Organisations I Support

Click through to Spanner Trust website

Black and white photo of John, January 2005
London, January 2005
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THE SPANNER TRUST is campaigning for changes to the law in England and Wales regarding BDSM between consenting adults. In December 1990 sixteen men were convicted for causing marks, bruises, cuts and other non-serious injuries in the course of sexual activity with other consenting adults. Some were sent to prison. The police investigation leading to their arrest was known as "Operation Spanner" and the Spanner Trust was set up as a result to campaign for changes to U.K. legislation. I was a trustee of the Spanner Trust from May 2004 to May 2008 and its chairman from September 2005 to December 2006.

You can read their latest newsletter here.

Other ways you can help:

Revise F65 logo

The Revise F65 Project, based in Norway, campaigns to remove Fetishism, Transvestism and Sadomasochism as psychiatric diagnoses from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) published by the World Health Organisation. They need the support of SM/ leather/ fetish groups and mental health professionals from all over the world. Click here to read my web column about their work, or visit their official website at

Leather Archives and Museum logo

The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago is living proof that we are a community. For decades leatherfolk have created books, artwork, magazines, badges, clothing, photographs, film, flags, educational materials, organisations, contests and events. The LA&M exists to document our history and preserve our "stuff" for future generations. It also sends travelling exhibits around the world and provides email and telephone research assistance. You can help by donating your local cultural items to the museum or by making a cash donation.

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