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Jul
26
7:30 pm19:30

Bondage A-Z

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

There are so many flavours of it that using the word ‘bondage’ can be a treacherous business. For some it is a means to have kinky sex. For others it is the kinky sex. For some it means delighting in elaborate and even decorative restraints that make others ache with boredom. For the less educated it is inseparable from a whole bag of psychological weirdness and pain, and we could all massively benefit from teaching them that bondage can be mind blowingly fantastic as a primarily sensual experience, without any pain or extreme power play.

In this meeting Kristofer Weston and Jorge Vieto will be assisted by Pup Diesel in giving you demonstrations that take you on a tour of bondage from the simple, sensual, pain free and low budget, to the much more accessorized, physically and psychologically complex. We hope to inspire both bondage virgins and the most experienced of players, and failing that we know you’ll enjoy seeing a super hot naked boy with a large cock make himself vulnerable for your pleasure. We mean education.

Kristofer Weston is a porn director, Leather Daddy and bondage expert in the San Francisco area. Having directed over 60 porn films and worked for studios like Falcon, COLT, and BoundJocks he knows his way around the adult and kink industry. And even knows more about rope!

Kristofer Weston is a porn director, Leather Daddy and bondage expert in the San Francisco area. Having directed over 60 porn films and worked for studios like Falcon, COLT, and BoundJocks he knows his way around the adult and kink industry. And even knows more about rope!

A kink player since the age of twenty, Jorge Vieto is an active member of San Francisco’s leather community. Jorge is former fraternal member of The 15 Association and holds the title of San Francisco Leather Daddy’s boy XXII. He has been a guest speaker, panelist and demonstrator with groups such as Leatherman’s Discussion Group, Leather Alley, Aguilas and San Francisco AIDS Foundation to name a few. Additionally Jorge has written articles for Instigator Magazine, NALA News, Bear Party Magazine and Kink-e-zine.com. He has appeared in documentaries such as “BDSM it’s not what you think”, “Yo, soy lo que soy”, “RITUAL" and "Unsung Heroes" On a personal level Jorge is also passionate about rope bondage and sharing skills he has learned along the way years from more experienced players.

A kink player since the age of twenty, Jorge Vieto is an active member of San Francisco’s leather community. Jorge is former fraternal member of The 15 Association and holds the title of San Francisco Leather Daddy’s boy XXII.

He has been a guest speaker, panelist and demonstrator with groups such as Leatherman’s Discussion Group, Leather Alley, Aguilas and San Francisco AIDS Foundation to name a few.

Additionally Jorge has written articles for Instigator Magazine, NALA News, Bear Party Magazine and Kink-e-zine.com. He has appeared in documentaries such as “BDSM it’s not what you think”, “Yo, soy lo que soy”, “RITUAL" and "Unsung Heroes"

On a personal level Jorge is also passionate about rope bondage and sharing skills he has learned along the way years from more experienced players.

Pup Diesel is a Transatlantic puppy. He started experiencing fetish at a Charity Slave Auction in 2008 in the U.K. Since then has worked and volunteered in various fetish clubs and even taught in 4 different countries. His proudest achievements are, in ascending order, founding, producing and emceeing the first ever puppy competition in the U.K., being told in a pride parade that he had given someone the courage to try pup play and marrying his husband a continent and ocean away.

Pup Diesel is a Transatlantic puppy. He started experiencing fetish at a Charity Slave Auction in 2008 in the U.K. Since then has worked and volunteered in various fetish clubs and even taught in 4 different countries.

His proudest achievements are, in ascending order, founding, producing and emceeing the first ever puppy competition in the U.K., being told in a pride parade that he had given someone the courage to try pup play and marrying his husband a continent and ocean away.


Jun
28
7:30 pm19:30

First They Came For The Muslims And We Said "Not Today Motherfucker!" with Cleve Jones and Race Bannon

  • LGBT Center
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It is easy to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy, as leathermen and kinksters, here in San Francisco and in a few other places around the world. But our freedom didn’t fall into our laps, it was fought for and won. It can be fought against and lost. While Trump might enjoy the occasional golden shower, he is not one of us. In fact he could take a thousand fists up his ass and he would still be more of a puppet for a lot people who hate us and would dearly like to turn the clock back on both rights and acceptance for everything gay and queer. 

