An exploration of the history of Folsom’s “Dirty Little Brother,” the alley on which it began, and its place in the transition of leather titles from porn, parties and beer to fundraising and community service.
GAYLE RUBIN, Ph. D., is a scholar and activist who was one of the founders of Samois, the first lesbian SM support group, in 1978. She has been conducting research on leather culture and history since the late 1970s, and has been deeply involved in the preservation of leather archives and artifacts. She served on the Board of Directors of the Leather Archives and Museum from 1992 to 2000 and has helped build the leather collections of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS). In 1991, she became the first woman to judge a major national gay male title contest (Mr. Drummer). In 2000 Rubin received the National Leather Association Lifetime Achievement Award and was selected by the Leather Archives & Museum as a “Centurion” – one of twenty in the 20th century recognized for outstanding contributions to Leather.
Rubin is a college professor who teaches classes in LGBT and women’s studies, and whose seminal work in those fields can be sampled in her collected essays, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader.
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