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Leather and Kink Editorials

Leather is much more than guys in cowhide and boots hanging out in bars. Our tradition goes back decades and includes literature, ethics, art, history, and argument, all adding up to a distinct Weltanshauung. Drummer Magazine has been the wellspring for much of it. This is DRUM BEATS.

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From the Editor

I am not a historian. I am a storyteller. Many years ago my psycho-analytic psychotherapist explained what we were doing in analysis this way: you are telling yourself the story of yourself, telling it in such a way that it is coherent and all the pieces fit and when you come to the realization that it is a work of fiction, then analysis is complete. So that is what I am doing here. Telling a story that will, I hope, help us as leathermen to understand who we are and where we have come from. It is a work of fiction but fiction is often the best lens through which to see the truth.

Drew Kramer
Drummer Magazine.

Part One: Origins 1950s and 1960s

Part One: Origins 1950s and 1960s

Imagine it is 1938 and you have just celebrated your eighteenth birthday. And you are gay. To be sure, you would not have called yourself “gay.” You probably have no words at all to describe who you are. All you knew was that some men inspire in you something that was possibly interpreted as “hero worship” by others, you admire them, you emulate them, you want to be close to them. But you know it was more than...

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Part Two: Liberation and Crisis

Part Two: Liberation and Crisis

In the prior installment, we discussed how the familiar elements that comprise Leather. The leather bars that came to be our sacred sexual spaces, the clubs for men on motorcycles or uniform guys or just leathermen seeking fraternity, and the secret societies of leathermen exploring the rituals and ecstasies of bondage and domination—took shape. All of this occurred in the 1950s and 1960s when homosexuality was not...

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The Fraternity Issue.

Fall 2019

The Fraternity Issue

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The Macho Issue

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The Bondage Issue

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The Rubber Issue

Winter 2022 - The Bear Issue

Winter 2022

The Bear Issue


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The Bondage Issue.

The Drummer Legacy

During the late 20th century, Drummer was the most successful of the American leather magazines and sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal.

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