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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day July 25, 2018

By July 27, 2018



Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we will be hosting one of our biggest and best cruises ever. Not only will we be having it on a Friday Night this year, but we will also be extending the fun and hosting it for 4 hours from 10 PM until 2 AM. ​The boat still departs from Norfolk Waterside and boarding will begin at 9:30 PM. We will again be having demo's, buffet of food, cash bar and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks, a raffle ticket for door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance. http://www.leathercruise.com/event-3.html



Pantheon of Leather Voting is open

Voting for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 began on July 20 and will conclude on August 10.

Biographies of the Nominees at


Please take the time to read the bios for the nominees before casting your vote.

Vote at


See all of the past Pantheon of Leather Award recipients at




Adikus Sulpizi honored in New Orleans

"I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for being so supportive of my life here in New Orleans. Naming me Leatherman of the Year is such an honor and I am so happy and thankful. I look forward to always being part of this amazing community." were Adikus Sulpizi's words after receiving the GAA Leather Person of the Year Award at OZ on July 20 in New Orleans, LA. This was the 30th year of the Gay Appreciation Awards being presented by AMBUSH Magazine. The proceeds from this years event will be given to Stonewall Sports and Southern Decadence.



Kink Weekend - Route 66 Leather

Route 66 Puppy pup Kyro, Mr. Route 66 Leather Sir Patrick and Route 66 Bootblack Colt earned their titles the weekend of July 20-22 in Oklahoma City, OK and was produced by Kink Weekend. This competition is open to individuals from all 50 states and is a feeder to compete on the International Level. More than a contest, Kink Weekend had classes such as Consent, Trans-Talk, Polyamory Relationships, Mummification, Flogging, Bootblack 101, Pup 101, Sensual Bootblacking, Needle Play, Electro lay and Knife Play. https://www.facebook.com/KinkWeekendOkc/



Women's International Leather Legacy

Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/




By Race Bannon

KinkTheVote.com is a portal to a nationwide voter registration system. Fellow Leatherfolk and kinksters, THIS is how we use our vast Leather and kink communities to help register more people to vote and energize their enthusiasm to vote. The idea is to have it at every bar night, Leather event, etc. We have stickers and a banner if you want to put it up at your event. Please help spread the word by sharing this. This is a joint project of IMsLBB Productions and The IMsL Foundation. http://www.KinkTheVote.com



An Interview With The President … Not That President!

By Rodney Burger for Baltimore Out Loud

They say that if you want to get all the facts you should go right to the source. With the 30th Anniversary of COMMAND MC in November quickly approaching, I went right to the top. That top in question is the president of COMMAND MC, Sir Mike. Recently Sir Mike was kind enough to invite me to his Mount Vernon townhouse for an interview. His home was not only tastefully decorated but was also filled with framed posters from past International Mr. Leather Contests and other historic documents from his Leather journey. Read the whole article at http://baltimoreoutloud.com/wp/an-interview-with-the-president-not-that-president/president-not-that-president/



CLAW distributed $75,000 to community charities

CLAW distributed $75,000 to community charities this month, the second highest amount for a single year. 23 charities were awarded money, with the largest shares going to the Leather Archives 7 Museum at $20,000, Leather Heart Foundation at $8,500, LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland at $8,000, and Rainbow Railroad at $8,000. Big thanks to everyone who made these exciting results possible, especially our five Master Sponsors: Square Peg Toys, Mr. S Leather, LeatherWerks, Twisted Headz Smokeshops, and FLEX Spas. A complete list of beneficiaries and their missions is available at http://www.clawinfo.org



Trivia Question of the Week

What was the thread count of the original Leather Pride Flag?

1. 225.

2. Some pieces were 250 and the heart was 300.

3. 325.

4. 270.

5. God doesn't even know.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Which titleholder is famous for their "Titleholders Make The Best Hamburger" presentation at a Leather Leadership Conference? Guy Baldwin.




