BLACKOUT was conceived as ONYX’s traditional leather anniversary run weekend starting back in Chicago in 1995. It is a time when all ONYX members come together to fellowship, share education and enjoy each other’s company. Our goal for BLACKOUT is to have an inclusive, and sex-positive space for all people.  It is a place where racism, transphobia, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination do not exist.

Over the years, BLACKOUT has been hosted by our chapters in various cities: ONYX Midwest (Chicago) ; ONYX Southeast (Atlanta, Augusta, and New Orleans); ONYX Northeast (New York City); ONYX Mid-Atlantic (Ft. Lauderdale and Washington, D.C.) ; ONYX Southwest (Los Angeles) and ONYX Deep South (Ft. Lauderdale)

An important part of the weekend is exploring how the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and ability affect experiences of leather, kink, and sexualities. We are making a commitment to enriching these intersectionalities not only during BLACKOUT but throughout the year.

Some traditional events during each BLACKOUT include ONYX University, Brotherhood Awards/Recognition Dinner, Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Full Brothers, and our infamous Bar Crawl.

Prior BLACKOUT flyers: