CLAW XIV will be held April 24-27 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio. Shuttle buses will meet every CLAW air-travel attendee — day or night — for their one-minute ride to the lobby door.
Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) has seen a growth rate of about 15 percent each of the past several years. CLAW’s biggest Vendor Mart will feature more than 25 merchants, including CLAW sponsors Leatherwerks, Mr. S Leather, Leatherman NYC, Torso, and Stompers Boots; three Recon Reflex dungeon parties in the warehouse attached to FLEX Spas in downtown Cleveland; and more than 40 skills workshops and other educational offerings, including 25 Years Later, a discussion featuring Guy Baldwin and Brian Dawson, the renowned and groundbreaking Leather titleholders who were International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Drummer, respectively, in 1989.
NLA International - Lifetime Achievement Award
The National Leather Association: International's Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 was presented to Ms Suzan at the Atlanta Eagle on January 25 in Atlanta, GA. 2018 People Awards were presented - Steve Maidhof Award for National/International Service, Gloria Clough; Jan Lyon Award for Local Service, Lady Jeanna; President's Award, Tantus, Inc,; Vice President's Award, Scot Michelle; Chapter of the Year, NLA: Houston. "I would like to thank National Leather Association: International and its members for bestowing this great honor.... I’ve known NLA for 25 years and know the importance of this award....I am proud to have had the opportunity to do the work I have done and hope to continue serving the community in the future." said MsSuzan.
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Sin in The City - International Person of Leather
Southeast Person of Leather Iamar became International Person of Leather 2019 at Sin in the City on Saturday night, February 3 in front of over 600 kinksters at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas. Sin in the City included a keynote brunch speech by Jen Laws, educational workshops, play parties, vendors, boot blacking, a hospitality suite, and socials as well as the opportunity to see Las Vegas shows and eat at the terrific restaurants.
LA Leather Pride - Southland Honors
By Gus Norris
For 2019, Southland Honors is returning to its origins! The 16th Annual Southland Honors Awards will be presented on Saturday March 23 at the ONE Archives Foundation, the first host of the event in 2004. The deadline to make nominations is March 1. Nominations are now open. For more information on the specific categories and their requirements, and to nominate your favorites, please visit
Kink Mentoring Archives
By Papa Tony
Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives
Leather Cocktails is a Formal Leather Social which will be held at the at Tom of Finland House on Saturday, February 23 starting at 6:30 PM and is being hosted by California B&B, Regiment of the Black and Tans, and BLUF. Appetizers by Hunter and Charlie's, open bar by Bullet Bar, silent auction items from Rough Trade Gear and 665 Leather. Admission is $25. Complimentary VIP Admission for Current LA30 donors. Tom of Finland Foundation House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 is Saber ONYX
Saber ONYX won the Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 contest on Saturday night, January 26, besting two others at the Leather Archives & Museum. The emcee was International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. Saber ONYX will go downtown Chicago to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. The judging panel includes International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 Stitch Stitch Leatherdandy, Rodi Coderage, Pup Buster Richard Willia and Issa Arden. See video announcing the winner which is linked below.
Leather Masters University - What is Age Play?
Leather Masters University will present What is Age Play? on Saturday, February 9 at Leather Masters in Dallas, TX. Intro to Ageplay will run 1-1:30 PM and Medical Ageplay 1:30 - 3 PM. All Class proceeds go to HOME to help raise funds for the HOME Center and Play Space; $20 for two classes. Presenter Brett is vice president of the Dallas Leatherheart Clan and founding member of LHC-Austin, active in the Leather and kink community. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865.
Mr. Faultline Leather
Ismael Fuentes is Mr. Faultline Leather 2019 and his runner-up Leo. Five men competed. Thanks to Luis Ramos “Sucia” for a great 2018 year bringing Mr Faultline Leather back. Ismael will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. There was a meet and greet on Friday night and a victory beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Attendees braved some of he heaviest rain los angeles has seen in years.
