History of NCSF

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for consenting adults in the kink and non-monogamy lifestyles by fighting discrimination and persecution through direct services. The Foundation of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a nonprofit charitable foundation that educates about BDSM, swinging and polyamory to destigmatize sexual practices between consenting adults.

NCSF has almost 100 Coalition Partners who provide strategic and policy planning, and set general goals for the Board to follow and implement. NCSF also has a growing list of Supporting Members who support our mission:

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.

20years Hard at Work to Defend Your Rights!

1997-2001

1997  National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was formed in 1997 by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. The founding Coalition Partners were:

  • National Leather Association—International
  • Gay Male S/M Activists
  • The Eulenspiegel Society
  • Black Rose
  • Society of Janus  

1997 – Launched Incident Response program to directly help people who are being discriminated against for being kinky.

1997 – Launched Media Outreach Project and began giving interviews to educate about BDSM, and training people to speak to the media about sex and BDSM.

1997 – Launched the Media Updates to track BDSM in the media and to alert constituents to write in to media outlets to correct the stereotypes.

1997- Conducted a national survey on Violence and Discrimination against BDSM practitioners.

1998 – Assisted multiple communities throughout the U.S. related to event and venues being shut down, criminal prosecutions and pressure on hotels not to host BDSM or kink events.

1998 – Developed Resource Materials for individuals and groups related to child custody and job discrimination.

1998 – Began presenting at professional conferences: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists; World Congress on Sexuality; Creating Change; Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

1999 – Won Pantheon’s Best Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award for 1999.

1999 – Lobbied to change the alcohol regulations in DC to allow BDSM and sex in venues serving alcohol.

2000 – Launched a national law enforcement outreach program and soon expanded it to include educational outreach programs (EOP) to educate kinky people about the law and how to run events and set up groups/clubs.

2000 – Filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government regarding the constitutionality of the remaining portion of the Communications Decency Act.

2002-2006

2002 – Expanded the NCSF mission to include the Lifestyle, non-monogamy and other alternative sexuality groups.

2002 – Formed a legal advisory committee and legal research staff.

2002 – Fought a series of attacks against BDSM conferences by Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, and the American Decency Association by lobbying state officials and through a public education campaign.

2002 – Successfully lobbied the big hotel chains – Intercontinental Hotels Group and Cendant (now Wyndham Worldwide) – to allow BDSM conferences to take place in their hotels.

2003 – Launched a line of NCSF merchandise in the NCSF Shop.

2003 – Launched the quarterly NCSF Newsletter that contains updates on NCSF’s projects and programs.

2005 – Formed the NCSF Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, by acquiring the Institute for 21st Century Relationships.

2005 – Supported Free Speech Coalition in filing a constitutional challenge to injunction against U.S.C. 18, Section 2257 requiring websites to provide proof of age for sex-related photos.

2006 – Acquired the Kink Aware Professionals database and expanded it to include a wide range of professionals worldwide.

2006 – Hosted a Leather Caucus at the Creating Change conference that resulted in the community-wide Consent Counts Project.

2007-2011

2007 – Assumed responsibility for the community-wide Consent Counts Project.

2007 – Sponsored the Sex-Positive Journalism Awards.

2008 – Conducted the second Violence and Discrimination Survey and three other surveys related to alternative sexuality.

2008 – Launched the DSM-5 Revision Project to depathologize BDSM in the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

2008 – Developed a state-by-state database of assault, sexual assault and related offenses, researched all relevant case law related to BDSM and produced resource materials and educational programs for Consent Counts.

2011 – Developed a community-wide Consent Statement.

2011 – Developed social media programs and started the Consent Counts discussion group on FetLife.

2011 – Developed informational resources for victims of domestic violence, those accused of assault and for groups and individuals related to consent policies and violations under the Consent Counts Program.

2011 – Successfully lobbied to introduce modified legislation in CA related to strangulation laws that might impact BDSM practitioners (CA SB 430).

2012-2016

2012 – Conducted the first consent survey, the Consent Counts Survey.

2012 – Launched a Media Kit targeting reporters researching 50 Shades of Grey and BDSM.

2013 – Achieved success in its DSM-5 Revision Project to depathologize BDSM in the American Psychiatric Associations’ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

2013 – Filed an Amicus Brief in an Appellate Case (U.S. vs. Miles).

2014 – Launched the second consent survey, the Consent Violation Survey

2015 – Launched Consent Month in September with Arizona Power Exchange (APEX).

2015 – Launched the American Law Institute project to change the Model Penal Code on sexual assault and related offenses to include BDSM activities.

2016 – Started an outreach program to victim advocates and began giving the IPV and BDSM webinar around the world.

2016 – Held the first national NCSF Consent Summit in Seattle, WA.

2016 – Launched the Sexual Freedom Resolution and began signing on national mental health organizations, institutions and professionals.

2016 – Began appointing regional and special NCSF Advocates who do outreach for NCSF.

2016 – Became a co-sponsor of the Journal of Positive Sexuality.

2017 – present

2017 – NCSF celebrated its 20th Anniversary by hosting celebrations around the country

2017 – Began holding quarterly Coalition Partner Town Halls via online conferencing

2017 – NCSF began sponsoring the annual Sexual Freedom Parade in New Orleans with Naughty Events (launched in 2003)

2018 – Participated in training and lobbying for Sex Worker’s Lobby Day to raise awareness about the harms of FOSTA/SESTA

2019 – Filed an Amicus Brief with our allies on the harms done by FOSTA/SESTA in Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al vs. U.S.

2019 – Launched Metamour Day as an annual event on February 28th.

2019 – Launched a series of Consent Signs to help groups and events announce their own consent culture.

2020 – Launched the NCSF Members Insurance Program offering liability, property and D&O insurance