Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Twyla and Pamela Avellino of Daytona Beach, Florida

By : Marianella Falbo
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Twyla and Pamela Avellino’s story started with friendship and trust. The couple met through the local BDSM community in Daytona Beach, which at the time was being run by Twyla, when Pamela moved to Florida in 2004.

“We became friends immediately and when a situation arose among the group, Pamela was the first person to point me to the proper legal advice to know how to handle it. Our friendship blossomed after that,” Twyla says.

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Fairvilla University: BDSM – The Shades, the Hype, The Reality

By : Angelique Luna
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This month’s edition of Fairvilla University, presented by Angelique & John C. Luna, teaches the art of BDSM, including:

  • Comparing the hype to real BDSM relationships
  • The allure of bondage & restraint
  • The mental aspects vs physical actions
  • Introduction to safe impact & sensation play
  • Creating a BDSM scene at home

Attendees must be 18+ to attend.

Attendees receive 15% off their entire purchase

Screened Out – Fifty Shades of Grey

By : Stephen Miller
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Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay-Harden

Do you know what’s shocking about Fifty Shades of Grey? It’s dull. This film about a virgin who dips her pinky toe into a BDSM relationship is about as titillating as buying cat litter. There’s hardly enough plot to call this a story.

Not that the source material promised much. I barely got through the bad grammar and simple sentences of the first book, which started as pornographic fan fiction for the Twilight books. According to snarky legend, enough bored housewives loved it that E.L. James removed the copyrighted stuff and made it a bodice ripper replete with semi-kinky sex and glamorous living. Not being one for understatement, James gave her characters the grandiloquent names Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey.

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Tampa Bay Bondage Club

By : Steve Blanchard
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The Leather Community is often associated with the BDSM world, and that’s completely okay with Ross Scudder and Tim Thomas, the founder and president, respectively, of the Tampa Bay Bondage Club.

The club was formed as a way for gay men to share their interest in leather, rope and steel bondage, the group’s website explains. It also encourages the promotion of safe and consensual practices of bondage.

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Leather and Fetish Pride

By : Steve Blanchard
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Six years ago, Tampa Bay resident Matt Wolf decided to explore the local leather community in a very big way. He competed for a leather title in 2008—and won!

“It was horrifying,” he recalls. “It was one of the scariest weekends of my life. I didn’t own any leather and I had to borrow it. And at that time I wasn’t comfortable with the way I looked, and here I was in a leather jock strap in front of strangers.”

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Daddy and his Little Girl

By : Steve Blanchard
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On the surface, Amala and Michael Waites appear to be just like any other heterosexual married couple. Michael, 39, works as a software engineer and Amala, 42, takes care of the home. They are also parents, with the youngest of their four children just turning 17 years old.

But the two have a leather dynamic that may seem less contemporary to many.

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