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Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 21, 2018

By February 22, 2018



CLAW XVIII - preliminary schedule posted
The preliminary schedule for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29 is now posted. The Leather Family Dinner has been moved to the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy dinner under spectacular soaring ceilings with stunning views of the North Coast Harbor. Full museum access is included after dinner. The CLAW registration package includes: Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/


Jeffrey Payne Texas gubernatorial debate at SMU
A Democratic Party debate among four of six candidates running for Governor of Texas was held on the campus of Southern Methodist University on Wednesday, February 20. There were two no-shows. Dallas Eagle owner Jeffrey Payne is one of the candidates. You can watch the debate by going to https://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey4Texas/videos/418700018551370/?notif_id=1519180884685370¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic

SECC Leather winners
Sea Wolf was chosen to be Mr. SECC Leather 2018 and Max Maximilian as SECC Bootblack 2018 at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA the weekend of February 15-19. The judges were 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. http://www.facebook.com/events/2010102169266538/

Mr. Regiment Krikor ‘Greg’ Yakoubian
Mr. Regiment 2018 is Krikor ‘Greg’ Yakoubian who won on Saturday night, February 17 at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA. The runner-up was Eli Avila. Jasun Mark emceed. The weekend included 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 gave a heart-felt step down speech to the cheers of the audience. The 2018 LA Leather Class is now complete with 11 contestants! Competing in the Mr Los Angeles Leather Contest March 24th at the Globe Theater. http://blackandtans.org/

NCSF - Guest Blog: Being Out as a Kinky Person of Color
By Jaki Griot
When I began attending local kinky event around 2006, I was often one of the only Black faces in the dungeon. I knew I wanted to learn about rope and kinky power dynamics because I read every book I could find. I was eager to gain real-world exposure to the Kink/BDSM/Leather community and naive about how to establish peer relationships. Looking back, I believe that many people in the kink communities are open-minded but their intentions doesn't always translate into action regarding how they handle cultural differences or racism. Complete article at http://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/guest-blog-being-out-as-a-kinky-person-of-color

Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
Avatar Club Los Angeles celebrated its 35th Anniversary and an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17 which was hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith was available for sale as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Dinner was catered by Layne Sanden. http://www.avatarla.org/35

47th Annual Scarlet's Bake Sale results
The 47th Annual Scarlet's Bake Sale hosted by Scarlet's Foundation raised a whopping $15,000 on Sunday, February 11 at the DC Eagle for LGBT Fallen Heroes and Scarlet's Charitable Foundation. Some of the tastiest and beautiful cakes are auctioned off every year at Scarlet's Bake Sale which is always the first Saturday after Valentine's Day. https://www.facebook.com/scarlets.foundation/

San Diego Leather Pride Festival
The San Diego Leather Pride Festival is back, returning March 14-18 with All Clubs Night, Leather Olympics, Twisted Fetish Dance party with DJ Matt Effect, and keynote brunch with San Diego native Girl Complex. The World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park is our festival venue for all four days with outside pavilion tents with bootblack stands, bigger social area, expanded vendor fair, just ten minutes from the heart of Hillcrest. The San Diego Bootblack will be chosen. We will also choose the next Ms San Diego Leather and Mr. San Diego Leather. Tickets are $25 at Pleasures and Treasures San Diego. Join SDLP 2018 for Tribes that Bind. http://www.sdleatherpride.org

Cigars - Whiskey - Play OH MY!
Cigars - Whiskey - Play OH MY! will be held on March 3 at 12 PM at the Atlanta Eagle, benefiting the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom. A $10 donation gets a cigar, whiskey shot and cigar service. Co-presented by Kae Trei of House of Trei and 1stCFI, Inc. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. https://www.facebook.com/events/330352920793076/

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Southern Most Puppy is all set for April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust for all judges and contestants. Saturday will include interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940, Southern Most Puppy Contest at Phoenix. Sunday victory brunch. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117.

Woodhull welcomes 2018 Board of Directors
The human rights organization Woodhull Freedom Foundation announced the election of three new board members, Kate D'Adamo, Justyn Hintze, and Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera to their Board of Directors, as well as the slate of officers and board members for 2018. The complete Woodhull Freedom Foundation Board of Directors are: Ted Bernhardt, Kate D'Adamo, Hardy Haberman, Nina Hartley, Justyn Hintze, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Monica Simpson and Carmen Vázquez. Their officers are: Hardy Haberman and Carmen Vázquez, Co-Chairpersons; Kate D'Adamo, Treasurer; and Justyn Hintze, Secretary.

