About Tyesha Best

Tyesha is first and foremost, a Leatherwoman. She is also a Queer Femme Tomboy, forever student, writer, a lover of history, teacher, musician and "paper schlepper" with an outgoing nature leads her to volunteer her gifts and talents wherever needed. Tyesha has lived in the DFW and surrounding areas for the past decade and officially calls Dallas her home though she currently lives in Wilton Manors, FL. An ex military brat, she knew about her sadomasochistic nature even while a young girl living in Italy and is grateful for the opportunities to discuss and demonstrate her thoughts on it. She also enjoys talking and teaching on generational and minority issues. Tyesha has served as NLA-International Policy and Procedures Chair, President of the Dallas girls of Leather and Leatherati.com as their Calendar Editor, Staff Writing Correspondent and Contributing Editor. She still serves NLA-International and now serves as Editor for Leatherati.com and Registration Coordinator for Gender Odyssey. She has served on many other boards and committees including Beyond Vanilla and Women in Leather International and Dallas Fresh Leather. Tyesha believes that evolution does not happen without knowledge of the past, neither does it truly evolve fully without the help and creativity of the future. She knows that wisdom and foresight have no age limit. When people understand this, history will be repeated less, solutions will be achieved faster and the Elders will have the ability to go on vacation. She is grateful for the mentors and close friends and family that continue to help the growth of her Identity and journey.

New Program to Help Recover History and Spark Memories

"by Tyesha Best Currently Southwest Master and slave 2015, Sir Gareth and slave toi have introduced a program that will help our community history keeping. “Reclaiming Our Leather History” is a grass roots organization that aids in locating lost items such as pins, vests, and sashes, and bring them home- hopefully to their original owners, clubs and organizations. If the original owners can’t be located or are willing, items find themselves rehomed permanently in our community archives. Not only will this effort impact our Leather and Kink community, but those individuals who are not in Leather and kink, whom are at a loss as to what to do with previous treasures owned by Leather family members will have options."

By |June 10th, 2015|News|0 Comments

IML 37 Top 20 Rankings

"May, 25 2015 Chicago, IL. International Mr Leather has released the rankings of the Top 20 Leathermen who competed this weekend at IML 37. Congratulations to them and great job to all 52 Leathermen who competed!"

By |May 25th, 2015|Contests, Events, News|0 Comments

IML & IMBB 2015 Class 37 Contestant Numbers Are In!

"The IML Home Game has done major work in procuring the contestant numbers for both the IML and IMBB 2015 class. Thanks to all of those who contributed to help get this list together! As the competition starts tonight, check out the IML Home Game group for statistics and "Super Bowl" style banter with some of the biggest die hard IML fans around! And without further ado, here are the contestants and their numbers:"

By |May 22nd, 2015|Entertainment, Events, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Live From IML 2015!!!!!!

"The Leatherati IML 2015 Team is eager to keep you updated with minute to minute coverage of all the contest portions. Also, something new for you to check out this year is The IML Home Game...."

By |May 21st, 2015|Contests, Entertainment, Events, Live Blogs|0 Comments

“Colorful Shades of BDSM & M/s” Exhibit Opens Today at Leather Archives

Beginning today, May 21st, the Guest Artist Gallery at the Leather Archives & Museum opens Morris Taylor's "Colorful Shades of BDSM & M/s". The GAG will showcase many of his watercolor paintings that will be available for viewing till January 2016. Today, opening reception for Master Morris' exhibit will be from 7 pm-9 pm. This reception is free to the public and visitors must be at least 18 yrs old.

By |May 9th, 2015|Art, Entertainment, News|0 Comments

Leatherman of Color Contest Re-emerges!

