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Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 14, 2018

By February 15, 2018



ICON Detroit 25th Anniversary
The men of ICON Detroit invite you to come reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Friendships, Leather, Kink, and Service to the Community on Saturday, February 24 at their original home bar The Detroit Eagle, now called the Marble Bar. ICON Detroit has remained a strong, steady and influential foundation for the Leather community of Metro Detroit for the last 25 years. ICON Detroit has also maintained it's commitment to raise funds and donate to HIV/AIDS-related charities. Some of those charities have included Wellness House of Michigan and Triangle Foundation (from years ago) and our current charities of Unified and Mr. Friendly. http://www.facebook.com/icondetroit


Exhibit explores ‘the colors of Leather
By Ray Simon for Philadelphia Gay News
Looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day? Then go check out “Black & Blue: The Colors of Leather,” an intriguing exhibit on display at the William Way LGBT Community Center. “Black & Blue” is a thoughtful, edgy celebration of alternative sexuality. It features more than 40 works exploring Leather, BDSM and kink through media such as paintings, digital photography and video. Twelve artists from the mid-Atlantic region contributed, including Syluss Alfaro, Gabriel Martinez and Cassi Segulin. Continued at http://www.epgn.com/news/local/13073-exhibit-explores-the-colors-of-leather



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New law replaces marriages with domestic partnerships, available to all, regardless of sexual orientation
By John Riley for Metro Weekly
Bermuda has become the world’s first national territory to repeal same-sex marriage. The governor of the British island territory has signed into law a bill that replaces same-sex marriages with domestic partnerships. Governor John Rankin and supporters of the measure sought to spin the legislation as a positive for LGBTQ couples, who will now be able to obtain domestic partnerships that entitle them to rights that are purportedly “equivalent” to those enjoyed by married heterosexual couples. http://www.metroweekly.com/2018/02/bermuda-becomes-first-national-territory-world-repeal-marriage-equality/?utm_source=Metro+Weekly&utm_campaign=cf8b1be0f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ac56f0d0-cf8b1be0f0-275923365&mc_cid=cf8b1be0f0&mc_eid=9db13b6fcb

LDG Presents - Be The Party That You Wish To See In The World

Just about every Leatherman can think of a Leather bar or night that they used to love going to and now miss. Far fewer of us can say we did more than sit around moaning about the lost treasures of our scene, we got up and did something. This evening’s guests of the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group can do that. We’ll be chatting with the producers and promoters behind three new and extremely well received Leather/kinky parties in San Francisco: Toolbox/Febe’s, Alpha/Beta/Omega, and Friendly Fire/Woodwork.Wednesday February 28, 7:30 - 9:30 PM at Mr. S Leather Studio, 385A 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/404950516593797/

46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards
By Marc Owens aka pony
The Woodies are back! The Golden Gate Guards present The Golden Dildeaux Awards Saturday April 14 at 7 PM at SF Eagle, 398 12th Street in San Francisco, CA. These awards are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide fundraising for the Positive Resource Center. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. Nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Awards are now open. Go to http://gda.ggguards.org Nominations are free so submit as many ballots as you wish before March 7 to ensure your "friends" get enough votes to appear on the final ballot. Voting Ballet starts March 11 and ends April 12.

Pennsylvania Pastor Caught in Parked Car with Bound Naked Man

By Dan Savage for the Stranger
Awww-righty. The pastor du jour caught with another man, a woman, a child - fill in the blank. "I have nothing to hide," says Pastor George Gregory of Waterfront Christian Community Church, "I did nothing wrong." This story has appeared all over the media, but the account by Dan Savage has his uncanny wit added to it, so we are linking you to his account. https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/02/13/25810623/pennsylvania-pastor-caught-in-parked-car-with-bound-naked-man

