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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day August 22, 2018

By August 22, 2018




Inside Leather History - Youtube channel

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat now has a Youtube channel dedicated to the Chats. So far Mufasa Ali's Chat, Joey McDonald's Chat, and David Boyer's Chat are uploaded...more to come. In 2019 look for the Chats to appear in Antwerp Belgium, in Los Angeles and in Australia.






Taking a week off

Hump Day takes off of fifth Wednesday when it occurs in a month.

See you on September 5



Educational Weekend - Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather

The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather Educational Weekend will be held October 5-7 at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Please join us at the Flamingo in St. Petersburg for six educational intensives, pool time, and can't forget the theme party! Special room rates are available for the weekend. Just use TBBL2018 code when registering for your room! Room rates $79.99 outside rooms or $89.99 inside courtyard rooms. $30 for the weekend festivities or $10 a class. Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711.




Mr. Midwest Rubber 2018 Rodi Coderage

Rodi Coderage was sashed Mr. Midwest Rubber 2018 at Touche' Chicago on Friday, July 20. Events included meet the judges and contestants, eye openers, Fetish Flea Market, Kink U classes by Titans of the Midwest, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2018 Contest, Gear Fetish Night, Celebrate Mr. Midwest Rubber 2018 and Bounce Back Rubber Brunch at Andersonville Brewing Company. A beer bust and Melt Down at Touche' closed the weekend. The judges were Pleep, Sir Mark, Stitch, Dan the Rubberman and Service Pup Link.




Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019

Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 at York Street Cafe on Saturday, September 8 at 9 PM. Morgana De Luxe will entertain, meet and greet on Friday, BDSM classes during day on Saturday and there will be an Owl Shop cigar party. Book your hotel room....do it by calling The New Haven Hotel at (203) 498-3100 and use the code Mr. CT Leather 2019. 168 York Street Cafe, 168 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511.




Photo - Mr. Michigan Leather

By Bryon Hayes

Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend kicks off Friday, September 21 with Mr. Friendly's 10th Birthday Party, starting at 9 PM at the Dunes Resort. Wear your Mr. Friendly gear and you could win prizes. Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers, starts at 1:30 AM. There will be Skills and Education classes Saturday afternoon. And of course, Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Tim Koski will pass the title to the new Mr. Michigan Leather on Saturday night. The Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway.
Douglas, MI 49406. (269) 857-1401.





Eagle LA - Mr. Drummer '79 presents a night at The Gauntlet II

From 1984 to 2006 the Gauntlet II inhabited the space we now know and love as the Eagle LA. On Friday, August 24 at 9 PM we celebrate the Leather legacy of this space and remember an era that was a little bit heavier, a little bit sleazier. Leather dress code strongly encouraged. Disc Jockeys Matthew Paul and PreOp Trans con Pepito. $5 Cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.



Iron Guard BC - 43rd Anniversary

We are having our Iron Guard BC 43rd Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, September 15 at 6 PM. New York, NY at 1745, Second Avenue. Winebar. Choice of a few entrees and fillings of house wine, or oio, coffee, dessert.$50. All AMCC club brothers and the bears are welcome.





Wild West Olympus Leather

Wild West Olympus Leather will be at the new “Rebooted” BCD October 5-7, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. The Wild West Olympus Leather region is comprised of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Residents of these states who wish to represent Mr Ms or Mx Wild West Olympus Leather titles should contact Trixie Lafontaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to http://wildwestolympus.com/compete/wwol-contestant-application for an application to compete before August 31. (edited to correct that the event will be AT "Rebooted" and to correct the title's that will be held during the event by VT)



Black and Tans - 44th Change of Command

The Regiment of The Black and Tans 44th Change of Command had about 25 invited guests and members for brunch on Sunday, August 19 at Mucho Mas Restaurant in North Hollywood, CA. Out going officers were introduced and new ones installed. A couple hours later the Black and Tans held their Wet Boxer Shorts contest at the Bullet Bar which was only a couple of blocks away.




