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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 2, 2019

By January 04, 2019



Dave Rhodes turns 70

Dave Rhodes turned 70 years old on December 20. Dr. Larry and his husband, William, threw a huge LA Dodgers-themed birthday party for me on Saturday night, December 22 with 76 Leatherfolk attending. There was a great outpouring of love and I thank everyone who was part of it. A couple more photos appear near the bottom of this page.




Mama's Toy Drive

By Beau Texter

'Twas the night before Christmas with everyone on the road.
Mama was worried for the distance to go. The back ups we're horrid, with hours of delay, can we make it to Guerneville Veterans Hall in time for Christmas day? Oh come Christmas morning, Mama made it all the way, thanks to her Grand Master and his very trusty sleigh. The toys were all stock piled, waiting for the needy children to appear. Close to $10,000, in retail is what I hear. The Russian River Sisters had gathered to make a Christmas dinner treat. The fest to be had was turkey and ham, no one could beat.
The 175 people ate till their belts did expand, you knew all along that was the Sisters plan.




John Clifton passes

John passed away peacefully on Thursday December 20, 2018. He was born on June 29, 1947. John is a past owner of Pistons Bar in Long Beach, CA. He was of friend and supporter of the motorcycle and uniform clubs in Los Angeles and hosted parties for them at his Eagle's Nest home in Los Angeles.




Bears San Diego - turning 25 years old

By Donnie Vella

2019 is a year for Bears San Diego to celebrate as we will be turning 25 years old. Within the first year, the club grew to over 100 members. Mr. Bear San Diego 2019 Bill Hurd and the Bears San Diego Board have quite a year of events planned, many at local bars including den nights at member’s homes, outings to movies, restaurants, and parties with other Bear Clubs. We are also fine tuning plans for a family friendly all ages event in the Spring. Our Annual Chili Cook Off will be on Sunday January 27 starting at 2 PM at Red Wing Bar and Grill, 4012 30th Street, San Diego California 92104.




Mister Sister Leather San Antonio

There are some important changes to Mister Sister Leather San Antonio including that the contest be fully inclusive. The only requirements are that one be a legal resident of Texas, over 21 years of age, and are competing in their own Leather gear The producers believe strongly in inclusion, representation, and the true meaning of community, so they've thrown the doors open wide to any that wish to compete and meet those three requirements. Come on out for a fun, irreverent, and exciting series of events with your San Antonio Sisters as we celebrate the work of Mister Sister Leather San Antonio Boy Allen. March 1 - Meet the Candidates, March 2 - Mister Sister Leather SA 2019 at SA Country, and March - Victory brunch.




Apparently cat owners might be more into bondage...

By Miranda Larbi for Metro

If you’re a cat-owning woman, chances are that you’ve been called a ‘cat lady’ at some time or other, implying that you’ll die alone, celibate and surrounded by moggies. But it now turns out that that old trope couldn’t be further from the truth. Trans model and activist Munroe Bergdorf creates 'qween's speech' about LGBT rights Because owning a cat might...
Whole story at


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Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro

Gear Up Go Out - Leather and Gear Invasion of the Castro will be hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Saturday, February 23 from 5:30 - 10:30 PM, starting at Toad Hall, 4146 18th Street. Over the last year, Mr. San Francisco Leather has hosted several gear invasions throughout San Francisco. Now, for the final invasion of his year, we return to the Castro. Grab your favorite gear and go out to eight great venues in one of the world's most well known LGBTQ districts. Meet other kinksters, interact with non-Leatherfolk, and have a grand old time.




San Diego Cigars and Boots

San Diego Cigars and Boots will get together at Pecs Bar from 4-7 PM on Saturday, January 5. Come out and share smokes and perhaps find that Mr. Right. First Saturday of every month. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Bootblacks available during the event. Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92104.




LA Leather Pride - All Hands on Deck a winner

LA Leather Pride presented All Hands on Deck beer bust at Eagle LA on Sunday, December 30 with all funds raised going to provide ASL Interpreters at all LA Leather Pride feeder contests and events. There was a raffle of several hot baskets and even bondage equipment. The deejay played a lot of awesome 1980s hits and it fit with revelers staying long after the event was over. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.






Mr. and Ms Phoenix Leather 2019

The first Ms Phoenix Leather contest which will be held along with the Mr. Phoenix Leather the weekend of January 3-6 with the Embassy Suites Airport being the host hotel and at various locations in Greater Phoenix, AZ including Anvil, Plazma, NuTowne Saloon and FLEX Complex. Ms Phoenix Leather is a preliminary for International Ms Leather.