Race Bannon writing for Recon
Recon has invited noted asuthor and columnist and just about everything Leather, Race Bannon, to write for them. "...having this platform available is a humbling experience. My hope is that I can offer readers information and commentary filtered through my unique perspective as a long-time Leatherman and avid BDSM/fetish practitioner. The tentacles of my sexuality and relationship work intersect across the worlds of kink, LGBTQ, HIV/STI prevention and treatment, and non-monogamy/polyamory."
Jocktion on March 9 at the Providence Eagle will feature well-worn jocks of current IML track titleholders, IML 2018 and other titleholders being auctioned by emcee Corvette. Funds will be contributed to Care Aids Ocean State. Starts at 10 PM. Jocktion is co-hosted by Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenberg and Mr. New England Leather 2019 Nick James. Also with Mr. GNI 2018 Jonathan Karfen, Mr. GNI 2018 and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Ryan Sperry.
San Francisco Pride - Leather Pride Contingent
By Jason Husted
San Francisco Pride is just under five months away and that means it is time to start planning for the 2019 Pride Parade. The Leather Pride Contingent will be meeting at SF Eagle at 2 PM on Saturday, March 9 and every second Saturday following. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA.
CLAW XIX - More than 130 different Skills and Education Sessions
CLAW XIX will feature more than 130 different Skills and Education Sessions, covering a wide range of topics about SM, bondage, power exchange, ass play, fetish, community, health and more. Visit the CLAW website to see the entire list of 120 sessions and faculty of 170 presenters. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Mister Sister Leather San Antonio
There are some important changes to Mister Sister Leather San Antonio including that the contest be fully inclusive. The only requirements are that one be a legal resident of Texas, over 21 years of age, and are competing in their own Leather gear The producers believe strongly in inclusion, representation, and the true meaning of community, so they've thrown the doors open wide to any that wish to compete and meet those three requirements. Come on out for a fun, irreverent, and exciting series of events with your San Antonio Sisters as we celebrate the work of Mister Sister Leather San Antonio Boy Allen. March 1 - Meet the Candidates, March 2 - Mister Sister Leather SA 2019 at SA Country, and March - Victory brunch.
Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro
Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro will be hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Saturday, February 23 from 5:30 - 10:30 PM, starting at Toad Hall, 4146 18th Street. Over the last year, Mr. San Francisco Leather has hosted several gear invasions throughout San Francisco. Now, for the final invasion of his year, we return to the Castro. Grab your favorite gear and go out to eight great venues in one of the world's most well known LGBTQ districts. Meet other kinksters, interact with non-Leatherfolk, and have a grand old time.
Avatar Club los angeles - 36th Anniversary
Avatar Club los angeles is holding its 36th Anniversary celebration at the One Foundation National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC on Sunday, February 10 at 12 PM. Snacks and drinks will be served, followed by a presentation on the history and mission of Avatar. Avatar archival material will be displayed. Community meet and greet after the presentation. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 909 West Adams Blvd., los angeles, California 90007.
Bay State Marauders - 16th Anniversary
By Scott Erickson
The Bay State Marauders will be hosting their 16th Anniversary Run March 29-31 in Provincetown, MA. Events include dinner, dance party and cocktail party on Friday; eye opener cocktail party, breakfast, AMCC Business Meeting, lunch at Watership, afternoon play party, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, jock auction and cocktail party on Saturday; closing brunch and awards on Sunday. The Watership Inn is the host hotel.
BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge
BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounge is February 9. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.
Mr. Providence Eagle Jesse Rosenberg is hosting a BDSM Bootcamp with Brian Dawson instructing on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM - 5 PM at 257 Weybosset Street (3rd floor), Providence, RI. This one-day bootcamp is designed to establish or hone your skills, including expert instruction, demonstrations, safety protocol, and practice. Open to all levels: no prior experience necessary. Topics covered are headspace and power dynamics, basic bondage, impact play, and cock and ball and other torture techniques. Registration fee is $45. Registrations received by February 18 are $35.
