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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, February 20, 2019

By February 22, 2019

IMsL and IMsBB just around the corner

The International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack send out recently noted that there are only 50 days until the big weekend in San Jose, CA. Besides the contests and the big Thursday night Seduction show which is a hallmark of IMsL IMsBB, there are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy. Special guests this year include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA95110.




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Mr. CODE Enforcer 2019

Paul Oliver was chosen best of two men competing at Mr. CODE Enforcer 2019 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, FL. Paul will represent the Florida Region proud at Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in January Mr. CODE Enforcer 2019 Weekend included a meet and greet on Friday night, Cigar and Whiskey Social at Cabana Bar, the Mr. CODE Enforcer 2019 contest, a Winner's Celebration and CODE's Eighth Anniversary.



San Diego Leather Community Awards

The San Diego Leather Community Awards will be held at The Merrow on Thursday, February 28 at 7 PM. Honors in seven categories will be presented. Voting was done via Survey Monkey. The San Diego Leather Community Awards return after a brief hiatus. The Merrow, 1271 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92103.



San Diego Leather Pride

San Diego Leather Pride returns to the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park the weekend of March 13-17 starting with Tiger's Pictionary Send-Off and Introduction on Wednesday night. Thursday is open and Friday will have Opening Ceremonies, play parties, meet and greet, Opening Ceremonies and All Club's Night hosted by Sir Karen. Opening Ceremonies kick off at 7 PM. Join Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam Couto and San Diego Bootblack 2018 Shilo Vix for the Weekend Kick-Off Play Parties - Safe Word: Tribe and (TBA). Saturday will include workshops and classes at the World Beat Cultural Center beginning at noon. The San Diego Bootblack and San Diego Leather contests beginning at 7:30 PM followed by the Afterglow Cigar Party. San Diego Leather Pride closes with a Keynote Brunch and Hand-off Celebration.




Avatar Club Los Angeles - Rope Fundamentals

Avatar Club Los Angeles will host its monthly educational meeting at MCC in the Valley on Wednesday, February 27 beginning at 8:30 PM. Want to learn rope fundamentals for fun in the bedroom? Ojipan and goodmosttimes of the Devil Mask Society will teach two basic cuffs and how they can be applied in a variety of ways for a kinky good time. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.



Bears, Bikers and Mayhem

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


Brother Help Thyself - Celebrates 40 Years

Brother Help Thyself's 40th Annual Grant Reception at the Belvedere Hotel on Saturday, February 2 raised $12,500. Scarlet's Bake Sale has been one of the DC area's stellar fundraising efforts every year. The DC boys of Leather, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the Imperial Court of Washington, DC were recognized for their assistance in making Brother Help Thyself a success.



Mr. San Diego Eagle

By Joe Chandler

The Mr. San Diego Eagle 2019 contest had three contestants and Myles Ramos emerged as the winner. The emcee was the incomparable Roxie Bleau. The judges were Mr. San Diego Eagle 2011 Kane Kobleur, Mr. San Diego Eagle 2013 Robert Rodriguez, Mr. San Diego Eagle 2015 Jay Heimbach, Ms San Diego Leather 2004 Karen Yew, Mr. San Diego Eagle 2014 Paulo Batista and the Legendary AJ Turner. The emcee was the incomparable Roxie Bleau. Mr. San Diego Eagle 2019 was produced by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2017 Bill Willis and his husband, Joe Chandler.




Leather Archives & Museum - Andrew Bearnot: Fruiting Bodies

By Gary Wasdin

The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) will present Fruiting Bodies, a solo exhibition by Andrew Bearnot in the Guest Artist Gallery (GAG), March 2 – May 12 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 23, 4-7 PM. The exhibition will include new artworks by Bearnot shown alongside archival objects from the LA&M collection, including important artifacts from Chuck Renslow and Sam Steward, as well as the personal erotic correspondence collection of Robert Gaylor, recently acquired by the LA&M. Leather Archives and Museum, Guest Artist Gallery (GAG), 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626. (773) 761-9200.




Discipline Corps - Esprit de Corps

By Saint St. James

Esprit de Corps (EdC) is the annual celebration of kinky play, brotherhood and camaraderie held March 8-10 in Dallas, TX by the Discipline Corps (DC). In the same vein of events as Inferno and Bootcamp, Leather brothers from all over the world gather in an intimate and intense setting. EdC attendance is restricted to members of DC and their sponsored guests. This event is open only to male-identified persons. For more information on getting a sponsor for Esprit de Corps, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




LA Leather Pride - New contest venue

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition has a new venue for the next Mr., Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack contest. Come gather with your kinky ‘mishpacha,' as we celebrate Leather traditions in an actual house of worship. LA Leather has a new home! XXPLORE a new and unique setting, the Pico Union Project. Angeles Leather Pride Week will be held March 24-31. As LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. Take a look at thee sites as there are significant changes to the normal LA Leather Pride schedule.




CLAW XIX - Kinky Kabaret

CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in liberal Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio, a large and historic American city on the shore of Lake Erie, halfway between New York and Chicago. CLAW has an amazingly long schedule of events - as in way over 200 of them. You will have to make choices every hour. Stay until Monday and enjoy the Kinky Kabaret on Sunday night an original and what Larry and Lulubelle come up with in their highly entertaining 90-minute music and comedy show. It is CLAW’s fantastic finale and is without competition anywhere on Earth.




DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed

DESIRE is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women taking place May 31st to June 3 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. To create a feeling of community and intimacy, DESIRE is kept at around 200 participants, presenters, and staff. Regular registration is $230 until April 7.



