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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 27, 2018

By June 29, 2018



Southland Honors

On Saturday, June 23 the Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) celebrated its 15th Annual Southland Honors at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, CA. The awards and recipients are: Business/Business Person - The Leather Journal, Next Generation Award – Taz Efeek, Mentor of the Year – Sir Frank Cavallo, Cultural Arts Award – Francisco Perales, Nasty Puerquito Photography, LALC Chairman's Award – Dennis Beisbier, Community Choice Woman – Cypher, Community Choice Man – Ben Kaufher, Olga Perez-Stable Legacy Award - Olga Perez-Stable, Co-founder of Desire, Jeff Burnam Community Service Award – Romaldo Mancilla, Club/Organization of the Year – AVATAR Los Angeles, Event of the Year – AVATAR LA 35th Anniversary and Erotic Art Fair and George Wong Person of the Year – Ralph Bruneau.



Boots, BBQ and CA B&B Corps

It’s barbecue Time! The California B&B Corps Uniform Club continues their 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Eagle LA on Sunday, July 1 at 3 PM. Charlie and Hunter are rolling it out Smoker Style - tri-tip, chicken, ribs and sides. Proceeds will benefit The Tom of Finland Foundation, ONE Archives, and the CA B&B Corps. $5 Suggested Donation, separate charge for a plate of BBQ deliciousness. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1845941905709204/


Bondage Ball Events

Tuesday July 3rd… The 15th Annual BONDAGE BALL at the Globe Theater · 5 Iconic LA Clubs join together to bring you the Biggest Event of the Year · 740 S Broadway in #DTLA  Get your cheap tix now at http://www.Bondageball.com/fb1.php


Leather at NYC’s 49th Annual Pride March

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert, Photos by Bruce-Michael Gelbert and Joseph Macchia

New York City Held its 49th annual LGBTQ Pride March, organized by Heritage of Pride to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, when police invaded Stonewall Inn, a gay hangout on Christopher Street, in Greenwich Village, now a national monument, and the community fought back. Leather was very much in evidence at the March and, participating in my 48th, I joined the Eagle NYC contingent and boarded the truck for current Leather, bear, and puppy titleholders and their friends. In front of the truck, marchers carried the huge Leather Pride Flag, made in South Africa by Johann Jooste, and lent to us by Philadelphia Leather Pride Night producer Cowboi Jen.


Leather Archives & Museum - Pride in the past

As communities around the US and the world celebrate Pride Month – Chicago’s Pride Parade was this Sunday, June 24. We wanted to share some photos from the collections of the Leather Archives & Museum representing not only past participation in Pride events over the years, but also the inclusion of members of the Leather/Fetish/Kink communities. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/leatherarchives/


The Leather Journal Launch Party

By Matthew Jensen

The Leather Journal is having its historic first Launch Party to celebrate the release of the new issue. Be the first person on your block to get the July-August issue. It's July 3rd, 8 - 11 PM, so it's technically not a school night. Food will be provided by the Spicy Kitchen, plus there will be jello shots and raffle prizes. And no cover. Be sure to check out future launch parties coming soon to the Bullet Bar and the Eagle LA. Presented by PIGS - Perverted Interracial Guys. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/146158429583809/



Trivia Question of the Week

Where was the first Mr. Drummer contest held?

1. San Francisco, CA.

2. Chicago, IL.

3. Los Angeles, CA.

4. Seattle, WA.

5. Long Beach, CA.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - The Spanner Case was fought in the 1990s in _____________? United Kingdom.




Rubbermen Barcelona

The Rubbermen Barceona held a Rubber Socvial at Sant Joan in Barcelona on Sunday, June 24. These guys were there. A great excuse to visit Spain. https://www.facebook.com/events/1657853437616729/


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/


PSLOD the Pool Party

PSLOD is hosting a Pool Party on Saturday, June 30 at 2 PM in Palm Springs, CA at a private location. Join the members of the club which produces the amazing Palm Springs Leather Pride weekend around Halloween every year. Join us for drinks, food, barbecue and a day to have some fun. https://www.facebook.com/events/460705921037658


Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District meeting

The elation and activism of the Pride Celebration is fading a bit now, but enthusiasm for our new District remains high. So, first things first, it is time to mark your calendar for the next Community Meeting: Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street between 6th and 7th Streets in San Francisco. This community meeting is open to all. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org/


