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Fight in 2018! An Interview With Our Volunteer Coordinator

on Monday, 30 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

by Julian Wolf

 

Was one of your resolutions for 2018 making a difference? Current politics have you ready to stand up and fight for your freedom? Have extra time and a passion for serving your national community? We'd love to have you work with us! Our volunteer coordinator extraordinaire Keira joined me virtually to answer a few questions about how you can help the work of the NCSF actively this year.

 

Thanks for joining us! What sort of help does the NCSF need? Is it always sitting at tables?

 

Keira: Most of the volunteering is actually done via the internet. We are always looking for skilled volunteers for all sorts of projects. We tailor the project to the volunteer. The most common projects require creative skills like writing and graphic design, but we really do find something for everyone. Once we even asked someone to create coloring book pages for us!

 

Do you need experience in advocacy? What if you're new to swingers and/or kink community, should those folks wait to participate?

 

Keira: Again, the projects are tailored to the volunteer. You don't need any experience in advocacy, activism, or community. Just willingness and drive to volunteer.

 

How would one of our constituents go about offering to volunteer with the NCSF?

 

Keira: Our website has a volunteer questionnaire that you need to fill out in order to become a volunteer. The URL is http://ncsfreedom.org/get-involved/volunteer

 

What keeps you volunteering?

 

Keira: I really enjoy the people I work with and I'm proud of the work I do. Additionally, working with NCSF has really improved my self worth and helped me make many positive changes in my personal life.

 

Anything else you'd like to share with us?

Keira: Volunteering for NCSF is done in as low stress a way as possible. So please don't be scared. It's really painless.

 

Thank you so much for your work!

 

Keira has been actively volunteering with the NCSF since 2011 and joined the board in 2014. She was recently featured as a Poly Role Model. See her interview here http://polyrolemodels.tumblr.com/post/169017684522/poly-role-models-keira-harbison-of-the-ncsf or via our website at https://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/poly-role-models-keira-harbison-of-the-ncsf.

 

You can reach Keira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCSF Thanks for the 1st Quarter Donations – January to March, 2018

on Sunday, 29 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Thank you to our Coalition Partner Leather SINS for donating $5,000 to NCSF at Kinky Kollege Spring Break in March!

Thank you to Dick Cunningham and Judy Guerin for donating $2,500 in matching donations as part of the Dark Odyssey Winterfire fundraising efforts.

Thank you to Russell Stambaugh, NCSF Board Member and Kink Aware Professionals Advocate, for donating $2,000 to NCSF. $1,000 was dedicated to support NCSF’s Consent Summit in New York City in September 2017, and the other $1,000 was given to the NCSF Foundation.

NCSF thanks Marc Depaul for donating $1,500 to NCSF in February!

NCSF Thanks Dale Maddox, Ms. Atlanta Eagle, and Kae with the House of Trei for hosting a fundraiser at the Atlanta Eagle that raised $1,240 for NCSF on March 3rd as the 1st Capital Finance’s Coalition Partner fundraiser.

NCSF thanks Lucille Ballbuster for donating $950 from the proceeds from of her birthday fundraiser—and she wants to thank all the wonderful people who celebrated with her for their generosity!

Thank you to Coalition Partner, Adventures in Sexuality, for donating $412 from their Winter Wickedness event in February, 2018 along with raising $115 in duck donations, for a total of $527.

Thank you to Bound in Boston and Broken Giraffe Enterprises for donating $400 to the NCSF Foundation in March.

NCSF thanks FetLife for donating $300 this quarter to NCSF!

Thank you to Nickie Fuentes of Modern Tribe Counseling, Coalition Partner of NCSF, for holding a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and raising $275 to donate to NCSF.

Thank you to our Coalition Partner NHOT for holding a Consent for Groups Discussion in February and raising $130 which was matched by NHOT for a total of $260 donated to NCSF.

Thank you to James Dunyak, NCSF New England Advocate, for donating $200 to NCSF this quarter!

Thank you to Savannah Nicole Checketts for holding a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and raising $200 to donate to NCSF.

NCSF thanks Kayla & Dave for donating $100 at Dark Odyssey in February as part of NCSF’s fundraising efforts.

