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.

Dec 122015

General Meeting

Due to changes at the Resource Center of Dallas we will be moving our Monthly General Meetings to a new Day and Location

Starting in January NLA-Dallas monthly General Meetings and Munch will be on the First Monday of the month from 7pm to 9pm as normal and will now be held at The Dallas Eagle.

The Bar is closed on Mondays so drinks are NOT available for sale!

Come Join us in January for our Monthly meeting at the new day and place. We will have Leather Wisdom with Master Jim speaking about our Master/slave community. Then Master Jim will also be providing our educational program for the night and the Topic will be adding a Third to an existing M/s household.


The Dallas Eagle is located at 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75235.



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Nov 032015

By Bushido Bard

I sat down to discuss TC’s presentation for NLA Dallas’ Leather Perspectives and what follows is a tale of one man’s journey through Leather and the wisdom that he shared. TC did not start out perhaps as everyone else did. He grew up identifying as a hetero male and it was during his time in the United States Army that he discovered the world of Leather. He had a chance meeting with his sergeant that would forever change his life. After discovering a collection of books and magazines dealing with BDSM and power exchanges his sergeant decided to have a word with him.

One week later TC and his sergeant go out in a military vehicle for a routine maneuver. It was not long before they came upon a group of KKK members burning a cross on a hill. Within minutes TC was instructed to open the hatch and pop his head out. Seemingly, like the scene in Blazing Saddles, his sergeant announced, “Hey guys, check this out”, while pointing to TC. Giggling TC related, “Here I am, a black man, surrounded by white men and there are burning crosses; the first thought going through my mind was, ‘Shit…this is how I’m going out.’” His sergeant ordered him to knock down the crosses with the vehicle and then they headed back to base. He didn’t realize it at the time, but he had just demonstrated his loyalty and trust.

Not too long after that night his sergeant invited him to attend a hole-in-the-wall bar. It was a non-descript bar but upon entering his sergeant immediately told the guys at the front that “he’s with me.” It was a gay Leather bar. Still looking astonished TC said, “My sergeant had just outted himself to me! This was the late 80’s folks!” After looking around and taking it all in his sergeant asked him, “So which side are you on? Do you like to do the whipping or being whipped?” Like a kid in a candy store TC was flooded with choices and images.

Soon after this TC entered the world of Leather as his sergeant began his training. When he was transferred to Korea he was told to look up another Leatherman and he continued his journey there. Before he left the US Army he had trained under different Leathermen learning various aspects of our lifestyle. Soon after returning to the states, he left the US Army and joined the local Leather of Dallas; his home since the 90’s.

His first experience attending the Dallas Eagle was interesting as well as eye opening. It was not what he was expecting as he explained, “I watched and observed for a while and eventually folks were approaching me. When I saw a large black man I assumed he was a Dom but I quickly learned he was a sub. I was surrounded by big guys and they were subs. I thought to myself ‘Damn…you’re not helping.” Laughing he continued, “I was surprised at the lack of many people of color in the Leather scene here in Dallas.” It did not take long before he ingratiated himself into the Dallas Leather scene.

TC has traveled extensively visiting many Leather chapters and growing in his journey. In 2013 he was named Mr Great Plains Olympus Leather 2013 and he commented on his title, “The hardest part wasn’t winning the title, it was all the traveling involved with it! I don’t regret it of course, it just took time and energy.” This achievement and the experience helped to create a greater sense of pride in his Leather identity. He encourages everyone to get past the nerves and go out there to have fun while earning Leather titles. He finished by saying, “Damn, just go have fun with it folks.”

As time permitted I asked TC some questions that dealt with his opinions and thoughts on various topics. He shared his views on the future of Leather and some of his hopes. When asked what was the most difficult thing to accept or discover and he replied, “Well, two things: First, and it’s gotten better, but there seems to be a prejudice between gays and hetero people.” TC further explained that initially there were those who resented the inclusion of hetero-sexuals into the lifestyle. He enjoys that over the years everyone in the lifestyle are considered allies more than intruders. He continued, “Secondly there seems to be, in my observation, to be a lack of people of color in the lifestyle. When I do encounter them, they tend to be subs or slaves; I just don’t get it.”

