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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, February 5, 2020

By February 06, 2020



Leather History in Los Angeles 1945-1983

Avatar Club Los Angeles hosted the opening of its exhibition chronicling the Leather history of Los Angeles from 1945-1983 at the One Archives at the USC Libraries on Saturday night, February 1. The exhibit will run all of February and chronicles the clubs, bars, bike runs, milestones and publications, art, movies. Drummer Magazine was founded in Los Angeles in 1975 and there is a lot about Drummer, the Advocate which was founded in LA in 1969, motorcycle men who returned from World War II with an enthusiastic love for riding and brotherhood. The curator of the exhibit is Thomas Trafelet. The ONE Archive Foundation and Executive Director Jennifer Gregg supported and helped fund the project as did Avatar Club Los Angeles and Ralph Bruneau. The Curator for the ONE is Alexis Bard Johnson. If in Southern California, by all means, see this exhibit. It will give you a better understanding of our roots. One Archives at the USC Libraries, 909 West Adams, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Scroll down for more photos.






Folsom Street Events names new executive director

By Ryan Kost for San Francisco Chronicle/Datebook Photo by Teagan Bootblack of Take Refuge Photography

A Leatherwoman with a background in nonprofit management has stepped into one of the most pivotal roles in San Francisco's Leather and kink community. Sarah Patterson has been named the new executive director of Folsom Street Events, officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 29. She’ll be at the helm of the nonprofit behind San Francisco’s annual Folsom Street Fair, the world’s largest fetish event that attracts 250,000 attendees, and its smaller Up Your Alley event, which draws 15,000 people.





I Love My Job: Sex and Fetish Educator Kali Morgan

By Rebekah Harding for Phillymag.com Photo by Ryan Mulligan

The Sexploratorium owner explains how she made sex education her career and why she became a wedding officiant along the way. Kali Morgan wears many hats. When she’s not leading sex education and fetish workshops, running and styling customers at Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium, or officiating weddings and speaking at events, you can find her pogo-sticking across Philly or participating in an Aqua Zumba class. Morgan has become one of the most trusted sex and fetish educators in Philadelphia....Scroll down for more photos.




Woodhull Wins FOSTA Appeal

By NCSF News

Today the DC Circuit Court of Appeals revived Woodhull's challenge to FOSTA (In 2017, Congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act). The court ordered that the constitutional challenge be sent back to the district court for a ruling on the merits. The NCSF joined their allies in filing a Brief in Support of Appellants challenging FOSTA. To read the rest of this article go to




American Brotherhood Weekend new date and rule change

American Brotherhood Weekend will move to a new date, August 14-16 and will remain in Chicago with its new owner, Steven Carlisle at the helm. There has been a change in the eligibility rules, too. To compete for American Leatherman, the contestant has to identify as a gay, bisexual, or queer male. To compete for American Leatherwoman, the contestant has to identify as a lesbian, bisexual, or queer female. To compete for American Leatherboy, the contestant has to identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer. Additionally, they must identify as a boy/boi and can be male or female. Contestants applications are available.





Papa Tony's Farewell Party

A Farewell Party for Papa Tony was held on January 22 at DiMille’s Italian Restaurant in San Diego, CA. Tony is retiring from activities and 75 of his friends from Southern California appear in the group photo above and a total of 400 were on hand to honor him at the dinner or who stopped by for a brief visit.



NELA - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54

The New England Leather Alliance will hold their Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 14-16. Join 3,000 kinky friends for a weekend of fun classes, shopping, bootblacking, social events, and entertainment at the largest vendor market on the East Coast. Among notable presenters are Midori, Raven Kaldera, Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Celia Tan, Jay Rood, Nauttiboy, Sarah Sloane, Tesla Harclay, Master Jim, Dragon, Bound To Fly, Munkee, Mistress Sky and many others. The Fetish Fair Fleamarket is an internationally-known and well-respected semi-annual event with presenters and attendees from around the world. The Winter Flea is the largest Leather/fetish event in New England, bringing together a hundred top vendors and craftspeople.





