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South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend 2016 will be held at the Doubletree Dallas Near the Galleria, March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas.

South Plains will see great workshops, hot pansexual, men’s and women’s play parties, Sunday Brunch with this year’s keynote Ms Kendra, the South Plains Coffee House, a great vendor mart, the International Master/slave Contest, and the South Plains Living Room.

The theme of South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend is We Will Not Forget. During the weekend guests and staff will remember its history and traditions, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future.

The South Plains Traditional Sunday Brunch tickets are $30 and are available through on-line registration. The keynote speaker will be Ms Kendra who is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance.

There will be over 40 workshops and classes with the following South Plains 2016 M/s presenters: Master Jim and slave marsha, Master  Obsidian and slave namaste, Master Michael and slave angie, Master Kevin and slave feyrie, Master David Walker Master Dan and slave dawn, subHaven, Raven Kaldera and slaveboy joshua, slave Melissa, Master T’Hayla and  Gillian, Ms Brenda, Ms Kendra, Master George and slave bren, Master Neko and koneko, Ranell, Aren and Ms WillowKat, Reggie, kasi and evie Alexander; South Plains 2016 SM/Leather Presenters: Sir Cougar, boy alex, Wayner Brawner, Hardy Haberman, Sarah Sloane, Mark Frazier, Sean Grey, Cecelia, Daddy Rose and Pup Rylee, Keith aka “Beast," MizLilly and Zap, boy dave, Andrew Love, Mason Alexander, Master Konraad, Tifany and Stephen.

The International Master/slave 2016 contest will be held on Saturday night.

Play Parties are set for Friday and Saturday nights from 9 PM to 2 AM. As always, the on-site play space will feature separate pansexual, women only, and men only spaces. Admission to the parties is sold as a package, rather than as individual party tickets. A play party admission package, which entitles one to attend both of South Plains’ play parties, is $30.

The Doubletree Dallas Near the Galleria is located at 4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75244. Phone (972) 385-9000. Standard rooms are available at a special rate $99, which will secure a room for up to four people. Parking is free and in addition to hotel dining, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. To register or to book online to get the South Plains rate so just go to http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com

 

Published in International Leather
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.

Published in Editorial
Thursday, 04 January 2018 12:13

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 3, 2018

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named

By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ for details.

Published in Editorial
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:40

Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 15, 2017

 

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//

Published in Editorial
Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:00

Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List

 

 

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).

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - August 23, 2017

 

 

Nestled within the Leather subculture are smaller stripes like hypnotists, foot fetishists, floggers, superheroes and, of course, pups. Matt Baume for Rolling Stone

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 23, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

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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

DNA Northeast
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

 

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:01

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 11, 2017

 

 

The American Brotherhood Family photographed by Brian Mincey outside the Leather Archives

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 11, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night workerbees by Corey Brent

Philadelphia Leather Pride grows by 25 percent
By Cowboi Jen
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night along with staff, volunteers, emcee's Jim and Arne Granell-Bennett and auctioneer Jo Arnone donated $6,400 to charities. PLPN, with 160 attendees, took place September 30 at Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia, PA with a new format mixing the live auction with a throw back Leather party hosted by Ms Philadelphia Leather 2017 Heather Raquel and Ms NJ Leather 2017 Velvet Storm. The night started off with An Intimate Conversation with Sir Guy from New York City then onto the live charity auction with items ranging from jock straps, art work, clothes, toys, nights at a local BDSM B&B, and our big seller Zebriannas Crack Brownies. ASL Interpreters Kevin Lowerly and former Ms World Leather Michelle Jackson helped ensure Philadelphia Leather Pride Night is inclusive. Off-the-body auctions with Heather Raquel and 2017 Philadelphia Fetish Z Black Onyx were sponsored by Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium and were a huge hit along with go go dancers including Mr. NYC Eagle John John, raising money for their chosen charity of GALAE . Other charity partners were the Leather Archives and Museum, Philadelphia Aids Thrift and By The Grace of George. Next year will be Philadelphia Leather Pride Night's 10th Anniversary. http://www.plpn.org

Racism rears its ugly head in Leather community
We have received reports of a racist attack upon one past African American titleholder at a bar in Chicago the first full weekend of October. Social medaia was abuzz about it with no names given. The titleholder was called a "flying monkey" and was told that he did not fit the image of what Tom of Finland and Chuck Renslow had in mind when they formed IML. (Not sure Tom of Finland had input.) The best reaction to this most recent act of racism was a Facebook post by Joey Arteaga of Chicago. We publish this link stating it is the opinion of Joey Arteaga and not necessarily of The Leather Journal, but do know that we abhor racism and a lot of other isms out there. https://www.facebook.com/joee.arteaga?fref=ufi Note: There have been three black IMLs over the years and they are 1984 Ron Moore, 1991 Dee Canon and 2014 Ramien Pierre. What was the Martin Luther King thing about judging (one) by their character and not by the color of their skin? I knew Chuck Renslow and he never was guilty of racial discrimination. There should be no safe harbor for racism in the Leather community.

Tom of Finland Movie Night
By Anthony Lindsay
The big Tom of Finland Movie Night is still happening, but in a different location, due to a confusion that has been cleared up. The new location is Landmark's Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, right underneath the Kensington sign, at the junction of Highway 15 and Adams Avenue in Kensington.

Santa Clara County Leather Week XX
Santa Clara County Leather Week 2017 - Looking Beyond, hosted by the Santa Clara County Leather Association, is all set to go the weekend of October 29 - November 5 in San Jose, CA. Highlights include the Mr. and Ms Santa Clara County Leather 2018 contest, interview with Rich Stadtmiller, silent auction, Recovery party and barbecue and kinky karaoke. https://www.facebook.com/SCCLeather/

American Leatherwoman 2017 Jackie Thompson and American Leatherman 2017 Rod McCoy. Photo by Brian Mincey

American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders
By Sarah Sloane
The American Leatherman 2017 title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ONYX. Joining Rod as the American Leatherwoman 2017 is Jackie Thompson, who also resides in Maryland. Jackie also held the title of Ms Capital Pride Leather 2009, and is a member of Highwaymen TNT. Joining Rod on the American Leatherman podium were BJAPRIES as first runner-up and Rob “Papa Bear” Anderson as second runner-up. They were joined in competition by Daddy Don and Shannon O’Feral. Jackie ran unopposed for the title of American Leatherwoman. The judging panel included bella, Bobbie Smith, David Katzenberg, Jeff Willoughby, and Laura Antoniou. Additionally, the 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend title family of Doug Kuhn, Steph Sanders, and Steven Carlisle participated in the contest judging. The event was held at Touche’ and at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL. The emcee was Karen Ultra. Entertainment was provided by Diamond Richards Devereaux Yaki, Empress 12 of the Windy City Empire. Full story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1961 For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Iowa Leather Weekend
Iowa Leather Weekend is upon us and will be held October 13-15 in Des Moines, IA. The Comfort Inn is the host hotel and the Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather contest will be at The Garden Nightclub on Saturday night. The Iowa Leather Weekend emcee will be International Leatherboy 2011 Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson. Want more? Go to http://www.iowaleatherweekend.com

Everyone safe at DomCon: New Orleans
Mistress Cyan, coproducer of DomCon: los angeles told The Leather Journal by phone that everyone was safe at DomCon: New Orleans and that Hurricane Nate barely hit The Big Easy. It did "dramatically effect attendance" as people in the region applied "better safe than sorry" and stayed home. Cyan also noted that a 7 PM curfew on the night the storm hit was lifted at about 7:30 PM as it became clear that the Category One storm was hitting eastern Louisiana and Mississippi. The French quarter is in higher elevation and is thus less susceptible to flooding. More details on DomCon: New Orleans are available at http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com As of Tuesday morning, October 10, the site had nothing about the hurricane.

