"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."
"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."
"Each year the National Leather Association – International acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond for our community at different levels. We are proud to announce the 2015 winners."
"TLP 2015: Rue du Cuir, par Youkali Youkali. En août 2011, j’ai été témoin de la scène la plus surréaliste qui soit, et cela ne s’est produit ni dans un donjon, ni à un spectacle du Cirque du soleil, mais dans la rue Church à Toronto. Un labrador noir aboyait de manière frénétique devant un chiot humain à quatre pattes plantigrades et tout vêtu de cuir, lequel jappait en retour devant le chien à quatre pattes digitigrades, le tout sous l’œil perplexe d’un bambin de quatre ans qui tenait son père par la main, sur fond de grande roue, de château gonflable et de stand où l’on vendait des martinets."
"Editor's Note: Please welcome Youkali Youkali to the Leatherati Team. She will be lending her voice in both English and French, broadening our reach to our International Readers.-Tyesha Best TLP 2015: Leather Street, By Youkali Youkali. In August 2011, I witnessed the most surreal scene, and it did not happen in a dungeon or at Cirque du Soleil but on Church Street in Toronto. A black lab was barking excitedly at a human puppy all clad in leather and on all-fours who was barking back at the four-legged dog, all this being perplexedly watched by a four-year old kid holding their father's hand, on a background of Ferris wheel, bouncy castle, and flogger vending booths."
"“Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.” - Dante Alighieri I think it would be safe to say that envy is the most difficult emotion to handle when supporting a partner through their title year. We’re barely over a month in and it’s already reared its head a few times. “He just got asked to another event, and this one’s happening next week. I want to go... I don’t get to go to another city’s Pride all of a sudden... I get to stay home and do laundry...that’s sexy...”"
"Good afternoon Oklahoma! Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and the kinky fucks could use more chucks, when the floggers and whips wield pain. I’m a wedding photographer in my vanilla life, and I always hate when bridesmaids and groomsmen start their speech “For those of you that don’t know me..." Weren’t they just introduced before they stood up? But it’s like an ice breaker, right? Hi my name is Sarge and I’m a kinky leather woman. I’ve been kinky for 30 years. God, grant me the serenity…"
"by Kody Nance Faggot…Queer…Homo…Cocksucker…Waste of life… To the majority of the guys in my high school they were just meaningless words that gave them a laugh. To me, however, these words felt like a knife being driven into my heart. This would lead me down a very dark path of self-loathing, disgust, anger and worst of all loneliness. After years of hearing the same taunts, I began to believe them….I was not worthy, I was a waste of life and that everyone would be better off without me."
"I still can’t believe it’s been 10 years. A decade without her. My story is one seen from the other side - one that not many hear about - a survivor of someone who took her own life. I was in Guam and I had just graduated with my bachelor degree from the University of Florida a week prior and I was headed home the next day - August 15th. The week prior, my coworkers had helped me celebrate my graduation with a really cool lei of cocoa nuts ordained in the UF colors of Orange and Blue."
An Installment of Leatherati Suicide Series
By Deborah Hoffman-Wade in collaboration with Rover Spotts, Jorge Vieto, Jr., Ava Schmidt, and The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance
After several suicides of people in the kink community the San Francisco Bay Areal Leather Alliance partnered with the Stop AIDS Project to provide education and resources. We printed posters […]
" by Loren Berthelsen People end their lives for a multitude of reasons. I want to share my experience with suicide and the reason I once chose that path. I grew up in a conservative and religious small town. A great place to live and raise a family but not exactly conducive to the whole gay thing. I spent much of my late teens vacillating between the gay and straight worlds, not comfortable in either and yearning to know what was "right" for me. Like a lot of kids dealing with sexual orientation issues I used drugs to cope "