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Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 21, 2018

 

 

Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and Bootblack Contests

Mr. San Diego Leather Doriam Manuel Couto, Ms San Diego Leather Kira Renee, and San Diego Bootblack Shilo Vix were sashed, medaled and patched on Saturday night, March 17 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Bennett Evan Robbins was the second man competing for the Mr. title. About 200 cheering Leatherfolk, an increase of about 30 percent from 2017, were there including from as far north as Portland, Oregon and east as Baltimore, Maryland. Tiger and Wayne Dietz served as emcees. Afterglow Party with High Leather Cocktails, Open Bootblacking and Cigar Social at 9 PM. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. http://www.sandiegoleatherpride.com

Mufasa Ali's keynote at the Leather Leadership Conference
By Mufasa Ali
ONYX founder Mufasa Ali delivered a rousing keynote address during the Leather Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA on XXX. "I’d like to start off with a story! The story is told about a lion...and this lion was very proud of his leadership over the animal kingdom. One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he by passed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear...." The rest can be read at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-addressnews/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-address

Conductors LL - Track XXXVI

The Conductors Levi Leather Club. of Nashville, TN hosted their Track XXXVI - Into The Woods Run at the Whispering Pines Campground and Retreat the weekend of March 15-17 in Hampshire, TN. A Mr. Friendly presentation was made on March 16 as seen in the photo above. Founded in 1982, the Conductors is one of the longest surviving gay social and service groups in the city, having been involved in Nashville's gay community for over 35 years. http://conductors.net/

Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex
By Miss Rae and chris
We are happy to announce the Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex to be held on Saturday, March 31 at the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park, FL. One special guest author, Vi Johnson will be there. Her most famous books are To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave and Dhampir: Child of the Blood along with being a contributing writer on numerous other pieces. The other world famous authors, and local community members, will be John and Libby Warren. They authored The Loving Dominant, and John authored Safe, Sane, Consensual and Fun and Murder at Roissy, among others. Drinks, appetizers and desserts will be provided. Library Memberships will be available. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2051902315033074&set=p.2051902315033074&type=3&theater

Mr. LA Leather
The Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 contest will be at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox will pass the title to the next man who will represent the City of Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

Save Twin Cities Leather & Latte
Friends, I implore you to consider making a donation to the Gofundme that my wonderful sash wife Mikayla Victoria Stanek has set up to help save Twin Cities Leather and Latte. Our community is a better place, because of the work that Karri Plowman and Tynan do. Safe spaces are incredibly important and we are fortunate to have TCL as a place to call home. No donation is too small. Thank you. Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2018. Help Twin Cities Leather and Latte at https://www.gofundme.com/save-twin-cities-leather-amp-latte

San Diego Leather Pride Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride on Friday, March 16 included a Color Guard, Blessing from the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Contestant Introductions and a Leather History display at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Four contestants vied for three titles. The blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was an unbelievable riot. There were a few vendors on hand all weekend. DJ Matt Effect from Sydney, Australia had the beat going all night. http://sdleatherpride.org/

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Trivia Question of the Week

This Uniform club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in September. Who is it?

1. California B&B Corps.

2. Rangers of Ohio.

3. Regiment of the Black and Tans.

4. Corps of Rangers.

5. Mid Atlantic Uniform League.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals? Geoff Mains.

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ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night will be at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. ProNE Leather Pride Night will be a live charity auction event benefitting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/

NCSF Celebrated its 21st Anniversary in Atlanta - elects officers
At the NCSF's Annual Meeting on March 9th in Atlanta, GA, the Coalition Partners elected the board members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. This year 11 people ran for the NCSF Board, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The current board members are: Chairperson Susan Wright, Vice-Chair Keira Harbison, Secretary Jackie Harris, Treasurer Kevin Carlson, Treasurer; at-large board members are Ruby Bouie Johnson, Ben Schenker, Judy Guerin, Rudy Serra, Richard Richbart, Russell Stambaugh, Max Rulz and Julian Wolf. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival

The Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival will be outside the Eagle LA and up Santa Monica Blvd. toward Sunset Blvd. on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM and hopes to exceed its attendance of 10,000 from 2017. Off Sunset Festival closes out a week of events for los angeles Leather Pride. Off Sunset Festival is for guests 21 and over only and will have live bands and DJs, gourmet food trucks, ice-cold beer and specialty drinks, artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors, lots of Leather and fetish gear and yes, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear. Off Sunset Festival, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds. See our website or contact for more information. The CLAW registration package includes Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/

Leather Pride Flag Raising in San Diego
The San Diego Leather Pride Flag Raising on Friday, March 16 preceded the opening ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride Weekend. Since 2013, the Leather Pride flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride. A Leather color guard raised the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole at the intersection of Normal and University, thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association. http://www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Southern Most Puppy is all set for April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust for all judges and contestants. Saturday will include interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940, Southern Most Puppy Contest at Phoenix. Sunday victory brunch. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117.

29th Pansexual Butchmanns
The 29th Pansexual Butchmanns Experience hosted by Machele Kindle will be April 27-29 in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The activities of flogging, ritual temporary piercing, mummification, and Responsibility-Obedience practice are further explored through in-depth discussions. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride hosted the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18. The Kick Off Party featured a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually entered on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. About 250 Leatherfolk packed the Long Beach bar where the ride-in was done in the adjacent alley and introductions were made on stage where each contestant drew their numbers led by emcee Chad ONYX. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

SouthEast LeatherFest
SouthEast LeatherFest will be held June 14-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody i n Atlanta, GA with tracks from play to relationships. Don't miss out on the 150-plus activities to learn, socialize, connect and play. SouthEast LeatherFest is an annual event for alternative, Kink, BDSM communities of all genders, ethnicity and sexual preference to explore education, sexual freedom and sex positive discovery. SouthEast LeatherFest has dynamic speakers giving six subjects and individual perspectives including Marty, Tina Landi, Sir S'ango, Lady Kita, Master Scott, and BlueFrost during a do-not-miss luncheon on Saturday. http://www.SECURE.SELEATHERFEST.com

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returned for the second year to MCC in the Valley on Monday, March 19 at 7 PM, in the Classic Meets Fetish tradition of Folsom Berlin, with an emphasis on classic and original music that has been used in film, television or other media. As always, musicians and attendees will be wearing fetish/Leather gear. Music Director Michael Crane's ensemble of seven instruments played The Theory Of Everything, The Music Of The Night, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Planeterium from LA LA Land among many others. Food was provided by Hunter and Charlie's which is formerly Farm Boy Kitchen in Hollywood. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

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Farm Boy Kitchen is now Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's in March. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. (323) 848-4790. http://www.hunterandcharlies.com

Girls Night Out
Bikkja Amy, Mistieyes and The Compound present the next Girls Night Out women's BDSM play party in San Diego, CA on Saturday March 31 starting at 7 PM. Smoking hot demonstration by Daddy Naria who is a longtime Radical Sex Perv Daddy who has been involved in the Queer BDSM Community for 35 years as a practitioner, organizer, activist, writer, speaker, and educator in the Kinky Arts. She is the new Co- owner/Producer of DESIRE along with her wife, Bikkja Amy. The demonstration will begin at 7:15 PM, followed by a brief circle of introduction then play. https://fetlife.com/events/649144

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and WiFi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Leather Pride in Texas
Leather Pride in Texas 2018 will be April 6-8 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, TX. Leather Pride in Texas is committed to building unity within the Leather community and providing Leather Space for Leather People. Friday night - DJ hosted cocktail party, cash bar, cigar social, drag show; Saturday - Leather panel discussions, information booths, classes, bootblack and puppy play workshops, puppy mosh, cigar social, vending, Fetish/Kink art display, Carter Johnson Leather Library on display, free lunch and men's, women's and mixed play parties; Sunday - Sendoff social. Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel and Conference Center, 1209 Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664. For detailed schedule and all other pertinent information about Leather Pride in Texas, please visit http://www.leatherprideintexas.org

'eco-fetishism' explores bdsm through a queer feminist lens
By Michelle Lhooq for i-d Vice
The performance artists behind Sacred Sadism, a new line of 'eco-fetish' sex toys, are changing BDSM's archetypal studded leather aesthetic. Putting a flower up your butt or getting whipped with a bundle of sharp leaves might not be the first idea that comes to mind when you’re trying to level up your sex life. But scrolling through the Instagram photos of LA-based artists Genevieve Belleveau and Themba Alleyne, suddenly, I get the appeal. Belleveau and Alleyne, a loving couple who often incorporate BDSM practices into their work, are the first “eco-fetishists” I’ve ever met, and they make nature look downright sexy. https://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/pam9ky/eco-fetishism-explores-bdsm-through-a-queer-feminist-lens

NYC debut of Obie Winner Ain Gordon's play 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous
The play is about Dr. John Fryer a gay psychiatrist who, at huge personal risk, addressed the American . sychiatric Association in 1972 about removing homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses.He was so convincing, that the following year - 1973, they voted to remove it from the list. That was 45 years ago this year; this play is being presented by Equality Forum during this years APA conference at the Javitz Center a block away from the theater (May 3-9). This year's conference will have panels about John Fryers, who is one of the major in not well known civil rights pioneers. http://217boxes.com/

