Plan Ahead … Way Ahead!

When I finish a column, I’m usually already thinking about what the next one will be about. When I have lots of events planned, it is easy. This column was going to be about Twisting Culture’s Northeast Person of Leather 2020 weekend planned for March 20th – March 22nd at the Baltimore Playhouse. Last year for the inaugural event producer Jack Jackman was kind enough to reach out to me personally to make sure I was planning to be there. Unfortunately, last year I had already made plans to be in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the Bay State Marauders’ 16th anniversary. […]

Baltimore by the Sea

Recently two dear friends who I met in the 1980s at The Gallery bar in Baltimore, back when it was a leather bar, announced that they were moving to Florida. Although not officially involved with any leather club, Charles and Dean have anyways been big supporters of leather club events. They became just the latest members of Baltimore’s leather community who are trading Fort McHenry for Fort Lauderdale. I myself recently returned from visiting friends in Fort Lauderdale and I ran into many people who I know. With the large number of Baltimore leather folks now living in South Florida, […]

Good News / Bad News, & Future News

There is so much going on in the world right now that I almost hate to turn on the evening news. I find myself watching old sitcoms from the 1950s, when it seems that the world was a simpler place. The news from the leather community is also all over the place. There is good news and there is bad news. There is news from events that have already happened and news about events that are coming soon. There is just an explosion of news. Here are just a few of the items that are on my mind. Congratulations to […]

Back to the Future

Baltimore has always been a city with an inferiority complex, especially compared to our more glamorous neighbor Washington. I remember how excited I was to attend the opening of Baltimore’s Hard Rock Cafe. I also thrilled at seeing the stars hit the red carpet for the openings of the Baltimore Planet Hollywood and the ESPN Zone. Nothing, however, compared to how excited I was in 1991 when the Baltimore Eagle opened. Recently I sat down with the original founder of the Baltimore Eagle, Thomas Kiple. Tom recently returned to Baltimore from Florida and is back at the helm of Baltimore’s […]

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2020 is …

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2020 David Adam Spivey was selected Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2020 on January 19th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. He becomes the 35th Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather titleholder. First runner-up was Mr. North Carolina Triangle Leather 2019 Pupper Skinzy and second runner-up was awarded to Mr. Mayhem Leather 2019 Pup Lucky. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2020 Mark Richards, first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2020 David Sugar, Capt. Paul from Clearwater, Florida, and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Randy Gooch, MAL kicked off on Thursday, January 16th when a group of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather titleholders […]

Why Do I Do It?

I’ve often been asked what keeps me going. Year after year I am working in the leather community, attending events and contests, and writing this column. Lord knows I am not getting any younger. Someone commented recently, “I don’t know how you do it.” The start of a new year often brings a time of reflection. My leather journey has been a long one and I hope that it is far from over. Growing up in Hagerstown, I always knew I had a kinky side. Nothing would excite me more than when the villain in the movie would shout, “Tie […]

2020 Vision

I love the beginning of a new year. I start with a blank calendar and get to note the dates of the many leather events scheduled for the year. We are very fortunate to live in the Mid-Atlantic area. With so many events scheduled, the leather community has something fun to do every weekend. From leather club bar nights to leather contests and fundraisers, there is always something going on. Join me as I look at what’s on the calendar for 2020. The year in leather always begins with Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL). Scheduled for Thursday, January 16th to Sunday, […]

Finding the Joy Again

I know that I am not the only one who feels this way, but the holiday season can be a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Sometimes “the most wonderful time of the year” makes me sad thinking about the friends and family who are no longer with us or my fantasy dreams of a perfect holiday season that doesn’t measure up to reality. Although Sir Steve and I have been together since 2001, we have never been together during the holiday season. For many years he was working out of the country and now that he is retired, he flees […]

Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2020 Selected

Justin Sawyers from Washington, DC, and a pledge of the DC boys of Leather club was sashed Mr. DC Eagle 2020 and Mx. Symphonee Sym, president of the Mid-Atlantic ONYX Pearls leather cub was sashed Ms. DC Eagle 2020 in a contest held on November 23rd at the DC Eagle bar. Also competing for the title of Mr. DC Eagle 2020 were first runner-up Tim Woody from Washington, DC, and a member of the Highwaymen TNT and Cody Puffe from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a member of the Knight Hawks of Virginia leather club. There were plans to add a […]

Another Crusader Falls

This has not been an easy year for the Mid-Atlantic leather community. It’s not enough that we’re living in a divided nation, but many of the same prejudices have spilled over into our community. People are treated rudely based on race, gender, gender expression, their disabilities, or even which leather club one belongs to or which bar one visits. Just when you think that things could not get worse, in the last few months the leather community has lost several of the few leather folks who dedicated their leather journey to working to make the community better. I recently wrote […]