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Living every kinky day

Living every kinky day

  • by Race Bannon
  • Dec 5, 2018

What has been impressed on me on World AIDS Day is that we should each of us grab on to life hard and live it as fully, beautifully and vibrantly as we can. For kinksters, that means taking full advantage of the many opportunities we have.

Celebrating grey — the older kinkster

Celebrating grey — the older kinkster

  • by Race Bannon
  • Nov 20, 2018

One of the many attractions to San Francisco when I moved here in 1994 was how readily it embraced older gay men. I was always pleasantly surprised at how well older gay men were integrated into the larger LGBTQ whole, especially in the leather scene.

Coming out kinky: How much should people know?

Coming out kinky: How much should people know?

  • by Race Bannon
  • Nov 7, 2018

We're a month past National Coming Out Day, but the issue of coming out is something that anyone within the LGBTQ communities struggles with 365 days a year.

Tech your kink

Tech your kink

  • by Race Bannon
  • Oct 24, 2018

Because I think technology will continue to have a rather sweeping impact on our sexualities, I was glad to see the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group hosting a presentation by nationally renowned leatherman Brian "Bolt" Donner.

Embrace the change; create the future

Embrace the change; create the future

  • by Race Bannon
  • Oct 10, 2018

One of the things I noticed throughout Folsom week was that the array and breadth of erotic interests and fetishes and how they present in the LGBTQ kink communities are continuing to grow and solidify into distinct groupings.

Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Oct 3, 2018

Leather and kinkfans and fanatics enjoyed the annual Folsom Street Fair, the popular South of Market celebration of sexy kinky fun, held Sept. 30.

Leatherpalooza! Folsom Street Fair kinks it up

Leatherpalooza! Folsom Street Fair kinks it up

  • by Race Bannon
  • Sep 26, 2018

The Bay Area tends to be awash in far more leather and kink happenings than most metro areas. The month of September each year, especially the week leading up to Folsom Street Fair, is when the number of events for the LGBTQ kinky crowd skyrockets.

Bringing back the fun

Bringing back the fun

  • by Race Bannon
  • Sep 5, 2018

This week I want to talk about fun; sheer, unadulterated fun. When you mention to those outside of the leather and kink worlds that the object of what we do and who we are is supposed to be fun, they nod and say, "of course!"

Writing good kinky smut

Writing good kinky smut

  • by Race Bannon
  • Aug 22, 2018

Every vibrant culture has its literature. The kink world is no different. While a smattering of kink erotica has existed for a long time, it's only during the relatively recent past that a plethora of quality kink-themed books for the popular market.

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Teaching an old dog new tricks

  • by Race Bannon
  • Aug 8, 2018

Right after the bucket-load of events leading up to the iconic Up Your Alley street fair, I knew what I wanted to write about this week. The second a certain pivotal inspiring moment occurred at the fair.

Getting sexy:  Up Your Alley Street Fair's fetish alfresco

Getting sexy: Up Your Alley Street Fair's fetish alfresco

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jul 25, 2018

Buckle up kids. As this column hits the streets and online, the busy weekend of leather and kink happenings punctuated by the Up Your Alley Street Fair is underway. This year's schedule is packed to the rafters with stuff to do.

Gearing up!

Gearing up!

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jul 11, 2018

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.

Leather Resistance:  Kink communities & political activism

Leather Resistance: Kink communities & political activism

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 27, 2018

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.

40 Years of Leather:  International Mr. Leather celebrates four decades

40 Years of Leather: International Mr. Leather celebrates four decades

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 13, 2018

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.