About Us

We Are...

  • A social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM.
  • The longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA.
  • Active in the San Francisco BDSM community with play parties, an annual run (Boot Camp), social events and charitable fund raising.
  • Premier BDSM Players who mentor by example.
  • Safe, Sane and Consensual.
  • A volunteer Association with over 175 members, coordinated by a Fraternal Committee.
  • Open to members and invited guests with a government-issued male ID who are at least 21 years of age.

Folsom Party Ticket sales

We love our new party venue, Alchemy. However, it does have a lower capacity than our previous venue, and we want our members and guests to have sufficient space for hot/safe play at our two biggest parties of the year.

Advance Tickets will be required for the September (Folsom St Fair) Play Party. No tickets will be available at the door.

Members will be able to buy a ticket for themselves and up to one guest. Tickets will be non-refundable, but will be transferrable (once) to another member. All guests must already be in our system (members can put someone onto the door list by using the ADD GUEST to Door List page) – there will be no on-site registration or ticket sales.

Members will be able to purchase September Folsom St. Fair Party tickets for themselves and up to one guest starting August 1st. Guests will be able to purchase September tickets starting September 1st (provided tickets are still available).

This party is expected to sell out, so note the above dates in your calendar.

To buy tickets, make sure you are logged into the website and go to Event Tickets.

The Inquisitor - July 2015

By Al Parso-York
July 9th, 2015

Welcome to the July 2015 Edition of The Inquisitor, the 15 Association Newsletter

Boot Camp XXVII, the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Parade, and a landmark US Supreme Court decision kept us all busy and celebrating in June.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Boot Camp, Leather Alley at the Pride Celebration, and all of our other community events possible and successful.  

Dore Alley

Dore Alley (Up Your Alley) Street Fair is coming at the end of July. The 15 Association play party, Saturday, July 25th, requires Advance Tickets. Please go to the15association.org for details. Note: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! Go online and order yours now so you aren't disappointed at the party!

We need two volunteers for Tear-Down and two for the Door at the Saturday night play party. Your entry donation is waived when you stay and help with tear-down. Sign up when you order your ticket on the website.

We also have volunteer opportunities at the Up Your Alley Street Fair on Sunday, July 26th. We’ll have hot play in the middle of the street and we need your assistance to make it run. From our website, log in and click on “Volunteer for Events” in the “Members & Guests” menu. This will be fun for everyone. See the website for more details.

City of Wounded Boys & Sexual Warriors

Mark I Chester, San Francisco gay radical sex photographer is working on a book to be called “City of Wounded Boys & Sexual Warriors” which will be released this September, with an accompanying exhibition at the Center for Sex and Culture. The book covers nearly 4 decades of work documenting his life in San Francisco’s gay sexual underground from the late 1970s to the present. An 8"x10" hardback monograph, the book has over 125 pages and over 75 images in both black and white and color providing an explosive and explicit look at gay men and leathermen in San Francisco. The book is available in a special pre-order sale during the month of July for $104, a 30% savings over the retail price. Help save this unique history of San Francisco’s gay sexual history. See a preview of the book at http://markichester.com/cwbpreview.html and order the book at http://markichester.com.

Leather Cruise on the Bay

Join the Golden Gate Guards and BLUF as they host the Fifth Annual Leather Cruise on SF Bay.

Saturday, September 26 at 4:30pm - 8:15pm, South Beach Harbor, The Embarcadero at Pier 40 near AT&T Park. Leather or Uniform Attire Expected.

One low price of just $75* per person includes:

  • 3 hour boat cruise on San Francisco Bay with great views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, Sausalito, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, The Bay Lights and more!
  • Full no host bar on-board
  • Late afternoon appetizers
  • Souvenirs (sailor cap, vest pin, lei and photo)
  • Music to help you dance the afternoon on the bay with many other leather "hotties"!

Net proceeds from this event will go to Open House San Francisco, a LGBT Senior Housing provider and charity. To register: www.regonline.com/2015LeatherCruise

* Scholarships are available for those who may need financial assistance. For more information on scholarships, send an email to eventinfo@ggguards.org.

Longest San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration Ever

Thanks in part to our marriage equality victory in the US Supreme Court, San Francisco's Pride Parade was the longest and biggest Pride Celebration ever. Associate member Ron Valenzuela/Disciple served as the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade Leather Marshal along with Rio Spooner. It was great to see so many members of The 15 Marching.

Thank you to Leather Alley Volunteers

Thank you to all our members who volunteered at Leather Alley this year.  You helped make a successful event more fun and educational for all.

The 15 Association – Information for you:

The donation for our parties in 2015 is: $15 for members, $20 for guests. $10 off for volunteering and free if you do clean-up at the end of the evening. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jonathan Domash for more information. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Note that our Dore and Folsom parties are $20 for Members, $25 for Guests, Advance Tickets required.

Note to our Guests: First-time guests must arrive at parties with a member, or request an invitation via our website. However, if you have been to a 15 Association party in the last three years, you are automatically in our system and do not have to be invited to come to our regularly scheduled parties. Just show up with your ID! (Obviously you need a ticket for our Advance Ticket Required events like the Dore and Folsom parties).

Interested in Prospecting to join the club? Come to parties, play hard, volunteer, and get to know the Associates and the guys on the Fraternal Committee, especially Frank Stelter, our Membership Chair!

Want to know more about how the club runs? Have you got something to say? Or are you just kinky for meetings? Fraternal Committee meetings are open to all members, plus prospects and interested others, and usually happen the same afternoon as the parties, but check the Calendar on our website. The time and location of fraternal meetings does change from time-to-time as necessary.

Other News:

Worn Out West will take 10% off for anyone who mentions The 15 Association!

San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group is an independent, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization of men serving the educational needs of the BDSM/Leather community. With a few of our own club’s members on their board, we have a lot of intersection.

For those in the Leather Community who find themselves in dire financial straits due to injury or illness, San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance sponsors a fund to help out with emergency expenses. If you need financial help to pay bills due to a serious injury or chronic/life threatening illness, please contact the Leather Alliance to see if you qualify for help. Al Parso is the 15 Association’s representative on the Leather Alliance board. He can be contacted through our website.

The 15 Association supports the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago. This is an important institution that is dedicated to preserving the histories of our communities, clubs and scenes. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit!

Got News? We want it. News and events of interest to our membership or brief articles about our members or our community are welcome. Not sure? Send it anyhow.

Events Calendar

Sat 8/22
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 8/22
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 9/13
Beer Bust
Sat 9/26
Folsom Eve Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 10/4
Castro St Fair
Sat 10/24
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 10/24
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 11/28
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 11/28
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 12/13
Holiday Play Party
Doors close at 4pm