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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, August 15, 2018

By August 16, 2018



Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar

The Valley Pride Street Festival was hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. This was a first=year effort. While I was there, at least half of the crowd was from the Leather community. At the same time, in conjunction with Valley Pride, MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley held an extension for families and young people. There were food trucks, vendors, clubs including Avatar Club Los Angeles, ONYX Southwest, Bears LA. The Bullet Bar and Eagle LA teamed up to host a cigar lounge. CMED and LANG had a booth promoting naturism. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.





Arktos of Ohio - Annual run

By Chaz Antonelli

Arktos of Ohio (a bear club) is over 30 years old. In 2018, they held their 24th run at Freedom Valley Gay Men's Campground with the theme, Bears in the Woods 2018: School Daze! Arktos of Ohio will hold their Labor Day Bear Pool Party at Freedom Valley on Labor Day, September 3.




Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise Beer Bust

Climb on board the Leather Cruise Beer Bust, hosted by the Golden Gate Guards on Sunday August 26 at 4 PM at the Lone Star Saloon in San Francisco, CA. Hang out with the sexy sailors and seamen at our beer bust as we push the Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on SF Bay! $15 for all the beer and soda you can drink, and food. Food alone is only $5. We’ll be raffling off one ticket to the Leather Cruise along with gift baskets of goodies.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1085767611573336/ and you can purchase tickets to the Leather Cruise on SF Bay at




House of MarKus - Intro BDSM and Impact Play

Hosted by House of MarKus and Leather Masters on Saturday, August 25 at 1 PM. Introduction to BDSM topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual. IMPACT 101 class will be focused on those just getting their feet wet in the rough body play, impact play, and using implements during a scene. We will cover topics such as negotiations, safety, consent, different types of toys and play, as well as their proper use. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226.




20 Black Leatherwomen by Carmelle La Sirena

By Carmelle La Sirena Photography for The Advocate

Here are 20 photos of Leatherwomen photographed by Carmelle La Sirena.




Coastal Empire Sentinels - Southern Coastal States Leather

The Southern Coastal States Leather Contest 2018 will be held at the Atlanta Eagle in Atlanta, GA the weekend of September 28-30. Join the Coastal Empire Sentinels as we host the 2018 Southern Coastal States Leather contest at the Atlanta Eagle. Meet and Greet Friday starting at 10 PM followed by contest at 8 PM on Saturday September 29. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the Leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA.




Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday

The 45th annual Santa Saturday will be held again at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ. As in prior years, this year’s Santa Saturday will be a combination of an auction of donated items; entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise; service awards for worthy individuals; photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus; a Leather shop; a 50-50 raffle; and refreshments and drinks.





Oregon State Leather

Story and photo by Daddy Wendell

Oregon Puppy Adventure Pup, Oregon Bootblack Sean Rebel, Ms Oregon Leather Leland Carina and Mr Oregon Leather Papa Bear Nick. The Oregon Leather contest was held in Portland, OR on Saturday night, August 11 and was part of the greater Oregon Leather Pride Week, August 3-12 which included more than 30 events. Video of title presentations at






Club X San Diego - Ritual Steel II

Club X San Diego will present Ritual Steel II on Saturday, October 20 at 6 PM at the World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. Join us for live drumming, ritual piercing, hook pulls, flesh suspension, and much more. In addition to our special guest Elwood Reid, the Executive Director of Edgewalkers and protege to Fakir Musafar, our team will include many noteworthy piercers and personalities. This event is intended to be the largest body-based ritual held in San Diego in the last decade.






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Race Bannon NCSF Award Video

On Hump Day, The Leather Journal reported last week that Race Bannon would be honored in San Francisco. Here is a video of the presentation in the Castro.





Avatar Club Los Angeles - Harder

Avatar Club Los Angeles will present Harder play party on Saturday, August 25 at 9 PM at the Threshold Society clubhouse, 11300 Hartland Street, Los Angeles, CA 91605. Men-only play party. Join in with the hot kinky men LA has to offer. We are a gay men's BDSM education organization. We educate interested people in safe, BDSM practices, we encourage you to find your unique path.




Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night

Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. 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.




Pong'd Tournament - Beer Pong at the DC Eagle

Pong'd Tournament - Beer Pong at the DC Eagle will be held every Thursday, August 30 - September 27 at 7 PM. Come play Beer Pong and a chance to win some cash. Teams of 2-5 will compete in a good ol' fashioned game of beer pong. Beer for the game will be included. Stick around for Team Spirit. Register by August 20 to ensure you have a shirt for the first week. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019.