We have resisted many enemies to our culture, but none quite like Trump and those who have put their own agenda before both their party and their country by propping him up. Except for when they did that with Reagan. Oh, and Bush. Still, the point stands, as ludicrous as ‘President Trump’ is, shit got serious on November 8th. While most people seem to agree that we can’t wait for the gay or kinky community to be directly attacked by the current administration before we start resisting, none of us is happy to be in this fight, and many of us are wondering how to go the distance.

Enter the legendary Cleve Jones, with the timely release of a TV series and his book titled ‘When We Rise’ to talk with San Francisco’s very own leather Gandalf, Race Bannon, and inspire us with conversation and stories about the gay community has succeeded in standing up for itself and others.
 

Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, lecturer, and author of "When We Rise: My Life in the Movement," which partly inspired the ABC miniseries of the same name. Mentored by LGBTQ pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, conceived and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington D.C., and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Today he works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE.

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Race Bannon

Race Bannon has been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms since 1973. He’s authored two books, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service, was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company, been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently also writes for the Bay Area Reporter. His blog is www.bannon.com.

 

 

May
24
7:30 pm19:30

The Joys Of Fresh Meat

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

There is a conflict between preserving the thrill of belonging an edgy minority, as a leatherman or kinkster, and making your community accessible. Plus there’s something particularly fun about the secret part of belonging to a secret club. But before we take our secret too seriously, let’s remember that the world of kink is a stage, and all the Sirs and boys are merely players, and if we don’t encourage other people to join in and play their part, the stage will get more empty and less interesting.

Of course, surly and intimidating men in leather peering disdainfully at you from under their muir caps can be hot as fuck. But if you’re just scaring people off instead of luring them, in you’ve probably gone too far.

And sure, when you yearn for your kink, often you just want to know your partner can get the job done, and a beginner ain’t gonna cut it. But one of the most fun things you can do in kink is being part of helping someone else discover it. And if you find it hard to find the perfect boy or Daddy, then what are you doing to help new people into the community, to increase the size and diversity of people in the pool?

Normally LDG offers you someone with years of experience to share their story or their expertise. This month we’re hearing from newcomers from the last couple of years, to be reminded how many thrills we can give them on their journeys of discovery, and what a gift their passion can be to us.

Inspiration for newcomers and old timers alike.

WHEN: Wednesday May 24th 7:30-9:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
WHERE: Mr. S Studio
ADDRESS: 385A 8th Street (second floor, accessible by stairs only)
VIDEO: Available on our Facebook Live: http://facebook.com/sfldg/videos. (Be sure to click follow, then select the edit button under the "following" menu to turn on live notifications!)

Apr
26
7:30 pm19:30

Recovery, Risk & Responsibility

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

 

Kinksters are a bundle of contradictions when it comes to taking risks, setting responsible boundaries, valuing our freedom to explore without judgement and being told what to do. This is particularly true when it comes to our use of all kinds of mind altering substances, and that can make it hard for us to talk about the problems that drug use brings to our kinky sex, and our lives. But with so many in our community who are either in recovery or would probably benefit from being in recovery, the very complex issues of drug use and addiction need to be better understood if we are to give each other the support we need around our play and our drug use, particularly because most experts would agree that improving his or her connectedness to a community is one of the most important elements of an addict’s recovery.

This is an extremely relevant discussion for all of us, whether sober or not, in recovery or not. We’ll kick off with an interview with Luke Adams, author of a forthcoming book called ‘Sobersexual: How to be dirty when you get clean,’ and then we have an amazing panel of people to continue the discussion, speaking from personal experience in recovery, years of scholarship of both kink and addiction, and practice in therapeutic approaches to helping people be filthy, kinky, sober fuckers.

Luke Adams

Luke Adams says that among the many names people call him, "ethical slut" and "Daddy" and "Sir," are three he actually appreciates. Luke provides psychotherapy on issues ranging from our many moods, to sex, to drugs, to our relationships. He has published considerably in community and professional media on: biomedical HIV prevention (one [http://www.ebar.com/columns/column.php?sec=guest_op&article=347]
two http://ebar.com/openforum/opforum.php?sec=guest_op&id=491), sex that is hot, healthy, and kinky https://youtu.be/fRJ0Pff61SQ; delinking drugs and sex http://ebar.com/columns/column.php?sec=guest_op&article=400; how the unsubstantiated notions of "sex or porn addiction" actually harm clients [http://livingmorefully.com/sex-addiction-porn-addiction-concepts-are-failing-clients/];
and the ethics and character of kink and polyamory. He is writing a forthcoming book titled: "Sobersexual: How to be dirty when you get clean."

