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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 5, 2019

By June 06, 2019


Pantheon of Leather nominations are now open

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 is set. Nominations are open June 1 and close on June 30; they will be processed including informing nominees and allowing them to submit acceptance and bios until midnight, July 19; voting will run from July 23 through August 16 and the recipients will be announced on August 29.





Erotic City at the LA Pride Festival

Mistress Cyan, the Tom Of Finland Foundation, Avatar Club Los Angeles, The Leather Journal, The SoCal Men’s Bondage Club, C-Men will comprise what is Erotic City at the LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9. Erotic City is an adults-only area of LA Pride that celebrates the Leather and Fetish area of the community. Sanctuary LAX, Avatar, SoCal Men's Bondage Club and C-Men. The Tom of Finland Foundation will have an erotic art gallery and debut their latest book, My Gay Eye. Complementing the gallery will be the Leather History Exhibit by Dave Rhodes of The Leather Journal, including photos from Stonewall 25 in New York in 1994. When the sun goes down, the Erotic City Stage gets even hotter with scorching stage shows of erotic BDSM by the sexy dance group Summer Love and The Platinum Boys.





Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder in the Mountains will be held July 25-28 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colorado. Almost 30 vendors have signed on. Thunder in the Mountains boasts a 50,000 square foot, well-equipped dungeon and will have offer another full day of classes as well as naked yoga classes, bootblacking and massage stations. The workshops and presenters, and schedule have not been posted yet, but it is a safe bet that many high-quality instructors will be back.



Franco Perrotta

It is sad news to report that Mr. LA Leather Bear 2009 Franco Perrotta was found dead in his Long Beach, California apartment on Thursday, May 30. He was a member LA boys of Leather and the LA Band of Brothers. This came in as Hump Day was about to post so we do not have more details. More on Franco at






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Kink Mentoring Archives

By Papa Tony

Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives




Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 10-13 at the Hilton Glendale. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the Los Angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc. Register for an all-inclusive package and lodging. Á la carte pricing is also available.




Leather Masters University - Sensual Flogging

Sensual Flogging - This workshop will cover basic safety and technique, as well as explore the act of flogging as a key to ecstasy and cathartic release. This class is not about showy techniques, but about the raw power exchange and experience for both Top and bottom in a good sensual and intense flogging scene. The instructor is Hardy Haberman. Since the mid-70's Hardy has been an active in the Leather community and a member of many BDSM/Fetish organizations including Dallas Motorcycle Club, Leather Rose Society, NLA-Dallas, Discipline Corps and a founding member of Inquisition-Dallas. Considering himself a Pain Technologist. He specializes in CBT and has an unusual fondness for clips clamps and clothespins, as well as just about all SM play. Saturday, June 21 starting at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865.



TOM's Bar 2019 - Daddywood

The Tom of Finland Foundation will present TOM's Bar 2019 - Daddywood at the Faultline on June 16 at 2 PM. Tom of Finland Foundation's 28th annual fundraiser TOM's Bar presents Daddywood... June 16th aka Fathers Day at The Faultline in Los Angeles. When Tom passed he wanted a party not a funeral, so that is what we have given him for the past 28 years. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90029.




BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounges are June 8 and July 13. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.








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safeword - A new play in New York

safeword, an exploration of power dynamics through BDSM and food, reveals how the people closest to us often have the most to hide. An unlikely meeting between New York City neighbors fosters a new friendship among two couples, laden with secrets. After an incident in which everything is revealed, they must all come to grips with the pieces of themselves they keep most hidden. New York: Midnight Theatricals is currently presenting the World Premiere of safeword. written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. Performances began at The American Theatre of Actors (314 West 54 Street, NYC) run through July 7. Tickets are $49-$69 and can be purchased by calling (866) 811-4111.



LA Pride Parade to be televised on ABC 7

Christopher Street West (CSW) announced this year's parade will include organizational and community grand marshals and be presented on television for the first time thanks to an exclusive three-year deal with KABC-TV. Phill Wilson will be the Community Grand Marshal and the Los Angeles LGBT Center will be the Organizational Grand Marshal for LA Pride 2019 on Sunday, June 9 from 11 AM to 1 PM.



MAFIA Club Night

MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are June 7 and July 5. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.



Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, June 14 and July 12 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 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.



Hunter & Charlie - Now Open for Lunch and Dinner

Hunter & Charlie's not only is a walk-in restaurant, they also cater. They catered the food at the B&B Corps and Black an and Tans Assembly during LE Leather Pride. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Now Open for Lunch and Dinner, 11 AM - 8 PM, Monday - Sunday. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.



ONYX SoCal-Southwest Balls Deep

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 23 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month with the next two being June 20 and July at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. ONYX SoCal-Southwest will present Balls Deep on Friday night, June 21 and Eagle LA at 9 PM.






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Perverted Interracial Guys - Orgasmask

PIGS (Perverted Interracial Guys) will present Orgasmask at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on Friday, July 5 at 9 PM. PIGS was founded by Joël Royal and Matthew Jensen to promote creative events and further kink education, and community brotherhood between all races. Bullet Bar. 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.



SouthEast LeatherFest

SouthEast LeatherFest is right around the corner and the unnamed host hotel is sold out with other hotel taking in those late in. SELF will be held in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 14-17. There will be several Leather contests, over 50 workshops, play parties and socials. The web site states, "We are kinksters and Leatherfolk, old and new, from the southeast and beyond. For over 20 years, SELF has welcomed diverse people with positive perspectives regarding sexual identity, BDSM, kink, non-exploitive power exchange relationships and self exploration."




SoCal PAH Beach Day

The SoCal Pups and Handlers will have a Beach Day at Black's Beach on Saturday, July 13 from 12 PM – 6 PM. A beach day hang out at Blacks Beach clothing is optional. Bring your kibble and beverage, towel, sunscreen, or whatever you normally take to enjoy a day at the beach with your fellow pups, handlers, and pup-friendly individuals. There will be a Leather pride flag stuck in the sand to help you locate the group. Black's Beach, 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, San Diego, California 92037.




International Geared Up Pup 2017 Ashtray Boner Kain and SkullBit Creative will present Cocksock on Saturday, July 6 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Cocksock was created as an homage to the hashtag-related campaign created in Europe to raise awareness of testicular cancer. It's time for all you kinky tricks to get creative again and wrap up your hot meatstick and low hangers in your boys favorite sock. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.



Southern California Leather Gathering

The 18th annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) is set to take place on Saturday June 15 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, California. SCLG is an annual outdoor picnic gathering open to ALL leather, BDSM, fetish, kink, motorcycle and bear individuals and/or groups of all genders and orientations. Southern California Leather Gathering is a “BYOF&B” (Bring Your Own Food and Beverages). Grills will be heated up and available for anyone wanting to grill. Take part in the Human Scavenger Hunt, water balloon toss, and the double-headed dildo toss. SCLG will be emceed by Mr. LA Leather Elliott Musgrave, Ms LA Leather Persefonie, and LA Boot Black Duke Ruff.



Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, June 14 and July 12 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.



Puppies in the Mountains

Puppies in the Mountains is back and longer than ever. They've added a night, so you can pups and handlers can run with their pack a whole extra day. Puppies in the Mountains will be held October 4-7 near Colorado Springs, CO. Puppies in the Mountains is not like any other fetish community event. They don't build in a lot of structure, have a schedule full of seminars or lectures, nor have any title contests or pageantry. They just want to hang out and have a lot of fun. What is planned: Plenty of play time in a huge mosh area, games for puppies and humans alike, cuddles during movie night, story time, camp fires, discussion groups for pups and handlers and excursions to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.



Barking Billiards

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.


Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour 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 on second Thursdays by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, June 13 and July 11 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next ones are on June 14 and July 12 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




Leather Archives membership program

By Gary Wasdin

We have updated our membership program with new opportunities to join, and new and exciting ways to acknowledge your support. We hope you will take a moment to join or renew your membership. As a thank you, if you join or renew at the Eagle Member level or higher before June 30 we will send you a limited edition Etienne print. It is our way of saying thank you. If your membership isn't yet up for renewal, you are welcome to renew now. We will add your new year of membership onto your existing time remaining.



Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.




Capital Pups - Puppy Camping

Puppy Camping Part 3 will be hosted by Capital Pups at Plein Bois club resort camping the weekend of August 2-4. reserve early as the trailers and lots go quickly. Please note that Camping Plein Bois is a "men-only campground" all types of men, trans-men welcome. Plein Bois club resort camping 550, chemin St-Henri, Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1W0.



Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our par

tners, to directly benefit these communities.


Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, June 13 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.



Lick It

Come out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone ....bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun. Benefits the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund at the Powerhouse in San Francisco at 10 PM on second Fridays. The next two are June 14 and July 12. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA


Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next date is June 19. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on July 4; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on June 9. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.





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Lucky Choi and Ren at the Leather Leadership Conference in Los Angeles in April, 2002. Photo by Dave Rhodes.




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