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Our Mission

To provide a forum to address issues specific to gay or bi-sexual men of color who choose to discuss and or participate in the Leather/SM/Fetish lifestyle. To serve as a resource for its members to find support, education, and growth in a safe and sane manner. We work to educate about our community, safety, and history to help other men in our community and those interested integrate these practices into their lives as Men of Color without shame or judgement.


About ONYX

  • The New York City Chapter of ONYX was founded in October 2005 to provide education, fraternization and serve as a bridge for Men of Color to the New York and Northeast region of the United States. ONYX NY operated from 2005 until 2010, and then voted to disband. The reorganization of ONYX NY / Northeast began in December 2010. ONYX NY / Northeast is a regional chapter of The Men of ONYX Inc., which is a National Organization.


  • ONYX is an organization formed in 1995 in Chicago and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.


  • Support, spirituality, safety and saneness are keys to attaining our goals. Toward this end, it is the principle aim of ONYX to develop in its members the highest standards of loyalty to the laws and established code of ONYX and to treat all in society with honor, unselfishness and tolerance.


  • It is the responsibility of each member to uphold the traditions, standards and practices of this organization as well as the time honored principles of democracy on which this country was built.


  • It is the fundamental belief of this organization that no finer means is offered for the achievement of these aims than the brotherly association of persons with similar tastes, inclinations and goals.


  • ONYX has had a long standing reputation within the Leather Community with members nationwide and internationally. We are the longest existing Leather club for People of Color.


  • ONYX has always been involved in charity work. There are currently nine chapters: Midwest (based in Chicago), Southeast (based in Atlanta), Northeast (based in New York City), Mid-Atlantic (based in Washington, DC), Southwest (based in Los Angeles), and Great Lakes (based in Cleveland and Detroit). The 2017 newly elected chapters of NorthCal (based in San Francisco), Lone Star (based in Dallas) and Deep South (based in Ft. Lauderdale) where each chapter is involved in contributing back to the Leather, LGBTQ and People of Color communities. HIV prevention and care organizations and those that aid youth have always been of note.


  • All who support our cause may become members of ONYX. We thank the elders in the People of Color Leather Community for paving the way in order for us to exist. ONYX honors that tradition and looks forward to many more years.


2019 Officers of ONYX NY / Northeast

From left to right; Punki, Third Eye, Diablo, Sir Trenchant, SteeleToe, Drogo, Daddy Sage and Indigo

From left to right; Punki, Third Eye, Diablo, Sir Trenchant, SteeleToe, Drogo, Daddy Sage and Indigo

  • Diablo ONYX - President

  • steeletoe ONYX - Vice President

  • Third Eye ONYX - Treasurer

  • punki ONYX - Secretary of Administration

  • sir trenchant onyx - Secretary of Communication

  • drogo ONYX - Pledge Master

  • Daddy Sage ONYX - Road Captain

  • indigo onyx - historian