boy River: SouthEast LeatherFest Boy 2013
boy River is a gay man, Leatherboy, boot black, submissive, and sadomasochist. He is an active member and volunteer at the Mark by CPI in Nashville; he couldn't ask for a better family. His journey into BDSM and Leather began in the Fall of 2011. He has been blessed in meeting amazing people all over the country who teach him more every day. They have given him the knowledge and opportunities to succeed; he couldn't have pushed himself without them. He's currently working on his Master's in psychology with emphasis on sex, gender, and reproduction. His goal for his future career is to be a counselor for adults who identify on the LGBTQI spectrum and those who participate in BDSM, Leather, Polyamorous, fetish, and swinger lifestyles. He firmly believes that advocacy through education is the future of enhancing rights for our communities. He loves intelligent and open discussions about Leather, BDSM, sex, gender, and psychology.
Calendar of Events
Household Visit with Master Taino and MTTA Academy - slave Training for males: June 30th – July 14, 2013
Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend (Indianapolis, Indiana): Thu, Aug 22 - Sun, Aug 25, '13
Master/slave Conference 2013 (D.C.): Fri, Aug 30 - Mon, Sep 02, '13
Leather Bash (Atlanta, GA): September 13-15th
Folsom Fringe & Folsom Street Fair San Francisco: Sat, Sep 28, '13
SouthEast Black and Blue Weekend (Atlanta Eagle) 9th-10th August
Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend ( Indianapolis, Indiana ) Thu, Aug 22 - Sun, Aug 25, '13
Master/slave Conference 2013 (D.C.) Fri, Aug 30 - Mon, Sep 02, '13
September 6th ONYX Bar Night Atlanta Eagle, Atlanta GA
Conductor's Bar Night September 13th (Nashville, TN)
Leather Bash (Atlanta, GA) September 14th-15th
Folsom Fringe & Folsom Street Fair San Francisco (Teaching Erotic Boot Blacking and Mental Health and BDSM.) September 26th through the 29th
Leather History Conference October 25, 2013 •11:00 AM – October 27, 2013 • 3:00 PM
February 22nd: Presenting for WHIMPER (Austell, GA): Mental Health and BDSM and Erotic Boot Blacking
May 1st-4th Beyond Leather (Presenting)
March 2014 Column
Mid Atlantic Leather: This is a one of a kind event. The feeling of family and the networking are absolutely amazing. I can't say enough great things about the MC Centaurs or their President, Todd White. I was honored to serve as Judge's boy and was so fortunate to be of service and see the contest up close! Congratulations to Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Joe Birdwell who will go on to represent at International Mr. Leather!
Hosted How to Make Leather Gear Workshop: This was a fundraiser and an educational event. Thanks for the generosity of Marxxx for teaching us all Leather gear making technique. Thanks to the generosity of the Mark by CPI and the Nashville community, I was successfully funded for the second half of my title year!
Taught Boot Blacking at the 1763 in Atlanta, Georgia for their sampling night! Along with 9 other instructors, we gave new people the ability to sample new kinks and fetishes! It was a high energy event, and it was wonderful to see so many friends, both old and new, there!
Taught Mental Health and BDSM, and Erotic Boot Blacking for WHIMPER in Austell, Georgia.
A high energy, amazing crowd. Had a fabulous time! What great parties and a wonderful community!
Taught Sex and Gender 101 and Transgender Partners at Leather Blue Grass Pride in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a smaller, intimate event, which added to the family feeling of the weekend. It was a very diverse crowd!
Baton Rogue: What an amazing community! Sir Optimus and I traveled to RSVP and taught Sex and Gender 101 and Humiliation 101! Thank goodness for such an amazing, revitalizing community and dungeon space!
Conductor's Leather Run: Track 32:
I officially became an associate member of the Conductor's this month! I was able to help Boot Black all weekend during the Run, and help with the fundraising! Myself and Boo Boo (International Mr.Boot Black 2005), raised almost 500 dollars towards the charity, Nashville Cares, and the run weekend raised almost 2000 over all! It was my first interaction with MACC, Mid-America Conference of Clubs, and it was really interesting to see the various Leather organizations who came out!
January 2014 Column
American Brotherhood Weekend: American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, Illinois was a one of a kind event. It was powerful, intimate and truly a stand-out Leather gathering. The unique mixture of about 100 individuals coming together to celebrate the history of Leather at the historic Leather Archives and Museum was nothing short of a breathtaking weekend. The community had gathered together whole heartedly with resounding openness, to support each other as Leather folk, and celebrate together. The contest itself was spectacular to watch. You got to see each and every contestant put their heart and soul out on the stage for us to view. We laughed with them, cheered them on, and cried with them. As a transgender Leatherboy and a gay man, I sometimes feel that my manhood, gayness, and status as a Leatherboy is sometimes called into question by people. This weekend I felt nothing but respect and love. American Brotherhood Weekend is an event well run and well loved by its producers, staff, volunteers, attendees and contestants. Be assured, I'll be back next year. Thank you ABW. Congratulations to OB American Leatherwoman 2013, Tank American Leatherboy 2013, and Aaron Duke American Leatherman 2013.
I also hosted a play party and puppy play demo this month. Marxxx graciously taught us the basics of puppy play, and Pup Monty was the awesome demo bottom.