Tom of Finland Foundation - Gengoroh Tagame's Pornspiration

The Tom of Finland Foundation and Dirty Looks will present Gengoroh Tagame's Pornspiration on Tuesday, July 31 at 7 PM at Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026. MASSIVE presents an outdoor screening of iconic Japanese artist Gengoroh Tagame’s favorite American VHS gay pornography from the early 1980s, including works by Joe Gage and John Christopher. This event will feature exclusive documentary footage depicting Tagame’s long history with the Tom of Finland Foundation, and a discussion of Gage and Christopher’s impact on Tagame’s early career in gay manga and erotic art. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com


SouthEast LeatherFest

SouthEast LeatherFest sashed six new titleholders on Saturday, June 16 at the Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody in Atlanta, GA. They are Mr. SouthEast LeatherFest Sir Bradford, Ms SouthEast LeatherFest Choc Trei, SouthEast LeatherFest boy Quazi, SouthEast LeatherFest Bootblack tidbit, SouthEast Master/slave Master Blue and slave sheri, and SouthEast Person of Leather Iamar. SouthEast LeatherFest featured classes and workshops, play parties, socials, speeches and other Leather community events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/140138326685977/


Baltimore Eagle closes

4 Crazy Guys, LLC, the current management of Baltimore Eagle, are sad to announce that we are ceasing operation of Baltimore Eagle effective Wednesday July 25, 2018. It has been our distinct pleasure to serve the LGBT and Leather/fetish communities of the Mid-Atlantic region for the past year and a half. We hope that we were able to provide a space that served this community well and that we exceeded your expectations. Complete story at https://baltimoreleatherbar.com/clo/



La Fraternitié du Loup-Garou - CampOUT 2018

CampOUT 2018 will be hosted by La Fraternitié du Loup-Garou September 12-16 at Our Haven Nature Sanctuary, 10847 Spencer Hollow Road, French Lick, IN 47581. Join us for La Garou's CampOUT, the original Leather camp-out for masculine gender outlaws and their admirers. It is for five days and four nights of kinky fun. Admission is just $75 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. RVs and camping trailers are welcome at no extra charge! Tickets at https://campout.yapsody.com/


San Francisco girls of Leather - Marginally Talented Show

Just in time for Dore Alley weekend, the San Francisco girls of Leather bring you the first Marginally Talented Show. That's right, we're having a talent show and/or pageant. Saturday, July 28 at 7 PM at CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Everyone who attends gets a tiara, the winner gets a sash and crown. Cheap drinks, yummy treats, good tunes, special surprises, and fun for all. 18-plus only. Show will contain adult themes not suitable for children. Early enough so you can still party the night away at the Dore Weekend party of your choice. Tickets at https://sfgolmarginallytalentedshow.brownpapertickets.com


Michael Horowitz passes - July 26, 2018

Michael Horowitz of New York, NY passed on Thursday morning, July 26, 2018. Horowitz was loved by so many for his generosity while expecting nothing in return. Michael was an officer of GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists) a national club based in New York, serving as chairman, president and many times as treasurer. He was an Associate Member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. He received the Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Award in 1997. Social media was immediately active with comments of love from so many he touched.



ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner

The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 - September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with Contestant Demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, Vendor Market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, Cigar Social, Puppy, Mosh, Kinky Workshops, 2017 Title Holder Roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/



Leather History Preservation Weekend

The Leather History Preservation Foundation will present Leather History Preservation Weekend November 2-4 at the Red Lion Hotel, 135 South Main Street, High Point, NC 27260. Leather History Preservation Weekend will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historians sharing their experiences. Full weekend pre-registration packages include access to all history session, event pin, Saturday night dinner and keynote, three days of vending, Friday night dance party, two nights of dungeon play space access and cocktail parties. https://www.facebook.com/events/178943609322708/



DomCon: New Orleans

DomCon: New Orleans will be held October 4-7. Come join us for a weekend of fun, education and delightful decadence in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans! DomCon is returning to The Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. Are you planning to join us in New Orleans as we celebrate 15 Years of DomCon? https://www.facebook.com/events/792991367564038/



Palm Springs Leather Pride

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert's Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade will be held October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. A long ways away, right? The early bird discount ends on June 3. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org


Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout

Mid Atlantic Men's Kinky Campout will be at The Woods Campground September 14-16. The 2017 Kinky Campout was a blast so we're doing it again. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr/Ms Woods Leather Contest 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. https://www.facebook.com/events/422551504857973/



Leather Leadership Conference - Early Registration Now Open

Leather Leadership Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport the weekend of March 15-17. Register now for the early bird special pricing at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/llc-2019-tickets-4542431033545424310335 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.


