Resources for Leather Folks

All of these leather organizations are dedicated to supporting positive sexuality and or alternative relationships and sexual identities. Organization descriptions are be pulled from their respective websites. This is not exhaustive and I encourage you to add to the list in the comments and if your organization would like to be included in the list, please email [email protected].

Books About Leather

Leather Information Websites

The LondonFetishScene Wipipedia is a free source of information about the fetish and BDSM lifestyle, maintained by the community for the community. Anyone can add or edit articles about any area that they feel they have knowledge about or a valid contribution to make. If you see an article that you feel could be improved or has mistakes in it, please feel free to make changes.

Click here to find out how to get started. In order to edit articles, we require you to provide a valid email address. This makes vandalism of the site (a common problem with wikis) more difficult; it will not be used for any other purpose or shared with 3rd parties. If you disagree with the way an article is laid out or you have issues with the content, there is a discussion page where you can voice your opinions. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge of the scene and to help enrich the lifestyle for us all. If you do want to add to the Wipipedia then please read our Editing policy for guidance on articles.

Leather Archives & Museum

The City of Chicago has moved into Tier 2 which will allow for the re-opening of museums with special safety precautions in place. The Leather Archives & Museum will once again be open starting Thursday, January 28th. Everyone must wear a mask at all times while in the building, and maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from anyone not in your party. Capacity will be limited to 20 people or fewer. Please click here for hours and other information on visiting.

Making leather, kink, BDSM and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community.

Leather Pride San Francisco

Welcome to the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent! We are a contingent representing the many facets of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Leather and Kink Culture. We invite all leather, kink and fetish organizations to join us on June 28th for the  50th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration, “Generations of Hope” . 

The Leather Community has a proud tradition of participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade. In 1999, under the leadership of Robert Davolt we united the many groups to form the Leather Pride Contingent. People clad in leather have been in every pride celebration not only here but in almost all pride celebrations throughout the world.  

We walk each year to honor those that have come before us and to show the world that it is okay to be kinky, there is many of us just like you. The Leather Contingent is always one of the most memorable groups in the parade, the sound of our whips cracking heard from blocks away and our Leather Marshals being pulled by human ponies consistently makes us one of the most recognizable and talked about groups in the parade

The Leather Culture has a proud tradition of mentoring our next generation and I personally would like to thank Jay Hemphill and Michael Holeman for extending this opportunity to me. It is a true honor to continue the legacy of the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent and I look forward to seeing you all at the parade. 

Twilight Guard is a fellowship of leathermen and bears in the gay communities of Connecticut and New York. Founded in July of 1995 to provide a forum for the leather, bear and gear lifestyles in suburban areas outside of the larger cities.

Among our major goals are the development and promotion of a positive leather image and lifestyle, the encouragement of safe, sane, and consensual practices, the fostering of friendship and brotherhood. This involves the promotion of open exchange of communication and interactions with other similar organizations and individuals, charitable concerns and the dissemination of issues of importance to the Club and the community. Our theme of brotherhood and unified spirit is expressed by the wearing of our Club Colors and in the symbols of attire: Leather, Rubber, Denim or Uniforms.

Leather Social Networks

FetLife is a social networking website that serves people interested in BDSM, fetishism, and kink. On its homepage, FetLife describes itself as “Like Facebook, but run by kinksters like you and me.” The “Fet” in the name refers to “fetish”. FetLife distinguishes itself from competitors by emphasizing itself as a social network rather than a dating site. It is on principle supportive of fringe sexual practices.

Legal Resources for Leather Folks’s focus is primarily for the BDSM community. However we hope to offer educational resources for every community, straight , LGBTQ or kinky, Anywhere there are questions about abuse, we hope to be able to provide some help in getting those questions answered.  As we are located in Utah some of the resources listed are local.  However, we have tried to provide general numbers and links to those who live outside of Utah.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Kink and the Law Organizations

The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.

Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund

Kink and the Law Organizations

Polyamory, swinging, BDSM and fetishism are among the kinds of sexual and lifestyle choices which may expose adherents to legal problems. We believe that the government should not interfere with consensual sexual expression among adults. We believe that parents should not lose custody of their children just because of the parents’ lifestyle or variety of sexual expression. We believe that people should not face criminal prosecution for consensual sexual acts among competent adults.

Because we believe these things, we are working to provide:

  • Money towards legal and litigation expenses, such as attorney fees and expert witness fees.
  • Referrals to attorneys and expert witnesses knowledgeable about alternative sexual expression and willing to take cases dealing with it.
  • Public information and education about alternative sexual expression.

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

legal organize

Working at the intersection of sexual and human rights.

Established in February 2003, The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to education and public advocacy to achieve recognition of our fundamental human right to sexual freedom. The Foundation offices are located in Washington, DC, and we work in partnership with activists, advocacy organizations and coalitions across the United States fighting the political, social and economic forces driving and expanding sexual repression.

Sexual freedom is defined as the fundamental human right of all individuals to develop and express their unique sexuality. Encompassed within the sexual freedom movement are:

  • Gender and gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Consensual, non-exploitative sexual expression of one’s choice
  • Relationships that extend from all of the foregoing and the rights bestowed upon those relationships
  • Comprehensive sexuality education throughout the lifespan,
  • Sexual and reproductive health/choice/justice.

Building on the affirmations of individual rights contained in the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Woodhull affirms sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.  We believe that broad recognition of sexual freedom will lead to a healthier, more humane society and will liberate individual and group energies to create a more just, compassionate and sustainable world. For this reason, Woodhull, while highlighting the benefits of a shared sexual freedom, human rights agenda works to foster collaborative activities that honor individual advocacies and communities, designs creative initiatives to develop broad public support for sexual freedom, and works to transform these initiatives into public policy.

Woodhull carefully cultivates and works to engage allies from all social, economic, religious* and cultural justice communities interested in affirming sexual freedom.  We strive to harness the energy of and join with the LGBT, women’s liberation, comprehensive sex education, polyamory, and related movements to bring existing energy to bear on sexual freedom as an additional opportunity for shared discourse and political, cultural and social change

Medical Resources for Leather Folks


The KINK AWARE PROVIDERS Business Directory was formed to provide a professional online resource, for people living an Alternative Lifestyle. It is comprised of Doctors, Medical Practices, Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatrists, Life Coaches, Lawyers, Financial Planners and Professional Business Service Providers that are experienced with Alternative Lifestyle Practices that include, but not limited to KINK, FETISH, BDSM, POLYAMORY, SWINGING, ETC.

Leather Event Directories

Kinky Events Info is a free event directory sponsored by The Harmony Collective and HarmonyUs Inc. Any and all events related to the LGBTQ+, Sex Positive, and Kink communities are welcome to contribute. Our goal is to offer a safe web space for global community to find, review, and share Sex Positive events.

Documentaries about BDSM and Kink

BDSM: It’s Not What You Think (Erin Palmquist, 2010). This is an educational documentary developed by participants of BDSM.

Beyond Vanilla (Hanky Code Productions, 2005). Beyond Vanilla analyzes the history of various Kinks and fetishes from the points-of-view of sex experts, porn stars, and the average folks who choose to indulge in them.

CARAS How to work with BDSM Clients (CARAS, 2008). The Community Academic Consortium put this video together for Research on Alternative Sexualities to help therapists understand the therapeutic differences between non-Kinky and Kinky clients.

Domme: Documenting the Life of One Dominatrix (Carter and Sanches, 2012). Light and humorous documentary about a professional Domme.

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