I’m not sure what I expected when I was told that the Rocky Mountain Gathering for Women of Drummer would be in Salt Lake City. All I’d ever known of Salt Lake was skiing and buttoned-down white shirts.

I had to wonder: were there even kinky folx in Utah? Or Leather? Or Leatherwomen? Is anyone even going to be there except those flying in? I was uncertain, maybe even a tad skeptical.

I’m happy to report I was dead wrong! Salt Lake, you brought the FIRE! From a jam-packed gay bar at Friday’s Meet and Greet, I met so many amazing people. Saturday morning, the Roundtable discussion did not disappoint. So many different perspectives on our lives in Leather, yet bearing the common thread: self- identified women are still fighting to be heard, seen, and claiming their spaces. These Salt Lake women are fierce! Pandora’s Box and The Black Garter are two groups working TOGETHER to make women’s spaces, and it’s a beautiful thing watching them.

At the play party Saturday night, the energy was high, and the play space was jaw-dropping. Hot, fierce badass women were playing to the left and the right all night. I never knew where to look, as I might miss something. And what a better way to enjoy the night than to jump in? 

I left exhausted, smiling, and glad that I had underestimated the Wild Rockies Leather Women. After a farewell brunch, we all parted ways and I knew this would not be the last I see of badass Utah Leatherwomen, true Women of Drummer.

~Honey

2019 Woman of Drummer

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