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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 7, 2020

By April 08, 2020



Garry Bowie dies due to COVID-19

The executive director of Being Alive Los Angeles, Garry Bowie, passed away on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:30 AM after testing positive for COVID-19 and being hospitalized on Saturday, March 28. Bowie was born on January 24, 1961. Garry was a long-time member of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club which is the oldest continuous LGBT organization in the world. He held several club offices over the years. He is well-known for mentoring with his sage advice and his altruism in the community. He was an historian, compling much of the LA areas Leather and motorcycle club artifacts. Garry is survived by his husband, Jeff Wacha. They spent 20 years together. The full text of Jeff's Facebook post and more appears in the WeHoTimes, linked below. At one time, he was co-owner of Toto's Revenge gift and card shop in Long Beach, CA. ABC 7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles had an almost three-minute piece on Bowie including a visit with Jeff Wacha. See second link below. Scroll all the way down to see our photo gallery honoring Garry.









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The sexed-up cartoon hunks that defined gay culture

At the time of their creation, Tom of Finland’s erotic drawings of heavily muscled men were radical. But 100 years on from his birth, how do they stand up now, asks Nick Levine.

By Nick Levine for BBC - Culture

24 March 2020

Touko Laaksonen’s groundbreaking gay erotic art has made him a global icon. For more than 50 years until his death in 1991, the artist better known as Tom of Finland drew gay men in a way that was radical: his muscular young hunks were happy, playful and unashamedly sexual, without being menacing. More like this: Why do gay men love Judy Garland? Is Drag Race ruining drag? The troubled legacy of an iconic riot. His work, which he liked to call ‘dirty drawings,' first found an audience on the gay underground in the 1950s and 1960s, but since then has edged ever closer to mainstream acceptance. His hyper-masculine aesthetic has influenced Freddie Mercury, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Village People, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber. It’s also become a globally recognised brand to the extent...

Global Pride online event in June

Pride organizations around the world have come together to organize a Global Pride event on Saturday, June 27, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations that have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home. InterPride and the European Pride Organizers Association – the world’s biggest international Pride networks – are working with national organizations in Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and regional networks in southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, to bring communities and Pride organizations together for this Global Pride event.




Daniel Dumont passes due to COVID-19

Daniel Dumont of Brussels, Belgium passed away due to the Coronavirus on Sunday, March 22. He was born on February 24, 1959. Daniel served as Secretary of the ECMC (European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, was a Governor of The Leather Hall of Fame and was a judge at IML 2005 and IML 2015. He was BLUF 437 and was a member of MSC Belgium. Daniel Dumont was loved by many on either side of The Pond as a great host, a commitment to Leather and a great sense of humor. That love was felt by several generations. The passing of Daniel Dumont marks the first fatal case of COVID-19 of a major Leather community public figure as far as our records show.




Randie Smith January 15, 1971 - March 27, 2020

By Hooker & Boys

Dear Community,
It is with a Heavy Heart and at the request of his Mom Sandra and spouse, Dirk, we must inform you that at 9 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020 our club brother, friend, Oneida Leatherboy and American Leatherboy 2000 randie smith passed away. randie suffered a massive heart attack. As per randy;s request he will be cremated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and Dirk and the Smith family. May the Ancestors welcome him and speak his name. Rest in peace randie, and fly with the wind.




Richard A. "Rick" Ritt, February 5, 1952 - April 3, 2020

By Jim Neuman

Our dear friend, and member of the Palm Springs Leather Tribe, Rick Ritt, suffered a heart attack on March 31. Presented with breathing issues, he tested negative for COVID, but an Angiogram revealed severe arterial blockage. Despite all attempts, Rick passed from this life on April 3. Although somewhat of an independent in our community, Rick was always "geared up" and supportive of the major Leather high holidays including Smokeout, Folsom, Dore Alley, Folsom Europe, IML, MAL and CLAW. He was an active participant in the men's group at the Gay & Lesbian Center in Palm Springs. A founder of the National Gay Softball League, and Hall Of Fame member in 1998. In 2014 Rick was preceded in death by his beloved Husband, Ron Smith, and is survived by, brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Jay and Melody Ritt, in Massachusetts. The family hopes to have a virtual memorial service at some point. Donations suggested to the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance at http://www.nagaaasports.org or the Family To Family Fund at Temple Sinai of Sharon, MA, 25 Canton Street, Sharon, MA 02067.


Library of Congress deems Village People’s gay anthem, YMCA an “American cultural phenomenon"

1978 hit song is one of 25 historically or culturally "significant" recordings added to the National Recording Registry

By John Riley on March 26, 2020 for Metro Weekly Photo by Wiki Commons

Each year, the Librarian of Congress, in compliance with provisions set forth by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, selects 25 titles — in consultation with the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board — to be added to the registry. The titles must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old. “I had no idea when we wrote YMCA that it would become one of the most iconic songs in the world, and fixture at almost every wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah and sporting event,” Victor Willis, the Village People’s lead singer, who wrote the song’s lyrics, said.... Read more on link below






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CLAW sets new date for 20th Anniversary

The producers of CLAW announced that CLAW 20 has been rescheduled to be November 19-22. Go to the CLAW web site linked below to find out new details regarding your reservations, registrations, and deposits. More information is forthcoming and will be distributed once known. CLAW producers ask people to not reach out to the hotels to ask for changes or cancellations, as they are working hard to help us get everything setup and moved over.





