Society of Janus

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Society of Janus Booth at the 2004 Folsom Street Fair

The Society of Janus is a San Francisco, California based BDSM education and support group, and is the second oldest BDSM organization in the United States. It was founded in August 1974 by the late Cynthia Slater and Larry Olsen. Cynthia Slater is honored with a metal bootprint displaying her name and a short statement about her as part of the art known as the San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley.[1][2]

The Society of Janus is nonprofit, volunteer run and is devoted to the art of safe, consensual and non-exploitative adult power exchange. They publish a bimonthly newsletter called Growing Pains and a monthly schedule of BDSM events called Rapid Release which are mailed to members.

In 2014, the Society of Janus held their 40th Anniversary Dinner, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Play Party, which was awarded "Best Organization Anniversary Event" at The SF Leather Community Awards for that year.[3]

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  1. ^ Cindy (17 July 2017). "Ringold Alley's Leather Memoir". Public Art and Architecture for Around the World.
  2. ^ Paull, Laura. "Honoring gay leather culture with art installation in SoMa alleyway – J". Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  3. ^ "Awards & Archives", San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance [1]

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