(keynote address, Leather Leadership Conference XX, March 18, 2016) For 37 years, my workplace has been the television industry, and trust me, it’s very industrial. Television employs about as many Americans as the firearms industry. In fact, there are about as many guns as there are TV sets in the country, upwards of 300 million. The [...]
An essay by Saint St. James On November 1ST, 2015, Mr. Hardy Haberman presented his keynote address, “Welcome to the War on Sex,” at Leather Fiesta, an annual celebratory and educational event for kinksters, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his powerful speech, Hardy claimed that now that the LGBT Rights campaign has been essentially [...]
As the Parapan Am Games were ramping up in Toronto, so was this year's Toronto Leather Pride Weekend (August 6th-9th, 2015). The “opening ceremonies” for the weekend started with SALUTE! at Crews & Tango where the the 2015 Titleholder Team – Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2015 Brett Murden, Ms. Leather Toronto 2015 Luca, and Toronto Puppy [...]
"Each year the National Leather Association – International acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond for our community at different levels. We are proud to announce the 2015 winners."
"National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2014. The judges received a great number of nominations this year and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing."
International Ms Leather Inc., recently released a press release stating that they are looking for volunteers to fill positions that will address needs from minority groups in the Leather Community. Within positions needing to be filled are three liaison positions, one each for People of Color, Transwomen and those Under 35 years of age. IMsL has [...]
"Ignite your passions and let the fire within you glow at Southwest Leather Conference. Share in the warmth of your tribe at the annual gathering of leather, sex and spirit in Phoenix on January 21-24, 2016."
"by Bella, IMsBB 2013 NEW ALBANY, Indiana— #StillMe is a grassroots social awareness campaign that targets negative attitudes surrounding mental health diagnoses and seeks to remind all people that I am #stillme first. The campaign was born of frustration when founder Bella Oliver saw a pattern of survivors of mental illness, including herself, struggling for community acceptance. Taking it's cue from the success of Mr. Friendly's one on one conversations, #StillMe was created with a mission of helping to embracing all the facets of an individual. "
" According to the CDC, in 2013, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for Americans of all ages.1 A staggering 41,149 suicides were reported, roughly one almost every 13 minutes.2 The CDC sites suicide as the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.1 Suicide is the second cause of death among persons aged 25-34 years, the third cause of death among persons aged 15-24 years.2 Statistics are one thing, so much yadda yadda, but all the statistics in the world don’t matter when you are the one who is left to deal with the suicide attempt or suicide of another."
Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ June 2015 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian Five Things To Know About Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy: Mistress Joanne at International Mr. Leather ca. 1994. Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers, Leather Archives & Museum. 1. She loves the color purple. Purple clothes, purple pens, purple leather. When [...]
Harry Potter has forever altered our vocabulary. Before J.K Rowling introduced the fantasy game of Quidditch the word “snitch” was only used in gangster movies a derogatory term for a stoolie. If I have to define “stoolie” you were born after 1980 and so this whole thing might be a bit obscure. My favorite word [...]
When I first started out in the kink community, I kept looking for other leather dykes like me, and was hard pressed to find them. I did eventually find others like me, once I found the leather community, which was a great relief! However, even now, I wonder, where are all the leather dykes hiding? [...]