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 190 members, coordinated by a Fraternal Committee.
  • Open to members and invited guests with a government-issued ID verifying you are 18 years of age or older.

The Inquisitor - August/September 2021

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Upcoming 15 Association Events

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

  • Sat August 21 — Fall Social Gathering at the SF Eagle — POSTPONED
  • Sat August 28 7pm – Midnight — August Play Party — CANCELLED
  • Sat September 25 — Folsom Play Party — CANCELLED
  • Sun October 3 10am – 6pm — Castro Street Fair — Information and Merchandise Booth, SF.
  • Sat October 23 7pm – Midnight — October Play Party — SF Catalyst, TBD. The health and safety of our membership for in-person events will be determined closer to actual event dates. Please check the website for current information. The Calendar is more current than the Inquisitor.

Message from the Chairman

Brothers,

2021 is turning out to be quite a roller coaster. As many of you know, San Francisco reinstated a mandatory mask requirement for indoor gatherings in response to the Delta variant. After vigorous discussion, the Fraternal Committee decided that we do not feel we can responsibly host our play parties while the requirement is in place. We will continue to evaluate the feasibility and safety of having parties each month and will update you when things change.

In the meantime, please consider joining us on October 3 for the Castro Street Fair. The 15 has assumed responsibility for manning the fair’s information booth. This will be a great chance to see your brothers outdoors. If you have the time and ability to help out, please visit our web site and volunteer for one of the shifts.

I have been receiving a lot of questions regarding the future of SF Catalyst given the Leather Alliance’s recent decision to give up operation of it. Let me be clear that SF Catalyst is not currently in danger of closing and that I anticipate a successor organization will take over ownership and operation of the dungeon. While the divestment is occurring, I will continue to manage SF Catalyst on behalf of the Alliance.

I wish each of you good health and good spirits.

In leather and brotherhood,
Christopher Wood
Chairman, The 15 Association


Christopher Wood


LeatherWalk 2021

The 15 Association will be supporting and attending this event. We will have our banners and we encourage all of our brothers who feel able to walk with us.

LeatherWalk returns this year as the traditional launch to San Francisco’s Leather Week. Proudly produced by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, on Sunday, September 19, we will walk together starting at City Hall at 11am and stepping off at noon, pausing at favorite neighborhood spots and watering holes, and culminating with the Leather Pride Fest, presented by the SF Eagle, at Eagle Plaza.

LeatherWalk 2021 benefits the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, a community institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood queer and kinky. The money raised supports the Cultural District’s work, including murals, commemorative sidewalk plaques, promoting our existing businesses, facilitating new ones, activating art and live events both indoors and out and making long-term plans to buy a building for a Leather Community Center.

A vehicle will be available for participants who cannot walk any or all of the 1.25 mile route. Persons needing the vehicle are asked to notify manager@sflcd.org in advance, as capacity may be limited. The vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchair users are welcome to participate.

Register or donate at www.leatherwalk.org


Castro Street Fair 2021

The Castro Street Fair is coming back: currently planned for Sunday October 3rd. Because the event will be much smaller in physical size this year, The 15 will not be able to run a beverage booth this year (hopefully next year). However, we have been offered the opportunity to staff the information and merchandise booth from 10am to 6pm: this will be done exclusively by The 15 and should be a great group volunteer opportunity. In exchange, we will receive a portion of the funds raised by the Fair as a contribution for our volunteer efforts: this has historically been our largest fundraiser of the year and it helps to underwrite some of the costs for play parties.

The Castro Street Fair has always been a great fun event at which to volunteer, and share time with your leather brothers. Please go to the15association.org and sign up to volunteer for this event. If you have any questions, please contact the Special Event Chair on the The 15 website. [Note, the Castro Street Fair is following all requirements of the San Francisco Health Department and whether and how the event goes forward is subject to change.]


Other News and Events

Other events of interest to 15 Association members:

  • Fri Aug 27 – Sun Aug 29 — Pacific Northwest Leatherman’s Campout — CANCELLED
    Look for 2022 event info in January 2022! https://pnwlc.org
  • Sat Sep 11 Noon – 5pm — SOMA Second Saturdays – 12th St between Folsom Street and Harrison St, SF. sfleatherdistrict.org
  • Sat Sep 19 11am – 3pm — LeatherWalk 2021 – Starts at City Hall at 12 Noon and ends at Eagle Plaza.
  • Sun Sep 26 11am – 6pm — MEGAHOOD2021 – Join the party with several stages of entertainment. folsomstreet.org
  • Thu Sep 30 TBD — SF Catalyst proposals – Town Hall Meeting hosted by SF Bay Area Leather Alliance via Zoom.
  • Sat Oct 9 Noon – 5pm — SOMA Second Saturdays – 12th St between Folsom Street and Harrison St, SF. sfleatherdistrict.org

Patreons

Patreon contributions can be made to:

The Leather Journal — recording our history for over 30 years!
https://www.patreon.com/theleatherjournal

SF Catalyst — Home Dungeon to The 15 Association and new expansion opportunity.
https://www.patreon.com/sfcatalyst


Got News? We want it!

Do you have News or Events our members would have interest in or enjoy outside the Dungeon?! Whether you are producing an event or just attending one others may not be aware and wish to participate. Our Community has much to offer and a variety of tastes so don’t hesitate to e-mail by the 25th of the month for publication in the following month’s issue. Inquisitor editor: Tyler Fong tazpuppy15@gmail.com.

 

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Events Calendar

2021
Sun 10/3
10am–6pm
Castro Street Fair
Sat 10/23
7pm–12M
October Play Party (Tentative) *
Sat 11/20
7pm–12M
November Play Party (Tentative) *
2022
Sat 6/11
2pm–6/16 12pm
BootCamp XXXII
* NOTE: Event Controlled for COVID

To attend this event, you must either be Vaccinated and be two weeks past the last shot, or have a Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the event.

To confirm vaccination, you can upload a picture of your Vaccination Card to our site, along with entering the date of your last shot (or only shot for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine).

For Advance Tickets Required events, when you purchase your ticket you will have to select whether you have been vaccinated or if you will be bringing a negative COVID-19 test to the door. You must have uploaded the picture of your vaccination card in order to choose the “I’ve been Vaccinated” option.

If you cannot provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, you will not be admitted to the event.