Frequently Asked Questions


What is Northwest Leather Celebration (NWLC)?

NWLC is a weekend event for the Leather, Kink, Fetish and M/s, D/s communities. 

I don't consider myself "leather". Is this event for me?

YES! Absolutely! NWLC is a weekend educational and social event for kinky, BDSM, poly, fetish folks, in addition to people who identify as part of the Leather Community.

What is M/s and D/s?

M/s stands for Master and slave.  D/s stands for Dominance and submission. These are terms that are used when people have a consensual relationship that exchanges authority.

But I am Brand New…

That is OKAY! NWLC is the perfect event for newcomers to the community. We will have varied classes on basic and advanced levels, and many friendly people who will talk to you. Get involved! Volunteer, go to classes, and meet new people at the meals and parties. Before long, you won't be a beginner anymore!

What Goes on at NWLC?

A lot of fun. NWLC is filled with great friendly people who attend our contests, hospitality parties, and classes. Folks also enjoy great meals together as part of the weekend and socialize in several spaces like our downstairs lobby and outside patio. NWLC is a great place to connect with old friends as well as meet new people.

What is a Hospitality Party?

A Hospitality Party is just that – a party! Various groups and organizations host an informal social gathering most often with snacks and beverages. They are held in the amazing hotel suite all weekend long and everyone with a weekend package registration is welcome.

What Contests are Happening?

NWLC is the home of the Northwest Master slave, Northwest Bootblack, and Northwest Person of Leather Contests. The purpose of these titles is to provide representation and education in our communities. Please check out the CONTESTS button on the main menu for all the details.

What is Taught in the Classes?  Do I need a Ticket or Experience to Attend Classes?

Instructors from all over the country present classes on various topics. There are three educational tracks: Relationships, Technique (BDSM and Bootblacking) and Community Development. There will be classes for all levels of experience throughout the weekend. You don't need to sign up and you don't need a ticket beyond your weekend event registration - just show up for class. You are welcome regardless of your level of experience.

What are the Meals?

There are three meals during the weekend event: Friday evening dinner, Saturday Lunch, and Sunday Brunch.

Friday evening is the Formal Dinner and Contest Opening. We will have an amazing served 4 course meal at which people will arrive in their best dress. You are likely to see leather, suits, gowns, corsets, uniforms and fetish formal wear. It is not required to dress in any certain way however! You will also see some people in jeans and boots. Please come as you are most comfortable but please come! Following the meal, we will have the Contest Opening for the Northwest Master slave, Northwest Bootblack, and Northwest Person of Leather Contests, as well as fabulous hot and sexy entertainment.

Saturday afternoon is the Step-down Luncheon. This is also a sit-down served meal where our out-going Northwest Titleholders give their step-down speeches. Their speech typically talks about their adventure as titleholders as they traveled to represent the region.  It is our opportunity to hear about their journey and show them our gratitude for their hard work providing us with representation. 

Sunday morning's Keynote Brunch is a buffet style meal with all the brunch basics and lots of coffee. During the meal, a leader from the Leather Community will give an inspirational speech which is always greatly anticipated. Following the keynote is the famous NWLC Speed Round Live Auction. This is a very exciting auction for baskets of very valuable prizes.

Do I have to Dress a Certain Way?

No!  The only rule is that you must dress in a manner that is considered “street legal” in all parts of the hotel.  You will see folks wearing jeans, boots and leather vests during the day and more leather at night.  Leather or fetish wear is welcome but not required. 

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