This month we celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This riot was a pivotal point in the community. It was a group of people who were sick and tired of being sick and tired of being harassed by the police for simply being who they were. Part of the group that night were members of the Leather community. And in the days that followed, more and more of our Leather brothers came to be part of those riots.
Now, 46 years later, we are on the verge of nationwide same-sex marriage. Who would have thought that in less than 50 years something like that would happen.
But it’s not over yet. There are many segments of the gay community where people are still harassed. There are much needed protections that still need to be granted. Our fight is not over yet.
And we have a LONG way to go when it comes to the Leather and BDSM communities. Many in our community still have to live in the proverbial Leather closet (not that there’s anything wrong with that, the smell of leather in there is GREAT!) or the BDSM closet. What causes many to have to live in this closet is the type of sexual play we do.
Because of our kink we run the risk of job loss, and worse, the loss of our children. The government still hasn’t come to grips that we can be great parents to our child while still being kinky in the bedroom. They think that because we are kinky in bed, we are kinky with kids. WRONG!! Child molesters are not accepted by us and we WILL prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
But to have children removed from their parents just because their parents get kinky in the bedroom?! WTF? I’m sure that those government officials are just as perverted in their bedrooms. Nobody I know of does only the “missionary” position.
We have just begun the fight for children of gay parents and the right for gay parents to adopt. We haven’t even started to talk about protection of kinky parents.
So as we celebrate our pride and our heritage, we must realize that we still have a long way to go. The African-American community has fought for change for over a 100 years and they are still fighting. All of us, regardless of who we are, what ethnicity we are, what sexual orientation we are, we have a LONG fight for equality that we cannot be lax about. And all of us must fight for equality for all.
For more information on the Leather lifestyle, please come talk to me or someone at WOOLF.