The first sex club of this type exclusively for African American gay men was Black Jack, started in 1986 by Alan Bell. Additionally, most adult dating and swinger social networks often provide listings of sex clubs, resorts and events.There is no non-profit impartial overarching organization of sex clubs per se, although NASCA International serves as an umbrella organisation for swinging groups in general. Most major cities in North America and western Europe have sex clubs, many in a permanent location, but they often keep a low profile.Some swinger clubs go as far as to have rotating beds in the voyeur rooms to continually change the view for those watching.
Most clubs will also have voyeur rooms that have windows where patrons can engage in sex and know that they are being watched by other patrons of the club.
Other clubs are open to any person willing to pay an admission fee.
Sex clubs normally do not directly advertise to the general public, but typically rely on their own websites, swinger social networking, vertical integration in the adult entertainment industry, or through affiliate promotions on other adult venues.
Some clubs organise events which cater to heterosexual couples or individuals, others to gay men or (rarely) lesbians, and others have no orientation policy.
Some cater to non-conventional activities, such as gang bangs, BDSM or fetish.