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Sara BlazeSara Blaze

Presenting: "Building Blocks: Deliberate Diversity" and "Building Blocks: Meaningful Accessibility"

Sara Blaze is a lifestyle Fem Domme, a Professional Dominatrix, and anything but typical. As a community leader, a partner and a parent, Sara is engaged, passionate and tireless.

Sara is the President of MVK Alternative Lifestyle Society (“MVK”), BC’s largest BDSM not for profit organization which focuses on promoting outreach and education and has held this position for over five years and been involved with MVK in some fashion since its inception 10 years ago. Sara is also the Producer of Westcoast Bound, MVK’s premier annual weekend long event focused on BDSM education. With her leadership, Westcoast Bound has grown exponentially from 100 attendees to nearly 500.

As an educator, she has taught locally with Indigeo, MVK, Taboo, SFU, ConvergeCon and Pandemonium in the Prairies and in the US at the Leather Leadership, the Gathering, Sin in the City and Northwest Leather Celebration. She has been interviewed on several occasions, notably with Jill Krop of Global’s Unfiltered.

Fetlife: MsBlaze
Twitter: @Ms__Blaze
Website: https://www.sarablaze.com

 

VariiMaster Varii

Presenting: "Effective Organizational Leadership" and "Dealing with Drama in Your Community"

Master Varii is a Leather Woman, a Healthcare Professional, and a Community Leader. She has lived a 24/7 authority transfer dynamic for over 35 years. Though she enjoys many different forms of play, what touches her heart and feeds her soul is the power exchange itself, and she identifies most closely with the M/s style dynamic.

Within the Kink Community, Master Varii has worn, and continues to wear, many hats. She regularly teaches at dungeons and regional events, serves the kink community on several boards, serves Southeast LeatherFest, is a mentor, Head of her Leather House (House of Valor), co-leads Charlotte Peer Group, as well as Open Door (an all inclusive, intentionally diversified, educational group for those interested in Female Lead Dynamics).

Fetlife: Master_Varii

 

MrDarkMr. Dark

Presenting: "Putting the "Lead" in Leadership: Standing out in your Community" and "Hot for Teacher!: A Guide to Teaching"

Mr. Dark is a sex-positive educator and speaker with roots in BDSM for thirty years. In 2013, he founded BDSM Educational Center offering monthly classes, a peer-to-peer mentor program, and other BDSM/Kink resources. Mr. Dark began his Leather journey in 2014, becoming first runner-up in the Mr. Southwest Olympus Leather contest. He has presented for popular conferences such as Sin in the City, Rocky Mountain Rebellion and educational groups like Desert Dominion.

Mr. Dark also dedicates time to his community through memberships in the NCSF and Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas. He served Battle Born Leather Club as Vice President for 2017 and President for 2018. He's an aggressive, outspoken advocate for equal rights and activist against consent violations and domestic violence. In 2019, Mr. Dark will serve as host for his upcoming podcast, The Dark Hour.

Fetlife: MrDark
Twitter: @bdsmedu
Website: http://www.bdsmeducenter.org 

 

Dominion ONYXDominion Onyx

Presenting: "The (Decidedly Unsexy) Art and Science of Kink & Fetish Leadership" and "Six Simple Rules for Planning Your Next Event"

Dominion ONYX is a Leatherman, program manager, and a Sadist. He is a past President and co-founder of ONYX Mid-Atlantic. Dominion has written about and taught classes on Sex Positivity and Diversity in the Leather Community, Spanking, Flogging, Nipple Play, Electro-Play, Torture, Humiliation, Sadism, and Assplay. Dominion spearheads ONYX’s partnership with Widener University’s PhD Human Sexuality Program, exposing future clinicians and educators to the Leather community. He flags Black, Red, Pink, Fuchsia, and Yellow, among others, all on the left side.

Dominion co-hosts The BGKH Show with Dominion & Epic every Wednesday on voxwav.com. He authors Dominion's Opinions on domonyx.com, and Alex and Alonzo: A Love Story, the erotic/romantic/pornographic adventures of two men who meet one night on the train to work, available on Amazon.

