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by Tyesha Best, Leatherati Contributing Editor Recently The Eagle in Portland, OR had scheduled Shirley Q Liquor, a very controversial entertainer, to perform her act at the bar. The almost sold out performance was met with severe negativity when it was discovered that Shirley Q Liquor, a gay Caucasian male, performs in “black face” and uses racial stereotypes in her act. The anger expressed towards the Portland Eagle by several people within the Kink and the Leather communities was swift and vicious. After numerous emotional comments on their Shirley Q Liquor’s event page and the Eagle Portland page, the event... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Leatherati Voices
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Leatherati Live
by Rob Ridinger The rugged and beautiful land that lies along the spine of the Rockies from the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona to the snow peaks of Colorado and the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada has served as background to some of the more unique chapters of North American leather history, a tale as varied as the land itself. As the idea of a leather/levi club as a social form spread eastward during the 1960s from its southern California birth with the Satyrs in 1954, it first took root in the mountain lands in large metropolitan areas,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Leatherati Voices
by Ryan Dixon Reposted with author permission from South Florida Gay News What is the state of the leather union? Boy Bam Bam, International Leatherboy 2012 For people in the leather community around the world, concern is often raised about the preservation and continuation of its rich traditions and history. From my experiences in the last two years while being involved in the leather community, I can say that leather people are an often frowned-upon group of people by those not “into” the lifestyle – gay and straight. While presenting itself as a close-knit group of people, I’ve felt that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Leatherati Voices