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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, February 27, 2019

By March 01, 2019


With Eagle Plaza approved, proponents work to open in time for Folsom Street Fair A rendering of the future Eagle Plaza

Images - Courtesy of Friends of Eagle Plaza By Carrie Sisto for Hoodline

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed formally approved the new Eagle Plaza. Anticipated to be the cornerstone of the city’s LGBTQ Leather Cultural District, the plaza will be located at 12th and Harrison streets, across from the historic gay bar of the same name. With approvals in place, proponents of the plaza are hoping to have it largely completed before the annual Folsom Street Fair.




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Leather Cocktails at Tom House

Jon Wright was presented the Inspiration Award at Leather Cocktails at TOM House on Saturday night, February 23 in Los Angeles, CA. The Award read, For Being an Inspiration to Our Community - Past, Present and Future. Leather Cocktails was hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans, BLUF and California B&B Corps. Hors d' ouvres were prepared and served by Hunter and Charlie's and the bar was handled by the Bullet.

Mr. Rubber Europe

Photo by Oink and article by International Rubber

Congratulations to all involved with the 10th Darklands, held this past weekend in Antwerp. It was also the second running of the revived Mr. Rubber Europe contest. Eight men competed for the title and Dries Kissinger, Mr. Fetish Austria, was announced as the new Mr. Rubber Europe. We extend our congratulations to everyone involved with the event weekend. (Pictured below, Dries with his new sash, and the assembled contestants for Mr. Rubber Europe.



Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Awards

The 47th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards begin on Saturday April 27, 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA. These humorous awards, presented by the Golden Gate Guards, are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide fundraising for the Positive Resource Center formerly known as AIDS Emergency Fund. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. Nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Awards are now open and are free.




Mr. Missouri Leather

Two men competed for the Mr. Missouri Leather 2019 title and Robert Segarra came out on top in front of about 200 cheering fans at JJ's Clubhouse in St. Louis, MO on Saturday night, February 23. The Titans of the Midwest presented Kink U at Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend, Leather64TEN from Chicago was the official vendor and Scarlett Sin's Visibility Project saw pride flags representing everything hanging from the rafters in the main room. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a Mr. Missouri Leather 2019 Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's.





Lawrence Pryor - Art at the Dungeon

Boston, Massachusetts based Lawrence Pryor has been selected to inaugurate the series Art at the Dungeon at Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 30, 3-6:00 PM. The charity event, ChamPAIN follows at 8 PM Sanctuary Studios hosts community events for the LGBTQK+ Community. The photography of Lawrence Pryor will be on display for one night only. Art at the Dungeon Presents Lawrence Pryor. Art Studio Nudes, featuring Lawrence Pryor is the first in the Art at the Dungeon series. Sanctuary Studios LAX 10914 South La Cienega Boulevard, Lennox, CA 90304, March 30th, 2019 from 3:00 - 6:00 P.M. The charity event, ChamPAIN is to follow, 8:00 P.M




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Heart of the South Leather Puppy 2019

The new Heart of the South Puppy is Pup Fox who won his title at the Atlanta Eagle in Atlanta, GA the weekend of February 22-24. The emcees were Mr. International Gay Rodeo Association 2001 Sonny Koerner and Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson. Heart of the South weekend included a meat and greet, Pexxx Kick-off Party, It's A Dog-Gone Pool Party, the contest, victory party and an after party.


Pleasure and Pain

Pleasure and Pain, hosted by THR Productions will be held at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, March 9 at 8 PM. Demos and guest participation in different fetishes and a silent auction. $6 cover. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.


21 Rare Gay Motorcycle Club Photos From 1962

By Christopher Harrity for the Advocate

The Advocate has been running a brilliant series of photos for quite some time. Here are photos from the Satyrs MC and Oedipus MC joint Spring Poker Run and Field Meet in May, 1962. Hot men and when one looks at today's LA over night motorcycle club events it is clear much of the tradition has remained intact.


Bear Beach Party

Pitbull Events and Armada Par Men's Room will host Bear Beach Party at Club Unity in Montreal, Canada on Friday, April 5 at 10 PM. Bring your sexiest beach party wear for one hell of an amazing night as the entire second floor of Unity is transformed into a Beach paradise. DJ Stefane Lippe will be providing the sizzling soundtrack. Club Unity, 1171 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3G8.


Washington State Leather Pride Week

Washington State Leather Pride Week will be held March 15-24 at several venues in Seattle, WA. The Washington State Mr., Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest will be Friday through Sunday, March 23 and the Leather Emerald Awards with Victory Brunch on Sunday afternoon, March 22-24. Earlier, on Saturday, March 16, the Seattle Men in Leather will host their 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Cuff Complex dance bar. XXX.


ONYX Northwest - Bar night

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, March 30 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This is a fifth Friday - we verified the date, so it is good.



