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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 27, 2019

By March 28, 2019




Avatar Club Los Angeles - Guy Baldwin

Avatar invited Guy Baldwin, M.S., a Los Angeles based psychotherapist, BDSM educator, author and activist to be the speaker for its Wednesday, March 27 educational meeting at MCC in the Valley. Baldwin has worked in private practice predominantly with kinky people of all orientations since the early 1980's. It was a 90-minute Q&A session and members of the audience of about 75 Leatherfolk asked plenty of questions. At the beginning of the night, Alan Stroik and Dave Rhodes presented the LALC's Olga Stable-Perez Legacy Award to Dr. Lawrence Burden. See the video recorded by Alan Stroik on Facebook below.



Los Angeles Leather Pride XX - Is going on now

The 20th Annual Los Angeles Leather Pride is in full bloom, celebrating its 20th Anniversary March 24-31. Los Angeles Leather Pride has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. This year's theme is XXPLORATION. Los Angeles Leather Pride will include Leather meet-ups, play parties, panel discussions, and many other events, culminating in the Off Sunset Festival.


Southland Honors

11 awards were presented at the Southland Honors Awards at the site of the first Southland Honors in 2004, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries on Saturday, March 23 in front of about 75 guests in an intimate setting. Mr. Los Angles Leather 2018 Ben Kaufher was the emcee. The Nominees and Award Recipients were: George Wong Person of the Year - Randy Carmenaty, Jeff Burnam Community Service - Scott McTeir, Business or Business Person of the Year - Charlie Matula, Event of the Year - Palm Springs Leather Pride, Club/Organization of the Year - ONE Archives/National Gay and Lesbian Archives, The Next Generation Award - Joey Byrne - Mentor of the Year - Mistress Cyan, Olga Stable-Perez Legacy Award - Dr. Lawrence Burden, Chairman's Award presented by Los Angles Leather Coalition chairman Gus Norris - Cypher, Kevin Casey and Pup Beacon.


LA Leather - Ride in party

Los Angeles Leather Pride is going on and one of the annual events is the Motorcycle Ride In and Contestants Number Draw. This year had 10 of the 11 contestants introduced on Sunday afternoon, March 24 at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA. There are eight Mr. Leather, two Ms Leather and one Bootblack contestants. The link below leads to a video taken by Adam Monda. Mr. LA Leather 2018 Ben Kaufher was the emcee. Motorcycle riders and their bikes were from the Satyrs MC and Oedipus MC.


LA Leather Meet and Greet

LA Leather Meet and Greet at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA at 8 PM. Mingle with the contestants, judges and volunteers for LA Leather. The LA Bootblack contestant begins with the first judged round, Open Polish, and celebrate as Ms LA recognizes the contributions of several unsung heroes. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.



Inside Leather History - A Fireside Chat

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat proudly will present an ambitious series of four Chats in Los Angeles during LA Leather Pride weekend. Chat host Douglas O'Keeffe will be interviewing Mike Gerle live on stage at Oil Can Harry’s on Thursday March 28 at 5 OM. Cyan St. James will be interviewed live on stage at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday, March 29 at 3 PM. Audiences are welcome at both live Chats. Alexei Romanoff of the 1967 Black Cat protest will be privately interviewed at his home on March 30 and Steve Ganzell of LA Leather Coalition will be privately interviewed later the same day. Looking forward to seeing you in Los Angeles.


BLUF, California B&B Corps and The Regiment of the Black and Tans - Assembly

The Assembly Uniform Reception will be held at Rough Trade Gear, Silver Lake at 7:30 PM. The Formal Leather/Uniform dress code event of LA Leather Pride Week is being presented
by BLUF, California B&B Corps and The Regiment of the Black and Tans. Hors d' Oeuvres by Hunter and Charlie’s, Cocktails by the Bullet Bar, DJ Dave Hughes. Dress code strictly enforced: Formal Leather, Formal Uniform, Business attire, Coat and Tie.



Leather Dog Pound

Leather Dog Pound will be held at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on Friday, March 29 at 9 PM and is a place for pups. Leather Dog Pound is a great place to meet a handler, a daddy, a trainer, as well as a pup or a pack. There will be a large mosh space. Leather Dog Pound found a few perfect go-go pups of many talents and they are Pup Scruffi Doo, Nathan Daniels XXX, Pup Skiiitch and boy Matt. $5 Cover. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.


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Los Angeles Leather Contest

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition will hold the Mr., Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack contest on Saturday night, March 30 at the Pico Union Project near downtown Los Angeles at 6 PM. As LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. There will be eight men, two women and one Bootblack competing for the three titles. Following the contest is the Legion meets Megawoof dance party at the Globe Theatre, Los Angeles starting at 9 PM. Hosts are Justin David, Hunter Fox, and Paul Nicholls.