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The Perverted Interracial Guys host Lumberjock every third Sunday at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA at 3 PM. The next ones are February 17 and March 7. Happy New Year! It’s time for the first Pigskin of 2019. Winter is here so we’re still wearing our Union Suits or Long johns. Cheap beer, fun Bartenders, free parking, free clothes check, no cover and hot guys. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Mr. Leather Ireland
Leather Pride Dublin saw Fionn Scott become Mr. Leather Ireland 2019. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events was held January 26-28 and focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.
International Geared Up Pup - Private Puppy Play Party
By Hunter Draufganger
International Geared Up Pup will be hosting its first Private Puppy Play Party at Manifest4U, 2103 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, on Friday, April 12 from 5-9 PM. Anyone 18+ is welcome to attend. Expect food, massively pawesome giveaways and door prizes, mosh and Puppy play areas, a Puppy cage photo op, and vendors. Different zones will be set up to accommodate different interests as you venture deeper into the clubhouse: Social zone - Rated G, Mosh zone, and Unrestricted play zone - Rated X. Advance tickets are $10 through Eventbrite at
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MAFIA Club Night
MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are March 1 and April 5. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.
Mx Virginia Leather
Purple Penguin Productions, aka Ma'am Karen and Bumper will present Virginia’s first MX Leather Contest. Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.
Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock Restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.
Pup Mosh in Denver
There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, February 11 and March 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.
Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. Open every day until 3 PM. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.
ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the The Village at Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is February 21 at 8 PM.
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Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night
Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on February 23. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.
Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, February 8 and March 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.
New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52
The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.
NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji
North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.
Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. February 5, 12, 19 and 26. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle. We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, February 14 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 7-10
The Fourth Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago March 7-10 at the Jackhammer Complex. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride and to select the man who will represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather in May.
Lights Off - Folsom Fridays
Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next ones are on February 8 and March 8 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.
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The 15 Association - Play Party
The 15 Association will hold its February 23 monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. The 15 Association's Anniversary features a Leather dinner on Friday night and another play party on Sunday afternoon.
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Fist Fest - Spring FFling
Fist Fest will host Spring FFling at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, GA the weekend of April 25-27. Metropolis Complex (formerly Parliament Resort) is nestled on 10 acres and has 120 rooms. A pass includes free beer, bottled water and sports drinks all weekend, all play supplies (in the public spaces), the infamous Pool Party complete with slings, benches, platforms, play supplies, an open bar and rockin' music, Cocktail Party on Friday afternoon, educational programs, dog dag, swag bag and a container of Elbow Grease. Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
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Rope Burn SF: November
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, February 21 and March 21 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are February 20 and March 20. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
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Mid Atlantic Leather overruns three hotels
The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend is outgoing the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill as back up hotels filled to capacity for the January 11-14 event in Washington, DC. Well over 2,000 Leather/Gear/Kink/Fetish/Uniform/and-everything-else community were represented well. The Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather was won by Gerard Turner of Gaithersburg, MD with David Gerard as first runner-up and Pup Data as second runner-up. There were seven men competing. Frank Nowicki emceed Saturday night's Leather Cocktails and the contest on Sunday. http://www.leatherweekend.com/
Dave Rhodes turns 70
Dave Rhodes turned 70 years old on December 20. Dr. Larry and his husband, William, threw a huge LA Dodgers-themed birthday party for me on Saturday night, December 22 with 76 Leatherfolk attending. There was a great outpouring of love and I thank everyone who was part of it. A couple more photos appear near the bottom of this page.
Mates Leather Weekend XXII
By Rick Conley
Fan-freakin-Tastic! The 22nd Annual Mates Leather Weekend has come to an end and the first results are in: 500-plus Leatherfolk were in attendance and $5,252 raised for AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Mr. First Mate 2018 is Dominic Donahue from Chelsea in New York, NY. The judges were First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 Russell Sweeney, Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenburg and Mr. New England Leather 2018 Robert Birch. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $66,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod since fundraising efforts began in 2002. Next is Snowbound in February. Click the mates link to find out more.
ICON Detroit 25th Anniversary
The men of ICON Detroit invite you to come reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Friendships, Leather, Kink, and Service to the Community on Saturday, February 24 at their original home bar The Detroit Eagle, now called the Marble Bar. ICON Detroit has remained a strong, steady and influential foundation for the Leather community of Metro Detroit for the last 25 years. ICON Detroit has also maintained it's commitment to raise funds and donate to HIV/AIDS-related charities. Some of those charities have included Wellness House of Michigan and Triangle Foundation (from years ago) and our current charities of Unified and Mr. Friendly. http://www.facebook.com/icondetroit
Empire City MC Folsom Street East. Photo by Chaz Antonelli
ECMC’s Motorcycle Weekend
Empire City MC’s Memorial Day Motorcycle Weekend was simply amazing this May at The Ranch in New York State – everything from the ride up, the ride back, the fantastic meals served all weekend-long, the camaraderie of the guests – we couldn’t have had a better time. The day trips were fun and included: Cycle Stop, Extreme Biker Leather, Ground Rounds (prime beef hamburgers) at Bill Gray’s and Abbot's Frozen Custard. On Sunday afternoon, we had a pizza-baking contest. We were all exposed to craft beers, thanks to the folks from Three Rivers MC. There was even a very touching collaring ceremony on Friday night! Sunday, anti-road gremlin bells were presented to three new bikes/bikers: Jack, Erik and Earl.
20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.
1. For those who don’t know you, please tell us about yourself & what your titles are.
First the easy part: As far as titles are concerned, all mine have been given to me as honorary titles.
1999 Man of the Year from National Leather Association International
2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Leather Association International
2010 Recipient of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award
2012 Presidents Award - Pantheon of Leather
Now the hard part: I am a native Texan and have been active in the LGBT community since the early 1970's. I became fascinated with Leather in the late 1970's and stepped into my first Leather bar sometime around 1978. Since that fateful day I have continued on my Leather journey and am a former member of the Dallas Motorcycle Club, Leather Rose Society, National Leather Association, Discipline Corps and a founding member of Inquisition Dallas.
I have written many articles on Leather/BDSM topics and am the author of four books currently in circulation including "Family Jewels, a Guide to Male Genitortureand Torment "and” Soul of a Second Skin-Memoirs of a Gay Christian Leatherman."
I have also directed a few films on Leather/BDSM subjects including "Leather" a short film-poem about the gay male Leather experience and "Out of the Darkness, the Reality of SM" a documentary on the critical difference between SM and abuse.
Professionally I am a Marketing Specialist and I live in Dallas with my boy/partner of 18 years Patrick and our feline mistress, Elvira.
2. What or who got you started in the leather community and for how long?
What drew me to Leather was the hyper-masculinity of it. I never considered myself feminine; nor was I attracted to feminine men. Leather just pushed all the right buttons for me and once I got involved I fund that I really liked rough sex and SM.
The community, as such, didn't really exist when I came in, but the subsequent AIDS crisis pulled us together and gave us a real sense of purpose. We, in Dallas, started educating our community to the many ways sex could be hot and kinky and still be safer-sex.
3. Which club or bar are you affiliated with and tell us more about the history?
Currently I am a member of NLA: Dallas and Discipline Corps. NLA: Dallas is a pan-sexual organization with a mission to educate and network Leather/Fetish/BDSM folk of all sexual orientations and genders.
Discipline Corps is a men-only social and play group whose primary focus is monthly dungeon parties and having a good time!
When I go to a bar it is the Dallas Eagle, our local Leather bar, though I am not officially affiliated with it the owners, Mark Frasier and Jeffery Payne are close friends of mine.
4. How did you enjoy being one of the judges at IML XXX5 and what were your favorite moments?
Judging at IML was an amazing experience. I was worn out form the long days, but energized by the great men I met during the experience. I knew most of the judges before the contest, though I did make new friends since a couple of the judges were new faces to me. We all bonded immediately and the contestants were all outstanding. The final choice was very hard, since any of the Top 20 could have easily been a wonderful IML.
