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
Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 Todd Levitt will head the panel of judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 which will be held at the sold out Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16.
A record attendance is expected for Mid Atlantic Leather which will be highlighted by Leather Cocktails on Saturday night. This is a formal affair with high-end food stations throughout the ballroom. Club members and officers are introduced.
Touché, located at 6412 North Clark Street, will host the 2014 Mr. Chicago Leather Contest Weekend, January 24-26.
International Mr Leather 2013 Andy Cross will serve on the judging panel along with Mr. Midwest Leather 2013 Matt Hengle, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013 Jesse Driscoll, Ms Christina Court and Nick Zuko, Mr. Chicago Leather 2013.
Once again returning from London, England to host the contest will be International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal.
The contest will be held on Saturday January 25 at 10 PM with additional events scheduled Friday and Sunday. A complete weekend schedule of events will be announced soon and posted online at http://www.touchechicago.com
The man selected Mr Chicago Leather 2014 will receive a title vest and $500 gift certificate from Leather 64TEN, plus additional prizes. Contestant entry forms are available at Touché and online at http://www.touchechicago.com
Eric Leue bested three others in winning the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2014 title at that bar on Saturday night, February 1 in los angeles, CA. The runner-up was Brian Holt. Emcee Pup Don Mike made the announcement to what may have been the largest crowd in Eagle LA history a few minutes after 1 AM.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: los angeles House opened the show with a raunchy blessing that had the crowd in stitches and the judges were the victim of an banana prank that was a riot. It involved and insertion then force feeding. Beyond that is too much information.
The judges were head judge California Leatherman 2003 Kevin Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2013 Bill Robertroy, The Leather Journal publisher and editor Dave Rhodes, International Mr. Leather 2007 Mike Gerle and Mr. DC Eagle 2005 Daddy Scott.
The judges' boy was Boy Bill and the contestant handler will be Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2008 Jasun Mark. The tally master was Avatar Club los angeles member Carlos Deviez.
The Bolt Bar in Sacramento will host Sacramento Leather Weekend, Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. The Bolt is located at 2560 Boxwood Street in Sacramento. Sacramento Leather Weekend will feature a Cigar Social, formal Leather Dinner at a popular Sacramento restaurant, and Leather activities and demonstrations.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Shriners Hospital and Mama’s Family, the largest Leather family in the world with 1,700 members. Founded in San Francisco by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, a stalwart advocate for the LGBT Leather community, Mama's boys and girls each year raise hundreds of thousands for numerous charities, including toy drives to supply holiday presents for needy or sick children. As Mama always says, "Ask yourself, 'What can I do to make a difference?' Then do it from your heart!"
Funds raised will also help send Mr. Bolt Leather 2014 Matt Bunch to represent Sacramento's Leather community at International Mr. Leather in Chicago this May.
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.
Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 Paul Ciantar and Canadian Leather Man 2004, has been named as a Judge for International Mr. Leather 2014, replacing Carlos Filetti of who withdrew due to a pressing family matter out of the country. Both gentlemen are from Toronto, Canada.
“We wish nothing but the very best to Carlos and his family and we look forward to having him join us in Chicago in the future,” said Executive Producer Chuck Renslow.
Other judges on the panel are International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 Chandler Bearden, American Leatherwoman 2002 Tobin Britton, Northeast Mr. Drummer 1997 Will Clark, Mr. Leather Colorado 2006 Mike Maez, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 Jeremy Morris, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010 Justin Terry Smith and Chairman of Leather Friends Italia Andrea Zanella.
Gabe Sims became Mr. Texas Leather 2012 on January 28 at the Rose Room in Dallas, TX. Sims competed at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.
Mr. Texas Leather was a full weekend of fun including meet and greet at the Dallas Eagle on Friday, the Mr. Texas Leather contest at the Rose Room, a celebration at the Dallas Eagle and a men’s play party following the contest on Saturday, and on Sunday there was a victory brunch and roast of Mr. Texas Leather 2011 Roger Triche followed a bingo party at the Dallas Eagle.
The first runner-up was Major Jiminez and the second runner-up was Jason Kloss.
The judges were Mr. Texas Leather 2010 Jack Duke, Mr. Colorado Leather 2011 Brent Heinze, David Roy, Ted Black, Jimmie Tucker, Mr. Houston Leather 2010 Don Cook and International Leather Sir 2007 Olivier Pratt .
The emcee was International Mir. Leather 2009 Jeffrey Payne.
The judges' boy was boy adam, den daddy was American Leatherboy 2006 ed kosary, and the tally masters were Todd Jones and Justin Blanco.
By 10 PM on Saturday night February 1, the Providence Eagle was packed with Leathermen, Rubbermen, and Drag queens - all filed in from as far away as Phoenix AZ for Jocktion, a fundraiser to benefit Aids Care Ocean State, Rhode Island’s largest HIV case management and outreach program.
At any given point in time one may have seen a sexy jock -strapped boy on his knees selling raffle tickets for prizes ranging from three packs of DVDs provided by Titan Men Media to jock straps provided by Full Kit Gear in Provincetown, all the way up to a weekend package for IML 2014 taking place in Chicago this coming May.
At 11 PM, Kitty Litter and Mr. New England Leather 2014 Steve Dupont took the stage and the fun started. There were 18 “previously loved” jock straps up for auction, all donated by the International Mr. Leather Class of 2014 as well as a very special jock from International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross.
Jeremy Morris won the Mr. Iowa Leather contest at the Blazing Saddle in downtown Des Moines, IA, on October 15 and will be Iowa's representative at International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Two men vied for the title.
The judges were IML 2008 Gary Iriza, American Leatherman 2008 Randy Carmenaty, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2011 Jayson Glynn and Sheri Kutsch-Stanton who is a member of the Corn Haulers LL Club. The tally master was Bryan Smith, longtime manager of the Blazing Saddle.
Mr. Iowa Leather 2011 Mike Pagano emceed the contest, which also featured performances by porn stars Michael Brandon and Lance Navarro and several local entertainers.
Jeremy Morris is a founding member of the Titans of the Midwest, and produced Des Moines' Leather and Lace Kink Carnival in March.
By Leo Newcomb
Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend began with a great loss and sorrow for many of us on the eve of our 22nd annual celebration. On October 17, 2016, a week before our kickoff, we were struck with the hardest of blows with the unexpected passing of our beloved club brother, David Murdock, of natural causes. David was one of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert’s pillars and for decades had become proficient in every facet of our weekend. In his memory, we honored him both at the formal Leather dinner and the contest with a video tribute by Randy Carmenaty, narrated by Larry Golubski. It was with a heavy heart that in his honor and in the spirit of who he was, we forged ahead, as David would often say, “the show must go on.."
David must have been watching over us because we take great pleasure and tremendous pride in having hosted one of our highest attended Leather pride events in over a decade. This year we decided to practically overhaul the entire weekend. The theme and namesake, TOPGUN: Desert Opps, began with Hawkers and Vendors: Cruise Alley, which was held on Arenas Road with LA DJ, Manuelito. Over 2,500 Leatherfolk passed through the gate in the Spurline parking lot on Arenas Road as several vendors marketed their wares.
Extreme cold and snow failed to deter a huge turnout in Chicago that saw Miguel Torres win the 2014 Mr. Chicago Leather Contest January 25 at Touché.
The contest on Saturday night featured six men going for the title. Joining Miguel at the contest’s end was first runner-up Jonathan Saidler and second runner-up Clint Sabin.
Miguel will now compete at Mr. International Leather 2014 in May. Miguel is originally from Venezuela and has called Chicago his home since 2000. He remains active in fundraising for local charities and this past summer participated in Ride for AIDS, a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).
The judges for Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 were International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Midwest Leather 2012 Matt Hengle, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013 Jesse Driscoll, videographer and editor for the Leather Archives and Museum’s Leather Preservation and Conservation Project Christina Court, and Mr. Chicago Leather 2013 Nick Zuko.
The title of Mr. Phoenix Leather 2012 was awarded on January 7 to Steven Lokie,a 29-year-old quality manager from Chandler Arizona. First runner-up was George Saltzman.
The judges were Mr. Phoenix Leather 2011 Mitch Mitchell, Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2011 Doug Pamplin, Mr. Regiment 2001 Gene Mar, Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian D., Southwest Boot Black 2009 slave tabitha and president of the Phoenix boys of Leather boy rocko.
The emcees were Karen Ultra Domme Crecelius andEmperor III of the Imperial Court of Arizona Joseph Brumley.
Lokie represented Phoenix at International Mr. Leather.
Three men vied for the title of Mr. Long Beach Leather 2014 at the Mineshaft in the gay district of Long Beach, California with Douglas J. Dick walking out onto Broadway street wearing the sash and medal. For good measure, Douglas was voted audience favorite from funds collected during the intermission on Saturday, September 13.
Although there were three contestants, second and first runner-up were announced. First runner-up was Ray Ellington and second runner-up was Michael Butler.
The Mineshaft was packed to the rafters as the local house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence opened the show with one of their infamous blessings.Emcees Gabriel Green and Carlease Burke worked the stage, contestants and crowd from beginning to end. It was high octane all night. The ASL interpreter was Tom O'Malley.
The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. We are pleased to announce the 2018 inductees: International Mr. Leather (IML), Black Leather in Color, The Society of Janus (SoJ).