Leather Reign 2013


Big Bad Jim


Jim is a Poly Leather Top that prides himself on giving back to the community. Having been an active member of the Edmonton community since 2000; Jim has always been there to lend a hand whenever needed.

Jim is the type of person that when he sees a need for something, he makes it happen. He is one of the founding members of COPE; an Edmonton group that puts together a twice monthly play party and educational events, As the creator and producer of Primal Pain; an outdoor weekend spiritual retreat, Jim saw the need for an event that brought people together for something more than just kink. Jim was also the Chair of Lupercalia for several years

Jim identifies as a sadist. Like any sadist he derives pleasure from inflicting pain. Whether he is using "Boris" his trusty sidekick, or as the painfully talented "Dixie Normous". With a black hankie in his back left pocket there is no question he loves what he does.

Jim has always had a passion for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with those in and out of the lifestyle. Others have commented on his classes as "fun" as well as "intense" learning experiences. Jim has spoken at the University of Alberta sharing our lifestyle with their students. Jim has presented workshops at Southwest Leather Conference, Beat Me in St. Louis, Spanksgiving, Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Madtown Kinkfest, Winter Wickedness, Sagacity, Kinky Karnival, Westcoast Bound,, and twice Jim has been named the People's Favorite Presenter at Northern Exposure in Anchorage, Alaska.

Workshops Presented:
Harnessing the Energy Within
Ooooh Scary Stuff

Lady Hilary


Lady Hilary is a visionary leader who has been exploring leather since 1989. On her journey she has twice been a titleholder - SF Dyke Mommy 1995 and Ms Sacramento Valley Leather 1998. Lady Hilary has shared her knowledge with The Exiles, Alameda Leather Corps, Santa Clara County Leather Association, smOdyssey, Inc., the Sacramento Valley Leather Corps, The Citadel, The Society of Janus, Rio Grande Leather, Dark Odyssey, Sacramento Valley Heat, Southwest Leather Conference, and numerous other organizations and conferences. In addition, she has judged numerous leather contests and emceed many leather events.

From her passion to translate powerful business and personal growth metaphors into the leather worldview, Lady Hilary envisioned, created and now produces regular Vanguard Leather events. Lady Hilary firmly believes in and lives a bliss-filled life of focused desire, devotion, and service.

With utter joy Lady Hilary maintains passionate, awesome leather relationships with her ‘Ohana. She leads a full life with a huge heart that always has room for more. The members of her ‘Ohana include 2 marvelous butch boys, a leather brother, a family dawg, a leather uncle, my boy’s boy and his boyfriend, a service sewer grrl, a princess, and a sergeant at arms.

Workshops Presented:
Mind the Gap

Master Bob and slave jan


Master Bob calls the Portland and Willamette Valley kink communities home and is an active member of Portland Leather Alliance, MasT: Portland, Dungeon Monitors Association, and South Valley BDSM Group. He serves as the Executive Director of MAsT International, is a staff member for The Butchmanns Experience and is a member of the Butchmanns Board of Directors. In his professional life he runs his own personal motivation business, www.SolutionMentoring.com as a certified life coach specializing in relationship and personal growth issues.

In and out of the leather community he is passionate about helping others to live more joyful and fully authentic lives, and has established and organized fun and supportive environments for his community, moderated and facilitated discussion groups, mediated conflicts, participated on panels, and presented interactive workshops on various topics ranging from M/s dynamics and S/M technique to “Conversations on Spirituality and Sexuality”. While he understands that being out is a luxury not everyone can afford he feels fortunate to be able to choose this path for himself and his slave because he feels modeling wholeness by telling the truth about who and what we are, despite the perceived risks, is an act of authentic leadership to which he aspires. It is his hope to honor both our unique differences and our shared common experience, building bridges of understanding both within our local leather communities and within our larger circles of influence.

slave jan began her slave journey when her head finally caught up with her heart and has been happily in service to Master Bob Blount ever since. They began the shift from a floundering, ho-hum “equal partnership” twelve-year marriage to a negotiated power dynamic relationship at the turn of the millennium and slowly over a year and a half’s time found themselves spirit led to living a consensual M/s lifestyle. Currently slave jan is a member of the Portland Leather Alliance, Portland “Bad Girls”, MasT: Portland and is a staff member for The Butchmanns Experience. As a Life Coach, published author and licensed Soul Collage® Facilitator, slave jan helps others to explore and celebrate their own unique paths to self discovery through moderating discussions, participating on panels, presenting workshops, writing and sharing other expressive arts.

