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Join us for an informative panel on mental health and power exchange. We have invited some amazing folx on the right side of the slash to share their experiences living in power exchange relationships, of all sorts, with mental health diagnoses. You will hear from a vast array of experience. You won't want to miss this.

 

Thank you for your interest and your support of THRIVE! Because THRIVE is 100% free and not accepting donations, we ask that you pay it forward by donating to our speakers. 

Leathergem:  Donate - (https://carterjohnsonlibrary.com) 
Sirandgem@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/sirandgem https://fetlife.com/users/9154191 

J Baby: CashApp - $JBabyLeather
https://www.facebook.com/JBabySouthCentralLeatherBoy2019 

Bri Burning: Venmo (@BriBurning), CashApp, ($BriBurning), and PayPal (BriBurning@gmail.com)
Facebook (Bri Burning) https://fetlife.com/users/870448 

AJ Renard: Donate to our BIPIOC presenters
http://FoxyFeistyRedhead.com https://fetlife.com/users/419271 FetlifeAJ@gmail.com 
Foxy Feisty Redhead on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Geaux: https://paypal.me/justicejoy   
Instagram (@justicejoycompassion) http://justicejoycompassion.com 

kitten: Paypal (keeperandkittenca@gmail.com)
Fetlife @Keeper-n-kitten keeperandkittenca@gmail.com

If you would like to support THRIVE’s efforts, consider picking up THRIVE swag at https://www.redbubble.com/people/DevynStone 


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Panelists

AJ Renard

(she/her)

Panelists Bio

AJ Renard (she/her) has been involved in the BDSM world her entire adult life, although she was a dark little thing far before that. AJ works in the mental health field and has a deep passion for teaching about BDSM and consent. She finds her happy place when there is rope, electricity, knives, boots, fear, and a lot of crying involved. In her limited free time she makes custom chainmaille for her shop, Foxy Feisty Redhead. 

AJ teaches a variety of classes about consent, negotiations, perspectives on D/s, bottoming for intense scenes and edgeplay, mental health and BDSM, and behavioral science in PE dynamics. She also loves demo bottoming for Violet Wand demos, and things that make her shy in front of groups of people.


Bri Burning

(she/they)

Panelists Bio

Bri Burning (she/her and they/them) is your International Person of Leather 2020-2021 and Northwest Person of Leather 2019! Bri Burning is a genderqueer femme, proud Indigenous Mexican, leather little, slave, Ma'am to one, and babygirl identified person. She has been active in the SF/Bay Area BDSM and Leather community since 2010. Their passion for self-love in their life and others grew within those years of exploration. Her journey as a presenter started in 2015 at the SF Citadel and at Dark Odyssey Surrender. She is the moderator of the SF Submissive Safe Space, a leader of the Submissive Girls Night Out group, and member of SF girls of Leather. Her passion in kink education continuously grows in topics such as self-care, power exchange, age play, and service-which she spreads like glitter!


GoGo

(she/her)

Panelists Bio

Gogo or Go Go (she/her) started exploring the BDSM and Kink community in her early twenties in Los Angeles. However, after her return to her southern roots she has spent many years as a “bedroom only” kinky Black biqueerfemme (and cis woman.) After almost a decade in the (conservative) K-12 education environment—she is finally free to participate in community spaces. What better way to build roots then to make yourself highly vulnerable to a mass of strangers doing what you do best??? Geaux (or Go) is also a life long personal and professional development enthusiast. Her interest for psychosocial development; her passion for building inclusive spaces; and her love for restive expression has led her to developing classes and workshops that empower others to dig deep and connect with their innermost. This has looked like:

- teaching a creative memoir and feminist theory classes for young people;
- mentoring and coaching teachers, especially around creating inclusive spaces for all brains;
- Workshops on Intimacy and relationship building for neurodiverse folks;
- And using creative expression as self-exploration.

When she is not leading workshops (or breaking out of her bedroom-only bubble) Go Go is a photographer, puzzle addict, a music appreciator, lover of queer tv “dramas” from around the world, an ethically non-monogamous slut, and a student of metaphysics.
You've probably picked up by now that she goes by multiple iterations of her name: Gogo, Go Go, Go, and Geaux all work in conversation and communication.


J Baby

(he/him/his)

Panelists Bio

J Baby is International Leatherboy 2019 & 2020 and South Central Leatherboy 2019. He was always curious about the forbidden, and that search for the peculiar and the internet led him to the magical world of the kinky. In 2007 he explored and took baby steps into a different scene and began his journey as a Leatherboy. Despite protests, he refused to "put away childish things" and is proud to be a Leather little boy. He enjoys serving in whatever way that is, as well as finding any excuse for cuddles. He has presented for events and organizations across the country. He has also served as a Judge, Judge's boy, and Emcee for a number of contests and events as well. When having to be out in the "vanilla" world, he spends most of his time working in the theatre, teaching. gaming, and watching far too much YouTube.


Keeper's kitten

(they/them)

Panelists Bio

Adorable by nature and kind by choice, kitten is a queer, non-binary trans spoonie living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. They navigate life through their own autistic lens, and are passionate about making the world a better place through compassion and living their life openly even when that feels like a revolution. They live daily with bipolar disorder, including psychosis, as well as severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) that has manifested over their life in various ways including disordered eating, IBD, body dysmorphia and impulse-control disorder (ICD). As far as physical health, they were also diagnosed in 2014 with a rare idiopathic inflammatory disorder, Adult Onset Still's Disease that keeps them on immunosuppresants, and later with fibromyalgia.

Within kink, kitten is a leather little, a bootblack and a masochist, identifying strongly with being property and giving service--- before Covid they could often be found taking pain, in some sort of predicament being shaved, involved in a group scene or lovingly swallowing ash in a cigar lounge. They moderate for a Saskatchewan based polyamory group, PolyamSask, have facilitated many times for AWAKENS (a Saskatoon based women and non-binary discussion group) and are the co-organizer of a Saskatoon based non-binary/ gender fluid kinky coffee group. They can often be found advocating for trans and two-spirit rights, speaking openly about mental health, playing the Sims 4, loving their puppy and two cats, watching Pixar movies and surrounded by stationary, stuffies and coffee. kitten was formally, publicly collared by their Keeper in March 2019 and they have been building their 24/7, queer, polyamourous, long distance dynamic together since 2016. Together they are your Western Canada Power Exchange 2020/2021 titleholders and educate internationally on mental health, polyamoury, gender variance and many other topics from their perspective as a Power Exchange couple.

 


Sir Lisa and leathergem

(Sir Lisa (He/Him), Leathergem (she/her))

Panelists Bio

Sir Lisa is a GenderQueer, Trans-masculine Sadistic Leather Master (he/him/they) and his slave leathergem, a queer leather femme (she/her)

Their life is Master/slave TPE - structured in protocols, rituals, and is entirely permission based in all matters of life. They are dedicated to each other's growth and spiritual enlightenment within their M/s dynamic and leather journey.

Sir Lisa is the Co-Director of MAsT Tampa and leathergem secretary/treasurer. Together they created the "Living in Leather'' group which is paramount in education and mentoring and are also managers at the Tampa Bay Phoenix Club.


Moderated by

Devyn Stone

(He/Him/His)


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