(12/9/13) Last week, we featured a piece on Kink Aware Professionals, a directory of medical, legal, therapeutic and administrative professionals who understand and support various sexuality concerns and lifestyle choices. In that article, we noted that this program is managed by the non-profit National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and, accordingly, we thought it important to expand our coverage to include a little more about this unique organization.
Founded in 1997, the NCSF’s purpose is straightforward: They champion sexual freedom and privacy rights. They accomplish this through direct action as well as by affiliating with social organizations, academic institutions, businesses and synergistic political action groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Through their activism, advocacy and educational programs, they seek to improve the political landscape as it relates to equal rights for consenting adults who enjoy alternative forms of sexuality, particularly in kink/fetish, swingers and polyamory communities.
Unlike other activist organizations who only respond to crisis situations as they arise, the NCSF has developed an ongoing, proactive platform geared towards educating communities, legal systems and media outlets at local, state and national levels. For example, the group recently sponsored an interactive event at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago featuring legal experts (including a sitting District Court judge) that provided an overview of issues related to federal and state laws used to prosecute consensual sexual activity among adults. Through activities like this, they help to prevent potentially adverse situations through better understanding of facts instead of knee-jerk reactions to common myths or biased groupthink. By building a stronger knowledge foundation along with well-informed public opinion on a widespread basis, the organization has successfully shifted both the response to and coverage of several high-profile cases regarding sexual freedom in recent years and diluted the efforts of many organizations who seek to restrict adult rights.
In short, the NCSF is an organization that’s not nearly as well known as it should be, but has had–and is having–a solid impact when it counts. If you would like to get a better idea of some of their ongoing projects, we recommend a visit to their official website along with a quick stop at their YouTube channel where you’ll find some brief videos. Additionally, to help increase the support and attention they both need and deserve, please take a moment to share this article throughout your circles.