The Real History of HIV AIDS and Leather by Dave Rhodes-S02E26

Recorded: 5/11/2019 / Published: 7/31/2019
  1. Call in at 865-268-4005 to leave your question or visit the Krypt at On this episode of The Krypt, we are returning to DomCon LA 2019, for a conversation with the founder of The International Mr. and Ms.Olympus Leather contest, Dave Rhodes. In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground from living through the beginning of the AIDS epidemic to founding a publication and an international leather contest. 
  2. [1:03]Rules to Love by:
    1. Safe, sane, consensual, and informed
    2. KNKI: Knowledge, No Intolerance, Kindness, Integrity
    3. “Submission is not about authority and it’s not about obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.” -Wm. Paul Young
  3. [1:30] Dave Rhodes 
    1. [1:30] How old are you? How long have you been in the lifestyle? Openly gay? 
    2. [2:40] When did you get into leather?
    3. [4:20] Drummer Magazine in 1976.
    4. [6:52] The “Old Guard” and the transformation of the scene from 1976 to the 1990s.
    5. [7:57] 1978 the real start of the HIV / AIDS epidemic and the personal impact. 
    6. [9:00] How did the disease affect the scene and what is the last effect?
    7. [10:38] The lesbian community steps in to help the male guy leather community.
    8. Losing three people a month from AIDS!
    9. [12:50] What have you done with the Leather Competitions? Founded The International Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest in 1996.
    10. [19:02] What is it “To be Leather”?
    11. [22:27] What is the best advice you can give to the new and the old?
    12. [27:15] Id the glass half full or half-empty? Yes.


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