Fetlife: DominionOnyx
Twitter: @domonyx
Instagram: @domonyx
Website: http://www.domonyx.com/

 

justrobJustRob

Presenting: "Technology Usage in Event Production" and "Leading by Example or Behavior Modeling in Leadership"

JustRob (He/Him/His pronouns) has been involved in the public community in Jacksonville, FL since 2008. He identifies primarily as a Top and a Leatherman, but on occasion takes on the roles of Sadist, Dominant, Leader, Mentor, and Teacher. He leads the committee that runs the local group Alternative Lifestyles Enthusiasts (A.L.E.), he “organizes” the weekly Taco Tuesdays event, and is a historian for The Leather Quilt Project. He is especially passionate about and active in the local polyamory group. His areas of experience are primarily in; impact play (everything from fists and palms to whips and everything in between), electricity (specifically the violet wand) and medical play (focused on play piercing and staples), in general, he is a reaction junkie who craves blood and other bodily fluids. Overall however his passion is helping people find their way in this lifestyle and helping those who have already found it to navigate it safely and grow personally.

Fetlife: JustRob

 

TaraTara

Presenting: "The Concise Guide to Vendor Market Management"

Tara has been involved in the Leather Community since 1999, when she was collared by KJ in April that year. Two months later, she attended her first leather event (Leather Pride Night) in New York City & the next morning, Folsom Street East. She never looked back & has been involved with the Leather Community ever since.

She has organized many corporate events in her vanilla career as an executive assistant & office manager, & she has hosted BDSM events such as the Southern D/s-comfort in Nashville, TN, VP St. Paddles Day in New York City & several LIFE (Long Island Fetish Event) Parties in New York. Also, since 2002, she has been co-owner & vendor of KJCanes.com, so she has insight as an event organizer, vendor coordinator as well as a vendor.

Fetlife: KJs_girl
Twitter: @KJCanes
Instagram: @KJCanes
Website: https://kjcanes.com

 

Jenni JewellMaster Aaron & slave jennie

Presenting: "Unconscious Bias"

Master Aaron and slave jennie have been together as Master and slave for over 13 years, they have been directing the Jacksonville MAsT chapter for almost 5 years, as well as running a local monthly BDSM group/play party focused on bringing the community together as a whole. Their local community is very unique as it is home to one of the largest Military bases on the east coast. This means that it is very transient, and most people do not live in the area for more than 2-3 years. Master Aaron and slave jennie have the unique challenge of keeping their MAsT chapter and BDSM event going without the benefit of a strong permanent base due to the transient nature of where they live.

Fetlife: NCtygersgrl & NCTyger

 

 

AmiaDaddy Michael & amaia

Presenting: "Overcoming Negativity in Your Groups" and "Goal Setting: Creating a Plan"

Daddy Michael is honored to be able to travel and give classes on topics that are his passion. He has been a judge for the International Power Exchange competition at Beyond Leather 6 and is the producer and owner of the Florida Power Exchange. Amaia has been a tally score keeper for the International Power Exchange at Beyond Leather 6 and is a co-producer and co-owner of the Florida Power Exchange competition. The couple has presented at group meetings throughout the state of Florida and fetish conventions nationally. Their passions are giving classes on tools to help our community be strong and healthy in their dynamics. They are also devoted to living and educating the D/lg modality.

Fetlife: TheDaddyMichael & amaia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amaia.little

 

Mercury

Presenting: "Moving Away from the Gatekeeper Mentality" and "The Community Center Model...What's That?"

Mercury (he/him/his) happily serves Nashville as the Executive Director of CPI and Managing Director of The Mark (its non-profit, kink/sex/body/gender/relationship-positive community center); serves the extended alt sex community as a co-founder of Sex Positive Nashville, Nashville Sex Ed, Nashville Hot Leather, Many Loves, and Nashville Authority Exchange, and the Tennessee Alliance for Sexual Health; as a Director Emeritus for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom; and as an invited national speaker, facilitating thinking conversations on BDSM, fetish, ethical non-monogamy, and the foundational concept of consent.

Fetlife: Mercury
Twitter: @themarkbycpi
Instagram: @themarkbycpi
Website: http://www.TheMarkByCPI.org

 

Alex (She/her/hers)

Presenting: "Training Volunteers to Embody Your Organization's Values" and "Instilling Your Volunteer Force with Cultural Humility"

Alex is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) academic glutton, and Co-Chair of the Education Committee at Nashville's Sex Positive Community Center -- The Mark. She serves survivors of sexual assault as a clinical therapist and helps students develop non-profit program design skills as an adjunct instructor at a Tennessee university.  Her advocacy efforts include promoting client-centered program design, facilitating sex-positive thinking in the sexual assault prevention field, and increasing access to effective mental health services for people of marginalized sexual, gender, and romantic identities.

