What is this society and what is it about?

History

The "Berliner Stammtisch" of the irc-channel #bdsm.de was founded in the summer of 1997. It evolved a year later, 1998, again in the summer, into the "Berlin Munch". Another year later, this time in the fall, the registered society "BDSM Berlin e.V." was founded to finance the growing expenses for information materials and for the development of a better platform for public relations.

Since 2000 we are proud to offer information sessions for beginners, themed get togethers and workshops with ever changing topics.

By now the Society is considered a non profit Organisation, a member of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaftliche Sexualforschung e.V. (DGSS)" (the "registered German society for sexual sociosientific research") as well as a member of the BVSM , the "BundesVereinigung SadoMasochismus e.V." (The confederation of sado masochism, a registered society).

Structure

Every activity of the BDSM Berlin society is backed by all the members. You don't however have to be a member of the society to be actively involved. The society promotes itself not only as a contact, but also for questions and as a helping hand and an open ear if needed. It offers financial and organisational aid for events like workshops, information booths and for many other different occasions. 

Overall the society has now reached a member count of over 200. The main communication these days runs through mailing lists and email, mostly to safe money and to expedite the decision process.

Activities

There are at the moment five open meetings, a themed get together, a beginners information evening, a D/s-munch as well as a lot of workshops with varying topics, which change regularly.

On the BDSM-Berlin website you are going to find a variety of contact points not only for the sadomasochists, but also for all types of kink, fetisches and/or otherwise differential practices. A detailed list of clubs, munches and meetings is available. A short history of  BDSM in and around Berlin is also on hand.
For example: in 1999 we facilitated a get together of the organisational staff of several German speaking BDSM groups here in our city. In February 2001 we did not organise it ourselves, but we did attend it. 

We are actively involved in document- and research-projects (www.datenschlag.org) and are distributing two of our own information brochures. We also contribute to the gay and lesbian street festival in Berlin since 1999 by supplying our own booth.

Goals

We want to become the main information hub in Berlin and the surrounding subburbs for all sadomasochists, fetishists and all other kinks. We not only want to inform, but we also want to help, where help is needed and wanted. May it be the fear of coming out, or lack of information, we are here for you. We are not here to judge, we are here to help.

A big part of being in this lifestyle in this day and age is still the lack of information. We hope to do our part in distributing the right information, informing doctors, lawyers and psychologists that what we do is not wrong, but right for us. We want to show them that we are just people like you and me with the same fears, the same problems, but just a little bit different in our sexuality.