Beyond Vanilla – A History In The Making

Beyond Vanilla is a multi-day event in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex celebrating its 30th year in 2020!  In 1984, as the AIDS crisis was gaining momentum, a men’s BDSM group called the Disciples of de Sade was founded. They began holding seminars in the small meeting room in the back of the Dallas Gay Alliance, with 15 – 20 people in attendance. Through the years, the presentations grew, moved locations, and became known as Beyond Vanilla.  In 1990, it was turned over to the then young club, NLA-Dallas, who has grown and shaped it to what we know today. 

What began as a safe sex workshop has evolved into an educational conference about how to do what we do safely and consensually, with the primary focus on newer community members.

Through the years, Beyond Vanilla has also served as the host to several contests for Bootblacks, the Pup community, to include International Pup/Handler, and Great Plains Olympus Leather.  This year, Beyond Vanilla is excited to welcome the Inaugural Texas Power Exchange Contest (TXPE), which is planned as a feeder into the International Power Exchange Contest hosted by Beyond Leather.  

TXPE is an inclusive contest open to power exchange relationships of any kind, established for at least one year. Contestants can be individuals, couples, or a triad of representatives of a poly power exchange relationship of any size. 

Please note that Beyond Vanilla is committed to an anti-racist culture and has a zero-tolerance policy on racism and bigotry. Diversity and Inclusion are more than just words for us; they guide our approach to community and education as we welcome, embrace, and protect all participants, especially BIPOC, all colors of the Pride rainbow, and all flavors of kink. Our name, after all, is Beyond Vanilla!

Master TC ready to roll at Beyond Vanilla
Master TC ready to roll at Beyond Vanilla