by Leland Carina
I recently heard from my friend Kyle House in Sacramento that the Sacramento Valley Leathermen had made the decision to dissolve their organization. Along with the loss of our brick and motor spaces, some of the longer standing leather organizations are lately coming to an end as well. I find this news very sad, and asked if I could offer an interview so at least more people would be aware of the contribution they made during their years of service.
Leland: Thank you for doing this interview Kyle. I'm so sorry to hear that the Sacramento Valley Leathermen are disbanding.
To start with, could you give us an idea of how long it was together? Kyle: This would have been our 16th year of operation actually.Leland: Quite a history. How did it first form?Kyle: I guess the easist way to answer that question is to let our History answer it for you. But I will also state that our Founding President, Daddy Brian Williams, felt the need for a safe and welcoming space for like minded individuals to come together as Leathermen here in Sacramento, CA. And out of that need was born SVL.The Sacramento Valley Leathermen (SVL) was initially formed as the Capital City Leather Association (CCLA), in 1997, here in Sacramento, California. The Members voted to change the name to The Sacramento Valley Leathermen in 1998, to better reflect our impact in the area and our expanded goals for our growing membership and community influence. SVL was incorporated as The Sacramento Valley Leathermen, Inc. in 2002. In early 2006 in order to continue our growth we once again made the decision to change our name and become a gay men and women's organization. As part of that transformation the organizations name was changed to The Sacramento Valley LeatherCorps from that point forward. And in 2012 we have returned to our name of The Sacramento Valley Leathermen, Inc., and our founding as an all male Leather Organization. The Sacramento Valley LeatherCorps is being retained as a affiliate Organization open to those who identify as a boy/boi in the Leather Community.