Hardy Haberman

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Hardy Kemp Haberman
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Born (1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 69)
ResidenceDallas, Texas
Alma materBaylor University
Occupationauthor, director, educator, Gay rights activist
Board member ofWoodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
Partner(s)Patrick Ryan (1995-present)
AwardsNLAI Man of the Year Award (1999), NLAI Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award (2009), Pantheon of Leather President's Award (20011)

Hardy Haberman (born July 27, 1950) is an American author, filmmaker, educator, designer living in Dallas, Texas. He is a prominent figure in the leather/fetish/BDSM community, and a frequent speaker at leather events and contests.[1][2][3]

In the mid-1970s, Haberman become involved in LGBT activism as part of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus (later known as the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance), the city's first LGBT advocacy group.[4][5] In late 1976, he became interested in the leather subculture.[6] In 1980, Haberman co-produced the first Cedar Springs Carnival, held during Gay Pride Week in Dallas. The Carnival coincided with the Dallas Gay Pride Parade, an event organized by a committee of Oak Lawn merchants and the first in Dallas since 1972.[7] In 1984 Haberman joined the board of the Dallas chapter of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). By the late 1990s, Haberman was a well-known educator in leather circles, teaching classes at events such as Texas Leather Pride in Austin, Spring Iniquity[8] in Houston, Southeast Leatherfest in Atlanta, Kinky Kollege in Chicago, Leathermans Discussion Group in San Francisco, and in many other events in the United States and Canada. In 1999, Haberman received the National Leather Association International (NLAI) Man of the Year Award.[9] In 2007, the NLAI presented Haberman with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently the Chairperson on the Board of Directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.[10] Haberman writes a column called Flagging Left for Dallas Voice, a Dallas LGBT newspaper.[11] In January 2014, he became a columnist for Leatherati.[12] In addition to his regular columns he has written for many print and online publications.[13] Haberman is an active member of the Cathedral of Hope Church in Dallas, TX, known for having the largest predominately gay and lesbian congregation in the world.[14] In 2017, Haberman joined the Jeffrey Payne 2018 Texas gubernatorial campaign as media director.[15]



  • The Family Jewels: A Guide to Male Genital Play and Torment, Greenery Press, 2001. HB ISBN 1890159344 (PB ISBN 1890159344)
  • More Family Jewels: Further Explorations in Male Genitorture, Nazca Plains Corp, 2007. PB ISBN 1934625094
  • Playing With Pain: Stories from My Life in Leather, Nazca Plains Corp, 2007. PB ISBN 1934625175
  • Soul of a Second Skin: The Journey of a Gay Christian Leatherman, Nazca Plains Corp, 2007. PB ISBN 1934625388
  • Shouts in the Wilderness: Daily Meditations for Leatherfolk, Adynaton Publishing, 2017, PB ISBN 0985900490


  • Leather (1996), director and cinematographer
  • Out of the Darkness: The Reality of SM (2001), director
  • The Big Fair - Inside the Great State Fair of Texas (2001), director, ISBN 978-0-8026-0946-5


  1. ^ "NLA Dallas: Old Guard Traditions and Why You Don't Need Them, with Hardy Haberman". Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ Anna Merlan (25 Aug 2011). "How The Internet Killed (Or Maybe Just Changed) Dallas' Leather Scene". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ Steve Lenius (30 May 2013). "Leather Life: Minnesota Leather Pride 2013 features appearance by Hardy Haberman". Lavander (Minneapolis, MN). Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. ^ "The Task Force will honor activists for their outstanding contributions to LGBT equality at Creating Change in Dallas, Texas". National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Razzle Dazzle returns to its roots". Dallas Voice. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  6. ^ Soul of Second Skin. Nazca Plains Books. 2007. ISBN 9781934625385.
  7. ^ "Parade History" (PDF). Dallas Tavern Guild. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.nlahoustontx.org/iniquity/default.html
  9. ^ "NLAI announces Man, Woman of Year, Lifetime Achievement and Chapter of Year". NLAI. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Hardy Haberman, Chairperson, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Happy Birthday, Hardy Haberman!". Dallas Voice. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Olympic Moments? Introducing Hardy Haberman". Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  13. ^ "AUTHOR ARCHIVES: HARDY HABERMAN". Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Reuters Picks Up Cathedral Of Hope Story". Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Dallas Voice". Voice Publishing. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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