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The Leather History Timeline for Texas

Based on the Leather History Timeline started by Tony DeBlase

 

Introduction

This is a version of the Leather History Timeline begun by Tony DeBlase for the Leather Archives and Museum. It contains content from the original LHT but only content specific to Texas --- with the exception of the item about the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Over time, I plan on adding additional content that is specific to Texas.

I welcome the following submissions for inclussion:

  • Corrections of facts
  • Missing citations for existing quotations
  • missing dates and page numbers for magazine articles
  • Clubs or events that celebrate milestone anniversaries (5 year increments)
  • Passing of peole notably involved in the leather community
  • Closing of leather bars, ending of clubs, ending of contests, etc…
  • Notable laws, court cases or police reports dealing with Fetish/BDSM and the Leather Lifestyle
  • Nonpornograph and nonerotic imagery relevant to exisiting content

I intend to attribute all additions and changes to the timelime. Let me know how you wish to be attributed or if you don't wish to be.

I reserve the right to evaluate how appropriateness of the submissions.

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Before 1970

1930 - 1939 CE
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1934, March 10 The birth in El Paso, Texas, of author John Rechy, whose writing skirted the edges of leather sexuality, and about which he had strong opinions.
1936 The suicide of Robert Ervin Howard, creator of Connan the Barbarian. Exceptionally close to his mother as a boy, and bullied by older boys he turned to exercise and developed the body he admired in other men. When his mother lapsed into a coma he blew out his own brains with a borrowed pistol and Cross Plains, Texas, had a double funeral. He was 30 years old and had written 21 Connan stories in which images of muscular men suffering under the domination of others was prominent.

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1960 - 1969 CE
Time Event
1968 Formation of Texas Riders MC, originally the Warlocks and later the Cobras, in Houston.
1969, June 28 New York City Police raid the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher St. near 7th Ave. triggering riots that last several nights, and becoming the seminal event in public awareness of the fight for gay rights.

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1970-2004

1973
Time Event
1973 Formation of Olympian Cycle Corps in Dallas.

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1974 First "Let Us Entertain You" weekend sponsored by the leather clubs of Houston on the weekend following Mardi Gras.

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1975
Time Event
1975 Formation of Battalion Motorcycle Corps, Dallas; Heart of Texas MC, Austin; and Tejas MC, Houston;

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1976
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1976 Formation of American Leathermen MC of Houston and the Dallas MC;

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1977
Time Event
1977 Formation of Ambassadors of Texas Cadre, Austin.
1977 The Lone Star run in Texas premiers.

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1978
Time Event
1978 Formation of Rough Riders MC, San Antonio.

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1980
Time Event
1980 Formation of Sundance Cattle Co., Houston.

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1982
Time Event
1982 Formation of Corpus Christi MC.
1982 Release of the film Connan the Barbarian which opens with a shot of a nearly naked Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Connan, nailed, crucifix style, to a huge and gnarled tree. He tears himself free from the nails. The movie is filled with other SM images.

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1983
Time Event
1983 Formation of Cowtown Leathermen, Ft. Worth.
1983, May Colt Thomas of Houston TX is named the fourth International Mr. Leather at the contest at Park West in Chicago.
1983, Sept. 9 - 12 Chicago Hellfire Club holds Inferno 12 in Douglas MI. Ron Bentley of Midland, Texas, receives the Caligula Award.

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1984
Time Event
1984 Formation of Disciples of DeSade, Dallas.

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1985
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1985 Formation of River City Outlaws, San Antonio and Texas Renegades, Houston.

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1987
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1987 Formation of Firedancers LLC, Dallas.

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1988
Time Event
1988, Feb. 13 A conference of Leather-S/M men and women is held in Dallas, an outgrowth of the Oct. '87 conference in Washington DC. It's purpose is to organize a national organization. After two days of heated debate a statement of purpose and some organizational guidelines are adopted, and a steering committee is elected. The group begins functioning under the name Safe Sane Consensual Adults, SSCA.

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1989
Time Event
1989 Leather United Chicago Formation of Brotherhood of Pain, Houston.

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1990
Time Event
1990 Formation of Bay Area Levi/Leather Society (BALLS), Corpus Christi.

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1991
Time Event
1991 Formation of Chain of Command, San Antonio; NLA: Houston; and Patrol Uniform Club, San Antonio.

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1993
Time Event
1993 Formation of South Texas Leather Men, Corpus Christi.
1993, Oct. 8-10 NLA's Living In Leather VIII conference was held in Houston. Peri Jude Radecic keynote speaker. Lifetime Achievement Awards to Fakir Musafar and Dorothy Hajdys. Mark Frasier & Artemis Silver Owl both from Dallas, are named Mr. & Ms NLA.

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1994
Time Event
1994 Mates Clubs formed: FIST (Houston) and Houston Area Bears.
1994, March 6 Brother Help Thyself The Leather Journal's Pantheon of Leather awards ceremony is held in Houston. Joseph Bean and K.T. Chase are named Man and Woman of the Year. Other awards are: Business Person: Scott Rodriguez of the Cuff in Seattle WA; Business: Mr. S Leathers, San Francisco; Club: Centaur MC, Washington DC; Club sponsored event: Living in Leather VIII; Non-Profit Organization: Brother Help Thyself, Washington DC; Forbearer: Dom "Etienne" Orejudos; Lifetime Achievement: Tony DeBlase; Readers Choice: Lenny Broberg and K. T. Chase; Publisher's: Brian Dawson; International: Don Bastian, Calgary; Regionals: West Coast - Guy Baldwin; Rocky Mountain - Joe Potter; South Central - Boots Adams; Midwest - Ed Tobin; Southeast - Jose Alberto Ucles; Eastern - Alan Chiras; Canadian - Trevor Jacques.

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1995
Time Event
1995 Onyx Clubs formed: South Texas Lather [SIC] Men (Corpus Christi) and Texas Riders MC Corpus Christi Chapter,.

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1996
Time Event
1996, Feb. 11 Pantheon of Leather IV is held in New Orleans. ... Regional awards are: Southeast: Bill Costomiris and Jack Stice, South Central: Dean Walradt, Rocky Mountain: Greg Lowe, West Coast: Jeff Henness, Midwest: Jan Hall, Canadian: Paris Elizabeth Sea.

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1997
Time Event
1997, Jan. Margo Frasier begins her term as Sheriff of Travis County, Texas. She is the first out lesbian to be elected sheriff in the US.
1997, April 28 David and Diane James of Sequin, TX pick up a young woman off the streets of San Antonio for play. The young woman states that she was abducted. The next day, she flees from the James home and seeks refuge in a neighbor's house. David James followed her with an AR-15 assault rifle. He is shot dead by police in a gun battle. Diane James is arrested. She states that picking up the young woman was consensual. Diane James is tried aggravated kidnapping and convicted on November 21, 1997. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The David and Diane James had been members of the Austin and San Antonio BDSM community.

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1998
Time Event
1998, Oct. 9 - 11 The National Leather Association holds Living in Leather XIII in Dallas Texas. Jan Hall becomes President and Spencer Bergsted, Vice President and President Elect.

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2001
Time Event
2001: Celebrating 10 Years: Texas Leather Pride X by NLA: Austin, Austin, TX.
2001, Mar. 2-4: SPLF Productions held its inaugural annual event, South Plains Leather Fest at the Radisson Hotel - Dallas in Dallas, TX which offer over 35 workshops and more than 20 vendors.
2001, Sep. 1-3 The first Ms. World Leather contest is held in Dallas, Texas.

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2002
Time Event
2002, May Stephen Weber, Mr. Texas Leather 2002, , sponsored by the Dallas Eagle, becomes International Mr. Leather 2002. First runner-up is Borisz Mos, Mr. Leather Holland 2002, and second runner-up is Herb Kaylor, Mr. DC Eagle 2002.
2002, May 28: Stephen Scott was born May 5,1963 in Stamford, CT and died from a drug overdose in the morning of May 28, 2002 in Chicago. Stephen was the first Mr. South Plains Leather in 2001 and the first Mr. Sooner State Leather in 2000, was a Leatherman for over 12 years and served as male cochair of the National Leather Association (NLA) Oklahoma City chapter. Stephen was one of the founders of Tribal Fire. Stephen helped raise thousands of dollars for the Winds House-OKC, the Walt Whitman School-Dallas and the Leather Literary Project through various fundraising endeavors. Stephen was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum and served as director of Outreach and Development. He lived in Oklahoma City with his partner of six years Gregory Gray.

