Excellent article on the background of the leather movement, which is, oddly enough, the spark that created the global phenomena that is both the gay community and today's dwindling leather tribe. Rarely do we hear about the WWII veterans who returned, many broken, to lay the foundation for the amazing, free lifestyle we enjoy today. Say "Harvey Milk" and heads turn ( including our straight bretheren ) but if you mention the various names of early leather pioneers ( Thom Magister's excellent iconography from the 50's and 60's ) ... no register. Were glad to see the author of this article reference those gilded, armor-clad WWII warriors who started it all. Today, only the leather tribe remembers their sacrifice on the battlefield and emerging gay metropolis.
Sadly, leather is divided into three unique tribes: kink, BDSM and traditional. Eventually, we will witness a rebirth, rekindling of traditional leather - masculinity, honesty, brotherhood - as leather grows into the millinea. As a traditionalist, I shake my head at the wide array of kink in our tribe; kink was closeted in the 40's and 50's when the Old Guard began and burst onto the scene with the departure of our founding fathers. Today's new, traditional, New Guard movement has spawned a slew of new belief structures that will breath life back into our growing tribe and rekindle a new leather awakening.
Leather Muscle USA