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 A less cotly, more fun alternative to IML! 

Announcing a full-on dungeon party for SERIOUS players.

This PRIVATE event will be held in a convenient midtown New York location.

The location will be disclosed ONLY to ticket holders,
and only a few days prior to the event.

In the spirit of our infamous Fort Troff Maneuvers, we will have all of the components
you have come to expect from us. We are supplying ALL of the equipment including
12 Slings, Fuck Benches, and a Bondage Cross. And as if that wasn't enuff, there
will be a watersports room, SM Demos, and a dark n sleazy room.

Like all Maneuvers parties, we will have a strict Dress Code.

We are STOKED. This promises to be pig mayhem, in the finest Fort Troff tradition.
We will have a limited number of tickets that we will be offering.

There's been more chatter about about IML (Chuck Renslow's leather beauty pageant) -- but, many of the folk I've been chatting with (business owners, leather community, other bloggers and such) for the most part felt that Chuck's micro-management of the event and the people attending had gone too far last year when he announced that merchants who had anything to do with supporting "bareback" materials would be banished (see my blog entry about it here).

Many of us have felt the only way to get the message across that we're not going to take it it to vote with our feet. Boycott IML. Boycott the leather marketplace.

Although I don't personally agree with barebacking/barebackers, outlawing the sale of bareback media at IML is unconscionable. He's not going to stop nor prevent barebacking, just as he didn't stop the use/sale of methamphetamines in the leather community three years ago with his little speech about the evils of them. He's only going to push the barebacking community deeper underground.

It's virtually the same as when Rudy Giulian closed all the bath-houses in NYC when the AIDS epidemic started. It didn't stop sex from happening -- it just pushed it underground. When something is underground and hidden from view, there's no way to easily educate men who are partaking in such events...

Barebacking videos, photos and stories provide a safe alternative to the real thing. Any adult (and only adults are allowed into the marketplace) knows the risks of barebacking. Censoring barebacking media from IML is NOT the answer!!

If Chuck succeeds in getting his way, what's next? No fisting or watersports? No bondage or S&M? This is a slippery slope, Chuck. Who are you to dictate to the leather community what they can buy, watch or do behind closed doors?


Looking for consensual man-on-man sex? Come to the Fort Troff parties instead!

Looking for a fun time in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend? Go to Bear Pride, Chicago (which also has a marketplace which isn't censored!)

Whatever you want, just remember that Chuck Renslow isn't "old guard" by any means. He's only looking for profit and power at the expense of what used to be an honourable community.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 20th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Your Troff event sound much more fun than IML!
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I think you're full of shit on this one.

The idea of letting bareback materials be sold in the IML marketplace as just another part of kink normalizes it within the community. Let it be pushed underground -- the only education needed is "don't" and videos showing how hot it is do not in any way help accomplish that.

(OK, not "don't" -- it's more like "DON'T because your brothers want you to live for a long time.")

As for your comments on meth: over the last two to three years, the face of meth as a normal part of the IML experience has diminished dramatically, shamed into the darkness as it should be, and Chuck's speech was definitely a part of that. People are just not willing to discuss PNP as openly in the lobby, the smell of meth smoke does not drift down the hotel hallways as before, and I applaud that.

Yes, Chuck's a businessman, and perhaps more. But he's also given more to this community than you, me, and the next hundred people we know while he made that money.

I admire him for this stand.
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Let me know more about the Fort Troff bashes; I definitely want to be there.

As for the second person that commented (gnetter), why the mention about our "leather brothers" when it should be our "Leather Community"; HIV is not just a "gay male thing".

As for Chuck banning it; sorry, I will make my decisions for myself; don't need anyone's permission or censorship to instruct me.
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Let me know more about the Fort Troff bashes; I definitely want to be there.

Fort Troff Maneuvers are strictly private and by Invitation Only. Dates and times of future Maneuvers will not be announced to the public. You must become a member of the Pig Army to receive updates and to be invited. To apply for membership, fill out our short Enlistment form and send us a recent pic.

Attitude Code: Masculine, friendly, and ready to play. Spectators who wanna run their mouths and socialize are not welcome at this event. We are here to enjoy the company of MEN and to FU*K our brains out.

Click here to ENLIST NOW

As for the second person that commented (gnetter), why the mention about our "leather brothers" when it should be our "Leather Community"; HIV is not just a "gay male thing".

Yep. Chuck and his sort have successfully brain-washed some people.

As for Chuck banning it; sorry, I will make my decisions for myself; don't need anyone's permission or censorship to instruct me.

Exactly my point!
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
It is "our leather brothers" because the bareback porn at issue is a gay male thing.

And: you may not need Chuck to form the the message of IML for you, but the first-IMLer kid who goes into the leather market and sees lots of fetishes presented with barebacking as one of the hottest, who sees the hottest guys in the room everyone's looking to talk to or get autographs from to be the bareback-porn stars, definitely does need us to send a clearer message than "but you're smart, so make up your own mind."

Edited at 2010-02-26 05:54 pm (UTC)
Feb. 21st, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, but given Troff's notorious record of selectivity regarding age and physical criteria for potential attendees, doesn't that make their parties in themselves pretty-boy leather contests?
I'd rather contibute to Renslow Enterprises by going to Chicago, and where I'd hardly have to attend the contest itself (all that many do not), then run the gamut of "General Mayhem" or whatever he calls himself, and his party selection crew.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Sorry late-comers...
The party is 100% sold out.

If you didn't get a ticket, cry now.

More of these are coming to New York -- this is truly New York City's "Leather Invasion" underground leather party circuit.

Edited at 2010-03-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
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