Cigar Time

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo will host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, September 7 at 8 PM. Leather, Smoke, Testosterone and Cruising. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




ONYX Northwest - Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest

ONYX Northwest will host Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest on Saturday, August 25 at 6 PM at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Mr. Friendly 2018 Stephen Ferris wil emcee and the judges are Orpheus Onyx, Justin Hall aka Comic Book Daddy and adult film star Matt Horne. The Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest benefits ONYX and Mr. Friendly charities. The evening includes the ONYX raffle, Loaded Gummi Bears and DJ Blackstone.




GLUE Weekend 2018

GLUE Weekend features many outstanding events for the gay Leather and fetish communities October 5-7 in Houston, TX. GLUE features the Mr. Third Coast Gear on Friday night and Mr. Third Coast Leather on Saturday night. In addition we will have a men only pool party on Saturday and an Officer's Lunch on Sunday that will include a featured speaker.






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Rope Bondage Intensive

Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam Couto invites you to his Rope Bondage Intensive. This workshop will cover safety, beginning a tie, chest harnesses, effective uses of hitches, hip harnesses, restraints and hog ties. With time permitting, we hope to show you how to incorporate other types of play in to your rope as well. Rope Bondage is what first attracted Doriam to the local Kink and Fetish community in San Diego, and it is his most practiced skill out of all he does. From floorwork, to artistic, to hojojutsu and suspension Doriam has demonstrated this skill and taught workshops to the players of San Diego and beyond at 4 PM on Sunday, August 19 at Brick Bar, 1475 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.




Brother, Help Thyself is accepting applications for grants and awards

By John Riley for Metro Weekly

Brother, Help Thyself has begun accepting applications for grants and other awards, and will continue to accept them until 11:59 PM on August 31. Each year, BHT, a local organization designed to support nonprofits dealing with the LGBTQ community and groups affected by HIV, doles out thousands of dollars in grants to help those smaller nonprofits carry out their mission or undertake special projects. To qualify for consideration for a grant, an organization’s 2017 gross revenue must have been below $2,000,000.




These women attended and participated in a past DomCon: Los Angeles.

Mistresses of Ceremonies Named for DomCon: New Orleans

By Jay Moyes

Mistress Cyan recently announced the Mistresses of Ceremonies for the upcoming DomCon: New Orleans, the premiere professional and lifestyle BDSM lifestyle convention. The Dommes named as Mistresses of Ceremonies were Mixtrix Fix from Tennessee, Madame Rose from California, and Madame Navia O’Kink of Texas. The event will be October 4-7 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. DomCon New Orleans. The show offers the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course sizzling hot parties.



Mr. and Ms OCIC Leather

Mr. and Ms OCIC Leather 2018 meet and greet on Friday, September 14 and the contest on Saturday, September 15, Mr. OCIC Leather 2017 Jeff Galley-Reay and MsOCIC Leather 2017 Goddess Vat the Frat House Nightclub. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844.




Avatar Club Los Angeles

Avatar Club Los Angeles will host its monthly educational meeting at MCC in the Valley on Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 8:30 PM. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.





Fuk U(niversity)

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, September 1 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/



Leather People Building A Better World

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather-list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/




Trivia Question of the Week


Where was the first Pantheon of Leather Awards held?

1. Circus Nightclub, Hollywood, CA.

2. Griff's, Hollywood, CA.

3. Parliament House, Orlando, FL.

4. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA.

5. Gauntlet II, Los Angeles, CA.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.


Last week's Question answered:

What is the name of the oldest and longest-running gay motorcycle club in the world? Satyrs MC..

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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.




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 Inciden. Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now?



Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications

Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply.





Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The September 8 and October 13 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.




ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. This past weekend ONYX SoCal-Southwest presented Perversion at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA.

https://www.onyxsw.com/ and national http://www.onyxmen.com



Master/slave Conference XV dedicated to slave david stein

The Master/slave Conference 2018 will be dedicated to the memory of the late slave david stein, an icon in our community for several decades, who passed away on October 11, 2017 at age 69.The hotel is a new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit




Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather

The Regiment of the Black and Tans present Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather, November 16-17 at Eagle LA. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029. The winner will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather next March. Several Mr. Regiment titleholders have gone on to win Mr. LA Leather. This weekend will have other events by a club which knows how to do it right.





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