Action Alert
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis

Help make history by signing the DSM Revision Petition now! The diagnoses in the DSM-IV-TR still subject
people who practice BDSM, fetishes and cross-dressing to bias, discrimination and social sanctions
without any scientific basis.

We need 3,000 signatures, but we only have 2,200 now. If you don’t speak up and call on the American
Psychiatric Association to adhere to empirical research when revising the diagnoses in the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), then the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work
Group won’t make a meaningful change.

To sign, go to:

You can make your signature anonymous on this secure petition site so it doesn’t appear on the Internet
or when the petition is delivered to the APA.

“We, the undersigned, support the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) own goal of making
its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) a scientific document, based on empirical research and
devoid of cultural bias. A diagnosis of a mental disorder can have a severe adverse impact on employment
opportunities, child custody determinations, an individual’s well-being, and other areas of functioning.
Therefore we urge the APA to remove all diagnoses that are not based upon peer-reviewed, empirical
research, demonstrating distress or dysfunction, from the DSM. The APA specifically should not promote
current social norms or values as a basis for clinical judgments.”

To find out more about the DSM and the Paraphilias section, read the NCSF & ITCR: The Foundation for
NCSF’s “White Paper on the DSM Revision” at

For more information, email:

Help spread the word – please distribute this call for signatures!

October 15, 2009


National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is committed to creating a political, legal, and social
environment in the United States that advances the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms
of alternative sexual and relationship expression. NCSF advances the rights and advocates for consenting
adults in the SM-Leather-Fetish, swing, and polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct
services, education, advocacy, and outreach in conjunction with our partner organizations to directly
benefit these communities.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
(917) 848-6544
Neil Cannon, Ph.D.
Certified Sex Therapist
Couples Counselor

Colorado Section Leader:
The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists

Instructor of Marriage & Family Therapy:
Denver Family Institute

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