Luke has been a longtime advocate for leather and fetish life, as well as for for acceptance for polyamorous families. He's been at this from his first encounter with the Defenders in Washington, DC in 1982. Reared in community service by leathermen, Radical Faeries, progressive activists, and the circle of democratic socialist organizers around Harvey Milk, Luke holds masters-level degrees in spiritualist ministry and transpersonal psychology along with numerous certifications.

A "Kink-Aware Professional," Luke is an addiction specialist, mental health counselor, Gnostic priest, and an accomplished hypnotherapist and psychic medium. He conducted his psychotherapy internships in integrated medical settings with Tenderloin Health (a past Center of Excellence for impoverished people living with HIV and co-occurring issues), Bayside Marin (a multi-diagnosis drug treatment and rehabilitation center), and San Francisco City Clinic (through the Minority AIDS Initiative Targeted Capacity Expansion). Luke Adams is cofounder with Chad Tynan of the not-for-profit organization, Emerge™ —The Adams-Tynan Clinical Foundation. He currently works with clients in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Chicago.

Richard Sprott

Richard Sprott entered the San Francisco leather scene in 1990, and after a few years joined the Defenders/SF. That led to involvement in the Leathermen’s Discussion Group, serving on the Board between 1999 until 2006; serving on the organizing committee of the SF Leather/Levi Weekend since its inception in 2001 until 2006; and being chosen as SF Leather Daddy XXIII in 2005. In 2009, he was chosen as Mr. Alameda County Leather 2009, a title produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps. 

In all of these capacities, he has organized major events, including “runs” with the Defenders/SF and LLW that had up to 225 people attending, and being one of the co-chairs for the local organizing committee for the Leather Leadership Conference in 2008, which had 340 people attending. 

He is also serving currently as the Executive Director of CARAS (the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities), a nonprofit corporation designed to promote scientific and scholarly research on BDSM sexuality, polyamory and other forms of negotiated non-monogamy. 

Richard has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UC Berkeley. He has a wonderful leather family supporting him: his husband Dave, his pup Spunky, his dog Chomper, his slave eric, his slave lyle and his slave-in-training, jason.

JoJo DeRodrigo

JoJo, is a Somatic Sex Educator and Somatic Sex Coach who uses Sexological Bodywork as a modality to assist individuals to connect with their erotic power. He has always felt really connected to sex and using it for healing and for pleasure.

As a young boy in Brooklyn, JoJo always enjoyed getting his other friends to get naked, role play and even just giggle and play, now he does that with adult males in workshops he facilitates around the bay area.

JoJo is also trained in Hypnotherapy, but enjoys using hypnosis in an erotic way, either with groups or one on one! It’s fun and a great way to explore fantasies, submission and role play! 

JoJo is very connected to the sober community and hopes to assist men and women who are feeling disconnected in sobriety with their sexuality, body image and even sexual fantasies. 

He is also enjoying his role as Mr. February in the 2017 Bare Chest Calendar!

Al Rham

Al Rahm Lujan is a Bay Area leather kinkster. He is an artist, activist, filmmaker and writer. He is Mr. 2017 Sober Leather and was first runner up in the Mr. San Francisco Leather contest. His writing has appeared in Drummer Magazine and Best American Erotica & Best Gay Erotica. 

Al’s film, SM in the Hood, is distributed by Frameline and his artwork has been shown at Oakland Museum and YCBA. He is a founding member of gay, Latino comedy troupe Latin Hustle. He is currently writing and directing a full length documentary called CLN SBR PNX-True Stories of Chaos, Redemption, Hope & Punk Rock. 

Al is a military veteran and spent a decade on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic working at Coming Home & Maitri Hospices. He is a single dad to a beautiful teen daughter. He is also active in LDG. Last year he raised funds for suicide prevention, the SF Aids Foundation and cancer research. He has coordinated Oakland's largest toy drive for the last 16 years.

