I’m so happy to be heading to the annual Leather Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN this April! For those of you that aren’t familiar with LLC, it’s an annual conference that brings together people who help make the organization side of the community work – whether it’s volunteers, board members, education coordinators, educators, titleholders, event producers, vendors, or people who will be growing into those roles. It offers them (us!) a chance to work together for two days, to share their experiences, listen to new ideas, view poster presentations, and find the resources to help their group, event, business, or organization grow & develop in the coming years.
Here are the details of my class, Building Bridges & Creating Change:
Nothing can live in a vacuum – not even if it’s made of leather. Community building requires us to work with outside organizations, local businesses, and non-profits in order to do everything from raising funds for charities to letting novices know about safe spaces & techniques. At it’s best, those organizations can support us in our own mission, and can provide valuable allies in our efforts towards demystifying & decriminalizing our sexuality. Sarah Sloane, manager of The Pleasure Chest – Chicago and long-time kink educator & activist, will discuss concrete ways that activists, groups, and event board members can engage in building those connections with the non-kink world that they live in.
If you are at all involved in the “back end” of the alternative sexuality community, there is no place like LLC to get your network & education needs met. With three pre-conference sessions (one on adult sexual education that offers CE credits, and one on small publishing & self publishing taught by none other than Janet Hardy), classes from presenters including Rick Storer of the LA&M, Vivienne Kramer, Susan Wright, Mark Frazier, Allena Gabosch, and more and more and more…it’s going to be amazing.
If you are curious, or you think that LLC may be just what you’re looking for, please visit their website. Currently, registration is super inexpensive – only $89! There are also scholarships available for folks who can’t afford to pay for registration – if you’re interested, please drop a note to LLCNashvilleSROC@yahoo.com by 1/30/2012 with “scholarship” in the subject line for more info.
Hope to see many of you there – it’s going to be an amazing weekend in Nashville, TN!