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LEATHERATI.COM - Loren Berthelsen and Alex Lindsay

  • Mr. S Studio 385 A 8th St San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

From their "About" page: "LEATHERATI.COM launched in 2009 after a long (and productive!) gestation in the minds of Loren Berthelsen and Alex Lindsay. Sensing a gaping hole in the informatosphere for things leathery but not adult-rated, the duo leveraged their long-standing involvement in the leather community to bring you the most comprehensive leather content site available today. Leatherati explores our unique lifestyle of contests and titleholders, travel and events, dining and drinking, entertainment and shopping and of course, news and opinion."

As our brick-and-mortar leather venues shrink in number, LEATHERATI offers a kind of gathering-place we've never had before: not regional but national and international in scope; representing all orientations and genders, but LGBT-dominated; interactive, but not devoted to hook-ups; open to a broad spectrum of viewpoints without abandoning standards for accuracy and quality in its contributors.

Loren and Alex will be up from L.A. to talk about the founding of LEATHERATI, their struggles and successes along the way, their vision for its future; and you are invited to join in a wide-ranging discussion about the issues we face while our self-definition as a community is in transition:

  • How to address -- if that's even possible -- gay men's waning participation in predominantly non-gay events such as SW Leather, South Plains Leather, the Master/slave Conference, many others?
  • Why is gay leather culture viewed as the fount of our current leather/BDSM/kink communities?
  • Is leather the same as BDSM?
  • What is the future of online leather culture?
  • What do we want to see more of in LEATHERATI.COM, in terms of both direction and content?