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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 11, 2019

By April 12, 2019

Smokeout - 20th Anniversary

Smokeout celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas the weekend of April 4-7 at the Alexis Park Resort and Villas. Most of the hotel was reserved for Smokeout with its cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. Smokeout is a free-flowing weekend so everyone could enjoy Las Vegas the way they wanted. Maximus had their barber chair going, the Bullet Bar and SF Eagle hosted a play area that was busy, Rocky Mountain Rebellion supplied booze and lots of Rock and Roll music, Desert Brotherhood MC ride to Lake Mead, Cigar Poker party, bootblacks, the Chicago Hellfire Club had a Scotch and Cigar social. There were groups going to cigar shops, restaurants, shows and bars. The pool area was busy at almost all hours. Great job Bob, Shadow, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas boys of Leather.





Leather and Race

Avatar Club Los Angeles, ONYX SoCal/Southwest and Payasos presented Leather and Race on Sunday, April 7 at at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA. The dialogue addressed race relations within our scene and potential next steps for collective action. The panel discussion was videotaped and can be seen or heard on the link below. The open discussion was not recorded so that guests could feel free to express without the exposure of being recorded.



ONYX Northwest - Pledge Master's Rules

Join ONYX Northwest as they kick their our pledge drive with kinky fun and sexy men Bay Area Men of Color. Witness the full circle journey of ONYX Northwest's latest new members as the take the stage and give you a taste of what ONYX is all about. This special edition of the ONYX Northwest's fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night has everything you've come to expect. 6 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.


CineKink - Award Winners announced at Annual Kinky Film Festival

Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its 16th annual appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2019 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival's closing celebration on Sunday, April 7. The first CineKink Artist Spotlight Award, designed to recognize outstanding artistry over a body of work, was given to Jennifer Lyon Bell. Audience Choice Awards went to The Artist & The Pervert (Beatrice Behn and René Gebhardt) for Best Documentary Feature, with Two in The Bush: A Love Story (Laura Madalinski) winning for Best Narrative Feature. In the shorts competition, juried awards went to Adorn (Jennifer Lyon Bell) for Best Dramatic Short, Me Time (Iyabo Boyd) for Best Comedy Short, The Baroness (Isabel Faintych) tied with What’s Your Policy On Orgasms? (Zoe D’Amaro) for Best Documentary Short, Remember Me (Luis Camacho) for Best Musical Short and Sweet Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories (Maggie Bailey) for Best Animated Short. Go to the CineKink web site to see all of the awards in their press section. View the awesome four-plus minute video of Remember Me, by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau



ONE Archives at the USC Libraries - We Were Here

Marpa Franzoni's research and curatorial project We Were Here opened at ONE Archives for the 2019 Southland Honors Awards on March 23 and will continue until April 30. We Were Here hopes to shine a spotlight on women and gender non-conforming folks in the Leather community. It features important trailblazers, titleholders, contemporary artists and photographers. The exhibition contains excerpts from publications found in ONE Archives such as early editions of The Leather Journal and Venus Infers, rarely seen images from artist TOM of Finland, and photographs by Del LaGrace Volcano and Shilo McCabe. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, 909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007.









Club X - Open Play Party - Black and White

Save Saturday, April 27 on your calendar for Club X's next big Open Play Party - Black and White. Pull out all the black leather you can find and maybe dress your bottom up with some lacy white for contrast. Costumes are not required, but dressing up can make for a lot of fun. Join Club X for another wild party at their favorite large play venue in San Diego. Featuring over a dozen play stations in the main room, plus separate areas for cool down, socializing, and a smoking patio, this place has it all. $30 for members and $50 for non-members. Ticket sales will be entirely handled through clubxsd.org. Starts at 7 PM.


CLAW - Rex Art and Kinky Kabaret

A CLAW XIX Exclusive with a Rex Art "Bootlicker" T-shirt included in packages. CLAW will be non-stop and fast-paced action with Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.


Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards

Placing nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards is still in progress. Voting ends April 25. The Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards Show will be on Saturday April 27 at 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. San Francisco, CA. Mark your calendar for the Golden Gate Guards and the Chocolate Factory beer bust on Saturday, March, 24 at 4 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1385 Harrison
Street, San Francisco, CA.


