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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, January 9, 2019

By January 11, 2019



West Coast Rubber - Rubber New Year

Thanks to all the awesome rubberists, about 30 of them, who came out and helped kick start the new West Coast Rubber at Rubber New Year on Sunday afternoon, January 6 in Los Angeles, CA. Much thanks to our generous host Jon Wright, the unexpected fundraising by Alan Gamrican, Los Angeles Rubber Company, Spunk Lube, our volunteers Esteban Bartholo and John Carreon, and Dusti Cunningham for the photography, some of which will be at the bottom of this Hump Day as well as above. The Mr. West Coast Rubber contest weekend will be April 12-14 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA.



Nine times queer culture went mainstream - From RuPaul to voguing, Tom of Finland to Janelle Monáe... can LGBTI artists achieve mainstream recognition without compromising their vision?

By David Hudson for Gay Star News

How often have LGBTI people been told they need to ‘tone it down’ if they want mainstream success? What about those instances when they didn’t tone it down? Or when something aimed at gay audiences crossed over? Below are just a few examples. Tom of Finland - Tom of Finland was the pseudonym of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991). Laaksonen began drawing his homoerotic art...the Village People....




NM Leather Bear 2019's first fundraiser for Southwest CARE Center

By Mike Skroch

New Mexico Leather Bear 2019, Marvin Ingram, completed his first effort with his new title through a fundraiser that brought in $370 and three boxes of canned goods to Southwest CARE Center (SWCC). SWCC staff provides a comprehensive list of care and services to the Albuquerque LGBTQ community. Marvin said, “In addition to visiting SWCC, I was happy to delivery some holiday cheer on Christmas Eve. It was a joy to deliver much needed canned food and dry goods to add to the center’s food pantry. The generosity of our community and the Albuquerque Leather Daddys completed the experience.”




Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather 2019 Robert Salcedo

Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather 2019 Robert Salcedo Sunday was celebrated during a Funday Tea Dance with drinks, laughter, good times and Kinky Leather Levi fun at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA on Sunday afternoon, January 6.




Mr. Indiana Leather 2019 Joe Hildenbrand

Joe Hildenbrand was selected to be Mr. Indiana Leather 2019 at Greg's Indy the weekend of January 4-6. Joe will compete in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday Kink U Classes were presented by Titans of the Midwest including Intro to Electro Play with Sir Wolf, Grainers and Encouragers Panel with Preston Nails, and Puppy 201: Beyond Fetch with Pup Havoc.






Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - Broadway on Broadway

Broadway on Broadway is coming soon. The first one is on January 12 at 4 PM. Leathermen sing show tunes. Gear up and come belt out your faves. It’s the first Broadway on Broadway of 2019. Broadway on Broadway will be held on second Saturdays of the month at the Brit Bar in Long Beach, CA. Join in on an afternoon of musicals, fun and fundraising as the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence raise money for local charities. The Brit, 1744 East Broadway, Long Beach, California 90802.





Mr. and Ms Phoenix Leather results

Samantha Davis became the first Ms Phoenix Leather and Mark "Sbudz" Budzyn was chosen to be Mr. Phoenix Leather 2019 at Plazma on Saturday night, January 5. The Embassy Suites Airport was the host hotel. The Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest was founded in 2009 by Kenneth Anthony and Stephen Bloom, and was born out of the Cellblock/Padlock Phoenix bar contest which ended when the bar closed in 2008. Mark will compete at International Mr. Leather in May and we are not sure of Samantha's plans.



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.





SF Leather Alliance Weekend 2019

The 2019 San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend will be held March 1-3 at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, and other locations around San Francisco. It will include the 37th edition of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and the Second Annual SF Bootblack Contest, along with the 53rd Annual SF Leather Community Awards, a beer/soda bust, a vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and, of course, parties. Start the weekend off right: come out to the Meet and Greet at Mr-S-Leather, on Thursday February 28.





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Bears LA - Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019

Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. Produced by Dan Soto and Gabriel Green, Raaarrr! V will have raffles and entertainment. Kaufher went on to win the Mr. Los Angeles Leather title, which Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019 will compete for in March. Eagle 562 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.



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.




Mr. Powerhouse Leather

By Spencer Ada

Mr. Powerhouse Leather will be the last feeder in San Francisco before the Mr. San Francisco Leather contest. The contest is schedule for Friday, January 11. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 PM, the stage portion of the contest will begin promptly at 8 PM. Until the bar closes: announcement of Mr. Powerhouse 2019, and Victory Party with Lance Holman for Lick It.




