In these spaces, you waive a degree of consent by entering them, and consensually submit yourself to being touched by people you cannot see. As various internet entities crack down on adult content, we may now reasonably ask how kink and leather will survive. His gagging noises mixed with the music and talk. Go-go dancers, drag queens, and porn stars are not there for free. Support leather bars. Men slipped in and out of shadow. The high-profile conviction of gay sadomasochists arrested in Manchester inknown as the Spanner case, drew lurid headlines and stoked public prejudice.
Around the same time, permanent venues rose to the fore.
Bars such as the Coleherne, the Anvil, Bloc, Substation and, most recently, the Hoist, have all disappeared into the annals of gay history, replaced with gastropubs, luxe apartments and identikit offices. A word of warning from Alex Cheves. You might see someone getting paddled, flogged, or fisted. DO expect and respect smoking areas.
Leather as a gay subculture traces its roots back to the appearance of US biker gangs in the s and 50s.