Leather Storytelling @ NYC’s Lesbian Sex Mafia!

This weekend i unexpectedly had the chance to catch up with one of my oldest buddies. This was someone who I was closest to as a crusty punk, pseudo-homeless kid. Back in the day we hung out almost everyday and even lived together for a while in a studio apartment with two other kids, dogs, cats and other assorted critters. We had floggers and ballgags hung on the wall and he was an interracial part of the gutter punk leather community that turned me out.  The leather community that I’m surrounded with here at this time and place in my life is wonderful, but it’s also a world that can be full of flash and posturing and not the gritty realness of that leather community we built for ourselves.

My buddy and I fell out of touch years ago, but he’s someone I think of often.  This weekend as we talked of where we’ve each been in the past few years the text message conversation shifted to how writing and leather have been the constant tools that we’ve each continued to use to understand ourselves and make sense of our lives. It was really great timing for me to have this tender moment of shared memory and connection as I excitedly prepare to go and facilitate my Leather Storytelling workshop this Friday night at NYC’s Lesbian Sex Mafia!

Leather Storytelling is about taking ownership of why we find solace, and pleasure in the things that we do, and coming out of the shadows to make our voices heard. This workshop is designed for all variety of folks who find leather to be a driving force in their lives regardless of context or dynamic(s). The workshop is not specifically about writing porn/erotica though of course sexually explicit themes are welcome, but rather this is focused on telling the stories of our dynamics, of our communities, and of ourselves. Leather Storytelling is focused on exploring what it means to tell our stories when as leather folk we are often silenced, and pushed out of even the most progressive spaces who deem us as inappropriate or obscene. Through guided writing exercises, workshop participants will discover the transformative power of storytelling and how it can be used to break down divides, foster and preserve community, and build coalitions within leather community and beyond.

I hope that you will join us to explore the power of storytelling in your leather life. more info here 

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. (7th/8th Ave)
When: Friday, December 16, 2011; 8:00-10:00PM
Cost: LSM Members: Free admission with grab bag gift ($5 max). Non-members: $5 with grab bag gift.