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 is now launched to the BDSM-leather-Fetish communities for input until July 1st,” says Judy Guerin, Director of Consent Counts. “This statement outlines the current legal climate in regards to BDSM practices, and describes the ethical responsibilities of kinky people, as well. The Consent Statement will be used to change assault laws so that consensual BDSM won’t be mistaken for assault.”
One focus of the weekend was how to move forward now that a fire has destroyed the NCSF office. An emergency fund drive is underway to raise money to replace what was lost in the fire. Please help us reach our goal!
The new board of directors voted in Kevin Carlson as Chairman, Mark Richards as Secretary, and John Baku as Treasurer. The CPs also heard reports on NCSF projects and some of the stats include:
·Incident Reporting and Response received nearly 500 calls for help
·The Kink Aware Professionals list is up to nearly 1,200 professionals
·The Media Outreach Project gave over 60 interviews
·Over 600 NCSF Facebook page members and nearly 5,000 twitter followers
·98 Coalition Partners!
Friday evening’s Pizza Meet & Greet was sponsored by the AZ TNG, while lunch Saturday was sponsored by FetLife and lunch on Sunday at the APEX BBQ was sponsored by AZ Men of Leather. NCSF thanks APEX for welcoming CP representatives, NCSF board members and staff to their APEX Dungeon Party on Saturday night, and at their Sunday afternoon BBQ and NCSF Meet & Greet. NCSF also thanks Kelly Beaton, Master Bleu Sadist, slave alena girl, and Karen for volunteering and helping out in all sorts of necessary ways at the meeting!
The Board of NCSF currently consists of:
Kevin Carlson – Chairman – Boise, ID
Mark Richards – Secretary – New York, NY
John Baku – Treasurer – Vancouver, BC
Race Bannon – San Francisco, CA
Laura Carlson – Boise, ID
Jim Fleckenstein – Manassas, VA
Leigha Fleming – Fort Worth, TX Vivienne Kramer – San Diego, CA Mercury – Nashville, TN
Stephanie "Sassy" Lynn – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Julian Wolf – Albuquerque, NM Susan Wright – Phoenix, AZ
NCSF helps you, so please help us in our time of need! Support us by becoming a member or donating today! www.ncsfreedom.org
Please contact The Advocate and protest their removal of their Op-Ed by Jill D. Weinberg entitled “Kink as The Next LGBT Rights Frontier: Why handcuffs and submission may lead to even more LGBT liberation” posted on December 17, 2012.
The comments were very negative against kinky people and demanded The Advocate remove the Op-Ed because it was harming the LGBT movement. The Op-Ed was up for less than 12 hours before The Advocate removed it from their website.
Please contact The Advocate and respectfully tell them that their silencing of this important issue leads to more persecution and discrimination against kinky people. Tell them you want to see more coverage of kink issues in The Advocate. And tell them that 1 in 3 people who identify as kinky are persecuted because of it, and the question of “Kink Rights” as the next frontier should be taken seriously.
Adventures in Sexuality raised over $4,000 for NCSF at their COPE conference in Columbus, Ohio (Sept 14-16). Along with a Special Drawing and table donations, the "COPE Grand Prize Auction" received 2 separate donations of $1,800 each from the auction winners! All of the funds went to NCSF, with AIS donating over $2,300 in prizes: 3 Winter Wickedness tickets, 2 nights hotel rooms, 6 meals and 1 piece of AIS Kink Labs furniture to each of the 2 winners.
NCSF gives a big thanks Barak, Sheba and everyone at AIS for putting together a fabulous event. WE also thank them for hosting NCSF Board Members Mercury and Julian Wolf so they could spread the word about NCSF projects and programs that help kinky people. It really shows that size doesn’t matter when it comes to passionate support for NCSF! You can find out more about AIS at: http://www.adventuresinsexuality.org/
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Over 1,500 kinky people have taken the survey so far. Here’s where we stand right now on several of the questions:
37% say they’ve been in the community from 1-5 years
73% say they can’t speak comfortably to their co-workers or family about their BDSM practices
15% say they’ve had a safeword or safesign ignored by a partner during play
63% say they’ve participated in a group discussion on consent
86% say the BDSM community needs more education about consent
The results of the Consent Counts Survey and a draft statement on consent will be presented to the Coalition Partners at the NCSF Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, February 8-10, 2013.It will then go to mass distribution on YouTube.
To participate in discussions of consent online with kinky people both in the US and around the world, join our Consent Counts group at https://fetlife.com/groups/46202NCSF is committed to supporting and encouraging people to discuss ethical consent so we can move to a more thorough understanding of what consent is, and to provide better education for people who are interested in exploring their sexuality.
Announcing the NCSF Master/slave Advisory Committee
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is announcing the formation of the NCSF Master/slave Advisory Committee. As part of NCSF's ongoing efforts to remain sensitive to, and informed about, the specific needs of the various factions of the BDSM and kink communities, this committee has been formed.
The committee is tasked with providing NCSF with insight and information about the Master/slave community so that NCSF can best serve that community. This allows NCSF to better carry out its mission to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior.
The members of the Committee are all notable and respected people within the Master/slave community and include Master Jerome Bambrick, Race Bannon, Master Bob Blount, Tina Dunham, Lady Hilary, MsSuzan and Justin Tanis.
NCSF looks forward to listening to, and engaging in discussions with, these fine people in order to best serve the needs of the people who consider Master/slave dynamics and identity part of their core erotic makeup.