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The Old Guard That Never Was – And Why That’s a Good Thing

Anyone who runs in what’s often referred to as the leather/SM/fetish crowd has heard the term “old guard.” Old guard refers to those people who supposedly formed the foundation historical community for the modern kinky scene, particularly the leather community. While the term has grown to encompass people of all genders and orientations, its roots […]

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Playroom

[This speech was delivered by Race Bannon as the opening address for the Sacramento Valley Heat weekend event on Friday, August 28, 2009 in Sacramento, California.] Good evening. I’m honored to have been asked to deliver this opening speech for this milestone event for Sacramento. I’d like to give a personal thanks to the folks […]

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Leather Hall of Fame

I’m pleased to be able to announce that the Leather Hall of Fame website is now live. As a member of the Board of Governors for this organization, I encourage you to: Visit the site. Let your friends know about the site. Link to the site from your website, blog or social media pages. Nominate people […]

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5 Questions – Answered by Travis Creston

Periodically I’ll ask someone within the nontraditional (alternative) sexuality or relationship communities 5 specific questions. Here are one person’s answers. 1. If you could offer people in your community just one bit of advice based on your experience, what would it be? Simply: always be yourself… genuinely and authentically. Don’t waste time and energy in […]

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The Era of Style

As someone who came out into the alternative sex scene in the early 70’s, I believe that time period was the midst of an era I call the Era of Awareness. It was during this time that kinky folks began to network and gather in earnest. No longer was kink something to be pursued as […]

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Avoiding A Sexual Agenda

One of the advantages of getting older is that hopefully we get wiser. A bit of wisdom I’ve gleaned from my years of experience is to try and approach sex and all erotic play with a minimum of an agenda. Let me explain. The human mind is an amazing thing. It can construct astoundingly complex […]

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5 Questions – Answered by Frank Strona

Periodically I’ll ask someone within the nontraditional (alternative) sexuality or relationship communities 5 specific questions. Here are one person’s answers. If you could offer people in your community just one bit of advice based on your experience, what would it be? Remember that what you see when you look at me, doesn’t mean that you […]

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The Ultimate Technique

When you attend any of the various local, national or international leather/kink events you’ll often encounter an offering of classes on BDSM and other kinky sexual techniques. Clubs and organizations within those sexual communities often host such training sessions as well. Why? Because to engage in some types of erotic play requires information and training […]

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Playing Both Sides

Next week a good friend of mine and I are going to be speaking to a workshop class here in the San Francisco Bay Area on the topic of switching. We’ve taught this workshop before and it was a huge success and we’ve been asked by two other organizations to teach the same class to […]

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