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Honor History, Don’t Copy It

This speech was delivered on March 29, 2015 as the keynote address at the Colorado Leather Fest event held in Denver, Colorado. Good morning. I’ve had a really good time on this maiden voyage of this new Colorado Leatherfest event. I hope you have also. Thanks to everyone involved in creating and running this event. You’ve […]

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Opening Our Kinky Minds

A version of this post was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter. You will find the original online version here. An odd thing has happened in the wake of the technological revolution regarding how we hookup and otherwise connect with each other erotically. Unlike what I remember from the pre-internet era, nowadays I hear […]

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It’s All About Fun

This speech was delivered on February 14, 2015 as the Saturday dinner keynote address at the Southeast Conference of Clubs (SECC) annual event held in Orlando, FL. A video of this speech was recorded and can be viewed here. Good evening. I’ve had a really good time this weekend and I hope you have also. Everyone […]

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Depression Among Kinksters

A version of this post was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter. The resources mentioned are mostly from the local San Francisco Bay Area, but the main content of the post and some of the resources will prove useful to anyone. You will find the original online version here. One of the most beautiful […]

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Supporting Younger Kinksters

A version of this post was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter. You will find the original online version here. In a local Facebook group comprised mostly of Bay Area kinky gay men, a discussion took place as the result of someone posting about the formation of a group for under 40 guys. This […]

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The Truth About Old Guard

A version of this post was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter. You will find the original online version here. As I walked through the most recent Folsom Street Fair and participated in a few of the Leather Pride Week events, it struck me how much the scene has changed in recent years. I […]

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Our Scene Is Just Fine

This post is a portion of what was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter for which I write a regular leather and kink column. I wrote it right after attending the Up Your Alley street fair in San Francisco, an annual street fair targeted primarily at a kinky gay male audience. You will find the original […]

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Kink Is About Connection

This post was originally published in the Bay Area Reporter for which I write a regular leather and kink column. You will find the original online version here. The topic of this post is something I feel extremely strongly about, and I feel it’s something that we don’t talk enough about in BDSM and kink education. […]

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What Is “Real”?

This post was originally part of a longer article that appeared in the Bay Area Reporter for which I write a regular leather and kink column. You will find the original online version here. There is a malady that seems to impact some of the leather and kink scene. It creeps in and taints social interactions, […]

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Help Fund Research On Leather/BDSM/Kink

Richard Sprott, Ph.D., a well known and highly respected member of the academic community, is currently crowdfunding an important research project. In addition to funding this particular research project, if this funding process goes well, we could easily see this approach used as a model for supporting new research on leather/BDSM/kink in the future. This […]

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