Click on a category below to explore a resource guide.


Bay Area-Based Organizations

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP)

Alliance Health Project (AHP)

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Bay Positives

BEAR Archives

Black Coalition on AIDS (BCA)

Bondage A Go Go

Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

City College of San Francisco Queer Resource Center

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities


Dimensions, low-cost health services for queer, trans and questioning youth ages 12-25


Gender Spectrum

GLBT Historical Society


Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations: Antique Vibrator Museum

Femina Potens Art Gallery

Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality

ISIS, Inc.

Kinky Salon

Leather Alliance

Lyon-Martin Health Services

Madame S/Mr. S Leather

Mission Control


Queer Cultural Center, a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBT community

Queer Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory

San Francisco Public Library: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center

San Francisco Sex Information

SanFranSexy, a monthly zine highlighting sex-positive culture in San Francisco


Shanti Project

SlutWalk San Francisco/Bay Area

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

St. James Infirmary


SWOP Bay Area

Tenderloin Tech Lab

Transgender Law Center

TRANS: THRIVE, drop-in center for and by the trans community

Wicked Grounds


Organizations Outside of the Bay Area (includes national and global)


Antebellum: Fetish Art Gallery


Tom of Finland Foundation


American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

Asexual Awareness Week

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Center for Sex Positive Culture

Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Sexual Health

HopeLine-Verizon Wireless program that provides used phones to domestic abuse victims and survivors and raises money for domestic violence organizations 

Kink Academy

Kinsey Institute

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Red Umbrella Project

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Sex Workers Outreach Project

SIECUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Society for Human Sexuality

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance


BDSM Company (Taiwan)

Center for the Study of Sexualities (Taiwan)

Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (Taiwan)

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

Nutong Xueshe (Hong Kong)

World Association for Sexual Health


Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Related Organizations (includes national and global)


Center for Sex and Culture Library and Archive (San Francisco)

GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco)

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum (San Francisco)

June Mazer Lesbian Archives (West Hollywood)

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Services Library (Los Angeles)

Lambda Archives of San Diego (San Diego)

Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (Sacramento)

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (Los Angeles)

UCLA LGBT Resource Center: Rae Lee Siporin Library (Los Angeles)


American Library Association: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table

Barnard Zine Collection (New York, New York)

Bitch Community Lending Library (Portland, Oregon)

Carter-Johnson Leather Library

Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender History

Cornell University Library: Human Sexuality Collection (Ithaca, New York)

Crisperanto: The Quentin Crisp Archives (New York, New York)

Erotic Heritage Museum Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Free Library of Philadelphia (Independence Branch): Barbara Gittings Collection (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Gay Alliance Library (Rochester, New York)

Gay City Library (Seattle, Washington)

Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (Kansas City, Missouri)

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Chicago, Illinois)

GLBT Library at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History (Houston, Texas)

Intersex Society of North America - Library & Bibliographies

James Fisherkeller Library at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center: James B. Knox Resource Library (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

Kinsey Institute Library (Bloomington, Indiana)

Lambda Literary

Leather Archives & Museum (Chicago, Illinois)

Lesbian Herstory Archives (Brooklyn, New York)

Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York, New York)

LGBT Center of Raleigh Library (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Madeline Davis GLBT Archives of Western New York (New York)

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Library (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Museum of Sex (New York, New York)

National LGBT Museum (Washington, DC)

National Transgender Library and Archives at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

New York Public LIbrary: Gay and Lesbian Collections (New York, New York)

Oklahomans for Equality Rainbow Library (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Out Books on Wheels (Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts)

Pacific Northwest Lesbian Archives (Seattle, Washington)

Pat Parker / Vito Russo Center Library and Archive at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (New York, New York)

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History

Quatrefoil Library (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

QZAP - The Queer Zine Archive Project (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture (Durham, North Carolina)

Sexual Minorities Archives (Northampton, Massachusetts)

Society of American Archivists: Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable and Lavender Legacies Guide to Sources in North America

Stonewall Center at University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Terrance Trans Collection at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (New York, New York)

Transgender Archive (Houston, Texas)

Western Montana Community Center (Missoula, Montana)