When asked what his most rewarding experience in his Leather life was he quickly responded with, “Watching this Dallas group grow! I’ve seen young people enter and forge their own paths while keeping the traditions that came before them.” Among various other things he said that perhaps his favorite moments come from mentoring and teaching others. TC has been involved with the Dallas Mentors Program over the years and it is a continuous source of pride and satisfaction.

Finally the question was asked what he’d like his legacy to be. He laughed and said, “You mean, what do I want on my tombstone?” Carefully considering his answer and taking a long draw on his cigar he responded with, “There’s nobody here; the soul is gone. Or maybe, he helped the Leather folk.” Overall TC wants his contributions to the Leather community to be helpful and uplifting. To this day he continues to support the local BDSM and Leather communities by leading groups or just being a friendly face welcoming newcomers.

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…


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 292015

United Court of the Lone Star Empire Coronation Weekend: Crown Plaza at Mockingbird

Fri Oct 30th – Crown Plaza- United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Coronation

*Dallas Eagle from 6-10 the UCLSE Out of Town Show for Coronation Weekend

Sat Oct 31st – Crown Plaza- United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Coronation Event

Club Reflection – Halloween Costume Contest & Party-Midnight to 2am

Sun Nov 1st – Crown Plaza- United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Victory Brunch

Tue Nov 3rd – Resource Center- NLA Dallas General Membership Meeting from 7-9pm & remember we are voting for the Fall Frolick TFL Hat. Our top choice of TFL Hat goes to Fall Frolick to compete against the other clubs. Your $1’s equal your vote for the number one choice & that money will go toward our Silent Auction Basket. So bring your cash to vote!

Wed Nov 4th – Hidden Door- T-Bear Club Night from 7-10pm

Fri Nov 6th – Dallas Eagle – NTXCC/Fall Frolick Candidate Show: Michael Castlow 7-10

*Dallas Eagle – Discipline Corps bar night from 10 – Midnight

Sat Nov 7th – Hidden Door- 7-10- NTXCC Miss Fall Frolick Show with Nina Morgan

Sun Nov 8th – Discipline Corps Play-party 12-6 (see a member at the bar night for info)

*United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Executive Board Meeting from 1:30-3 at Youth First Texas. Then from 3-5 is the UCLSE General Membership Meeting in same location.

** Hidden Door- 6-10- NTXCC Mr Fall Frolick Show with Chris “Daddy Love” Geraci

Thu Nov 12th -Club Reflection- NTXCC/Fall Frolick Candidate Show: Delta Priestly, 7-9

Sat Nov 14th – Hidden Door- Firedancers: Veterans Day Event from 1-4pm

*Dallas Eagle- DFW Sisters: Sleigh Ride with Santa Show from 6-10pm

**Dallas Eagle- NLA-Dallas Club Night from 7-9pm

***Club Changes- NTXCC/Fall Frolick Candidate Show: Illexa Snap & Michael Castlow 8-11

Sun Nov 15th –Club Reflection- NTXCC/Fall Frolick Candidate Show: Boy Leo from 6-10

Wed Nov 18th – SLUTS Club Night- Hidden Door, Back Bar- 8-10pm

NTXCC Presents: Fall Frolick 5 a party SO BIG we needed two cities & three days for it!

*****Pre Register for $10 Weekend Tickets: www.FallFrolick.com

Fri Nov 20th -Fall Frolick Kick Off: 7-10 at Dallas Eagle with Charity Silent Auction plus food & drink specials for registered Fall Frolick guests. Full event registration on site for only $10!

Sat Nov 21st – 10am-12am Brunch & Mimosa-Bloody Mary Specials at the Hidden Door

*1pm-5pm at The Round-Up for Mr & Miss Fall Frolick Pageant Show, another Charity Silent Auction plus food & drink specials for registered Fall Frolick guests.

