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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, December 5, 2018

By December 07, 2018


CLAW Hotel Rooms Going Fast

The Westin is fully booked and the other three CLAW hotels are more than 50-percent sold. The other hotels are the Hampton Inn, Aloft Cleveland and the Marriott at Key Tower. Room rates start at $134/night for single and double occupancy ($139 for triple and quadruple occupancy) and include $20-$40/day in breakfast vouchers. CLAW Packages include more than 209 different events and exhibitors and the best cigar deck in all of Leather. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. CLAW is a convention that many consider the best Leather event of the year.





Titans of the Midwest elects board

By Sir Travis Rhoden

The election results are in and listed below is the 2019 Titans of the Midwest Executive Board. Newly elected board members will start their one-year term after the announcement during the 2018 Titans of the Midwest Summit. The officers are: President Brian “Bolt” Donner, Vice President Daddy Jay, Membership Secretary Jonathan Garton, Secretary Girl Becky, Treasurer Gerard, Public Liaison Sir Travis (Travicorn), At-large North Sparkie, At-large South Bill Bauer, At-large East Bjorn and At-large West Bill Dudley.




Mid-Atlantic Leather

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend dates are January 18-20 and the host venue is the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington,DC. The annual event is hosted by the Centaur Motorcycle Club. Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend includes Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, Sunday Brunch, the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest on Sunday afternoon, a Closing Dance Party at Club 9:30 on Sunday night. Also, the best vendor market on the LGBT Leather title circuit on the east coast, bootblack stands, puppy events, many events sponsored by clubs such as ONYX, Highwaymen TNT, MAUL, IML judge announcements and continuous social gathering in the Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby. And off-site are many activities at the DC Eagle and Green Lantern. For information on MAL Weekend visit




Avatar Club Los Angeles - Power Play and Power Exchange Dynamics

Please join Avatar Club Los Angeles and a panel of experts on Power Play and Power Exchange Dynamics on Sunday, December 9, 4-7 PM at MCC in the Valley. There have been many times since the club was founded over 35 years ago that our community needed leadership in addressing issues critical to our safe, sane, and consensual play and relatedness. Avatar Club Los Angeles believes we are currently in such a time. Recent events have, again, put into the spotlight, the difference between power exchange and intimate partner violence/abuse. While this conversation is initiated by the loss of Pup Tank (aka Jack), this is by no means, an isolated incident. We will be holding an informational and experiential forum to discuss the nature of healthy power exchange, bodily autonomy, and the very nature safe, sane, and consensual BDSM play. MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.




Jeph and Kevin Barry wed

Jeph and Kevin Barry, the founders of Divergent Donations Foundation, Mr. and Mr. Snowbound 2016, and recipients of the 2017 Pantheon of Leather President’s Award, were united in marriage in a private ceremony on the Island of Nantucket on the beach at the Brant Point Light on Monday, December 3. The Brant Point Light is a lucky location for not only Jeph and Kevin, but many travelers who throw pennies into the water as they leave the island, to ensure their return to Nantucket someday. Jeph and Kevin plan to return to Nantucket many times in their future together. Divergent Donations Foundation has raised over $300,000 since 2016 and has sent HIV/AIDS medications to over 42 countries through AID for AIDS International in New York City.



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 December 16. The next one is Winter Underwear beer bust. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Leather Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 announced

The Leather Hall of Fame named their inductees which will be honored during the 11th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch during CLAW XIX, April 28 in Cleveland, OH. The inductees are Samois, Fakir Musafar, and the Leather Archives & Museum. Created in June 1978 in the Bay Area, Samois was the first lesbian and feminist SM organization. A founding father of the “modern primitive movement,” Fakir Musafar gained a large audience through his art, his writings, and his classes. Since the early 1990s, when Tony DeBlase and Chuck Renslow laid the foundations for a repository for the primary documentation, art, and artifacts of leather culture, the Leather Archives & Museum has become a premier, central, and unique leather institution.




Leather Pride Dublin

Leather Pride Dublin is a weekend of events organized by the community group GEARED Ireland. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events will be held January 26-28 and are focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.





Inland Empire Leather Ambassador - December Potluck, Party and Gift Exchange

The Inland Empire Leather Ambassador invites Leatherfolk to their December Potluck, Party and Gift Exchange on Sunday, December 16 at 1 PM at The Menagerie Riverside, 3581 University Ave, Riverside, California 92501. Inland Empire Leather Ambassador in partnership with Inland Empire Misfits and ROPES (Rope Oriented Play Empire Social) are teaming up to present a holiday inspired potluck for ALL Inland Empire Munch Groups. Bring a potluck main dish. Bring cash for super special raffles. Bring a Gift Exchange at about $5 value and participate in the Gift Exchange.



Mr. ATLAS - new evolution of Leather contest

Welcome to ATLAS: a brand new Leather contest / dance party hybrid where the music never stops and audience vote helps decide the winner. Mr. ATLAS is the new evolution of Leather contest that is focused on performance and giving people a night they won’t ever forget. The traditional elements of a leather contest remain, such as speeches and interviews. However they are moved up earlier in the day before the main event in front of our panel of judges. Then later, at the main event, contestants will be focused on putting on a show that is dripping in sex appeal. Our judging panel will make their selection for Mr. ATLAS Leather with the help of interactive audience text voting, and the winner will carry the ATLAS name at International Mr. Leather in May 2019. Mr. ATLAS will be held January 26 at Union Night Club from 10 PM to 4 AM.



