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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, December 21, 2022

By December 22, 2022




Arctic Pilot Leather Weekend

Article by Ariq Wilson and Gallery photos by Will Stone, Douglas OKeeffe, Holger Langer, John O'Brien and Helge Nylund

Coming down an indoor water slide, viewing a city hall presentation and going to a fetish party after attending church - This all happened November 10-13 in Tromsø Norway, the third largest city in the world north of the Arctic Circle, home to the northernmost Pride and Leather weekend in the world.

Per Mister Leather Norway 2019 Helge Nylund and member of the SLM Oslo (Scandinavian Leathermen Oslo) Club founded the Arctic Pilot Leather weekend as a way to showcase Leather and fetish to a community during the week of Arctic Pride.

Upon arrival I saw a beautiful modern city, filled with neat little shops, cafes and restaurants and even a number of-24-hour convenience stores. The “Sentrum” (city center) is quite walkable for most with no shortage of beautiful mountain and ocean views. The people are welcoming, warm and trusting, truly a breath of fresh air.

The schedule was full of a mix of activities that will expose one to the uniqueness of the region while still offering what we have come to know in Leather weekends. Thursday after the meet and greet and visit to a local tavern we boarded a bus to Tromsøbadet, an indoor water park along with a walk through the forest around the lake to attempt to view the northern lights.

Friday, we attended a town hall where the city program of addressing LGBT education was presented, Q&A followed - this city has a plan! Later that afternoon we were shuttled to the local dog sledding facility to meet and cuddle husky dogs, who howled in response to the call of arrroooo! Friday evening, we attended Rainbow Mass at the Tromso Cathedral. The service, mostly in Norwegian, was thoughtful with a message of acceptance and love. The Fetish Dance Party was that night at a local venue with two floors with amazing tunes by DJ K-Paxian (aka) Mister Leather Norway 2021.

The highlight of the weekend was the Arctic Pride parade. The Leather contingent, led by Per Helge and current Mister Leather Norway 2022 Georg Luschsy, neatly following in two rows carrying flags. I carried the flag of California along with dozens of “Pilots” representing 15 countries. The parade itself huge for a city of its size, the streets lined with people as the parade route went through the center of the city.

There were many more activities that are too many to list including a formal dinner and the Arctic Pride closing party which included performances, dancing and where Leather met the mainstream gay community. We could tell we made an impression on the locals.

Helge shared with us that years ago, as he was coming of age, he didn’t see many Leather men walking the streets of his town. He invited us here to give us an experience and show us off to his town.

He was particularly touched by those who came from small towns and villages throughout the north of Norway by bus during Arctic Pilot Leather Weekend - some experiencing Leather for the first time; including a young man who had never been out before but appeared at the fetish dance party. Because he was treated so well, he felt comfortable to march with us in the parade. That is exactly what Leather is all about. See gallery with 11 photos by scrolling all the way down.





Tom of Finland Foundation Volunteer Holiday Party

The Tom of Finland Foundation was busy over the holidays having hosted their annual Volunteers Party at Tom House on Saturday night, December 17 with close to 200 Leatherfolk and kinksters sharing in on the potluck. Tom of Finland provided turkeys and hams while guests filled out the rest of the table. Charlie of Eagle LA fame was Santa Claus who handed out prizes to those who sat on his lap for photos.

The Saturday before, the California B&B held their annual bash at Tom House - see story elsewhere in this edition of Dave Rhodes' Hump Day




CLAW LA - Leather Getaway 2022

CLAW LA - Leather Getaway, in its sophomore year, was held November 23-27 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles and had many of the regular CLAW-like events added several new ones. New events included Digital Silent Auctions, Strip Bingo and Leather Celebrity X's and O's.

CLAW mainstays such as Skills and Educational Classes, International Leather Family Dinner and other theme meals, Bound and Beautiful, a mosh pit for puppies and their handlers, Hercules play parties by Avatar, Kinky Kabaret, Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, CLAW After Dark parties, Leather Mart, Speed Dating, CLAW Body Spa, Hotel California Party which welcomed early birds to CLAW LA on Wednesday night, ABUniverse events, Cigar socials and events, Payasos LA special activities such as CLAW After Dark Jungle and Clown Phucker, Parade of Club Colors and more

One reason CLAW has been so successful since its beginning in January 2002 to now could be found in Executive Director Bob Miller's welcome letter in the CLAW printed program, ".... We are happy here because...."





Boogie Woogie benefit for The Leather Journal

Mr. Regiment 2023 Colin MacDougall hosted his first Boogie Woogie Beer Bust at the Bullet Bar in East NoHo on Sunday, November 20. $500 was raised through a $5 donation collected at the door and a drawing for prizes. The Boogie Woogie Beer Bust's proceeds went to benefit The Leather Journal - a 100 percent free distribution publication that connects the Leather community to each other every single month.

DJ Rachid Najjar spun a mix inspired by the 1940s. The sexiest uniform GoGo boys this side of the Mississippi got the horny pumped up.




2023 International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack

IMsLBB (International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack) is holding their first event since 2019 which will be held Apri; 20-23 at the Holiday Inn Piscataway - Somerset in Piscataway, NJ - a complete hotel takeover.

IMsLBB producers are giddy with excitement to welcome LKeatherfolk into an IMsLBB wonderland of fun, frolic and downright dirty play. To this end they have secured the entire hotel. This means that once the hotel shuts down from the outside world at noon on Thursday, guests can be free to fly their freak flag high anywhere within the walls of the establishment. Wanna do a yellow hanky scene by the gazebo? Have at it. Feel like letting your mermaid out in the pool? Do itIMsLBB is not only talking about indoors, either. The Holiday Inn is built around a courtyard that will be all IMsLBB's and prepped for play day and night. That means bring on the fire play, long whips and sploshing folks.

While the hotel takeover is exciting, IMsLBB also knows not everyone is able or ready to attend this in-person event. Fear not, tIMxLBB 2023 will be a hybrid in person and virtual event. Join globally for scintillating and educational kinky camaraderie right from the comfort of your favorite chill spot. Classes and all main stage events will be streamed live, and all non-interactive content will be available to watch around the clock. This goes for in person attendees as well, as your ticket will also unlock the event streaming pages on




CineKink 20th Anniversary Season

CineKink - the kinky film festival - is seeking works that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality for its 20th Anniversary season.

Founded in 2003 with the intent of recognizing and encouraging sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions, CineKink will consider offerings from both the independent film world and the adult, with selections ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between.

"Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything celebrating sex as a right of self-expression is fair game," says Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director. "Far be it from us to define 'kink.' If you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it along!"

Scheduled for its 20th anniversary appearance in May/June 2023, the specially curated CineKink NYC will include a short film competition, audience choice awards and an adult entertainment showcase/contest, with a national screening tour to follow. After several seasons of online festivals, organizers plan to offer in-person festivities and screenings, as long as it’s possible to do so safely and affordably, while utilizing virtual presentations to expand their offerings and reach a wider audience.

The "regular deadline is January 10th and the late deadline is February 3rd, with submission fees increasing at each tier.

As always, entry fees are waived for CineKink-alumni filmmakers, provided they are submitted by the regular deadline of January 6, with a limit of three entries each. Waiver information has been emailed to all alumni.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/call-for-entries




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Regiment of the Black and Tans

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Toast To The Season at Eagle LA on Saturday night, December 3 where well over $1,000 worth of toys were collected to be donated to Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Of course, who could resist sitting on Santa Brian's lap for photos? Earlier in the evening the Black and Tans held their annual Toast dinner with friends at Casita del Campo in LA's Silver Laake district.




Avatar Holiday Potluck Party

By Jeff S.

The Avatar Club Los Angeles Holiday Potluck Party on Sunday afternoon, December 11 for members and guests at the Hollywood Hills home of Ralph Bruneau.
New member orientation and inductions were held with three new members inducted. The weather cooperated and the views of the city were spectacular. The club abd friends viewed a great video about the club from cofounder Alexei Romanoff. Club image and attitude was discussed as well as member responsibility with Avatar's new members.

Avatar held their Deck the Balls contest at Eagle LA on Saturday night, December 17 with a huge crowd on hand. Contestants had their balls "decorated" for the holidays at this fun event.





Empire City MC 59th Annual Holiday Party

The Empire City Motorcycle Club's 59th Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive to benefit Rising Ground Children's Services was held at the Stonewall Inn in New York, NY on Saturday, December 3 with Ari Kiki serving as the host. There were door prizes and plenty of light fare all night with a show.

There are plenty of other events and rides added to Empire City Motorcycle Club's official calendar on a regular basis, especially day rides. Be sure to bookmark http://calendar.EmpireCityMC.com



San Diego Eagle 20th Anniversary

From Saturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 20 the San Diego Eagle celebrated its 20th Anniversary with different events on each night.

