Long-time LGBT activist and member of the Leather community since the mid 1970's, Hardy is still an enthusiastic participant in the Leather scene. He is author of several books on kink related subjects including The Family Jewels: A Guide to Male Genital Plat and Torment published by Greenery Press, and Soul of a Second Skin: Journey of a Gay Christian Leatherman.
His awards include the "Leather Leadership Award" from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, "Man of the Year" and "Lifetime Achievement" awards from NLA-International, the "Leatherman's Heart Award" from Southwest Leatherfest, and most recently the "Jack Stice Memorial Award" at South Plains Leatherfest. He is a contributor to Leatherati and a columnist for The Dallas Voice and is the Co-Chair of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation in Washington, DC. He lives in Dallas where he and his boy celebrated 21 years together as partners in play and life.