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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, December 19, 2018

By December 21, 2018




Leatherman and Leatherwoman of Color - Mufasa's Pride Fellowship

Leatherman of Color 2019 is Jack Thompson and Leather Woman of Color 2019 is Marialuisa Garcia after taking their tiles the weekend of December 8-10 in Washington, DC. Khalid El Bey was the emcee and the judges were House Of Blue, Que Blue Frost, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Dominion ONYX, Dax Volpe and Glenda Rider. Dax Volpe proudly passed the title on to after a successful year. The People of Color Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the DC Eagle on Saturday. The weekend was Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend. Other events were a Friday night meet and greet, Leather University on Saturday and a Sunday Fellowship Victory Brunch at Alero.



Bears, Bikers and Mayhem

After the winter thaw events perk up on the East Coast and a big one is Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII which will be held April 11-14 in Baltimore, MD at the Eisenhower Inn and Aspire Conference Center. The Mr. Mayhem Leather, and Leather Bear contests are a huge part of Bears, Bikers and Mayhem ad there is plenty more including Thursday pre-party, bowling, Whiskey and Cigars, vendors, cigar party, PanDEMONium, after parties, downtown tour, recovery meeting, Porn Star Bingo, Smell My Pits - Pig, dinner and show, pool party, cuddle room, Bots To Briefs and Sunday Brunch.




Goddess Sadie Hawkins murdered in Phoenix

By Mistress Cyan

The Leather Community is once again mourning the loss of one of it's own. Goddess Sadie Hawkins, a professional Dominatrix and leather lifestyle educator was murdered in her apartment in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday afternoon, December 12. Witnesses told police, after arriving in response to a call that shots were fired, that an unknown suspect had been arguing with the victim, who then shot her and fled the scene. Police do not have anyone in custody and are asking anyone who may have information to call 480-WITNESS. Sadie was a Guest of Honor at DomCon: New Orleans in 2016 and attended Leather events all over the country. A Memorial si planned for Saturday, January 19 at Sanctuary Studios LAX.




Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List

It's coming on Christmas Eve. Santa's sleigh went in for its tune up and is ready to go. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in mid-December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, so we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.


Hump Day will return on Wednesday, January 2. We are taking a break for the holidays.


Dave Rhodes turns 70

I turned 70 years old on December 20. Dr. Larry and his husband, William, is throwing a huge LA Dodgers-themed birthday party for me on Saturday night. Now to remember a little:
The first time I voted it was for a Republican - Abraham Lincoln.
It is true that Rome was not built in a day.
There were no dinosaurs on Noah's Ark, except for Noah.
The egg did come before the chicken - It doesn't matter because I ate both of them.
There were three tablets on top of the mountain and Moses dropped one - and it had nine more rules. Number 11 was, "Thou Shalt Not Pay Retail."



LA Leather judges named

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition disclosed the names of the nine judges who will select the next Mr., Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack.
The panel includes International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, International Ms Bootblack 2018 Teagan, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 Ben Kaufher, Ms Los Angles Leather 2016 Moon O'Neal, Ms California Leather Tuesday Niles, noted emcee Karen Ultra, American Leatherman 2008 Randy Carmenaty Mx International Olympus Leather 2017 Matt O'Toole and Bullet Bar owner Michael Lara.
Angeles Leather Pride Week will be held March 24-31.


As LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. This year's theme is XXPLORATION.




CLAW XIX - Kinky Kabaret

CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in liberal Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio, a large and historic American city on the shore of Lake Erie, halfway between New York and Chicago. CLAW has an amazingly long schedule of events. You will have to make choices every hour. Stay until Monday and enjoy the Kinky Kabaret on Sunday night an original and highly entertaining 90-minute music and comedy show. It is CLAW’s fantastic finale and is without competition anywhere on Earth.




Touche' - monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time. Ripe Party is on December 22 and January 26. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.



CMEN - new location and dates for West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2019 will be held August 19-28 at a new location in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The move follows the November 2018 Woolsey Fire which devastated 96,949 acres in the Malibu area including the conference center CMEN has called home for the past 20 years. The annual all nude, all male gathering has grown to include naturist men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater Los Angeles area throughout the year.




Basic Puppy Play 101 video

Matthew Mullins is interviewed in this short video. No one tells puppy like Matthew does. He is co-founder of LA Puppy Pride weekend.




South Plains Leatherfest - International Master/slave

Welcome to South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend 2019 and the 30th Anniversary of the International Master/slave Title and Contest.
The theme of South Plains Leatherfest-International Master/slave Weekend is “ We Will Not Forget. During the SPLF-IM/s Weekend we will remember our history and traditions, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future.
Whether interested in Master/slave relationships or cutting edge SM or both, one will find what they're looking for at South Plains Leatherfest-International Master/slave Weekend in Dallas, Texas on March 7-10.


LA Leather Pride presents All Hands on Deck

LA Leather Pride presents All Hands on Deck beer bust at Eagle LA on Sunday, December 30 at 4 PM. All funds raised will go to provide ASL Interpreters at all LALP feeder contests and events. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.




Mr. Powerhouse Leather

By Spencer Ada

Mr. Powerhouse Leather will be the last feeder in San Francisco before the Mr. San Francisco Leather contest. The contest is schedule for Friday, January 11. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 PM, the stage portion of the contest will begin promptly at 8 PM. Until the bar closes: announcement of Mr. Powerhouse 2019, and Victory Party with Lance Holman for Lick It.