Earl Gray walked out onto North Park Way bearing the Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather 2023 sash and medallion on Saturday night, November 19 in San Diego, CA. Earl Gray and Angel Leatherlover were the two men competing. Mr. San Diego Eagle 2020 David James gave a well-received step down speech right before the winner was announced.

Emcees were International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014 Dave Faunce and Roxie Bleau. The judges were Michael Loyer, Eric Crow, Gus Norris, Dino Garcia, Tamanava Eden-mcLintock, Puppy Rocket and Dave Rhodes.

Tuesday was Women's Leather night, Wednesday was Titleholder Appreciation night. On Thursday, November 17 a dessert auction netted funds for The Leather Journal at the North Park Diner. Friday night was the meet and greet. The week concluded with a. The contest was produced by Russ Mortenson Boyd.




SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend XV

By Richard Conley

Need a winter getaway with a twist? Get Outta the Cold and Into the Heat at SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend which blows into Provincetown MA February 24-26. Events including Beer Blast, White-out thermal underwear party, Chaps and Straps, Leather Dance, and lots of hot and horny
men looking to warm up their winter.

Northeast Community Bootblack 2022 Jay Falcon will be on hand to shine boots throughout the weekend. For information on the SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend XV schedule and discounted accommodations, log on to https://www.matesleatherweekend.com/snowbound or phone (800) 330-9413.




The next chapter of Sanctuary starts January 10, 2023

By Mistress Cyan

Yes, I am so happy to say that the next chapter in the Sanctuary Legacy starts on January 10, 2023! That is the official closing date of escrow and the date that we can then take possession of the building. We are really excited to be only four weeks away from getting started again and to all of you who have reached out and volunteered to help, thank you!

We have set up a short form for everyone who would like to help so we can efficiently schedule volunteers and know what each person’s interest and expertise is. We can use help from those who have a specific skill or specialty, such as construction, plumbing, and electrical, as well as those who want to donate time to help unload the pods, paint, do upholstery, etc. If you would lie to help us, please click on the following link and let us know. We are hoping to get everything built out and be ready to re-open to the public early February.

Here is the link to volunteer https://forms.office.com/r/9Ax4b7dSF1

For those of you who would like to help out financially, we have set up a fundraising campaign. Since we moved out of the LAX site on August 1st, we have been paying rent on nine pods and storage, as well as insurance, phone, etc, and expect to incur a heavy cost getting the building ready to open for events. For those who are interest in making a donation, here is the link https://www.paypal.com/donate?campaign_id=34J23HHMJGBF4



Lords of Leather Mardi Gras Ball

By Brock Anderson

Make Mardi Gras memories at the Lords of Leather 40th Annual Mardi Gras Ball in New Orleans. The date is Sunday February 19, 2023, at 8 PM at the John A. Alario Center in suburban Westwego, LA.

Celebrate Gay Mardi Gras and authentic New Orleans as never before by taking in this colorful extravaganza of music, lights and a tableau of creative Leather-themed costumes built and worn by Lords of Leather members. Formal (black tie) or Leather attire is requested (or a combination of both). Tickets available late-December or early January from https://www.ticketleap.com/events/ (search Lords of Leather). For more information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Leather Archives matching fund's goal met

The Leather Archives & Museum set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of 2022, with a challenge match from The John Palatinus Trust, Full Kit Gear and an anonymous donor. True to form, the community came through....and then some, to the tune of $22,000. As of December 7, LA&M has passed that challenge goal, and the $20,000 magically became $40,000. Many thanks to everyone who helped to support this campaign, with both donations and positive energy.

Although the campaign is over, there is still time to make an end-of-year donation to receive the tax benefits for 2022. Also, all donations received before December 31st are still eligible for the LA&M great "thank you" gifts, including a chance to win a kangaroo bullwhip donated by Bob Huffman for all donations over $500. The LA&M is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.




ONYX SoCal-Southwest's Denver brothers

ONYX SoCal-Southwest's Denver brothers and pledges co-hosted the Bear Bust hosted by Front Range Bears on Sunday, December 18 at Denver Sweet Nightclub.




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COMMAND MC - 2022 shows growth of club

By Rob Cwiklowski

Tonight, December 5, was my last meeting as President of COMMAND MC. It was great to lead the club over the past several years. I'm not leaving, just changing roles and focused on being the Road Captain this coming year.

