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35 Bondage Organizations

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This article is from the Bondage FAQ, by numerous contributors.

35 Bondage Organizations

First of all, people who read s.s.b-b or other SM
mailing lists often form social groups in local areas. Sometimes these
groups have meetings which are open to anyone who wants to swing by. The
best way to find out about these is to post to s.s.b-b (see question 31
if need be) and ask whether there's one in your area.
Science fiction cons also often have play parties, which are usually
announced on the net beforehand, and sometimes discreetly advertised at
the con. This is another reasonable way to meet people in the scene.
There are various regional organizations which continually fluctuate.

Look in the back of the _Sandmutopia Guardian_ or _Skin Two_; they
generally include a list in every issue. And look up your local adult
toy store or leather store; they may have leads on any SM groups near
you. Look around--there are lots of people out there who like this
stuff! Here are some of the best-known and most-established SM
organizations: QSM, PO Box 880154, SF CA 94188, 415 550-776 (phones
staffed Monday-Friday 11 AM to 5 PM Pacific time). QSM is the best
organization in the world for learning about SM. QSM holds many
different classes and workshops on all aspects of SM. Write to them to
get on their mailing list or to preregister for classes--they also have
an extensive list of books and magazines available by mail order (all
the books and magazines listed above, and then some. Yes, they have a
{http://www.qualitysm.com} web page! Also an email address:
info@qualitysm.com. The Southbay Leather and Uniform Group (SLUG) is an
omnisexual club whose purpose is to promote educational, social, and
charitable activities among people with an interest in Levis, leather,
and uniforms--and all that usually goes with them! The address is SLUG,
Billy De Frank Center, 175 Stockton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126, (408)
929-SLUG. The Eulenspiegel Society, PO Box 2783, Grand Central Station,
New York, NY 10163-2783, 212-388-7022, TES@dorsai.org. A long-running
club for SMers on the right coast. Well known. They put out a quarterly
64-page newsletter. Weekly meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. Web page:
{http://www.mcsp.com/tes/welcome.html}. The Society of Janus, PO Box
426794, San Francisco, CA 94142. Organization in the SF Bay Area, open
to all genders and persuasions. Janus is a very safe organization for
novices to join. They are aware of anonymity issues, and hold a variety
of workshops and social events, as well as publish a monthly newsletter.
Threshold, 2554 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 381, Marina Del Rey, CA 90291. This
LA-area group is the best-known pansexual SM organization in Southern
California, and holds a variety of events from educational to social to
political. (I do not have a current phone number or email address for
them; can anyone help me out?) BackDrop Club,PO Box 390486, Mountain
View, CA 94039-0486. Office: 415-965-4499, BBS: 415-964-3100, FAX:
415-964-3879. A 4,000-member club, with their own large clubhouse, BBS,
and reference library. They say they are open to people of all sexes and
sexualities who share an interest in SM; play parties, social events,
support anddiscussion all take place through BackDrop. The Black Rose,
in the Washington DC area. (301) 369-7667 (voicemail number with address
information). A pansexual SM support group with meetings every Tuesday
night. They hold a social event once a month, open to those who've
attended at least two weekly meetings. There are also subgroups (one is
women-only). Chicagoland Discussion Group, 3023 N. Clark St #806,
Chicago, IL 60657-5205, 24-hour info-line 312-281-1097. A pansexual
SM/fetish group, with events, a newsletter, parties, and outreach. A
wide variety of interests are represented.

LUXURIA, PO BOX 53063, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1C5; (613)567-9033. A
pan-sexual-orientation & kink group whose main focus is networking and
info exchange. There's a magazine, phone line, and BBS echo dedicated
to it. APEX, the Arizona Power Exchange, 5821 North 67th Avenue, Suite
103-276, Glendale, Arizona 85301. We are a pansexual, panfetish support
and social group, for people with dominant/submissive desires, treating
the S/M, B& D and fetish experience with acceptance, respect and
dignity. For meeting locations, please call (602) 906-0851. The National
Leather Association, 584 Castro Street #444, San Francisco, CA
94114-2500. A nationwide group open to everyone into leather/SM. The NLA
has many local chapters; there's probably one in your area! They hold
social events, support groups, political rallies, and lots more besides.
If you want to meet other like-minded people, the NLA's a fine place to
start. (Apparently their phone has been disconnected, however, so I
don't know how active they are. If you know, let me know!) San Francisco
Sex Information, (415) 989-7374. SFSI is a volunteer information and
referral service for all aspects of human sexuality-- SM included! If
you have a question about some scene you've done or are considering
doing, and you want to talk to someone who can answer your questions
anonymously and nonjudgmentally, give them a call! The lines are open 3
to 9 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, and from 3 to 9 most
Sundays as well. Atlanta S/M Solidarity, P.O. Box 8361, Atlanta, GA
31106. A Georgia group of SM enthusiasts, with workshops, socials, etc.
The Phoenix Society, 1131 S. Clinton St., Baltimore, MD 21224,
410/385-3369, A Pansexual support, education and social group for
consenting adults interested in dominance and submission. Meetings are
held every Friday and feature discussions and demonstrations tailored
to entertain and inform people at all levels of experience; members and
guests are encouraged to socialize, enjoy themselves and take advantage
of playroom equipment; all play at meetings is nonsexual and all
information about members and guests is kept strictly confidential. For
a schedule of events and directions, call, or check out the web site at
{http://www.bold.ly.com/phoenix}.

 

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