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII

Bear, Bikers and Mayhem will be held April l5-18 at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA. One of the highlights will be the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests. The Pandemonium Party on Friday provides an opportunity for Leather and fetish men to welcome bears to their brand of fun. The Boots to Briefs Party on Saturday is a chance for bears to show their hospitality. A few of the many events are bowling, field trip to Boswell Pipe Factory, Battlefield bus tour, meals, cigar party, cuddle room, puppy mosh pit, Smell My Pits Pig, comedy show, porn star bingo, after party, vendors and farewell brunch. There are 11 beneficiaries. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com

My Kinky Valentine

Threshold will host their annual My Kinky Valentine on Saturday, February 17, 1-7 PM. Threshold will have taster rooms available for the public to encounter kinks with an experienced top; Needles, Violet Wand, Spanking, Rope, and Massage. Each of these tasters will also be scheduling short how-to's throughout the day to explain something about that specific kink to curious onlookers, these will be the perfect time to bring your questions. There will be vendors, shows, food, a basket auction and a play party later that night - separate ticket. 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 9160. https://www.threshold.org/

The 15 Association - Anniversary Weekend
The 15 Association will host its 38th Anniversary the weekend of February 23-25. A Formal Dinner will be on Friday night at Patio Español which will include a huge silent auction. The 15 Association's monthly Men’s BDSM Play Party at SF Catalyst on Saturday. Sunday late afternoon closes out the fun with a play party at the SF Catalyst. The 15 Association is a social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM and other kink play. They host all male-identified people who are interested in BDSM and are 18 or older. http://www.the15sf.org

The Wizard of CLAW: CLAW Nation Party
The Wizard of CLAW: CLAW Nation Party will be hosted by Argos Bar and Scorpius of Southwest Ohio on Saturday, March 3 at 10 PM. Scorpius will have our famous jello shots with a special raffle for CLAW goodies. There will also be a silent auction with special donations and a live auction of Leather goods. Argos Bar, 301 Mabel Avenue, Dayton, OH 45403. https://www.facebook.com/scorpiusSWOH/

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and Los Angeles Leather Pride will host the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM. The Kick Off Party features a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually enter on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/

International Geared Up Pup
The winner of the second International Geared Up Pup Contest was announced on February 11 and he is is Kabous Pup. Any pup worldwide can enter and participate in the contest because it is held entirely online. The primary responsibility of the winner is “to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity." Kabous Pup splits his time between France and New Jersey. The runner-up is Pup Baxter from North Carolina. The fan favorite is pup Bear, from Canada. There were 10 entrants: Pup Flip, pup Bear, Pup Baxter, Pup Buster, Doggo Oso, Pup Orion, Pup Buckeye, Pup Twitch, Kabous Pup, and Pup Levi. There were four categories: written application and three essays, still photographs showcasing pup image, a video showcasing pup playfulness, and character, charity, and service. The contest was judged by Ralph Bruneau, Pup Uzair Khan, Evert Leerson, Pup Ashtray “Boner” Kain, Michal Neighbour, Flippie van Schalkwyk, Alexandra St. James and Keoki Smith. https://www.facebook.com/geareduppup

Leather Pride Flag Raising in San Diego
Friday, March 16 from 4-5 PM is the Leather Pride Flag Raising, followed by the opening ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride Weekend and a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence This will the first time to meet the contestants for this years Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and San Diego Boot Black 2018 contest. Following Meet the Contestants stick around for TWISTED, a fetish dance party like no other from 9 PM to 1 AM. Since 2013, the Leather Pride flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride. All are welcome to witness a Leather color guard raise the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole at the intersection of Normal and University, thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association. http://www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com

Illinois Leather Contests

The Illinois Leather Alliance will hosts the Illinois Leather Contests at Touché the weekend of March 16-18 in Chicago, IL. The contests are Illinois Ms Leather Pride, Illinois Leather Sir, Illinois Leatherboy, Illinois Bootblack, Illinois Master/slave, Illinois Puppy and Illinois Trainer. The judges will be Mufasa Ali, Ms Simone, Dan the Rubberman, Tom Wray and Pup Havok. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/illinoisleatheralliance/

