International Deaf Leather shall be dedicated to bringing together the Deaf Leather/SM/Fetish/Kinky community for the purpose of networking, socialization, education and bringing the gaps with the hearing leather community.
IDL supports the statement of purpose, which is partially excerpted from the National Leather Association (regardless existence or non-existence) as follows:
To establish and maintain a national and worldwide communication, information, education, and support network for women and men of the Leather/SM/Fetish community.
To endorse with power and pride the right of all adults to engage in safe, sane, and consensual sexual expression.
To enhance communication and knowledge among women, men, and transgendered or intersexed individuals in Leather/SM/Fetish community.
To facilitate fundraising for deserving projects, clubs, organizations, legal defense funds, and/or charities which have given direct service to the Leather/SM/Fetish community.
To preserve a record of our history, traditions and culture of Leather/SM/Fetish community.
A. Active Members
1. Any deaf or hard of hearing individual, twenty-one (21) years of age or older, who supports the purposes of the IDL, shall be eligible to be an active member of the IDL.
2. Active members shall have the right to voice, vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
B. Associate Members
1. Any individual, twenty-one (21) years of age or older, who supports the purposes of the IDL, shall be eligible to be an associate member. This is open to all individuals, including hearing people.
2. Associate members shall receive all the privileges of membership as determined by the active membership, except the right to vote and hold office, but may serve on committees. They can voice at meetings.