2017 Presenters

Alexander Red

Alexander has been involved in the Oklahoma BDSM/Kink community for close to 20 years. After ending his first (and very vanilla) marriage, he stumbled upon some BDSM erotica on Literotica.com and discovered that it really turned him on. Being an avid reader, he devoured everything he could get his hands on, both fiction and non-fiction. Lost in the depths of the Bible Belt, he turned to AOL where he found a small local community. With the trepidation and nervousness of a heavy introvert he ventured out. Not knowing what he really wanted, he was introduced to a remarkable Mistress and the next thing he knew he was naked, tied up, and beginning a whirlwind relationship. He enjoyed the adrenaline rush, and oh my, the sex! However, he soon came to the realization that he really didn’t like being told what to do. As Alexander began to explore his dominance, he made a promise to himself that he would never do anything to someone that he had not experienced himself. Alexander truly loves all facets of control, and relishes blurring the lines between pleasure and pain. He values respect and courtesy above all else. More and more he is realizing that he is attracted to people for who they are, as well as the energy and dynamic between them, regardless of plumbing or other superficial criteria. In the immortal words of Bill S. Preston, Esq. “Be excellent to each other.” Oh, and don’t forget to party on. His journey has more recently turned down a Leather path, starting the slow and careful uncovering of a Daddy and Master within himself. During his journey he has realized the importance of education and guidance, and he seeks to bring his experience and passion to his local community with the anticipation of helping it strengthen and grow. Visiting other communities with rich Leather traditions, he hopes to help foster a Leather community in his own backyard, bringing together those who experience all facets of Kink into a strong, vibrant whole.

Workshop: Surround Yourself: Mummification Made Easy

 

Amendah

slave amendah is an autonomous slave with a heart for service, and a strong bad-ass will. Since entering the kink and Leather community in 2011, she has co-taught classes on topics regarding issues within relationships, Human Furniture, and kitty play. She is the Director of MAsT of Buffalo Grove, as well as the Assistant Regional Representative for Great Lakes MAsT. She holds the titles of Great Lakes slave 2015, and Illinois slave 2014/2015.

Workshop: Titleholder Panel

 

Andi

Andi is a switchy, swishy, relationship anarchist, cigar smoking genderqueer leather person. He is a co-founder of CIQ: Central Indiana Queers and a member of Andromeda: a group for women and non-binary folk. Andi has contributed behind the scenes at several leather contests, notably serving as contestant handler for a particular wayward piggy. An avid reader and proponent of education, he is always eager to lend books and share resources. Andi is an Indianapolis based artist and illustrator who has put his degree to use designing pieces for auction baskets as well as advertisements for fundraisers and regional events in the burlesque, leather, queer, and kink communities. His most recent project was illustrating Lee Harrington’s book “Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities”. Andi’s hot buttons include: knives, humiliation, gender outlaws, and unapologetic, brutal, filthy fucking. Also, John Waters.

Workshop: Breaking the Binary: The Politics of Gender and Radical Sexuality

 

Cherry Bomb

A Philly Native, Cherry Bomb has been involved with the Kink and Leather community for a few years. She has worked and volunteered for various events throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. These events include Aviary, Masque, MsC, M/s Gathering, Dark Odyssey, NJ Leather Weekend, and others.
It wasn't until 3-4 years ago, that she discovered her love and passion for Bootblacking. Under the guidance of her Mentors Amelia Horo (Mid Atlantic Community Bootblack 2013) and Tracy Black (Mid-Atlantic Bootblack 1999), she started to share her craft at multiple public events. In the Spring of 2017, she became the first person of color to be sashed Philadelphia Bootblack. Aside from Bootblacking & lifestyle events, Cherry is active in various local QTPOC causes and groups,  as well as supporting events that cater to them. Identifying as a QTPOC, Cherry's  overall platform as a Titleholder is to give a voice, provide safe spaces, and bring about educational resources for those that identify as QTPOC.

Workshop: TNG Panel

Christina Court

Christina K. Court is the Vice President of Leather Archives & Museum--she is the first female-identified individual to be elected to an officer position within the LA&M Board of Directors. She is also the IML Contest Video Producer, a Leather and LGBTQIA filmmaker/documentarian via High Moo Production, and the recipient of the 2016 Pantheon of Leather 2016 Woman of the Year Award.

Christina is the producer and director of the internationally award-winning documentary, “High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.” Her current film, “By The People: 25 Years of Community Archiving At The Leather Archives & Museum” recently won the CineKink 2017 Best Documentary Short award. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Workshop: Film Screening: By the People

 

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