National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
|Governed by a 13 Member Board|
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is a sex-positive, advocacy and educational organization founded in 1997 in the United States. It represents approximately 50 coalition partners and is associated with over 100 supporting organizations. NSCF advocates on behalf of adults involved in "alternative lifestyles" with respect to sexuality and relationship composition, and specifically advocates for tolerance and non-discrimination of those so-identified, as well as education for adults involved in such lifestyles. The organization's is main office is in Baltimore, Maryland, with members, coalition partners, board and volunteers based across the United States.
The NCSF's mission as described on its web page is: "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."
The Media Outreach Project
NCSF's Media Outreach Program provides sound bites and tactics for its advocates and allies inin dealing with the media. It regularly provides media training and conducts dozens of interviews every year with an eye towards influencing the coverage of alternative sexuality issues. NCSF Media Updates, feature articles about BDSM, swinging and polyamory, and provides contact information so that its members, advocates, and allies can more easily write letters to the editor to influence editorial decisions. In addition, NCSF's media outreach project works to educate members of alternative sexuality and alternative relationship communities on how they might more effectively deal with press, including press awareness and response workshops.
Kink Aware Professionals
NCSF took custody of the Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) program, a free referral list, from its previous advocate Race Bannon. NCSF creates KAP materials and literature and has actively recruited psychotherapeutic, medical, legal and other professionals who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to diverse expressions of sexuality.
Education Outreach Program
The Education Outreach Program (EOP) is run by NCSF's educational Foundation. The NCSF Foundation seeks to support the freedom of consenting adults to "discover and to practice the intimate relationship structure that best meets their emotional and human needs." The Education Outreach Program is designed to educate law enforcement officials, and to educate constituents about the risks of selective enforcement and how to minimize the risk of becoming a target. NCSF has published a number of pieces of literature for this program and has trained a team of individuals from across the country to deliver educational presentations.
DSM Revision Project
The American Psychiatric Association has formed working committees to revise by 2011 its Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM), the definitive resource on the diagnostic criteria for all mental disorders. Statements currently within the DSM paraphilias criteria are contradicted by scientific evidence, therefore NCSF concludes that the interpretation of the paraphilias criteria has been politically – not scientifically – based. NCSF believes this politically motivated interpretation subjects BDSM practitioners, fetishists and cross-dressers to unwarranted bias, discrimination and social sanctions. NCSF has called on the American Psychiatric Association to remove or drastically restructure the paraphilias section in the DSM. NCSF is actively working to make sure this revision isn't politicized and that the "shame based politically based paraphilias section of the DSM" be completely revised.
In 2007, NCSF organized a leather leadership roundtable at the Creating Change conference to discuss the goals of the BDSM-leather-fetish communities. The number one priority was determined to be the decriminalization of BDSM. A subsequent townhall meeting at LLC was held to further discuss this goal and to establish an outline for a working plan for this 10–15-year project. This is a community-wide project with participation by national groups as well as activists to help determine the plan to accomplish this goal. In early 2010, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of this project for NCSF to take a leadership role. Since NCSF had already established the DSM project as a major area of focus, it made sense to also add the Consent Counts project as a major focus. Judy Guerin, former Executive Director of NCSF and long-time sexual freedom activist, recently re-joined NCSF as the Consent Counts project director.
Key spokesperson for the Consent Counts program was Leigha Fleming, nom de plume of Oklahoma native Rena Fleming (b. 1970). Wikipedia user "OwenX" deleted all information about Fleming appearing on the NCSF Wikipedia page in 2012. On December 20th, 2013, NCSF issued an announcement that Fleming apparently breached her fiduciary duty and diverted at least $60,000 from the NCSF 501(c)4 membership organization for her own personal expenses beginning in September 2011. Fleming died on December 19, 2013.
Structure and Partnerships
Over the past decade, NCSF has formed several alliances with other advocacy organizations to work on projects that defend sexual freedom rights: Free Speech Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, among others.
Currently NCSF has approximately 70 Coalition Partners who elect the board and establish the yearly goals at the annual Coalition Partner meeting. Coalition Partners are groups and businesses and individuals that serve BDSM, swing and polyamory practitioners. NCSF also has over 100 Supporting Members: groups and businesses who actively support NCSF – these groups total tens of thousands of members.
- Sexual Freedom Coalition (SFC, a similar organization in the United Kingdom)
- Nitke v. Gonzales (a case involving Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom regarding internet obscenity)
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