In order to join our private social media groups, and/or attend a blackBOOTS private event or blackBOARD classes at The Shire, you will need a sponsor. If you don't know what that means, please read:
What is a sponsor?
A sponsor is someone that will take responsibility for your actions and behavior in our private spaces. We ask that sponsors only vouch for people that they actually have met, know and trust. Sponsoring someone that causes problems or breaks rules can lead to the sponsor not being able to bring or sponsor guests or even removal from invite lists for our events. Please sponsor only those that you know and trust.
Why do I need a sponsor?
We do our best to make sure our private events are safe spaces, free of illegal drugs, registered sex offenders, consent violators, drama and other potential trouble. We ask for sponsors for new people in order to help ensure the spaces remain safer for everyone.
How do I find a sponsor?
Since a sponsor must know you personally, you'll need to get out from behind your computer screens and smartphones and connect with people in person. If you know people in the local gay community, you can ask people if they are familiar with blackBOOTS and take it from there. If you don't know who to ask, you can come to our public events such as Leather Church These are bar events, open to everyone and hosted by blackBOOTS at TryAngles in Salt Lake City on the third Sunday of every month, 3pm-6pm.
You can check out other BDSM and kink community groups and events too, as many people that attend those events will have access to sponsorship for a cross section of private events for many groups including blackBOOTS. FetLife and Recon are good places to find out about those options as well.
Memberships and Sponsorships are a different thing:
We welcome all public support through donations for membership and sponsor memberships but paying for a membership online, without a sponsor, does not give you access. You cannot buy your way in. Please secure your sponsor prior to paying for memberships online if you want access to our private spaces.