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.
PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition
Another crazy Long Beach Pride weekend. Pigskin was the just icing on the cake. We want to thank the staff at the Eagle 562, you made Pride Sunday move smoothly. Next up - Pigmalion weekend, PerVarsity on June 15 Pigskin and then the Daddy Edition on June 17.
Knight Hawks of Virginia
This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we will be hosting one of our biggest and best cruises ever. Not only will we be having it on a Friday Night this year, but we will also be extending the fun and hosting it for 4 hours from 10 PM until 2 AM. The boat still departs from Norfolk Waterside and boarding will begin at 9:30 PM. We will again be having demo's, buffet of food, cash bar and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks, a raffle ticket for door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance. http://www.leathercruise.com/event-3.html
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.
International Olympus Leather winners
International Olympus Leather Weekend saw three winners May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley which has a Hawaiian theme. Ben Workman was best of three in becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather 2018, Samsara earned the needed points to become International Ms Olympus Leather as did Raven Darknights in being named International Mx Olympus Leather. Executive producer Vonn Tramel presented the Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dennis Beisbier from Los Angeles. The luau before the contest was beyond amazing and several attendees said it was the best meal they have ever had at a Leather event. There were bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Full story will be posted early next week. http://olympusleather.com/
ONYX Southeast adds 15 new members
By Mufasa Ali
Congratulations as we welcome 15 new Brothers to ONYX SE - The Hydra 15. These members were inducted at the Atlanta Eagle. Welcome to the ONYX family!
Ralph Bruneau - You have been an amazing IML. LA and Avatar are proud of you as should all of the naturists be.
Lenny Broberg - I hear you are retiring, not confirmed. You have done the SFPD and police overall, proud. Thank you for all you have done. Palm Springs next. Hope you find the largest and best house of your liking.
Tim Brough and Joel - Maybe dinner together during one of Palm Springs' special events - or come to LA. We have great delis.
Jaco Lourens - A one-way ticket to Southern California.
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
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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NLA International - Lifetime Achievement Award
The National Leather Association: International's Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 was presented to Ms Suzan at the Atlanta Eagle on January 25 in Atlanta, GA. 2018 People Awards were presented - Steve Maidhof Award for National/International Service, Gloria Clough; Jan Lyon Award for Local Service, Lady Jeanna; President's Award, Tantus, Inc,; Vice President's Award, Scot Michelle; Chapter of the Year, NLA: Houston. "I would like to thank National Leather Association: International and its members for bestowing this great honor.... I’ve known NLA for 25 years and know the importance of this award....I am proud to have had the opportunity to do the work I have done and hope to continue serving the community in the future." said MsSuzan.
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Sin in The City - International Person of Leather
Southeast Person of Leather Iamar became International Person of Leather 2019 at Sin in the City on Saturday night, February 3 in front of over 600 kinksters at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas. Sin in the City included a keynote brunch speech by Jen Laws, educational workshops, play parties, vendors, boot blacking, a hospitality suite, and socials as well as the opportunity to see Las Vegas shows and eat at the terrific restaurants.
LA Leather Pride - Southland Honors
By Gus Norris
For 2019, Southland Honors is returning to its origins! The 16th Annual Southland Honors Awards will be presented on Saturday March 23 at the ONE Archives Foundation, the first host of the event in 2004. The deadline to make nominations is March 1. Nominations are now open. For more information on the specific categories and their requirements, and to nominate your favorites, please visit
Kink Mentoring Archives
By Papa Tony
Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives
Leather Cocktails is a Formal Leather Social which will be held at the at Tom of Finland House on Saturday, February 23 starting at 6:30 PM and is being hosted by California B&B, Regiment of the Black and Tans, and BLUF. Appetizers by Hunter and Charlie's, open bar by Bullet Bar, silent auction items from Rough Trade Gear and 665 Leather. Admission is $25. Complimentary VIP Admission for Current LA30 donors. Tom of Finland Foundation House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026.
Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 is Saber ONYX
Saber ONYX won the Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 contest on Saturday night, January 26, besting two others at the Leather Archives & Museum. The emcee was International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. Saber ONYX will go downtown Chicago to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. The judging panel includes International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 Stitch Stitch Leatherdandy, Rodi Coderage, Pup Buster Richard Willia and Issa Arden. See video announcing the winner which is linked below.
Leather Masters University - What is Age Play?
Leather Masters University will present What is Age Play? on Saturday, February 9 at Leather Masters in Dallas, TX. Intro to Ageplay will run 1-1:30 PM and Medical Ageplay 1:30 - 3 PM. All Class proceeds go to HOME to help raise funds for the HOME Center and Play Space; $20 for two classes. Presenter Brett is vice president of the Dallas Leatherheart Clan and founding member of LHC-Austin, active in the Leather and kink community. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865.
Mr. Faultline Leather
Ismael Fuentes is Mr. Faultline Leather 2019 and his runner-up Leo. Five men competed. Thanks to Luis Ramos “Sucia” for a great 2018 year bringing Mr Faultline Leather back. Ismael will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. There was a meet and greet on Friday night and a victory beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Attendees braved some of he heaviest rain los angeles has seen in years.
Race Bannon writing for Recon
Recon has invited noted asuthor and columnist and just about everything Leather, Race Bannon, to write for them. "...having this platform available is a humbling experience. My hope is that I can offer readers information and commentary filtered through my unique perspective as a long-time Leatherman and avid BDSM/fetish practitioner. The tentacles of my sexuality and relationship work intersect across the worlds of kink, LGBTQ, HIV/STI prevention and treatment, and non-monogamy/polyamory."
Jocktion on March 9 at the Providence Eagle will feature well-worn jocks of current IML track titleholders, IML 2018 and other titleholders being auctioned by emcee Corvette. Funds will be contributed to Care Aids Ocean State. Starts at 10 PM. Jocktion is co-hosted by Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenberg and Mr. New England Leather 2019 Nick James. Also with Mr. GNI 2018 Jonathan Karfen, Mr. GNI 2018 and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Ryan Sperry.
San Francisco Pride - Leather Pride Contingent
By Jason Husted
San Francisco Pride is just under five months away and that means it is time to start planning for the 2019 Pride Parade. The Leather Pride Contingent will be meeting at SF Eagle at 2 PM on Saturday, March 9 and every second Saturday following. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA.
CLAW XIX - More than 130 different Skills and Education Sessions
CLAW XIX will feature more than 130 different Skills and Education Sessions, covering a wide range of topics about SM, bondage, power exchange, ass play, fetish, community, health and more. Visit the CLAW website to see the entire list of 120 sessions and faculty of 170 presenters. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Mister Sister Leather San Antonio
There are some important changes to Mister Sister Leather San Antonio including that the contest be fully inclusive. The only requirements are that one be a legal resident of Texas, over 21 years of age, and are competing in their own Leather gear The producers believe strongly in inclusion, representation, and the true meaning of community, so they've thrown the doors open wide to any that wish to compete and meet those three requirements. Come on out for a fun, irreverent, and exciting series of events with your San Antonio Sisters as we celebrate the work of Mister Sister Leather San Antonio Boy Allen. March 1 - Meet the Candidates, March 2 - Mister Sister Leather SA 2019 at SA Country, and March - Victory brunch.
Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro
Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro will be hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Saturday, February 23 from 5:30 - 10:30 PM, starting at Toad Hall, 4146 18th Street. Over the last year, Mr. San Francisco Leather has hosted several gear invasions throughout San Francisco. Now, for the final invasion of his year, we return to the Castro. Grab your favorite gear and go out to eight great venues in one of the world's most well known LGBTQ districts. Meet other kinksters, interact with non-Leatherfolk, and have a grand old time.
Avatar Club los angeles - 36th Anniversary
Avatar Club los angeles is holding its 36th Anniversary celebration at the One Foundation National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC on Sunday, February 10 at 12 PM. Snacks and drinks will be served, followed by a presentation on the history and mission of Avatar. Avatar archival material will be displayed. Community meet and greet after the presentation. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 909 West Adams Blvd., los angeles, California 90007.
Bay State Marauders - 16th Anniversary
By Scott Erickson
The Bay State Marauders will be hosting their 16th Anniversary Run March 29-31 in Provincetown, MA. Events include dinner, dance party and cocktail party on Friday; eye opener cocktail party, breakfast, AMCC Business Meeting, lunch at Watership, afternoon play party, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, jock auction and cocktail party on Saturday; closing brunch and awards on Sunday. The Watership Inn is the host hotel.
BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge
BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounge is February 9. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.
