Master Skip Chasey (born May 21, 1956) is a Los Angeles-based educator and leather community leader.
Early Life and Education
Chasey was born in 1956 in Port Huron, Michigan, but relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1960 and resided there until 1979. He attended public schools throughout his life and graduated from college as a Theater Arts major, with a minor in Psychology.
He lived off and on in San Francisco 1979-1981; moved to New York City in 1981; and moved to Los Angeles in 1992.
In the Leather Community
Chasey walked into his first leather bar – the Ramrod in Phoenix – at the age of 19, however he became much more comfortable engaging in his early leather exploration at the Connection, a somewhat softer leather/levi bar on 7th Street.
Except for the Phoenix and San Francisco leather bars Chasey frequented, he at first wasn’t active and didn’t participate in the public leather community. This was primarily due to the lack of interest from his partner at the time. However, he did have several friends who were active (e.g., the late Barry Douglas) and who served as mentors of sorts for him. After the death of Chasey’s partner in 1992, he I made a conscious and concerted effort to more fully immerse himself in the world of leather, and indeed all of his primary and casual relationships since then have been rooted in BDSM.
Chasey competed with his pup Tim at the 2002 International Puppy Contest in Houston. He won, and Chasey was presented with the “Best Trainer” award. Their experience was the centerpiece of the award-winning documentary film Pup. They were also later profiled in Power Exchange magazine and in the online magazine Nerve.com. Additionally, Chasey and his slave Rick are one of the Master/slave pairs profiled in slave david stein’s book Ask The Man Who Owns him, which won the NLA’s 2010 non-fiction literary award.
As an out and proud leatherman, Chasey accepted an invitation to speak at the Millennium March on Washington in 2000. Since then, he has given over 250 presentations, intensives and workshops, and more than a dozen keynotes on the intersection of spirituality and BDSM, at noteworthy conferences and events throughout the U.S. and Canada. This includes the keynote at the 2005 Leather Leadership Conference.
From 2001 through 2007, Chasey was a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience, a periodic weekend retreat that offered opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities. He also served on the board of directors for Butchmanns, Inc. for 8 years, during which he was a co-producer of the Southwest Leather Conference. In 2002, he co-founded People of Leather Among You (“PLAY”), a social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of leather/fetish sexuality and spirituality. That group met monthly for seven years, and during the first four years Chasey personally facilitated each meeting.
Chasey was a member of Avatar Club Los Angeles from 1998 through 2011, and served as the club’s NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) coalition partner delegate from 2002 through 2004.
Chasey has been quoted and/or cited in several published kink books, and one such book (Rekindling The Fire by Robert J. Rubel) was dedicated to him.
Current Activity and Personal Life
Chasey is a business affairs executive in the television industry, and is a certified grief recovery counselor and a formally trained and practicing spiritual director.
He was in a primary “coupled” relationship 1978 until 1992, at which time his partner passed away. He currently has primary relationships with three men, and has been in a relationship with each of them for more than 18 years.
Chasey is a performing member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and is an active member of Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles, the founding church of the MCC movement. He also served on the Theologies Team and the Clergy Wellness Advisory Team for the larger MCC denomination.
Awards and Honors
2002-2003 Lee Montague Community Service Award (Avatar Club Los Angeles)
2003-2004 Avatar Leadership Award (Avatar Club Los Angeles)
2005 Pantheon of Leather Community Service Award
2008 Master Heart Award (Master/slave Conference)
2013 Jack McGeorge Excellence in Education Award (Master/slave Conference)
2015 Leatherman’s Heart Award (Southwest Leather Conference)
2017 Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award* (Master/slave Conference)
*Awarded to both Master Skip and his slave Rick