The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is coming to San Francisco!
Please join us for an enlightening evening of discussion of NCSF’s Consent Counts project to decriminalize BDSM. You’ll find out about the state of the law regarding BDSM and consent and how you can help support this important national project.
Judy Guerin, NCSF Consent Count’s Director & Richard Cunningham, Esq., NCSF Consent Counts Advisor
Appetizers, wine & other beverages provided
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:30
The Law Offices of Alex Austin & Shannan Rapoport 799 Castro Street San Francisco, CA. 94114
Please RSVP to Judy Guerin at
Richard O. Cunningham, B.S., M.A., J.D., has advocated for over 30 years on issues of gender, race and sex. He has played a leading role in landmark legal cases, including being the supervising attorney on the Supreme Court Case regarding women in military academies and the initiating attorney for the lawsuit during the Vietnam War that resulted in equal media political coverage. He has served as chair of the boards of both the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation (NCSF) and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. He is senior international trade partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington, D.C. Dick is currently advising on legal and policy aspects of the NCSF Consent Counts initiative.
Judy Guerin is a well-known activist, writer, speaker and educator on issues of sexual freedom and gender expression and has been dedicated to activism on these issues for over 30 years. She is a long-time member of the BDSM/leather/fetish community and currently directs the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Consent Counts Project to decriminalize BDSM. She is the former Executive Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and a former board member of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and GenderPAC. She is a former steering committee member of the National Policy Roundtable of GLBT & HIV/AIDS groups and an advisor to the European Union on issues of sexual freedom, gender expression and GLBT issues.
In an indictment rendered by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Missouri on September 9, 2010, five Missouri men allegedly participated in torturing a mentally disabled woman online or in person over a multi-year period when the victim was between the ages of 16 and 24. Among the charges are: Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud or Coercion, Forced Labor Trafficking, Transportation for Sexual Activity, and Conspiracy. The allegations involve sex with a minor, drug and firearms possession, forced prostitution, sexual abuse, and torture to the point that the victim suffered a heart attack.
These activities should not be confused with consensual BDSM. People who engage in BDSM and other similar activities do so as consenting adults and in a safe, sane, and consensual manner. BDSM activities are not violent specifically because all participants can stop any time they wish. Millions of people engage in BDSM: according to the Kinsey Institute's New Report on Sex, between 5-10% of the adult population engages in BDSM on at least an occasional basis.
NCSF strongly condemns criminals who commit violence and engage in non-consensual activities. We encourage the media to remember that the large community of consenting adults who engage in BDSM activities should not be conflated with these alleged crimes. Ordinary people do BDSM – parents, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. But because of the stigma against BDSM, most people are closeted and don't speak out about their interests because they fear condemnation and discrimination.
The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.
As part of NCSF's website re-design, we've put together a fairly comprehensive survey that is designed to get the most feedback we can from the various people who visit our website. We need to know if the information and resources that NCSF offers is readily available to everyone.
There is also a Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) survey that will determine how NCSF can improve this important free directory. Both surveys will last from September 6-13: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCSFWeb
Celebrate TABU's 4th Annual Fundraiser for the NCSF, an amazing event for a wonderful cause taking place in Catonsville, Maryland on July 23rd. All proceeds from this event including 100% of the visit fees are being directly donated to the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom.
Everyone will have tons of sexy fun and kinkiness in club TABU for a GREAT cause! British Paul will be setting up BDSM demos and we will of course have all the fun that TABU Social Club is so well known for! Come enjoy the infamous TABU live auction featuring:
Trips to Hedo II, 1 year access passes to TABU worth over of $4,500, Redskins tickets and other amazing prizes. TABU is still taking donations so if anyone is still interested PLEASE contact Vicki at
Remember TABU membership is not required for the NCSF Fundraiser, and the club is open to various different lifestyle groups from the Swingers Lifestyle, Kinky, GLBTQ and BDSM communities. You can prepay your tickets in advance by going to:
Vicki and Rick, owners of TABU commented, “We are so excited about this year’s NCSF Annual Fundraiser at TABU. We're not sure if we are more excited about all the fun, hot, sexy and kinky stuff or just working with British Paul this year. This year’s auction is just going to be the fantastic and we have already received some wonderful donations with 2 Trips to Hedo II and of course we are tossing in several Year Visit passes to TABU. “
Said Board President Leigha Fleming, “TABU has a long history of supporting NCSF and being involved in NCSF. We are extremely grateful for their support.”