Workshops Presented:
Standing Naked: Becoming your Authentic Self
Romancing the Dark Side - Learning to dance with the Shadow

Master Brian


Brian has been on a personal voyage once he realized that there is a difference between a dominating jerk and a loving master. When, after much introspection and then finding a wonderful women who said "I am willing to follow if you are willing to lead", he was prepared to accept responsibility along with the authority. Brian self identifies as "'happily monogamous". In addition, he believes that Master is a title given, not a title taken. He is Master of his house (small as it is) and to his wonderful slave Mel; that others may call him Master he takes as an honor. Brian is Northwest Master, 2013.

Workshops Presented:
Dealing with Conflict In a Power Exchange Relationship

Master Jim


Master Jim, International Master 2001, is a leatherman who has been involved in the SM/Leather community for over 20 years. During that time, he has presented seminars and weekend programs on Master/slave relationships, most often with his slave, slave marsha, across the U.S. and Canada. Master Jim is one of the owners of South Plains Leatherfest-International Master/slave Weekend (www.southplainsleatherfest.com) held in Dallas each year and is a co-owner of the International Master/slave title contest held at South Plains.
Although Master Jim is well versed in many SM tools and techniques, he is most interested in the dynamics of Master/slave relationships. For Master Jim, the psychological, emotional, and mental elements are the core – and the most fascinating part -- of these relationships.

Master Jim identifies sexually as a gay leatherman; however, he is comfortable being served by persons of any gender or sexual orientation. Currently, he is the owner of a biological female slave, slave marsha, who has been in service to him for over 16 years. Master Jim, slave marsha, and slave marsha’s mate, Cougar, live together as a leather family.

When he is not working on South Plains, teaching on M/s relationships, or travelling Master Jim can often be found riding his 2003 Harley Davidson Road King.

Workshops Presented:
The Calling: Ritual, Ceremony and Spirituality in Master/slave Relationships
Making M/s Work: Navigating the Perils, Pitfalls and Catastrophes of Master/slave Relationships

Master Morris and slave jonathan


Master Morris, International Master 2013, has been active in the Bay Area leather scene for seventeen years. He gives workshop/demos for Northwest Leather Conference, Great Lakes Leather Alliance, Leather Alley, Leather Reign, smOdyssey, Society of Janus, Alameda Leather Core, Leather/Levi Weekend, Leatherman’s Discussion Group and the Ring, which he co-chairs. His first mentor was JEB, owner/editor of Metropolitan Slave. For forty years Dr. Morris Taylor was a Professor of Music, a classical pianist and musicologist. Now he is a watercolor artist with over 15 one person shows to his credit. His works can be seen at: www.morristaylor.net and morristaylor.net/adult. Master Morris lives in the Castro district in San Francisco with his 24/7 slave jonathan. He also masters an external slave larry.

slave jonathan, International slave 2013, is a Design Manager for a leading software company. He also has many years experience as political activist, working for such groups as ACT-UP, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and GroenLinks a political party in the Netherlands. slave jonathan is a lifelong learner. He is preparing to be a therapist. He completed the SFSI sex education training and is working on a new web site dedicated to M/s and kink sex education that is non-judgmental and informational: www.kinksex-ed.org. He has a strong drive to give back to the M/s community from which he so richly beneļ¬ts. He has taken part in many bdsm groups and organizations. He is a member of The 15, SFDsDG and the Ring. slave jonathan most recently organized a discussion group covering Guy Baldwin’s SlaveCraft. slave jonathan resides in Master Morris’s household as His 24/7 slave.

Workshops Presented:
Consent Mechanics: actualizing consent into your relationships
Passion in the Master/slave Dynamic

Master Tallen


Master Tallen came into the Master/slave lifestyle in 1997 as a slave. He began his evolution into Mastery in early 2002 and is proud of where his journey has taken him. He has experienced a lot on both sides, and with the help of many, has been exposed to numerous perspectives. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and trying to help them find their own paths. He has presented classes and judged Leather Contests all over the U.S. and beyond.

Currently Master Tallen is an owner of Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest, is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and is on the Board of Regents of Leathermens’ Academy. He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT.

In 2005, he created the Master/slave Flag. In 2008 he won the Leather title as Northeast Master. In 2011 he became Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather, and subsequently was honored to be selected as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011.

He loves sharing what he has experienced as well hearing from others. He is also honored to have received many Pantheon of Leather nominations over the years. But the most rewarding thing of all has been the countless number of people he has helped along in their own journeys. Their successes, and words of thanks to him, mean more than anything.

