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 - March 2015

March 5th, 2015

Full House for 35th Anniversary Celebration

The 15 Association's 35th anniversary at the Verdi Club exceeded expectations in every way.  Congratulations to Eric See and his committee for putting on a fabulous weekend.  Highlights of the banquet included granting “Honorary Membership” to long time member and contributor, Marty Tackitt-Jones.  We think we saw a few tears in his eyes as his husband, Jordy Jones read a short speech and Chairman Steve Gaynes read the proclamation and presented Marty with a plaque commemorating the occasion.  Former fraternal Jim Farrant, was honored with Fraternal Emeritus status for his work as a fraternal and for starting and initially funding the Jones fund that was created in honor of Jim's late partner, Felix Jones.

The 15 Association chairman, Steve Gaynes, whose birthday happened to coincide with the anniversary banquet, was surprised with a visit from Senator Mark Leno who presented Steve with a framed proclamation thanking Steve for his many years of service to The 15 Association and to the San Francisco Leather Community.

Lost and Found:  Please email our webmaster if you left your vest at the Sunday play party.  

Come play at The Citadel one last time.  March 28th is the last 15 Association party scheduled for the Citadel, from 8PM to 1AM.  Doors will be open from 8pm to 11pm. Come out and party with us for the last time on Eddy Street.

Starting in April, our regular monthly parties will be at Alchemy Dungeon on Folsom Street.  The April 26 party will be at Alchemy Dungeon, 1060 Folsom Street between 6th & 7th Streets in SOMA.  Street parking is said to be much better around Alchemy and it is still walking distance to the Powell Street BART Station.

Felix Jones will be inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame this year. Felix is a former fraternal of The 15 and an honorary member from 1985 until his death. Newly inducted Fraternal Emeritus Jim Farant was Felix's partner.  Jim created and funded the Jones Fund in Felix's honor.  You can read more about Felix and the other Leather Hall of Fame inductees at: http://leatherhalloffame.com/index.php/inductees

It is time to start planning for Boot Camp 2015:  Registration is now open to members and guests!  Boot Camp 2015 will take place from Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14.  Boot camp registration opened for members on January 2 and for guests February 1.  Check the website for details.  Register yourself and your guests while space is still available.  You can use a credit card or send a check for your registration. Guests must be sponsored by a member to attend.

The donation for 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 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 year, 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!

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 but not only Frank S, our Membership Chair. They can tell you all about it!

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.  The time and location of fraternal meetings does change from time-to-time as necessary.

Events of interest to The 15 Association members:

On Friday, March 6, the CSC is hosting evening to support "City of Wounded Boys & Sexual Warriors," a major retrospective exhibition and book of Mark Chester's work.  The event is named (Bitter) Sweet Sex and the lineup for the evening features legendary San Francisco queer performance artist Keith Hennessy; writer/dancer/musician Brontez Purnell; BDSM lifestyle educator and ritualist Cleo Dubois, Fakir Musafar and friends; gay slut and punk-rock Buddhist poet horehound stillpoint; community sex health activist and bondage artist Jorge Vieto Jr.; queer porn sex hacker Miss Maggie Mayhem; and there may even be special surprises by sexologist and pleasure activist Carol Queen, PhD and photographer Mark I Chester.  Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1270551

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend is March 5th – 8th, 2015
The weekend consists of both the Mr SF Leather Contest and the Leather Community Awards which honors Groups and Individuals who create and support our Leather, motorcycling, fetish, and kink communities through events and projects.  The 15 Association is a member of the Bay Area Leather Alliance and encourages participation in its events including the Weekend events which consist of:
Thursday, March 5th, 7 to 9PM - Making the Connection: PreP Symposium by Eric Mr LA Leather 
Friday, March 6th, 5 to 7PM – Mr SF Leather Meet & Greet @ Mr S Leather 385 8th Street
Saturday, March 7th, 11AM to 1PM & 2PM to 4PM – Making the Connection Seminar @ Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street
Saturday, March 7th, 7PM to 11PM – Mr San Francisco Leather Contest @ Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street
Sunday, March 8th, 12:00 noon to 3PM – Community Awards Brunch @ Beatbox, 314 11th Street
Sunday, March 8th, 3PM to 6PM – Victory Beerbust @ SF Eagle, 398 12th Street (corner Harrison)

March 28, 2015 – The 15 Association's last Play Party at the Citadel.
Doors open from 8PM to 11PM and party ends at 1AM.  Come celebrate our last party at the Citadel!

