"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:
1. She loves the color purple. Purple clothes, purple pens, purple leather. When I asked her about her love affair, she said: “I don’t know exactly what started it, although I do remember it being a favorite […]
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? It’s true there […]
Friday of Northwest Leather Celebration started with a full day of classes and hospitality parties! This all led up to the meet and greet of this years contestant pairs, which there was only one couple competing, Ms Rhonda and tomo from Sacramento. Even though they were the only competing couple they still had to represent […]
So, this year’s LA Pride, contest and Off Sunset Festival proved once again to be one helluva sexy well attended week long event. I arrived on Thursday for the roast and the Bullet was so welcoming. I had the honor of roasting Eric, outgoing Mr LA Leather. The roast was Comedy Central worthy
"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."
This year the contest started with a salute to all the countries but not without first speaking to the first nations and asking their welcome.
Our Co-Emcees for the Contest are Sara Vibes and Ashely Young!
Sara Vibes was born and raised in New York City. She is a black, polyamorous, queer, kinky, dandy top heavy […]
San Diego, CA – Announcing the grand opening of The Stomping Ground San Diego — A Sex Positive Community Center. Under the auspices of The Leather Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Stomping Group San Diego (TSGSD) provides a membership-based educational workshop and play space for all sex positive groups and organizations, centrally located in Mission […]
'GLLA CONDEMNS SB 101 Indianapolis, IN, March 27, 2015– Great Lakes Leather Alliance strongly condemns The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) recently signed into law by Governor Pence. We are working with and supporting The Freedom Indiana Team in our fight against this law and any law that discriminates."
by Liza’s slave, Jody
Thank you Master Jim, Sir Cougar, and slave marsha for inviting me to give the keynote here at
Southplains. I am deeply honored. I hope I don’t disappoint.
I would also like to thank my Mistress, Liza, for allowing me to speak today and for supporting
me as I take a risk.
I believe one of […]