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Friday, June 23, 2017

Thinking the Unthinkable

I discovered the leather community when I moved to Baltimore in 1984 and I became really involved when I joined the ShipMates Club in 1997. It amazes me sometimes when I realize how long ago that was. For the most part my leather journey has been filled with pleasant and joyful memories of all the great people I’ve met and all the fun leather events I’ve attended from coast to coast. One can meet people now on social apps, but are you making lifelong friends? I joined the ShipMates to meet leather folks and did I ever! Unfortunately, I have also had to say goodbye to many friends in the leather community who have left us. For me they live on in my many memories. No one every wants to think about death, but every once in a while we are forced to face it.

Harvey Milk once said, “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Central Maryland (GLCCB), celebrating its 40th anniversary, has acted as this haven for many of Baltimore’s residents. GLCCB co-founder and the Center’s first president, Paulette Young, recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to chat about her role as a Baltimore LGBT pioneer and what Pride means to her.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Leatherman Rodney Burger

Do you remember the Deer Park Lodge? The Renegade in Rehoboth? The NoMad bar between OC and Rehoboth? The fried chicken at the Gallery? Mr. Marcus? Rodney Burger does! I recently had the pleasure of talking with Rodney under the guise of using the interview to teach someone how to do a short oral history. And now I am going to tell you a bit about the amazing leatherman who keeps the entire Mid-Atlantic region up to date about the goings on in our community.

Jessica Fidget a Jersey girl who now lives in rural Pennsylvania. She is a fierce advocate, a whirlwind, and a promoter of sexy, raunchy, unforgettably good times. Amongst other things, she helped to create the Sexuality Space at Sisterspace (a women’s-only weekend in Maryland), fostered a feeling of safety and belonging for people in recovery in the leather community through speaking openly about her own recovery, as well making recovery meetings more accessible, and has instigated the spreading of Drummer North America as far and wide as possible through encouragement and engagement in #DNAnigans across the country and the #womenofdrummer movement.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Not Fake News

There is lots of news this week in the leather community and I’m talking real news. This stuff was not reported in the New York Times or on CNN.

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