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Amplify Voices

Activism within BDSM/Kink communities has many heroes, trailblazers, and pioneers that have made grassroot contributions to uplifting and empowering its members. The intent of ‘Amplify Voices” is to highlight the accomplishments and attributions of those community leaders from marginalized groups.

November 2021: Transgender Awareness Month

  • Sir Damien: Transgender Awareness
    Sir Damien is a queer, trans, Dominant, who has been a part of the leather community since 2012. He is the co-Head of House of Maison de Meson with Mademoiselle Ceci. He is passionate about bringing leather and kink education to the BIPOC community as well as creating intentional space for BIPOC in the leather ...
  • Everett: Transgender Awareness
    He11oSweetie / Everett (they/Him) Polyam, GenderQueer. Happy to be one of the Midwest Advocates for NCSF. Based in St Louis, MO, where they host the Queer Caucus (a monthly discussion group for Queer Kinksters), help host Queeriosity (a Queer Centric Play Party) as well as the local Queer Munch. He joined the community in 2013, ...
  • Dr. A.C. Fowlkes: Interview with Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW
    https://youtu.be/K-EwJRTXLpk In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, Dr. A.C. Fowlkes talks about his work with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, including founding the first dating website/app for polyamorous business professionals. Dr. A.C. Fowlkes is the Chief Executive Officer of Fowlkes Consulting which is an LGBTQ+ sensitivity and transgender inclusion consulting firm. He is a Licensed ...
  • Devyn Stone: In Honor of Transgender Awareness Month
    Devyn Stone (he/him) is a self-awareness and BDSM educator, author, and alternative lifestyles coach. He is a Leatherman, an extrovert, a dominant, a Sons of Anarchy fan, and a foodie. He also enjoys organizing events, volunteering, moderating, speaking, and emceeing! He is the Founder of Pragmatically Kinking and Executive Producer for the THRIVE conference. Devyn’s been actively practicing ...
  • Transgender Awareness Month Resources
    Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face. The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of ...

October 2021: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Guest Blog: Young Adults & BDSM
    By Dr. Lee Kinsey Trends in young adult sexuality are poorly tracked. Because many in the United States are squeamish about studying sexuality there is not much we know about what emerging adults do and do not do with their sexuality. However, some researchers who study sexuality have noted a recent rise in aggressive sexual behaviors ...
  • Diana Ryan: Let’s Define Kink and Abuse
    https://youtu.be/NrWc_oQx9MY In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Diana Ryan defines kink and abuse for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Diana is the owner/operator of 360 Coaching and Counseling, LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. She also an internationally certified (International ...
  • NCADV Statement on 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released a statement this week acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which is recognized during the month of October. NCADV’s theme for 2021’s DVAM is #WeAreResilient, a reminder of survivor’s resiliency as well as the collective resiliency of the domestic violence movement.  “We chose this theme, this year in ...
  • NOTICE: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Hearing
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is time for the Senate to introduce and pass a strong VAWA reauthorization that meets the needs of survivors! WHAT’S HAPPENING Tomorrow, October 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on VAWA! Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will be testifying before the Committee about VAWA’s successes and ...

September 2021: Consent Month

  • Dr. James Wadley on Consent
    In celebration of Consent Month, Dr. James Wadley shares a video on consent. Dr. James Wadley is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New ...
  • Zach Budd on the 5 Pillars of Consent
    In celebration of Consent Month 2021, Zach Budd shares his 5 Pillars of Consent. Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others. Zach became interested in consent as a topic more than ...
  • Dr. Lexx on Consent and Negotiation
    In celebration of Consent Month 2021, Dr. Lexx Brown-James shares important advice on Consent and Negotiations with NCSF. Dr. Lexx is a phenomenal sex therapist, educator, and media consultant. The #CouplesClinician runs The Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy, LLC and is an Amazon best-selling author twice over! She’s the coolest nerd you’ll ever meet and ...

August 2021: The Women of Leather

  • Amplify Voices: Women of Drummer
    Women of Drummer are fierce, sexy, playful, leather, sexual outlaws. They come together to share ideas, collaborate, and celebrate who they are. Holding 6 regional and one interNational event each year to provide opportunities to connect with one another. “We celebrate our love for our leather brothers, but this is our movement. We speak with our ...

July, 2021 BIPOC Mental Health Month


June, 2021 Juneteenth

  • Have a Proud and Happy Juneteenth!
    “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.” “Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a ...