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Shared fantasies: Justin Lehmiller on the science of sexual desire

Shared fantasies: Justin Lehmiller on the science of sexual desire

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 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.'

Off to the market we go: International Mr. Leather explored

Off to the market we go: International Mr. Leather explored

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 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.

Remembering Alan Selby - New GLBT History Museum exhibit recalls leather heyday

Remembering Alan Selby - New GLBT History Museum exhibit recalls leather heyday

  • 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.

Sex is a smorgasbord

Sex is a smorgasbord

  • 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.

Celebrating women - International Ms. Leather and Bootblack in San Jose

Celebrating women - International Ms. Leather and Bootblack in San Jose

  • by Race Bannon
  • Apr 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.

What about the sex? - Combining social and sexual scenes

What about the sex? - Combining social and sexual scenes

  • by Race Bannon
  • Apr 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?

Tending the garden: Growing kink communities

Tending the garden: Growing kink communities

  • by Race Bannon
  • Mar 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.

Leather Alliance's Mr. SF Leather 2019 & SF Bootblack contests

Leather Alliance's Mr. SF Leather 2019 & SF Bootblack contests

  • by Race Bannon
  • Mar 13, 2019

One of the annual projects of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is producing the Leather Alliance Weekend, which took place February 28 through March 3. The weekend included the San Francisco Bootblack and Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 contest.

Think like a marketer

Think like a marketer

  • by Race Bannon
  • Feb 27, 2019

Why is it difficult for some to find erotic connections? I've talked to a lot of kinksters about this and a discussion point comes up repeatedly; the role online life has in finding play partners.

Women take the stage - Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts

Women take the stage - Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts

  • by Race Bannon
  • Feb 13, 2019

One of the biggest annual local gatherings for leatherwomen took place this past Saturday, the Ms. San Francisco Leather contest at SOMArts Cultural Center.

Pass it on - Leather gear and personal legacy

Pass it on - Leather gear and personal legacy

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 31, 2019

Leather communities have had a longstanding practice of passing down leathers, gear and treasured objects to others as a way of letting a valued possession experience new life with a new caretaker.

Positioning our sex - Deconstructing top, bottom and various codes

Positioning our sex - Deconstructing top, bottom and various codes

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 16, 2019

Far too frequently, the leather communities tend to honor and revere tops and doms in a way they do not always bottoms and subs. I've increasingly seen this play out in the non-kinky gay men's world as well.

The year ahead - leather and kink in 2019

The year ahead - leather and kink in 2019

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 2, 2019

I'm going to make this column a self-indulgence reflecting my hoped-for outcomes for 2019 for leatherfolk, kinksters, and anyone who resides outside the societal norms for sexuality and relationships.

Can sex culture survive?

Can sex culture survive?

  • by Race Bannon
  • Dec 19, 2018

Tumblr announced that their platform would no longer allow adult content. Close on the heels of that announcement, Facebook appears to be following through on much tighter restrictions on sexual content. What does that mean for kink communities?