20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be on Saturday, December 8 at 12 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The beneficiaries were announced on February 19 by Rik Newton Treadway, founder and producer of the 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser. The beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, The Attic Youth Center of Philadelphia, Mary's House for Older Adult's in Washington, DC and The Baltimore Transgendered Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1366488703480534/

DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women, and will be held June 8-11 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. Registration is $225 until March 31. https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/

29th Pansexual Butchmanns
The 29th Pansexual Butchmanns Experience hosted by Machele Kindle will be April 27 – April 29 in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The activities of flogging, ritual temporary piercing, mummification, and Responsibility-Obedience practice are further explored through in-depth discussions. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

Vote for Mr. Snowbound Leather
Snowbound Leather raise tons of money for the AIDS Support Group Cape Cod. One way of doing that is the Mr. Southbound Leather contest. There is no judging panel brought into town. The community votes on line and each vote is by donation, thus money is raised in a fun way. There are four men competing - Boggy, Nick Jamison, Pup Gear and Pup Copper, and JT. click on any of the contestants pictures and you will be directed to the AIDS Support Group website. After loging on, click on DONATE ONLINE NOW to vote. Go to http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/ and cast your vote.

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 withcontestants 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

Tom of Finland is finishing up its theatrical release in Toronto
Tom of Finland is finishing up its theatrical release in North America with a long overdue run in Toronto, ON. It opens Friday, February 23 at the Imagine Cinemas Carlton there. Tickets are now on sale and going fast. If you're planning to go on Friday night, head to the Black Eagle after for their Wolfpack party. And a reminder for all those not in Toronto that Tom of Finland is now available on all major VOD platforms including iTunes and Amazon, and on Blu-ray and DVD via the film's distributor Kino Lorber. Tickets at http://www.imaginecinemas.com/cinema/carlton-cinema/

Women of Drummer contest
Come play dirty with us as Women of Drummer takes over Sin City for our first contest, February 22-25 in Las Vegas, NV. Alongside social and educational events, Women of Drummer boasts numerous play and kink-sploration opportunities that are sure to satisfy your desires. The Women of Drummer contest rekindles the traditions of gay and queer identified Leatherwomen, where history is honored, and diversity respected. We welcome and embrace all of our kinky brothers, sisters, and queer family to join and participate in the celebration of Women of Drummer. http://www.womenofdrummer.com

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. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

Save Twin Cities Leather & Latte
Friends, I implore you to consider making a donation to the Gofundme that my wonderful sash wife Mikayla Victoria Stanek has set up to help save Twin Cities Leather and Latte. Our community is a better place, because of the work that Karri Plowman and Tynan do. Safe spaces are incredibly important and we are fortunate to have TCL as a place to call home. No donation is too small. Thank you. Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2018. Help Twin Cities Leather and Latte at https://www.gofundme.com/save-twin-cities-leather-amp-latte


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IMsL and IMsBB 2018 contestant list revealed
Contestants for the 20th Annual International Ms Bootblack and the International Ms Leather contest are listed on the IMsL/IMsBB web site including their bios and photos. The contest will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 19-22. Alotta Boutte' and Tristan Taormino will emcee. A dance presented by ONYX Southwest and Northwest Chapters, and ONYX Pearls Southeast will be on Friday Night after the first day of the contest. DoubleTree by Hilton, San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110. https://imslbb.org/imsl-contestants-1/ and https://imslbb.org/imsbb-contestants-1/

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

Mr. Twin Cities Leather
The Mr. Twin Cities Leather title went to Pup Buster who will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May. Five men competed. Kink U classes were taught by Titans of the Midwest. The Presentation of the Robert "Bobbie" Smith Community First! Award was presented to Holly "Kitten" Kraft on Sunday. The judges will be Emerson Kellogg, Girl Complex, Tyesha Best, Joe King, Dan Beach, Ross Ransom, Alexandra Gray and Nitro Hankinson. All events were held at The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The host Hampton Inn was full. https://www.twincitiesleather.com/tcl-weekend-2018

Lucky In Leather - Sharin' O'The Green!
Lucky In Leather - Sharin' O'The Green! will be a pre-Saint Patrick's Day Irish celebration at the World Famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA on Saturday, March 10 at 4 PM. Corned beef sandwiches and potluck, raffle prizes, fisting the leprechaun, and entertainment by Whisper and Pony and The Evolution. This is a benefit for QueerNet/Online Policy Group, providing free E-mail and web services to GLBTQ nonprofits since 1991. Event flyer at http://www.acleather.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LNL-flyer.pdf World Famous Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA, 94541. Event flyer at http://www.acleather.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LNL-flyer.pdf

