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Media Update - October 6, 2008

1. Binding Arbitration: S&M Gals Dig In Their Heels with Union Bid

2. 'The Lifestyle' -- The world or couples who swing

3. Police again arrest owners of Cherry Pit

4. St. Paul Man Charged with Murder in Kinky Sex Act

5. Thousands attend kinky San Fran festival

6. S.F. kinky naked romp a spanking success

7. Puppy play

8. Kink dreams

9. Swingtown

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Binding Arbitration
S&M Gals Dig In Their Heels With Union Bid
by Rebecca Rosenberg
The New York Post (NY)
October 6, 2008

New York's dominatrixes have been getting spanked by the economy recently
- and now, they're lashing back.

Already reeling from a series of local prostitution raids, dommes have
also had to grapple with disobedient clients who can't afford to pay for
their punishments.

To address the double-whammy hitting their industry, many of them want to
form a political-action committee and union to represent their interests.

"It's never been worse. Business is down 70 percent," said Mistress
Johanna, owner of Chelsea's Le Salon DeSade. "We've had all these busts,
and now the economy is out of control. The uncertainty is torturing us."

On Thursday, 10 dominatrixes at DeSade were dressed to the hilt - in red
corsets, latex minis and thigh-high boots - with no one to flog.

On what used to be one of the house's busiest nights, only two customers
came in, and the phone barely rang. The few clients who still trickle in
have scaled back their sessions.

Most houses on Dungeon Alley, the cluster of S&M clubs in Midtown,
complain of similar woes.

Mistresses say the economic downturn and recent spat of busts - namely of
Rapture NYC, Rebecca's Hidden Chamber and Avalon - has created an
atmosphere of fear and panic.

More than a dozen dominatrixes and dungeon owners have retained John
Campbell, partner of the Tilem and Campbell law firm.

"This isn't like the escort industry, where there's a lot of illegality
and everyone knows it," said Campbell, who also represents escort
agencies. "In the BDSM [bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism]
industry, virtually everyone was operating under the belief that what they
were doing was legal."

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'The Lifestyle' -- The world or couples who swing
by Matt Soergel
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL)
October 4, 2008

When Janet and her husband started swinging seven years, they had rules
governing the various permutations of what they would do, and with whom.

"I had so many rules when we started off," says Janet, sitting in the
courtyard of a San Marco nightclub with several swinging friends. "But
now, seven years later, it's like, whatever."

One thing though: There will be no cheating. Sure, her husband travels a
lot on business, and she's given him permission to have sex with other
women while he's away. Just tell her about it, she says.

Don't keep it a secret. That would be cheating.

He's lived up to his word: One time, on a trip, he called Janet on the
telephone after he'd been with another woman. He sounded a little bummed,
Janet remembers. "He even said, 'It wasn't as much fun without you.' "

It wasn't as much fun without you.

That, say some swingers, is key to understanding what they call "the
lifestyle." Swinging is a couple's thing, they say. It won't save a bad or
sexless marriage. But it does spice up their marriages, allow them to
explore their sexuality, and keep their emotions open, they say - without
cheating on their spouses. After all, their spouses are in on the game.

It's true, says Stacy, a personal trainer who makes it clear that she
likes to swing. Just so long as it's with her husband, William, who works
for a supermarket chain.

She smiles. "I don't do anything without him. Period."

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Police again arrest owners of Cherry Pit
by Associated Press writers
via The Houston Chronicle
October 4, 2008

DUNCANVILLE, Texas - Police have again arrested the owners of a suburban
Dallas swingers club called "The Cherry Pit."

Jim Trulock, 59, and Julie M. Norris, 30, who host swingers' parties at
their home, were arrested on suspicion of engaging in organized criminal
activity, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Saturday editions. The
first-degree felony carries a penalty from five to 99 years or life in
prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Trulock was taken into custody late Thursday, and Norris was arrested
Friday.

The attorney for Trulock and Norris, Ed Klein, said Saturday that the two
continue to maintain their innocence. Klein said that the two were
released from jail on $20,000 bond each. He said Trulock was released late
Thursday or early Friday and Norris was released Friday.

