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UPRISE! 2023 Sponsors

Ally~Advocate~Warrior Project

As a lifetime Ally/Advocate/Co-Conspirator, DominaKat has blended this passion with her Lifestyle community service to actively support efforts to create safe, welcoming, empowering spaces for the Leather & Kink Community, and in 2022 she founded The Ally~Advocate~Warrior Project, dedicated to encouraging better allyship and advocacy to marginalized communities in the Lifestyle.

Black Atlanta Munch

Black Atlanta Munch: Established in July 2010, the Black Atlanta Munch (B.A.M.) group was created by and for Black persons and People of Color who desire to actively explore the Atlanta alternative lifestyle community and community-at-large through kink, BDSM, and Leather; we are a gateway. B.A.M. is an active supporter, lifestyle advocate, peer-mentor, LGBTQ+ friendly, and BIPOC affinity group.

Black Fem Doms- Atlanta

BFD-Atlanta or Black FemDoms-Atlanta, is an adult social and educational affinity group focused on BDSM and kink for Black Women who identify as Master, Mistress, or Dominant, and all s-types regardless of their race, gender, or sexuality.

Brown Goddess’ Circle of Sisters

Brown Goddess has been an active member, supporter and presenter of and for the BDSM, Leather and kink communities for over 20 years. She and Her Tribe hold space for likeminded BIPOC kinksters and allies via Brown Goddess’ Circle of Sisters and Hudson Valley Love of Leather (HVLOL) munch.

Dark Haven
Florida Power Exchange

Florida Power Exchange is an annual conference that celebrates and educates on the diverse Power Exchange dynamics lived throughout the world. We hope to accomplish this by providing a safe and inclusive space for all dynamics, races, genders, sexual identities, and abilities. We hope to maintain an environment that fosters an opportunity to learn, share, and come together in a way that unifies us all as unique, goal-oriented individuals to create a stronger inclusive community.

for your life coach

Expect expertise to amplify your best, support of what you know to be true for you, and answers you did not know you had before the conversation. Catherine Gross is a Master Certified Coach (MCC), BCC, and CMC. I have logged 34,800+ hours of coaching. I work with mental health care professionals, executives; those who seek to tighten their relationship bonds, people who are choosing personal foundations, and mentoring coaches.

House of Black Panther

The House of the Black Panther: The House of the Black Panther is a Leather consensual authority-based monogamous household built upon love, care and trust. The mission of the House of the Black Panther is to uphold the cultural heritage as well as the lifestyle legacy of Sir Guy and his girl, Malika SG, to educate, inform, mentor and share information related to the lifestyle, its history with particular attention to that of People of Color. Its credo is "Honor, Heritage, History, Humility."

House of Exeter

Our Vision: To help foster the growth of thriving power exchange, service, and Leather communities by providing a greater understanding of critical soft skills, mental health topics, and key relationship skills through free and accessible virtual education.

House of Kampilan

House Kampilan [kɐmˈpi.lan], established on August 20th, 2023, was born out of a commitment to serve the community through emphasizing safety and education.

House Of SCK

Established in 2018, the House of SCK is a diverse Leather house founded on the core values of Loyalty, Support & Family. The House of SCK is committed to supporting fellow Leather Houses, Groups and Events because we know the importance and value of giving back to the Community and insuring the longevity of our lifestyle.

leather girls of color

2021, Leather girls of Color (LgOC) is a patched Club for Black & Indigenous People of Color who self-identify as girls (cis, femme, or nonbinary) on the right side of the slash (submissive, slave, or switch) or right-side exploring within the Leather community.

MAsT Chicago

MAsT: Chicago is focused on the educational and social needs of the greater Chicago area for individuals interested in Authority Exchange dynamics. MAsT: Chicago is led by a Trio of directors from diverse backgrounds and each identifies as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ and believes that each individual gets to define how they identify their own Authority Exchange Dynamic.

