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Dave Rhodes Hump Day December 6, 2017

By December 06, 2017



Mufasa Ali is Great Lakes Leather Alliance keynote speaker
By Christina K. Court
Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announced that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker. Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the ONYX National Council, and he is the founder and primary facilitator of the People of Color Leather Caucus seminars at IML and Black Beat, Inc. GLLA 2018 will occur September 6-9 in the same Indianapolis, Indiana host hotel as GLLA 2017. Event registration will open January 1.



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Gagged and Silent benefit at Eagle 562

Gagged and Silent hosted by Mr. Long Beach Leather 2017 Jerimyh Jackson and Mr. OCIC 2017 Jeff "Wolfpup" Galley will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 8 PM. It is the season of giving. Jeff is doing collections for the AIDS Food Bank and OC charities. So any non-perishables on top of what is on list that you can donate as well as unwrapped toys is greatly appreciated. So come out and celebrate the season of giving with your Long Beach Leather Community. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.


Photo by Marc Martin, Fenster Zum Klo

Berlin Museum holds exhibition dedicated to gay sex in public toilets
By David Hudson for Gay Star News
The show is now running at Berlin’s Schwules Museum and was sponsored by city's official public transport service. The Museum holds exhibition dedicated to gay sex in public toilets. Those involved with the exhibition say sex in public toilets has played an important role in queer history. A museum in Berlin, Germany, has just unveiled an exhibition dedicated to the subject of gay sex in public toilets. Fenster Zum Klo: Public Toilets, Private Affairs is running now at Berlin’s Schwules Museum.


Embers closes in Portland after 48 years

Embers in Portland, OR suddenly announced on Wednesday, November 29 that it would be closing after owner Steve Suss suffered a stroke. The club has served the LGBT communities of the Pacific Northwest including drag, Leather and mainstream groups. Sorrowful responses came to The Leather Journal from leaders who have been there a quarter century. Andy Mangels won a Leather title there, founded a nationally-known club there. It is our understanding that the property owner does not want Embers to continue, so if it is revived it most likely will have to be in another building.


Get your Leather Archives memorabilia through Amazon

Shop Amazon.com and support the Leather Archives & Museum through Amazon's charitable giving program, Amazon Smile. For every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Leather Archives & Museum. It's that simple.


Avatar 35th Anniversary and the opening of The Erotic Art of Avatar

Join Avatar Club Los Angeles in celebrating its 35th Anniversary and the opening of The Erotic Art of Avatar, a three-week exhibition of works in our collection and new pieces from noted artists at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, February 17 starting at 6 PM. Enjoy live musical performances by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, our Emcee for the evening. Buffet dinner prepared by Layne Sanden. Cash bars. Avatar Mission Statement: Providing leadership in education, health and safety by facilitating strategic collaborations and developing outreach programs to allow individuals to explore alternative expressions of sexuality in a safe environment. Since 1983.


Snowbound Leather Weekend XI

Mates Leather Weekend will present Snowbound Leather Weekend XI, February 23-25 at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Like to show it off? Wanna be the face of Snowbound 2018? Send a winter-themed picture of yourself in your Leather/fetish gear (rated G – XXX) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pictures received will be printed as a 11" x 17" poster (high resolution please) and displayed at the Beer Blast at Watership Inn and Snowbound Brunch at Bayside Betsy’s. Snowbound participants will vote for their favorite with a $5 donation to AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/snowbound/

Mr. Phoenix Leather 2018.
The 10th Annual Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest will be held January 4-7 at several venues in Phoenix, AZ. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mr-phoenix-leather-2018-tickets-38058883144

Bad Santa X-mas Party in Salt Lake City
Bad Santa X-mas Party, hosted by Crow and the Pitcher and DJ Jarvicious is on the docket for Saturday, December 23 at 8 PM. Come take photos with Santa before he heads out on his big night! No cover but donations go to charities. Come have fun and tell Santa what you want for X-mas. Crow and the Pitcher, 4883 South. State, Murray, UT 84107. https://www.facebook.com/events/1965627007020407/

The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Auto/Biography of "Daddy Alan" Selby

