Here is a list of our Presenters and Panelists for ONYX University and our Special Guest for the Fireside Chat – Stephen Bailous!
Special Guest – Fire Side Chat
[toggle title=”Stephen Bailous (aka Daddy Stephen)”] As a founding father of ONYX Midwest and ONYX Northeast as well as an honorary member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic, Daddy Steve has witnessed the development of ONYX from the beginning, seeing the club establish itself as the premier organization for men of color that choose to explore leather and BDSM. His leather journey is rooted in old guard leather traditions that in addition to ONYX have included associate membership with Hellfire and M.A.F.I.A.
Now residing in Fort Lauderdale, he looks forward to seeing men of color continue to expand the kink/fetish community as ONYX continues to redefine brotherhood for men of color as Onyx forms a chapter in the Deep South.[/toggle]
ONYX University Presenters and Panelists
[toggle title=”Daddy Rod ONYX”]Daddy Rod is a native of San Jose, CA and currently lives in the Atlanta area. He has been a part of the Leather and BDSM/Kink Community for over 18 years with the last 15 years in the Atlanta area. He is currently the President of ONYX Southeast, Treasurer of the ONYX National Council and Co Founder of the Atlanta BDSM Workshop Series. He was Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2016. He is also a member of Mama’s Family as her “Digital Master”.He is also the executor of the Southeast Annex of the Carter-Johnson Leather Library and Collection!
His involvement with the Atlanta Leather/BDSM and Kink community, and ONYX in particular, has helped Daddy Rod embrace Leather History, his kinks and become a more confident man with a passion for education and preserving Leather History! He truly enjoys educating individuals of all races and sexual orientations about the Leather and BDSM history and culture, and fetish communities. He has supported charities and worked with many Leather, LGBT, and HIV/AIDS organizations including Leather Heart Foundation, Lost and Found, Positive Impact, and Thrive!
Daddy Rod kinky life includes Assplay, Spanking, Wax Play, Flogging, and more. He is an avid fitness and bodybuilding junkie, loves extensive travel, and exploring new cultures. He is a former Radio DJ at a jazz station where he had his own jazz show for over 9 years and hosted music shows!. He also enjoys game shows and has appeared on “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal”.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Daddy Richard”]Daddy Richard has been involved in leather/BDSM for about 40 years. Although because of the nature of his work he has maintained a rather low profile, he is a familiar face around leather events; he has been a mentor to innumerable Leathermen and boys; and he has been a trusted friend to countless other men and women in the leather community. He is a psychiatrist who has been involved with the group of kink-positive mental health professionals; he has treated many Leathermen and Leatherwomen, at times related to their struggle to accept their fetishes, but mostly for non-leather related concerns; and he has helped many young mental health professionals better address the concerns of clients involved with leather/BDSM. He has also been a member of ONYX virtually since its inception; he is a Founding Father of the New York/Northeast Chapter of ONYX; and he has been otherwise engaged in helping men of color better define and understand their interest in leather/BDSM. In addition, many have enjoyed his lecture demonstrations on a range of leather/BDSM activities, and he has consulted with various groups in an effort to secure the freedom of Leathermen and Leatherwomen to enjoy their play and to do so in the most healthy way possible.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Dominion ONYX”].Born in Washington, DC, Dominion ONYX is Leather Daddy and a Bear, that’s into all that kinky shit that you are afraid to talk about, but always wanted to try. His kink/fetish interests include: spanking, flogging, caning, nipple play, electro play and his truest love is Ass Play. Controlling that pleasure and thereby being pleased is his honor and privilege. Looking into a man’s eyes as he reaches that spot deep inside is his greatest joy.
Outside of his leather interests, he is also a Black Gay writer, blogger, architect,and radio personality. Dominion is also 2007 BLACKOUT “Pig of the Run”, a member of the ONYX National Council, and a brother with the ONYX Mid-Atlantic Chapter.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Master James and Queen Raini”]Master James is a classically trained lifestyle dominant male Leatherman in the scene since 1977. Trained as a slave and progressing from that to Trainer. He’s now a Master with slaves and submissives of different sexualities. His fetishes are Rope and Percussion Play.
Queen Raini is a Dominant Leather Woman/Queen with 30 + years of experience in the lifestyle. As current Onyx Pearl Southeast President, she strives to promote diversity amongst kink and leather communities. Her current passions include helping kinksters to add sanity and creativity to any scene, helping cross dressers discover and experience their “Inner Diva”, and initiating/mentoring the curious and newbies into the lifestyle, all in a safe and non judgmental way. She also believes there is no “one true way”. No matter what steps you took, you are on your Leather Journey. Some of Queen Raini’s favorite kinks include rope, percussion, electricity and sensory play. “I’m a giver. I give until someone hurts.”.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Sir Eli”]Eli Fishburne IV goes by many names – the men of his leather club, Onyx, call him Opulence O2nyx. Mama Sandy and her family named him Sir Ra. Many more people know him as Mr. Maryland Leather 2016.
