ONYX University Schedule

ONYX University will be located on the 16th floor starting at 10am.

Buffet Lunch is from Noon – 1pm.

The Fireside Chat with Stephen Bailous starts at 1pm. ONYX University resumes at 2pm.

Here is the link for the Presenter’s Bios!

10am – 11am

“Queering: Androgyny and Individuality”

Does “Femininity” in a Man’s leather make him less than a Man? Does “Masculinity” in a Woman’s leather make her less than a Woman? Do these personas disrespect the Legacy and tradition of Leather? Is androgyny accepted in the Leather community? These ideas focus on Masculinities/Femininities in both Men and Women. The panel seeks to address the complex identities that contributes to the unconventional/non-conforming expressions within the Leather community. – Remi with Voodou, Boylicious, Eli

“Pup Play”

What is Pup Play? What is Pup Headspace and what do you need to be in it? What does the Handler and pup get from participating in Pup Play? This discussion/demo will talk answer these questions along with show the props and gear used by pups in play, pup to pup interaction and the role of the Handler.- Pup Beacon and Pup Yoshi

11am – Noon

“The Art of Assplay”

A live exploration of Ass Play with various Dildos, Butt Plugs, Prostate Simulators and other anal devices in the service of deeper stimulation and a more intense orgasm. Topics will include relaxation and deep breathing techniques, anal health and preparation. – Daddy Rod ONYX & Dominion ONYX

“Sustainable D/s or M/s Dynamics”

Creating and entering into a D/s or M/s relationship for a Dominants/Masters and s-types can be exciting and new, but over time, there may be challenges sustaining the structure and zeal. Basic techniques and tips for managing and sustaining a D/s or M/s relationship between a Dominant/Master and their s-type will be discussed. While the perspective is from the Female Master/male slave dynamic, this presentation is applicable and open to all D-types and s-type power exchange/authority-based dynamics whom want to attend.- D Dom and Creme

2pm – 3pm

“Keeping Your Kink Ahead of Race”

An important discussion about how people of color can best navigate our way to enjoyment of our various kinks, fetishes and interest without stumbling into the traps of discrimination, fetishization and objectification. Is it possible to explore power exchange with folks who are different from us in a way that nurtures and excites all those involved without being too guarded to have fun or so open that it ceases to be play? Show UP and show OUT for this talk and let’s find out!- Sir Eli

3pm – 4pm

“Can I Be Freaky and Mentally Healthy?”

In mental health terms, much of what we describe as “freaky” is called a “paraphilia’ (i.e., sexual interest in and sexual arousal from an activity that does not involve genital stimulation or preparatory fondling of the genitals). Over the last 20 years or so, how the mental health professions have come to understand the ‘paraphilias’ has evolved enormously, mostly due to the work of groups like the Coalition for Sexual Freedom and individual psychiatrists, psychologists and others who have focused their life’s work on increasing our understanding of human sexuality. We are now at a point where a paraphilia is not a sign of mental illness in and of itself. However, when it causes subjective distress or results in negative consequences, it is then, in fact, labeled as a mental disorder. This lecture/discussion will describe the paraphilias (for example, sexual sadism, etc.); the various factors that make them mentally healthy or unhealthy; and how to incorporate this knowledge into our efforts to be the most mentally healthy “freaks” that we can be.- Daddy Richard

“BDSM and the Law”

What legal dangers are inherent to what it is we do? The simple truth is, legal issues abound when it comes to participating in BDSM. It can affect several areas in our lives, including family, criminal, civil, estate planning, healthcare, and even businesses law. How can you prepare yourself for the worst case scenario? Come find out to have your questions answered. – Lady Steele

4pm – 5pm

“Cock and Ball Torture (CBT)”

Bring your interests and questions about the art of manipulating appliances to traverse pain and pleasure as the male genitalia is constricted and abused. You will learn about and witness our submissives encounter physical and emotional pleasure while experiencing many of the following acts that make up the mind blowing limitless possibilities of Cock and Ball Torture: ball-busting, ball-crushing, ball-stretching, genital flogging, humbling, parachuting, piercing, testicle cuffing, tickling, urethral play, waxing and featuring electrostimulation.

– Volt ONYX and Apocalypse ONYX

“Poly Relationships: Beyond the Jealousy”

Poly relationships are inherently challenging and require partners that are ready, willing and able to bend and flex to ever-changing circumstances. We’ll talk about the foundations of healthy poly relationships including: * Communication * Time management * Introspection and self-work * Negotiation

– Spec Black

5pm – 6pm

“Rope: The Gateway to Scenes”

Rope is a wonderful gateway to scenes of All kinds OR a huge Scene in Itself! This presentation is designed to take the mystery out of the toy & empower the class in techniques that will offer multiple opportunities to enhance their scenes. – Master James and Queen Raini

“Bridging the Divide: Developing Effective Recruiting Strategies for ONXY Chapters”

ONYX is a Leather Fraternity for Gay & Bisexual Men of Color.  But, how do we effectively recruit other races into our chapters to increase the racial and cultural diversity of our brotherhood? When we use the term “people of color”, we assume readers will understand this to be inclusive of all ethnic backgrounds.  History has shown this isn’t the case.  On numerous occasions the response has been, “I thought ONYX was for black men only.”  We must be proactive about actively recruiting all racial groups into our ONYX chapters regionally and nationwide. How do we engage Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Native American Gay Men, or any minority to pledge ONYX? We will discuss the intersections of race and cultural backgrounds, and how to develop an effective recruitment strategy for each of our chapter’s jurisdictions. Inclusion begins at home. – Migs ONYX