Leather Pride in Texas
Leather Pride in Texas 2018 will be April 6-8 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, TX. Leather Pride in Texas is committed to building unity within the Leather community and providing Leather Space for Leather People. Friday night - DJ hosted cocktail party, cash bar, cigar social, drag show; Saturday - Leather panel discussions, information booths, classes, bootblack and puppy play workshops, puppy mosh, cigar social, vending, Fetish/Kink art display, Carter Johnson Leather Library on display, free lunch and men's, women's and mixed play parties; Sunday - Sendoff social. Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel and Conference Center, 1209 Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664. For detailed schedule and all other pertinent information about Leather Pride in Texas, please visit http://www.leatherprideintexas.org

Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cook-Off
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Johnson Kaufher presents the Inaugural Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cook-Off on Sunday, April 8 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. show off your comfort food cooking skills. Bring your nana's favorite recipe, your bougie best concoction, your Southern delicacy, or your childhood memory. Or just come sample the best macaroni and cheese dishes in the county during Eagle 562's Sunday Beer Bust. $6 Tasting Buy-In lets you be the judge. Proceeds to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center and Bears LA Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, Eagle 562 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/771362783053032/

NCSF to be honored at the Leather Leadership Conference
The NCSF is proud to be receiving the Leadership in Action Award at the LLC which is designed to recognize the people who have contributed their skills, time and effort into sharing with and being supportive of our community. NCSF Board Members and Staff will be attending and participating in the Leather Leadership Conference with three workshops planned. For those who want to attend LLC, go here to register and get a discounted hotel room rate http://www.leatherleadership.org

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Avatar - Harder, Men's only Play Party
Avatar Club Los Angeles kicks off LA Leather Pride Week with Harder, Men's only Play Party on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios. A night of abandonment, play, sex, fun. 4 Slings, crosses, sex, large dark room, water sports area, BDSM scenes, bondage, spanking, much more. Multiple play rooms with fuck beds, fuck benches, tons of BDSM equipment, free clothes check, great music, snack and beverage station, outdoor smoking area. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/160810781382317/

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 Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

SoCal Leatherfest Boy
By Steven Carlisle
Calling all boys in Southern California, the application is open for the first SoCal Leatherfest Boy contest to be held as part of SoCal Leatherfest the weekend of July 6-8 in Los Angeles, CA. Grab the application today and let us know if you have any questions. SoCal Leatherfest is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. We will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, barbecue, pool party, and more. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QbofHnZgX03T6vACWKqhbwNTwfQh-vOu/view

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday, April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Mr. Leather64TEN adds IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau to judging panel
The Third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN weekend and contest will be held from March 8-March 11 in Chicago, IL. They have added some exciting new themes and events to our 2018 contest weekend and are thrilled to announce their guest judge for this year’s competition – International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau. Leather64TEN will once again host a weekend of events to promote the search for the next Mr. Leather64TEN, who will represent Leather64TEN at IML 2018. Complete schedule of events can be seen at http://www.Leather64TEN.com

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/

Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know
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 pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved. http://www.pupplay.info/

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night
Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride will be on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. https://www.facebook.com/events/116644675801802/

Folsom Europe
Folsom Europe 2018 will be at Fuggerstraße in Berlin, Germany, September 5-9 The 14th edition of Europe's largest gay fetish event will take place at various venues in Berlin, with the Street Fair along Fuggerstaße on Saturday, September 9. Part of the proceeds will go to AIDS charities. Fuggerstraße, 10777 Berlin, Deutschland. http://folsomeurope.info/


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Scott Erickson honored at Fetish Fair Fleamarket
Scott Erickson has many years of community service behind his name and this year the FFF honored him with a gorgeous award. Among his work in his home town of Boston, MA is Bay State Marauders Charter Member, Historian and Past President, and Harbormaster Association Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC) Representative. He held a Leather title in the 2000s, is Mama's Leather Sailor and received the Pantheon of Leather New England Regional Award for 2007. NELA (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50 was held at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick, RI. https://www.facebook.com/scott.erickson.714?fref=ufi

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. It is a must-see. 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 pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. We strive to share and provide ideas, concepts, opinions and opportunities for animal role-play in an unbiased way with a safe environment for users to explore their own identity. No one in the community assumes they are an expert and we all have information and ideas that can help anyone that has an open mind. 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. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Mr. San Diego Eagle
The Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 contest was won by Jody Mitchell on Saturday night, February 17 at the San Diego Eagle. The other contestant was Dustin. There was a meet and greet on Friday night and a victory party on Sunday afternoon. Russ Mortenson-Boyd of Leather Foundation fame returned as producer after a brief hiatus. He held that position a few years ago. https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/

Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia
Leather and Fetish Milano are presenting Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia 2018 March 16-18 at Bangalov, Via Calabria 5, 20158 Milan, Italy. Events include Buffet and Fetish night on Friday; Fetish dinner and Mr. Puppy Italy on Saturday; and Essence of Brunch on Sunday. Dress code is Leather, rubber, skin, uniforms, sport, jeans and boots, Lycra, Fetish-underwear. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009405335940723/