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2003
Time Event
2003: New on the Scene: Women's Educational Board (WEB), Central Texas.
2003, Dec. Veteran Texas leatherman Dean Walradt dies
Dean Walradt and his Mr Texas Drummer vest

IMAGE SOURCE: texasobituaryproject.org

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2004
Time Event
2004, Apr. 29: The Leather Network conducted boys Training Camp VI in Dallas, TX at Inquisition Dallas. NLA: Dallas honored key note speaker and guest faculty member Judy Tallwing-McCarthy with 75 in attendance.
2004, Jun. 25: The Leather Network held Master's Retreat VII in Houston, TX the weekend of June 25-27 which was produced by Master Roy of Houston, an alumnus of five previous Retreats. Lynda Blakeslee, Ms Twisted, of Austin was the keynote speaker. Also, The Phoenix Uniform Club of San Francisco, CA held its 27th Annual Uniforms Leather Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building.

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The following was largely lifted from an archived page from the LA&M's web site.

2005
Time Event
2005, Mar. 7 Jeffrey L. Bays (Daddy Jeff) was killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas, NV. Jeff was survived by his partner, Stan Harrell. Jeff was Mr. Drummer Texas 1997-1998.

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2008
Time Event
2008, Sep 19 Dallas boys of Leather Dallas Boys of Leather (DbOL) disbands. During its history DbOL was well known in Dallas and the United States for its leadership, charity and social events. DbOL had hosted many boy/sub gatherings in both Dallas and Oklahoma , at such events as Beyond Vanilla, South Plains Leather fest, ILSb (when in Dallas ). As well as co-producing Dallas Leather Sir/boy contest 2002-2003 and North Texas Leather Sir boy 2005-2006. DbOL's crowning charity program was the annual boys and bears stuff animal drive for the children in Scottish Rite Hospital. Last year DbOL added Bryans House for children affected by AIDS to its charitable work. Source: Dallsa boys of Leather 9/19/08

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2009
Time Event
2009, Feb 27-Mar 1 The 10th annual South Plains Leather Fest takes place in Dallas, Texas with the naming of the new International Master/slave. Source: http://www.ebar.com/artscolumns/artcolumn.php?sec=mrm&id=192  1/15/09

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2010
Time Event
2010, Apr 9-11 20th Anniversary of Chain of Command, TCC Landsite, Cameron, TXSource:The Leather Journal Issue 238
2010, May 31 Tyler McCormick Self-proclaimed "Leather gimp" Tyler McCormick, a wheel chair-reliant female to male transgender man, breaks down barriers to win the 2010 INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER contest - the first time in the competition's 32 year history.

Lance Holman, Mr. San Francisco Leather, took first runner-up, and Jack Andrew Duke, Mr. Texas Leather, took second runner-up. The IML competition was held Memorial weekend (May 27-31 2010) in ChicagoSource:International Mr. Leather

2010, Sep. 24-26 20th Anniversary of Beyond Vanilla hosted by NLA DallasSource:http://www.beyondvanilla.org/home/

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2011
Time Event
2011, Apr. 15-17 National Leather Association: Houston Presents Spring Iniquity XX, its 20th anniversry.
SOURCE: springiniquity.com
2011, Aug. 25 The Dallas Observer runs a story about the effects of the Internet on the Dallas, Texas Leather Scene: How The Internet Killed (Or Maybe Just Changed) Dallas' Leather Scene by Anna Merlan. August 25, 2011.

Dallas Observer is a free digital and print publication based in Dallas, Texas. The Observer publishes daily online coverage of local news, restaurants, music, and arts, as well as longform narrative journalism. A weekly print issue circulates every Thursday.
contrib. Ambrosio. late 2022.

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2012
Time Event
2012, April 26-29 5th Annual Beyond Leather in Dallas, TX.Source:The Leather Journal  12/8/11

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2013
Time Event
2013, Oct 3 Cynthia Artemis Silverowl Babbitt, born on April 5, 1957 in Worcester, MA passed away on October 03, 2013 in Arlington, TX. Artemis was instrumental in the formation of the National Leather Association: Dalias and former title holder Ms NLA: Intemabonal. Her work in the Leather community and her documenting of local leather history will preserve it for future generations.

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2014
Time Event
2014 According to the LGBTQ History Timeline Reference - GLSEN: Austin City Council approves ordinance for single-stall bathrooms to be recognized as gender-neutral.
contrib. Ambrosio. late 2022.
2014, Jun 21 The winners of the 2014 Leathertarian Award were announced.
  • Male Winner: LOYD POWELL, of Texas
  • Female Winner: C. KEIKI STACY WEIGLE (aka Domina DeManda), of Florida
  • Lifetime Award: THOMAS SMITH, of Kentucky
The Male and Female winners receive a Check in the amount of $500.00. The Lifetime Award winner receives a check in the amount of $1,000.00.

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End of the Leather History Timeline for Texas


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