Excelsior MC — Lust for Life 2018: Erector
Excelsior MC presents Lust for Life 2018: Erector "If you build it, they will cum" the weekend of May 18-20 in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY 11980. The usual club weekend revelry is expected and you can be a part of the action. Registration is available at http://www.execsiormc.com

ONYX Lone Star
Onyx is a National Fraternal organization of gay and bisexual Men of Color seeking to explore or enhance their personal proclivities in the Leather an BDSM culture. Onyx Lone Star is centrally located in Dallas, TX that covers the CSW region which includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Photo is of recent Mardi Gras fun. http://onyxlonestar.com/about-us/


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Annual Leathermen's Dinner

The Annual Leathermen's Dinner, hosted by Leathermen of Colorado, will be at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center on Saturday, March 3 at 6 PM. Come ​and ​visit ​and ​socialize ​in ​your ​finest Leathers ​with ​a ​cash ​bar ​and ​meal. ​Please ​wear ​formal Leathers ​if ​you ​have ​them, ​if ​not ​some ​kind ​of ​ Leather, ​and ​if ​you ​don't ​have ​that ​feel ​free ​to ​come ​regardless. ​This ​is ​a ​chance ​to ​meet ​some ​of ​your ​ fellow ​Leathermen ​and ​other ​kink ​friends ​around ​the ​city. Cost $25 Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Tickets are available at http://www.eventbrite.com

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/

Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!
Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!, hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys will be at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 3 at 9 PM. Put on your sexiest rubber/latex, neoprene or lycra, and join us at the Eagle 562. We will have go-go boys, live DJ, drink specials, pig shots, prizes, fun and filth! $5 cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851009521639439/

Leather Olympics at All Clubs Night
San Diego Leather Pride will present Leather Olympics at All Clubs Night at the WorldBeat Cultural Center on Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM. This is part of 2018 San Diego Leather Pride week. Come out and have fun with other groups, clubs and organizations in the San Diego Kink/Leather/Fetish/BDSM communities. With all the clubs in San Diego in one place it affords us the opportunity for some friendly competition. The Leather Olympics take five teams of four people from a randomly selected pool of interested clubs and pits them against each other in three creative games. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. https://www.facebook.com/events/168572557089165/

Fetish in Toronto
Northbound Leather and Pitbull are hosting Fetish at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Canada, Friday and Saturday, February 16-17. All kinks are welcome and wanted so make sure to get your wildest self ready for an unforgettable night. DJ's Dwayne Minard and Joshua Reid will be going head to head on the decks from 9 PM to 4 AM while shows, dancers, and surprises go throughout the night. The Parlour side room will be turned into a dungeon for those wanting to explore new kinks under the watchful eye of professional dungeon masters. Pre-sale tickets are $25 and are available at Northbound Leather and The Men's Room. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5X 1K2. https://www.facebook.com/events/176384786300324/

Buns and Baskets
Buns and Baskets will be held on March 24 at the Dunes Resort, Saugatuck, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406. Join Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Tim Koski for a fun night of hot guys and big baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/425645497868924/

Tarheel Leather Club Blackheart Ball
The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC will presents its Blackheart Ball at the Chemistry Nightclub on Saturday, February 17 at 9 PM. This is a semi-formal to formal event. Make sure to bring money for the bar, cash for the queens, and your sexiness for the bootblacks. Chemistry Nightclub, 2901 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403. And oh, the TLC Stars and Stripes run will be July 6-8 and is not to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/events/514673165599713/

Cigars - Whiskey - Play OH MY!
Cigars - Whiskey - Play OH MY! will be at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday, March 3 at 12 PM. Whiskey - Play OH MY! is a benefit for the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom. $10 donation gets a cigar, whiskey shot and cigar service. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. http://www.atlantaeagle.com/

Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival
The Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival will be outside the Eagle LA and up Santa Monica Blvd. toward Sunset Blvd. on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM and hopes to exceed its attendance og 10,000 from 2017. Off Sunset Festival closes out a week of events for Los Angeles Leather Pride. Off Sunset Festival is for guests 21 and over only and will have live bands and DJs, gourmet food trucks, ice-cold beer and specialty drinks, artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors, lots of Leather and fetish gear and yes, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear. Off Sunset Festival, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50

NELA (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50 will be at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick the weekend of February 16-18. Join NELA and 3,000 of your closest friends February 16-18, 2018 for our 50th Fetish Fair Fleamarket. NELA's Winter Flea features a full weekend of classes, lounges, parties, performances, and the best kink shopping on the East Coast with over 90 vendors from all over the region. Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport), 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. Get tickets at http://www.blackthornenterprises.ticketspice.com

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next two being February 21 and 28, 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. https://www.facebook.com/events/175911286517524/

Ass Play for Men Workshop

Ass Play 101 will be presented by Ottawa, Canada's Mike Tattersall on Saturday, February 24 at 2 PM at Wicked Wanda's Adult Emporium, 327 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X9, Canada. The course will include Anatomy, Cleaning, Health Risks, Sensations, Lubricants, Insertables, Toys, What-Not-To-Do, Toy Cleaning, and more, with a live demonstration. Mike Tattersall is producer of National Capital Leather Pride, works with contestants at International Mr. Leather, appears in local Naked Boys Reading productions, is a Personal Trainer who does Massage, Meditation, Adult sex and kink and fetish education. https://wickedwandas.ca/collections/workshops/products/ass-play-for-men-workshop

The guys who are hoping to be Mr. San Francisco 2018 Leather Alliance Weekend 2018
The SF Bay Area Leather Alliance will be producing the Leather Alliance Weekend, March 2-4, which will include the 52nd Annual Community Awards, 36th edition of the Mr. SF Leather contest, vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and some new things. The first San Francisco Bootblack title will be held alongside Mr. San Francisco Leather. The venue is SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA and other locations around the city. http://www.leatherallianceweekend.org

Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409

Community Space Census

Mid-Atlantic Drummerboy 2016 Pup Kalb Indigo officially made his Community Space Census available to the public on February 7. The goal is to compile data and information on the current Leather/kink/fetish community at large in order to help grow a better understanding of how the community is built and to archive various perspectives to help form better dialogues for the future. "Please spread the word if you can, I want to get as complete a picture as I can! Thank you all for supporting my project!" Kalb said. Take the Community Space Census at https://goo.gl/forms/HABbXL6wY68UxUSm1

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary

The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. THe run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

SECC Leather this weekend
The judges for the 2018 SECC Leather contest are Mr. SECC Leather 2017 Paul Berry, SECC Bootblack 2017 Shaun Cameron, Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2017 Jonathan Fenrir Wolf, Ms Atlanta Eagle 2017 Dale P Maddox and Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Erwin Willhite. SECC Leather weekend 2018 runs February 15-19 at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA. http://www.facebook.com/events/2010102169266538/

International Puppy and Handler Weekend

The largest puppy party in the world, International Puppy and Handler Weekend, will be in St. Louis, MO, July 12-15. Two contests, International Puppy and International Puppy and Trainer, are the main events and will be held at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport. Room rates are $119 regular and $149 for a suite. Hotel has and indoor pool. The weekend includes vendors, parties, keynote dinner, mosh pit, ball pit, classes and a pub crawl. The main sponsor is Square Peg Toys. http://www.i-PAH.com



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Mr. Faultline Leather

The first Mr. Faultline Leather contest since 2009 was held at the Faultline in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 10 and Luis Ramos emerged as the winner with Fredo Chavez as the runner-up. Ramos will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Sir Fernando Christopher and Sir Fernando Christopher also competed. Gabriel Green was in his element as the emcee and his effort made the evening fun. Judges Harrison Kong, Sister Mariposa, Jeff Wilcox, Xavier Espejo and SRS Sharp made the decision. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a blessing and Faultline owner Ruby de Fresno was cheered when she appeared on stage. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/789903864544017/

North American Bear Weekend

Over 1,000-plus guests from all over the world will attend the Seventh Annual North American Bear Weekend in February 15-18 in Lexington, KY. Join us at our new home for NAB Weekend — at the beautiful Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. Our circus-themed event will definitely be over-the-top — but you can expect the same level of southern hospitality from the Kentucky Bourbon Bears for another exciting four-day weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. http://nabweekend.com/about/

Hal Fischer, Signifiers for a Male Response, from the series Gay Semiotics, 1977. Courtesy of MoMA.