Scott McTeir accepts a new Community Partner certificate from LALC treasurer Apolonio. Photo by Motorboot Robert

LA Leather Coalition Board elected

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition recently elected its 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Chair Gus Norris, Vice-Chair Robert "Motorboot" Green, Secretary Apolonio "Señor Apple" E. Muñoz III, Treasurer Cypher with at large Board Members Ms Diana, Alan Stroik, David Cosio and Frank Cavallo who is new to the Board. The vacancy created by the resignation of Esteban Nuñez was filled by Gabriel Green at the December LALC meeting. Los Angeles Leather Pride Week will be held March 24-31.






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Pup Caroling

Pug Pug and Erik James Escareño invite you to go Pup Caroling on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM starting at Eagle LA an meandering throughout the neighborhood toward Rough Trade. This was a hit last year and is not to be missed. Howl out those Christmas carols and holiday songs, but try to stay in tune. Wear comfortable shoes - they will be walking. Pup/handler gear highly encouraged. Festive holiday attire also encouraged. Eagle LA. 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.




MAFIA Club Night

MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are January 4 and February 1. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.


ONYX SoCal Southwest 12 Days of Kinkmas

12 Days of Kinkmas will be hosted by ONYX SoCal Southwest at the Eagle LA on Sunday, December 9 at 4 PM. Join ONYX Southwest for their pre-Christmas beer bust at their home bar. As always, there will be kinky go-go Santas and elves, holiday inspired Jell-O shots, stocking stuffer raffle bags, delicious food, music by DJ Candy and some of the kinkiest Leather men and women in LA. A $5 donation goes to charity. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.




Mx Virginia Leather

Purple Penguin Productions, aka Ma'am Karen and Bumper will present Virginia’s first MX Leather Contest. Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.




Black and Tans Toast to the Season

The Regiment of the Black and Tans kicked off the holidays with their 43rd Annual Toast to the Season at Eagle LA on Saturday, December 1. There was a photo with Santa area where Kevin Casey made a perfect Mr. Claus and several thousand dollars worth of new toys filled the Eagle LA stage. This is the start of a month when Los Angeles' Leather community shines with its many clubs' Holiday parties. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.



Sherman Oaks Munch

The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock Restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.



Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, December 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.




Hunter & Charlie's

Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them we say hello. (323) 848-4790.




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.







That special morning

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Nice warm muffin with butter and jam - check

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Chappy Chanukah!

Bears LA and Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Kaufher led a celebration of the ASStival of Lights at the Bullet Bar at 3 PM on December 2. There was a best chaps contest won by Jeffrey Erdman, cruise the patio for a fun fundraiser benefiting Reach LA. Raffle prizes t, Ho-made latkes, Chanukiah wax demos and Holiday Selfie Booth. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.




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. 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.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, December 14 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




Barking Billiards

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. November 13, 20 and 27. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Their Halloween party was a blast - don't miss it next year. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.



Leatherman of Color, Leather Woman of Color

Leatherman of Color, Leather Woman of Color Competitions and the People of Color Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held live at the DC Eagle on Saturday, December 8 at 7 PM. This is Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend. A Friday night meet and greet starts at 9 PM, Leather University will be on Saturday from 4-6 PM. Sunday closes the weekend with a Fellowship Victory Brunch at Alero at 11 AM. Dax Volpe will pass the title onto the next man and there will be a woman, too. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road, Washington, DC 20019.



LA Band of Brothers - Christmas beer bust

The Los Angeles Band Of Brothers will host a Christmas beer bust at Eagle LA on Sunday, December 16 at 3 PM. Join the Los Angeles Band Of Brothers for fun, camarderie and beer. Come meet our members and find out what the LABB is all about. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.


Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle. We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




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 and to select the man who will represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather in May.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next one is on December 14 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. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.


The 15 Association - Play Party

The 15 Association's Holiday Play Party will be on Sunday, December 16 at 12 PM at Blow Buddies. The 15 Association will hold its January 26 monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. The November 17 Thanksgiving Play Party was cancelled due to dangerous air quality from the fire in Northern California.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.




Fist Fest - Spring FFling

Fist Fest will host Spring FFling at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, GA the weekend of April 25-27. Metropolis Complex (formerly Parliament Resort) is nestled on 10 acres and has 120 rooms. A pass includes free beer, bottled water and sports drinks all weekend, all play supplies (in the public spaces), the infamous Pool Party complete with slings, benches, platforms, play supplies, an open bar and rockin' music, Cocktail Party on Friday afternoon, educational programs, dog dag, swag bag and a container of Elbow Grease. Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901.



Beast - Krampusnacht Gift Exchange

Be at Beast: Krampusnacht Gift Exchange on Friday, December 14 at 9 PM, and join in the gift exchange, $25 Max, and beware of Krampus who will be there to find the naughty pups... come and join us in the last pet play and furry Party at Bullet Bar in 2018. Have a great holiday, and share it in the forest with us. Private mosh and pet play area included. Last day to RSVP is Sunday, December 9. The Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.



Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.





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