NCSF Guest Blog - Resilience

By Russell J. Stambuagh, PhD, DST, CSSP

“I Can’t Drive 55” -- Sammy Hagar
“Anything worth doing is worth over-doing”! An anonymous wag
“So put me on the highway, and show me a sign,
And we’ll take it to the limit one more time” -- Glen Frey, Don Henley, and Randy Meisner
“Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads”! -- Emmet Brown Limits, and the Problem of Idealization....Read the rest of Resiliance at



San Diego Girls of Leather

Join the San Diego Girls of Leather at the Redwing to celebrate their Fourth Birthday at the Redwing where the food and libations are plentiful. They welcome their members and friends to be there to take over the patio. This is a great opportunity to learn more about SDgoL, meet and get to know SDgoL members, and see what we are up to. Attire is what you feel comfortable in, we also encourage Leather wear. Light jackets are recommended as the evenings become cooler. Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Redwing Bar and Grill, 4012 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104.



SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 PM. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club,s monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. We love seeing new faces at the club, and we commend you newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at our club. The cost for our play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.



Touche' - monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time. Ripe Party is on January 26 and February 23. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.



CMEN - West Coast Gathering has new venue

By Rick Boehle

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




Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019

Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal
was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.


San Diego Leather Fetish Ball

By Doriam Couto

Rodman Productions celebrated the success of its Sixth Annual Leather Fetish Ball on Saturday, February 16. Returning home to the Sunset Temple, this event welcomed Leatherfolk, kinksters, and members of the drag community to come out and celebrate as a family.



South Plains Leatherfest - International Master/slave

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



Club Los Angeles - Harder

Avatar Club Los Angeles will present Harder, a men's play party at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday, March 22 at 9 PM. Men only play party at the largest private dungeon in LA. Harder will be the hottest dungeon/play party of the season. Dungeon equipment includes slings, crosses, beds, bondage tables and more; hot kinky scenes, BDSM Sampler room. Multiple rooms for play. Huge dark room. Clothes check, complimentary snack/beverages. Condoms provided - you bring the lube. Sanctuary Studios LAX
10914 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90304.



Encuerado Leather Latin Night - Happy Birthday Bartholo

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





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Empire City MC - 2019 Motorcycle Weekend

The Empire City Motorcycle Club will host 2019 Motorcycle Weekend, a motocycle-only event, May 24-27, Memorial Day Weekend. All-male bikers and buddies. Breakfasts, dinners and shared accommodations are included in the run fee. For more information, including registering immediately so you don't get left out, go to



ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 23 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 Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next two are February 21 and March 21 at 8:30 PM.


Mistress Ynhared from Xcentricities in need

By Dan Ericksonian

If there was a legacy of fashion that lived among us in the world of Leather conventions, it would have to be Mistress Ynhared from Xcentricities. She supplied the Leather world the best corsets of masterful construction, made in sizes that real people wore. In the last 20 years, you probably tried one on. These were not resold from suppliers - these were all made by her hand. In Late January she was diagnosed with cancer and is battling that with grace and effort. She had surgery and the prognosis is good. She hopes to be back making corsets for the kink world again. As in life, extra expenses come up, but in cancer treatment, the costs stack quickly. Any amount will count toward keeping her fed and alive while she's going through chemotherapy. There is a go fund me page titled Roses for Yna.


CineKink - 16th Annual CineKink NYC

Scheduled for April 3-7, the 16th Annual Kinky Film Festival will feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. CineKink NYC is produced by CineKink NYC. In addition to screenings, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! adult entertainment showdown, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities. A tour is set to take place in the months following the festival, showcasing audience favorites from the NYC selections.




Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

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



SECC Leather Weekend and Contest X

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


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 January 26. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.



Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

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



Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 1. The next two are on Friday, May 3 and Friday, July 5. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.





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Papa Bear - Sash Bash Weekend

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


Beyond Leather - Over 60 workshops

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



West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference

The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us..



Photo - Fuk University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, March 2 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304



Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that, you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play.





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Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 7-10

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



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Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now?




Desert Fetish Authority - Power Dynamics Group

The Power Dynamics Group is now meeting at 3 PM on the third Sunday of every month with the next being on March 17. Contact us at the link below for location. The Power Dynamics Group is a group of men who are engaged in or have an interest in any connection between men that involves the exchange of obedience for responsibility, as in a Master/slave, Daddy/boy, etc. The purpose of this group is to foster support, connection, understanding and growth by providing a safe accepting environment for like-minded men who feel this draw.


Greenhorn and Service Members in Drag

Greenhorn and the San Diego Military Contingent team up in supporting Service Members in Drag - a drag show fundraiser you don't want to miss. Greenhorn is a bi-monthly event produced by Mr. San Diego Leather 2018, Doriam, which encourages new and experienced Leatherfolk to come out in their gear and invade local queer-friendly spaces. The Military Department at San Diego Pride offers a safe space for service members, veterans and their families year-round, and a place to represent proudly during the San Diego Pride Festival.



Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next two are on March 9 and April 13 and classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.



LDG Presents - A Young Man's Primer on Electricity

The next SFLDG presentation will be A Young Man's Primer on Electricity. In this program we’re asking people who love electro play to share how it works for them, and inviting people who haven’t tried it yet to see how it feels. Bring your favourite electro toys, tell us about them, the kinds of scenes you use them in, and what they do for you. on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 PM. Expect extreme nudity. Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.



ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, March 1 and April 5 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.




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