Here's an awesome holiday gift - A biography of San Francisco entrepreneur and activist Alan Selby, founder of the iconic Mr. S Leather Store on Folsom Street. In the Introduction, Dr. Jones, a close associate of the late Mr. Selby, offers a biography of the man, who immigrated from London to San Francisco, where he became world-famous as the owner of the Mr. S Leather store and a key figure in the San Francisco gay community during the AIDS crisis. The second part of the book is an autobiography constructed from Selby's own journals.This book gives a unique inside look into the character and personality of one of San Francisco's most colorful figures. A must-read. https://www.facebook.com/TheMayorOfFolsomStreet

Frisky Pups
Frisky Pups is a sex-positive event open to all men age 18-plus whether they have interest in puppy play, BDSM or both. Saturday, December 30, 8 PM - 1 AM, SF Catalyst. Visit Facebook (Frisky Pups) for more details and tickets. We’re inviting sex-positive pups and the men who love to play with them to SF Catalyst for a night of debauchery. We’ve got a fully equipped play space with BDSM equipment, fuck benches, beds, slings and many more fun toys that will help you unleash your primal instincts. $15 in advance. $20 at door. Proceeds go to benefit SF Catalyst. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=frisky%20pups

Kentucky Leather Brotherhood
Kentucky Leather Brotherhood will hold its monthly Club Night on Saturday, December 16 at 7 PM at PRIDE bar and lounge, 504 State Street, New Albany, IN 47150.


Midwest Olympus Leather Weekend
Midwest Olympus Leather will be held February 9-11 in Columbus, OH. Friday night will see a meet and greet at the bar with some sexy entertainment, jello shots and a 50/50 raffle. Saturday morning will offering classes while the Mr. Mx and Ms Midwest Olympus Leather contestants are doing their thing with the judges and rehearsing for the evening show. After a dinner break we are back at the bar for the full contest and show at The Highball Tavern at 1071 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206, where we will finalize scores and announce our winners. On Sunday they will be offering a brunch with keynote speaker, Vonn Tramel, Producer of International Olympus Leather. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midwest-olympus-leather-contest-weekend-2018-tickets-36800781127

LDG Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host a LDG Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party on Saturday December 9, 2-4 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Founded in 1996 LDG continues its commitment toward building a stronger sense of community through serving the educational needs of Leathermen and their allies. Featuring informative, interesting and prominent guest speakers, LDG hosts demonstrations, workshops, community forums and expert panel discussions each year. Our monthly programs cover a wide range of sexuality, community, and personal growth topics, from BDSM technique, health and safety to relationships, fantasies, spirituality and much more. Although LDG's regular programs are focused on the specific needs and interests of kink-minded men, adults of all genders and backgrounds are welcome to attend. http://www.sfldg.org/our-mission/

Four men have been arrested for ‘spreading gay pictures’ in Indonesia
By Josh Jackman for Pink News
A reader who contacted PinkNews said: “Today, my friend was put in jail in Indonesia for taking pictures when playing BDSM with his submissive" It continues with, “The picture doesn’t even have genitals in it. They think it’s porn because they simply don’t understand BDSM, and they hate gays." http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/11/09/four-men-have-been-arrested-for-spreading-gay-pictures-in-indonesia/

Dog Pound: Rush Flight hosted by Los Angeles Puppy Pride and the Los Angeles Pup Contest
By Matthew Mullins
Dog Pound: Rush Flight hosted by Los Angeles Puppy Pride and the Los Angeles Pup Contest will be at the Bullet Bar Friday, February 9-10. The first Dog Pound of the Year, but luckily if you have been paying attention, there seems to be a certain puppy who is ready to jumpstart the puppy community in Los Angeles! Our LA Pup 2018, Rush hit the ground running and has big plans for this year. So the focus of this Dog Pound will be moshing, socializing and working towards better unity within the pup world! It doesn’t matter if its your sexual fetishes that drive you to come, or your need for freedom within pupping out, truth is we are one community, and Dog Pound was made to celebrate all sides of the pup community. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/306562926508142/

CLAW XVIII hotels filling up

Make your reservation now for CLAW 18 in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The Westin is more than 85-percent full and is $164/night; Hampton Inn is $149 and includes full Leather breakfast every morning - one block from the Westin; and DoubleTree is $154/night with lakefront rooms. Twenty-two different community charities were awarded a total of $84,000 by CLAW 17. Register at https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/hotels

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 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 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

Southwest Leather Conference - Take the Plunge
Southwest Leather Conference 2018 - Take the Plunge will highlight the annual Southwest Master/slave Contest and Southwest Bootblack Contest in gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest Leather Conference also includes Dance of Souls hook pull ceremony, keynote brunch, play parties, a large number of classes and workshops, Leather Tribe Revival and other socials. http://www.southwestleather.org/content/registration


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Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named
By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ for details.

