this bulletin appeared on local lists
The following is a press release from the owners of Purgatory.
"On Wednesday 14th June, Gemini club which is also the home of Purgatory
the Dungeon, was raided by police.
The owners have been accused of running an unlicensed brothel.
A brothel is a place where people go and pay money to the employees for
Gemini and Purgatory are not brothels - people are not paid, nor do they pay
for sexual gratification at either of these clubs.
Gemini and Purgatory are clubs for people who choose to live an alternative
lifestyle - both quite different, but both needing a clean and safe venue
for their activities.
Gemini is a swingers club, a place where people come to meet others who
share their interests and activities. People pay for the privilege of having
somewhere clean and safe to go to. It is much like meeting someone and going
to a motel room, paying the price and using the facilities. There is never
any guarantee of sexual gratification for any attendees, but whatever
happens behind the doors is negotiated between the consenting adults.
Purgatory is a BDSM club. It is where like minded people who follow this
type of alternative lifestyle can get together for social evenings. The
emphasis is on catching up with friends more than anything else, though
other activities do take place, they are not the main focus. The members pay
an entrance fee to use the facilities, which provides them with a clean,
safe environment to play in.
The patrons do play using the equipment and various adult toys such as
paddles, floggers and blindfolds, to name a few - all of which can be found
in any adult shop. Everything is negotiated between consenting adults -
including safety measures and safe words which are used to stop all play
activities. The emphasis is always on safe, sane and consensual.
BDSM, like swinging, is a lifestyle choice, and though it is not what
mainstream society deems to be normal, it is by no means wrong or weird,
It is time that people in general were more accepting of alternative
lifestyles, just because we choose to be different should we be ostracised,
prosecuted or forced to go underground as we were pre 1980's?
Surely today's society - which claims to be so multicultural and open minded
to different ethnic customs and lifestyles - can also embrace the fact that
Australians can practice alternative ways of life as well.
We are not weird, or wrong and we are not law breakers - we are just
Basically our right to practice alternative lifestyle is being threatened.
Our right to flog someone in public is being threatened, according to the
law, we are practising prostitution - gaining sexual gratification from a
Purgatory WILL run as normal on Sunday 18th June, but there will be a
meeting beforehand - at 5pm - to discuss this latest attack on our
lifestyle. We are looking for support to help change the laws. This will
affect every single club and play party in Victoria and we need to stop
these threats now.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please email either Master or
myself off list to let us know of your intention to come along.
Please come if you can."
Purgatory's website is at:http://www.purgatory.com.au/My view: the police are probably up to their predictable tricks: they'll shake down or harass who they can. People will listen to their twisted justifications unless their consciousness has been raised.
Things are complicated locally by our version of The Spanner Law: a response to family violence has been that one cannot consent to certain physical acts, therefore we are all dependent on those who sub or bottom not going to the cops. Not that they usually lay charges, mind, but there you have it.
I'll be going to the meeting.