Mar
22
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening with Dónal, Porn Star, Titleholder, Educator, and LDG’s New Program Director

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

A British transplant to the Bay Area, and frequent model for Mr. S Leather, we’ll talk to Dónal about his experiences in leather, porn, the title circuit and the boundaries he likes to push during play.  Expect an engaging conversation with a peculiar combination of refined English politeness and absolute filth.
 
In our program’s second half, like the latest incarnation of Doctor Who trying to help you get over the shock from the change in actors, Dónal will begin his tenure by interviewing the LDG audience, to find out what makes them tick, what makes them hard and what limits he thinks he can push.  Expect a fun and freewheeling discussion.
 
 
Bio
 
Dónal, an English transplant to the Bay Area, married, collared and newly elected to the LDG Board as Director of Programming. 
 
After 25 years of having hardly any sex with anyone, and none with men, Dónal found gay and kinky sex almost simultaneously. His first kinks were bondage and wrestling, and from that point on he just kept exploring, because his favorite thing is pushing boundaries. 
 
Dónal worked for 11 years in gay men's health promotion in London, and has delivered both kink and vanilla sex workshops in London, Atlanta and Cleveland. He has also performed live shows at parties in London, Berlin, Chicago and San Francisco.
 
In 2008, Dónal accidentally won the very first Mr. Eagle London contest, which led to his filming a few pieces of porn, and he prefers to assume that no one has ever seen it, but is very happy to know if people have enjoyed it.
 
Dónal is hoping to bring his skills and passion for helping other people push the limits of what they can enjoy to the programs at LDG.

Feb
22
7:30 pm19:30

Master slave relationships. (Or, power based relationships ‘201’) with Mr. Kevin

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Let’s talk about ways to make M/s relationships work. What have been your struggles, and or successes? Perhaps he can suggest some ways to deepen the waters between the two of you. Or, is this the right kind of relationship for you?  How do you make an M/s relationship work when the ‘real world’ intervenes?

Structure: too much, or too little?  Let’s talk about one of the most misunderstood relationship formats, as well as other types of power based relationships.

Bio

Mr. Kevin (Craft) came out at the ripe old age of 12, and found kink at 17 and has rarely looked back. He joined the San Francisco 15 Association in 1995. BDSM and Power based connections have been his way of life for 31 years. He began teaching at the OCLA Sampler (Orange Coast Leather Association) in the early 90s, and has traveled across the country to teach at a variety of events, including Living in Leather, Southplains Leatherfest, Dungeon Series in Florida, and even teaching as faculty at the infamous INFERNO event, among others.

Video (Part 1)

Jan
25
7:30 pm19:30

Flogging: Having Impact on Another Man with Daddy Robert

  • Mr. S Leather Studio
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Daddy Robert will ignite passion for impact play using the flogger:  the foundational toy in any impact play toy bag.  Attendees will be invited challenge assumptions about what impact is and is not, and explore through this playful environment, the sexual power the flogger can amplify between two men.

This is a rare opportunity to both hear about and see the passion that Daddy Robert puts into his flogging. The evening will be part interview and part demonstration followed by Q&A.  Join us for this exceptional evening.

Bio

Daddy Robert lives in San Francisco where he is an officer on the boards of both the Leathermen's Discussion Group and GearUp Weekend.  He has attended GearUp since its 2011 inception, along with their local play parties.  He is an Associate member of the 15 Association, and attendee of the 15’s Boot Camp and Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno.

Purchasing his first flogger in 1993, he has been accused of being the Imelda Marcos of floggers - wrongly, he would claim.  A workshop and retreat facilitator on various subjects for over 16 years, up and down the U.S. west coast, he is most proud to be Daddy and Sir in a polyamorous leather BDSM family.

 

Dec
10
2:00 pm14:00

December 2016: Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

  • SF Oasis
Illustration graciously donated by Justin Hall. Justin is an avid member and supporter of the Leathermen's Discussion Group for many years. He recently led a discussion about his lifelong passion of erotic art and it's place in the kink community. We are ecstatic that Justin calls San Francisco his home. When asked to contribute original art for the 20th anniversary commemoration of LDG, he did not hesitate. He wanted to doing something very special that captured the essence of LDG as one of the most important binding forces of the leather and kink community of San Francisco. What you see here is the result of that. What an honor it is to be able to share Justin's 20th Anniversary original artwork with the rest of the world.

Illustration graciously donated by Justin Hall.

