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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 25, 2019

By January 25, 2019



Mid Atlantic Leather - The contest

By Rodney Burger

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th – 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend's Leather Cocktails held on Saturday night is the kingpin of XXX. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1993 Frank Nowicki emceed Saturday night's Leather Cocktails and the contest on Sunday. MAL concluded on Sunday evening with a dance at the 9:30 Club featuring music by Tedd Patterson and Manny Ward.




Southwest Leather Conference

Southwest Leather Conference was held January 18-20 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ with about 575 in attendance for the the three-day conference that was highlighted by the Dance of Souls hook pull ritual on Sunday afternoon, a brunch keynote address by BlueFrost and the Southwest Master and slave 2019 Master Michael and slave rebekah. The Leatherwoman's and Leatherman's Heart Awards went to Master Burt Cutler and Pug. The weekend saw workshops, dinners, play parties and a terrific hospitality suite centered on kink-spirituality. "This year we shook things up making our own ground in the face of of the quaking earth....In 2020 it will be time to look forward and figure out how to share what we’ve learned with the world. In our rotating elemental themes, next year’s theme should be fire, and everyone has been asking me what sort of inferno I have prepared for next year." Executive producer Kenneth Anthony in his first year at the helm.





IMSL and IMsBB - Judges named

International Ms Bootblack and Ms Leather will be held April 11-15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton - San Jose in San Jose, CA. One of the big pieces of the contest puzzle is the announcement of a judging panel. Selecting IMsBB 2019 will be Head Judge International Ms Bootblack 2017 Elisa, International Mr. Bootblack 2018 Lucky Rebel, Webby, boy Patrick and Photo Jan, and making the IMsL 2019 decision will be Head Judge International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex, International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Summer Rae, Sir Kira and Harper. The 2019 Keynote will be delivered by Barbara Carrellas who is an author, artist, innovator, instigator and thought leader in the field of sex, gender and spirit.




Mr. Chicago Leather 2019

The Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 contest will be held January 25-27 with the contest being at the Leather Archives & Museum on Saturday night. Returning as emcee will be International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 will go downtown Chicago to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. The judging panel includes International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 Stitch Stitch Leatherdandy, Rodi Coderage, Pup Buster Richard Willia and Issa Arden. Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60626




International Geared Up Pup

The International Geared Up 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 Up Pup titleholder is Alpha Pup Ashtray Boner Kain of Studio City, CA.



International Mr. Leather - Judges named

The judging panel for International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2019 announced their judges for this year on Saturday afternoon, January 19 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during Mid Atlantic Leather. They are: International Mr. Bootblack judges - Lucky Ordaz/Rebel, Joyce Berger and TBA: the Winner IMSBB; tally masters (they cover both contests) Vidhra Alexander and Zach Bellman; International Mr. Leather - James Lee, Leather Daddy Ian Allan, John Ponce, David Katzenberg, Daddy Faye Foltz, Thay Master Z, Preston So, Don Leach and Todd White. The IMBB contestants will give speeches this year. IML 2019 starts on Thursday, May 23 and continues through Monday, May 27. Thursday night starts things off with Opening Ceremonies which will be in a new venue for 2019 and concludes with the Black and Blue Party on Monday.




Border Riders Motorcycle Club

Group photo of the Border Riders Motorcycle Club AGM held at The Cuff, Seattle, WA. It was an awesome night filled with good friends.






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Mid Atlantic Leather - Leather Cocktails

By Rodney Burger

Saturday night brought what I consider the Leather social event of the season, Leather Cocktails. This formal Leather cocktail party started in 1976 in New York and never disappoints. This year’s theme was Around the World and saluted the Centaur MC’s former weekend camping run that was called Olympia. The ballroom was decorated with large posters from past Olympia events and featured buffets of Mexican food, Japanese sushi, American sliders (beef burgers, barbecued pulled pork, and Maryland crab cakes), and French pastries.




Mr. Faultline Leather

The Mr. Faultline Leather contest will be held at the Faultline in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 2 at 9 PM. The winner will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Friday night, February 1 features a meet and greet and Sunday closes things out with a victory beer bust. Mr. Faultline Leather 2018 Luis Ramos had an awesome year and will sash the 2019 titleholder who will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. ASL interpreters will be signing during the contest. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029.




Washington State Leather Pride Week

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




ONYX Northwest - Pledge Master's Rules

Join ONYX Northwest as they kick their our pledge drive with kinky fun and sexy men Bay Area Men of Color. Witness the full circle journey of ONYX Northwest's latest new members as the take the stage and give you a taste of what ONYX is all about. This special edition of the ONYX Northwest's fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night has everything you've come to expect. 6 PM on Saturday, December 22 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Sleazy Madrid XIX

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




Mr. and Ms Texas Leather

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




GearUp Men's Weekend - Already sold out

GearUp Weekend will be held July 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and has already been sold out even though registration just opened. One can still get on the wait list. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year.



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 on Saturday, January 5 at 9 PM. Yes, it is the first Saturday due to a scheduling need. 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.



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.




Snowbound Leather Weekend XII

Mates Leather Weekend will present Snowbound Leather Weekend XII - Get Outta The Cold And Into The Heat, February 22-24 at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Like to show it off? Wanna be the face of Snowbound 2018? Send a winter-themed picture of yourself in your Leather/fetish gear (rated G – XXX) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pictures received will be printed as a 11" x 17" poster (high resolution please) and displayed at the Beer Blast at Watership Inn and Snowbound Brunch at Bayside Betsy’s. Snowbound participants will vote for their favorite with a $5 donation to AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod..






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Utah Leather Pride

Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 19 in Salt Lake City. UT. First Indoor/Outdoor Festival celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Pansexual Leather/Kink/BDSM community in Utah featuring Leather/kink/BDSM, LGBTQ community events, local and national vendors, food, full bars, entertainment, bootblacks, Mr. and Ms Leather Slut competitions, and silent and live auctions. The festival runs 12-8 PM at at The Sun Trapp and the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contests at Metro Music Hall go 8-11 PM. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.



Sin in the City - Person of Leather

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 and 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.




Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

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




Los Angeles Leather Pride XX

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




Leather Leadership Conference

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




Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next two are on 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.



Desert Fetish Authority - Kink Talk

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







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SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club holds its monthly play party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios. This year, we are now scheduling parties on Fridays and Sundays to give more people an opportunity to attend. Members $15 and non-members $20. These are the dates for the upcoming play parties: Sunday, March 10, Sunday, April 14 and Sunday, May 12 and all start at 7:30 PM. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.




Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know

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 pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved.




CLAW - 209 events planned

CLAW Packages include more than 209 different events and exhibitors and the best cigar deck in all of Leather. Buy your CLAW XIX package for $209. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Westin is sold out but CLAW has three other great hotels with rooms available. CLAW is an annual men’s conference with no Leather contest that many consider the best Leather event of the year. Will 2019 be the year in which CLAW becomes the second largest hotel weekend Leather convention in North America?




Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

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




Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

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



Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next few are February 6, 13, 20 and 27, and run 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.



ABDL - Little Big Night

ABDL will host Little Big Night at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 22 at 8 PM. It's a safe space for the diaper curious to explore. A place to meet other AB/DLs, Leather Daddies and Boys, Diaper Pups, Baby Furs and more. Enjoy classic toons on the big screen and diapers sponsored by Tykables. No cover, free parking and free clothes check. Know someone interested? Share this event with them. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, February 8, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.




Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, December 1 January 5 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




BLUF: DC at DC Eagle

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




SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next two are October 27 and November 24. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.



New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52

The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket® to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.



Smokeout - Register now and save

By Bulldog Bob

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




World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50

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





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A Blast From The Past


Southwest Leather Conference 2010 with Master Nitemare and Kenneth Anthony.




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Pug and Master Burt Cutler received the Leatherwoman's and Leatherman's Heart Awards at Southwest Leather Conference.