2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest

The 2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest will be held online on Sunday, February 9 at 12 PM EST. No need to book a hotel or flight. Watch it right on your monitor or phone. The deadline for entry into 2020 International Geared Up Pup is January 25. Any pup, worldwide, can enter. The primary responsibility of the titleholder is to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity. The winner also receives a prize package from our generous sponsors and an expenses paid trip to Atlanta. For more information, go to http://www.igupc.com



Thomas L. Smith

By CiCi

Thomas L. Smith passed away peacefully in his home on January 21, 2020. He was born on July 3, 1957. Thomas was very proud to be a congressional intern with the United States Congress at the young age of 17. He went on to work for the US Treasury as the examiner in charge for the second largest bank in the world. He was a five-time best-selling author due to his expertise in leadership. Of all his accomplishments, he was most proud of his thirty years of service as a Rotarian where he served as assistant governor in Palm Springs, CA. He also served on the board of governors for Desert Regional Hospital. Thomas accomplished more in his short 62 years than most do in a lifetime and left a lasting legacy. Thomas was Mr. International Rubber 1996 and received the Pantheon of Leather 2001 President's Award with his partner, Joshua. He will be dearly missed. Scroll down for more photos.



Mr. Chicago Leather

The Mr. Chicago Leather 2020 Contest on January 25 at the Leather Archives & Museum saw Butch emerge victorious over three other men. The contest was the highlight of a weekend of events including a welcoming cocktail party, Fetish Gear Swap, Kink U presented by the Titans of the Midwest, the MCL 2020 Brunch and roast of Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber Onyx. Joining Saber on the judging panel will be International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Gene Mar Executive Board member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, Lady MJ Spezia President of Trident Windy City and Kylon Hooks One of the Founding Fathers of LORE. The emcee was International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal. Butch will compete at International Mr. Leather 2020 in May.






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Mr. Faultline Leather 2020 Christian Medina

Mr. Faultline Leather 2020 is Christian Medina who was tops among two men competing for the opportunity to advance to the Los Angeles Leather contest during LA Leather Pride Week in March. There was a meet and greet on Friday night and a victory party on Sunday afternoon, both at the Faultline.




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Leather Archives - Kinky Comics and Superhero Fetishes

Comics and graphic novels are an important part of the Leather Archives & Museum's fetish and kink collections, and the month of February is their Kinky Comic Drive. All month long the LA&M will feature some of its iconic and erotic visual collections, and they are asking for your help. During the month the Leather Archives is asking for donations to fill in gaps in their collections. To show thanks, each person donating titles needed for the archives will be entered into a drawing for a great gift basket of comic fun.





ONYX Lone Star presents Black and White Fetish Ball

By Bear Marvin

ONYX Lone Star presents Black and White Fetish Ball 2020, an inaugural ONYX event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, February 22, 8 PM, produced by Lash Onyx (Bear Marvin). Attendees will show off and enjoy others' black and white styles – vanilla, outrageous, Leather, or fetish at Sidewinders Cabaret and ABQ Eagle. ABQ Eagle will feature Deep House in a dark setting with various BDSM demonstrations. Meet the ONYX Lone Star members in New Mexico. There should be plenty of ONYX Lone Star members from Dallas and from other chapters. Proceeds benefit the Transgender Resource Center in Albuquerque.
Sidewinders, 8900 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123.




South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave

Photo by Hromovy

South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave will return to the DoulbleTree in Dallas, TX for the fifth consecutive year the weekend of March 12-15. The theme of this homecoming is We Will Not Forget, where everyone is encouraged to remember our history and traditions, celebrate the present and look towards the future. At South Plains one can pursue their journey into the world of kink/BDSM/fetish as well as explore their in interests in Master/slave relationships. The jewel in the crown of South Plains Leatherfest is the International Master/slave Contest which will be judged by head judge Mister Blue, Slavegirl j, David Labriola, Master Scott, Slave cathy, Miz Lilly and Slave naomie. The South Plains 2020 keynote speaker will be Thista Minai. Among the many presenters will be D. Choc Trei and Kae Trei, Pharaoh Khaf Ra and Empress Nahara, Master Skip and slave Rick Mason deRou, Master David and slave Brynn, Master Jim and slave marsha, Mister Blue and Blue Frost, and many more.




