‘THANK YOU‘ TO OUR SPONSORS FOR TODAY’S WINTER FESTIVAL! YOU make the season bright! (please touch the tiles below…be sure to VISIT and SUPPORT these wonderful friends to the LGBT Community!)
It’s a busy-busy season in SL as well as RL so GA Publicity Lead, Othon Weiland wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of our sponsors so that we could all get to know them a bit better.
Today’s ‘SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT’ is shining on Master S&M Estates and owner Marcus Lefevre (marcusgay.lefevre). Here’s the interview with Marcus as he speaks about his business, his activities and Second Life. Enjoy! (photos thanks to Matt’s Photography)
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OW: Can you tell me what your activities in Second Life are? And what is the fun of it?
ML: I’m Estate Director for RGF Estates, which is the 2nd largest estate in Second Life, and own Master S&M Estates. Basically my tasks in Second Life are to manage the regions we hold and to direct the estate manager and support team and other administrative tasks. For my private I`m Co-Owner of Fire Island Gay Beach and secret partner for Swisher`s Dungeon, together with Swisher Hernandoz, my best friend, who also is Co-Owner at Master S&M Estates. Those two places are created for the enjoyment of gay men and opening Fire Island Gay Beach has allowed me to create multiple jobs for a vary of excellent managers, hosts and DJ`s who have grown together like a family since. The success of this both places was not intentional but provided by the hard and yet heartily work of my team there and last but not least by the loyalty of our guests and friends.
In past I’ve supported the one and other charity cause, also and especially for the LGBT community, yet rather in background than at front. Due to some happenings in Summer of this year I’ve withdrawn my patronages from some organizations and decided to create my own foundation, which is the Lefevre & Hernandoz Foundation. The foundations purpose is to support and connect RL and SL organizations about benefit causes. The main focus on my charity activities are for the AIDS-Foundations in Germany, where I have contact to due to my own HIV-Infection. The foundation has raised in last 6 months more than 1.500.000L$ and is still raising. Another nice collaboration I’m just in, is with Miss Virtual World and the BOSL – Best of Second Life Magazine. I intend on supporting the Mr. Virtual World elections next year and I’ve plans in my mind for the LGBT community about this very special and professional challenge too. More to come about next year then.
Also I’ve focused in last months on an estate, which I consider my home now, the Angel Manor Estate, also known for the famed Rose Theater and the Rose Galleries. It is the place where I find retreat from all my activities.The incredible huge palace, with a vast of rich decorated rooms, saloons and halls, the beautiful Rose Theater, the awarded Rose Galleries and the breath-taking Opera House have become the center of my activities, private as well as for public engagements. Recently the Angel Family allowed me to add a 6th region to their estate and the owner, Kaya Angel has built a new wing to the palace on it, where I’ve my main apartment now.
The Angel Family, represented by Kaya, Kezzy and Kylie Angel and the estates residents, as well as my own family, including Swisher, my sons and my husband Joey and my teams at the estate and the club are the ones which make my Second Life worthy and enjoyable.
After all I’m running all time on duty in Second Life and have not so much time for the fun things some people do…, but i`m more than happy with all, it’s fun. Despite this I’m trying myself a little in SL Photography as the Angel Manor inspires me so much.
OW: If a new SL member visiting your property and asks you what that Winter Festival is, what will be your answer? What do you think it will make him or her curious ?
ML: I think new Second Life residents need to get told, how much diverse this our virtual world is, and that we´re enjoying the creativity, skills and development of all together. One of the best examples in the Second Life Calendar therefor is the Winter Festival of the Gay Archipelago, where estates, content creators, clubs, groups, artists and entertainers of the LGBT Community come together to meet, to get to know each other, to share ideas and creations and last but not least to celebrate and enjoy this all. Especially the Gay Archipelago has become a visual mark on the Second Life grid, very much stating the spirit of tolerance, equality and liberty we all share in here.
The Winter Festival also may serve as an appropriate guide to learn new residents, that Second Life is more than sex and roleplay, but a community of creative, engaged and supportive humans who happen to meet in a virtual world and use the given technical and structural features at their best.
The very most I hope from the Winter Festival is, that we meet and celebrate ourselves, reflect the last year a little, be happy together about achieved goals. Maybe we make new friends and look forward for the coming Christmas time to spend with those who are alone in RL and maybe only have friends in SL.
For myself I will watch out, who joins the Winter Festival and keep the one and other name in mind to consider them for my plans in 2015. The LGBT community has given me so much more than I can give back but i`ll put in all efforts to make sure that the LGBT community knows to be supported by the large estates and the society on highest scale.
OW: Please look in your crystal ball and tell us what you think SL will be in a few years. What is needed or what new gadgets will be integrated? Or what will be outdated. Give it a try.
ML: I think Second Life can have a very glowing future, if we try to understand each other, as well as Linden Lab. Only the cooperation between the individuals will help us to continue growth and the make the message and spirit of Second Life acknowledged by the Internet Community. We have to accept that the development of highly complex virtual systems requires resources such as money but also the knowledge and skills of single brilliant minds. Everyone of us is asked to develop this virtual world and as more we do, as more Second Life will remain a stable and growing constant within the virtual worlds.
As for the technical development, I hope that we some time soon will be able to use Second Life via web browser for those, who have not so great PC´s at home. But this will require development efforts at more ends than Linden Lab only. Which certainly will be a big step in the Second Life history is, when the majority of Second Life users will be able to connect with Second Life using Kinect-Technology.
The easier things on the To-Do List should be to connect Second life more with Facebook, that as far Facebook would acknowledge Second Life residents as a regular user too. At all I think Second Life needs to come out of its isolation within the Internet world and allow their users to interact and connect across the whole Internet from Second Life easier.
In every case we should be excited for the developments the community and Linden Lab bring out and maybe try to see the things also from the good side before hitting it down.
Everything has two sides… at least.
OW: Thank you for your time, Marcus. Everyone can visit, support and fine out what Master S&M Estates has to offer the community by clicking HERE and taking a trip!
A WORLD OF THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR TODAY’S FESTIVAL!! (please touch the tiles to visit and SUPPORT these special friends to the LGBT Community!)
A HEARTY ‘THANK YOU’ TO OUR GENEROUS FESTIVAL SPONSORS TODAY!! (Please touch the tiles and be sure to visit and support these friends of the LGBT Community!)
ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy this compilation video presentation entitled ‘People are Awesome, 2013′ showing just some of the amazing feats and stunts from 2013!
A VERY SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU!’ TO TODAY’S FESTIVAL SPONSORS!! You bring joy to this beautiful season in Second Life! (touch tiles to visit and support these special friends)