It was a great meeting as we had Steve Shavitz, one of the first people to Pledge the club when it first began, speak on sobriety and share a couple great stories of the original club. We were honor ed to hear from our new Maryland Leather title holder, Finn Michael Coy-Gresavage, with just a taste of what this coming year will look like for them. Then we had three new pledges, and an associate member begin their journey with the club and another former member reactivate his membership! COMMAND MC is alive and well.




PSLOD Holiday Party

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert held their holiday party at the home of club members Kyle and Glenn on December 11.

It was wonderful so spend such a fun evening after our busy and successful year of volunteerism and giving, with 2022 PSLOD donations made to The Mizell Center, Safe Schools Desert Cities, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, Let’s Kick Ass Palm Springs, Modern Men Choir, Oak Grove Sanctuary Palm Springs, The Trevor Project, and The Leather Archives & Museum.




Fireside Chats traveled to Arctic Pride

By Douglas O'Keeffe

Fireside Chats host and producer Douglas O'Keeffe traveled to Arctic Pride in Tromso, Norway, in November, at the invitation of Per Helge Nylund, to conduct three amazing Chats: Mari-Mette Graff, Lady Die, and Per Helge Nylund, shared amazing details about their community and Kink-Leather life above the Arctic Circle. Look for the Chats release soon. Douglas is also working on a series of Chats in Amsterdam, and in January will begin a series of Chats with Israeli Leather titleholders.




Desert Fetish Authority - Leather/Fetish Open Discussion

Join the Desert Fetish Authority for their monthly Leather/Fetish Open Discussion Group, Kink Talk! The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. They gather every second Saturday from 3-4:30 PM at the Barracks in Cathedral City. Stefen Burchard facilitates.

Most sessions have minimal structure, but they sometimes announce a topic in advance as a jumping off point. Stefen will allow the energy of the group - as revealed during the introductions and intent portion - to dictate where the discussion will lead.

The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for Leatherfolk to come together and speak uncensored about their experiences, desires and possible challenges in the Leather and Fetish community. Stefen’s intent is to facilitate an open, non-judgmental space in which Leatherfolk can all grow and learn from each other and become closer as DFA Brothers. With a few discussions under their belt, the group will take on a life, culture and direction of its own.




Join the NCSF today and enter the fight

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom needs activists now, as much as ever. The NCSF has three levels of membership: 1. Coalition Partners - organizations or businesses who support NCSF with an annual membership of $100/year, plus hold an annual fundraiser to benefit NCSF, and vote on the Board Members. See a list of our Coalition Partners; 2. Supporting Members - individuals or organizations who support NCSF with an annual membership of $100/year. See a list of our Supporting Members; 3. Individual Members - individuals who support NCSF and contribute $25/year in membership dues.

NCSF members may apply for liability, property and D&O insurance through the NCSF Members Insurance Program, run by Gleason & Associates LLC. NCSF does not provide the insurance and all disputes are between the insured and the insurance company. NCSF does not receive an endorsement fee with this service.




Bears LA Fourth Annual Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

Bears LA held their Fourth Annual Mac & Cheese Cook-Off, hosted by Mr. LA Leather Bear 2022 Alan Gabriel, at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on Sunday afternoon, December 18.




Austin Pup Weekend

By Pup Stitch mini Big Johnson Powers St. Stone and photo by James Lightbown

November 11-13 were the dates for Austin Pup Weekend which featured the Iron Pup Contest which was won by Pup Stitch mini Big Johnson Powers St. Stone. Austin Pup Weekend was back after a four-year hiatus. Interviews were held at Sir Rat Leather and the rest of the contest was at the Iron Bear. There were three contestants. The winner will be competing at International Puppy Trainer Contest in 2024. The producers were Pup Atlas and Pup Scruffy.




Is Your Kink Actually a Fetish? Let’s Break It Down

By Suzannah Weiss, photo by James Lightbown

People often use the terms “kink” and “fetish” interchangeably—but there's a key difference.

What ultimately matters is not what label you put on a sexual desire but how comfortable you are with it. "Healthy intimacy happens with consenting adults and is safe for everyone involved,” says Lichtenstein. “Regardless of your kink or fetish, when your sexual behavior isn’t damaging to yourself or others, the healthiest way to deal with it is to accept what you are feeling and desiring as a natural part of who you are."