Fetlife: SmartySkirt

 

SteeleToeSteeleToe Onyx

Presenting: "Leadership Identification and Development"

SteeleToe Onyx has almost 20 years of non-profit management experience in fundraising, board development, succession planning, organizational development and learning and development. He is a certified Leadership Development Coach who specializes in coaching Pastors of traditionally Black churches.

SteeleToe is a bootblack, and a Sir to his boy. He currently serves as Vice President and Membership Chair of ONYX NY/Northeast, and enjoys opportunities to support charities that support leather POC through bootblacking and volunteering.

Fetlife: SteeleToe
Twitter: @OnyxToe
Instagram: @steeletoe_the_bootblack

 

Sir TopSir Top and slave bonnie

Presenting: "Navigating the Demands of Leadership" and "Event Organization and Management"

Sir Top is a covered leather Master that began his journey in 2000. He has a collared slave Bonnie and together they have produced Beyond Leather for the last 12 years. Both have extensive knowledge of event coordination, what works and what doesn’t. Together they have organized many local events and operate a one of a kind transgender surgical recovery center in their retirement. They also have recently opened the doors to their newest project for our community, a dungeon bed and breakfast, Surrender Manor. Business organization, management, and creating and uplifting future leaders would be considered a specialty for this couple.

Fetlife: SirTop
Website: http://beyondleather.net/

 

 

 

 

Jackie HarrisInvictuzBebe & Invictuz (Zach)

Presenting: "Consent Incidents, Reporting, and Response"

‘Community Service Slut’ Badge Earned! For over 10 years, Bebe has been an overly active member of her local community, founding the StL PolyHarmonic Group for persons practicing Consensual Non-Monogamy. Bebe is currently serving her 4th year on the Board of NCSF as Coalition Partner Liason & CP Rep for StL3 (St Louis Leather & Lace). She’s served in many different positions with StL3; from Chairperson & Exec Board Member to Vendor Coordinator 7 yrs running. She’s also a mother of a TNG Kinkster, a trained Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate, an IT Professional & kinky sex business owner!

Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others. Zach became interested in consent as a topic more than five years ago as a personal research project. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston to be of even more benefit to his community. Zach lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston,Texas where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, gaming, hockey, cooking and being owned and loved by rescue dogs including a spoiled rotten boxer named Jadzia.

Fetlife: BebeBlueEyes & Invictuz
Twitter: @BebeStL & @black_sexgeek
Website: http://ncsfreedom.org/

 

Plaine JanePlaineJane

Presenting: "THRIVE: Cultivating Leadership & Intersectionality in Your Community" and "ELEVATE: Building Your Brand in the Community"

PlaineJane has been active in the Atlanta BDSM community for more than ten years. She is the Director of MAsT: Marietta Women and Founder and Director of FLAIR. As an enthusiastic Event Coordinator & Educator, Jane is a strong advocate for promoting and producing educational events for and within the BDSM and Leather communities. Her area of interest and experience includes service, event coordination & management, volunteer coordination, leadership inspiration, contracts, impact play, dragon's tails, high protocol, power exchange from both sides of the slash, humiliation & degradation, chemical play, genitorture and of course Male on Male Action...to name a few.

Fetlife: PlaineJane

 

IgnixiaIgnixia

Presenting: "Social Media and Online Oopsies for Conventions"

Ignixia is an internationally renowned professional kink educator. While leatherwork has provided a means to live, education and outreach fuel her passion for life. When not traveling to teach at kink conventions, she volunteers 2 days per week at the Woodshed Orlando as a DM and educator. Locally she has also been a founding member and Co-Chair of NLA-Orlando, Co-Founder of WiLO (Women in Leather Orlando), Co-Creator of CFL Littles, and supporter of WinK (Women in Kink), Dominant’s Roundtable, and multiple under 35 groups. Yearly she donates products to multiple events’ charity funds and recently created the Kinky Coexist design reminding us to always work together.

