April 20, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Assless Chaps and other Leather Paraphernalia; How a WWII Era Biker Club Revolutionized the Gay Community

A group of mostly gay veterans who remained in Los Angeles after WWII created the Satyrs Motorcycle Club in 1954.

Satyrs launched the gay motorcycle club culture and heavily influenced the leather community in L.A. One of their signature activities, the Badger Flat Run, is an annual event where members ride to national parks and celebrate sexual expression. This tradition continues today, making Satyrs one of the longest continuously running gay organizations in the United States.

Copyright: Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles

Founded in 1954 mostly by a group of gay veterans who stayed in Los Angeles after World War II, the Satyrs Motorcycle Club is one of the longest continuously running gay organizations in the United States. Satyrs launched the gay motorcycle club culture and heavily influenced the leather community in L.A. for over half a century. One of their signature activities, the Badger Flat Run, is an annual event where members ride to national parks and celebrate sexual expression. This tradition and the club continues today.

Satyrs is working with ONE Archive to preserve the club’s history. For more information, visit the club website HERE.

Copyright: Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles
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