Making the Connection: Guy Baldwin

Leather’s Enfant Terrible at 65: An Afternoon with Guy Baldwin


Sunday, February 12, 2012  2:00pm-4:00pm
Doors open at 1:30pm
at Mr. S Leather, 385 8th St. SF, Ca.


Class Description:

He may get into movies half-price, and don’t touch his Medicare — but still, after decades of grinding leather’s sacred cows into hamburger, nobody pisses people off like Guy Baldwin. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with the leatherman, author, activist and pioneering psychotherapist about his life and times, his observations on the leather scene past and present, what it’s like to ping pong between being the community’s darling and its scourge, and of course a quick survey of which popular leather fairytales are most sorely in need of skewering. To be moderated by Patrick Mulcahey.


Guy Baldwin has been both participant and observer of the American leather scene since the mid-1960s. An acclaimed speaker, he has delivered keynote addresses for the Leather Leadership Conference, the International Master/slave Weekend & South Plains Leatherfest, the “Living in Leather” convention of the National Leather Association, the Austin Bash and the Dominion Gathering, to name a few. Of his published work, he is perhaps best known for his essays in Drummer magazine, many of which were collected in his 1993 book, Ties That Bind. His 2002 SlaveCraft, now in its fourth printing, offers a compelling and controversial look at the inner dynamics of erotic servitude in the Master/slave dynamic.

In 1989, he was selected Mr. National Leather Association and the 11th International Mr. Leather, and is the only person ever to hold both titles concurrently. He has been awarded both the Pantheon and Dominion Lifetime Achievement Awards, and in 2000 was named “Centurion” by the Leather Archives & Museum – one of twenty in the 20th century recognized for outstanding contributions to Leather. He was among the first inductees to the Society of Janus Hall Of Fame in 2004 and received the first Master/ slave Heritage Award at the 2009 Master/slave Conference. In 2008 he received the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s third-ever “Leather Leadership Award,” in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the leather community.

Guy has been selected to be inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame in April of this year at CLAW.

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