New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things

This month - San Diego Leather Pride 2019: A Time To Remember and Renew

New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things is the domain for the writer/artists Eric Crow, who manifests in the Leather/Bear Community as Eagle Bear. New Horizons For Fifty is designated a “snark-free zone” and is an extension of me and the communities I serve. Our three pillars are tapestry, anchorage and living history. Featuring interviews, inspirations and imaginings from the deepest, wildest part of the heart, New Horizons For Fifty is a sacred space of magick, where dancing to the beat of your own drum is the norm.



Colorado Leather Fest 2019

Colorado Leather Fest will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton the weekend of May 3-5. Colorado Leather Fest does not focus on BDSM play skills and techniques and does not host a play party. Our event is centered on Leather/BDSM history and culture, a variety of relationship styles and the issues associated with them, and service skills found in Leather and M/s or D/s relationships and culture. There will be classes and a contest. DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton, 83 East 120th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80233.


Empire City - Eighth Annual Motorcycle Weekend

Empire City MC’s Eighth Annual Motorcycle Weekend in the Finger Lakes May 24-27. Admission is by motorcycle only. This event is filling up – please register soon or risk being left out. While every year might be the last year for this fantastic event, Empire City MC is excited that this year is still a “go” for the annual Finger Lakes Ride and stay-over. Where can you find long-weekend accommodations and six meals for $40? Not many places. The cutoff rapidly approaches and once the date is reached or the event is full, Empire City MC can not accept any more registration.


West Coast Rubber

By Matthew Jensen

After almost a decade, West Coast Rubber returns in 2019. The Mr. West Coast Rubber contest is April 12-14 at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The weekend will include a foam party meet and greet on Friday, a Saturday afternoon pool party, Saturday night contest, and a Sunday victory party. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. Details and tickets can be found at


Mr. Austin Gear

Douglas Perkins took home the title of Mr. Austin Gear 2018 at the annual competition held November 3. Kaprese Andre, who later went on to win Mr. Texas Leather 2019, was named first runner-up. Douglas will represent through 2019 and will be competing at this year’s International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago. You can find him at monthly Gear Nights (first Saturday of the month at Iron Bear), or making special appearances performing around town with the United Court of Austin.

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next two are April 27 and May 25. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.


Swap Meat at Urban MO's

Clean out your closets and make a few bucks on your used gear that might need a new dungeon. Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys & gear in real time off the apps. or introduce new curious guys to your turn-ons. Free to enter, $5 donation to sell. More at (619) 352-0666. FMSD Social at Urban MO's, 4-6 PM. Urban MO's, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. This event immediately precedes this month's Swap Meat.


Leather Dog Pound

By Matthew Mullins

Leather Dog Pound was created to include a pup event in the Los Angeles Leather Pride festivities. This year LA Pup 2019 Tony Bark hosted a raffle with items donated by Oxballs. He also raffled off the very first Official Dog Pound harness by Gearworxxx. The Off Sunset Puppy Olympics OSPO are a series of athletic games for human pups and pets was thrown during the Off Sunset Festival. Los Angeles Puppy Pride and Los Angeles Pup Contest will be a three-day festival for human pups, handlers and the people that love them the weekend of November 9-11 at several venues.


Sirius Pup Aussy Austin Invasion Part II

The long-awaited return of Sirius Pup to Austin TX, will arrive April 19-20 with the presentation of a Sirius Pup Education Workshop. Sirius Pup presents a comprehensive series of education workshops that are not one large talk-fest. Rather, it is a series of activities centered around skill learning, each is 45 minutes or less. Sirius Pup will be a fun and informative time for pups, handlers, Mistresses, Masters, and anyone involved in kink scene. Classes run 11 AM - 5 PM, 8140 North MoPac Expressway Austin, TX 78759.


Empire City MC - 55th Anniversary Week-Long Road Trip

Every five years, Empire City MC celebrates one of their milestone anniversaries. On our 40th, we went to the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. On their 50th, they went to Deal’s Gap, NC to ride the Tail of the dragon. We’re proud to say that 2019 is our 55th year, and we’re continuing our tradition – this year, Empire City MC will be going to Provincetown, MA the week September 7-15.


