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- Revenge Porn Proprietor Reportedly Posed as Woman on Craigslist to Collect Naked Pics | Betabeat – Craig Brittain, the 28-year-old operator of the revenge porn website Is Anybody Down, may have obtained some of the site’s photos by catfishing women on Craigslist. According to an investigation by CBS Denver. Mr. Brittain reportedly pretended to be a woman on Craigslist’s W4W section where he solicited nude photos from unsuspecting women.
- Porn Star Agents: Inside Their Risky Business – The Hollywood Reporter – Meet the Ari Emanuels of the adult industry, negotiating for talent and fighting for commissions in a $1 billion business that — except for the sex part — isn’t so different from Hollywood.
- Berlin: Charlotte Gainsbourg ‘Nymphomaniac’ Threesome Still – The Hollywood Reporter – Gainsbourg stars in Nymphomaniac as Joe, a 50-year-old self-diagnosed nymphomaniac looking back at her erotic life. The film, which also stars Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe, is planned as two full-length features and will be released in both soft- and hard-core versions.
- nyc • cinekink 2013 – CineKink turns ten this year…and we’re celebrating our decade of decadence with a stellar line-up of cinematic wonders!
- Tales Of Kink.Com | Maggie Mayhem Speaks – I used to look at the pride flags on top of the armory and see it as a grand victory. The armory had been a place of war training but now it was the biggest kinky film studio in the world. I thought that if the freaks could siege the armory, they could take anything. But what is it but a corporate model looking to make money and nothing more? It’s not a special conspiracy, it’s the nature of the beast of capitalism. It exists to make money.
- The Perverted Negress • Speaking out against racism in Leather. – Being an ally means fighting alongside. It is about taking a stand, in front of everyone. Vocally. Holding people accountable. Not “agreeing to disagree” when people support racism. About saying “privilege is real.” and talking about ways to mitigate racism, ways to educate so that it is a shared responsibility.
- ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Has Been Good to Lingerie Business – NYTimes.com – “It’s just a matter of upping the luxury factor and packaging it in a way that really speaks to a different woman who might be intimidated by something more blatant or something with a harder edge, or who might not go into a store like The Leather Man on Christopher Street,” said Tristan Taormino, who has written many books on sexuality and is the editor of “The Ultimate Guide to Kink.”
NEW YORK, NY May 10, 2012 — The 29th annual Leather Pride Night Auction will take place on Saturday, June 16th, 2012. This year the festivities will be at XL Nightclub located at 512 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. XL’s doors will open for LPN at 6:00 PM, and the auction will run from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Liquor, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available at a cash bar. A sign language interpreter will be present to interpret some portions of the presentations. This year, as every year, there will be a team of bootblacks, led by International Mr. Bootblack Jim Deuder, to keep your leathers, boots and shoes looking sharp. The bootblacks’ tips go toward the event’s total for the beneficiaries. We encourage everyone to come early to view the items up for auction, get your boots blacked, and be seen!
Jo Arnone, LPN’s veteran auctioneer, will preside over almost a hundred items being auctioned, including leather and latex fetish clothing, unique toys and equipment, art objects, event passes and tickets, and much more.
Leather Pride Night is sponsored by nine NYC S/m-leather- fetish organizations: Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBears NY, New York boys of Leather (NYboL), Pariah’s MC, The Eulenspiegel Society, ONYX NY/NE, The Imperial Court of New York and many committed individuals.
Over the years, Leather Pride Night has donated over $400,000 for local and national charities. This year, Leather Pride Night will donate the 2012 Auction proceeds to: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), IRIS House, Health Outreach to Teens (H.O.T.T.) at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and, as has been our tradition, an annual donation to Heritage of Pride, the producer of New York’s annual Pride Parade.
Tickets for Leather Pride Night $20 in advance and $25 at the door . PayPal payment is available at the LPN website www.leatherpridenight.org. Tickets can also be obtained at any of the sponsoring organizations or the beneficiary organizations, as well as the following supporting commercial venues: David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear, DomSubFriends / Paddles, Purple Passion / DV8, The Leather Man, Passionale and Le Chateau Exotique.
Leather Pride Night is part of a season of fabulous leather and fetish- oriented events in New York City!
Kicking off the weekend of leather events, on Friday, June 15th, Lesbian Sex Mafia will be hosting “BDSM and Anal” with Tristan Taormino at the LGBT Center in Manhattan, 208 West 13th Street. For information, call 212 726-3844 or go to: www.lesbiansexmafia.org.
On Friday, June 15th, MetroBears NY gets Leather Weekend started with a Leather Party at Rockbar NYC from 9PM until closing, hosted by George Haines, Mr. MetroBear NY 2009 and Mike Cotter, Mr. MetroBear NY 2004-2005. Rock Bar is located at 185 Christopher Street, at the end of Christopher Street.
New York’s Chapter of ONYX, ONYX Northeast, a leather club serving men of color, starts the weekend off at Rawhide located at 212 8th Avenue, also on Friday. The event, open to all, is a leather gear night at the bar from 9 PM until 1AM.
If you still haven’t had enough, keep the Leather Pride energy going at the all-gender Eulenspiegel Society (TES) play party, The TES LPN After-Party at Paddles! TES’ Leather Pride Night After Party is THE place to go to try out that new toy you picked up at LPN…or that new play partner. The revelry begins at 10 PM on Saturday and continue until 3 am Sunday morning at Paddles. For more info: www.tes.org
On Sunday, June 17th Folsom Street East presents FOLSOM STREET EAST, an S/m-leather-fetish block party on West 28th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in front of the Eagle NYC Bar. Over 10,000 leathermen and women cap off Leather Pride Weekend with the largest outdoor festival of its kind on the East Coast. For more info: www.folsomstreeteast.org.
This year, leather pride continues into July with the TES Fest 2012. Held from June 29 until July 1, 2012 in New Jersey. With special events, countless workshops and classes, a 24-hour dungeon space and vendors, TESFest 2012 promises to be the must-attend event of the summer. It also promises outdoor play and nude swimming in the hotel pool. All info can be found at www.tesfest.org.
The Leather Pride Night Committee is dedicated to promoting freedom of sexual self-expression, and actively works to improve the image and understanding of S/m and fetish lifestyles. It meets on the first Thursday of the month (October through June) at 8:00PM at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street (bet 6th & 7th Aves).
There is no photography or cellular telephone usage allowed at the event. Media photography inquiries can be directed to Darrell at email@example.com or call 917 783 0127.
LPN is run by volunteers! If you want to volunteer, send email to LPNnyc@aol.com.
Lolita Wolf discovered the BDSM scene back when “online” meant the phone sex lines. An activist who defends sexual freedom for all consenting adults, Lolita spreads the word about BDSM, sex and poly, and helps the community grow and flourish. Yet, her goal remains to have fun. Known
for a fun and entertaining style that packs a lot of information into a short class, she has authored two books with videos: Spanking and CBT in a Nutshell, and is featured in the Details of Flogging DVD. Her writing has appeared in On Our Backs, Prometheus, and Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Lust Chronicles. She also a chapter in the soon to be published Ultimate Guide To Kink edited by Tristan Taormino. Lolita was featured in the New York Times One in 8 Million series: http://is.gd/RIbuhN Her website can be found at http://leatheryenta.com.
Angel Propps is a sex-positive femme leatherdyke and Ms. SouthEastLeatherFest 2011. She is an often-published writer of lesbian BDSM erotica and horror, a poet who has appeared in art journals, and the author of many nonfiction essays and articles on sexuality and feminism. She grew into her kinks during her years as a Riot Grrl and, later, the manager of a gentlemen’s club. Angel was a member of the International Ms. Leather Seduction Team 2011 and is a puppy who has written much about the subject, most notably in a series run by Leatherati.com. She is the founding member of both a Riot Grrl band (The Southern Helles) and an outreach program for the homeless in Columbus, GA. Angel has presented nationwide on Bratting, AgePlay, Puppy Play, and Lap Dancing. When not traveling with her butch dyke Daddy (OB of Owhips) she lives in rural North Carolina.
Sara Eileen is a writer, editor, marketer, artist and event coordinator. Her journalism, non-fiction, and award-winning short fiction has been published internationally. Sara holds a BA in English and Art from Columbia University, and a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Sydney. She has been writing about kinky things on the Internet, in various forms, for the past 5 years.
Laura Antoniou is the author of the best selling Marketplace series of BDSM novels, about a realistic, modern day slave training world. In addition to writing a ton of other erotic material, she has edited over a dozen anthologies and is collecting stories for even more right now. For over twenty years she’s been teaching and ranting at the kinky and alt-sex communities, and her contribution to Tristan Taormino’s The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge is a rare example of her non-fiction work. Naturally, it’s all about how to train a slave. She can be found at lantoniou.com and on Fetlife and Facebook.
Elizabeth Thorne began writing erotic stories when she started working in a place known as The Sex Lab. It was an act of desperation since, ironically enough, studying sex kept her too busy to meet anyone larger than a mouse… and unlike Cinderella she doesn’t actually swing that way. These days, Elizabeth spends her time sitting around in her PJs writing popular science during the day and erotic romance at night. You can sometimes find her haunting NY delis at 2 a.m., looking for chocolate chip cookies and wondering why people are staring at her fuzzy pants. She has contributed to more than ten anthologies of erotica and erotic romance and is proud to be the author of “The Gingerbread Dungeon,” a collection of BDSM fairy tales. You can find her online at withbatedbeth.com.
It’s twenty years since I started to collect stories for the original Leatherwomen, and anthologies have refused to die. With the explosion of e-book publishers of erotica, there has never been a better time to get your stories out into the world – and after twenty years, I’m eager to collect all sorts of delicious smut. From sweet and romantic to edgy and kinky, show me what you’ve got!
Not all of these have been placed with publishers, which is why rights/money might be vague. I’ll be looking at the best options for each book and will finalize offers as I make the deals – the minimum for any story will be $25. Some books might offer a royalty share; others will be flat fee only. No simultaneous submissions, please! However, you may submit more than one story per anthology or you can send me stories for them all, you prolific demon, you! Reprints must be more than seven years out of print from the last publishing.
Please indicate WHICH ANTHOLOGY you are submitting for in your subject line.
For all submissions – send a MS Word .doc (NOT .docx) or a .rtf file to AntoniouEdits (@) gmail (dot) com. Do not paste the story into the body of an e-mail. Include your full contact information, e-mail address and mailing address in both the e-mail and on the attached document. Format neatly according to professional guidelines, and include a brief personal bio.
I prefer a story length between 3000-7000 words. Shorter? Then that story better pack a punch. Longer? Maybe you should consider publishing a novella.
These are erotica collections, so make sure your stories contain sex. Sex is defined as any activity that increases the potential for orgasm; so by all means do not limit yourself there. While your story might be dark or edgy for a particular book, please do not include murder, suicide or unhappy endings. Do not expect an answer until after the deadline has passed, although I reserve the right to answer earlier if I want to.
The Best of Leatherwomen: Deadline – Dec 31, 2011
Did you write for me back in the day? You’ve moved, changed your name, changed your gender, come out of the closet, gone into the closet. You’re older and wiser and still the same, though completely changed; married with kids or living on the lam in Ecuador. And all I had for you was an actual physical address! Find me, please! We’ll make a combined collection from all three of the groundbreaking Leatherwomen anthologies and you can get paid again for work you so long ago we all rode dinosaurs to the play parties.
Additional Guidelines – you wrote the story for me before. If you don’t have the original file, relax, I’ll have it re-typed.
Leatherwomen 2012 – Still Kicking: Deadline – January 31, 2012
Is leather dead? Hell no! But it has changed and so have leatherwomen. Celebrate the thrill of skins and kink and the hot women who embody the name leatherwoman in this new universe of kinky potential. The bars might be closing, the gay men might be heading off to cyber hookups, and the bike clubs are out of gas, but there will always be strong, defiant, perverse, sexy, demanding, blood-letting, fist-pumping, fetish-exploring, no-limits women waiting to embrace the experienced pervert or seduce the curious newcomer. These…are their stories.
Like the previous Leatherwomen anthologies, stories may contain characters of any physical, emotional and sexual identity you believe falls under the name leatherwoman. BDSM, latex, punk, heterosexual, queer, single, couples, poly, orgies – if you believe your story and your characters belong in this crew, then convince me. Extra points for non white/American/party-going/lifestyle characters and situations, and much love for pushing the boundaries of identity and politics. Make it romantic or ironic; sweet or scary. But fill it with power and presence and desire.
Other guidelines: No poetry this time around. These stories can be dark & sinister and edgy, but not depressing, please!
Hot Butches/Hot Femmes: Deadline – December 31, 2011
Two companion volumes, one goal – to celebrate the classic identities of butches and femmes, those who love to play with gender!
Your story must feature at least one butch or femme (depending on the volume) matching the title description. They can be the point of view character, the protagonist or the lust object of the story.
From there, the field is open. Mix and match from the classic pairing of one butch + one femme, or spread the love. Two butches wrestling for top? Three femmes on a steamy trip to a spa? Training up a new baby butch? Romancing the flirtatious femme? Seducing a stone butch? Play with the tropes and stereotypes and poke at the boundaries. Characters do not need to be cisgendered, monogamous, or anything else “assumed.”
