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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 13, 2018

By June 12, 2018




AIDS Life Cycle ride

By Pug Pug

Team Wombat finished the AIDS Life Cycle ride today, June 9 after 545 miles from Sand Francisco to Los Angeles. While not a Leather community event, Leather was very visible. Thank you to everyone that supported our efforts. A special thank you to the Bullet Bar for being a team sponsor.



Leather at DC Pride

The Centaur Motorcycle Club registered the Leather Contingent in the Washington, DC Pride Parade which was held on Saturday, June 9. Several hundred Leatherfolk and friends participated in the parade and/or in other DC Pride activities.


Ted Bishop Nieves is Named Mr. Fire Island Bear 2018

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

The fourth annual Fire Island Bear Weekend, presented by Shane Tate, took place from June 7 to 9. The highlight was the Mr. Fire Island Bear 2018 contest, at Cherry’s on the Bay, on June 9. Beating four other contestants, Ted Bishop Nieves AKA DJ Ted Bishop, was selected as the new Mr. Fire Island Bear. The runner-up was Rick Londano. Cherry Grove Homecoming Queen 2017 Ginger Snap and Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez hosted the contest and JizzaBella was the DJ. Judges were Danny Jimenez, Mr. Fire Island Leather 2017 Sir Joseph, Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2017 John-John Punki, Syluss of the Leather Man, who designed the sashes; and the Pines’ Gil Neary. Leatherman of Color 2018 Dax Volpe served as tallymaster.


ONYX was visible at Pantheon of Leather when it was held in Chicago, IL in February, 2002.

List of all time Pantheon of Leather Award recipients

The list of Pantheon of Leather Awards recipients is posted and was edited on June 4. There are over 600 winners and more than 7,000 nominees since The Leather Journal began honoring Leatherfolk in 1988. Take a look https://www.theleatherjournal.com/pantheon-awards/recipients


West Coast Olympus Leather

Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition; Scheduled to take place June 29 – July 1 at the Sanctuary LAX Studio in Los Angeles, CA. WCOL is affiliated with The Leather Foundation which is a recognized 501(c)3, non-profit, 100-percent volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide aid to the Leather community, addressing unmet welfare, health and safety issues unique to our community members. http://westcoastolympus.com/m/

MAUL and COMMAND bar night

The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, June 16 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org


Avatar presents Harder Than Ever dungeon party

Avatar Club will host its Harder Than Ever dungeon party at Threshold on June 23 at 8 PM. Harder is a men-only dungeon and play party with $20 admission in advance or $25 at the door. Open to Daddies, boys, muscle men and twinks, Leather, fetish, uniform, jock, This is a fun, no pressure play party. Whether you want to fuck and suck, tie and get tied down. voyeur, fisting, flogging, novice to heavy player, all are welcome. Threshold Society, 11300 Hartland Street, Los Angeles, CA 91605. https://www.facebook.com/events/241092006644435/


Photo - Tom of Finland Foundation - Tom's Bar

Tom's Bar is the Foundation’s annual commemoration of the artist Tom of Finland which will be held on Sunday, June 17 at the Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue in Los Angels, CA starting at 2 PM. The Daddy.s Day parking lot party with Buck Angel as host. The Faultline’s parking lot will see 800 enthusiastic Tom’s Men dancing, sweating and enjoying this year’s theme, Come to Daddy. Ralph Bruneau will tell of his journey as International Mr. Leather 2017. Adding to the fun in this FUNraiser are bawdy contests and prizes, food and drink, and plenty of hot daddies - all to benefit the Foundation; Avatar and Being Alive will be on hand. Leatherfolk can kick back in a dedicated Cigar Lounge courtesy Michael Lara. https://www.facebook.com/events/582005708926111/



Trivia Question of the Week

The following city does not have an Eagle Leather bar in it _____________?

1. Cleveland, Ohio.

2. Providence, Rhode Island.

3. San Diego, California.

4. Seattle, Washington.

5. Toronto, Canada.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - The first American Brotherhood Weekend was held in _____________? Boston, Massachusetts.



LA Pride - Erotic City

By Dr. Larry

Los Angeles Pride took place June 9-10 in West Hollywood, CA and it certainly did not disappoint. There were booths from numerous groups and organizations and food trucks offering high quality gastronomic delights reflecting the multiplicity of cuisines Los Angeles is fortunate enough to encompass throughout the greater festival. Of particular interest for Leather and fetish aficionados was Erotic City, which was billed as an 'adult only' area of the Festival. A stage with demos every 30-60 minutes provided by Sanctuary LAX, Avatar Club Los Angeles, and others. There were the curious, the uninitiated, and the experienced all under one roof sharing and enjoying the erotic experience.. The diversity of those in attendance was a pleasure to witness and be a part of: from cis-males and females, transgender, gender-fluid, and gender non-binary folks, this Pride was certainly a celebration of every culture the LGBTQ community has to offer. The event was slightly smaller than in past years, however, after speaking with a member of the Christopher Street West Board, the reason was because West Hollywood Park is undergoing a lot of renovation and promises to be complete for the 50th anniversary of the CSW Pride Festival in two more year.

