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Reflections of Pride - San Diego's Leather Realm

By August 14, 2014

images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/San_Diego_Leather_Realm_2014/San Diego 2014 Eagle Owner Nicholas Leather Pride Flag.JPGSan Diego Pride celebrated its 40th Anniversary the weekend of July 18-20 in the Hillcrest district and Balboa Park. Its’ annual LGBT parade is among the largest in the country, attracting over 300,000 spectators and was on Saturday, July 19. This year’s theme “Reflections of Pride” truly showed in the Leather community’s contingent as the San Diego tribe was joined by Leatherfolk from all over Southern California.

Ms San Diego Leather 2012 Wish did a great job as parade monitor again. The San Diego Eagle’s float, organized by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2014 Paulo Batista, followed the Leather-clad marchers. The Los Angeles and San Diego Ponies and Critters groups brought up the rear with their crowd-pleasing pony carts and dog sled. Bears San Diego had a truck as well.

Over 150 Leatherfolk continued marching into Balboa Park and headed directly into the Leather Realm to volunteer for, or attend, a weekend of fun and education. This year’s Realm was made possible by a generous donation from Club X.

The Realm opened with new co-producers, Bikkja Amy and Cobi Maravilla, a new committee, a new logo, designed by Sarge Servitus, and a new motto, “Turn Fantasy into Reality."




images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/San_Diego_Leather_Realm_2014/San Diego 2014 Women Titleholders.JPGWhat they delivered was nothing new. Over 10,000 people came through the Realm’s doors in two days and folks saw the same dedication to educational outreach the Leather Realm has been providing for over 20 years.

San Diego's Pride Festival was held Saturday and Sunday. The Leather Realm had a huge adjoining space that required proof of age entry for those 18 and older.

This year’s Realm’s demo area was expanded to a 20 foot by 60 foot play space with 15 stations, plenty of room for new folks to try basic 101’s such as spanking, flogging, electricity and rope.

Workshops were focused in one tent and scheduled in 45-minute increments. Hard-skills classes included Flogging by Duke, Electrical Play by Master George and slave bren, Body Bags by Bikkja Amy, Foot Fetishism and Perversion by Shae Flanigan, Fun With Rope by Goddess V and Bootblacking by Danielle.

Soft-skills classes included Master/slave Dynamics by Master George and slave bren, Leather and Sober Living by Travis and Heather, BDSM and Polyamory by Naria Lei B. Jordan and Ms SoCal Leatherwoman 2014 Brigette and Discovering Your Inner Perv by Louis and Danielle.

PD Kilts from Hawaii, Rough Trade Gear from Los Angeles, the Crypt, Olde Armoury Leather, The Leather Journal and PaleoPunk Productions were the participating vendors.

images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/San_Diego_Leather_Realm_2014/San Diego 2014 Leather 2014 Eli And Eagle Leather 2014 Paulo Batista.JPGMany clubs and organizations enjoyed the crowds and showed new folks the best San Diego has to offer in kink-related fun and services. Among the clubs participating were Club X, Bigs and Littles Discussion Group, LA girls of Leather, FMSD (FetishMen San Diego), Bears San Diego, African American Kinksters, The Leather Foundation, San Diego Critter and Pony Club, LA Pony and Critters Club, Personal Evolution Psychotherapy, MAsT: MDHL-fs, SD Surrender and SD Poly.

The Leather Realm ran so smoothly the producers of South Bay Pride asked the committee to replicate it. Look for the Leather Realm South Bay’s inaugural kick-off Saturday, September 13.

Visit http://www.sandiegoleatherrealm.com for more info.

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