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Leatherman Hardy Haberman is “Back in the Leather Pew”

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Hardy Haberman

Leatherman – Author – Educator – Cinematographer – Activist


Getting ready for church. Glad to be back in the leather pew today.

Hardy Haberman

Hardy Haberman – leatherman, author, spiritual leader

Hardy Haberman

Since the mid-70’s Hardy((Hardy Haberman biography – from Woodhull Freedom Foundation))((Photo credit – 2nd2Nunn PhotographyHardy HabermanCC BY-SA 2.0)); has been an active in the leather community as a gay activist, author & speaker on aspects of the SM/Leather scene. Professionally he is a filmmaker. His documentary on the leather lifestyle “LEATHER” has won numerous awards and appeared in festivals around the world, and his latest film, “Out of the Darkness, The Reality of SM” is currently being used by health care professionals around the world. His non-leather projects include the documentary “The Big Fair” a look inside the State Fair of Texas, which is currently in post-production.

The current recipient of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Leather Leadership Award, he was also awarded NLAI’s Man Of The Year award in 1999 and in 2007 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association International. Since April, 1995, he and his boy Patrick have been living together in Dallas with their Feline Mistresses, Elvira and Samantha and newcomer Jack-The-Cat.

Hardy Kemp Haberman

Leatherman – Author – Cinematographer – Activist

Born July 27, 1950 (age 67)
Residence DallasTexas
Nationality American
Alma mater Baylor University
Occupation author, director, educator, Gay rights activist
Board member of Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
Partner(s) Patrick Ryan (1995-present)
Awards NLAI Man of the Year Award (1999), NLAI Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award (2009), Pantheon of Leather President’s Award (20011)

Hardy Haberman – A Living Leather Role Model

There’s a lot of talk about “Old Guard” and their rules and protocols. Some of the talk may be truth, a lot is myth, of that I have no doubt. If there’s anyone I know that lives the sort of life the Old Guard was said to live, it’s Mr Haberman.

If I were to look around for an archetype of a Leatherman, the epitome of what it means to be a leader in the Leather community, Hardy Haberman would be an outstanding candidate. Certainly, there are others that come to mind as well. I mean absolutely no disrespect to other outstanding Leathermen. But, Mr Haberman’s background as an author, educator, and activist, is very hard to match.

Although I’ve never met him in person, I still hold out hope our paths will cross, perhaps at a future IML. I do own three of Hardy Haberman’s books: Family Jewels: A Guide to Male Genital Play and Torment, More Family Jewels: Further Explorations in Male Genitorture, and Playing With Pains.

The other books he has authored are on my wishlist. I’m really quite interested in Shouts in the Wilderness: Daily Meditations for Leatherfolk. While I don’t share the same faith as Hardy, I find the excerpts of this book that I’ve read to be both thoughtful, and thought provoking.

We’ve been Facebook friends for a couple of years as well.((that’s where I read the book excerpts – Hardy Haberman)).  His politics align well with my own, and Mr. Haberman’s feed is very political. He’s a great follow!

I tip my cap to you Hardy Haberman. Everything I’ve known, or have seen of you, indicates you are a man of integrity and of real faith. You provide a real role model for young aspiring Leathermen…

My best wishes to you in your political work!


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About The Author

Michael Samadhi

Michael Samadhi - Joy of Kink Editor - author, lifestyle dominant, sex blogger, sex educator, photographer, artist, pansexual, sapiosexual, polyamorist, audiophile, historian, pagan/Buddhist, former political activist, and community organizer. I tied up a girlfriend (consensually) the first time back in 1980, and it's been a hell of a ride ever since.

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