House of MarKus - IMPACT 101
Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink, hosted by House of MarKus at Leather Masters on Saturday, March 24 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. This will be basically like our Impact Class and SM 101 class combined. Introduction to BDSM topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual. IMPACT 101 will be focused on those just getting their feet wet in the rough body play, impact play, and using implements during a scene. We will cover topics such as negotiations, safety, consent, different types of toys and play, as well as their proper use. For more information and tickets go to http://www.leathermasters.com

Papa Bear Presents: 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. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org

Mr. SECC Leather and Bootblack
Mr. SECC Leather is Ryan Meyer and SECC Bootblack is Maximillan Max. They won their titles on February 17 at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA. The judges and contest staff were emcee Craig Clark, tally: Timothy Thomas; judges: 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. http://www.facebook.com/events/2010102169266538/

LDG Presents - Be The Party That You Wish To See In The World
The San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group meeting on Wednesday February 28 at Mr. S Leather Studio, 385A 8th Street, San Francisco at 7:30 PM is 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. 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. We’ll be asking the producers about their experiences, from their inspiration to throw a party to the end result. https://www.facebook.com/events/404950516593797/

Northwest Gay for Play Weekend
Come join us in Portland, Oregon for a weekend fueled by the exploration of fetish, play and fun. April 27-29 is Northwest Gay for Play Weekend. A weekend for men who play with men and those who want to build community with them. The diversity celebrated at this weekend makes a welcoming home for fetishists across a wide range of gear and play. Northwest Gay for Play Weekend 2018 features three days full of play opportunities; a fabulous Meet and Greet to kick the weekend off. Saturday features play workshops and a contest for three fetish titles: Butch Player NW, Femme Player NW, and Bootblack NW will happen Saturday night. To wrap up, there is a Big Gay Brunch on Sunday that combines delicious breakfast food with even more play. https://nwgayforplay.com/

Leather Archives & Museum displays inkedKenny
Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery, January 26 - June 7, MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny. inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish and with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion and discovered a new way to look. at (and artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent and a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing and found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Mr. Missouri Leather

By Terry Laupp

Mr. Missouri Leather is celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary and will be the weekend of February 23-25, with all events taking place in the JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis, MO. The weekend will kickoff with a meet and greet on Friday at 10 PM. The Titans of the Midwest will present Kink U which consists of three educational seminars and is open to the public. The Mr. Missouri Leather 2018 and Gateway Guy competition is on Saturday at 10 PM. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May. The weekend will conclude on Sunday morning with Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's. Tickets for Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend are available at Brown Paper Tickets. http://www.mml2018.brownpapertickets.com

Southland Title Sisters and Eagle 562 - Go All In On Red
By Cy Pher
The Southland Title Sisters and Eagle 562 are proud to be hosting Go All In On Red on March 2 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach. This fundraiser is for two of our own - Ms Los Angeles Leather Scarlett Sin and San Diego Bootblack Red - who are competing in April for International Ms Leather/International Ms Bootblack. All proceeds from this event will go towards helping them fund their respective title runs. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2036229603302261/

Colton Long and Mark I. Chester
By Mark I. Chester
Colton Long and Mark I. Chester are hosting Hot Draw!, an erotic Leather sketch event at the SF Eagle on Friday, February 23 from 6:30-9:00 PM in San Francisco, CA. This is a benefit and all proceeds will be donated to the Mark Leno for Mayor campaign. It is a $20 suggested donation, but donate what you can afford. Colton Long is Mr. SF Eagle 2018 and Mark I. Chester is the host of the long-running Gay Men's Sketch. We wanted to have some fun, for a good cause and inject some positive art and sexuality into the community. All artists (men and women) of all skill levels are invited. Plus, you don't need to come to the event to donate and support both the cause of Leather art and Mark's campaign. Contact me personally for how to do that. Or come and draw with us! No experience is necessary. https://www.facebook.com/events/363333920807862/

GearUp Men's Weekend
GearUp Weekend will be held July 12-15 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and registration opens on January 31. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearup-mens-weekend-2018-registration-36327651985



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New! Trivia Question of the Week

Which one of the following occurred first?

1. The Leather Journal's first Issue.

2. Guy Baldwin won the International Mr. Leather Contest.

3. Alan Selby opened Mr. S Leathers in San Francisco, CA.

4. The National Leather Association was founded.

5. The Spanner Case was the lead story the United Kingdom.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - True: Judy Tallwing-McCarthey was the first International Ms Leather.



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How you can include your information on Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Writer Guidelines
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 75-90 words.

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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When listing titleholders we use the title followed by the person's name - International Mr. Leather 1993 Henri ten Have, not Henri ten Have. One would say President Obama, not Obama, President. Less punctuation makes an easier read.

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