Feb 012016
 

This Month we turn our member spotlight on Charles who is the current NLA Membership director.

What first brought you to NLA?
Beyond Vanilla 18 in 2008.

What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

A diverse community thanks to the inclusiveness of the group.

If pressed, I’d identify myself as…
A long time handcuff collector inspired by rope bondage.

Define what “Leather” is to you?
Kink with honor, respect and pride.

What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?
Whips, chains, and last but not least handcuffs!

What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?
Trains, bicycles, and photography

What was your first experience with Leather?
Beyond Vanilla 18 in 2008.

What is your most memorable Leather moment?
The sense of discovery enjoyed at Beyond Vanilla 18 in 2008.

What do you feel NLA is doing well?
Building and educating a strong and respectable community.

What changes would you like to see in NLA?
Greater visibility and recruiting efforts.

Jan 012016
 

This month we turn the spotlight on our Communions Director and your NewsLeather editor Mclanahan. Mclanahan has been a member of NLA Dallas for the last 3 years and a member of the EC for the last 2 of those years.  He as been a part of the Dallas Kink Community since 2007 

 

1. What first brought you to NLA?

Friends invited me to a meeting a few months after finding the kinky community here in Dallas

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The people and sense of community.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

A very special snowflake.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

The togetherness of the community, Community Service, traditions,  Honor.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Rope, Community Service & Education, Fire Play

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Being a Geek, Electronics and Gadgets, My family

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

Watching someone being gifted with Leather at a munch 

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

Talking with presenters from Beyond Vanilla who I was shuttling to the airport and hearing them praise the work of everyone involved with producing the event. 

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

Minimizing the in fighting of the past and mentoring new people into leadership roles

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

Getting more involved with the broader community and seeing more of the general membership actively participate in club events.

Nov 012015
 

Currently, TC is the Vice President for NLA-International; a Member at Large for NLA-Dallas, a board member of MAsT-DFW as well as MR Great Plains Olympus Leather 2013!

 

1. What first brought you to NLA?

After attending Beyond Vanilla I became interested in NLA and began attending meetings. 

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The people who are super awesome. 

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

TC. 

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Warmth, protection, something to be counted on in the battle of everyday life and more than can be explained here. Let’s talk about it at the next bar night. 

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Pantyhose, whips and teaching. Not necessarily in that order but most definitely in that order. 

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Motorcycle riding, education and reading.

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

My first duty station a crazy sergeant introduced me to it in the most unconventional way. See Bards writing on my leather perspective for more

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

Having that same Sargent trust me with the fact that he was gay and taking me to a leather bar. 

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

Moving forward and not stagnating. 

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

Getting more younger folk in and involved. 

Oct 012015
 

Our next featured guest for this spot is the newest MAL to join the EC Bard. Bard has written several pieces for the NewsLeather before mostly sharing with us highlights from Leather Perspectives over the past 2 years. He has now taken the time to answer our 10 questions so we can get to know him a little better

1. What first brought you to NLA?

I was observing people at the local dungeon and there were some that supported each other and held themselves to a certain standard.  When I inquired further I discovered Leather had many of the same values that I followed; it seemed a natural fit.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

I like that there are people who believe in setting a standard and discovering that my kinks are shared by others.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

 Hetero-Nerdual Dom.  I also am discovering a sadist side.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Leather is something that is a choice and a direction you choose for yourself.  Before I discovered Leather, I was trying to live my life according to the Code of Bushido.  For some time I studied Kendo and Iaido and these created a love and respect for Bushido.  I found that Leather carried many of the same tenants as Bushido and so it appeared that I had been living my life as close to Leather as possible.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

My fetishes include Sith Lords, Elf Sorceress, or any other Sci-Fi Fantasy tied to BDSM.  Oh, it said kink…  I enjoy Pony Play, Fire Play, and Latex/Leather clothing.

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla Passions?

Pizza, Education, and RPG’s.  As I said above, Nerd.
7. What was your first experience with Leather?I was attending a munch and the demonstration was titled, “What is Leather?”  The presenter described various things that I was already a believer in and so I attended my first Leather event the next month.  SO far, so good!

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

Volunteering for the Beyond Vanilla 25 committee.  This is has been a huge experience and I cannot wait till the day of the event!