Robb Meese, January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017
By Race Bannon
Robb Meese (January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017), a much beloved member of the Leather world, recently passed away unexpectedly at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He leaves behind his beloved partner, Alec Braithwaite, also a Leatherman, as well as a Leather family including Race Bannon, Doc Duhon and others who considered themselves part of his intimate Leather life. His non-Leather circle of friends was also vast and they always supported and honored Robb's Leather interests and passion. Robb loved Leather and everything about it. The sheer joy it brought him was infectious if you were in his presence. Robb's humor, good nature and kind heart were legendary. A memorial celebration of Robb's life will be held Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 PM at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101. If you wish to honor Robb with a donation, his favorite non-profit was Golden Rainbow for which Robb donated countless hours of volunteer effort. http://www.goldenrainbow.org

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. A list of workshops and demos: The Razor Strop with Sir Ross, Making Your Own Paddles with Joe S., Single Tails with Mike Harris, Flogging with Master Simon, Roleplaying with Redbear Randy, Using Hotwax with Paddles and Floggers with Master Simon, Electrifying Your Sub with Master Simon, Spanking Safety with Mr. Brian, and Hand Spanking with Mekado. http://www.bawevent.com

ONYX adds three chapters
Mufasa Ali let us know the ONYX National Council officially welcomed to the ONYX brotherhood three new chapters. They are ONYX NorCal/NW, ONYX Lone Star/TX and ONYX Deep South/S Florida-Carribean. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives. Support, spirituality, safety and saneness are keys to attaining our goals. Toward this end, it is the principle aim of ONYX to develop in its members the highest standards of loyalty to the laws and established code of ONYX and to treat all in society with honor, unselfishness and tolerance.For more on ONYX visit http://www.onyxmen.com/

Rainbow Flag unveiled at Stonewall National Monument
By Scott Gorenstein
The Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wednesday, October 11 at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, thanks to the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home. This historic event marks the first time that the LGBT flag waves over federally-funded land, under the permanent stewardship of the National Park Service. Stonewall National Monument is located in Christopher Street Park in New York's Greenwich Village. The park is on the corner of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue South. The event was emceed by Gay USA television co-host Ann Northrop. October 11 marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian Gay Rights--when the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt was unfurled on the National Mall. The date also marks the annual National Coming Out Day, a day celebrating the idea that all members of the LGBTQ community should be able to live their lives openly, honestly, and with pride.

SF BASiL Mocktail Party Fundraiser
SF BASiL (San Francisco Bay Area Sober in Leather ) Mocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM at 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. Hosts are Ms San Francisco Leather 2017 Azalea Rose, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, Mr. Sober Leather 2017 Al Rahm, Ms Sober Leather 2016/17 Rio Spooner and Sober Kinkster 2016/17 Sailor. With performances by Kochina Rude, Sue Veneer, Sheba Queen of the Night, international burlesque star Kitten De Ville with DJ beats by La Mano. Plus a special surprise performance. $10 - $25 sliding scale. Silent auction craft mocktails. https://www.facebook.com/events/155574088362733/?active_tab=aboutactive_tab=about

Mister International Rubber XXI judges
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. The judging panel will be Amp Somers, Bob Firth-Tessier, Preston "wex" So. Israel Wright, Richard "Trooper" Long, Rubber Chris and Tyger Yoshi. https://mirubber.com/

Elton John AIDS Foundation announces bold new Funding Initiatives To Combat HIV Epidemics in the U.S. and in Eastern Europe/Central Asia

On October 10, The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C. In the U.S., EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of experience and support in fighting AIDS in these communities. In Eastern Europe, EJAF will launch the Key Populations Fund for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA KP Fund), focused on prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for individuals most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic in the region: people who use drugs, sex workers, and gay and bisexual men in the region. The U.S. program will reach an anticipated 5,000 HIV-positive Black gay men and transgender individuals to learn about their HIV status and get linked to health care, social services and treatment. Another estimated 10,000 will receive HIV prevention services including access to PrEP. Find out more at http://www.ejaf.org/

South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town
South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town, hosted by Master Travel Gay Tours, will run from December 7-17. This scenic 10-day trip through South Africa's spectacular Eastern and Western Cape Provinces including a four-star Game Reserve. The diverse countryside that makes up the Western Cape includes the lush Garden Route region, the Elephant Sanctuary, the arid Little Karoo region with the Cango Caves and Ostrich farm, the Winelands and South Africa's indigenous wildlife and culture. The natural beauty in and around Cape Town is breathtaking, and after exploring that, including a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, the trip wraps up with a rather spectacular celebration of gay life in South Africa with the Mother City Queer Project. https://www.mastertnt.com/south-africa-tour-2017

Mates Leather Weekend
By Scott Erickson
525 Leatherfolk were on hand for the 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 28 - October 2 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $5,780 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, an all-time record. The 2017 First Mate Contest was won by Tom Giuliana of Boston on Saturday, September 30 with Russell Sweeney, First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 as emcee. The judges were Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016 Jeph and Kevin Barry, Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016, Jonathan Kharfen and Jay Menick, Tom Giuliana of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2017. The recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Awards are David Cunningham, Patrick Lamerson and Nelson Martinez. Check out http://www.MatesLeatherWeekend.com for details.

Glow Me: Sugar Skull
Glow Me: Sugar Skull is on Saturday October 21 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. It is a Halloween-themed blacklight neon body paint and costume party with DJ Brian Novy and Go Go Ghoul Matt Tonsick. This party will be enhanced using chromadepth 3D technology and part of the proceeds goes to the Youth Center On Highland for homeless LGBT Youth. Wear regular or neon black-light sensitive costumes, enjoy getting glow painted by a professional make up artist, and enjoy this gay dead man's party, oh don’t forget to leave your body and soul at the door! A Skullbit Creative Production. $6 Cover. High attendance predicted. Arrive early to avoid lines. https://www.facebook.com/events/1514227428697825/?ti=icl#halloween #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D

Leather History Preservation Weekend

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org

Jeffrey Erdman bearing his Best Of Show Award at the 2016 Chili Cook-off. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Black and Tans LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off
LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off will be hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans and Eagle LA on Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM. Contestants make their own and a door cover of $6 gets one vote for a favorite. Prizes will be awarded in several categories in the early evening. Not to be missed. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more go to http://blackandtans.org or see their page on Facebook.

Sin in the City 2018
Sin in the City 2018 - Lead us into Temptation will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of February 2-4 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 70 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. The Sunday brunch keynote speaker will be International Ms Leather 2014 Patty. Among the hospitality suite party hosts will be Las Vegas Bootblacks, Red Dragons High Desert, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and Recovery in the Lifestyle. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/calendar/

Mr. Eagle NYC Leather Joseph Macchia. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Joseph Macchia Named Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
On October 7, at the Eagle NYC bar in Chelsea, Joseph Macchia was selected by a panel of five judges to be Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018, besting five other contenders. Macchia, 44, is well known in the cabaret world, as a booker of talent, and is a cancer survivor. In his speech to the crowd assembled at the Eagle, Macchia talked of his growth in the Leather community and achieving confidence, since his earlier try for the title, and also spoke about his work with children with AIDS and HIV. The first and second runners-up were Johnny Quesada and Dwayne Townsend. Other contestants were Mike Chapman, Damien Basile, and Dax Volpe. Vern Stewart coordinated the contest, Mr. Eagle NYC 2004 Brian Kent emceed. Judges were Mr. Eagle NYC 2017 John-John Punki, Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Kevin Clanton, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 George Peet, Mr. Maryland Drummer 2001 Rodney Lee Burger, and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2001, Bruce-Michael Gelbert. The evening began with Ted Hayes singing the Star Spangled Banner a cappella.

