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#LLC2022 PRESENTERS & CLASSES

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To see the weekend's activities, go to Schedule of Events 2022 

 

Aaron has been active in various kink and poly groups since falling in with a bad crowd in college.  He has served in various organizational and leadership positions in the community, including a six year stint on the board for Whippersnappers, Atlanta's TNG group, and most recently for BUM, Atlanta's s-type munch.  He is told his non-kink interests are boring, but will gladly talk philosophy with you if you disagree.

Aaron

Kink and the Law

Just as everyone should have a physical risk-profile and an emotional risk-profile, an active kinkster ought to have a legal risk-profile. This class will provide an overview of some of the major places where your kinky activities may intersect with the law. Topics covered will include criminal law, civil litigation, employment law, and family law. By the end of class, participants will have a better sense of what legal risks they are taking by engaging in kink, and be able to better evaluate and develop their own legal risk-profile.

You'll know it when you see it: Obscenity Law and You

Posting pictures of play and its aftereffects has become commonplace. Yet, obscenity laws remain on the books across the country. What risks are you taking when you post adult content online? This class will help you evaluate that.

Adaya Adler (she/her) has been involved in the Chicago kink scene since 2008.  She identifies as a switch.  Always concerned about issues of social justice, she founded and ran The Chicago Feminist Reniassance for two years, taking a deep look at the intersection of kink and feminism.  Now it is her mission to take mainstream toxic relationship recovery sources and help make them more accessible to people who identify as kinky, sex worker, polyamorous, and/or swinger and less ableist both individually and as a community.  She is the founder of The PITT (peers improving after toxicity together), an online community that can be found on Fetlife and Facebook. 

Adaya Adler

Abuse Proof Your Community

The idea that we can somehow tell who is abusive and who isn’t generally works in the favor of serial abusers who find safe social positions from which to abuse others. From these protected positions, like club owner, munch host, or pillar of the community, abusers can cause toxicity to flourish in communities for decades. They can be incredibly difficult to detect because they know how to wait and show their abusive sides to people that are vulnerable, whether that’s someone new to the community, isolated, or have few social connections. And this can be even more complicated in kink communities where power exchange and actions that may look to some like physical or verbal abuse are not only normal, but most of us find essential to having a good time. In this presentation, we will discuss how new research has created profiles of serial abusers which can be used to spot them. We’ll also go over bystander intervention, a technique that has been proven effective against many forms of interpersonal incivility, from street harassment to campus rape. And all this within the context of protecting kink play and kink spaces from interruption and censure.


Calling Out vs. Calling In - Differences, Responsibilities, and When and How to Use Each

In our social media obsessed society, the “call out” (when someone points out that what someone else said is abusive or wrong) has been a tool not only of limiting bad behavior, but also of defining community values. However, the call out has many limitations, and has been used to silence many people who haven’t done anything wrong. Newer to the scene is the “call in” where some member or ally of the wronged party takes on the work of explaining why what the offender said was wrong and helping them to make corrections and regain their membership in the community. But this method also has limitations, isn’t appropriate to all situations, and can be used to silence the people that take on the work. So let’s talk about the benefits and drawbacks of both methods, and go over which method might work better in certain situations.

Pup Aechus - Host of The Dog Dish, a paw'd-cast about puppy play and the humans behind the hoods, Pup Aechus loves building community by sharing ideas. He's presented at West Coast Jungle Gym, Shenanigans, Florida Power Exchange, SECC, and elsewhere. He holds the 2018 IPTC Best in Show and the 2019 FLFP Critter titles.

Pup Aechus

Hosting UnConferences: Building Resilient, Responsive Events

Plans change. Last-minute cancellations happen. Politics and social movements shift the public discourse after a single unforeseen event. With so much uncertainty and upheaval, how can we possibly plan conference classes months in advance? What we think will be relevant as we schedule presenters might be completely out the window by the time our event weekend arrives. This class presents the unconference as an alternative approach to event planning and class scheduling. Following its successful use in academia and ed-tech, Pup Aechus shares the benefits and philosophy of an unconference before demonstrating the organization of one with the help of active participation of those attending this session. Learn how flexibility can simplify your planning and engage your audience. We'll discuss the needs, affordances, and potential pitfalls of this approach so you can decide whether it meets the needs of your event and how to accommodate event/venue size requirements.

