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Media Update - July 27, 2008

1. One writer - husband in tow - scopes out the scene at a surreal social club
2. Defense Attorney Asks for New Judge in Upcoming 'Mineola Swingers Club' Trial
3. Dominatrix "sorry" for racing chief orgy row
4. Dominatrix says she regrets filming Mosley sex scene
5. Burlesque queen wins suit over dominatrix
6. Racing chief wins in S&M orgy case
7. Duncanville doesn't want Swingtown image
8. Bondage death garners murder charge
9. Texas swingers club a profitable enterprise, court documents show.

NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US
newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant
mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.

These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or
anywhere in between.

NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what
media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages
readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.

One writer - husband in to - scopes out the scene at a surreal socal club
by Erin Mantz
July 29, 2008

The 1970s are over, but some things seem to be making a comeback: lava
lamps, wallpaper, Donna Summer's concert tour and - swingers. The
fascination with "the lifestyle" (as swingers fondly call it) is seeping
into suburban, upper-middle class social scenes. Over drinks and dessert,
discussions once focused on home renovations and restaurant openings are
giving way to talk about wife-swapping and tales of key parties down the

Last month, I attended an end-of-the-elementary-school-year family
barbecue in my woodsy suburban neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C.
Sitting with four other couples as the kids played Wii downstairs, the
parents' conversations turned from second grade teacher reputations and
fourth quarter grades to the rumored "swingers" parties one community
over. Those of us who had heard it before had a twinkle in their eyes.
Those who hadn't heard it were shocked then extremely curious. I swear
every mom and dad's ears perked up and hung on every word; even the most
conservative-seeming mom of the bunch pepped up.

... I got myself an invitation to a swingers club. For one night, I was
told I would have access to the entire club and get introduced to women
who could answer my overriding questions of "why do you do it?" and "how
can you do it?" The mystery began to unravel at every turn, down every
hallway, and in between the many stares and smiles of strangers.

The Tabu Social Club in Catonsville, Md. is tucked behind a nondescript
building and a 7-11, but once you see the blue awning with a fancy "T" you
know you're in the right place. I remember marveling at how their
elaborate black iron gate gave the entryway an almost regal quality. A bit
shaky as I climbed the steps of the building, I braced myself for what I
might find. For all the talk and joking around I had done with friends
about this subject, coming face to face with the lifestyle could be
something else altogether.

Three things struck me about the club atmosphere and clientele: Everyone
seemed to be in a great mood (and this is before the action of the night
began), lots of people seemed to know each other and everyone seemed
pretty relaxed. The owners ran their club like a business, socialized like
a host and hostess would anywhere, and seemed proud to preside over a club
that so many people "in the lifestyle" called home on weekend nights.

As for the swinging and social scene - strange - yes. Sexual - absolutely.
Sleazy? Only a few people who were so scantily dressed my head spun.
Surreal? You bet.

But, on the surface, and behind the scenes, it was all very
well-orchestrated as couples who'd communicated online met up or new ones
greeted others. For the swingers that Saturday night, life seemed pretty
good at the Tabu Social Club. People may not understand it or condone it,
but perhaps they ought to respect the choice. Whether you are a woman
swept up in thinking about the swingers phenomenon or curious to explore
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Defense Attorney Asks for New Judge in Upcoming 'Mineola Swingers Club' Trial
by staff writer
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX)
July 28, 2008

The attorney for a defendant charged in the "Mineola Swingers Club" case
wants a new judge to preside over the trial.

Thad Davidson, who represents Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, has filed a
motion to have 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. recused.

Skeen's "impartiality might reasonably be questioned", the motion said.

In the motion Davidson alleges that Skeen has wrongly turned himself into
a fact-finder by sifting through the state's evidence, that Skeen's
handling of a change of venue motion filed by Davidson was unfair to
himself and his client, and that Skeen was unfair in providing Child
Protective Services records to both defense and prosecuting attorneys.

Davidson is requesting that another trial judge - "preferably from another
county" - be assigned to preside.

If Skeen does not voluntarily recuse himself from the case, another judge
will be appointed to preside over a hearing on the matter and make a final

Kelly, 41, is set to go on trial on Aug. 4. He is charged with engaging in
organized criminal activity and aggravated assault of a child for
allegedly forcing two young siblings to have sex with each other in 2004.
He faces five years to life in prison for each charge.

He is also charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly destroying
evidence in the case, including costumes the children wore when they
performed for audiences and videotapes of the children performing skits
and having sex with each other. Kelly faces two to 10 years in prison if
convicted of the third-degree felony.

The victims in the Mineola Swingers' Club case - three siblings who are
now a 10-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and their
9-year-old aunt - all have testified that Kelly and his co-defendants
taught them, beginning at age 5, how to dance and perform sex acts in
"kindergarten", then forced them to dance and have sex with each other in
front of an audience at the Mineola Swingers' Club. The defendants
collected money for the performances but only paid the children with food.
The children were also given "silly pills", or drugs, before they danced
in the club.


