Southwest Leather Conference feels the woo in Phoenix
Southwest Leather Conference was held January 19-21 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ with almost 500 kinksters in attendance for the the three-day conference that was highlighted by the Dance of Souls hook pull ritual on Sunday afternoon and a brunch keynote address by Mark Frazier. The Southwest Master, slave and Bootblack contest results appears in another article. The weekend saw workshops, dinners, play parties and a terrific hospitality suite centered on kink-spirituality. For more go to http://www.southwestleather.org/
The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) announced today that they have named Matthew Steinbrecher as Curator for the Guest Artist Gallery (GAG) at the museum.
The GAG features prominent and up and coming erotic artists. Previous artists include Justice Howard, Mary Chiodini, Philip Hitchcock, Lochai, John Randle and over a dozen other artists.
Rick Storer, Executive Director of the Leather Archives said "We look forward to his [Matthew Steinbrecher] background and knowledge of erotic art to bring new and different artistic experiences to the GAG Gallery."
As tradition has had it for many years, the introduction of judges for the International Mr. Leather 2017 contest was done during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC. Jon Krongaard of the IML Executive
Committee made the announcement and added several important pieces of information.
Scene from Southwest Leather Conference 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Southwest Leather Conference - Take the Plunge
Southwest Leather Conference 2018 - Take the Plunge will highlight the annual Southwest Master/slave Contest and Southwest Bootblack Contest in gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest Leather Conference also includes Dance of Souls hook pull ceremony, keynote brunch, play parties, a large number of classes and workshops, Leather Tribe Revival and other socials. http://www.southwestleather.org/content/registration NOLA Leather to Geaux 2018 March 16 - 18, 2018 hosted by NOLA Leather to Geaux March 16-18 at 6 PM at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117-8535.
Mufasa Ali is Great Lakes Leather Alliance keynote speaker
By Christina K. Court
Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announced that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker. Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the ONYX National Council, and he is the founder and primary facilitator of the People of Color Leather Caucus seminars at IML and Black Beat, Inc. GLLA 2018 will occur September 6-9 in the same Indianapolis, Indiana host hotel as GLLA 2017. Event registration will open January 1.
Nestled within the Leather subculture are smaller stripes like hypnotists, foot fetishists, floggers, superheroes and, of course, pups. Matt Baume for Rolling Stone
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Chuck Renslow Memorial
A memorial for Chuck Renslow was held on Sunday, August 27 at Metro in Chicago. Leatherfolk and friends from all over North America and beyond attended. The Renslow Family hosted its 36th and final White Party celebrating Renslow.
Inside the Changing Leather Scene
Inside the Changing Leather Scene, by Rolling Stone Magazine, As the stigma against BDSM and kink subsides, how does a long-underground culture move into a new era? "At the time that the community formed, being discovered as queer was enough to ruin a person's life...." This is a must-see. Full article at http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/bdsm-inside-changing-leather-kink-scene-w496283 See photo above.
Women's International Leather Legacy 2017
Renee Beckman was best in a field of five contestants in winning the Women's International Leather Legacy 2017 title in Dallas, TX in early August. This was the largest WILL class to date. WILL titleholders compile women's Leather history by video interviewing them The first WILL Tracy Wolf set the tone with interviews nearly every week she held the title. http://www.internationalleatherlegacy.com/index.html See photo below.
ONYX: Superiority Complex in San Francisco
ONYX: Superiority Complex is a party for kinky men of color and will be at the Powerhouse in San Francisco on Saturday night, August 26 from 6-9. Special guest of honor and super-supporter of the kinky men's community, International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex will be in the house.
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather are Steve Geist and Jeni Finch who won their titles on Saturday, August 19 the Hayward Veteran's Memorial Hall in Hayward, CA.
Steve, also known as “Ox”, has been a member of the Leather community since 1989, starting with the Fire Keepers of Indiana. He moved west and made his first several hundred cockrings at Image Leather in San Francisco. In 1993, he moved to Sacramento to work Leatherworks and also run his own company.
Minxy Jeni is a newbie queer in chronology but an old soul in Leather. As an acupuncture student, she dipped her toe into the scene six months ago with a class on pressure points and somehow found herself free diving in the depths almost immediately.
The titles are produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps. http://www.acleather.org See photo below.
Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian wed
Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian were wed Saturday, August 19 at the Women's Building in San Francisco CA. They were joined by their family, friends and communities. See photo below.
Mr. Bear LA
Bears LA hosted the Mr. Bear LA contest on Saturday night, August 19 at the Eagle LA where Art Berkowitz won the title he will compete at Mr. SoCal Bear. Berkowitz was the lone contestant.
The emcees were the team of Don Mike and Jeremy Ronceros and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave one of their zany blessing. See photo below.
Dynamics of a BDSM Scene
Dynamics of a BDSM Scene with Mistress Cyan hosted by Cyan St. James on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, California 90304. https://www.facebook.com/mysanctuaryla
The Drummer North America Northeast region welcomed new additions to their title family, Drummer Bootblack Jimmy Basset and Drummerboy Kenneth Sautter on August 19 at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI. See photo below.
Leather Archives through Amazon
Shop Amazon.com and support the Leather Archives & Museum through Amazon's charitable giving program, Amazon Smile. For every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Leather Archives & Museum. It's that simple! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3841874
Mr. California Leather
The first Mr. California Leather contest will be held at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday, September 9 at 9 PM. Winner may got to IML, ABW, ILSLb or IPOL to compete. http://mrcaleather.com/
San Diego AIDS Walk XXV
The San Diego Leather community is participating in this year's AIDS Walk and Run San Diego on Saturday, September 27 because HIV and AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is an opportunity to be visible in the support for those living with HIV and AIDS while raising much needed funds for critical support services in the community. http://events.thecentersd.org/goto/BeWhoYouNeeded
Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Contest Weekend
Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Contest Weekend will be September 8-10 at the Bolt in Sacramento, CA. The contest is on Saturday night, meet and greet on Friday and victory barbecue and beer bust on Sunday. http://sacbolt.com
CineKink at the Leather Archives in November
CineKink returns to the Leather Archives & Museum November 10-11 in Chicago, IL.