**5pm to 6pm back to the Hidden Door for a drink or two before catching the bus to Fort Worth.

***7-10 at Club Reflection in Fort Worth: The Saturday Night Show & Dinner Party. Another Charity Silent Auction plus food & drink specials for registered guests and a special show with our celebrity headliner: Mick Foley!

**** At 12-Midnight the bus departs back to Dallas and The Hidden Door.

>>>> Full event registration at each location for only $10!

Sun Nov 22nd – Noon to 3 at S4 is the Fall Frolick Follies Show with the Parade of Colors and the TFL Hat Contest plus food & drink specials.

*3 to 7 at the Hidden Door for the Official Unofficial After Party

**7 to 11 at the Dallas Eagle for the Official After/After Party



Oct 112015

2015 10 Leather Perspectives


Saturday September 26th
2:00 PM
(Doors open at 1:30 PM)
The Dallas Eagle
FREE for members
$5 for non-members (Join for $25/year!)

In October we will have Master Neko & koneko a speaking on Living in a Dynamic M/s World.

For more information visit www.NLADallas.org

The fourth Saturday of each month NLA-Dallas invites a person walking a leather journey, to present on leather related topic from his or her perspective (as there is no “one twue way”).

Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the class will start at 2 pm. The session will be held at our local leather & Levi bar, The Dallas Eagle!

• This class is FREE to NLA Dallas members and $5 for non-members.
• Bring a friend with you who might be interested in the leather/fetish/SM lifestyle!
• Members, please be sure to bring your current NLA card.
• Non-members can join for $25/yr.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age based on the location.

Leather Perspectives is a monthly event sponsored by NLA-Dallas. NLA-Dallas is a DFW based organization focused on the education of those interested in and/or living the leather/SM/fetish lifestyle. As a gateway leather club, NLA-Dallas is open to people of all walks of life regardless of orientation or identification. We invite you to join us for a General Membership meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, a Leather Perspectives on the fourth Saturday of each month, or an Advanced Workshop each quarter.

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 242015

By Bushido Bard

On a warm Saturday afternoon, Master Tallen gifted those attending the Leather Perspectives presentation the tale of his Leather Life. His life, Leather and otherwise, was laid before the audience for their examination. This was a very frank and open discussion on the ups and downs he experienced so far in his life. His accomplishments have earned him fame, mostly good and sometimes bad, but there were important lessons learned. Master Tallen shared life changing events and wonderful reminders of why we live the life we do.

At a young age Master Tallen realized he was homosexual but given where he was living and the culture he never expressed his feelings until later. After high school he joined the United States Marines and this awakened in him a love and desire for discipline and regimentation. Little did he realize how this experience would shape his future and life! Being stationed in Hawaii he began to explore his sexuality. He commented, “This was before ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ but as long as you didn’t cause a fuss nobody seemed to care.” His tour soon ended however and he returned to the states; the door was opened but the journey had just begun!

“Ironically”, he smiled as he spoke, “I met my wife at a gay bar.” Together they have two daughters but unfortunately the marriage ended after a while. It was at this time that Master Tallen decided he would not keep up appearances and as he put it, “abandoned the ‘straight life’”. For a few years he began a real soul-searching that made him realize that he was missing something in is life. He knew he loved the control and discipline of the military but he was unsure how to find this in his civilian life. His search continued…

Like many of us, the Internet changed his life as he discovered the life and concept of Master/slave relationships. Immediately he was intrigued and believed that this was just what he was looking for! More research was conducted and he discovered Leather and the various relationships therein. He gave a thoughtful nod and gave a wide grin when he said, “Soon I was contacting all kinds ‘Masters’ looking for a relationship; boy, I found some real doosies…” In one particular instance he talked and decided to meet with a master, (lower-case letter on purpose), who turned out to be the worst master he had ever encountered. It was a case where the man had no money, or any kind of life and just used Master Tallen’s resources selfishly. “Lesson learned”, he said as he shook his head gratefully.