Blue Max Leather Club Continues Support for Project ARK This Holiday Season

By Colin Murphy for Boom

St. Louis, MO - Living its motto of "doing something good... in Leather Blue Max CC presented a $1,000 donation at their monthly club night held at JJ's Clubhouse to Project ARK, Friday night (December 22). "Blue Max has had a long relationship with Project ARK," said Adam Shaw....




20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - Raises $16,000

Hooker & Boys' The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas raised a total of $16,000 after expenses, breaking previous records at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, MD on Saturday afternoon, December 8. This breaks down to $4,000 to each of four beneficiaries: AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott H. Stamford Memorial Fund; The Attic Youth Center, Mental Health Programming Fund; Mary's House for Older Adults, Building Fund; and The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, 2019 Trans March of Resilience.




The Visibility Project

By Scarlett Sin

Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.

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Here Cuffs The Bride - Nanny who married internet date after first meeting has lost her job after bondage party pics emerged

By Jonathan Reilly for The Sun

Sarah Edwards, 34, was dismissed from her position after photos emerged of her in a topless corset and leading around a man in golden mask and Leather bondage gear...




Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned

By Norman McClelland

This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.



ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary

The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.




Los Angeles Puppy Pride - Adult Slumber Party

The Los Angeles Puppy Pride Adult Slumber Party will be held at the Bullet Bar on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. Los Angeles Puppy Pride will premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Did their plan work? Probably. It doesn’t matter. What it means to you is what matters. So come and enjoy all the Flintstones, X Men, Justice league, Donald Duck, Rescue Rangers and Ninja Turtles you used to watch while eating your lucky charms every Saturday for close to 40 total years. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.




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.




Eagle LA Mr. Leather

Eagle LA will hold its Eagle LA Mr. Leather contest on Saturday, January 12 at 9 PM. Friday meet and greet starts at 9 PM. The head judge will be Kevin Casey with other judges Eric Paul Leue, Ralph Bruneau, Ray Tilton and Ian Lewis aka Sir Ian. The emcee will be Lou Romano. The winner may go directly to International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District - New web site

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance has set up a web site to assist the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in the SOMA area of San Francisco, to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in this area. The Governance Committee presented a first draft of a number of Bylaws Articles that we have worked through and are recommending for Members’ input. This document reflects proposed language for key Bylaws areas for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District’s intended 501(c)3 non-profit incorporation.




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 dates are December 19 and January 16. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.





NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji

North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.





GULP Brotherhood - New Dungeon Play Space

The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! Beginning in January 2019 GULP will have a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.




Rope Burn SF: November

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 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.







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CLAW - 209 events

More than 209 events and exhibitors are included in the $209 CLAW Attendee Package. Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.




Adult Slumber Party

An Adult Slumber Party, hosted by Bullet Bar, will be held on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. Our last Adult Slumber Party went so well, we were asked to do it again in January. Adult Slumber Party is a nostalgic look back on some of the crazy, cool, and terrible cartoons we used to watch in the 60s/70s and largely in the 80/90s. We premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.




Eagle LA - Meat Rack

Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on November 24 and December 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029.





NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open

By CandiAnne

NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.




ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on January 12. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.




Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA

Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to

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Northwest Leather Celebration - Contests

Northwest Leather Celebration is the host for the Northwest regional Master slave, Northwest Bootblack, and Northwest Person of Leather Contests! You can be a part of this important selection! Attend the Friday Formal Dinner and Contest Opening to watch it all get started. Saturday morning and afternoon, get your boots done, watch the contestant interviews, and the sample class presentations. Saturday evening is the Contest Finale including the announcement of the winners of the contests. Northwest Leather Celebration also will include a Friday Formal Dinner, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.




Smokeout - 20th Anniversary

By Bulldog Bob

Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, 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. Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic The Alexis Park Resort and Villas is the host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV for Smokeout XX 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.



SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego

Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.




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, December 13 and January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block open

By Cyan St. James

The DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon: LA is happy to be returning to The Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.




Bears LA - Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction

Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday at Eagle LA, Bears LA Dinner on Friday night at Hunter and Charlie's and a Victory beer bust and barbecue at the Bullet Bar on Sunday. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.








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