The Leather Journal has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to earn revenue to help offset print costs over the next year.
Tracy Wolf from the San Francisco Bay Area and friends first came up with the idea of running a Kickstarter campaign for The Leather Journal last September and she did so much leg work in getting the project started. Tracy is the first Women's International Legacy titleholder, has been active in the Leather community for years and is the founder and proprietor of Cable Car Cakes and Chocolates located in downtown San Francisco.
Tracy posted on Facebook, "We launched a Kickstarter to help The Leather Journal with its publishing costs for the next year. This has been a longstanding institution that has put Leather community news into a print format since 1987.
To support this effort, we are offering special prices on ads and encouraging people to sign up for subscriptions. This is not a handout--everyone can get something for their contribution.
Also, there's some unique artwork being offered--some great pictures of Leatherfolk are being made into limited edition prints."
Take a peek and see what you can do to help.
Nearly 1,000 cigar and pipe smokers, bears and kinksters descended upon the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of March 23-27, coming from all over the western hemisphere.
Smokeout is not a regimented event with workshops, a contest, keynote speeches and the like. Its main attraction is cigar and pipe smoking men gathering for a weekend with field trips, a Saturday bike ride hosted by the Desert Brotherhood MC, pool party at all hours, cocktail party hosted most of the weekend by the men from the Rocky Mountain Rebellion, party on Saturday night at Hawks Gym, group dinners at Harley Davidson Cafe and the Hard Rock Cafe, a Saturday night buffet at the Alexis Park Resort, bar nights at Charlie's and a Saturday night poker party.
All registration is done in advance and the $45 fee is a bargain. Alexis Park Resort guests received breakfast buffet vouchers upon check it for each night and each person in their rooms.
The Smokeout registration check in desk and hospitality suite ws staffed by the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas boys of Leather.
Several well-known bootblacks were on hand most of the weekend including Curtis Dickson from San Diego, Andrew "Bootdog" Johnson from Vacaville, CA, boy ed from New York; Barry Bullock, boy Jason and slave john from Las Vegas, and boy pedro from Illinois.
There were group excursions to smoke and pipe shops, tattoo parlors and other stores.
Smokeout has a high retention rate of guests who consider this to be a family reunion. A few men make the annual trek from the United Kingdom. here were a few from France and Germany. Many couples or small groups make annual visits to their favorite Las Vegas shows, buffets, dinners and other activities. The Fremont Experience was big this year.
The motorcycle ride was to Nelson's Landing overlooking the Colorado River, El Dorado Canyon and a tour of the Techatticup Gold Mine. Mostly bikes, but cars were permitted.
There is no casino at the Alexis Park Resort. The closest thing was the Saturday night poker party consisting of several guys who come for the fun every year. Besides that, the only game going on, besides men seeking out hot men for sex and play, were groups playing Cards Against Humanity poolside into the wee hours of the morning.
Joe and DJ of Maximus had their cigar shop and barber stand open not far from the pool. Off Ramp Leathers had a full room for their shop and new to the scene was Amici Designs.
Many left town on Sunday afternoon while a god number of folks departed on Monday - all planning to be back in 2017.
The federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia recently ruled that Americans have no constitutional right to engage in consensual BDSM activity. The decision in Doe v. George Mason University, et. al, should be a clarion call for advocates of sexual freedom and personal autonomy, to join together and insist on our human right to consensual sexual expression - of any kind.
"The danger in advocating only for a specific type of sexual expression is that other forms intimate sexual expression become neglected, resulting in decisions such as the recent ruling in Virginia,” said Ricci Levy, President and CEO of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. “This ruling appears to directly contradict the Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas which held that states could not criminalize consensual intimate activity between adults,” she added.
Since Lawrence v. Texas, the law has been clear that citizens have a right to engage in whatever sort of consensual sexual activity they choose within the privacy of their own homes as long as money is not involved. The recent Virginia ruling, however, found that there is “no constitutionally protected and judicially enforceable fundamental liberty interest under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to engage in BDSM sexual activity.” The states are thus free to regulate BDSM conduct, under this analysis.
“The minute we heard the court decision we began to bring together a team of attorneys to evaluate Woodhull’s response, and get the word out regarding the potential danger posed by this decision. “We have been warning about the current hostile climate towards sexual expression, and the risks to fundamental human rights. We have also been preparing.”For further information, see the case itself: http://ia801309.us.archive.org/2/items/gov.uscourts.vaed.314481/gov.uscourts.vaed.314481.92.0.pdf