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EFF sues to kill FOSTA, calling it “unconstitutional Internet censorship law”

on Friday, 29 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Sex work law prohibits speech that's protected by First Amendment, lawsuit says.

Ars Technica

"In our lawsuit, two human rights organizations, an individual advocate for sex workers, a certified non-sexual massage therapist, and the Internet Archive, are challenging the law as an unconstitutional violation of the First and Fifth Amendments," EFF Civil Liberties Director David Greene wrote. "Although the law was passed by Congress for the worthy purpose of fighting sex trafficking, its broad language makes criminals of those who advocate for and provide resources to adult, consensual sex workers and actually hinders efforts to prosecute sex traffickers and aid victims."

Touch of Flavor Episode 035 – Consent and Sexual Freedom With Susan Wright

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in NCSF News

Touch of Flavor

If you’ve been listening to our show you’ve heard us mention the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) many times. On today’s episode we’re speaking with the NCSF’s founder Susan Wright about the important work the NCSF is doing, the current climate around kink and polyamory, and what to do if being kinky lands you in trouble.

We’re also taking a deep dive into that most critical of topics – consent. We discuss the importance of consent, best practices for obtaining consent, and resources that are available if your consent is violated (or you’re accused of violated someone’s consent).

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Leather Resistance: Kink communities & political activism

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Bay Area Reporter

by Race Bannon

My own forms of resistance come in many forms and I feel resistance must be daily and ongoing. However, I'm focused like a laser on the November elections and I hope you are too.

Please register and vote. If you're already registered, make sure your registration is still active and accurate. Get everyone you know to vote. I feel voting in every election is the duty of every American. I know it's technically optional, but I don't think it's morally or ethically optional.

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Is An Open Relationship Right For You? Here Are 5 Reasons You Might Consider One

on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Elite Daily

"Individuals [realize] they are ready to try a different way of being in a relationship," Ellington says. "Perhaps they found themselves in a box when they were monogamous. Or, perhaps they experienced a sense of losing themselves in a monogamous relationship. These people [are] hungry for a new experience where they can be 100 [percent] who they are without editing themselves for the sake of another’s feelings."

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All in the family

on Saturday, 23 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Meet 3 parents who won a historic legal victory for polyamorous families

CBC News

"We live in a culture where everyone's born to think if someone loves one person and has sex with one person, then that means that’s it," said J.M. "But when you open your mind to that concept, you realize there can be more than one person that someone has feelings for."

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BREAKING NEWS from the Revise F65 Project: WHO takes BDSM and fetishism off the sick list

on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The World Health Organization (WHO) follows the Nordic countries in repealing sexual minorities with consenting practices from the International Classification of Diseases in the new revision ICD-11.

“This is a milestone in the work for human rights and sexual liberation,” says Ingvild Endestad, leader of FRI, the Norwegian LGBT organization for sexual and gender diversity. “Consensual sexuality has nothing to do with psychiatry. This is an immensely important recognition of the sexual diversity among us,” she says.

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Endestad gives Svein Skeid and FRI’s Revise F65 committee much of the credit for the victory. Human rights standards are part of the professional basis for the reform and the recommendations from Revise F65 are entirely taken into account.

“The work to remove BDSM and fetish diagnoses has been part of the Norwegian LGBT organization since 1996. After more than 20 years of sexual political efforts the Revise F65 committee, with Svein Skeid in the lead, has fulfilled its mandate both nationally (2010) and internationally,” she says.

“The withdrawal of fetishism, transvestism, and sadomasochism as mental illnesses can lead to the same pride and freedom that other queer groups enjoy. The revision of the F65 ICD chapter can also make it easier to encourage research, get rid of anti BDSM laws and become included in national laws against discrimination,” Endestad concludes.

Ground-breaking pioneering work

“Denmark, which removed transvestism and sadomasochism from its national list of diseases in the 1990’s, was our big source of inspiration,” says Svein Skeid, the leader of Revise F65. Skeid and psychologist Odd Reiersøl started a ground-breaking cooperation across national borders and sexual orientations where dozens of activists, organizations and professionals contributed.

