Love Note

It has been too long since I have conveyed my love and devotion to you. Let me remedy that now: I adore you. I hold our community deep in my heart as a sacred space. As many of you know, I took a step back from the kink, leather, and sex-positive communities. I am grateful [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|People|0 Comments

Your Safety is My Top Priority

Here in Leather and Kink, safety should be our top priority. So I appreciate a few minutes of your attention while I explain some of the lacking features of our culture. You can follow along with your listening ears, and your privilege left behind in your pocket.

By | February 19th, 2017|Opinion, People|3 Comments

Leather Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee List

"P R E S S R E L E A S E Leather Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee List December 10, 2016 The Leather Hall of Fame was established to honor and preserve the legacy of the extraordinary men and women who have significantly shaped the history of the leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. The Board is pleased to announce the 2017 inductees: Durk Dehner, Peter Fiske, and MSC Hamburg."

By | December 11th, 2016|Awards, Community, News, People|1 Comment

LE Legirl Leather Fiesta Keynote “To Be or Not To Be”

It is always so wonderful to be here in Albuquerque. When Diane asked me to do the keynote this year, I was honored. When she asked me to teach, I couldn’t say no… and then there was this opportunity to get to know this year’s contestants as a judge…whatever you need! Then she asked me to sing too and I was like “Whoa! Now you are asking too much!” She wasn’t the only person that asked me to sing *cough Kathryn clears throat Gary*… and well, I hate to disappoint anyone so I will sing a little something.

By | November 5th, 2016|Opinion, People|1 Comment

South Carolina Pride in Leather Keynote by LE​

South Carolina Pride in Leather Keynote by LE 10 Sept 2016 “I want to feel like a bird, singing in an open cage…” Thank you South Carolina Pride in Leather for inviting me to be part of this wonderful weekend. That lyric is from a song called “Then So It Is” by Melissa Ferrick. I [...]

By | September 18th, 2016|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leaving a Legacy

By Sarah Humble for Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) I was sitting with Vi Johnson the night she gave a keynote speech to Colorado Leatherfest last April. As the emcee started reading her bio she looked at me, a touch embarrassed, and told me to remind her she needed to shorten that bio before her [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|News, People|1 Comment

Keynote Speech – M/s Gathering

by Catherine Gross Speech for M/s Gathering – April 22nd, 2016 Thank you for asking me to speak. It’s a particular honor to speak at a conference whose workshops are composed by those attending and not the voice of one educator at a time. Speeches are generally about what is not quite right and highlight [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Events, News, Opinion|0 Comments

Interview with Mr. Oregon State Leather 2015 Cole Miner

There are some exciting things happening in the Portland Leather scene! I was hearing ripples from friends as far away as San Francisco about a new, very active men's club called Flaggers PDX, as well as whispers about a new rubber club. When I asked for more details it seemed that there was one common [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Interviews, People|0 Comments

“Inclusive And Exclusive:” Keynote Speech SPLF 2016 by Ms Kendra

I have a short video to share with you this morning that one of my titleholders put together last year: VIDEO Now that you have seen a little bit of history and had a good laugh, good morning. Master Jim, slave marsha and Sir Cougar, I thank you for the opportunity this morning the share some thoughts and ideas. When I was asked to give the keynote speech this year at South Plains, I was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and had just spent most of the day trying to make some tough decisions that I knew would affect some lives in our Leather community. I was also able to decide what I wanted to talk with you today about.

By | April 8th, 2016|News, Opinion, People|0 Comments

WA State Mr/Ms Leather & Bootblack 2016 contest Keynote “Up Yours and Suck It”

"It is a privilege to be here. I am honored to have been asked to speak today and thank you for this opportunity. I was entrusted with the title of American Leatherwoman only 5 months ago. To date, my journey has been filled with varied experiences and continued learning. I have traveled quite a bit with no plans of slowing down just yet. I have attended large events but I am really enjoying and cherishing my involvement with smaller events like this. This is where the heart beats in our community and where I can really get to know you."

By | March 23rd, 2016|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leadership — and Buying a Ticket (LLC XX Keynote)

(keynote address, Leather Leadership Conference XX, March 18, 2016)   For 37 years, my workplace has been the television industry, and trust me, it’s very industrial. Television employs about as many Americans as the firearms industry. In fact, there are about as many guns as there are TV sets in the country, upwards of 300 million. The [...]

By | March 19th, 2016|Community, Events US, Opinion|1 Comment

Let Your Femme Flag Fly

This was originally a blog found here. With the author's permission, it has been reprinted on Leatherati for your enjoyment. From "fuzzbutt07:" Last night I was approached by someone who is very prominent in the leather community and asked to do one thing as I gear up for the next stage in my title run. This [...]

By | March 15th, 2016|Opinion, People|1 Comment