Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 49 / 8 December 2016
 
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Rent-a-Dungeon

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A sneak peek at the new KinkBnB website design being launched in January. photo: KinkBnB
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One of the challenges some kinksters consistently encounter is having a suitable place in which to play. A lot of the erotic activity we enjoy can be more easily done in an appropriately outfitted play space. Good bondage equipment, adequate soundproofing, and other sexual amenities can greatly improve the overall experience for certain segments of our scene.

Further complicating the situation are two specific trends – the disappearance of public play spaces and the high cost of housing in urban areas where kinksters tend to concentrate. Taken together they pose roadblocks to finding places to play.

As often happens these days, applying technology to a problem can result is a unique solution unthinkable not that long ago. Such is the case with KinkBnB (www.kinkbnb.com), a relatively new service that aims to rent kinksters suitable accommodations, play spaces and dungeons.

One of the reasons I wanted to write this column is because lack of spaces in which to play has become one of the most common refrains I hear in our scene. In cities like San Francisco, the cost of housing has become so high that many must resort to living in smaller spaces or with one or more roommates. This often squelches opportunities to play in our own homes and our sex lives can be negatively impacted.

Another reason I wrote this column is that I hope to stimulate our collective thinking on how we can further leverage technology to address needs within our kink world. We've done a decent job of creating hookup apps and offering fetish clothing and gear online, but apart from that our use of technology in innovative ways seems to be lacking. We're a smart bunch. Let's put our thinking caps on.

Businesses always seem to have a kismet moment that spawns the start of the venture. That moment for KinkBnB was when a friend of the founders was offering her dungeon for rent on a popular accommodation share site and her listing was suddenly dropped without any explanation. Upon hearing of the incident, Darren McKeeman put up a mock-up website for KinkBnB. Overnight more than one hundred people signed up. Two days later, Darren and Ryan Galiotto started the company. Shortly thereafter, Matias Drago joined them.

So, how does the service work?

If you have a sex positive home with a play space, or even simple guest accommodations, you can list that space with KinkBnB and rent it out to travelers or people looking for a place for a fun date night. There is an internal message system and the hosts can set up email notifications. Once a reservation is made, the host is given 24 hours to approve the stay.

Why might someone want to rent out their dungeon or play space? The folks at KinkBnB say that some of their hosts run professional style dungeons that they rent out to the public. Other hosts have a play space or dungeon in their homes. To keep the stockpile of available spaces growing, KinkBnB hopes to encourage people that have available space in their homes to build a play space since it can not only be fun for them, but earn them some extra money too. KinkBnB's attitude is the more adults playing the better.

Right now, they have more than 20,000 members worldwide in over 80 countries. The business operators say it's difficult to pick out a typical user of the service. Generally, couples are looking for a fun date night place and travelers want to stay with like-minded people. When you're kinky, staying somewhere where your proclivities are welcomed and celebrated makes a big difference in how much you enjoy your stay.

Members of the KinkBnB team (left to right): Ryan Galiotto, Darren McKeeman and Matias Drago. photo: KinkBnB

KinkBnB fully embraces the LGBTQ community. They offer truly sex positive accommodations and their basic requirement for their hosts is to be accepting and inviting to all. Providing safe spaces for travel and play is what they do, including for our LGBTQ community.

Thus far, the site has been in beta (early phase) mode, but that's about to change with a new site design being launched in January. The site will have a whole new look and a smoother user experience. They will also be introducing a new system for people to show off their involvement in various communities. As but one example, members of Wicked Grounds Cafe in San Francisco could have a stamp on their KinkBnB profile. These community involvement indicators will give those who host and rent a sense of kinship that fosters faith and trust.

The business is also committed to supporting the community. They have thus far given money, expertise and support to groups like SWOP in Sacramento and the Red Umbrella Policy Project. KinkBnB was one of the travel partners for this year's Folsom Street Fair.

Quality is always a top priority for any business. To maintain the quality of their offerings, KinkBnB uses a peer review process. They take all complaints from their users quite seriously. As they grow, they plan to devote even more assets to further support their hosts and travelers.

Here I've profiled one service using technology to offer benefits to our scene members. I really do hope we can all continue to figure out yet more ways to use technology to improve life for leatherfolk and kinksters everywhere.

Leather bars are continuing to find it difficult to cater exclusively to a kinky crowd. Public play spaces are dwindling. At a time when the kink world's numbers are ostensibly increasing, we're having an increasingly difficult time finding places and ways to meet up face to face. Organizing and collaborating within our scene can sometimes be difficult.