Thank you to NCSF Coalition Partner, the Knights of Leather, for donating $100 as their annual Coalition Partner fundraiser in January!

Thank you to our Coalition Partner MAsT: Boise for donating $60 as their annual CP donation to NCSF.

Discrimination Against Kinky Parents

on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

“De-Pathologization of Consensual BDSM” by Susan Wright, written as Invited Commentary in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, is now available:

https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1WxJf6CSsvzo3J

This article tracks the discrimination against kinky parents in child custody cases that were reported to NCSF before and after the American Psychiatric Association (APA) differentiated between consensual sexual behavior and the Paraphilic Disorders in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Family court judges regularly removed child custody or visitation rights from adults who engaged in consensual BDSM, fetishes and cross-dressing behaviors. After the proposed changes to the DSM-5 were made public for commentary in 2011, there was a significant drop in discrimination against BDSM-practicing individuals.

A total of 808 parents contacted the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom's Incident Reporting and Response (IRR) program from January 2005 to December 2017 to report that a determining factor in their child custody hearing was their BDSM, fetishism, cross-dressing and/or non-monogamous behavior.

In 2008, 124 parents contacted NCSF for assistance compared to 15 parents in 2017, four years after the 2013 publication of the DSM-5 which clarified that the majority of individuals who are active in community networks that practice sadistic and masochistic behaviors do not meet the DSM-5 criteria for a mental disorder.

To find out more about NCSF’s DSM project (1987-2017) click here - http://www.ncsfreedom.org/key-programs/dsm-v-revision-project/dsm-v-program-page

D. “Choc Trei” Henderson appointed as an NCSF Board Member

on Thursday, 19 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the appointment of D. “Choc Trei” Henderson as an NCSF Board Member for a one year term. Choc has been active with NCSF in representing our Coalition Partner, 1st Capital Finance, and heading up the NCSF Southern Advocates team, The House of Trei.

During NCSF’s Anniversary weekend in Atlanta, Choc participated in the NCSF Annual Meeting and co-presented a workshop at LLC called Liberation is Felt, Seen and Heard, conceptualized by Ruby B. Johnson and co-presented by Aida Mandulay.

The House of Trei also set up a refreshing midday break during the NCSF Annual Meeting and donated lunch for all of the participants. In addition, NCSF Board Members were very pleased to accept a $1,240 check from the 1st Capital Finance’s annual Coalition Partner fundraiser on March 3rd that was co-produced by Dale Maddox, Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2017, and Kae Trei at the Atlanta Eagle.

NCSF is grateful to have the advice and energy provided by Choc throughout the coming year. Please support her by getting involved in her Southeast Regional planning!!

Choc pic

Northwest Region Community Wide Consent Summit Survey

on Monday, 16 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and several Portland based community partners are exploring hosting a Consent Summit for the Northwest Region in Portland, OR. Your feedback is invaluable as we begin our planning process. Your responses are confidential and will be used exclusively for the purposes of developing this summit. If you live in the Northwest, please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey.

 

This is a community-based survey, not an NCSF survey:
https://goo.gl/forms/msxBKg1wSuWFyLKp1

 

Please direct any questions to Judy Guerin, NCSF Consent Counts Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCSF Celebrated its 21st Anniversary in Atlanta!

on Friday, 16 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

At NCSF's Annual Meeting on March 9th in Atlanta, GA, the Coalition Partners elected the Board Members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults.

NCSF was fortunate to have Aida Manduley, MSW, provide a 3-hour diversity training on Sunday for the Board and Staff so we can continue the process of ensuring NCSF is a welcoming and accessible organization for everyone. We're looking forward to our next training!

NCSF would like to thank LLC for donating the room for NCSF's Annual Meeting prior to the Leather Leadership Conference. NCSF would also like to thank our Coalition Partner, 1st Capital Finance and NCSF Southeastern Advocates, the House of Trei, for providing a delicious lunch and great conversation during the Annual Meeting.

