The Leather Pride flag is a symbol used by the leather subculture since the 1990s. Designed by Tony DeBlase, it quickly gained popularity in the gay leather community. It has since been associated with leather in general as well as with related groups such as the BDSM community.
This flag was designed by Tony DeBlase. He first presented the project at the International Mister Leather on May 28, 1989.
In June 1989, the flag was used by a leather band at a Pride Parade in Portland, Oregon, making its first appearance at a Pride Parade.
On September 18, 1990, Clive Platman (Mr. Australian Drummer) presented the Australian flag version to Tony DeBlase, including the South Cross, the Australian National Flag, with the original Leather Pride flag design.
On October 11, 1991, at the opening of Life in Leather, a Canadian version of the Leather Pride flag was unveiled, which was added to the original flag design with a row of red maple leaves running through the white stripe horizontally.
Also, in 1991, the Melbourne Leather Men became the first club to incorporate Leather Pride flag design elements into their club colors.
On December 12, 2000, the NLA Florida, at its holiday party in Fort Lauderdale, offered a pledge of allegiance to the Leather Pride Flag, which reads, “I pledge allegiance to the Pride Leather Flag and the Leather People Union for which it stands. “With safety, health, and everyone’s satisfaction.”
For the 24th annual Folsom Street Exhibition, held on September 30, 2007, the official poster artwork was a controversial photo featuring celebrities from the LGBT and BDSM community in festive and charming costumes, including Sister Rome, as players in the version.
An initiative of the cultural icon “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, with a table covered with a leather pride flag and “Messed with Sex Toys, Whips, and Various Restrictions (BDSM)”.
This image was used by FredAlert in the official event guide and was produced as a collection of posters that were displayed throughout the city as advertisements for the event.
In 2010, the creator of the Leather Pride flag, Tony DeBlase, entered the Leather Hall of Fame.
Leather & Grace, a former unifying world organization that identified with the BDSM / kink community, was founded in 2011 by Desmond Ravenstone. Their logo combined a red flaming bag with Pride leather flag ribbons.
San Francisco Leather History Alley consists of four art markets consisting of Ringold Alley to honor leather culture. It opened in 2017.
The four works of art are: carved standing stones honoring the community’s leather goods, including the Folsom Street Fair, and the cobblestone signs of the leather pride flag through which the stones come out, a black granite carved by Gayle Rubin, a picture of Mike Coffee’s “Leather of David’s Statue,” a reproduction of Chuck Arendt’s 1962 mural in a toolbox (gay leather bar), and metal designs along the range to honor 28 people, an important part of which They were from San Francisco leather communities
One of the three original Pride leather flags assembled by the flag’s creator, Tony DeBlaz, as a prototype, was donated to the Leather Archive and Museum. The leather archive and museum also houses DeBlase articles.
Colors and meaning
The creator, DeBlase constantly refused to explain the color and design, insisting that anyone could do it for themselves.
In his own words:
“The flag consists of nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and bottom, the strips alternate between black and blue. The center bar is white. In the upper left quarter of the flag, there is a large red heart. Color Interpretation And I will leave the symbols to the viewer. “
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Leather culture reflects the ways and styles of dressing that are organized around sexual activity, including leather clothing, such as leather jackets, vests, boots, tents, harnesses, or other items. Wearing leather is a way for participants in this culture to consciously differentiate themselves from the main sexual cultures.
Leather culture is more common in gay societies and is often associated with gay men (nicknamed “leather enthusiasts”), but in the gay world, lesbians, bisexuals, and the underworld are also reflected in different ways.
Many people associate leather culture with BDSM practices (Bondage / Discipline, Dominance / Submission, Sado / Masochism, as well as “SM” or “S&M” and its many subcultures). But for others, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic way of expressing masculinity or sexual power. Love of motorcycles, motorcycle clubs, and independence; And/or engaging in sexual intercourse or leather fetishism.
The culture of gay men has existed since the late 1940s, probably evolving from a post-World War II cycling culture. Gay Leather Bars A subculture version of the Motorcycle Club with pioneering gay motorcycle clubs, including Satyrs, was founded in 1954 in Los Angeles, Oedipus, and in 1958 in Los Angeles and the New York Motorcycle Club.
San Francisco’s early clubs included the Warlocks and Club Motor Club, while the early clubs in Sydney included Motor Motor South Pacific (SPMC). Leather clubs for gay men began in Amsterdam and Berlin in the 1950s and in Sydney in the 1970s. The first gay leather, Gold Coast, opened in Chicago in 1958.
In 1964, an article in Life magazine caught the attention of the gay leather community with a significant amount of bias. The San Francisco Toolbox was targeted, though not explicitly, but was highly speculated.
The fourteen-page article, “Homosexuality in America,” also drew the attention of isolated and closed-minded homosexuals.
These gay clubs, like the Motorcycle Direct Culture Clubs, show dissatisfaction with the original American culture after World War II, the notorious dissatisfaction that followed – and therefore its appeal – after the exciting news of the Hollister Revolt.
The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando in jeans, a T-shirt, a leather jacket, and a Muir hat, starring Marlon Brando in 1953, played a pop-cultural charm with a “holster” fascination and promoted an image of masculine independence that was welcomed. Some were placed. Gay men were dissatisfied with the culture of stereotyping gay men.
To this end, gay motorcycle culture also reflects some men’s dissatisfaction with gay culture, which is organized around high culture, popular culture (especially music theater), and/or the camp style.
Perhaps, as a result, the leather community that emerged from motorcycle clubs will also become a practical and symbolic place for the free exploration of men and gays in twisting and S&M.