Bullet Bar - 21st Anniversary

The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA will celebrate its 21st Anniversary on Saturday, May 3 at 9 PM. Usually the Bullet goes all-out with a great food spread for their anniversary parties, so expect an entire night of fun on and off stage. Tell bar owner Michael Lara that we sent you. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.




FMSD - The Boys Will Play - Round II

The Boys Will Play - Round II will be at The Compound on Saturday, April 20 in San Diego, CA at 8 PM. This is a men's play party and there will be demos. Bondage, impact, sounding, fire play, fisting, and risk-aware sex play, supplies available, snacks and refreshments provided. $20 donation. All proceeds benefit Club-brother Doriam's 2019 IML Travel Fund and the Leather Realm at San Diego Pride 2019. Ticket purchase available at





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64TEN University: Fetish Class Series - Daddy Bootcamp

64TEN University: Fetish Class Series and Leather64TEN present Daddy Bootcamp on Sunday, April 21 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM. Dom/sub relationships can take many forms. In this class we will focus on the dynamics of a healthy and satisfying Daddy/son bond. We will explore the unique qualities of nurture, mentorship and sex, and explore the nature of power and consent that are specific to Dads and their boy(i)s. The class is open to people who currently identify as a Dad or son, or to those simply curious to learn more. It is open to all genders and all sexual orientations. The class will be led by Big Daddy G (Gary A. Wasdin) Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. Leather64TEN, 6410 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60626.


Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival

Long Beach Pride will host the Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 in Long Beach, CA. Leather will again have a strong presence in the parade and festival. Long Beach Pride, 1017 Obispo Avenue, Long Beach, California 90804.


The Visibility Project

By Scarlett Sin

Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.

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Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned

By Norman McClelland

This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary

The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.


World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50

The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.


Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

The Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas was active at Smokeout last weekend. This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are April 17 and May 15. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on May 2; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on April 14. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.


Avatar Club Los Angeles - The Art of Flogging

Avatar Club Los Angeles will present The Art of Flogging on Wednesday, April 24 at 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. A flogging can be sensually soft or deliciously painful. With so many different kinds and sizes of floggers in the hands of different flogging tops, every time can be a totally new experience. Experts will explain the hows and whys of flogging, with practical flogging demonstrations. How much do you know about the world of flogging? Come find out with the Men of Avatar. Requested donation is $5. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.


GULP Brotherhood - Dungeon Play Space

The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! As of January 2019, GULP has a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.





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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin - EASTr

EASTr, Pigskin is on St. Patrick's Day. The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, April 21 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Forget the bunnies and spend EASTr Sinday with the PIGS at an underwear beer bust. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be drinking in Leather jocks this month, but all underwear is welcome. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.


Hooker and Boys - names beneficiaries

Hooker and Boys, producer of the 12 Days of Christmas benefits in Baltimore, MD every year, named their four beneficiaries for The 21st Annual 12 Days Of Christmas - Finally Legal. They are: AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund; MADIF Community Services - Trans Life Line, and Hotline and Micro Grants Services; and B and Dee's Baltimore Love Lunch Patrol and Community Pride Bar B Que.


Eagle LA - Meat Rack

Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on April 27 and May 25 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029.


ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next ones are on April 13 and May 11. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.


Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA

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

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Northwest Leather Celebration - Hospitality Suites

By Tomo

Northwest Leather Celebration A Hospitality Party is just that - A Party. Northwest Leather Celebration has a three-room suite for clubs, businesses, groups, events and individuals to host amazing parties which are open to all NWLC attendees for free. It is a great way to meet new people, socialize in a relaxed and fun environment, and to learn more about the groups hosting the party. All of the parties are included with your event package or day pass. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.


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! Kinky Poly Happy Hour 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, May 9 and June 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.


DomCon: LA 2019 - 50 classes and 50 vendors

By Cyan St. James

DomCon: LA 2019 will have 50 classes and 50 vendors, all which have been selected. DomCon: LA will be at the Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.






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