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Most candidates would shy away from having a portrait taken on a motorcycle wearing full formal biker Leather. They would be afraid their constituents might take offense and be shocked by such a powerful and frankly sexual image.

Not so for the late Governor Ann Richards who donned a kinky white fringed Leather outfit and posed astride a Harley Davidson for a Texas Monthly cover. It was quite a sensation and regarded as a great PR move on her part. That was in 1992 and people thought it was pretty cool back then.

Published in National Leather
Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:58

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 25, 2017

 

 

GLLA 2017 Great Lakes Sir and boy contestants with auction baskets . Photo by Indy

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 25, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

IMsBB 2008 Q was Bootblack judge. Photo by Indy

Great Lakes Leather Alliance 2017 held in Indianapolis
By Christina Court
With a Mardi Gras theme Great Lakes Leather Alliance 2017 in Indianapolis, IN (September 28-October 1) was a weekend filled with parties, events and play that left all in attendance earning and tossing beads at one another and shouting, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!: Spirits flowed in the hospitality suite, the Littles held a talent show; Pups held a meet and greet, a mosh pit, and hosted the cookout during the GLLA auction; and Bootblack Alley had a host of guest Bootblacks. Read the whole story here https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1963-great-lakes-leather-alliance-2017

Can A Jew Get Body Piercings?
From My Jewish Learning
While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts. Is piercing discussed in the Bible? Is body piercing permitted by Jewish law? Does body piercing preclude burial in a Jewish cemetery? These are not the Four Questions some of us are used to in the Passover Haggadah, but they are interesting to our community. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/can-a-jew-get-body-piercings/

Jeffrey Payne, Former IML, Runs for Governor of Texas
Most candidates would shy away from having a portrait taken on a motorcycle wearing full formal biker Leather.

They would be afraid their constituents might take offense and be shocked by such a powerful and frankly sexual image. Not so for the late Governor Ann Richards who donned a kinky white fringed Leather outfit and posed astride a Harley Davidson for a Texas Monthly cover. It was quite a sensation and regarded as a great PR move on her part. That was in 1992 and people thought it was pretty cool back then. Read the rest at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/national-news/item/1965-jeffrey-payne-former-iml-runs-for-governor-of-texas and more about his campaign at http://jeffrey4texas.com

SECC Leather Weekend
Mark your calendars for February 15-19, 2018 on Presidents Day Weekend for the 2018 SECC Leather Weekend and Contest. The clubs voted at the last meeting and the Southeast Conference of Clubs event will be held at Parliament Resort August Georgia in 2018. http://mailchi.mp/ccace955d30e/0xikifm3nz-1711757

Bearquake 2017 Hairy Shaft - the movie
Bears San Diego created the You-Tube video Bearquake 2017 Hairy Shaft for presentation during ther mid-October Bearquake weekend. With the help of the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the bears pulled off this take on Shaft. Bearquake had all of the frolic one would expect at a bear event. Take a look. We loved it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm0lz1qU2E4&feature=youtu.be

Leather Archives & Museum voted into Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame
While LA&M co-founder Chuck Renslow was part of the first inductee class in 1991, we are honored to announce that Leather Archives & Museum was selected as one of 14 of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2017 inductees. The Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of LGBT Chicagoans, their contributions to the development of the city, and the help they have received from others for the city’s LGBT residents and their allies. The Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction Ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 8 at the Chicago History Museum, and it is free to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagolgbthalloffame.org

The NCSF table at Fire, presented by our Coalition Partner, The Woodshed.

Narrative Project: Tell your NCSF Story
NCSF has heard a lot of stories over the past 20 years. Now we want to let others hear what you have to say.

Have you been discriminated against because you are kinky or non-monogamous? We want to hear from you. We also want to hear your story if you've been outed or if you've outed yourself as a fetishist, cross-dresser, Leatherman/woman, or because you're in a polyamorous or Lifestyle relationship. We also want to hear if you've been involved in a consent incident in a BDSM or non-monogamous encounter. Please fill out a short survey for each story you'd like to tell us about at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCSFNarrativeProject Tell us your story and we will share it anonymously on http://www.ncsfreedom.org

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

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Beyond Leather is gearing up for the best year ever and we have a huge surprise in store for you on Tuesday Halloween, October 31. Save the date April 26-29 and get ready to register as you will NOT want to miss out on this first ever, one day only, special. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

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. Leather Ottawa XXV
The Ottawa Knights will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Leather Ottawa the weekend of November 17-19 at Montgomery Centretown Legion, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2A6. The contest will be on Saturday, November 18. Activities include a Friday night welcome dinner, meet the meat, seminars and workshops, public shines, puppy mosh pit, used clothing gear swap, formal Leather dinner, daddy next door party, VIP lounge, and cocktail parties. https://www.facebook.com/groups/13074392396/

Leather History Preservation Weekend

The highly-successful Leather History Preservation Weekend was held at the at Radisson in Highpoint, NC. The keynote Historian was Lady Catherine Gross. Historians included Sir Tom Matt, OB Hamm, Angel Propps and JP Garner III. https://www.facebook.com/events/1104457776269702/

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

LA Boys of Leather present SoCal Leatherfest
By Steven Carlisle
SoCal Leatherfest, hosted by the LA Boys of Leather the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. They will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, a barbecue, a pool party, and more. It will also be the home for the SoCal Leatherboy contest. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1579133405478681/1960061327583260/?type=3&theater

CineKink Kinky Film Festival Tour Returns to Chicago
Films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen November 10-11, as CineKink, "the kinky film festival," returns to Chicago for a sizzling weekend rendezvous, taking place at Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL. Among the films being shown are Spank You Very Much by Thomas Florek, Folsom Street by Aron Kantor, You've Got Tail by Danny Tayara, Please May I Come Mistress? by Pandora Blake, Tabook by Dario van Vree, Sapiosexual by Kristin Heckler, Since You Asked So Nicely by Ms Naughty' among many others. Admission for CineKink: Chicago is $10 door/$8 advance per screening. Friday double-feature tickets are $15/advance; a limited number of weekend passes, good for all three screenings, are available for $20 advance; $15/LA&M or CineKink members. 18 and over only. For more information and advance tickets, visit http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/tour/tour-2017/chicago/

Closer to a Functional Cure
By Desiree Guerrero of hivplusmag.com
There have been some amazing scientific breakthroughs in the area of HIV treatment in recent years, and now a world-leader in biomedical research has made one that may lead to a “functional cure” for the virus. In a recent study conducted at The Scripps Research Institute’s Jupiter, FL., campus, researchers discovered a new compound that may be able to stop the production and re-activation of HIV in the body. Whole story at https://www.hivplusmag.com/cure/2017/10/24/closer-functional-cure

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/

Polish and Shine - a Celebration of Bootblacks
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2016 Frank will present Polish and Shine - a Celebration of Bootblacks on Friday, November 17 at the Eagle 562, East 2020 Artesia Blvd. in Long Beach, CA 90805, starting at 8 PM. Several bootblacks from= all over Southern California will be participating. https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=1644114975628235&set=gm.395705977515185&type=3&theater

BDSM Is Not Abuse Resources, Now Available in Spanish. Coalition Corner Spotlight
By Julian Wolf
NCSF would like to congratulate CPI and The Mark, a NCSF Coalition Partner in Tennessee, for creating groundbreaking content in both English and Spanish! "BDSM NO ES ABUSO" is easily located on their website, which also features information about the organization, local and national resources, and everything you need to know about participating in their organization.

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

Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas - NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY
The Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas"NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY, produced by Hooker & Boys, will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 12-6 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach will work the stage with ASL emcees Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. The beneficiaries include Leather Heart Foundation, Project Real AIDS Action Baltimore and Hagerstown Hopes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1182207978552829/?active_tab=about

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.

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Flipbook of Drummer Magazine
By Jack Fritscher
The colorful new Flipbook, Covers, Mastheads, Contents, and Staff of Drummer Magazine unzips an archive of Twentieth-Century history for Old/New Guard players. Offered free as a Leather community service, this is the third book of Leather history by Drummer editor Jack Fritscher and archivist Mark Hemry. The Leather Journal reported on volume one, Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer: “There is no written account of Old Guard Leather. Fritscher’s detailing of the Drummer Boom is unparalleled. http://online.flipbuilder.com/qquj/oyii/mobile/index.html

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

Mid Atlantic Leather Woman benefit in Baltimore
The Mid Atlantic Leather Woman benefit for the Leather Heart Foundation will be on November 10 at the Baltimore Eagle, 2022 North Charles Street in Baltimore, MD. It will be a night of Leather, cigars and a raffle. http://www.thebaltimoreeagle.com

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. NJ Leather 2018 is Rai Guerra
Mr. NJ Leather 2018 is Rai Guerra. Rai is a resident of Asbury Park, NJ The contest was held at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday October 21. There were no competitors for Ms NJ Leather 2018. Mr. NJ Leather 2011 Robert “scruffy” Vitalie served as Head Judge and was joined on the judging panel by American Leatherwoman Jackie Thompson, North America Drummer 2017 Jack MacCullum, International Master 2007 Master Larry, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2016 Scooby, Lady Desire, Ms Woods Leather 2016, Ms NJ Leather 2017, Velvet Storm and Mr. NJ Leather 2017 Richard Farias.

Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend in January
By David Boyer
Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 weekend will be held January 26-28 and will include a welcoming cocktail party, Fetish Flea Market, Kink U, MCL Brunch and roast of Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak. Joining him on the judging panel will be IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Joe Dinello, Freddy Miranda and Pup Link. Returning for his 15th consecutive year to host Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 at the Leather Archives & Museum on that Saturday night will be International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather 2018 in May. A weekend package is $75 at Brown PaperTickets.com beginning. For more information check out http://www.ToucheChicago.com

15 True Stories and Insider Facts About BDSM Dungeons and Sex Parties
By Jacob Shelton of Ranker.com
People are weird about sex they don’t understand, which goes quadruple for the BDSM scene. Most people who get a glance at the scene use humor as a way to shield themselves from the uncomfortable feelings they have when seeing a woman hanging upside down by her vagina, or a 60-year-old guy in a latex baby costume. But don't hate - it could be your mom or grandfather. Just because a woman likes to hang from her vag doesn't mean she doesn't have feelings, and you're not hurting them... Most BDSM club stories begin the same way, with nervous anticipation, or jokes about spankings, but they diverge when the experiences begin. The truth of the matter is.... Read the rest at https://www.ranker.com/list/bdsm-club-facts/jacob-shelton?ref=nxtlst&pos=1<ype=l&l=2475456&g=1&a=48&collectionId=1829ref=nxtlst&pos=1<ype=l&l=2475456&g=1&a=48&collectionId=1829

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/

Bears in Kilts by Bears LA
Join Bears LA for Bears in Kilts at the Bullet Bar on Saturday night, October 30, starting at 9 PM. $6 Dollar cover or $5 when wearing a kilt. Best Kilt contest has a $50 prize. https://www.bearsla.org/

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Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:14

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 14, 2018

 

 

MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber

11 men vied for the Mr. International Rubber 2019 title on Saturday, November 11 and Guillaume Dupuis emerged victorious. First runner-up was Nico Watson and second runner-up was Rubber Fenix. Guillaume lives in Guillaume Dupuis, Canada. Kylon Hooks served as an entertaining emcee. Mr. International Rubber 22 was chock full of activities including the Mr. International Rubber Contest, Kink Market and Social, Rubber Pup Rumpus, Gear Sale, Demo Pit, Rubber Club Summit, Lubed-up Latex Wrestling and Kink Education. See their web site for a huge gallery.

https://mirubber.com/

 

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

 

Compiled by Dave Rhodes, Dr. Larry and William Burden

It is no secret that there were 71 International Mr. Leather 2018 or IML 40 contestants - your preference - 19 of them came from outside the United States, it is known that significant changes were being made in the International Mr. Bootblack contest and that IML founder Chuck Renslow would be remembered with class. What was to-be-determined was the winners of the contests.

Published in Sash Bash
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:44

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 20, 2018

 

Empire City MC Folsom Street East. Photo by Chaz Antonelli

ECMC’s Motorcycle Weekend

Empire City MC’s Memorial Day Motorcycle Weekend was simply amazing this May at The Ranch in New York State – everything from the ride up, the ride back, the fantastic meals served all weekend-long, the camaraderie of the guests – we couldn’t have had a better time. The day trips were fun and included: Cycle Stop, Extreme Biker Leather, Ground Rounds (prime beef hamburgers) at Bill Gray’s and Abbot's Frozen Custard. On Sunday afternoon, we had a pizza-baking contest. We were all exposed to craft beers, thanks to the folks from Three Rivers MC. There was even a very touching collaring ceremony on Friday night! Sunday, anti-road gremlin bells were presented to three new bikes/bikers: Jack, Erik and Earl.

Published in Editorial
Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:37

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, September 19, 2018

 


 

Taken before the big California B&B Corps' 50th Anniversary Social at the Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night, September 15. Photo by Jose Ponce

California B&B Corps - 50th Anniversary

The California B&B Corps held their 50th Anniversary the weekend of September 14-16, hosting several events highlighted by a formal dinner in the Founder's Room of the Disney Concert Hall in downtown los angeles with 100 attendees traveling from Palm Springs, San Francisco Bay Area, Eastern Seaboard and the United Kingdom. There was a Friday night BLUF uniform party at Eagle LA, and a Sunday Social at the Tom of Finland Foundation House catered by Hunter and Charlie's and bar and cigar lounge hosted by the Bullet. los angeles Co-captains are Robert Green and Jim Neuman San Francisco Captain Christian Elliott, Desert division Co-captains John Rentsch and Lewis Kerman. Enterttainer Sharon McKnight sang and a commendation from los angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was presented.

https://www.facebook.com/BBcorpsLA/

http://bbcorps.com/

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Biographies of the Nominees at

http://www.pantheonofleather.com

Please take the time to read the bios for the nominees before casting your vote. There are people you might not know and their bio might help you make your decision.

Published in Pantheon of Leather

 

 

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2017 contestants.

All photos by Dave Rhodes

Pixie Mary was named International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 and Anthony Michael Harmon was chosen to be International Mr. Olympus Leather 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton Downtown San Diego on Saturday night, May 6 in front of about 150 people. The contest, under new ownership, was the first by Executive Producer Vonn Trammel. The 2017 Congeniality Award went to boy matt.

On June 3, 2017 in Dallas, TX, Matt "boy matt" O’Toole was appointed International Mx Leather 2017 by their fellow International Title Holders and the International Olympus Leather Producers at the Great Plains Olympus Leather contest. Boy Matt will join Anthony and Pixie Mary on the road and for stepdowns at Olympus Leather Weekend May 4-6, 2018 in San Diego. Read an explanation of Mx Leather, and why the title was awarded this year (as opposed to being held for the first time in 2018) at http://www.olympusleather.com/mx-leather-title.

Contestants in numerical order were Ms West Coast Olympus 2016 Pixie Mary, Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Pup Axel, Ms Midwest Olympus Leather Angie, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2016 Anthony Michael Harmon, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2017 Bo Chi Huang, and Mr. Midwest Olympus 2016 Matt "boy matt" O’Toole.

The emcee was Karen Ultra who has handled the microphone for many international events.

Vonn Tramel presented the prototype Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dave Rhodes, who in turn presented the first honors to Summer and Julie of San Diego, CA.

The judging panel included Head Judge Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Larry, International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson, International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo, Olympus Leather Founder and Producer Emeritus Dave Rhodes, Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl Darkdesyre, Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan, and Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt. The Judges' Coordinator: Julie Hoffman and Judges’ Wrangler was Summer Lee. The Tally Master was Jonny Spencer.

Pixie Mary is involved with Sanctuary Studios LAX and Shadows DM program. Her fetish interests have her identifying as a dominant switch; her top side enjoys needle play, canes, crops, spanking, wax play, and power exchange; and as a bottom, her preferences include a
thuddy flogging, fire play and she feels a well done fisting is fabulous from both sides of the slash.

Anthony Michael Harmon is the producer of California Drummer and used to be involved with and on the board for both the San Diego Gay Rodeo and Leather boys of San Diego. He was President, Vice President and secretary For The San Diego
Gay Rodeo and President of Leather boys of San Diego. Anthony's fetish interests are impact and percussion play, bondage and rope, and mindfucking.

Matt "boy matt" O’Toole's club affiliations include Kentucky Leather Brotherhood, Associate Member and Titans of the Midwest, Full Member. Matt is Secretary of the Titans of the Midwest. His fetish interests are power exchange, edge play, taboo, heavy S&M and pain play, watersports, CBT, fisting, dildos/assplay, spanking, caning, vulnerability, humiliation and degradation, AB/DL, and rough body play,

For details on the workshops check out http://www.OlympusLeather.com

San Diego's Naria Jordan was interviewed Fireside Chat-style by Tracy Wolf on Sunday afternoon.

$1,750 was raised for the travel fund in a three-way win as the Producers of San Diego Leather Pride, Ms SD Leather 2016 Jae Marie and American Leatherman 2013 Aaron B Duke American Leatherman 2013 combined won the opportunity in a special auction Saturday night to shave Olympus Leather Producer Vonn Tramel's head during the Sunday victory brunch.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt raised $248 for the title holder travel fund by selling Jaeger shots.

Seven bootblacks participated in the first Blades and Boots Salon Event, and Goddess Moon ran the Survive-her Ticket Challenge.

Olympus Leather Weekend had five meals on-campus and that led to great camaraderie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 30 March 2018 12:53

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 28, 2018

 

Mr. LA Leather title goes to LA Leather Bear

The Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest saw Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Johnson win he Mr. LA Leather 2018 title and the Brotherhood award which was selected by his fellow contestants at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. First runner-up was Mr. Precinct Leather Spike and second runner-up was Mr. 562 Eagle Leather Pup Yoshi. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a rousing blessing. Jeremy Ronceros and Jasun Mark rocked as emcees and Pup Dazzle was amazing in his A Capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance immediately followed the contest. For more go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Published in Editorial
Monday, 03 October 2016 20:21

Rich Dockter passes on September 20, 2016

 

 

Rich Dockter with his partner, Brian Conway.

By Brian Conway

Richard "Rich" Dockter, co-owner and producer of Thunder in the Mountains in Denver, CO, passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2016.

Rich had recently been diagnosed with HPV throat cancer and had been undergoing treatment. Since his diagnosis he had been a advocate for people to get vaccinated against HPV as it is now one of the rising cancers in both men and women.

Rich had been in the the Leather community for over 20 years touching many of people's lives over the years through presenting at events, producing his own event and meeting and greeting complete strangers on the street. He volunteered his services at the Denver Police with Missing Children Department for several years.  He later volunteered his time at Hey Denver a local free STD testing facility.  Rich always had a knack for striking up and carrying on a conversation with the people he met.

Whenever you would run into him, he would always have a smile and upbeat attitude. Rich was never one to shy away from situations and always lived his life to the fullest.  He leaves behind his husband Brian and their four Shar-Pei dogs.  He will be missed greatly and has left a hole in the heart of many within the community.

Services will be October 22, 2016 at 12 PM at Horan & McConaty in Denver, CO, followed by a reception at the Tavern DTC.

Rich Dockter with Phyllis Darcy and Jon Langoni at Thunder in the Mountains in 2000.

 

Published in Leather Obituaries
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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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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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 4, 2017

 

It was a picturesque afternoon for the Golden Gate Guards' Leather Cruise. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Folsom Street Fair means a Mama's Family photo shoot by Rich Stadtmiller on Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse in San Francisco.

Folsom Street Fair sees perfect weather

The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 saw some of the best weather in the Fair's history.. The Folsom Street Fair was the culmination of San Francisco Leather Pride Week and had two huge dance parties, Magnitude dance on Folsom Street at 13th Street and the Deviants dance on Folsom Street at 8th Street. About 400,000 Leather and fetish enthusiasts descended upon the South Of MArket (SOMA) area for the festivities Magnitude dance area on Folsom Street at 13th Street, and the Deviants dance area on Folsom Street at 8th Street. Most of the vendors were repeats, but there were a few newbies. Lots of skin and nudes, more Leather, and plenty of rubber and puppies. More soon. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/folsom-street-fair/

Mistress Cyan gives Leather and Fetish people a seat on the CSW Board of Directors in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Dave Rhodes

BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the CSW table
West Hollywood, CA – On October 2, Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announced the results of its recent recruitment effort to bring new members to the CSW Board of Directors. This year, the organization received an overwhelming number of applications to fill only eight open seats. Among CSW's newest Board members is Mistress Cyan, President and CEO, Sanctuary Studios. Cyan joins seven other newbies and current CSW Board members: Steve Andrews (Secretary), Chris Classen (President), Erica Meyer, Raul Rios, Marquita Thomas, and Shayne Thomas. To read the full story go to https://www.lapride.org/press/la-pride-announces-newly-elected-additions-board Mistress Cyan said, "I'm honored to get the opportunity to better serve the community I love and cherish. I've been elected to serve on The LA Pride Board of Directors. The BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the table."

National Coming Out Day is Sunday, October 8
29 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen was hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau (left) with Farmboy staff. Photo supplied by Ralph Bruneau

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau to benefit Mr. Friendly raised $1,000 on Sunday afternoon, October 1 in los angeles, CA. At least 30 people attended. The $40 admission covered great food and there was a silent auction. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/ralph.bruneau.7 Farmboy Kitchen is community-owned http://farmboykitchen.com/ To find out about Mr. Friendly's effort to stamp out the stigma of HIV/AIDS check out https://www.mrfriendly.org/about

Bob Behr assumes helm of Leather Archives Board
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard's stepping down as President, effective September 27. Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board in October 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles, serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.org/

Li Yinhe is China's most prominent female sexologist.

For sex advice, people in China turn to a 65-year-old female BDSM expert at $15 a pop
By Echo Huang of Quartz
In China, sex can be an awkward topic to talk about publicly. But the country’s most prominent female sexologist is trying to change the public’s mindset through her books, and now through social media.
Li Yinhe is known in particular for her research into BDSM, including her book Subculture of Sadomasochism, published in 1998, China’s first book on the subject.... The rest of the story is at https://qz.com/1059372/for-sex-advice-people-in-china-turn-to-a-65-year-old-female-bdsm-expert-at-15-a-pop/

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

Voices of the Quilt musical needs funding
By Race Bannon
This project is important to me. The Quilt is a vital part of our history and served as a mechanism of solace during my own grieving when my first partner died of AIDS. This project needs money to move forward and I hope many of my friends donate. Donations of any amount, small or large, will help. Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Two good friends, Jörg Fockele and Adam Ouderkirk, are part of this project's core production team and they uphold the highest standards and are men of impeccable integrity. Voices of the Quilt, endorsed by AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones and by the NAMES Project, is the story of a community, ravaged by the HIV/AIDS crisis, that rose up and took unprecedented action in the fight for human rights, in part through the creation of what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt - nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and estimated at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of folk art. The musical is a moving requiem to the fallen, a call to fight against a ravaging pandemic, and, above all, a celebration of life and the strength of community. Uplifting, joyous, and full of spirit, you will stomp your feet and sing out loud. Demos of song selections, performed by the composer, can be listened to on the donation page. https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshopfundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshop

Avatar booth at Our Town LA Non-Profit Expo
Avatar Club los angeles will have a booth at the Our Town LA Non-Profit expo on October 14 Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 1200 North Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046 from 12-4 PM. The purpose of this event is to allow the LA LGBTQ nonprofit groups listed on Our Town LA to promote themselves, the much needed services they provide and engage with the community one on one. Recreation, athletic and social nonprofits will also been in attendance. Those looking for volunteer and donation opportunities are always welcome. There will be entertainment provided by local talent, food donated by West Hollywood restaurants as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items. For event updates go to http://www.ourtownla.org/NPE2017.html

Forever Hard: The Story of the Everhard Baths
Author, actor and activist Ed Sparan conducts a presentation about the Everhard Baths Fire, which killed nine gay men in New York City in 1977. During this pivotal time in gay history, just after the Stonewall Riots, the gay community came together to better establish cleaner and safer places for gay men. When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, bathhouses were shut down and sex turned back into the backrooms of bars by the 1990s. Ed will also talk about the play "Forever Hard" which tells the story of what happened that tragic night in May 1977. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. https://www.facebook.com/StonewallNationalMuseum/

Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

The Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. Photo by Steve Sheeky

Mates Leather Weekend first report
We just received photos from the Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. We should have more by next week. Suffice it to say that it was another terrific weekend in Provincetown.

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.

Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween!
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween will be held Friday, October 20, 10 PM to Midnight at the San Diego Eagle. Fetish Men San Diego is producing this event. Join in supporting California Drummer and Drummerboy at the San Diego Eagle Beat Your Drum is a night designed for kinksters to represent their own personal fetishes.

Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018. Photo by Bryon Hayes

Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018
By Bryon Hayes
Electro, from Kalamazoo, MI, who was competing as Mr. Campit Leather 2017, was tops among four men to become Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 at Mr. Michigan Leather XXII Weekend (MML), which took place on Saturday, September 23 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI. Corey Vinegar was the runner-up. Electro will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. This year’s contest featured a Friday night SINsation Kickoff Party hosted by the Sinergy, a Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers; various workshops presented by Diashto and Issa Arden sponsored by the Chicago Hellfire Club and Titans of the Midwest; and a poolside barbecue. The event was emceed by Mr. los angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson. The judges were IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, L.E., Ross Ransom, Daddy J and outgoing Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy.

Dr. Nyobi says more Black couples are choosing BDSM to spice up sex
By Mo Barnes of rollingout
A recent dinner party at the Punany Playhouse and demonstration by famed sex education expert Dr. Nyobi Ross has shown that more Black couples are choosing to spice up their sex life with a little BDSM. Dr. Nyobi was a special guest for this past weekend’s Punany Playhouse event and she did not fail to surprise some of her guests. Read the whole story at https://rollingout.com/2017/09/21/dr-nyobi-says-black-couples-choosing-bdsm-spice-sex/spice-sex/

Atlantic States Leather winners. Photo by Digital Dreaming

Atlantic States Leather Weekend
By Rodney Burger
Frat Daddy George from Granby, Massachusetts was awarded the title of Atlantic States Leather Sir 2018, Justin Charles from Baltimore, Maryland was sashed Atlantic States Leatherboy 2018, and Callie Girl from Newport News, Virginia took home the Atlantic States Community Bootblack 2018 at the Baltimore Eagle in Baltimore on September 22-23. There were no additional contestants. Sloppy Seconds was the theme of the second annual Atlantic States Leather weekend. The Sir/boy judges were Daddy Al Santora, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Rod McCoy, Ron Koski, KJ Nichols, david zeidler, and boy alex leffers. The Bootblack judges were boy Anderson, Jay Falcon and Christopher Edwards. There was a small vendor mart at the host Hotel Brexton which also saw several workshops. The contest was emceed by International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker and COMMAND MC member Brie Devine.

Dallas Fetish Ball
The Dallas Fetish Ball: Torture Garden will be held November 10-11 featuring performances by Yusura, Miss Miranda and Lou Lou D'Vil. The Dallas Fetish Ball will include vendors, latex fashion, a spanking booth and a photo booth. The event is produced by The Church Dallas and will be held at 2424 Swiss Avenue. Get tickets in advance at http://www.LeatherMasters.com Many premium spots have been sold, so act soon.

Women's International Leather Legacy titleholders aboard the Hornblower for the Leather Cruise of San Francisco Bay; left to right are WILL 2011 Tracy Wolf, WILL 2013 Angel and WILL 2017 Renee Beckman. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Golden Gate Guards' Cruise of San Francisco Bay
The Golden Gate Guards did their part to make San Francisco Leather Pride Week special when they hosted their annual Cruise of San Francisco Bay on Saturday afternoon, September 23. The Hornblower boat left Pier 40 around 5:30 PM and the weather did not disappoint. Not too hot and clear The tall girl is Renee Beckman, WILL 2017. The African-American girl is Girl Complex, IMsL 2017. The other girl is Angel, WILL 2013. And then there is me, Tracy Wolf, WILL 2011.

San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors
On Sunday September 17, San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors to join the seven incumbents on their Board — each new member will serve a three-year term starting October 4. New members Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma, Elizabeth Lanyon, Jacob Little, and Amy Sueyoshi, with re-elected incumbent and current Board President Michelle Meow, join Jacquelene Bishop (Treasurer), Anietie Ekanem, DJ Gray, Nguyen "Win" Pham (Secretary), Justin Taylor, and William Walker. The theme for 2018 is Generations of Strength. Leather has a powerful visibility at San Francisco Pride. For more go to http://www.sfpride.org/

Artists of all kinds shared their talents during the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo
Over 150 enthusiasts attended the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo was held at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park District of los angeles, CA September 29 - October 1. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming had a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. Artists of many kinds, including a guitarist, had spaces throughout the grounds. There were displays of art including a skateboarding wall display of the north side of the building. Check out http://tomoffinlandfoundation.org/foundation/Events/ev_2017_09_30_toff_art_festival.htm

Foot Fetish 101 - everything you need to know about tendon loving care
By Miranda Kane of Metro
No matter how much an enthusiast explains their love of the humble tootsies, feet are still seen as the red-headed stepchild to their more popular siblings, bums, boobs, eyes and lips. So what is it about this particular extremity that has millions of people – from all over the world, and of every gender – desperate to get their hands on your teasing toes? Read more at http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/23/foot-fetish-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tendon-loving-care-6913693/?ito=cbshare

Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) was another whopping success the weekend of September 28 - October 1 in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library was there. We are awaiting word on the contests and other events, but we did come up with a photo of the Carter Johnson Leather Library. http://greatlakesleather.org/

Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October 8 at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there's plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com

Avatar President and Vice President elect Dennis Beisbier and Tommy Trafelet. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Avatar elects officers
Dennis Beisbier of Long Beach, CA was elected Avatar Club los angeles during the club's September 27 meeting at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA. Joining Denis are Vice President Tommy Trafelet, Secetary James McCurdy, Treasurer Perry Ash and at-large Board members Xavier Espejo, Adam Forrest and Dana Atkinson. Beisbier recently took office as President after President Don Doyle passed away in early September

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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 2, 2019

 

Dave Rhodes turns 70

Dave Rhodes turned 70 years old on December 20. Dr. Larry and his husband, William, threw a huge LA Dodgers-themed birthday party for me on Saturday night, December 22 with 76 Leatherfolk attending. There was a great outpouring of love and I thank everyone who was part of it. A couple more photos appear near the bottom of this page.

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