Fetish culture (which includes Leather and BDSM) is basically all about embracing your sexuality, shedding all cultural shame and judgment imposed upon sexual diversity, and learning how to explore the limits of your sexual psyche safely, sanely, consensually, and openly with the support and guidance of fellow kinksters.
As warm and fuzzy as that all sounds, most people who are unfamiliar with the Kinky Community still see it as something dark and intimidating. As much as we all like good sex and as much as some of us would like to make it even better, such fear and intimidation often acts as a formidable barrier which keeps people from entering the community. Others simply don't know how to get started.
Back in 2005, the organizers of the Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition Inc.(MLTC) decided to make community outreach and education a top priority. MLTC Weekend has now become one of the largest and most important Kink education weekends in Canada, attracting presenters and hundreds of attendees from across North America and Europe to Toronto every November.
Following the success of the MLTC Weekend Seminar Program, MLTC and the founders of the now-defunct “Safer SM Project” recognized how the Toronto Fetish Community lacked entry points and educational opportunities for people unfamiliar with kink and fetish. This led to the creation of the “So You Want To Be Kinky???” program in 2007.
“So You Want To Be Kinky?” is unique among fetish/kink/BDSM programs in that it is aimed specifically at individuals who have little to no experience. This twice a year series (April and October) of workshops is designed to be fun and interactive, sticking primarily to the fundamentals of basic technique and safety. The program's goals are to help individuals overcome their fears associated with edgier sex, to provide people with a solid foundation upon which they may expand their sexual explorations more safely, and to provide a fun and very social entry point into the Fetish Community.
“Now That You're Kinky” similar to the So You Want To Be Kinky? is designed as a more advanced workshop series for those who know some and want to know more. This twice a year series (January and July) of workshops is designed to be fun and interactive, expanding on knowledge of intermediate to advanced players.
MLTC has recently be replaced by the Toronto Leather Pride. They hope to continue in the fine tradition of fundraising and work with our organization to bring a host of seminars to Toronto Leather Pride Weekend in mid August. Toronto Leather Pride under the banner of Heart of the Flag Association Inc, is a registered not-for-profit organization in the Province of Ontario