- The most accurate and generally accepted information will be found in traditionally published books by recognized authors.
- The next best information will come from dedicated and well recognized websites, and in educational offerings at conventions that are well regarded by the community.
- Less accurate and often contradictory information will be found in group discussions, social networking sites, and local educational offerings. This information is seldom vetted and is more likely to be someone’s opinion, conjecture or untested hypothesis rather than generally accepted fact.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Justin presents Leather 101 and Polyamory
The kinky BDSM / Leather community is an active social group of kinky people that span the globe!
Most people have a little apprehension contemplating taking the first step into a community that celebrates Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, submission, Sadism and masochism but the reality is that the people in our kinky community are some of the most caring people I have ever met.
The quality of the information available about the BDSM Lifestyle varies radically. As you seek out information about "what it is we do", I have this advice for you:
The best education is often found in a relationship with a good mentor in your local community. Finding a good mentor is like the problem of finding a good mechanic when you don't yet know much about cars. Take the time to educate yourself about our lifestyle first, starting with the many books available.
Ultimately, you want the knowledge and skill that will allow you to practice BDSM safely, and to build the type of relationships you desire.
Publications (online or in print)
Leatherati explores our unique lifestyle of contests and titleholders, travel and events, dining and drinking, entertainment and shopping and of course, news and opinion. Leatherati is based in LA.
The Leather Journal reports on events and news about the lifestyle
LetherViews by Jack Rinella
bannon.com Intelligent information, ideas and insights about the adventurous side of sex and relationships.
The Eulenspiegel Society (TES) is a NYC based, not-for-profit organization which promotes sexual liberation for all adults. Especially for people who enjoy consensual BDSM. It is the oldest such organization in the nation.
The Society of Janus is a San Francisco based, not-for-profit education and support organization. It is the second oldest such organization in the nation.
Black Rose is a Washington, DC based, not-for-profit organization which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, sadism & masochism, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few.
The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides education, social opportunities, and support for adults who are interested in Bondage and Discipline
Desert Dominion is an educational and social group whose focus is providing information and education for people interested in the BDSM lifestyle
Avatar is a LA based private non-profit educational and social club established in 1983 for gay men with an interest in BDSM. We teach safe, sane and consensual BDSM techniques to anyone interested in learning.
smOdyssey is a membership organization located in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Club X, Inc. is San Diego's largest pansexual leather/ BDSM fetish group. Our primary goal is that of education with secondary goals of activism and social activities
Masters And slaves Together, International (MAsT) exists as an education, support and resource group for individuals involved in, or interested in, the Master/slave lifestyle. The local chapters list will direct you to the many local chapters of MAsT.
DomSubFriends is an East Coast members only pan-sexual group, who share interests in the S&M, BDSM, D/s, and B/D scene.
Comprehensive Internet Directory maintained by DomSubFriends group; many of the links are dated but there is a wealth of information here.
Sexuality.org maintained by Society for Human Sexuality has a variety of sexual resources including some BDSM information
The BDSM Events Page Lists local and national events
LeatherWeb states that it is a lifestyle site "for the curious and the committed" it is not an easy read but there seem to be many nuggets of value including notes from classes and presentations. I am sure it will continue to grow and develop.
The Butchmanns Experience is an intensive educational weekend designed to provide an opportunity for self-discovery in pursuit of self-actualization. The event includes hands-on training in basic SM practices, protocol and rituals, and a view of leadership and obedience through the lens of Master/slave dynamics.
Kink Academy is a comprehensive library of sex-ed videos for adventurous, consenting adults. Whether you’re new to kink or an experienced player, there’s something for everyone to learn on KinkAcademy.com.
Social Action Organizations
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) fights for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior.
Kink Aware Professionals Directory (KAP) is a service offered by NCSF dedicated to providing the community with referrals to psychotherapeutic, medical, legal and other professionals who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to diverse expressions of sexuality.
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance has been hard at work to combat the prohibition of pleasure, the rollbacks on hard-won freedoms and protections and to advance an agenda that recognizes the wonderful diversity of sex, sexuality and our rights to make informed, consensual choices in our lives.
CARAS is dedicated to the support and promotion of excellence in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results to the alternative sexuality communities, the public, and the research community.
The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country
The Carter/Johnson Leather Library is a collective history of various communities who have chosen to live and love differently.
Leather Archives & Museum mission is the compilation, preservation and maintenance of leather lifestyle and related lifestyles [including but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian communities], history, archives and memorabilia for historical, educational and research purposes.
The Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community through the development of the leadership skills of community members and fostering a greater sense of connection between and within community groups
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them.
Center for Sex and Culture provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. From our San Francisco home we promote creativity, information and healthy sexual knowledge.
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Fetlife.com --- FetLife is free and one of the larges of this kind of site. It is said that to keep from deteriorating into a meat market as other similar sites have, they decided to restricted searches for other users.
Recon.com --- Free to join but requires payment for many features
Collarme.com --- Free site has good search and free mail
Bondage.com --- Free to join but requires payment for many features
Alt.com --- Free to join but requires payment for many features
Kinkyspace.com A free Social Networking Site for Kinky Friends
Twitter.com --- Run searched for BDSM, Bondage, Shabari
BDSM.com --- Free