Perhaps technology is the answer. Or at least one of the answers. It's sure worth a try.

 

Race Bannon is a local author, blogger and activist. You can reach him through his website, www.bannon.com

Leather Events, December 8-23, 2016

There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

 

Thu 8

Red Hanky Nite @ Powerhouse

Bar night for men into fisting. 1347 Folsom St., 7-9pm. www.hellholesf.com/

Fri 9

Catalyst Work and Play Party @ Catalyst SF

Volunteers, most especially creative, handy, and strong folks, are invited to join an afternoon of work, and an evening of play. 1060 Folsom St., work party 2-8pm, play party 8pm-1am.

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. www.castrocountryclub.org

Gear Party @ 442 Natoma

Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. www.442parties.com

Sat 10

San Francisco Fetish Flea @ SF Citadel

Whether curious about the local kink community or an experienced player looking for the best new toys, welcome. The Flea hosts a variety of toy makers, artists, businesses, upcyclers and more right at the SF Citadel for one day. 181 Eddy St., $5, www.sfcitadel.org

Leathermen's Discussion Group 20th Anniversary/Holiday/Volunteer Appreciation Party @ SF Oasis

Celebrating their 20th anniversary. LDG has been offering programming continuously since 1996 and are going strong into their 21st year. 4-6pm. www.sfldg.org

BLUF SF Holiday Social @ SF Eagle

Holiday social for leather, gear and fetish guys. They socialize at the SF Eagle from 5 to 7 pm, then move to a nearby Pizza restaurant for dinner. 398 12th St., 5-9pm. www.bluf.com

Black Xxxmas @ 1015 Folsom

www.guspresents.eventbrite.com

Sun 11

San Francisco Men's Spanking Party @ Power Exchange

Not a BDSM group, but more for guys into spanking and paddling like traditional Spanking over daddy's knee or fraternity style pledge initiation paddling. Safe place for beginners to explore or just a good place to meet and talk to other guys into this fetish. $25, 220 Jones St., 1-6pm. www.sfmensspankingparty.com

Mon 12

Ride Mondays @ Eros

A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com

Establishing Dominance with CastroKink @ Eros

This workshop will focus on behaviors and rituals a dominant might use to craft such an experience for his submissive. The format will include both discussion and demonstration with plenty of time for group interaction. 2018 Market St., 7:30-9:30pm. www.erossf.com

Wed 14

Golden Shower Buddies @ Blow Buddies

A men's water sports night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

Fri 16

Carnal Carnival @ Center for Sex and Culture

Come enjoy a hot winter night of kink, fun, music, and debauchery, woith great booths, food, music, kinksters, and much merriment. Experience play piercing, impact play, flogging, and more. Feel a violet wand, or enjoy the ever-popular vibrator races, bean bag toss, and other games. $10 for nonmembers, free for members. Open to all women (and those who identify as other than male) who are 18 and over. 1349 Mission St., 7:30-10:15pm. www.theexiles.org

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. www.castrocountryclub.org

Gear Party @ 442 Natoma

Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. www.442parties.com

Sat 17

Holiday Men's Play Party @ Blow Buddies

The 15 Association's annual holiday afternoon BDSM play party. First time held at Blow Buddies. Crosses, bondage tables, slings, piss play, and an outdoor heated and covered space for cigar play with crosses. And as always, the December party is free. Plus cookies! Visit www.the15sf.org to request an invite if you have not recently attended their parties before. 933 Harrison St., 2-6pm.

2016 Northwest Master slave Contest @ Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center

See who has what it takes to represent the Northwest Region at the International Master slave contest at SouthPlains LeatherFest in March 2017? 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 6pm. www.kinkedproductions.com/2016nwms

Sun 18

Exiles Beverage Bust @ SF Eagle

Join the Exiles in an all-genders event as we host a beverage bust. Pay just $15 for all the beer or soda you like plus a plate of delicious food lovingly cooked by the officers of the Exiles -- or for food only without the beverages it's $5. 398 12th St., 3-6pm. www.theexiles.org

Mon 19

Ride Mondays @ Eros

A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com

Fri 23

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members, 4058 18th St., 9:30pm. www.castrocountryclub.org

Gear Party @ 442 Natoma

Gear play party (leather, rubber, harnesses, etc.) for gay men. 442 Natoma St., $15 (requires $5 membership), 10pm. www.442parties.com

 






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