Club FUK First Anniversary Party
Nicole Moon O'Neal invites you to Club FUK First Anniversary Party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. Club FUK (Females Uniting Kink) is a female-dominant educational and play party experience, and an all-inclusive social group of adults over the age of 18 with an interest in Female Dominant-oriented BDSM play and lifestyle. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/2020799981469391/?active_tab=about

Leatherman of Color 2018

Leatherman of Color 2018 Contest, hosted by Leatherman of Color 2017 will be the weekend of December 8-10 at the DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019, starting at 4 PM. Leatherman of Color 2017 Kai Anderson will pass the title to his successor on Saturday night. A meet and greet starts things. Sunday's victory party is at a venue to be announced. https://www.facebook.com/loc2017/ See a video of Kai being introduced in February.


Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth
We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/

Argonauts of Wisconsin Union Suit Christmas Party

Union Suit Christmas Party hosted by the Argonauts of Wisconsin will be on Sunday, December 10 at 2 PM at the Harbor Room, East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Have you been bad this past year? If so, sit on Santa’s lap and tell him all about it. Wear a union suit and get a chance to win a $100 gift Certificate to Leather64TEN, courtesy of the Argonauts. https://www.facebook.com/events/145546246199167/?active_tab=about

Leather Heat has Vi Johnson as keynote

Vi Johnson will be the keynote speaker at Leather Heat (Honorably Embracing All Tribes) at the Air-Tel Hotel in Van Nuys, CA the weekend of April 26-29. The first big event during Leather HEAT will be the Southland Honors on Friday night. Of course there will be classes, vendors and play parties. The Southern California Master/slave, Southern California Bootblack, and Mr. and Ms California Leather. https://www.facebook.com/heat.producers/

Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 Contest

By Cypher
Find out who will be the next Sanctuary Leather titleholders. The Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 kick off is on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM with a Meet and Greet at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Contest itself will be on Saturday, starting at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, then the Victory party on Sunday at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood from 4-8 PM. Along with the usual festivities, we will be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Ms Sanctuary Leather title. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/152339255378444??ti=ia

Jordy-Tackitt Jones Urban Street Art? Rural Road Art!

San Francisco's Ringold Alley Historical Walk

Ringold Street, a small alley located in the SoMa district between 8th and 9th Streets and Harrison and Folsom Streets, has been transformed into a vibrant corridor while paying homage to its colorful past. Prior to the AIDS crisis, the out-of-the-way alley served as the go-to place for gay men to rendezvous after the numerous gay bars along Folsom Street – then known as the "Miracle Mile" – closed for the night. Several major American cities had similar areas dubbed as the "merry-go-round," a sort of outdoor sexual market where gay men would gather. Up until the 1990s Ringold Street continued to play a major role in San Francisco's Leather and gay SOMA scenes. These days, the alley is quiet, surrounded by a mix of row houses and light industrial businesses. A must-see next time you're going to San Francisco. http://www.millercomp.com/ringold-alley

International Olympus Leather

International Olympus Leather Weekend will be held May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley and will feature the 2018 International Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather Contest, vendors, classes and socials. Join us as the first class of gender neutral and non-conforming leather folk come together to compete for International Mx Olympus Leather alongside men and women from other Olympus Leather Regions. Join us for the contest, stay for the Bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA92108. https://www.facebook.com/events/293592137758718/

Black and Tans Toast to the Season

The Regiment of the Black and Tans hosted their their 43rd Annual Toast to the Season at Eagle LA on Saturday, December 2 with over 250 toys collected for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Black and Tans invited close friends to a dinner at Casita del Campo earlier in the evening. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. http://blackandtans.org

