In 2002, slave marsha decided there needed to be a short and sweet way to describe the heart of South Plains Leatherfest. After a great deal of thought, she hit on four words that she felt captured the event’s essence. With that, the theme of South Plains became “We Will Not Forget.”
In 2012 the phrase "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" was incorporated to the long-held theme. At South Plains, we honor our yesterdays by remembering that the only reason an event like this can exist is because of the people who risked everything to gather in those first SM parties, clubs and events. We will not forget that what we call the “Leather Community” today was born from Leathermen. We will not forget the years of exile that Leatherwomen have experienced from the broader women’s movement. We will not forget that too often, our own community frequently misunderstands, and at worst rejects, those who identify as Masters and slaves.
We will not forget the inequitable treatment of marginalized people in our Leather Community and work to create a home that is socially just at South Plains; where diversity is embraced and discrimination is not tolerated.
We will not forget that the pandemic forced the cancellation of South Plains 2021. We will not forget the sadness we felt when we could not gather with our South Plains family as we had done for past 20+ years. We will not forget the pain and losses we suffered as a result of COVID-19.
As we were able to once again gather in 2022, we will remember that the South Plains family is strong and resilient. We will remember that we are stronger standing together than when we stand alone. We will be grateful that we can once again come together and celebrate.
As we look to 2023 and beyond, we celebrate our community and feel gratitude for all we were, all we are, and all we can become.