What I Think

I’ve been writing this column since 2005. At that time no one in this area was writing a column about the leather community. Events were not being documented, leather titleholders were not being interviewed, and upcoming leather events were not being promoted. I’ve always tried to keep my columns positive and upbeat. I want to build our community not tear it down. (There are plenty of other others who would like to do that.) I discovered the leather community in 1984 at The Gallery when I first moved to Baltimore and have been a member of a leather club for […]


Last December, CNN projected that 2018 would be the Year of the Woman. Sarha Shaubach had been of a similar  mindset for months before that. Shaubach is the creator of Northern Exposure, the only Alaskan BDSM, leather, sex, and kink conference. She’s a leather titleholder, and the self-described “head lackey” at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles. For this year’s conference, Shaubach decided that she wanted to celebrate the strong women she has come to know in her life. So, she started inviting them up to Alaska to teach, present to, and experience her home community. This is also the […]

The Dog Days of Summer

It’s that in-between time of year. Memorial Day Weekend brought the start of summer and a new International Mr. Leather. We have celebrated Pride and danced in the streets. We toasted the 4th of July and hosted or attended a summer cookout. Many have been to the pool or the beach. As the summer sun has faded into the rainy season many folks are starting to feel a little down. I find that I can always cheer myself up if I have something fun planned. The anticipation of an event keeps me going. So, what’s next? It may seem ridiculous […]

An Interview with the President … Not that president!

They say that if you want to get all the facts you should go right to the source. With the 30th anniversary of COMMAND MC in November quickly approaching, I went right to the top. That top in question is the president of COMMAND MC, Sir Mike. Recently Sir Mike was kind enough to invite me to his Mount Vernon townhouse for an interview. His home was not only tastefully decorated but was also filled with framed posters from past International Mr. Leather Contests and other historic documents from his leather journey. For Sir Mike, the International Mr. Leather Contest […]

Picture Perfect

On April 7th, 2017, I attended the opening of a photography exhibit called “Blue Collar / Black Leather” by local artist Justin Osborne and Frank Vit at the Baltimore Eagle. Not only did I love their work, but I was immediately charmed by these two wonderful men who seemed to be such a perfect couple. We laughed, sipped wine, and I found myself quite entertained by the stories surrounding their photographs. I saw them a few more times over the past year at the bar or various leather events. On the Friday night of Baltimore Pride, I ran into Justin […]

Making Memories

It’s funny the things that we remember. I can remember vividly an on-stage fantasy from a leather contest that I attended over 20 years ago or a particularly creative leather club’s cocktail party. Other events can be quickly forgotten. Sometimes when you do the same thing year after year you do not make a memory that lasts. It’s like going to your favorite restaurant and ordering your favorite menu item. You remember that you do it, but it doesn’t stand out in your mind. I’ve been attending the Capitol Pride Parade in Washington, DC, for many years. I will always […]

Indulge in Some Leather History

I know I’ve said it before but joining a leather club oh so many years ago was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Besides helping to raise money for charities in the community, being a member of a club opens so many doors and introduces you to so many people. During my recent visit to Palm Springs, California, I was able to spend time with my ShipMate club brother Robert (Bob) Joel, who now lives out there. I knew that Sir Steve and I were going to be at the Tool Shed bar that Friday night and […]

Did You Hear the One About?…

The girl from down under – The International Ms. Leather 2018 Contest was held on April 21st in San Jose, California, with seven incredible contestants. A packed hotel ballroom cheered as “girl ang” from Melbourne, Australia took home the IMsL 2018 sash. The International Ms. Bootblack 2018 title was awarded to Southwest Bootblack 2017 Teagan who hails from Oakland, California. Leather women in our area – If you don’t know the way to San Jose that’s not a problem. On August 24th and 25th you can cheer on incredible leather woman right here in Baltimore as the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman […]

Leather in La-La Land

  When I was growing up I dreamed of going to Hollywood to become a star. All these years later that ship  has sailed. (Hell, that ship has sailed, been put in drydock, and sold for scrap!) Anyway, when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to celebrate my birthday this year, my first choice was Hollywood. Although I’d been to California before, I hadn’t been to the movie capital and as a lifetime movie buff I decided it was about time. I wasn’t disappointed. While Sir Steve was in Florida for the winter, I made all the […]

Meet Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman

  2018 My first real exposure to the leather community was in 1984 when I walked into my first leather bar. It was a testosterone-filled environment, a macho man’s world. Like a boys’ treehouse it needed a sign that said: No girls allowed. I don’t recall seeing a sign in the bar, but there might as well have been one. It was not a place for women. The leather community has evolved since then and we are all the better for it. On Tuesday, April 3rd I sat down at the Baltimore Eagle with Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 Amy “Foxxy” […]