BLACKOUT is the biannual leather run of ONYX, a national organization founded by and for men of color who enjoy the leather lifestyle and believe in inclusivity.  In October 2025, BLACKOUT 30 will be hosted by ONYX Midwest, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity, promoting education and welfare for people of color who identify as male within the LGBTQ+ community. 

BLACKOUT is open to EVERYONE! We welcome not only our members but our friends, allies, and supporters and anyone who’s willing to embrace us, literally anyone, regardless of race, gender expression, sexuality, age, or other demographics. Take advantage of BLACKOUT 30 “Early Bird” registration which is available for purchase now by clicking here.

Since our first BLACKOUT event back in 1995, each year we’ve brought together hundreds of leather folk and friends from across the nation and around the world. BLACKOUT creates and sustains a space where racism, transphobia, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination do not exist. Anyone interested in education and exploration to empower and expand their sexuality, in a fun and nurturing environment is welcome! Our overarching vision prioritizes inclusivity and equity, striving for equal opportunities regardless of age, culture, or ability, with a steadfast commitment to fostering respect, diversity, and equality within the Leather community. 

BLACKOUT depends on our community of family, friends, admires, sponsors, and partners like you to make our event a success. We look forward to hosting you in Chicago and ensuring that you get the most out of BLACKOUT 30 – HOMECOMING !!!!!!