Leather Line

Leather Line

by Rodney Burger

There have always been protest at pride parades. In fact the first “pride parade” was a protest. We can usually count on one or more members of the religious right to hold up a sign that reads: “Homosexuality is a Sin!” Or “God Created Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve!” (Frankly for over 16 years I’ve been happy that he created Steve.) Pride parades have always been a celebration of diversity and acceptance. We celebrate all the colors of the rainbow.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Planning Ahead

It’s hard to believe that July is here already. Time does go by quickly. Although we’re still in the middle of summer, I’m already thinking ahead about events in the fall and winter. In fact I recently made my reservations at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 scheduled for January 12th to 14th in Washington, D.C. ( It may seem crazy early but I don’t want to be left out of the host hotel. It’s my understanding that the hotel is filling up quickly so I guess I’m not the only one planning ahead.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thinking the Unthinkable

I discovered the leather community when I moved to Baltimore in 1984 and I became really involved when I joined the ShipMates Club in 1997. It amazes me sometimes when I realize how long ago that was. For the most part my leather journey has been filled with pleasant and joyful memories of all the great people I’ve met and all the fun leather events I’ve attended from coast to coast. One can meet people now on social apps, but are you making lifelong friends? I joined the ShipMates to meet leather folks and did I ever! Unfortunately, I have also had to say goodbye to many friends in the leather community who have left us. For me they live on in my many memories. No one every wants to think about death, but every once in a while we are forced to face it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Not Fake News

There is lots of news this week in the leather community and I’m talking real news. This stuff was not reported in the New York Times or on CNN.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bear With Me

It is hard to believe that I have be writing the Leather Line every other week for over 12 years now. (I haven’t missed an issue yet!) I’m never stuck without anything to write about. I was thinking recently that there’s a popular subculture of the leather community that I haven’t even really touched on: the bear culture. I’ve always liked hairy, beefy, masculine men and I discovered the idea of “bears” when I first picked up a copy of Bear magazine, founded in 1987. As time went on, the bear community started to evolve as an offshoot of the leather community and clubs were formed much like the leather community’s biker-patch clubs. Next came bear weekends or “runs,” followed by bear contests with bear titleholders.


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