Kink and the Community - There are many tastes and predilections that make up the world of kink. Here, a sampling of just a few; and the Museum that strives to keep track of them all on Friday November 10 at 7 PM, followed by The Best of CineKink - A collection of award-winning shorts deemed the year’s best from CineKink, “the kinky film festival." at 9 PM.
As we ready ourselves for new political realities, these shorts stake a claim for female agency and the power of speaking one’s desires on Saturday November 11, 8 PM. http://cinekink.com/
CODE Eighth Anniversary
CODE Presents CODE Eighth Anniversary Party on Saturday, September 2 at The Glorious Health Club in Baltimore, MD. Sports gear, jocks, skins, uniforms, Leather, rubber and pups are welcome.
Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10, 2018. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. http://www.leather64ten.com/mrleather64ten/
Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland was introduced in Stockholm, Sweden through a diverse program August 24-26. In the center of Stockholm almost 300 artists performed during a street party; in addition to music, stand-up comedy, children's theater, circus arts and meetings with writers were seen on stage. The City of Turku was invited to Stockholm because of their long shared history and close collaborations. http://www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org See photo below.
International Mr./Mx/Ms Olympus Leather room block open
International Mr./Mx/Ms Olympus Leather will be held at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley the weekend of May 3-6. International Mx Olympus Leather will make its debut there.
Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoUJnyIE9rBrbZUSklqYD-pCMoqaBS7zF9j-58KIG6RUnruA/viewform?usp=send_form to make a reservation.
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) is all set to go the weekend of September 28 - October 1 at an unnamed hotel in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library will be there. Plenty of workshops and classes, play parties and socials, and a few Leather contests too. http://greatlakesleather.org/
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed. Tom of Finland will have an exhibit and there will be a Saturday afternoon pool party. And oh, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest will be held in the newest hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/
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Women's International Leather Legacy 2017 Renee Beckman
Tom of Finland was introduced in Stockholm, Sweden through a diverse program. Art provided by the Tom of Finland Foundation
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather are Steve Geist and Jeni Finch. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller
Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian wed in San Francisco, CA.
The Drummer North America Northeast regional at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI.
Dynamics of a BDSM Scene with Mistress Cyan at Sanctuary LAX Studios
Mr. Bear LA Art Berkowitz won his title at Eagle LA. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Concluding a multi-month search process, an experienced library director and administrator will lead the next chapter of the Leather Archives and Museum. Gary Wasdin received unanimous support of all nine board members present at the Sunday afternoon meeting. He will assume his new position on January 2.
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
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.
Don Thompson passes
Don Thompson, perhaps best known as San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII, passed away on the morning of January 5, 2018 in Cathedral City, CA due to a long time illness. Don studied at Cambridge and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, country of his birth. Professionally, Don was a concert organist and president of Pipe Organ Presentations. Much of Don's Leather community service was as producer of Fetish Balls in San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a member of the California Eagles Motorcycle Club. For several years he was co-emcee of the Pantheon of Leather Awards. One proud moment in his early years was as the organist for The Beatles' Mr. Moonlight. Thompson is survived by his husband Henry Jordan. A memorial service is being planned for Don. Photo gallery which will not leave one with dry eyes https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157037282395968&set=rpd.1132007819&type=3&theater
Photo by Lady Katerina
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
Pup Rush was chosen to be LA Puppy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography
Los Angeles Puppy Pride
Edward "Pup Rush" Decimus was tops among seven amazing contestants and left MCC in the Valley on Saturday night, November 11 with the los angeles Puppy 2017 title. Pup Apollo was named Alpha-Beta Pup and Pup Wolfy was chosen to be Alpha-Beta runner-up. Friday night's meet and greet was at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood and the victory party on Sunday was at Eagle LA. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014-15 Dave Faunce was the emcee. Bon Mike was presented the Legendary Pup Award by LA Puppy producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The LA Puppy 2017 judges were International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach, Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. And for those in the know - Munt. https://www.facebook.com/LAPuppyPride//
International Olympus Leather winners
International Olympus Leather Weekend saw three winners May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley which has a Hawaiian theme. Ben Workman was best of three in becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather 2018, Samsara earned the needed points to become International Ms Olympus Leather as did Raven Darknights in being named International Mx Olympus Leather. Executive producer Vonn Tramel presented the Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dennis Beisbier from los angeles. The luau before the contest was beyond amazing and several attendees said it was the best meal they have ever had at a Leather event. There were bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Full story will be posted early next week. http://olympusleather.com/
My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support.
Mr. LA Leather title goes to LA Leather Bear
The Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest saw Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Johnson win he Mr. LA Leather 2018 title and the Brotherhood award which was selected by his fellow contestants at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. First runner-up was Mr. Precinct Leather Spike and second runner-up was Mr. 562 Eagle Leather Pup Yoshi. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a rousing blessing. Jeremy Ronceros and Jasun Mark rocked as emcees and Pup Dazzle was amazing in his A Capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance immediately followed the contest. For more go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/
CLAW XVIII - preliminary schedule posted
The preliminary schedule for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29 is now posted. The Leather Family Dinner has been moved to the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy dinner under spectacular soaring ceilings with stunning views of the North Coast Harbor. Full museum access is included after dinner. 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/