Officials in the Dallas suburb are trying to halt parties at the home.
Last year, the City Council passed an ordinance banning sexually oriented
businesses.

City officials say patrons are asked to donate money to get into the
parties, which qualifies it as a business.

Trulock and Norris have a Duncanville municipal trial date set for Oct. 27
on several citations issued for violating the ordinance. They also have a
civil case pending against the city challenging the ordinance.

The two were arrested last month on suspicion of violating the Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Code for allegedly possessing large amounts of liquor
in their home.

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St. Paul Man Charged with Murder in Kinky Sex Act
by staff writers
KMSP TV (St. Paul/Minneapolis)
October 2, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A St. Paul man was charged with second-degree murder
Thursday in the bleeding death of a woman early Tuesday in what he claims
was a sex act gone wrong.

Gabriel Patricia Romo, 31, was found dead early Tuesday after losing a
large amount of blood.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. They said
Romo bled to death from traumatic injuries to the pelvic and abdominal
cavity due to sexual assault.

Michael Carrasco Sontoya, 31, was charged in the death and faces up to 40
years in prison, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Sontoya and Romo had been drinking at
Fernbs Bar in St. Paul before going to his house between 1:30 and 2 a.m.,
where they had consensual sex in the bed.

Sontoya called 911 around 7 a.m. when he found Romo unconscious. Police
and paramedics were called to the home, on the 700 block of Robert Street,
where they found the single mother of four, surrounded by blood smears and
spatters.

Police also saw what looked like a piece of human or animal flesh on the
floor near the bathroom.

Sontoya told police he may have torn Romobs vaginal walls when they were
having sex, but officers thought it was suspicious that Romobs underwear
and inner thighs were not bloody, like they would have been if she were
bleeding profusely from her vagina.

According to the charges, Romo was lying on her back on the carpet,
wearing only underpants, two socks and one shoe. Police saw handprints on
the wall and smears of blood on the bathroom floor. Blood on the walls and
in the hallway led police to cleaning supplies in the kitchen sink,
including a wet sponge and bucket.

After he was arrested, Sontoya told police he and Romo left Fernbs Bar,
came home and undressed each other. He said he put two fingers in Romobs
vagina, then inserted his fist to the furthest point up his hand.

Sontoya said they had about 1 1/2 hours of anal and vaginal sex, then they
got up and saw a large amount of blood. He said he cleaned himself off in
the bathroom while Romo cleaned up her vomit on the floor.

Sontoya then said the two went to sleep before we woke up, realized the
situation, called his brother and called 911. Sontoyabs brother is a
Ramsey County deputy, who advised him to call police.

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Thousands attend kinky San Fran festival
by staff writers
UPI (news wire)
September 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The 25th Folsom Street Fair in San
Francisco drew hundreds of thousands of leather, bondage and sexual fetish
enthusiasts to the 13-block neighborhood.

The celebration Sunday included spanking booths, nude vendors and a man
dressed only in an 11-foot Burmese python, the San Francisco Chronicle
reported Monday.

"It brings kink out of the closet," said Al Waddell, 58, one of more then
250 vendors at the festival. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with kinky
play as long as it's between consenting adults."

However, about 10 protesters gathered outside the event disagreed. They
distributed brochures describing homosexuality as a "disorder" and
encouraged passersby to vote in favor of Proposition 8, which would
overturn a California Supreme Court ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage
violated the state constitution.

"If you go in there, you see public nudity and street orgies," said
Anthony Gonzales of San Jose, the president of the St. Joseph's Men's
Society, a Roman Catholic fraternal group. "We want to know why this is
allowed on the streets of San Francisco without any sanction at all ...
it's anarchy."

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S.F. kinky naked romp a spanking success
by Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
September 29, 2008

They held the world's biggest celebration of leather, bondage and sexual
fetish in San Francisco on Sunday, and due to the event's interactive
nature, many people are now walking gingerly.

"Enough is enough," said Lowell Clark, pulling up his blue jeans after
emerging from one of dozens of spanking booths at the 25th Folsom Street
Fair.

