What is Your Scene Name? Pup Gavroche
City and State of residence? Ecorse MI
Region of Residence? Great Lakes
What are your pronouns? El/los
What is your gender Identity? Two Spirit (If Indigenous ONLY), Transman
What is your sexual identity? Queer
What is are your racial identities? Indigenous Indian, African American
What is/are your ethnicities? (Culture, nationality, ancestry, language) Not too sure i know im native as my grandmother and great grandfather but beyond that im not sure
How did you first get into Leather and/or Kink? Online
Give a Brief Description of your entrance into Leather and/or Kink CampOUT! It’s a trans centered clothing optional camping trip
What was your local scene like when you were starting? How is it now, by comparison? Was pretty white from what I could glean, pretty cis too. That’s changing gradually
Who’s the most influential Black person. In your life and why? My dad, because he showed me everything I know about being a black man. There are others that I learned from in other ways, but hes the first
What book have you read that influenced your life and why? Proabably the most influential is maus or a clockwork orange. Both are hard critiques on society and what it does to humans, but I love the way maus takes the story of the holocaust and makes it human through the eyes of the authors father
Talk about one of your favorite experiences in your local Kink and/or Leather Community. Seeing Jack Thompson win IML. And going to IPahw for the first time and teaching my very first solo class
Do you have a favorite mantra or quote? If so, please share. Absolutle power corrupts absolutely
Name of Clubs you have been a part of? (Please also notate duration, leadership positions if any, and membership levels) I’m a current member(since 2015) and acting president(since 2017) of La Fraternitie du Loup Garou
Are you a founding member of any club(s)? No
If you answered yes to previous question please list club(s), or write n/a. N/a
Are you a founding member of any organization? No
If you answered yes to previous question please list organization(s), or write n/a. N/a
Were there any other Black leather folks around in the leather scene when you came into the scene/community? Maybe
If so, did you find that you gravitated more towards each other? If not, how did this affect your experience? Did you build your own community? Say more about your experience. I didnt. With he limited access I had and the fact that leather clubs even then were not permitting trans men to join konda put a damper on my search. I’ll be the first to admit the club I’m a part of is extremely white. But I made it clear that if they expected me as president our goal and mission was to center bipoc trans men
Do you think being Black has hampered your experience in the leather/kink community at all? Yes
If it has, what kind of things did you do to try and remedy those issues? If it hasn’t, please describe. Pretty sure I’m an undesirable in many different ways, including being black. I cant change who I am physically, so I just decided to stop giving a fuck about what others think though I’m sure that wont get me laid lmao
Is there a specific instance where you feel your Blackness enhanced your experience in Leather? Yes
If you answered “yes” or “maybe” please explain. Being the only black member of a club allowed me to show the other members where they had been blind not only to racism but thier own privilege
What is a specific challenge you had coming up in Leather that was unrelated to race/ethnicity? I’m disabled and poor and getting places, getting seen, even winning a title takes cash and an able body and drivers lisence
How do you find you’re treated in the Leather community vs. the greater LGBT community? I’m pretty much ignored in every instance, reference undesirable above. In leather at least I have a few friends and some voice
Do you feel that the leather community and embracing blackness has a positive outlook? Yes
Please explain your previous response. Theres nowhere to go but towards acceptance. Anything else is dead literally.
What advice would you give to newcomers in the Leather scene who are Black? Dont let anyone tell you you are less than. You are not a fetish or a pastime or just a body to fuck. You are beautiful in leather in rope with slippers. We need you
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