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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 26, 2019

By June 27, 2019




Folsom Street East

Folsom Street East XXII, with the theme SLUTS Fantasies Fulfilled, was held June 21-23 in New York, NY. Folsom Street East may be foreshadowed by the coming Stonewall 50 celebration which is expected to draw as many as 5,000,000 LGBTfolk this weekend, but it was huge and as successful as usual with estimates of double last year's attendance. IML 1974 Jeff Tucker and IML 2019 Jack were there. The street fair covered 27th Street between 10th and 11th Streets. Two huge stages, one at each end of the fair, pounded music out by DJs Chauncy Dandridge, Lorant and J Clef. The main event was the Folsom Street East XXII all day Sunday. many vendor tents went the length of the Fair featuring businesses clubs and organizations including Empire City Motorcycle Club. Seven-minute video tour of Folsom Street East




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Pantheon of Leather Nominations are due by Sunday

The schedule for the process of selecting the approximate 30 Pantheon of Leather Awards which will be held on Thursday, August 29 at the Crowne Plaza Market Square Dallas at 6:30 PM in Dallas, TX closes on Sunday, June 30.
Nominations closed on June 30; they will be processed including informing nominees and allowing them to submit acceptance and bios until July 19; voting will run from July 23 through August 16 and the recipients will be announced on August. Pantheon of Leather is one of many events that will make up the International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend.






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.






FLSb-FCBB 2019 One Voice, One Journey - Stronger Together

By Bill Hoeppner

Florida Leather Sir is Lawrence Fox, Florida Leatherboy is john Simon and Florida Community Bootblack 2019 is AJ Porter, with the trio winning their titles the weekend of June 13-16 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. One Voice, One Journey - Stronger Together was the theme. The judges were Daddy Al Santora, boy collin, Daddy Raymond, Major Ty, Sir Adam and Pup Napoleon. International Leatherboy 2011 Nitro Hankinson was the emcee. The keynote speaker was International Ms Leather 2018 girl ang. Daddy Al Santora was presented the Joe Mastrapasqua Lifetime Achievement Award. Bamm Bamm hosted a Bootblack Fireside Chat. The winners will compete at ILSLb ICBB in Dallas, TX over Labor Day weekend.





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.




2019 Leathertarian Awards

Leathertarian Awards Panelists chose Male, Female, and/or Non Binary, and Lifetime Award recipients on June 21. Leathertarian Award. The winners are Lifetime Award Jose Gutierrez, Non-Binary Award Remi Graber and Male Award Wade Davis. The selection panel included Tobin Britton, Gattor Bate, Doc Duhon, Eileen Sanders, Bruce Ross, and Al Santora. The Male, Female, and Non-Binary winners will receive a check in the amount of $500 and the Lifetime Award recipient will receive a check in the amount of $1,000.



BDSM as a Tonic for Serious Illness - While my mother was on kidney dialysis, kinky sex gave her some of the best times of her life

By Elizabeth Anne Wood on June 20, 2019 for Scientific American

My mother enjoyed kinky sex. To be specific, in her late 50s, after two decades of singlehood and celibacy, she discovered that she enjoyed sexually dominating willingly submissive men. I’m so glad she did! Not only was I excited that she’d found a way to enjoy intimacy and erotic pleasure after a long period of being alone, but also it turned out that her sexuality provided an unexpected....







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Leather Contingent Marches in Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pride Parade

By Bruce Michael Gelbert

The 21st Annual Cherry Grove Pride Parade took place on June 22 and, has been traditional, included a Leather Contingent, marching with the Leather Pride banner. Participants were current titleholders Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael II and Mr. Fire Island Bear 2019 Eugene Guye, as well as past Messrs Fire Island Leather 2001 this writer and 2005 Joseph Saporito, and Dawn Cookler and John Tartamella.



International Puppy and Handler

International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) 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.



Barking Billiards - Barknite!

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.


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.


No taste for vanilla! When and why is pain pleasurable?

Medical News Journal

Another reason for engaging in rough play during sex is that of escapism. "Pain," explain authors of a review published in The Journal of Sex Research, "can focus attention on the present moment and away from abstract, high-level thought." Read the rest at




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.