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. The VIP price is $175. 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/contribute/leather- list-national/ list-national/


Dog Pound - Rush's International Puppy Send Off

Los Angeles Puppy Pride and Los Angeles Pup Contest are hosting Dog Pound - Rush's International Puppy Send Off at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, July 7 at 9 PM, Pup Rush a send off party. It’s the week before he goes to International Puppy and he is gonna need to harness the energy and love of our LA community before he goes to St. Louis to show everyone the way we pup out in Los Angeles. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/384619738713456/


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/


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 July 13 and August 10. 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/discussion/


Dyke Day LA - Leather Tent

By Vonn Tramel

International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 Pixie Mary represented the Olympus Leather Family in the Leather Tent on June 9 during Dyke Day LA. Ms West Coast Olympus 2016 and Olympus International 2017 started off the Leather Tent activities explaining what it takes to run for a title. Whether it’s Mr., Ms or Mx, Olympus encourages folks to run for any category they feel represents them. All are welcome to join in. Mary was followed by workshops by the Pleasure Chest and a play hour hosted by Obsidian.


Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with next month's on July 4, 11, 18 and 25, 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, June 8 and July 13, 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-110806562290308110806562290308/?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 May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 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/


Rush’s Friendly Shower

Los Angeles Puppy Pride and Los Angeles Pup Contest are hosting Rush’s Friendly Shower on Friday June 29 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Calling all puppies! Break out your rubber duckies! It’s time for a shower! This shower party is a fundraiser exclusively for Mr. Friendly. Every bit of money received goes to the heroic team that helps educate and destroy all stigma! A world where judgement and stigma are forgotten and tolerance and acceptance are the norm! So don't forget to come and support this fun wet and wild party! $5 Cover. https://www.facebook.com/events/2092257447656098/

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/ July 1 and August 5 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/


West Coast Olympus Leather - At The Movies

The Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition will be held June 29 – July 1 at the Sanctuary LAX Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Friday night wil lbe Red Carpet Gala or meet and greet. Abby Travis will be signing her CDs. The emcees are Scarlett Sin and Dave Faunce which is a treat of its own. The contest is on Saturday night, Events wil lbe at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd,. Lennox, CA. http://westcoastolympus.com/


Northern Exposure 2018

Northern Exposure 2018 is being hosted by the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles July 13-15 in Anchorage, AK. Each summer, Northern Exposure begins early on a Friday morning and runs until Sunday evening. Jam-packed with community parties, stage shows, keynote speeches, color-guard, workshops, classes, and more. The weekend includes four hot meals, and a presenter potlatch at the northern-most gay bar in the United States on Thursday night that is our kick off to the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1336999226401420/


Los Angeles Band Of Brothers - Sindependence Day

The Los Angeles Band Of Brothers will present Sindependence Day at the Eagle 562 on Friday, July 6 at 9 PM. Meet members of the Los Angeles Band Of Brothers and find out what our organization is all about. Drink specials, Jello shots, and hot and sexy Go-Go Brothers. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/624525417901070/


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 on-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 - Swap Meat and Pup Mosh

Fetish Men San Diego will host their bimonthly Swap Meat and Pup Mosh on Friday, July 6 at Urban Mo's followed by Flogging Friday at the San Diego Eagle. On Saturday, July 7 it's Cigars and Boots at Pecs followed by a Bootblack Social at the San Diego Eagle. Urban Mo's, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. The Swap Meat is a cruising and social party where people from around San Diego bring their used and old Leather, toys, and gear to sell, buy, and trade to find new homes for them The Swap Meat is from 7-9 PM.


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/


Rocky Horror - Bondage Night in Denver

Rocky Horror - Bondage Night will be at the Landmark's Esquire Theatre on Saturday, June 30 at 11:45 PM. We want you to be part of the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Join us for the cult phenomenon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the world-record setting, award-winning shadow cast of Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient which will perform in front of the screen while the audience heckles the film, gets up to dance, and interacts with items in our cast/theater-approved audience participation bags - available for $5. Landmark's Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street, Denver, CO 80218. https://www.facebook.com/events/1669370403151513/



Chicago Pride by David Boyer of Touche' fame.



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Minneapolis Pride.


Dave Rhodes and The Leather Journal won the Business/Business Person of the Year Award at the Southland Honors.



New York Pride by Bruce-Michael Gelbert.

San Francisco Pride.

New England men at New York Pride.