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Leather can have various references:

  • Leather subculture is about BDSM, or that part of it that associates closer to S&M and fetish or to Homosexual BDSM.
  • Leather fetishism describes an attraction to people wearing leather, or to items made from leather.
  • Old Guard leather (also Old Guard but not to be confused with fascist movements of that same name) is the gay leather subculture from which much of BDSM originally derived.
  • New leather (also New Guard leather or just New Guard) is a more sexually-liberated and less protocol-driven version of the Leather subculture.
  • Leather Family describes a family or family-sized-group living in an alternate lifestyle often based on the leather subculture or on BDSM.
  • Leather Community is used to loosely associate people living in the leather subculture or even into the wider BDSM. Roughly equivalent to "BDSM Lifestyle"
  • Started in the USA and now including leatherfolk as far away as Canada, there is the National Leather Association: International
  • There is a Leather Pride Flag.
  • Leather is a common material for making various equipment including blindfolds, handcuffs, whips and clothing.

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