Colour Codes - Decoding the Homoerotic Hanky
By Dr. Jordy Jones - Article appearing in Vestoj
ALL THE COLOURS OF the rainbow; all the colours of the earth: years before Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag, the most recognised symbol of gender and sexual minorities, some were already flagging. Simple squares of woven, printed, cotton cloth, bandanas (aka hankies) were worn wrapped around biceps or tucked into the back pockets of denim or leather pants and even occasionally tied around a boot. These bandanas, their colours and placement, left side or right, became the key material element in a system of coded messages signalling an individual’s sexual proclivities, tastes and kinks: the ‘hanky code.' Whole article at http://vestoj.com/colour-codes/

All About Looning – Once You “POP” - You Can’t Stop!
By Si for Monthly Fetishes
Purse your lips, take a deep breath, begin to blow, and then feel it slowly grow within your hands. It's kinda soft at first, but the more you blow the more firm it gets. Firmer and firmer until it feels like it may explode! Just one more blow. Bang! There it goes! All over your face. Shredded rubber in all directions. That sharp, ear ringing pop that sends a tingle down to the very tips of your toes. What are you? You’re a Looner, a Looner of the “Popper” variety. There are other varieties, “Non-Pop” being the most notable. But all share a common theme, the sexual attraction to things inflatable. For the rest see http://www.monthlyfetish.com/featured-fetish/looning-pop-cant-stop/

Mr. Regiment
Jasun Mark will emcee the Mr. Regiment contest on Saturday night, February 17 at Eagle LA in Los Angeles at 9 PM. The weekend includes a Friday night meet and greet and Latrine Duty yellow hanky beer bust and victory party on Sunday afternoon in the Rough Trade parking lot. The ever hot and popular Mr. Regiment 2017 Marco Antonio Valadez will pass the title to another man who will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Rough Trade, 3915 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. http://blackandtans.org/

Bootblack Round Up at Touché

Bootblack Round Up 2018 will be held August 10-12 at Touché. Bootblack Round Up includes Bootblack- focused classes, two shine stands open, silent auction, run pins, Third Annual Shine Off Contest (bragging rights not a feeder), CLAW Nation party and a Leather Archives Museum Field Trip. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago

Daddy's Barbershop-Palm Springs

You read it right, there is soon-to-be a Daddy's Barbershop-Palm Springs. With its success in San Francisco and knowing that LGBT and Leatherfolk have been moving to Palm Springs and Cathedral City like it was the Oklahoma Land Rush, a Daddy's Barbershop have a soft opening there on Thursday, February 22 and a grand opening in March. The address will be 192 South Indian Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. http://www.daddysbarbershop.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/DaddysBarbershopPalmSprings/

King of Clubs closes in Mountain view

The King of Clubs, a gay bar in Mountainview, CA closed for good. The King of Clubs served the drag, goth, Leather/Fetish communities for many years and hosted the Mr. and Ms Santa Clara Leather contest several times. The following was posted on the bar's Facebook page, "We're very sad to inform you that KoC will not be reopening. Some eras end with a whimper, some with a bang, and some with the landlords padlocking the doors with questionable legality." https://www.facebook.com/koclubsCA/

Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2018 Dylan Dwiyn
Dylan Dwiyn was chosen to be Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather at the Highball Tavern on Saturday night, February 10 in Columbus, OH. International MX Olympus Leather 2017 Matt O’Toole served as emcee while judges Brian “Bolt” Donner, Sir Justin St. Clair, Sir Steel, Robyn, Sir Scott MK, Professor Monolith and Vonn Tramel selected the winner. Dylan is from Minnesota and also holds the Minnesota Leather Sir 2017 title. He will compete for the International Mr. Olympus Leather title in San Diego, CA the weekend of May 4-6.

Utah Leather Pride
Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM in Salt Lake City. First Indoor/Outdoor Festival celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Pansexual Leather/Kink/BDSM community in Utah featuring Leather/kink/BDSM, LGBTQ community events, local and national vendors, food, full bars, entertainment, bootblacks, Mr. and Ms Leather Slut competitions, and silent and live auctions. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. https://www.facebook.com/events/1566043883488457/?active_tab=about

Dance your Heart Out for Tom of Finland
Sir Ben Evan will be producing a Dance your Heart Out party to benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation at the Merrow Bar in San Diego on Saturday, March 31 at 9 PM. Fetish Men San Diego, SDBoL and the SD Cruisers MC are assisting and the deejay is Tristan Jaxx. This is a Tom of Finland fundraiser for their Foundation in LA. Food will be available. Merrow Bar, 1271 University Ave, San Diego SD, CA 92103

Capitol Bus Crawl

The Saturday, April 14 Capitol Bus Crawl will start at the DC Eagle at 7:30 PM, go to the Baltimore Eagle, then to Eagle NYC before returning to the DC Eagle in Washington, DC. Tickets are $65 and the Capitol Bus Crawl is a benefit for the Carter/Johnson Leather Library and the ABW Travel Fund. Must be at least 21 years old to get on the bus and enjoy the traditional pub-crawl chicanery. Buy your tickets by E-mailing Jackie Thompson $65 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. and Ms Philadelphia Leather
Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2018 is Dan Marinari and Ms Philadelphia Leather 2018 is Stephanie Anderson, having won their titles on Saturday night, February 10 at the Bike Stop in Philadelphia, PA. The Bike Stop and Philadelphians MC produced the contest. Mr. and Ms Philadelphia Leather was emceed by LasciviousJane and Rudy Flesher. The judges were Heather Raquel, Nick Hollup, Velvet Storm, Zero Onyx, Amber Hikes and Michael Byrne. http://phillyleathercontest.org/

ONYX-Northwest - Heroes and Villains
Slip on those tight spandex, strap on that mask, and slick into some latex because it's time to live out your comic-movie hero fantasies. In honor of the Black Panther film premiere, ONYX-Northwest is hosting their first Heroes and Villains party. Join the (X-) men of ONYX as we go down on crime. Live beats by DJ ONE A, aka Gehno Aviance, drunken lollipops, gogo studs, Mr. S raffle basket. Secret $5 charity donation prize at the Powerhouse on Friday, February 23. ONYX-Northwest regularly meets on the fourth Friday at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/170054260288815/

Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 Contest

The Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 contest will be held the weekend of February 16-18 at the San Diego Eagle. A meet and greet will be on Friday night, the contest at 9 PM on Saturday and a victory party on Sunday afternoon. Russ Mortenson-Boyd of Leather Foundation fame is the new producer of the Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 contest. He held that position a few years ago. The winner will compete at Mr. San Diego Leather the third weekend of March. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/

Drenched in New York

Drenched, a men's pool party is on tap for Sunday, February 18 at the Grace Hotel at 7 PM in New York, NY with a heated pool, sauna and swim up bar. Grace Hotel, 125 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036. To get advance tickets go to https://furballnyc.ticketleap.com/drenchedsummerdaddy/



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If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on November 15, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, November 6.

Things to send:
1. Short article of about 90 words. Please be concise.

2. Photo or two. Landscape preferred. Must be a jpg. Taken with cellphone is fine. Please supply photo credit.

3. Link to a working site. Web site is preferential, Facebook still works.

4. Five "W's" - Who, what, when, why and where. All are important.

5. Please be concise. In news, verbosity is not a virtue; it is an editor's nightmare.

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