Empire City Motorcycle Club
Oneida Campground and Lodge hosted another great Uniform Weekend / Black and Blue Party Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 according to Empire City Motorcycle Club's newsletter, Rumblings. Empire MC holds their annual motorcycle christening and bike blessing at Ty's on Christopher Street in New York City which is turning 45 and celebrating in a big way on Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM. http://empirecitymc.com/newsletter/2017-10-06%20ECMC%20Rumblings.pdf

los angeles Boys of Leather HELL BOY!
Are you ready for a Friday the 13th party like none other? Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! This will be a creep-tastic event to kick of your Halloween Season. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the AMAZING Ursula Major and the FREAKSIHLY PHENOMINAL Annie Chryst. Raffle Prizes! Bloody Jello shots. Hot Men and Sexy women! Only at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. $7 at the door. With your admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. Friday, October 13 at 9 PM, Bullet Bar. 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

Avatar butt painting contest in 2016. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Avatar Skulls and Skin
Avatar Club los angeles will hold Skulls and Skin, a kinky Halloween Bash at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Sunday afternoon, October 22. The main attraction will be the annual butt painting contest which earns a $100 prize for its winner. $5 cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla

Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration informed us that the Northwest Master/slave Contest and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. Note that this is two weeks earlier and those who want to attend Northwest Leather Celebration and DomCon: los angeles can do so. The NWLC Education Program will include over 50 classes. http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com

David Stein passes
Only moments before posting today's Hump Day we were informed of the passing of noted author and writer David Stein from New York. He received a Pantheon of Leather Award several years ago, was a member of GMS/MA and was a major volunteer for New York's Leather Pride Night. Stein coined the phrase, "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" in reference to BDSM and kinky sex. More about David Stein can be found at http://boybear.us/index.html#links

Photo - Smokeout in April
Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel the weekend of April 4-8. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018
Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018 will be hosted by TULSA Leather at the Tulsa Eagle in Tulsa, OK the weekend of October 20-22. Tulsa Eagle. 1338 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120. http://tulsaleather.com/ TULSA is for people interested in uniforms, Leather, Levi, motorcycles and the celebration of our special interests. The association is open to all individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, and is dedicated to educating the community and promoting unity via social and charitable activities. https://www.facebook.com/events/1873758806228361/

Saratoga Springs safe
Santa Ana winds have winged devastating wildfires all over California with cities north of San Francisco bearing the brunt. Over 2,000 structures were reported to have been destroyed and the resort known as Saratoga Springs is not one of them. Several Leather/kink/BDSM events such as The 15 Association's Bootcamp and Gear Up Weekend as well as nudist groups and others hold annual weekend events there. We have had reports of Leatherfolk and kinksters being displaced or forced to evacuate. Anna from Saratoga Springs said on Wednesday afternoon, "All remains well in our little valley at this time, just smoky and hazy. Again, many thanks for those checking in on us. The fire that is most relevant to Saratoga and that we are keeping a close watch on is now known as the 'Mendocino Lake Complex Fire' (formerly the Redwood Complex Fire) and incorporates the Redwood Valley and Potter Valley fires." For current fire information near the resort go to https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaSpringsRetreatCenter and/or https://www.saratogasprings.com/

IMsL and IMsBB XX
The International Ms Bootblack contest will celebrate a major milestone with its 20th Anniversary the weekend of April 19-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA. For the largest gathering of Leatherwomen and the people who love them. International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack contests, classes, Seduction, pool party, hospitality suite parties and Sunday keynote brunch create memories and friendships to last a lifetime, check out https://imslbb.org for more. And, oh yes, In received the Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year in 2017.

Leather Leadership Conference XX
Leather Leadership Conference XX will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta, GA, March 9-11. Keynote by Hardy Haberman and endnote by Laura Antoniou. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." --Jack Welch. Among the long list of presenters are Mistress Cyan, Cowboi Jen, Bo Blaze, CC, Feyrie, Jo Arnone, Foxglove Lady and Nightshade, Dan and Dawn, Tony The Grey and Triskelan. And more are being added. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

New antibody attacks 99-perecent of HIV strains
According to the BBC, Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99-percent of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International AIDS Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough." Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection. Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance. These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season. So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV. Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41351159

Las Vegas Rope Social
Las Vegas Rope Social: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play The Las Vegas Rope Social presents: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play By Mike Payne. A painful push… a sensual touch… a playful poke. There are a myriad ways to make physical contact with someone when playing with rope and so many fun, painful, stimulating, and erotic places to touch. This beginner level class will cover safety, pressure point types, some pressure point locations, and techniques to incorporate them into the application and removal of rope as well as everything in between. Saturday, October 14 from 3-5 PM at 705 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101-2058. https://ropesnob.com/

Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather
October 20-22 are the dates for the Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather contest to be held at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ. The weekend will include, a Friday opening reception honoring 15 years of Ms NJ Leather, the Annual Uniform/Gear meet and greet, Jersey Kollege of Kink sessions, Saturday eye openers, Recovery in the Lifestyle meetings, a pup mosh, cigar party hosted by TEAM Mid Atlantic DNA, the 18th Annual Contest, victory brunch and Sinner Sunday. As always, there will be a variety of vendors and an amazing team of Bootblacks. The Mr/Ms NJ Leather contest doors open at 6 PM on Saturday October 21. The host hotel, The Empress, is offering a special room rate; please call them directly at (732) 774-0100. View their post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/119823588645234/?active_tab=about

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Southern California Leather Gathering

The Southern California Leather Gathering will be held at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, CA on Saturday June 16 from 11 AM to 4 PM. There will be games and clubs bring tents and hang out as groups. Regulars are Avatar, Threshold, LADS, Monarchs, LA Band of Brothers and a few other clubs. Event entry is $ 5 per person and park parking is $6per vehicle or $8 per RV. An event pin is $5 each. Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, Group Picnic Area E #2, Corner of Santa Anita Avenue and Durfee Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733-4423. Entrance for Group Picnic parking is on Santa Anita Avenue. Bring Your Own Food and Beverages (non-alcoholic only). Feel free to bring extra food if you want to share. There will be grills heated up and available for anyone that wants to grill. http://www.sclg.org/


 

Pantheon of Leather adds and modifies awards

There will be a major change with the Pantheon of Leather Awards in 2019. There will be a Mx of the Year Award along with Man and Woman of the Year. This has been in the works for some time. Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be made into a single award, not Man and Woman. On top of that, something that has also been considered several years ago but never happened is that the Couple of the Year Award will be changed in name to be inclusive of relationships that involve more than two people. The formal announcement and clarification of this will be made on stage at Pantheon of Leather on Thursday night, August 30 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack. To keep up with Pantheon of Leather go to https://www.facebook.com/PantheonAwards/


 

Ms los angeles Leather sashed

Ms los angeles Leather 2018 in Panda who bested two other women, Cypher and Jocelyn, at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Saturday night, June 2. A meet and greet was held on Friday night at Eagle 562 in Long Beach and a victory brunch was at Hunter and Charlies's on June 3. The emcees were Fifi LaFille and Jae Marie. The contest was produced by Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlett. About 100 Leatherfolk attended the contest. They enthusiastically cheered when Scarlett announced that Ms LA Leather, Mr. LA Leather and LA Bootblack 2019 will be held on the same night and stage next March during LA Leather Pride. The contestants chose Mae for the Sisterhood Award instead of giving it to one of themselves. There's more about Ms LA Leather at https://www.facebook.com/MsLALeather/

 

San Francisco Leather Cultural District - Victory Party Planned

The district-wide party to celebrate our victory and the creation of the Leather Cultural District will happen on Tuesday evening, June 12. The festivities will begin with a meet and greet at Mr. S. Leather at 6 PM. Expect some nice nibbles. At 7 PM we gather at The Stud for formal welcomes and a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony. From 8-9 PM, celebrants will disperse to all their favorite Leathertown venues, including the Lone Star Saloon, Powerhouse Bar, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Oasis, and several others, and each venue will be offering us their own style of welcome and refreshment. At 9 PM, we all reconvene at the SF Eagle for a Champagne Toast, cake-cutting, and more festivities. http://sfleatherdistrict.org/

 

Harbor Room - 18th Anniversary Weekend Leather64TEN

The Harbor Room will celebrate its 18th Anniversary in Milwaukee, WI the weekend of July 20-22 with Leather64TEN of Chicago being the host vendor. Plenty of events all three days with a cookout and beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Harbor Room, 117 East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. https://www.facebook.com/events/1520099918098772/

 

