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Southwest Master/slave contest winners

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The Southwest Master/slave contest winners were Master Orpheus Black and slave Indigo Black, and Southwest Bootblack Xiaoyi, taking their titles during the Southwest Leather Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix the weekend of January 21-24.

The highlights of the Southwest Leather Conference were the Dance of Souls, Carter/Johnson Leather Library exhibit and awards brunch.

The Southwest Leather Conference also featured a wealth of workshops, panels, and discussion groups, Our Place room for rituals and meditation, a community-sponsored hospitality suite, nightly dungeons and a bootblack lounge.

International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott returned as emcee of the Friday and Saturday evening celebrations.

The judges were the target of the man from Vancouver, BC with a British accent. Each night he had pop questions for each one of them as they were introduced.

Master Orpheus Black and slave Indigo Black competed under the Southern California Master and slave title. The other contestant team, Master Shado and slave Neeka, are from Colorado. Orpheus and Indigo, and Xiaoyi will compete at International Master and slave in 2017 in Dallas, TX.

The judges were Patrick Mulcahey, slave Jazz, Douglas Connors, Sir Cougar, Master Trish and Allena Gabosch.

The lone Southwest Bootblack contestant, Xiaoyi, received enough points to win the title.

The Southwest Bootblack judges were Gabriel Majors, Marta, Sarge, Tyesha Best and Bootdog.

Southwest Master Orpheus Black

Orpheus Black is a published author and erotic educator specializing in hierarchical dynamics, non-monogamous relationships and extreme sexual encounters. This two-time Bawdy Storytelling champion has been traveling the country teaching his fun and light-hearted educational events for more than a decade. Orpheus is a regular presenter at DomCon: LA and is the founder of Cirque de Sade - a high profile group of Dominants whose mission is to advance the art of BDSM through a commitment to innovation, excellence, and active leadership in the D/s, M/s, and fetish communities.

Southwest slave Indigo Black

Indigo Black, wife and property of Sir Orpheus Black, has been not only a sub and slave to Orpheus, but also his lifelong companion and inspiration. Her journey into BDSM and the fetish lifestyle began when she volunteered to be Orpheus’ bottom and submissive in early 2000. Like Orpheus, Indigo got her start co-hosting the Severe Society radio show. Soon after that, Orpheus and indigo began their dark journey onto the fetish stages, performing at countless Hollywood hotspots such as the Viper Room, Club Blue, the Music Box, and Dragonfly, to name just a few. During this journey, indigo was not only an amazing bottom and submissive, but also an invaluable asset behind the scenes. Recently she participated in the Tyrant Thinks podcast together with Orpheus and his co-host Recks Robert interviewing people from all different aspects of the fetish world. Currently she co-hosts the Orpheus Black Show every Sunday afternoon on Chocolate Radio.

Xiaoyi

Xiaoyi is a slave at heart and a bootblack at large. She teaches about consensual slavery, bootblacking, BDSM, relationships, poly, and many other topics. She is most fulfilled in a 24/7 TPE style relationship and is poly-play and omni-sensual. Xiaoyi loves Leather, Leather, costuming, pain, and protocols. She flags orange and Leather Worship. Xiaoyi earned her BA from MSU in Chinese Culture and Lore. Her mission is to help create understanding and acceptance among people for each to learn and grow and be as they are. She works to do this through education and demystification. She serves her community before herself. She is a lifestyle coach and mentor who openly shares of her journey in hopes that she might help others who face similar challenges.

For more about Southwest Leather Conference activities, visit http://www.southwestleather.org

 

 

Southwest Leather Conference loved Vi Johnson's keynote

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The Southwest Leather Conference saw several hundred Leather/BDSM/Fetish/Kinkfolk descend upon the Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix the weekend of January 21-24 with the highlights being the Dance of Souls, Southwest Master/slave/Bootblack contest, Carter/Johnson Leather Library exhibit and awards brunch.

Southwest Leather Conference also featured a wealth of workshops, panels, and discussion groups, Our Place room for rituals and meditation, a community-sponsored hospitality suite, nightly dungeons and a bootblack lounge.

Known as the "woo conference," Southwest Leather Conference has a strong sense of spirituality. This reflects in some of the classes and events.

The Carter/Johnson Leather Library traveling exhibit containing more than 10,000 items; including artwork, books, DVDs, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, club and event pins, posters and other materials that explore the world of alternative sexuality going back to the 1700's was open almost all weekend and visitors were present almost every minute it was open. The collection covers everything from 18th Century writings on the intersection of pain and pleasure to pulp erotica from the 1930s and 1940s, on up to complete series runs of LGBT and kinky pansexual magazines like Bizarre, The Leather Journal, Drummer Magazine, Cuir Underground, and Black Leather in Color. The books, magazines and posters were incredible, but none could shadow the talks with Viola Johnson and her aides Robi and Tracy Wolf.

