Bob Miller Leather Leadership Award Acceptance Speech at Creating Change Conference

"Thank you to the National LGBTQ Task Force for creating this award. There was a time, not so long ago, when many in the LGBTQ community wished the people into leather would dress normally at gay pride marches, and worried that we held back progress. Back then, I argued and won gay rights impact litigation by day as a practicing lawyer, but snuck my boots and leather pants out of the house at night so I could change in my car…out of sight...twice a night…night after night."

By |January 29th, 2016|Opinion, People|1 Comment

Community Mourns SIR Alan Penrod

It is with great sadness that our community says goodbye to a man who touched so many of us and made an indelible mark on our lives. SIR Alan Penrod passed suddenly on January 14, 2016. He is survived by his boys and partners in crime, Nitro Hankinson and David Robinson. Alan began exploring the [...]

By |January 18th, 2016|News, Passings|0 Comments

Beyond Blue, Black, and White: Race in the Leather Community

"I walk into the Eagle Los Angeles on a busy Friday night. After getting my drink, I notice one of my friends walks in with someone I don’t recognize. This stranger has a thick beard with a shaved head. He stands six feet tall. He has a stocky, muscular body adorned by an intricate harness and tight leather pants. His nipples stand on end. Mine do too. My friend makes small talk with me and proceeds to introduce me to this new stranger. This stranger interrupts, “We’ve already met. You’re Rahul. We hung out last week at the other leather bar.” Baffled, I disagreed, “No, we’ve never met before because I was working last week.” He responded, “I couldn’t forget someone as hairy as you are. You have an excellent brown skin tone too. Very hot.” Then I say, “I’m not Rahul. I’m Ali.” After inspecting my physique and my face, he says “I’m so sorry. You look exactly like . . .” I’ve had this conversation many times after moving back to Los Angeles from San Francisco. The truth is that Rahul and I are good friends, but we look nothing alike. We are different people. I turned to the internet for answers."

By |December 8th, 2015|Opinion, People|3 Comments

On the Merits of Being Out.

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 [...]

By |November 21st, 2015|Community, Current Affairs, News, Opinion|0 Comments

Lunch with Camille

Meeting at the corner of Castro and Market, I recognize Camille O'Grady immediately as she does me. We have been communicating on Facebook and she enjoys reading my posts. We strolled along the street making small talk and decide on a nearby sushi place for lunch. Once settled at a comfy table near the window, [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|People|0 Comments

Ask First meet Anonymous

Walking through the horde of bodies at this year’s Folsom Street Fair celebrating kink and diversity, I noticed people wearing big yellow stickers with two words - “Ask First” - printed in cursive. These stickers were meant to send a bright and friendly message for others to: “Ask first before groping me,” “Ask first before [...]

By |October 29th, 2015|News, Opinion|1 Comment

Beyond Vanilla XXV Keynote

Beyond Vanilla Keynote Delivered by Hardy Haberman Saturday, October 17 at Beyond Vanilla XXV Dallas, Texas This is a Muir Cap. They are called this because they were manufactured by the Muir Cap & Regalia Ltd. of Canada. When I got my first one, it was given to me as a casual gift by friends. [...]

By |October 18th, 2015|Events, People|1 Comment

Adventures in Black Leather: It’s Our Anniversary!

"Adventures in Black Leather is a monthly series about the life and times of a Black Gay Leatherman living in the big city. On the occasion of ONYX’s 20th anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to repost my lover letter to the organization that I love, with a few addendums."

By |September 28th, 2015|Opinion, People|0 Comments

On “Building Community” (Master/slave Conference keynote)

Thirty-five years ago, and again ten years later, I worked for a television show named Guiding Light. Now, I realize those of you who don’t watch soap operas think they are all alike, but in truth, each of the shows has its own personality. We had a character who was born when the show was [...]

By |September 5th, 2015|Events US, Opinion|2 Comments

Service

Whether it's as a titleholder, as an occasional workshop presenter, as an event host, or as just your everyday kinksters, a large motivation for my "doing the things that we do" is SERVICE. Being of service makes me feel good; often it gives me a reason to be somewhere; and if it's for the right [...]

By |September 3rd, 2015|People|0 Comments

Adventures in Black Leather: The Hypocrisy of Josh Duggar

"The Family Research Council is a conservative lobbying group in D.C. whose mission is “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” This week, it was revealed that Josh Duggar, the Pillsbury Dough Boy come-to-life former Executive Director of the FRC, cheated on his wife and had a paid account on Ashley Madison, website for connecting hussies with cheaters. There is also evidence that he had an account on OK Cupid."

By |August 25th, 2015|Opinion|0 Comments

Holy Toledo! A Penelope Jones Story

"Looking like she was just stepping out of a pin up girl catalog, Penelope Jones has influenced the Leather community for several years. Deeply rooted in Oklahoma and Texas Leather history, Penelope has some wild tales from her own journey. She’s an avid writer, detailed event planner and an all-around American Leatherwoman and leathergirl who chooses to be the change she wishes to see every day of her life. Penelope Jones has endless energy and it’s safe to say that she will be using much of this year as the newly sashed Women’s International Leather Legacy titleholder for 2015."

By |August 24th, 2015|Interviews, People|0 Comments