Leather has always been about The Hermit, that of stepping away. A man, abandoned by the world, and abandoning the world in turn; the light he carries his own to make. The Gay Male in the 1950s and 60s stepped away from pop culture and from materialism towards an internally created society, careful to supply the image that he no longer cares about the world. The world turned its back on Leather lads, so fuck 'em. Problem is, lads, they're already fucked. And have long been. So that message no longer has much meaning.
We need to be bastions of the community now. We need to be angels and ambassadors - ready to stand up for what is right, what we believe to be true, know to be right. Now is the time.