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Coalition Partners

Coalition Partners

NCSF receives its leadership direction from a Board of Directors that is elected by our body of Coalition Partners. There are currently nine Board positions comprised of individuals elected to two-year terms. These elections are staggered so that each year, half of the positions on the Board roll over and half of the positions are re-elected. Two of the nine Board positions are filled by individuals appointed by the current Board and/or by the NCSF Coalition Partners.  The Council of Coalition Partners is made up of our Coalition Partners. To be eligible for Voting Member Status, the applicant must meet the following four requirements:    Support the mission of NCSF  Pay annual dues of $100  Organize one fundraiser each year for NCSF  Serve a constituent, customer or client base consisting of only consenting adults  Each organization, group or business with Voting Member status may elect one representative to the Council of Coalition Partners (yup, that’s you!) and one alternate representative. This representative will act as the Voting Member’s liaison to NCSF. The Coalition Partners communicate regularly over email through our NCSF-CP listserv, and are invited to meet in person once each year at our annual meeting.   Associate Members comprise the bulk of NCSF. These are supporting members, individual members, contributing vendors, etc.  They have no requirements other than the form of dues that they pay annually. Associate Members are not held to Voting Member criteria, and do not participate in NCSF votes.  The NCSF staff are predominantly volunteers who devote their time and energy to carrying out the missions and tasks set for them by the Board of Directors. This staff includes the coordinators of our major programs (EOP, Incident Response, Media, Fundraising, etc).  The NCSF staff also includes one full-time paid Office Manager position. 
     See what NCSF's CP groups *really* think about NCSF....   HISTORICAL  RETROSPECTIVE THE COALITION PARTNER  PERSPECTIVE By NCSF Coalition Partners across the nation     Compiled, edited and narrated by Mistress Lisa, NCSF Outreach Committee Member & CP Rep for  L.A.D.s.   When asked to write an  article about NCSF over the past 10 years from the CP (Coalition Partner) Representatives'  perspective, it was only logical to share that honor with my fellow CP  Reps. There are currently 51 Coalition partner groups throughout the country. The intent of this article was not to prepare a graduate thesis;  therefore those that contributed understood that we would have to prune their  generous comments to avoid being redundant.  We are sharing important points that are  echoed by many so that all can know about NCSF and what it means to the various and  diverse groups throughout the country and the individuals that they represent.   We have compiled some of the many responses to a questionnaire distributed to our CP Reps. Only those that  generously consented to sharing them publicly, are being used. NCSF is very grateful to all the CP Reps for  their continued support of the NCSF Mission and to those who took the  time to offer their honest experience by participating in this 10th Anniversary  Historical Retrospective from the CP perspective.  We all learn from the experience of  those that have gone before us. Together we grow, find strength and achieve progress.   When asked to write her comments for this article, Susan  Wright (the founder of NCSF) shared  her vision regarding the governance of the organization and why she instituted  the concept of Coalition Partners. The balance of this article contains Susan Wright's comments followed by  those of various and diverse CP Reps from around the  country.  "NCSF was the first national advocacy organization for the BDSM subculture. Rather than appointing a board of individuals to set policy and run the group, we are made up of a national coalition. In order to be directly responsive to our constituents, we had to rely on a broad-based coalition of the educational and social groups that formed the foundation of our communities. So I made NCSF a coalition of these groups; they determine our strategy and goals because their groups consist of the people we serve. We rely on our Coalition Partners to spread the word about NCSF's resources for…
Adult Socials (New York, NY) Adventures in Sexuality (Columbus, OH) Albany Power Exchange (Albany, NY) Alternative Community Educational Society (Bremerton, WA) Arizona Power Exchange (Phoenix, AZ) Austin Law Group (San Francisco, CA) BADASS (Baltimore, MD/Washington DC) Beyond  Leather (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Black BEAT Inc. (Baltimore, MD) Black Rose (Washington DC) Board of Edcuation (Detroit, MI) Boise BDSM Society (Boise, ID) Bottom's Buffet (OH) Boulder Center for Sexual Health (Boulder, CO) CAPEX (Charlotte, NC) Center for Sex Positive Culture (Seattle, WA) Central Iowa Power Exchange (West Des Moines, IA) Chicago Age Players (Chicago, IL) Club X (San Diego, CA) DC Rope (Washington DC) DC TNG (Washington DC) Deviations Detroit (Detroit, MI) DFW Power Exchange (Dallas, TX) Dirty Things (Baltimore, MD) Dr. Clockwork (NJ) Eau Claire Munch (Eau Claire, WI) Females Investigating Sexual Terrain - FIST (Baltimore, MD) FetFest by Born Lucky Productions (MD/DC/VA) FetLife.com Focalizing - Dr. Michael Picucci (New York, NY) Fox Valley Kink Community (Neenah, WI) Ft. Wayne Munch (Ft. Wayne, IN) Frolicon (Atlanta, GA) GRALE, (Grand Rapids, MI) House Blackheart (Thomasville, NC) House of Decorum (Greenville, SC) Hub City Select (Hattiesburg, MS) Impact of Memphis (Memphis, TN) Institute for Personal Growth (NJ/NY) International Ms. Leather - IMsL International Swingers Day iTaboo.com Jacksonville TNG (Jacksonville, FL) Kevin Carlson (Boise, ID) The Kiddie Pool (Houston, TX) KingofSpades75 (Fayetteville, NC) Knights of Leather (Minneapolis, MN)   LA Noble (New Orleans, LA) Leather & Grace ~ Unitarian Universalists for BDSM Awareness (Boston, MA) Leather and Leis (Kailua, HI) Leather SINS (Chicago, IL) Lesbian Sex Mafia (New York, NY) LifeStyle Magazine Long Island Leather N Roses (Long Island, NY) The Mark by CPI (Nashville, TN) MAsT Evansville (Evansville, IN) Midwest Alternatives (Lincoln, NE) Midwest Fantasy Adventures (Chicago, IL) Minnesota Kinky Youth (St. Paul, MN) Minnesota Stocks, Debentures, and Bonds - MSDB (Minneapolis, MN) MN Rope (Minneapolis, MN) Mob New England (Boston, MA) Mollena.com The Monarchs (Los Angeles, CA) Motor City Socials - 7th Heaven Parties (Detroit, MI) MTTA (Washington DC) National Leather Association Dallas (Dallas, TX) New England Dungeon Society - NEDS (New England) New England Leather Alliance - NELA (Boston, MA) New Mexico Leather League (Albuquerque, NM) Northern Lights (MN) NYC TNG (New York, NY) OhioSMART (Cleveland, OH) PEPRMNT (St. Paul, MN) Pittsburgh Bridge (Pittsburgh, PA) The Private Affair (MD) The Red Chair (Birmingham, AL) Red Dragons Riding Club (Orange County, CA) Riverbound (IA/IL) Rob & Leenie (Clifton Park, NY) Robin Spector (San Leandro, CA)…
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
,
NCSF Board Member
Director of the DSM-V Revision Project.
susan@ncsfreedom.org

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