Apr 232014
 

Don’t be shy about exposing yourself to your community! We all know that I am not!

Wait… what? Oh, never mind. Let’s get it on with the F.U.N.

Remember to get out and be involved in your community because it takes your contributions to keep it the dynamic place it is and to support all of the wonderful work that gets done to help those in need in the North Texas region. Come on out, join in, have fun, and help make the world better for all of us!

1) Wed Apr 23 UCLSE Club Night from 7:30-10:30 at Hidden Door

2) Sat Apr 26 TGRA Parking Lot Sale from 8AM until 2PM at Hidden Door

*TGRA/UCLSE Spring Bonnet Show from 5-9 at The Eagle

3) Tue Apr 29 from 7-9 NLA-D EC meeting at the John Thomas Resource Center

4) Sun May 4 TR Bears monthly brunch from 12:30 to 1:30 then on to Club Reflections in Ft. Worth at 2:30 for their club meeting followed at 4pm by a BBQ/Fund Raiser with a PWA Special Show from 6-9 to benefit LVLPWA.   All entertainers welcome!

*TGRA Dallas chapter meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Round Up Saloon

5) Tue May 6 from 7-9 NLA General Meeting at the John Thomas Resource Center

6) Wed May 7 from 7-10 is T-Bear Club night at The Hidden Door

7) Fri May 9 from 10-12 is Discipline Corps Bar Night @ The Eagle. Get your tickets for Sun!

8) Sun May 11 from 12-6 Discipline Corps Play Party: see DC member at Fri bar night for info!

*UCLSE-EC Meeting from 1:30-3 at Youth First Texas followed by their General Membership meeting from 3-5

9) Mon May 12 from 7:30-9:30 Leather Knight member meeting at Youth First Texas

10) Sat May 17 from 7-10 the Dallas TGRA Underwear Auction & Charity Distribution

*Leather Knights have “Leather Night” from 10-12 at The Eagle

11) Wed May 21 from 8-10 is SLUTS Club night at the Hidden Door

*Trinity River Bears: Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food Show from 9-11 at Club Changes in FW

As always the NTXCC Community Calendar is up and ready to help you plan your fun.

http://www.ntxcc.org

Plus we have our own calendar of events too. Visit and see what NLA is up to.

http://nladallas.org/?page_id=8

Just click that link to see the calendar. If you want more info just click on the entry and get the details. If you have anything that should be added to the community calendar drop a line with the details to me at leatherboyleo@yahoo.com and I will send them along to be listed.

Go, support, and be a part of your community! Hope to see you!

Boy Leo

Apr 202014
 

LeatherPerspectives-April

Join us for Leather Perspectives! The fourth Saturday of every month, a person who walks the leather journey, presents on a leather topic. They will be presenting solely from his or her perspective as there is no one twue way in leather.

Our presenters in April are Master Jim, slave marsha, and Sir Cougar!  They will be presenting on: “Leather Families”!

A bit about the class:

And Then There Were Three: How We Formed a Leather Family And Lived to Tell the Tale –

Have you ever wondered why leather families are created? Are the ties of leather families of choice less than, equal to, or greater than families of blood? What purpose do they serve? Why are they apparently so fluid? And, perhaps most importantly, what explains the long-term success of some and the short life expectancy of others? Using their experiences with the primary leather family they created on December 31, 2006 as well as previous leather families they have been a part of, Master Jim, slave marsha, and Cougar will discuss what they have learned about the formation, maintenance, and evolution of such families. They will discuss the successes, struggles, and failures that they personally have encountered. And, while they cannot provide a blueprint for creating a leather family, they can tell you what worked and what did not work for a gay leatherman and two leather dykes – one femme, one butch – who mixed together a long-standing M/s relationship, a partnered relationship, and a patriarchy all under the same roof.

This class is FREE to NLA Dallas members and $5 for non-members.

(Members, please be sure to bring your current NLA card. Without it, We cannot guarantee you will not be asked to pay the $5 fee.)

Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the class will start at 2 pm. Things will conclude at 5 pm to allow plenty of time for Q&A. The class will be held at our local leather & Levi bar, The Dallas Eagle!

If you or someone you know want to know more about leather, I hope you’ll join us!.

Attendees must be at least 21 years of age based on the location.

 Posted by at 8:31 pm
Apr 082014
 

Our first experience at SPLF…wow were to begin. It was an intense weekend filled with protocols, fun, and spiritual energy for us. We knew going into the conference that we might not be attending many classes, but we knew we wanted to experience everything we possibly could both during and after the classes.

