Watermark Giveaway: Two tickets for ‘KINK: An Art Affair’ at Metro Inclusive Health

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 6

Tampa Bay will get a big dose of sexy Aug. 17 as “KINK: An Art Affair” makes its debut at Metro Inclusive Health in St. Petersburg Aug. 17 from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Metro say that “KINK” is erotic by nature and provocative by experience. The art auction featuring fabulous entertainment will serve as a platform to educate on safe and informed sex through knowledge and sexual empowerment, and Watermark wants to send you and a guest to enjoy the experience for free.

Continue Reading >>

North Florida Drummer contest held at Flamingo Resort

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

Six contestants competed for the title of Drummer and Drummerboy at the North Florida Drummer contest at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg May 2.

A cast of five judges chose one Drummer and one Drummerboy to participate in the Drummer North America contest scheduled for April 2016.

Continue Reading >>

The Leather Pride Flag wasn’t designed with any specific symbolism

By : Staff Report
Comments: 0

For 35 years, the highly recognizable blue, black and white-striped flag with the red heart in the upper left hand corner has become a staple at LGBT Pride events. It easily distinguishes the leather crowd from the masses of LGBTs at any gathering and also marks the entry way to leather bars around the world. Today it even appears on bumper stickers and license plates.

Unlike the familiar rainbow flag that is most often associated with the gay rights movement, the colors of the Leather Pride flag weren’t designed with any specific symbolism. When it was first presented at the 1989 Mr. International Leather (IML) Contest in Chicago, no one had seen a widely accepted symbol of the leather community.

Continue Reading >>

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather

By : Samantha Rosenthal
Comments: 0

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington D.C. is one of the largest leather gatherings held in the U.S., attracting members of the leather community from around the country. Daddy Al Santora is proud of the contest. He created it 30 years ago and has watched its popularity soar.

Santora, lives in Haines City, Fla., and understands leather titles. He’s a multiple title-holder himself, and his involvement in the Leather Community spans 40-years.

Continue Reading >>

Leather’s deep LGBT history is the secret behind its endurance

By : Steve Blanchard and Samantha Lena Rosenthal
Comments: 0

At the New York Stonewall Riots in 1969, it was members of the leather community who stood next to the drag queens to fight for equality, an act that kicked off the modern-day LGBT rights movement. That brought the leather culture out of the shadows and into the light. Ever since then, the Leather Community has seen an ebb and flow of support both within its own ranks and from within the overall LGBT community.

Today, the leather-clad within our community are still active, raising thousands of dollars for charities locally and nationwide. Yet it remains one of the most misunderstood segments of our population and is often seen by those not familiar as a world made solely of sex, role play and BDSM.

Continue Reading >>

Central Florida Leatherman 2014 Phoenix Colt Pendragon shares his views on the leather community

By : Samantha Rosenthal
Comments: 0

Orlando – Phoenix Colt Pendragon was named Central Florida Leatherman 2014 at Parliament House Resort in January and has since used his title as a way for outreach, education and uniting the leather community in Orlando and across the state. He has been a part of the leather community for two decades and enjoys the leather lifestyle just as much today as he did when he first explored it.

We chatted with Pendragon, who is also the Mr. SECC Leather runner-up, to learn more about his involvement, what the leather community means to him and how his title has helped promote the leather community across the state.

Continue Reading >>

The Poly-Triad

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

Lady Aalyanna, her husband, Mhirokata, and Belle describe their family unit as a Poly-Triad. Belle is the submissive to the couple who have been married for 13 years. Belle has been a part of the family ever since she met the married couple online 12 years ago and says they are a house of Synergy because they all share a fetish for fire and electricity.

The three share a home in Lakeland.

Continue Reading >>

Puppy Space

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

Jaeger Pup and Pup Flip Gray are Puppymates. The co-owners of the International Puppy Contest, held each year at the Flamingo Resort, also identify as boyfriends. But that’s only when they aren’t in “puppy space.”

“For me, puppy headspace is just letting go of all the human inhibitions and living in the moment,” explains Jaeger Pup, 51, of Spring Hill. “The best way to explain it is like when you see a puppy he does whatever he wants to do. He runs out of control, sniffs, plays and follows no real set of rules.”

Continue Reading >>

Rick Talons and Pito Savage

By : Samantha Rosenthal
Comments: 0

Since 2008, Rick Talons and Pito Savage have directly marketed and promoted the Leather Community through their company, Savage Talons Media.

The Orlando couple, who have shared their lives together for a decade, are not shy about discussing the videos in which they star and produce.

Continue Reading >>

Tampa Leather Club

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

If there’s one thing that Peter Hansen wants to be clear on, it’s this: Don’t be afraid of the leather community.

The Vice President of the Tampa Leather Club has been an active member of leather communities across the country for 20 years. He serves as vice president alongside his partner, Tom Maiolo, who is the president of the long-running group.

Continue Reading >>

Tampa Bay Bondage Club

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

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.

Continue Reading >>

Triskelan

By : Steve Blanchard
Comments: 0

Finding a succinct description for 46-year-old Triskelan of Tampa isn’t an easy task. She identifies as a Pagan, gender-fluid bio-female, dominant, pansexual Master who is not at all restricted by labels or gender.

The multiple title-holder has been an active member of the Leather Community for a decade and is a regular host at events, play scene demonstrator and director of several events and organizations.

Continue Reading >>