Rick and Vicki continued, “We always enjoy helping those that help us. Hope to see everyone for another unforgettable event, where consenting adults in the BDSM, Leather, Fetish, Swing, Polyamory and GLBTQ communities join for one GREAT cause and all Give Back to the NCSF for the night."
TABU is located in Catonsville, Baltimore County, with easy access right off the Baltimore Beltway at 1115 N Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228.
If you join NCSF as a new or renewing member at the TABU on 7/23, your membership monies will be matched by an anonymous donor!
Once again, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) will be a beneficiary of both Leather Pride Night (LPN) auction and Folsom Street East (FSE) street fair in New York City during Leather Pride Weekend in June. NCSF staff members will be present to proudly represent NCSF at both of these outstanding community events:
The 27th annual Leather Pride Night Auction will take place on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at Splash! from 6-10 PM. Leather Pride Night is sponsored by nine NYC S&M-leather- fetish organizations: Imperial Court of New York, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBearsNY, New York boys of Leather, Pariah's MC, The Eulenspiegel Society, ONYX New York and many other committed individuals. For more info: www.leatherpridenight.org
On Sunday, June 20th, Folsom Street East will be running an SM-leather-fetish block party on West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in front of M2 and the Eagle NYC Bar from 2-8pm. Over 10,000 leathermen and women cap off Leather Pride Weekend with the largest outdoor festival of its kind on the East Coast. Visit the NCSF table to find out more about NCSF projects and programs. For more info about the Fair: www.folsomstreeteast.org
This year, NCSF's Spokesperson and Founder Susan Wright will be awarded FSE's Sexual Freedom Award during the street fair. In addition to establishing the group in 1997, Susan was also instrumental in reforming the National Organization for Women's anti-SM policy in 1999, and created the SM vs. Abuse policy statement through the Leather Leadership Conference in 1997-98. Susan is a member of the organizing committees for Smarter Sex NYC, the Sex Positive Journalism Awards, and the advocacy committee for the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She has also published over 25 books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Come see NCSF at both Leather Pride Night and Folsom Street East! NCSF is very grateful to the NYC BDSM-leather-fetish community for raising a significant amount of our budget every year to further our advocacy and education goals.
NCSF is actively involved in supporting the Atlanta Eagle and the plaintiffs in this suit. In the case filed by Lambda Legal, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Dan Grossman as representation for the plaintiffs, a federal law suit alleging multiple civil rights violations was filed November 24, 2009.
In speaking with Leigha Fleming NCSF Board Chair, Wednesday afternoon, attorney Dan Grossman said, "NCSF's publicity and support is very welcome and needed in this effort."
Said Ms. Fleming, "We need everyone in the Alanta community getting involved in this. There's a mayoral election coming up. Ask your candidates their opinions of the police action at the Eagle and whether or not they support the kind of bigotry and discrimination exhibited. Blog about it. Talk about it. All the various Eagle's around the country should link to this. Support this lawsuit and support NCSF."
Said Grossman, "The police believed that they could violate the rights of these men precisely because they were in a gay _leather_ bar."
NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. Donate to NCSF now at www.ncsfreedom.org
NCSF strongly condemns criminals who commit violence and engage in non-consensual activities. We encourage the media to remember that the large community of consenting adults who engage in BDSM activities should not be confused with Sowell's alleged crimes. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and those in the neighborhood where Sowell lived.