BLUF blog

Welcome to BLUF's blog. Here you'll find selection articles that we hope will be of interest to the wider community, not just BLUF members.

Latest articles

On sex, leather and visibility, 16 August 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 4, 14 July 2017

Tom of Finland - UK screenings, 12 July 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 3, 10 July 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 2, 10 July 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017, 09 July 2017

B Proud - and help LGBT people in danger, 06 June 2017

Looking East, 12 April 2017

BLUF Backstage: On the passing of members, 17 March 2017

The battle for Backstreet, 17 February 2017

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BLUF blog posts

On sex, leather and visibility

In a piece recently published on GayStarNews, I make the argument for allowing people in fetish gear to be in Pride parades. I think it's an important one - and increasingly we're seeing people from within the gay community saying "it shouldn't be allowed', "it gives us a … 16 Aug 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 4

The photos in this gallery were taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) during the London Pride Parade 2017. Principally of BLUF and London Leathermen, it also includes a few other general shots of Pride. Click the photo to launch the gallery, and click the link below a photo to view it on Flickr. … 14 Jul 2017

Tom of Finland - UK screenings

The Tom of Finland biopic had its London premiere a few weeks ago. For many people, of course, the word "biopic" can conjure up the phrase "dull but worthy," however in this case, nothing could be further from the truth. The film's witty, engaging, and at times heart-breaking … 12 Jul 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 2

Thanks to Longshot (2710) for this collection of photos of the BLUF/LLM group in the London Pride Parade … 10 Jul 2017

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 3

The photos in the gallery on this page were taken by a variety of people during the 2017 London Pride Parade, and show the BLUF / London Leathermen group. To view full details of each photo on Flickr, click the link below each picture. … 10 Jul 2017

B Proud - and help LGBT people in danger

Pride season is upon us, and in many cities around the world, BLUF members and other leather people will be marching, showing that we're not afraid to live our lives the way we want. In some countries, that's not the case - and in particular, events in Chechnya have … 06 Jun 2017

Looking East

It's very easy, in western Europe and the US, to become complacent about the freedoms that we have as gay men, and as leathermen. As I've written before, in some countries - and often those only a short distance away - things are much less secure. Our concerns, whether they … 12 Apr 2017

BLUF Backstage: On the passing of members

One of the inevitable aspects of running a club, or a site like BLUF, is that sooner or later one or more of your members will pass away. Over the years I've been running the club, we've had this happen numerous times, and we now have a fairly … 17 Mar 2017

The battle for Backstreet

Last night, at a meeting of the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee, the future of London's only leather bar was secured - for the time being at least. The proposal Backstreet is the only part of a large building that's still in use. It occupies the back of a … 17 Feb 2017

Tom of Finland emoji

Emoji - the smiling faces and other icons that pepper so much online speech - are constantly evolving. The nation of Finland has already contributed some - such as a sauna - that will appear on many devices later this year. Not content with that, the home of Tom of Finland is still proposing … 06 Feb 2017

Changes in BLUF Amsterdam board - Nieuw bestuur BLUF Amsterdam

BLUF Amsterdam wants to thank Charles, Ard and Dave for all the energy, time and effort they put in leading BLUF Amsterdam to what it is now. More than 10 years you guys led BLUF Amsterdam and organised parties & meetings for leatherguys from the Netherlands and visitors from abroad. We … 01 Jan 2017

A new look for BLUF

Welcome to the new look BLUF website. We've completely rebuilt the site from the ground up, to make it more suitable for the modern world, and we've also make a lot of the information much easier to find, in new clearer sections devoted to leather bars, clubs and … 29 Dec 2016

MOREPIXX? A new fetish photo competition

Calling all gay fetish photographers A brand new worldwide photo competition is about to get off the ground in December 2016 and we’d like to invite you to be a part of it. Join in and submit your best gay fetish photos. If your photographs are successful in the … 10 Dec 2016

BLUF Montreal Pride photos

The Montreal chapter’s second event was participation in Montreal’s Sunday August 14th, 2016 Pride Parade that drew 300,000 spectators. The BLUF Montreal contingent won over the crowds and was warmly embraced by the cheering onlookers all along the route. … 23 Aug 2016

BLUF Montreal launch photos

BLUF (Breeches and Leather Uniform Fanclub) returns to its 1997 birthplace, Montréal. Founder, Dutch Leon Jacobs desire was to create a virtual meeting place to alleviate isolation, foster communication, and promote sharing for those in the breeches and leather uniform fetish community. BLUF.com is the result his desire … 23 Aug 2016

