The Eulenspiegel Society
The Eulenspiegel Society (TES) claims to be the oldest and largest BDSM education and support group in the USA. It is based in New York City.
TES is a not-for-profit organization that states that it "promotes sexual liberation for all adults, especially for people who enjoy consensual S/M." They regard sexual liberation as essential for a society to be truly free, and they are particularly concerned about the freedom of sexual minorities, including that of the BDSM community. They also devote considerable energy into supporting charities such as HIV prevention and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.
The group was originally an informal association set up in the winter of 1971 as a support group for masochists. They originally met in members' homes, and then met in rented space in theaters and churches. The group currently claims membership of 800 people nationwide, and publishes a glossy magazine called "Prometheus." TES functions include classes and workshops on a weekly basis, frequent social events, public outreach, and fundraising for related causes and those not related to BDSM at all, such as relief for victims of the 2005 hurricanes in the South.
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