Justin is an avid member and supporter of the Leathermen's Discussion Group for many years. He recently led a discussion about his lifelong passion of erotic art and it's place in the kink community. We are ecstatic that Justin calls San Francisco his home.

When asked to contribute original art for the 20th anniversary commemoration of LDG, he did not hesitate. He wanted to doing something very special that captured the essence of LDG as one of the most important binding forces of the leather and kink community of San Francisco. What you see here is the result of that. What an honor it is to be able to share Justin's 20th Anniversary original artwork with the rest of the world.

This isn't just our annual holiday and volunteer appreciation party. Its definitely during the holidays, and we will absolutely be saying thank you to our talented and sexy volunteers...

 

We will also be celebrating our 20th anniversary. LDG has been offering programming continuously since 1996, and are going strong into our 21st year. Lets raise a toast to an organization which has been bringing people in the Leather and Kink community for so long!

Nov
16
7:30 pm19:30

Rope Suspension with Jorge Vieto

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Rope suspension bondage is beautiful and fun, but It doesn't have to be difficult.

Join us as we explore the basics of rope suspension technique along with safety tips and tricks from one San Francisco's resident rope geeks.

Come get your questions answered, learn new skills and get to see a demonstration first hand!

If you have ever been curious about rope suspension, this workshop is for you!

We will also have a rare opportunity hear about Jorge’s introduction to kink and how he learned to master the ropes.

Bio

A kink player since the age of twenty, Jorge Vieto is an active member of San Francisco’s leather community. Jorge is former fraternal member of The 15 Association and holds the title of San Francisco Leather Daddy’s boy XXII.

He has been a guest speaker, panelist and demonstrator with groups such as Leatherman’s Discussion Group, Leather Alley, Aguilas and San Francisco AIDS Foundation to name a few.
Additionally Jorge has written articles for Instigator Magazine, NALA News, Bear Party Magazine and Kink-e-zine.com. He has appeared in documentaries such as “BDSM it’s not what you think”, “Yo, soy lo que soy”, “RITUAL" and "Unsung Heroes"
He currently works doing HIV and Hep C Linkage to care and treatment with the Glide Foundation. He is passionate about Harm Reduction, Needle exchange and Overdose prevention.
On a personal level Jorge is also passionate about rope bondage and sharing skills he has learned along the way years from more experienced players.

Oct
26
7:30 pm19:30

Leather Through The Ages with Mr Kristofer Weston and his Pup Amp

  • Mr. S Leather Studio
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Join us for an evening with Mr Kristofer Weston and his Pup Amp as they talk about kink through the ages. Through the generations we’ve seen many changes in the world around us, and kink is no exception. Kristofer comes from a background of intense ritual and rules where a person’s status depended on experience, while Amp has grown up in an age that thrives on social media and retweets to signify worth, but somehow they still see eye to eye. The two kinksters will take us through how their relationship works, the different influences to their lifestyles and how the past world of kink has evolved into the scene we see today. Puppies and Daddies and Leather, oh my!

LIVESTREAM

We are going to experiment with Facebook Live for this program. Please visit http://facebook.com/sfldg, like the page, and look for a live video at 7:30pm Pacific. Your feedback for this new format is welcome. (FYI this means we won't be live on youtube, but I will upload the video there in a few days)

Bios

Kristofer is a porn director, Leather Daddy and bondage expert in the San Francisco area. Having directed over 60 Porn films and working for studios like Falcon and Colt, he knows his way around the adult and kink industry.

Amp is a Seattle born and raised leather Pup. He is an adult personality and model who runs a kink education series called Watts The Safeword.

Sep
21
7:30 pm19:30

TSA Friendly Toys: Tactile Play & Single Toweling

  • Mr. S Leather Studio


Our theme is devious toys you can have in your carry-on that won’t raise any eyebrows with TSA’s security check but they’ll raise a lot more than that at your destination.
 
We will have two presenters, the first will demonstrate and talk about tactile play.  Our second presenter will demonstrate a technique that acts like a single-tail yet uses a simple dish towel.


Tactile Play
You are bound, gagged, blindfolded, immobilized.
You are eager, excited, afraid, dripping.
Will it be scratchy, soft, prickly, penetrating, hot, rough? Yes!!!
And you will come. But not for a long, long time.
You are frustrated.
You want more.
 