International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott returned as emcee of the Friday and Saturday evening celebrations and the judges were the target of the man from Vancouver, BC with a British accent. Each night he had pop questions for each one of them as they were introduced. The crowd loved it, even howling out suggested answers of their own.

Carter/Johnson Leather Library founder Vi Johnson was the Sunday Brunch keynote speaker, using a theme of "I see you" she had the audience from the beginning. She knows how to handle a crowd and will undoubtedly see more brunches in the near future - her stock, already high, just skyrocketed.

The second part of the brunch saw honors presented with the big ones, Leatherman's Heart Award, going to Race Bannon who is the Leather columnist for San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter, a noted Leather author, blogger, activist and all around mensch; and the Leatherwomen's Heart Award going to Ms Constance.

Other awards and their recipients were: Master Skip Chasey Scholarship to Molly Johnson, Spirit of Service Award to slave Kiki, Volunteer of the Year to Uma and the Master Steve Sampson Golden Paint Brush Award to Lauren Ide.

The Dance of Souls, a closing ritual and ecstatic dance held at the end of the conference on Sunday afternoon saw its usual high level of participation. The Dance is about people bringing their focus and energies together for good intention. This modern primitive celebration is uniquely created through the energies of the voluntary participants present within a scaffolding of cross-cultural spiritual traditions that involve temporary piercing, drumming, chanting and dancing. The ritual is a closed private ceremony offering all Dance of Souls attendees the opportunity to participate in a variety of roles including pierced dancer, non-pierced dancer, drummer, etc. All activities are voluntary and there is no requirement to be pierced.

The Southwest Master/slave contest winners were Master Orpheus Black and slave Indigo Black who competed under the Southern California Master and slave title. The other contestant team, Master Shado and slave Neeka, are from Colorado. Orpheus and Indigo, Southwest Bootblack contestant, and Xiaoyi will compete at International Master and slave in 2017 in Dallas, TX.

The judges were Patrick Mulcahey, slave Jazz, Douglas Connors, Sir Cougar, Master Trish and Allena Gabosch.

The lone Southwest Bootblack contestant, Xiaoyi, received enough points to win the title.

The Southwest Bootblack judges were Gabriel Majors, Marta, Sarge, Tyesha Best and Bootdog.

Some of the best bootblacks from across the nation provided Leathercare in the Bootblack Lounge which was open from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. There was a crowd there all weekend.

A cigar party just outside the Bootblack lounge had as many as 75 in attendance on Friday night.

The Leather Quilt was on display in the hotel atrium. Several panels were added over the past year or so.

Two groups bearing the colors on their Leather vests were the Red Dragons and the Dragon Clan. Many other clubs saw a presence including APAH (Arizona Pups And Handlers), Chicago Hellfire Club, Los Angeles girls of Leather, APEX, Avatar Club los angeles, several MAsT chapters, Albuquerque Leather Daddys, Threshold, Butchmanns, Arizona girls of Leather, Chicago Leather Club, Las Vegas Leather Women, The 15 Association, Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association (TULSA), Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM) and ONYX Pearls.

For more about Southwest Leather Conference activities, visit http://www.southwestleather.org

 

Exile 4 Fetish Ball fundraiser: Kink for a Cause

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By Brent Heinze

The Exile 4 Fetish Ball exploded Saturday, August 29 at the Exdo Events Center and delivered more mischief than ever before. This event featured some of Colorado’s finest performers, vendors, and participants. Each year, hundreds of people come together in celebration of the fetish, kink, and Leather communities. All performers and support staff volunteered their time and talents to make this event happen.

The Colorado non-profit company Lokusdor Productions creates events like these with a community engagement focus and a fundraising mission. In the past two years, they have donated over $26,000 to local and national charitable organizations while promoting their mission of sex-positive messaging for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

Through their efforts, a total of $10,000 was donated from this single event. This year, their beneficiaries included Leather Magick, Leather Archives & Museum, Denver boys and girls of Leather, and the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. Through sponsorships provided by Romantix, Bear Things, Folsom Street Events, Mr. S Leathers, Out Front, Exdo Events Center, Pleasures at the Park, Denver Eagle, and Thunder in the Mountains, all funds raised that evening went directly to the supported organizations providing advocacy and support for communities in need.