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Dominatrix "sorry" for racing chief orgy row
by staff writer
Reuters news wire (via The US Daily)
July 26, 2008

LONDON (Reuters) - The woman who filmed motor racing chief Max Mosley
taking part in a sado-masochistic orgy and sold the story to a British
tabloid newspaper has apologized for the trouble it caused.

On Thursday, Mosley, 68, won 60,000 pounds ($119,100) in damages at
London's High Court from the News of the World newspaper for breaching his
privacy by reporting details of a German-themed sex session with five

The paper's story, which claimed Mosley, son of Britain's 1930s Fascist
leader Oswald Mosley, had taken part in a "sick Nazi orgy" was based on
footage captured by one of the women involved in the sex session, referred
to in court as "Woman E."

In an interview with Sky News, she said there had been no Nazi element and
was sorry for the trouble it had caused Mosley, president of Formula One's
governing body.

"It was never talked about that it was going to be a Nazi scene, we just
had confirmation to say that it was going to be a German prison scenario,"
the self-confessed dominatrix said.

"I can only apologize for what has happened but it's not going to take
back all the damage that has been done."

The woman, a mother-of-two who Sky said was called Michelle, said the
scandal had also forced her husband to quit his job as an agent for
Britain's MI5 security service.


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Dominatrix says she regrets filming Mosley sex scene
by staff writer
AP news wire (via USA Today)
July 25, 2008

LONDON (AP) - A dominatrix who secretly filmed the president of Formula
One's governing body in a sadomasochistic orgy said Friday she regretted
her actions, which she said led to her husband's resignation from MI5,
Britain's domestic spy agency.

The mother of two - known only as Woman E - said she also was sorry for
causing pain to Max Mosley's wife, who was apparently unaware of the

"No money is worth the sort of trouble and anguish it's caused everybody,"
the woman told Britain's Sky News, saying she was paid $40,000 by the News
of the World to film the sex session. "I have been stupid, naive, and I
wish I'd never done it."

She said her actions had prompted her husband to resign from MI5 where he
had worked as a surveillance officer.

"He actually resigned to save any embarrassment for the service. He
decided that the best thing to do was just be right and resign and save
them any embarrassment," she said.

A British judge ruled Thursday that the tabloid breached the motorsport
chief's privacy with a story claiming that the orgy he took part in had a
Nazi theme. The newspaper now faces a legal bill of almost $2 million
after Judge David Eady ordered it to pay damages and Mosley's legal costs,
as well as its own.

Eady said he found no evidence that Mosley's role playing encounter with
five women was intended to be an enactment of Nazi behavior.

The blonde middle-aged woman told Sky there had been no Nazi overtones,
though Mosley took part in a German prison scenario where other women wore
German uniforms and spoke German. Mosley is the son of the late Oswald
Mosley, Britain's leading fascist politician in the 1930s and a friend of
Adolf Hitler.

"I know for a fact, that it was spoken about, that Max actually found it
quite a turn-on to speak to them in German. He liked the German language.
It was prison uniforms because we were doing a German prison scene. But it
wasn't Nazi," said the woman.

She said she saw the filming for the News of the World as an "opportunity."

"I spoke to my husband. It was going to be more of a joke situation than
anything. I didn't know how big it was going to be. And I certainly didn't
know how big the response would be over Max Mosley and the importance of

She said she knew her actions had caused great damage to Mosley's family.

"I feel really sorry for Mrs. Mosley and her family. It's devastating for
her. She didn't ask for this and I'm very sorry that it came out as it
did. I don't think enough sorries could make up for this. I do feel


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Burlesque queen wins suit over dominatrix
from wire reports
The Daily Breeze (Los Angeles, CA)
July 25, 2008

Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and Los Angeles-based dominatrix Cynthia
Butler have settled a lawsuit that gives Von Teese the rights to a 2001
fetish film she starred in called "Slick City."

Von Teese, whose real name is Heather Sweet, claimed Butler stole her half
of the rights to the film and cash. She filed suit in Los Angeles Superior
Court on Jan. 8 and her allegations included fraud and intentional

According to a stipulated judgment filed by Butler's lawyer on Wednesday,
"all rights and inventory, including masters of the film `Slick City,"'
will be returned to Von Teese.

Butler's attorney, C. Curtis Edmondson, was not immediately available for

Keith A. Fink, one of Von Teese's lawyers, said he and his client are
happy with the resolution.

"It didn't take Solomonic wisdom ... to realize they better give back to
Dita all her intellectual property rights to "Slick City," Fink said.
"Just as we stated in our complaint, Dita always owned the rights to
`Slick City' and any claim she relinquished her rights was false."

The resolution is "a victory for Dita as it achieved precisely what we
sought -- Dita again has ownership in the `Slick City' intellectual
property and she got back the masters of the movie all all the `Slick
City' inventory," Fink said.

According to her lawsuit, Von Teese, who also works as a model, agreed to
share profits and split the rights to her film with "Slick City" producer
Bob Zahurak.