Bay State Marauders - Excelsior Invades Boston

The Bay State Marauders present Excelsior Invades Boston 2018 at the Boston Eagle in Boston, MA on Saturday, August 25 at 10 PM. Join this fun group as Excelsior MC rides up from New Jersey to share a night with a brother club. Boston Eagle, 520 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116.




24 Photos of Leatherwomen by Carmelle La Sirena

By Christopher Harrity for The Advocate

Carmelle La Sirena is a conceptual artist, painter and photographer whose wandering heart has her living in both New York and Los Angeles. She began photographing "Leatherwomen" over 20 years ago as a way to explore and understand her own sexuality. What started out as a hobby turned into a fetish, and that somehow turned into an actual documentary affectionately known as We are Leather Women.




SF Eagle Beer Bust Benefit for Tenderloin Tessie

The SF Eagle Beer Bust Benefit for Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners on Sunday, September 2 at 3 PM. $15 for all the Beer or Soda you can drink and it includes food. For those not wanting to do the BB, you can have just food for $5. There will be several terrific auction items. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.





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 September 7 and October 5 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.




Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate our 25th Anniversary on September 28, we will be hosting one of our biggest and best cruises ever. Not only will we be having it on a Friday Night this year, but we will also be extending the fun and hosting it for 4 hours from 10 PM until 2 AM. ?The boat still departs from Norfolk Waterside and boarding will begin at 9:30 PM. We will again be having demos, buffet of food, cash bar and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks, a raffle ticket for door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next two are September 14 and October 12 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.





By Race Bannon

KinkTheVote.com is a portal to a nationwide voter registration system. Fellow Leatherfolk and kinksters, THIS is how we use our vast Leather and kink communities to help register more people to vote and energize their enthusiasm to vote. The idea is to have it at every bar night, Leather event, etc. We have stickers and a banner if you want to put it up at your event. Please help spread the word by sharing this. This is a joint project of IMsLBB Productions and The IMsL Foundation.





Trivia Question of the Week

Who were The Leather Journal's Man and Woman of the Year Awards recipients in 1987?

1. Alan Selby and Pat Califia.

2. Greg Lowe and Judy Tallwing-McCarthy.

3. Bill Costomiris and Jan Lyon.

4. Barry Douglas and Cookie-Andrews Hunt.

5. David Kloss and Pat Califia.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered

Where was the first Pantheon of Leather Awards held?

Circus Nightclub, Hollywood, CA.

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The Leather Journal's September - October Issue Launch Party

By Matthew Jensen

Come out and celebrate The Leather Journal's September - October Issue at the Bullet Bar in Burbank on September 4 at 8 PM. Be the first person on your block to get the latest news in the Leather world, enjoy complimentary food and win prizes. No cover. Presented by the Leather Journal and PIGS: Perverted Interracial Guys. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.



La Fraternitié du Loup-Garou - CampOUT 2018

CampOUT 2018 will be hosted by La Fraternitié du Loup-Garou September 12-16 at Our Haven Nature Sanctuary, 10847 Spencer Hollow Road, French Lick, IN 47581. Join us for La Garou's CampOUT, the original Leather camp-out for masculine gender outlaws and their admirers. It is for five days and four nights of kinky fun. Admission is just $75 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. RVs and camping trailers are welcome at no extra charge.




Leather History Preservation Weekend

The Leather History Preservation Foundation will present Leather History Preservation Weekend November 2-4 at the Red Lion Hotel, 135 South Main Street, High Point, NC 27260. Leather History Preservation Weekend will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historians sharing their experiences. Full weekend pre-registration packages include access to all history session, event pin, Saturday night dinner and keynote, three days of vending, Friday night dance party, two nights of dungeon play space access and cocktail parties.




Palm Springs Leather Pride

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert's Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade will be held October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. A long ways away, right? The early bird discount ends on June 3. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states..



Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout

Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout will be at The Woods Campground September 14-16. The 2017 Kinky Campout was a blast so we're doing it again. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr/Ms Woods Leather Contest 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, PA 18235.