From the moment we entered the conference, we were greeted with familiar energy and faces. Just as we were told by everyone that SPLF was like coming home, being with family, and other like minded people. This was definitely not an exaggeration since even unfamiliar faces has familiar energy. The registration process was seamlessly orchestrated, getting folks checked in for the weekend with ease like a well tuned engine. With so many presenters and awesome classes it was hard to choose just one at a time. If only I could clone myself…oh well, maybe next time. The first day ended with a good cigar and great conversation thanks to subHaven and DgOL offering excellent cigar service at the cigar social Friday night.

The next day was just a great continuation from the day before with more great classes and contest pageantry. During the morning on Saturday, I was asked to join my mentor and my slave and a few others in the smoking area. As we entered, I was ordered front and center. Then I was advised by Sir TC, my mentor, that I was currently out of uniform and told to take off my shirt. I was then presented my vest which was certainly one of the greatest moments of the weekend. It is a memory that will be relived each and every SPLF in my future.

Who could forget the silent action and the vendor area? What a great selection of toys and toy makers. There is nothing like someone telling you about why they made a toy and explaining why you should buy their product. We have certainly enjoyed all our purchases and auction winnings.

At the end of the day, we were well worn out from all the activities going on and decided to sit back and observe. Being a part of the setup crew for the Dungeon (Go Team Dungeon!), I decided to walk through the play space and observe the energy. I made my way to the first area which had a really good even energy. I stand there with my slave for a moment watching others relish in each other. After observing a few scenes, I start to wander to the other end but was blocked by an overwhelming urge to remove myself from that area. I quickly exited. Once outside, my slave asked me if I had felt the wall of energy and I responded that I had and it was overwhelming. I could not identify the energy as good or bad, but rather just as overwhelming like too much energy trapped in a small space.

As we leaned over the balcony gathering ourselves and processing the day, I asked my slave what she saw as we gazed at the crowd below. She observed three distinct sections of energy and I concurred. In the first area close to the front entry there was dancing and music. The energy there was bright, fluid, and free. In the middle, the energy was flowing but with a slight hesitation and somewhat demurred. The last segment was more or less closed, reserved, dark and dense. As people passed between the segments the energy would swirl and mingle, but then settle back into the segments once again.

After watching the energy ebb and flow from above, we decided to adjourn to the middle section were a circle had formed. There were old friends and new friends. Then there was Vanilla Vodka, and the circle grew as the offers of a drink were made to each passerby. Then the circle shrank again. Suddenly, two partial sheet cakes arrived and as the invitation to all who crossed within ear shot became “We have vodka…we have cake!” the circle grew. Sitting in this area with good conversation and drinks was quite an experience. Stories of phenomenal play sessions and life stories were plentiful. I even got the rare opportunity to witness the connection of two people from introduction through the negotiation of a sharing the hotel room that night. The circle grew and shrank a few more times before it finally dissipated in the wee hours of the morning.

The last day was exciting as the first day. Saying goodbye is never fun because tomorrow is never promised, so we must enjoy what we have today. We ended the event and the night with a quick trip to the Sanctuary after party before heading home.

All in all, it was one of the best weekends I have had in a long time and I look forward to the next one especially another cake and vodka fueled circle. My thanks to all the folks that took the time out of their schedule to host such an awesome conference and to all the presenters willing share their knowledge.

Apr 042014
 

What is up in your community? Well there are lots of great things to be involved in! It takes many great people to make our community the dynamic place it is and to support all of the wonderful work that gets done to help those in need in the North Texas region. Come on, join in have fun and help make the world better for all of us!

1) Sat Apr 5 from 2:30 to 3:30 TGRA Documentary Film @ Angelika Film Centre on East Mockingbird Ln in Dallas

*TGRA-Queen of the Closet from 7-10 at The Eagle

2) Sun Apr 6 from 12-1 TGRA Documentary Film @ Angelika Film Centre on East Mockingbird Ln in Dallas

*TGRA Dallas Chapter Meeting from 1:30-3:30 at the Round Up

**Cowtown Leathermen cookout from 7-10 at Club Reflections in Ft Worth

3) Fri Apr 11 from 10-12 is Discipline Corps Bar Night @ The Eagle. Get your tickets for Sun!

4) Sat Apr 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 is the Dallas Bears Chili Cookoff at The Hidden Door

*UCLSE: CPR Show from 6-10 at The Eagle

**NLA Bar Night from 9-10 at The Eagle

5) Sun Apr 13 from 12-6 Discipline Corps Play Party: see DC member at Fri bar night for info!