BLUF Montreal launch video

Launch video for BLUF Montreal / Video pour la lancement de BLUF Montréal … 03 Aug 2016

BLUF posters, 2014

Continuing our collections of BLUF posters, this gallery includes those featuring the BLUF logo for events held in 2014. … 30 Jul 2016

BLUF posters, 2013

This gallery showcases posters with the BLUF logo for events in 2013. … 30 Jul 2016

BLUF posters, 2015

Since its introduction in 2011, BLUF's logo has appeared on many posters, both for our own events and for events that we're supporting in some way. This gallery includes almost sixty such posters, from 2015, in no particular order. … 29 Jul 2016

More London Pride Photos

29 Jun 2016

BLUF and London Leathermen at London Pride

Once again this year, BLUF took part in the London Pride Parade, and we formed a joint group with London Leathermen (formerly MSC London). With around 80 people taking part, we think this is the biggest ever leather turnout for the parade. Thanks very much to Paul Turner of LLM … 27 Jun 2016

BLUF Backstage: Introducing HD Photos

Over the past few weeks, some of you may have noticed our new HD Photos feature rolling out on the site. It represents a major update to the way we handle photos on BLUF, and it's now almost complete, so here's a full explanation of what it is, … 17 Feb 2016

BLUF LTD is born

Since it was created in 1997, BLUF has existed in a relatively informal way, organised first by Leon and now by myself. Over recent years, the club has grown in size and scope, with a better website and apps, more active local groups, and more events around the world. We … 26 Jan 2016

Calling occupants

31 Dec 2015

Back to the Backstreet, renewing a pledge

You don't know what you've got till it's gone, sang Joni Mitchell and sadly that's all too often been the case with leather bars, which is one of the reasons we started the BLUF 12x12 pledge back at the beginning of 2012. It's not just … 20 Dec 2015

BLUF, PrEP and World AIDS Day 2015

For this year's World AIDS Day, BLUF is adding some features to our website that will help members learn about PrEP - Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. It's a drug regime that, taken by HIV negative people, can help to ensure that they stay that way. It's one of the … 23 Nov 2015

A profile of politeness

In common with many other sites, BLUF provides profiles for members to write a bit about themselves, alongside their photos. And, just like on other sites, sometimes you see things that make you think "What's going on here?" Often, people use words and phrases without really thinking too much … 30 Oct 2015

Interview with the webmaster

Online magazine Sadosam has just published an interview with the BLUF webmaster: In English Auf Deutsch … 08 Jul 2015

BLUF in the London Pride Parade

On Saturday 27th June, London had its biggest ever Pride parade, and as in recent years, we had an official BLUF walking group. It was our biggest turnout for the march so far, with thirty people making up our group, please the BLUF and leather flags. We enjoyed a great … 30 Jun 2015

Photos from London Pride 2015

View image | gettyimages.com The images in the photo gallery below are public photos from Flickr that show the BLUF group on the London Pride Parade. If you find more photos of us, please send an email to pride @ bluf.com Click on a photo to view it on Flickr. … 29 Jun 2015

BLUF Backstage: The BLUF events calendar, and how to get listed

A few years ago, the BLUF calendar was something that was only available to members, and was principally a listing of BLUF events and very few other things. Over recent years it's grown, and now contains over 300 events, of which BLUF organises, supports or sponsors around 90, and … 22 Jun 2015

BLUF Backstage: Message blocking and harassment

Unlike many other sites, BLUF doesn't have a button on profiles that you can use to block other members from sending you messages. It's something that, from time to time, people ask about, and so in this Backstage blog, I thought I'd set out why we don' … 15 May 2015

BLUF passwords and security update

As part of our commitment to keeping BLUF secure, we have today made some important changes to the way passwords are handled on the BLUF web site. We're posting this publicly for two reasons - first, so that people who have forgotten their password can understand the new system and … 23 Feb 2015

Building a community: Hard work pays off in Dublin

In January of this year, I was invited by the organisers of the GEARED Ireland night to present one of the prizes at their 'Three Kings" title holder event, which I was delighted to attend. I was one of the judges at the event last year, when Brett was chosen … 03 Feb 2015

This year, gear up and make a difference

03 Jan 2015

BLUF Backstage: How we handle photos

In this backstage blog, I'm going to explain more about our current process for photo approvals. Photos, and whether or not they're accepted, is probably that thing that people query most once they're a BLUF member, and I'll admit that it is something that, from time … 15 Dec 2014