Mr. Providence Eagle Jesse Rosenberg is hosting a BDSM Bootcamp with Brian Dawson instructing on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM - 5 PM at 257 Weybosset Street (3rd floor), Providence, RI. This one-day bootcamp is designed to establish or hone your skills, including expert instruction, demonstrations, safety protocol, and practice. Open to all levels: no prior experience necessary. Topics covered are headspace and power dynamics, basic bondage, impact play, and cock and ball and other torture techniques. Registration fee is $45. Registrations received by February 18 are $35.
Photo - PIGS - Pigskin
The Perverted Interracial Guys host Lumberjock every third Sunday at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA at 3 PM. The next ones are February 17 and March 7. Happy New Year! It’s time for the first Pigskin of 2019. Winter is here so we’re still wearing our Union Suits or Long johns. Cheap beer, fun Bartenders, free parking, free clothes check, no cover and hot guys. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Mr. Leather Ireland
Leather Pride Dublin saw Fionn Scott become Mr. Leather Ireland 2019. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events was held January 26-28 and focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.
International Geared Up Pup - Private Puppy Play Party
By Hunter Draufganger
International Geared Up Pup will be hosting its first Private Puppy Play Party at Manifest4U, 2103 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, on Friday, April 12 from 5-9 PM. Anyone 18+ is welcome to attend. Expect food, massively pawesome giveaways and door prizes, mosh and Puppy play areas, a Puppy cage photo op, and vendors. Different zones will be set up to accommodate different interests as you venture deeper into the clubhouse: Social zone - Rated G, Mosh zone, and Unrestricted play zone - Rated X. Advance tickets are $10 through Eventbrite at
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MAFIA Club Night
MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are March 1 and April 5. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.
Mx Virginia Leather
Purple Penguin Productions, aka Ma'am Karen and Bumper will present Virginia’s first MX Leather Contest. Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.
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 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 Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.
Pup Mosh in Denver
There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, February 11 and March 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.
Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. Open every day until 3 PM. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.
ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the The Village at Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is February 21 at 8 PM.
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Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night
Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on February 23. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.
Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, February 8 and March 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.
New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52
The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.
NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji
North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.
Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. February 5, 12, 19 and 26. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle. We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, February 14 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 7-10
The Fourth Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago March 7-10 at the Jackhammer Complex. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride and to select the man who will represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather in May.
Lights Off - Folsom Fridays
Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next ones are on February 8 and March 8 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.
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The 15 Association - Play Party
The 15 Association will hold its February 23 monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. The 15 Association's Anniversary features a Leather dinner on Friday night and another play party on Sunday afternoon.
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Fist Fest - Spring FFling
Fist Fest will host Spring FFling at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, GA the weekend of April 25-27. Metropolis Complex (formerly Parliament Resort) is nestled on 10 acres and has 120 rooms. A pass includes free beer, bottled water and sports drinks all weekend, all play supplies (in the public spaces), the infamous Pool Party complete with slings, benches, platforms, play supplies, an open bar and rockin' music, Cocktail Party on Friday afternoon, educational programs, dog dag, swag bag and a container of Elbow Grease. Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
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Rope Burn SF: November
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, February 21 and March 21 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are February 20 and March 20. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
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Pup Figaro and Terry Laupp emcees at International Puppy and Handler Weekend in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes
International Puppy Contest staff and management changes
The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner has been officially appointed contest producer. Joining him as producer is Pup Figaro, IPC's International Puppy 2015. Together, Tripp and Figaro will be managing and coordinating all stages of the contest. Stepping into the role of IPC’s Contestant Handler is International Puppy 2016, Pup Incus. In her new role, Incus will take over prepping the contestants for the contest weekend and guiding them through the main event. The remaining owners of IPC look forward to seeing Tripp, Figaro, and Incus in action to bring together an enjoyable, quality International Puppy 2019 Contest and beyond. https://www.facebook.com/internationalpuppycontest/
International Geared Up Pup
Pup Montreal 2017 Tosa Alphainu from Montreal, Canada was announced the winner of the International Geared Up Pup 2019 contest on February 10 in a video presented by contest producer Hunter Draufganger. The video is linked below. The runner-up is Pup Rinzler, from Cincinnati, Ohio and the fan favorite is Tosa Alphainu. There were seven entrants: Blaze, Tinker, Kit, Pup Rinzler, Pupp Spice, Tosa Alphainu, and Pup Renegade. The categories: written application and three essays, still photographs showcasing pup image, a video showcasing pup playfulness, and character, charity, and service. The contest was judged by International Geared Up Pup 2018 Kabous Pup, Kevin Levesque, Vladimir Long, Klebisson Montiero, Deskro Niker, Pawlish, Derrick Otter Starr, and Sir Jay and the tally master was Atlanta drag persona Baby Doll Schultz.
Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex opens
By Rae N Chris
We are wrapping up the first night of a full weekend, March 30 - April 1, at the new Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex. Vi Johnson just got done giving a wonderful history talk for our local community. Miss Rae and Vi Johnson were surprised by Luke Monaco with a memorial frame of memorabilia from his personal collection. This memorial was created by him and his slave victor to honor the memory of his uncle David Weinbaum and is on loan from Sir Luke. The library annex housed in the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park. https://www.facebook.com/groups/carterjohnsonleatherlibrary/
San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest
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Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.
San Francisco LDG - A Conversation with ONYX Northwest
The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host A Conversation with ONYX Northwest at Mr-S-Leather on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM. After a brief cameo appearance a few months ago, we are delighted to welcome back to LDG, LaGuan Kink-Lea the President of the ONYX Northwest, to tell us more about the past, present and future of ONYX in San Francisco. Since 1995, ONYX has been providing a welcome and support for Men Of Color who are interested in participating in the Leather lifestyle and community. Mr-S-Leather, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/2017454915242216/6/
ONYX Mid-Atlantic inducts seven members
By ONYX Rod
They are no longer Pledges. They are Full Brothers. Congratulations to Epic Seven! You are a line that the ONYX Mid-Atlantic chapter were very impressed by. Thank you for the work you have already put in. I look forward to all that you will bring to this organization.
International Olympus Leather in two weeks
The judges for International Olympus Leather Weekend are Dave Rhodes, Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus, Head Judge Dr. Larry Burden, 2018 International Mx Olympus Leather Matt O’Toole, 2018 International Ms Olympus Leather Pixie Mary, Women in Leather Legacy 2018 Renee Beckman, 2017 Leatherman of Color Kai Anderson, 2017 International Rubber Preston So (who will also be giving the Keynote Address on Sunday), President of Onyx Pearls SE Queen Raini, and rounding out the new nine judge panel is 2015-16 International Mr Olympus Leather Fred Anderson. #OLW2018 is May 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley in San Diego, CA. Block rates start at $140 Double Occupancy and come with buffet breakfast, fridge and microwave. http://olympusleather.com/
Leroux: How long-term care became an uplifting experience
By Paul Leroux for the Ottawa Citizen
Little did I know that my best days lay, not behind, but ahead of me. I was about to embark on an incredible journey of personal growth and spiritual rebirth – to be, not only lifted, but uplifted....Within moments of my arrival, a resident made me feel that I belonged. She has since become my table mate and my best friend....I have witnessed tender moments between spouses, happy occasions uniting families. My own husband and I have seen our relationship grow deeper and stronger. Paul is the partner of past titleholder Alex Wisniowski. Read the rest at http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/leroux-how-long-term-care-became-an-uplifting-experience
Should LGBT people be allow to teach in schools?
While 6% of the respondents (5% of the women and 8% of the men) admitted they weren't sure how they felt, and 6% (4% of the women and 9% of the men) said they did not think gays and lesbians be allowed to teach, an overwhelming 87% (91% of the women and 83% of the men) believe that homosexual teachers should be allowed to teach in schools. Although federal law protects people from workplace discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, sex, age and disability, the law fails to specifically address sexual orientation. In the recent past, more than 20 states and Washington, DC, have prohibited sexual orientation discrimination in private employment, but LGBT teachers still face discrimination regarding their sexuality in the public sector....The web-based survey, conducted by an independent third party survey company, of over 1,000 American adults age 18 and up, was sponsored by Adam & Eve to study sexual preferences and practices. For more information about Adam & Eve go to https://www.adameve.com
WSMLO - Leather Emerald Award
By Toby J. Noon
Photo by Andrew Villeneuve
The Leather Emerald Award was presented on Sunday March 25 at the Purr Cocktail Lounge in Seattle, WA during Washington State Leather Pride Week. With emcees Lainy Spock and Panther Berg main honor, the 2018 Leather Emerald Award, was presented to Julia Kaplan. The Washington State Leather Community was represented by groups, organizations and clubs from Bellingham Sex Positive Center, Everett Leather Alliance, Wolf Pack Leather Clan, Leather Azimuth Of Yakima, South Sound Leather Alliance, Leather Archives of Chicago, WSMLO, SML, SWOL, SboL, SgoL, Sea-PAH and the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle to name a few. Julia Kaplan has been the Seattle Leather scene since the late 80’s. She is a founding member of Outer Limit’s, the long-running Seattle Leatherdyke club, a founding member and co-originator of Powersurge, the 1st International Leatherdyke conference which was held in Seattle; owner of Venus, Seattle alternative clothing store and ran S, a Leatherdyke bar and club in Seattle.