*ICDFWA meeting from 1-3 at Cancer Care Services on South Henderson in FW

**TR Bears at Club Reflections in Ft. Worth at 2:30 is their club meeting followed at 4pm by a BBQ to raise funds for the club

*UCLSE-EC Meeting from 1:30-3 at Youth First Texas followed by their General Membership meeting from 3-5

**UCLSE Gospel Show from 6-10 at the Eagle

6) Mon Apr 14 from 7-10 Cowtown Leathermen membership meeting at Club Changes

* Leather Knights Member Meeting 7:30-9:30 @ Youth First Texas

7) Wed Apr 16 from 8-10 is SLUTS Club night at the Hidden Door

*Trinity River Bears: Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food Show from 9-11 at Club Changes in FW

8) Sat Apr 19 from 6-10 Hidden Door Annual Auction Basket at The Hidden Door

*UCLSE Dynamic Duets Show from 6-10 @ The Eagle

** Leather Knights “Leather Night” from 10-12 @ The Eagle

***ICDFWA: 80’s Show from 8-10 at Best Friends Club in FW

9) Sun Apr 20 from 7-10 Cowtown Leathermen cookout at Club Reflections in FW

10) Wed Apr 23 from 7:30-10:30 at Hidden Door

11) Tue Apr 29 from 7-9 NLA-D EC meeting at the John Thomas Center

As always the NTXCC Community Calendar is up and ready to help you plan your fun.

http://www.ntxcc.org/cms/community-calendar#year=2014&month=4&day=4&view=month

Plus we have our own calendar of events too. Visit and see what NLA is up to.

http://nladallas.org/?page_id=8

Just click that link to see the calendar. If you want more info just click on the entry and get the details. If you have anything that should be added to the community calendar drop a line with the details to me at leatherboyleo@yahoo.com and I will send them along to be listed.

Go, support, and be a part of your community! Hope to see you!

Boy Leo

 

Apr 032014
 

Leather Perspectives with Master Lady Faye Summary
By: Bushido_Bard

One Saturday afternoon in March I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful woman explain her experiences in Leather and how it has impacted her and the community. Everyone in Leather has their own experiences and come to the Community by their own paths. Lady Faye began her journey while in her forties and has not looked back since. Despite the barriers she encountered there were some great teachers that enabled her to grow and learn in her journey. Attending play parties for several months she learned what she could and eventually began her identity as a Dom.

Lady Faye discussed her experiences with Leather at the March Leather Perspectives event hosted by the National Leather Association Dallas at The Eagle. When she began her leather journey, it was still a new idea that women could be dominants or even tops. Although she began her journey identifying as a sub she quickly determined that this was not to last. When approached by Doms attempting to top her with promises or threats, she would often sardonically whisper, “interesting…” She also began her journey when being heterosexual still carried a stigma with some in the Leather community.

In 2005, Lady Faye became South Central Leather Woman of the Year and in 2006 became the International Ms. Leather; these events helped her become a model for change. “With a title comes a certain sense of duty”, she said. She decided that as a title-holder, she wanted to be an example that would bring honor, respect and show responsibility for the office of International Ms. Leather. Attending as many conventions as she could, she admitted that it can become a strain on your relationships but she is not at all sorry she did it. When she returned from one particular event an organizer sent her a letter thanking her for the respect and honor she displayed. Truly, she felt this was one of her greatest accomplishments.

Lady Faye’s Leather journey began amidst a time of change for the overall Leather community but her travels have brought her a perspective of strengthening the community. A strong leadership is required for the survival and growth of those following the path. “Good leaders need to be in the proper places; Sub or Dom is irrelevant.” Lady Faye stressed that people remember that this is a path, not a destination. What’s important, she said more than once is, “Find your cause and your passion then work towards it!”

When questioned about the role or challenges facing women in Leather she gave powerful statement. “There is no line anymore; women can do anything that men can do.” She also commented the greatest challenge women may face is, “Getting their voices heard.” In order to illustrate this point it was noted that there were few if any women’s leather groups in Dallas. Like a professor in a classroom, she smiled assertively and agreed. She encouraged any woman to begin plans for the creation of a new women’s Leather group. She restated her earlier encouragement by saying, “We must be a welcoming Community.” There is a need for groups that allow for a safe environment and sometimes these begin as ‘X-only’ groups. Still, Lady Faye insisted that the Community must be welcoming and that these groups should be spring-board gatherings into the Leather Community as a whole.

As the Q & A session was drawing to a close a peculiar question was asked. Lady Faye was asked what three things she would like to be remembered for. Betraying a soft smile she thought about it before responding. When she answered she prefaced it by saying that these things could apply to life as well as Leather. “There are three things I want folks to remember: Be yourself, be honorable, and have fun. Otherwise, why are you here?” Encouraging words from a Leather Woman who wants to see a strong Leather Community with a strong sense of honor moving into the future.