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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 6, 2019

By March 09, 2019




San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest

Photo by Dot

Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.


Mx Virginia Leather

Sclena Young is the first Virginia MX Leather titleholder. Virginia Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The contest was held March 1-3 at Fallout RVA. Events included a contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors. The first Mx. Virginia Leather event drew hundreds of people from as far away as Texas, Maine and California. Six people ran for the title, at least half of whom identified as nonbinary, gender-fluid, trans, or gender-nonconforming.



SAGE honors Mistress Cyan

Mistress Cyan and Diane Goodman were honored on Saturday, March 2 by SAGE and Friends LA in Los Angeles, CA at the home of LGBT ally Kathleen Garfield. The reception celebrated and honored local LGBT trailblazers, Mistress Cyan and Diane M. Goodman, JD, PhD. Kathleen’s Brentwood home offers a vast collection of artwork, primarily comprised of works by Los Angeles area artists from the early 1950s through the 1990s. SAGE CEO Michael Adams shared updates from SAGE and Friends LA's work in Southern California and nationwide.



Puppypalooza raises $623 for ASPCA

The Southern California independent pet play contest, Puppypalooza, was a howling success as it closed its fifth year raising $623 for the ASPCA. The judges were Pulgoso, Pup Dazzle, and Pup Apollo. Kasia, one of the Inland Empire Leather Ambassadors, was time-keeper and tally master. Tony Bark LA Pup 2019 was the emcee and created the event for The Los Angeles Pony and Critters Club. There was a total of seven events and the grand winners were Titus the Hell-Hound - Best in Show and High Point Award, Nikki the kitten - Best in Show, non-pup category, Mistress Wiley - Best Handler, and Ace the pup - Audience Choice Award.





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San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The awards

The 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards were presented on Friday night at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. In total, 20 awards were persented with emcees Allotta Boute and Lance Holman presiding over the show. The top level award recipients were Non-Binary Person of the Year - Leigh Ann Hildebrand, Woman of the Year - Dorian Katz, Jim Remer Unsung Hero Award - Andrew Coile, Man of the Year (Tie) Trey Onyx and Christopher Wood, Frank Benoit Award - Ryan Mattson, Phillip M. Turner Lifetime Achievement - Dr. Carol Queen. To see a complete list of the award recipients check out the following link.



LA Leather Pride - Southland Honors

By Gus Norris

For 2019, Southland Honors is returning to its origins! The 16th Annual Southland Honors Awards will be presented on Saturday March 23 at the ONE Archives Foundation, the first host of the event in 2004. The deadline to make nominations is March 1. Nominations are closed and voting is in progress. For more information, please visit


Erotic City - Rainbow Skate Night

The LGBTQ community came together at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, California for a night of roller skating fun on Wednesday February 20 to benefit Erotic City which is produced by CSW, the non-profit organization that produces LA Pride. This was a fundraiser with about 125 Erotic City guests mixed among the regular crowd.



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




Steve Kenney passes

Past Centaur Motorcycle Club president Steve Kenney passed away on February 26. "It’s with a heavy heart and tearful eyes that we announce the passing of our club brother Steve Kenny. He passed at 6:48 this morning with his husband Rick at his side." said Centaur MC president Thomas Idoux. Steve touched the hearts of many and we are sorry to hear of his passing. Only a few weeks ago theCentaurs produced their Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC. Funeral Arrangements for Steve Kenney as follows: Frostburg Saturday 9 March at 1100 AM visitation with Family followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Noon. St. Michael's Church, 44 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD 21550. Reception to follow.




Leather Masters University - Gender Snaps/Inclusive Cruising?

Leather Masters University will present Gender Snaps/Inclusive Cruising? on Saturday, March 16 at Leather Masters in Dallas, TX, 1-3 PM. All Class proceeds go to HOME to help raise funds for the HOME Center and Play Space; $20 for two classes. Demi, agender, binary, fluid - today we have a plethora of new words to describe the way people may feel and express their gender identity. It's no secret that the language used today can be confusing, but this class is built to address those questions in a freethinking way. If you have ever had questions regarding the differences between labels or expression, how to work pronoun changes into daily use, or maybe even pick up a bit of knowledge that may apply to you, this class is for you. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865.





Jocktion on March 9 at the Providence Eagle will feature well-worn jocks of current IML track titleholders, IML 2018 and other titleholders being auctioned by emcee Corvette. Funds will be contributed to Care Aids Ocean State. Starts at 10 PM. Jocktion is co-hosted by Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenberg and Mr. New England Leather 2019 Nick James. Also with Mr. GNI 2018 Jonathan Karfen, Mr. GNI 2018 and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Ryan Sperry.





San Francisco Pride - Leather Pride Contingent

By Jason Husted

San Francisco Pride is just under five months away and that means it is time to start planning for the 2019 Pride Parade. The Leather Pride Contingent will be meeting at SF Eagle at 2 PM on Saturday, March 9, April 13 and every second Saturday following. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA.



CLAW XIX will feature more than 130 different Skills and Education Sessions, covering a wide range of topics about SM, bondage, power exchange, ass play, fetish, community, health and more. Visit the CLAW website to see the entire list of 120 sessions and faculty of 170 presenters. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.




Bay State Marauders - 16th Anniversary

By Scott Erickson

The Bay State Marauders will be hosting their 16th Anniversary Run March 29-31 in Provincetown, MA. Events include dinner, dance party and cocktail party on Friday; eye opener cocktail party, breakfast, AMCC Business Meeting, lunch at the Watership Inn, afternoon play party, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, jock auction and cocktail party on Saturday; closing brunch and awards on Sunday. The Watership Inn is the host hotel.





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 March 9 and April 13. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.




International Geared Up Pup - Private Puppy Play Party

By Hunter Draufganger

International Geared Up Pup will be hosting its first Private Puppy Play Party at Manifest4U, 2103 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, on Friday, April 12 from 5-9 PM. Anyone 18+ is welcome to attend. Expect food, massively pawesome giveaways and door prizes, mosh and Puppy play areas, a Puppy cage photo op, and vendors. Different zones will be set up to accommodate different interests as you venture deeper into the clubhouse: Social zone - Rated G, Mosh zone, and Unrestricted play zone - Rated X. Advance tickets are $10 through Eventbrite at





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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 April 5 and May 3. 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, March 8 and April 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.




Hunter & Charlie's

Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. 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. Open every day until 3 PM. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.



ONYX SoCal-Southwest

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 at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is March 21 at 8:30 PM.






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Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night

Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on March 23. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, March 8 and April 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.





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. March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months 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 by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 7-10

The Fourth Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago March 7-10 at the Jackhammer Complex. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride and to select the man who will represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather in May.



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next ones are on March 8 and April 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.


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The 15 Association - Play Party

The 15 Association will hold its March 22 monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. The 15 Association's Anniversary features a Leather dinner on Friday night and another play party on Sunday afternoon.



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.



Fist Fest - Spring FFling

Fist Fest will host Spring FFling at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, GA the weekend of April 25-27. Metropolis Complex (formerly Parliament Resort) is nestled on 10 acres and has 120 rooms. A pass includes free beer, bottled water and sports drinks all weekend, all play supplies (in the public spaces), the infamous Pool Party complete with slings, benches, platforms, play supplies, an open bar and rockin' music, Cocktail Party on Friday afternoon, educational programs, dog dag, swag bag and a container of Elbow Grease. Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901.





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 partners, to directly benefit these communities.





Rope Burn SF: November

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, March 21 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.



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 March 20. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on March 7; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on March 10. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.




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