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Leather Houses of Color Coalition FAQs

Question: What does the acronym LHOCC stand for?

Answer: The acronym stands for Leather Houses of Color Coalition.

Question: Who are the founders of LHOCC?

Answer: The Founding Houses of LHOCC are the House of Blue, the House of Trei, the House of Nia and La Maison deRou.

Question: What is the LHOCC’s mission?

Answer: It is the mission of LHOCC to serve as an example of unity and purpose among established and aspiring Leather Houses of Color, while providing educational, professional, and social opportunities for those who choose to follow such lifestyles.

Question: Is LHOCC primarily a service organization?

Answer: Yes. While LHOCC’s members have a responsibility to support and educate within the organization, service to the community at large is an integral part of LHOCC’s overall purpose.

Question: Where is LHOCC headquartered?

Answer: LHOCC is headquartered in the mid-Atlantic region (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) of the United States, with two regional offices currently in Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO.

Question: Does LHOCC accept solicitation for membership?

Answer: Yes, solicitation for membership is welcomed. If interested, please fill out the form on our Contact Us page and a representative will reach out to you for further information.

Question: As it relates to monikers within my authority exchange relationship, do we have to identify as Dominant/submissive or Master/slave?

Answer: No. The lone requirement is for the House to have a clearly defined person to deliver all final decisions during the navigation of the programs. This person will be designated as the Head of Household during the application process, program navigation and beyond.

Question: I understand that LHOCC offers two programs for those aspiring to join: Fellows and Full Members. What are the minimum requirements for each?

Answer: The Full Membership program is for interested parties who have been in an existing authority exchange relationship for a period of two years or longer and in possession of a House/Family crest that has been publicly visible for a period of one year or longer.

The Fellows Membership level is a preparatory program for interested parties who have been in an existing authority exchange relationship for a period of six months or longer and in possession of a House/Family crest that has been publicly visible for a period of one year or more. Completion of this program results in Full Membership status. 

Question: Does the Head of Household have to be a person of color?

Answer: Yes, the Head of Household has to be a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color).

Question: Do all members of my House have to be people of color?

Answer: No, that specific requirement is for the Head of Household.

Does the Head of Household have to have a specific sexual orientation or gender identity?

Answer: No, LHOCC does not require the Head of Household to have a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.

Do the members of my House have to have a specific sexual orientation or gender identity?

Answer: No, LHOCC does not require members of the interested House to have a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.

Question: Is there a required minimum number of House members in my House in order to qualify for LHOCC?

Answer: Yes, a minimum of two persons within a House is required to qualify for LHOCC.

Question: Is there an annual membership for LHOCC?

Answer: Yes, general membership dues are currently $220 annually. Seniors and those who are in other special categories will have a reduced membership rate.

Question: Is there an application fee?

Answer: There is currently a $20 application fee, due upon application submission.

Question: What are the funds that LHOCC collects used for?

Answer: Any funds that LHOCC collects are used for organizational operation fees, donations to lifestyle-related charitable organizations, scholarships, and for promotional activities (patches, etc.).

Question: Does my House/Family crest have to also be a patch affixed to a vest?

Answer: While the crest is not required to be presented in patch form, it is preferable.

Question: Does LHOCC prohibit its members from representing other Leather clubs or organizations?

Answer: LHOCC does not prohibit its members from representing other Leather clubs or organizations.