Albuquerque Leather Daddys celebrate Pride

By Mauro Walden-Montoya

The Albuquerque Leather Daddys are celebrating Pride Month with various events. The group held Leather Pride Gear Night at Sidewinders Bar, featuring a wet underwear contest on Saturday, June 2, raising $450 for charity with nine contestants who stripped to their undies to be wet down. The Leather Daddys participated in the Albuquerque Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9 with a float with New Mexico Leather Bear 2018 Timothy Hickle and New Mexico Leather 2018 cub Andy Walden-Montoya as well as
members of the Albuquerque Boys of Leathert. Music from the float poured forth causing many spectators to dance, while others bent over to be spanked. It was estimated that over 25,000 watched the parade, and the Leather Daddys got cheers along the entire four miles on Route 66.

Psych Ward at Sanctuary Inland Empire

Join Lady Kasia Amarande and the House of the Ornate on June 23 for a new type of party, Psych Ward, at the all new Sanctuary Inland Empire at 8 PM. Enter a world where pain, pleasure, and insanity are just day at the office. Must be 18-plus to attend with a valid ID, $20 at the door or $15 in Medical Attire. https://www.facebook.com/events/2008017546081756/ or https://fetlife.com/events/674881


Get your Leather Archives memorabilia through Amazon

Shop Amazon.com and support the Leather Archives & Museum through Amazon's charitable giving program, Amazon Smile. For every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Leather Archives & Museum. It's that simple! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3841874


Congratulations to the new Mr Great Plains Olympus Leather Randal Whiterock Zotigh and Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather Fanon Fae.


TBOL sets meeting dates

The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will hold their monthly TBOL Meeting the third Friday of the month at 8 PM. The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather's home base is now the Flamingo Skyway Room. This month Tampa Bay Boys of Leather will have an education portion for the first half of the meeting. Sir Gethan will teach Protocols 101. We all hear the words Etiquette, Ritual, Protocol, and Service Task - but do any of U/us really understand what they mean? Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/347598885724217/

Four California Contests in LA

The Southern California Master/slave, California Bootblack and Mr. and Ms California Leather contest are all on one weekend at the Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys, CA. The weekend includes a cigar social at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Friday night, June 15, the contests on Saturday night at the Airtel Hotel with a formal dinner prior to the contests, an Erection play party on Saturday night. The dinner is a separate item from the contest - check their web site for details. There will be vendors, the Leather HEAT Awards and A Rockin' Dance Party. Satuday afternoon will have Bootblack Tech. The emcee is Jeremy Ronceros. For more details check out http://californiacontests.com/home/


Photo - SFLDG Presents: The Reality Behind Kinky Porn

Public · Hosted by San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 PM. Join Paul Johnson (aka Paul Wilde) for a firsthand look inside the gay porn industry and its ever-changing relationship to kink. We’ll explore what goes on behind the camera, the fantasy of what we see in porn versus the reality of what we do in the playroom, and common misconceptions kinky porn creates. We’ll even examine how kinky porn is evolving from a commercial product into an authentic expression of an individual’s sexuality while Paul offers tips on how to improve your own videos. Mr-S-Leather, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Growlr Bear Den

The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour prices Hang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/


Southland Honors in June

The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 at Taix in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, CA. Southland Honors is owned by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.




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World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest

World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.


Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote

On April 1 you will be able to register for Reno Revelry. Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/

Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join us 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. Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/398372250640635/


Daddy Mauro Walden-Montoya honored

Daddy Mauro Walden-Montoya, a member of the Albuquerque Leather Daddys, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award on Saturday, June 2 by the United Court of the Sandias in Albuquerque, NM. UCS, a member of the International Court system. Daddy Mauro was recognized for his long work on HIV and LGBTQ civil rights issues as well as his community service for the LGBTQ, LatinX and general communities during his now 60 year lifespan. He won Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather in 1996, and also held the titles of Mr. Leather Puerto Rico and South Florida Leather Daddy. Walden-Montoya has served on 60-plus non-profit boards (and a few for-profit boards) during his lifetime. Since graduating from law school in 1984, Walden-Montoya has raised, either individually or in concert with various organizations, over $100,000 for charity. In 2014, Mauro Montoya married boy andy walden, and they combined their last names. They currently live in Albuquerque where they are both very active in the Leather and general communities.



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Palm Springs Leather Pride

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. 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


San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band - 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner Celebration

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will host is 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner Celebration on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 PM in the Green Room at the War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102. While not Leather, Leatherfolk have benefited from the Band and who knows, there probably Leather people in the Band. The gala includes a reception, buffet dinner and party, live and silent auctions, dancing and cash bar, live Jazz and Swing entertainment. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/40th-anniversary-gala-dinner-celebration-war-memorial-green-room-tickets-44923068106s-44923068106

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA

Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/


Smokeout registration open

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 and wil be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 4-8. 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. http://www.lasvegassmokeout.com/




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