Valley Pride Street Festival - Hosted by Bullet Bar
Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you o bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/
LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday, April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/
Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, May 5 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/
Pantheon nominations to open next week
The nomination process for the Pantheon of Leather Awards will begin on Thursday, April 25 - at the beginning of CLAW. The schedule for this year is: April 25, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes; Thursday night, August 30, Pantheon of Leather Awards presented during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack in Dallas, Texas.
Colorado Leather Fest
The Leather Colorado Foundation announced the people competing in this year's contests to be held during Colorado Leather Fest the weekend of May 4-7. For Ms Leather Colorado are Tied Red and Madame Mae, for Mr. Colorado Rubber Sam Lund-Brown, for Mr. Leather Colorado Cubby and Sammy Big D, and for Miss Leather Colorado Ms Hellfire. The weekend will be full of classes, Leather Community Dinner, keynote speech and socializing with the Leather community. For more go to http//www.coloradoleatherfest.com
Sarah Humble will host Inside the Leather Jacket interviews at IMsL
By Lynn S.
On Saturday April 21, Sarah Humble will host an in-depth interview with women in our community as part of the IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation history collaboration series called Inside the Leather Jacket. The goal of the project is learn more about women we have heard about for years, and now get to know them better. For 2018, we will hear from Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org
Timeline of Pup Play
Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than thjat yu will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/
Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now? https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/
CLAW - Coffee Corps In-Room Coffee Service
The CLAW Coffee Corps, consisting of pups, boys, Alphas, Handlers and Sirs, will be delivering coffee, tea, hugs, pounces and more directly to your hotel room if you are staying at the Westin or Hampton. Service times are from 8-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday only. Signup will be located at a table close to CLAW Registration and delivery times are limited and first come first served. This is free, but tips are very much encouraged and will all go to benefit the CLAW charities. https://www.facebook.com/events/174725263340937/
New! Trivia Question of the Week
Guy Baldwin's book, Ties That Bind, is ______?
1. About his experience as International Mr. Leather 1989.
2. His autobiography.
3. Erotic fiction centered around Ringold Alley in San Francisco prior to 1979.
4. A compilation of his monthly Drummer column on Leather relationship issues in Drummer Magazine.
5. About declassifying BDSM as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
Last week's Question answered - The lead actor in the controversial movie Cruising which was about a sadistic murderer preying on the clubs and bars of New York in the early 1980s was named? Answer - Al Pacino.
Photo - Terry LeGrand, Born To Raise Hell, Dies - 1939-2018
by Jack Fritscher
Iconic pioneer filmmaker Terry LeGrand (1939-2018) passed at his Hollywood home on April 18. As Marathon Films, Terry produced the great leather classic film “Born to Raise Hell” (1975) directed by Roger Earl starring their discovery, Val Martin, whom “Drummer” editor Jeanne Barney featured on the cover of “Drummer” issue 3. At the infamous LAPD raid of the “Drummer Slave Auction” on April 11, 1976, the intimate friends Terry, Roger, Jeanne, and Val were among the 42 persons arrested. Terry and Roger were longtime friends not lovers, and Terry was the sole owner of Marathon Films. As a producer, Terry was relentless and remarkable. In anti-gay LA, he managed to shoot “Born” in outdoor spaces and at the old Truck Stop bar out in the San Fernando Valley. He and Roger created more than thirty erotic films, most of them leather, and all of them popular. Read the whole story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2012-terry-legrand-born-to-raise-hell-dies-1939-2018
Mr. and Ms Houston Leather results
HTLP presented the 2018 Mr. and Ms Houston Leather Contest on Saturday, April 7 at Resurrection MCC Activities Building with John Blackpheniox Boots and Pepper Arkham winning in Houston, TX. A VIP Party with gumbo, jambalaya and entertainment, a silent auction and raffles with all kinds of Leather, fetish and kink apparel filled out a fun weekend.