Workshops Presented:
The Invisible Leash: a What, When, Where, Why and How Guide to Protocols
Troubleshooting the Master/slave Relationship

Master Skip


Skip Chasey, a/k/a Master Skip, heads a family of spiritually grounded leatherfolk in the City of Angels, where he is a practicing spiritual director and certified Grief Recovery ™ counselor and also earns a living as a missionary among the savages of Hollywood. As an out and proud leatherman, Master Skip addressed a crowd of nearly one million people at the Millennium March on Washington, and since then he has given a dozen keynote addresses and presented over 200 programs on the spiritual dynamics of SM and D/s relationships at noteworthy leather events throughout the US and Canada.

From 2001-2007 Master Skip was a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience, a periodic weekend retreat that offers opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities. He is a co-founder of People of Leather Among You (“PLAY”), a now-defunct social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of spirituality and leather/fetish sexuality, and for six years he was a co-producer of Southwest Leather Conference, “The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit.” Master Skip presently serves on the Theologies Team and the Clergy Wellness Advisory Council for Metropolitan Community Churches and as the vice-chairman of the board of directors for Butchmanns, Inc., a non-profit educational organization dedicated to self-actualization through the mindful use of physical practices and the conscious exchange of personal power for spiritual awareness.

Master Skip and his pup Tim are the subjects of the award-winning documentary film “Pup” and have been profiled in “Nerve.com” magazine and “Power Exchange” magazine; he and his slave Rick are two of the subjects of “Ask the Man Who Owns him”, a book about gay male Master/slave relationships that received the NLA’s 2010 non-fiction literary award. He is a past recipient of the Leadership Award and the Lee Montague Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from Avatar Club Los Angeles, was named “Best Trainer” at the 2002 International Puppy Contest, received the 2005 Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Award and was honored with the Master Heart Award at the 2008 Master/slave Conference.

In his own words, “Blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood.”

Workshops Presented:
Chakra Piercing: Awakening the Universe Within
Making M/s Work: Navigating the Perils, Pitfalls and Catastrophes of Master/slave Relationships

Mel


Mel had a successful career as an assistant manager in Asia for a major worldwide bank. Her responsibility was to supervise 25 people in the international transfers of several millions of Euros between banks each night. Immediately prior to joining Brian in the US, she was offered a promotion to Manager, well on the path to Assistant Vice President. But then Brian came along and met three of her criteria; intelligent, mature, and blue eyes. They met on-line, both were coming out of difficult relationships, and after 7 months of on-line time together they met for the first time in October of 2006. In April of 2008 she left her good life, leaping across the pond to become Brian's loving wife, then his committed slave. She serves him with love, respect, humor, and when appropriate and with respect, helps him to see the error of his ways. Mel is Northwest slave, 2013.

Workshops Presented:
Dealing with Conflict In a Power Exchange Relationship

Mollena


Mollena is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, Kink, Leather and BDSM Educator, Storyteller, fat Fetish Model and Activist. She has won awards for her writing as well as her contributions to the BDSM and Leather community as a presenter. She is proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Alternative Lifestyle events, to students at colleges and universities and to educational groups across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She has written for and been interviewed notably by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Newsweek, among other publications.

She is the author of the “Toybag Guide: Taboo Play.” Mollena co-authored with Lee Harrington, “Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” which is fast becoming the “go-to guide” for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles. Their book won the National Leather Association’s 2012 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award. Three of her essays were finalists for the NLA’s 2012 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article award: “Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing” and ”Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play” appeared in “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role-Play & The Erotic Edge" edited by Tristan Taormino. Her essay ”On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” is the 2012 winner, and it originally appeared on her blog, The Perverted Negress. This makes her the winner of that award for two years in a row, as her essay "Tables Briefly Turned" won the NLA-I's 2011 Cynthia Slater Award.

Her essays on BDSM appear in 3 anthologies curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel: “BDSM and Race Play” appears in “Best Sex Writing 2010,” “Kiss my Boots” is featured in “The Lust Chronicles” and “Breath” is in the latest, in “Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission.” Her challenging essay on “race play” is featured in “Spirit of Desire: Personal Journeys in Sacred Kink” edited by Lee Harrington.

You can listen to her podcast “Conversations with The Perverted Negress,” find her blogging at The Perverted Negress, on Twitter as @Mollena and keep track of upcoming performances and appearances on her Travel Calendar.