Fetlife: Ignixia
Twitter: @Ignixia
Instagram: @ignixia.roberts
Patreon: Ignixia (Roberts)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ignixia.roberts
Website: http://ignixia.weebly.com

 

DD

Presenting: "Build Up by Passing Down" and "Making Decisions That Might Not Be Popular" 

When D first came in the scene it felt like D had found his home and family. Since then he has been passionate about helping others do the same. D enjoys growing organizations and helping people find a place within the community. He is a member of The House Of Valor and the Contributorship Director for CAPEX.

Fetlife: _D_ 

 

 

 

  

MikiMiki Rei

Presenting: "Leading From The Front: Translating Leadership Tools & Techniques For Our Communities" and "Codifying Diversity & Inclusion: Growing Our Communities Through Invitation or Demand"

Miki Rei is a trans woman living in and serving the Greater Tampa Bay Florida Community. Her leadership experience derives from 18 years as a combat veteran, a communications/branding educator at both Georgetown and American Universities, and over 2 decades as an Executive Public Policy/Media Communications Consultant working on the Hill in Washington DC. She currently co-produces the monthly devour. event in Tampa, and has presented at The Beacon, Living in Leather, Florida Power Exchange, and Beyond Leather.

Fetlife: Miki_Rei
Facebook: http://usagiforge.bdsmpath.org
Website: https://www.facebook.com/miki.bell.5

 

Nwachi 1Nwachi the Demon

Presenting: "Building Diversity in your Leather Community through Intentional Observation"

Dr. Nwachi Tafari (or Dr. T), a native New Yorker, has been a developmental educator for over 20 years and now is an adjunct professor of diversity, the humanities, and college success for ECPI University. He holds an Ed.D. in higher education and a Ph.D. in the human sciences with a specialization in creativity studies, with a research focus on the spiritual nature found in BDSM.
He holds a certification in life coaching and is a licensed New Life Story coach. Additionally, he is currently working on a certification in sexology and life coaching.

All of Dr. Tafari’s research and published work focuses on human adult development and using creativity and the arts in adult healing, learning, and cognition. Most of all, his greatest accomplishment is sharing the responsibility of rearing two daughters, De and Niani.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nwachi.tafari
Twitter: @DrTLifeSexCoach
Instagram: @nwachitafari

 

JadeJade Savage (Mistress Savage)

Presenting: "So, you want to start your own group?"

Mistress Savage has been in the lifestyle for over 10 years, and her journey began in Hamburg Germany. While on vacation there, she was exposed to BDSM in a variety of ways for the first time and realized her new passion was born. After her taste in Germany, she spent the next decade in Los Angeles honing her skills as well as traveling to experience the lifestyle in different areas including Miami,, San Francisco, and New York, to name a few.

Mistress Savage enjoys many things in the lifestyle, including but not limited to, CBT, rope/any restraints, corporal punishment in any form, sensory deprivation, power exchanges, hypnosis, interrogation, pet play, edging, breath control, whips and more. She is also attracted to the mental/psychological aspects of the D/s dynamic and loves to both learn and teach many topics within the BDSM realm.

Mistress Savage moved to the Charlotte, NC area at the end of 2014 and began to explore the BDSM scene in this area. In that time, she is founding a member of DoC (Dominae of the Carolina's) and current education director for CAPEX. She is joined in her D/s life with her primary submissive, Robert, with whom she has had an FLR for the past 6 years.

Fetlife: Savage-_-

 

Lady KitaLady Kita

Presenting: "Kinky Hustle" and "Oh the places you’ll go: Finding your community"

Kita currently holds a seat on the board of Whippersnappers, the local Atlanta TNG. Kita’s work with Whippersnappers has been focused primarily on diversifying and strengthening the youth of the community in their journey. Where she works to help create a place where the next generation will not feel discriminated against and have a welcoming community to call their own. It is Kita’s belief that the Leather and Kink communities’ openness and nondiscriminatory ideologies are the most positive and greatest attributes of the Communities. While the Community as a whole upholds this ideology, she feels it is also the responsibility of the individuals of the community to practice and share that acceptance of all people.

Fetlife: LadyKita
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013271233173

 

MufasaMufasa

Presenting: "Diversifying Your Brand" and "Walking Through the Leather "ISMS"!"