Clark, a 30-year-old San Francisco waiter, conceded he was a novice at the
booths, where men and women in search of stimulation were struck with
whips, paddles or bare hands. Clark was last spanked at the age of 6 at
the hands of his mother in Oklahoma. A stolen pack of chewing gum was
involved.

"I still don't think I'll steal anything," Clark said. Still, he called
the spanking a "stinging pleasure" that he would try "maybe once a year."

It was just another scene from the city's most unabashed bash - a public
display of all things kinky that covered 13 blocks in the South of Market
neighborhood and drew hundreds of thousands of people, many of them not
wearing leather in key places.

There were naked people selling bondage gear and naked people seeking
support for measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. There were naked people with
cameras, taking pictures of other naked people.

One man wore only an 11-foot Burmese albino python, which curled around
his waist. The arrangement seemed risky.

The fair is fun but also important, said Al Waddell, a 58-year-old
entrepreneur from Oregon whose Paddle Daddy flogging implements were
available in mahogany, hickory and walnut.

"It brings kink out of the closet," he said as he tried to coax visitors a
step further - onto his $645 leather sex sling, complete with metal frame
and stirrups. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with kinky play as long as
it's between consenting adults."

A group of about 10 protesters standing outside the fair didn't agree with
Paddle Daddy. They passed out brochures that called homosexuality a
"disorder" and urged voters to pass Proposition 8, which would prohibit
same-sex marriage in California.

"If you go in there, you see public nudity and street orgies," said
Anthony Gonzales of San Jose, the president of the St. Joseph's Men's
Society, a Roman Catholic fraternal group. "We want to know why this is
allowed on the streets of San Francisco without any sanction at all. ...
It's anarchy."

Inside the partitions, bands played on two stages and people drank beer
and margaritas. The many gawkers at the event were easy to spot: they were
fully clothed, clung to the sidewalks of Folsom Street, and often stared
with mouths agape.

"It's great we live in a country where you can do this," tourist Brian
Churchwell, 34, of Seattle said as a topless woman was tied up and then
suspended by ropes on a raised platform.

More than 250 vendors sold whips and chains, tattoos and piercings,
artwork, pornography, leather-scented soaps and oils, and products for
those drawn to "bears" - men who tend to be, among other things, large and
hairy. One booth offered "Free spankings for the religious right."

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Puppy play
Cosmo Jetson helps Beyond Vanilla attendees find their inner dog
by Daniel A. Kusner
The Dallas Voice (TX)
September 25, 2008

As a little boy, when Barry Fiddick would see a dead doggie on the side of
the road, it felt like he lost a family member. Squirrel or cat road kill?
Not so much.

Whenever he'd meet a dog, he wouldn't just stoop over and pet its head.
Fiddick would crouch down to wrestle with a furry canine - like a playful
pup.

It wasn't until he was an adult, circa 1992, that he really got into the
puppy headspace and was "collared" for the first time. From there, it's a
world of leashes, growling, fire hydrants and even a leather-stitched hood
that looks like a doggie mask with ears and a muzzle.

A proud member of the leather community, Fiddick presents "Pup 101", a
Saturday morning workshop at the International Puppy & Trainer Conference
which will be held in conjunction at this weekend's Beyond Vanilla
conference, a BDSM social weekend.

Fiddick explains that puppy play isn't really that sexual. Now some
canines are into "breeding sessions", but that's usually geared for dogs,
who are generally more mature, might not have as much energy as a puppy
and are typically less playful.

"And in no way do we condone anything remotely related to bestiality", he
says.

There are service dogs and security dogs, too. Security dogs protect their
master, or "Sir".

But most dogs just want to be petted and loved.

Of course, all this canine nonsense sounds silly.

It's meant to be lighthearted. You shouldn't be afraid to laugh at my
workshop because it's funny to see grown adults walking around on all
fours growling. You can't help but laugh", Fiddick says.

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Kink dreams
by Molly Freedenberg
San Francisco Bay Guardian (CA)
September 24, 2008

When it comes to BDSM porn peddlers Kink.com, apparently size does matter.
At least, that's how it seems now that the steamy studio has purchased the
200,000-square-foot San Francisco Armory. Suddenly, everyone wants to
know: What's the carnal concern going to do with all that space?

The answers are more diverse and ambitious than one might expect b ranging
from creating a racy reality show to starting a perfectly PG-13 public
community center. And thanks to the lascivious and lucrative imagination
of Kink.com founder Peter Acworth, it might all be possible.

Though Kink.com has been producing independent niche fetish sites like
Hogtied.com, WiredPussy.com, and FuckingMachines.com for the Folsom Street
Fair crowd for more than 10 years b first from Acworth's rented Marina
District apartment and then from the Porn Palace on Fifth and Mission
streets b it wasn't until Acworth purchased the historical landmark in the
Mission District, and was met with opposition, that the provocative porn
empire really made it onto the public's radar screen.

The armory, which was a training ground for the National Guard prior to
its decommissioning 30 years ago, has been the center of controversy
before. But that was mostly in-fighting between potential developers.
Stringent zoning requirements and necessary but cost-prohibitive
renovations discouraged buyers, leaving the Moorish behemoth on 14th and
Mission streets vacant and outside public scrutiny.

But everything changed when Acworth got involved. His intended commercial
use, for shooting scenes for all of Kink's Web sites, complied with
planning codes. And he didn't need to do expensive renovations before he
could start using, and profiting from, the building: what could be more
perfect for bondage shoots or movies about women fucking machines than
dungeons in disrepair? The only thing more ideal than the structure
itself, according to Acworth, was its location in the heart of America's
most fetish-friendly city. "You couldn't have dreamt up a more perfect
place than a castle in the middle of San Francisco," says Acworth, who
purchased the armory for $14.5 million in 2007 and started operations in
January of this year. "It's like divine intervention."

Acworth had to contend with a different kind of intervention b from a
neighborhood group called the Mission Armory Community Collective, which
opposed Kink.com as a potential neighbor. Though careful not to condemn
porn per se, the group said it feared that the company's presence in an
already troubled neighborhood would introduce more problems. Even the
Mayor's Office, potentially bending to pressure, issued the following
statement: "While not wanting to be prudish, the fact that kink.com will
be located in the proximity to a number of schools give [sic] us pause."

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Swingtown:Local swingers think life is a bowl of cherries, but Duncanville
wants to spit out the Pit
by Mike Fisher
The Dallas Observer (TX)
September 18, 2008

Horses roam aimlessly in a meadow just around the block. There's a Boy
Scout camp about a half-mile away.The green thicket behind the plain,
ranch-style house prevents exposure to adjoining homeowners, one of whom
waveswarmly at passing motorists as he mows his lawn. In this Duncanville
neighborhood, there exists a rural serenitybor at least there used to,
before Jim Trulock's home became notorious in North Texas and across
America.His house, also known as The Cherry Pit, has grabbed headlines
because of what has for years transpired behind its closed doors.

"We're swingers," says Trulock, smiling. "But we're not criminals."

Trulock, 59, and his sweetheart Julie Norris, 30, are avid participants in
what swingers refer to as "the lifestyle," and are overseers of this
controversial party house where men are urged to make "donations" to
defray expenses, women are admitted free, and anything-goes debauchery is
the raison d'C*tre. For more than a decade before the police raids and the
bad publicity, The Cherry Pit would draw 50 to 100 people each weekend; in
the last year alone, it has played host to as many as 7,000 guests.

Trulock contends his slice of this mushrooming subculture is merely a
family hangout where First Amendment rights are exercised in the form of
saucy games such as "Naked Twister."

"We don't push it on anybody. We don't recruit. We teach people who want
to learn," Trulock says. "We're an honest, loving, extended family."

The City of Duncanville, however, is not feeling the love. It sees The
Cherry Pit as an illegal and immoral business gobbling up unreported
income and sullying the neighborhood. City fathers couldn't have been
pleased that The Cherry Pit maintains a Web site that encourages others to
come to Duncanville to join the fun: "We are a group of like-minded
friends who enjoy living the swinging lifestyle. We party on weekends and
enjoy meeting new friends."

