About Douglas Connors

Douglas Connors (aka LeatherTigger) has been an out and proud Leatherman for nearly 25 years. He served as Mr Leather Ottawa-Outaouais 2003, ultimately placing 8th at the Silver Anniversary IML. He also was honoured with the Pantheon of Leather Canadian Award. As well, he is an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. Over the years he has served as a commentator, artist, board member, contest producer, judge, and presenter. He is known for his infectious energy, good humour, and as a strong advocate for positive body image and self-acceptance within our community.

LeatherTigger’s Mindfruits #2 — Oh, Here We Go Again!!!

 

Sunday morning, I woke up to see a post on Facebook informing me that members of the International Leather Sir/boy (ILS/b) braintrust have decided to no longer allow transgender men to compete for the title. Henceforth, when it comes to representing male players in the Community, only “bio-males” (or cisgender males) need apply.

Though I am […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Community, Contests, News|13 Comments

LeatherTigger’s Mindfruits #1 — The Myth of the Virtuous Leatherman

At the time I came into Leather at the start of the 1990s, the AIDS crisis was claiming bodies at breakneck speed… and our community’s history and traditions were being swept away by the rising tide of the scourge.

The Leather Community was an immediate home for me. Yes, because I considered myself a bit of an outcast – and in this community I sensed there was a place for everyone, so long as you were perceived to be adhering to a certain code — but also because I sensed that however loosely collected were its various factions, the community was somehow held together by this code.

Honour. Trust. Integrity. Community. Respect.

Ask many a Leatherperson what words they associate with Leather, and the above are mentioned time and again.

Honour. Trust. Integrity. Community. Respect.

Obviously this is not a word-for-word, handed down from The Guild, code for the Leather Community (I would never be so bold as to assume I held THE Truth). Think of it rather as a: you get the general idea kind of thing.

But the reason for which I bring up the code is that my early experiences in the Leather Community left an indelible impression on me: That the members of this community endeavour to hold themselves to a higher standard of behaviour than what would be the norm in everyday society.

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By |May 1st, 2012|Community|5 Comments

Leathermen’s Academy 2011 Recap

by Douglas Connors
From September 29 to October 2, 2011, the Fort Lauderdale Leather community was the host of Leathermen’s Academy, held at the Sheraton Inn Lauderdale Airport.
Leathermen’s Academy is primarily an educational event in all-male space with particular emphasis on granting its attendees the opportunity to have a more hands-on experience of many BDSM activities from both the active and passive perspective. According to the event’s organizers, the objective is to leave attendees “empowered with more self-expression and freedom in their Leatherplay.”
To that effect, this year’s curriculum offered a wide range of avenues to explore from rough body play to mummification, from fire play to hypnosis. In addition, there were a few non-BDSM activity-specific courses on hand related to dungeon etiquette, history, and connectivity during play. In all, about a dozen educators from Canada and the USA gave of their time to make this a very worthwhile event for the approximately 55 attendees, hailing from at least 3 different countries, who came to quench their thirst for knowledge.

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By |October 14th, 2011|Education, Events US|0 Comments

Leathermen's Academy 2011 Recap

by Douglas Connors
From September 29 to October 2, 2011, the Fort Lauderdale Leather community was the host of Leathermen’s Academy, held at the Sheraton Inn Lauderdale Airport.
Leathermen’s Academy is primarily an educational event in all-male space with particular emphasis on granting its attendees the opportunity to have a more hands-on experience of many BDSM activities from both the active and passive perspective. According to the event’s organizers, the objective is to leave attendees “empowered with more self-expression and freedom in their Leatherplay.”
To that effect, this year’s curriculum offered a wide range of avenues to explore from rough body play to mummification, from fire play to hypnosis. In addition, there were a few non-BDSM activity-specific courses on hand related to dungeon etiquette, history, and connectivity during play. In all, about a dozen educators from Canada and the USA gave of their time to make this a very worthwhile event for the approximately 55 attendees, hailing from at least 3 different countries, who came to quench their thirst for knowledge.

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By |October 14th, 2011|Education, Events US|0 Comments