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

I think that NLA is doing more in and for the community.  This is vitally important so that NLA can be a stabilizing influence for DFW.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
 
I have not been a member long enough to fairly judge what NLA could change for the better, but I would like to see a sense of honor or prestige continue to build for NLA.  

 

Sep 012015
 

As we continue to get to know the people who make up NLA Dallas we next turn the spotlight on Master Neko who is currently serving as the Male Co-Chair. A big thanks to Neko for taking the time to answer our questions.

  1. What first brought you to NLA?

When I was first exploring the leather community in Dallas, I found NLA-Dallas. I found the people to be engaging, knowledgeable and friendly. I joined then and haven’t looked back. ​

  1. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

​That it’s a great place to grow and connect with like-minded leather folk.​

  1. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

​A kinky, bisexual Leather Master with a sadistic feral side. ​

  1. Define what “Leather” is to you?

​Leather to me is a path you must craft for yourself. My leather path is based in the Code of Bushido. Simply put, I believe my walk should consist of having courage to do what’s right, compassion for others, acting honorably, living in integrity, showing respect, living a sincere life, and always being loyal. My leather family is the House of Blood and Ice. We live by these words and what you’ll find on our leather vests and in our hearts.

  1. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

​If we’re talking play, it’s rough body, rope, leather sex.​ And kink education – I love giving back to our community through educating. That’s three, right?​

  1. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

​Homemade, Vanilla Bean, and French (with an emphasis on French) – We’re talking ice

cream, right?​

  1. What was your first experience with Leather?

​When I was in my twenties, I was invited by a friend to a party. He warned me it was not the usual party atmosphere. Curious, I went. At the party, I saw the hostess was a tall woman, dripping in leather. She had a total of six people in leather gear and collars serving her and her guests. We met and I found her fascinating. She could engage on most any topic I brought up. She gave me a tour of her home, which included a large dungeon. I found myself in the midst of my first play party. As I began to ask questions about what I was seeing, she began explaining leather to me. She spoke of scenes, leather sex, and the heart of what she found in leather. It was the Code of Bushido. This resonated in me deeply. And thus, my first paw stepped on the leather path I dearly love.

  1. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

​Watching my kitten (slave) don her vest for the first time.​

  1. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

​I feel like we’re beginning to connect to our community again. We have an established bar night with a good number of members coming out. Beyond Vanilla is bigger than ever and growing every year. We’re participating in more activities outside of our own meetings and I’d like to see that continue. ​

  1. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

​I’d like to see the growth continue and more positivity return to our work. There are so many good things going on that we lose sight of when picking on something we don’t like in the organization. ​We’ve got good people doing good things here at NLA-D.

 

Aug 152015
 
As we continue to get to know the people who make up NLA Dallas, Fred happily took the time to answer our 10 questions. Also while Fred didn’t mention it here he recently competed for the title of Great Plains Olympus Leather  and won the title.
1. What first brought you to NLA?
I first started coming to NLA in 2005, I was 21 years old and just now able to get into the bars legally, I had attended a few Discipline Corps play parties at Sanctuary but I was still trying to find myself as I was that awkward, shy person who didn’t really talk to anyone or know how to introduce myself. I started to hang out with the DFW Power Exchange at Sanctuary each month and attend Fourth Fridays at Papa’s BBQ when I heard about the National Leather Association. I came out to the monthly meetings a few times and would listen and learn, becoming a Member in October 2005 after attending my first Beyond Vanilla.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

NLA feels like home because of the people in the organization, it’s a friendly group that has always made me feel welcome at meetings. A safe place to learn about leather and kink.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

A Leather Top and a Daddy, someone who likes to teach and mentor others.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Leather has always been very personal to me, it’s the feel of it on your body, the power and that hot sexy feel against your skin, the smell filling the air.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Boots and Leather Care, Bondage with whatever toys I have including Rope, and Fisting.

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Cigars, Reading and Photography

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

My first experience with leather was going down to Shades of Grey and buying my first leather vest in 2002, I had purchased it from Johnny Grey.