"May 7, 2016 From the Producers of Leatherman of Color Chicago, Illinois. Temporarily Gone, But NEVER truly forgotten. Back by extreme Popular DEMAND! Mufasa’s Pride Production presents THE LEATHERMAN OF COLOR XIII CONTEST at BLACKOUT XX Men or Color have reached an unrelenting stage within the Leather community and are continuing to make strides. Channeling Men such as Ron Moore, D, Cannon, Caine Berlinger, Ric Morris, Graylin Thornton, Mufasa Ali, Sir Dexter, Lance Hoffman, Dee Mal, Sir Dre, Ramien Pierre, Jeffrey Williams and “Doc” Hoskins Jr., the Leatherman of Color is determined to present distinguished men who are leaders in and around their communities and will make a difference where it is needed."

By |May 7th, 2015|Contests, Events, News|1 Comment

LA&M Does IML

"The Leather Archives & Museum will play host to numerous activities of which IML event goers can be a participant. Say "Hello!", sign the IML flag, test the Fort Troff sling, or drop off donations at the LA&M booth in the Congressional Room, at IML Vendor Mart on the 3rd Floor of the Congress Hotel."

By |May 6th, 2015|News|0 Comments

The Handler/Puppy Golden Rules (Code of Conduct)

"Leaders of the Puppy Community Initiative on Facebook, have gathered together to create a "Code of Conduct" for pups and handlers to take in consideration in public spaces. As the puppy community has grown and their cultural concepts are solidifying more and more, there are some who are stepping up to ensure that a good time is had by all-both Pup community members and non. The purpose of the Puppy Community Initiative according to their Facebook page - "This is to find ways we can work within our community and be able to interact better at all community events and interact better with other aspects of the Leather/Kink Communities."

By |May 2nd, 2015|Community, News|0 Comments

Ft Lauderdale Leather Pride a Success!

"Ft Lauderdale Leather Pride has been one heck of a ride! The goal of Shades of Pride was to create events and opportunities for individuals of Ft Lauderdale and beyond, to enjoy the lust, the thrills, and the sister and brotherhood of Leather. All throughout the month of March, Shades of Pride has showcased Fort Lauderdale institutions such as: The Stonewall National Museum & Archives with a Leather Social; Ft Lauderdale had its monthly Pig Dance at the infamous Ramrod; a formal Leather Dinner at Mojo Restaurant & Lounge; and the Bootlust Party at LeatherWerks."

By |March 15th, 2015|Community, News|0 Comments

On Lineage

"Most of the time when people speak and write of Old Guard values and protocols, a heated debate ensues, with one or more of our kinfolk ending up feeling insulted and no one finding consensus about the topic. Basically, we agree to disagree and we go back to our own lives creating more memories, adding to our journeys. Leather Culture is an endless amount of experiences that are developed from many rituals, traditions, scenes, and learned skill sets, many of which have been passed down from person to person. I think the one thing that many will agree on when it comes to Leather and our defining of Le Olde Guarde, is that we want to identify those aspects that individuals can hold on to and proudly say that, “Yes! These things are what made me who I am as a Leatherperson!” We want to give and pass down our most coveted items and memories to those deserving Leatherfolk so that our cultural carbon footprints are not forgotten, so that some tiny part of us lives on. But what is it really that we are passing down and preserving? And thus, I want to talk about lineage."

By |January 27th, 2015|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Beyond Judging

by Tyesha Best

Even as many use the title holding system to obtain their platform and their voice, we have started to question how heavily we rely on this system for activists and leaders for our community. One of the most important components of the title holding system is our judges. Judges are chosen based on […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Community, Contests, Opinion, People|1 Comment

Forging Bonds of Intimacy: Mind, Body and Soul

"The happiness flows as we exchange our travel stories, share the judges table, sit with each other in our classes, and help with fundraisers. But what happens when we come home from our social and political activities, close our front doors and rely on our virtual and local surroundings? The number of suicides has our community both surprised and alarmed. What can we do to strengthen the connections with each other? What can we do to be there for each other during times of duress and sadness? The mental health of our community has become a hot topic and now, there are two positive causes that are developing in our community when it comes to addressing mental health and suicides in our community: We Are Here Suicide Hotline and 'Project Touch Base'."

By |November 18th, 2014|Current Affairs, Interviews, News, Opinion, People|0 Comments