The next Leathermen's Discussion Group takes place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Mr-S-Leather playspace, 385A Eighth Street in San Francisco, CA.
From the Leatherati.com "About" page: "Leatherati launched in 2009 after a long (and productive!) gestation in the minds of Loren Berthelsen and Alex Lindsay. Sensing a gaping hole in the informatosphere for things leathery but not adult-rated, the duo leveraged their long-standing involvement in the leather community to bring you the most comprehensive leather content site available today. Leatherati explores our unique lifestyle of contests and titleholders, travel and events, dining and drinking, entertainment and shopping, and of course news and opinion."
As our brick-and-mortar leather venues shrink in number, Leatherati.com offers a new kind of gathering-place: not regional but national and international in scope; representing all orientations and genders, but LGBT-dominated; interactive, but not devoted to hook-ups; open to a broad spectrum of viewpoints without abandoning standards for accuracy and quality in its contributors.
Loren and Alex will talk about the founding of Leatherati.com, their struggles and successes along the way, their vision for its future; and the public is invited to join in a wide-ranging discussion about the issues we face while our self-definition as a community is in transition:
- How to address — if that's even possible — gay men's waning participation in predominantly non-gay events such as SW Leather, South Plains Leather, the Master/slave Conference, many others?
- Why is gay leather culture viewed as the fount of our current leather/BDSM/kink communities?
- Is leather the same as BDSM?
- What is the future of online leather culture?
- What do we want to see more of in Leatherati.com, in terms of both direction and content?
LDG programs start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 and close at 8:00 pm.
Leather, rubber, gear, fetish wear, even nudity always encouraged, never required. No admission charge. Open to all adults.
Most LDG programs are video-recorded. Ample seating is provided out of camera range.