After Zahurak died, his widow and other business affiliates of distributor
GwenMedia Inc. assured Von Teese that she would have full ownership of the
film, her court papers said.

Von Teese claimed that Butler, who has also starred in various fetish
films under the name Isabella Sinclaire, told her that she would be taking
Zahurak's estate and GwenMedia to court in an effort to recover past-due
royalties from her films.

But unknown to Von Teese, Butler sought and won the rights to GwenMedia's
entire film library, including "Slick City," and intentionally failed to
inform the court that Von Teese is the true owner of the title, according
to her lawsuit. Under the settlement, any royalty claims Von Teese
maintains she has regarding "Slick City" will be made against Zahurak's
estate and not Butler.

Von Teese, 35, was married to shock rocker Marilyn Manson from 2005-07.


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Racing chief wins in S&M orgy case
AP press wire via The Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2008

LONDON -- After the sting of scandal, Max Mosley can feel the balm of

A British judge ruled Thursday that a tabloid newspaper breached the
motorsport chief's privacy with a story claiming that a sadomasochistic
orgy he took part in had a Nazi theme.

The News of the World faces a legal bill of almost 1 million pounds ($2
million) after the judge ordered it to pay damages and Mosley's legal
costs, as well as its own.

Mosley said the ruling proves that his now-famous interest in
sadomasochism is a purely private matter.

But some legal experts doubt the financial blow to the newspaper will be
large enough to deter the prying of Britain's scandal-hungry tabloid

High Court judge David Eady ruled that Mosley, president of the governing
body that oversees Formula One racing, ''had a reasonable expectation of
privacy in relation to sexual activities (albeit unconventional) carried
on between consenting adults on private property.''

The judge said he had found no evidence that Mosley's role-playing
encounter with five women ''was intended to be an enactment of Nazi
behavior or adoption of any of its attitudes.''

''There was bondage, beating and domination, which seem to be typical of
S&M behavior,'' Eady said.

Mosley's fondness for caning and spanking has become public knowledge
since the News of the World ran a story in March giving details of his
encounters with five dominatrices in a basement flat in London.

Video footage, secretly filmed by one of the women, has been viewed
millions of times on the Internet, and extracts were played during
Mosley's weeklong court hearing against the newspaper this month.


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Duncanville doesn't want Swingtown image
by Brian Allen
Pegasus News (Dallas, TX)
July 24, 2008

DUNCANVILLE - I just finished reading the 19-page affidavit detailing the
charges against The Cherry Pit owners and I'm physically ill. It's more
proof that the image of incredibly gorgeous people having romantic
interludes with no consequences happens only on TV shows.

An informant describes five and six beds put together with couples having
sexual intercourse in plain sight of well- everyone else and a hot tub
with unidentified substances floating on the water.

The only treatment the informant saw for this hot tub was Cherry Pit owner
Jim Trulock skimming the surface with a net and disposing of the
"contents". Yeah, I got ill again just typing that. People that attend
these parties have to sign waivers saying The Cherry Pit is not
responsible for any diseases you may contract.

I pity the person that's gotten to the point that they can't enjoy Friday
night unless they're willing to sign a paper that says "you may get AIDS
if you take another step". The best part? People are paying the club's
owners for these privileges, as the Pit's pulling down a reported $10,000
a month in a residential area. And to think some of us work for a living.

Don't even get me started on the large quantities of liquor and guns
police found in the home Tuesday. Trulock told one party guest there were
"No Trespassing" signs which the club owner said gave him the right to
shoot anyone on the property he didn't approve of. Alcohol, guns and a
misguided sense of justice. I wish I had time to tell you the number of
crime stories that began with those three elements.

I implore the "customers" of The Cherry Pit to think with their brains for
a second. Jim Trulock and Julie Norris are not defending you or your
lifestyle, they're endangering your life.

And hey Jim and Julie, you had a good long run but the jig is clearly up.
I don't know what ruling you will eventually get in court but this
evidence doesn't help. I suspect it's going to be difficult to find a
judge that agrees our constitutional rights include holding swingers'
parties in residential areas. For right now, it doesn't look like you'll
get to party in Duncanville anymore. The smart thing here would be to move
on. Sounds like you can afford it.


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Bondage death garners murder charge
by John Henson
The Columbia Daily Herald (Columbia, TN)
July 24, 2008

A Jacob's Lane woman has been indicted by the Maury County grand jury for
second-degree murder in connection with the bondage death of her husband,
according to court documents.

Rebecca Bargy, 25, is suspected of tying her husband, James Bargy, 29, as
part of a sex game and abandoning him to die of asphyxiation while she was
away for several hours with a boyfriend, according to Assistant District
Attorney Larry Nickell.

Dr. Thomas Deering, a Nashville medical examiner, testified at a
preliminary hearing that James Bargy could not breathe because of the ball
gag in his mouth and the strap tied to Bargy's neck compressed his jugular
vein, contributing to his death.

Authorities found James Bargy's body on the floor of the couple's home at
4 p.m. April 19. Sheriff's detectives said Rebecca Bargy tied her husband
about 7:30 p.m. the previous day.

