A Mysterious Note

I arrived home to find a curious envelope in my mailbox, tucked between the pages of a newsprint coupon mailer and cozying up to a picture of the local realtor who deems it necessary to plaster their face on every bit of junk mail they send. This envelope was not junk mail. […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

I heart Race Bannon.  Not only is he an experienced kinkster and a prolific social commentator (there’s a reason they call it Racebook), he’s also possessed of one of the keenest minds I’ve ever encountered with a knack for getting straight to the heart of a matter.

In his latest Bay Area Reporter column he […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments

Leatherati S-E-X Series Closer: I’m Here For the Orgasms

Installment of the Leatherati S-E-X Series

by Gloria Brame
I was enjoying a chat on-line today with a FB buddy about a red rubber “beauty” mask that I’d seen on the internet and its pervertible possibilities. He said he ordered one, but I couldn’t decide if it was worth it – was it a thick rubber like […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Opinion, People|1 Comment

Leatherati S-E-X Series: The Intimacy of Leather

by Tyesha Best

When our proud Leatherfolk talk about our culture, especially in our speeches and in social media rants, we talk about brotherhood and sisterhood and our bonds that hold us together. We lament at times about the lack of integrity and honor from some of our peers. We turn noses up at irresponsibility […]

By |August 9th, 2014|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati S-E-X Series: My Sex Life Isn’t My Boss’s Business

An Installment of The Leatherati S-E-X Series

by Cysteine

Because of Hobby Lobby, I May Have to Out Myself to My Employer.

Just after the Hobby Lobby ruling came down on June 30, writer Dan Savage joked on Twitter, “Gays don’t use birth control – that’s totally a straight thing. So Supremes kinda legalized anti-straight religious bigotry […]

By |August 6th, 2014|News, Opinion, People|1 Comment

Leatherati S-E-X Series: Confessions of A Fisting Addict

By Bianca James
 This piece originally appeared on Thought Catalog: http://thoughtcatalog.com/roman-scandal/2013/06/confessions-of-a-fisting-addict/I remember the first time someone got their whole hand inside of me.
It was on my third date with a man who provided me with some of my darkest yet most intense moments of life. A charming sociopath who missed our first date because he […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Leatherati S-E-X Series Intro: Sex in the Dungeon (Yes, Really)

Janet W. Hardy


My friend P has not had sex with me – just ask him. But I’ve had sex with him.

No, this isn’t one of those “the doctor said ‘I can’t operate on this boy – he’s my son!’” thought problems. It’s just a matter of how you define sex. (For one of us, […]

By |August 4th, 2014|Opinion|3 Comments

Service Crushes

I swear! Service crushes are like the weirdest things! They’re not necessarily propelled by romantic or sexual attraction, but (in my experience) rather by desires of being steered in a certain direction by someone who just energetically feels right, and of assisting them to make their lives easier. It’s hard to explain. But some […]

By |July 30th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Après Shades, le Déluge

Valentine’s Day will be marked this year by the release of one of the most highly anticipated or dreaded movies of this century, 50 Shades of Grey. The books by E.L. James stirred a lot of interest in the BDSM community and have already spawned a line of “50 Shades” branded sex toys, […]

By |July 29th, 2014|Current Affairs, Opinion|0 Comments


One of the more interesting and ego-deflating things I have learned about BDSM is that masters don’t enslave slaves. Slaves, in fact, enslave themselves. Yes, it’s not me or my amazing awesomeness that reduces a woman into a quivering, subservient creature. She does it herself.

However, that’s not to say that a master doesn’t have […]

By |July 26th, 2014|Opinion|2 Comments

What It Is That We Do

Some time ago, on “that other social networking site” I read a post by a known member of our community talking about how she feels some people are treating WIITWD (what it is that we do). Her direct quote was:

“BDSM is not a circus sideshow. It’s a means to a connection between people. Going […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Community, Opinion|0 Comments

Let’s Get Real About HIV Prevention

An article by V Andrews recently appeared on Leatherati titled To PrEP or Not to PrEP That is the Question. I have worked on HIV/STI prevention issues since the mid-80s and lately have been a strong advocate for the wider adoption of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), the HIV prevention option for which Mr. Andrews has […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Community, Opinion|6 Comments