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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 17, 2019

By April 16, 2019



IMsL and IMsBB winners

International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice and your new International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen Wellman in San Jose, CA. There are three IMsL and two IMsBB contestants. The IMsBBs are  Brooklyn and Gretchen, and the IMsLs are Haley, Heather Kelley and Tuesday Niles. There are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy including Seduction on Thursday night which raw women's energy. Special guests include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.




West Coast Rubber returns after 10 year hiatus

After almost a decade, West Coast Rubber returned with Greg Brown winning the Mr. West Coast Rubber title and the opportunity to compete at Mr. International Rubber in Chicago in November. The other contestant was Todd Thorsen. Mr. San Francisco Rubber 2018 Alan Gamrican presented a full-size Rubber Pride flag which was completely made of rubber to the producers. The contest was held on Saturday night, April 13 at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The weekend included a foam party meet and greet on Friday, a Saturday afternoon pool party and a Sunday victory party. Eagle 562.




CLAW - Testosterone

One of the biggest events at CLAW having the hottest with muscled and sweaty porn stars is the Porn Star Live Auction on Friday, April 26 at McCarthy's from 8 PM - 2 AM. Featured are Dylan James, Ty Roberts, Jesse Santana, Seth Santoro, Stephan Ferris and IML 2018 James Lee. Perrenial CLAW emcees Larry and Lulubelle will grace the stage. Oh, and there will be a Stompers Boots raffle. This is the first year that the auction will be held outside the host hotel.



Pantheon of Leather - Nominations schedule

The schedule for the process of selecting the approximate 30 Pantheon of Leather Awards which will be held on Thursday, August 29 at the Crowne Plaza Market Square Dallas at 6:30 PM in Dallas, TX is set. Nominations will open May 9 and close on June 9; they will be processed including informing nominees and allowing them to submit acceptance and bios until July 3; voting will run from July 4 through August 4 and the recipients will be announced on August 29. Stay tuned for the link to be made pubic on or before May 9.


Colorful Gay Pride Calendar

Here is the perfect and entertaining way to help plan your travel this spring, summer and fall. Each date has a colorful photo of a past pride event and a blurb about it. As an example - locate the Sitges Gay Pride for great eye candy. From London Pride to San Francisco Gay Pride and beyond, here’s misterb&b’s international gay pride calendar for 2019.


CLAW Rocks the Hall

To start off CLAW XIX the weekend hits big at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 25 at 8 PM. here will be a special performance by the Frat Pack followed by Inductee Karaoke where guests can try to match the tonsils of Sting, Rick Perry, Lady Gaga, Blondie and Bono. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44114.



International Olympus Leather hosts Laura Antoniou and Karen Ultra

Let's Get Shady!! Late Nite at the LA&M, hosted by International Olympus Leather and Leather Archives & Museum on Friday, May 3 at 9 PM. Join special hosts Laura Antoniou, Leather sex novelist, and Karen Ultra, raconteur extraordinaire as they get shady narrating and kvetching their way through an infamous BDSM Fanfic Fav. Open to all Friends and Family Olympus Leather Weekend ticket holders and LA&M Members. Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60626.



Sirius Pup Education Workshop

The long awaited return of Sirius Pup to the Austin TX, is coming April 19-20 with the Sirius Pup Education Workshop. Sirius Pup presents a comprehensive series of education workshops which are a series of activities skill learning, each in 45 minutes or less time. Sirius Pup Education Workshop will be a fun and informative time for pups, handlers, Mistresses, Masters, and anyone involved in kink scene. Classes begin Saturday April 20th 11 AM - 5 PM at 8140 North MoPac Expressway, Austin, TX 78759.




Northwest Leather Celebration - Emcees and speakers

By Tomo

Northwest Leather Celebration will have some amazing speakers and hilarious emcees to entertain all weekend. Brunch keynote speaker is Master Ben, Thursday contestant number pull emcee is Jonathan Arnowitz Jonathan Taylor, Friday and Saturday evening emcee is the amazing Darryl Flick, Saturday titleholder step-down luncheon emcee will be Tomo, and the Sunday brunch and speed round auction emcee is Erich. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA. Online registration ends on April 29.






FLSb-FCBB 2019 One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together

By Bill Hoeppner

Florida LeatherSir/Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack 2019: One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together will be held June 13-16 at the Flamingo Resort St. Pete will include the return of Mama’s Florida Family Reunion Party hosted by Mama Sandy Reinhardt, Unleashed Puppy Party, hosted by Florida Puppy Contest, South Florida Kennel Club, Orlando Pups and Handlers and Pervyology, meet and greet Party hosted by International Leather Sir, Leatherboy International and Community Bootblack, the Second Annual Fire and Ice Party, Saturday afternoon poolside Leather Teadance and Sunday afternoon Dirty Daddy’s Day Teadance, demos, educational classes, poolside games, live DJ’s, poolside entertainment, vendors, drink specials, late night barbecue, puppy mosh pit, hospitality suite, run pins/T-shirts/mugs, bootblack station, winners' brunch. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711.


Eagle LA - 13th Anniversary

Eagle LA will celebrate its 13th Anniversary on Saturday, April 20 at 9 PM. Free Anniversary Pin to those in Gear. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.



Leather Realm - Kinky Karnival fundraiser

San Diego's Leather Realm will present a Kinky Karnival fundraiser on Saturday, May 11 at 6 PM at the Hideaway in San Diego, California. Kinky Karnival is an evening of carnival games with a dirty twist. Help Leather Realm feed its volunteers this summer at Pride. Some of the kinky fun games planned are Anal Plug Ring Toss, Spanking Booth, Dildo Bowling, Pin the Clothespin on the Bottom Booth, Clothing Optional Twister, Face and Body Painting, Deepthroat Contests, Count-the-Condoms Jar and Cuddle the Stuffies/Coloring Station. Kinky Karnival is being hosted by International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 Pixie Mary. The address will be provided with RSVP. Kinky Karnival tickets are $20.



International Olympus Leather

International Mr., Ms and Mx Leather will be held at the Leather Archives and Museum the weekend of May 3-5 in Chicago, IL. Friday night will include the Olympus Family Dinner and contestants number draw, Saturday is the night of the International Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather 2019 contest and Sunday closes the weekend with a brunch which includes a keynote speech by Laura Antoniou.




John Walter Rentsch

By Trilby Beresford for the Hollywood Reporter

John Walter Rentsch, former director of international marketing and publicity for the motion picture division of Paramount Pictures, died Friday from complications due to Parkinson's disease. He was 67. A master of reinvention, John and his spouse, Carl Levine, opened the Barracks, a successful Leather bar in Cathedral City in late 2002 and a founding member of the California B&B Corps. Links to Hollywood Reporter and Variety stories...




Bears, Bikers and Mayhem

Winter is over and the snow is melting. This is when events perk up on the East Coast and a big one is Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII which will be held April 11-14 in Baltimore, MD at the Eisenhower Inn and Aspire Conference Center. The Mr. Mayhem Leather, and Leather Bear contests are a huge part of Bears, Bikers and Mayhem ad there is plenty more including Thursday pre-party, bowling, Whiskey and Cigars, vendors, cigar party, PanDEMONium, after parties, downtown tour, recovery meeting, Porn Star Bingo, Smell My Pits - Pig, dinner and show, pool party, cuddle room, Bots To Briefs and Sunday Brunch.



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.



CLAW XIX - Kinky Kabaret

CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in liberal Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio, a large and historic American city on the shore of Lake Erie, halfway between New York and Chicago. CLAW has an amazingly long schedule of events - as in way over 200 of them. You will have to make choices every hour. Stay until Monday and enjoy the Kinky Kabaret on Sunday night an original and  what Larry and Lulubelle come up with in their highly entertaining 90-minute music and comedy show. It is CLAW’s fantastic finale and is without competition anywhere on Earth.




Bears LA raids Black Bear Diner

A huge number of Bears descended upon the Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, CA on Wednesday night, April 17. Bears LA has Bear dining nights frequently at a variety of restaurants. The Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cookpoff will be at Eagle562 on Sunday, April 28 at 3 PM. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805. They will be hosting a pool party in Studio City on May 26. Check out their web site for details.



DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed

DESIRE is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women taking place May 31 to June 3 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. To create a feeling of community and intimacy, DESIRE is kept at around 200 participants, presenters, and staff. Regular registration is $230 until April 7.



San Diego Girls of Leather

Join the San Diego Girls of Leather at the Redwing where the food and libations are plentiful on Wednesday, March 27. They invite their members and friends to take over the patio. This is a great opportunity to learn more about SDgoL, meet and get to know SDgoL members, and see what they are up to. Attire is what makes one feel comfortable - they also encourage Leather wear. Light jackets are recommended as the evenings become cooler. Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Redwing, Bar and Grill, 4012 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104.



SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Sunday, May 12 and June 9 at 7:30 PM. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club's monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. They love seeing new faces at the club, and commend newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at SoCA Bondage Club. The cost to attend play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full-dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.



Carter Johnson Library Opening

The Carter Johnson Library Grand Opening will be in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, April 27 at 1 PM until Sunday, April 28. The Carter Johnson Leather Library has reached an important milestone in its 18-year history, having its first permanent brick and mortar building. Leatherfolk and kinksters can visit in person and there is a lot to see. They have books that go back as far as the 1700s. Come to the library, sit, read, laugh and converse in our new space that you helped create.


Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next two Ripe Parties are on April 27 and May 25. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.



New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things

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.



CMEN - West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2019 will be held August 19-28 at a new location in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The move follows the November 2018 Woolsey Fire which devastated the Malibu area including the conference center CMEN called home for the past 20 years. The annual all-nude, all-male gathering has grown to include naturist men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater Los Angeles area throughout the year.



ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather: Kink/Gear Party

ONYX Northwest will host Beyond Leather: Kink/Gear Party at the Powerhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 6 PM. Party in Gear. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.



Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019

Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.



Encuerado Leather Latin Night

Encuerado Leather Latin Night, hosted by Leo Iriarte is held at the Eagle LA on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the next one on Wednesday, April 24 at 9 PM. This month celebrate LA Leather Pride. Join in for a crazy-fun night in gear with famous deejay Rubin Sanchez bringing the most amazing collection of rock en Español and rock pop available in USA. The wild and cachondos Go-Go’s from Panama, Mexico and California will make you sweat. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.




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Empire City MC - 2019 Motorcycle Weekend

The Empire City Motorcycle Club will host 2019 Motorcycle Weekend, a motorcycle-only event, May 24-27, Memorial Day Weekend. All-male bikers and buddies. Breakfasts, dinners and shared accommodations are included in the run fee. For more information, including registering immediately so you don't get left out, go to



ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 23 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 the Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next two are April 18 and May 16 at 8:30 PM.


Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 10-13 at the Hilton Glendale. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the Los Angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc. There is no better way to top off your Columbus Day aka Indigenous People’s Day weekend. Yes, you read that correctly. ONYX Southwest is going back to tradition with Blackout XXIV in 2019.



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 April 27. Panther L/L business meetings are open to absolutely everyone and start at 7:30 PM. 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.



Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one is May 11. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as we provide a kink related class each social. I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.




Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 1. The next two are on Friday, May 3 and Friday, July 5. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.



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DomCon LA Offers a Spanking Good Time in May

By Jay Moyes

DomCon: Los Angeles, the world’s largest professional and lifestyle domination convention will take charge May 8-12 at the Hilton LAX, 5711 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. DomCon opens with seminars and classes on the professional domination side. Then on Thursday evening, May 9, the exposition opens to the kinky public for a weekend of socials, play parties, vendors, classes and workshops, erotics presentations and the Fetish Ball.


Beyond Leather - Over 60 workshops

Save the date May 16-19. Beyond Leather will include 60-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer, advanced 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 18,000 square-feet that powers one's darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt their palate in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Beyond Leather is home to the International Power Exchange Contest. The keynote speaker will be International Power Exchange 2016 Master Talon.



West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference

The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us.




FUK University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.



Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that, you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one 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.




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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?




Desert Fetish Authority - Power Dynamics Group

The Power Dynamics Group is now meeting at 3 PM on the third Sunday of every month with the next being on April 21 and May 19. Contact us at the link below for location. The Power Dynamics Group is a group of men who are engaged in or have an interest in any connection between men that involves the exchange of obedience for responsibility, as in a Master/slave, Daddy/boy, etc. The purpose of this group is to foster support, connection, understanding and growth by providing a safe accepting environment for like-minded men who feel this draw.



Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next two are on May 11 and June 8 and classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.



LDG Presents - Butthole Adventures

These days, we celebrate our friends on social media who claim various accolades of more intense ass-play. Sometimes, in the heat of our own sessions, we aim towards similar adventures and go past our own personal best. Pushing beyond our previous boundaries and setting steeper goals can be fun, though it often requires preparation, training, and communication. Oh, and more LUBE, of course. on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM. Expect extreme nudity. Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.



ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, May 3 and June 7 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.




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A Blast From The Past

Vi Johnson with a visitor at the Carter Johnson Leather Library exhibit at the Leather Leadership Conference in 2014. The Library will open a brick-and-morter space in Evansville, Indiana. See article near the top. Photo by Dave Rhodes


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