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The Mainstreaming of Gay Kink

I was recently having a chat with a few friends at my local coffee shop in the Castro District of San Francisco. A common thread of conversation is how much the Castro has changed from an almost entirely gay area to one that is certainly still mostly gay, but is clearly seeing an influx of […]

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The Art of Delivering Our Message

I’ve decided to move the content of some of my past speeches into the blog area of this site. On October 12, 2008 I gave the Keynote address at the Victory Brunch during the International LeatherSir/Leatherboy and Community Boot Black weekend. Below is the text of the speech. Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be […]

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5 Questions – Answered by Lamalani Siverts

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? Use your imagination and think creatively. Invention will keep play sexy, edgy and […]

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Community Action – Atlanta Gay Leather Bar Raid

On Thursday, September 10, 2009, the Atlanta Eagle, a gay leather bar, was outrageously targeted by the Atlanta Police Department in a raid. You can read one account of it here and it’s been widely reported in other media. The gay and kinky communities can’t let this police harassment go unanswered. Rallies are being held […]

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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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