Welcome to Bridgetown Leathermen
Portland's Leather and BDSM scene just got classier! Now there is a welcoming community of Leathermen and Leatherwomen 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 celebrate the Old Guard ways, are highly skilled or eager to learn, and are committed to passing our traditions, values, and way of life on to present and future generations.
Bridgetown Leathermen is a fraternal organization dedicated to mentoring, developing, and passing on the skill sets of safe, sane and consensual BDSM, in an environment of mature and classic practitioners from our Leather Community. People of all ages (over 18) and experience are encouraged to contact us in person or electronically.
Fraternally, in Leather,
The Members of Bridgetown Leatherman
Why Join Us?
First, Bridgetown Leathermen is a great network of people who take their time in the dungeon seriously, but still have a great time. Second, we foster the spirit of cooperation and mentorship for one another. Third, we take the screening process seriously. Although we are warm and welcoming, we want to ensure that our ranks are filled with the best of the best -- men and women with impeccable character, solid skills, and who are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Finally, Bridgetown Leathermen is fun! We hope you'll join us, either as a member or as a guest.
Is Bridgetown Leathermen only for Gay Men?
No, when Bridgetown was formed in June 2013, we consciously made the decision to welcome quality men of all sexual orientations, whether straight, bisexual, and trans. In March 2016, we admitted the first four Leatherwomen into Bridgetown because of their heart, personal integrity, loyalty, courage, and clear understanding of our Core Values and our Code of Conduct. We discovered that there is a real need in our community for an organization like Bridgetown to share our history, teach our traditions, and educate those who are interested in learning a more fulfilling way of living a Leather lifestyle.
I don't know if I'm Old Guard or New Guard yet. Am I still welcome?
Yes. We do not expect everyone to follow the Old Guard ways. There is no "one true way" or monolithic Old Guard list of commandments or orthodoxy. What we strive for is to educate, provide members and guests with practical and consistent information so that over time, they are able to make their own decision and chart their own course. We expect all of our members to act with civility, to take care of their Leather brothers and sisters, to tell the truth, and to stand up for what is right when the time comes. Most of all, we expect all of our members and guests to treat each other with kindness, to avoid politics and gossip, and to do their personal best to be decent human beings.
What are the dues?
Annual dues are $50 per calendar year for Regional Members, $25 per calendar year for men outside of the region. A "Regional Member" is a member who live within 200 miles of the intersection of I-5 and the Columbia River. Annual dues are to be paid on or before January 1 of each year.
What is the cost for dungeon parties?
Admission to dungeon parties is $10 per person. Only members and their guests are allowed at dungeon parties. Any guests must be sponsored by a Bridgetown Leathermen member in good standing.
How are dues and other monies used?
Starting a group such as Bridgetown requires an investment of time and money. Annual dues, along with the admission for dungeon parties and other events will be used for things such as the following:
This is not an exhaustive list, and is subject to change. If you have a specific question, contact us directly.