In his Dallas speech fourteen years ago, Philip Rubin called upon the audience to "be a bonded community — deaf and hearing. PLCD is a social organization for the diversity of deaf and hearing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered who identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, drag queen, leather, leatherboy, bear and cub in the region of metropolitan Philadelphia, surrounding counties around Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. BLADEaf has been the most successful organization, and although based at the Baltimore Eagle, numbers members from locales as distant as California, Toronto, and Washington state. With the exception of the coverage of individual groups and organizations and contests published in The Leather Journalthis remains the beginning of print documentation of deaf leather within the larger world of gay nonfiction literature. This page is part of the disabilities issue of True Taleswhich includes articles, stories, photography, and links related to leather and disabilities. The theme chosen for the competition was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
The original name of the group, National Leather Association:
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It also held some events at Woody's in October and December There was a big crowd attending. After winning the title, he joked that the initials also stood for "Sadist-Pain-Ouch". The 18th annual contest was held at WWCC. Within a scene, establishing safewords and mutually intelligible signals when one partner is deaf and the other hearing poses creative challenges.
The board decided to change the deaf leather contest from annual to biannual. Among his stated goals for his title year were initiating closed-captioning on bar video systems. The theme chosen for the competition was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Yet the existence of this segment of the leather community has not long been as visible as at present, or so much an accepted part of the landscape. The original name of the group, National Leather Association: