Sir Leon Strange Award
Honoring our history and those on whose shoulders we stand is a core principle of the Leather Lifestyle. Our BIPOC Leather Elders and previous leaders laid the brick to forge a deep foundation for us all with their sacrifices, risks, advocacy, service, mentorship, and fellowship. Many have contributed, and many continue to expand on these efforts. The Leather Solidarity Collective (LSC) feels it is a priority to recognize the hard work and dedication that continues to build stronger, safer, welcoming, and more enriching spaces for People of Color in the Leather and Kink Community.
With permission and blessings from Sir Strange’s immediate Leather Family, LSC is honored to create the Sir Leon Strange Memorial Award a recognition of BIPOC Leather Leadership.
Sir Leon Strange, a POC polyamorous Leatherman and Sadist, was a valued Leader in the Lifestyle for nearly 20 years. He was a jacketed member of Cirque De' Sade, a proud Ringed and Patched member of the Monarchs—a Brotherhood of Dominant Men based in Los Angeles, the former President and Member of The Brotherhood Of The Circle, a National Brotherhood of Dominant Men, and an active member of Black Beat. He and His late submissive cece also founded the now-defunct The LA Kink Exploration Society.
Sir Strange was a staple in the Los Angeles Leather/Kink community and was known for his mentorship, activism and fellowship. His Leather family was incredibly huge as He had touched so many of us all over the world.
Congratulations to the Sir Leon Strange Award winners. This recognition for Lifetime Achievement to the Leather and Kink Communities are WELL DESERVED. You have all inspired many of us during the course of our journeys, and we are grateful for the legacies you’ve already given us. We are humbled to stand on your shoulders.
2021: Vi Johnson and Sir Guy
2022: Lady D and Cain Berlinger