The BDSM/Fetish/Leather community publication of record. Founded May 1987
June was the month of LGBT pride around the world where parades and festivals were held in New York, Toronto, San Francisco, St. Louis, Fresno, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and many more places in North America. The bell of pride's freedom rang across the globe loud and clear, some for the first time. There will be pride celebrations in July in cities such as San Diego and in May in such locales as Long Beach, California.
The concern over where the Leather contingent will appear in a parade if at all, and how watered down it must be to even appear at all, with the same going for presence in pride festivals.
In some cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Francisco to name the big boys on the west coast. The Leather section of the festivals is blocked off with an proof of legal age requirement for admission in many cases. There are state and local laws that make some of this necessary and I am not going to debate any of that part here — it's not the point of this discussion.
The 2014 Leather Pride Contingent is now history! Everyone did a wonderful job on Sunday, June 29, and also made the Leather Community look really great and here's why - the Leather Contingent won one of the top awards given out by San Francisco Pride at the end of the parade, the 2014 Outrageous Award.
This is the first time that the Leather Contingent has won this award. A photo of the award is posted on the Leather Contingent's web site, http://www.sfleather.org
There were titleholders and clubs from all over California. San Francisco was able to boast its currents, Ms San Francisco Leather 2014 Val, Mr. San
For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself, your Leather titles and how you are connected to the community.
Hey there, my name is Joey McDonald. I’m 57 years old and a native Chicagoan, but have also lived in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia and Key West, Florida. I am a US Navy Veteran who served as an openly gay sailor (long, long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). I was lucky enough traveled around the world by the time I was honorably discharged, having visited 32 countries. In the mid-80s, I owned a catering and event planning business. I am a trained master weaver, and spent 15 years in
The Jay R. Lawton: Project 50, organized by Tom Trafelet and Peter Ayala, is on exhibit at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 626 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 from June 7-21.
The Jay R. Lawton’s PROJECT 50 challenges cultural stereotypes about gay men and aging. Traditionally relegated to sexual invisibility by the age of fifty, the men in Lawton’s photographs defy cultural expectations by presenting themselves as self-possessed, confident, and very sexual beings. Survivors of the worst years of the AIDS plague, these men are role models for younger generations of gay men, illuminating