Rocky Horror - Bondage Night in Denver

Rocky Horror - Bondage Night will be at the Landmark's Esquire Theatre on Saturday, June 30 at 11:45 PM. We want you to be part of the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Join us for the cult phenomenon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the world-record setting, award-winning shadow cast of Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient which will perform in front of the screen while the audience heckles the film, gets up to dance, and interacts with items in our cast/theater-approved audience participation bags - available for $5. Landmark's Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street, Denver, CO 80218. https://www.facebook.com/events/1669370403151513/

 

BLUF San Francisco Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco's Leather Lounge is a monthly social held on the patio at the SF Eagle from 9 PM to closing. Our next event is Saturday, June 9 and the following Leather Lounge will be on July 14. All are welcome. Put on your Leather or kink gear and your boots and join the party. If you're in gear, there's no cover charge before 22:00. BLUF events in San Francisco are organized by Lexx (3656) and Larry Kenney aka Hot Boots SF (26), and include an annual dinner before Dore Alley, usually one of the busiest events of the year, plus some events in association with other groups, and bar nights. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://bluf.com/local/sf

 

Mx Virginia Leather

We are excited to present Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest. This Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. Join us to see who will be our first Mx Virginia Leather Titleholder and will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223. https://www.facebook.com/events/2112030975721309/

 

Erotic City at LA Pride

Erotic City at LA Pride is on tap for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 in West Hollywood and will offer kinky stage performances, fetish gear vendors, and interactive play spaces where guests can learn and experience firsthand what BDSM is all about. Mistress Cyan’s Leather family from Sanctuary Studios will join with members of Avatar Club los angeles to teach, entertain, and inspire. “Erotic City is about representing the leather and BDSM aspects of the LGBTQ community in a safe space to explore and experience the spicier side of life,” said Mistress Cyan, event organizer and LA Pride board member. For ticket info, a full schedule for the LA Pride Festival and the activities surrounding the spectacular Erotic City, go to http://www.lapride.org

 

SW Bootblack Boot Camp

The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/g/

 

Studio Friction's Intrigue Night

Hey kinksters, if you don't already know about Studio Friction, they are a fucking awesome rope-centered, non-normative, social club that has an amazing space for those who enjoy ropes, whether it be ground work, suspension work
Public · Hosted by Studio Friction on Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 PM. Studio Friction, 740 Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80204. http://www.studiofriction.com

 

 

IML 40 story with lots of photos

If you have not yet seen our coverage of International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. It is a must-see. The weekend was a tribute to the late IML founder, Chuck Renslow. Here is the link https://www.theleatherjournal.com/newsrssfeed/item/2024-iml-and-imbb-2018-sets-records-as-founder-chuck-renslow-remembered

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/

 

Leather People Building A Better World

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and 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. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather-list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/

 

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West Coast Olympus Leather

Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition. The Red Carpet Gala will take place on Friday, June 29 at Sanctuary Studios LAX at 8 PM. The West Coast Olympus Leather organization is dedicated to promoting a positive image of the Leather lifestyle, representing an extremely diverse group of people ranging from the motorcycle and Leather/Levi clubs to the heaviest BDSM edge player. The West Coast Olympus Leather titleholders seek to promulgate traditional Leather values to all, regardless of their background. The Mr./Ms/Mx West Coast Olympus Leather Contest will begin at 9 PM on Saturday, June 30. http://westcoastolympus.com/

 

Chicago Hellfire Club to visit Denver

Later on Friday we welcome the Chicago Hellfire Club to our Friday Club Night. They host a private play party at their clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month which many of their out of town members attend. This Friday gathering will provide these visiting members a bit more social time over the weekend. And it makes a great opportunity to meet CHC members from all over and find out more about the club. You just might get an invitation to join them the next night. Pup Mosh in Denver. There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, June 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/

 

Oedipus Motorcycle Club 60th Anniversary

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of los angeles celebrated their 60th Anniversary and the Coronation of Oedipus Rex LXXXV on Sunday afternoon, June 3 at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Andre Rigden was crowned as president in the 85th such ceremony. The number is greater than the number of years of the club's existence because for many years the Coronation of Oedipus was a grand affair held twice per year. Delicious finger food and desserts were served outside in terrific weather. Several club artifacts were on display and a slide show included several of the Oedipus MC events. Among clubs represented were ONYX Southwest, Avatar Club los angeles and the Satyrs Motorcycle Club. http://oedipusmcla.com/

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, June 9 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/

 

TOM’s Bar 2018 – Come to Daddy – Lot Party

Hosted by Tom of Finland Foundation and Faultline on Sunday, June 17 at 2 PM - 8 PM. Father’s Day Parking Lot Party benefiting the Tom of Finland Foundation. Join 800 hot, sexy Tom's Men to celebrate The World of TOM. Hosted by Buck Angel with featured guest International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau. Artists with displays include Rick Castro, Ruben Esparza, Joe Tofte and Steven H. Garcia. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/582005708926111/

 

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ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/

Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, June 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. https://www.facebook.com/events/154128572050183/

 

Pantheon nominations close June 10

Nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards began on May 10th and end June 10 at midnight. One nomination per category per individual. The top five receivers of votes in each category will be selected as the nominees. Please follow the link below to cast your nominations. https://notarius.wufoo.com/forms/z18o8r281p1i9yz/ Final voting will run July 11 through August 13. Link for final voting will be provided July 11 after Nominees are selected. The awards will be presented August 30 during ILSb ICBB 2018 - Coming Together. To follow up on progress check out https://www.facebook.com/PantheonAwards/

Pervarsity - First Anniversary

PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys will hold their First Anniversary on Friday, June 15 at 9 PM. Join us for our First Anniversary of our sport kit night! We will have lube wrestling sponsored by Spunk! Come out in your sexiest Sport kit gear, we will have go-go boys, live DJ and lots of free parking, $5 suggested donation. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/167283990611906/

 

Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA

Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to


 

Lesbian Sex Mafia - NYC Dyke March

The Lesbian Sex Mafia will participate in the NYC Dyke March on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 4:30 PM at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY. Founded in 1981 by Dorothy Allison and Jo Arnone, the Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM) is the oldest continuously running women’s BDSM support and education groups in the country. We are located in New York City, with a membership primarily in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. http://lesbiansexmafia.orgg or https://www.facebook.com/events/170703196930244/

 

FMSD - The Boys Will Play

Fetish Men San Diego will hold The Boys Will Play at The Compound, Lemon Grove, CA on June 9 starting at 8 PM. Join us for a Men's Play Party and fundraiser while the girls are out at Desire Leather Women Unleashed! Proceeds from the event will be split between the Leather Realm at San Diego Pride and Mr. SD Leather 2018 Doriam Couto's titleholder fund in order to bring you more events and workshops throughout the year. $20 suggested donation. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-boys-will-play-tickets-46683260890

 

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Trivia Question of the Week

The first American Brotherhood Weekend was held in _____________?

1. Cincinnati, Ohio.

2. Boston, Massachusetts.

3. Chicago, Illinois.

4. Washington, DC.

5. Arlington, VA.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - What was the name of the Leather bar that Billy Bean visited in his baseball book about his coming out, Going The Other Way? The Ranch in Albuquerque.

