History of LLC
In 1997, John Weis and his NYSMA colleagues joined forces to produce
the first Leather Leadership Conference. Their goal was to produce training
sessions for current and potential leaders of the SM/Leather/Fetish
community. The first conference, held in NYC, drew more than 40 participants.
Elated, John sought input from others and continued the concept. In
1998 the LLC II conference, also in NYC, drew 125 people and produced
two policy statements, "The Difference Between SM and Abuse" and "BDSM
In 1999, the conference moved to San Francisco, attracting approximately
275 participants. At the same time, the informal Board of Governors
decided to formalize the organization. Leather Leadership Conference,
Inc. was incorporated, and
and its 501(c)(3) status was approved by the IRS in 2005 retroactively to 1999.
A record number of 306 participants attended LLC 2000 (LLC-IV) in Washington,
D.C. The conference introduced several new twists, including the very
successful poster sessions and the establishment of a permanent website
for the organization. Planning to expand the Leather Leadership Conference,
the Board voted to expand to nine positions. Openings were announced
and nominations were solicited, with selections to be made in June.
Each yearly conference since has added new, interesting and successful ways for community members to gain leadership skills and to network with one another.
See the programs from previous LLC's (LLC 1-3 not avail on web).
Podcasts of LLC XI presentations are available