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Media Update - August 22, 2008

1. Sex-slave conviction overturned
2. Murder-suicide autopsies: 3 died of gunshot wounds
3. 'Booger Red' Gets Life
4. This swinger feels persecuted
5. Study Suggests Polygamy May Lead To A Longer Life
6. For some, Gitmo interrogation techniques are a real turn-on

7. Court overturns conviction of NYC's 'S&M Svengali'

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
August 22, 2008
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NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US
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of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.

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in between.

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media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages
readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.

Sex-slave conviction overturned
by Jeff Lipton
Nassau Herald (Nassau, NY)
August 21, 2008

A federal appeals court last week overturned the conviction of a North
Woodmere man who was sentenced to nine years in prison last September for
the sadomasochistic torture of a woman he met on the Internet.


In a 17-page decision on Aug. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit granted Glenn Marcus, 55, a new trial in the sensational sex-slave
case, which dates to 1998, when he first met the woman online.

Marcus was accused of sexually torturing the now 40-year-old woman, who has
been identified only as "Jodi." He also posted photos of sadomasochistic
acts on a Web site that he forced her to operate eight to 10 hours a day
without compensation between November 1999 and September 2001, according to

Marcus was living in his parents' North Woodmere home during the time he
carried out what prosecutors described as his "horrific sexual abuses"
from 1998, when he met the woman on the Internet, to May 12, 2005, when he
was arrested.

Following a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in February 2007, a jury
of seven men and five women found Marcus guilty of sex trafficking and
forced labor, ruling that he violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
(TVPA). District Court Judge Allyne Ross sentenced him to a nine-year prison
term on Sept. 18.

But the three-judge appeals panel ruled last week since a good portion of
the alleged crimes took place before the TVPA was enacted in October 2000,
the conviction against Marcus should be thrown out.

The judges ruled that Marcus's conviction violated the Constitution's Ex
Post Facto clause.

Marcus's attorney, Herald Price Fahringer, who handled the appeal, said his
client was "extremely pleased" with the court decision. He said that Marcus
has been held in jail for about eight months, and Fahringer hopes to get
bail set for him so Marcus can be released until his next trial. The date
for the retrial has not yet been set.

"He's elated over the results of the reversal," Fahringer said of
Marcus. "At least he's not convicted anymore, and a trial means another chance."

Marcus met Jodi in an online chat room devoted to bondage, dominance and
sadomasochism, according to court records, and persuaded her to travel from
her home in the Midwest to Maryland so they could meet, which they did in
October 1998, court documents state. During the visit, Marcus whipped Jodi
and carved the word "slave" on her stomach with a knife.

The slave-master relationship continued, and he punished the woman when she
expressed a desire to leave him in January 2000. Marcus forced her into his
parents' basement in North Woodmere, placed a hood over her head, assaulted
her with hypodermic needles and a knife and then posted these images on his
Web site, authorities said.

In August 2001, when the victim once again asked for her freedom, Marcus
took her to the basement of a Hewlett residence of a female acquaintance,
bashed her head against a metal beam and bound her ankles and wrists to the
ceiling, leaving her there for several hours, prosecutors charged. He then
forced her to have sexual intercourse with him, photos of which he also
posted on the Web site, prosecutors said.

When the woman finally managed to escape, Marcus threatened that if she went
to the authorities, he would send the Web site images of her to her parents
and to newspapers to humiliate her.


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Murder-suicide autopsies: 3 died of gunshot wounds
by Abby Simons
Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minnesota)
August 21, 2008

Sherburne County officials continued Thursday to interview friends of a
Zimmerman man believed to have killed his wife and a man they met through
an online swingers club and then himself.

An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner revealed
Thursday that Gary Heald, 59, shot himself to death and that Deloris
(DeDe) Heald, 56, of Zimmerman also was killed by gunfire. Autopsy results
for Rory Scott Zitur, 47, of Buffalo, have not been released, but
investigators have said that all three were shot to death.

Sherburne County Sheriff's Capt. Don Starry said Thursday that interviews
are still being conducted with those who knew the Healds, and that once
the investigation is complete, more information could be released
regarding Zitur's relationship with the Healds, and the "chat line"
where they met.

"It should be part of the information that comes out," he said. "Though
a lot of that specific stuff had already come out."


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'Booger Red' Gets Life
by Casey Knaupp
The Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas)
August 21, 2008

Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly was found guilty Thursday of engaging in
organized criminal activity and sentenced to life in prison for conspiring
with other adults to force two young siblings to have sex with each other
for a paying audience.

A Smith County jury of seven women and five men deliberated for less than
two hours before convicting Kelly, 41, Tyler, of the first-degree felony
for forcing a boy to have sex with his older sister during a doctor skit
at the Mineola Swingers' Club for his financial gain on Aug. 1, 2004.

He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000
fine by the jury in 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.'s court after
about 10 minutes of deliberation.

Four of the five child victims in the case also testified. All of them
identified Kelly, whom they know as "Booger Red," as being part of a group
of adults that taught them in "kindergarten" how to perform sex acts and
then forced them to dance and perform for a paying audience at the club.

Kelly testified, denying he sexually abused the children or ever went to
the club. He said he never held "kindergarten" at his house and never
forced them to dance or perform sex acts.

Assistant Smith County District Attorney Joe Murphy said the case boiled
down to who the jurors believed and asked if they believed the children.
He said the defense wanted the jurors to believe a bunch of swingers and a
man named David with a bunch of tattoos, which one of the victims
described as being at the club, as well as the defense expert who didn't
look at all of the evidence in the case.

Murphy said another of the defense's theories was that the case was a
conspiracy with the Texas Ranger, Child Protective Services, the foster
parents, therapists and the children. He said Mineola police did a one-day
investigation and then shut the case.

Murphy said the swingers testified that kids weren't at the club the four
or five nights they were there out of four months it was in operation in
2004. He said the state never said the swingers were there watching the
kids, but he didn't think they were being completely truthful.

Like Kelly, "no one is going to stand up and say yes, I did this," he

According to defense attorney Thad Davidson "We found eight swingers"
that testified that the club was open Friday and Saturday nights and the
only people with keys to the building were Russ and Sherry Adams.

He said one of the rules of the swingers' club was that no children were
ever allowed; it was only consenting adults who were not pedophiles. The
swingers testified they had never seen Kelly before.

Davidson said the only one who did a thorough investigation in the case
and went to Kelly's house was not Kemp, it was CPS Investigator Katy Wady.
She found no evidence that Kelly sexually abused his son or the children
victims in the case, he said.

Davidson said being a Texas Ranger is prestigious, but he was not
qualified as an expert in sexual abuse cases. The techniques Kemp used
when interviewing the children were improper because Ms. Cantrell was in
the room in some of them. The boy said 13 times he didn't know what they
were talking about when questioned.


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This swinger feels persecuted:
Owner of Sextasy wants license, fights eviction
by Joe Schoenmann
The Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas, Nevada)
August 21, 2008

David Cooper says he and his wife and their girlfriend have for years been
trying to find a "nice" establishment in which to have group sex with

He finally gave up on finding anything "where the walls don't crawl"
and decided to open his own "high-end" swingers club, Sextasy, in the
Commercial Center shopping mall.

The Commercial Center, on Sahara Boulevard just west of Maryland Parkway,
seemed like the right place for it. The valley's oldest strip mall has a
long history of housing controversial, adults-only businesses. For years
it was home to the Apollo, which was known as a meeting place for gay men.
These days the mall has a bar for transsexuals and a phone bank for an
outcall service.

And while it is also home to a nationally praised Thai restaurant, Lotus
of Siam, the Commercial Center's X-rated claim to infamy is the Green
Door, which describes itself online as "the largest sex club in the

But, as with numerous other swingers clubs around the valley, the Green
Door's business license says it's a restaurant, a health club/spa,
everything but a sex club. Sex clubs, you see, are public nuisances,
according to the county code. That means they are illegal.

So Cooper figured he could just go along with the wink-and-a-nod protocol
and in February applied for a business license for a "restaurant" which
he eventually named Sextasy.

Then he encountered what his former lawyer, Allen Lichtenstein, lambasted
as bureaucratic hypocrisy, arbitrary code enforcement and, underlying it
all, the county's wish to get rid of Commercial Center once and for all.

For years the county has talked about its desire to redevelop Commercial
Center, but has had a problem coming up with the money to buy out the
dozens of business owners operating there.

One effective strategy would be to drive down the price by using the power
of the government to get rid of the tenants first, Lichtenstein said.
Lichtenstein said the county early on "made specific overtures to (buy)
specific businesses".

"And that is what's really going on here", he added. "They want
to buy the property".

In February, in fact, the Clark County Commission approved the spending of
up to $7.6 million by the county's redevelopment agency to appraise and
buy three adult-oriented businesses in Commercial Center, then relocate
the businesses and knock down the buildings.

Cooper said he was in meetings with county officials when they offered
tens of thousands of dollars for him to relocate. When the landlords of
the three properties couldn't come to an agreement, the buyout fell
through and the county came after Cooper, he said.

But Lichtenstein and Cooper say the issues go beyond the Commercial Center
and its adult businesses.

At its core, Lichtenstein said, it's a matter of the county's selectively
enforcing its rules when it comes to sex businesses. "They're basically
taking the position that they can decide which ones they will allow and
which ones they won't allow", he said.

Cooper points to recent activity by the county against a fetish club
called Libertine that was located in a strip mall near Pecos and Sunset
roads. The county denied the Libertine its business license in March, and
the district attorney's office followed up in April with a complaint
alleging the Libertine was a sex club. In July, District Court Judge
Valorie Vega ordered the Libertine closed.

County spokesman Dan Kulin said the county is not targeting any business.
"Speaking in general terms, when we find out about something that
shouldn't be going on, we take the appropriate action", he said.


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Study Suggests Polygamy May Lead To A Longer Life
by staff writers
August 19, 2008

New research suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from
monogamous ones.

Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, suggested that
after accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140
countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12%
longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations.

The research looks to solve the long-standing puzzle of life expectancy in
human biology.

A phenomenon called the grandmother effect seeks to explain why women are
able to live so long after the menopauseunlike nearly all other animals.

