Various leather clubs have arisen catering to the needs of the gay community.
There are some members of the gay community who practice sadomasochism, while some just enjoy the feel of leather. In 2004, the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade first included representatives from the gay community who enjoy wearing leather. These gay leather wearers are referred to as the “Leather Pride” group. The group is recognized not by the rainbow flag of the “Gay Pride” group, but rather by a black and white stripped flag with one red heart in the corner. Members of the “Leather Pride” group represent the gay leather wearers who also enjoy sadomasochism and fetishes.