Leather Spirituality

Defender Lore

Origin of our Colors

Michael Olivieri, founder of the Defenders LLC, described the patch and club logo in a letter to brother Defenders in Tampa Bay. The Defenders Club logo was designed by Ed Rodgers of New York City and was approved in January 1982. The Defenders logo consists of a Gold Cross imposed on a Red Eagle, centered on a Gold Bordered black Shield, with open-linked Chains under the Eagle, followed by the inscription, Defenders

The Defenders Colors represent a harmony between the spiritual and sexual aspects of our being, rather than a conflict. The cross is a symbol of our Christian Faith. The Eagle can have many meanings. It can be a symbol of Leather/Levi and a symbol of our sexuality and spirituality. The open-linked chain represents the Leather/Levi community. The chain links are open-ended showing that we join each voluntarily in brotherhood

Defenders as an Organization

Defenders/SF is a Leather/Levi club, and part of Dignity, the national gay Catholic organization. There have been Defenders clubs in Boston, Chicago, Columbus/Dayton, Denver, Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Defenders take a stand for the sacredness of our leather sexuality and explore practical ways of integrating sexuality and spirituality.

Although we are a Catholic leather club, our members come from many different denominations and spiritual traditions. Men and women of all spiritual paths are welcome.

Club activities include charitable fund-raisers, spiritual and social programs. In San Francisco the Defenders are active within Dignity and in the Leather community.