My favorite moments were getting to meet so many folks from outside the US, and the South African delegation was a particular joy!
5. Tell us about your charity involvement and goals.
As far as charity work I have several. My contributions to my church, Cathedral of Hope are an ongoing passion of mine. We even have a full pew of Leather folk wearing their colors every Sunday. I also work with Kiva, a micro loan organization that funds small businesses and individuals across the world.
I serve as Chairman of the Board for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Washington, DC and work raising funds to support it and its many programs.
6. Tell us about your leather family.
My leather family is small, just me and my boy/partner. My extended Leather family is larger. About 8-10 close friends who I think of as family. Beyond that I have a large circle of friends who I have met at events and contests all over the continent and they too, are like family. I consider them my Leather cousins.
7. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
I have to say my father. He taught me a lot as far as values and how to treat other people. He was authentic and honest and I try to emulate that. He loved his work and his family. He was intellectually curious and being a scientist, he never stopped learning, and that is something I think I got from him.
8. In your mind, what’s the biggest misconception of the leather community?
The biggest misconception I see about the Leather community is that we are some sort of homogenous group with a written code of conduct and values. No such thing. We are as varied as the general population, except for our love of kink and Leather. As a whole I have found our community does communicate more than the average vanilla folk, and I attribute that to the fellowship of our organizations and to the need for communication when we play.
9. What would you say are the most important strengths to have as a Leather man?
Honesty, authenticity and a good bull-shit detector.
10. What does leather mean to you?
I could prattle on about this topic forever but I would sound like I was doing a canned speech for a title contest. In reality leather means as many different things as there are people involved in it. Some simply are drawn to the fetish. Leather clothes and gear are sensual, organic and arousing. Some are drawn to the BDSM aspect of it. That was part of my attraction.
Leather folk, the energetic and intense encounters that SM play offers. I went into it thinking I would be a "grey Hankie" guy. Only into bondage and light SM but quickly realized that bondage was really not very interesting to me and more hard-core SM was my thing. Changed my hankie to black and never looked back.
11. What do you see for the future of leather in your community and internationally?
It is in a state of flux. Leather always changes, as sexual pioneers we are on the edges of what is possible physically and sexually and so there will always be something different and new. I see a disturbing trend to try to turn back the clock and relive the glory days of Leather in the 1970's, but surprisingly the people who are trying to do that are predominately straight. They have adopted the Leatherman look as though it was a codified uniform and remind me of " Renfair" folks, donning period costumes and role playing at Leather.
12. What does sexual freedom mean to you?
As someone who came of age I the late 1960's sexual freedom means being able to define my sexuality on my own terms Being able to enjoy consensual activities with other adults and not have to conform to any rigid rules. I have begin to think of myself more as "Queer" than gay, not because I do not have an affectional orientation toward men, but because I enjoy playing with anyone so long as we click and our goals are the same. Sexual freedom is a basic human right, it is up to us to define it and express it and celebrate it.
13. Whats your view on the huge anti-gay wave that is happening in certain states in America? What do you think people can do to protect their rights and help others retain it?
What you mentioned as the "anti-gay wave" sweeping parts of the country is not a massive display of anti-gay sentiment in my opinion. It is the last gasp of the hard core bigoted right. Their attitudes are dying out. Public opinion polls show most Americans believe in equality for LGBT citizens. What these anti-gay laws are is an attempt by the right to change the framing of the issue from "equality" to "religious freedom" or as I call it the freedom to hate.
All of these attempt have failed and even in far-right leaning states like Arizona. Even there the Governor recognized it's not a religious freedom issue it is equal rights. The laws are clumsily crafted and over reaching to begin with and would not withstand judicial scrutiny, so I have o believe its just politics and its not working.
14. We all have so many issues we want to highlight, please tell us what cause is close to your heart right now and how are you involved?
