From The LA&M Archives: This Month In Review

This Month in Review│ November 2014
By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian
 

It’s been a while since I’ve written about an average* month at the Leather Archives & Museum. Sometimes I feel a certain kind of writer’s block around the specifics of what I do here (I think there are moments where I get so focused on […]

By |November 28th, 2014|Entertainment, History, News, People|0 Comments

Sources of power

Fairly obviously, BDSM and leather have to do with power. This is why we talk about power exchange, why we talk about dominance and submission, and why we talk about mastery and slavery. They all have to do with power.

But what sort of power?

One of the more obvious answers for many people is that the […]

By |November 26th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Forging Bonds of Intimacy: Mind, Body and Soul

"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'."

By |November 18th, 2014|Current Affairs, Interviews, News, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Reclaiming Our Joy

Keynote at Leather Reign, Seattle, WA
October 18, 2014
By Hardy Haberman

I want to tell you a story.

Anyone who knows me knows how I believe in the power of stories, they can be evocative, funny, tragic or melancholy, but they always have a message. So listen and open your minds and try to imagine the […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Five Weddings, Four Lawyers, Three Ghosts, One Bound Bear

or
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Traditional Marriage
The first time I got mass-married was at the March on Washington in 1987. It was one of the scheduled activities.
We assembled in front of the IRS. Apparently some committee decided to frame marriage as a pocketbook issue, a special discount we weren’t getting. Myself, I […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Community, Opinion|2 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: Welcome to Oregon! PDX-PAH!

PDX-PAH was founded on December 6 2012, by Daddy Dan White and Christian "Pup Alex" Hagner. The club is memory of Steven "Slave Eris" Johnson who dreamed of the pack we now have, but who never saw it come of age. March 14 1990 to December 06 2012 (our birthday). With his last breath he gave us life. Arrrooooooo!

By |October 20th, 2014|Clubs, News, People|1 Comment

Leatherati Woof Series: pup Spotlight- pup Mischief

"Hello there. I am Pup Mischief. I am one of the puppies of SEA-PAH up here in Seattle Washington. Around this time two years ago I was living in Pennsylvania with my brother and some friends and I was down at my best friend Michelle's house. Her son was watching shows on demand provided through their cable company. He started watching National Geographic's Taboo and I was intrigued by all of the different things that were on the show. "

By |October 19th, 2014|Interviews, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: pup & Handler Spotlight-Papa Woof & pup Boo

"Christopher Roth or Tyger or Papa Wolf or Papa Woof as he is known by those close to him, has been active in the community since the early 80’s and finding the Puppy Community in 1986 though his Mentor, Master Michael. Growing up in Dayton OH, then moving to Houston TX and finally landing in Saint Louis in 1999 where he took his activity in the community to all new levels. Active in and worked with such groups as the Texas Gay Rodeo Association as an officer at both the local and state level."

By |October 18th, 2014|Interviews, People|0 Comments

When Scenes Go Bad

It seemed like the usual interrogation. The subject was reticent to reveal the desired information, and I was growing impatient. He knew he could bring it all to an end just by saying the words I wanted to hear, a little snippet of information could stop everything. He had endured being bound, […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Opinion|4 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: How I Learned To Walk on All Fours

"Above all I consider myself a Leatherman. I love the look, smell, feel of leather. Which has brought me into various kinks, such as boot-blacking and flogging. Even animal play, specifically pup play. The latter is something that I would have never thought that I'd have gotten into."

By |October 12th, 2014|Interviews, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: On Being An Anxious Pup

"In my mind, I’m the type of pup who wags their tail at everyone, eager for belly rubs and romping. But when I’m honest with myself, I realize I’m really like the dog hiding behind their owner’s legs, tail tucked, ears back, maybe even peeing a bit (and not in the fun way…)."

By |October 10th, 2014|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: Titleholder Profile-Pup Figaro

"Hails from Vancouver BC in the Northwest Region. Pup Figaro currently holds the title of International Puppy 2015, is Alpha Pup in the Wruff Pack and has been owned by his Daddy since 2008. Figaro is a Border Collie and as such can be found herding the local pups and Handlers to events. After moving from San Francisco, he found that he very much missed the close-knit SF pup community."

By |October 9th, 2014|Interviews, People|0 Comments