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. Events of interest to our membership or brief articles about our members or our community are welcome.  Contact the newsletter editor, Al Parso with any news or event that is of interest to members of The 15 Association.


The 15’s 35th Anniversary in the B.A.R.!

The Bay Area Reporter did a story about The 15 Association turning 35....read it here: B.A.R. Online: The 15 Association — 35 Years of BDSM Camaraderie


BootCamp XXVII Registration now open!

January 4th, 2015

We are very proud to invite you to the 27th Anniversary Boot Camp, Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14, 2015. Yes, you read that right, by popular demand we have kept the extra day!

Please take a few minutes now to review the following points. Since we anticipate very high demand for Boot Camp yet again, only 15 Association Member applications will be processed during January. Priority guest applications will be processed beginning February 1, 2015. Register by going to BootCamp Registration in the "Members & Guests" menu.

Rates: Members: $425 for camping; $475 for bunk rooms; or, $525 for double rooms.
Non-Members: $470 for camping; $520 for bunk rooms; or, $570 for double rooms.
If you will be arriving Thursday instead of Wednesday, subtract $50 for lodging or $25 for camping.

Applications, reserved space, and dates: We will not be accepting money or reservations unless they are accompanied by an appropriately filled-out original application. Your reservation is not transferable. Also, you may name priority guest(s) only if you are applying to attend. We will not process your guest’s application until we have received yours. If by February 25 there is still space available, applications for additional guests will be sent out. All applications will be processed in the order received. Once space is filled we will maintain a waiting list.

Name on application and release: A signed release is an integral part of the application. The name on the application and the release must be the same and must be a legal name (which we will handle as confidential information). We will not process applications that do not include a release containing your original signature. Please note that this is a new release form. Read the release carefully (both front and back), as well as the “Policy and Behavior at SM Events.”

Payment and cancellations: To simplify our record keeping, you are requested to submit full payment with your application. If this is not possible, you must include the minimum deposit noted on the enclosed application, or your application will not be processed. Full payment must be received by April 15, or your reservation will be canceled. Cancellations received by April 30 will be entitled to a full refund; those received by May 15 will be entitled to a 50% refund; no refunds after that date.

Financial help: The Seibert-Click fund provides for a limited number of Boot Camp scholarships and partial scholarships. If you cannot afford to pay the full amount of the fee, send what you can now and include a letter of application for help from the Seibert-Click fund. Your letter will be forwarded to the Seibert-Click Fund Committee. Space, if available, will be reserved for you pending the decision of the Fund Committee. The Seibert-Click Fund Committee plans to consider additional applications in the order received.

Special needs: You must state in your application any dietary, mobility, or other concerns that may affect the planning of meals and housing. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please tell us as soon as possible; last-minute requests may not be fulfilled.

Transportation: Transportation to and from the run site is the responsibility of each man attending the run. We will make an effort to find rides for those who need them. If you need a ride and we can’t find one for you, we will try to put you in contact with other men in the same situation, so that you can share car rentals.

Set up/tear down: If you would like to volunteer to help with Set Up (June 8-10) or Tear Down (June 14), you will be able to eligible to attend a special pre-run Dungeon Christening Party Tuesday, June 9. In order to attend this event, you must contact me (msterjeffrey@comcast.net) to register for either Set Up or Tear Down prior to the run. Both Set Up and Tear Down are hard work, but we have a lot of fun while we do it, and the pre-run party is a blast. Space on the Set Up and Tear Down crews is limited.

Run Directory: Since it was so popular last year, we will be handing out a Run Directory to all Boot Camp 27 Participants. Your application has spaces for you to select what of your information (if any) you wish to have in the Run Directory.

The past six Boot Camps (2008-2014) have been our most successful ever. We hope that you will be able to participate in Boot Camp 27 and make it even better.


Events Calendar

2015
Sat 3/28
8pm–1am
Play Event
Doors close at 11pm
Sat 4/25
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 4/25
7pm–12M
Associate's Weekend Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 4/26
2pm–6pm
Associate's Weekend Play Party
Doors close at 4pm
Sun 5/3
3pm–6pm
Beer Bust
Sat 5/30
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 5/30
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Wed 6/10
2pm–6/14 12pm
BootCamp XXVII
Sat 7/11
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 7/25
6pm–12M
Dore Alley Weekend Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 8/22
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 8/22
6pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 9/13
3pm–6pm
Beer Bust
Sat 9/26
6pm–12M
Folsom Eve Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 10/24
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 10/24
6pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 11/28
1pm–3pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 11/28
6pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 12/13
2pm–6pm
Holiday Play Party
Doors close at 4pm