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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 24, 2019

By April 25, 2019


We are at CLAW

This is a some what abbreviated version of Hump Day. We have had several deadlines, the trip to CLAW and software problems that necessitated this.


Bare with us.

Some of our software was no working properly and we were unable to complete parts of Hump Day.

It may be a rough two weeks or so.

Thank you.







Leather Archives - Visiting scholar Heather Raquel Phillips

'The Leather Archives & Museum announced the 2019 Visiting Scholar will be Heather Raquel Phillips. She was selected from a competitive field of proposals seeking to use the LA&M archival collections. Phillips will receive a $1,000 stipend, as well as travel support to enable her to visit the collections during the year. Heather Raquel Phillips is a mixed race, interdisciplinary artist and independent curator living and working in Philadelphia. By equally employing both documentary and conceptual practices, Phillips explores the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Phillips is a lecturer in the fine arts department at the Stuart Weizman School of Design at The University of Pennsylvania



Golden Gate Guards - 35th Annual Springtime in Yosemite

Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in Yosemite May 17-19th. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. They will be staying at the Yosemite View Lodge,located on the Merced River outside of Yosemite National Park. Registration includes cocktails, dinner, lodging on Friday and Saturday night, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, commemorative pin, group photo, two heated pools and Jacuzzis, and cigar and cocktails on the patio Friday and Saturday night. There will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite.








Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.




Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance Denver Back Alley

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance and Trade will present Denver Back Alley 2019
Saturday, August 24 2:30 PM. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado 80204.


The Top 10 most gay-friendly countries

By misterb&b

Although there is an increasing acceptance of homosexuality around the world, there are still certain countries with laws that limit the rights of the LGBT community. Check out our list of the Top 10 most gay-friendly countries, some of the more conservative offerings may come as a surprise. Now for the Top 10...


NCSF attended IMsL 2019

NCSF was excited to have Director D. Choc Trei vend at the 2019 International Ms Leather and Bootblack weekend held April 11-15 in San Jose, California. We were happy to spend time tabling and continuing the consent conversation started by IMsBB 2017 Elisa Vegas who organized the Consent Institute. Highlights included connections to Community Builders around the world! One participant from Berlin stated our materials were “light years” ahead of the information being used. We were happy to provide her with extras to take home. We learned that several people, from San Francisco to Canada, were interested in hosting local Consent Summits.


New York City Fetish Weekend - Folsom Street East

Folsom Street East will celebrate SLUTS Fantasies Fulfilled and  22 years of gear, kink, fetish, and all around in-your-face deviance for this year’s New York City Fetish Weekend, including four days of events culminating in the annual Street Festival on Sunday, June 23 from 11 AM - 6 PM on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, NYC. SLUTS stand and encourage discussion and discourse to challenge the idea that sex positive is a negative or harmful thing.Sex, Love, Unity, Trust and Safety are all components of who we are, especially to the Leather, Kink and Fetish communities.




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.





Leather List

Leather List continues to serve Leather people and cultures, having finished the first stage of development of the new LeatherList.org It’s already the most comprehensive updated site of information and resources serving Leather and Sex-Positive communities. Just search for what you want, anywhere in North America. Find annual Leather and sex-positive events, including a page of updated calendars; Leather clubs; MAsT chapters; and Sex-Positive Centers. All listings are currently free, with URLs for contact purposes. Leather List is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle. It’s managed solely by volunteers.

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Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Awards this weekend

Photo - The 47th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards begin on Saturday April 27, 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA. These humorous awards, presented by the Golden Gate Guards, are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide fundraising for the Positive Resource Center formerly known as AIDS Emergency Fund. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. Nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Awards are now open and are free.




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ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, April 27 and May 25 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.