 

Anandalila (or 'Lila for short) is a queer, witchy switch in the BDSM community. A Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and Certified Body Trust Provider, she is dedicated to creating sensual experiences incorporating mindfulness, movement, and breath awareness for people of all genders, shapes, sizes, and abilities in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. 'Lila is grateful to have presented at various events including Frolicon, Sex Down South, Kinky Kollege, and SE LeatherFest, as well as 1763. When she is not on the mat, ‘Lila enjoys making art, bird watching, and, of course, chocolate. Find out more at www.anandalila.com

Anandalila

Trauma Informed Leadership

Trauma is present in all of our lives, whether we realize it or not. A Trauma Informed leader is able to extend empathy and compassion to their members, creating a community that is robust and resilient. This class will cover topics including types of trauma, understanding trauma responses, and creating safer spaces for everyone.


Trust Your Gut: effective leadership from the inside out

As community leaders we are often required to make decisions - sometimes this is easy, other times not so much. This class will explore holistic strategies for decision making from a place of calm abiding, in order to reduce stress and build resilience.


 

Master Angel - I began my journey in the BDSM lifestyle in July 2007 in service to the late Sir_Wayne. He showed me how to submit without being submissive, how to be a slave without harsh slavery, how to explore without fear of exploration, and how to be a Dominant without being domineering. After his passing, I became the Head of House of Reaper. My family has expanded greatly, and it is a family of very diverse individuals of all talents and skill levels. April 2021, I became a covered Master. I reside in Summerfield, NC with my slave, her_leo. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Dominae of the Carolinas and as Chairwoman for the newly formed Leather Family Foundation.

Master Angel

House of Reaper's Hierarchy of Values

Taking a twist of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, this class aims to cover the Hierarchy of Values (respect, trust, honor, obey, and love) that House of Reaper and its individuals apply to themselves, others, and the communities we serve.


Anna Baxter, LPC is a sex-positive counselor at Love Positive Counseling in Roswell, GA. They are passionate about providing a safe space for clients to find internal and external peace by living and loving more authentically. They particularly love working with transgender and gender expansive people and people in alternative (polyamorous/kinky) relationships as they shed cultural expectations around gender and sexuality.

Anna Baxter

Transgender 101 for Allies and Play Partners

Many transgender and gender nonconforming people experience body dysphoria focused on their genitalia. As a sexual or play partner of a transgender person, you have a unique opportunity to affirm their identity. With the right attitude, language, and relationship, you can help a transgender person feel more comfortable with their body and more confident in their true gender. We will also discuss language and advice for leaders desiring to be allies to transgender people in their communities.


Ms. Noël has been training large animals, hitting people with whips, and practicing formal dining etiquette for nearly all of her life. In her first consensually polyamorous relationship at age 17, she quickly embraced the concept of ‘love without limits.’  Raised by the Last Great Southern Belle, she learned tea service at age 7 and large animal training from the time she could walk. Unsurprisingly, most of those skills translated easily to humans on her introduction to the BDSM world at age 19. Ms. Noël is a certified Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Training facilitator for adults, and spent 4 years as a Board Member for the first organization to welcome her into the Atlanta BDSM community, Whippersnappers Atlanta. She was also Ms. Southeast Olympus Leather 2011, a Southeast Regional Operating Committee member for LLCXVI in 2012,  and co-founded the Atlanta Primals meet-up with her late husband, Primal Rush. Ms. Noël holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Divinity, and in her copious spare time is a chaplain intern who rides motorcycles and attempts to keep up with her children- usually with limited success.

Ms. Noël

Trauma and Triggers

What things should you be aware of when playing with someone who has trauma in their background? Are there special things to consider during negotiations? What does being triggered really mean? (Hint: most people on the internet use it to mean something that makes them uncomfortable. That’s not being triggered.) What are ways to handle the situation if the person you’re playing with becomes triggered during a session? Anna Baxter, LPC and Ms. Noel answer these questions and other sensitive topics surrounding Triggers and Trauma within the BDSM lifestyle. This panel presentation includes perspectives from the Top, bottom, and switch perspectives, and includes a discussion on combat-based, civilian, and complex PTSD from survivors of all of the above.


BebeBlueEyes - Service & Advocacy are Bebe's jam! Currently serving her sixth year on the Board of Directors of NCSF, Humble recipient of LLC's Service Leadership award 2020, Community Support Lead for Master/slave Con 2021, power Consent Advocate, master event tabler for NCSF at events across the country, ICASA Certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, and mother to a TNG Kinkster.  Bebe finds joy in service (of course!), sharing knowledge, empowerment and personal responsibility.

Bebe BlueEyes

Building Your Consent Policy

Your group is up & running and you’re ready for parties & events to return to full swing! With our environments ever changing today, when was the last time you reviewed your Consent Policy? Does your group even have a defined consent policy?? We'll look at how to best construct a Consent Policy that works for your group & the community you serve, so that everyone understands and lives safely within the boundaries you establish.


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Invictuz - For the past 10 years, Invictuz has served on polyamory & kink discussion panels, conducted workshops, and recorded podcast episodes on the subjects of polyamory, consent, and kink. He is the Gulf Coast Advocate for NCSF and a proud member of the Board of Directors for Loving More. He graduated in Dec 2021 with a Master's of Social Work degree from University of Houston to be of even more benefit to our communities.

Invictuz

The Changing Definition of Consent - Affecting Change in Our Communities

The legal framework for consent is changing! The Updated Model Penal Code gives a new guideline for the Legal Definition of Consent, which will have lasting impact on our communities. What does this mean for the future of Consent in Kink? How do we prepare for these changes to reach our communities, and our legislature? This new language for the Definition of Consent, especially where related to kink, is one of the most positive changes we have seen for our community in nearly a decade & we need to be ready!


BigRedCropSir Big Red is an equal opportunity Gender-Queer, Woman of Color, Queer Mother, sensual and sadistic Femme Daddy, who is a performance and Erotic Spoken Word Artist celebrated for her ability to “wear many different shoes.” In one pair of those shoes she is dedicated to facilitating personal and communal connection and healing, and in another equally empowering and self-embracing pair of red stilettos she works on various ways to encourage, support, and evoke opportunities to accept and create language, experiences, and culture that is raw, creative, authentic, sensual, deeply intense, and intent on empowering, healing, and transforming self, relationships, and communities!  With a proven and long-standing commitment to education and training, one of her current passions is creating new community connections while presenting and educating at various Community Professional, and Lifestyle events.

Sir Big Red

Community Resiliency Building: Coming Together When Things Fall Apart 

Do you ever wonder how to break unhealthy cycles that continue to hurt individuals and communities at large? Would you like to be able to employ some skills when, not if, there is a rift in your community or organization? Want to know what to do when you’re a bystander to “inappropriate” or harmful behaviors in your community or organization? Come to this pragmatic workshop ready to address these, and other essential topics related to resetting, restoring, and rebuilding a more accountable and resilient community.


The Whole World is Waiting and Watching: Intersectional and Culturally Responsible Leadership and Organizing

In this interactive workshop discover ways to engage courage in the face of discomfort, peace and collective healing when barriers are present, and strength and resilience when adversity is both a long-time and duplicitous acquaintance.


Bobbie

Bobbie - I have been on my transgender journey for many years. Many considered me as a sissy but I always sought to be a female. I started with a slow transition using off-shore services eventually moving to a local medical practitioner supporting the lifestyle. I researched transition surgery as my ultimate goal. I finally completed the major milestone with transition surgery in June, 2020.  I started my Leather journey in 2016 volunteering at many community events.  I served as a Board of Director for CAPEX (Charlotte Area Power Exchange) from 2019 to 2021.  I served as a volunteer for the last in person LLC (Leather Leadership Conference).

Bobbie

Leather, Lace & Gender

A Transgender perspective of Gender in Leather

Dr. Brad Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University and the head of the Science of BDSM Research Team (www.scienceofbdsm.com). Brad studies social influence, resistance to persuasion, deception, jealousy, infidelity, human sexuality, and statistics. Brad has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, has given radio, television, and podcast interviews, has consulted for radio and television programs, and has delivered invited lectures to academic and non-academic organizations. His research has been cited in newspapers and magazines, including The Economist and New Scientist. He holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Brad Sagarin

The Science of BDSM

Scientists have begun to place BDSM under the microscope, producing theories that range from the insightful to the ridiculous. "The Science of BDSM" will explore the history of scientific research on BDSM, from early attempts by psychiatrists to pathologize sadism and masochism, to recent work by social scientists to understand the demographics of BDSM practitioners, the categories of BDSM activities, the hormonal effects of topping and bottoming, and the altered states of consciousness that BDSM activities sometimes produce.

