CANCELLATION OF SOUTHWEST LEATHER CONFERENCE 2020

With heavy hearts, the board of directors of Butchmanns Inc. has resolved not to hold the Southwest Leather Conference in 2020.

It is our hope this decision will not be construed as punitive, retaliatory or suggestive of blame against any person. No one is being “called out.” Of course, how the decision will be construed is out of our control. All we can do is to state our true intention.

We in the M/s contest regions have come to a point in our history without precedent in turbulence and discord. Some of the very architects of today’s M/s national and global community have been forced into community exile or have chosen it as less painful than unrelenting trial by social media. Their reputations have been forever damaged, with no consideration for what they painstakingly built over decades for the benefit of us all. They have been, and continue to be, threatened personally, physically, and professionally.

Forgiveness for errors past appears no longer to be an option. It’s as if the death penalty were the punishment for every crime, large and small.

The unsurprising result is an erosion of the trust that makes it possible for us even to be a community. We can’t create safe and fulfilling events when threats, ultimatums, intolerance, accusation, suspicion become the preferred ways of conducting business.

The Southwest Leather Conference has been an occasion of joy, of discovery, of bonding, of spiritual enrichment for thousands over the years since its founding. It is difficult to concede but impossible not to recognize that we cannot, in these conditions, provide the experience our attendees have come to expect from us.

We want to be optimistic. No one can be happy with the rotating humiliation scene that characterizes the community’s current state of affairs. With time, with a resolve to change, hopefully this will pass and be succeeded by a restoration of the trust that formerly united us.

We want Southwest Leather Conference to survive and are still hopeful it will return, better than ever, in 2021.

Thay Z, Chair
Ms Kendra, Vice Chair
slave angie
Master Bob
slave kirk
Patrick Mulcahey
Master Obsidian

BUTCHMANNS INC. VOTES TO DISSOLVE

At its annual meeting on April 13th of this year, the board of directors of Butchmanns Inc. resolved by vote to “consciously explore releasing Butchmanns’ major divisions to interested, willing, and capable parties, with a commitment to dissolve Butchmanns Inc. in the next two years or sooner, while protecting the Butchmanns legacy and responsibly disposing of its assets.”

The journey has spanned more than twenty-five years. The man known then as Master Steve commenced organizing informal sex and BDSM weekends for gay men in the 1990s, calling them “Butchmanns” gatherings (which later, in more structured form, became “Advanced Butchmanns” and “Butchmanns Academy”).

Consensual Master/slave dynamics at the time were few, ill-defined, and poorly understood. Masters And slaves Together (MAsT) was in its infancy. The connection between sex, BDSM, and spirituality was just beginning to be articulated in the leather/kink scene, most consistently by Master Steve and those he invited to join him: SlaveMaster in Palm Desert, Master Skip in Palm Springs, and Mistress Catrina of the Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) in Phoenix, whose influence led Butchmanns to develop women’s and pansexual weekends.

By 2003, “Butchmanns Academy,” with its still-evolving curriculum, had become the “APEX Butchmanns Experience,” headquartered in Phoenix, and the Southwest Leather Conference was launched to host the first regional “feeder” for the International Master/slave Contest. Butchmanns Inc. was incorporated in November of 2004, and in April of 2006 the IRS granted it 501(c)3 non-profit status. The following year, Butchmanns Inc. took MAsT-International, struggling at the time, under its 501(c)3 umbrella; by 2015, MAsT had achieved the stability to re-incorporate independently. The Leather Tribe Quilt, first conceived in 2005 in the ever-fertile mind of Master Steve, made its first official appearance in 2007 at SouthEast LeatherFest; it has since become too large (and heavy) to display in one place.

It may surprise some to learn that the mission statement of Butchmanns Inc. says nothing about leather or BDSM. It declares, first and foremost, that Butchmanns is a “non-profit educational organization dedicated to self-actualization and the ending of suffering.” It goes on to assert that Butchmanns “facilitates and fosters spiritual growth and transformation by providing grants and educational opportunities to those often wrongfully stigmatized for their sexual expression, non-traditional relationships and/or unconventional spiritual practices.”

Spirit, then, was written into Butchmanns Inc. from the beginning. Any money it collected in excess of program expenses was donated to such charities as the Leather Heart Foundation, Rainbow Railroad, the Science of BDSM project, Edgewalkers, the Carter-Johnson Library, the LA&M, IMsL, NCSF, Trout Lake Abbey, the McAdory Fund of the Chicago Hellfire Club — over $50,000 in grants and scholarships. And nearly a third of the registrations for Butchmanns Experience weekends have been free, awarded as scholarships.

It is with both some sadness and a sense of pride that the board has decided to close Butchmanns’ history by 2021 and take steps to leave the Experience, the Leather Quilt, the Southwest Leather Conference and Southwest M/s Contest in good hands. The community conversation about sex, spirit, BDSM, and M/s has been much expanded and elaborated since Butchmanns began, and we are pleased to have played a part in advancing it.

Thay Z, Chair
Ms Kendra, Vice Chair
slave angie
Master Bob
slave kirk
Patrick Mulcahey
Master Obsidian

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Butchmanns, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to self-actualization and the ending of suffering. Butchmanns facilitates and fosters spiritual growth and transformation by providing grants and educational opportunities to those often wrongfully stigmatized for their sexual expression, non-traditional relationships and/or unconventional spiritual practices. Butchmanns promotes the use of physical practices and the conscious exchange of personal power for spiritual awareness. We recognize all life-affirming spiritual paths as valid, affirm all mutually beneficial relationships as inherently sacred, and embrace adults of every age, race, body type, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Butchmanns, Inc. is the umbrella organization that currently offers structure and support for the Southwest Leather Conference, MAsT, Butchmanns Experience and the Leather Quilt project.

The Butchmanns Experience continues the spirit and tradition of the nationally known Butchmanns Academy.