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Mr. Fire Island Bear 2019

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Producer and coordinator Shane Tate presented the Fifth Annual Fire Island Bear Weekend, in Cherry Grove and the Pines, from June 6-9, and the centerpiece was the Mr. Fire Island Bear contest, at Cherry’s, on June 8, which was won by Eugene, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. Hosts were Ginger Snap and Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez. Other events were a Beers and Bears Dance at Cherry’s, clothing-optional pool parties at Belvedere, in Cherry Grove and post-contest Brut party at the Ice Palace, with DJs Dan Darlington and Aaron Aanenson.




Crescent City Leathermen

By Kip Hollar

The Crescent City Leathermen, LA Noble and SSDG have grouped together to rent a club space in the Bywater area of New Orleans, LA. The Crescent City Leathermen are having a Preview Party on Saturday, June 29. starting at 9 PM to raise funds to keep the space going. This is a potluck/BYOB with a suggested donation of $15 - $25 admission. The monthly Beer and Gear event is on Saturday, July 6 and August 3, 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All You Can Drink Keg Beer. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117. The plan right now is to have their first official party at the new space in mid July.








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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.




Peter Fiske - My Leather Life

Peter Fiske announces the release on July 10 of his book My Leather Life - early years 1958-1983 narrated by Thomas Peterson. Fiske will be at the GLBT History Museum, 4027 18th Street in San Francisco on Friday July 26, 7-9 PM for a panel discussion on Early SF Leather History with Dr. Gayle Rubin, Race Bannon, himself, Steve Gaynes and Graylin Thornton. This is the official book release and signing. Peter will be at on Saturday, July 27 from 10 at SF Catalyst for a Whip sale and Book signing. Then on Sunday at Dore Alley for Peter Fiske Whip Collection sale and book signing 11 AM - 6 PM. His booth will be next to the 15 Association's street dungeon. Peter will be in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 18, 2-4 PM at the Tom of Finland House for a reading and signing to benefit Tom of Finland Foundation and Avatar.




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.




Up Your Alley

We are one month away from Up Your Alley/Dore Alley in San Francisco where 25,000 Leatherfolk will hit Folsom Street and Dore Alley on Sunday, July 28. The big event, produced by Folsom Street Events is the big daddy of the weekend with the Bay of Pigs party on Saturday night. The BLUF dinner at Don Ramon's is a must if you are in San Francisco on Thursday. Among Friday events are Baloney at Oasis, Beta at Club Six, Bearracuda at Folsom Foundry, Beards and Booze at Edge and Growlr at Eagle SF. Saturday will include Friendly Fire at Danzhaus, BDSM Play Party by The 15 Association at SF Catalyst, ONYX Invasion at Powerhouse, Big Muscle Party at DNA Lounge hosted by the Bare Chest Calendar, Flagging in the Park at National AIDS Memorial Grove and Dore Party at Mr. S Leathers. Closing out Sunday will be Rough at Mazzanine.





Perverted Interracial Guys - Daddy's Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, June 16, at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be drinking in Leather jocks this month, but all underwear is welcome. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Mike Zee - June 2019

By Joe Glennon

Mike Zee (Wladimir Mikail Zarotschenzeff) a long-time supporter of the
BB Corps,(and my best friend of over 25 years) died in mid-June following a months-long battle against an intestinal Super Bug. Mike was an out-going, unique individual. He will be sorely missed. His funeral is Saturday June 29th at 11 AM at the Church of the Incarnation, 1001 Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202.



Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, July 12 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 July 13 and August 10 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.






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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 July 5 and August 2 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.






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.





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, July 6 and August 3, 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 June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 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 July 12, 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, July 6 and August 3 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. July 7 and August 4 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.




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 July 12 and August 9.




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Sharp of the Tom of Finland Foundation relaxes in his car during the Tom of Finland Foundation's 25th Anniversary at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA in June 2009. Photo by Dave Rhodes




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Leather visible at Pride in Santiago, Chile.


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Jessica Harrison was recently accepted as a member of ONYX Pearl Southeast.