BLACK ROSE is a pansexual educational and support group for the BDSM
community in the
Washington, D.C. area. It was founded in June 1987
and was the center of the local
Black Rose hosts regular educational classes addressing BDSM
activities, issues, and safety, currently at a hotel in Arlington, VA.
For most of its history, the group has also hosted monthly socials
whose emphasis has have varied over time from hands-on educational
workshops to social play parties. These events have been suspended
during periods when The Crucible, Washington's longstanding
Black Rose is governed by a board of directors elected by its membership. In 2002, one of the group's then-leaders, Jack McGeorge , was "outed" by news articles using his activities as one element of an argument that he had not been appropriately vetted for his national security-related position.
From 1997 through 2012, the organization held hotel-based conventions that included educational sessions, vendor rooms and play parties. For much of that time, the events were annual and by 2000 had grown to be among the largest such events held on the East Coast.
By 2010, however, Black Rose's event had lost its primacy, challenged
and then overshadowed by events organized by Dark Odyssey, a group
founded by Greg Leshner, a former Black Rose board member. One factor
was Black Rose's policy barring sex acts at the event. In 2007, a
group of Black Rose members, including some prominent figures in the
Annual events continued through 2009. The group's last large event was held in 2012 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The increased prominence of the internet, and especially the founding
of the social networking site Fetlife in 2008, allowed alternative
sexuality groups to multiply and flourish. This further diminished
Black Rose's central position in the Washington
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Black Rose includes several special interest groups (SIGs):
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