Skills & Education Presenter

Rod Onyx

A native New Yorker, Rod is the co-founder of the ONYX Mid-Atlantic Chapter, where he served first as President, and later as Pledge Master. Rod has also moderated and presented for a variety of programs and events, including DC Leather Pride; Black Rose; BlackOut (ONYX's annual run); the Master/slave Conference; Kink U; Detroit Leather Expo; Leather Leadership Conference, Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW); and Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend. Among his presentations, Rod created Beyond the Red Ribbon, the HIV/STI Prevention workshop developed specifically for the Leather and Kink lifestyle. Rod is known for his spanking classes; he also co-created the People of Color class track for CLAW with Tyesha Nicole Best.

Rod earned his first title as Leatherman of Color in 2011. Rod is also an alumnus of the MTTA 2008 Masters' Training. He has previously served as a judge for the 2012 Leatherman of Color contest, the 2013 Mr. Maryland Leather contest, the 2014 Twin Cities Leather contest, the 2014 Tri-State Leather contest, the 2018 Atlantic States Leather contest, and the 2018 Minnesota Leather Pride Contests.

Rod is proud of winning the Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Award for 2014, and again for the Pantheon Man of the Year in 2018. He is also honored and humbled to have served the Leather community as the American Leatherman 2017. Rod's kink fetishes include spanking, ass play, flogging, and fisting.

Photograph by Everett Allen Photography