Workshops Presented:
Finding, Vetting and Hiring the Right Dominant for YOU
The Psychology of Psychological Play

slave Marsha


slave marsha, International slave 2001, has been involved in BDSM for nearly 18 years. She has been in service to Master Jim of Dallas for 16 years as his slave, and prior to that, spent another 1 ½ years as his woman in service. slave marsha frequently assists Master Jim in presenting seminars on Master/slave relationships across the U.S. and Canada. Among other projects, slave marsha is a co-owner of South Plains Leatherfest –International Master/slave Weekend (www.southplainsleatherfest.com) in Dallas, and is one of the co-owners of the International Master/slave title contest.

slave marsha has long viewed slavery as a “calling.” Those who are called to slavery do not respond to the call because they can do nothing else – they respond because for them, nothing else will do. For slave marsha, slavery offers a way of life in which she can best use her strength, talents, and intelligence in service to another.

slave marsha identifies sexually as a Femme leatherdyke -- however, her desire to serve transcends sexual orientation, making it possible for her to happily serve Master Jim, a gay leatherman. As a Femme leatherdyke, slave marsha is grateful that Master Jim has allowed her to share a romantic partnership relationship with Cougar, a Butch leatherdyke. In July 2006, slave marsha and Cougar were united as life mates in a Union Ceremony officiated by Master Jim. Since early 2007, Master Jim, slave marsha and Cougar have lived together as a leather family.
One of slave marsha’s favorite forms of service are riding her 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe with Master Jim while singing “Born to be Wild” and playing with Maximum Red Storm “Ryder” (a miniature Australian Shepherd) – the only one in the family who has to do what she says.

Workshops Presented:
The Calling: Ritual, Ceremony and Spirituality in Master/slave Relationships

slave Rick


slave Rick expanded his practice as a licensed psychotherapist within the BDSM community in 2009 (www.KinkTherapistLosAngeles.com) after retiring from a 30-year career with the Federal government. In addition to assisting his clients in achieving more satisfying lives, he seeks to raise consciousness within the therapeutic community by depathologizing BDSM in order that “vanilla” psychotherapists might more effectively work with their own kinky clients.

Aside from his work as a psychotherapist, slave Rick is a part-time college instructor, a massage therapist and a retired Science of Mind practitioner. During the past decade he has presented programs on the spiritual dynamics of M/s and D/s relationships at dozens of conferences and leather events throughout North America. In 2010 he gave the endnote address at Southwest Leather Conference, and he delivered the keynote address at Leather Reign in 2011.

In 2008 slave Rick was honored to receive both the Southwest Leather Conference “Leatherman’s Heart Award” and the “slave Heart Award” at the Master/slave Conference. More recently, he was proud to participate as one of the subjects of “Ask the Man Who Owns him”, a book on gay male M/s relationships by david stein that received the 2010 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Literary Award from the National Leather Association. In 2011 slave Rick self-published “The Guppy and the Willow”, an adult fable in the guise of a children’s story that encourages each of us to remove the many masks that keep us from being real.

First and foremost, however, he is by Grace in service to his beloved Master.

Workshops Presented:
The Absentee Master

Spencer Bergstedt


Spencer Bergstedt has been active in the leather and LGBT communities as an activist, lawyer, educator, author, and rabble rouser for over 20 years. He is an acclaimed speaker and educator on a variety of kink and legal issues. Spencer has served as a board member of countless organizations within the LGBT and Leather communities including serving as President of NLA:International. He is the recipient of the NLA:International Man of the Year Award 2000, the Pantheon of Leather Northwest Regional Award in 1998, and the 2009 Trinity Award from IFGE. Professionally he is an attorney in private practice, an adjunct professor, author, and public speaker.

Spencer Bergstedt teaches on a variety of topics including the Law and SM, Transgender issues, Impact Play, Starting A Leather Club, Practical Contracting, and more at events.

Workshops Presented:
And the Beat Goes On: Deep Impact Play

Tillie King


Tillie King has been practicing BDSM for over half her life. Rooted in the unceded Coast Salish Territories of Vancouver, B.C., she enjoys travelling and connecting with people. Tillie is most often a fat, queer, gender fluid femme, dedicated pervert, spiritual trickster, crafter and loving friend. A cultural worker in the sex and kink world with a background in Anthropology, Tillie is passionate about the 'why' of what we do. She has been published in SALACIOUS Magazine and has a piece in the upcoming Dirty Queer Anthology. Her ongoing embroidery project, The Hanky Codex, expands the tradition of the hanky code. Tillie has presented in Vancouver & Victoria B.C., Seattle, Washington, Edmonton, Alberta and Anchorage, Alaska. She is boy to her butch, trans woman Daddy, Mistress to her devoted pet, an older brother, muppet, problem child and a Kinky Fairy Godmother.

Workshops Presented:
Community Wake
Community Wake Debrief

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