Tom House Open House

Start the last day of LA Leather Pride at 11 AM on Sunday, March 31 at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park to see this amazing mansion filled with pornographic archives, dungeons, SM offices, and a huge collection of erotic male art before heading over to the Off Sunset Festival. The Tom of Finland Foundation is a rare and special organization. Whether you live nearby or have traveled from afar, don't pass up an opportunity to visit TOM House during Los Angeles Leather Pride. 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angels, CA 90026.


Off Sunset Festival

The Off Sunset Festival will be held on Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake from 12-7 PM. The Off Sunset Festival, LA's Leather Street Fair is back for its seventh year. 21 and
over only. Live Bands and DJs, food trucks, beer and specialty drinks, wide variety of vendors, and a clothing check. Some 10,000 Letherfolk, kinsters and explorers will crowd the space that begins at North Hoover and heads east, past the Eagle LA and up the block. It will be sunny, so don't forget the sun screen.


Conductors LL - Track XXXVII

By Jack Garcia

Conductors Leather Run 2019, Track XXXVII weekend held at Whispering Oaks Campground in Hampshire, TN. Team Friendly Tennessee and Team Friendly Florida did a joint round table discussion on STIGMA.

Ms DC Eagle Bar Night #2

Ms DC Eagle Bar Night #2 will be held at the Clifton Pleasure Club on Friday, March 29 at 9 PM. Bucks MC will be lending a hand selling some delicious pudding and jello shots, as well as chocolate covered peanut butter, coconut, and buttercream eggs! Thank you to Hooker and Boys for sponsoring us at the Clifton Playhouse, Proceeds will be split with ONYX: Code Red - supporting the fight against HIV and AIDS. Clifton Pleasure Club, 2803 Grindon Ave., Baltimore, MD 21214-2815.


New York City Fetish Weekend - Folsom Street East

Folsom Street East will celebrate SLUTS Fantasies Fulfilled and 22 years of gear, kink, fetish, and all around in-your-face deviance for this year’s New York City Fetish Weekend, including four days of events culminating in the annual Street Festival on Sunday, June 23 from 11 AM - 6 PM on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, NYC. SLUTS stand and encourage discussion and discourse to challenge the idea that sex positive is a negative or harmful thing.Sex, Love, Unity, Trust and Safety are all components of who we are, especially to the Leather, Kink and Fetish communities.


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.
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Mr. Rubber Europe

Photo and article by International Rubber

Congratulations to all involved with the 10th Darklands, held this past weekend in Antwerp. It was also the second running of the revived Mr. Rubber Europe contest. Eight men competed for the title and Dries Kissinger, Mr. Fetish Austria, was announced as the new Mr. Rubber Europe. We extend our congratulations to everyone involved with the event weekend. (Pictured below, Dries with his new sash, and the assembled contestants for Mr. Rubber Europe.


Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Awards

The 47th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards begin on Saturday April 27, 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA. These humorous awards, presented by the Golden Gate Guards, are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time provide fundraising for the Positive Resource Center formerly known as AIDS Emergency Fund. The GDAs are held in three phases: Nomination, Voting and Awards Ceremony. Nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Awards are now open and are free.





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Bear Beach Party

Pitbull Events and Armada Par Men's Room will host Bear Beach Party at Club Unity in Montreal, Canada on Friday, April 5 at 10 PM. Bring your sexiest beach party wear for one hell of an amazing night as the entire second floor of Unity is transformed into a Beach paradise. DJ Stefane Lippe will be providing the sizzling soundtrack. Club Unity, 1171 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3G8.


Washington State Leather Pride Week

By Erik Taylor and Photo by Malixe Photography

Washington State Leather Pride Week was held March 15-24 at several venues in Seattle, WA. The Washington State winners are: Mr. Chris Kauffman, Ms Leather Shawna Cluasen and Bootblack Cinder Welpe. The Leather Emerald Awards with Victory Brunch on Sunday afternoon, March 22-24. Earlier, on Saturday, March 16, the Seattle Men in Leather hosted their 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Cuff Complex dance bar. XXX.


ONYX Northwest - Bar night

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, March 30 and April 27 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This is a fifth Friday - we verified the date, so it is good.



Sleazy Madrid XIX

As every year, along the weekend of the 1st of May, the city of Madrid holds the most important gay fetish event in the South of Europe. The 19 year-old event is firmly established and it holds a prominent position in the fetish gay calendar. During this six-day weekend, Madrid is visited by a lot of people interested in taking part of this event. This is the program including the main party nights and other activities during this weekend of fetish and electronic music.