SF Eagle Sixth Anniversary Block Party - Eagle Plaza benefit

The SF Eagle Sixth Anniversary Block Party and Beer Bust, raising funds for both Eagle Plaza and the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent, is this Sunday, April 28, from 2-8 PM. Eagle Plaza outreach folks would like you to know that volunteers for this event are quite seriously needed. If you can, please sign up for a shift at




Sleazy Madrid XIX

As every year, along the weekend of the 1st of May, the city of Madrid holds the most important gay fetish event in the South of Europe. The 19 year-old event is firmly established and it holds a prominent position in the fetish gay calendar. During this six-day weekend, Madrid is visited by a lot of people interested in taking part of this event. This is the program including the main party nights and other activities during this weekend of fetish and electronic music.



Blow Buddies building up for sale in San Francisco

By David-Elijah Nahmod for the Bay Area Reporter

Blow Buddies, a private gay sex club that's operated in South of Market since 1988, could be in danger of closure. The owner is trying to sell the building, which is located at 933 Harrison Street. According to real estate site Loopnet, the asking price for the two-story 1953 building is $2,950,000... Blow Buddies has been a particularly popular sex club among gay men, featuring glory holes and various types of play rooms. On its website it calls itself "a private club for guys who like safer sex with other guys."



Cocksock Summer Pool Party in North Hollywood

International Geared Up Pup 2017 Ashtray Boner Kain and SkullBit Creative will present Cocksock Summer Pool Party on Sunday, May 12 at 1 PM at a private residence in North Hollywood, CA. Do you enjoy the party Cocksock at the Bullet Bar? Well this time come in your cocksocks, for an awesome private pool party for a hot and nasty Sunday. Its the kind of party Cocksock always wanted to be. With private areas set up for male bonding, and a luxurious crystal clear pool to wet your sheathed whistle. This is a fundraiser for the Testicular Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. More details to come regarding refreshments, cock sock model, and venue.



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.







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Please help ensure those who are coming up can share in that same experience.






Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, May 19, at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. 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.


GearUp Men's Weekend - Already sold out

GearUp Weekend will be held July 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and has already been sold out even though registration just opened. One can still get on the wait list. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year.



Utah Leather Pride

Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 19 in Salt Lake City. UT. First Indoor/Outdoor Festival celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Pansexual Leather/Kink/BDSM community in Utah featuring Leather/kink/BDSM, LGBTQ community events, local and national vendors, food, full bars, entertainment, bootblacks, Mr. and Ms Leather Slut competitions, and silent and live auctions. The festival runs 12-8 PM at at The Sun Trapp and the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contests at Metro Music Hall go 8-11 PM. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.



Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, May 10 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. Mr. OCIE Jeff Galley-Reay is the host. There will be kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some money for The Leather Heart Foundation. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844.



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 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.



Desert Fetish Authority - Kink Talk

The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group, Kink Talk, meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being May 10 and June 14. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. The purpose and topic is to talk  openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, # C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234.






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FMSD Gear Invasion III - Hillcrest Brewing Company

Join your fellow fetish men as we do another Gear Invasion of Hillcrest Brewing Company on Sunday, April 28 at 6 PM. The folks at Hillcrest Brewing Company have been welcoming and we always have a great time. It's semi-outside - good for Leather and gear. Hillcrest Brewing Company, 1458 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.




Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know

The go-to web site 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 pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved.


Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with May 3 and June 7 being the next two dates. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.




Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, May 4 and June 1, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Daddy Barry will be hosting plus it will be his first social venture out since his motorcycle accident. Come give him some loving.



Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next few are May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and run 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.




Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being May 10, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.



Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, May 4 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.


BLUF: DC at DC Eagle

BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle, starting at 4 PM. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. April 7 and May 5 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue.



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.



Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District - Take their survey

As planned, Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District organizers have created a Doodle Poll to help select the date for the Facilitated Discussion, to help us craft the group's Bylaws. Please complete the poll, at Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, as soon as possible.  The dates they are considering are: May 12, 18 or 19, or June 8 or 9. The Discussion would be scheduled from 10 AM to 5 PM. Thanks for responding quickly, so we can reserve the space and finalize our plans.



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.



Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on May 10 and June 14.





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