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UPRISE! Award of Excellence Nominees

Our 2022 UPRISE! Award Nominees...


Bratty Azzassin

Bratty Azzassin is a bratty, poly, switch, little, Leather girl, currently owned in a M/s dynamic. Bratty is a founding organizer of Leather girls Of Color, and a member in absentia of Philly Black Munch. Bratty is a current South Florida resident. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator with 20 years of education experience. Bratty entered into the land of kink/BDSM in 2017, and has since presented with various groups on topics such as: finding your tribe, parenting while in the lifestyle, being solo on the BDSM journey, consent spectrum (PRICK) and other topics as well. Bratty has interests in impact, bondage (particularly rope), CBT, and fire. She is always exploring new kinks as well. Bratty spends her time balancing her neopolitan life as mother of two (25 and 10), leaning into her dynamic, and community organizer/educator.

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Bri Burning

Bri Burning (she/her and they/them) is your International Person of Leather 2020 and Northwest Person of Leather 2019! Bri is a leather little, genderqueer femme, proud Indigenous Mexican, s-type, and Ma’am to one. They have been active in the SF/Bay Area kink and Leather community since 2010 and started their journey as a presenter in 2015 at the SF Citadel and Dark Odyssey Surrender. They served as the moderator of the SF Submissive Safe Space, a leader of the Submissive Girls Night Out group, and a member of the SF girls of Leather. Her passion in kink and leather education continuously grows in topics such as self-care, power exchange, age play, and service—which she spreads like glitter!



Daesha (pronouns: she/her) is a Biracial Mexican and Japanese American with Filipino and Polynesian roots. Demi Fem Leathergirl munch-host and organizer in LA/OC California, currently involved in multiple volunteering avenues supporting local events and serving as Chief Operating Officer and Big Sister Mentor for SAKE SoCal Asian Kink Events, and Mod for LA Kinky Weirdos helping raise over $10,000 in donations to the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center from charity events.

She is service and ownership oriented submissive with 16 years experience in the lifestyle centered around Total Authority Transfer and Power Exchange Relationships. She is passionate about service to the community and committed to the furthering of educational programming. Daesha first became active in the public scene in 2005 attending Passive Arts (currently known as Sanctuary LAX) through the Fet Noir group. From there she has been active in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Mesa Arizona communities as a participant, until she finally settled in the Orange County area in 2015. She has spoken on BDSM panels pertaining to BDSM 101 & Safety, BIPOC Inclusivity, AAPI Cultural Stereotypes in Kink for various organizations, as well as QTBIPOC panels for both Obsidian LA's Paradise, & Anomaly of Karansas' Cirque de Earth. Her time with Leather Solidarity Collective was spent as an Ambassador Director and opening for UPRISE 2021 as Keynote Speaker. Additionally she has been interviewed for KinkyAFPodcast as well as the Black to Leather Podcast, and has participated in and/or assisted with multiple virtual conferences. Locally she is largely known for her munch and Dungeon Party events where she was Operations Manager and Vetting Coordinator.

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Xir Oya

Xir Oya is an artisan of somatic complexity. A Dominant with a fine kink palette... an
aesthetic... and a dense skillset. A skill set of marvel, built intensely and meticulously
over the span of 4 years with both self-discipline and legacy wisdom from mentors
and Dom/mes across the spectrum of experience. An artist of a peculiar sort; A
tactician and ultimately a healer through psycho-sensual linguistics, somatic
manipulation and energetic acuity.
Xir Oya is your current Mr. Maryland Leather 2020-2021, born and raised in
Baltimore, MD. Xir Oya is a Millennial Leather Classicist and kink prodigy and the
Head-of-Household for the Tribe of Mount Saint Oya. They are acknowledged as a
Mxter (Master) in the Leather Community. They have taught at numerous
conferences such as International Miss Leather, The Black Sex Workers’ Conference,
The Master/slave Conference, Sex Down South, ATL Tantra Fest in Tulum , and
including being a Lead Facilitator for EROS Fest LA, . They are a recurring co-host of
LGBT Detroit's Annual Winter Pride "Cold As Hell" Fundraiser. Xir Oya believes that it
is imperative to both, “Welcome change and embrace fundamental tradition,” in
order for the community to continue to evolve effectively. They enjoy travel for
conferences, festivals, and any other educational opportunity or experience that
they may draw from to evolve their ability. When they're not in a hot scene, they
enjoy karaoke, hiking, exploring, and just being Daring.

UPRISE! Award of Excellence Past Winners

Our 2021 UPRISE! Award Winner

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