Lifecycle of a Research Project

In other workshops, we focus on the breadth of research on BDSM, trying to cram as many different studies into 90 minutes as we can. For this workshop, we're trying something different. We're going to follow the lifecycle of a single research project from beginning to end, from inception to publication. We'll cover a range of research-related topics including the philosophy of science (why exactly does correlation not imply causation?), psychometrics (what pitfalls should you avoid when writing survey questions?), data analysis (what the heck do those statistics actually mean?), and the publication process. Our goal is to give you the tools to read and understand academic journal articles, to design effective questionnaires for your organization, and to begin the process of conducting your own research studies.

Devyn Stone is a self-awareness and BDSM educator, author, and alternative lifestyles coach. He believes in diversity not division, and actualizes that idea by promoting strongly affirming spaces and interactions. Devyn has a passion for giving and receiving education. He is the Founder of Pragmatically Kinking and Executive Producer for the THRIVE conference. Devyn’s been actively practicing authority transfer dynamics since 2004. Today he lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his property, Guan-Xuan, who is unquestionably devoted to his will. Devyn is an extrovert, a Sons of Anarchy fan, and a foodie. Learn more at DevynStone.com!

Devyn Stone - Keynote Speaker

Passing Wisdom On: A BDSM Educator Primer

By and large, education in the kink/BDSM community is unregulated. While there is no degree or certification to receive, let alone reliable resources for those who want to get started, the process of becoming an educator isn’t as daunting as it first appears. In this class, join Devyn Stone as he provides a fast-paced primer through the basics of becoming a “kink educator.” With over ten years of personal experience in formal and informal contexts, Devyn coaches attendees through negotiating as an educator, setting boundaries, scheduling, booking, marketing -- and, most importantly, developing your class and materials! Seasoned educators as well as the curious are encouraged to attend. This is one class you don’t want to miss!


Your Words Matter: Conscious Language

They say actions speak louder than words, and the adage isn’t any less true within the kink and BDSM community. Oftentimes, however, the language we draft has an opportunity to act and create impressions before we have a chance to speak. Whether you’re drafting policies, designing signs for your dungeon, or creating invitations to your event, you will want to make everyone feel included. In “Conscious Language,” Devyn Stone fosters discussion with participants on how to consciously craft language and persona in media and presentation in order to evoke the values and principles of individuals, organizations, and event spaces. Please note: there will be examples of language that may be harmful to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Neurodiverse, and disabled folx in order to demonstrate to attendees what is and isn’t conscious language.

Ignixia is an internationally renowned professional kink educator and leather-woman. Over the past 5 years she’s shared that passion by teaching at over 50 major kink conferences. 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 a supporter of WinK (Women in Kink), Dominant’s Roundtable, and multiple under 35 groups. She is the creator of over 100 kink/fetish based designs featured on various merchandise including #KinkyCoexist and dozens of “Pride” Facebook profile frames used by thousands around the world. Her latest endeavor has been the creation and management of Kink Positive, a project designed to promote kink and sex positive thinking through education by joining efforts with other educators, vendors, and events to maximize reach.

Ignixia

Accessibility in Kink Spaces

Whether you own a dungeon, a convention, or some other kink/BDSM space, providing an accessible space that can accommodate your supporters is vital to not only complying with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) but also showing those supporters that you care about them in return. We'll cover things like the basics of making sure the space is wheelchair accessible to things you may not have considered like how your A/V effects affect your attendees. Make sure you come with an open mind and the compassion to learn and make changes for the benefit of your attendees; your hard work will be appreciated and make a world of difference for both your space and your supporters.


Graphic Design 101 With Adobe Spark

Need to create eye-catching graphics for your online or print advertising materials? As much as we'd love to hire a graphic artist for every project, sometimes funding and timeframe don't allow for getting someone else up to speed, let alone someone who won't judge your alternative lifestyle business. For this class you'll learn the basics of graphic design, from color theory to typography to layout fundamentals, all from a certified graphic designer. Don't worry about needing expensive software, while the information covered will translate to multiple platforms, we're going to cover using Adobe Spark which offers a wide range of free functions that'll get you graphics you'll be proud to say "I made that!"

JustRob (He/Him) has been involved in the public community in Jacksonville, FL since 2008. He identifies primarily as a Top and a Leatherman, but on occasion inhabits the roles of Sadist, Dominant, Leader, Mentor and Teacher. He is a reaction junkie who craves blood and other bodily fluids. Overall, 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.

 

justkaren

JustKaren (She/Her) has been active in the public community in Jacksonville, FL since 2008. She identifies as a voyeuristic switch. She helps run a local educational group Alternative Lifestyles Enthusiasts (A.L.E.) and is passionate about helping people find their way in this lifestyle and helping those who have already found it to navigate it safely and grow personally.

