Guy Baldwin

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Guy Baldwin
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ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Parent(s)Oa Baldwin and Carolyn Baldwin

See Guy Melfort Baldwin for the British Indian Army brigadier-general

Guy Baldwin, M.S. (b. 1946) is a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, author, activist, and educator specializing in issues of particular relevance to the BDSM and leather communities, and more generally in issues relating to non-heteronormative practices. He maintains that inclusion of non-injurious elements of sadomasochism (bondage, flagellation, domination, submission and others) in a consenting sexuality does not itself indicate or confirm mental illness or psycho-sexual dysfunction.

He is co-founder with Race Bannon[1] of an internet-based professional referral resource, the Kink Aware Professionals list (KAP list),[2] now administered by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. He continues to teach at various lifestyle events across the U.S. and Canada.

He has written three books, as well as numerous articles for such magazines as Drummer Magazine, Frontiers, Checkmate, International Leatherman, and The Leather Journal.[3][4][5]

Leather Titles[edit]

In 1989, Baldwin held two leather titles: Mr. National Leather Association[6] and International Mr. Leather.[7] He is the only person to have held these two titles in the same year.


  • 1994 received a Pantheon of Leather West Coast Regional Award[8]
  • 2000 named a Centurion by the Leather Archives and Museum[5]
  • 2001 received a Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award[8]
  • 2004 inducted into Society of Janus Hall of Fame[9]
  • 2007 received a Pantheon of Leather Forbear Award[8]
  • 2008 awarded the Leather Leadership Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force[10]
  • 2009 received the first ever Guy Baldwin Heritage Award at Master/slave Conference[11]
  • 2010 received the Berman/Schaffer Award from Christopher Street West[12]
  • 2010 received a citation from the West Hollywood City Council
  • 2012 inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame.[13]
  • 2016 received Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.[14]


  • 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 special guest at the Master/slave Conference[15]


Baldwin is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction related to BDSM. Baldwin authored a monthly column (1986–1993) in Drummer magazine that were compiled in his book, Ties that Bind.


  • Guy Baldwin (1993). Joseph W. Bean, ed. Ties That Bind: The SM/Leather/Fetish Erotic Style: Issues, Commentaries and Advice. Daedalus Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-881943-09-9.
  • Guy Baldwin (1993). The Leather Contest Guide: A Handbook for Promoters, Contestants, Judges and Titleholders. Daedalus Publishing Company. ISBN 1-881943-08-9.
  • Guy Baldwin (2002). SlaveCraft: Roadmaps for Erotic Servitude—Principles, Skills and Tools. Daedalus Publishing Company. ISBN 1-881943-14-3.


  • "A Second Coming Out." Frontiers Magazine (1990). Reprinted in Thompson, Mark, ed. (1991). Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics and Practice. Boston: Alyson Publications. p. 328. ISBN 978-1-55583-186-8.
  • "Old Guard": Its Origins, Traditions, Mystique & Rules, "Drummer Magazine" (150). September 1991. in Rear View Mirror.
  • "Our Public Relations Suck". Drummer Magazine (150). Summer 1994..
  • "Radical Rite" in Taormino, Tristan and David Arron Clark, ed. (1996). Ritual Sex. New York: Masquerade. ISBN 978-1-56333-391-0.
  • "The Old Guard: Classical Leather Culture Revisited". International Leatherman. 1998..
  • "Unintended Consequences". The SandMUtopian Guardian (30). 1998.
  • "ON LEADERSHIP: The Path Less Traveled". International Leatherman (22). 1999.
  • "The Secret Life of Master and slave". International Leatherman (23). 1999.

Short Fiction[edit]

  • "Recollections 8709". Mach. 199.. Reprinted in Bean, Joseph W., ed. (1997). Horsemen: Leathersex Short Fiction. San Francisco: Leyland Publications. ISBN 978-0-943595-69-6..
  • "Lord of the Snow" in Ford, Michael, ed. (1996). Happily Ever After: Erotic Fairy Tales for Men. New York: Masquerade. ISBN 978-1-56333-450-4..
  • "Recollections: Yer it!". Powerplay 6 & 7. May–August 1995. Reprinted in Bean, Joseph W., ed. (1997). Horsemen: Leathersex Short Fiction. San Francisco: Leyland Publications. ISBN 978-0-943595-69-6..

Introductions and Forwards[edit]

  • Forward by Guy Baldwin, M.S., Bannon, Race (1993). Learning the Ropes: A basic guide to safe and fun S/M lovemaking. Los Angeles: Daedalus Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-881943-07-5.
  • Forward by Guy Baldwin Bean, Joseph (1996). Leathersex Q&A: Questions About Leathersex and the Leather Lifestyle Answered. Los Angeles: Daedalus Publishing Co. ISBN 978-1-881943-01-3.

Interviews (in print)[edit]

  • "The Exiled Self" in Thompson, Mark, ed. (1994). Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature. San Francisco: Harper. ISBN 978-0-06-251041-9.


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