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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, July 19, 2019

By July 20, 2019


San Diego Pride - Leather Realm

The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival saw record crowds on July 13-14. San Diego holds its parade on Saturdays, thus making Saturday the busiest day at the festival in Balboa Park. Bears San Diego and the San Diego Eagle had trucks while groups such as Fetish Men San Diego, Southland Title Sisters, Submissive Voice San Diego, The Leather Foundation, Club X, San Diego Girls of Leather, San Diego Cruisers MC and others were visible at Leather Realm as well as in the parade. There were several workshops and classes and a Leather/BDSM/Fetish sampler area. Of course, San Diego had events all over town, including unofficial gatherings at places such as Black's Beach. The San Diego Eagle had several events all weekend.







Palm Springs Band of Brothers

By Tom Schneck

On July 14, at about 12 PM, the Palm Springs Band of Brothers was officially founded and their first Board of Officers was elected. We are so excited to officially establish our club for the betterment of the Leather community of Palm Springs. New officers are president Tom Schneck, vice president Clifton Tatum and secretary/treasurer Christopher Durbin.


DomCon: New Orleans - Registration open

Registration has opened for DomCon: New Orleans, a professional and lifestyle BDSM lifestyle convention which will be held October 10-13 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street, in the heart of New Orleans. DomCon: New Orleans attracts Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and kinksters from all over the globe. The curious and experienced come for the latest innovations in fetish and bondage gear, classes in BDSM techniques, seminars on community, legal, and business issues and, of course, outrageous parties. All this will be right in the French Quarter, with great food, adult entertainment, and a party atmosphere every night.





Satyrs MC - AIDS Charity Ride

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club, based in Los Angeles, CA, will host its annual AIDS Charity Ride on Sunday, July 21, starting at the Astro Family Restaurant, 2300 Fletcher Drive in Los Angeles at 9:30 AM for breakfast, kickstands up at 11 AM. The Ride will end up at Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd. in Long Beach and will benefit Being Alive LA and POZ Lifegroup LA. Eagle 562 will have a beer bust and barbecue and the day run fee is $40 and it includes a run pin.




Danny Godbout - One of six Grand Marshals of Montréal Pride

Recognized as the guardian of Montréal’s fetish history, Danny Godbout has volunteered with our communities since 1980 when he joined the Montréal Gay and Lesbian Community Centre. As an activist, he participated in both the Montréal Pride and Ottawa Pride festivals as Sponsorships coordinator. During this time, he worked in bars and other sexual and gender diversity establishments. Wishing to mobilize and generate awareness among men on the acceptance of one’s sexuality issue, he won the Mr. Leather Montréal title in 2011 by advocating for a mandate on behalf of the RÉZO community organization. He then had the idea to create a social club in Montréal and brought five community members together to found what would become the Montréal Phoenix Leather and Latex Club, open to men and women who love Leather and latex. Thanks to his experience, he had the honor and privilege to represent Montréal at the 33rd International Mr. Leather Contest and for the last eight years, has been working as a kink consultant at Armada by the Men’s Room.




ILSb-ICBB - Judges named

The ILSb 2019 judges Don Leach, Dr. Larry Burden, Major Ty, boy kaz, Vince Andrews, Rod Onyx, Goddess Indigo, Greg McG, boy John and Pawlish. IMBB judges Bootblack Randall, Buddy, Ms Elizabeth and Pup Figaro. 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 the Pantheon of Leather Awards and Dinner on Thursday, August 29.





Golden Gate Guards 33rd Annual Run - Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir

By Marc Owens

Join the Golden Gate Guards for a unique weekend get-a-away, Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir, at Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California and nearby Lake Shasta, August 9-11. Summer Adventure includes Lodging Friday and Saturday nights at the Railroad Park Resort, open bar on Friday and Saturday, continental breakfast on Saturday morning, party cruise on Lake Shasta with a barbecue lunch on Saturday afternoon, dinner Saturday night at The Dinner House and Lounge, souvenir pin, caboose/cabin presentation, hot pool/swimming pool and cigar/pipe social Friday and Saturday nights.





Avatar Club Los Angeles - Annual Barbecue

Avatar will host its most popular event of the year, the Avatar Summer Barbecue. Bring your own meat. Avatar has a huge barbecue pit. No program, no topic, just great friends, food and Leather family. Old friends and those soon to be friends are welcome. You bring the meat, we cook it and provide all the drinks and side dishes. Great time to schmooze with Avatar members and to find out about the club. MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA.







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Eagle 501 - Opens in Palm Springs

Eagle 501 owner Scott Murchison and staff welcomed a huge crowd to their opening on Friday, July 12. Guest deejays, Brian Novy on Friday and Manuel Howard Ramirez "Manuelito on Friday, spun tunes to keep everyone in a festive mood. The bar will get into the thick of it when they host their first Mr. Eagle 501 contest September 6-8, a preliminary for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest to be held October 25-27. Eagle 501, 301 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262.






28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To My Conservative Friends And Family

By Tiffany Willis Clark for Liberal America, 2015

I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery...




Highwaymen TNT - monthly cookout

Join the Highwaymen TNT for their monthly cookout at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC on Sunday, July 21 at 5 PM. $12 dinner plate includes your first draft beer from the Club Bar, Ham with a Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Vegetable Skewers, Green Bean Almandine Prawn Salad, Honey Butter King's Hawaiian Rolls, Coconut Something and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.





Peter Fiske - Book preview and sale

Legendary Leatherman Peter Fiske will be previewing and selling whips from his collection as well as selling and signing copies of his new memoir, My Leather Life - Early Years, at the SF Catalyst on Saturday, July 27 at 10 AM. "My life really does read like a pornographic novel. It compares with the best porn traditions of the Leather Fetish Kink culture. I wonder did all these stories really happen? Answer: They did and to me...." said Peter. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco. California 94103.





Rocky Mountain Rebellion - Rebelling Against Stigma

The Rocky Mountain Rebellion - Rebelling Against Stigma is on the books for August 23-25 in Salt Lake City, UT and will feature. The Rebellion is a three day conference focused around Leather, Fetish, BDSM and Power Exchange Relationships. Rocky Mountain Rebellion hosts classes on a variety of topics involving human sexuality, BDSM, M/s relationships and leather culture. They host pageant-style competitions, vendors, socials and play parties..




Banquet of Chestnuts IV - Benefiting Aids Life Cycle

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau and Esteban Jimenez of Payasos LA will bring back the Banquet of Chestnuts, A Gala dinner Benefiting Aids Life Cycle on Saturday, October 19 at 6 PM in Hollywood, CA. The Banquet of Chestnuts was one of the most scandalous event in the history of the XV Century. Only 20 VIP guests will witness this event, a luxurious evening, cocktails and appetizers and high end dinner will be served by hot, sexy, naked men for the guests' pleasure. All profits will be donated directly to AIDS Life Cycle team Payasos-LA. Location to be disclosed to ticket holders.




Satyrs Motorcycle Club - Badger Flat Run

Nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk will make the trek up into the Central California mountains northeast of Fresno for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2. This is is their 58th year of of hosting a huge bonfire, all-day cocktail bar, people and bike events, run awards presentation, great food, movies under the stars, bike christening, virgin rituals, sightseeing and immense brotherhood at 8,200 above sea level.


Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.




Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance Denver Back Alley

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance and Trade will present Denver Back Alley 2019 Saturday, August 24 2:30 PM. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado 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.





Leather List

Leather List continues to serve Leather people and cultures, having finished the first stage of development of the new LeatherList.org It’s already the most comprehensive updated site of information and resources serving Leather and Sex-Positive communities. Just search for what you want, anywhere in North America. Find annual Leather and sex-positive events, including a page of updated calendars; Leather clubs; MAsT chapters; and Sex-Positive Centers. All listings are currently free, with URLs for contact purposes. Leather List is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle. It’s managed solely by volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are July 17, 24, 31 and August 7. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.




Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen theme for June is Harnesses. Adhere to the Gear Theme and get a free Jell-O Shot -or- a CCL Chip worth $1. Wear a harness to the August Beer and Gear on Saturday, August 3, 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All-You-Can-Drink Keg Beer. Help flood The Phoenix with colors. The Crescent City Leathermen new back patches have arrived. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.





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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to

http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413.



ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, July 27 and August 24 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.





American Brotherhood Weekend XXX

By Tyler Fong

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held October 11-13 at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. It will be ABW’s 30th Anniversary. American Brotherhood Weekend (ABW) is a celebration of the bond of Leather families. It is a weekend filled with great energy and camaraderie which surround the three title contests that comprise ABW and the American Leatherfamily.




Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, August 9 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. Mr. OCIE Jeff Galley-Reay is the host. There will be kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some money for The Leather Heart Foundation. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844.




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 August 10 and September 14 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities through 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 August 9 and September 13. 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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Puppy and Handler Play - All you need to know

The go-to web site 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.



Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with August 2 and September 6 being the next two dates. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.





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, August 3 and September 7, 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 July 24, 31 and August 7 and 14, 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.




Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being August 9, 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, August 3 and September 7 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, starting at 4 PM. 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. August 4 and September 1 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 July 27 and August 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.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's Outreach Committee is set for Wednesday, July 17 from 8-9:00 PM, in the back of Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe, 289 8th Street (just north of Folsom) in San Francisco. The agenda will include: Recruiting volunteers for the booth at Pride, Brainstorming and planning for a booth at Up Your Alley, Tech issues - making it easy for folks to get on the E-mail list, Continuing discussions on branding, marketing, and publicity, Review/redesign of Cultural District brochure and Recruitment Planning




Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on August 9.




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Wolf, Tracy and George at Up Your Alley in San Francisco, CA in July 2014. Photo by Dave Rhodes




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