Leather History Conference: One word to encapsulate this event is: diversity. This week was another powerful experience in exploring the roots and history of Leather culture. This event in Winston-salem North Carolina gathered together people of different ages, experience levels, title systems, Leather clubs, Leather families, states and even countries. The Carter-Johnson Leather Library was indeed an amazing piece of our community to see and learn from. Gypsie, a member of Master Taino's Leather Family did a spectacular job producing this event and it was truly wonderful to learn from those who have been in this community for decades. Master Ian's key note was a stand out speech in my own memory and touched on service to each other, one kind act at a time.
November: I was honored to teach at my home dungeon, The Mark by CPI in November. I taught Sex and Gender 101. I felt that the information was very well received and it sparked great discussion. There is something so special about being a presenter at home.
December: The Warehouse in Greenville, SC welcomed me with open arms! So honored to teach S & M 101. The discussion was incredible, I met some incredible kinksters. Lady Victoria is a woman with a true Leather heart.
I also was able to once again attend another of the Conductor Leather/Levi Club's bar nights. This group has done so much good for the HIV positive community in Nashville.
I also hosted a house party this month, teaching Trampling 101 with a short class and Marxxx graciously demo-bottomed for the class.
Marxxx and I also hosted Leather/Levi night at the Mark in Nashville. Again, it was wonderful to see my home dungeon and family. The energy was high, the play was hot, and it was a great night.
Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!!
June 2014 Column
APRILMr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle ContestAs usual, this has become a staple in my routine. This event is one of my favorite to go to, hands down. I went to this contest back when Tank was competing for Mr. Atlanta Eagle and he and Lizzy took the titles. For me, it brought back memories of boot blacking at my first Leather bar that I ever walked into and felt at home at, and the first Leather club I would become officially involved with, the Panthers Leather/Levi Club. Congratulations to JP! MEEPA SQUEE Mr. Atlanta Eagle!FroliconI had the honor of teaching Fitness and Nutrition, Puppy Play 101and Sex and Gender 101. Frolicon was a little different for me this year. It’s interesting seeing the mixture of Leather and BDSM cultures around one another. I got to Bootblack all weekend! My chair was extremely busy! I loved every minute of interaction I had with everyone there!CLAWI taught Humiliation 101 and Erotic Bootblacking. I had an amazing time. This is an event I know I will come back to every year, as well as ABW. This was simply an amazing social event with gay male energy all over the place. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and had amazing sex!MAYBeyond Leather I was honored to teach in Florida for this event, both Humiliation 101 and Sex and Gender 101. I was also auctioned off for charity, I apparently am worth $210 dollars total ;) It was my first exposure to pony play and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the locals in this community. It was also my chance to reconnect with family; Ms. Rae and boy Chris were a pleasure to interact with. I also had a chance to room with Hardy Haberman, who is truly an amazing guy. To see Sir Top and Slave Bonnie seamlessly work together Pony Play and the International Power Exchange contest was nothing short of spectacular! May this contest be occurring many, many decades to come!International Mr. LeatherThis was the big one folks! 20,000 hot Leather people together. I was overwhelmed, I must say. Nothing you read about or hear about will prepare you for the thousands of people, circuit parties, hotel parties, and two floors of vendor market. I had a great time. The IML staff were fabulous, the volunteers were wonderful. Our very own Mr. SELF did an amazing job representing the South East community during this competition! Please take the time to thank him for competing! Congratulations to Ramien Pierre our new International Mr. Leather, and Scout, our new International Mr. Bootblack.Blood Sweat & Queers: Nashville EditionI had the pleasure of hosting our biannual queer play party at the Mark by CPI, our BDSM community center in downtown Nashville. Almost 50 awesome gender bending folk came out to enjoy the music, food and space! I’m so glad this event went off without a hitch!See y’all at SELF soon!
Travel Fund Fundraiser
Thanks to you, the Nashville community, and the Mark by CPI community center for loaning us the space; I am officially funded for the second half of my title year. Not only am I successfully financed but I am over my original goal for the Leather Gear Workshop.
The original money from the three individuals who signed up on the GoFundMe account was all utilized to buy the workshop supplies.
Which after taxes were deducted and the money was deposited into the bank, it was 109 dollars.
From the indiegogo account and Leather Gear Workshop:
$770.00: Amount raised by credit card
-$69.30: Indiegogo platform fee (9.0%)
-$23.10: Payment processing fee (3%)
+$38.50: Credit card goal completion refund (5.0%)
=$716.10: Net amount disbursed to me
Plus 20 dollars given to me in cash, brings the total amount that was raised for my travel fund is:
-200.50 for plane ticket to CLAW
-120 Hotel for CLAW
-175- IML registration
-95 Frolicon Registration
-100 SELF Hotel
I want this note to keep a record of how your money is being spent. I will be spending the money for: Lodging, (such as hotels), Transportation, (plane tickets, gas, metro, taxis, buses), teaching supplies, (EX:pens, dry erase markers, boot blacking supplies,) and event registration/tickets. (Passes for day or weekend events.) I will not be using the money for food or alcohol, or anything unrelated directly to my title as SouthEast LeatherFest boy.
I will be providing an exact account of how the money is being spent until my step down on this note, so you can see how your donations and money are being spent!
Thank you all so much! I am so blessed to have the Nashville’s support.
Starting Amount: 736.10 dollars