"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."
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. […]
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 […]
"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. "
It seemed like the usual interrogation. The subject was reticent to reveal the desired information, and I was growing impatient. He knew he could bring it all to an end just by saying the words I wanted to hear, a little snippet of information could stop everything. He had endured being bound, […]
"Above all I consider myself a Leatherman. I love the look, smell, feel of leather. Which has brought me into various kinks, such as boot-blacking and flogging. Even animal play, specifically pup play. The latter is something that I would have never thought that I'd have gotten into."
"In my mind, I’m the type of pup who wags their tail at everyone, eager for belly rubs and romping. But when I’m honest with myself, I realize I’m really like the dog hiding behind their owner’s legs, tail tucked, ears back, maybe even peeing a bit (and not in the fun way…)."
"I was asked to write about my how I became a pup and how the movement of the pup community has evolved, so here it goes… from my perspective. I found the Leather community on a warm and humid summer evening in Houston, Texas in 1992. Okay, this isn’t a novel, so I’ll cut the crap! I strongly identified as a boy. It wasn’t until about 1999 that a friend of mine, patrick chees, saw my inner pup. He made it his task to bring it out of me. He enlisted my help (and many others) to assist in preparing for the first pup event, the International Puppy Contest (IPC) during the year 2k. (IPC taking place in 2001) This helped ease my way into the pup scene, as well as the two of us having long talks that frequently revolved around our childhood history with bio canines."