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Leather: Collective Compersion - Expanding our erotic lexicon

Leather: Collective Compersion - Expanding our erotic lexicon

By Race Bannon

It seems that every day the word compersion makes its way further into daily discourse. While its usage is by no means pervasively common, at least not yet, I've noticed it being uttered verbally or in print much more often lately.

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By Race Bannon | August 7, 2019

Even after our local street fair, Up Your Alley, there are still many kink and leather events to enjoy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

By Race Bannon | July 24, 2019

Up Your Alley weekend annually draws thousands of fans of kink, leather, and a cruisy outdoor street fair. The amount of related events has multiplied, ranging from bar nights to dance parties and sex-play events. Strap on your harness and dive in.


By Race Bannon | July 24, 2019

Welcome to the second-busiest leather-kink weekend in the Bay Area, where there's always a lot going on for leather and other kinksters.

By Race Bannon | July 2, 2019

LGBTQ people from all walks of life, including us kinksters, walked down Market Street at Sf Pride — joyful, proud and determined to continue to stake our claim to a happy and equal life.


By Race Bannon | July 2, 2019

Even after Pride month, there's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

By Race Bannon | June 19, 2019

In this column, I'll share some insights from Justin Lehmiller, an esteemed Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and author of the book 'Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire.'


By Race Bannon | June 5, 2019

Every year for decades men have descended on Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend for an annual leather pilgrimage otherwise known as International Mr. Leather (IML), as did I this past week.

By Race Bannon | May 22, 2019

A new exhibition opened at the GLBT Historical Society Museum on 18th Street, 'The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby,' to honor his memory. A large crowd was on hand to welcome this exhibition.


By Race Bannon | May 9, 2019

I've noticed how remarkably precise and specific some people have become with their stated sexual identities and options. Those people should teach a class titled How to Turn Off a Sexual Partner in 60 Seconds or Less.

By Race Bannon | April 24, 2019

Over the course of my tenure writing this column, I've received feedback that readers often prefer something other than pure reporting on events. As one gentle critic put it, "I prefer you don't just reword an event's program," and they have a point.


By Race Bannon | April 10, 2019

Recently, a young gay man messaged me, stating, "I've tried the leather scene. It's not for me." I asked why. He said, "It's not about sex anymore. It's not even about anything erotic anymore." Was he correct?

By Race Bannon | March 27, 2019

On some level, creating community is a numbers game. The more times you try, the more times you succeed. Sometimes you have to throw lots of stuff against the wall to see what sticks.


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