This year 11 people ran for the NCSF Board, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The current Board Members are:

Susan Wright, Chairperson
Keira Harbison, Vice-Chair
Kevin Carlson, Treasurer
Jackie Harris, Secretary
Ruby Bouie Johnson
Judy Guerin
Richard Richbart
Max Rulz
Ben Schenker
Rudy Serra
Russell Stambaugh
Julian Wolf

The Coalition Partners who attended the NCSF Annual Meeting were:

1st Capital Finance
Catalyst
DC Sub Club
MAsT Boise
MDSB
Modern Tribe Counseling
Ohio SMART
Satin Sheet Dreams
STL3
TES
The Mark
The Red Chair
The Woodshed


NCSF Board Members and staff participated in events throughout the weekend in Atlanta:

LLC, the Leadership Conference – Workshops and an Award!
www.leatherleadership.org

The “Leadership in Action” Leadership Awards were presented to both NCSF and the Men of ONYX by LLC XXII on March 9th, in recognition of our contribution of our skills, time and effort into sharing with and being supportive of our community. NCSF presented 3 workshops: Liberation is Felt, Seen, and Heard conceptualized by Ruby B. Johnson, and presented by Choc Dionne and Aida Manduley; BDSM, Consent & the Law with Judy Guerin, Richard O. Cunningham and Rudy Serra; and Media Strategy and Tactics with Susan Wright. NCSF also celebrated our 21st Anniversary by bringing a birthday cake to the LLC Hospitality Suite on Saturday.

 LLC cake

Keira Harbison, Susan Wright, Kevin Carlson and Ben, LLC Chair

LLC Hospitality Suite with Onyx Pearls

The Women of ONYX Pearls Southeast celebrating NCSF's 21st Anniversary in the LLC Hospitality Suite with Susan Wright, NCSF Chairperson


 Atlanta Poly - Consent Counts with NCSF!

NCSF met with the polyamory community in Atlanta to share our experiences in a roundtable discussion led by Nickie Fuentes, MS LPC, NCC of Modern Tribe Counseling, along with NCSF Board Members - Keira Harbison and Kevin Carlson.


 Rope Bite at 1763 - Celebrating NCSF's 21st Anniversary!

NCSF enjoyed "Rope Bite @Nite" a rope-centric event held the second Saturday of each month at 1763 from 8-2pm. The evening started out with a class and demo focused on rope education and then evolved into the Decadence play party. NCSF brought a birthday cake to celebrate our 21st anniversary with Rope Bite members!


 Whippersnappers - Consent & the Law Presentation

Whippersnappers is an Atlanta-based educational and social BDSM group for people in their 20s and 30s. NCSF Board Members Judy Guerin and Rudy Serra along with Dick Cunningham presented a BDSM, Consent and the Law discussion on Friday evening to talk about consent and NCSF's American Law Institute Project.


The Loft and Trapeze - NCSF Meets & Greets

NCSF Board members Keira Harbison and Rich Richbart along with Kim, representing Coalition Partner Satin Sheet Dreams, attended The Loft on Friday night and Trapeze on Saturday night to do outreach to the Lifestyle community organizers and members.


For those who are interested in volunteering and joining the NCSF team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guest Blog: Southwest Love Fest - Arizona's First Conference on Ethical Non-Monogamy

on Thursday, 08 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

By Matt Connolly


April 6-8, 2018, marks the first time Tucson, Arizona will be the site of Arizona's first conference on ethical non-monogamy, Southwest Love Fest (swlovefest.com). Created with the intention of establishing an annual forum to discuss the many aspects of non-monogamous relationships, this event will introduce an active and growing national community to some of our best known leaders and mentors in the practice of Polyamory. Kevin Patterson, Dr. Elizabeth Sheff, the Multiamory Crew, Cunning Mix and Lusty Guy as well as NCSF's own Susan Wright, will be some of the presenters sharing their experience with attendees.

As one of the leader's of Phoenix's Polyamory community and a member of NCSF, I was very excited to hear about the planning of this event. I attended the first organizational meeting and signed up to fill the role of Volunteer Coordinator. I like to think of myself as a Poly Advocate so I was happy to get involved in helping to create this conference. Advocacy for me means both living the practice of ethical non-monogamy as well as offering support in whatever position I'm able.

Please visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets. We look forward to seeing you there!

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