Alameda County Leather Corps - beverage booth at SF Pride
The Alameda County Leather Corps has been assigned a beverage booth at SF Pride for Sunday, June 24 at 10 AM - 6 PM. Join one of ACLC's largest fundraising events, as we sell beverages at San Francisco Pride to raise funds to defray ACLC operating costs so that we can keep supporting local charities throughout the year. San Francisco Pride, 1841 Market Street, Fl Fourth, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/395413674254710/
Over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW
There will again be well over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The categories are Mummification, Predicament, Rope, Vac-sealing, Activism, Cigars, Consent, Contests, Community Discussion, History, Self Defense, Perspectives, Roleplay, Boots, Fantasy Fulfillment, Ass Play, First Aid, Hypnotism, Mental Health, Breath, Humiliation, Pup Community/Hander/Mosh, Fisting, Knives, Nipple Play, Protocol, Scat, Science of BDSM, Saline Infusion, Sex Tech, Travel, Cock and Balls, Electro, Fire, Impact, Knives, Needle Play and Wax. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple
CA B&B Corps los angeles - Gear Swap Gear Night
Gear Swap Gear Night will be hosted by the California B&B Corps: los angeles chapter on Friday, April 20 at 9 PM at Eagle LA. Leather, Boots, Uniforms for sale at bargain prices swap meet style. $5 suggested donation benefiting the ONE Archives, Tom of Finland Foundation and the CA B&B. The California B&B Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1098801190260008/
ABW to announce judges during CLAW
The announcement of this year's American Brotherhood Weekend judges will be during CLAW weekend, ABW is running a promotion to make it easier to bring a friend or partner - for free. Visit ABW's ticketing system at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-american-brotherhood-weekend-2018-tickets-37545987058 and select ticket type BOGO April Fools Promotion, and you'll receive two weekend packages for the cost of one. This promotion is in effect only from April 1-April 28; space is limited, and these will go fast, so register early. ABW will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests.
Save the date April 26-29. 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
I Caught a Big Fish!
I Caught a Big Fish! - An all day intensive on rope, breath play, and water will be held at a private location on July 7 in Placerville, CA. Inspired by an impromptu swimming pool scene, Ms Rhonda and her big fish tomo will present skills to safely combine rope, breath play, and water. The fee is $50 per person. I Caught a Big Fish! includes classes, printed materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Pool and hot tub are clothing optional. Check out https://www.kinkedproductions.com/events
Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day
On April 19, the Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day, the largest single day online fundraising event for the LGBTQ communities and supportive allies. We're proud that our documentary series about kink, fetish and BDSM around the world joins with hundreds of dynamic nonprofits from around the country on this very important day -- one that is designed to stimulate much needed philanthropic support at a time of year when it is typically quite hard for nonprofits to bring on new donors. On Give Out Day, we invite you -- our friends and followers who believe in the power of documentary film -- to join with us as new and renewed supporters for 2018. Donate at https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/divine%20deviance
Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org
Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/
Illinois Leather Alliance
Illinois Leather boy: Adam, Pup Mischief. Illinois Puppy: Pupper Gazer, Illinois Trainer: Master JonMuch respect and appreciation to: Viper, Pup Diesel, Pup Iko. A huge thank you to our volunteers, judges and staff, who made the transition to. the Center on Halsted and the entire weekend a success! You are the reason this event can happen. Thank you to our sponsors and benefactors: Touche, Center on Halsted, Full Kit Gear, Spunk Lube, Windy City Boys Troop, Cellblock. Thanks to you all who were so generous for supporting our travel fund - we have $1,035 for our title family to travel on to GLLA 2018 and the state.