JustRob and JustKaren

Failure Isn't An Option, It's a Requirement

In this interactive session, we will discuss the issue of failure (or mistakes) in BDSM communities. Making and learning from mistakes is an important component of success. However, in the culture of S/M, Leather, and BDSM we have placed a significant amount of taboo around failure that doesn't in my view truly recognize the value of failure on our individual paths. This session will discuss this in detail and brainstorm some ways we can change this and set more positive and constructive cultural norms.

Master Kaddan Yue, Northeast Leather Woman 2020-2021 and founding sister of ONYX Pearls NY/Northeast, has more than 40 years’ experience living the lifestyle. After spending her initial seven years in the lifestyle "training from the bottom up," she has become the third generation of her line trained in this style. Master Kaddan now spends her retirement years doing service for her community locally and nationally by doing presentations and helping to mentor and educate the next generation. She is currently working on many passion projects that will help bridge the gap between mental health and the BDSM lifestyle. Master Kaddan’s house, ‘The House of Yue’, currently has one trainee, one neophyte, and 2 properties. All members of Her house also share Her passion for community service.

Master Kaddan Yue

Effective Communication 101: Four Steps to Effective Listening

This interactive discussion focuses on 4 steps to improve your listening skills. In order to develop the skills to become an effective listener you need to be able to listen actively, with empathy, with openness and with awareness. Come find out what this means. 


Effective Communication 102: Styles of Communication

This interactive discussion focuses on 4 styles of communication. We will cover styles that are both healthy and effective as well as those that are less so. We will cover the 4 communication behaviors that are associated with communication styles and dissect each into their characteristics and effect on communication.

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.

Mufasa Ali

What's My Motivation? - Existing in Changing Times

This session will explore why the participants have chosen to still lead or not to lead. In the time of constant change what fuels the motivation to be a leader will be addressed. Personal stress, health issues, job changes, family issues and the state of the current economy all have taken a toll on our ability and motivation to lead. This roundtable fish-bowl session will address these issues of motivation and sustaining one's own spirit to lead in the leather/kink community.


Shift Happens: Leading Your Organization Thru Changing Times

How does one revive or sustain the spirit and mission of an organization in the face of uncharted events? Do your recruiting methods meet your current needs? Are your members offended or open to new and necessary protocols and modes of operation? These are some of the questions that must be asked and answered by leadership to sustain and grow an organization in the face of unexpected societal change. This session will utilize case studies to explore how leather/kink organizations have adapted to life as we now know it.


PlaineJane has been active in the Atlanta BDSM community for almost fifteen years. 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. Jane is the Director and Organizer of MAsT: Marietta Women and F.L.A.I.R. (Female Led Authority Inspired Relationships) and on the Board of the LLC which offers educational Intensives for different faucets of the BDSM Lifestyle. Her area of interest and experience includes service, domination and discipline, 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."

PlaineJane

THRIVE: Cultivating Leadership in Your Community

Tired of doing the heavy lifting? Ready to see more service within your community? Then perhaps it is time for you to support and light the torch of leadership! Join PlaineJane for a discussion on leadership and how we inspire the leaders among us. Leading is never easy but sometimes we need the support of other leaders in order to thrive as a community. PlaineJane will discuss the qualities that are essential to a good leader and how to recognize them in others. Jane will also provide strategies and tips for building bridges and creating cooperation between community leaders and their missions. She'll discuss ideas for supporting leaders' growth while cultivating their inner service abilities. This class will offer resources and guides for; mentor selection, leadership skills as well as communication skills for new and growing leaders in the community. So come with questions and ideas to inspire leadership within your community- because it starts within each one of us!

Lady Steele has served the Leather community since 1999 and presented and volunteered internationally.  She resides in Atlanta where she operates her law practice that serves alternative lifestyles.  She founded the Center of Learning and School of Success (C.L.A.S.S.), the Worthless Bastards (Cigar) Club (W.B.C. – Atlanta), and The Leather Coterie (T.L.C.). Lady Steele held the position of Social Coordinator for NLA – Atlanta during its last incarnation in Atlanta. She continues to give back to the community through running the WINGS group, being Board Support and Vendor Coordinator for LLC, and by being a proud Associate member of Onyx Pearls - Southern Leather.

