National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
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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 main office is in Baltimore, Maryland, with members, coalition partners, board, and volunteers based across the United States.
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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 ProjectEdit
NCSF's Media Outreach Program provides sound bites and tactics for its advocates and allies in dealing with the media. It regularly provides media training and conducts dozens of interviews every year.
Kink Aware ProfessionalsEdit
Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) is a privately funded, non-profit service which provides the community with free referrals to psychotherapeutic, medical, and legal professionals who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to the BDSM, fetish, and leather community. NCSF took custody of the Kink Aware Professionals program 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.
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.
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