By whichever name, Sir Eli is known for his tireless support of the Leather, Trans and LGBTQ community, his joy in sharing his knowledge of rope bondage, fire play and spanking, his energetic embodiment of the Onyx motto, “Educate, Empower, Explore” and his irrepressible, and sometimes irreverent, brand of kind-hearted sadism! Show UP & Show OUT![/toggle]
[toggle title=”Volt ONYX”]Sir Volt joined ONYX in 2011after relocating from California back home to the Midwest. After serving four years as the President of the Midwest chapter he continues his service as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During his presidency he led the organization into its current growth phase and financial solvency, community education and increased presence across the Midwest which resulted in the creation of the newly formed Great Lakes Chapter, predominantly serving Michigan and Ohio. He also serves as a member of the ONYX National Council as the National Secretary. As a member of the founding chapter of ONYX, he appreciates the history and leadership that has resulted in the development of the six chapter organization (and growing) known internationally today.
Sir Volt thrives off of Brotherhood and helping others navigate their leather journey. He believes that leather is a personal journey supported by a community of fiercely supportive and loving people which is why he chose ONYX. Sir Volt is devoted to and enjoys helping grow the presence of ONYX and has been a mentor to three different groups of men seeking membership within the ONYX family. He constantly challenges himself and his ONYX Brothers to grow and serve within our communities.
Sir Volt’s kink/fetish interests include Electric and Fire, Fisting, Dildos, CBT, Flogging, Bondage, Spanking and Water Sports.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Sir Apocalypse ONYX”] Sir Apocalypse is very happily married and currently the President of ONYX Lone Star located in the Central Southwest Region. Sir is a proud Leather mentor in the Leather culture for many men throughout the United States. In his prior life, Sir has participated in the non profit sector in the LGBT community in various forms for the past 25 years, on the front lines of Detroit’s LGBT Social Justice Movement and Marriage Equality, a chair for the Detroit’s Black Gay Pride Hotter than July and as a part of the the LGBT Senior Initiative which has been adapted by the AARP and the Human Rights Campaign. Sir Apocalypse has also been an instructor for a non profit that teaches ex-offenders working adult skills in the culinary and hospitality industries. Sir believes in maintaining strict tradition of leather etiquette, protocol and teaching the core values of Trust, Honor and Respect in the Leather Fetish and Kink Culture. He has also been active privately in the BDSM lifestyle as a Sir, Dom and Sadist for the more than 3 years and is now an active member of the Men of ONYX since 2012.
Some of Apocalypse major fetishes and kinks include fisting, flogging, single tail, spanking/percussion, wax play, sounding, Sir/boi discipline exchange, WS and CBT. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Migs ONYX”]Miguel Bujanda (Migs ONYX), a first generation Mexican American Gay Cis Man, became a full ONYX Southwest Brother in February 2017. Always interested in the Leather Community, Migs was introduced to ONYX while visiting Atlanta for work at the CDC. Once he learned of the formation of the Southwest Chapter, Migs began his leather journey in his native city of Los Angeles. He joined ONYX to increase his knowledge about the leather community and its amazing history to enhance his own personal Leather journey.
Migs has worked in the public health sector, extensively with gay Latino and Black men across the United States in HIV care and prevention services for 20+ years. He is dedicated to not only increase knowledge of Health and Prevention, but also social injustice and personal well-being in all communities of color. He hosts a bi-weekly Social Media page on Facebook – “This is Migs On… “and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Director for Reach LA – A Black and Latino LGBT Youth Organization in Los Angeles. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Lady Steele”]Lady Steele has been publicly in the Leather community since 1999, but she has been kinky for her whole life. She held the position of Social Coordinator for NLA – Atlanta during its last incarnation in Atlanta and has presented across the U.S. She currently resides in Atlanta where she operates her law practice that serves alternative lifestyles.
Lady Steele is head of the Center of Learning and School of Success (C.L.A.S.S.) and the Worthless Bastards (Cigar) Club (W.B.C. – Atlanta). She is also the co-founder of The Leather Coterie (T.L.C.) . She continues to give back to the community as the Fundraising Coordinator for the Southeast Leather Fest (SELF) and Board Support for the Leather Leadership Conference.