In a written statement, Rebecca Bargy wrote she had tried to leave her
husband several times and related an incident last year in which her
husband had eaten rat poison because he didn't want to live any longer.


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Texas swingers club a profitable enterprise, court documents show
by Jon Nielsen
KHOU TV (Houston, TX)
July 24, 2008

DUNCANVILLE - The Cherry Pit is more than a weekend hangout for a few
consenting adults.

For the owners of the swingers club, it's a profitable enterprise where
sex, booze and guns collide.

According to court documents released Wednesday, sex parties are held at
the home in the 1300 block of North Cedar Ridge Drive every Friday and
Saturday for 50 to 80 people, or 80 to 100 during special events and
holidays. The documents showed that more than 7,000 people have attended
parties there in the last year and that the owners can earn $10,000 per

Duncanville is trying to shut down the Cherry Pit, which city officials
say is an illegal sexually oriented business. City Manager Kent Cagle has
said that investigators are building a larger case that also includes
charges of organized criminal activity, prostitution, narcotics
trafficking and money laundering.

Cherry Pit's attorney, Ed Klein, said authorities have trumped up the
charges against the Cherry Pit owners - Jim Trulock and Julie M. Norris -
because the city's ordinance last fall targeting the business failed to
shut its doors.

"It's the shotgun approach. They're going to try to allege whatever they
can and see what sticks," said Mr. Klein.

An informant told police that patrons can openly solicit sex acts from
others using "fun money" purchased in a manner similar to buying tokens to
play a game at an amusement park.

So when authorities stormed the sex club last weekend, they found the
expected: a stripper pole, bondage devices and thong underwear draped from
the ceiling.

But what they didn't expect to find was hundreds of bottles of liquor and
a cache of loaded guns.

The stash of liquor and weapons brought in state authorities, prompting a
second raid Tuesday that resulted in the seizure of the liquor.

In the court documents, the informant who attended a party this month
vividly describes a place where patrons walk around in the nude, condoms
are rarely used, bed sheets appear to not be changed and the tepid hot tub
water where sex acts occur isn't chemically treated.

Mr. Trulock, 59, explained to the informant that he has the right to host
private parties in his own home.

"Trulock compared his sexually oriented business to a church group holding
a barbecue and charging a $10 admittance to cover the cost of the food,"
the affidavit said.

Most patrons are usually asked for a $50 donation to attend a party.
Females are usually admitted free, because Mr. Trulock says that single
females attract male attendees.

Patrons also are asked to sign a waiver saying they won't sue the Cherry
Pit over any injuries that occur or any sexually transmitted diseases


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  • Barbara Nitke visit to SF - PR and calendar of events for Sept 2004

    Mark I. Chester ( and Dr. Carol Queen's non-profit Center for Sex and Culture (, announce a series of events in mid-September 2004 on radical sex photography and artistic freedom, featuring New York City photographer Barbara Nitke ( The events coincide with the upcoming Folsom St. Fair, Sun Sept. 26th, San Francisco's annual leather street fair, California's third largest public outdoor event. Barbara Nitke visit to SF - pr and…

    Tags: Nitke
  • CDA Fundraising Countdown!

    NCSF needs your help fighting our battle against increasing obscenity prosecutions. NCSF's Communications Decency Act lawsuit, filed with Barbara Nitke in Federal Court, is scheduled to go to trial this Fall! John Wirenius, our attorney, has graciously agreed to donate his services pro bono, but we need money to bring in expert witnesses to testify on our behalf (all of the expert witnesses are donating their time to this case).…

  • NCSF's IML Raffle a Success!

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the winner of our 2004 International Mr. Leather Weekend Giveaway Raffle. We would like to thank the producers of IML for the donation of the winner's event packages. The room at the host hotel and air transportation to Chicago is being provided by NCSF. NCSF netted approximately $2,000 after raffle expenses. LadyKuanYin from Florida was the winner, having purchased her…

    Tags: Raffle IML
  • NCSF Spearheads First National Swing Leadership Conference

    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…

    Tags: Swing
  • NCSF Calls for Reinstatement of Cuffs at Iowa State University

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom supports the rights of adults at Iowa State University to maintain their educational and social SM group, Cuffs. NCSF condemns any form of discrimination or persecution of consenting adults who engage in SM educational activities, and calls for Cuffs' organizational privileges to be reinstated and for the assault allegations to be dropped at the March 1st investigative hearing by Iowa State University. University-approved SM…

    Tags: Susan Wright SM
  • NCSF Announces Swing Leadership Conference

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, in conjunction with Club Adventure, is pleased to present a Leadership Conference for owners of swing clubs and community members, scheduled to take place in Chicago, February 28 and 29, 2004.

  • NCSF in Time magazine

    National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is proud to be mentioned by Time Magazine in an article entitled "Bondage Unbound" by John Cloud in the January 19th issue. National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is proud to be mentioned by Time Magazine in an article entitled "Bondage Unbound" by John Cloud in the January 19th issue. To read the article, go to: It is the policy of the National Coalition for…

  • PPF Fund Announcement

    The PPF Fund is an exciting way to support two fantastic organizations dedicated to protecting the past and future of our Community. Help support the cause by making a donation directly to either organization by snail mail (at the address listed below). Please make your check payable to either Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, or send a check for each! You can also make a direct…

  • NCSF Call to Action

    A social and educational event, Fetish in the Fall, scheduled to take place in Kenner, Louisiana (part of greater New Orleans) has been attacked by the local police chief. Please see the press release below that was sent by the police to the New Orleans media.

  • NCSF Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Texas Sodomy Law

    WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 26, 2003 -- The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Texas sodomy law. The justices voted 6-3 to overturn their 1986 decision on Bowers v Hardwick (GA), stating that the sodomy law is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy and that by singling out gay people, it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

  • Eden Sarfaty Named Executive Director of NCSF

    WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 24, 2003 -- The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) has named Eden Sarfaty as Executive Director. Sarfaty, a Washington, DC attorney, is an expert in the area of legislative and administrative law, with experience in the management of national associations, lobbying at all levels of state and federal government, and criminal defense. He will take the helm from Leigha Fleming, acting Executive Director, on July 1st,…

  • Hotel Outreach Project

    The religious extremist organization, Concerned Women for America, continues to attack hotels that host SM events. CWA has a petition up now targeting IML that will be sent to their host hotels (CWA Petition). An NCSF volunteer has kindly offered to head up the NCSF Hotel Outreach Project to counter their sensationalized rhetoric by gathering data and supporting evidence that SM events aren't dangerous and can be profitable for businesses.…

  • NCSF Reaches Agreement with Cendant Hotels on SM Events

    September 30, 2002 - Responding to concerns that it was prohibiting franchisees from hosting events for "sadomasochism enthusiasts," the Cendant Corporation Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel franchisor, has assured the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom that it will honor the right of franchisees to host the events of their choice.

  • 300 People Attend Barbara Nitke Photography Exhibit

    On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until August 3rd at Art @ Large, 630 Ninth Ave, No. 707, New York, NY. On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until…

  • NCSF Counters Attack by Radical Right on Sexual Minority Groups

    WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2002) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults, today a launched a new initiative that provides support to sexual minority groups under attack by radical right wing groups.

  • Challenging Internet Obscenity Law, Historic Lawsuit is Filed by NCSF and Artist Barbara Nitke

    NEW YORK CITY (December 11, 2001) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national civil liberties organization, and Barbara Nitke, an acclaimed New York City artist who operates her own Web site (, today filed a court challenge that aims to overturn the last remaining Internet censorship provision of the flawed Communications Decency Act.

Action Alerts!

Action Alerts!

  • 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…

    Written on Sunday, 03 April 2011 21:11
    Tags: Consent Counts action alerts california SB 430
  • Action Alert: Atlanta Eagle Update

    Lawless cops are a threat to everyone in America NCSF joins state and local representatives in urging everyone to file a complaint if they were present at the Eagle on September 10th, when the Atlanta police illegally detained 62 patrons and 8 employees and searched them without a warrant, reasonable suspicion, or probable cause. You can file a complaint with the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Citizen Review Board…

    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2009 10:17
    Tags: Susan Wright Action Alert Human Rights
  • 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…

    Written on Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:22
    Tags: DSM Leather Fetish
  • Action Alert - Stop the Arrests in NYC

    Action Alert National Coalition for Sexual Freedom SHERIDAN SQUARE RALLY Christopher St & 7th Ave SATURDAY February 21, 2009 4-5PM IN SUPPORT OF THOSE FALSELY ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION This is a big protest and rally at Sheridan Square this Saturday. Susan Wright, Spokesperson for NCSF, will be speaking out at the rally against the arrests of professional Dominatrices for prostitution. In order to help raise awareness of the arrests of…

    Written on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 07:48
    Tags: Action Alert Dominance Gay AntiViolence
  • Action Alert - Winter Wickedness

    Support the Holiday Inn - Worthington, OH!  February 4, 2009 Please make a phone call now to support the Holiday Inn Worthington, the host hotel for Adventures In Sexuality's (AIS) Winter Wickedness Event taking place February 6-8th. The religious extremist group, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, along with a local religious radio station in the Columbus, Ohio, area are running a smear campaign against this pansexual BDSM event.  Peter LaBarbara of Americans…

    Written on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 11:22
    Tags: Winter Wickedness Action Alert
  • Action Alert - DSM Revision Petition

    Written on Monday, 15 September 2008 09:00

  • 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 ( 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…

    Written on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:12
    Tags: DSM Creating Change Conference Task Force Award Leather LGBT
  • Action Alert: Folsom Street Fair Needs Your Help

    October 12, 2007 - The Catholic League, Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth have called for a boycott of Miller Brewing Company because they are one of the sponsors of Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. "Miller is sponsoring an incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.  Miller is feeling the heat, and we need you to email Miller Brewing Company…

    Written on Friday, 12 October 2007 08:04
    Tags: CWA Folsom Street
  • Action Alert - Support the Palmer House Hilton

    June 6, 2007 - Please write a short note of support for the Palmer House Hilton, host hotel for International Mr. Leather, thanking them for not discriminating against any guests or groups based on their sexual orientation. The anti-gay group, Americans For Truth, posted an action alert calling for people to protest the "homosexual orgies" that take place at the "sadistic sexual perversion-fest known as International Mr. Leather."   NCSF…

    Written on Wednesday, 06 June 2007 01:00
    Tags: Leather
  • Action Alert -

    March 8, 2007 - An informational hearing has been scheduled for March 8 at San Francisco City Hall from 10-12:30. needs lots of people to show up and support's right to be in business. NCSF recommends that you wear business or casual clothes so that our community looks like the neighbors – we need to show them that we won't abide discrimination and persecution against alt sex practices…

    Written on Thursday, 08 March 2007 01:00
    Tags: Action Alert
CDA Media Reports

CDA Media Reports

Media reports covering the Communications Decency Act lawsuit launched by co-plaintiffs NCSF and Barbara Nitke.

  • NEWSBYTES - December 19, 2001

    Net Obscenity Provisions Revocation Sought NEWSBYTES By David McGuire December 19, 2001, Washington, DC -- A small civil liberties group has asked a federal judge in New York to revoke what remains of an Internet pornography law that was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. In a complaint filed in a New York City Federal Court [ ] last week, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom […

    Tags: Media News
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian - January 14, 2002

    Techsploitation By Annalee Newitz San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 14, 2002   HERE'S YET ANOTHER wacky fact you probably didn't know about the Communications Decency Act ole Bill Clinton signed into law way back in 1996: the good citizens of some small town in Arizona or southern California might have the power to send you to jail if they think the contents of your Web site are "obscene." The CDA…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • San Francisco Frontiers - January 23, 2002

    Communications Decency Act A Lingering Coup de Grace? By Tim Kingston   January 23, 2002   You may dimly recall the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which unsuccessfully attempted to define and proscribe "indecency" on the Internet. That law's legal core--its indecency provision--was immediately challenged and rapidly struck down as unconstitutional by free- and electronic-speech advocates. But, what many may not know is that another portion of the law, prohibiting…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • Ynot News - January 2, 2002

    Can David Beat Goliath in the Battle of Obscenity? Part 2   By Judd Handler   Ynot News, January 2, 2002   Last week's editorial featured an interview with John Wirenius, lead counsel for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Barbara Nitke, an adult content photographer. Wirenius, on behalf of the NCSF and Nitke, filed a lawsuit on December 11 against Attorney General John Ashcroft seeking to overturn Internet…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • Ynot News - December 20, 2001

    Can David Beat Goliath in the Battle of Obscenity? By Judd Handler   Ynot News, December 20, 2001   One would think it would take the giants of the industry to force the government to rethink existing, not-applicable-to-the-Internet obscenity laws. On the contrary, the little players may be the ones who are successful in getting the federal government and the Supreme Court to throw out irrelevant local community standards when…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • Wired - December 12, 2001

    New Suit Targets Obscenity Law By Julia Scheeres Wired, December 12, 2001    A national organization that promotes sexual tolerance and an artist who photographs pictures of couples engaged in sadomasochism filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Internet obscenity laws. The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and photographer Barbara Nitke argue that the obscenity provision of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is so broad that it violates free speech.…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • Spectator Magazine - January 11, 2002

    STANDING UP TO BE COUNTED: BARBARA NITKE CHALLENGES JOHN ASHCROFT ON S/M AND INTERNET OBSCENITY By David Steinberg Spectator Magazine, January 11, 2002 "No matter how we're wired to express love, freedom is having the courage to be who we are." - Photographer/plaintiff Barbara Nitke On December 11, Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom brought suit in New York City's Federal District Court, seeking to have the…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Press - August 28, 2002

    What's Obscene in Podunk By John Strausbaugh New York Press, August 28, 2002   Barbara Nitke is a well-known and much-seen photographer in her field. She's president of the New York Camera Club and teaches a course in darkroom technique at SVA. A nice, neat, sweet individual, she's the very very last person in New York City you'd suspect of being a pornographer. Which she's not, not exactly. She's more…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Newsday - July 25 2005

    New York judges refuse to say Internet obscenity law is unconstitutional By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer, July 25, 2005, 7:58 PM EDT  NEW YORK -- A special three-judge federal panel on Monday refused to find unconstitutional a law making it a crime to send obscenity over the Internet to children. The Communications Decency Act of 1996 had been challenged by Barbara Nitke, a photographer who specializes in pictures of…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Daily News - July 15, 2002

    Fotog vs. Feds in Obscenity Law: Files suit to keep photos on Web by Veronica Vera New York Daily News, July 15, 2002 Photographer Barbara Nitke is used to being behind the lens, but if legal matters heat up, she may soon find the government focusing on her. Nitke is ready to step into the foreground as the chief plantiff in Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • Nerve - December 11, 2001