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

In 2008, I had decided to run for Gulf Coast Community Bootblack and won, I would attend a lot of events that year and finally started to feel like I was coming out of my shell, that I wasn’t that awkward, shy person anymore and as I got to know people better, they got to know me. I became more included in things and started to feel like Dallas was my home.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

NLA has always made me feel included, that I was welcome regardless of how I identify or what I was into, the workshops change and cover a variety of topics I’m interested in and as a member I feel like I have a voice in the direction of the organization.
10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
I can’t think of any changes for NLA, one thing I thought we were lacking in years past was being more social as a leather organization. We now have a bar night the second Saturday of each month at the Dallas Eagle, we are also at Fourth Friday at Papa’s BBQ more often, we have Leather Perspectives for those interested in more about the history.I think the direction we are going in is wonderful and wish more people would step up and volunteer.
Aug 022015
 

We are bringing back the members spotlight and will be highlighting two of our members every month so we can all get to know each other a little better. Our first highlighted member is our new Female Co-Chair Audra.

Audra has graciously agreed to answer these 10 questions to help us get to know her better.

1. What first brought you to NLA?

My friends were involved and I was intrigued with what being leather was. I figured the easiest way to learn was to come to meetings and watch and learn.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The friendships. The fact that we might not agree on how to accomplish a goal but in the end most of us will compromise to do what is best for the group.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as… a leather service oriented slave with a side of brat and a smidge of sarcastic little. 🙂

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

To me it is a family of individuals who uphold honor, integrity, and honesty who work together and while holding each other accountable are forgiving of mistakes made that are awcknowledged and worked on to not happen again.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Bootblacking, knives and education

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Molding our kids to be stewards of their future , reading, coloring lol

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
I was honored to be surrounded by people who were leather from the second I stepped into the lifestyle however my first experience outside of just small interactions was going to my first event at Women in Leather and the easy camaraderie and feeling of family and acceptance that I found. Of course those feelings were after I got used to feeling like prey. 🙂

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

I have two when I was gifted my “boots” and later my vest. My boots fit my personality since they were three pairs of leather heels. 🙂 Some don’t get it or approve but it’s my journey not theirs so I get to walk it on my terms. The boots and vest were all legacy items owned by the individual who honored me with them.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
I feel we are finally coming together setting our differences aside and trying to move the organization forward together. We still have challenges but if we work together we can do it.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

I would like to see us having frank honest conversations with each other. If you think someone is doing something wrong or not above board then go ask them  about it first. Their answer might surprise you. Remember whispering behind backs and spreading unverified rumors will destroy us not move us forward. If your scared to ask them come to me because I am not afraid to ask difficult questions.

Dec 242014
 

Meet Briar 


1. What first brought you to NLA?
Current members who approached me, as I had been seeking someplace to fit in where it didn’t feel as though I was consistently having to watch my back and justify myself.

 

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?
After attending meetings on and off for about a year, it was natural to commit to an organization which not only embraces growth yet continues to be involved as a whole. I have personally experienced on many occasions someone stepping in to ensure my safety and well being were protected.

 

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…
A leather woman growing on her leather journey.

 

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?
Leather in my world is a way of life, it is living with honor, respect, truth, humility, grace and having a servant heart – where actions speak louder than words.  Respecting those that have paved the path before me.  It is discipline and structure.  It is my chosen family.

 

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?
Bootblacking
Volunteering
Being a part of the bigger picture and health of the community as a whole

 

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?
My biological family
Naps
Sons Of Anarchy

 

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
…openly…the Pride Parade 4 years ago.  I was fortunate to help with the NLA float and ride it during the parade, it was definitely a good experience.

 

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?
At a WILL event, Spending more than half my time hanging at the Bootblack chairs.  This is the weekend I finally decided that I wanted to Bootblack in public.  I had been doing it in my homes for the last 25 years however that weekend was monumental for me.

 

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
NLA perspectives has been such a value add, I strive to make all the presentations as I have learned a lot from each one.  Being part of the BV committee, I have to say has been an eye opener.  The amount of work associated with this group is phenomenal. I am in awe of the amount of behind the scenes work is done with NLA.

 

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
It would be nice to see a lot less ranting and perhaps more productive conversations.  I get it that families will have disagreements, yet heated arguments during business meetings are unsettling.  I have been present during two of these this year alone.  Keeping in mind that we would encourage membership and not chase newcomers away with sessions such as these.

 

It would also be nice to know if a quorum has been met before the meeting begins, should there be any voting during the business meeting, it would be more productive to know this in advance of voting.