San Diego's Leather Fetish Ball

The Seventh Annual Leather Fetish Ball will be held on Saturday, February 15 at Rich's, a new location with the same sexy vibe, with vendors, bootblacking, hot gogos, live demos, fierce entertainment, dancing all night long. The Leather Fetish Ball will be hosted by DOM Glitz Glam. Doors open at 7 PM. Rich's, 1051 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92103.




Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend

ONYX Founder and Executive Producer Mufasa Ali of the Mufasa’s Pride Fellowship Weekend (MPFW) announced that the weekend will host the birth of the international title - International Leather Warrior (ILW), executive produced by Goddess Lakshimi and Mufasa Ali. The international title (International Leather Warrior - ILW) and two national titles, Leatherman and Leather Woman of Color, will be awarded at Mufasa’s Pride Fellowship Weekend which will be held in the Baltimore, Maryland area Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-16. This year’s theme is Carnivale: Pump Your Flag. MPFW will include educational seminars, vendors, play parties, a dance, a kinky karaoke brunch and fellowship of like-minded diverse individuals in Leather.




Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Pigskin Underwear Beer Bust has turned into Lumberjock for the winter, so get into those union suits and long johns on February 16. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.








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Snowbound Leather Weekend XIII

Looking for a winter getaway with a twist? Snowbound Leather Weekend XIII will be held February 21-23 in Provincetown, MA. Ditch the drudgery and pack your sack because Snowbound is just a few weeks away. Join other hot and horny men looking to do the same at events including Beer Blast, White Out thermal underwear party, educational workshops by Full Kit Gear, Chaps and Straps and Leather Dance. Snowbound Leather Weekend is produced by the folks who do Mates Leather Weekend every year.



Leather Leadership Conference

The Leather Leadership Conference - Leaders Serving Leaders will be held March 20-22, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport in Atlanta, GA. LLC is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community and envisions a richly-educated and connected community of leaders. The keynote speakers are International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson and International Little Miss Little 2010 Lolita Wolf. LLC has a long list of presenters which includes International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Lolita Wolf, Alex, Baroness Domina Silver, Bebe Invictus, Daddy Michael and, amaia, Dominion Onyx, Dr. Dark, Ignixia, Jade Savage, Just Rob, Lady Kita, Master Aaron, slave jennie, Master Varii, Mercury, Miki Rei, Ms Michelle, Mufasa, Nwachi the Demon, Pain Jane, Sara Blaze, Sir Luke and His victor, Sir Top, Steele Toe Onyx, Tara and texassara among them.





LA Leather Pride

Things are beginning to shape up for Los Angeles Leather Pride which will be held at venues all over Los Angeles County from March 20-29. The keystone to the whole shebang is the Mr. Los Angeles Leather contest which will return to the Globe Theatre on Saturday night, March 28. The winner will compete at IML in May. Other major events will be Avatar's play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 20, Kickoff at the Faultline on March 22 which includes the motorcycle ride-in with local bike clubs and contestants, Assembly hosted by Los Angeles' uniform clubs at Rough Trade on March 27, Tom's House tours on March 28-29 at the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest on Saturday night, March 28, and the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday, March 29. There are more events during LA Leather Pride, so stay tuned for details.




Excelsior MC - Leather Art Retrospective

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On January 24, at the LGBTQ Community Center, in New York City, Excelsior MC unveiled its Leather Art Retrospective, on display through February 8. The first night was a benefit, with all proceeds slated for New Alternatives, for Homeless LGBT Youth, and with admission priced at $15, had already raised $1,200 in the first hour. There were exhibits remembering past Leather hangouts the Mineshaft and the old Eagle NYC. A display was devoted to the Mr. Fire Island Leather contest, which Excelsior co-produces, with photos by or from the collection of this writer, and the work of custom Leatherwear designer David Samuel Menkes, as well as the Swarovski-crystal-encrusted jock strap and harness, worn by Excelsior President and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2017 Sir Joseph, in the International Mr. Leather 2018 contest. There was a wall of club colors representing clubs with which Excelsior has shared events. Leathermen, Leatherwomen, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and titleholders were among those who filled the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, in the Center.