The issue closest to my heart is the cause of sexual freedom. I believe sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and as such it needs to be protected and nourished. To that end, I work with the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, a human rights group with the focus on sexual freedom. In fact I am chairperson of the board. That's how involved I am and how important it is.
We work to affect policy concerning sex education, freedom of speech, sex workers and gender and sexual inequality. It's a great organization that has made a real difference for our country. Woodhull holds the gender and sexuality seat on the US Human Rights Network, the group which monitors our country's adherence to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
15. What advice can you give a future title holder?
Be authentic, approachable and honest. Bull-shitters stick out like sore thumbs. The title holders I know and admire are all down to earth folks who try to use their titles to benefit the community not themselves.
16. Tell us what your favorite piece of Leather is and why?
Other than my hat, my favorite piece of Leather is my flogger. It was made by Janet Hartwood and designed to fit me perfectly. The falls are longer than most folks like, but they balance perfectly with the handle and the flogger becomes an extension of my body when I play. I have several floggers and all were custom made for me. I believe if you invest in quality your toys will live as long as you do.
17. In your own words, can you tell us the difference between BDSM and Leather?
Hard to say. I used to think of them as the same, but apparently there are folk who see a big distinction. Leather does not imply SM, it can simply be a fetish. It is also a different kind of community and that is what sets it apart nowadays. To some folks Leather can only be gay men and BDSM is pan-sexual. There is another word that is loaded with nuance. Pan-sexual was a word coined by the Leather community to describe its inclusion of all sexual orientations, but has been co-opted by the straight community to mean "heterosexual" sexual orientation with some lesbians thrown in for spice. If I sound cynical, that's because I have seen this in practice. Play space where two women playing together was acceptable if they were playing in ways that the men enjoyed, but men playing together got stares and snide comments.
Personally I don't have problems playing in the newly defined "pan-sexual" spaces, I think a Leather person can define their own Leather-space and create a scene wherever it works.
18. Please tell us exactly what is beyond vanilla & what are your favorite activities you indulge in?
I would think anything that goes beyond plain sex would qualify as beyond vanilla. Spankings, role play, bondage, SM all of it moves beyond vanilla for me. My favorite activities are floggings and clothespins and CBT, but most often these are woven into some kind of erotic experience. I think all SM is better with an element of Eros. It doesn't have to be penetrative sex, but without a sexual aspect it has less appeal for me.
19. What’s the funniest safe word that you have heard?
Then comes the safe word. I have heard lots of strange ones from "aardvark" to "Pontiac". Personally, I like this system. I tell my bottom or sub to call me "Sir" as long as he or she is having fun, and to call me "Hardy" if they need to talk. It keeps the communication going and has never failed me.
20. What’s your favorite drink? And if you could invent a cocktail for the Leather community and what would you call it?
Well I stopped drinking in 1986 so my favorite drink is sparkling mineral water. My drink for the community would be just that, mineral water with a chaser of mouthwash, cause I love kissing and detest bad breath!
18. We would love to have you visit South Africa in the future, what classes do you think we could benefit from?
I do a lot of classes, but my favorites are a workshop I call "Putting Sex Back in SM." The pan-sexual dungeons in the US are notoriously tepid when it comes to palpable eroticism. Many do not allow sexual activities for legal reasons and some just are uncomfortable with sex. This workshop is intended to put that spark of the erotic back into the play in the dungeon and discusses and demonstrates how scenes can become erotic encounters with no "traditional sex" happening.
My "Family Jewels" workshop is always fun. Concentrating on CBT and how it can become part of a scene. I explain the use of toys, safety and exploration of various aspects of genitorture.
I have a complete list of classes I present I can provide you.
19. In conclusion, anything you would like to add to this interview for the Leather community of South Africa?
I would add that the Leather community in South Africa seems to be vibrant and growing and I encourage you to continue to explore, share what you learn and nurture the next generation of Leatherfolk. To them you will become the "Old Guard" and with that is the heavy responsibility of knowing you are setting an example for future generations. Play hard, play safe, have fun!
