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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, August 14, 2019

By August 15, 2019



Up Your Alley

The weather was the best it could be for the Up Your Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 28 and there was a hug crowd. It was warm enough to get shirts off, nudists doing their thin and cool enough that people were not hydrating from heat. Seems there were less booths, especially on Market Street, but don't take that as official. The 15 Association had its open dungeon on the north part of Dore Alley which was where most of the booths were. There is a hot batch of men for San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar which was on sale. Peter Fiske had his whips and books available. The Mama's Family photo shoot was cancelled a few days before the Fair.




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ILSb-ICBB - Emcees announced

The ILSb 2019 returning emcees will be Thib Callin-Guicherd and BAMM Bamm. Thib will emcee the three contests while Bamm Bamm will handle the roast and Fireside Chat duties. This will be Thib's fifth year and Bamm Bamm's fourth. The International Leather Sir, International Leatherboy and the International Community Bootblack 2019 contest will be held August 29 - September 1 at the Crown Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX. The weekend kicks off with the Pantheon of Leather Awards and Dinner on Thursday, August 29.





LA Leather Coalition elects new board

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition elected a new board. Robert Green is the Chair, Jon Wright is Vice Chair, Mistress Cyan is Secretary, Sir Frank is Treasurer, Gabriel Green is the LALP 2020 Steering Committee Chair and Contest Producer. At Large Board Members are Victor Ayala, Alan Stroik and Michael Lara. Los Angeles Leather Pride 2020 will cover a two-weekend period next March with numerous events including the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest. Ms Los Angeles Leather and Los Angeles Bootblack are operated by a separate organization and will be held June 20.



Central Canada Olympus Leather has new producer

International Ms Olympus Leather 2011 Sir Kira is effective immediately the Executive Producer of Central Canada Olympus Leather. Sir Kira has agreed to take the reigns from John Eisen who has dutifully kept the region afloat after the previous producer stepped aside for personal reasons. Contact Sir Kira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CCOL is currently seeking volunteers to help launch the 2020 Contest.





Avatar Club Los Angeles - The Shock and Awe of Electro-Stim

The Shock and Awe of Electro-Stim will be hosted by Alan Stroik and Ralph Bruneau at Avatar on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:30 PM. A popular form of BDSM, erotic electrostimulation uses specially designed machines to apply electrical stimulation to the genitals for sexual pleasure, often referred to as E-Stim. You're blind-folded. What's it feel like? Where is he going to shock me next? Come and explore electro-stim with the experts at Avatar. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.






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Satyrs Motorcycle Club - Badger Flat Run

Nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk will make the trek up into the Central California mountains northeast of Fresno for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2. This is is their 58th year of of hosting a huge bonfire, all-day cocktail bar, people and bike events, run awards presentation, great food, movies under the stars, bike christening, virgin rituals, sightseeing and immense brotherhood at 8,200 above sea level/





West Coast Olympus Leather and Mr. Off Ramp Leather - Fetish Festival

Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather and Mr. Off Ramp Leather will host Fetish Festival at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA on Friday, August 30 at 9 PM. Explore your darker side. Live demos and guest participation in all types of fetishes, plus a silent auction. $10 at the door. Fund raiser for the Visibility Project a grant and scholarship 501 c3 charity that helps those with marginal identities in the community. The Barracks, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, Suite C7, Cathedral City, California 92234.




DomCon: New Orleans - Registration open

Registration has opened for DomCon: New Orleans, a professional and lifestyle BDSM lifestyle convention which will be held October 10-13 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street, in the heart of New Orleans. DomCon: New Orleans attracts Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and kinksters from all over the globe. The curious and experienced come for the latest innovations in fetish and bondage gear, classes in BDSM techniques, seminars on community, legal, and business issues and, of course, outrageous parties. All this will be right in the French Quarter, with great food, adult entertainment, and a party atmosphere every night.






Highwaymen TNT - monthly cookout

Join the Highwaymen TNT for their monthly cookout at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC on Sunday, August 18 at 5 PM. $12 dinner plate includes your first draft beer from the Club Bar, ham with a brown sugar pineapple glaze, grilled teriyaki chicken breast, vegetable skewers, green bean almondine, prawn salad, honey butter king's Hawaiian rolls, coconut something and pineapple upside-down cake. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.





Palm Springs Pup Night

The Palm Springs Pup Night is held every first Tuesday at the Tool Shed and is hosted by Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Wilson. The next one is on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 PM. Pups, handlers, Sirs and curious come ready to play. Tool Shed, 600 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, California 92264.




Rocky Mountain Rebellion - Rebelling Against Stigma

The Rocky Mountain Rebellion - Rebelling Against Stigma is on the books for August 23-25 in Salt Lake City, UT and will feature. The Rebellion is a three day conference focused around Leather, Fetish, BDSM and Power Exchange Relationships. Rocky Mountain Rebellion hosts classes on a variety of topics involving human sexuality, BDSM, M/s relationships and leather culture. They host pageant-style competitions, vendors, socials and play parties. XXX.




Banquet of Chestnuts IV - Benefiting Aids Life Cycle

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau and Esteban Jimenez of Payasos LA will bring back the Banquet of Chestnuts, A Gala dinner Benefiting Aids Life Cycle on Saturday, October 19 at 6 PM in Hollywood, CA. The Banquet of Chestnuts was one of the most scandalous event in the history of the XV Century. Only 20 VIP guests will witness this event, a luxurious evening, cocktails and appetizers and high end dinner will be served by hot, sexy, naked men for the guests' pleasure. All profits will be donated directly to AIDS Life Cycle team Payasos-LA. Location to be disclosed to ticket holders.

For tickets go to https://banquetofchestnutsiv.eventbrite.com



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. We're doing it again, the Mid Atlantic Kinky Mens Campout. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton, Pennsylvania for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr. and Ms Woods Leather Contest. Men-Only Play Tent will be open from Friday evening to dawn on Sunday, demos as well as a Kinky Block Party on Saturday Afternoon.



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.





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 magic, where dancing to the beat of your own drum is the norm.






Avatar and Tom of Finland host Peter Fiske

Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Tom of Finland Foundation invite you to a celebration of the new book My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske, narrated by Thomas V. Peterson on Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM at the Tom House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Jack Fritscher writes, “At the center of Leather life for 50 years, Peter Fiske whips up history in his delightfully conversational new memoir.” Tim Brough calls Peter’s book “one hell of a ride,” and Race Bannon characterizes it as “a gift to the Leather world." Peter will read from his memoir and sign copies. Books will available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. More information will follow as the date approaches.





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. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are Augus 21, 28, and September 4 and 11. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.




Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen combine a Beer Bust with a Themed Gear Night. September’s Gear Theme is Big Boy Toys. Adhere to the Gear Theme and get a free Jell-O shot or a CCL Chip worth $1 on Saturday, September 7, 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All-You-Can-Drink Keg Beer. The Crescent City Leathermen's general membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month with the next being September 11. The Crescent City Leathermen new back patches have arrived. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.





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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to

http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413.



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, August 24 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. ONYX Northwest introduced its pledge class recently. The photo above is of the group at that fete. ONYX Northwest is a San Francisco Bay Area based organization formed and operated by Gay, Bi and Trans Men of Color who enjoy the Leather/BDSM and Kink lifestyle.





American Brotherhood Weekend XXX

By Tyler Fong

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held October 11-13 at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. It will be ABW’s 30th Anniversary. American Brotherhood Weekend (ABW) is a celebration of the bond of Leather families. It is a weekend filled with great energy and camaraderie which surround the three title contests that comprise ABW and the American Leatherfamily.




Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, September 13 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 one is on September 14 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities through 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 August 9 and September 13. 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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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 September 6 being the next date. 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, September 7, 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 August 21 and 28, and September 4, 11 and 18, 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 August 9, 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, September 7 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. September 1 is 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 is August 24. 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

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's Outreach Committee is set for Wednesday, August 21 from 7-9 PM, SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102. This very special meeting will include the election of our initial Board of Directors. Voting privileges at the August meeting are extended to anyone who has had voting privileges at any previous Community Meeting.





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 September 13.




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