Hosts


The Science of BDSM Research Team would like to thank the following organizations for their generosity in hosting our research studies:

OUR HOSTS
 https://greatlakesleather.org/
 http://arizonapowerexchange.org/
 
Galleria Domain 2
 Southwest Leather Conference
Edgewalkers 
Kinky Kollege 
Thunder in the Mountains
 
 
Leather Levi Weekend
 
Master/slave Conference
 
http://eldritchbrotherstattoo.com/
 http://www.powerexchangesummit.org/
 AIS Winter Wickedness
 IMAS
 SELF
 BMSL
 AIS
 MsDs Conference
 Beguiled
 CLAW
 South East Consent Summit


ABOUT OUR HOSTS

Adventures in Sexuality
AIS is a growing Pansexual, Polyamorous BDSM/Kink Fun Group in Central Ohio. Within the banner of AIS, there are many sub-groups where people can find their niche. We are comprised of diverse members of the Ohio and National Kink Community. We are focused on Education, Outreach, Safer Play, Fun and toward building greater Kink Awareness and Acceptance within the Central Ohio area.
http://arizonapowerexchange.org/
The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides education, social opportunities, and support for adults who are interested in Bondage and Discipline; Dominance and Submission; and Sadomasochism (BDSM) who value individual responsibility, integrity, confidentiality, and respect for self and others. APEX provides on-going forums for education and practice of BDSM and opportunities for like-minded individuals to socialize, explore and learn in a respectful and dignified environment. APEX welcomes all sexual orientations, consensual relationships, and risk-aware BDSM and sexual practices.
BMSL
Beat Me in St. Louis (BMSL) is a 3-Day BDSM event, educational seminar and play party. BMSL is open to singles, couples, and groups of all skill levels. Whether you are interested in impact play, bondage, medical, or any one of the other countless fetish activities, this event will have something for you. Learn new play techniques from well known educators or hone your existing craft in the 10,000 sq foot play space.
CLAW
CLAW, a national leather charity, holds that adult interest in leather, fetish, and BDSM is natural and healthy. We learn that from one another in person. CLAW is a 501c3 charity dedicated to fundraising, education, volunteerism and other charitable needs of the leather community. CLAW produces a large annual conference for gay men in Cleveland, Ohio.
Beguiled
Beguiled sets out to be the most fun hypnosis conference you've ever attended. Each year since 2014, the midwest hypnosis scene just keeps growing and growing. With workshops by day and safe play places in the evenings, you're sure to find friends and merriment in abundance!
http://eldritchbrotherstattoo.com/
High quality Tattooing and Piercing in Madison, Wisconsin.  Eldritch Brothers Tattoo & Piercing specialize in clean, traditional, solid and honest tattooing and high quality, sterile piercing.  Each of their artists have worked to handcraft their specific style and technique to give you the best, lifelong investment possible.
 
Edgewalkers
Edgewalkers is a passionate group of ritual practitioners. Their mission is to facilitate body based rites for mindful seekers of powerful and uplifting experiences. They strive to carry out these rituals in a manner that befits their power to unify everyone and transform our perceptions and ways of being. At present, they practice flesh hook pulls, flesh hook suspensions, firewalks, sweat lodges, drumming, and kavadi. They hold major gatherings in 8 cities across Canada and the USA, and smaller skill sharing workshops and rituals throughout the year. Those who facilitate their rituals have performed the rituals themselves, and have learned by apprenticeship from teachers and leaders from relevant traditions and spiritual disciplines. They are always seeking to improve our practices by inviting their members to share their skills and their stories.
Galleria Domain 2
Galleria Domain 2 (GD2) is a non-profit membership club located in Chicago, Illinois.  GD2 boasts a 4000+ square foot play space with three rooms of unique, high quality BDSM furniture, two social areas, and a library.  GD2 is the place to meet people with similar interests, find fellowship, and learn about kink, leather, fetish and BDSM.
 
https://greatlakesleather.org/
The mission of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance is to build bridges between the Leather, BDSM, D/s, M/s, fetish and alternative and sexual lifestyle communities. The Great Lakes Leather Alliance hopes to promote education and enhance communication between each of these groups, and it seeks to promote the success and welfare of the individuals and organizations within our combined community. GLLA especially wants to protect against threats to everyone's freedom of expression.
 
http://www.imas-bdsm.com/
IMAS (Indiana Masters and slaves/submissives/switches) is a private organization of individuals who are actively interested in BDSM activities. Upholding honor, integrity, trust and honesty above all else, they have founded this organization upon the principles of tolerance and acceptance of diverse lifestyles and practices. They continuously strive to provide a safe, supportive, social and educational environment for people interested in alternative lifestyle practices, while differentiating between abusive behavior and the many different expressions of total power exchange within a consensual relationship.
 