Lady Steele

BDSM and the Law with Updates

People participate in Bondage, Discipline, and Sadism/Masochism, all the time not knowing the potential legal pitfalls. It is time to get down to brass tacks. What legal dangers are inherent to what it is we do? The simple truth is, legal issues abound when it comes to participating in BDSM and always have. It can affect several areas in our lives, including family, criminal, civil, estate planning, healthcare, and even business law. How can you prepare yourself for the worst case scenario? Come find out when Lady Steele presents BDSM and the Law, which will also include the newest updates from the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom.

Neurodiversity in Kink

It is time. It is time that we open the discussion about what it means to be a neurodiverse person in the kink world. Are you autistic? Depressed? Anxious? Have PTSD? All of the above? Do you have something else going on? This is the class where you can hear about, and speak about (if you are willing), what it’s like to be neurodiverse in the kink world. Lady Steele will discuss how neurodiversity affects safety, negotiations, play, and aftercare through her own experiences and make suggestions to community leaders as to how one can make their events and spaces more neurodiverse friendly.

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Toni Solenne is a proud leatherdyke who enjoys connecting with kindred spirits. She is both a leather lifestyle Dominant and a player.

 

Toni is the 2015 Recipient of the Female Leathertarian Award and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Pantheon of Leather Award. She continues to create and facilitate spiritual and sexual retreats for leatherwomen, campouts, fundraisers, and bar nights.

 

Together with her wife, Fidget, Toni produces six Women of Drummer (WOD) regional weekends, and one large leather family get-together called the Women of Drummer Contest Weekend in Darlington, Maryland. WOD has sponsored five events in countries outside the United States and reaches thousands of kinky women throughout the world through their very active social media presence.

 

In 2020 and 2021, Toni published two books, Women in Leather: Shaping Our Own Identity and Leather Journal: Stepping Into Our Own Power available on Amazon. Most recently, she was appointed the first Carter-Johnson Leather Library and Collection Senior Scholar-in-Residence. One of her favorite activities has been creating Radical Rhythm Podcast episodes with Vi Johnson about the history of the Leather community. 

Toni Solenne

Friday Opening Keynote

Travis has been active in the BDSM community since 1992.  He is an active member of the Athens and Atlanta communities.  Travis hosts the AAL munch, conducts demos and presents at educational forums in the Athens area as well as presents at larger events.  A firm in the RACK / PRICK philosophies with an emphasis on personal responsibility and accountability. Travis enjoys learning and sharing knowledge with others and is a student of the history of the lifestyle and the social implications of what we do.

Travis

How to start and host a munch or other BDSM event

So you want to host a group? Identifying a need, deconflicting schedules with other groups, finding a venue, SETTING GROUND RULES, deconflicting personalities, addressing consents reports of bad behavior. In short how to be a benevolent dictator.


Time and Energy Management

Time management is crucial to work more efficiently and productively. Learning to capitalize on time as an asset by clearly defining goals and prioritizing appropriately, delegating resourcefully, minimizing interruptions and maximizing on prime working hours, can help enhance production and morale.

Hello, I'm Master Varii, a Covered Leatherwoman, and Head of House of Valor. I've been kinky all my life, and have had power exchange dynamics within my personal relationships for over 35 years. Within the kink community I have served on numerous boards over the years.  I currently serve on the board of the Leather Family Foundation (a 501.c.3 dedicated to leather leadership and education), and am on the board of Dominae of the Carolinas (DoC).  I am also a mentor to some amazing leather men and women, and I teach at clubs and conventions throughout the Southeast.

Master Varii

Understanding the impact of Covid on individuals, and organizations

The last two years have been hard on most. Isolation, fear, and economic impact have deprived many of their in-person support/safety networks, and challenged organizations to think outside the box to offer online connection where possible. Individuals didn't stop being kinky during the shutdown, and thankfully some new leadership with amazing technology skills emerged to help fill in the gaps, but Covid isolation has had a significant impact on our community. In this class we will look at the psychological impact of isolation, as well as how the break in in-person gatherings may have impacted the continuity of play skills education, risk awareness, and other areas we as leaders need to be prepared to address.

Balance or Burnout

One of the secrets to resilience is finding balance, unfortunately it is also one of the hardest life skills for a leader to master. Great leaders, the kind that help change lives, pour their energy into others and into their community be it vanilla or kink. If you are one of those individuals you also recognize the challenges that come with that level of commitment. Long-term effective leadership is duplicatable and does not require martyrdom, contrary to popular practice. We will look at constructive ways to help you create a leadership style that is both powerful and sustainable.