Legal Organizations for Kink

All of these legal organizations are dedicated to supporting positive sexuality and or alternative relationships and sexual identities. Organization descriptions are be pulled from their respective websites. This is not exhaustive and I encourage you to add to the list in the comments and if your organization would like to be included in the list, please email [email protected].’s focus is primarily for the BDSM community. However we hope to offer educational resources for every community, straight , LGBTQ or kinky, Anywhere there are questions about abuse, we hope to be able to provide some help in getting those questions answered.  As we are located in Utah some of the resources listed are local.  However, we have tried to provide general numbers and links to those who live outside of Utah.

Lambda Legal

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Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

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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.

Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund

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Polyamory, swinging, BDSM and fetishism are among the kinds of sexual and lifestyle choices which may expose adherents to legal problems. We believe that the government should not interfere with consensual sexual expression among adults. We believe that parents should not lose custody of their children just because of the parents’ lifestyle or variety of sexual expression. We believe that people should not face criminal prosecution for consensual sexual acts among competent adults.

Because we believe these things, we are working to provide:

  • Money towards legal and litigation expenses, such as attorney fees and expert witness fees.
  • Referrals to attorneys and expert witnesses knowledgeable about alternative sexual expression and willing to take cases dealing with it.
  • Public information and education about alternative sexual expression.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

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If you have a question about how the law in your jurisdiction affects you, or are looking for a referral, email us here. We work with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in New England to answer legal questions. Please let us know what state you reside in when contacting us, so we can answer your question more effectively and in a timely manner.

If you have information about new laws, regulations or policies affecting transgender people or notice a bad link, please let us know.  These pages are a community effort and we really appreciate your feedback.

If you are considering drafting and/or proposing a state or local anti-discrimination law, Lisa Mottet of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is available to advise you. Email us here.

If you’ve found the information on these web pages helpful, please consider supporting our sister organization, the Transgender Law Center, whose staff volunteers to help answer the legal queries you send us. If you can, please help out this important institution by giving online here.   You can read more about the Transgender Law Center on their web page here.

Transgender Law Center

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Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

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Working at the intersection of sexual and human rights.

Established in February 2003, The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to education and public advocacy to achieve recognition of our fundamental human right to sexual freedom. The Foundation offices are located in Washington, DC, and we work in partnership with activists, advocacy organizations and coalitions across the United States fighting the political, social and economic forces driving and expanding sexual repression.

Sexual freedom is defined as the fundamental human right of all individuals to develop and express their unique sexuality. Encompassed within the sexual freedom movement are:

  • Gender and gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Consensual, non-exploitative sexual expression of one’s choice
  • Relationships that extend from all of the foregoing and the rights bestowed upon those relationships
  • Comprehensive sexuality education throughout the lifespan,
  • Sexual and reproductive health/choice/justice.

Building on the affirmations of individual rights contained in the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Woodhull affirms sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.  We believe that broad recognition of sexual freedom will lead to a healthier, more humane society and will liberate individual and group energies to create a more just, compassionate and sustainable world. For this reason, Woodhull, while highlighting the benefits of a shared sexual freedom, human rights agenda works to foster collaborative activities that honor individual advocacies and communities, designs creative initiatives to develop broad public support for sexual freedom, and works to transform these initiatives into public policy.

Woodhull carefully cultivates and works to engage allies from all social, economic, religious* and cultural justice communities interested in affirming sexual freedom.  We strive to harness the energy of and join with the LGBT, women’s liberation, comprehensive sex education, polyamory, and related movements to bring existing energy to bear on sexual freedom as an additional opportunity for shared discourse and political, cultural and social change.

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