After a few relationships, that left much to be desired from the Masters, meant moving to other states, and even required starting life over again, Master Tallen resolved to learn more about Leather and even becoming a Top. With much enthusiasm he said, “I became motivated; if I couldn’t find a Master worth a damn, I’d become the Master!” While researching the whats and wherefores of being a Top and/or Master he tasted his first spark of control; the Top’s high. He found it greatly to his liking and this encouraged him to find his first slave. A new era had begun!
Master Tallen attended a myriad of conventions with his new slave and even helped create some of the events that exist today. With so many volunteering jobs and other work towards assisting the community, it was time to step away for a break; but not for too long… After much research and delving deep into countless symbols and their numerous meanings, he developed a visual concept of the Master/slave relationship; something very deep and personal to him. Part of this originated from his desire to create a sign or flag for inspiration and to be a source of pride. The end result is apparent for all in the community to see, but it was not universally accepted at first.

The familiar flag that contains red lines on a black field with a white border was an accomplishment that resulted in a mixed reception. Although there were some in the community that mocked Master Tallen for his audacity to create something like this, it has stood the test of time. Today, the Master/slave flag is worn by many people in the community and it is an accepted symbol of Leather and BDSM activities.

Unfortunately, Master Tallen’s life took a very dramatic and different turn when he suffered from an accident in which he fell from a ladder. Part of the recovery locked him to a wheelchair for an indefinite amount of time. Master Tallen said in a somber voice, “Crisis of identity doesn’t even begin to describe it.” He had to re-evaluate his role with regards to his changed physical condition and relationships. He asked the audience, “How can you still be a Master if you’re sitting and needing constant care?”

This was the greatest trial he experienced in his life and today he is forever thankful for those people, including his current slave, who helped him recover. His slave attended to his every need and in such a way that Master Tallen was in control. Together, they modified their relationship so that they maintained their previous protocols. It was a testament to the dedication that they had for each other. This injury certainly kept his activities low; he eventually recovered to the point that he could discard the wheelchair!

Most recently Master Tallen has fought to preserve the International Puppy and Trainer Contest and this is but one of his many pursuits. Today he enjoys the full life he has with his Leather family and biological family. In his closing words he commented that life is constant change and that burnout is common and expected in this life. He expressed to hold on to what matters to you and follow your heart. After his presentation he ended with these words of wisdom, “Follow your heart, but just be smart!”

Sep 152015
MizLilly is perhaps best known for her leadership role in the gateway Texas organization, Touch
Leather, though she has also been a counselor, a columnist, and presenter on many aspects of what
it is that we do.

1. What first brought you to NLA?

I found NLA in 2000, in Austin Texas. NLA-Austin was where I found a sense of home, of welcome, of acceptance. I was given friendship; reminded that others had come before me and it is honorable to remember those struggles and to not let them go unsupported. I also came to realize that there are still things that must be addressed, and that we can still make changes in our lifestyle & the laws that effect them.

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

My grandfather, father and spouse were all veterans. The expectations of service, honor, integrity, loyalty, accountability ~ these things felt familiar and resonated with us. I felt accepted, challenged and part of something with a purpose.
3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as?
A Leatherwoman, a loyal friend, passionate, continually growing and willing to have personal conversations personally.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?
It is a code that I live by, a family that I love in, and a part of my soul. It is traditions and graciousness and raunchy and steamy. It is physical and feasting and experiencing life from the soul. It is dependability and service. It is brotherhood and safe places. It is exploration and a journey. It has a history and a future and yet somehow it is about celebrating what we have in the present.
5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?
SM (the physical expression with partners), service (the daily acts of giving back), the traditions ( I am passionate about our history)

