The BDSM/Fetish/Leather community publication of record. Founded May 1987
Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC January 15-19, had three highlight events, one being Leather Cocktails on Saturday night; the 30th Annual Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest which was won by Daddy David Gerard of Norwalk, Connecticut on Sunday afternoon; and the Reaction Dance on Sunday night.
Leather Cocktails, a huge event featuring great food and open bar is the envy of clubs world-wide. This was the formal event of Mid Atlantic Leather with Leather/BDSM/Fetish/Gear/Uniformfolk dressed to the nines. As guests enter the ballroom they are greeted by a gauntlet of Centaur MC members applauding them. A great spread of food awaited guests at several stations.
Myths and legends are an integral part of any community. They provide a narrative of information for ideas and/or concepts which communicate important values a community hopes to preserve. We derive an intrinsic joy from a well-crafted story as humans. The result of this exhilaration is the embellishment of facts and information in order to provide a more exciting and memorable narrative. Often these “artistic” flourishes obscure the original intent of the information and the message intended, is lost.
This year for Christmas I received a leather biker's cap. THE biker's cap! I purchased one for myself a year
1. For those who don’t know please tell us about yourself, your titles and how you connected to the Leather community.
I have been a Leather writer, journalist, and photographer since the 1960s, and was the founding San Francisco editor in chief of Drummer magazine, as well as its most frequent contributor during its existence from 1975 to 1999. My titles? By the time the first significant Leather contests of “IML” and “Mr. Drummer” started in 1979, I was forty, and was more suitably a contest judge, not a contestant. Historically, concerning titles,
Well, we made it through another year together. Last year was like any other in that there were new people and events on the scene while others were gone. Some Leatherfolk grew in their Leather space and others - not so much.
The word "kinkster" became accepted in many places, coined as far as I know by Bay Area Reporter columnist Race Bannon. At least one new title bore Kinkster on its sash and vest and I think some new clubs have it as part of their names.
International Ms Leather survived its changes with a strong event being produced in San Jose, CA, away from expensive hotels.
Some businesses and clubs closed