History Of Threshold

1974

Inevitably, parties began to be held – in people’s homes, and using borrowed equipment, with maybe 20-30 people in attendance. The “bondage club” grew, and — with much energy expended by several early member –we became the Southern California Chapter of the Janus Society, with obligations and privileges thereof. Janus being located in San Francisco and dating back to 1974.

1982

In the early summer of 1982 a group of friends decided that it might be interesting to advertise in one of the local underground publications and see if there were more people in the Los Angeles area that might be into S & M. Theoretically, given the statistics back then, there should be tons of people in SoCal with a shared interest, and it would be interesting – not to mention fun – to meet. Thus, an ad appeared in the Los Angeles Free Press, in the Personals section, that read: Bondage Club Forming, Send $1 and a P.O. Box address to send it to.

1986

This was the genesis of what would become Threshold in 1989. People responded – they sent $1 to that P.O. Box and people started coming to meetings. At first it was primarily social, but before long it proved beneficial for people to teach what they knew, to share their experiences, with the rest. These were the first of the educational programs, highly informal and held in people’s living rooms, but also extremely informative.

1988

In 1988, it was decided, after much deliberation, that we would leave Janus and go independent. At that time our membership had grown to over 500 and it was thought that we could best serve our membership by transitioning to a local leadership, rather than having to rely on the San Francisco-based Janus for decisions. We wrote our first by-laws and elected our first independent Officers that year. About a year later we voted on Threshold as our name.

1989

This was the genesis of what would become Threshold in 1989. People responded – they sent $1 to that P.O. Box and people started coming to meetings. At first it was primarily social, but before long it proved beneficial for people to teach what they knew, to share their experiences, with the rest. These were the first of the educational programs, highly informal and held in people’s living rooms, but also extremely informative.

1990

The 1990s were the decade when we grew up from a mostly informal association into a solid, mature, and competent organization. We put together a mission statement that defined us as: “An educational and social organization for adults who share a common interest in BDSM, fetish, kink, and the exchange of power.” An idea we all shared in common was that part of our mission was to simply “be there”, so that no one ever again had to think they were alone.

2003

We saved our pennies over the years, and in 2003 we signed the lease on the space we currently occupy. Our dungeon today looks nothing like it did when we first saw it in August of 2003 — the small rooms were run-down offices with bad carpeting, the lady’s room did not exist, the lounge area did not exist, and we had no heat! (just to mention a few of the “differences”)

Present

It has been a remarkable journey, with a great many people working very hard to make Threshold what it is today. We have a sterling reputation locally and nationally, our safety record is spectacular, and we are proud to be active and contributing members of the world-wide BDSM community.