Mufasa Ali has been a dedicated member of the leather community for more than 25 years! He is the founder of the Men of ONYX, ONYX National Council Chairman, Patriarch of Mufasa's Pride, Leather History Preservation Foundation founding Board Member, Mr World Leather 2006/2007 and the ONYX Leatherman 1997. Mufasa has received many awards including the Pantheon of Leather Marcus Hernandez Life Achievement Award, the Chuck Windemuth Mentorship Award at Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend, the Vi Johnson Community Leadership Award and the BlackBeat Leadership Award. He is the founder of the People of Color Caucus at IML & BlackBeat, the Leatherman and LeatherWoman of Color titles and a nationally known leather community speaker and educator/presenter on such topics as People of Color in Leather, Impact play, Leather Family, Leather Protocol, Spirituality & BDSM, Community Leadership and Diversity. Mufasa is a Husband, Daddy, Dad, Papa, Sir, Son and Brother to his leather family and honors them as his village of support.

Fetlife: BlkLion
Twitter: @MufasaAli
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013477036636

 

SirLukevictorSir Luke & His victor

Presenting: "Navigating Allyship"

Sir Luke and his victor enact their Master/slave dynamic with a consensual nonconsent structure. They have discovered divine purpose in their exploration of leathersex, sacred S&M, and elevated service. When victor’s petition reached Sir Luke's hands in 2013, they took a leap of faith together, overcoming fear and shame, and have built the most intense, passionate expression of love and authenticity they've known ever since. Their blood is shared on the collar victor now wears permanently.

They have presented internationally on eroticism in leathercare, deepening devotion and surrender, and the healing aspects of structured lifestyles. As a second generation Leatherman, Sir Luke has a strong connection to Leather history and strives to carry his uncle's legacy by building a brighter future for the queer Leather community. slave victor is a devoted slave who speaks against the stigmas surrounding mental health, expression of gender, and fragility in slavery.

Sir Luke and his victor are the Southeast Master/slave 2019 and Florida Power Exchange 2016/2017. Sir Luke currently serves on the board for the Leather Leadership Conference. When they're not doing work in the community, they enjoy their home sanctuary, where victor can sit at Sir Luke's feet in their dungeon and they can simply exist as Master and slave.

Fetlife: MisterBBWolf & _victor
Twitter: @SirLuke_victor
Instagram: @SirLuke_victor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirLukeandHisvictor/

 

slave saratexassara

Presenting: "Inclusion ≠ Diversity ≠ Representation" and "Ethos, Words, & Actions" 

texassara, pronouns she/her, identifies as a queer, pan, polyamorous bottom-leaning Switch with a passion for service, making spreadsheets, and creating opportunities for people to connect, learn, share, and grow together. She enjoys a wonderful relationship with her Daddy, her wifey, and her poly family.

Sara has been active in the DFW BDSM Community for 8+ years. She hosts and volunteers regularly, produces and organizes both educational and play based opportunities for the DFW area, is a Mentor for the Dallas submissive Mentor’s Program, a former leader of DFW Bound & DFW BDSM 101, a current coleader of subHaven, and is one of the founding organizers of Bondage Expo Dallas.

Fetlife: texassara
Twitter: @chewysara
Instagram: @chewysara
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarawilliamsonTX

 

MichelleMs. Michelle

Presenting: "Are you a Lilith or an Eve? A sana or a Marjorie?"

Ms. Michelle is a classically trained Master. She has been in the lifestyle for over 10 years but, believes she’s been kinky her whole life. Ms. Michelle is a graduate of the master’s program at MTTA (Master Taino’s Training Academy, 2015) and founder of Solas House, a high protocol house of training and pleasure. She is the Master of her house, Phoenix House, a place to get rejuvenated so you can be born again. She is an original member of 757Spectrum. She co-hosts Orlando Leather and Kink Social and has been a member of Amatorius, Virginia Ladies Tea and Admiration Society, MAsT Richmond, and MAsT Hampton Roads. Ms. Michelle is a founding member of Onyx Pearls Deep South and currently holds the positions of Vice-President and Treasurer. Ms. Michelle represents her chapter on the Onyx Pearls National Council. As a feminist, Ms. Michelle is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2, She wants people to know that you can still be kinky, be all the things, and still raise healthy aware humans while living your best life. She is a cancer survivor that believes in early detection. As Ms. is known to say, “Thats’s Ms. Michelle with 2 L’s because there is a lot of hell in Ms. Michelle.

