streetbobfx saidI have found some info online when I was researching gay biker clubs. It appears the leather scene emerged from the early gay bikers. But, most of the leather "clubs" have shed the bikes...shame.
I never heard that, though I suppose it's not implausible. I've been a licensed biker and wearing leathers since 1966, but I wasn't out in the gay world then, so never knew about gay leather bars until the 1990s. When did this online info say these early gay bikers existed?
I had "assumed" (always a risky thing) that gays borrowed the leather look from straight bikers, that goes back in the public's mind all the way to Marlon Brando in the 1953 movie The Wild One
On the other hand, when I rode with the late Malcolm Forbes in the mid-1970s (yes, THE Forbes of the magazine, stories for another time), he always had an entourage of younger biker boys around him in leathers, joining us from New York City as I recall, who didn't seem quite "right" to me. Little did I know that my nascent gaydar was already operational over 30 years ago.
But again, whether gay bikers are the basis of the gay leather scene is something I hadn't heard before. I wouldn't have thought there were enough of us.