The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol used by the leather subculture since the 1990s. It was designed by Tony DeBlase in 1989, and was quickly embraced by the gay Leather community. It has since become associated with Leather in general and also with related groups.
Leather culture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities and erotiscims (kink). Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men ("leathermen"), but it is also reflected in various ways in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight worlds. Many people associate leather culture with Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado/Masochism, also called "SM" practice. But for others, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic fashion that expresses heightened masculinity or the appropriation of sexual power; love of motorcylces and independence; and engagement in sexual kink or leather fetishism.