Scorpion ONYX joined the Midwest chapter in 1998 after relocating from Virginia to Chicago and meeting Ed Gregg, a full member of the chapter. Ed convinced him to pledge and the rest is history. He serves as the current chapter President of ONYX Southwest leading the organization into its current phase of growth, community education and increased presence across the Southwestern region. He also serves as a member of the ONYX National Council.
Scorpion strongly believes in the Brotherhood and sets as his goal to help other people of color embrace their kink. He believes everyone’s leather journey is catered to fit their specific needs, but also believes all of us can contribute in some way to the growth of others. Scorpion is committed to the Leather/BDSM/Kink community and enjoys spending his free time exploring different kinks and getting to know other kinky folk from all over the world. He constantly challenges himself and his Southwest ONYX family to grow and serve within our region and abroad.
Scorpion's kink/fetish interests include Fisting, Dildo Play, Flogging, Spanking, Role Play, and Water Sports.
Ali Mushtaq currently lives in Southern California. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of California:San Francisco. His research focuses on issues of social inequality, masculinity, culture, and fitness. He also coauthored several peer reviewed articles, especially on the role race plays in the media and community belonging. He is also an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College and has taught a number of sociology related courses at other universities. In his spare time, he is a member and secretary of Onyx’s emerging South West Chapter. His hobbies include going to the gym and becoming a competitive west coast swing dancer.
Beacon became a full member of Onyx in May 2016 and currently serves on the board of Onyx SoCal/Southwest as Pledge Master and is spearheading the chapter's leather and kink education program.
While Beacon first discovered he was kinky as a teenager, he didn't discover the leather/kink community until 2012. The community has given him the chance to explore his kink, enjoy new experiences, be collared in a poly leather family and start a poly leather family of his own. Beacon is passionate about supporting the community through volunteering at events, introducing people to kink, kink education, reducing stigma of HIV, educating and helping people access PrEP and sex positivity.
Beacon is a proud poly, switch pig with a long list of fetishes but is most passionate about pup play, ABDL, fisting, flogging, water sports and nipple play.
Quote: "When you die, the thing that you regret the most is not what you did, but what you didn't do."
Stanford Altamirano is a board member of ONYX Southwest. As publisher and Editor-In-Chief of THE FIGHT Magazine, SoCal's Monthly LGBTQ publication, and as a man of color himself, Stanford has been very actively involved in the promotion and outreach to different segments of the gay community, including the leather/BDSM/kink communities, bears, the trans community and the sober community, to name a few.
Stanford is deeply and passionately committed to providing a voice, via THE FIGHT and via his own personal connections, to all those who may feel under-represented within traditional LGBT media.
Quote: "One Half-Step Excites My Mind, More than an Entire Symphony."
Quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Gandhi
Quote: ""My goal is to always come from a place of love... but sometimes you just have to break it down for a mothetherucker."
Quote: "Opportunities come and go, better to say yes and take it!" Unknown
Quote: "Its even pretty effective in squashing the lingering ache from having to work so hard for my mother's affection making it nearly impossible for any man to love me enough to make up for the hole she left in my heart." Will from Will & Grace
Quote: "If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." Maya Angelou
Quote: "Always be your self unless you can be a puppy then always be a puppy being a puppy is best"
Quote: "I solemnly swear I am up to no good"
Quote: "I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver." ~ Maya Angelou.