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.

The Inquisitor: Special Edition, June 2016

June 13th, 2016

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Stories


Message from the Chairman

Hello Brothers,

I just returned home from our amazing Bootcamp run over the last week in Saratoga Springs, 100 beautiful men met for five days in Saratoga Springs for play, relaxation, friendship and sex. It was truly a memorable and magical experience for myself and from all of the feedback I received, many, many others. Over 10% were first timers and I had almost universal conversations about a return trip next year. So it is with a very sad heart that while we were tearing down our equipment that news of the tragedy in Orlando and the near tragedy in LA began to circulate among us. I am shocked and horrified and it is with tears that I am writing this message.

Even though some of you will not receive this e-mail for a few days, I would encourage all of you to attend whatever vigil or public gathering that happens in your city (and from Facebook I see that this is already happening). I note that the SF Eagle lowered the Leather Pride flag to half mast (and of course government buildings as well) in honor of the victims. We need to come together as a community both as a leather community and as part of the larger LGBT community to share in our grief.

I can’t help but think of the fifty murdered and the fifty injured, and think about that number 100. We had 100 of our club brothers and friends at Bootcamp, and it makes it all the more real for me. Homophobia is a horrible scourge, and it’s consequences can be dire and tragic. What they don’t want to see is our love for each other flourish and fill every nook and cranny of this country and this planet. So let’s celebrate that love. Bootcamp was an expression of, again that number 100, the camaraderie and joy and celebration of our sexuality among each other.

I would ask each of you to look at your partner, boyfriend, husband, spouse, wife, Master, Daddy, Sir, Trainer, slave, boy, pup, and kiss and hug them. Our club is built on that love and that devotion to one another. And we don’t hide but celebrate our kinky BDSM sex and sexuality. That is how we will win. With whips and chains...

Your Chairman,
Eric See


Eric See

Pulse

Other News and Events

15 Association In Memoriam Pages

The 15 Association website features an In Memoriam section where we list members and friends of the club who have died. We invite everyone to visit this section, and we encourage members to submit memories and photos of 15 Association members we've lost over the years. We currently have obituary pages for only a fraction of deceased members, so we need your help to complete this part of our mission as a club. Please send submissions to membership@the15association.org.

The club recently lost longtime member Jok Church, who was a famous author, artist (of the Beakman's World comic strip) and visionary thinker. Please visit Jok's memorial page to read Richard Bollingbroke's tribute to his friend.

Upcoming 15 Association Play Events

Get out and play with your brothers! Mark your calendars for these upcoming 15 Association Play Events:

  • Saturday, July 30: Up Your Alley Play Party at Alchemy. Advance ticket purchase required. Tickets for 15 members go on sale June 1, non-member tickets go on sale July 1.
  • Saturday, August 27: Play Party at Alchemy.
  • Saturday, September 24: Folsom Weekend Play Party at Alchemy. Advance ticket purchase required. Tickets for 15 members go on sale August 1, non-member tickets go on sale September 1.

Mark Your Calendar

Other events of interest to 15 Association members:

  • Sunday, June 19, 1-4pm: The 15 Association will hold a Dungeon Monitor training class at Alchemy Dungeon.
  • Wednesday, June 22: LDG: "The Story of You: Giving and Getting a Great Oral History with Pup Spike"
  • Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10: Gear-Up Weekend Retreat
  • Sunday, July 31: Up Your Alley Street Fair
  • Sunday, September 25: Folsom Street Fair

 

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The Inquisitor - June 2016

May 29th, 2016

The Inquisitor - June 2016, download images to read this email

Stories This Month


Upcoming 15 Association Play Events

Get out and play with your brothers! Mark your calendars for these upcoming 15 Association Play Events:

  • Wednesday, June 8 to Sunday, June 12: Boot Camp at Saratoga Springs
  • Saturday, July 30: Up Your Alley Play Party at Alchemy
    Advance ticket purchase required  -- tickets for 15 members go on sale June 1
  • Saturday, August 27: Play Party at Alchemy
  • Saturday, September 24: Folsom Weekend Play Party at Alchemy
    Advance ticket purchase required -- tickets for 15 members go on sale August 1

Message from the Chairman

Hello Brothers,

By the time you read this, like me, you are probably packing your leathers, lube, and toys and plotting out your dance card for Bootcamp. At least I am.

We had a smaller party in May, the fraternal committee wisely moved the date to not coincide with IML or be very close to Bootcamp. Even with a smaller party, there was still some wild play and a good time was had by all. At least from what I observed when I wasn’t tied to the table.

As you all know, we don’t have a regular play party in June. With our big run, we take a month off. But I’m sure that some of you pigs will be able to find places to play over pride weekend.

Starting in June, you should get your tickets to our Dore Alley eve party on Folsom street at Alchemy Dungeon. I’ll write more about everything that’s happening for the week in the next issue of the Inquisitor.