Another of Lady Steele’s passions lies in presenting about the law. Her presentations cover many family, civil, criminal, contracts, and business law topics. More specifically, Lady Steele’s favorite legal topics to cover are how to protect BDSM families, poly families, and multipartnered households through legal documentation.
When she is not presenting in person, Lady Steele shares her knowledge every Monday at 6:30 ET through her BlogTalk radio program, “The Legal Show,” which she co-hosts with renowned Sci-Fi author Bennet Pomerantz. She has appeared three times on the KinkyCast, where spoke to the hosts on the topics of BDSM and the Law, Cigar Service and Play, and Poly and the Law. She has also appeared on the Poly Podcast, where she again spoke about Poly and the Law. Her BDSM and the Law podcast on KinkyCast has garnered more than 20,000 listens and downloads.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Ms. D Dom and Creme Dream”]MsDDom and CreamDream have lived in a lifestyle relationship since 2010. With lifestyle experiences, cultural, and age differences, their dynamic works fluidly between the BDSM and vanilla worlds. The reality: it’s not easy, but sustaining it is their priority. Active in the Atlanta BDSM community, both lend their support as co-leaders for the Black Atlanta Munch (B.A.M.) and are members of MAsT Atlanta Metro.
MsDDom is the founder of Black FemDoms-Atlanta (BFD) and WiLA (Women in Leather Atlanta); she also co-leads the Georgia Femme Dommes (GFD) event at 1763. CreamDream leads the Male Sub’s Munch and lends his service to BFD and GFD. They are adventurous travelers and enjoy sharing their time with other lifestylers across the U.S. and in Canada.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Spec ONYX”]”Spec is a black, trans, poly leatherman who lives in Atlanta and works as a DevOps/Software Engineer for a non-profit based in NYC. He’s been a brother of ONYX, a leather fraternity for men of color, since 2012 and joined the Southeast chapter after moving from New York in 2015. He’s proud to be a part of the B.U.I.L.T. leather family and he has also served as Mr. American Rubber 2014. Spec is an avid traveler, but is a homebody at heart and loves spending time near home with his two partners.”[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Pup Beacon”]Beacon serves on the board of Onyx SoCal/Southwest as Pledge Master and is spearheading the chapter’s leather and kink education program. Beacon is one of the founders of Team Friendly SoCal.
Beacon joined the leather/kink community in 2012 and has dedicated his time supporting the community through volunteering at local and national events, introducing people to kink, kink education, reducing stigma of HIV, educating and helping people access PrEP and encouraging sex positivity.
Beacon is a proud poly, switch pig with a long list of fetishes but is most passionate about: Pup play, ABDL, fisting, flogging, water sports and nipple play.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Pup Yoshi”]Pup Yoshi has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for over 15 years, and is a proud brother of the ONYX SoCal-Southwest Chapter.
He has helped to plan and organize numerous parties, bar nights and special events that have raised thousands of dollars for LGBT organizations. He has served on the planning committee for the Leather Tent at Long Beach Pride, as well as for the inaugural Leather Tent at this year’s Orange County Pride. He is a recipient of the Larry Wright Memorial Award from Bears LA in recognition of outstanding volunteer work.
Pup Yoshi lives in Long Beach, California and is part of a leather family with his Sir and husband, Master Gary, and their boy, boy Andy. His kink interests include bondage, flogging/impact play, sports uniforms/gear, and pup play.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Remi”]Remi Johnson, better known as boy remi or Daddy Storm, he currently resides in Durham, NC. He is an 8 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proud graduate of NC Central University “Eagle Pride”. In March of 2016 Remi became a proud brother of Onyx Southeast in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder of the House of ORORO. He feels that “All leather is beautiful and unique, yet Strong and Powerful. Just be willing to acknowledge it and try to understand it, before you judge it!”[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Voudou ONYX”]Voudou ONYX hails from Maywood, IL and has had an interest in ONYX since the early 2000’s. He finally came aboard ONYX/Midwest in the summer of 2015 with the DOMINANCE pledge line. He has found a home with his ONYX brothers that accepts him and his love for all things “Kinky & Glamorous”. He hopes to bring something new to the table and exhibits his flair for drama in his leather presentations in this non-judgmental space.
In the past, Voudou has worked with non-profits to help organize fund raisers for HIV-Awareness, marched in numerous Gay Pride Parades and held a position as an assistant show-coordinator for the former “Club Colours” in Jackson, MS.
Using his love for Science Fiction, comic books, movies and music videos as an influence, and what was taught to him through his journey in the club scene, Voudou designs, creates and customizes many of his leather pieces.
Always ready to take someone’s photograph and his love for archiving and collecting pieces of history, Voudou Onyx is more than ready to take on the reins of Historian for ONYX/Midwest [/toggle]