David M. Ortmann, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and sex therapist in private practice. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and anthologies of fiction and non-fiction. His areas of focus and study include the sexuality of the BDSM, Kink, Fetish, and Leather communities, concepts and theories of masculinity, and the processes of human attachment and differentiation. He speaks locally and nationally in an effort to promote BDSM, Kink, Fetish, and Leather community visibility and improve clinical psychotherapeutic interventions for these populations. He serves as an expert witness, providing testimony regarding the psychology, scope, process, and ritual of consensual of BDSM sexuality for civil and criminal cases. He is a member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and is one of the founding members of the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS). He serves as an advisor and consultant on sexuality and psychotherapy to several community and national organizations.
Richard Sprott, Ph.D., is a research psychologist in developmental science and adjunct faculty in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. He is the Executive Director of CARAS, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, a community-academic partnership to enhance and encourage scientific investigation and scholarly analysis of under-studied sexualities, like BDSM and polyamory. His research efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other. Richard currently teaches courses in Human Development for the California State University system and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, Holy Names University, and Saybrook University. He has published in several academic journals and presented papers at community and academic conferences nationwide.