Widener University Sexuality Archives (Chester, Pennsylvania)

The William Way Community Center Archives (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

World Erotic Art Museum (Miami Beach, Florida)


Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Melbourne, Australia)

Beate Uhse Erotic Museum (Berlin, Germany)

Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute Library (Osaka, Japan)

Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (Toronto, Canada)

Centrum Schwule Geschichte / Gay History Centre (Cologne, Germany)

Center for Gender Studies, International Christian University Books and Audio-Visual Aids Lending Service (Tokyo, Japan)

Erotic Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Feminist Library (London, England)

FPWA Sexual Health Services Library (Western Australia)

The Icelandic Phallological Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland)

IHLIA: Internationaal Homo/Lesbisch Informatiecentrum en archief (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University Library (Tokyo, Japan)

Irish Queer Archive (Dublin, Ireland)

Les Archives gaies du Quebec / The Quebec Gay Archives (Quebec, Canada)

Lesbian and Gay Archives at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Hall-Carpenter Archives (London, England)

Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand)

Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (London, England)

LOUD - Lesbians of Undeniable Drive Library (Tokyo, Japan)

LGBT Religious Archives Network

LILAC (Wellington, New Zealand)

Love Land (Jeju Island, South Korea)

Museum of Eroticism (Paris, France)

Pandora’s Project Sexual Assault Lending Library (USA and Australia)

Pride Library at University of Western Ontario (Ontario, Canada)

Q Center’s Kendall Clawson Library (Portland, Oregon)

Qmunity Out on the Shelves Library (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Rainbow Resource Centre Library (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Rosa Archiv / Pink Archives (Leipzig, Germany)

Sex Machines Museum (Prague, Czech Republic)

The Women’s Library (London, England)

University of Victoria: Transgender Archives (Victoria, Canada)



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Betty Dodson

Carol Queen

Charlie Glickman

Chloe Camilla

Cleo Dubois

Dorian Katz

Jiz Lee

Joani Blank

Julia Serano

Kitty Stryker

Library Vixen

Megan Andelloux

Miss Maggie Mayhem

Nina Hartley

Planet Midori

Race Bannon

Reid Mihalko

Sexploration with Monika

Stefanos and Shay

Susie Bright

Violet Blue


Blogs and Projects

Asexuality Archive

The Asexual Sexologist

A Gender Variance Who’s Who, Essays on trans, intersex, cis and other persons and topics from a trans perspective

Arse Elektronika

Consent Culture

Dr. Petra Boynton, Sex and Relationship Psychologist


Genderqueer Links and Books via Genderqueer Identities by Marilyn Roxie

Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Neutrois Nonsense


The Queer Ace

SexEd: Web and Print Resources

The Sex Positive Parent


Shilo McCabe and the Sex Positive Photo Project



Anissa Malady, MLIS (aka Library Vixen) and her team are culling resources to make up a definitive bibliography and collection guide on BDSM.  Stay tuned for more additions!

SF Citadel — 1277 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

A 5,400 square foot facility well-equipped for a variety of uses, SF CItadel is best known as a kinky community dungeon/play space hosting public parties, special events and classes.

Bondage A Go Go — 1190 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This influential Wednesday night fetish fest is San Francisco’s longest running weekly dance event.  Get kinky at SOMA’s Cat Club and find out why.

Wicked Grounds — 289 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Beloved haven of the San Francisco community and beyond.  This is the city’s first and only kink café and boutique.

Society of Janus

SOC is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, San Francisco-based educatoin and support organization devoted to the art of safe, consensual and non-exploitative BDSM.

The Exiles

A non-profit educational group for women who have a positive personal interest in BDSM between women. The group provides educational events where women with all levels of experience will have a safe place to meet, explore and share information about safety, play techniques and resources, and connect with the leather community locally and nationally.

San Francisco girls of Leather

A San Francisco group of self-identified Leathergirls.  SFgoL aims to provide camaraderie and a safe space to any individual who identifies as a Leathergirl and to provide community service within and outside of the Bay Area Leather Community at large.


A non-profit, pan-sexual membership organization based in San Jose.  smOdyssey was created to foster social contact, education and community among adults interested in consensual Leather and BDSM topics and practices.

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