While all fetishes are kinks, not all kinks are not fetishes, explains Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D., a researcher at the Kinsey Institute, member of the Men's Health advisory panel, and resident sex researcher at Astroglide

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California B&B Corps Holiday Dinner

The California B&B Corps, Los Angeles Chapter held their annual Holiday Dinner at the Tom of Finland House in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, December 11 with approximately 50 in attendance. Among those presenting donation checks to the Tom of Finland Foundation were the B&B Corps, Eagle LA and Jim Neuman.



Atons LL Holiday Fundraiser

Minnesota Leather Pride and the Atons of Minneapolis celebrated the winter holidays with an afternoon of Leather, kink, and cheer with proceeds to benefit The Aliveness Project. Activities included a prize drawing and silent auctions on Sunday, December 11 at The Saloon in Minneapolis, MN.




BLUF SF Holiday 2022 Dinner

By Ghee Phua and photo by John Burrow

Many thanks to everyone who attended the BLUF SF Holiday 2022 Dinner last night. I would also like to thank Basil Canteen, Bill Burdick and John Burrow who hosted the event in my absence. Due to sickness, I was unable to be present.

The next BLUF SF event, HARD, will be at 9 PM on Friday, January 13 at the SF Eagle. Admission is free if you enter in gear before 9:30 PM and mention to the door person you are attending the event. Gear is recommended but not required for attendance. All are welcome.



ONYX Midwest

ONYX Midwest held their annual Holiday Brunch at Lis Chicago in early December.



Empire City MC 59th Annual Holiday Party

The Empire City Motorcycle Club's 59th Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive to benefit Rising Ground Children's Services will be held at the Stonewall Inn in New York, NY on Saturday, December 3 from 6-9 PM with Ari Kiki as the host. Entrance is $10 with a gift at the door, or $20 with no gift at the door.

Door prizes, plenty of light fare all night. Stay for a show at 9 PM. To prevent transmission of disease, gift cards are preferred over tangible items. Suggested are th likes of department store gift cards, Amazon, clothing stores Modell's Sporting Goods, Apple iTunes or other appropriate stores in the New York area.




BLUF Montreal Christmas Party

Join the Montreal Leather Guys in celebrating the Christmas season at Le Stud Bar, St. Catherine Street in Montreal, Canada's Gay Village on Friday, December 9, from 8-10 PM. Everything will run before Christmas dinner, details will follow. Mandatory BLUF dress code. Le Stud bar no cover.

BLUF (Breeches and Leather Uniform Fan Club) is an international club for men with many chapters who enjoy wearing breeches and Leather uniforms. Founded in 1997, there are now over 4,000 members worldwide, and many of them meet in person at BLUF events.




Dance on the Wind Damian

By Rik Newton Treadway

February 10, 1951 - November 26, 2022,
On November 26, 2022, Damian David Sanzone, beloved spouse of David Alan Zebraski, devoted brother of Anthony Sanzone and his wife Karen passed away.
Damian was one of COMMAND MC's original 19.



IDL 1994 Jose Granda killed in fiery car crash

Supplied by Karen Taylor from NBC 6 South Florida by Heather Walker

The victim of a fiery weekend crash in Miami has been identified by loved ones as a leader in the deaf and gay community.

Jose Granda spent more than 30 years teaching American Sign Language at Miami-Dade College and was a frequent presenter at sign language interpreter conferences at the local, state and national level, the college said in a statement Wednesday.

"Prof. Granda also held positions in many nonprofit organizations, assisting clients with program coordination for ASL, as well as coordinating special services with government and community agencies in this regard. He was beloved by students, and peers lauded him for his ‘expressive demeanor, which displayed the full impact of American Sign Language’ and for serving as a mentor to many sign language interpreters in the field," the statement read. "His lasting impact on his students and the MDC community will be felt for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Granda was 69 years old, according to online posts from loved ones.

The two-vehicle crash happened just after midnight Sunday in the 1700 block of Southwest 22nd Avenue and involved a tow truck.

Granda’s car crashed into a power pole and caught fire according to witness. He was pronounced dead on scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Since news of his death broke, there has been an outpouring of support from across the country.

Messages of condolences have come from the National Hispanic Latino Association of the Deaf to the Deaf Queer Resource Center in California. And posts said he will be remembered as a proud deaf, gay, Cuban.

A celebration of Granda's life is being planned for noon on Jan. 14th at the Broward Association of the Deaf.




A Blast from The Past




Santa Claus Shawn

Shawn Farnsworth played the role of Santa Claus back in December 2002 with a stubble bearded Charlie.



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