Tampa Bay Bondage Club Christmas Potluck

Hosted by Craig Mrcode, Saturday, December 9 at 6 PM - 9 PM EST. Reaching out to our LGBTQ and Pan brothers and Sisters in our local area for a Christmas Potluck Dinner. We hope you can save the date and join us for a Christmas meal and festivities.MCC Tampa 408 East Cayuga Street, Tampa, FL 33603. https://www.facebook.com/events/513875442306296/?active_tab=about

Seattle Men in Leather Pictures with Santa

Seattle Men in Leather (SML) will hold their annual Pictures with Santa at the Cuff Complex on Saturday, December 9 at 8 PM. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300-plus men. SML holds its Leather Social on the third Thursday of each month at Diesel Seattle, 1413 14th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122, 7-10 PM. https://seattlemeninleather.org/g/

Schedule for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather preliminaries

Most of the schedule for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather preliminaries is known. Mr. CSW was the first and held in June, Mr. Sister Leather produced by the LA House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in September 16 and Mr. Precinct Leather in November. Next are Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather at Sanctuary Studios LAX December 8-10; Eagle LA Mr. Leather at Eagle LA January 13-14; Mr. SoCal Leather at Eagle LA January 14; Mr. LA Leather Bear by Bears LA at Eagle LA January 18-21; Mr. Oil Can Harry's at Oil Can Harry's January 26-28; Mr. Bullet Leather at the Bullet Bar, February 2-4; and Mr. Regiment Leather by the Regiment of the Black and Tans at Eagle LA February 16-18. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Smokeout in April

Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.

Winter Wonderland Gala hosted by Imperial Court of Arizona

Winter Wonderland Gala will be hosted by Imperial Court of Arizona on Saturday, December 16 at 7 PM at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Now in its 12th year, as one of the most popular events on the Imperial Court's calendar takes the next big step with the first Winter Wonderland Gala! Featuring holiday entertainment by members and friends of the Imperial Court of Arizona, along with The Voices of the Desert, and local pianists, the evening will also include light appetizers and hors d'ouvres, full cocktail bar with proper ID, photo's with Santa and the ever popular raffle prize giveaways, presentation of collected toys and bicycles and checks from community groups and community awards. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Logan's Playground and Imperial Court of Arizona. http://www.IMPERIALCOURTAZ.ORG

ShipMates' Daddy Christmas

The Shipmates extend thanks to everyone who came out to the their Daddy Christmas 2017 on Saturday, December 2 at Grand Central. A big thank you to Don Davis, COMMAND MC, Centaur MC, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Steve's Leathers, all our friends from Leon's, and everyone who helped make our annual event such a big hit in Baltimore, MD. This year's event is a benefit for the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. You could win a wagon of cheer. There were pictures with Santa, a silent auction and more. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=the%20baltimore%20shipmates

19th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - Naughty, Nice & Nasty

The 19th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - Naughty, Nice & Nasty, produced by Hooker & Boys, will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 12-6 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach will work the stage with ASL emcees Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. The beneficiaries include Leather Heart Foundation, Project Real AIDS Action Baltimore and Hagerstown Hopes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1182207978552829/?active_tab=about

Mistress Cyan to hold Slave Auction Toy and Food Drive
By Jay E. Moyes
On Friday, December 8, Mistress Cyan will be warming the holidays and a lot of butts with her annual Slave Auction toy drive for charity. Volunteers put themselves up for auction for the night. Those bringing in a new toy for children, canned food, or dry goods get play money to bid on the slaves for the evening. Everything is negotiated, consensual and for fun. Doors open at 8 PM at Sanctuary LAX, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., across from the Los Angeles Airport. Admission for the party is $20. Dress code for the night is fetish, Leather, or classy casual. For more details, go to https://sanctuarylax.com/events/475

Portland Leather Alliance KinkFest XX
KinkFest XX will be at the Portland Expo Center and is being produced by the Portland Leather Alliance March 30 in Portland, OR. KinkFest is an annual, three-day event celebrating sexual diversity, bdsm, fetish and Leather communities. There are numerous educational classes, evening play parties, and a large vendor mall filled with products and services from local and national Leather, fetish and kink businesses. The Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is the host hotel. All attendees must preregister; no on-site registrations will be accepted. http://www.portlandleather.org

