Gayest Neighborhoods

Towleroad re-posted some interesting number crunching results from Trulia about same-sex households.
Check out the full story over on Towleroad, including the methodologies Trulia used as well as the stats for same-sex female households.
 

By |June 19th, 2012|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Our Own Spaces

Loki Madmonk, co-founder of the Ourboros Leather Levi Club, submitted the following comments to add to the dialogue we've had recently about the closing of the SF Eagle and the challenge from Guy Baldwin in his LLC Keynote speech to take care of our own.  Good stuff…give it a read.
You guys, I have noticed a pattern here, and I hope you all have as well. The Spike is gone, Diamond Jim’s gone, Gateway Inn gone, The Outpost gone and countless Eagle Bars across the nation are gone or about to close their doors. It is time we take responsibility and take action or the only place we will have kink will be in our bedrooms by ourselves with a bottle of lotion with Righty (or lefty if you prefer). 
A lot of us complain about leather dying out and not having places to go and that the Pansexual and Heterosexual BDSM community has somehow ruined leather for us. First off nature, as well as kink, favors the diverse. Making friends and allies in the Hetero and Pansexual circles can reap major benefits, if the bitter queens can quit bitching long enough to realize them. 

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By |May 18th, 2011|Bars, Clubs|1 Comment

News to Abuse: Down Under, Leather Love, “Beat Me” Controversy

Melbourne Leather Pride Returns
After being postponed twice in 2010, Melbourne Leather Pride(MLP) opens today and is set to excite Melbourne from 8 to 26 April with both barrels blazing. MLP is Australia’s premier Leather festival, celebrating and showcasing the culture and diversity of Australia’s leather and fetish communities.
Compete story after the jump
Leather love, compassion: mentorship
Sir Mike […]

By |April 8th, 2011|Events Australia, Events US, Politics|0 Comments

News to Abuse: Down Under, Leather Love, "Beat Me" Controversy

Melbourne Leather Pride Returns
After being postponed twice in 2010, Melbourne Leather Pride(MLP) opens today and is set to excite Melbourne from 8 to 26 April with both barrels blazing. MLP is Australia’s premier Leather festival, celebrating and showcasing the culture and diversity of Australia’s leather and fetish communities.
Compete story after the jump
Leather love, compassion: mentorship
Sir Mike […]

By |April 8th, 2011|Events Australia, Events US, Politics|0 Comments

News to Abuse – Book Awards, Retirement, Atlanta Leather Pride

Book Awards
Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness, authored by Leather Life columnist Steve Lenius and published by Nelson Borhek Press, has been named a Finalist for this year’s Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award presented by the NLA-I (National Leather Association: International).  Details here.
Gay Retirement
Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement community with the option of continuing care […]

By |March 31st, 2011|Contests, Events US|0 Comments

Eastern Canada LeatherSIR/boy Contest Weekend

ECLSb happened this past weekend in Toronto and Leatherati’s Northland correspondent JJ Deogracias was on hand for every minute of the action.  Check out his live blog on Leatherati Live.
He also sat down for a fantastic interview with the new Eastern Canada LeatherSIR Master C and the new Eastern Canada leatherboy iain.  Here’s part one […]

By |February 22nd, 2011|Contests, Events Canada|0 Comments

Mid-Atlantic LeatherSIR/boy/Community Bootlack and Leather Woman

C.L.A.P.
The Chesapeake Leather Awareness Pride (C.L.A.P.) Weekend 2011 happens March 25th-27th, 2011.
The Mid-Atlantic LeatherSIR / Leatherboy / Community Bootblack and Leather Woman 2010 Contests' weekend will take place Friday, March 25th through Sunday March 27th, 2011.
The afternoon contest and show which will take place at 1pm on Saturday, March 27th at The Club Hippo, 1 West Eager Street.  Admission is $20.00 per person.
The LeatherSir / Leatherboy / Leather Woman Contestants will vie for the Regional Titles, competing on stage in Formal Leather Image, Leathersex Fantasy scene, and Physique/Jockstrap/Hotwear segments. This year's contest theme is "Military" and Contestants must incorporate this theme into their Fantasy scene.
The Bootblack Contestants will be judged on Bootblack Leather Image, on stage Speech, Interview and Skill.
As always, there will be events all weekend long, sponsored by Leather / Levi Clubs from around the Mid-Atlantic Region, so there will definitely be more events and information to follow!  Stay tuned!! 

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By |January 14th, 2011|Contests, Events US|0 Comments

Interview with Serene, Southern California Leatherwoman 2010

We had a chance to chat with Serene, Southern California Leatherwoman for 2010, after the Los Angeles Leather Coalition meeting on November 4th.  
You gotta check out this interview.  She's got some amazing insights into our community and some excellent goals for her title year.

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By |November 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Video Interview With American Leatherwoman Dakota

American Leatherwoman 2009 Dakota has split her travel year between travel to events and the work with her clubs that she's involved with in the Southeast.  We caught up with her at SECC where she served on the judging panel.Take a look…

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By |February 23rd, 2010|Clubs, Contests|0 Comments

Interview With Producer Extraordinaire Audrey Joseph

Leatherati contributor West sat down with longtime community member Audrey Joseph for a look at where we've been and where we're going. Intro:  

As an active member of the LGBT community, Audrey Joseph became involved with AIDS activism during the height of the AIDS crisis. She organized the first International Ms. Leather and Ms. San Francisco Leather contests and has produced various incarnations of International Mr. Drummer, International Mr. Leather, and Mr. San Francisco Leather. She also contributed to the construction of the Pleasuredome dance stage at the Folsom Street Fair. Over the years, Joseph has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local charities in San Francisco, California. 

We sat down recently with Audrey to get her opinion on some current events in our community.  

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By |February 18th, 2010|Bars, Clubs, Contests, History|0 Comments

Interview with WOLF Co-Founder Miss Rae

Co-Founder of Women of Leather Florida on coming out and BDSM advice Self Butterfly sent us the following interview with Miss Rae, co-founder of Women Of Leather Florida and the current MS SELF (South East LeatherFest). The interview focuses on her individual leather journey as well as her current responsibilities as a titleholder.Self Butterfly:  When did you realize you were interested in an alternative lifestyle?Miss Rae:  “I came out my senior year in high school with my first girlfriend and became involved with the GLBT community.  However, it wasn’t until college that I started to write my fantasies in the form of BDSM erotica.”SB:  Was there a specific event that changed your view of BDSM beyond what you were writing?MR:  “I met someone who was active in the fetish/leather lifestyle and she introduced me to the community.  My first kink event was in 2002 in Orlando.  I won a raffle to be a demo bottom for Deborah Addington, author of A Hand in the Bush.  So, my first public scene was with Deborah and it was for her fisting class.”

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By |February 9th, 2010|Contests, Events US|2 Comments

News to Abuse: Leather Bars? – Bears Empire 2010 – Castro in Barcelona

Where have all the (fill in the blank) bars gone?  I was reading an article in Xtra West the other day by Karen Tulchinsky titled "Where have all the dyke bars gone" and realized that we all have the same complaint:  Where have our dyke, leather, bear, levi, country, etc bars disappeared to?In city after […]

By |December 5th, 2009|Bars, Travel|0 Comments