World AIDS Day: Don't exclude, embrace

As World AIDS Day comes around once again, I'd like to reflect on the way that we talk about those in our community who are living with HIV/AIDS. And, in some ways, that also reflects on the ways we talk about people in general, especially when it comes … 29 Nov 2014

On Facebook, fetish and names

Like it or not, Facebook is the site that many, many people turn to for a lot of their online socialising. It's captured the market to a huge degree - you even see adverts where, instead of a web site, companies urge you to find them on Facebook. And, as … 21 Nov 2014

BLUF Backstage: All about membership applications

BLUF membership to some is something to be coveted, and to aspire to. To others, it's a self selecting clique, or a bunch of guys who think they're better than everyone else. Or something that's virtually impossible to join. So, in this BLUF Backstage blog, I'm … 12 Nov 2014

BLUF Backstage: How we handle inactive profiles

This is the first in a series of BLUF Backstage articles that explains how we deal with various aspects of running the club. Today, I'm explaining how we handle inactive profiles; in theory, of course, we could just leave them all there. But, we don't need to impress … 06 Oct 2014

Photo highlights from London Pride 2014

The photos below are the highlights from over 100 that I shot on the London Pride march in 2014, and show members of BLUF and MSC London in our joint walking group. Click on a photo to view it on Flickr, where you'll also find all the other photos … 13 Aug 2014

Bestandsaufnahme und Zukunftspläne

Der 16. Juni 2009 war für mich ein wichtiges Datum. Es war der Tag, an dem Leon, der Gründer von BLUF, mich gebeten hatte, BLUF zu übernehmen, damit er nach zwölf Jahren zurücktreten konnte. Ich hoffe, es ist nicht zu unbescheiden zu sagen, dass ich ziemlich … 10 Jul 2014

BLUF in Chicago Pride 2014

BLUFChicago marched in Chicago's 45th annual Pride Parade. More than one million spectators attended. BLUFChicago marchó en 45o desfile anual del orgullo de Chicago. Más de un millón de espectadores asistieron. BLUFChicago marchait en 45e annuel défilé de la fierté de Chicago. Plus d'un million … 04 Jul 2014

London Pride March photos - set 2

More photos from the London Pride Parade, taken by leather bln (1879) … 02 Jul 2014

London Pride March photos - set 1

Thanks to Longshot (2710) for this set of photos showing the BLUF and MSC group in the London Pride Parade. … 01 Jul 2014

Flickr photos from London Pride

This Flickr gallery shows photos from the BLUF and MSC marching group in the London Pride parade; click on a photo to view it on Flickr. … 01 Jul 2014

More Flickr photos from London Pride

This Flickr gallery shows photos from the BLUF and MSC marching group in the London Pride parade; click on a photo to view it on Flickr. … 01 Jul 2014

Taking stock, making plans

June 16th 2009 was a fairly significant date for me. It was the day on which Leon, BLUF's founder, asked me to take over running the club so that he could step back after twelve years. I hope it's not too immodest to say that I'm quite … 16 Jun 2014

Harnessing technology

Bijou World, a vendor of vintage gay porn, wrote an interesting blog about the recent IML, in which they lamented the lack of people in full leather, compared to the number in, say, harnesses. It's an interesting read, and while I can't say whether or not it's … 04 Jun 2014

London Leather Social

Although not a BLUF event, the London Leather Social is well attended by BLUF guys, along with a good selection of men into all the different sorts of leather. It's a friendly event which takes place in the upstairs bar at Comptons on the first Sunday of every month - … 06 May 2014

BLUF's first ever advert

If you're heading to CLAW this year, check out the Yearbook, for two firsts from BLUF. The first of those is the uniform party, which is an official BLUF event for the first time at CLAW. The second is our very first advert, which you can also see below. … 02 Apr 2014

Get the BLUF Calendar

The BLUF Calendar has grown over recent years, and as well as containing details of BLUF's own events - now 60-70 a year, around the world - it has information about around 150 others, and that number seems to be growing. We've already made our calendar feed available publicly … 21 Mar 2014

The UK's internet censorship

With the UK's internet censorship scheme rolling out, enforcing a 'nanny knows best' view of what we should be allowed to see online, and at the same time blocking access to important sites, like LGBT health information, or support for abuse survivors, I've collected together some of the … 20 Dec 2013

World AIDS Day 2013

It's the 25th World AIDS Day today. From all at BLUF, whether you're remembering those we've lost, caring for someone with HIV, living with it yourself, or being grateful for information that's kept you safe, our very best wishes. Since the first World AIDS Day, we' … 01 Dec 2013

