Leather Leadership Conference XII

By Steve Lenius February 14, 2008

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Guy Baldwin, Michael Thorn, and Patrick Califia will be featured speakers at Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) XII, April 11-13, in San Francisco.

April. San Francisco. Leather. Any questions? Why would you not be there?

If you plan to go, register soon—prices go up after February 29.

Now in its 12th year, LLC is one of the leather/BDSM/fetish community’s premier leadership-development resources. Each year’s conference is a weekend program of speakers, seminars, and exhibits aimed at developing the leadership, mentorship, and community-building skills of participants. Additionally, the event seeks to create a greater sense of connection among community groups.

This year’s conference has a one-word theme—with a double meaning: “Arouse!” The primary aim of the San Francisco-based organizers is to arouse, excite, and challenge attendees as leaders and as members of the leather/BDSM/fetish community. In addition, according to the LLC XII Web site, it hopes to “bring some of the sexiness and edge of what we do into the conference.”

Noted Radical Sexuality activist Guy Baldwin will deliver Friday’s keynote speech. For more than 40 years, he has served the community as a psychotherapist; author (Ties That Bind, SlaveCraft, The Leather Contest Guide); titleholder (International Mr. Leather 1989); lecturer; and presenter of many workshops and seminars through the United States and Canada.

Saturday’s featured speaker will be Michael Thorn, Editor-in-Chief of Instigator Magazine, an outspoken and often provocative chronicle of “the next generation of global men’s fetish.” He is described on the magazine’s Web site as “relentless crusader for your right to be different.”

Closing keynote speaker Patrick Califia, a licensed therapist, prolific author, and longtime radical-sex and S/M activist, is a former lesbian who is now a bisexual transman. (Yes, he says, some people’s lives are more confusing than yours.)

The “Arouse!” theme of this year’s conference is reflected and extended in the planned program categories (“tracks”): Evolve (organizational development/vision); Involve (event planning); Arouse (case studies/activism); Embrace (outreach/volunteer development); Ignite (high end/advanced seminars); Transform (personal enrichment/individual skills); and Influence (media/legal/professional/branding).

For more information, visit leatherleadership.org/llc12/.


LLC XI Podcast Library Keeps Growing

Regardless of whether you’re attending LLC XII in San Francisco, how about improving your leather self while you’re working out, commuting, or just relaxing? It’s as easy as downloading one or more of a growing library of free podcasts from LLC XI, held last year in Minneapolis. The 10 podcasts available include speeches by Barbara Nitke, John Pendal, and Laura Antoniou, plus a number of workshops. For a link, visit www.leatherleadership.org.

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