TES Fest Impact

In The Doubtful Guest by flagg9 Comments

God damn.

I got to talk to a lot of people while heading up safety in the playspace, many from BR, some from GMSMA, other groups, other cities. They told me that they could not even talk about doing the things we were doing in the playspace and the Madison room without lynchings and firefights. LthrEdge stated that he was glad to finally get to present his program, rather than pass it on informally, in bits and pieces. We did topics so touchy we got shit before they happened. I was told “You have created the most progressive playspace on the East Coast.”

Well, we did, yes.

Saftey rewrote the rules. Jeff made a vital change that made them possible, and saw them through. Susan Wright gave the NCSF blessing. The executive committee gave the nod. Lolita fought for her edgeplay program, and for her presenters. Special Events busted their asses to make sure that certain things could happen…

These people were fucking fearless.

And these things, all together, have made a difference.

I have never been, and will never be “an activist”. But I do feel very, very proud of what we achieved, and the precedents we set.

This event mattered.
God damn.

  • :::tipping my hat to you:::

    Good show.

  • makes me feel worse that I didn’t get to play in it.

    *kicks rock*

    • Next time.

      I’m doing this one again. It suits me.

      • Re: Next time.

        cool….glad you found a niche Uncle.

        Now I just need to make sure that I and a play partner make it to the event! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

        Well done, Mr. Dark

  • You know… I have been giving this more thought, and wondering, why I didn’t ever stop for a second and recognize how progressive this event was. Whenever someone said something to that effect to me, I just shrugged it off.

    And it hit me. It’s because you, Lolita, and all of the senior staff created something that my mind identifies as the way it should be. This is what I have come to expect. I recognize it when an event does less than… allows less… gives in to fear more. But, now that we did it, it just… was… to me.

    Interesting thought processes you have inspired. Thank you again.

    • In many ways (especially the dungeon), TES Fest 04 was more like the way things used to be.

  • I am so proud to have worked on this event with everyone. For the same reasons, I feel that no matter what, TESFest this year was a huge success. Sure shit happened here and there… but everyone fought really hard for the freedom to practice our kink in our space, how we see fit. And you as the safety person…. did an amazing wonderful job, and I am proud to have worked along side everyone, but especially you for this event. (which should just be called a “Phenomenon”) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The program item which cannot be spoken of rocked. Perhaps next time, I will step into that ring.

    The dungeon was fantastic.

    I am so glad we had so many courageous people that made this event matter, that made it seminal, that made it rule …