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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 7, 2020

By January 08, 2020





Lavender Magazine 641 honors Karri Plowman

It is great when one of ours is honored by the greater LGBT community for their efforts which affect the world beyond our scope. Leather businessman and activist Karri Plowman was presented a Lavender Community Award by Lavender Magazine 641 in his hometown Minneapolis on December 16 the magazine reported. Plowman co-owned Twin Cities Leather and Latte, a shop where Leatherfolk and kinksters could shop and socialize a cup or two of brew, and ran it for seven years. He is also the producer of the Mr. Twin Cities Leather title. He is highly-visible as a gay Native American. Photo by Everett Allen Photography.





American Brotherhood Weekend changes ownership

The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend, home of the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles announced that effective January 1 2020, ownership will be transferred to Steven Carlisle, American Leatherboy 2016. Dean Ogren, co-producer, notes that “after owning and producing ABW with my amazing team, I want to ensure that ABW thrives for years to come, and new ideas and new, invigorated ownership, is the best way to do so." Steven Carlisle, of West Hollywood, California, commented, “I am excited, humbled, and honored to take the helm of ABW. For three decades, ABW has served the LGBT Leather community. I look forward to continuing the legacy of service. I hope to see so many of our family - both new, and established - in Chicago in October!"






London council saves gay fetish club from redevelopment - blocks 46-flat tower

By Rupert Neate for The Guardian

The UK’s last remaining strict Leather and rubber fetish gay club has been saved after a London council blocked plans to redevelop the East End site into a 12-storey residential tower. Tower Hamlets ruled against the proposed 46-flat development on Mile End Road because it would “harm the long-term provision of a nightclub that serves the LGBT+ community," Cllr Rachel Blake, the borough’s deputy mayor, said...





NELA - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54

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





Northeast Leather names judging panel

Northeast Leather Contest Weekend's inaugural event was held December 6-8 at Rockbar in New York, NY where the first titleholders were chosen and they are Northeast Leatherperson 2020 Liquid ONYX, Northeast Leatherwoman 2020 Master Kaddan, ONYX Pearls NY NE President, Northeast Leatherman 2020 Donnie Bell and Northeast Bootblack 2020 Northeast Bootblack 2020 Steele Toe Onyx. Sir Damien produced the contest which was judged by International Community Bootblack 2019 AJ Porter, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Northeast Handler 2020 Pup Iron, International Ms Leather 2010 Mollena Lee Williams-Haas and International Ms Leather 2011 Sara Vibes. The tally masters were Ms Atlanta Eagle 2019 Despoena Calypso and Atlantic States Leatherboy 2019 boy Kris. Northeast Leather included a Friday meet and greet, Saturday contest and Sunday victory beer bust brunch.





New Mexico Leather Bear/cub

By Michael Skroch

Albuquerque’s diverse Leather and kink community came out to support the New Mexico Leather Bear/cub 2020 contest on November 3 at Sidewinders and the ABQ Eagle bar. New Mexico Leather Bear 2020 winner is Brian Thompson Tuffnell, and New Mexico Leather cub is Chris Michael Jones. New Mexico Leather Bear/cub was judged by Sir Bull, Marvin Ingram, Oliver X, Daddy Stan, and John Skelton who was the head judge. Enchanted Sisters - Las Hermanas Encantadas graced the event with their presentation of colors and an irreverent convocation before the contest. Jazz singer Tracey Whitney, Ray Charles backup vocalist, Bear Marvin, wowed the crowd with a duet of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Other weekend activities included a Friday evening meet and greet, dungeon, Saturday brunch, contest, and Sunday brunch.





2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest

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






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Mid Atlantic Leather judges

We now know who the judges for Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather will be for the contest and Leather Weekend hosted by the Centaur Motorcycle Club at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill the weekend of January 17-19. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 Emërson Anicëto, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Miss Gay America 1992 Tiffany Bone’t, David Katzenberg, Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber, Karen Ultra and Mr. Leather Belgium 2018 Bart Verrecas. The Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend schedule includes the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday afternoon, January 19, Leather Cocktails on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency, vendors Friday through Sunday, bootblacks on duty most of the weekend, Puppy Park XII, ONYX Fashion Show, IML Judges Announced, numerous cocktail parties hosted by such clubs as MAUL and Highwayment TNT and the Reaction Dance on Sunday night to complete Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. There are more events and you will find out about those upon arrival.




Yes, Sir

Yes, Sir will be exciting and hot with Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019 Eric Crow as Master of Ceremonies at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday January 25 at 9 PM. Yes, Sir will be a Dom/sub gear night with demos, fantasies and more. Among the Dom presenters will be Mina Nietzsche of Sanctuary Studios LAX fame. Cover $5. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Kinky XXXMas

Gabriel Green and Green Mirror Entertainment hosted their annual Kinky XXXMas at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday night, December 14. DJ Young Samuel spun discs and people partied until late. Go-go boys Byron Nilsen, Joshua and Anthony kept people in he mood.



South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave

Photo by Hromovy

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




Philadelphians MC - Holiday Decompression

The Philadelphians MC will present Holiday Decompression - Let's Hang Out on Saturday, January 11 at 7 PM at the Bike Stop. Have a couple drinks with the Philadelphians and talk about that Uncle at Christmas dinner or a sister at New Years, Have a good laugh about it and get ready for 2020. It's going to be a big year for the club and they want to start it out with a good time with friends and family. Bike Stop, 204 South Quince Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.




Cynthia Astuto passes

By Ruth Sofaer-Morse

It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of a founder of our community. Cynthia Astuto was involved in the early day of Samois and one of the original authors of Coming to Power. She was a officer in the outcasts in SF and also served as the orientation leader for quite some time in the mid to late 80’s. As a lawyer she was in a unique position to make the outcasts her client which protected all the members in the form of attorney client privilege... at that time S/m was still considered a mental illness everywhere so it was dangerous to belong to groups if you had kids or planned to. Later in life she worked as a healer... she had amazing hands... she always said it was what made her a good top. She had a way of moving energy. She died today at approximately 12:17 PM (December 30) with her wife, brother, sister/ex lover of choice by her side and myself and my wife there with her. Her loss greatly diminishes my life and is something to be honored by our community as she was a trailblazer and a subtle fighter for our place in the gay community at large.



FMSD - Leather Care and boot blacking

Fetish Men San Diego will present Leather Care and boot blacking by San Diego bootblack 2019 Alex on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 PM at Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. Fetish Men San Diego holds educational events on the third Wednesday of each month.




Northwest Leather Celebration names judges

The Northwest Leather Celebration just name their panel of judges for the Northwest Master/slave contest which will be held April 30 - May 3 in Sacramento, CA. The Bootblack judges will be Liza, Henry James, Luna; Northwest Person of Leather judges will be Daddy Sal, Mister-Blue, Loren Quon, Richard, slave adeena, slave amari and slave lyle. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.




Bearicua - Mr. LA Leather Bear

The Mr. Leather Bear 2020 contest will be held at the Eagle LA on Saturday, January 18 at 9 PM. The contest is produced by Bears LA. The winner will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Bears LA will hold its monthly dinner the night before the contest at the Coral Cafe, 3321 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 at 7 PM.




Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Pigskin Underwear Beer Bust turns into Lumberjock for the winter, so get into your union suits and long johns on January 19. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Eagle LA Mr. Leather

Lou Romano will emcee the Eagle LA Leather contest on Saturday night, January 11 which will start at 8 PM. The winner has the option of competing at Mr. LA Leather in March or at International Mr. Leather in May. There will be a meet and greet on Friday night. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.







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Kink Mentoring Archives

By Papa Tony

Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives




LA Leather Pride

Things are beginning to shape up for Los Angeles Leather Pride which will be held at venues all over Los Angeles County from March 20-29. The keystone to the whole shebang is the Mr. Los Angeles Leather contest which will return to the Globe Theatre on Saturday night, March 28. The winner will compete at IML in May. Other major events will be Avatar's play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 20, Southland Honors on March 21 with the time and venue still to be determined, Kickoff at the Faultline on March 22 which includes the motorcycle ride-in with local bike clubs and contestants, Assembly hosted by Los Angeles' uniform clubs at Rough Trade on March 27, Tom's House tours on March 28-29 at the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest on Saturday night, March 28, and the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday, March 29. There are more events during LA Leather Pride, so stay tuned for details. Photo above - LA Leather Coalition board members at the December general meeting.




LDG Mentoring Program

The LDG Mentoring Program is about to begin its ninth year of providing guidance for men interesting in exploring and learning more about kink. The program will begin in early February 2020 and end in early September. If you have wondered about finding someone to help you, to guide you, as you explore kink areas that are of specific interest to you, then this mentoring program may be just right for you. Applications for the program must be submitted no later than January 20. See the calendar at the following link.




Rudis Men's Leather Society

Rudis is gay Men's Leather group in St. Louis, MO which offers a safe place to wear one's gear. Come to make friends and educate yourself on today's Leather culture. Rudis holds social meet and greets at Bar PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 8 PM. The next two are January 8 and 22. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.





CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

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




BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounges are January 11. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.




Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, January 10 and February 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.






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Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, January 10 and February 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




KC Pioneers Education Night

The KC Pioneers Education Night will be on January 15 at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO with August's presentation being on Pet Play and Littles. The presenters are Show Me Leather Puppy 2019 Pup Zephyr and Ms KC Leather Pride 2019 Ginger Lea Phillips Ms KC Leather Pride 2019. Join the KC Pioneers their third-Wednesday-of-the-month education/hands-on demo nights. A different topic every month. Must be 21+ to attend.




Barking Billiards moves to Thursdays

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Thursday, including January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

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




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

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




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.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, January 16 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.





Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next date is January 15. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on September 5; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 12. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.











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