I saw a comment I meant to reply to, which has since been lost in my activity feed, from someone wondering if there would be a Weekend Reunion this year. The three lovely persons who organized that—and give dynamic hugs, by the way—have said in their Fetlife group that they are not planning to host one this year.
Meanwhile, here are some other large scale get togethers I’m aware of:
Also, pervertsofcolor mentioned possibly organizing a Perverts Of Color get together this year. The link has contact information if you want to express interest or pitch ideas.
One thing I’d like to add is that most Black kink events and organizations I’ve participated in are quite diverse and include a fair percentage of other POC and White people. Atlanta Peachy Kink, for example, is a new event organized by a Black kinkster but open to all races, genders, and orientations.
Incognito ATL is a fairly new play/event space in Atlanta with a Black owner and a Black event coordinator, but they have a wide variety of events for everyone, including things like naked yoga, self defense classes, themed parties, as well as the traditional play parties. We just went to a high tea there, and we go to Hitchin’ Bitches Women’s Rope Practice there as well, where my genderqueer sub is able to dress en femme. Incognito is also having a spiritual kink conference called Sacrenaila in November. Basically, they are promoting inclusive events for all kinds of kinksters, not just POC. It’s tremendous for me and mine to see more topical, interactive events that are about connecting with people, social learning, and all kinds of skill building, not merely watching people get flogged and listening to the tenents of BDSM according to whomever. We’re just not that into play parties and most munches.
So If you want to support diversity, but aren’t sure whether you should enter into these spaces, challenge yourself to try it. Just because a space is run by Black people or is Black conscious doesn’t mean you have to be able to speak on Blackness to attend. We don’t just sit up talking about race; we talk about kink including issues specific to POC—or women, or queer folk, or whomever a space happens to be centered on. So, it might do you good to immerse yourself in a consciousness other than the one you’re comfortable with, and get acquainted with people you might not meet in the spaces you’re familiar with.
If anyone wants to mention events/organizations/products that are Black/POC/Queer inclusive—meaning you engage our perspectives and issues—feel free to ask or submit. I’m happy to spread the word. My signal boost tag mentions some events from last year that may be happening again this year. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to keep up the monthly event posts, but they may be a starting place for finding things near you.