Iron Pup contest in Austin
By Pup Atlas and Handler Toby McClellan
The Iron Pup contest is being held at the Iron Bear in Austin, TX. It's the year of the Dog! It's time for Pups to celebrate! So lets get together and have a night of fun! The Iron Pup contest night will feature a silent auction, vendors, a rope demo (for all you good pups who like to be bad), and roving sellers of jello shots. The goal of the contest is to celebrate the pup culture in Austin and serve as a feeder to South Central Pup and Handler. All 21-and-up pups, regardless of gender, are encouraged to come out and/or enter the contest. Lots of scritches and tummy rubs will be had. The contest itself will be held during Austin Gears' Gear Night. Fabulous emceeing and a performance will be done by Cheeki Kahnt. Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701. https://www.facebook.com/TheIronBearATX/
Leather District in SOMA
A web site has been set up to share meeting announcements, documents, and open discussion about the proposed Leather Cultural District in the South Of MArket district of San Francisco. The next meeting of the Governance Committee is set for Monday, April 23 at 1:30 PM at San Francisco City Hall - Room 250, San Francisco, CA 94103. Several meetings have already been held. Everyone who shows up will have the opportunity to speak before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This is the next step in passing the legislation. If the Supervisors on the Land Use Committee vote for the resolution, it will then proceed to a vote at the full Board of Supervisors the following week. Supervisors Katy Tang, Jane Kim and Ahsha Safai are the supervisors on the committee. To find out when and where meetings are held and their agendas visit it now at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org (Hosting provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.)
Butchmanns Experience - Pansexual Butchmanns
Butchmanns Experience will present Pansexual Butchmanns the weekend of April 27-29 at APEX (Arizona Power Exchange) in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/
IMsBB IMsL producer thank 2017 titleholders
Thank you Girl Complex, IMsL 2017, and Elisa, IMsBB 2017, for an amazing year. Thanks for all the work and being your complete and fierce selves as you moved through the Leather, kink, BDSM and larger vanilla communities! We are proud of you and enjoy your step down weekend. Next weekend the 20th International Ms Bootblack with be sashed, patched and medaled in San Jose, CA. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org
Judge Strikes Down Sodomy Law in Trinidad and Tobago
By Rashima Kwatra for OutRight Action International
On April 12, Judge Devindra Rampersad of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act are unconstitutional as applied to adult consensual acts, a motion that stands to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. A final judgement and exactly what happens to these laws will be made in July. A lawsuit to challenge the colonial-era sodomy laws was filed in February 2017 by Jason Jones against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago. Jones, an LGBTIQ activist in both his native country of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom, claimed that these two sections violate his right to privacy and freedom of expression. https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/judge-rules-buggery-law-unconstitutional-trinidad-and-tobago
ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/
Women's International Leather Legacy
Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/
Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/
Southern Most Puppy 2019
Pup Nuke won the Southern Most Puppy April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Congrats to Pup Apollo who was the runner-up. The judges were Angela Longstreet, Pup Scooter, Sire Canis, Thomas Burton, and Sister Di. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust. Saturday included interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940.
South Plains Leather Fest - 30th Anniversary
The 30th Anniversary of the International Master/slave and Contest will be March 7-10 in Dallas, Texas. A little over one month has passed since we celebrated South Plains 20th Anniversary with one the best South Plains ever. But its now time to turn our attention to 2019. One of the first things we do is develop the pool from which we will select our 2019 presenters and we'd like our South Plains family to help us out. So if you've heard presenters you would like to see at South Plains 2019 let us know and we will add them to the pool. http://www.SouthPlainsLeatherFest.com
Coastal Empire Sentinels - Pigs on the River
The Coastal Empire Sentinels' 2018 Leather Run, Pigs on the River will be held April 20-22. Contact The Rivers Edge in Dewy Rose, GA for cabin or tent reservations at 706-213-8081. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. We strive to represent the concept of community and to exemplify fellowship and harmony. The supporting of charitable causes is fundamental to the existence of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/events/150796199036934/
CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds. See our website or contact for more information. The CLAW registration package includes: Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/
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ICON Detroit 25th Anniversary
The men of ICON Detroit invite you to come reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Friendships, Leather, Kink, and Service to the Community on Saturday, February 24 at their original home bar The Detroit Eagle, now called the Marble Bar. ICON Detroit has remained a strong, steady and influential foundation for the Leather community of Metro Detroit for the last 25 years. ICON Detroit has also maintained it's commitment to raise funds and donate to HIV/AIDS-related charities. Some of those charities have included Wellness House of Michigan and Triangle Foundation (from years ago) and our current charities of Unified and Mr. Friendly. http://www.facebook.com/icondetroit