Kotori Makato Murphy’s Bio

Name: Kotori Makato Murphy

KotoriT RANScend Transgender Genderqueer Retreat

Kotori Makato Murphy

Organizations: Groundswell Institute and Black Leather Wings (BLW)

Pronouns: He/They/She

Bio: Kotori identifies as two-spirit and has been involved in the Leather Community as a submissive, slave, masochist, top and sadist for more than 20 years. He/they/she considers themself the duo-extreme of sadomasochism.

Kotori’s involvement in the Leather scene began in earnest at LA’s Lair. In 2005, he moved to the SF Bay Area where he deepened his service to community through the BDSM Women’s organization, The Exiles, the motorcycle community, Dykes on Bikes, and the Pansexual Faerie tribe, BLW.

Kotori began her FTM transition five years ago and serves as a liaison in his community through mentoring, teaching and training. They teach Florentine flogging and single tail classes. He is especially engaged in the Spiritual practices of blood ritual, piercing, hook pulls, and suspension through BLW. 

Kotori currently works for Groundswell Institute and is also a member of the Groundswell community, an intentional community located just across the bridge from the nonprofit retreat center.