Tactile play creates a heightened sense of anticipation and sensory pleasure using common household items. We’ll explore how to use our skin, our largest organ, as an extension of erotic expression. Bring your warped mind and come see for yourself what pleasures lie around your house, just collecting dust. You’ll never see your kitchen utility drawer the same way again.

Bio - Master Bill
BILL has been an active participant in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago BDSM communities for over ten years, regularly attending kink and play events globally. His passion for tactile play surfaced at the start of his BDSM journey and he has presented this workshop for various clubs nationally. Dungeon Masters often spend considerable time circling his scenes, eagerly watching and taking notes.


Single Toweling
Towel Dad creates all the effect of a single tail with a simple dish towel.  His take on the locker room towel flick is like nothing you’ve seen before.  A perfect alternative to the risk of bringing your single tail through airport security.  This is a demo not to be missed.
 
Bio – Towel Dad
Towel Dad (BILL B) has been a part of the SF kink scene for 30 years.  Like many others he was initially drawn by the look, feel and smell of leather.  In time, he became attracted to the activities associated with leather and kink.  His favorite toys are floggers needles and dishtowels(!).   He was one of the original LDG Steering Committee members and has served as Program Committee Chair.  He has demoed at several LDG Fetish Fairs.  His poly family includes a boy and a son (both of legal age) who will be participating in his demo.  A longtime Associate member of the 15 Association, he was also a member of Pegasus Motorcycle Owners Club.  He rides a Shadow Aero and hopes to be "the oldest mofo on two (motorized) wheels in SF".

Aug
21
1:00 pm13:00

Fetish Fair Weekend 2016: Lunch at The Market

  • The Market
Grab lunch and hang out before we head to the SF Eagle for beer bust. If you haven't been to The Market, its pretty neat - its a cross between an upscale market, a deli, and several different restaurants. Come grab food wherver suits you, and then join us on the patio or by the firepit - don't forget a sweatshirt!

Grab lunch and hang out before we head to the SF Eagle for beer bust. If you haven't been to The Market, its pretty neat - its a cross between an upscale market, a deli, and several different restaurants. Come grab food wherver suits you, and then join us on the patio or by the firepit - don't forget a sweatshirt!

Aug
20
Aug 21

Fetish Fair Weekend 2016: Gearup Men's Play Party

  • SF Citadel
After the LDG Fetish Fair Weekend 2016: Fetish Fair, we turn the dungeon over to the men of GearUp Weekend for a sexy night in the dungeon. Gearup is an annual weekend camp in Northern California which specifically offers a great space for new and experienced kinksters who identify as men to learn and play. They also host regular play parties. Come meet Gearup, and play in San Francisco's largest dungeon.

After the LDG Fetish Fair Weekend 2016: Fetish Fair, we turn the dungeon over to the men of GearUp Weekend for a sexy night in the dungeon. Gearup is an annual weekend camp in Northern California which specifically offers a great space for new and experienced kinksters who identify as men to learn and play. They also host regular play parties. Come meet Gearup, and play in San Francisco's largest dungeon.

Aug
20
11:00 am11:00

Fetish Fair Weekend 2016: Whips in the Park

  • Duboce Park
Whips in the Park is a fun, social hangout near the playground/bathrooms at Duboce Park. Join Daddyr Robert and the folks from SFLDG - San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group for this peer to peer whips skills demonstration. We'll have a few extra whips to try, and lots of folks on hand to show their techniques, tips, and tricks to playing with single tails. We will even have some target practice games—but no people, since that would scare the neighbors. If folks look concerned, usually for their children, we just tell them we are super heroes gearing up for the fight ;)

Whips in the Park is a fun, social hangout near the playground/bathrooms at Duboce Park. Join Daddyr Robert and the folks from SFLDG - San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group for this peer to peer whips skills demonstration. We'll have a few extra whips to try, and lots of folks on hand to show their techniques, tips, and tricks to playing with single tails. We will even have some target practice games—but no people, since that would scare the neighbors. If folks look concerned, usually for their children, we just tell them we are super heroes gearing up for the fight ;)

Join us for BLUFSF: InGear Dinner - LDG is the beneficiary of this great event!
Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

Join us for BLUFSF: InGear Dinner - LDG is the beneficiary of this great event!

  • Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant

BLUF SF's legendary pre-Dore gear dinner at Don Ramon's has generously named LDG the event beneficiary again. BLUF is keeping the sexy spirit of kink and leather alive with monthly events, and this is the grandaddy of them all. Please support BLUF, and help LDG a bit too by coming out to celebrate with us! Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

FIREPLAY WITH DADDY JOHN
Jul
27
7:30 pm19:30

FIREPLAY WITH DADDY JOHN

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Join us for an evening with Daddy John Ryan as he lights his bottom on fire.  Fire gets a visceral reaction from many people, whether frightening, arousing, or simply a pleasurable sensation in play. John will talk about this extreme form of temperature play and show us how he uses it on many parts of his consenting play partners.  We will also hear about his introduction to BDSM, his evolution through kink and what drew him to play with fire.

Bio
Daddy John Ryan has been involved in the leather/kink scene for 20 years. He is a member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, one of the founders of the SF K9Unit, and a mentor in LDG’s mentoring program.
 
He first experienced fire play at a demo with the Brotherhood San Jose.  His fireplay style focuses on the flames, using a minimum of equipment which he feels helps develop his connection with the bottom.
 
John considers himself a caring sadist, preferring the identity of "Daddy" to "Master." Several people have said he seemed scary until they got to know him. The jury is still out on whether that is a plus or not. Helping someone explore BDSM through pain, mind trips, or lack of control, is the prime motivator in his play. He enjoys kink on a dime, glitter flogging, and beating shins with metal sticks.

Livestream for the Event

SFLDG is a 501(c)3. Your donations help us host, stream, and record programs like this every month. Please consider helping us do that. Video begins around 7:30pm Pacific.

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Jun
22
7:30 pm19:30

The Story of You: Giving and Getting a Great Oral History with Pup Spik

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

How do we preserve the richness and wisdom of the leather community? Our stories are worth capturing and celebrating, and one way to make that happen is through oral histories. In this program we’ll explore and practice a number of easy techniques, including

  • What it takes to conduct an excellent interview, or be a great interviewee
  • How to structure an interview and craft questions
  • Easy ways of recording and editing the conversation (audio and/or video)

Knowing who we are as a community is key to keeping our tribe strong and vibrant, and helping new generations find their way. Everyone has a story to tell, and anyone can help record these stories for the future.

pup Spike has been active in the leather communities of San Francisco and South Florida since 2003. He founded goLEATHER, a Fort Lauderdale-based organization to help millennials explore the leather community and support them as they came out into leather. Spike has a passion for documenting personal stories, including interviewing leather folk and preserving their oral histories. He now lives in San Francisco: a great place for a wolf like him to run, grow, howl and breed. And he is active in K9 Unit, a Bay Area organizations for pups of all kinds and those who love them. Spike is the collared pup of Joe Gallagher, IML 1996, and beta to his Alpha, Wolf Freed.

Kinky Guys with Vanilla Partners
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

Kinky Guys with Vanilla Partners

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

What happens if you’re kinky and the person you love isn’t?  How did that come about and how to navigate the situation is May’s panel discussion topic.  We’ll look at how different guys meet their needs for kink and maintain their primary, non-kinky relationship.  Come join us for this fascination discussion.


BILL BAIRD has been active in the leather/kink community for over 25 years. He co-founder the Defenders/San Francisco, served on the Board of the Leathermen’s Discussion Group, and was an original member of Leather Traditions.
 
He has been in service to Mick Sheppard for over 20 years. From time-to-time Bill has had a boy of his own (with his Master’s consent).  As to roles, he is 80% submissive/20% dominant, with the same ratio for masochist/sadist.  That means that even when in a top mode, he enjoys being on the receiving end of a BDSM scene.
 
Bill met his life partner, now husband, in 1978, well before he became involved in the leather/kink scene. They have a home in San Francisco, but now spend most of their time at a LGBT retirement community in Santa Rosa. Bill’s husband is not involved in the leather scene, but understands that it is major aspect of Bill’s life.
 



CAL DOMINGUE, LMFT, is a San Francisco psychotherapist specializing in work with members of the LGBTQ & kink communities. He is a member of Kink-Aware Professionals as well as of Bay Area Open Minds, an organization of therapists who support all expressions of gender, sexuality, and sexual expression.
 
Cal has very privately explored kink for most of his life.  He has quietly been on the outskirts of the SF leather community for more than a decade, while becoming more visibly out in the community over the last couple of years. Cal currently resides in San Francisco with his primary (non-kinky) partner of 27 years and their 2 cats; he is also grateful to call Bill B his Sir. This polyamorous family arrangement became formalized in late summer 2015.
 
