Black Lives Matter

To our communities,

The Atons of Minneapolis are in solidarity with everyone demanding justice for George Floyd, and fighting generations of systemic racism and police brutality. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. We encourage everyone in our LGBTQA+ and leather/kink communities to take a visible and tangible stand against racism today. 

As we begin Pride month, we reflect on the rights we have won and lost in the last 51 years since the Stonewall Riot. We know painfully well that no battle for equality is ever complete as long as there are people who wish to oppress others and deny our shared humanity.

We hope that everyone is at least ok today. It has been an extra tense week, and whether you were protesting the murder of George Floyd by four officers in the Minneapolis Police Department in person or watching the protests from afar, the toll on our minds and bodies can be intense. Please take a moment for yourself every day to recenter and gather energy for the work we all need to do.

Yours in leather,
Andrew Bertke
President, Atons of Minneapolis

Pandemic Update

All of us in the Atons hope that our members, associates, and friends are safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. At our April Atons teleconference meeting, we discussed what this crisis means to our club.

It is hard to be a social club during social distancing. Because we can’t foresee when it will be safe for us to gather again, we have paused all plans for any social events through at least the end of summer. This pause means no L&L dinners, no Cigar Smokers, and no EROS party. We also anticipate other more significant leather events rescheduling for the fall that may conflict with our dates. Unfortunately, this means that we have canceled our plans to host a leather run in September.

As a result of our decision to not host any social events for the foreseeable future, we have reduced our membership and associate dues to $0 until such time that we can resume hosting social events. Any member or associate dues already paid will be prorated.

We look forward to seeing all of you again soon when it is safe to do so.

Yours in leather,
Andrew Bertke
President, Atons of Minneapolis

Halloween 2019

The Atons again invite our members, associates, and friends to our annual Halloween party. We are hosting our party in a private home in Minneapolis, with good space to be social, and multiple play spaces.

Eventbrite - Atons Halloween Party 2019

Please know that this party is open to everyone, regardless of gender identity/expression and the color of your skin.

Code of Conduct
All attendees are required to acknowledge that they have read and agree to the Atons of Minneapolis code of conduct. You can view it online here.

Details:

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Doors are open 7 pm – 10 pm (no re-entry after 10 pm)
Party ends at 1 am
Free Food & Drinks
Cost: $20 Donation

Costume Contest
We encourage sexy costumes!

The winner of the Costume Contest will receive one (1) pass to the next Atons Run or Campout.

Registration
Pre-Registration only! No registrations or donations will be accepted at the door! Pre-Registration must be submitted online, or post-marked, with the donation by Saturday, November 2. We will email you the location of the party on Thursday or Friday. You can also register via postal mail by sending a check to The Atons of Minneapolis PO Box 580517 Minneapolis, MN 55458-0517

A Few Rules
By registering for this event, you are certifying that you are at least 21 years of age, and understand that nonprescription drugs are not allowed on the site, and that neither the site owners nor the Atons of Minneapolis are liable for any injuries or damages, caused by either others or yourself, intentionally or not, or for any loss of personal property.

Allergy Alert: There is a cat in the house.

General info about neighborhood, house, accessibility:

  • The neighborhood is very active – lots of pedestrian and street traffic. Lots of eyes and ears so please don’t scare the neighbors.
  • Check to make sure the cat doesn’t sneak out the front door (sign on the door will warn people to not let the cat out).
  • Shoes off at the door (play shoes allowed inside – use common sense with potentially floor-damaging heels)
  • Treat the furniture with care. No bare butts on main floor seating.
  • Smoking allowed outside on the back fenced-in patio. An ashtray will be provided. Don’t scare the neighbors.
  • Fenced in backyard and patio for outdoor socializing – but not private (wooden privacy fence, but audible from the street and visible from second floors of neighbor’s houses).
  • Lots of stairs
    • Seven stairs to gain entry to the house – no handrail
    • Handrails are not available to the basement or attic.
    • There is only one toilet at this location and it is located up one flight of stairs.
  • There is seating for dealing with boots and shoes and shelving for stashing bags is available near the front door. A sturdy, double-rail coat rack will be set out in colder months.

Playspace:

  • Six play stations on two floors (three in the basement, three in the attic)
  • One cuddle room for cuddling… and stuff
  • One quiet room with seating and a massage table
  • The shower is not available for play. See host if you would like to use the shower for cleanup (towels can be provided if necessary).