SECC Leather Weekend

Tori Jone was named Ms SECC Leather 2019 and there was no Mr. SECC Leather or SECC Bootblack this time around. The SECC Leather Spring Meeting Weekend and Contest X were produced by the Southeast Conference of Clubs the weekend of March 21-24 at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, Georgia.


Blow Buddies building up for sale in San Francisco

By David-Elijah Nahmod for the Bay Area Reporter

Blow Buddies, a private gay sex club that's operated in South of Market since 1988, could be in danger of closure. The owner is trying to sell the building, which is located at 933 Harrison Street. According to real estate site Loopnet, the asking price for the two-story 1953 building is $2,950,000... Blow Buddies has been a particularly popular sex club among gay men, featuring glory holes and various types of play rooms. On its website it calls itself "a private club for guys who like safer sex with other guys."


Cocksock Summer Pool Party in North Hollywood

International Geared Up Pup 2017 Ashtray Boner Kain and SkullBit Creative will present Cocksock Summer Pool Party on Sunday, May 12 at 1 PM at a private residence in North Hollywood, CA. Do you enjoy the party Cocksock at the Bullet Bar? Well this time come in your cocksocks, for an awesome private pool party for a hot and nasty Sunday. Its the kind of party Cocksock always wanted to be. With private areas set up for male bonding, and a luxurious crystal clear pool to wet your sheathed whistle. This is a fundraiser for the Testicular Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. More details to come regarding refreshments, cock sock model, and venue.


Colorado Leather Fest 2019

Colorado Leather Fest will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton the weekend of May 3-5. Colorado Leather Fest does not focus on BDSM play skills and techniques and does not host a play party. Our event is centered on Leather/BDSM history and culture, a variety of relationship styles and the issues associated with them, and service skills found in Leather and M/s or D/s relationships and culture. There will be classes and a contest. DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton, 83 East 120th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80233.




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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, April 21, 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. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.



CLAW - Three buffet dinners

CLAW, Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend has teamed with the host Westin Hotel to provide three buffet dinners at $50 each plus drinks. They are The Black Dinner Buffet on Thursday night, the BLUF Dinner on Friday night and the Kinky Kabaret Pre-Show Supper on Sunday night. Saturday night features the Leather Family Dinner at at the St. Clair Ballroom.


GearUp Men's Weekend - Already sold out

GearUp Weekend will be held July 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and has already been sold out even though registration just opened. One can stil lget on the wait list. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year.


Utah Leather Pride

Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 19 in Salt Lake City. UT. First Indoor/Outdoor Festival celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Pansexual Leather/Kink/BDSM community in Utah featuring Leather/kink/BDSM, LGBTQ community events, local and national vendors, food, full bars, entertainment, bootblacks, Mr. and Ms Leather Slut competitions, and silent and live auctions. The festival runs 12-8 PM at at The Sun Trapp and the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contests at Metro Music Hall go 8-11 PM. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.



Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, April 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.


Mr. and Ms Texas Leather

Photo by Gabe Sims

It may seem like a century when the Mr. and Ms Texas Leather contest was held at the Dallas Eagle in Dallas, Texas, but we know have a photo of the winners. They are Mr. Texas Leather Kaprese Andre and Ms Texas Leather Elizabeth Lawrence.


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 April 13 and May 11 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.


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 April 12 and May 10. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. 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.





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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 April 5 and May 3 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.


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, April 6 and May 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 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 April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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 April 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, April 6 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. April 7 and May 5 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 April 27 and May 25. 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.


Smokeout - Register now and save

By Bulldog Bob

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout 2019 which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration goes up from $50 to $55 on December 1.



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.


Meet the man who orgasms from sliding metal rods into his urethra Almara Abgarian

By Almara Abgarian for Metro.co.UK and picture by Ella Byworth

...Sounding – the kink where you slip a metal rod into your urethra. Although spoken about in hushed tones in public, the sounding market is well-developed with toy sizes ranging from a few millimetres to inches, smooth, ribbed and curved styles and full kits (for newbies and experts alike). One of the main reasons sounding is still considered taboo is safety concerns, because unlike many other fetishes it requires a fair bit of practice, care and research...


Lord Byron resents: Grindhaus

Friday, April 5 at 9 PM. Looking for explicit content? Ready for a gratuitous night of fun? Then join in at Bullet Bar for a blast-from-the-past party of sleazy excitement and dangerous debauchery. Leave your phone at the door... Strip yer clothes off with our FREE Clothes Check... and get old school with some good old-fashioned cruising. Tasty libations and kinky go-go studs. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.


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 wit hthe next being on April 12.



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