In 1997, to help these gear-centric men connect, a man who goes only by Leon founded an international organization called BLUF, a community for men who have an interest in leather, uniforms and breeches. It now has thousands of members around the world.
As the American political landscape collapses around us into a heap of hateful dung, I wonder if all my efforts should be focused on saving what's left of our country rather than telling you how to have awesome sex or meet fellow kinksters.
This year's recent International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend was its 40th anniversary. 40 years since Chuck Renslow decided to have a leather contest, a contest and weekend that in large part helped form the foundation of the modern leather experience.
But as I prepare to attend what is the biggest men's leather and kink event of its kind in the world, I'm reflecting on some of the events I've been attending this past week here locally in San Francisco.
Throughout the years one of the most common questions I've been asked has come from people who don't consider themselves kinky but have discovered they're interested in or dating someone who has such interests.
Every so often I'm reminded of how vibrant our San Francisco Bay Area leather and kink scene is and how lucky those of us who live here are to so easily be our true erotic selves. This past week was a clear reminder that our local scene is most definitely
On April 29 the SF Eagle, one of South of Market's most popular and iconic gay bars, will celebrate its fifth anniversary under the ownership of Lex Montiel and Mike Leon with what promises to be a huge birthday bash.
One of the ramifications of badly worded legislation is that often there are unintended collateral damage consequences. Recently, the President signed into law ill-conceived and overly broad legislation referred to as SESTA/FOSTA.
The organized elements of the leather and kink world run mostly on the energy of volunteers. Whether it's a play party, social event, education class, or whatever, most of them are produced and run by volunteers.
One of the biggest events of the year for local leather women is the Ms. San Francisco Leather contest, held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at SOMArts Cultural Center.
Like many of us often say to ourselves around this time of year, 2017 went by quickly. Despite the national political churn and angst so many of us are experiencing, it still whizzed by, at least for me.
I felt compelled to write about giving the gift of volunteering because it's only through our volunteer efforts that we build the cogs and wheels that create and manage our organized kink scene.