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


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

National Leather Association International 2015 Appreciation Awards Announced

"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."
By |August 17th, 2015|Awards, Community, News|0 Comments

Introduction: Leather, c’est cuir par Youkali Youkali

"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."
By |August 12th, 2015|Events, Events Canada, Opinion|0 Comments

Introducing: Leather, c’est cuir by Youkali Youkali

"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."
By |August 12th, 2015|Events, Events Canada, Opinion|0 Comments

Alongside the Sash: Momentary

"“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...”"
By |July 24th, 2015|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Adventures in Black Leather: After our Victory, Our Struggle Continues

"It’s been 3 weeks since that email notification flashed across my iPhone’s screen. It still sits in my inbox, a daily reminder that elicits a tiny thrill as I am reminded again of the power of those words. I was in the middle of a conversation with a work colleague when I saw the alert. I broke off, mid-sentence, and rushed to my car. I wasn’t sure if I would scream, or shout, or dance, or cry. In the end, I sat in silence in my car for 30 minutes and let the joy wash over me."
By |July 21st, 2015|Opinion|0 Comments

Sarge IMsL 2015- Oklahoma Ms Leather Weekend Keynote

"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 |June 29th, 2015|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Suicide ~ My Story

"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."
By |June 26th, 2015|News, Opinion, People|0 Comments