and lost in the midst of the text (not behind it like deus ex machina)
New York City Resources:
NYC SAFER SPACES- A thoughtful and pragmatic manifesto on Consent and building & maintaining safer spaces. Excellent intructions for anyone who wants to explore kink and/or host kink gatherings.
Manhattan Alternative- a network of therapeutic service providers in New York City who are sex-positive, affirmative, and have expertise related to issues that kink, poly, consensually non-monogamous, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or LGBQ-identified individuals face.
Kink Aware Professionals A fantastic site for finding a kink friendly psychotherapist, social worker, pastor, doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, lawyer, accountant or computer professional. Features international listings.
The Euelenspiegel Society - The oldest based leather organization in the US, this NYC-based organization hosts an informative site with great links and community resources for those on the East Coast.
The Sex Workers Project-- legal and mental healthcare support for Sex Workers. Advocating for Sex Worker's Rights. It's a human right.
Survivors Against SESTA-- a very thorough resource site to learn about the recent SESTA?FOSTA bill that increases danger to Sex Workers and everyone else.
Lesbian Sex Mafia- The Lesbian Sex Mafia, founded in 1981, is an information and support group in New York City for lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, and transsexual women.
La Maison Du Rouge- A compendium put together by Dia Dynasty and Lucy Sweetkill of important articles, events, and education of kink and sex work issues.
G.L.I.T.S. -- need/crisis; healthcare; housing support for transgender sex workers, including community members from the NYC area, across the US and globally through supporting asylum seekers from our priority communities.
MENTORS & EDUCATORS
The Academy of SM Arts- The Academy was founded in 1995 by internationally recognized kink educator, and ritualist, Cléo Dubois in order to dispel negative myths and false notions about fetish and BDSM. Her goal is to empower those drawn to fantasies of consensual power play to find connection, healing and a satisfying sex life through the exploration of their erotic desires.
Midori- An educator and columnist on adventurous sexuality
Erin Houdini- rope mistress and anti-escape artist, based in Brooklyn where she runs her business, tears apart computers and sheetrock, and plays at gender, sexuality, and consent activism. She also SELLS CUSTOM DYED NYLON ROPE.