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  NCSF Board of Directors   Laura Carlson CP Stewardship Stephanie Sassy LynnTreasurer C4 Jim Fleckenstein Treasyrer C3 Susan Wright Media Relations Kevin Carlson Board Chair/IT Director MercuryMembership Julian WolfMedia/Newsletter  Mark RichardsSecretary/Graphics/Calendar Devin MacLachlanBoard Member KeiraVolunteer Coordinator JsinBoard Member   Fil VocasekBoard Member   NCSF Key Staff . Wendy Williams KAP Coordinator  Judy Guerin Project Director Consent Counts  
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.  
DSM-V in the News

DSM-V in the News

  • The DSM-5 Says Kink is OK!

    The DSM-5 Says Kink is OK!   The American Psychiatric Association has depathologized kinky sex – including cross-dressing, fetishes, and BDSM – in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Now the paraphilias are considered to be “unusual sexual interests,” while those who have sex with children or people who haven’t consented, or who deliberately cause harm to themselves or others, may be diagnosed with a…






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  • Press Release - DSM Update 2/16/10

    The APA Paraphilias Subworkgroup Agrees: Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis!






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  • Press Release - Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis 02-02-10

    Press Release - Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis






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  • Action Alert - DSM Petition 10/15/09

    Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis Help make history by signing the DSM Revision Petition now! The diagnoses in the DSM-IV-TR still subject people who practice BDSM, fetishes and cross-dressing to bias, discrimination and social sanctions without any scientific basis. We need 3,000 signatures, but we only have 2,200 now. If you don't speak up and call on the American Psychiatric Association to adhere to empirical research when revising the diagnoses…






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  • Press Release - Sweeden Takes Sexual Behaviors Off Their Disease List

    Sweden takes sexual behaviors off their disease list November 25, 2008 - The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare is declassifying sexual behaviors as mental illnesses to avoid strengthening prejudice against the behaviors, the Swedish news service Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported last week. The diagnoses which will soon disappear from the disease registry include sadomasochism, fetishism, fetishistic transvestitism, transvestitism, gender identity disorder in youth, and multiple disorders of sexual preferences. NCSF…






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  • Press Release - NCSF Marching Forward

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Coalition for Sexual Freedom     Marching Forward: NCSF proactively advocates for sexual freedom   November 19, 2008 - NCSF is proud to be the only group in the country with a national mission committed to changing the political, legal and social environment for those involved with the BDSM, swing and polyamory communities. The new board of NCSF was voted in at the annual Coalition Partner…






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  • Action Alert - Religious political extremists attack The Task Force for "Leather Leadership Award"

    February 13, 2008 - The American Family News Network posted an inflammatory article condemning the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for honoring Guy Baldwin with  their Leather Leadership Award at the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality:  Creating Change, on February 6-10, 2008 (www.thetaskforce.org). According to the February 7th article: Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth commented that he is  not sure if he is more surprised…






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DSM-V: We're Making a Difference

  • Over 3000 signatures on DSM-V Revision Petition submitted APA
  • NCSF Letter to the Editor published in Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • NCSF has helped successfully lobby for the new proposed changes to the DSM-V which depathologizes BDSM

About DSM-V Revision Project

The DSM Revision project is attempting to depathologize BDSM in the APA Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.

Goal:
The goal of the DSM-V Revision Project is to keep people from being discriminated against and persecuted because the current APA guidelines say BDSM is indicative of mental illness.

Contact:
Susan Wright
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NCSF Board Member
Director of the DSM-V Revision Project.
susan@ncsfreedom.org

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