By Aric Wilson

Hey all you beautiful Leather people and kinksters. Reaching out to remind you that if you are unable, or consider it unsafe for yourself to go out and get groceries, or get other tasks done that need to be done at this time. We have a group of willing and ready individuals who want to help. LA Leather COVID 19 assist is here for you. Volunteers are expected to follow safe distancing and safe contact measures when interacting with a community member when providing this service. How to reach out: You may post directly to the group page for assistance by clicking


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Mr. Leather64TEN

The Mr. Leather64TEN 2020 title was won by TWayne Leatherman on March 13 at the Jackhammer in Chicago, IL. Most of the weekend events were held in the Jackhammer Complex. A free day at the Leather Archives & Museum on opening day, Thursday. The opening ceremonies and meet and greet were on Friday night, Dirty Boys and Danish Brunch on Saturday , classes presented by 64TEN University at the Leather Archives on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Leather64TEN contest on Saturday night, Victory Brunch and photo shoot on Sunday morning and a Communion party on Sunday night. Jackhammer Complex, 6408 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.



Bay Area Leather Lifeline fund

In response to the CoVID-19 crisis, a lifeline fund was established in the San Francisco Bay area by local community organizers to get Leatherfolk and kinksters cash for immediate life needs. In the first few days of operation, over $5,000 has been raised and is being distributed to community members. Tax-deductible donations and requests for assistance can be made, questions and ideas may be sent to lifeline advocates at

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Angel City Emergency Fund

The Angel City Emergency Fund was started by The FoundNation after postponing the 2020 Los Angeles Ms/Mx/Bootblack contests. ACE offers micro-grants to those affected by economic hardship due to the COVID-19 containment measures. Anyone in the Leather/Kink/Fetish community in LA and the surrounding counties can apply for expenses related to immediate need. We at the FoundNation recognize that right now we are facing an unprecedented health crisis the likes of which our communities have only seen similar to during the HIV/AIDS crisis, a time in which many rose to the challenges of providing for those of us who were stricken. Today we face not only a challenge of public health, but of continuously evolving and increasing measures that threaten the livelihoods of so many. To that end we pledge all donations will be distributed to recipients within no more than 48 hours from application to distribution. Click below to donate or apply




Changing of the Guard at the Jackhammer

By Jimmy Keup

The world is changing and it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life. I've had an amazing run with Jackhammer. I want to thank each and every one of you for the memories and helping make my dream come true. Jackhammer's home to lost boys like me....Please continue to support Mark Robertson and Mike Sullivan and 2Bears Tavern Group. They will admirably continue the mission of Jackhammer. And, continue to support our wonderful Jackhammer Family.



Arctic Heat Weekend cancelled

Arctic Heat Weekend 2020, presented by the The Last Frontier Men's Club in Anchorage, Alaska, has been cancelled. Arctic Heat wold have been held April 10-11 at the Sheraton Anchorage. Every two years, TLFMC host "Arctic Heat" pageant during which the following titles are awarded: Mr. Bear Alaska, Mr Alaska Leather, Alaska Bear Cub and Ms Alaska Leather. The Last Frontier Men's Club is a men's social club headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. The club offers many events, including camp-outs, movie nights, dining out, seasonal theme parties and fund raisers.




IMsLBB - moves from postponed to cancelled

By Sharrin Spector

I have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 IMsLBB event. Now for the details of what this means. Although the hotel has released us from the 2020 contract, we have incurred expenses that cannot be recovered. Refunds will be available over the next few weeks. You can request a refund until April 24 by E-mailing your request to

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ONYX Northwest

ONYX Northwest has stepped up and made a $1,000 donation to the Bay Area Leather Lifeline fund. This money will go directly to Bay Area kinksters who need cash now for immediate needs due to the CoVID-19 crisis.




22nd Annual 12 Day's of Christmas

12 Day's of Christmas is a live performance, drag, and skit adult variety show with a silent auction, raffles, bootblacks, pictures with Santa and Ms Claus, cupcakes from Belton, and charity event which will be held at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, December 12 at 12 PM. 12 Day's of Christmas is now in its 22nd year. Celebrate and support charities which support our communities in need. This year's theme is 22 And Divine. The emcees will be Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach; ASL Interpreters will be Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. Holiday attire, Leather/fetish gear, cosplay, or casual street attire. Beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore's Scott Stamford Memorial Fund, BHT Foundation's Hooker and Boys Fund, The Queen's Guard of Alaska's Pride Prom and Youth Services, and The Leather Heart Foundation's The Spanky Disaster Relief Fund.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

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IML IMBB 2000 Contestants

We all are waiting to find out the dates for International Mr. Leather and Bootblack, but the Coronavirus has more to say about when that will happen. It has been a long-standing custom for The Leather Journal to print a photo gallery of contestants in the Issue which precedes the IML IMBB contests; on www.TheLeatherJournal.com with their bios and photos. Bios and photos are trickling in now and as we receive them, we will post the photos in the next available Dave Rhodes Hump Day. The bios will appear on this web site in our IML IMBB 2000 Contestants Preview. We, of course, appreciate all the assistance IML IMBB contestant coordinator Jeff Tucker has given in assisting with this each of the last few years. Here are the photos we have so far. To find out the most recent developments with IML IMBB, check out for new information.



Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2020 Charlie Harding


Mr. Ramrod 2019 Blade ONYX. Photo by Kirk Stephens


Mr. Northwoods Leather 2019 Allan Dahl



Mister Leather Bretagne Pays De La Loire 2019 Patrice Menhard


Mr. Northeast Leatherman 2020 Donnie Bell


Mr.North Carolina Triangle Leather 2019 Michael Scarinz




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A Blast From The Past


Women socialize on the patio outside the Le Petit Theater in New Orleans, LA during Pantheon of Leather 2001.



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Tribute to Daniel Dumont









Gary Bowie