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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.

For decades, New Yorker Cheryl Stewart has been working to make the leather community what it is today. A long-time Lesbian Sex Mafia member, Steward has, through ups and downs and thick and thin, helped weave the fabric that binds us and supports us. Without her efforts, I wouldn’t be writing Mid-Atlantic Mondays or wearing the sash I wear. Thank you, Cheryl, for your blood, sweat, tears, and willingness to weather the storms and create space for all of us time and again!

Master of the media tells secrets of success!

Daniel Radcliffe once said, “Any actor worth their salt wants to show as much versatility as they can.” Actor and model Nic Detorie embodies this sentiment. Detorie’s work runs the gamut from commercials, print, live events, TV, and film. He recently sat down with me to talk about his life in entertainment.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Filling the Holes

There has been so much going on in the leather community the last few weeks that I really don’t know where to start. I want to finish up some of the stories of the last month or so. It seems that there are so many holes to fill.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meet Destiny Amber

Destiny Amber, a Philadelphia resident who grew up in the small town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, may be young but is known to be wise beyond her years. She has already started making her mark in multiple ways, including serving as the current titleholder for Philadelphia Fetish, sharing her graphic design skills with many organizations and events, reading tarot cards for charity, leading the Philadelphia TNG (The Next Generation) a group for kinksters aged 18-35 and their partners, as well as volunteering and collaborating whenever possible. Whether behind a microphone or behind the scenes, Destiny puts her all into whatever she does and brings positive energy to it.

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