Leather Houses of Color Coalition FAQs
What does the acronym LHOCC stand for?
A: Leather Houses of Color Coalition
Who are the founders of LHOCC?
A: The Founding Houses include the House of Blue, House of Trei, House of Nia and La Maison deRou.
What is the LHOCC’s mission?
A: To serve as an example of unity and purpose among current and aspiring Leather Houses of Color, and to provide educational, professional, and social opportunities for those choosing to follow such lifestyles.
Is LHOCC primarily a service organization?
A. Yes. While LHOCC’s members have a responsibility to support and educate each other as a coalition, serving the community is an integral part of LHOCC’s purpose.
Where is LHOCC headquartered?
A: LHOCC headquarters are located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region of the United States with two regional offices currently in Atlanta and Denver.
Does LHOCC accept solicitation for membership?
A: Yes. LHOCC membership is by invitation and solicitations are also welcomed. If interested, please fill out our Contact Us form and a representative will reach out to you.
As it relates to monikers within my authority exchange relationship, do we have to identify as Dominant/submissive or Master/slave?
A. No. The only requirement is that you have a clearly defined person to deliver all final decisions as it relates to navigating the programs. This person, for the sake of the application and programs, we be listed as the Head of Household.
I understand that LHOCC offers two programs for those aspiring to join; Fellows and Full Members. What are the minimum requirements for each?
A. Those interested in the Full Membership program shall have been in an existing authority exchange relationship for at least 2 years and have a House/Family crest that can be verified to have been publicly visible for at least one year.
Those interested in beginning at the Fellows level, which prepares you for full membership, shall have been in an existing authority exchange relationship for at least 6 months and have a House/Family crest that can be verified to have been publicly visible for at least one year.
Does the Head of Household have to be a person of color?
Do all members of my House have to be people of color?
Does the Head of Household have to have a specific orientation or gender identity?
Do the members of my House have to have a specific orientation or gender identity?
Is there a required minimum number of House members in my House in order to qualify for LHOCC?
A: Yes. A minimum of two is required.
Is there an annual membership for LHOCC?
A: Yes, general membership dues are $220 anually. Seniors and those in other special categories will have a reduced membership rate.
Is there an application fee?
A. Yes. There is a $20 application fee due upon application submission.
What are the funds that LHOCC collects used for?
A: Funds are used for operations fees, donations to lifestyle-related charitable organizations, scholarships, and promotional activities (e.g., patches).
Does my House/Family crest have to also be a patch affixed to a vest?
A: No. The crest does not have to be in patch form, but that is preferable.
Does LHOCC have a prohibition for members being a part of other leather clubs or organizations?