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 [...]
"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'."
"Leatherati has its own D-I-Y Calendar that community members can use to place their own events. You can even enhance your submission by submitting photos via email as well! If you are new to our site or have not yet used our Calendar Tab, here is a quick tutorial on how to place your event and let the world know what's happening in your area!"
"Here at Leatherati, it is my goal to showcase as many aspects of the Leather, BDSM and Kink Communities. Our community is diverse with a plethora of sub groups- one being the pups and Handlers/Trainers. The pup community has been around for decades, and in recent years an influx of individuals joining this subgroup has propelled this subculture to the forefront nationally. New local clubs, social media groups and contests have sprung from in various cities across the country. The pup community, like all of our other sub communities, is not without its challenges."
Valentine’s Day will be marked this year by the release of one of the most highly anticipated or dreaded movies of this century, 50 Shades of Grey. The books by E.L. James stirred a lot of interest in the BDSM community and have already spawned a line of “50 Shades” branded sex toys, most of [...]
The news just came out that Mr Leather Ottawa 2014, Jon Letke, has died from an apparent suicide. Letke, 25, who was known in the leather community as "Nizzi Greatpup", had moved to Ottawa from Toronto in 2013 and was a well-loved member of Ottawa’s leather/queer community. Letke had competed at International Mr Leather in [...]
Canadian-founded Fetishmen Networks announced today the upgraded and improved fetishmen.net. Following a complete re-write of the site and its features, users are now able to connect more with the people they share interests with. From leather to rubber, bondage to cigars, the new Fetishmen site intends to help men of all sexual orientations connect with [...]
It came in the mail, that quaint and anachronistic service that actually delivers bits of paper with messages written on them. It was encapsulated in a fine linen envelope and was printed with slightly raised letters, much like a wedding invitation. The message was curious. It seems my presence was requested at a “Ceremony of [...]
Non-LGBTI people are always asking, or wondering politely in silence, “Why ‘Pride’?” They get that coming-out is important, but haven’t we already done that, like to death? I’ve had my own head-scratching Pride moments. I won’t say I ever look away from glitter-sprayed go-go boys bumping down Market Street under SMIRNOFF banners, but they do [...]
Nothing sets the tone in a dungeon like a great selection of appropriately dark and sexy music. We've been enjoying M. Arana's offerings for years and the latest release continues the traditon. An all new, original 16 track lyrical album cross-breeding bold dance and backroom beats with dark poetry in a nearly seventy minute seamless [...]
Join the SFLDG for this one-time opportunity to hear activist, advocate, educator and public-health official Frank Strona review, in words and pictures, a life lived in two lanes — as an unabashed sexual radical and a high-profile player in the civic and national health policy arena. With special guest host and moderator, Frank’s longtime friend [...]
American Book Fest announced that HEARTBEAT: Musings on Leather and Leadership by Thomas Smith (Alternate Publishing) has been honored as a finalist in THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) in the category of Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction on May 21, 2014. Thomas Smith said, "This is great national recognition and I am beyond thrilled!" Heartbeat: [...]