Stories

Our 2015 Minnesota Leather Pride theme was "American Leather Story," and that inspired us to invite members of the Kink, BDSM, and Leather communities to share your stories with us. So many of the stories from the lives of our people have been lost to us, so now we want to collect what you have to say about your experience. Maybe it's about how you discovered your favorite kink, maybe it's a great scene you were part of, maybe it's the first piece of leather, gear or toy you experienced. If you want to be part of our Kink/Leather Story project, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

American Leather Story: Skaadi

Skaadi, from the Twin Cities girls of Leather, talks about how she got involved in the leather community, and shares her perspective on Leather and Kink, and her love of protocol and service.

American Leather Story: Jason

Jason describes how his leather journey is less about leather and more about being able to express his interst in flagging red.

American Leather Story: Ryan

Ryan Brown tells us how he got into the leather community through the gear nights at eagleBolt Bar, how he got his first harness.

American Leather Story: Russell

Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2016, Russell Waisanen, tells us about his IML experience and how he sees his place as a title holder in our community.

American Leather Story: Leaf

Pup Leaf from the North Star Kennel Club describes how he got into pup play through friends and a Kink U demonstration at the Salon.

American Leather Story: Tim Hotchkin

Less than a week after winning the International Leatherboy 2015 title, we sat down with Tim at Steve Lenius's home to interview him about his leather life.

American Leather Story: Karri Plowman

Karri Plowman tell us how Minnesota Leather Pride was responsible for introducing him to his friends/business partner/lover, Tynan. This interview took place behind the Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

American Leather Story: David Coral

David Coral tells us how he get involved with Minnesota Leather Pride in 2000, and how it grew from a bar night to a series of events. This interview took place behind the Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

American Leather Story: Finding My Queer

Republished with permission
© Copyright Michael Holt

When I was young “queer” was a slur, slang for homosexual, and that’s the only meaning it had.  Pretty much all of society was very homophobic.  We used “queer” to emphasize the difference between us normal people and those dreadful homosexuals.

Except I wasn’t quite one of the normal people.  I had submissive fantasies before puberty.  These weren’t sex fantasies, they were more gender role fantasies.  I had no idea what to do about them.  But I knew they set me apart, and that didn’t feel safe in 50’s America.  So I kept them hidden.  I didn’t realize that this gave me something in common with the queers.

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American Leather Story: Robert Smith

Robert Smith started his leather journey back in 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This interview took place behind the Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

American Leather Story: Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen, Ms Iowa Leather 2014, shares how she first became involved in the kink community over eight years ago when she found herself in a kinky speed-dating event, setup to explore kinks. This interview took place behind the Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

American Leather Story: Nick Bourlotos

Nick shares his American Leather Story of how he got involved in the local Minneapolis community through a local leather store, how he is bringing the San Francisco spirit with him as he moves back to Minneapolis, and how leather has been an open and welcoming experience for him. This interview took place behind the Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.

American Leather Story: boy Grayson

Watch this 4 minute interview with boy Grayson as he shares a bit about his life growing up with a figurative pack of wolves, finding his role in the communities, and how the Minnesota leather/kink community responded to a big change in his life. Grayson's video is the first in several American Leather Story interviews recorded Minnesota Leather Pride booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival..

Origin of the Minnesota's Giant Leather Pride and Rainbow Flags

Interview with Carl Gscheidmeier and Colin Spriestersbach. Constructed for the 1998 Twin Cities Pride Parade by Carl Gscheidmeier with help from Colin Spriestersbach, the first Minnesota giant leather pride and and rainbow flags marched in every Pride parade from 1998 to 2007.

Saluting the Old, Unfurling the New MN Leather Pride (2008)

In 2008, the Minnesota Leather Pride Planning Committee commissioned a huge new Leather Pride Flag. The Old flag was retired and donated to the Leather Archives & Museum in 2008. We are proud to present a clip from Saluting the Old, Unfurling the New.