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Conversations with Leather - Race Bannon

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Jaco: For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the Leather world.

Race: I’ve been active in the Leather scene since 1973. Initially, apart from being a bartender in a sleazy kinky bar, I was essentially a lone maverick player. Then around 1980 I got deeply involved with various clubs, organizations and projects that changed that lone wolf status. Since then I’ve been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms. I’ve authored a well-known BDSM book, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service (Kink Aware Professionals), was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company (Daedalus Publishing Company), been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently am the Leather/kink columnist for the Bay Area Reporter I also have a blog at and there’s more information about me there for those who might be interested.

RIP Garrett Scott Mr LA Leather Bear 2006

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garrett scott 4August 17, 1966 - April 13, 2017

Garrett Scott, Leatherman, of West Hollywood, CA and more recently of Long Beach, CA passed away in the morning hours of April 13, 2017, after a lengthy battle with cancer (edit for correction) The cause of Garrett's death has not yet been determined. I had the privilege to meet Garrett Scott on two or three occasions. I didn’t know him well, but those that had the opportunity to love him and truly see his humanity respected him as a man who gave all he could and knew the boy as “a big kid with a bigger heart”.

Scarff was a loving man and a supportive soul. A long time member of the Los Angeles Leather Community. Scott won Mr. LA Leather Bear 2006 which was held at Faultline Bar on Saturday, February 11, 2006. He was a board member of LA Bears, and a member of the los angeles Boys of Leather (gen 1).

He was recently pinned to Mama's family (we are currently researching his Mama's Name and we will update with this info)

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Scott was remembered on FaceBook by Don Mike.

“I lost a friend today. Garrett was my brother, twice. Once in the LA boys of Leather (the first incarnation) and again in the LA Band of Brothers. He could be an incredible pain in the ass. One time, at a Band of Brothers meeting, we were going around the room each giving the LA Leather class of 2012 words of advice and encouragement before the big contest and Garrett told them to watch out for me because I was so funny and entertaining that I would throw them off their game and make them lose. It was the nicest backhanded compliment I've ever received. And as much as I liked to gripe about the ridiculous things he would do, I had an immense respect for the man. In the first few years of the Off Sunset Festival, he would show up first thing to volunteer (mainly so he could nag me for being five minutes late), and stay way past the end of his shift. I remember seeing him carrying big boxes of stuff up and down the fairgrounds, sweat pouring down his face, and he wasn't in the best of health then. I had to practically yell at him to sit down and stay hydrated. He just wouldn't quit if there was work to do. And he was always like that. One other thing that I will never forget. Back in the early 2000's, when I first met him, he struck me as being very childlike, and prone to fits of brattyness. I honestly didn't know what to make of him. Then one day I had to call him at work for something and this man answered the phone, very mature and businesslike. I asked for Garrett and was shocked that it was he who had answered the phone. It didn't sound a thing like him. And it made me think. We all have different aspects of our personality that we bring forth in different circumstances and catching that glimpse of Garrett, when none of us were supposed to be looking, made me realize that he loved this community because we let him be who he really wanted to be. A big kid with an even bigger heart. And an incredible pain in the ass. I'm going to miss him.”

15th Anniversary Showing of "The Secretary" Film Festival Cum Dungeon Party

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the secretary blu rayPerformers from Europe's morally notorious fetish club Torture Garden are scheduled to "dance" the night away after a 15th Anniversary viewing of "the sweetest BDSM film ever made".

Scotland's Glasgow Film Festival will host special events for 3 film anniversaries including 30th Anniversaries (say it ain't so!) of The Princess Bride and The Lost Boys and as mentioned the 15th Anniversary of The Secretary.  The February event will include parties with sword fighting and a treasure hunt. Theres a secret location for the showing of The Lost Boys. It's noted that while fangs will be provided, audience members should bring their own garlic for the bus ride to the pop up theatre.

Allison Gardner, GFF co-director, said: “We are excited about this year’s special events program, and thrilled to be able to announce these events in advance. We can honestly say that GFF is continuing to create unique cinemas events around some of our audience's best-loved films in terms of events venues, content and reach. There truly is something for everyone in this year’s programme – from kids’ favourites to cult classics – all across the city.”

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Tickets for Lost Boys and Secretary will be available 10am on Thursday at Tickets for The Princess Bride will be released with the main festival programme in January.

The full Tom of Finland trailer is finally here

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Tom of Finland movie posterThe film Tom of Finland, directed by Dome Karukoski, hits theaters in Finland in February 2017.  The homoerotic boipic tells the story of Touko Laaksonen, who is best known for exaggerated, hyper-masculine drawings. His art would unarguably become the trademark expression of the leather scene the world over.

Tom of Finland depicts the post WWII oppression of queer people which influenced style, galvanized how we view sex and virility, and inspired activist's infamous works in both his native Finland and abroad. Portrayed as an activist and artist, Laaksonen's life is chronicled in the film. It focuses on his life after the draft and the period of time the young man was made to serve along Nazi officers who inspired a life-long thing for men in uniform. 

Tom's drawings of hypersexualized macho men in various uniforms and states of dress (or undress) became the hallmark of gay male culture for decades but it turns out Laaksonen’s life was just as fascinating as his artwork. Born the son of Finnish schoolteachers in 1920, The he was drafted during WWII and was made to serve as an anti-aircraft officer alongside Nazi officers. He's quoted in several places as stating a distaste for Natzi philosophy, “In my drawings I have no political statements to make, no ideology. I am thinking only about the picture itself. The whole Nazi philosophy, the racism and all that, is hateful to me, but of course I drew them anyway—they had the sexiest uniforms!” It has long been know it was the well designed uniform's of the Nazi officers who inspired this 1950's iconoclast's fascination with working men in uniform.

Laaksonen worked from the 1950's through 1973 for the Finnish advertising firm of McCann-Erickson after which he began a life in denim, surrounding himself with his art. in 1978 he first visited the US and eventually settled here in the US during the 1980's.

The original short trailer was released in September:

 The much anticipated trailer is online now:






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