rights violations going on in the Utah leather community that I have
no desire to see spread to other communities. Some are being censored,
some are being asked to 'out' confidential information and disclose
the identity of someone who wishes to remain anonymous. There are sanctions
and litigation's currently in force and in progress in Utah.
has sanctioned a member for refusing to 'out' confidential information.
Specifically, a complaint was made to one of it's members regarding
a demonstration and this member refused to divulge who made the complaint.
This member was given a letter putting her on probation and barring
her participation in voting activities unless and until she divulged
this information as she was deemed to be acting on behalf of UPEX though
she holds no office in UPEX and did not ask to act on behalf of UPEX
but rather was contacted without prior knowledge by the complainant
and without her consent. She refused to out the complainant and resigned
from the organization upon receiving notification of the sanction against
her. The board of UPEX, by insisting this information be outed to them
violated their own bylaws ratified by the first membership body and
amended and ratified subsequently on several occasions. The board of
UPEX has stated that since the complainant was not a member of UPEX,
they did not enjoy the rights given to UPEX members to have their identities
be free from disclosure. The fact is, while the board of UPEX feels
it was 'implied' UPEX does not 'know' who made the complaint, so doesn't
know if this person is a member of UPEX or not.
The vanilla community
is running scared of leather folk right now. Canceling events, calling
in the big guns etc. They would still our progress and our voices given
half a chance. Let's not give them that opportunity by closing the door
even a tiny bit on basic human rights. Let us not go quietly into that
good night. I urge you, as my fellow leathermen, to find out for yourselves,
to determine for yourselves, and judge for yourselves, if UPEX and UtahPowerPlay
are the sorts of organizations with which you want to be associated.
In leather pride,