KinkedIn is a new dating app for kinky people which will launch on a rolling basis over the course of 2017. A thoroughly vetted community in which to play, discover new connections through our match algorithm, and build upon existing connections (including your connection with yourself!) through our kinky resources and learning tools.
We celebrate and respect folks of all genders, orientations, bodies, abilities, and backgrounds, so we aim to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone.
KinkedIn is NOT for people under the age of 18, or for anyone who is not thoroughly interested in communication + respecting boundaries + enthusiastic consent.
No matter who you are and what you are into, there are people out there who are looking for precisely YOU! KinkedIn will connect you to those you are craving to meet and play with, and to those who are craving to meet and play with you.
Whether you are into being dominated, dominating, spanking, gags and chains and whips, people with tattoos, chastity devices, foot worship, fisting, chakra energy exploration, cock and ball torture, nipple clamps, puppy play, rough sex, teasing, or so much more, you are more than ok, and you are not alone. KinkedIn is a community of people dedicated to respecting each other while expressing their fullest selves.
No one can look in your eyes and know precisely how you want to be used or worshipped or flogged or served. At KinkedIn, we are passionate about providing you with tools to communicate about your deepest desires because we know that when you clearly ask for what you want, you are much more likely to get it. And when everybody involved is enthusiastically in favor of everything that is going on, everybody wins!
We are passionate, kinky individuals who deeply believe that when everybody celebrates and expresses their full sexual selves from a place of wholeness, we are building toward a world that is much more whole (and exciting!) for everybody. We know from experience that, since there are not a lot of models for talking about sex (especially not in talking about things that go beyond the strictly vanilla), it can be really difficult to make connections with like-minded people. With so many recent technological advances, we think it is silly that a better platform for learning and connecting doesn’t exist yet, so we feel we have a mandate to create one. Through this app and beyond this app, we are passionate about being an active part of the wider culture shifts we would like to see.
Luke Krafka (BM '07, MM '09 in Cello Performance at the Boston Conservatory and Certiﬁcate at Aaron Copland School of Music '15), has given both chamber and solo recitals in Boston, New York City and Western Europe. Mr. Krafka has attended numerous music festivals around the world including the Heifetz International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Salem New Music Festival and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy. Along with a very active orchestral, chamber and teaching career, Mr. Krafka is the founder and artistic/director of the Halcyon Chamber Series, a classical chamber series featuring some of the top performers in NYC with a focus on bringing performances to spaces and audiences that would never have the opportunity. He is also starting the Halcyon Project, a mission to bring newly commissioned works together with collaborations outside the norm to create new ways to communicate with all types of audiences.
Having performed all over the world, one of the most important things to him is self-expression and having the freedom to do so. Whether we are talking about music, art, or sex, having the freedom to be who you want, with whomever you wish, with no stigma attached is something that has always been a focal point of his to fight for, and that is why he joined together with this amazing team to bring this platform to anyone who wants that opportunity.
Stephanie Ryan Johnstone (Ryan) is a queer, non-binary, human/artist/organizer with a ferocious commitment to our collective liberation, sexually and otherwise.
As a thought leader in the realm of sexuality from a place of wholeness, they have allied with TORCH, the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and the Planned Parenthood Activist Council, interviews with them have been featured in publications from the Advocate to HuffPo to Playboy, and their sex and relationships coaching practice is now entering its fifth year. Their vibrantly popular podcast, Sex For Smart People* (*that means you!), is dedicated to contextualizing ideas about sex and dating within a larger social justice framework and can be found on iTunes and Stitcher. Their queer-politics-focused album, Love Songs For the Rest of Us, was developed through house concert/conversations in living rooms across the United States.
Also an acclaimed theatermaker/composer and an organizer/community builder, they recently catalyzed a community choir for queer and trans folks in NYC (Full Moon) which aims to increase widespread collective confidence in singing and to amplify the voice of justice not just in loudness, but also in beauty and power. They were a part of the initial visioning team for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a national (though not federally-affiliated) department committed to upturning consumer culture with a robust culture of creativity and exploding constraining notions of where, how, and why art happens. In August of 2016, they were a founding member of a new alternative divinity school for soulful community builders, with an emphasis on Queering as a spiritual practice, and they are currently in the Justice Ministries program of Auburn Seminary.
They are fired up about KinkedIn itself and also about the wider culture shifts (toward radical welcome and community accountability) that KinkedIn is an active part of!
Alice, our technical co-founder, is obsessive about using technology to deconstruct pre-existing barriers in communities in order to bring people together. She dreams that one day, no one will ever feel alone, shameful, or weird for their unique tastes, preferences, and kinks.
Previously, Alice worked as a Mobile Software Engineer at JW Player, and as a Full-stack Engineer at Peloton Cycle, Bytemark, and Northrop Grumman. She now brings her design experience, development skills, and nuanced insights from online dating platforms to the KinkedIn team to help support and build our community and promote exploration of self and sexuality.
Alice supports platforms that connect people together based on their shared values, interests, and quirks, because she believes that finding safe spaces for one’s self-expression and solidarity in a community are fundamental to our happiness.
Every week Alice challenges herself to learn from people whose life experiences and background are very different from hers, so she’s excited to discover how her perspective will continue to expand as she develops the infrastructure to support and nurture the KinkedIn community.
Alice spends her free time learning music theory to improve her composition skills, and she’ll never turn down a deep dive into LGBTQ issues, education reform, and neuroscience.
This team is made up of trauma-informed professionals with a background in transformative justice and consent education. In the spirit of being a part of those aforementioned wider culture shifts, this team is currently crafting the aftercare function of the app as well as accountability policies/procedures for how reports of abuse are heard and handled.
Cavanaugh Coury Quick is a queer, trans, kinky, polyamorous, AfroLatinx adventurer with a passion for critical thought and personal autonomy. Using art and media analysis alongside introspective, strengths-based techniques, he assists folks of all ages in exploring the intersections of their personal and professional identities, beliefs, and behaviors.
Cavanaugh‘s work focuses on cultivating leadership and responsibility. He engages participants as they investigate institutional systems of oppression and strategies for interpersonal support in their professional and personal communities. In addition to counseling and community organizing, Cavanaugh teaches comprehensive sexual health and relationship education and offers consultation, technical assistance, and training for service providers focused on the needs of queer and trans people across multiple areas. He is a New York State certified sexual assault crisis counselor and his work in sexual wellness is trauma-informed. He believes that having honest conversations with ourselves about our wants and needs is absolutely critical to our survival as individuals and communities, and is excited to help facilitate safe and confident exploration for KinkedIn users.
Artist, poet, activist and rabble rouser Suki Valentine is thrilled to be part of the dialogue around consent and accountability in the KinkedIn community. Mixed-race Alaska First Nations (Yupi'k Inuit), kinky, queer and genderQueer, Suki is no stranger to exploring the murky depths of in-between spaces and holding complex truths and seeming contradictions. Additionally, working for over a decade in facilitation, community outreach and peer support with DIY Mental Health Advocacy group The Icarus Project, has given Suki a wide perspective on varying types of communication styles, points of view and doing whatever possible to meet people where they're at presently, while encouraging folks to strive to do their best to speak hard truths and be compassionate in accountability within themselves as well as with others. Lastly, ze says hir friends call hir Suki, but you can call hir Miz Valentine if you're nasty.
The advisory board is a collection of bold thought leaders in the realms of kink and sexuality. We are honored to be in active conversation with and accountable to each of them, and they are a big part of keeping KinkedIn rooted in our core values of radical welcome and anti-oppression. Please take a moment to learn more about them and their work!
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