https://www.kinkykollege.com/
Established in 2001, Leather SINS (Social Interaction of the North Shore) is a kink friendly Social Dinner Club made up of like-minded individuals. The organization was founded by Master Z (Chicago) and Master Michael, in order to meet the social needs of residents of the North Shore of Chicago. Since then, their membership has grown (over 400 members from Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the entire Metropolitan Chicago Area). Leather SINS holds two national events a year that are open to the entire community in an effort to bring all disciplines of the Kink/Leather Lifestyle together. So far over 2,500 event members from around the world have attended a Leather SINS Event! These events include both Kinky Kollege Spring Break and Kinky Kollege Homecoming. In addition to the events, Leather SINS also operates the SINS Center, a BDSM Social Club, play space, and fetish art gallery in the Chicago area, open to all interested in the lifestyle.
http://www.leatherlevi.org/
 
Leather Levi Weekend offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their sexuality and the Leather-Levi community in a relaxed setting.
Master/slave Conference
The Master/slave Conference (MsC) is the largest, longest and most comprehensive educational event solely dedicated to Master/slave relationships. Owned and produced by MTTA, Inc. - an educational non-profit organization - MsC takes place every year over Labor Day Weekend becoming a five day-four night event with more educational and network opportunities than other events of this nature.
 
MsDs CONFERENCE
MsDsCon was 3 days of online presentations, workshops and discussions relating to consensual power dynamic relationships. Topics varied and were delivered or facilitated by a variety of people from all over the world. The focus was on the relationship. The ethos behind the conference is to build connections and communities. To bring together these disparate groups and individuals around the world that have an interest in the power dynamic relationship beyond what is (or isn't) available for them locally in the broader kink and BDSM scenes.
 
http://www.powerexchangesummit.org/
PXS is all things Power Exchange. Classes and workshops; social spaces and fun. They are creating a space that allows for people who are interested in all kinds of power exchange relationships to come and explore the lifestyle. More than just an event, this is a celebration of all Power Exchange relationships. Master/slave? Dom/sub? Owner/property? Gorean or Taken in Hand? Or something you have defined yourself? The focus of PXS is power exchange relationships of any form. No matter what your style of Power Exchange, you belong!
 
South East Consent Summit
The SouthEast Consent Summit was a meeting of dedicated individuals from different disciplines discussing best practices based on their area of the consent conversation. We discussed topics such as: management and defining consent; understanding consent as a legal defense & other aspects of law; learning about consent negotiations; mitigating consent related risks as an individual or entity…& more!
SouthEast LeatherFest
SELF is an adult educational, fundraising, and social convention that supports lifestyles of consenting adults. We are four days of exploration, invigoration, and conversation. We are a domestic non-profit. SELF is a four-day event where many differing communities attend and generate something more than our individual selves or communities. Explore yourself and find others who may be radically different and alike. We are interested in who we are as individuals and exploring alternative respectful relationships. SELF provides a space to explore and strengthen your sense of many communities. We engage in alternative relationships, are LGBTQIA+, allies, advocates, and people pursuing free expression of our identities as individuals and within our relationships.
 
Southwest Leather Conference
Immerse your body, mind and soul with innovative workshops, panels, and discussion groups. Make waves with the community at the Southwest Master/slave and Southwest Bootblack contests. Float into Our Place for rituals and meditation. Quench your desires in our exclusive nightly dungeons, community sponsored hospitality suite and the rollicking Bootblack Lounge. Dive deep into your heart and soul at the powerful Dance of Souls. Take the Plunge at Southwest Leather Conference.
 
Thunder in the Mountains
Thunder in the Mountains is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier fetish event... Their classes range from rope bondage, to whipping, to sexual kink play, to Master/slave dynamics and Dominance/submission, to the psychological aspects of BDSM and anything else you can think of. Classes stress not only the “how to’s” of BDSM and kink, but also stress all safety aspects that must be considered before engaging in such play... Their programs range from leather contests, to drag shows, to talent shows, to comedy shows by professional comedians. This is an event for all types of people into all types of sexual kink and catering to all experience levels. They have classes for newbies as well as long time players. They welcome everyone who feels he or she has something to learn or is curious about.
AIS Winter Wickedness
Winter Wickedness is a 2 day educational, play, and experiential event offering a full day of classes & two full nights of play parties in over 10,000 sq feet of playspaces - a Main playspace; a day playroom, where you can play the day away; a Warm & Wet room for fireplayers; and an entire space dedicated to Rope! All filled with different types of music, and the amazing AIS (Adventures in Sexuality) Kink Labs Furniture. AIS is one of the largest and fastest growing Pansexual, Polyamorous BDSM/Kink/Creative Sexuality Fun Groups in Central Ohio. Within the banner of AIS, there are many sub-groups where people can find their niche. AIS is comprised of diverse members of the Ohio and National Kink Community. They are focused on Fun, Education, Outreach, Safer Play and toward building greater Awareness and Acceptance within the Central Ohio area.