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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 16, 2019

By January 18, 2019



Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019

By Robert Green

Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of Los Angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.





Center on Halsted - Kink in Color

Joey McDonald is hosting Kink in Color - A panel discussion about representation and acceptance of people of color in the kink communities on February 9. This is part of the Center on Halsted’s Black History Month program. Kink in Color is a multi-generational panel of players in the ever-expanding realm of kink discuss representation and acceptance of People of Color in the Leather, Fetish, Rubber and BDSM communities. In a “what is was like, where we are now, and the vision for the future” format, Chicago community members Coleman Goode, Issa Arden, Kylon Hooks, Mufasa Ali, and Joey McDonald will share their personal stories of visibility and inclusion. There will be a Cocktail Mixer at 6 PM and the Program at 7 at the Center on Halsted, John Baran Hall, second floor, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613.




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.




BDSM: when is sadomasochism an act of domestic violence?

By Samantha Pegg for The Conversation, supplied by the NCSF

There are many good reasons for revisiting the principle in Brown and updating the law. Those who engage in S&M as part of a healthy sex life should be able to inflict consensual harm without being unfairly criminalised. But we also need to ensure that victims of abuse are protected. This is a delicate balancing act and it's no surprise that successive governments have been unwilling to address the question of consent in this area. The UK House of Lords ruled 25 years ago in the case of Brown that there was no public interest in allowing individuals to consent to injuries during sadomasochistic (S&M) encounters. In Brown, the appellants had engaged in various...



Texas Leather Annual Chili Cook Off

Texas Leather Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by Bear Lockdown, Saturday, January 26 at 3 PM at the Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235. Texas Leather Productions and MAsT: Dallas invites chili chefs from all over Texas to compete in the Annual Chili Cookoff during the 2019 Mr. and Ms Texas Leather Contest. The Chili Cook-Off is being held at the Dallas Eagle. This year’s competition will award chefs for Best Chili, Hottest Chili, Crowd Favorite, Most Unique Chili, Best Presentation (this is the award for best table presentation), Meatiest Chili and Chili Most Likely to Come Out of a Can.


Men of ONYX

Men of ONYX made the front cover of Metro Weekly for their Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2019 Edition featuring the Men of ONYX in its pre-event coverage of Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2019.



Avatar Club Los Angeles - BDSM Sampler

Avatar Club Los Angeles will host its monthly educational meeting at MCC in the Valley on Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 8:30 PM. Top or bottom, sub or dom, bondage, suspension, spanking, whipping, flogging, electro-stimulation and more. If you've fantasized about it, you can try it here, in a friendly, safe and fun atmosphere. 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.




Mr. Long Beach Leather 2018 - Leather Cruise

Mr. Long Beach Leather 2018 Louis Ramrod will present Leather Cruise at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, January 26 at 9 PM. The lineup of Dommes and Doms keeps getting better and better with Mx West Coast Olympus Leather 2018 Ferris Oxide doing a demo on electro play with a violet wand. DJ Dennis will be serving some grooves and Fit Pup Gear be setting up a pop-up shop.




A Dressier Affair: Celebrating 40 Years of BHT

Brother Help Thyself's 40th Annual Grant Reception will be at the Belvedere Hotel on Saturday, February 2 at 7 PM. Join Brother Help Thyself as they celebrate 40 years and present their grant checks and annual awards. The attire is Dress to Impress. Belvedere Hotel, 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.




LA Leather judges named

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition disclosed the names of the nine judges who will select the next Mr., Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack.
The panel includes International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, International Ms Bootblack 2018 Teagan, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 Ben Kaufher, Ms Los Angles Leather 2016 Moon O'Neal, Ms California Leather Tuesday Niles, noted emcee Karen Ultra, American Leatherman 2008 Randy Carmenaty Mx International Olympus Leather 2017 Matt O'Toole and Bullet Bar owner Michael Lara.
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. This year's theme is XXPLORATION.




