Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Is Leather List?
L L is a fundraising portal or platform for non-profit organizations (“NPOs”) which support Leather peoples’ lives, cultures and vital interests every day. L L also provides services & resources to local Leather memberships (clubs, & conference organizations too) see Leather List Local Program.
L L is not a national membership organization. It’s a coordinated program: online driven, and reinforced by local action.
How did the idea of L L begin?
With 19 years as a licensed mental health professional (LICSW), social and political science training, non-profit leadership & management and private sector entrepreneurial life, he re-examined Leather’s nearly 40 year legacy of mutual aid, charitable fundraising and philanthropy.
From experience growing up in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pacific NW Leather, L L is the culmination of his life’s work.
What is LeatherList.org?
LeatherList.org uses well-established, secure software to create an internet portal, connecting donor and recipient securely and directly, through an established payment service (PayPal).
The site allows visitors to learn about the different NPOs that serve Leather people and cultures LeatherList.org allows individuals to “bundle” donations, to several NPOs at a time, in a single, secure online transaction.
How does L L support Radical/Sex-positive life, the core of Leather culture?
Is L L a resource list?
Why does L L support NPOs that deal with reproductive freedom and health?
What is L L's status as a non-profit?
What is "Leather Service To Communities"?
Is "Leather Service To Communities" the same as Leather "community service"?
How did L L decide on these five ways to support Leather?
L L developed its five ways of supporting Leather-identified people and cultures by asking basic questions that help organize communities and the basic principles of mutual support:
Who are Leather people? What do they do? How do they relate to one another? What vital interests do they share? What is the best way to achieve them?
The answers began an organizational development process that honored Leather’s history while also serving today’s highly diverse Leather.
The process of Leather people developing a social support system began nearly 4o years ago with the onset of HIV/AIDS. It has grown greatly since, primarily through multiple organizations within Men’s Leather cultures. L L commits to continuing this work, supporting NPOs currently funded by Leather, and developing new areas of support.
Is there more information on these five ways?
- HEALTH & MEDICINE
This portfolio remains anchored in AIDS prevention & treatment, honoring the history of Leather’s charitable fundraising. For today’s Leather, the goal of gender and kink-aware medicine has been added. It supports community based, sliding fee, discounted and pro bono programs. Leather people today face a wide array of health concerns.
- LGBTQ SUPPORT
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people are heavily represented in Leather cultures, both historically and today. Socially, economically and politically, all LGBTQ communities have been under constant challenge from bigotry and hatred in the U.S. Queer/Non-conforming genders have received the latest brunt of reactionary attack, and acted out “gender panic.” The cultural & legal pushback to equal marriage continues. Leather people and cultures have historically stood up for their most vulnerable members.
- NATIONAL LEATHER INSTITUTIONS
In any culture, the existence of a range of national (non-regional) institutions carrying that culture’s name is an important development. National institutions represent permanence and importance, particularly critical considering that Leather’s diverse minorities are often subjected to erasure, discrimination and marginalization. A larger number of such organizations, across different areas of life and work, validate that a culture is a permanent part of a country’s population. (On Local Leather Lists, “State Leather Institutions” reflect this value at the state level.
- RADICAL/SEX POSITIVE LIFE
The historic roots of Men’s Leather show how erotic and sexual freedom, even when severely threatened, was a core element of a human liberation movement that is still active today. We see this liberation today in Leather cultures (Leathersex defines its more radical, spiritual and erotic elements) and the Sex Positive movement. BDSM, Kink and Power Transfer are major areas of diversity developed as a liberation movement by Leather cultures over four generations. Historians, anthropologists and sociologists have validated Leather’s position in human and cultural sexual development.
- RELATIONSHIP FREEDOM
Relationship Freedom is a well understood part of Leather cultural history. Master/slave and power transfer relationships, which bridge monogamy and consensual non-monogamy (“CNM”) is core to many Leather cultures. Leather also knows different types of community: Families; Nations, Tribes; Houses, Packs, et al. Leather conferences often include education on these relationship skills. Yet in U.S. workplaces and many families, anyone in these relationships are subject to discrimination at work and socially.
Is Leather List a business, and what does the Board stand to gain from its operations?
Is Leather's fight against AIDS strongly enough supported in the LGBTQ Support portfolio?
How Leather List Works
Why are there National and Local Leather Lists?
The eight lists also reflects L L’s knowledge that local Leather leadership is at the heart of Leather people & cultures.
What is a LeatherList.org membership about?
How do I know if a Leather List NPO is properly managed?
How do these non-profits help Leather people and cultures?
Can you say more about how they help Leather?
- Practice: The ability and freedom to safely practice leading a radical/sex-positive life, explore relationship freedom and express erotic, sexual and gender identities.
- Research: Psychological, medical.and health care research into Leathersexuality, including BDSM, Kink and spiritual practices. Psychological, sociological research into relational life, including intentional and power exchange forms, and consensual non-monogamy
- Education: Education in the arts and skills of Leathersexuality and intentional/power exchange type relationships. Continuing medical education to develop appropriate standards of care for radical/sex-positive patients
- Protection: Legal and social service support for LGBTQ people & cultures, radical/sex-positive life and relationship freedom.
- Care For:To provide medical or mental health or preventive services at low sliding scale cost; sexuality and gender knowledgeable
Care For dates back nearly 40 years of Leather charitable support for AIDS cure, treatment, and prevention
What is the LSTC Journal, the L L blog?
How does Leather List manage its Board of Directors?
Leather List is formally committed to the standards developed by BoardSource. Here are the key areas: Board Orientation; CEO Oversight; Board Composition; Ethics & Transparency; Board Performance
Does LeatherList.org share information about contributors to NPOs?
How does L L itself earn money?
Does Leather List provide other services besides fundraising?
Does L L report its own income and expenses?
Can contributors support local Leather anywhere in the U.S.?
How does L L create secure, direct contributor-to-NPO contributions?
The ability to create direct funding to NPOs online has been developed with well-established software developers, including Paypal. It also allows you to directly “tip” L L before completing a contribution.
How does L L practice diversity and inclusion?
Who handles customer service if there's a question about a contribution?
What must NPOs do to be considered for LeatherList.org?
Are there any costs for NPOs to be on LeatherList.org?
How will Leather List promote and market LeatherList.org?
How can other NPOs apply to get on Leather List?
After Board approval of the application, each NPO is interviewed. L L seeks stability of leadership; clarity, quality and relevance to Leather of mission & vision; achievable goals; track record of results.
Eligibility recommendations for new NPOs to be added are made by the Finance Committee to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis.