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A Call to Action on June 1st—The First Ever Sex Worker Lobby Day

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom urges everyone in our communities to join us in supporting the first ever Sex Worker Lobby Day on June 1st in Washington, D.C. NCSF will be participating with sex workers in Federal lobbying with Members of Congress. We are also supporting direct action activities that are planned around the country on June 1st and June 2nd.

The recently enacted FOSTA-SESTA laws have directly impacted many people because of the effect on sexual content on the Internet, with platform providers already removing sexual content for fear of criminal prosecution. Sex workers, in particular, have been placed in even more serious danger by the harmful effects of these laws.

All of us want to protect victims of sex trafficking. However, this legislation does not protect victims of sex trafficking and actually places them at greater risk by making it more difficult for them to access sex worker advocacy groups to get help.

The Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C. is a great opportunity for individuals to discuss important sexual freedom issues with their elected Members of Congress. It is also an opportunity to learn how to advocate to legislators. Lobbying is not a complex or difficult process. With a little training, anyone can do it and we will provide that training. You also don’t have to be out as kinky or a sex worker to join in.

For those of you who have not done lobbying before, this is truly a fascinating experience. You will enjoy it. But more importantly, this is an opportunity for you to make a real difference on issues that affect all of us and that are critically important for sex workers.

For additional information on how to sign up for Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C., contact Judy Guerin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 202-494-9555. For additional information on direct actions and activities planned around the country and in Washington D.C., visit www.survivorsagainstsesta.org.

sex workers June 2 Rally

Guest Blog: Polyamory and BDSM researchers need your help!

on Friday, 11 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

by Chris Deaton
 

We are two graduate researchers out of Arizona State University who are working on BDSM related projects and are looking for additional input from the community. The projects have multiple phases depending on respondent’s status and desire for additional involvement.

 

There is a survey for the polyamorous community looking at various subculture intersections and some basic relationship structure and behavior information. There is also an additional interview component open to polyamorous couples that have been together for more than 10 years. There is a limited amount of participants allowed for this phase and it is focused on two distinct groups; self-identified BDSM members and those that are not. We want to know what you think makes you successful!

 

More information and the survey can be found at can be found at http://polyamory.education.

 

The second project is related to the intersection of BDSM and yoga and the benefits of each. The project is looking at the perceived benefits of both yoga and BDSM; specifically, improved body image, reduced anxiety and depression, and altered states of consciousness. There is an additional interview component open to women who have been practicing yoga and/or BDSM for 2 years or more. 

The survey and contact information can be found at http://links.asu.edu/yogabodysurvey.

Easier With Three

on Saturday, 05 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Slate

The big obstacles in most relationships are in the little details—finances, housework, child and/or pet care, and how to spend free time. Before I lived with my wife’s girlfriend, I might have said that having an extra person would only make the conflicts and disagreements of daily life that much harder to work out. Instead, for our family, we’ve found the opposite is true. Whether we need an extra set of hands, an extra listening ear, another chum to hang out with, or an extra couple of bucks, our family has found that three can be easier, not harder, than two.

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.

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