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All in the family

on Saturday, 23 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Meet 3 parents who won a historic legal victory for polyamorous families

CBC News

"We live in a culture where everyone's born to think if someone loves one person and has sex with one person, then that means that’s it," said J.M. "But when you open your mind to that concept, you realize there can be more than one person that someone has feelings for."

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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.

Let’s Dissect Queer Men’s Longstanding Connection to Leather and BDSM

on Monday, 18 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Hornet

Saynt also notes that leather helps to tap into a unique childhood experience specific to gay men. “For many men, growing up gay or bi brought a lot of ridicule,” he says. “We were constantly bullied. But when you put on some leather, that all disappears. You take control.”

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All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge

on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The decision is the first of its kind in Canada

Financial Post In the first decision of its kind in Canada, all three adult members of a polyamorous family have been recognized as parents of a child. Two months ago, Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court (Family Division) in the case of Re C.C., decided the adults would be named as parents of the child born within their three-way relationship. In the introduction to his decision, Justice Fowler described the unconventional St. John’s household: “J.M. And J.E. are the two male partners in a polyamorous relationship with C.C., the mother of A., a child born of the three-way relationship in 2017. The relationship has been a stable one and has been ongoing since June 2015. None of the partners in this relationship is married and, while the identity of the mother is clear, the biological father of the child is unknown.”

There’s a difference between kinky and abusive and we need to be clear about that

on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Metro UK

If you’re planning to have kinky sex with someone from the world of BDSM, they’ll ask you about limits. Preferences. Hard limits and soft ones, likes and dislikes. They won’t (or at least they absolutely shouldn’t) just start tying you up.

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

Sex Workers Rally for Labor Rights on International Whores’ Day

on Saturday, 09 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

DC Media Group

The advocates were joined by DC Council member David Grosso, who supports their efforts at gaining workers status in the District. “I’m out to show my support for decriminalization of sex work,” he said.

Grosso introduced a bill promoting sex workers rights last year in the DC Council. “I’m seeing some movement from my colleagues and the city,” he said.

Sex worker advocates are also urging an end to SESTA and FOSTA, bills passed by Congress in March targeting online sex worker communities. These communities were formed to help protect workers and are essential for their online well-being in the digital age, according to Siouxsie Q. James, Director of Policy and Industry Relations, Free Speech Coalition.

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Sex Workers Say The Law Meant To Protect Them Could Kill Them

on Friday, 08 June 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Buzzfeed During Friday’s lobbying day, sex workers, armed with packets of information and talking points, fanned out across the Capitol, meeting in small groups with 28 House offices. To a casual observer, the activists clutching folders for congressional staffers and dressed in conservative business attire looked like any other constituent group making the rounds on the Hill. Similar lobbying blitzes also occurred elsewhere, including Nevada, California, and Washington state, with sex workers meeting with not only congressional staff but also with state and local officials.
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