Until then, play hard, and I’ll see many of you at Saratoga Springs.

In brotherhood,
Eric See

Eric See  

Dungeon Monitor Training Class on June 19

The 15 Association always needs good men to step up and be Dungeon Monitors. They’re the most important volunteer staff we have -- parties can’t happen without them! Besides keeping play safe, they ensure players have what they need in the dungeon, and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the club, and for the BDSM community as a whole.

The 15 Association will hold a Dungeon Monitor training class on Sunday, June 19, 1-4pm at Alchemy Dungeon.

The class will be presented by Fraternal members Jeff Garner and Jonathan Domash, with the assistance of other members. The class will include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and will end with a walkthrough of the dungeon.

Requirements for attending the 15 Association's Dungeon Monitor class:

  • Be a member of The 15 Association or similar BDSM organization (such as CHC, Avatar, SoJ) or have at least two years of self-identified participation in BDSM activities and attended at least three 15 Association play events within the past year.
  • Agree to shadow an experienced DM for at least one shift, and volunteer for one shift, within six months of attending the class.
  • Have participated in a safety/DM walk-through of the facility at which you are planning to be a DM.
  • Optional, but strongly recommended: training and current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED use.

We encourage you to RSVP (Fraternals, too!) so we have an idea of how many DM Guides to print. Participants who attend will also be certified to DM at Citadel events. To RSVP, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Dungeon Monitor Kit


Advance Tickets Required for Dore and Folsom Play Parties

Demand exceeds space at our dungeon space for The 15 Association's two biggest play parties of the year, Dore (Up Your Alley) weekend (Saturday, July 30 party) and Folsom Street Fair weekend (Saturday, September 24 party). For the Dore party, members will be able to order tickets starting June 1 and guests will be able to order tickets starting July 1. Due to constraints on the dungeon owner, we cannot have lines outside on the sidewalk so advance ticket sales are the only option to ensure that does not happen. Tickets sell out quickly so please place your order early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to purchase tickets for the 15 Association's Up Your Alley Saturday Play Party.

Up Your Alley

Click here to learn more about Folsom Street Events and Up Your Alley weekend.

 

Members, Check Your 15 Association Directory Listing!

You may have noticed that many of our members no longer appear in the member directory. Do you? In order to appear, you must click the 'Update Your Profile' button on the left side under 'Members & Guests' to set your options. The webmaster has made a change so that first names will appear automatically but no contact information, last names, or any other information will appear until you specify what information you wish to share. The member directory is available only to members who have an active ID and password on the site.

Please sign in today, go to the 'Member Directory' and check your information. Click on the 'Update Your Profile' button to make changes anytime.


Other News and Events

Mark Your Calendar

Other events of interest to 15 Association members:

  • Wednesday, June 22, LDG: "The Story of You: Giving and Getting a Great Oral History with Pup Spike"
  •  Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10, Gear-Up Weekend Retreat
  • Sunday, July 31, Up Your Alley Street Fair
  • Sunday, September 25, Folsom Street Fair

Alchemy Dungeon Updates

Parking Lot and Rear Door: We are no longer permitted use of the parking lot behind Alchemy. Please do not exit the rear doors except in case of emergency. Please do not loiter in front of the building. Go across the street if you need to smoke.

Water Sports: We currently allow water sports and wet play in the shower area. Please clean and mop when you are finished, and ask the DM if you have any questions about using and cleaning this space.

Fire Play is currently not allowed in the dungeon.

Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago

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! See http://www.leatherarchives.org/ for more information.

Leather Archives

San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group

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. Go to http://www.sfldg.org/ for more information on their events.

LDG

San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance

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 The 15 Association website.

Leather Alliance

Got News? We want it!

News of interest to The 15 Association membership or brief articles about our members or our community are welcome. Not sure? Send it anyhow. Email Al Parso, the editor at: al@parso.us or MrACL2014@yahoo.com by the end of the month for inclusion in the following month's Inquisitor. The newsletter is usually, but not always, produced the first week of the month. Submit your articles, announcements, events or other items of interest by the end of the month for inclusion the following month. Share events of other organizations, contests in which you are participating, and other items of interest here.


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Events Calendar

2016
Sat 7/30
6pm–12M
Up Your Alley Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 7/31
11am–6pm
Dore Alley Street Fair Booth
Mon 8/1–12M Member Ticket Sales start for Folsom Play Party
Sat 8/27
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 8/27
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Thu 9/1–12M Guest Ticket Sales start for Folsom Play Party
Sat 9/24
6pm–12M
Folsom Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 10/2
11am–5pm
Castro St Fair
Sat 10/22
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 11/19
2pm–6pm
Play Party
Doors close at 4pm
Sat 11/26
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting