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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 20, 2023

By January 21, 2023
Creating Change to honor Master Taino
Master Taino was presented the 2023 Leather Leadership Award during the Creating Change Conference produced by the National LGBTQ Task Force the weekend of February 17-21 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
Master Ta’no has been active in the Leather community for more than three decades. He has a Leather Family of 13 members. slave paul has been in his service since 2010.
He founded MTTA, Inc., a non-profit organization that runs MTTA Academy as well as the annual Master/slave Conference (MsC), among other programs. He was the Executive Producer of MsC since its inception in 2004 until 2022. During recent years, he has been reaching out and teaching for groups in Latin America, particularly in Costa Rica. 
He has presented workshops around the country since 2001 and has been a keynote speaker at Black Beat, the Leather History Conference and Behind Closed Doors.  He is a contributor of the book Our Lives, Our History, an anthology of the history Master/slave Relationships throughout the centuries.  He also published his memoirs in Spanish in 2017 and it's being translated into English.
He has been honored with the Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award 2019, the Vi Johnson Award at Black Beat 2012, the Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year 2011 Award, the Master Steve Golden Paintbrush Award 2011 at the Southwest Leather Conference, the Jack Stice Memorial Award 2010 at South Plains Leather Fest, the Black Rose Vaughn Keith National Educator Award in October 2009, twice with the ONYX Mid-Atlantic Associate of the Year Award, among many others.
He also founded MAsT Washington in 1999, one of the oldest chapters.  He was the chapter director for a record 23 years until he stepped down in 2022.
Since 2015, Master Ta’no has been traveling to Costa Rica where he has presented countless classes to different local groups and helped in the creation of the MAsT San José chapter.  Since 2021, he established his second residence in San José.  Since the pandemic of 2020, Master Ta’no started his own educational YouTube Channel ALT SEX TALK.  He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Centaur MC's Mid-Atlantic Leather 2023
by Rodney Burger
Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Bear 2023 Daniel “Dan Bear” DeLuca, a salon owner and dancer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was selected Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2023 during the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend presented in Washington, DC on January 12th – 15th.  Mr. Connecticut Leather 2023 Trell Walters was selected first runner-up and the title of second runner-up was awarded to Chad Alan, first runner-up to Mr. DC Eagle 2018. Also competing were Bakari Onyx from Washington, DC, and Kevin Heart from Dallas, Texas. More than a contest, the main event at Mid-Atlantic Leather is Leather Cocktails with the best appetizer buffet in Washington, DC, a host bar and lots of formal Leather. Story and extensive photo gallery continues at
Leather Leadership Conference
The Leather Leadership Conference will be held March 10-12 at the Sonesta Atlanta Airport North in Atlanta, GA.
LLC will feature the usual convention fare including classes and workshops Thursday through Sunday, a keynote brunch on Sunday with Sir Big Red speaking, presentation of LLC Servant Leadership and LLC Living Leadership Awards, vendors, bootblacks, cigar socials, silent auction, cocktail parties. We did not see play parties on the schedule.
Among the presenters will be Master Tony Black, Okodee Onyx, Eleanor Schreiber, Pup Aechus, Thanatos 75, Sir Big Red, Mystic Storm, Steel Toe, Devyn Stone, Master Varii, Master Cecil and Darcy, Sir Volt and Dominion, Bebe Blue Eyes, and many others.
Sonesta Atlanta Airport North (formerly the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport), 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30344.
The LLC mission statement is, "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."


LA Leather Pride - Release! March 19-26

LA Leather Pride - Release! will be held March 19-26 at several venues all over Los Angeles. The main event will be the Mr. LA Leather 2023 contest on Saturday night, March 25. Other events include Assembly on Friday night, the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday afternoon, play parties, a meet and greet, ride-in with all Mr. LA Leather contestants, a classical music concert and other activities.