Leather List - Leather community fundraising

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather-list-national/list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/



Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018

Hosted by Gear Club Portugal, Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018 will bring Europe's Leather/BDSM/Fetish community to the Iberian Peninsula the weekend of September 28-30. https://www.facebook.com/events/305794273223433



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 31 - September 3. This is is their 57th 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. http://satyrsmc.org/



Photo - 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 10 and September 14. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. Our monthly kinky discussion group. 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. Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion/



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 on July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/175911286517524/


Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, August 10 and September 14, 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 last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409


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 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011. https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/



Austin Gears - Gear Soup

Austin Gears or as we like to call it, Gear Soup, will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, August 18 at a private location in Austin, TX. The Austin Gears will be serving up dogs and burgers on a grill, please feel free to bring sides or sweets. There will be sodas and water. If you would like some booze...it's BYOB. Please remember to bring a towel and sunscreen. https://www.facebook.com/events/1781402111940887/1794747280606370/



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. August 5 and September 2 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue. http://www.dceagle.com/



Smokeout hotel accepting reservations now

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is now accepting reservations for Smokeout 2019 which will be held April 4-8. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. There is a limited number of smoking rooms and the hotel is going through renovation - early birds get their choice locations. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/



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CMEN’s West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2018 will be held August 31 – September 9 in California’s Malibu Hills. A Leather-focused social hour and the Mr. CMEN Leather 2018 contest will highlight activities on Thursday, September 6. Daily activities will include seminars and workshops, outdoor recreation, pool and social activities, afternoon social hours and evening entertainment. This all nude, all male gathering will attract men an estimated 500 men from throughout North America, the Pacific and
Europe. Register in advance, session options available. For more go to http://www.cmen.org


Meat Rack at Eagle LA

John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, April 14 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/



Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay VIII

By Marc Owens

Early bird registration for the Golden Gate Guards' Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay is now open. The Cruise will be on Saturday, September 29 at Pier 40 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA. Check in 4:30 PM, departs 5:30 PM. We will travel under the Bay Bridge, pass Angel Island and Treasure Island, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge to see the bridge and the city of San Francisco at sundown. Full no host bar onn Francisco, CA. Check in 4:30 PM, departs 5:30 PM. We will travel under the Bay Bridge, pass Angel Island and Treasure Island, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge to see the bridge and the city of San Francisco at sundown. Full no host bar on-boar-board as well as late afternoon buffet. $75 donation, regular tickets are a $90. A souvenir photo will be taken on the dock or on-board and emailed after the cruise. Net proceeds benefit San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. http://ggguards.org/events/cruiseTickets.htm



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 4, 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 lovin.' https://www.facebook.com/groups/sdcigarsandboots/about/


Leather Boys of San Diego

Leather Boys of San Diego will host their general meeting and barbecue on Sunday August 5 from 4-6 PM, at the San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. This gathering is led by Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam. http://www.facebook.com/LeatherboysofSanDiego


FLAG (Fits Like A GLove) 27th Anniversary Weekend

FLAG 27th Anniversary Weekend will be held August 3-5 at the Providence Eagle. Friday night, August 3 will be the 27th Anniversary night at the Providence Eagle at 9 PM, introducing the judges for Mr./Ms/Q FLAG Contest; Saturday at the Providence Eagle will be the 15th Annual Mr./MsQ FLAG contest followed by a victory party; and on Sunday will be the 26th Annual FLAG Potluck Cookout at Jim Maciel's home in Dartmouth, MA. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/991231864374605/



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