Beyond Vanilla Keynote – Karen Ultra

Man, I must have started this speech like four times, trying to figure out what I was going to say and how I wanted to say it….I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to talk about and how I wanted to say it and then my brain wandered off, and One […]

By |September 28th, 2014|Community|1 Comment


My friend Andrew is honest, funny, cultivated, wise, twisted, frighteningly smart about things I’m dumb about, and a plausible candidate for King of Switches, if such a title existed (and didn’t already belong to Race Bannon).

So a few years back when he met Frank — tall, hot, furry, athletic, witty, dazzling smile — we […]

By |September 19th, 2014|Community, Opinion|2 Comments

A Mysterious Note

I arrived home to find a curious envelope in my mailbox, tucked between the pages of a newsprint coupon mailer and cozying up to a picture of the local realtor who deems it necessary to plaster their face on every bit of junk mail they send. This envelope was not junk mail. […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments

From the LA&M Archives: Black Leather in Color


Black Leather In Color│    August 2014

By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian 



It was April 25th, 1993, Washington D.C. It was the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. The leather contingent was large at the third March of its kind, and people of color were well represented. During Saturday […]

By |August 29th, 2014|Community, Education, History, News|3 Comments

Leatherati Woof! Week: Call for Contributions


Leatherati  Woof! Series, will be making its debut starting the first full week in October 5-11. Leatherati needs your  help to pull this amazing week off!  Here is a little of what we need:

All pup and handler clubs can submit info about their clubs and members. A short feature for each club will be accepted. What […]

By |August 25th, 2014|Community, News|0 Comments

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

I heart Race Bannon.  Not only is he an experienced kinkster and a prolific social commentator (there’s a reason they call it Racebook), he’s also possessed of one of the keenest minds I’ve ever encountered with a knack for getting straight to the heart of a matter.

In his latest Bay Area Reporter column he […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments

Pantheon of Leather Award Recipients Announced

The Leather Journal just released the names of the 2014 Pantheon of Leather award recipients. It’s a who’s who! Check it out:

Man of the Year – Jaco Lourens
Woman of the Year – Pat Baillie
Mister Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Man) – Dr. Jack Fritscher, PhD
Mister Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Woman) – Caron Ryer
Large […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Awards, Community|0 Comments

Oregon Leather Pride 2014


For those of you who have never been to Portland for Oregon Leather Pride Week, you are missing out on a great time. Every year for the first week in August there is a huge number of events to attend, culminating in the Mr and Ms Oregon Leather and Bootblack contest.

One of my […]

By |August 14th, 2014|Community, Contests, Events, Events US, News|1 Comment

The Yanks are Coming!

by Master Michael S and slave angie S

“Let’s go to the UK if we become International Master/slave” I suggested to slave angie about a year ago. “It’ll be fun!” When we thought about Great Britain and Master/slave or kink in general, thoughts that came to mind were things like caning, Victorian lifestyles, rubber and […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Community, Travel|2 Comments

LA&M Tumblr – The Rules of SM

Check out The Rules of SM by Joseph W. Bean on the Leather Archives & Museum Tumblr feed.

More info in the LA&M on their website.

By |July 30th, 2014|Community, History|0 Comments

Leather Realm San Diego

New Team, New Logo, New Dynamic

The Leather Realm at San Diego Pride has always been geared towards education and presenting to attendees what is possibly their first taste of BDSM. This year, the Realm got a major retooling with a completely new management team.

There was only 1 workshop tent this year, […]

By |July 29th, 2014|Community, Events US|0 Comments

What It Is That We Do

Some time ago, on “that other social networking site” I read a post by a known member of our community talking about how she feels some people are treating WIITWD (what it is that we do). Her direct quote was:

“BDSM is not a circus sideshow. It’s a means to a connection between people. Going […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments