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Dave Rhodes Hump Day - September 13, 2017

 

 

ONYX: Southern California's Second Second Anniversary. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The International Leather Sir 2017, International Leatherboy 2017 and International Community Bootblack were held in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators. The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3. See photo below. See the results at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1954-ilslb-icbb-winners-in-dallas

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - September 27, 2017

 

 

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Denver's Exile 6 Fetish Ball
By Exposer Magazine
For six years, Lokusdor Productions (at the EXPO Event Center in Denver, CO) has put on the event and each year, it seems to gain the attention of many new people. 350 attendees had already arrived by 10pm and the show had just begun! Bringing in new vendors and sponsors. Last year, this event raised $10,000 for organizations in our community. You don’t hear too often of an event that gives so much back to its community, but that may be why this particular event rises above all others around it....The Exile Fetish Ball has a showcase of kink everywhere you look, from the flogging posts to the right of the stage, along with electrical apparatuses designed to heighten your sexual arousal. This place has it all, for any sort of fetish you might be into. More photos and details at https://xposermagazine.com/exile-6-fetish-ball-2/

Los Angeles Boys of Leather
Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! on Friday, October 13 at 9 PM at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the amazing Ursula Major and the freakishly phenomena Annie Chryst. Raffle prizes, bloody Jello shots, hot men and sexy women. $7 at the door! With admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

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/

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

The incredible true history of gay pirates and their strangely modern world
Gay Star News
From deadly cross-dressing pirates having a lesbian-affair to booty, rituals and same-sex civil unions....Piracy was a world apart, and one where homosexual couples may have been the norm, not the exception. So to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day (19 September) here’s our queer history of piracy....But they didn’t just have health insurance. A form of same-sex civil unions, called matelotage, was also common. Buccaneer Alexander Exquemelin wrote: ‘It is the general and solemn custom amongst them all to seek out… a comrade or companion, whom we may call partner… with whom they join the whole stock of what they possess. Your partner was called a ‘matelot,' which can also be translated as bunkmate. It’s possible the relationships started with one man selling their services to another, to satisfy debts, get food or for protection. But it went deeper than that. If one matelot died, his partner inherited his property and share of the booty. In some cases, partners took punishment on each other’s behalf. In battle, they fought as a team and died together. Arrrrgh! Read the rest here https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/incredible-true-history-gay-pirates-strangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sgstrangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sg

Bay Area Cub
So you think you can Cub? Join us for the Bay Area Cub Contest at the Lone Star Saloon (Bear Bar USA). We welcome all definitions of "cub" and will be celebrating the diversity of our community all afternoon while raising funds for the Alliance Health Project and Project Open Hand. Featuring a beer bust, Bay Area Cub Contest, performance by the Boys of Bearlesque, raffle prizes, jello shots and sexy cubs on Saturday, October 14 at 3 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/116608262383657/?active_tab=about

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. http://www.bawevent.com

Leather bar in Mexico City
Traveling to Mexico? The third largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere should have one and it is Tom's Leather Bar which is in one of Cuidad de Mexico's LGBT parts of town. There are strippers and a back room and the place fills up. Go to http://toms-mexico.com/ to find out more.

Texas Leather and LGBT candidate Jeffrey Payne interviewed by Dallas Voice
By Tammye Nash, Dallas Voice Managing Editor
Jeffrey Payne is a businessman, bar owner, Leather titleholder and now, a gubernatorial candidate. "Texas has been good to me. Texas has been very, very good to me,” Jeffrey Payne said in an interview this week. Now he wants to repay the favor. That’s why, the Dallas businessman said, he is running for governor in 2018. see complete interview here https://www.dallasvoice.com/setting-sights-austin-10242440.html

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend
The Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill is now accepting reservations for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 which will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest on Sunday afternoon. And oh, the lobby at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill. 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/ to find hotel information.

Knight Hawks of Virginia Puppy-Palooza 2
Puppy-Palooza 2, hosted by the Knight Hawks of Virginia and MJ's Tavern will begin at 10 PM on Saturday, October 14. Have you always wondered what it is about? Don't have a clue? Well come out and let the Pups of the Knight Hawks give you some information. Additionally, if you are a pup or a handler and want a safe accepting location, come out and join us for the night. MJ's Tavern, 4019 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504. https://www.facebook.com/khleather/photos/gm.1322857347836522/1917008615224706/?type=3&theater

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.

The Formal Fetish Dinner Party in London
The Formal Fetish Dinner Party is unique in the world. Hosted by the founder of Skin Two magazine and owner of KFS TV, it takes place in a fabulous hotel very near Piccadilly Circus. The next dinner is on Sunday, October 8. You can book a hotel room and stay overnight if you wish. Everyone is dressed in their fetish finest - no business suits or cocktail dresses! We serve a three-course dinner and there is a dungeon for play afterwards. This event is restricted to 30 sophisticated couples of any age. Newcomers are welcome - we are friendly people. (No single blokes or Daily Mail readers though. I mean, there is a limit...) We are happy to answer questions and meet for tea and a chat, by all means. https://london.craigslist.co.uk/cas/d/the-formal-fetish-dinner/6302853807.htmldinner/6302853807.html

Leather community working on South Of MArket District in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Eric Pratt

Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa's BDSM scene is poised to become SF's Leather Cultural District
By Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Weekly
Today, SoMa’s Leather scene consists of fewer than half a dozen bars, and although they’re packed on weekends, the neighborhood faces a renewed threat of extinction in the face of displacement. To preserve this vital subculture, activists have chosen a novel strategy: partnering with City Hall to designate a portion of Western SoMa as the San Francisco Leather District. The degenerates are about to be officially sanctioned....“We want Leather businesses to continue to thrive here,” (Supervisor Jane) Kim tells SF Weekly. “We want people to continue to live here. We want it to be a living, breathing district — and that is a lot harder to do than some plaques and street-name changes.” Complete article here http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

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 is a myriad of 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/

Douglas O'Keeffe interviews a guest during a recent Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat

Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat announced an ambitious European Chat schedule. Douglas O’Keeffe, co-producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend” O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016." A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel. https://www.facebook.com/Inside-Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/

American Brotherhood Weekend

American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Female Filmmakers Out in Force at Sixth Finnish Film Affair
Variety
As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.... Among the projects that were previously presented at the Finnish Film Affair and went on to have a successful career in festivals are Teemu Nikki’s “Euthanizer,” which is premiering at Toronto, and “Tom of Finland." http://variety.com/2017/film/global/women-filmmakers-out-in-force-at-6th-finnish-film-affair-1202560069/

Why The Leather Community Is Cautiously Optimistic About Fashion’s Fetish Moment
By Mikelle Street, Huffington Post, Queer Voices
Last week, Comme des Garçons teamed up with Vetements on a limited-edition capsule collection of sweaters. Teased on Instagram, the “gay, lesbian, and fetish” range was sold as a Dover Street Market exclusive with the “fetish” design selling out online shortly after launch. The piece, priced at $620, nodded to a very specific community....In 1989 Tony DeBlase, founder of the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago and publisher of Drummer magazine debuted a flag design for the Leather community at the International Mr. Leather competition. Read the rest of this article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leather-community-fashion-fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

DomCon: New Orleans
Domina Angelina, Madame Margherite, and Mistress Penelope Dreadful of Australia have been named official Mistresses of Ceremonies for DomCon: New Orleans 2017. The event brings together professional and lifestyle BDSM enthusiasts from around the world. Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and the kinky from all over the globe to DomCon for the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course electrifying parties. DomCon New Orleans will be held October 5-8 at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street. For photos, guest info, sponsorship opportunities, and details on classes and workshops go to http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com

Circlet Press 25th Anniversary
Help kick off the 25th Anniversary of Circlet Press - your home for sexy aliens, sultry dragons, mystical werebeasts and all manner of dystopias and fantasy worlds! Back this Kickstarter and actually get to choose the stories going into their Best Of... anthology. And THEN, if we can push into stretch goals, establish the publishing schedule for the next line up of books. "Best Erotic SciFi" Anthology. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/circlet-press-25th-anniversary-best-erotic-scifi-a?ref=project_link?ref=project_link

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 13 they meet 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

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/

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. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

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/

Master Anthony is questioned by emcee Dave Faunce during Mr. SoCal Leather. Anthony heads the Sherman Oaks Munch. Photo by Dave Rhodes

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/

Sash Bash Weekend in Iowa

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 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The 3rd 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/

Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar
The Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar, published by Bruno Gemünder and Putinki, is available through the Tom of Finland Store, Tom of Finland Store, 8116 Romaine Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Price is $20. https://tomoffinlandstore.com/collections/paper/calendars

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A new catalog published by the LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum : 25 Years, celebrates a milestone anniversary for the community institution which is located in Chicago and serving the world.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaco: For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the Leather world.

Race: I’ve been active in the Leather scene since 1973. Initially, apart from being a bartender in a sleazy kinky bar, I was essentially a lone maverick player. Then around 1980 I got deeply involved with various clubs, organizations and projects that changed that lone wolf status. Since then I’ve been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms. I’ve authored a well-known BDSM book, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service (Kink Aware Professionals), was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company (Daedalus Publishing Company), been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently am the Leather/kink columnist for the Bay Area Reporter http://www.ebar.comwww.ebar.com I also have a blog at http://www.bannon.com and there’s more information about me there for those who might be interested.

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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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How you can include your information on Dave Rhodes' Hump Day. If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on October 27, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, October 9.

You had a contest or run over the weekend - send us the names of the winners and a photo and a brief bit about it. Your events hotel room block opens - that is news. Send the link and a brief. Someone passes and you want people to remember them, let us know - photo please if available, but do not let lack of an immediate photo stop you from sending.

We're getting more photos - join the club. Send yours to us. If a news item comes in which we feel should also be a larger article we will contact you about it. Send to me at Photos need to be jpg format.

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Cowboi Jen and Suzanne of Philadelphia, PA are pleased to announce their formal engagement.

From the first date, both knew they had met the woman they were going to marry. 217 steps up in the air among the clouds, with the roar of the crashing waves below Old Barney Lighthouse, Suzanne said yes!

With the blessing of their family and close friends their wedding is planned for  October 1 surrounded by history and patriotism in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

 

 

Published in Marriage & Commitments
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 19:42

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 18, 2017

 

 Tyler and Riley were at LA Puppy Pride last year. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 18, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

 

Leather Masked Ball XII
The Saturday after Thanksgiving the Leather Masked Ball XII will be held at Progress Bar in Wilton Manors, FL on November 25 at 10 PM. Join the fight as we rise up against injustice and boring parties. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Admission includes plenty of entertainment and demonstrations. The Leather Archives & Museum will be back at the Leather Masked Ball XII, exhibiting the Second Skin display, a collection of vests, sashes and other material items from its collections. Progress Bar, 2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. http://www.leathermaskedball.org

Published in Editorial

 

Revised June 6, 2017 to include all contestants' photos. The Leather Journal has three International Bootblack 2017 and63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants photos and bios for your enjoyment. This is the first year that the IMBB contestants have been included. Undoubtedly the contestant count in both contests will increase between now and IML. See you in Chicago.

Published in International Leather

 

 

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 announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a member of the last 17 years. Krongaard said, “It has been an honor to serve as President of the Board, but after relocating to New York, my focus and energies must now be directed towards my career pursuits. The Archives is in great hands under the leadership of our outstanding professional staff, dedicated volunteers and passionate board.” Krongaard added, “I have complete confidence in Bob to lead the institution into the future and he has my total support."

Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board of Directors in October of 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. “I am humbled and honored to lead the board during this important time in LA&M’s history, said Behr.

Longtime member of the LA&M Board Member, Randall “Bear Man” Klett noted, “Bob has a solid understanding of what it takes to lead both an organization and a board. His passion and excitement impresses me and I look forward to him leading the Board’s strategic planning session next month."

If you would like to meet or reconnect with Bob to informally share your ideas and perspectives related to the LA&M, he will be hosting an informal lunch conversation Saturday, October 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Etienne Auditorium of the Leather Archives and Museum located at 6418 North Greenview Avenue.

Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.org/ on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Founded in 1991, in just 26 years the Leather Archives & Museum has become recognized worldwide as a significant center dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of primary materials on the leather, kink, BDSM and fetish communities and their cultures in both physical and electronic formats. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material that highlights the silent histories of marginalized and under-represented communities.

The Archives is located on Greenview Avenue in Chicago near Loyola University. The building houses the Teri Rose Library with holdings of over 3,000 books and 12,600 journals and periodicals, searchable by an online catalog, 1425 square feet archival storage space, and eight exhibit galleries. Among its ongoing endeavors are the Women’s Leather History Program, a gallery with rotating exhibits that celebrate contemporary artists who inspire dialogues related to Leather, kink, BDSM and fetish and a community space used for programming and special events. The LA&M is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under the 501 c (3) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Nearly all income is derived from the generous support of member organizations within the Leather/kink/BDSM/fetish communities.

 

Published in National Leather
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
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:16

ILSLb ICBB winners in Dallas

 

 

ILSLb ICBB winners from 2016 and 2017. Photos by Dave Rhodes

The International Leather Sir 2017 sash, patch and medal went to Major Ty from the Florida Region, International Leatherboy 2017 hardware went to boy Kaz from the Great Lakes Region and the International Community Bootblack version was won by boy John Urso from the Atlantic States Region at the DoubleTree Hilton near the Galleria on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators.

The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3.

ILSLb judges were Dr. Larry, MarKus Leath, Master Olivier Pratt, Sir Don, Sir Tug, Cowboi Jen, boy Dan and Tim ASH!. The ICBB judges were Briar, Cobi, Pony, Rylee Spire, Shahrazad, Sir Greg and Stephen Palaschak.

Leather Sir runner-up was Sir Mitch of the Great Lakes Region, Leatherboy runner-up was boy Michael May of the Southwest Region and the Community Bootblack runner-up was Garret Rodriguez-Snook of the Southwest Region.

The Golden Flogger winner was Sir Robert of Eastern Canada, Golden Paddle winner was Pup Napoleon from the Florida Region and the Golden Brush winner was Garret Rodriguez-Snook from the Southwest Region. The recipients of these honors were decided by the 16 contestants.

The Pantheon of Leather Awards ceremony was on Thursday night with Thib Guicherd Callin taking. Man of the Year honor while Woman of the Year was Patty Patty. Christopher Edwards emceed while Texas Governor-to-be played the role of Vannah.

Contestants performed fantasies after the Awards and that was followed by a roast of the outgoing titleholders.

No rest for the wicked, contestants had to pry their eyes open very early on Friday for interviews.

Registration was in full force all day Friday and the vendor market opened with about double the amount of vendors from 2016. Wolfstryker Leather, which saw one of its artisans win Business Person of the Year on Thursday night, was new to ILSLb ICBB.

The weekend included a Family Welcome Cocktail Party, workshops, cigar socials by the pool, a Grand Casino night, daily activities, bootblack stands, puppy mosh pits and culminated with two nights of contests.

ILSLb ICBB President Jeffrey Payne announced that he is stepping down form the board since his run for the governorship of Texas will require his full attention. His replacement is yet to be named.

Many would-be attendees did not make it to Dallas due to Hurricane Harry. Many roads leading out of the Houston and New Orleans area were closed and it was anyone's guess as to which were open.

One of the defining characteristics of ILSLb ICBB is the up front philosophy that Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack are about sex. These contests and titles are about the representation of the sexual side of the Leather community. Our goals include networking and outreach to help educate the community about Leatherfolk, our erotic expression, traditions and history - and of course, hot Leather sex.

For more on the contests go to http://www.ilsb-icbb.com

To see who received Pantheon of Leather Awards see https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/national-news/item/1953-pantheon-of-leather-2017-award-recipients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 11 December 2016 17:06

Leather Hall of Fame name inductees for 2017

 

The Leather Hall of Fame announced the names of its 2017 inductees: Durk Dehner, Peter Fiske, and MSC Hamburg who will be honored at a brunchduring CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) on Sunday, April 30 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH.

The Leather Hall of Fame was established to honor and preserve the legacy of the extraordinary men and women who have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950.

 

Durk Dehner (b. May 23, 1949)

Durk Dehner provided much of the institutional and organizational structure that made the art of Tom of Finland (2009 inductee) widely known in the United States and around the world.   Originally from Canada, by the 1970’s Dehner was a hustler and worked as a model for Bruce Weber and others in New York.   He wrote a fan letter to Tom after seeing one of his drawings at the bar, and they became pen pals and eventually business partners and artist and muse.   They created the Tom of Finland Company in 1978 and the Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) in 1984.   For more than 30 years, Dehner and the ToFF have been the curator owners of TOM House in los angeles, where he and Tom lived during the last and most prolific years of the artist’s life.  For more than 30 years the ToFF has preserved Tom’s work and been a key institution in preserving and fostering masculine gay sexual art.  

 

Peter Fiske (b. 1946)

Whip and whipping expert Peter Fiske has been a mentor to two generations of Leatherfolk.

Originally from New York City, Peter Fiske has been a Leatherman for more than 50 years.

He is a Stonewall veteran and a member of the Stonewall Veterans Association. He moved to San Francisco in 1966 and was a member of the Koalas MC San Francisco from 1966 to 1969. Peter is a founding member and Chairman Emeritus of The 15 Association San Francisco and of Delta International (Chairman and Coordinator 2009/2010), and a long time member of GMSMA, SNC London and the Chicago Hellfire Club. Peter was presented the Caligula Award at Inferno XXV in 1996. Also known as "Daddy Peter,” he is a well-known educator and has presented at hundreds of events and clubs across the country. Peter was San Francisco Leather Daddy XXI in 2003. His community service includes Board Member (1999-2003) and President (2000) of the AIDS Emergency Fund and cofounder of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Peter was a SF Pride Board member from 2002 to 2004 and was awarded the Heritage of Pride Award in 2005 for long term service of over 15 years to the SF LGBT community. He has long been a strong advocate for acceptance and inclusion of transgender men and women in the Leather and SM community. Now retired in Palm Springs, Fiske is still an activist and educator.

 

MSC Hamburg e. V. (Founded 1974)

The MSC Hamburg was officially founded in 1974 after the first official Hamburg Leather meeting the year before. After this big success with around 300 visiting Leathermen from various European countries, the MSC decided to host the second Leather meeting in August 1974 where they showed a fist fuck movie at the event: the first time such a movie had been shown to the German public. This began the club’s influence on European Leather. The annual MSC Hamburg Leather meeting became the number one Leather event in Europe — including wild parties on the famous MS Cap San Diego ship. The MSC party posters created by Martin S. Cool (aka Günter Henzler) are legendary. Along with producing the annual Leather meeting, the club and its members are active in Hamburg LGBT organizations, and produce the Mr. Hamburg contest.

The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held during CLAW 17. Complementary and reduced price tickets are available. Find out more, and order your tickets now at http://www.clawinfo.org

LHoF nominations can be made by anyone. A board of community scholars, organizers and leaders select three inductees each year. To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s previous inductees, or to make a nomination, please visit http://www.leatherhalloffame.com

CLAW is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and has donated over $700,000 to community charities.

 

Published in National Leather
Friday, 08 September 2017 05:16

Pantheon of Leather 2017 Award Recipients

 

 

These are the Pantheon of Leather 2017 Award recipients who made it to Dallas to receive their honors. Photo by Dave Rhodes

The Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 were held at the DoubleTree Hilton near the Galleria during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 31 in front of approximately 150-175 Leatherfolk from the United States and Canada. Some 30 Awards were presented.

Christopher Edwards returned as emcee for the Awards which celebrated its 27th year and second connected to ILSLb ICBB. Serving as Vannah the award presenter was International Mr. Leather 2009 and ILSLb ICBB President Jeffrey Payne.

Published in National Leather
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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