Encuerado Leather Latin Night

Encuerado Leather Latin Night, hosted by Leo Iriarte is held at the Eagle LA on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the next one on Wednesday, December 26 and January 23 at 9 PM. Join in for a crazy-fun night in gear with famous deejay Rubin Sanchez bringing the most amazing collection of rock en Español and rock pop available in USA. The wild and cachondos Go-Go’s from Panama, Mexico and California will make you sweat. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.






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International Geared Pup

The International Geared Pup 2019 Contest will be held on February 10. Unlike other contests currently being held in the Leather, rubber, kink, and fetish communities, International Geared Up Pup is held entirely online. There is no physical venue, which means that there are no travel limitations or expensive run packages to purchase. Any pup, worldwide, is truly capable of entering and participating in the contest. There were 10 contestants last year. The inaugural International Geared Pup titleholder is Alpha Pup Ashtray Boner Kain of Studio City, CA.




Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 10 – 13 at the Hilton Glendale.
There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the Los Angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc.
There is no better way to top off your Columbus Day aka Indigenous People’s Day weekend. Yes, you read that correctly. ONYX Southwest is going back to tradition with Blackout XXIV in 2019.




SECC Leather Weekend and Contest X

SECC Leather Spring Meeting Weekend and Contest X will be produced by the Southeast Conference of Clubs the weekend of March 21-24 at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901. Packages go on sale in January, so stay tuned.




PIGS - Lumberjock

The Perverted Interracial Guys host Lumberjock every third Sunday at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA at 3 PM. The next one is January 20. The next one is Winter Underwear beer bust. No cover. $5 cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.



Annual Leather Community Toy Drive

The San Diego Eagle, Robert Rodriguez and Bill Wills presents the Annual Leather Community Toy Drive at the San Diego Eagle on Friday, December 21 at 9 PM. This is a benefit for the Imperial Court de San Diego Toy Drive. Donate an unwrapped kids toy. There will be raffles. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA.




ONYX Northwest - Wet Pecs Contest

ONYX Northwest will host a Wet Pecs Contest with the 2019 Bare Chest Calendar at the Powerhouse on Saturday, December 29 at 6 PM. No Sash. No photo shoot. Only you, your wet pecs/chest (we'll do the honors) and $100 - if you're the crowd favorite. Anyone may enter the contest. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103. Join the Men of ONYX for their holiday party with a Leather/fetish/kink/gear Dress Code at 6 PM on Saturday, December 22 at the Powerhouse.




Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night

Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on December 22 followed by January 26. 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.



Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one on Saturday, January 5 at 9 PM. Yes, it is the first Saturday due to a scheduling need. Th next one is February 9. It is time for a New Year to begin! And what better way to start then with a New Year Kink Social! I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.




Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, January 4 at 8 PM on the first Friday of odd months with the next being on March 1, 2019. Leather, Smoke, Testosterone and Cruising. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Papa Bear - Sash Bash Weekend

Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. Full weekend VIP passes are on sale now. March 1-3 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.




Hoedown, a Leather Levi Cowboy t-dance

Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2019 presents Hoedown, a Leather Levi Cowboy t-dance at Oil Can Harry's Los Angeles on Sunday, January 6 at 4 PM. Join in on a Sunday Funday Tea Dance with drinks, laughter, good times and Kinky Leather Levi fun. Also meet and welcome in our new Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather 2019, Robert Salcedo. Oil Can Harry's Los Angeles, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, California 91604.







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Sin in the City - Person of Leather

Sin in the City 2019 - Sins Are Lucky For Us will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of January 31 - February 3 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 65 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. Sin in the City welcomes attendees of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ages 18-plus, ethnicities and nationalities, physical abilities, and religious and political affiliations to participate in socials, the International Person of Leather contest, educational workshops, play parties, vendors, boot blacking.



Beyond Leather

Save the date May 16-19. Beyond Leather will include 60-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer, advanced education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 18,000 square-feet that powers one's darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt their palate in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Beyond Leather is home to the International Power Exchange Contest. The keynote speaker will be International Power Exchange 2016 Master Talon.





Fuk University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, January 5 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




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.






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Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 7-10

The Fourth Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago March 7-10 at the Jackhammer Complex. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride.




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




Desert Fetish Authority - Power Dynamics Group

The Power Dynamics Group is now meeting at 3 PM on the third Sunday of every month with the next being on January 20. Contact us at the link below for location. The Power Dynamics Group is a group of men who are engaged in or have an interest in any connection between men that involves the exchange of obedience for responsibility, as in a Master/slave, Daddy/boy, etc. The purpose of this group is to foster support, connection, understanding and growth by providing a safe accepting environment for like-minded men who feel this draw.




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 next two are on January 12 and February 9 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.




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. ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the The Village at Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is December 20 at 8 PM. https://www.onyxsw.com/




LDG Presents - Kinky Tech

The next SFLDG presentation will be on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 PM. Brian Bolt Donner will present Kinky Tech. Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.




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, December 7 and January 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.




Hunter & Charlie's

Most of us have eaten there when it was Farmboy Restaurant. Only the name has changed to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. In the photo, Hunter displays the Best of Show Award he won during the Regiment of the Black and Tans' Chili Cookoff in early November Hunter and Charlie's is creating quite a catering clientele during the holidays. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them Dave Rhodes says hello. (323) 848-4790.





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Bears, Bikers and Mayhem coming in April.


Santa has artist Lucy on his lap during the Tom of Finland Foundation's Holiday Party.