As a Leather Knight, Rick Gilles was tuned in to the local leather community, but now he’s busy with moving trucks and packing tape, he can’t partake in A.W.O.L.: A Weekend of Leather. But these guys will step in to fill his shoes — or, rather, boots.

Discipline Corps — Dallas’ BDSM play group is comprised of “biologically born males who wish to experience safe, sane and consensual play with other men from the novice level to the experienced.”

Cowtown Leathermen — Formed in 1983, this organization provides services to the Tarrant County LGBT community and beyond.

United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) — Ruled by an emperor and empress, this is part of the Imperial Court System that stretches across North America. UCLSE is one of six sovereign courts in Texas. Some serious stuff.

DFW Leatherboys — This “bio-boy social group” focuses on BDSM and a leather lifestyle. The group encourages leather education, community service and, of course, being a leatherboy.

These groups will host their own cocktail parties on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza host hotel.

— R.L.

A.W.O.L. 2, Aug. 6­–8. For a complete schedule, visit

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 6, 2010.