Time Line 2001
- Babala's Correction by Amber Bethany
- Mistress of the East by Barrett Dean
- Managing Mrs. Burton by Laurel Aspen
- Rough Caress by James Holmes
- Subspace-The Journey of a Submissive by Toya
- The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage by Midori
- The New Bottoming Book by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
- Boudoir Noir ceases publication after eight years.
- April 1
- Netherlands - Dutch legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry becomes active. The Netherlands are the first country to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples.
- April 2
- Death of the leather poet John Eric Larsen, creator of Songs to My Master.
- April 6-8
- The fifth Leather Leadership Conference is held in Chicago,
- April 16
- Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg steps down from an advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America, saying that he could no longer associate with a group that engages in "discrimination" - an apparent reference to scouting's exclusion of gays.
- April 17
- Philadelphia radio personality "Ed The Phone Guy" becomes the first local disc jockey to reveal his homosexuality on the air at WLCE, ALICE 104.5 FM
- April 20
- China declares homosexuality no longer an illness. The new Chinese Classification and Diagnostic Criteria of Mental Disorders removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
- Stefan Mueller, Bavarian Mr. Leather 2001, becomes IML 2001, the second German to hold this title. The first runner-up is Darrell Moyers, Mr. DC Eagle 2001, and the second runner-up Houston Davenport, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2001, sponsored by the Powerhouse Bar and Stompers Boots.
- June 30
- Football hooligans, clerics, ultranationalist youth and far right skinheads storm the first Pride march in Belgrade (at the time Yugoslavia, now Serbia), attacking and seriously injuring several participants and stopping the event from taking place. The police were too poorly equipped to suppress riots or protect the Pride marchers.
- July 5-8
- Living in Leather XVI is held in Chicago.
- August 1
- Germany: Civil Union Bill goes into effect.
- Aug. 24-26
- The Leather Archives and Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary
- Sep. 1-3
- The first Ms. World Leather contest is held in Dallas, Texas.
- September 5
- The first couples sign the Greater London Authority's partnership register. The partnership register is a way of recognising the partnership status of couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex.
- November 13
- The city council of Fort Wayne, Indiana passes an ordinance written by Democrat councilman Tom Henry which adds "sexual orientation" status to its municipal anti-discrimination law.
- November 17
- Vancouver, British Columbia resident Aaron Webster is killed in what many believe to be a gay bashing attack. The Canadian court system is reluctant to prosecute the case as a hate crime, believing this would be too difficult to prove, and subsequently charges four youths with manslaughter.
- September 11
- Mark Bingham, 31, Log Cabin Republicans member, September 11, 2001 attack victim aboard United Airlines flight 93
- December 22 : Lance Loud, 50, American columnist