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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.

SouthEast LeatherFest (SELF) 2018

on Monday, 11 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Congratulations to our new NCSF Board of Director Member, D. Choc Trei, and to all of the contestants at SouthEast LeatherFest (SELF) 2018!!

NCSF is very excited to support Choc’s platform: Literacy in Consensual Kink (LICK): 2019 Southeast Consent Summit.

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Photo Credit: Rick Gore of www.ricksbigpics.com
Creative Artistry: J Tebias Perry & Cecil Crump
TreiGirlService: Jessica Trei

Interview with NCSF Board Members Choc Trei and Susan Wright

on Thursday, 07 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Choc Trei, NCSF Board Member, and Susan Wright, NCSF Chairperson, and will be interviewed on the ISA Network on Friday June 8th at 9 pm EDT. We'll talk about the recent resignation of NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and the need for groups, volunteers and the community itself to hold people accountable when consent is violated. Join us with your questions!

Go to: http://www.gvolive.com/conference.87809253.private

Password is: gifts22

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Susan Wright on Swinger Lifestyle Radio Show

on Wednesday, 06 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Susan Wright will be on the Swinger Lifestyle Radio Show live on Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT and the episode will be available in the archives shortly after it airs.

The Swinger Lifestyle Radio Show can be listened to live from an internet browser by going to http://www.CityWorldRadio.com or via a smartphone by downloading the TuneIn app and selecting the City World Radio Network channel. It is also streamed directly from www.AdultSocials.com, in addition to making it available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

A Call to Action on June 1st—The First Ever Sex Worker Lobby Day

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom urges everyone in our communities to join us in supporting the first ever Sex Worker Lobby Day on June 1st in Washington, D.C. NCSF will be participating with sex workers in Federal lobbying with Members of Congress. We are also supporting direct action activities that are planned around the country on June 1st and June 2nd.

The recently enacted FOSTA-SESTA laws have directly impacted many people because of the effect on sexual content on the Internet, with platform providers already removing sexual content for fear of criminal prosecution. Sex workers, in particular, have been placed in even more serious danger by the harmful effects of these laws.

All of us want to protect victims of sex trafficking. However, this legislation does not protect victims of sex trafficking and actually places them at greater risk by making it more difficult for them to access sex worker advocacy groups to get help.

The Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C. is a great opportunity for individuals to discuss important sexual freedom issues with their elected Members of Congress. It is also an opportunity to learn how to advocate to legislators. Lobbying is not a complex or difficult process. With a little training, anyone can do it and we will provide that training. You also don’t have to be out as kinky or a sex worker to join in.

For those of you who have not done lobbying before, this is truly a fascinating experience. You will enjoy it. But more importantly, this is an opportunity for you to make a real difference on issues that affect all of us and that are critically important for sex workers.

For additional information on how to sign up for Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C., contact Judy Guerin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 202-494-9555. For additional information on direct actions and activities planned around the country and in Washington D.C., visit www.survivorsagainstsesta.org.

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Guest Blog: Polyamory and BDSM researchers need your help!

on Friday, 11 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

by Chris Deaton
 

We are two graduate researchers out of Arizona State University who are working on BDSM related projects and are looking for additional input from the community. The projects have multiple phases depending on respondent’s status and desire for additional involvement.

 

There is a survey for the polyamorous community looking at various subculture intersections and some basic relationship structure and behavior information. There is also an additional interview component open to polyamorous couples that have been together for more than 10 years. There is a limited amount of participants allowed for this phase and it is focused on two distinct groups; self-identified BDSM members and those that are not. We want to know what you think makes you successful!

 

More information and the survey can be found at can be found at http://polyamory.education.

 

The second project is related to the intersection of BDSM and yoga and the benefits of each. The project is looking at the perceived benefits of both yoga and BDSM; specifically, improved body image, reduced anxiety and depression, and altered states of consciousness. There is an additional interview component open to women who have been practicing yoga and/or BDSM for 2 years or more. 

The survey and contact information can be found at http://links.asu.edu/yogabodysurvey.

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