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Reading, education, walking

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
(chuckle) That is a personal conversation.
8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?
Saying goodbye- to a great man and friend, and former President of our group, as he lay in the hospital preparing to pass beyond the veil. Raging at a system that did not support this person who was younger than I, and a universe who would take such a wonderful man away from us…and having him look at me with such love and compassion-and tell me to love…because that was what was important.
9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
I feel that accepting newcomers is a good thing. Teaching the aspects of Leather that help one engage in our Community as well as the self expression of their kinks and fetishes is a good thing.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
More investment by International. More unity within the chapters. More cross-club support. At one point I had the sad opportunity to watch a club lose a President and a Secretary and founder in it’s mourning and loss-without one bit of help from the mother chapter. That was not Leather to me. No club should experience that loss without brother clubs coming to support the members, hold them and help them find their paths again. Now the clubs wither away one by one because they feel alone and unneeded. What would happen if we began to reach out to each other within the NLA circle could only be an edifying thing
Sep 082015

by Bushido_Bard

Dan Perry opened the discussion by simply asking, “What is community? What’s it mean?” Audience participation and responses were welcomed as Dan poled everyone in attendance. Truly, to all of us, what makes a community? Is it as simple as everyone under one umbrella? Is it a subset of something greater? How do you define a community? Reminding us of the roots of modern Leather, Dan suggested that the soldiers returning from World War 2 were the first community. Where did it go from there?

As the years went by, the Leather Community saw its ups and downs but as groups became larger the sense of togetherness seemed to fade. Dan posed another question, “As we get larger, our closeness goes away, and we are left wondering how do we retain our sense of community.” As one group becomes larger, because more like-minded people gather around it, sometimes subsets begin to form. While this is not necessarily a bad thing it does begin to perhaps dilute the whole. Or does it? Dan finished his question then added, “We form different groups because people want a “tighter” group. When this happens we sometimes become ‘cliquish’ and this is not good.”

Although community can mean different things to different people we still strive to uphold the whole. This can lead to good and bad things… “We are quick to start something new because a need is perceived. However, we are reluctant to end them when perhaps the need is no longer there”, he pointed out. Case-in-point: If a group was begun several years ago to address an issue but the issue no longer persists, does the group need to continue out of obligation?

Can our umbrella of acceptance get too large or can we always separate into smaller organizations? As the years rolled on our “umbrella” became larger. Dan said poignantly, “AIDS and other common enemies brought many folks together and our umbrella became larger.” Whereas before many organizations were private and very secretive, now they were larger and sought different areas large enough to house them. As this was occurring our sense of community was being tested in new ways. According to Hardy Haberman, “Today we have numbers, but do we really have strength in numbers?”

One of the largest reasons for forming a community was to protect ourselves from outside enemies. Although, one may argue that in today’s society BDSM, Homosexuality, or Kink in general is more accepted, for many years these things would get you arrested or worse. So now that we have come together and formed sub-cultures do we still have one defining characteristic? Dan offered, “We once had one thing that united us, but now it seems that everyone in their separate groups has their own thing.” Perhaps from the joining together we have lost something that united us across several boundaries.

When we were smaller and tighter, we could easily know each other and encourage or discourage activities. As any group or community begins to grow you lose a level of intimacy that exists so easily with just a few. This problem is expressed in many aspects of our culture; just look at the rise of mega-churches. We are all united but still we identify and belong to other banners. How do we regulate ourselves? When there are 20 people in a group it is easy to keep tabs, watch others, and protect ourselves. Dan continued, “There was a time when NLA Dallas was just a small group of people. Now we are at over 100 members.”

How do we as a community handle issues or problems when our umbrella is so large? In one example Dan told of a group of puppies that were randomly interacting with people and biting them. When questioned, the puppies merely replied that they were dogs…what did you expect? With the age of the Internet we are gaining new friends but also losing our sense of respecting our community. Our umbrella has become so large and our sub cultures so varied that we are having trouble keeping up.

So what is a community? From where we started and where we are now, how do we prepare for our future? Many questions were asked by Dan and the answers were often never the same. Discussions could have lasted for far longer but it was important that we become aware of our sense of community. Do we need all these sub-groups or has their original purpose been served? Is it time to collapse the umbrella of community to a more manageable size? Ultimately, you must decide how you view community and how to serve it.