“Protocols/relationships/leadership within the Leather Community”
Stephen Bloom and YOU!
As many of us began our Leather journeys, many of us have benefited by knowing and learning from 'elders' or mentors, or educational opportunities (clubs..et al) to help guide us in our Leather path.
Learning and appreciating the experiences and history that were the 'root and trunk' of our vast 'tree' and the 'branches' that have evolved to be called 'Leather', defines us as community of radicals in expression of our sexuality and our personality. Today, there are many more new 'branches' of our 'tree'!
How do we, or DO we need to instill that, following a set of protocols and attitude, can further personal growth as 'Leather'?
How valuable is outreach, education, the concept of 'each one teach one', when new folk are eager, earnest, intent, but have scant formal knowledge of the community they want to join? Can we constrain new folk into a set of 'commandments' without alienating them and are there actually 'commandments' anymore?
Lets find out together!
Living in Phoenix, born in 1963, Stephen is a Gay Leatherman and holds the titles of Mr. padlock Leather 2001, and padlock Leathersir 2002. He is currently co-founder/producer/owner of the Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest. He has been producing the IML prelim leather contests in Phoenix since his title year, His involvement also includes assisting with the production of many other local and regional Leather contests and events, fund-raising for local charities, and presenting BDSM demonstrations at local and regional venues.
Stephen was proud to serve as Local Co-Chair and Director of Marketing for Leather Leadership Conference-IX, and was awarded the 2004 Rocky Mountain Region Pantheon of Leather and the 2006 Southwest Leather Conference Spirit of Service Award. He has served on the Board of Directors for Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), the board of the Universal Brotherhood of the Leatherlords, and is the founder and past president of the Arizona Men of Leather (AML). He also has served several titles on the royal line to the Imperial Court of Arizona, including the lifetime title of Imperial Prince Royale to Reign IV. Stephen donates his graphic art talent to most charitable causes and community groups and business that serve the leather community.
Stephen and his husband Alan have been together since 2001.
Workshop # 1
“Bridging our Diversity: What Our Communities Have To Offer!"
Arizona is filled with multiple cultures and sub communities: from the Phoenix leather communities (AML, Boys of Leather, APAH, and their cubs), to ClubFem, Arizona Power Exchange, and Desert Dominion. Celebrating diversity, let's come together and share what we have to offer.
On our panel we have Master John, Archer from APEX, Alec from Tucson, and ClubFem. Leading the panel will be slave Samantha.
Commonly known within the Leather Community as “Master John” and, with some, as “Sir John.” he is a 74 year old homosexual male, although was was married to a female for over 17 years. He identifies a Leather Master, slave Owner, and Sadist. He received his topper-aka “Lid” in 1988.With nearly 35 years of experience successfully torturing men he also engages in activities associated with Domination and submission. Owning three slaves in his life, he has been for as long as he can remember, a Sadist. He is currently the Recording Secretary of Arizona Men of Leather and a member of Arizona Leather Bears and Cubs (ALBAC) and Masters and slaves Together (MAsT: Phoenix)
Archer is a Phoenix, AZ-based lifestyle mentor, educator and volunteer. For the last ten years he has been an active member of Arizona Power Exchange (APEX). Archer enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with those willing and eager to learn. He has presented on various topics in the United States and Canada. He continues to serve the Arizona Power Exchange as President. He has been on its Board of Directors, and is a staff member for Butchmanns Experience (www.butchmanns-experience.org). You can find him on FetLife under the screen name ArcherInAZ.
slave Samantha enjoys sharing and extending experience. She is currently an Officer at Large on the Executive Committee. She has enjoyed facilitating EDGE groups with topics of worship, impact play, and pet play. She has had the opportunity to present at APEX, Desert Dominion, Behind Closed Doors, Dragon Clan, and Equus. She's working on developing and co-facilitating a safer sex EDGE, Leathercare/bootblacking EDGE and a LGBTQ special interest group at APEX. She has participated as judge's assistant for AZ M/s contests and participated in Butchmanns as both staff and as instructor. She believes in bridging our lifestyle, our community and believe conferences and education is a strong tool for that.
