BLACKOUT History

BLACKOUT was conceived as the traditional leather club Anniversary run weekend starting back in Chicago in 1995. It is a time when all ONYX members can come together to fellowship, share education and enjoy each others company. Our goal for BLACKOUT is to have an inclusive and sex positive space for all people. All are welcome, and racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated. An important part of the weekend is exploring how the intersectionanality of race, class, gender, and ability affect experiences of leather, kink, and sexualities. We are making a commitment to enriching these intersectionalites not only during BLACKOUT but throughout our communities.

Over the years, we have had held BLACKOUT in various cities hosted by our chapters: ONYX Southeast (Atlanta, Augusta and New Orleans), ONYX Northeast (New York City) and ONYX Mid-Atlantic (Ft. Lauderdale and Washington, DC)!

Some traditional events during each BLACKOUT includes: ONYX University, Brotherhood Awards/Recognition brunch, Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Full Brothers, and our Infamous Bar Crawl.

In October 2019, BLACKOUT 24 will be hosted by our Southwest Chapter in Los Angeles, California!

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