ONYX SoCal-Southwest - Puppy Love

ONYX SoCal-Southwest will present Puppy Love on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 4 PM at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029. In addition to all of the beer bust debauchery, ONYX SoCal-Southwest will be donating $1,000 to Village Health Foundation, founded by Dr. Jewel Thais-Williams, the previous owner of The Catch One. $5 suggested donation.


Sleazy Madrid XIX

As every year, along the weekend of the 1st of May, the city of Madrid holds the most important gay fetish event in the South of Europe. The 19 year-old event is firmly established and it holds a prominent position in the fetish gay calendar. During this six-day weekend, Madrid is visited by a lot of people interested in taking part of this event. This is the program including the main party nights and other activities during this weekend of fetish and electronic music.


Photo - Mr. and Ms Texas Leather

Elizabeth Lawrence was chosen to be Ms Texas Leather 2019 and Mr. Kaprese Andre 2019 became Mr. Texas Leather on Saturday, January 26 at the Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235. Texas Leather Productions is proud to note that This contest produced two IMLs and one IMsL in its history including IML 2002 Stephen Weber, IML 2009 Jeffrey Payne and IMsL 2012 Synn.


Colorado Leather Fest 2019

Colorado Leather Fest will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton the weekend of May 3-5. Colorado Leather Fest does not focus on BDSM play skills and techniques and does not host a play party. Our event is centered on Leather/BDSM history and culture, a variety of relationship styles and the issues associated with them, and service skills found in Leather and M/s or D/s relationships and culture. There will be classes and a contest. DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton, 83 East 120th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80233.


BDSM Bootcamp

Mr. Providence Eagle Jesse Rosenberg is hosting a BDSM Bootcamp with Brian Dawson instructing on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM - 5 PM at 257 Weybosset Street (3rd floor), Providence, RI. This one-day Bootcamp is designed to establish or hone your skills, including expert instruction, demonstrations, safety protocol, and practice. Open to all levels: no prior experience necessary. Topics covered are headspace and power dynamics, basic bondage, impact play, and cock and ball and other torture techniques. Registration fee is $45. Registrations received by February 18 are $35.


Photo - Snowbound Leather Weekend XII

Mates Leather Weekend produced the Mr. Snowbound 2019 contest during Snowbound Leather Weekend XII - Get Outta The Cold And Into The Heat, February 22-24 at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MA. Ryan Napravnik who brought in the most donations for AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod was named the winner. The total raised this year was $1,040. There were five contestants. Other events included a beer blast, Chaps and Straps party, White Out thermal underwear party, Leather dance and educatonal workshops. The closing Sunday brunch at the Crown and Anchor had an all-you-can-eat option.





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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday afternoon, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be drinking in Leather jocks this month, but all underwear is welcome. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.


Utah Leather Pride

Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 19 in Salt Lake City. UT. 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. The festival runs 12-8 PM at at The Sun Trapp and the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contests at Metro Music Hall go 8-11 PM. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.


Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, March 8 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. Mr. OCIE Jeff Galley-Reay is the host. There will be kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some money for The Leather Heart Foundation. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844.


Los Angeles Leather Pride XX

The 20th Annual Los Angeles Leather Pride will celebrate its 20th Anniversary March 24-31 schedule has taken shape with many official and unofficial events. LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. This year's theme is XXPLORATION. Los Angeles Leather Pride will include Leather meet-ups, play parties, panel discussions, and many other events, culminating in the Off Sunset Festival.


Leather Leadership Conference

The Leather Leadership Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport the weekend of March 15-17. Leaders Serving Leaders - LLC is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community. We envision a richly educated and connected community of leaders. In serving leaders, those that are on a path to leadership, and community groups, we strive to foster a greater sense of connection between and within the communities we serve.



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 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.



Desert Fetish Authority - Kink Talk

The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group, Kink Talk, meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being March 8 and April 12. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, # C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234.





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Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know

The go-to web site 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.


Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with March 1 and April 5 being the next two dates. All start at 9 PM. Leather and gear encouraged. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. December 7 and 8 is Seattle Men in Leather's annual Pictures With Santa and Ms Santa Weekend.


Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, March 2 and April 6, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Daddy Barry will be hosting plus it will be his first social venture out since his motorcycle accident. Come give him some loving.


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 few are March 6, 13, 20 and 27, and run 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.



Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, March 8, 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 in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.


Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, March 2 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.


BLUF: DC at DC Eagle

BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. December 2 and January 6 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue.



SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next two are March 23 and April 27. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.


Smokeout - Register now and save

By Bulldog Bob

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout 2019 which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration goes up from $50 to $55 on December 1.



World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50

The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.




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Jim Neuman's Survivors Party in January, 2009. Photo by Robert Green



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