“Boot Black Who we are. Why we do it. How we do it”
slave Tabatha 2015 International Ms. Bootblack and boy Garret Southwest Community Bootblack 2017
BDSM and Bondage:
What are some fun ways of tying people up? What about quick ways? Is that all you can do, or do you get to play with them and torture them when you're done. BDSM and Bondage will explore some creative and fun ropework, as well as using that ropework to inform a scene into further play
Kenneth Anthony has served his local community as Mr. Cellblock Phoenix Leather, Emperor of the Imperial Sovereign Empire of Arizona, and co-producer of the Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest. He has also volunteered with various other clubs and contests, serving as a board member, stage manager and MC as needed by those organizations. He is currently serving as Vice-President for the Imperial Court of Arizona. Kenneth is a past recipient of the Pantheon of Leather, Rocky Mountain Region Award, is Mama's Calm in the Storm in Mama's Family, and in 2012 he was awarded the Southwest Leather Conference Spirit of Service Award. In 2007, he cofounded the Arizona Pups and Handlers with his pup mohawk, one of the first organized groups for puppies in the nation. His proudest accomplishment is being the Daddy to his wonderful boys and pups, Rocko, Mohawk, and Sparky
“The Body Electrified”
ITS ELECTRIFYING!!! This course will be presented to players interested in adding some hair-raising fun into their play. Hands on experience along with live demonstration will facilitate learning of the topic and will enhance existing experiences. A shocking course that might just inspire creative use of electricity in your play.
Bill is American Leatherman 2003 and Southwest Leather Sir 2011. Bill has been involved in the leather lifestyle since 1992. His interests include Electro Play, Bondage, Water Sports, CBT, Sounding and Fisting. Bill has presented at Gay Pride events in San Diego, Los Angeles and Phoenix, Spring in the South in Atlanta, APEX, Threshold, Club X and local specialty groups.
Bill is legally married to Jerry Heitman, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2017 and Southwest Leatherboy 2010. Bill’s hobbies include sports, movies and travel. He shares his living space with his Bio Dog, Tank and Bio Cat Tiny. When not at home, Bill is a full time Human Resources Generalist for a Fortune 500 Home Builder.
CBT Playing with the Family Jewels
Cock and Ball Torture is an umbrella term used to refer to the many ways to tease and tantalize the male genitalia. Master Patricia will show many ways to inflict painful pleasure to the sensual tease and the fun that can be had by all. Sometimes it’s not just the physical things we do with CBT but the intention that goes into the CBT that can set it apart from all other sexual experiences. Wheather it’s the desecrations of someone’s junk to the honoring the family jewels it’s fun times and intimate bonding for those willing to venture into CBT. If nothing else, it will be fun, entertaining and informational times.
Master Patricia is the Executive Director of Butchmanns Experience since 2011 and an Instructor since 2007. She credits much of her personal growth as a person and as a Master to her involvement with Butchmanns Experience. Through her self-discovery, she became aware that her Master/slave dynamic is intermural to her spirituality. Her passion in supporting Butchmanns Experience and the principles that are expressed at Butchmanns is still very important to her to this day.
Master Patricia began her public BDSM journey in 1999 in Tucson Arizona. She is a founding member of Desert Dominion and has served on the governing council in several positions including the President. Master Patricia is the current Owner of MAsT - Tucson (Master And slaves Together), the curator of the Leather Quilt (west), and Ms. Southwest Olympus Leather 2012. She is also the Producer of the Southwest Person of Leather, held in Tucson, AZ at Behind Closed Doors.
She was the coordinator for the first fetish ball held in Arizona, and she continues to support various events and clubs throughout the southwest region. In honoring her fondness to teach and mentor new people in the lifestyle she has expanded her teaching to local colleges and universities throughout the Southwest region.
Her Master/slave dynamics is based on personal growth and integrity and commitment to contributing to the kink/BDSM community.
“Pups, Ponies, and Handlers 101 ”
Pup Zrai and pony Harley
Pony Harley is the Equus 2016 champion pony and earned the Pony Spirit Award. She has competed at SIN and took home a few ribbons. She has performed twice for the local leather community contributing to fundraisers. In 2017 she presented Boot Worship at Equus and for the second time earned the Pony Spirit Award.
She can be found at Arizona Power Exchange on the second Sunday of the month at 1pm for APEX Pets. This is a group of APEX members that get together once a month to explore pet play.
“What Makes a Master a Master and a slave a slave”
By Master Dennis and Miss Bonnie (Southwest Master and slave title holders)