"Most of the time when people speak and write of Old Guard values and protocols, a heated debate ensues, with one or more of our kinfolk ending up feeling insulted and no one finding consensus about the topic. Basically, we agree to disagree and we go back to our own lives creating more memories, adding to our journeys. Leather Culture is an endless amount of experiences that are developed from many rituals, traditions, scenes, and learned skill sets, many of which have been passed down from person to person. I think the one thing that many will agree on when it comes to Leather and our defining of Le Olde Guarde, is that we want to identify those aspects that individuals can hold on to and proudly say that, “Yes! These things are what made me who I am as a Leatherperson!” We want to give and pass down our most coveted items and memories to those deserving Leatherfolk so that our cultural carbon footprints are not forgotten, so that some tiny part of us lives on. But what is it really that we are passing down and preserving? And thus, I want to talk about lineage."
Peter Fiske has been a player longer than many of us have been alive and along the way he’s amassed a truly spectacular, and one-of-a-kind, collection of whips. And trust me, Peter’s whips don’t just gather dust!
Check out this great video by Lord Lugh of Peter showing off some of his Tawses. […]
by Tyesha Best
Even as many use the title holding system to obtain their platform and their voice, we have started to question how heavily we rely on this system for activists and leaders for our community. One of the most important components of the title holding system is our judges. Judges are chosen based on […]
I was having tea with Sybil Holiday — well, we call it “tea,” but I don’t have tea, only partly because I’m not thirsty. It might seem rude to accept an invitation to tea and then decline tea when it’s offered, but I don’t want to ask a lady in a wheelchair to serve me. […]
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 […]
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 […]
"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'."
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 […]
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 […]
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!
"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. "
"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."