leather queen

leather queen

A popular term for an effeminate gay male whose sexuoeroticism hinges in part or completely on the leather subculture.
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Yes, says Kennedy, sexy dress can both carry allusions to abuse (32) or signify female autonomy, (33) and for Bersani the leather queen is both complicit with, and critical of, conventional maleness.
I remember vividly sitting with Harvey Milk in the back room of his Castro Street camera shop and reading letters from young gay people explaining how his public image--not a florist, not an overly macho leather queen, not a swishy muscle boy--made it easier for them to go on living.
As I recall, there wasn't much of a stampede to the box office, but whether that was because of our protests or because the mass audience didn't care to watch Al choose between the ravishing Karen Allen or a thin, scarred leather queen hanging in a sling in a basement on Avenue A, I really couldn't say.
He rejected the premise entirely, turning the question into another question as to why society had to box homosexuals into categories like opera queen and leather queen and movie queen.
When I first used to go to Pride, the radical fairies would do cartwheels wearing no underwear, the leather queens would be out in force, marching next to the pagans.
DT: What effect has fashion had on the increased visibility of drag queens, leather queens, and out lesbians (lipstick or otherwise) in mainstream culture?
The far right, Sincere argues, exploits the radical image with videos that show only "the drag queens and the leather queens and the people simulating fellatio in the street.
The thing I admire about leather queens is that, next to Star Trek fans, they are the most prop-happy people in the world, cheerfully lugging pounds of gear wherever they go.
I don't know what was more painful to read in Klein's essay: the admission that some gay kids felt that the "normal-acting" Harvey Milk made it "easier for them to go on living" or the disparaging light in which the "queerer" folks--the florists, macho leather queens, "swishy" muscle boys--were cast.
It became very clear that there was a whole population of gay men who did not live in New York or Los Angeles, who were not circuit boys or leather queens, and had never really had their lives written about before.