    Nerve December 11, 2001 Photographer Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) filed a lawsuit today, claiming the Internet censorship provision of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The provision stipulates that "local community standards" will judge whether or not something is indecent. Yet attorney John Wirenius argues that "By allowing the most restrictive jurisdiction to define what speech can…

    Tags: Media CDA
  • CNN - December 20, 2001

    Lawsuit targets last scraps of Net-obscenity law By Sam Costello (IDG News) CNN, December 20, 2001 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and artist Barbara Nitke have filed a lawsuit challenging the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act, much of which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. The act, or CDA, was passed in 1996 and was the first U.S. law designed to allow…

    Tags: CDA Media
  • Adult Video News - February, 2002

    NCSF Tackles "Community Standards" For The Web By Mark Kernes Adult Video News, February Issue Washington, DC The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom may not be a household name, even in the adult entertainment industry, but if their recently-filed lawsuit succeeds, they may go down in history as the first group to secure Americans' core constitutional speech rights.  NCSF is based in the nation's capital [~] in fact, only a…

    Tags: Media CDA News
  • ABC News - July 29, 2002

    Love or Obscenity? S/M Photographer Challenges Internet Decency Standards By Dean Schabner, July 29, 2002 When Barbara Nitke wanted to put her photographs of loving couples on the Internet, she thought she should check into the laws first. That's because Nitke's recent photographs have been focused on how some couples express their love through sado-masochism. What Nitke found after reading up on Internet law and talking to lawyers was…

    Tags: Media CDA
NCSF Newsletters

NCSF Newsletters

A quarterly newsletter produced by the NCSF staff to inform our communities about the important work our coalition is doing.

  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2012

    NCSF Newsletter 1st Quarter, 2012 In this issue The NCSF Annual Meeting is the 3rd Weekend of March! Sexual Freedom Stories in the News What happened at Spanksgiving? Spanksgiving, an Addendum Coalition Corner - The Eulenspiegel Society Meet Your Board! Returning Member- Vivienne Kramer The NCSF Annual Meeting is the 3rd Weekend of March!  Join us in St. Paul Minnesota this spring! We are pulling out all the stops for a…

    Written on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 00:24
    Tags: Newsletter News newletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 4th Quarter, 2011   In this issue NCSF Annual Meeting, March 2012 in Minnesota Consent Counts: Report & Looking to the Future Consent Counts: Words from Our Board Chair Coalition Corner: Siege Works Meet Your Board! Returning Member- Mercury  NCSF Annual Meeting, March 2012 in Minnesota  By: Sassy, CP Rep - Minnesota Stocks Debentures & Bonds March is known for "March Madness" in Minnesota. It's a time of high school…

    Written on Friday, 11 November 2011 02:28
    Tags: Newsletter News Newsletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 3rd Quarter, 2011    In this issue Membership Drive...Keep that Independence Day Spirit Minnesota Welcomes NCSF next March! Meet Your Board!...New Member- Julian Wolf Update: Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis Consent Counts Expands Educational Focus Coalition Corner - Meet the New Mexico Leather League Membership Drive Keep that Independence Day Spirit and become a freedom fighter by joining NCSF! NCSF is having a membership drive until July 31st! NCSF is…

    Written on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:52
    Tags: Newsletter News
  • NCSF Newsletter: 2nd Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2011 In this issue NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge Annual Meeting Letter From the Chair Hosting the Annual Meeting New Coalition Partner, FetFest, Launches Ticket Donations Creating Change at Creating Change Why KAP (Kink Aware Professionals) Affecting the Law In California NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Cambridge, MA from March 26-27,…

    Written on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:07

  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2011 In this issue   Letter from the Chair Boston Annual Meeting Interview with a Coalition Partner DSM Revision Project a Success Why support the NCSF?   From the ChairBy: Leigha FlemingNCSF Board Chair Hello to all of you and an especially warm greeting to all of our supporting and coalition partners. 2010 has been an exciting year for NCSF. We had some major successes with…

    Written on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:28

  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2010

    Winter: January 2010 In this issue   NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides NCSF Protests Raid on Atlanta Eagle Consent Counts- Get Involved! Coalition Partner Stewardship NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guidesby: Susan Wright NCSF and the Foundation are thrilled to announce two new and valuable additions to its line of publications. The first is A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist , created by Keely Kolmes Psy.D.…

    Written on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:23
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2010   In this issue Next Annual Meeting AASECTH NCSF & FetLife NCSF Comes to You Tube Next Annual Meeting in BostonBy: Opn Heartd CP Rep, MOB New England New Englanders, maybe you belong to a NCSF Coalition Partner group like NELA or NE-DS or Mob New England or you are an individual supporting member of NCSF.  Maybe you've attended an event that donated to NCSF,…

    Written on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:40
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 2nd Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter Spring: May 2010 In this issue Annual Meeting Board of Directors Volunteer of the Year New Papers ___________________________________________________________________________________ Annual Coalition Partner's Meeting  The Annual Coalition Partner's Meeting was held in Seattle this year. It was the NCSF's first time in the city of Seattle and this could not have been done without the efforts of the Seattle community - particularly Jim Duvall and Allena Gabosch. We would like…

    Written on Sunday, 20 March 2011 15:35
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter: Winter January 2010 In this issue NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides NCSF Protests Raid on Atlanta Eagle Consent Counts- Get Involved! Coalition Partner Stewardship  _____________________________________________________________________________ NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides by: Susan Wright NCSF and the Foundation are thrilled to announce two new and valuable additions to its line of publications. The first is A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist , created by…

    Written on Sunday, 20 March 2011 14:58
    Tags: Notes Newsletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2009

    Download NCSF Notes Winter 2009-2010

    Written on Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:12
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
Media Activity Reports

Media Activity Reports

Reports about the activities of the NCSF Media Committee.

  • NCSF Media Activity Report - 2007

    September 2007 to August 2008 The NCSF Media Committee reviews, edits, and refines the documents that NCSF distributes. The media committee is chaired by Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF, and consists of Levi Halberstadt, Keith Richie, Lisa Vandever, Lolita Wolf, and Howie Z. Over the past year, Susan gave five media trainings including one for the board of a national event, and one at the annual CP meeting for CP…

    Tags: BDSM Susan Wright Task Force
  • Media Activity Reports

    Reports about the activities of the NCSF Media Committee NCSF has an active media committee which provides interviews for print, radio, and television. We creates press releases, action alerts, and entertainment media updates. The Media committee also provides media training and coaching to coalition partners, advocacy groups and responds to hundreds of media related queries. With the action around the CDA lawsuit as well as other media events, this has…

    Tags: Activist Media Coalition Partners
  • NCSF Media Activity Report - 2006

    September 2005 - September 2006 The NCSF Media Committee reviews, edits, and refines the documents that NCSF publicly distributes. The media committee consists of Susan Wright, Allena Gabosch, Anita Wagner, Lisa Vandever, Lolita Wolf, Howie Z., and Keith, who creates and distributes the NCSF Media Updates. Interviews Susan Wright gave 57 interviews with most of the media outlets contacting NCSF, indicating that NCSF has much higher profile than before the…

    Tags: Susan Wright Media CDA
Press Releases

Press Releases

  • NCSF: Moving Forward

    What is the difference between NCSF and the NCSF Foundation?   The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a 501c4 nonprofit membership organization that advocates for those in the kink and polyamory lifestyles. The Coalition Partners oversee NCSF’s Board of Directors, who in turn run the projects and programs of both organizations. The NCSF Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization that educates about BDSM, swinging and polyamory to destigmatize…

    Written on Monday, 10 March 2014 00:56

  • 2013 Advocacy Roundup

    National Coalition for Sexual Freedom 2013 Advocacy Roundup NCSF faced some difficult challenges in 2013, but the dedicated volunteer staff worked hard to advocate for the BDSM, swing and polyamory lifestyles: Kink is Okay                   The biggest news of 2013 was that the American Psychiatric Association depathologized consensual sadism, masochism, cross-dressing and fetishes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). NCSF’s DSM-Revision project began in April…

    Written on Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:52

  • Take the Consent Violations Survey!

    Please take this survey even if you’ve never had a consent violation. We want to know what are your power exchange and sexual identities? Are you “out” about being kinky? How often do you go to BDSM groups and online communities?   NCSF will use these results to help perform its advocacy, such as helping law enforcement, prosecutors and health care professionals understand the experiences of kinky people and provide…

    Written on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:47

  • The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Leather Archives & Museum proudly present: “BDSM? Erotic Play? What Are the Legal Risks?”

    Where: Leather Archives & Museum6418 N. Greenview AvenueChicago, IL 60626 When: Saturday, October 19th from 2:30-5 p.m.followed by awine and cheese reception for the benefit of LA&M and NCSF from 5-7 p.m.Presentation is free of charge.Wine and cheese reception has a suggested donation of $20 and is open to the public.   Program description:You and your BDSM partner may be having a great time, but you need to know about…

    Written on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:42

  • 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…

    Written on Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:32
    Tags: DSM
  • 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 to see the Consent Statement and comment on it.   “The Consent Statement…

    Written on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:22
    Tags: Consent_Counts
  • Office Fire Fundraiser

    Our Office Burned! We need YOUR help February 13, 2013 – The NCSF office in Baltimore, MD, was destroyed in a fire a few weeks ago. We’ve lost everything: computer, office supplies and furnishings, tee shirts, and all of our stored printed literature are gone.    Please donate to the NCSF Fire Recovery Fund drive:      Donations are tax deductible! In order to continue helping the BDSM-leather-fetish, swing…

    Written on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:15

  • 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: 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…

    Written on Monday, 09 July 2012 10:19
    Tags: Survey Consent Counts consent fetlife
  • Mark Frazier Joins the NCSF Board of Directors

    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…

    Written on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 02:26

  • NCSF at AASECT 2012

      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…

    Written on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:33
    Tags: NCSF aasect

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