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The Leather Journal would like to extend a warm congratulations to our own Mister J,  his husband and their adopted son!  Their 17 year old son has been living with them for approximately 2 years now at their home just out of Washington DC in Maryland.  Mister J and his husband "P" are roll models of all sorts for this young man.  Educators, educated, artistic, philanthropic and loving are just some of the words I would use to describe these two men, and now they have added another to the list of "things" they are...fathers.  Congratulations friends!  We couldn't be happier for you! 

New Bay Area Reporter Leather Columnist Race Bannon RHSPhotography WebProminent San Francisco Leather community activist Race Bannon will begin writing a new leather column for the Bay Area Reporter, the nation’s longest continually published LGBT newspaper, on January 23, 2014.

Bannon’s first column, penned while attending the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC, continues the traditions started by the preeminent gay news weekly.

In his first column, Bannon wrote:

“San Francisco and the overall Bay Area has one of the most vibrant leather and kink scenes in the United States and indeed the world. Yes, it’s changed and morphed as various factors have influenced how LGBT kinky folk live and express their alternative erotic identities and sexualities. But the scene is still rather awesome here, and I’m comfortable saying it’s in pretty good shape nationally as well.

“Thus all the more reason I am honored to have been asked to carry on the legacy of the original writer of this column, Mr. Marcus (Marcus Hernandez), who established the Bay Area Reporter’s leather column as one of the preeminent leather news and information sources in the world. Upon Mr. Marcus’ passing, Scott Brogan took over this column and truly did justice to Mr. Marcus’ memory. I promise to always try to live up to both men’s history as I embark on being the caretaker of this important piece of journalistic real estate.”

Carter Johnson Library Web 325It is my distinct honor to join the Staff of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library for a very specific project. First, let me say - don't ever post on any social media site where Mama Viola Johnson might see it and read that you are bored and just have too much time on your hands…LOL - just saying.

The project that I am going to undertake is to begin to log the history of our Leather Bars, both past and present. No matter who we are, I think we can all relate to how valuable it was to have a place for groups and clubs to gather. Before more time passes and we lose the memories, I would like to catalog these special places that you remember and know the following:

1. How many Leather Bars are there? (Both past and present).

Patpicnew2 WebThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has announced that Pat Baillie will receive the organization's Ninth Annual Leather Leadership Award at the Task Force's 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Over 4,000 leaders and activists are expected to attend the conference, which will be held in Houston, January 29 to February 1.

"We are very proud to honor Pat's long dedication to and leadership in our movement," said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. "Pat's exemplary career in the Air Force and as a rock-solid pillar of the Leather community inspires all of us to do more, to do it better and to stay the course."

The award will recognize Baillie's more than three decades of leadership and activism within and on behalf of the Leather community. Among many other achievements, she is International Ms Leather 1995, a founder of Leather Women United, a Vice Chair of the National Leather Leadership Conference and in September 2013 became co-producer of the International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack Contest. See editors note for biography."