The Exile 4 Fetish Ball series has featured past performances including rope bondage, fire, impact play, wax, boot worship, hook and rope suspensions, burlesque, domination, aerial erotica, and rubber inflatables. This year, they added some amazing new performances to entice the audience and whip them into a frenzy. Offerings from Denver Bound, Femmes Verbose, Tyger Yoshi, Kaleidoscope Circus Arts, Domina Elle, Justin Daniels, High Flydelity, Nadja, Jill Scot, Faded Freakshow, Master Rex, Kouger DeVille, Pearl Derriere, Mythica von Griffin, and many others made this event an entertaining way to spend an evening around a great group of people.

In addition to large performances, there were DJs, live music, performance art, vendors selling sexy products, and opportunities for participants to get involved with the action. Smaller “tasting” opportunities were offered by many local educators and performers to give people a chance to experience some interesting sensations.

This annual event is geared for everyone from those curious about kink to individuals who are quite experienced in the pleasure of fetish play. Participants witness a sea of leather guys, kinky women, furry bears, goths, punks, gender-neutral and fluid individuals, gay, straight, pan, puppies, kitties, ponies, piggies, and a variety of people that defy inclusion in a single group.

For more information about the production company, pictures from past events, or how to get involved, visit http://www.LokusdorProductions.com

Photos by Robert Rice, Felix Fonz and Ken Hamblin

 

 

Bucks MC’s 42nd Annual Santa Saturday raises funds for NJ and PA charities

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Messrs Fire Island Leather 2001 Bruce-Michael Gelbert and 2005 Joe Saporito with Santa Ron Smith. Photo by Jon Jones

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

The Pennsylvania-based Bucks Motorcycle Club’s 42nd annual Santa Saturday took place at the Paradise Nightclub at the Empress Hotel, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and the beach, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on November 28. Attended by hundreds of members of the Leather community — gay, lesbian, hetero, and trans, and including many, many bears—the ever-popular event raised thousands of dollars for Bucks County, PA and Monmouth County, NJ charities.

Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather 2016 Tigger and Christy Lee

According to Bucks Vice President and first Mr. NJ Leather 2001 John Ramos, the Bucks have raised approximately $600,000 for PA and NJ charities, including FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) Bucks County, the Center in Asbury Park, Inc., and Monmouth County VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Health Group Project REAL (Real Empowerment on All Levels), over the years at Santa Saturday. According to Bucks Treasurer Teyd Jamison, the total raised at Santa Saturday 2014 was close to $20,000 and he estimated that this year’s total was about the same.

The centerpieces of Santa Saturday are an auction of Leather clothing and accoutrements, artwork, and Leather event packages, and entertainment offered by local and visiting performers.

John conducted the auction, substituting for “million dollar auctioneer” Jo Arnone, who was kept away by a family emergency. The highlight, as always, was the lively bidding on items of clothing worn by the current Mr. New Jersey Leather, in this case handsome Mr. NJ Leather 2016 Tigger, from motorcycle jacket down to cock ring, as well as the privilege of taking them off him. Top dollar items were Tigger’s jockstrap, donated by CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) and bringing in $200, and cock ring, going for $400, both bought by Mr. Woods Campground Leather 2016 Chuck Widdoes. Entertainer Maxine Chambers also auctioned off the jockstrap that John wore under his kilt.

Thom Simmons and Danny Tyrell

Miss Paradise 2000 Lady Marisa coordinated the entertainment. Drag entertainers contributing their services were reigning Miss Paradise Victoria Famouz Timebomb and Flashlight; Dusty Relix Santa Saturday debut — Up on the House Top and It Must Have Been the Mistletoe; Nancy Mandel Valerie; Candy Cane Santa, Can You Hear Me?, White Christmas, and It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay; Sasha Mess Santa Saturday debut — Hawaiian carol Mele Kalikimaka; and Maxine, dedicating a slow, country All I Want for Christmas Is You to Santa Saturday official photographer Mike Prestia.

The afternoon’s singers were Teyd Zing Went the Strings of My Heart and Trolley Song, a Judy Garland pairing, and Just in Time; Ms NJ Leather 2016 Christy Lee Santa Baby; Darren DiFilippo Hopelessly Devoted to You and, from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hard Candy Christmas; Demonde This Christmas and Lay Me Down; and this writer The Rose and Unchained Melody. John treated us to an impromptu a cappella, On a Wonderful Day like Today, from The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd, between auction items.

Also featured were a Leather boutique; drinks and hot dogs poolside; a 50-50 raffle, in which the winner won $575; and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Leather Bear Santa Ron Smith.

 

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