LDG Mentoring Program

The LDG Mentoring Program is about to begin its ninth year of providing guidance for men interesting in exploring and learning more about kink. The program will begin in early February 2020 and end in early September. If you have wondered about finding someone to help you, to guide you, as you explore kink areas that are of specific interest to you, then this mentoring program may be just right for you. This program isn't for everyone. You will need to commit to follow through and meet with your mentor at least twice per month for the entire 9 month program length. At each meeting you will drive the conversation with your mentor, bring him questions and topics to explore. See the calendar at the following link. Photo by Tyger Yoshi.




NJ Leather Family Cook Off XV

The 15th Annual NJ Leather Family Chili Cook Off XV benefiting HIV Services at the Center in Asbury Park, NJ will be held at Georgies on Sunday, February 23 at 2 PM with winners being named at 6 PM. $5 admission and $10 to enter a crockpot of chili. Music by DJ Ted. Over the years this event has raised thousands to support HIV services at the Center in Asbury Park. Warm chili, cold drinks, lots of hot men and women. Georgies, 812 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ.




CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

CineKink Kinky Film Festival organizers have announced that the 17th annual CineKink NYC will takes place March 18–22 and feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. In addition, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! showdown of adult cinema, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Bar Crawl

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will host a Bar Crawl on Thursday, February 6 from 6-8 PM with D6 Supervisor Matt Haney. Tour our district’s bars and get a chance to chat casually with Supervisor Haney's Team and Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District staff, and board members. They will start at The Stud. The other stops include Powerhouse, Hole in the Wall, Lone Star and the SF Eagle. The Stud is located at 399 9th Street and all other bars are within two blocks, all bars are 21+ only, and ADA accessible. Wednesday, February 12 is an Open House where they will discuss progress, plans, and our active committees beginning at 6 PM. Join a committee. Apply for District membership. The LGBT Center, Room 204, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA.




BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounge is February 8. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.




Kurt Allen May 26, 1963 – January 26, 2020

Kurt Allen was a very passionate member of the Leather community and will be greatly missed. He was Mr. Leather64TEN 2018 and used his title to help the LGBTQ and Leather community to embrace and love themselves for who they were. We may have lost our friend, but the effect that he had on so many lives and to our community will continue to live on in his memory. Kurt was a residential real estate agent in Indianapolis, IN. “The first thing I remember when I met Kurt was his passion about life,” said Leather64TEN owner and longtime friend Eric Kugelman. “Our conversation soon went to what he was raising money for. His enthusiasm towards helping LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, in most cases because they were kicked out of their homes by their parents. A memorial is being planned.




Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, February 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.




Pansexual Butchmanns Experience

The Butchmanns Experience, March 27-29 in Oregon City, OR, is an intensive educational weekend designed to provide an opportunity for self-discovery in pursuit of self-actualization. The event includes hands-on training in basic SM practices, protocol and rituals, and a view of leadership and obedience through the lens of Master/slave dynamics. Master Bob Blount is the organizer of the Pansexual Butchmanns Experience. The emphasis of activities is on personal transformation and growth and includes intentional flogging, ritual temporary piercing, the call to serve and be served, and transformational mummification. These activities are explored more through in-depth discussions. The environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the instructors and faculty supporting each individual's unique experience. Lookout Lodge - Tripod Ranch, Oregon City, Oregon 97045.





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Northwest Leather Celebration emcee announced

Blue Frost will be the emcee on Friday and Saturday nights for the Northwest Leather Celebration which will be held May 1-3 in Sacramento, CA. Mister-Blue, along with his slave BlueFrost, were the 2018 International Master/slave titleholders and the 2017 Master/slave titleholders for the Northeast Region. She is the cofounder and covisionary of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition and is the Mistress of the House of Blue. Together with her Master, she received the Pantheon of Leather Award for 2018 Couple of the Year. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, February 7 and March 6 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




KC Pioneers Education Night

The KC Pioneers Education Night will be on February 19 at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO with August's presentation being on Pet Play and Littles. The presenters are Show Me Leather Puppy 2019 Pup Zephyr and Ms KC Leather Pride 2019 Ginger Lea Phillips Ms KC Leather Pride 2019. Join the KC Pioneers their third-Wednesday-of-the-month education/hands-on demo nights. A different topic every month. Must be 21+ to attend.




Barking Billiards at Eagle 562

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Thursday, including February 13, 20, 27 and March 5. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle. We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted on second Thursdays by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, February 20 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.





Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next date is February 19. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on March 5; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on February 9. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.












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