Loneliness & Isolation Within Our Gay Leather Community

Friday 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Topic area: Health / Mental Health

Whether we, or others, consider ourselves to be too old, too young, too inexperienced, too unfit, or whatever, I hear counseling clients talk about the isolation and resulting loneliness they experience as Leathermen (and similarly for Lesbian, Bisexual and Straight Kinky folks, too).

Come share the stories of your experiences of where our Leather Community has made it tougher, or let you down from experiencing your Leather life to its fullest. After some introductory comments and ideas, this can be a time to brainstorm to help our Community learn how to better offer itself to everyone who desires to participate in safe, sane and consenting play and socializing. I would suggest the first step in changing our Leather world is to talk about it, from our own experiences, and learning we are not alone... both in our desires and in the ways we are struggling, as well as what we would like and where we might succeed with 'a little help from our Leather Family and friends'.