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. You will have to make choices every hour. Stay until Monday and enjoy the Kinky Kabaret on Sunday night an original and 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.




SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Friday, January 25 at 9 PM. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club,s monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. On some months, it will be on Friday from 8:30 PM to 1 AM. 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.




Threshold - given an immediate cease and desist

Dear Threshold Membership and concerned community members.
It is with great sadness that all Threshold events, parties and private rentals have been given an immediate cease and desist by the Los Angeles Fire Department, due to zoning and permit issues. We have been at this location for 15 years with multiple walkthroughs from police and fire department personnel with no problems. But upon inspection by city fire planner, it was found that we are not permitted to have gatherings at this facility. And the building is not zoned for the activity we are doing. Meaning we need to move to a building zoned for our club and get the proper permits. As we explore our many options, please be strong with us, so we can quickly get back to serving our community and helping them to discover themselves in a safer, sane and always consensual way. We will update you shortly with the date of the Threshold Members meeting to discuss this further and of course any changes to this situation. Sincerely and in service to you. Threshold Board of Directors.




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, one will find what they're looking for at South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend in Dallas, Texas on March 7-10.





Mr. Powerhouse Leather

AJ Huff became Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2019 during the last feeder for the Mr. San Francisco Leather contest. The contest was on Friday, January 11. A meet and greet preceded the stage portion of the contest followed by a Victory Party with Lance Holman for Lick It.




Encuerado Leather Latin Night

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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International Geared Pup

The International Geared Pup 2019 Contest will be held on February 10. Unlike other contests currently being held in the Leather, rubber, kink, and fetish communities, International Geared Up Pup is held entirely online. There is no physical venue, which means that there are no travel limitations or expensive run packages to purchase. Any pup, worldwide, is truly capable of entering and participating in the contest. There were 10 contestants last year. The inaugural International Geared Pup titleholder is Alpha Pup Ashtray Boner Kain of Studio City, CA.





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.




PIGS - Lumberjock

The Perverted Interracial Guys host Lumberjock every third Sunday at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA at 3 PM. The next one is on January 20. The next one is Winter Underwear beer bust. No cover. $5 cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




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 February 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. Leather, Smoke, Testosterone and Cruising. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




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.




Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2019 Contest Weekend

The Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2019 contest weekend will be held February 8-10 at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Events start with a meet and greet and Cigar Social on Friday night. The contest will be on Saturday at 8 PM with a $7 cover, and the weekend concludes with a Victory Feast Celebration and beer bust at 3 PM. Pup Yoshi will pass the sash, medallion and patch to a new man. Eagle 562 will be providing food from The Spicy Kitchen.







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Sin in the City - Emcees named

Sin in the City 2019 - Sins Are Lucky For Us will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of January 31 - February 3. The emcees will be Stela Daddy Love, Jaki Griot and Chapagne. Sin in the City features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 65 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. Sin in the City welcomes attendees of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ages 18-plus, ethnicities and nationalities, physical abilities, and religious and political affiliations to participate in socials, the International Person of Leather contest, educational workshops, play parties, vendors, boot blacking.



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..





Fuk University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, February 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.




Join the NCSF

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 January 20. 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.




Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications

Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply.




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 February 9 and March 9 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.




ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 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 Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is February 21 at 8 PM. https://www.onyxsw.com/




LDG Presents - Deeply Personal Male Grooming With Joe The Barber

The next SFLDG presentation will be Leatherman, leader and barber, Joe Gallagher (Joe The Barber), who will try to teach us things we never knew we needed to know about a deeply personal male grooming on Wednesday, January 23 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, February 1 and March 1 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.




Hunter & Charlie's

Most of us have eaten there when it was Farmboy Restaurant. Only the name has changed to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. In the photo, Hunter displays the Best of Show Award he won during the Regiment of the Black and Tans' Chili Cookoff in early November. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them Dave Rhodes says hello. (323) 848-4790.





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