BLUF on Social Media

You'll find BLUF members and volunteers active on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. Many members use the word BLUF and sometimes their BLUF membership number as part of their profile names online. So, it's not always obvious whether something you read online is a statement from … 23 Oct 2013

Community Matters

Last weekend in Bristol, we had another great BLUF party. The same weekend there were also BLUF events in Chicago and San Francisco, and the weekend before saw events in London, LA, and Chicago (again! It must be something in the water). This coming weekend, BLUF events are being held … 22 Oct 2013

BLUF at Manchester Pride

The photos in the gallery below are from BLUF Northwest during Manchester Pride 2013. Click a photo to view on Flickr. … 10 Sep 2013

Bridgetown Leathermen: A new group for Portland

Gentlemen: Portland's gay Leather and BDSM scene just got classier! Now there is a welcoming community of Leathermen where you can network, socialize, learn and interact with others who appreciate what Leather means to those who value Old Guard traditions, standards, and principles. We seek others who respect and … 07 Aug 2013

BLUF's new membership card

The BLUF site now includes a new option, "BLUF Card", for members who are logged in to their accounts. This allows you to download a BLUF membership card, in PDF format. We've done this so that, for the first time, BLUF members have a way to prove that they … 01 Aug 2013

More Pride Parade Photos

These photos were taken during the Pride Parade by ManFetishes, aka Steve (2663) Click an image to view it on Flickr … 13 Jul 2013

BLUF photos from London Pride 2013

2013 marked the second year that BLUF was registered as an official participant on the London Pride Parade. We were joined in our walking group by members of MSC London as well, and had a total of around thirty people present on the day. The photos here were taken by … 09 Jul 2013

Photos from London Pride

Around 30 people took part in the Pride March for BLUF and MSC London. The photos on this page were submitted to us by FllLthr (1386) … 05 Jul 2013

Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)

Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) is at London's Institute of Contempary Arts, from 19th Jun to 8th September 2013. Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) explores how artists since the 1940s to the present day have used drawing to address ideas critical and current to their … 31 May 2013

BLUF in the London Pride Parade

BLUF is once again taking place in the London Pride parade, which this year is on Saturday 29th of June 2013. We'll be marching towards the front of the parade, hopefully with a fair few people in full leather gear. If you're into leather, and you'd like … 29 May 2013

BLUF logo posters, 2012

BLUF's current logo was introduced at the start of 2011, and has slowly been being adopted by the organisers of offical BLUF events since then. This gallery features the sixteen posters for BLUF events during 2012 that featured the logo. … 23 Jan 2013

BLUF wins an X Award

On Sunday 20th January, during Belgium's Leather Pride, BLUF won the X Award for "Fetish Organisation 2013" This is the first time that the X Awards have been held, and we were nominated in our category against stiff competition from LC Roma, Berlin Leder & Fetish, and ECMC, with the … 22 Jan 2013

BLUF nominated in the X-Awards

I'm both flattered and delighted to announce the BLUF has been nominated in the X-Awards, a new event at Belgian Leatherpride to recognise organisations that have made a valuable contribution to the fetish scene. It's a testament to the work of all our volunteers around the world, … 02 Jan 2013

Staying safe in 2013

30 Dec 2012

The 12x12 pledge - how did you do?

Back at the start of the year, I launched the BLUF 12x12 pledge, to try and encourage people to get out to their leather bars, for more than just the special party nights. We had a great response, especially at the start of the year, but I've also been … 29 Dec 2012

A question of numbers

01 Dec 2012

Folsom Europe photos

A small selection of black and white photos from the Folsom Europe streetfair, taken by the BLUF webmaster … 13 Sep 2012

Folsom Europe photos (2)

More photos from Folsom Europe 2012, taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) on Saturday 8th September. These were shot on colour slide film, then scanned. … 13 Sep 2012

It's time for UK's CPS to stop its war on sex

In the UK, a fairly important trial has just concluded; discussed on twitter using the #PornTrial hashtag, it centred around a man named Simon Walsh, who was prosecuted for ‘Extreme Pornography,’ after a search of his email account found images that the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) believed breached … 08 Aug 2012

More photos from London's World Pride March

Here are some more photos from the BLUF group marching in London's World Pride Parade, July 7th 2012. These photos have been kindly contributed from a number of sources. The first four were kindly sent to us by Polari Magazine, followed by three from Recon user 'Evilgrin' The next … 01 Aug 2012