Mid-Atlantic Leather - Judges named

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be January 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington,DC. The Centaur Motorcycle Club announced its panel of judges and they are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 Gerard Turner, International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Ms Baltimore Eagle 1999 Buz, Daniel Dumont of the European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Miss Gaye Universe 2011 Destiny B. Childs, Mr. Maryland Leather 2007 Sir Steve, Leather 2019 and Mr. Leather Italy 2017 Fabrizio Paoletti. Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend includes Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, Sunday Brunch, the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest on Sunday afternoon, a Closing Dance Party at Club 9:30 on Sunday night.





Avatar Club Los Angeles - Sampler

By Alan Stroik

If you've ever wanted to try something a little scary, edgy, exciting and fun, this is your chance to get a hands on taste of something kinky. Join the men of Avatar and sample Flogging, Electricity, Rope Bondage, Spanking
Mummification, Hot Wax on Wednesday January 23 at 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Requested donation is $5. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.




Bay State Marauders - 16th Anniversary

By Scott Erickson

The Bay State Marauders will be hosting their 16th Anniversary Run March 29-31 in Provincetown, MA. Events include dinner, dance party and cocktail party on Friday; eye opener cocktail party, breakfast, AMCC Business Meeting, lunch at Wathership, afternoon play party, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, jock auction and cocktail party on Saturday; closing brunch and awards on Sunday. The Watership Inn is the host hotel.




PIGS - Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys host Lumberjock every third Sunday at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA at 3 PM. The next ones are January 20 and February 17. Happy New Year! It’s time for the first Pigskin of 2019. Winter is here so we’re still wearing our Union Suits or Long johns. Cheap beer, fun Bartenders, free parking, free clothes check, no cover and hot guys. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.





Leather Pride Dublin

Leather Pride Dublin is a weekend of events organized by the community group GEARED Ireland. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events will be held January 26-28 and are focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.




Mr. ATLAS - new evolution of Leather contest

Welcome to ATLAS: a brand new Leather contest / dance party hybrid where the music never stops and audience vote helps decide the winner. Mr. ATLAS is the new evolution of Leather contest that is focused on performance and giving people a night they won’t ever forget. The traditional elements of a leather contest remain, such as speeches and interviews. However they are moved up earlier in the day before the main event in front of our panel of judges. Then later, at the main event, contestants will be focused on putting on a show that is dripping in sex appeal. Our judging panel will make their selection for Mr. ATLAS Leather with the help of interactive audience text voting, and the winner will carry the ATLAS name at International Mr. Leather in May 2019. Mr. ATLAS will be held January 26 at Union Night Club from 10 PM to 4 AM.





International Geared Up Pup - Private Puppy Play Party

By Hunter Draufganger

International Geared Up Pup will be hosting its first Private Puppy Play Party at Manifest4U, 2103 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, on Friday, April 12 from 5-9 PM. Anyone 18+ is welcome to attend. Expect food, massively pawesome giveaways and door prizes, mosh and Puppy play areas, a Puppy cage photo op, and vendors. Different zones will be set up to accommodate different interests as you venture deeper into the clubhouse: Social zone - Rated G, Mosh zone, and Unrestricted play zone - Rated X. Advance tickets are $10 through Eventbrite at






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MAFIA Club Night

MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are February 1 and March 1. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.




Mx Virginia Leather

Purple Penguin Productions, aka Ma'am Karen and Bumper will present Virginia’s first MX Leather Contest. Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.



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 Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.





Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, January 11 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to 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.





Hunter & Charlie's

Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them we say hello. (323) 848-4790.





5 wild sex fetishes you've never heard of

From Hot Pulse, December 11, 2018

Every desire is weird to some people and totally fine to some others. Having sex can be a pretty complicated thing for some people, but it’s especially complicated when your sexual desires change from what’s considered normal.
So, in trying to list the wildest fetishes, you run up against the problem of basically, what aren’t people attracted to? Of course, lots of fetishes or turn-ons are fairly well-documented. Stuff like...





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 January 17 at 8 PM.






That special morning

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Nice warm muffin with butter and jam - check

The Leather Journal newsmagazine - check

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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.





Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, January 11 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.




Barking Billiards

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 Tuesday. January 8, 15, 22 and 29. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months 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 by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.





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 and to select the man who will represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather in May.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next one is on January 11 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




The 15 Association - Play Party

The 15 Association will hold its January 26 monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. The November 17 Thanksgiving Play Party was cancelled due to dangerous air quality from the fire in Northern California.





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.





Fist Fest - Spring FFling

Fist Fest will host Spring FFling at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, GA the weekend of April 25-27. Metropolis Complex (formerly Parliament Resort) is nestled on 10 acres and has 120 rooms. A pass includes free beer, bottled water and sports drinks all weekend, all play supplies (in the public spaces), the infamous Pool Party complete with slings, benches, platforms, play supplies, an open bar and rockin' music, Cocktail Party on Friday afternoon, educational programs, dog dag, swag bag and a container of Elbow Grease. Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901.




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.





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Pups posing for a photo during an OCLA (Orange Coast Leather Assembly) presentation in Garden Grove, CA in 1999.



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