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Enter through our gateway
into a realm that holds
a decade of pain
To all our leather/SM/Fetish/Kink friends:
LeatherFest Stands Behind Its Words!
LeatherFest X, and its parent organization Club X San Diego, have recently
become the focus of several accusations which have alleged that Club X/LeatherFest
is insensitive to minority issues or is somehow racist. Briefly put, these
tales are wrong.
Club X/ LeatherFest has always been inclusive, is inclusive now, and
will remain inclusive in the future. We as an organization and as individuals
have always sought to reach out to as many peoples, communities, groups,
organizations and other individuals as we could. This has not stopped in
recent years and has in fact increased with LeatherFest X, which occurs
this April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, expected to be the largest and best attended
event yet. Obviously we must be doing quite a few things right for such
an overwhelming majority of people to return year in and year out and for
the event to continue to grow in popularity and size as it has.
Unfortunately, we can not be all things to all people all of the time.
Try as we might. There are only so many hours in the weekend in which LeatherFest
X will be held and that limits the number of workshops, panels, and discussions
that can be held as well.
As usual there are many more excellent topics for workshops and panels
than there is time and space to hold them. Each year we base the new line-up
of workshops on the responses we have received from previous year's attendees.
The recent claims of "insensitivity" stem from an initial decision
to not hold another "Minorities & SM" panel. This would be
the third year in a row that such a panel was to be held and the organizers
of LeatherFest X had elected not to hold it again so as to give other panels
or workshops a timeslot so that they could be presented for their first
time. The lineup of workshops and panels is in a constant state of flux,
that is its nature. It has since been revised to once again include this
particular panel. This time however, it will be even more inclusive and
diverse than in years past.
The LeatherFest X Committee, the Club X Board, and all the individuals
who are volunteering their time, efforts, and hearts to make this event
so great, all hope that this message clears the air on this issue. Despite
the rumors, innuendoes, and twisted statements, Club X/LeatherFest will
continue offering an excellent Leather/ SM/ Fetish educational and social
event. An event that is open to all and is as diverse and inclusive as
it ever has been.
We welcome all of you to attend LeatherFest X and see for yourselves
just how rich and diverse our wonderful event really is. See you there
Yours in Leather Pride, Celebrating a Decade of Pain & Pleasure,
The LeatherFest Staff