true, the offending parties should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As community leaders, we want it to be understood that our trust in the protection and dedication of Atlanta Police Department officers has been violated. No community should live in fear of its protectors in law enforcement, whether in Fort Worth, TX (where a similar raid occurred in June at that city's "Rainbow Lounge"), Atlanta, or anywhere in America. As Atlantans, as Americans, and as humans, we demand respect, fairness, and common sense from our law enforcement and our government. We recognize that this issue represents a gross violation of the civil rights, and likely violation of United States Constitution-conferred rights, of Atlanta's citizens. Though as activists we may represent Atlanta's gay community, these events are a pandemic issue of violation of civil, and basic human rights. LAW ENFORCEMENT METHODS QUESTIONED: Common sense and precedent form the backbone of American treatment of law towards citizens. If the A.P.D.'s allegations of past illegal acts at Atlanta Eagle are true, we ask why such dramatic measures as occurred on September 10 were necessary. If, as in A.P.D.'s later media statement, permit violations were the reason for the raid, are there not procedures through which the owners and management of Atlanta Eagle could be made aware -- methods that would not have resulted in the violent humiliation, unwarranted personal searches, and possibly…
NELA Presents: Kink Awareness Conference: Laws Regarding Sexuality & the Affects on Personal Liberty and Happiness Free to the Public! Saturday October 3, 2009 from 11am to 5pm At the Non-Profit Center South Street Room 89 South Street, Boston MA Guest Speakers: Susan Wright (NCSF), Valerie White (SFLDEF), Ilona C. Paris (Therapist), Megan Andelloux (Sexologist) General Topics to be covered: Current local laws in the areas of polyamory, swinging, sex toys, BDSM,sodomy and assault. How can you express kinky sexuality without coming tothe attention of law enforcement? What to do if you are questioned by police about what you do in the bedroom, dungeon, event. How laws regarding sexuality and gender affect personal legal issues. (i.e. custody, jobs, etc) Being emotionally equipped during times of stress relating to personal legal issues and kink. And more, with plenty of time for questions. *Pre-registration is Required *Lunch is Included! Email:
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NCSF is proud to award the Volunteer of the Year Award to MasterZChicage MasterZChicage has served NCSF in innumerable ways. He has been on the board of NCSF since 2006, and has been the Coalition Partner Representative of LeatherSins since 2003. In 2006 ??? he joined NCSF as an individual Coalition Partner. MasterZChicago has never missed an annual meeting since becoming active in 2003, and at this year's meeting he was named the Vice-Chairman of the Board. MasterZChicago has been an active member of the fundraising committee since 2003, and LeatherSins has donated over $50,000 to NCSF over the years. He has also been a member of the media committee since 2004, the membership coordinator in 2007-8, and this year he became the outreach chair for NCSF. MasterZChicago not only gives to NCSF but his own local community by co-founding LeatherSins and serving as the President and on the board since 2001. He also co-founded the SINS Center in 2006 and has served as executive director since that time. He is the director of two major events that take place every year in the Chicago area - Kinky Kollege and SINSations in Leather. He has been an active presenter at events around the country, presenting dozens of workshops since 2001 on a wide variety of BDSM skills as well as how to produce special events and NCSF's newest class - NCSF and You. He is also a proud supporter of the Leather Archives & Museum, and serves as member of the Leadership Council for the Howard Brown Health Center which promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through health care and wellness programs. His award-winning BDSM resource website is: www.masterzchicago.com NCSF thanks MasterZChicago of Chicago for his years of dedicated service!
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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.