What Is A Leather Club?
any people are interested in some aspect of the
leather lifestyle. Leather clubs provide an opportunity for those with an
interest in leather to get together and explore their common interests.
Many clubs, like the LI Ravens MC, are brotherhood-like fraternal organizations;
others focus more on socializing and play.
Leather clubs are more than a way for people with similar
interests to meet one another, however. Most clubs play an active role in their
local gay community: raising funds for worthy causes, fighting for gay rights,
or educating people about safer sex. For example, we at the LI Ravens MC
hold several fund raising activities each year in support
of local aid giving and gay support organizations.
Like the larger gay community, the leather community is
made up of people from all walks of life. And while people usually associate
leather with gaymen, many leather clubs are open to women, straights, and
What Does Wearing Leather Mean?
"Leather" can be anything from the popular black
(or brown) leather jacket to a complete outfit of bike cap, body harness, vest,
chaps, and boots. But not everyone in the leather scene is into black leather.
Some prefer to wear denim (Levis), police or military uniforms, or Western gear.
Wearing leather does not mean a man (or woman) is into
bondage, "S & M", or other seemingly exotic sexual practices. Many
people who prefer more conventional sex simply like the look, feel, and smell of
What About S & M?
Other leathermen and women enjoy "vanilla" sex,
but sometimes like to be more adventurous as well. That can involve anything
from mildly kinky sex play -- bondage and discipline, for example -- to
heavy-duty S & M scenes that include domination, piercing or fisting.
S & M is probably the most misunderstood aspect of the
leather scene. The term comes from "Sadism and Masochism" or
"Slave and Master", and is used to describe sexual encounters where
the participants play dominant ("Top") or submissive
Responsible practitioners of S & M are not into
unwanted "pain" or "torture." In fact, most S & M scenes
do not involve pain. They are interested instead in the experience of
either controlling or being controlled by another person. Each person's limits
are respected, and nothing happens that is not safe, sane, and consensual.
While some people always take the same role in all of their
sexual encounters, many play both Top and Bottom -- sometimes both in the course
of the same scene. The most skillful Tops usually start out as Bottoms.
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