Introduction

Say the words “sexual diversity” and most people think about sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity. Yet there are other sexual minorities which remain misunderstood and marginalized.

This section is intended to introduce Unitarian Universalist ministers, directors of religious education, and congregational leaders to the reality behind one of these minority groups: the BDSM or “kink” community. We’ll explore what BDSM is (and is not), the BDSM community and its ethical principles, issues of discrimination and prejudice, and how UUs can help.

Just as there are many UUs who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, so there are many of us who identify as kinky. Yet while the UUA and its affiliates have done much to promote greater understanding about GLBTQ+ issues, alternative sexual expression has received only a cursory treatment so far.

This introduction is therefore presented as an effort to bridge the gap, by providing a glimpse into the reality of the kink community. We hope you find it useful, and we welcome further questions and feedback.