Leather Leadership Conference - Early Registration Now Open

Leather Leadership Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport the weekend of March 15-17. Register now for the early bird special pricing at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/llc-2019-tickets-4542431033545424310335 Leaders Serving Leaders- LLC is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community. We envision a richly educated and connected community of leaders. In serving leaders, those that are on a path to leadership, and community groups, we strive to foster a greater sense of connection between and within the communities we serve.



Leather List - Leather community fundraising

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/list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/



Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018

Hosted by Gear Club Portugal, Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018 will bring Europe's Leather/BDSM/Fetish community to the Iberian Peninsula the weekend of September 28-30. Gear Club Portugal, the Portuguese spot for men who like Leather, rubber, neoprene, sports, boots and uniforms.




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 31 - September 3. This is is their 57th 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.




Leather Sale in LA

Vintage Leather chaps, pants, vests, jackets, boots, accessories, BDSM toys, bondage cuffs, handcuffs, paddles, whips, floggers, jeans, t-shirts, motorcycle helmets, a furry chipmunk head and BDSM books galore. Many other things like kitchen wares, tools, books, furniture, gift worthy collectibles of pewter, decorative porcelain, figurines, a harpsichord and a Tiffany floor lamp. Compact refrigerator, microwave, luggage, Leather sofas, office chairs, small TV, fans - everything must go. Sale hours 12-6 PM Friday and Saturday, August 24-25. 1300 Factory Place, CA 90013. Enter through loading dock. Questions? Message me through Facebook profile for Thomas Trafelet.




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 September 14 and October 12. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. Our monthly kinky discussion group. 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.




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 on are August 22 and 29, and September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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 for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, September 14 and October 12, 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.




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 August 22 and 29, and September 5, 12, 19 and 26. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.




Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, September 1 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. 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 2 and October 7 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue.




Smokeout - we could end up with the entire hotel

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is half-full reservations for Smokeout 2019 which will be held April 4-7. That's right! Smokeout will have over half of the rooms in the Alexis Park if the event started today. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. There is a limited number of smoking rooms and the hotel is going through renovation - early birds get their choice locations. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests.







That special morning


Coffee - check

Nice warm muffin with butter and jam - check

The Leather Journal newsmagazine - check


Subscribe to the print version





CMEN’s West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2018 will be held August 31 – September 9 in California’s Malibu Hills. A Leather-focused social hour and the Mr. CMEN Leather 2018 contest will highlight activities on Thursday, September 6. Daily activities will include seminars and workshops, outdoor recreation, pool and social activities, afternoon social hours and evening entertainment. This all nude, all male gathering will attract men an estimated 500 men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Register in advance, session options available.



Meat Rack at Eagle LA

John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, April 14 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.




Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay VIII

By Marc Owens

Early bird registration for the Golden Gate Guards' Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay is now open. The Cruise will be on Saturday, September 29 at Pier 40 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA. Check in 4:30 PM, departs 5:30 PM. We will travel under the Bay Bridge, pass Angel Island and Treasure Island, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge to see the bridge and the city of San Francisco at sundown. Full no host bar on-board as well as late afternoon buffet. $75 donation, regular tickets are a $90. A souvenir photo will be taken on the dock or on-board and emailed after the cruise. Net proceeds benefit San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.




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, 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 lovin.



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 mens BDSM education organization. We educate interested people in safe, BDSM practices, we encourage you to find your unique path.




FLAG (Fits Like A GLove) 27th Anniversary Weekend

FLAG 27th Anniversary Weekend was held August 3-5 at the Providence Eagle. Friday night, August 3 will be the 27th Anniversary night at the Providence Eagle at 9 PM, introducing the judges for Mr. FLAG Contest. Russ Wyatt was chosen Mr. FLAG 2018 on Saturday night at the Providence Eagle, becoming the 15th Mr. FLAG titleholder; and Sunday the 26th Annual FLAG Potluck Cookout at Jim Maciel's home in Dartmouth, MA concluded the weekend.





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