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Urban Bear NYC - 10th Anniversary

Photo by Gustavo Monroy

Just south of the Chelsea district of New York, NY, May 17-20 was the Urban Bear NYC 10th Anniversary. A few thousand hairy, bearded men and their admirers, and some bears who admired each other, were part of Robert Valin's weekend which has also become popular with Leathermen. There were big bar parties, an Urban Bear street festival on Sunday afternoon, Bears Ahoy Cruise which circled Manhattan on the Hudson and East Rivers and a Mega Blast at Rock Bar. https://www.theurbanbear.com/

 

Southland Honors

The 15th Annual Southland Honors Award will be presented on Saturday June 23 s a formal Leather dinner at Taix restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in the Echo Park district of los angeles. Tickets are $45 and must be ordered in advance. The Southland Honors is produced by the LA Leather Coalition. Nominations are now closed and we are waiting to hear who they are. Meanwhile, get your tickets as there is limited space. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/southland-honors/

 

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/

 

International Mr Leather Bear 2019

Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit https://baltimoreleatherbar.com/imlb/

 

Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

 

ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner

The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 - September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with contestant demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, vendor market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, cigar social, puppy mosh, kinky workshops, 2017 Titleholder roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/

BLUF Night - Pride in Colors

BLUF Night - Pride in Colors at Eagle LA Friday, June 8 at 9 PM. It’s a night to gear up and socialize, proudly show your Leather club colors or just hang out. It’s also a night to celebrate and welcome home our IML 40 Participants. No cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/639606583049957/

 

13 Things You Won't Learn About BDSM From Fifty Shades

By Miss Demeanor's BDSM Talk

You may or may not have read my article, Fifty Shades of Misconception, if you have you’ll know that I wasn’t a massive fan of the book, or the movie for that matter, for a number of different reasons. My main source of frustration has to be the massive wasted opportunity for the mainstream to finally show BDSM as it is, but alas, that wasn’t to be the case. Here’s a few things that I believe should have been... https://www.bdsm-talk.co.uk/13-things-you-wont-learn-about-bdsm-from-fifty-shades/

 

 

Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder in the Mountains will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver the weekend of July 20-22. Thunder in the Mountains, with an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes and, our 50,000 square-foot dungeon, and puppy mosh pit and pony track, this promises to be the best party so far. Some of the big-name presenters are Laura Antoniou, Master Skip Chasey, Mark Frazier, Midori, Lee Harrington, Peter Fiske and Glenda Rider. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com

 

Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar

The Valley Pride Street Festival will be hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you to bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Food, vendors, clubs and one big party in The Valley. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

 

American Brotherhood Weekend contestant applications

Photo by Great Lakes Den

American Brotherhood Weekend contestant applications are now available. ABW welcomes contestants from all over the United States to run for the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles this October in Chicago, IL, in what is often called the "family reunion of the Leather community." For details on contestant requirements, visit http://www.americanbrotherhood.com and download the application or reach out directly to the Contestant Coordinator at Just want to join in the festivities? Registration is open now.

World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest

World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.

 

New England Leather Alliance - Boston Pride

By Scott Erickson

Please come and march with The New England leather Alliance on June 9 for Boston Pride. The parade will happen rain or shine. We are to line up between 10 AM and noon and are meeting in front of Trader Joe's on Boylston. 899 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115. Harbor Masters will be bringing the large Leather Pride Flag again. So come and help carry the flag. https://www.facebook.com/groups/amcc76/?multi_permalinks=1769088196492884¬if_id=1528258351978791¬if_t=group_activity

 

 

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Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - August 30, 2017

 

 

Leather at Pride in New York. Photo by Jane Testa

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 30, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

I will be at Pantheon of Leather and ILSLb ICBB this weekend and will have plenty to report afterward, such as September 6.

Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run
All the best to the nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk who 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. This is is their 56th year of doing this. Let us know how it turns out if you are going. http://satyrsmc.org/

West Coast Olympus Leather 2017
Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 is Bill Willis and Ms West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 is Kitty Sjofn who won their titles at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, August 26. Esteban Nunez was presented the Leather Flame Award. Goddess Moon served as emcee. Willis and Kitty, both from San Diego, will compete at International Mr. Ms and Mx Olympus Leather in San Diego next May https://www.facebook.com/ttps://www.facebook.com/ See photo below.

Tarheel Leather Club
The Tarheel Leather Club is honored to be the Color Guard again this year for Pride Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, October 14. Tarheel Leather Club would like to invite other clubs to march with them this year as they lead the parade. The parade will begin at 11 AM. Line up will be at 4th Street and Poplar at 10 AM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1300217166737419/

Leather Masters and House of Markus
Leather Masters and House of Markus will be taking collections this weekend to add to the relief of those along the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey. Anything from school supplies, clothes, blankets, canned food, baby formula, etc... will be more then welcome. And don't forget the pets too, dog and cat food is need by animal rescue groups. Working with ILSb/ICBB they will have boxes at their booth in the vending area for you to drop off any items. Leather Masters will also have drop off points at Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226 which will be able to collect any as well.

LA Band of Brothers Title Holder Boot Camp
The LA Band of Brothers will host their Title Holder Boot Camp on Sunday, September 10 at 12 PM at The Factory in los angeles, CA. Free interactive workshop featuring past and present LAL Contestants and Judges. Learn how a Leather contests works, participate in contest style Q&A, learn stage presence and much more. https://www.facebook.com/events/266092633888966/?active_tab=about

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund
The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, TX for days, months, and potentially years to come. Help Us Help LGBTQ sisters and others community members displaced by the storm. The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Bullet Bar has chosen to work thru The Montrose Center in Houston. Hosted by Mr. Bullet Leather 2017 Andrew James Chier and Ms Bullet Leather 2016 Tuesday Niles. Friday, September 1 at 9 PM and Saturday, September 2 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar 10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

Desert Fetish Authority
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. On September 8 they will discuss National and Regional Community Gatherings (IML, CLAW, MAL, Delta, Folsom). Which ones do you attend? Why do you participate? Which ones would you like to learn more about. DFA meets at 7:30 PM, LGBT Center's New Headquarters, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, third floor, next to Denny's in Palm Springs http://desertfetishauthority.com

Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary

Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration will be at the Center for Positive Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles' biggest event of the year is going to be even bigger than ever before, this all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend and it just so happens to coincide with the Exiles’ 20th Anniversary. https://fetlife.com/events/533331

DomCon: New Orleans 2017
DomCon, now celebrating its 14th Year, is The World's Largest Professional and Lifestyle Domination Convention, and the weekend of October 4-7 they're returning to The French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. X. The convention is the result of Mistress Cyan's commitment over the years to bring a better understanding of BDSM in The Adult Alternative Lifestyle, and to bring together those in the BDSM, Leather, Fetish and Professional Communities to share our common interests, celebrate our diversity, and promote awareness through education with demonstrations, seminars, and panel discussions. Whether you’re new to BDSM or a seasoned player, DomCon has a place for everyone. DomCon: New Orleans 2017 will be held October 5-9 at the Crowne Plaza Astor-New Orleans French Quarter, Kenner, LA 70062. http://www.dom-con.com

Mr. Sister Leather 2018
The Mr. Sister Leather 2018 Contest will be held, Saturday, September 16 beginning at 8 PM at Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. Join the los angeles Sisters as they pay homage to the Stonewall riots, the famous 1969 uprising in what is widely considered to be the most important event leading to gay liberation. Proceeds to benefit the One Archives Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/LASisters/

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 on Friday night. A pool party on Saturday afternoon is a newbie. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride
The LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride will be held November 9 12 with the contest being on Saturday night at a venue to-be-announced and Friday night Dog Pound at the Bullet Bar. LA Puppy Pride 2016 received the Southland Honors Award for Best Event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1651085808469344/

Meet and Greet for Jeffrey Payne, candidate for Texas Governor
Meet the Man who will Rise4Texas, Jeffrey Payne, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor. Learn more about him and his vision for Texas. Meet and Greet at 5 PM on /September 14 at Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Road, Mesquite, TX 75149. http://www.Jeffrey4Texas.com Hosted by Sergio Garcia. A successful business man in Dallas since 2005, Jeffrey Payne's success in Texas business is exactly what he intends to bring to the political office. He wants to see the needs of all Texans being met and not just a select few.

 

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Monday, 12 March 2018 20:18

NLA Writer's Awards nominees announced

 

By CandiAnne

(Columbus, OH)  — 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 finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:

Super Tight: A Fetish For Restraint by Claire Rudy Foster which appeared April 20, 2017 on TheRumpus.net

A Defense of Erotic by Jeff Mann which appeared as the introduction to his book Consent which was released April 28 , 2017 by Lethe Press

California Dreamin: West Coast Directors and the Golden Age of Forbidden Gay Movie by Jack Fritscher which was released in the U.S. in early 2017 after originally being published by Editions Mustache in the U.K. December 14, 2016

The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:

The Big Workbook For Submissives by Rebecca Blanton (Auntie Vice Productions)

Better Bondage For Every Body by Evie Vane (Wanton Press)

Gay Pioneers: How Drummer Magazine Shaped Gay Popular Culture 1965-1999 by Jack Fritscher (Palm Drive Publishing)

The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:

The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt (self published)

Insatiable by Jeff Mann (Lethe Press)

The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:

Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink by D.L. King (Cleis Press)

The finalists for the John Preston Short Story Award are:

Winter Fantasia Captive Club by Jeff Mann which appeared on Great Jones Street reading app

The Artist by Daniel Erickson (self-published)

Sand Trap by L.M. Somerton (Pride Publishing)

Falling Action by  Kiki DeLovely from the anthology His Aura: A Collection of Transmasculine Erotica ed. Shaun J. Phree (Phreedom Publishing)

Pygmalion by  J. Belle from the anthology Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink ed. D.L. King (Cleis Press)

The Brute and The Brat by Sinclair Sexsmith (Maverick Press)

The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association – International’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held October 21 in Reno, NV in conjunctions with NLA - Northern Nevada’s event, Revelry.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.

For more information about the awards, please contact the Award Committee Chair, CandiAnne Shafer, at 

 

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:29

Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 1 2017

 

 Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

 

SCCLA's Leather Interview with Rich Stadtmiller
A fireside chat with Rich Stadtmiller, photographer extraordinaire of countless queer and kinky events in the Bay Area and beyond, including prides, contests, coronations, fundraisers, conventions, protests, bar nights, barbecues, and so much more of our community's visual history was hosted by the Santa Clara County Leather Association. SCCLA's Thib Guicherd-Callin sat down with Rich as RichTrove.com is celebrating its 300,000 photo milestone. This was one of the highlights of Santa Clara County Leather Week XX which concludes on November 5. https://www.facebook.com/SCCLeather/

Furball NYC
The next Furball NYC dance party will be on Friday, November 17 at 10 PM at Cielo in New York, NY. Spinning sounds will be Shane Steel from los angeles. Furball is produced by Joe Fiore. Cielo is located at 18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014. for more information go to https://www.furball.nyc

 

Palm Springs Leather Pride
The main event of Palm Springs Leather Pride is the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 contest which was won by Jax Kelly who was tops among four men on Saturday night, October 29 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Runner-up was Tony Dewain. International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2013 Jeremy Ronceros shared emcee duties. The ASL and English Interpreter was Michael Klynn. It was a weekend chock-full of events and all were first class. Check out http://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org for more details including bios of each contestant and judge. Complete story and photos at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1967-palm-springs-leather-pridenews/item/1967-palm-springs-leather-pride

Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org

 

Alameda County Leather Corps 26th Anniversary
The Alameda County Leather Corps celebrated their 26th Anniversary Party on Saturday, October 28 at The World Famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA. Alameda County Leather Corps long time member Randy Wright was honored at the dinner. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=alameda%20county%20leather%20corps%20anniversary

Touché 40th Anniversary Celebration
By David Boyer
Touché 40th Anniversary Celebration begins November 1 and runs through November 5 at 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. Touché wasn’t always located on Clark Street in Rogers Park. We first opened in 1977 down at Lincoln & Diversey and for our first 10 years or so was a hot bed of Leather, cruisy activity. A fire destroyed our original bar but within a few short months, Chuck was able to secure a new location for Touché and once we set up shop, guys have been flocking to Clark and Devon ever since. https://www.facebook.com/events/114981109195236/?active_tab=about

 

Photo by Everett Allen Photography

2018 Iowa Leather titleholders
By Rob Anderson
Meet your 2018 Iowa Leather titleholders: Ms Iowa Leather Joy Carty of West Des Moines, IA; Mr. Iowa Leather Bull Baugh of The Amanas, IA; Mr. Iowa Bear Jim Perkey of Des Moines, IA; and Iowa Puppy Pup Paddles of Boone, IA. Held October 13-15, Iowa Leather Weekend (ILW) continues to break attendance records, over 600 people attended Saturday’s contest, with a total weekend event attendance of 1,700. Multiple state, regional, national, and international titleholders attended Iowa Leather Weekend. International Ms. Bootblack 2017 Elisa Vegas, International Ms Leather Girl Complex;International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan Garner-Carpenter, and International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau traveled across the country to check out Iowa Leather Weekend. The whole story is at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1966-iowa-leather-weekend-draws-1-700

NLA - International accepting nominations for Writing Awards
NLA - International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual Leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual Writing Awards for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between January 1 and December 31, 2017. The deadline for nominations is January 31. The finalists will be announced in March 2018. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association's Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are: Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award), Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award), Novel (Pauline Reage Award), Short Fiction (John Preston Award) and Anthology (Samois Award). http://www.NLA-International.com

The next Ms San Francisco Leather
Who will be the next Ms San Francisco Leather? Seven judges will decide at the Ms San Francisco Leather Contest, Saturday, January 13, 7 PM at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 9410. Under new leadership, producer Daddy Sal has announced there will be open interviews at 2 PM on Saturday and promises an evening of exciting fantasies and hot Leatherwomen. Tickets on sale soon. Check out http://www.MsSFLeather.org

Desert Leather Fetish Authority
The Desert Leather Fetish Authority monthly discussion group. Meets in the new LGBT Center, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Second Floor (Next to Denny's).  Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM. Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion

 

Western Boy Run - An event by boys and for boys
The Western Boy Run was held October 19-22, beginning with a meet and greet at the Dallas Eagle on Thursday. Friday included a popular visit to the Dallas Zoo, a pool party, and a bar crawl. Saturday included kinky classes classes and a night at the Dallas Eagle. Sunday's events included a play party at the Sanctuary and ended with a party at the Dallas Eagle. The La Quinta Inn played host. More details at https://www.facebook.com/Westernboyrun/

Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather 2018
Hosted by Daddy's Barbershop on Saturday, November 11 at 5 PM at 440 Castro, 440 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. The winner will compete at Mr. San Francisco Leather. https://www.facebook.com/events/127530127869330/?active_tab=about

Avatar November Swap Meet
Avatar Club los angeles will hold its annual Swap Meet at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA, CA on Wednesday, November 15 starting at 7:30 PM. Get an early start on Holiday shopping, or be selfish and get that toy, Dungeon piece, puppy hood or Leather/latex wear for your enjoyment. $5 cover. MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla Avatar will induct several new members during their holiday party in December.

Found on HuffPost.com - This Honey Commercial Boldly Reimagines ‘The Three Bears’ As Gay
“The Three Bears,” which was produced by the London-based BMB Agency, allows Rowse Honey to follow in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, Chobani Yogurt and Hershey’s Kisses, all of which have produced inclusive campaigns that highlight queer people in recent years. Unlike those efforts, however, the series focuses on an oft-overlooked subset of the LGBTQ community. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/three-bears-rowse-honey-commercial_us_59f1ff66e4b03cd20b7fe96b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003commercial_us_59f1ff66e4b03cd20b7fe96b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

 

Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Grey Owl. Photo by Flash Onyx

Mr. DC Eagle in November
Will you be the next DC Eagle standing in front of your brothers from previous years? The Mr. DC Eagle Contest is being held November 17 and 18 with a meet and greet and contestant number draw on the 17th and the public portion of the contest starting at 9 PM on November 18. The DC Eagle will celebrate its 46th Anniversary and is located at 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia. Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Grey Owl will pass the torch to the next man to represent the DC Eagle at IML in May. https://www.facebook.com/events/505894943093445/?active_tab=about

Titleholder Bootcamp in Los Angeles
By Cypher
Ever been curious about holding a Leather title? Want to come and meet over a dozen current and past titleholders? Then join us on Sunday, November 12, from 2-5 PM at Sanctuary Studios LAX, for a Titleholder Bootcamp hosted by the Southland Title Sisters and the LA Boys of Leather. Open to all genders and identities and its free! For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/283176435528041 Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.

Northwest Leather Celebration contest judges
The Northwest Leather Celebration contest, Northwest Master/slave and Northwest Bootblack judges were announced recently. Northwest Leather Celebration will be held May 3-6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento in Sacramento, CA. To see the list of judges and their bios go to http://www.northwestleathercelebration.com/Judges.html

 

Kinkycast.com interviews Mistress Cyan
Kinkycast.com, a no-holds barred journey into the real “50 Shades of Grey”, recently interviewed Mistress Cyan for their podcast. The lifestyle Dominatrix was on to discuss her 25 years as a member of the Leather and BDSM community. Right off the bat, Cyan’s dungeon, Sanctuary LAX came up. Cyan discusses not only how she crossed over from the corporate world into BDSM, but the real “Old Guard” process of starting as a submissive and transforming into a dominant top. To listen to the podcast go to http://kinkycast.com/archive/2017-archive/194---mistress-cyan-in-los.html---mistress-cyan-in-los.html

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Snowbound Leather Weekend
Need a winter getaway with a twist? Check out Snowbound Leather Weekend, February 23-25, smaller version of Mates Leather Weekend (about 175 guys last year) but with discounted meals and accommodations, no cover charges, no event passes. Just come and heat things up. Beer blast, thermal party, c*ck party, Leather Dance, Chaps & Straps and educational workshops presented by the men of Full Kit Gear, and a Sunday brunch. Check out the Snowbound Leather Weekend page on the Mates Leather Weekend site for details and accommodations. http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/

Black and Tans LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off
LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off will be hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans and Eagle LA on Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM. Contestants make their own and a door cover of $6 gets one vote for a favorite. Prizes will be awarded in several categories in the early evening. Not to be missed. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more go to http://blackandtans.org or see their page on Facebook.

Mr. Precinct Leather
The Mr. Precinct Leather contest will select its representative for Mr. los angeles Leather at the Precinct DTLA on Saturday night, November 19. This will be the title's second year, the first titleholder being Fifi Lafille. The emcee will be Sister Bearonce Knows. Precinct DTLA, 357 South Broadway, los angeles, CA 90013. For full details go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1963768970567585/?active_tab=about

 

FLAG Glove'N'Boot
Fits Like A Glove (FLAG) will host Glove'N'Boot night at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI on Saturday, November 4 at 9 PM. FLAG is 26 years old running strong. This will be their last event of 2017. Providence Eagle resident bootblack Jay Falcon will be on hand. http://fitslikeaglove.org/01_Site/welcome_1.shtml

Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive to benefit Leake & Watts Children’s Services Saturday, December 2, 6-9 PM at the historic Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street in New York City. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information about Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive, or to donate a door prize, please contact Tickets are on sale online now at https://ecmc-54th-xmas.eventbrite.com/

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/

 

LA Puppy Pride coming up
By Matthew Mullins
The los angeles Puppy 2017 judges are International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno 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. The LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride will be held November 9-12 with the contest being on Saturday night at MCC in the Valley and Friday night Dog Pound at the Bullet Bar. LA Puppy Pride 2016 received the Southland Honors Award for Best Event. https://www.lapuppride.com/

HOME to present Dr. Bob's class on E-stem
Ever been curious or want to know more about E-stem play? Know what E-stem play is? Looking to add a some spark to your play? Then here is the class for you. Erotic electrostimulation (abbreviated e-stim[1] and also known as electrosex) is a sexual practice involving the application of electrical stimulation to the nerves of the body, with particular emphasis on the genitals, using a power source (such as a TENS, EMS, Violet wand, or made-for-play units) for purposes of sexual stimulation. Dr.Bob will be teaching an E-stem class following shortly after his book signing at Leather Masters. This class will be $10 per person and is limited to 30 people. If you are interested you can contact or sign up at Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865. http://www.leathermasters.com/

Leather Leadership Conference Scholarships
By CC
We are pleased to announce the LLC Scholarship application process ia officially open. Additionally, the 2018 Conference year will bring with it the largest scholarship awards available to date with a total of $10,000 available to potential recipients. This ability to offer these college scholarships is in direct correlation to the amazing support from the Conference attendees, donations from groups and organizations and the Leadership in Action pin sales. Majority funding is generated from the Friday Night Auction with 100-percent of auction proceeds supporting LLC Scholarships. Check out http://leatherleadership.org for more information.

 

Smokeout in April
Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel the weekend of April 4-8. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time, Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.

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72 is the official count of contestants at IML 2018

IML 40 contestants preliminary with photos of 72 confirmed contestants. This is The Leather Journal's traditional preview. Pick out your favorites, and if you are going to IML, say hello to them for us - as if that would be on your mind, but it's cute to say. https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2019-iml-2018-contestants-photos-and-bios

 

International Mr. Bootblack has four men running

There are four men competing for International Mr. Bootblack this year and we have a photo and bio from each one. Another reason to be at IML. These guys and 72 IML contestants - the judges are going to have their hands full. I know I've judged it for times, but the most we had in any one of those years was 56. https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2020-international-mr-bootblack-2018-contestants-bios-and-photos

 

DomCon: LA attendance up by 30 percent

DomCon: los angeles attracted 1,700 kinksters the weekend of May 9-12 in Lennox, CA, an increase of 400 from 2017. The main event was the Fetish Ball at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday night which had a long line of people waiting to get inside. There were 55 vendors, most of which reported robust sales; 55 workshops and classes, and about 25 socials and receptions. DomCon is short for domination convention for professional dominants. Although the name and focus of DomCon is on that, there are plenty of events for others in the greater BDSM/fetish scene. http://www.domconla.com

 

Leather People Building A Better World

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and 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. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather- list-national/ list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/

 

Pantheon of Leather nominations begin

You can make your nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards which will be presented on stage at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 30 in Dallas, TX. The schedule for this year is: May 10, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes. The form is simple and easy to operate. To make your nominations go to https://notarius.wufoo.com/forms/z18o8r281p1i9yz/

Leather at Long Beach Pride

Almost since the early years of Long Beach Pride, Leather has had a strong presence. There will be a Leather area inside the festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20 and in the parade on Sunday morning and afternoon. Eagle 562 will lead the charge in the parade with their float. This story is still developing and parade staging area is still undetermined. Find out at https://www.facebook.com/events/2142189566002043/

 

Leather Invasion in the Castro

Leather Invasion - Gear Up and Go Out to the Castro during Pride Month. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 invites Leatherfolk to come out on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 PM to Castro District in San Francisco, CA 94110. This is a call to the Bay Area’s Leather and kink communities to socialize in one of the nation's most recognized LGBT neighborhoods. Put on your favorite gear and join a crawl through seven different venues - increasing our visibility everywhere we go. Meet at Beaux, 2344 Market Street. Our last invasion attracted over 100 people decked in their best gear strolling the Castro. https://www.facebook.com/events/2018021331856044/

 

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Trivia Question of the Week

Wally Wallace was the founder and owner of this legendary kinky sex space in New York?

1. Yankee Stadium.

2. The Battery.

3. The Lure.

4. The Mine Shaft.

5. Gotham.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Daddy Flo is? The first International Ms Olympus Leather and first transgender international titleholder.

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Doctor Justin Terry-Smith

Justin Terry-Smith AKA Mister J, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010, has just been awarded his Doctorate degree in Public Health. He has been an HIV activist in the DC area since 1999. A Mid-Atlantic Pantheon Award winner and disabled Veteran Since 2008, Justin has blogged about his life living with HIV in his award-winning blog Justin’s HIV Journal. Co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Leather chapter of ONYX. Lastly. Justin embraces being a Black, Gay Jew in the crowd, but he is nobody’s token. He will be judging the Atlantic States Leather SIR/boy/Bootblack Contest September 28-30 and the International Leather Bear contest October 5-10.

OutWrite Presents Amor Prohibido

This is a bilingual panel discussion with Latinx Leather LGBTQ+ leaders discussing their experience in the Leather community including issues of identities, sex, kink and art. Moderator: Jose Gutierrez; Panelists: Master Taino, Girl Amelia, Salvador, Torres-Martinez, Ignacio G. Rivera, Papi Coxxx and Pup Juaniorex. Wednesday, June 6 at 7 PM at The DC Center, 2000 14th Street NW, # 105, Washington, DC 20009. https://www.facebook.com/events/460800021006587/ and/or http://thedccenter.org/

 

Reknown columnist Dan Savage rails against gay Republican who can't get laid

By Dan Savage for Savage Love column for The Stranger

“Sensible, self-respecting gay men don’t wanna fuck you because you did real and lasting harm to millions of your fellow Americans. … The question you should be asking yourself isn’t, ‘Why won’t some gay men sleep with me?’, but rather, ‘How on earth do I sleep at night?'" Dan's column can be read at https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/05/09/26157870/savage-love-letter-of-the-day-gay-trump-voter-asks-lots-of-gay-men-dont-want-to-sleep-with-trump-voters-can-i-sleep-with-them-anyway Listen to the Savage Lovecast at http://www.savagelovecast.com

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, June 2 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. 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/

 

Restore and Redistribute with Mr. SDL 2018 and SD Bootblack 2018

Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam Couto and San Diego Bootblack 2018 Shilo Vix invite Leatherfolk to Restore and Redistribute at Urban Mo's in the Hillcrest district of San Diego on Friday, May 18 at 7 PM. With help from Auntie Helen's Thrift Store, and the amazing people who donate to it, we've been able to pick up 30 pieces of Leather and fetish gear and are beginning our Restoration and Redistribution project. By taking each of these pieces and giving new life to them, we honor the Leathermen and Leatherwomen who came before them. Urban Mo's, San Diego, CA 92110. https://www.facebook.com/events/336257720234102/

 

Spartan Motorcycle Club - Marathon 2018

The Spartans will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a motorcycle run to Americade from June 3 through 8. We are busily preparing the details to celebrate our love of motorcycling in brotherhood. The club holds motorcycle rides on weekends from April to October. Any adult motorcyclist may join us on a ride without becoming a member. The Spartan Motorcycle Club of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, Inc. was founded on April 3, 1968 by 15 motorcyclists. Select the Marathon link on http://www.spartanmc.com/

Dallas Bears - Texas Bear Round Up

The Dallas Bears will present Texas Bear Round Up: Stations 23 the weekend of May 31 - June 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, TX. This is one of the most popular bear events in the world, so if you are a bear and seek attention, or are an admirer, this is a great opportunity. Al the usual club run stuff applies. Find out more at http://wwwtbru.org

 

Avatar - Foam and Groan at Eagle 562

Avatar Club los angeles will host Foam and Groan on Friday, May 18 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach starting at 9 PM. Mr. Southern California Drummer 2017 Xavier Espeho will host. This is Long Beach Pride weekend, so a huge crowd is expected. The foam machine will be pumping! Take off your clothes, jump in the bubbles and join the fun. There is a $15 cover charge at the door. This will also be Avatar's first bar event at the Eagle 562 - previous Avatar events at that location were when it was Pistons. https://www.avatarla.org/home.html

Disco Daddy celebrates Grace Jones' B-Day

Sunday, May 20 at 7 PM at the SF Eagle. Disco Daddy celebrates Grace Jones' and your host Marc Sanchez' 70th birthday with host beer bust Tea Dance with DJ Bus Station John. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/121191968751542m/events/121191968751542

 

ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. This past weekend ONYX Southwest presented Perversion at Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. https://www.onyxsw.com/ and national http://www.onyxmen.com

 

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Ms los angeles Leather

The Ms los angeles Leather 2018 contest will be held the weekend of June 1-3. Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlet Sin will step aside for the next woman to hold the title. As of now, they have three confirmed contestants. A Meet and Greet and Roast of Ms LA Leather 2017 is on June 1 at Eagle 562 beginning at 8 PM; the Ms LA Leather 2018 Contest will be on Saturday, June 2 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 8 PM; and the Victory Brunch will be at Hunter and Charlie's on Sunday. http:www.mslaleather.com

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 person's 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/

 

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! 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

 

American Brotherhood Weekend

By Brian Mincey

Joan Norry says, "Don't miss it." Last call for this amazing discount for American Brotherhood Weekend now till the stroke of IML.... When IML starts till special deal will be gone...Get two for one tickets for 2018 American Brotherhood Weekend. Select the BOGO (Buy One Get One) and your on your way. ABW is sponsored by Touche' Chicago, our main location along with the Leather Archives and Museum, October 5-7. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-american-brotherhood-weekend-2018-tickets-37545987058

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

 

ProNE Leather Pride Night

ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting 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/

 

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Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, June 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/

 

Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay VIII

By Marc Owens

The Golden Gate Guards will host the Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay  on Saturday, September, 29, at Pier 40 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA the day before Folsom Street Fair. Departure time is 5:30 PM. The Leather Cruise supports the San Francisco Leather Alliance; our the long term intention is to create a fund to purchase a permanent home for the Leather Alliance. Full no host bar on-board as well as late afternoon buffet. Leather or uniform attire strongly suggested. Early Bird tickets are a $75 donation (available May 22 - July 30 or until Early Bird Tickets are Sold Out). Regular tickets are a $90 donation per person. http://www.ggguards.org/

Was it assault or kinky sex, Eric Schneiderman? Here's the difference

By Susan Wright for The Guardian and supplied by the NCSF

This Monday, Eric Schneiderman resigned as the New York attorney general after four women alleged that he had assaulted them. Two of the women claimed they had been "choked and hit repeatedly by Mr. Schneiderman," while another said she had been "violently slapped across the face." A fourth woman alleged similar experiences.... As a member of the BDSM community, I think its important to clarify the difference between rough sex and assault.... It's all on http://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/was-it-assault-or-kinky-sex-eric-schneiderman-here-s-the-difference

Valley Pride Street Festival - Hosted by Bullet Bar

Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you o bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

 

Women's International Leather Legacy

Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/

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 Wi-Fi. 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/

 

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The June 9 version will be on Spirituality through Kink and Leather with Levi at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO. http://www.rmlalliance.com/

 

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As many as 2,500 Leatherfolk attended CLAW 18 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) at the Westin Downtown Cleveland April 26-29. CLAW and its affiliated CLAW Nation events have rung up over $800,000 in donations to charity since its inception in 2001. With fundraising activities everywhere, everyone is having the time of their lives while giving.

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Saturday, February 11, was the 50th Anniversary of The Black Cat Demonstration in which Avatar Club los angeles founding member and long time activist, Alexei Romanoff, participated as did many other Leatherfolk.

On Friday night, February 10, producers of LA A Queer History, screened films including the trailer for the film that includes an interview with Alexei.

The big event on February 11 saw gay los angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, cast members from Queer As Folk (Peter Paige, Michelle Clunie, Scott Lowell), Proposition 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, Wilson Cruz, LAPD Deputy Police Chief Bea Girmala, Alec Mapa and more speak as did Alexei Romanoff.

All events were at The Black Cat located at 3909 Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake and an area nearby including a bar then-owned by Romanoff, New Faces.

The los angeles Times reported the story in detail including an on-site interview with Alexei Romanoff - http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-black-cat-anniversary-20170210-story.htmll

How does this relate to today? one might ask. LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who helped organize the Black Cat Demonstration Anniversary, told the los angeles Times, "'...there were similarities in what’s happening today and what happened the night of the protest in Silver Lake.'"

"'They demonstrated in an organized fashion in an unprecedented way in 1967, and I feel there’s a real parallel to the current resistance' said O’Farrell, who represents Silver Lake and is gay. 'Fifty years ago, there was a resistance to authoritarian rule at the local level from the police … and there are parallels to what we’re feeling today with this administration.'"

Photos - PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) led hundreds in protest when police raided the Black Cat bar in los angeles and brutally beat patrons and the bartender. February 11, 1967. Photos supplied by the University of Southern California Libraries/ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

 

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Mid Atlantic Leather overruns three hotels

The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend is outgoing the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill as back up hotels filled to capacity for the January 11-14 event in Washington, DC. Well over 2,000 Leather/Gear/Kink/Fetish/Uniform/and-everything-else community were represented well. The Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather was won by Gerard Turner of Gaithersburg, MD with David Gerard as first runner-up and Pup Data as second runner-up. There were seven men competing. Frank Nowicki emceed Saturday night's Leather Cocktails and the contest on Sunday. http://www.leatherweekend.com/

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