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 - September 2015

August 24th, 2015

Welcome to the September edition of The Inquisitor.  September is Folsom Street Fair Month.

Connect with each other through Facebook

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new 15 Association discussion group on Facebook. This is a “secret” group where members can discuss our play parties, make connections, and talk openly about kink/play issues. All discussions are moderated, and membership is open to all 15 Association members, and to guests who have attended at least one 15 Association party. Membership in the group and all content is completely confidential, and can only be viewed by group members. To be added to this group, send an email to membership@the15association.org, or send a private message to the 15 Association Facebook page.

Folsom Eve Play Party

The 15's Folsom Street Fair Weekend Play Party on Saturday night, September 26th is so popular that we’ve been forced to sell advance tickets to avoid lines at the door or overcrowding. Please see the front page of the website for details. Please be aware that:

  • NO Tickets will be sold at the door – All tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Members may purchase one ticket for one guest in addition to their personal ticket but the guest must be in our system.

See details on the front of our website (www.the15association.org)

Beer Bust at the Eagle

Come to The 15 Association Beer Bust at The Eagle on Sunday, September 13th from 3–5 in the afternoon. Socialize with members and prospective members on the patio for a couple hours while supporting or charitable funds.

Progressive Dinner

The Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner takes place on Saturday, September 19th from 4PM to 9PM. The Progressive Dinner is a social event to bring together leather community members in support of our businesses and to raise funds to support the annual Bay Area Leather Community Volunteer Holiday Party. The 15 Association supports the dinner as a member of the Bay Area Leather Alliance. Please join The 15 Association at the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  See the website at http://leatheralliance.org/about-us/alden-spafford-progressive-dinner/ for the details. The cost is just $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door.

Other Events of Interest

Here is what else is going on in the Bay Area that may be of interest:

LeatherWalk

LeatherWalk takes place on Sunday, September 20th at Harvey Milk Plaza. On-site registration begins at 10:00am at 440 Castro. Entertainment starts at 11:30am. The walk itself plans to start moving at 12:15pm from the plaza. It is the official kick-off for San Francisco Leather Week, raises funds for three important organizations and is a lot of fun. See the website (https://www.classy.org/san-francisco/events/leatherwalk-2015/e53409) for the details.

Nine Lives of Morris Taylor

Long-time 15 Association member Morris Taylor is writing his Memoir. It will be called the "Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat". Targeted release is late November, 2015. Morris became to oldest man I know of to win a title when he and his slave Jonathon won the International Master/Slave contest in 2013 which was well past his 80th birthday.

This will be no "G-rated" autobiography. The 120-page, full-color publication will include 30 flash stories, 10 original poems and 20 original watercolors by Morris. A promotional, informative website has been created: www.ninelivesofmorris.com.

To quote the website, “Through flash memoir, poetry, and original watercolors, a fundamentalist Christian exposes eight decades of struggle with dogmatism, homosexuality, suicide and tomatoes. Morris' nine lives range from music professor to twenty-five solo art shows and to International Master, 2013.” In order to produce this prestigious book, Morris is soliciting crowdfunding. Details appear on the website. Some very unique perks are offered to those who support this project including original signed watercolors. I highly recommend pre-ordering the book and offering additional monetary support if you can. Either will greatly advance the project. But time is of the essence. Morris has established a funding goal by Sept. 15th.

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. Your editor has seen an early copy of the book. It is hot! You'll find a memorable photo of The 15 Association's current chairman among others members of our community who are in the book. 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. Preview at http:markichester.com/cwbpreview.html and order at http://markichester.com. The book launch, show reception, and slide show talk will be Friday, September 18th at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street. The slide show talk is scheduled for 7pm and the book launch 8–10pm. Another reception is scheduled for Friday, September 25th, at Mark I Chester studio, at 1229 Folsom St., from 7–10pm and open Folsom St. Fair Day from 11am–6pm.

Leather Cruise

Join the Golden Gate Guards and BLUF as they host the Fifth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay Saturday, September 26th from 4:30pm to 8:15pm at 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.
* Scholarships are available for those who may need financial assistance.
For more information on scholarships, send an email to: eventinfo@ggguards.org

Click here to register: www.regonline.com/2015LeatherCruise

The 15 Association – Information for you:

The donation for our regular parties in 2015 is: $15 for members, $20 for guests; for the Dore and Folsom parties it is $20 for members, $25 for guests, Advance Tickets required, no tickets will be sold at the door. $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 (as long as the event does not require Advance Tickets)!

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. He 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 at 3:00PM but check the Calendar section of 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. Email to: al@parso.us or MrACL2014@yahoo.com.


Events Calendar

2015
Sun 9/13
3pm–6pm
Beer Bust
Sat 9/26
6pm–12M
Folsom Eve Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 10/4
11am–5pm
Castro St Fair
Sat 10/24
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 10/24
6pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 11/28
3pm–5pm
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