Lummaa says for every 10 years a woman survives past the menopause, she
gains two additional grandchildren. It seems that doting on and spoiling
grandchildren aids their survival, as well as furthering some of their
grandmother's genes.

By contrast, men can reproduce well into their 60s and even 70s and 80s,
leading most researchers to assume this explained their longevity.

However, Lummaa and colleague Andy Russell wondered whether other factors
explained the long lifespan of men.

The researchers then compared the lifespan of men from polygamous
countries with those from monogamous nations.


The team then scored 189 countries on a monogamy scale of one to four -
totally monogamous to mostly polygamous, taking into account a country's
gross domestic product and average income to minimize the effect of better
nutrition and healthcare in monogamous Western nations.

"Our monogamy score is a crude first stab, and we're working to find
multiple ways to assess marriage patterns", Lummaa said. She also added
that the conclusions could evaporate under further analysis.

The study suggests that if female survival is the main explanation for
male longevity, then monogamous and polygamous men would live for about
the same length of time.

However, it seems that fathering more kids with more wives leads to
increased male longevity. Men, then, live long because they're fertile
well into their grey years.

This could be both a social and genetic explanation.

Men who continue fathering kids into their 60s and 70s could take better
care for their bodies because they have mouths to feed. But evolutionary
forces acting over thousands of years could also select for longer-lived
men in polygamous cultures.

Chris Wilson, an evolutionary anthropologist at Cornell University in
Ithaca, New York, who attended the talk, said the new study is a valid
hypothesis and a good prediction.



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For some, Gitmo interrogation techniques are a real turn-on
by Lisa Rose
New Jersey Star-Ledger
August 18, 2008

It's eerie dark in the exhibition hall at the New Jersey Convention Center
in Edison.

Usually, the room is reserved for trade shows. But this summer weekend,
it's been transformed into a 40,000-square-foot dungeon for sexual

Welcome to The Floating World, three days of suspended reality geared
toward those who explore extremes in carnality. The program encompassed
bondage, sadomasochism and role playing -- including Gitmo-inspired
interrogator/detainee "torture" sessions.

The private event -- no tickets sold at the door, no advertising anywhere
but the Web -- drew nearly 1,000 attendees of every sexual orientation,
from Jersey and beyond. The registration fee for the gathering, which ran
Friday through yesterday, was $125-$190.

The course catalog featured a mix of lectures about relationships and
hands-on safety workshops. There were lessons in whipping, caning, roping,
gagging, punching, burning, biting, spanking and "power flogging."

"Education is really important," says Dan Andersen, director of the
Floating World, a nonprofit event launched last year and named for an
Edo-era Japanese subculture. "If you take your education from the movies,
you're going to do a lot of bad things."

A sign of the times, the course list also included "Interrogation and
Torture Techniques." The class, which outlined how to fetishize Guantanamo
Bay and Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, was taught by an instructor with a
military background. The core idea of torture play is to integrate topical
imagery as a trigger to boost fear and stimulate endorphins.

"When we're using those references, it's to provoke a reaction,"
says Susan Wright, founder of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and an
author whose latest novel is titled "A Pound of Flesh."

"Anybody who protests us should ask themselves why they are not protesting
the reality of torturing prisoners. We're consenting adults. We might get
in a pool with each other and waterboard somebody, but the person can say,
'No, I don't like this.' They have a safeword." (Prearranged "safewords"
are established as a stop signal.)

Some arrived at the convention center in plain vanilla street clothes,
while others strutted their liberated stuff in body stockings, dog collars
and shoes that could double as daggers. Scattered amid the cars in the
parking lot were carts for "ponies," people saddled and harnessed like

Classrooms corralled the dungeon, a maze of not-so-comfy chairs, benches
and racks. Keeping watch were 22 dungeon monitors, eight medical techs and
a dozen security guards.


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Court overturns conviction of NYC's 'S&M Svengali'
by Adam Goldman
Associated Press
August 16, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a
man dubbed the "S&M Svengali" and ordered a retrial in a sensational
case that involved mutilation and humiliation.

Glenn Marcus, 55, was convicted of breaking a law that wasn't in place
when some of the offenses happened, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
said in a decision issued Thursday.

A three-judge panel said Marcus' March 2007 conviction in federal court in
Brooklyn violated the Constitution. The New York man was sentenced to nine
years in prison for abusing a woman he photographed for his Web site,
which reveled in sadomasochism. She was identified only as "Jodi."

Authorities used the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act to prosecute
Marcus for incidents spanning from 1999 to 2001. Marcus' attorneys argued
that the law was applied retroactively, and the appeals court agreed.

Prosecutors claimed Marcus crossed the boundaries of both civilized
society and the S&M community by holding his victim against her will.

The woman met Marcus in 1998 and agreed to be one of his "slaves." He
carved the word "slave" into her abdomen with a knife, shaved her head
and systematically punished her, according to the appellate decision. He also
forced her to write for the Web site while he kept every penny it earned
through advertising and membership fees.

During their last encounter, he beat and whipped her while hanging her
from a beam, then forced her to write about it on the Web site, the
decision said.



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    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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