For professional or personal questions feel free to contact him at Cal@CalTherapy.org


JEFFREY WILLIAMS is a teacher, actor, and director who grew up in San Jose and has lived in the Castro district of San Francisco for the past 15 years.  

He has been in the Leather community for the past 12 years, participating in the periphery as time and his primary relationship would allow.  Jeffrey lives with his partner of 19 years and their 15 year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

Jeffrey is grateful for the camaraderie and love that have come from the relationships he has had with some wonderful men in the SF kink community.


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May
15
1:00 pm13:00

Join us at AtmosQueer

  • Strut

Want to find new ways to get involved with the broader queer community or simply find out what else is out there? Stop by Strut (aka The New Magnet!) for AtmosQueer. We'll be there from 1-5pm to talk about LDG, YLDG, our Mentoring program, and our beloved volunteer crew. Don't forget the nibbles and good music too!

Apr
27
7:30 pm19:30

EROTIC COMICS AND ART with Justin Hall and Jon Macy

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Queer people have long found community and identity in the pages of smutty comics; come celebrate this legacy with Bay Area cartoonists Justin Hall and Jon Macy.  They will break down the artistry and history of queer erotic comics through a combination of slideshows, personal anecdotes, and theoretical discussion.

How is kink and fetish best portrayed? What unique features of the comics’ medium determine its creation of engaging pornographic stories? How does the combination of narrative and visual imagery create powerful sexual content, and how is this different from film or prose? Come explore these questions and ask a few of your own during this stimulating evening!

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Justin Hall is a San Francisco based cartoonist and educator. He is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award and received an Eisner Award nomination. He created the comics series True Travel TalesGlamazonia, and Hard To Swallow, with his work also appearing in such places as the Houghton Miflin Best American ComicsBest Erotic Comics, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Hall has curated shows of comics art at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules (Gay) Museum in Berlin, and helped create the Artists’ Area at the Folsom Street Fair. He has been on the boards of the nonprofits Prism Comics (supporting LGBTQ comics) and Our Books (supporting Cambodian comics), and has done academic writing on comics for the Routledge and Cambridge presses. He teaches at the California College of the Arts as an Assistant Professor of Comics.

Jon Macy has contributed to many queer magazines and anthologies including MEATMEN, BOY TROUBLE, INTERNATIONAL LEATHERMAN, NO STRAIGHT LINES, and QUEER. He is perhaps best known for his graphic novel TELENY & CAMILLE which won the 2010 Lambda Literary award for gay erotica. His most recent work is FEARFUL HUNTER published by Northwest Press. He lives in feisty Oakland, California.

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Stomping with Bamm-Bamm
Mar
23
7:30 pm19:30

Stomping with Bamm-Bamm

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Everything you ever wanted to know about stomping or trampling. Have you ever wanted to walk all over someone literally?  See Bamm-Bamm do it.

Mar
5
1:30 pm13:30

The Story of YOU: Giving and Getting a Great Oral History - with pup Spike

  • Center for Sex and Culture

LDG is producing educational programming for Leather Alliance Weekend 2016. This program will require purchase of a $12 ticket which helps fund the Leather Alliance Weekend. How do we preserve the richness and wisdom of the leather community? Our stories are worth capturing and celebrating, and one way to make that happen is through oral histories. In this workshop we’ll explore and practice a number of easy techniques

Mar
5
11:00 am11:00

PAYASOS: LEATHER, LAUGHTER, AND LATINO IN L.A. (Leather Alliance Weekend 2016)

  • Center for Sex and Culture

LDG is producing educational programming for Leather Alliance Weekend 2016. Speaking with the Payasos is a program which Patrick Mulcahey has been hoping to produce for years. He retired as LDG's program director in 2015, but we are excited he came back for this program. This program will require purchase of a $12 ticket which helps fund the Leather Alliance Weekend.

Feb
24
7:30 pm19:30

Sensuous Whipping with Steve Gaynes

  • Mr. S Leather Studio

Steve will talk about his legendary techniques for sensual whipping and history organizing leather groups. He'll also do a live sensuous whipping demonstration.  This is a rare chance to hear the perspective of one of San Francisco’s iconic leathermen.