And make it romantic. Don’t dial back the sex – keep it hot and spicy! But these are celebratory books, so I am looking for happy endings. Kink/leather/BDSM themes welcome, but not required – the flavor here is gender and gender expression.
Complimentary submissions for each book are also welcomed; turn the narrative voice around and show me different chapters in the story of your characters lives. (But please don’t tell the same story two ways unless it’s very different; the bar is higher if you try that.)
Other guidelines: Happily ever after endings, or at least happy-for-right-now.
No Safewords – A Marketplace Collection: Deadline – February 28, 2012
Do you have what it takes to enter The Marketplace? For the first time since The Academy, I am opening the doors to my exclusive playroom, for this first collection of fan fiction!
Yes, you can write a Marketplace story – and this is your chance to really push the limits! Use any character, any setting. Delve into the online Marketplace wiki (http://marketplace.wikispot.org/) to brush up on existing characters or create your own. Fit the story to what already exists or imagine a sort of alternative universe to my alternative universe. You can even add elements that do not exist in the books – want to make it paranormal? Set in the past/future? Care to slash together characters you thought should have hooked up? Do you think there should have been more gay/lesbian/straight/rubber/steampunk/food fetish/Canadian/sexy accountant stories in the books? Now is your chance to write one!
I am the sole owner of the Marketplace series and all derivative works set in that universe. Therefore, I reserve the right as the owner/creator of the universe to refer to or use any character that an anthology contributor introduces, but by the same token, you the writer also keep the right to use that character yourself in your future work, although the MP setting will not be yours to continue to play with. Neither of us would have the right to stop the other from using a version of the character or name in future work. Fair ’nuff?
Submission Guidelines and additional details on all of the Calls for Submissions can be found on my Calls for Submissions Page: http://blog.lantoniou.com/?page_id=1455
Friday, June 17
Lesbian Sex Mafia presents Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want with Laura Antoniou
Often, when we try to tell our partners what we like or want, those words are filtered through things like expectations, projection, fear, shame and verbal shortcuts. Play a little card game with Laura and push your flirting talents up a notch! Expand your creativity and verbal skills beyond “I like flogging” or “anything you want” through an interactive game and exercise. Learn how creative communication and courageous risk-taking can make your relationship and play more intimate, satisfying and fun. Say what you mean, and mean what you say – and make it seductive
SWITCH is your monthly genderqueer/women/trans bdsm party in a room of our own behind closed doors at PADDLES.
Saturday, June 18
Instigate NYC Presents “Choking and Breath Play” with Don (not that Don)
Surrendering the ability to breathe. Fighting for the last scraps of available air. Controlling someone’s oxygen supply to the point of unconsciousness. Predicaments that feel like they really could choke the life out of you. Gags, plastic bags, gas masks, and nooses. For those willing to take the risk, breath play is an amazing and intense ride. For others, it is a reckless and dangerous kink. Let’s talk about it. This class will be a lecture and demonstration of various techniques of air and breath control, as well as carotid artery restriction. Safety techniques and health concerns will be discussed in depth. There will be short demos throughout.
28th annual Leather Pride Night auction
The Leather Pride Night Auction will take place on Saturday, June 18th, 2011. This year the festivities will be at a new location: ARENA at 135 West 41st Street. ARENA’s doors will open for LPN at 6:00 PM, and the auction will run from 7 PM until 10:00 PM. Leather Pride Night is sponsored by nine NYC S/m-leather-fetish organizations: Imperial Court of NY, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, MAsT Metro NY, MetroBearsNY, New York boys of Leather, OnyxNY. Pariah’s MC, The Eulenspiegel Society and many committed individuals. This year’s auction benefits The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Trinity Place Shelter, the Carter / Johnson Leather Library, the Youth Enrichment Services at The Center and as has been our tradition, an annual donation to Heritage of Pride, the producer of New York’s annual Pride Parade.
SPAM Annual Pride Performance Party!
TES Leather Pride Night Afterparty at Paddles
Sunday, June 19
Folsom Street East
The largest outdoor fetish street festival on the eastern coast, which brings thousands of sexy kinksters out onto the streets of New York City on a summer afternoon to celebrate sexual diversity and expression. Named after the famous Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, this annual block party brings our S/M-Leather-Fetish brothers and sisters together for a great celebration, while raising money to support worthy causes.