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“It is very important for these individuals that society recognizes them as equal citizens,” expressed the director of the health department, Lars-Erik Holm, to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter November 11th 2008, when the three diagnoses were abolished in Sweden.

“I heard the news on a Norwegian radio station and understood that an equivalent removal could also be within reach in Norway,” Skeid tells.

“I had recently been in Stockholm during Europride and given the organization RFSU our arguments, he says. I became very touched by the Director General’s statement: ‘The health department wants to emphasize that these behaviors are neither illnesses nor perversions.’”

The Nordic model

Within 6 years the diagnoses were repealed in all the Nordic countries, patterned after the Norwegian model and the pioneering work of Revise F65, psychologist Odd Reiersøl tells. Thus the pressure increased on The World Health Organization to follow suit. After a while Revise F65 achieved direct contact with the authorities in Geneva.

“In 2009 we received a commission from Senior Project Officer Dr. Geoffrey Reed, who has been the leader of WHO’s Working Group on Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health. This resulted in a 3 page report documenting that the diagnoses in question are outdated, non scientific, and stigmatizing,” says Reiersøl.

Dr. Reed asked for additional evidence, and November 11, 2011 ReviseF65 delivered a 50 page summary of research based knowledge, documenting that sadomasochism and sexual violence are two different phenomena. Among other things, the fetish/BDSM population has equivalent scores with the rest of the population regarding democratic values such as empathy, responsibility and gender equality.
Already the next day Dr. Reed gave feedback about perfect timing since the revision committee soon would have their very first meeting discussing the reports.

June 18th 2018 WHO published the revised ICD-11 based on current scientific evidence and human rights of vulnerable populations, in line with recommendations from Revise F65.

The implemention of ICD-11 will start immediately, while the final version will be adopted in 2019 after feedback from the member states to user guidance. The structure and coding of ICD-11, as well as the accompanying materials will, according to the WHO Working Group, remain unchanged.

Fact box:

* BDSM is a sexual orientation about voluntarily to dominate or being dominated, or voluntarily give or receive pain.
* Fetishism is a sexuality involving specific objects, actions or ideas, which give sexual excitement and pleasure.
* The right to have control over one’s own sexuality and the right to privacy have been fundamental in the work to repeal homosexuality and subsequently fetishism and sadomasochism as mentally illnesses.
* The Norwegian LGBT organization FRI in 1997 established a committee to work for the national and international repeal of BDSM and fetish diagnoses. In 2010 the diagnoses were removed from the Norwegian list of diseases. In 2018 the World Health Organization followed suit.

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Svein Skeid is founder and leader of the Revise F65 project. He is award-winning for his work in the field of BDSM human rights for three decades. He is a Norwegian registered physiotherapist with professional background in psychiatry. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mobile: 95 80 29 85.

Let’s Dissect Queer Men’s Longstanding Connection to Leather and BDSM

on Monday, 18 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Hornet

Saynt also notes that leather helps to tap into a unique childhood experience specific to gay men. “For many men, growing up gay or bi brought a lot of ridicule,” he says. “We were constantly bullied. But when you put on some leather, that all disappears. You take control.”

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All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge

on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The decision is the first of its kind in Canada

Financial Post In the first decision of its kind in Canada, all three adult members of a polyamorous family have been recognized as parents of a child. Two months ago, Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court (Family Division) in the case of Re C.C., decided the adults would be named as parents of the child born within their three-way relationship. In the introduction to his decision, Justice Fowler described the unconventional St. John’s household: “J.M. And J.E. are the two male partners in a polyamorous relationship with C.C., the mother of A., a child born of the three-way relationship in 2017. The relationship has been a stable one and has been ongoing since June 2015. None of the partners in this relationship is married and, while the identity of the mother is clear, the biological father of the child is unknown.”
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