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Friday, September 15, 2017

Meet Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones, a Virginia resident, gives seemingly tirelessly. I’ve seen this person at more events than I can count in many, many capacities. The work I see her do the most is as an American Sign Language interpreter, helping provide accessibility for deaf individuals for all kinds of events, including classes and contests. She dances on stage and brings an energy that fills the room. Sometimes my eyes sneak away from the performers to check out what she’s doing. Inevitably many an MC will make her sign dirty words and do everything in their power to make her blush. It’s a show all its own and it’s glorious. She also puts in many hours during 101s and other classes, teaching and making sure people are well taken care of and learning many kinds of kink from a patient, welcoming instructor. She’s a true inspiration and asset to our communities.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The New Age of Consent

I admit that I’m now part of the older generation. You know that you have arrived there the first time you catch yourself uttering the phrase: “When I was your age….” I get it. Time brings change. Each generation puts their own stamp on the world and the leather community is no exception. One can embrace change or become that grumpy old man who still lives in the past. The last issue of Baltimore OUTloud carried an article from Dailyxtra.com entitled “Verbal Consent Needed at Sex Positive Spaces?” It spoke about a person being touched without consent and went on to state that young people are very conscious about consent and may interpret non-verbal actions as harassing behavior. Oddly enough I’d just been to a leather contest, and while waiting to go up onstage for the parade of club colors, a friend who I’ve known for years playfully groped me right before I was stepping on stage. When I got home that evening I got a text from him. It said, “Sorry if I crossed a line with touching your cock.” I jokingly replied, “You only crossed the line when you stopped!” It really made me think about how times have changed and how cruising may now be a lost art.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Here’s to the Ladies in Leather!

Amy “Foxxy” Phillips from Baltimore, Maryland, was named Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 and “Bumper” from Hampton Roads, Virginia, was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Boot Black 2018 during the annual MAL-W Contest held on Saturday, August 26th at the Baltimore Eagle. Runner-up for Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 was Christy Lee, Ms. New Jersey Leather 2016. There were no additional contestants.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Join The Club

Times have changed. People don’t shop at malls, they shop online. People don’t meet in bars, they meet online. People work at home online and go to college online. Even during those rare times when people are out in public they are staring at their online devices. It makes me wonder. In the internet age are leather social clubs even relevant? As someone who has been the member of a leather club for over 20 years, my answer is a resounding: yes!

Friday, August 04, 2017

And Another Thing

A few weeks ago I told you about some of the leather events that are coming up in the next few months in our area. Since then I’ve heard about even more events that you’ll want to add to your schedule. So here’s another list of coming events.

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