Nov 202013

Mollena by DonSir Self-identification is difficult for anyone in the alternative lifestyle. It can be even more challenging for people who see themselves as strong in their lives but desirous of submission. There is a great deal of pressure in the BDSM community to “seem submissive,” so what do you do when you see yourself as strong and fierce and yet crave mastery and domination?

Believe me, you are not alone. There are many submissives and bottoms and slaves who are strong and independent and finding their way through the maze of the Kink Community! This class is an intense discussion of self-assessment personal identification, passion and power. From those who struggle with their desire to submit, to those who strive for greater strength of purpose, this class will be a wonderful opportunity to bond with the like-minded and suss out your strength in an open setting. And for tops dominants and masters, this is an excellent opportunity to get into the mind of those who are strong and embrace the dichotomy of strength in submission and freedom in slavery!

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. (7th/8th Ave)
When: Friday, December  20, 2013; 8:00-10:00PM
Cost: $5/LSM members, $10/Non members


This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. She is also thrilled to have been named Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009. Her opinion and viewpoints on issues of kink, Leather and BDSM are frequently sought after by news and information sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Essence,and Ebonyamong other publications.

Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She also brings the knowledge on Kink, BDSM and Leather to such august institutions of higher learning as SF State and Cal State, Harvard, Princeton,Yale, Stamford, University of  Chicago, and Brown for IvyQ 2012. She has been invited to present this fall MIT, was a featured presenter at  Yale for IvyQ 2013, and has recently been a guest speaker for at Smith College and Sarah Lawrence College, and returned to Brown in the spring of 2013. In addition to speaking at many kink and Leather events, she presented a groundbreaking plenary session for the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) in June 2013. A calendar of her upcoming events is here at Mo’s Travel Plans!

She is the author of the “Toybag Guide: Taboo Play.” Mollena co-authored with Lee Harrington,  “Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” which is fast becoming the “go-to guide” for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles. Their book won the National Leather Association’s 2013 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award.  Three of her essays were finalists for the NLA’s 2013 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article award: “Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing” and ”Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play” appeared in “The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role-Play & The Erotic Edge edited by Tristan Taormino. Her essay ”On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” is the 2012 winner, and it originally appeared on her blog, The Perverted Negress. This makes her the winner of that award for two years in a row, as her essay “Tables Briefly Turned” won the NLA-I’s 2011 Cynthia Slater Award. Visit her on the web at The Perverted Negress.

Nov 202013

The Pleasure Chest has graciously donated goodie bags for the first 15 people who join/renew their membership for 2014, beginning at the November workshop on Friday, Nov 15th, 2013. If you renew/join now, your membership fee covers the rest of 2013 as well!

There will also be a raffle which will include anyone who joins/renews by December 31st. The Pleasure Chest has donated a stainless steel Njoy pure wand for the raffle winner. Check it out:

Remember: by joining LSM, you’re not just getting all of the wonderful membership benefits – including reduced admission to our workshops and discounts with reciprocal groups and at numerous businesses around the city – but you’re also supporting NYC’s oldest women and trans BDSM group. With a larger membership base, we can afford to offer more benefits!

Nov 152013

Laura AntoniouKim Attica and Laura Antoniou – ten years in a DS relationship as of 2013 – will discuss tried and true methods of keeping all participants in an SM relationship feeling nourished and cherished, how to handle slight upsets and occasional crises with humor and caring; and how to keep an eye on what makes the relationship special and worthy. While some of the content here may be thought of as “little things mean a lot,” the presenters will show how so many of the so-called “little things” are as vital to the happy functioning of a relationship as oil changes are to maintaining your car. Bring your experiences with what makes your relationship tick, or what made it break down, and we’ll share insights into the good, the bad and the sadly mistaken.

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. (7th/8th Ave) Our annual workshop at which all genders are welcome
When: Friday, November  15, 2013; 8:00-10:00PM
Cost: $5/LSM members, $10/Non members


Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels. As a presenter, panelist, and keynote speaker, Laura has appeared at dozens of conferences over more than twenty years, both entertaining and delivering an occasional verbal indictment. She has also appeared at colleges and universities, including NYU, Rutgers, Columbia and the University of Washington. Laura lives in Queens, NY with her wife Karen, and happily serves as boy to Kim Attica. Friends have called her all sorts of names. Current favorites being “Renaissance Perv” by Midori, “Good Boy!” by Kim and of course, “best thing that ever happened to me” by Karen.

Recent publications include “The Killer Wore Leather,” a murder mystery set at a Manhattan convention devoted to BDSM,  “The Reunion”, the 5th novel in the acclaimed Marketplace series and “Scenes from The Marketplace,” a collection of all of her Marketplace-themed short stories.