Rose Zaterdag 2012

These pics are from Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) on July 7th. It's like the Dutch version of national Pride. Every year since 1978 another town is gay capital ('roze stad') of the Netherlands for the whole year (www.haarlemrozestad.nl and www.rozezaterdagen.nl/Geschiedenis.php unfortunately only in … 01 Aug 2012

BLUF in the World Pride March - photos

For World Pride 2012 in London, and since BLUF will be fifteen this year, we arranged a marching group in the parade. These photos, taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3), show the group - which numbered around 25 by the time we finished - plus some of the other sights from the march. I'm … 11 Jul 2012

BLUF in the World Pride March - public photos

This collection of photos is from various users on Flickr who took photos of BLUF members as we passed by in the parade on 7th July. In spite of the weather and the change to the start time, we had around 25 people marching with us by the end of … 09 Jul 2012

Marching in gear

Pride is upon as and, for the first time, BLUF is registered as a group to march in the parade in London. Amongst all the outpourings of emotion and anger that have been caused by the poor organisation and near collapse of the event, there are also some familiar themes, … 06 Jul 2012

BLUF in the World Pride march, 2012

BLUF is a registered group in the World Pride march on 7th July 2012, and we welcome those who want to come and join us with the BLUF and leather flags, whether you're in gear or not. The start time for the march has been rescheduled, and it now … 03 Jul 2012

A brief guide to online dating

There are lots of online dating sites these days, both for fetish and non-fetish people, and if you're not used to them, it can be tricky getting to grips with the etiquette - after all, you don't want to upset people when you're chatting online, do you? … 11 Jun 2012

Milestones

This year sees two significant milestones for BLUF. First, BLUF was founded in 1997 by Leon, and so this year we'll be celebrating our fifteenth birthday - making us one of the longest running internet-based clubs for leather guys around the world. Our second milestone was passed on 23rd … 23 Apr 2012

An old man's game?

There’s little doubt that the fetish scene has changed a lot in the last decade or so. As people have flocked to the web as a place to meet, so tastes and attitudes have changed. Where once those into leather would find like minded souls in a bar, and … 11 Apr 2012

Easter 2012 in Bristol

As an alternative to Berlin for Easter, new kid on the block Bristol (England) sees a weekend of Easter events for BLUF and leathermen alike. BLUF's local group in Bristol will be out in force to welcome newcomers and regulars alike. Two new venues open this Easter weekend. On … 03 Apr 2012

A leather rising

It’s all too easy to forget, while we lament the declining turnout in our leather bars, that things are very different for people in some parts of the world, and indeed to take what we have in our own countries for granted. In the UK, we often forget that, … 13 Mar 2012

BLUF events calendar now available to everyone

I wrote in December about our 12x12 Pledge, to encourage people to go out and visit their leather bars more, and I'm pleased that that's been taken up by many people, including some venues who've been using the logo we created on their publicity. We've now … 27 Feb 2012

Keep the leather scene alive - sign up to our 12x12 pledge

One of the most important things that BLUF does every year is to organise meetings around the world; these are arranged by volunteers, and take place in the UK, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, the United States, and many other countries. At many of these, attendance is excellent – at The … 26 Dec 2011

The importance of asking questions

Leather and BDSM don’t have to go together, but for many people – including of course a substantial proportion BLUF members – they’re natural bedfellows. But for those who are new to one or the other, it can sometimes be a bewildering arena in which to take your first steps. … 18 Nov 2011

A gallery of leather event posters

This collection of posters and flyers from events that we've advertised on the BLUF website is by no means complete - the bulk of the collection is from 2011, with a few from 2010. However, we do think it's worth keeping a record of these, so that people can … 10 Nov 2011

Joining BLUF doesn’t have to break the bank

Often, when I’m out and about in bars, the subject of leather comes up. When it does, I don’t leap in and say “I’m the BLUF webmaster.” Instead, it’s interesting to listen to what people say, especially if matters do turn to BLUF. And when they … 09 Nov 2011

Welcome to the BLUF blog

I'm pleased to announce the new BLUF blog section of the site. Why does BLUF need a blog when we already have a magazine section on the site? Well, the main reason is that it allows us to share some of that material, if we want, with a wider … 08 Nov 2011

Announcing BLUF Bristol

We're pleased to announce the new BLUF Bristol nights. BLUF will be members meeting for the launch of BLUF@Bristol on the 21st of October in the capital of England's West Country. The event will be held at GEAR, one of Bristol's regular monthly leather & fetish nights. … 21 Aug 2011

 

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