MAsT Jacksonville

Masters and slaves Together Jacksonville is a pan dynamic chapter whose mission is to provide social and support opportunities for its members and fosters the beneficial exchange of lifestyle knowledge and experience. It exists for those of us in the Master/slave lifestyle to have one place to come together as a whole to learn, teach, and grow together. Join us in Jacksonville October 28 as we host our annual Kinky Karnival .

Milner Worldwide Promotional Products

Our focus is on our alternative communities, whether it’s gangsters, LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, sexuality educators, pagans, or just people who don’t fit into your average box! From printed materials to event supplies, we help promote you! Email us at and let us start your project today!

Misfits United

A combination of an evolving Leather Household, Misfits United is headed up by Master "Daddy" Zulu as an umbrella of education, activism, tradition, entertainment, connections and camaraderie. Misfits United produced the Black To Leather Podcast (2020-2021). Stay tuned for the premiere of season 3 in 2024.

Naughty Revival

Naughty Revival is a 21+ 2-Night, immersive experience of kink. Join us for an alternative lifestyle event that provides an upscale, safe place to express yourself freely and/or explore non-traditional desires. From the moment you enter the hotel, be transported into an indulgence of sensual pleasures that include everything from dungeon performances, classes, swingers’ suite, pool dungeon, and more.

Onyx Pearls- Northeast

ONYX Pearls NY-NE's Mission is to build a Sisterhood that supports, educates, and empowers Women of Color involved in Leather/BDSM/Fetish Lifestyles. As a responsible Leather Organization in the NYC Metro Community, we strive to engage in various social, educational, service, and charitable endeavors within the New York/New Jersey area that develop friendships and promote safety for women.

South Plains Leatherfest

After a huge success in 2023, South Plains Leatherfest is thrilled to be collaborating again with the Leather Solidarity Collective at SPLF 2024, March 21-24, 2024. LSC at SPLF offers dedicated educational, social, play featuring programming and events focused on the lived experiences of the Leather and Kink BIPOC Community. Programming will include: Social for BIPOC and Allies, BIPOC-led Educational Track, Dedicated Dungeon Space for BIPOC and Allies, and a BIPOC Panel.

Southeast Leather Fest

SELF’s theme is “IMPACT— Strike your inhibitions! Leave your mark.” SELF is asking our attendees to consider: What has held you back? Are there inhibitions you’d like to leave in the dust? How DO you want to make an impact? How will you leave your mark? Join SELF June 13-16, 2024 at the Courtland Grand Hotel, less than 15 minutes from Atlanta’s airport.

The Dark Lair

The Dark Lair: BSM Support and Education for People of Color: Founded in 2013 by Sir Guy, the Dark Lair is an alternative lifestyle support and education group geared toward BIPOC individuals interested in learning about BDSM, Leather and Kink. The goal of the Dark Lair is to be a safe space for education, interaction and camaraderie for the People of the Global Majority, or People of Color, and to encourage and develop more educators for Communities of Color in these lifestyles.

The Woodshed Orlando

The Woodshed is Orlando's kinky community center. We are not only a teaching and research resource but also operate one of the top dungeon spaces on the east coast of the country.

Twisting Culture

Twisting Culture is a celebration of the diversity found in the Leather Culture throughout the northeast alternative sex-positive community! We feel strongly about making space for and giving a voice to people who live their kink, their way. This is a place for anyone who has a way of being that's all their own: you qualify as-is, in full. Define sexy your way. Our full weekend event including educational tracks for think/kink/edge, evening showcases, Northeast Person of Leather Contest.


On June 8, 1980 at the age 14, while still in junior high on a US Military Base on the small island of Okinawa, Japan, DJ Zulu began his affair with music and spinning. What followed is a career performing all over the globe for a variety of clubs and special events from fetish lifestyle to mainstream. Between 1983 and 1995, DJ Zulu spun in clubs world wide ranging from Japan, to Europe various locations throughout the states.

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