In September 2007, acting on a traffic-related complaint from a neighbor,
the Duncanville police visited the house but did not arrest Trulock.
Instead the city posted "No Parking'' signs in front of his home. On
November 6, 2007, the Duncanville City Council enacted an ordinance making
it illegal to operate a "sex club" in a residential area. A month later,
Trulock received the first of five citations, each alleging three distinct
charges: operating an illegal sex club, operating a sexually oriented
business without a license and operating a business in a residentially
zoned area. All 15 offenses were low-grade Class C misdemeanors,
punishable only by fines.

Trulock's lawyers, Ed Klein and Garry Cantrell, wasted no time in
attacking the constitutionality of Duncanville's new sex club ordinance,
filing a civil rights case in state court alleging that the new law
infringed on the free association rights of their client. "These are
people who get together because they want to be with each other," Klein
says. "It's not a business, there is no president or stockholdersbit
doesn't even have registered members."

In May 2008, the city of Duncanville again voiced its disgust with The
Cherry Pit. It amended its sex club ordinance, says Klein, in what
appeared to be an attempt to cure its constitutional shortcomings.

And things were just beginning to heat up.

Two Duncanville police raids, on July 19 and July 22, led to one arrest as
well as the at-gunpoint confiscation of a variety of items inside the
house. Based on an informant's tip, police executed search warrants,
seizing thousands of dollars in "Fun Money'' (vouchers used like arcade
tokens), $815 in real money, volumes of porn and "Cherry Pit business
cards.'' (If it has business cards, isn't it a business?) Authorities also
seized partygoers' cell phones, one man's Viagra pills and a bag of
donation forms. (If the forms say "donation," isn't that what's being
solicited?)

During the July 19 search, the Duncanville police allegedly found an
assortment of tools of the sex trade: A stripper pole. A bondage room.
Unclean mattresses on the floor. Porn. A dance floor. Panties hanging from
the ceiling. A hot tub with an unsavory broth.

Police returned the second time to seize alcohol they had found the first
time but failed to specify in their earlier warrantb582 bottles of liquor.
In the first raid, Norris claims, she received a bruise to her forehead
when she attempted to answer the door as the police broke it down with a
battering ram.

"We tried to play nice,'' says Duncanville City Manager Kent Cagle, noting
that over the last few years, Trulock was visited by the police chief, the
fire chief and a city building official. "They spoke to him, [but] he came
back with a new, even more defiant attitude.''

Cagle is leading the charge against The Cherry Pit and rattles off his
city's well-publicized list of potential allegations against Trulock:
Organized criminal activity, prostitution, narcotics trafficking, money
laundering. He mentions that a home with a septic system is not equipped
to handle a houseful of 100 people and that guests "walk around drunk'' in
the front yard.

"It's 95 percent a legal issue,'' he maintains. "If your neighbor was
raising pigs in a slaughterhouse next door, or running an auto-repair shop
with junkers in the yard next door, they would be in violation. That's
what's happening here, and when they claim they are not a business, they
are not being honest.''

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  • NCSF 10th Anniversary pins!

    NCSF is proud to produce a limited supply of 10th Anniversary pins. Only a 100 of these specially designed 10th Anniversary pins will be produced, and they're already selling fast!   Are you a pin collector?   Do you wear your leather vest proudly, showing off your many club affiliations?   Then you MUST have this very special pin.      






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  • Swing Clubs - Why NCSF Matters to You!

    A letter from NCSF to the swing club community explaining why NCSF is important to your issues, and how we are furthering those goals. Written and signed by NCSF Board member Doug Wilson. April 27, 2007 Dear Club Owners, I am writing to you on behalf of the lifestyle organizations and businesses affiliated with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). I am writing to urge you to join the…






    Tags: Swing
  • Creating Change Conference - Has Your Voice Been Heard?

