Repaying a Role Model

I’ve interviewed a lot of leather titleholders in this column. Some were inspiring role models who went on to do wonderful things in their community during their title year. Others were just nice people who wore a sash. It is important to note that a leather title does not make one a role model and not all role models have a sash. The older I get the more I find myself looking back over my life. It’s funny the things we remember. I’m not talking about major events like special birthdays or family funerals – we’re always going to remember […]

What’s Going On?

As the seasons change I want to keep you informed of some of the venue changes for upcoming leather events. There are also a few new gatherings on the calendar that you will want to check out. In the leather community there is always something going on. Events scheduled at the temporarily closed Baltimore Eagle have been forced to select another location. Next up is the Atlantic States Leather Weekend scheduled for September 28th and 29th which has been relocated to Grand Central. This regional leather gathering which includes the third annual Atlantic State LeatherSIR / boy / and Community […]

A Perfect Ten

Julie “Jewel” Vanderlee from Bloomfield, New Jersey, was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2019 during the 10th annual MAL-W / Bootblack Contest held in Baltimore over the weekend of August 24th and 25th. Jewel who is employed by Lambda Legal is a BDSM / kink educator and a well-known producer of pansexual play parties. Runner-up for MAL-W 2019 and the recipient of the Connie Cox Spirit Award was Clo from Baltimore. In an interesting twist of events Amy D. Phillips, who was also stepping down after a very successful year as Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 was selected as Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman […]

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 […]