 

Domina SilverBaroness Domina Silver

Presenting: "Love Serving Love: Leadership Love Language"

Baroness Domina Silver, First of Her name, Matriarch of ChateauX Silver, Ruler of s.o.B. (sluts of Baroness), m.o.B (men of Baroness), and Protector of 757Spectrum and P.O.C. safer spaces. Baroness by definition is a woman of rank and privilege in “HER” own right. Baroness Domina Silver-Connecticut Belle direct descendant, Heiress apparent of Ms. “Fashion Two Twenty” & West Side wild card “Dr. C”. FemDom forged in the forbidden, versed in the artistry of Feminine Superiority. I am that B.I.T.C.H. (Beautiful Intelligent Talented Consuming Habit) that was born to be served.” Baroness Domina Silver is a Professional Lifestyle Dominant 24/7 FemDom household currently residing in South Florida, has been fortunate to live her dreams out loud since 1988. Living her “Blessed life”, being the change, she wants to see #ServantLeader in 2018 still occupying spaces as the “first Female ever” leading discussions. Baroness Domina Silver is currently the only Onyx Pearl to have founded two chapters; a founding member of Mid-Atlantic Onyx Pearls and currently a founding member of Onyx Pearls Deep South, and a member of Onyx Pearls International founded 2018. Baroness Domina Silver is a founding board member of Leather History Preservation Foundation. Baroness Domina Silver’s #bootsonthegroundfortheblackandbrown volunteers at various community events from the Mid-Atlantic to the Deep South. I have been able to occupy many spaces first simply because I was born a female who is privileged to be African American. There are many people who are misinformed due to the privilege and perceived threat level, who look in my direction and think there is nothing to fear, making such statements as: “Silver I do not see color”. To those who make such ignorant statements I cannot, will not apologize for your choice. My black is beautiful, and you shall see ME. It is 2019 and unfortunately, there are still many firsts due to women of color in this community; I am ready to occupy some of those spaces in order to be the change I want to see. I enjoy holding the door open for persons who look like me, it is my passion and purpose. My name is Baroness Domina Silver my pronouns are She, Her, WE, Silver, US.

#KINKYBLACKLIVESMATTER #WAKANDAFOREVERINLEATHER

 

KaddanJune2018HiResMaster Kaddan

Presenting: "Concept of Consent"

Starting my journey over 30 years ago, I spent seven years training from the bottom up. I hold a Professional Human Services Degree and worked in the federal facilities with clients who had mental health and drug issues. Now that I am retired from that aspect of my life, I am able to focus on the M/s community and volunteering. I am currently a president of the ONYX Pearls NY/NE and the former treasurer to MAsT Manhattan.

 

Kinky Trivia LogoIllyria

Presenting: "Kinky Trivia"

The goal of kinky trivia is to bring the kink community together in a fun, silly, and educational forum. We are also raising money in order to sponsor kinksters in the community to go to educational kink events that they may not otherwise be able to attend. (100% of the profits from the online game goes to this goal). Currently we are hosting monthly trivia games with focused sexual education, BDSM language, consent, education, and some geeky fun to educate as well as bring a sense of community. Being in the south this is a constant uphill struggle... since our sexual education program is abstinence only and fear based. It is our opinion that the more comfortable we become with talking about sex, sexuality, enthusiastic consent, and healthy relationships the more we will actually talk about it. Removing the taboo from the subject is the 1st step in seeing real change.

 

ZBudd 1Zach Budd

Presenting: "The Pillars Upon Which to Build a Consent Culture"

Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been actively polyamorous for more than ten years. Zach became interested in consent as a topic as a personal research project. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work to be of even more benefit to his community. Zach’s personal research interests include; intimate partner violence involving male victims, consent, consent education, consent culture building, alternative relationship styles and their history, consent and pleasure based sexual education, consensual sex work and advocacy, as well as restorative and transformative justice. 

Zach has served on polyamory and kink discussion panels and consent summits, conducted workshops, and recorded podcast episodes on the subjects of polyamory, consent, diversity, self care and kink. He has been a speaker at multiple conferences and summits nationwide.  He is also the Gulf Coast Area advocate for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom  and a member of the Board of Directors for Loving More, the oldest polyamory non-profit in the U.S. (www.lovemore.com).  Zach’s website is https://www.consentwarrior.com/

Zach lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston, Texas where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, audiobooks, listening to podcasts, gaming, hockey, cooking, bourbon, cigars and being owned and loved by rescue dogs including a spoiled rotten boxer named Jadzia.