Club X Round Robin Gift Exchange
For the December 19 Club-X Coed BDSM Discussion Group meeting there will be a Round Robin Gift Exchange for those who wish to participate. Simply bring an unwrapped gift suitable for any gender, orientation and identity. Please keep your gift in the range of $ 10. Just for fun, we’ll combine the Door Prize winners and multiply the fun. The meeting location is the Denny's at 1065 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 and starts at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month. https://fetlife.com/events/600796

Los Angeles Band of Brothers Holiday Celebration

The Los Angeles Band of Brothers will hold their Holiday Celebration at the Bullet Bar on Friday, December 8 starting at 9 PM. Whether you're Leather, rubber, bear, cub, otter, pup, handler, boy, daddy, sir, dom, sub, or none of the above, we don't care. Everyone is welcome. This is a community event and fundraiser sponsored by the LABB and we want everyone to come and have a good time. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles Band Brothers and sponsored charities. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/176697449559547/

Leathermen’s Discussion Group Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors

The LDG Mentoring Program began in 2012, and has provided important guidance and mentoring to a large number of kinky men. The next cycle of the mentoring program will begin in January, and it looks like there are many men who are interested in being mentees in the program. To meet that need, the Mentoring Program is looking for experienced kinky men who might enjoy teaching and guiding other men in their kink journey: guiding them as they discover and explore parts of their identity, getting them connected to people/events/organizations in the kink community, helping them learn about specific kink activities, etc. If you have that kind of interest, please consider serving as a mentor. http://www.sfldg.org/ldg-mentor-program-application/

Jeffrey Payne signs up to be on Texas' 20128 ballot

Jeffrey Payne (D) signed papers in Austin, TX to be officially placed on the Democratic Primary ballot in his bid to become Governor of Texas. Payne first signs papers and then is interviewed. See the video here https://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey4Texas/videos/387371855017520/

All Clubs Holiday Party

Club X - All Clubs Holiday Party will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Monday, December 11, 7 - 9 PM in San Diego, CA and it is free to attend. This will be a potluck, please bring something to share. Club X will provide water, soft drinks, music, and a little bit of mayhem. They'll have kinky games going on throughout the night where you can compete to win some great prizes. Club X will have a Community Information table set up where local clubs and organizations can display their brochures, flyers, bar cards, etc. If you have a poster for an upcoming event, we will reserve wall space in this area also. There will be raffle tickets for sale, and many prize drawings, with all proceeds going to local Leather organizations and charities. https://www.facebook.com/clubx.sandiego/

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. Drummer-Drummerboy-Drummer Bootblack Contest, Men and Queer Play Spaces, ONYX Dance Party, Leather/Rubber/Sports Gear/Uniform Parties, Interactive Skill-Building Workshops, Hospitality Suite and Bootblack Lounge, Cigar and Bourbon Social. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

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. A few weeks ago 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, BDSM, Kink, and Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

ONYX So Cal/Southwest Bad Santa
The men of ONYX So Cal/Southwest will present their Bad Santa Toy Drive at Eagle LA on Sunday, December 10 at 4 PM. There will be door prizes, raffles and hot go go dancers with music by DJ Candy. Bring toys. https://www.facebook.com/groups/467471770107265/

Ms Bullet Leather contest canceled
The Second Annual Ms Bullet Leather contest which was supposed to have been held December 2 was canceled. We do not know the reason and do not know if they plan to reschedule it. Stay tuned.

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat in Dublin, Ireland

Following Manchester Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat will present in Dublin Ireland on Sunday January 28 during Leather Pride Dublin weekend. “What an opportunity! The Leatherfolk of Dublin are overjoyed the Chats coming and I can’t wait to experience Irish hospitality” O’Keeffe jokes, “My ancestors must be calling me home!” Long-time Leather activist and AIDS educator Karl Hayden will be the Chat subject. Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat will move on to Leather Pride Belgium for a Chat with ECMC’s Daniel Dumont on February 24 during Leather Pride Belgium. Link to a past article https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1888-first-overseas-fireside-chat-with-douglas-o-keeffe



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