LA Pride coordinator Gabriel Green said of the weekend's theme, "We live in a post pandemic world that is fraught with anxiety, worries and fears. While are  we are now free to move about the world, there is a cloud of uncertainty that looms over wondering what will tomorrow bring. For these reasons we chose the theme of Release! for this year’s Los Angeles Leather Pride. Release has two meanings: to enable to escape confinement and to allow something to move, act or flow freely.
This year, we want to give you the space to escape all the stresses of life that cause anxiety, worry and fear. We want to give you the opportunities to be free to express your kinks, desires and passion in ways that allow you to be uninhibited with one another.
In our community we often talk about consent in terms giving or getting permission from another person for the pleasures we seek. But it’s equally important, now more than ever, to give ourselves the permission to be happy, to be vulnerable and to be loved. 
The future is always uncertain, but the now is what you make it. Make the now yours and give yourselves the Release you need to be truly happy."
IML 2023 judges named
International Mr. Leather announced their panel of judges for IML 2023 during a press conference at Mid-Atlantic Leather earlier this month. They are IML 2022 Gael Leung Chong Wo, Wil Wever,
Dionne "Choc-Tre" Henderson, Austin "Whisper" James, Miguel Torres, Henk Van Tilburg, Robert Daddy Sir" Miller, Bee Beehop and John - John. The tally masters will be Omar Hekal and Daddy Bear Zach.
CLAW in Cleveland
CLAW will be at a new hotel, The Renaissance, in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 6-9, Easter Weekend. Rooms are filling and there will be overflow hotels. CLAW has so many events that it impossible to attend all of them. That's because several events are going on at the same time most of the time. We recommend the Bondage Beautiful on Friday night. The big Leather Formal dinner on Saturday night is a must. There will be a hundred or so Skills and Education workshops and classes. A cigar lounge is definitely in the mix as are silent auctions, speed dating, drag queen bingo, play parties, dances, club-sponsored socials.
CLAW boasts a huge field of volunteer opportunities, so check their web site for more information. Come ready to party, to play, and to learn.
International Mr. Bootblack 2023 contest canceled
"To The Global Leather and Fetish Community:
First, and most importantly, everyone who participates in any aspect of IML-IMBB weekend should never feel discriminated against, excluded, or diminished. The IML-IMBB organization has and will continue to be inclusive with our contestants, volunteer staff and guests.
For our past and current IML-IMBB titleholders who have experienced issues out in the community, we have tasked several board members with contacting you directly to share your stories, unfiltered and with the singular purpose to learn of your experiences, especially those related to transphobia and discrimination.
But we also publicly avow our absolute assurance we are stepping up to do the necessary work to effect positive change and will work harder within the confines of IML-IMBB and make clear to those outside of the organization that inclusionary standards must apply to all of our titleholders without exception.
Now, due to the unexpected resignation of the International Mr. Bootblack Coordinator and IMBB staff, The Renslow Charitable Foundation is announcing the cancellation of The IMBB contest for 2023. We will take this year to thoroughly examine the evolution of the contest and solicit community input and interest......." The letter to the community continues at
International Puppy and Trainer
The International Puppy and Trainer contest will be held at The Center in Chicago IL the weekend of March 31 - April 2l.
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Sash Bash Weekend
Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Papa Bear and the team at Studio 13 invite you to join them along with current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, family and fundraising at Sash Bash Weekend 2023, happening March 3-5  in Iowa City, IA. Now in its eighth year, Sash Bash has earned its spot as one of the Midwest region's most popular and highly attended annual events. Sash Bash is a regional fundraising event for our leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to the Eastern Iowa area. The weekend features a variety of events including a welcome party, educational workshops, family dinner and more.
Proceeds from Sash Bash will go to benefit Iowa Safe Schools and the Leather Archives & Museum. To date, Sash Bash  has raised over $25,000 for charitable organizations.
For tickets and more information go to papabearpresents.company.site
23rd Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Hooker & Boys Ministries celebrated 23 years of their annual fundraising event, The 23rd Annual 12 Days of Christmas on Saturday, December 10 at the Maritime Conference Center in Maryland after dealing with COVID-19 for so long.
Rik Newton Treadway said, "For the first time, we ran a hybrid production, with a reduced number of in-person tickets sold for social distancing and ADA compliance, and also with remote attendees logging in to watch live via the HopIn app."
Shawnna Alexander, Sarha Shaubach, and Robert Bowden emceed, along with ASL interpreters Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. Entertainment included the usual mix of singing, illusion, dancing, drag, and skits. During the production there was a silent auction, raffles, bootblacking, massage chair, Belton’s cupcakes and cherries, and pictures taken with Santa.
The 23rd Annual 12 Days of Christmas raised a total of $18,000, after expenses. 
This breaks down to $4,500 to each of four beneficiaries: AIDS Action Baltimore, The BHT/Stamford/Van Der Kerr Fund; Diversity Arts Inc., Youth Art Fund; Phoenix Two Spirit Native/First Nations Scholarship (C/O The Pride Foundation); and Trans-Latinx DMV.
The next chapter of Sanctuary started January 18, 2023
By Mistress Cyan
Yes, I am so happy to say that the next chapter in the Sanctuary Legacy starts on January 18, 2023! That is the official closing date of escrow and the date that we can then take possession of the building. We are really excited to be only four weeks away from getting started again and to all of you who have reached out and volunteered to help, thank you!
We have set up a short form for everyone who would like to help so we can efficiently schedule volunteers and know what each person’s interest and expertise is. We can use help from those who have a specific skill or specialty, such as construction, plumbing, and electrical, as well as those who want to donate time to help unload the pods, paint, do upholstery, etc. If you would lie to help us, please click on the following link and let us know. We are hoping to get everything built out and be ready to re-open to the public early February.
Here is the link to volunteer https://forms.office.com/r/9Ax4b7dSF1
For those of you who would like to help out financially, we have set up a fundraising campaign. Since we moved out of the LAX site on August 1st, we have been paying rent on nine pods and storage, as well as insurance, phone, etc., and expect to incur a heavy cost getting the building ready to open for events. For those who are interest in making a donation, here is the link https://www.paypal.com/donate?campaign_id=34J23HHMJGBF4
The 15 Association Anniversary
February 24-26th, enjoy a weekend of events to celebrate the Anniversary of San Francisco’s longest running men’s play club, The 15 Association. The Friday night Anniversary Banquet, February 24 at 6 PM at Folsom Street Foundry. No-host bar and appetizers start at 6 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM. Cost is $95 for Members and $95for Guests with your choice of entrée. Pre-payment is required to attend. Transform1060 is the venue for the Dungeon Play Party on February 25 at 6 PM at 1060 Folsom. $25 for Members, $30 for Guests. Sunday closes the weekend with a Play Party at Transform1060 starting at 2 PM. Admission is free.
The 15 Association was inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame at CLAW LA - Leather Getaway in November at the Westin Bonaventure with about 10 The 15 Association fraternal and associate members on hand.
Boot Camp XXXIII will take place from Saturday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 21 at Saratoga Springs Resort about 130 miles north of San Francisco. A private is needed plus applicable run fee.
Mr. Sister Leather 2023 raises $3,500 for AIDS/Life Cycle
Mr. Sister Leather 2023, Victor Ongpin, hosted the Beefcake Beer Bust on Sunday, January 22, which raised more than $3,500 to support AIDS/Life Cycle. The event  at Precinct DTLA, supported the efforts of Team Beefcake, who will complete the 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June. The Beefcake Beer Bust was emceed by Gabriel Green from the Los Angeles Leather Coalition.
The Beefcake Beer Bust featured raffles and silent auctions with prizes donated by 33 Taps Silver Lake, Austin Kink Weekend (AKW), Bad Burro, Beach Garden Social House, Caliber Nutrition, DomCon, Get the Fork Out, Lüstern, Rough Trade, Sir Rat Leather, Slut Monkey, Starrfucker Magazine, as well as a three-day Palm Springs weekend getaway. A sexy bachelor auction pay up for bid on dates with Mr. Regiment 2023 Colin MacDougall, Mr. Christopher Street West 2023 Christopher Velasquez and Mr. Sister Leather 2023 Victor Ongpin. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence sold raffle tickets and contributed to the merriment throughout the day.
NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response
By Susan Wright
NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response received 51 reports and requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in October, November and December, 2022. That is a 36% decrease compared to the 79 reports NCSF received in the 3rd Quarter of 2022, and is exactly the same as the 51 reports NCSF received in the Second Quarter of 2022.
NCSF maintains the confidentiality of those who come to us for help, however we balance that need with the need to report the services we are providing and to provide the community with a record of where the need is the greatest. To see a breakdown of the cases the NCSF dealt with in the 4th Quarter of 2022 check out
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Smokeout Las Vegas
Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend at the Tuscany Suites Hotel the weekend of April 4-10 in Las Vegas, NV for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, kinksters, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to … in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Be there with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic.
Among the many events and fun things at Smokeout will be the hospitality suite staffed by volunteers from the House Of Peter, the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas parties and the Desert Leathermen Motorcycle Club bike run on Saturday.
There will be plenty of special events including  cocktail, private play and other parties, scotch and cigar social, dinners at Hofbrauhaus, a local Italian restaurant, all-you-can-eat sushi, uniform dinner, dippers' gathering, underwear party, Vendors' Row, pipe social, poker game, boot blacks, cigar crawl, bar parties at the Las Vegas Eagle, Fun Hog Ranch and Charlie's and  all the shows, acts, museums, buffets and eateries that Las Vegas has to offer
Registration, a must to attend, is $50 before April 2 and $60 at the door. Go to the web site below to register and hotel information. Oh, and you also get a t-shirt.
Mr. CMEN Leather Steven Rutledge
By Rick Boehle
Steven Rutledge from Santa Maria, California, won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2022 at CMEN’s West Coast Gathering near Big Bear, California on Sunday evening, August 28. Kip O'Connor from Palm Springs and Jeff Crandall. from Los Angeles were selected runners-up. Steven is looking forward to representing CMEN at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago in May.
The judging panel was composed of head judge, Mr. CMEN Leather 2003 Rob Silver, Jeff Calvert and Kyle Young. Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 Rick Boehle served as Emcee, Rob Daniel served as tally master.
California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN's West Coast Gathering 2023 will take place in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains August 21-28. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. First held in Malibu in October 1999, the West Coast Gatherings have grown to draw over 500 male naturists from throughout North America, the Pacific Islands and Europe. CMEN also hosts gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee.
Scarlet's Bake Sale - 50th Anniversary
Scarlett's Bake Sale will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary at The Crucible on Sunday, February 12 at 4 PM in Washington, DC. The beneficiary is HIPS. If you are bringing a cake, please have it there by 3 PM. Scarlet's Bake Sale and The Crucible are back after the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. The Crucible, 412 V Street NE, Washington, DC.
Mr. Eagle LA Leather 2023 Marcus Barela
Marcus Barela was selected to be Mr. Eagle LA Leather on Saturday night, January 7 in front of what may have been the largest crowd in Eagle LA's history. Bruin Collinsworth was the runner-up. Tre Hairston and Walter Batt also competed. International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau was the emcee. The panel of judges included head judge Kevin Casey, Colton Stenke, Nick Wafle, Carl Dove and David Ciganek. Mike VanHorne served as tally master, Don Mike was den daddy, Kato was the judges' boy and Tabs was the ASL interpreter.
Charlie Matula presented the coveted Eagle LA Recognition Award to Don Mike. It was on the same stage where Don was Sainted by the Los Angeles House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Barela will vie for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2923 sash, patch and medallion in March.
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2023 Carlos Zavala
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2023 is Carlos Zavala who bested four other men at the Eagle LA on Saturday night, January 21. The runner-up was Moose. The weekend of events included a meet and greet at the Bullet Bar on Thursday, January 19, a Bears LOA dinner at Black Bear Diner in Tarzana and a Sunday victory party. Carlos Zavala will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Mr. LA Leather Bear 2020 Alan Gabriel gave a tear-filled and heartfelt step down speech which elicited a strong roar of support from the large audience.
The judges were Fransico Perales, Daddie Danger, Tamanava "Tammy" Eden-Mclintock, Eric Crow and Alan Gabriel. The emcees were Jeremy Oliver-Ronceros and Don Mike and the tally master was Esteban Nunez.
Motorboot Photography Gallery with 289 photos
Long Island Ravens MC
The Long Island Ravens MC added two new members, Eric and Rusty, to their ranks in early January. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men... who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island, where Leathermen can offer friendship and positive support to others like themselves. The club recognizes that this brotherhood consists of individuals who are able to maintain their individuality, personality and behavior patterns.


Leather & Kink Social

The Leather & Kink Social will be on Saturday, January 28 from 3-5 PM at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-7 PM in Pride Hall.  It is a Leather & Kink Gear Swap. Please bring old or no-longer-being-used/no-longer-fits” gear to be able to swap with others.  Leather & Kink Social has reached out to some venders to see if they would like have a Pop-Up Shop as well.
MNLP and Atons Holiday Fundraiser
Minnesota Leather Pride and the Atons of Minneapolis want to thank everyone who volunteered and attended the Holiday Fundraiser on Sunday, December 11 which  raised $2,873.86. The Atons matched the first $2000, plus a little extra, to raise the total to $5000 for The Aliveness Project.
Thanks to Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2022 Del Vogt for being the Atons' Leather Santa, the Twin Cities Bootblacks for helping make all the Leather look so good, and The Saloon MN for welcoming the club into their wonderful space.
Links to all Dave Rhodes' Hump Days going back to August 9, 2017
Avatar Club Los Angeles BDSM Sampler
The next Avatar Club Los Angeles public monthly program will be BDSM Sampler Night on Wednesday, January 25 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. BDMS Sampler is one of Avatar's most popular events every year. 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. 
Visit our web site for details on Avatar events at Avatar Club Los Angeles.
FMSD - February Discussion
FMSD (Fetish Men San Diego) will present their February Discussion on Wednesday, February 8th, from 7-9 PM. This month FMSD will be hearing from a part of the community that is often overlooked and underrepresented. Trans masculine people have always been part of Leather and queer culture, yet their experiences are not celebrated despite navigating the same spaces as queer cis men. FMSD will be hearing from four trans-masculine people about their journeys in Leather followed by a Q&A. Many thanks go to Sanjay for bringing this idea forward and organizing the panelists. The hope for this discussion is to help break the stigma around trans men being intimate in Leather spaces, address general misconceptions, and for folks to come away with some concrete steps to help create spaces that are inclusive for all forms of masculinity.
This event will be held indoors. Proof of COVID vaccination, or recent test, is required. RSVP with your first and last name to: SignMeUpForEvent @ GMail. FMSD invites you to include questions you have for our panelists in your RSVP email as well. The panelists will address a mix of these “advance” questions as well as ones from the audience so bring an open mind to be ready to learn.
Southern California Bondage Club
The Southern California Bondage Club invites bondage aficionados to get in touch with their knotty side during LA's premiere men's bondage party in North Hollywood, CA on Saturday, January 28 from 1-5 PM. If ropes, chains, cuffs, metal gear and Leather are your thing then this event id for you. Bring some rope and get ready to tie and/or be tied. SoCal Bondage clubs are on the fourth Saturdays of each month at Threshold which is located at 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 91605.
Satyrs MC - 68th Anniversary
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club celebrated their 68th Anniversary at MCC in the Valley - United Church of Christ on Saturday Night, November 26 with about 50 members and friends in attendance. Members of Oedipus MC, Avatar Club Los Angeles, California B&B Corps, Black and Tans, The 15 Association, Chicago Hellfire Club, LA Leather Coalition among others saw the Satyrs introduce outgoing and incoming new club officers after enjoying a buffet dinner.
