BARtab :: Sexuality

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?

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.

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.

The Last Dance:  Nob Hill Theatre, SF's only male strip club, to close

The Last Dance: Nob Hill Theatre, SF's only male strip club, to close

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jul 25, 2018

For nearly four decades, The Nob Hill Theatre, the world's first gay male strip establishment, offered a combination of sensuality, sexuality, dance, muscle and music. The iconic venue, the epitome of gay male erotic entertainment, will close Aug. 19.

Curtain Call: performers and patrons say goodbye to The Nob Hill Theatre

Curtain Call: performers and patrons say goodbye to The Nob Hill Theatre

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jul 25, 2018

in light of the Nob Hill Theatre's August 19 closing, some of The Nob Hill Theatre's performers, guests and employees offered parting quotes in advance of the strip club's closure.

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.

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.

Brian Davilla : Daddy time at The Nob Hill Theatre

Brian Davilla : Daddy time at The Nob Hill Theatre

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Jun 6, 2018

It's rare in porn that you meet someone who's so fully integrated with who he is, where he is and how he wants to get there. In the field of sexuality, as it is made manifest in pornography, Brian Davilla is a transcendent figure.

Kink about town

Kink about town

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 30, 2018

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.