    November 11, 2006 - Next week the NCSF and ITCR will be represented at the 19th Annual "Creating Change" conference, the largest annual convening of LGBT activists in North America! This groundbreaking conference works to provide LGBT activists and their allies with the information, tools and technical assistance necessary to successfully mobilize our local communities, to combat homophobia and to strengthen our political power in the fight to preserve sexual…






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  • NCSF Adopts Kink-Aware Professionals List

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Coalition for Sexual Freedom NCSF adopts Kink Aware Professionals February 10, 2006 - Race Bannon and NCSF announce the transfer of management of Kink Aware Professionals to NCSF. The National Coalition of Sexual Freedom is proud to continue and grow the Kink Aware Professionals program which was founded and has been managed by Race Bannon for many years. To find a Kink Aware professional, go to:…






    Tags: KAP
  • Supreme Court Appeal for Communications Decency Act Lawsuit

    August 22, 2005 - New York, NY - Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom have filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the District Court's decision in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) challenge. Their appeal contends the District Court applied an incorrect legal standard for determining whether protected material was improperly banned under the CDA. The District Court also committed legal error in…






    Tags: CDA Nitke
  • NCSF + FSC = Powerhouse!

    July 5, 2005, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) are pleased to announce their official partnership! As of July 1, 2005, two of the nation's leading organizations dedicated to the rights of consenting adults and free speech will team up to network, educate the public on overlapping issues, raise funding, and reach out to new members. This announcement is being made on the…






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  • Free Speech Coalition Files Motion Seeking 2257 TRO

    CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) today filed a complaint and motion in the United States District Court of Colorado seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining enforcement of the recently re-issued federal record-keeping and labeling requirements, 18 U.S.C. § 2257, which are due to go into effect June 23, 2005. The case is Free Speech Coalition v. Alberto Gonzales, # 05 CV 1126 WDM. The lawsuit,…






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  • NCSF and Barbara Nitke File Amicus Brief in "United States vs. Extreme Associates"

    May 26, 2005 - New York, NY - The obscenity case against Extreme Associates was dismissed by a Federal judge in Pittsburgh, PA, in January, 2005. But the battle isn't over yet: U. S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. NCSF and Barbara Nitke have joined the fight challenging the constitutionality of obscenity laws by filing an Amicus Brief in…






    Tags: Legal Supreme Court Obscenity
  • Sex, Art & Politics Takes on John Ashcroft

    September 7, 2004 New York City The Communications Decency Act (CDA) trial date has been set for October 27-29, 2004, at the United States District Court in New York City. Plaintiffs Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom are contesting the remaining CDA provisions allowing "local community standards" to be used to define obscenity on the Internet. These provisions were not the subject of the 1997 Supreme Court…






    Tags: Susan Wright CDA Nitke
  • Leather Archives & Museum Capital Campaign

    On August 4th, 2004 the Leather Archives & Museum has a $225,000 balloon payment due on its facility at 6418 N. Greenview Avenue in Chicago. $175,000 of this has been raised. Any balance due can be refinanced, but that means thousands of dollars in interest over the next 10 years. The community can do much better things with that money. If you have not donated to the campaign, we're asking…






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

    Mark I. Chester (http://mchester.best.vwh.net) and Dr. Carol Queen's non-profit Center for Sex and Culture (http://www.sexandculture.org), announce a series of events in mid-September 2004 on radical sex photography and artistic freedom, featuring New York City photographer Barbara Nitke (http://www.barbaranitke.com). 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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: http://www.time.com/time/2004/sex/article/bondage_unbound_growing01a.html 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 (www.BarbaraNitke.com), 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 (www.thetaskforce.org). According to the February 7th article: Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth commented that he is  not sure if he is more surprised…





    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 - Kink.com

    March 8, 2007 - An informational hearing has been scheduled for March 8 at San Francisco City Hall from 10-12:30. Kink.com needs lots of people to show up and support Kink.com'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 Kink.com
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 http://www.NEWSBYTES.com 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 [http://www.USCourts.gov ] last week, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom [https://ncsfreedom.org…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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 ABCnews.com, 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 www.ncsfreedom.org 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:   https://www.wepay.com/donations/ncsf-fire-recovery-fund      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: www.ncsfreedom.org/survey.html As part of decriminalizing BDSM in the legal codes, we need to be able to articulate a clear definition of consent that the BDSM communities believe in. The results of this…





    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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