|What is the Leather Leadership Conference?
Leather Leadership Conference is a one-of-a-kind national event designed to develop the leadership skills of those who belong to a community which defines itself in various ways - BDSM, Leather, Kink and Fetish. Additionally, LLCs are about fostering a greater sense of connection between and within community groups.
Twelve years ago, a small group of people in New York City came together to address a need - a need to learn from one another and to mentor each other in terms of community building within the Leather/Kink tribe.
Since then, there has been a national event every year gathering people deeply committed to finding ways to bring us together, support each other, express our sexualities, explore the edges and insure the future.
The heart of the Conference is the professional quality programs, interactive workshops and presentations that will arouse you, will help you learn to make things happen, and will help you strengthen your community and your own skills, whether you identify as leather, kink, BSDM or fetish.
A list of this year's presentations is listed in the presentations section of this website.
Here is a rundown of the schedule:
April 11-13, 2008
Registration Desk open 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday Evening (Emerald Balloom)
(No Host Bar opens at 6:00 p.m.)
- 6:00 - 7:00 pm Myers-Briggs Icebreaker: What type of leader are you?
7:00 - 7:10 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Invocation
7:10 - 7:20 Colors & "America the Beautiful" by Veronica Klaus
7:20 - 7:30 Welcome and opening by Co-chairs
7:30 - 7:45 Welcome by Assemblyman Mark Leno
7:45 - 7:50 Race Bannon introduces Guy Baldwin
7:50 - 8:35 Opening Keynote Address - Guy Baldwin
8:35 Announcements and off to Atlanta party
Registration Desk open 7:30 am 6:00 pm
Saturday Morning (Emerald Ballroom)
Continental Breakfast open 7:30 (until 9:00)
- 8:00 am Opening announcements
8:10 Michael Thorn introduction by Mikel Gerle, Mr. IML 2007
8:15 Saturday Morning Keynote Address Michael Thorn
- 9:00 11:30 am Sessions 1, 2
11:30 am 1:00 pm Lunch Break
12 Noon Poster session presentations & art exhibition (Redwood Room)
- 1:00 5:00 pm Sessions 3, 4, 5
Registration Desk open 7:30 am 9:30 am
- 9:30 11:30 am Sessions 6, 7
- Closing Ceremonies (Emerald Ballroom)
12:15 pm Closing Keynote Address Patrick Califia
Closing directly after
There are other events which are an adjunct to LLC which can be found on the Arouse list (posted Monday April 7, 2008).
Where is it?
The venue is the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, at 1500 Van Ness Avenue (corner of Pine) in midtown San Francisco. It's at the end of a cable car line and convenient to the Castro, downtown and South of Market. There are plenty of local restaurants within walking distance and the hotel is full service. More about all this will be on this website as the event draws closer.
The amenities are designed so that you will be able to maximize your time at the Conference and not have to miss a presentation, speaker or event.