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ABOUT US

Indiana Leather Club is a diverse, pansexual group of adults who share a common interest in Leather, BDSM, or similar kink (bondage, spanking, etc.) and who want to be active in building a thriving and supportive community in the state of Indiana.

 

We are women, men and non-binary people, heterosexual, bisexual, gay and lesbian, partnered, married, single, monogamous and polyamorous, young and old.​​

To learn more about Indiana Leather Club, including how to become a member, explore the links below.

Mission Statement

  • Maintain our national/international communication, information, education and support network for all members of the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community.
  • Model the power and pride of all adults who engage in consensual sexual expression and encourage those who fight for decriminalization of all sexual acts between consenting adults.
  • Support individual and organized political activism, visibility and education in order to eradicate stereotypical beliefs, misconceptions and media misrepresentation about the Leather/BDSM/Fetish family in the community at large.
  • Continue providing, through publications, educational material, and conferences, a forum for the sharing of knowledge, viewpoints, and practices of a diverse network of people.​​
  • ​​Welcome women, people of color, transgendered persons, the deaf, the physically challenged and others who have traditionally been discriminated against or poorly represented within the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community. ​
  • Attend, promote and support fundraising for deserving defense funds, projects, and clubs, organizations, and/or charities, which have given direct service to the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community.
  • Promote the success and welfare of individuals, organizations, publications and businesses within our community; especially against threats to their freedom of expression, freedom of the press, rights to free association and right to equal protection under the law. ​
  • Continue preserving a record of our history, traditions, and culture.
 

Membership

Indiana Leather Club is a fraternal organization that has a very strong community, education, and charitable works component. We are not a traditional "entry level" BDSM organization because our primary focus is not the physical activities that draw most people into the community initially. That said, we welcome participants and prospective members from all levels of experience who are interested in exploring a Leather path.

 

We offer two membership levels: Full and Supporting.

Membership Types

Full Member

A voting member of the club, with all rights and responsibilities. Full members are expected to regularly participate in the activities of the club. To apply for Full membership, the applicant must have been a Prospect for at least 12 months.

Prospect

For applicants who have not previously been Full members of ILC. Prospects are expected to regularly participate in the activities of the club and to attend at least 50% of the orientation sessions offered.

Prospects do not vote or hold office.

Supporting Member

Supporting membership is for those who wish to attend some club functions and support the goals of the club but are not prepared to invest the significant time and energy expected of Prospect and Full members.

Supporters do not vote or hold office and are not required to complete a Prospect period.

 

Mentorship

The mentorship program is designed to train future leaders and volunteers, to provide a path of growth to people who are ready to move beyond the basics and to set the expectation of community service as a core value of Indiana Leather Club. Mentees will be guided through learning and volunteer opportunities that will help them become more useful to the local community and help them grow personally. There are four mentorship tracks.

Mentorship Tracks

Community Leader

Prepares the individual to serve the local community in a leadership role, such as serving on the board of an organization or taking on a volunteer position involving significant responsibilities. Focuses on networking, volunteerism, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and understanding of the local community and its groups and resources.

Presenter

Prepares the individual to develop and teach BDSM related classes at the local and regional level. Focuses on educational theory, curriculum development, professionalism, and public speaking skills.

Event Organizer

Prepares the individual to produce BDSM related events. Focuses on logistics planning, budgeting, marketing, negotiating, and managing volunteers.

Titleholder

Prepares the individual to serve as a local or regional titleholder. Focuses on public speaking and stage confidence, BDSM and Leather history and protocol, networking, personal image, and volunteerism.