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
Smokeout celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas the weekend of April 4-7 at the Alexis Park Resort and Villas. Most of the hotel was reserved for Smokeout with its cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. Smokeout is a free-flowing weekend so everyone could enjoy Las Vegas the way they wanted. Maximus had their barber chair going, the Bullet Bar and SF Eagle hosted a play area that was busy, Rocky Mountain Rebellion supplied booze and lots of Rock and Roll music, Desert Brotherhood MC ride to Lake Mead, Cigar Poker party, bootblacks, the Chicago Hellfire Club had a Scotch and Cigar social. There were groups going to cigar shops, restaurants, shows and bars. The pool area was busy at almost all hours. Great job Bob, Shadow, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas boys of Leather.
Compiled by Dave Rhodes, Dr. Larry and William Burden
It is no secret that there were 71 International Mr. Leather 2018 or IML 40 contestants - your preference - 19 of them came from outside the United States, it is known that significant changes were being made in the International Mr. Bootblack contest and that IML founder Chuck Renslow would be remembered with class. What was to-be-determined was the winners of the contests.
Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex opens
By Rae N Chris
We are wrapping up the first night of a full weekend, March 30 - April 1, at the new Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex. Vi Johnson just got done giving a wonderful history talk for our local community. Miss Rae and Vi Johnson were surprised by Luke Monaco with a memorial frame of memorabilia from his personal collection. This memorial was created by him and his slave victor to honor the memory of his uncle David Weinbaum and is on loan from Sir Luke. The library annex housed in the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park. https://www.facebook.com/groups/carterjohnsonleatherlibrary/
As in every year, there are stories that define a year, mark a change for the better or worse, establish the end or beginning of an era, lend recognition to achievement, or just simply make a statement that cannot be forgotten. Here are ours.
The Leather Journal's Top Story of 2013
US Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 - Marriage-ban states fall like dominoes
Not long after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs who sued to have Proposition 8 reinstated had no standing, enabling same sex marriages to resume in California, marriages resumed.
Only a handful of states allowed same-sex marriage at the beginning of 2013. By the end of the year, 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, permitted same-sex marriage, with a few more likely to change. The last of the bunch, Utah on December 20 because a court judge ruled their same-sex marriage ban that was voter-approved in 2004 is unconstitutional. This was the biggest surprise of all. A dagger was struck into one of the main arteries of the devil that has fought against same-sex marriage.
Mid Atlantic Leather - The contest
By Rodney Burger
Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th – 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend's Leather Cocktails held on Saturday night is the kingpin of XXX. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1993 Frank Nowicki emceed Saturday night's Leather Cocktails and the contest on Sunday. MAL concluded on Sunday evening with a dance at the 9:30 Club featuring music by Tedd Patterson and Manny Ward.
It was announced on stage at the Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street on Saturday night, March 1 that Mr. San Francisco Leather 2014 is Scott "Big Red" Farrell. The first runner-up was Mr. San Francisco Eagle Leather Gage Fisher and the second runner-up was Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather. Six men competed.
Heading the judging panel was Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013 who was the fifth Mr. San Francisco Leather titleholder to win the International Mr. Leather title. The other four were IML 1979 David Kloss representing the Brig, IML 1981 Marty Kiker representing the Brig, IML 1985 Patrick Tone representing Chaps and IML 1992 Lenny Broberg.
Joining Andy were Mr. LA Leather 2013 Justin Emerick, Mr. Bolt Leather 2013 Robert Brooks, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012 Thib Guichard-Callin, Ms San Francisco Leather 2013 Val Langmuir and Judge Emeritus Garry "Marlena" McLain.
The emcees were Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013 Darren Bondy and International Mr. Leather 198 Mike Pereyra.
As Mr. Legion of Sin, Scott Farrell is a muscled redhead who is Mr. September on the 2014 Bare Chest Calendar. Big Red is a member of BaGG (Bondage a Go Go) and is the secretary of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. He will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.