A Brief view of Leather History from the denim-side

This presentation is a guided discussion class; touching on some of the popular history of leather, gay culture, and kink in the United States and North America.  It will allow a space for discussion on leather lifestyle and how it has helped form the modern kink practices such as flagging and how the evolution of our culture has forced an evolution to these practices.  This is a active discussion class and is for involved participants.

Suggested Time 90 minutes

Outline

  • WW2 Veterans
  • Motorcycle Clubs
  • HD Thoreau “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away”
  • Gay Clubs  City Eagle, The Toolbox and Life Magazine ’64
  • Magazines Pink, Lavender Magazine, Drum, YGA, Venus Magazine many many more
  • Regional Contests – IML, Drummer boy, Mr Drummer, evolution from g to l to t (inclusive)
    • Interviews

    • Bar Wear

    • Jock Strap

    • Formal Leather

    • Speech or Question

  • Flagging – Hanky Code
    • BLACK heavy SM top heavy SM bottom
    • GREY bondage top fit to be tied!
    • BLUE, Light wants head cocksucker
    • HOUNDSTOOTH likes to nibble willing to be bitten
    • BLUE, Navy fucker (top) fuckee (bottom)
    • GREEN, Hunter daddy orphan boy looking for daddy
    • GREY FLANNEL owns a suit likes men in suits
    • SILVER LAME starfucker celebrity
    • Light Blue w/Dots oral racial offering racial sucking
  • Body Modification (piercings, tattoos, etc)
  • Old Guard, New, Young,
  • Events Folsom Street, Folsom Street East, Folsom Europe, Berlin’s Easter, Pride
  • Cigars, Tea, etc.
  • Leather to BDSM to General Kink

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