The Satyrs will host their 25th Annual AIDS Charity Ride on Sunday morning, May 15 to benefit Being Alive. The day ride will start at Astro Family Restaurant and end up at Eagle LA late afternoon.
SOMA Second Saturday Holiday Party
The SOMA Second Saturday Holiday Market was held on December 10, at SOMArts, at the Wicked Grounds Annex, and at other locations around the Cultural District of San Francisco, CA.  Attendees patronized dozens of local and kinky vendors, browsed the Leather / Gear Swap, admired the suspension bondage of Twisted Windows, and visited our sassy Santa.  A free Hippie Bus shuttled guests among the various indoor locations, and many folks stuck around for evening entertainments at various SOMA venues.
SOMA Second Saturdays are a joint project of the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, Folsom Street, and the SOMA West Community Benefit District. 
International Puppy and Trainer
The International Puppy and Trainer contest will be held at The Center in Chicago IL the weekend of March 31 - April 2.. Supporters are eager for the return of this howlingly popular event.
South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave
South Plains Leatherfest announced that it will be the new home of the International Person of Leather (IPOL) Contest. SPLF is home to the International Master slave Contest which will be held March 23-26 in Dallas, TX.
The Founders of IPOL, Andrew Love, Master Tallen and Jazz, have transferred ownership and production rights of the IPOL contest system to Tomo, naming Tomo as the new Owner. Tomo, along with a team consisting of the IPOL titleholders will focus during 2023 on supporting and rebuilding the IPOL regions. The first IPOL contest will be held at SPLF 2024. Also, the keynote speaker and target of the Hot Seat Cafe will be the one, the only, the fabulous Mollena Williams-Haas.
Marcus Anthony aka Pup Mohawk passes
By Rocko Cook
On December 19th, 2022, Marcus Anthony aka Pup Mohawk passed away. The Phoenix boys of Leather, Arizona Pups and Handlers, his partner Patrick aka Pup Rex, his biological and chosen families, and his friends deeply mourn the loss of this extraordinary person, boy, and pup. Marcus was an exemplary leader of shenanigans and a role model for living life to its fullest and embracing what truly make us happy at our core. Pup Mohawk was an extraordinarily bright light who enjoyed sharing his laughter and his love, which he often did with his brilliant, coy smile and infectious ARFs. While he was blithely unaware of the level of impact he had on other folx, he often helped to change those around him by encouraging them to be the very fullest versions of themselves. Marcus was employed by Arizona State University for more than 20 years and was a gamer of the highest order (especially Zelda and Smash Bros). As a past President of the Phoenix boys of Leather, Co-Founder of the Arizona Pups and Handlers and was Imperial Court of Arizona Jester for Life to Reign Seven, Marcus leaves behind a stronger community and brotherhood of friends, which are grateful for being able to share some of their journeys alongside him. We will forever have a Mohawk shaped hole in our hearts as we howl a final awooo to someone who meant so very much to us. We love you, puppy. A Celebration of Life along with a slideshow of pictures can be found on The Phoenix boys of Leather Facebook Page and at
LA's Vince  Peña passes
Vicente Gregorio Peña, known as Pup Mystic, passed away on Monday, January 17 at home in North Hollywood, CA. Vince was a musician, volunteer at AIDS Life Cycle, a 1987 graduate of UCLA, a Tarot card reader in the Leather community and all-around genearally loved spirit. He was the owner of The Divine Concourse of Spiritual Awakenings and of The Radford Players, an ensemble made up of the most highly professional musicians in the Los Angeles area.
A favorite quote was from Anne Frank, "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." A service will be announced soon.
A Blast from The Past
Liberty Bears celebrate 25th Anniversary
20 years ago, the Liberty Bears celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a huge shindig in Philadelphia, PA which attracted bears from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions of the country.
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