Press Release: ONYX Mid-Atlantic 2022 Code Red Charity Recipient – SYMAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) www.symal.org
In 1984, local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth issues after an LGBTQ-identifying youth was hospitalized. Through this conference, advocates founded SMYAL to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.
- September 15 – October 15 | Hispanic Heritage Month
- September | Gospel Music Heritage Month
ONYXMA Running Event List (Includes Past Events and Some Future Events)
We would love to see you at a Local or National Event!
Local Chapter Events
- Business Meetings Occur the Second or Third Saturday of Each Month. Check our calendar.
- Exec. Board Meetings Occur One Week Prior to Each Business Meeting. Check our calendar.
- ONYXMA Meet and Greet. September 24, 2022, 10 PM – 11:30 PM.
The ONYX Mid-Atlantic Full Brother applicant process is open through September 28. Check the “Membership” tab for details. If you are applying or interested join the Men of ONYX September 24th (location announced once you RSVP) to meet our brothers. This is an easy, informal meet and greet. All applicants are highly encouraged to attend. RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recurring Local Events (Bar Nights and Events by ONYXMA Brothers)
- Green Lantern Shirtless Thursdays. Join ONYX Mid-Atlantic at our home bar, The Green Lantern DC, as we come out for fellowship each Thursday. See you there!
- The BGKH Show
Black | Gay | Kinky | HumanThe BGKH Show is a weekly podcast recounting the adventures and opinions of Dominion & Epic. We cover pop culture, the world of kink and fetish, and general shenanigans.
The BGKH Show with Dominion & Epic streams live on Wednesdays via YouTube, 8 – 9:30 PM Eastern. Join in the live conversation by subscribing to the channel at https://www.youtube.com/
- D & K Sounds Presents Karaoke. Join our brothers Kevin (Grey Owl) and Derrick (007) at these three locations. No Cover | Good Vibes | Great Drinks
- Master/slave Conference (MSC) 2022, September 1 – 5, 2022. More information to follow.
- Leather Leadership Conference (LLC), September 23, 3:00 PM – September 25, 7:00 PM, 2022
LLC is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community. We envision a richly educated and connected community of leaders. In serving leaders, those that are on a path to leadership, and community groups, we strive to foster a greater sense of connection between and within the communities we serve.
Early Bird sales at a discounted rate end December 31, 2021. Regular Registration sales end March 1, 2022. Host Hotel: Sonesta Atlanta Airport North (formerly the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport) at 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30344. Registration Code for LLC (31021LLSHP).
For more information and direct links to registration, hotel, etc. click on the LLC Linktree: LLC 2022 – Resilience or the LLC Website: http://www.leatherleadership.org/
- ONYX Blackout 2022, October 6 – 10, 2022. Fort Lauderdale (Hosted by ONYX Deep South)
BLACKOUT is open to EVERYONE – We welcome not only our members but our friends, allies, and supporters and anyone who’s willing to embrace us, literally anyone, regardless of race, gender expression, sexuality, age, or other demographics. For a beautiful, if brief, moment every two years, BLACKOUT creates and sustains a space where racism, transphobia, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination do not exist. BLACKOUT depends on our community of family, friends, admires, sponsors, and partners like you to make our event a success. We look forward to hosting you in Fort Lauderdale and ensuring that you get the most out of KINKY PARADISE!
ONYX Deep South announced that registration for BlackOut 27 opened October 17
Purchase your registration and make hotel reservations by visiting
(Note: After you register through the link above, you will receive an email confirmation that contains the host hotel link containing the special event code to register at the hotel).