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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, July 12, 2019

By July 13, 2019





Leather at Stonewall 50

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On June 30, New York City’s LGBTQ Community celebrated both the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, considered the start of the 20th century Gay Liberation Movement, and the first World Pride here with a massive Pride March, the city’s 50th and this writer’s 49th. The contingent that I participated in was the Eagle NYC Leather Contingent, coordinated by Eagle co-owner Derek Danton and Eagle stalwarts Cee Jay Lyons, CB Kirby, and Mike deSanto. The contingent, more than 400 strong, included titleholders and others from such states as Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and California, and from Puerto Rico, France, and Australia as well. Leading the marchers were International Mr. Leather (IML) 2019 Jack Thompson, the first transgender Person of Color to hold the title; International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice; and Leatherwoman of Color 2019 Marialuisa Garcia. Many marchers helped to carry the huge Leather Pride flag created in South Africa and lent to New York by Philadelphia Leather Pride Night Producer Cowboi Jen. Still others rode the Eagle NYC truck. Members of Mama Sandy Reinhardt's Family, members of ONYX, a plethora of current Leather, Rubber, Bear, and Puppy titleholders, and some fabulous Queens were in attendance..






SouthEast LeatherFest

SouthEast LeatherFest named the winners of its contests which were held in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 13-16. Southwest Bootblack is mycalyne, Southeast Master and slave are Luke and dynamic and Southeast Person of Leather is Idris Dior. Besides the contests, there were over 50 workshops, play parties and socials. Goddess Sadie Hawkins was presented the Jack Stice Memorial Community Service Award. The web site states, "We are kinksters and Leatherfolk, old and new, from the Southeast and beyond. For over 20 years, SELF has welcomed diverse people with positive perspectives regarding sexual identity, BDSM, kink, non-exploitive power exchange relationships and self exploration." Southeast Leatherfest 2020 will be held June 11-14 in Atlanta.





San Diego Pride - Leather Realm

In 20+ years, the San Diego Leather Realm has grown to become a 24,000+ square-foot lushly-landscaped, age-restricted area of The San Diego Pride Festival in Balboa Park. The Leather Realm opens for 16+ hours of education and fun, hosting nearly 10k attendees during the annual two-day Festival. Realm hours run from 11 AM to 8 PM Saturday, June 13 and 11 AM to 6 PM Sunday, July 14. Leather Realm is a group of cross-community and club volunteers dedicated to providing visibility, awareness and communication of Safe, Sane and Consensual play, Leather, BDSM, Fetish, and Kink Life Styles through hands-on demonstration areas, workshops, community organizations, and alternative lifestyle friendly businesses. San Diego's Pride parade will be Saturday and will lead in to the Pride Festival.




Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder in the Mountains will be held July 25-28 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colorado. Almost 30 vendors have signed on. Thunder in the Mountains boasts a 50,000 square foot, well-equipped dungeon and will have offer another full day of classes as well as naked yoga classes, bootblacking and massage stations. The workshops and presenters, and schedule have not been posted yet, but it is a safe bet that many high-quality instructors will be back.





West Coast Olympus Leather

The first regional for the International Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather 2020 contest was held at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA the weekend of June 28-30 with Wilson Raiser besting one other contestant to win the title. There were no Ms or Mx contestants. The other contestant was David C Madrid. Head judge was Bill Willis with Adam Latham, Persephone di Stefano, Myles Ramos, Jody Mitchell and Erik Thomas filling out the panel. Activities included Cogs and Corsets, and Steampunk Gear Fest on Friday night, the contest on Saturday nigh and a closing victory beer bust on Sunday afternoon.



FLSb-FCBB - Leather Pride Cruise

FLSb-FCBB will host its Fourth Annual Leather Pride Cruise which sails Friday, July 19 from Smoker Family Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets on sale now at both LeatherWerks locations or online. Tickets are $45 each including free bar, open-air Cigar Deck, live DJ, kinkster-passed hors d’ oeuvres, black jack and roulette. Meet your 2019 FLSb-FCBB titleholders. Boarding begins at 8 PM at Smoker Family Park on the New River, Slip #43 and sails at 9 PM. Limited tickets available for purchase upon boarding.




Knight Hawks of Virginia honored

The Knight Hawks of Virginia were honored as as Best LGBT Social Group in a Readers' Poll held by Outwire757, a Hampton Roads/Norfolk, VA area publication that focuses in the local LGBT community. The Knight Hawks were voted by readers to be the Best Social Group, for the third year in a row.








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The 15 Association at Up Your Alley

The Up Your Alley street fair (Dore Alley) is coming up and The 15 Association will host a Dore Play Party on Saturday night, July 27 and will host a public Dore Outdoor Dungeon on Sunday, July 28 during the street fair. The Saturday night party at Catalyst SF is by private invitation only - find a club member to find out more. Sunday is public where floggings and whippings will abound. Watch others being consentually abused or become a sub for a public scene. No sex, but lots of fun.




International Puppy and Handler

International Puppy and Handler Weekend is July 25-28 at the Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. The IPTC judges are: Ms Kendra, Jack Thompson, Kriszly De Hund, Hayley Alice, Pup Havok, Sir Ivan, Preston So, Caressa, Pup Dodger and Pup Panther. Tyesha Nicole Best and Chad (TinkerRocket) will entertain as emcees. Doc S. E. Feigelstein will deliver the keynote speech. IPAHW is a safe and fully-inclusive event full of fun, education, and play.




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


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Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 10-13 at the Hilton Glendale. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the Los Angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc. Register for an all-inclusive package and lodging. Á la carte pricing is also available.





Leather Masters University

Due to a busy travel schedule, Leather Masters University will be out of school the month of July. Leather Masters will be vending at Kink Weekend in Oklahoma City, OK, July 18-21 and at Thunder in the Mountains in Denver, CO, July 25-28. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865.



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 July 13 and August 10. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.







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ILSb, ICBB and Pantheon Awards

The International Leather Sir, International Leatherboy and the International Community Bootblack 2019 contest will be held August 29 - September 1 at the Crown Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX. The weekend kicks off with Pantheon of Leather Awards and Dinner on Thursday, August 29. Friday and Saturday evening, contestants from all over the US and Canada will be competing for the International Leather Sir, International Leatherboy and the International Community Bootblack titles. During the weekend there are workshops, round table discussion, pool parties, cigar socials and of course their famous Family Barbecue planned.



Perverted Interracial Guys - Returns in August

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host their monthly beer bust on Sunday, August 18, at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




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 August 2 and September 6. 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 web site under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.



Lost Puppy - Fifth Anniversary

Green Mirror Entertainment's Lost Puppy! Doghaus! will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary at Eagle LA on Friday, July 19 at 9 PM. It’s an event for puppies, handlers boys and daddies looking to be found and find trouble. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029.



Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, July 12 and August 9 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.



New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things

New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things is the domain for the writer/artists Eric Crow, who manifests in the Leather/Bear Community as Eagle Bear. New Horizons For Fifty is designated a “snark-free zone” and is an extension of me and the communities I serve. Our three pillars are tapestry, anchorage and living history. Featuring interviews, inspirations and imaginings from the deepest, wildest part of the heart, New Horizons For Fifty is a sacred space of magick, where dancing to the beat of your own drum is the norm.



Barking Billiards - Barknite!

Pup Play and Kink Dance Party, Barknite - Pup Play and Kink Dance Party, a night for pups, handlers and kink will be held at the Executive Suite on Friday, June 28, 8 PM - 2 AM. Dance, sing, and mosh the night away with other pups and kinksters. Fetish gear encouraged. Special performance by Pup Bane and Niko Luna. Pup hood raffle at midnight, Karaoke and billiards and food vendor. Cash cover $5, 21+ with ID. Executive Suite, 3428 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA.



Hunter & Charlie - Now Open for Lunch and Dinner

Hunter & Charlie's not only is a walk-in restaurant, they also cater. They catered the food at the B&B Corps and Black an and Tans Assembly during LE Leather Pride. 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. Now Open for Lunch and Dinner, 11 AM - 8 PM, Monday - Sunday. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.



ONYX SoCal-Southwest Balls Deep

Excited about Blackoput coming to LA in October? Well, ONYX has plenty to do before then. ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 23 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 with the next two being July 18 and August 15 at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA.





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SoCal PAH Beach Day

The SoCal Pups and Handlers will have a Beach Day at Black's Beach on Saturday, July 13 from 12 PM – 6 PM. A beach day hang out at Blacks Beach clothing is optional. Bring your kibble and beverage, towel, sunscreen, or whatever you normally take to enjoy a day at the beach with your fellow pups, handlers, and pup-friendly individuals. There will be a Leather pride flag stuck in the sand to help you locate the group. Black's Beach, 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, San Diego, California 92037.



Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, July 12 and August 9 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.



Puppies in the Mountains

Puppies in the Mountains is back and longer than ever. They've added a night, so you can pups and handlers can run with their pack a whole extra day. Puppies in the Mountains will be held October 4-7 near Colorado Springs, CO. Puppies in the Mountains is not like any other fetish community event. They don't build in a lot of structure, have a schedule full of seminars or lectures, nor have any title contests or pageantry. They just want to hang out and have a lot of fun. What is planned: Plenty of play time in a huge mosh area, games for puppies and humans alike, cuddles during movie night, story time, camp fires, discussion groups for pups and handlers and excursions to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.



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. July 17, 24, 31 and August 7. 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, August 8 and September 12 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next ones are on July 12 and August 9 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.



Leather Archives membership program

By Gary Wasdin

We have updated our membership program with new opportunities to join, and new and exciting ways to acknowledge your support. We hope you will take a moment to join or renew your membership. If your membership isn't yet up for renewal, you are welcome to renew now. We will add your new year of membership onto your existing time remaining.


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.



Capital Pups - Puppy Camping

Puppy Camping Part 3 will be hosted by Capital Pups at Plein Bois club resort camping the weekend of August 2-4. reserve early as the trailers and lots go quickly. Please note that Camping Plein Bois is a "men-only campground" all types of men, trans-men welcome. Plein Bois club resort camping 550, chemin St-Henri, Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1W0.



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, July 11 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 July 17. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on August 1; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on July 14. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.




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Raynard waves the Leather pride flag during the Christopher Street West LGBT pride parade in West Hollywood, CA in 2007. Photo by Dave Rhodes.



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