ONYXMA History

ONYX Mid-Atlantic serves the Mid-Atlantic Region area, including D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  The Mid-Atlantic Chapter was ratified by vote at Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) 2010, although the chapter recognizes October 7, 2007 as the founding date.  On this day, Brian, DeNareo, and Kanili were initiated at Blackout 12 in Atlanta.

The Founding Fathers of ONYX Mid-Atlantic are:

  1. Sir Charles B.
  2. Jalan B.
  3. Mark C.
  4. Reggie H.
  5. DeNareo H.
  6. Rod M. (President)
  7. Kanili S. (Vice President)
  8. Brian S. (Treasurer)
  9. Justin T.

Our motto, since adopted nationally, is:  Educate | Explore | Empower

ONYX Mid-Atlantic will be a resource for gay and bisexual Men of Color to EDUCATE themselves about Leather / Kink / Fetish Play.  ONYX provides a safe space to EXPLORE these kinks and fetishes in an affirming, judgement-free environment, which EMPOWERS Men of Color to live their lives more freely, safely and happily as Leathermen and Kinksters.

For many Men of Color in our region, ONYX Mid-Atlantic is an introduction to Leather/Kink/BDSM through our events, bar nights, parties, education sessions and kink demonstrations.

Our formal lecture and demonstration program, called T.E.A.C.H. (To Educate and Cultivate Hotness) provides education on various Leather, BDSM, and Kink topics including temperature, impact, and ass play, as well as polyamorous relationships.

As a part of the program, we partner with multiple educational human rights organizations institutions, including:

  1. Widener University
  2. Bowie State University
  3. Muhlenberg College
  4. DC Black Pride organization

Our long-term partnership with Widener University’s PhD Human Sexuality Program exposes future clinicians and educators to the Leather community through a variety of education and panel discussions.

Our in-house education programs help others expand their fetish skills with demonstrations on Bondage, Electroplay, Spanking, Fire Play/ Cupping, Flogging, Assplay, Sounding, and many more.

ONYX Mid-Atlantic is committed to community service and charitable services in support of a wide range of LGBTQ+ organizations. Throughout our history we have raised more than $40,000 for the Ali Forney Center, Brother Help Thyself, Casa Ruby, Eagle Wings, HIPS, Joseph’s House, Mama’s Family, MAST, Scarlett’s Foundation, and SMYAL.

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