FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is leather?
Leather is a particular denomination of being kinky. Leather emphasizes a core set of values, including honesty, accountability, education, and community service, as well as, of course, having fun. Leatherfolk often wear leather clothing as an outward symbol of their inward commitment to leather values, but wearing leather is not a defining characteristic.
Leather culture originated in the gay male community, and is still very queer in its culture, with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion. All gender expressions and sexual orientations are welcome to be a part of Indiana Leather Club.
Do I have to be leather to be a part of Indiana Leather Club?
No. Many of our members identify as Leather, but many others do not; they simply appreciate and share the values of the organization.
How does Indiana Leather Club differ from other organizations in the Indianapolis area?
Indiana Leather Club has much in common with other local groups, and quite a bit of overlap in membership. That said, each organization has its own unique demographic and culture, including Indiana Leather Club.
Generally speaking, Indiana Leather Club is less of an entry-level organization than some others. While we welcome newcomers to the community, our focus on education and community service is often a better fit for people who have been out in the local community for awhile and are ready to move toward serving the community through volunteerism, education, and fundraising. We have a play party every other month for our members’ enjoyment, but the primary focus of Indiana Leather Club is not sex or play. The club’s membership also tends to skew a bit older than some other local groups, with most members ages 30 and above.
Because of ILC’s roots in the queer community, Indiana Leather Club is a comfortable place for GLBTQ persons, and our membership is a diverse mix of both straight and LGBTQ people. ILC is best for people who are comfortable around people of diverse sexual orientations and genders.
Who can attend ILC events?
Meetings and educational demos are open to anyone age 18 or older. Parties are open to anyone age 18 or older who is sponsored by a member. The best way to meet a member to sponsor you is to attend one of the other events.
How can I join Indiana Leather Club?
Before submitting an application to join Indiana Leather Club, you should attend several ILC activities and events so you can meet the members and get a feel for ILC’s culture. You can pick up a membership application at any business meeting, educational demo or download it here.