Trans Social Resources: BDSM / Fetish

To add or change a listing, email Trans Alliance Society
communications@transalliancesociety.org


Inclusion on this website is NOT an endorsement of any kind of the following listings by The Trans Alliance Society.
BDSM / Fetish

NOTE: The term BDSM is often used to cover a range of interests such as fetishes, body modification, and sexual play (including domination/submission, bondage, and sadomasochism). If this is not of interest to you, please check out the types of social events listed on this page.

For a list of special BDSM events or workshops, check out the following pages:

  • Sagacity has a calendar of their events (Vancouver Island) and a calendar of BDSM events in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Seattle).
  • Women in Leather has a calendar of BDSM events in BC.

While the groups listed on this TAS page are all trans-friendly, some of the groups listed in the general calendars may not be fully trans-inclusive -- contact the host organization for info.

Lower Mainland

BIO Pub Night

Third Thursday of the month, 8:00 PM
Held at Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie Street, Vancouver
Email: bio@vancouverdungeon.com
Web: http://www.vancouverdungeon.com

  • Must be age 19+. All genders welcome.
  • BIO is a pansexual and sex-positive organization.
  • In addition to the monthly pub nights, BIO holds regular play parties, educational workshops, and the occasional video evening or other social event that celebrates the diversity of the alternative sexuality community.

Body Perve Social Club

Last Saturday of every month
Held at Lick, 455 Abbott Street (Abbott & Pender), Vancouver
Web: http://www.bodyperve.com

  • Must be age 19+. All genders welcome.
  • Fetish night with DJs, dancing, and occasional light BDSM play.
  • Strict fetish dress code: vinyl, PVC, rubber, leather, uniform, crossdressing, fantasy, or period costume; no street or casual wear (jeans, t-shirts, etc.).

Sin City Fetish Night

Second Saturday of every month, 9PM-2AM
Held at 23 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Web: www.myspace.com/sincityfetishnight

  • Must be age 19+. All genders welcome.
  • Club space with DJ, dance floor, and outside patio for smokers (no smoking inside). Separate area for intermediate BDSM play.
  • Strict fetish dress code: vinyl, PVC, rubber, leather, uniform, crossdressing, fantasy, or period costume; no street or casual wear (jeans, t-shirts, etc.).
  • $9 or $6 if you have a pass (available from Cabbages and Kinx, 315 West Hastings).

Vancouver Munch

First and third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-9:30 PM
Held at Boston Pizza, 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver
Email: nikkidancer@hotmail.com

  • Social gathering of those interested in the BDSM scene.
  • Ask the waiters for "the munch group".
  • Dress code: Casual.
Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley Munch

2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 6:30-9:30 PM
Held at Knight & Day Restaurant, 9677 King George Highway, Surrey. Please call the restaurant first as they have been under renovations.

  • Social gathering of those interested in the BDSM scene, to meet some new people who share your interest in a casual setting.
  • Ask for "the munch group", which you'll find in the raised patio area of the restaurant.
  • Dress code: casual.
Vancouver Island

Cornucopia

Email: Sir Ross
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cornucopia_nanaimo/
Web: www.cornucopia-nanaimo.com/

  • Pansexual fetish group that promotes safe, sane, and consensual BDSM play, and provides support and educational educational resources for people in the Nanaimo and Central/North Vancouver Island area.
  • Organizes and presents play parties, workshops, and regular social events, including an ongoing movie night for more details).

Sagacity

Weekly socials held Tuesday nights, 7:30 PM
Held at Westbay Rendezvous, 880B Esquimalt Road, Victoria
Web: http://www.sagacitygroup.net

  • A way for newcomers to be able to meet other BDSMers in a friendly atmosphere. Experienced BDSMers also attend in order to meet with their friends and also meet new people.
  • A social, non-play, non-fetishwear environment (though collars and the occasional cuffs are sometimes worn by attendees). Held in a private room of a public restaurant.
  • Sagacity also puts on monthly workshops and play parties. To be put on a mailing list for meeting reminders and upcoming event notification, email ladyfish@sagacitygroup.net

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*Other Great Resources*
Lower Mainland

Vancouver Girls' Night Out

The Vancouver Girls Night Out Club hosted by Patty. This club is for local T-Girls and CD's to meet, chat, have dinner and plan outings together. New members, out of town visitors, wives and S/O's are most welcome! We offer an environment where you can get dressed up, go out for a nice dinner in a comfortable and safe atmosphere with liked minded girls. This is a social forum for support and information.
Email: pride@uvss.uvic.ca
Web: groups.yahoo.com/group/vangno/


Resources for Support

Many trans people and loved ones seek support to deal with concerns relating to discrimination, or to make sense of emotional distress that can arise around gender issues.

Support options in BC include:

Peer support

TAS member groups in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Nelson offer individual and group peer support for trans people and loved ones. Many groups that provide individual support can offer it by phone and/or email if you live in a rural area or prefer the anonymity of the internet.

There are a number of BC-based listservs where you can get peer support.

The Transgender Health Program community counsellor provides peer support to trans people and loved ones in BC by phone/TTY, email, or in person. In the Lower Mainland, call 604-734-1514; in the rest of BC, call 1-866-999-1514 (toll-free).

The Prideline offers peer support on LGBT issues via a toll-free phone line accessible throughout BC. Operating 7 days per week from 7-10 PM, the Prideline is staffed by trained volunteers. In the Lower Mainland, call 604-684-6869; in the rest of BC, call 1-800-566-1170.

The TAS Peer Support Working Group is brainstorming ways to strengthen existing peer support resources (e.g., through training for group facilitators) and create a one-on-one peer support program. Members are contacting other peer support programs to see how they are structured and to explore the possibilities of partnership. To get involved, send an email to TAS Secretary.


Other Trans Social Resources
On Our Website

If you're not looking for a trans-specific environment but rather for a trans-friendly place to hang out, the following listings are for ongoing drop-ins, drag shows, youth oriented and BDSM/Fetish.

These different places explicitly welcome trans people and have been recommended by trans community members.


*Distress Line Numbers*
-Prideline-
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
604 684-6869

Throughout British Columbia
1-800-566-1170 (Toll Free)
-BC Crisis Line-

Greater Vancouver
604-872-3311

BC-Wide
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)