Kink - In The Air Tonight
Kink - In The Air Tonight, Play party in Hollywood/Silver Lake, will be held at Kink LA on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 PM. 18-plus. Free before 10:30 with RSVP. We like our music dark - Witch House, Darkcore, Dark EBM, Dark Techno, Dark Electro, Dark Psytrance, Dark Step, Dark EDM, Dark Ambient, Dark Cabaret, Dark Wave and Dark Folk. Kink LA, 4212 Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/196901527745682/

Yellow and Black Party
SF Catalyst and Yellow and Black are hosting a Yellow and Black Party at SF Catalyst on Friday, March 23 at 8 PM. Tickets $20 in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yellow-and-black-party-tickets-43220018238, or $30 at the door. Discounts available for volunteers. The Yellow and Black Group is for and about men who enjoy including watersports (piss play) as part of their sexual or BDSM activities or fantasies. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. https://www.facebook.com/events/192865404634035/

Cruze by FMSD, A Men-Only Party and Social

Fetish Men San Diego's CRUZE is a night where men can explore their fetishes and cruise as they like. The playrooms of House of Black will be set up to accommodate pick-up play, socialization and fetish exploration instead of our traditional dungeon setup. Friday, March 30 at 9PM. Cost is $20, payable via Paypal or by contacting CRUZE is a new party we're hosting! Unlike our Members-Only Play Party (MPP), CRUZE is a Men-Only night of fetish and cruising.

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/

Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know
The go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved. http://www.pupplay.info/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Folsom Street East Celebrates SLUTS
Folsom Street East, Inc. (FSE) will celebrate 21 years of gear, kink, fetish, in-your-face sexuality and benevolence at the annual FSE Street Festival, Sunday, June 17 from 11 AM - 6 PM on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, NYC. This year’s theme is our reclaiming of the word SLUTS, which to us stands for Sex, Love, Unity, Trust, and Safety. FSE envisions a world that celebrates and inspires participation and pride for expression of sexual identities in LGBTQ+ and Allied communities. Beneficiaries are New York City Anti-Violence Project, Trinity Place Shelter and Transcend Legal. The Notorious OMG has been the Mxtress of Ceremonies for all manner of drag, burlesque, and charity events throughout the Northeast. Based in Philadelphia. When offstage, OMG’s alter ego Rudy Flesher serves on the board of Folsom East. http://www.folsomstreeteast.com/event/folsom-street-east-street-festival-xxi-s-l-u-t-s/

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 six 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 Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

SoCal Leatherfest Boy

By Steven Carlisle
Calling all boys in Southern California, the application is open for the first SoCal Leatherfest Boy contest to be held as part of SoCal Leatherfest the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, CA. Grab the application today and let us know if you have any questions. SoCal Leatherfest is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. We will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, barbecue, pool party, and more. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QbofHnZgX03T6vACWKqhbwNTwfQh-vOu/view

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday. April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Puppy 101
By Papa Woof Roth
We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues, and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/

Folsom Europe
Folsom Europe 2018 will be at Fuggerstraße in Berlin, Germany, September 5-9 The 14th edition of Europe's largest gay fetish event will take place at various venues in Berlin, with the Street Fair along Fuggerstaße on Saturday, September 9. Part of the proceeds will go to AIDS charities. Fuggerstraße, 10777 Berlin, Deutschland. http://folsomeurope.info/

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Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org

Northwest Gay for Play Weekend
Come join us in Portland, Oregon for a weekend fueled by the exploration of fetish, play and fun. April 27-29 is Northwest Gay for Play Weekend. A weekend for men who play with men and those who want to build community with them. The diversity celebrated at this weekend makes a welcoming home for fetishists across a wide range of gear and play. Northwest Gay for Play Weekend 2018 features three days full of play opportunities; a fabulous Meet and Greet to kick the weekend off. Saturday features play workshops and a contest for three fetish titles: Butch Player NW, Femme Player NW, and Bootblack NW will happen Saturday night. To wrap up, there is a Big Gay Brunch on Sunday that combines delicious breakfast food with even more play. https://nwgayforplay.com/

Avatar - Needle Play
Avatar Club los angeles has invited Doc Duhon to present a “hands-on” training session on needle and piercing play on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The session will include preliminary consent and piercing scene involvement, cleanliness, safety, materials and equipment, scene preparation, the bottom's piercing site considerations, piercing techniques, piercing play styles and possibilities, post-scene care for the bottom, and clean-up. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://avatarla.org/

Leather Archives & Museum displays inkedKenny

Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery, January 26 - June 7, MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny. inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish and with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion and discovered a new way to look. at (and artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent and a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing and found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Movie night with SAN-PAH
SAN-PAH (San Diego Pups And Handlers) will hold a movie and bar night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM. The movie will be Isle of Dogs at the Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 followed by a bar night at the San Diego Eagle, Pup’s night out at the movies. Wear your SAN-PAH shirt, gear or anything else pup-related for the pre-movie group photo at 7:15. After the movie we’ll head over to the Eagle for Pup Night. https://www.facebook.com/events/710265129362602/

GearUp Men's Weekend
GearUp Weekend will be held July 12-15 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and registration opens on January 31. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearup-mens-weekend-2018-registration-36327651985

Fuk U(niversity)

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, April 7 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (F.U.K.) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations which plays the first Saturday of each month. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now" https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Golden Gate Guards - Springtime in Yosemite
Registration for Springtime in Yosemite is now open. Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in the Sierras in Yosemite May 18-20. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. Springtime in Yosemite will be at the View Lodge in El Portal, CA which has nice rooms and most have balcony with an enchanting close-up view of the rapidly-flowing Merced River. Depending on interest, there will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a separate expense. Registration is open at http://www.ggguards.org/events/yosemite.htm

Walk the Walk
Joe Mannetti will present Walk the Walk at the The Stonewall Inn on Saturday, March 24 at 7 PM. A fundraiser benefiting AIDS Walk New York and the programs and outreach provided by GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Admission is $10. Raffle prizes. The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. https://www.facebook.com/events/1610376255678285/

Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Shiner's viewing at IMsBB IMsL
IMsLBB Weekend 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Ms Bootblack competition. Join us as we celebrate all things Bootblack. Friday, April 20, as part of the IMsLBB weekend will be the west coast premiere of the movie Shiners. The film is written and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum and lets you meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. IMsBB 2007 Ms V has secured the rights to show this new film and will talk about bringing this labor of love to IMsBB IMsL weekend. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

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Published in Regional Leather

IMSL Contestant slavegirl marionName: slavegirl marion

Current Title: Oklahoma Ms Leather 2015

City, State: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Regular community events that you produce or participate 1. Oklahoma Ms Leather contest - planning committee member beginning this year; 2. Oklahoma Mr Leather contest - planning committee member since 2012; and 3. Kink Weekend OKC - volunteer and planning committee member since 2013.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: The boots I purchased last year from the IMsL contestant silent auction. I later learned that they had been IMsL 2015, Sarge’s boot camp boots. These boots pair well with the Leather skirt gifted to me by a dear friend.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have three great sponsors: Xpressions Tulsa LC – Tulsa’s Premiere dungeon, play space, and meeting place, where I have been a volunteer staff member for more than six years; the Tulsa Eagle – the best gay & Leather bar in the Bible belt, my favorite hangout; and the Rose Rock girls of Leather – this great group of people are the producers of the Oklahoma Ms Leather title. The RRgoL participate in an assortment of charity fundraisers; perform various forms of service as a group, and individually, throughout the Leather, kink, BDSM, and vanilla communities.

 

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 23:53

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 28, 2018

 


The 15 Association - 38th Anniversary

The 15 Association of San Francisco, CA held its 38th Anniversary the weekend of February 23-25. The main event was an Anniversary Dinner at Patio Español on Friday night where about 150 Leatherfolk from all over the US and even from as far as the United Kingdom attended. What club president Eric See says was the largest silent auction of Leather/BDSM/Fetish gear and toys brought in big bucks. Several awards were presented. The big two Jordy Tackitt-Jones being named an honorary member of Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 28, 2018 and The 15 Association's club colors to Michael Leon who is the co-owner of the SF Eagle. Play parties at SF Catalyst were held on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. https://the15association.org/main.phpp

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ShellyLeatherJournal 1Name: Shelly

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2015

City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Regular community events that you produce or participate: Mr. Pistons contest, Southwest Leather Contest, Leather HEAT.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: I love kilts!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

Pistons Bar - House Bootblack and regular attendee
Los Angeles Band of Brothers - Booblack for Leather Contests and big fan!
Southland Title Sisters - Member
Southwest Leather Conference - titleholder and regular attendee


 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:52

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Micky Rebel

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Name: Micky Rebel

Title: Oregon State Bootblack, 2015

City/ State: Portland, Oregon

Events:
Co-Producer of PDX BootLab
Volunteer for Portland Pets and Handlers and was a board member for 3 years.
Bootblacks regularly on the PDX Bootblack stand at The Eagle Portland

Favorite Leather/fetish Item: My collar, it took me 4 years of service to my Sir to earn it.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?   o    I am proud to be sponsored by Blackout Leather Productions, the producer of the Oregon State Leather Contest.  BLP raises funds for charitable organizations in our local community, hosts the Rose and Thorn awards to honor outstanding Leather people, and supports their titleholders to go on to represent Oregon in international competitions.  Come and join us for the 2017 Mr. Oregon State Leather, Ms. Oregon State Leather, Oregon State Bootblack and Oregon State Puppy contests August 11-13th. http://blackoutleather.org/

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    o    While there are many organizations that I support, one of my favorites is Outside In.  It is an organization dedicated to helping homeless youth and other marginalized people in the greater Portland Metro area move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.  They do this through providing medical care, mental health treatment, advocacy and connecting individuals with the services they need to live the lives they want.  Outside In caters to the specific needs of under-served populations like the LGBTQIA community and the homeless.  They even have programs to help homeless pets. http://outsidein.org/

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    o    Service is a gift and every contribution counts, from donating a few dollars to a worthy cause, seeing an opportunity to help out at an event, or holding a position on the board of an organization.  Volunteering has helped me maintain greater focus and reach higher goals.  I’m so fortunate to come from a community that values service so favorably and shows gratitude to those that give.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    o    I found my identity as a Leather Woman through developing myself as a Bootblack. Before learning to bootblack, I rarely interacted with others.  I was painfully shy. My Sir insisted that I learn the trade, indicating, “It will be good for you.” As a result, bootblacking has radically changed my life. I began to notice how I could be of use to others and my inward focus reflected outward through volunteering.  Through these acts of service to my Sir and my Community, I found myself.  I am now a confident Leather Woman and accomplished Bootblack in all areas of my life.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    o    I could pick any number of Leather Women pioneers who have pursued equality and promoted bootblack visibility as my favorite Leather Woman.  I appreciate all those contributions with my whole heart; however, my favorite Leather Woman is my friend Jesbian.  I look up to her in so many ways.  She gives beautiful service, she is young but accomplished and represents the contributions of the next generation that is so hungry to engage in leadership roles.  Jesbian consistently seeks out littles and critters to make space for individuals that often don’t have a refuge in leather spaces.  She is fun, witty, kind and caring.  She is someone that I love dearly and respect enormously.  She positively impacts the lives of every person she meets in every corner of the world.  She is Leather.

 

Published in International Leather

IMSbb Contestant meghanName: Meghan

Current Title: Great Lakes Bootblack 2015 and Bluegrass Leather Pride Bootblack 2015

City, State: Louisville, KY

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Events:
-Bluegrass Leather Pride
-Great Lakes Leather Alliance
-International Puppy Contest

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Oil tan harness boots - They were the first piece of leather I bought for myself. I’ve had them for years now and they are so broken in and comfortable! They’ve been with me on all of my travels, tromped through mud, sprinkles and glitter, and kept me grounded when I’ve felt shaky.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I am fortunate enough to be sponsored by Bluegrass Leather Pride, Great Lakes Leather Alliance and Mr. Friendly, Team Louisville.

Bluegrass Leather is a feeder contest to Great Lakes that not only produces contestants, but hosts a weekend educational event that focuses on what it means to be family.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance is a regional contest that produces contestants for International contests, hosts educational classes and play parties for the Leather and kink communities.

Mr. Friendly Team Louisville, the Kentucky chapter that works to reduce stigma of HIV. Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors serving as Treasurer.

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: IrishGrrl

IrishName : IrishGrrl
Current Title : Ms. Texas Leather 2015
City, State Oakland, Ca.

Website (if any) https://bootblackingbabe.wordpress.com

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southplains Leatherfest
IMsL
Folsom Street Fair

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
Jump Boots!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant IrishGrrl: My sponsor is Texas Leather Productions, owned by Jeffrey Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009.

Texas Leather has produced International Mr. Leather and International Ms. Leather titleholders. There is a rich history in the Leather Titleholder Community, and Texas Leather works to promote the continuation of learning, sharing, educating, honoring, and working together to keep our rich history alive.

Texas Leather Productions

Published in International Leather

ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY OF HIGH SHINE RED CARPET HERE!

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

Published in Society & Arts
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 31, 2018

 

 

Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Two no-host bars, a silent auction, and Master of Ceremonies International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau! Special dinner catered by Layne Sanden and special guest chefs. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35

Published in Editorial
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:26

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 7, 2018

 

 

Centaur MC will be making donations to charities that total $100,000

By Todd White
It is with great pride that I am able to announce that the Centaur Motorcycle Club will be making donations to charities that total $100,000. This years charities are: Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, The Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother, Help Thyself. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the clubs who held special events over the weekend, the local bars, the Hyatt and their amazing staff, and all of this years attendees. It was an amazing year and we look forward to MAL 2019. I can't say it enough but a big thank you to my club brothers you are an amazing group of men and I am so proud that you call me brother. I love you all and you deserve a huge pat on the back. In brotherhood, Todd White - President Centaur MC.

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Teagan from girl ang was chosen to be International Ms Leather 2018 and Teagan was named International Ms Bootblack in front of 768 cheering spectators at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, CA on Saturday night, April 21. The Heart and Soul Award winner was Sir Dom who was chosen so by all of the contestants. IMsL runner-up was Jesbian and IMsBB runner-up was Brynn Bietzel.

The seven women who competed for IMsL are girl ang, Jesbian, Scarlett Sin, Sir Dom, Carla, Princess Jinnie and Tig; and the five who vied for IMsBB are Teagan, Brynn Beitzel, Bootblack KL, Red and Vivian.

The International Ms Bootblack judges were Meghan, Pawlish, Yolanda, Briar Wood and Daddy Joey.

The International Ms Leather judges were Lascivious Jane, Ralph Bruneau, Dee, Mufasa Ali and Issa Arden.

International Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig delivered the keynote during the Sunday brunch.

IMsL and IMsBB weekend featured many events including a Bootblack Master Class, vendors, a hospitality suite which is the envy of most Leather events, Shiners movie, Thursday night Seduction, pool party, ONYX Dance, play space, Boots and Cigars and silent auction among others. There's more - to find out what, go to https://imslbb.org/

International Ms Leather 2018 girl ang

girl ang is a rugged Femme hedonistic switch, service oriented Leather woman based in Melbourne, Australia. Her kinks include squirting, fisting, energy exchange, sensation play, tea parties, Leather and latex. She is passionate about the Leatherwork she has created over the last 2.5 years through her business Little Miss Leather. girl ang is well into her psychology degree and completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011; she loves to learn and share knowledge. She chooses happiness and is an insatiable flirt.

International Ms Bootblack 2018 Teagan

Teagan fell in love with bootblacking at a young age, doing her shoes before church. Although these days her skills are often being put to more salacious uses, down deep she still identifies as a spiritual bootblack. For her, bootblacking harkens back to the foot-washing ritual. She enjoys providing a humble service to her community. Teagan is Southern California Bootblack 2016 and Southwest Bootblack 2017. During her title year as Southwest Bootblack she invited our community to “Take Refuge” in the capable hands of our bootblacks. Teagan is from Oakland, CA.

Sarah Humble hosted the Inside the Leather Jacket series, in collaboration with  IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation, she interviewed Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. They are founding members of both Outer Limits, Seattle’s original Leatherdyke club, as well as Powersurge, the first International Leatherwoman Conference held in Seattle in 1992.

In 1989, a group came together in San Francisco to celebrate Leatherwomen to select a women who represented the community and would be recognized for the work she had done. Judy Tallwing McCarthy was that first International Ms Leather. Over the 30 years since that day, women have stepped up and represented who we are. One can see a history of the IMsL/IMsBB titleholders on the web or catch up with the current IMsL/IMsBB titleholders. Some have been political, some community builders, but have all lived out a vision of what the women’s alternative sex positive community is.

 

 

Published in Regional Leather
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 17:31

Dave Rhodes Hump Day April 25, 2018




IMsL and IMsBB winners

girl ang was chosen to be International Ms Leather 2018 and Teagan was named International Ms Bootblack at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, CA on Saturday night, April 21 in front of a sold out crowd. The Heart and Soul Award winner was Sir Dom. IMsL runner-up was Jesbian and IMsBB runner-up was Brynn Bietzel. The seven women who competed for IMsL are girl ang, Jesbian, Scarlett Sin, Sir Dom, Carla, Princess Jinnie and Tig; and the five who vied for IMsBB are Teagan, Brynn Beitzel, Bootblack KL, Red and Vivian. The IMsL and IMsBB weekend included several events including a Bootblack Master Class, vendors, a hospitality suite which is the envy of all Leather events, Shiners movie, Thursday night Seduction, pool party, ONYX Dance, play space, Boots and Cigars and silent auction among others. There's more - to find out what, go to https://imslbb.org/


Master/slave second African-American couple to represent IM/s title
By Master Taino
After a ten-year drought, the current Northeast Master/slave titleholders, Mister Blue and Bluefrost, have brought the International Master/slave title back to our region by emerging the winners among four other titleholders from the sister regions. Mr. Blue and Bluefrost conducted themselves with grace and dignity winning the hearts of not only of the panel of judges, but the attendees at South Plains Leather Fest. They are just the second African American couple to win the International title following the footsteps of Master Obsidian and slave Namaste, who hold the title for 2010. They are also the third International titleholders that have come from the Northeast Region following Sir Stephen and slave Catherine (2005) and Master Larry and slave barb (2007). 2018 marks MsC’s 15th Anniversary. Find out more at http://masterslaveconference.org/

Golden Gate Guards 46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards
The Golden Gate Guards hosted the 46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards on Saturday, April,16 at the SF Eagle. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. A gift of $3,500 from this year's Golden Dildeaux Awards hosted by Bare Chest Den Daddy Will Victoria and former Bare Chest Calendar Man Cody Elkin. Race Bannon received the most votes. These humorous awards are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide a unique charity fundraising opportunity. The Golden Dildeaux Awards were originally started by the late Mister Marcus (go to external link and delete cookies) in 1972. http://ggguards.org/gda/aboutGDA.htm



LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium
The Lost Angeles Dodgers announced that they will play host to their Sixth Annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 8 (vs. ATL, 7:10 PM). A special event ticket package that includes a game ticket for the Dodgers' June 8 game and an exclusive Dodger 3/4 sleeve LGBT Shirt is available for purchase now. For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have partnered with LA Pride - http://www.lapride.org - and will host the official 2018 LA Pride kickoff party at Dodger Stadium beginning at 5:30 PM in the Right Field Plaza Bar and lasting until first pitch at 7:10 PM Produced by non-profit organization Christopher Street West, LA Pride is Southern California's biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, with the LA Pride Festival and LA Pride Parade taking place in West Hollywood on the weekend of June 9-10. https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/specials/lgbt-night

Mr. Providence Eagle Leather
The Mr. Providence Eagle Leather contest and events will be held May 11-13 in Providence, RI. There will be a whole slew of activities including a meet and greet, contestants number draw on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Providence Eagle Leather contest and afterglow victory party. http://mrpvdeagle.com/contest

Daddy's Barbershop Palm Springs Grand Opening
You read it right, there is a Daddy's Barbershop-Palm Springs and its Grand Opening is on Saturday, April 28 at 5-8 PM. With its success in San Francisco and knowing that LGBT and Leatherfolk have been moving to Palm Springs and Cathedral City. The address ise 192 South Indian Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. http://www.daddysbarbershop.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/DaddysBarbershopPalmSprings/



Trivia Question of the Week

Judy Tallwing-McCarthey is?



1. The first lesbian to own a Fortune 500 company.

2. The first chairwoman of the Leather Archives and Museum.

3. The first International Ms Leather - 1987.

4. The first lesbian mayor of a city with over 1,000,000 residents - 1999 - 2005.

5. The founder of the Miss America pageant.

 

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - In what city was the first Living In Leather conference held? Seattle, Washington.

Leather District Gets Thumbs Up from Key City Hall Committee
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Legislation has unanimously passed the Land Use Committee. Now the legislation moves to a vote of the full Board of Supervisors on May 1 and, as required, a second vote on May 8. Several meetings were held leading up to the April 19 decision . Everyone who showed up had the opportunity to speak before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. Support seems good for passage of the resolution by the full Board of Supervisors. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org

Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout
Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout will be at The Woods Campground September 14-16. The 2017 Kinky Campout was a blast so we're doing it again. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr/Ms Woods Leather Contest 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. https://www.facebook.com/events/422551504857973/


House of MarKus - Wax Play
House of MarKus will present Wax Play at Leather Masters on Saturday, May 12 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Tickets are $20 and will be available on line and in the store. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009775182619121/


Leather People Building A Better World
Leather List and http://www.LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather service To communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Contact for more information.

Meat Rack at Eagle LA
John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, April 14 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/


NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
By CandiAnne
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards.  Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announceds-awards-nominees-announced

The 2018 Leather SLUT Competitions
The Mission of the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contest is to promote Leather culture among the Salt Lake City community. We are looking for Leather men and women that can act as ambassadors to work with various segments of both LGBTQ community and the radical sex communities. Sunday, May 20 at 8 PM, Metro Music Hall, 615 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

BHT Pasta Night at Schola
Brother Help Thyself will raise funds through its BHT Pasta Night at Schola in Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM.  Learn to cook a great Italian Pasta dish with similarly minded folks in support of BHT's LGBTQ grant making operations. All proceeds from the $59 cost per person will be generously donated to BHT. Whether you've donated before, are looking to support your community in new ways, or are looking to get involved with BHT as a community director, please join us for this event. Schola, 1005 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. https://www.facebook.com/events/306345209892887/

Dog Pound: Dog Show
It’s Ashtray’s Birthday Weekend. So we decide to put on another show, but this year it will be a different kind of show. The mosh will be in front of the stage, so all the pups get the best seat in the house, and we aren’t ready to reveal all the details yet, but there will be cake, performance, puppy tricks, and even possibly some audience participation. Friday, May 4 at 9 PM, Bullet Bar10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

12th Annual Blatino Oasis Retreat
Gay and Bisexual Men of Color are gearing up for the 12th Annual Blatino Oasis Retreat in the legendary Hollywood desert resort getaway to the stars, beautiful, sexy and sunny, Palm Springs, CA. Online pass sales end on April 30th. Plan Now To Play Later and get your passes today! Visit our website below for info. http://www.blatinooasis.com

Satyrs Motorcycle Club - Badger Flat Run

Nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk will make the trek up into the Central California mountains northeast of Fresno for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend, August 31 - September 3. This is is their 57th year of of hosting a huge bonfire, all-day cocktail bar, people and bike events, run awards presentation, great food, movies under the stars, bike christening, virgin rituals, sightseeing and immense brotherhood at 8,200 above sea level. http://satyrsmc.org/


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IML and IMrBB are a month away
We are now one month from IML. Here are the judges - International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Q Darkqwolf, Bavarian Mister Leather 2016 Werner Hall, International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss, President of PSLOD Drew Kramer, International Mr. Bootblack 2013 Sammy Sklover, past Executive Director of the Leather Archives and Museum Rick Storer, Producer of Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather Sal Susino and Co-producer of American Brotherhood Weekend Karen Ultra. The judges for the International Mr. Bootblack competition are International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter, Event Organizer/Producer Richard Savvy and the winner of International Ms Leather Bootblack 2018. The Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017 are Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002 Don Leach Lakes Leather Sir 2002 and Northeast Puppy 2017 Pup Vidhra. http://www.imrl.com


Masuimi Max to headline DomCon: LA Fetish Ball
While the mainstream gets Stormy, DomCon is going to the Max. Fetish superstar, Masuimi Max will be performing for DomCon: LA’s Fetish Ball, the crown jewel of the convention’s events. This decadent exposition of fetish and BDSM will be open to the kinky public May 11 through 13.Max is America's "Ghoul Next Door" and a mainstream crossover powerhouse. She will be signing at the expo and bringing her dark burlesque to the Fetish Ball stage on Saturday evening of the expo.

Bear Mayhem
Bear Mayhem, The Bear camp out for charity, will be held May 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. Now in our seventh year, we hope to again donate several thousand dollars to Lost and Found. Events will be held at the River’s Edge Campground in Dewy Rose, Club House and Atlanta Eagle. Go to the web site for your VIP pass, http://www.bearmayhem.com


Desert Fetish Authority - Discussion Group
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being May 11 and June 8. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. Our monthly kinky discussion group. The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, # C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion/


Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes
Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with next month's on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. https://www.facebook.com/events/175911286517524/

Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise
Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, May 11 and June 8, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409


Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night
Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011. https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/


BLUF: DC at DC Eagle
BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. May 6 and June 3 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue. http://www.dceagle.com/

Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/


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Published in Editorial
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 08:00

IMsL & IMsBB 2014 Contestants Announced

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IMsL Contestants:

subMissAnn, North American Pony/Trainer 2009 los angeles, CA

Mel,  Ms Alameda County Leather 2013 Sacramento, Ca Sponsors:  Alameda County Leather Corp,  The Bolt Bar Sacramento, ca   Leather Masters 

Lydia Joie Divine,  Ms Leather Sydney 2013/2014   Sydney, Australia  Sponsors: No Trees Aquila, Safari Lee Jewellery, Divine Bespoke

Jenniffer Allen, Ms Iowa Leather 2014  Des Moines, Iowa  Sponsors:  Blazing Saddles, Liberty Gifts

contestantsmosaiclynn, Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2013  Indianapolis, In. Sponsors: Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA)

Patty, Ms Leather Toronto 2014   Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Eh    Sponsors:   Heart of the Flag Federation; Northbound Leather; The Black Eagle Toronto

Flossie, Ms Southeast LeatherFest 2013  Columbia SC  3  IMsL   Sponsors:  Bulldog Custom Leathers   

Nerine, Oakland, Ca Ms San Francisco Leather 2012  Sponsors: Ms San Francisco Leather

 

International Ms BootBlack Contestants:

Published in International Leather
Thursday, 09 November 2017 13:51

Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 8, 2017

 

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

 

Pup Figaro and Terry Laupp emcees at International Puppy and Handler Weekend in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

International Puppy Contest staff and management changes

The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner has been officially appointed contest producer. Joining him as producer is Pup Figaro, IPC's International Puppy 2015. Together, Tripp and Figaro will be managing and coordinating all stages of the contest. Stepping into the role of IPC’s Contestant Handler is International Puppy 2016, Pup Incus. In her new role, Incus will take over prepping the contestants for the contest weekend and guiding them through the main event. The remaining owners of IPC look forward to seeing Tripp, Figaro, and Incus in action to bring together an enjoyable, quality International Puppy 2019 Contest and beyond. https://www.facebook.com/internationalpuppycontest/

Published in Editorial
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:53

Meet the 2017 IMsL IMsbb Contestants

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Meet the 13 Individuals who will compete in San Jose Enjoy!

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