Cowhide on Cape Cod

There are a few places that every LGBT person simply must visit at least once. San Francisco always comes to mind first. Others include Fire Island, Palm Springs, Key West, and Provincetown. These locations are not just iconic LGBT vacation spots, they are important pieces of the fabric of LBGT history. When I heard that the Bay State Marauders, a leather club based in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, were hosting their sweet 16 anniversary weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts, along with a meeting of the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC), I really wanted to go. Plus, even though the Pilgrims […]

Who Let the Dogs Out?

It all started as a subculture of the leather community and as a part of dominant / submissive relationships. The submissive would adopt canine mannerisms and would be less than a boy, he would be a dog. Many enjoyed the headspace of puppy play either with other dogs, some of whom were lead dogs or “Alphas” or with a dominant man or a handler. As the popularity of puppy play grew, the Lone State boys of Leather produced a contest. Alpha-pup Ray of Alaska was awarded the title of International Puppy 2001 in a contest held in Houston, Texas. Just […]

And Another Thing

TI always enjoy writing my interviews with folks in the leather community. It is also fun to share my experiences at contests and leather club’s weekend events. (Next up is the Bay State Marauders’ 16th anniversary weekend in Provincetown at the end of March.) Every now and then I feel the need to play catch-up and inform you of recent leather news and details about additional leather events that just got announced. In the busy Mid-Atlantic leather community, it is just one thing after another!   Looking for something new? There is a new leather contest and event scheduled for Saturday, […]

Meet Leatherman of Color

It is always interesting to sit down with leather titleholders and hear the story of the life experiences that brought them to the point of being selected to represent their community. I have been fortunate to have that opportunity many times. No leather journey I’ve heard is more complicated then that of Jack Thompson (Exile ONYX) who in December at the DC Eagle was sashed Leatherman of Color 2019. Recently Jack was kind enough to meet me at my office, or as some people call it Leon’s, to share with me the story of his life. It was an evening […]

Wow, What a Weekend!

It is February now, which means that January’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend has come and gone. I must not be the only one who had a great time because the entire 880-room Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill has already been booked for MAL 2020 next January! The big leather gatherings are always lots of fun, but you will also have a great time at some of the smaller leather weekends. You will meet people, explore a place that you may not have visited before, and these events are a real value. Many weekend passes or “run fees” include meals, cocktail […]

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Is …

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th to 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. MAL 2019 was held during a very cold weekend in our nation’s […]

Meet Mr. Maryland Leather 2019

It is that time of year again: the holidays are over, Sir Steve has left for Florida for the winter, the Ravens have lost, and the days are dark and gray. It is so easy to just stay home, curl up on the sofa, and watch TV. It is also easy to feel lethargic and melancholy. On Tuesday, January 8th I had a date with Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Scorpius Red and after what felt like dinner with an old friend, I was once again ready to face the world.     The bar downstairs at the Mt. Vernon Stable was […]

Happy New LEATHER Year

Here we go again. Another year ends and another one begins. I hope you made some good memories in 2018. I often lament those friends I see on social media who are complaining that they’re bored, feeling down, not making friends, and just not having much fun. I know it’s simplistic, but my solution is easy: Get off the computer and get out of the house! Every year your friends in the leather community produce countless events. Some are just get-togethers in local bars that cost little to nothing to attend and others are weekends away that will provide you […]

Leather Community Celebrates Christmas

As it does every year the leather community celebrated the season of giving by giving back. The ShipMates Club of Baltimore hosted their annual Daddy Christmas fundraiser on the traditional first Saturday of December at The Loft at Grand Central. Since the first Saturday fell on December 1st this year, World AIDS Day, the club selected Adullum Community Healthcare Center – which, among other services, provides HIV screenings to low-income and underserved communities – as this year’s beneficiary. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season as the ShipMates hosted what seemed more like a party than a […]

Meet the President of the ShipMates

A few issues ago I introduced you to the president of the COMMAND, MC leather club as it was about to celebrate 30 years of brotherhood. Recently I sat down with another leather club president. On November 28th at Leon’s I met with Jahleel who is very proud to be the current president of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore as his organization prepares to toast 45 years in 2019. Jahleel was born in Houston, Texas, but moved often as a result of his mother’s employment. Before landing in Baltimore 12 years ago from Atlanta, he lived in Rocky Mountain, North […]