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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 1, 2019

By May 04, 2019



CLAW 19 - so hot that a certain social media site blocked a cover photo, so we used this. Open to see the the next photo.




CLAW XIX (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has come and gone and around 3,000 Leatherfolk are the better for having been part of it. From almost every corner of the planet Leatherfolk traveled the weekend of April 25-28 to Cleveland, OH at the host Westin Downtown Hotel. CLAW was non-stop and fast-paced action with hotel parties, bar parties, dungeon parties, naked pool parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party, skills and education sessions, Vendor Mart, Testosterone, silent auction, Leather Jeopardy game, Bound and Beautiful, speed dating, pup vents, International Leather Family Dinner, cigar deck and Kinky Kabaret.







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CLAW XIX - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

CLAW XIX had the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all to its self on Thursday, April 25 with a special performance by the Frat Pack followed by Inductee Karaoke. Several hundred earlt CLAW arrivals enjoyed old but goodies and Hall exhibits from the second floor up.



Fire Island Leather Weekend

Fire Island Leather Weekend will be held at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove, New York May 17-19. The Mr. Fire Island contest will be on Saturday night with Ariel Sinclair as host. Friday night features a bar night and Master/slave auction. The Belvedere Guest House is the host hotel. Fire Island Leather Weekend is being produced by Excelsior MC.




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.



Leather Hall of Fame Induction Brunch

The Leather Hall of Fame honored their inductees for 2019 during the 11th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch during CLAW XIX on Sunday, April 28 in Cleveland, OH. The inductees are Samois, Fakir Musafar, and the Leather Archives & Museum. Created in June 1978 in the Bay Area, Samois was the first lesbian and feminist SM organization. A founding father of the “modern primitive movement,” Fakir Musafar gained a large audience through his art, his writings, and his classes. Since the early 1990s, when Tony DeBlase and Chuck Renslow laid the foundations for a repository for the primary documentation, art, and artifacts of Leather culture, the Leather Archives & Museum has become a premier, central, and unique leather institution.





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.




FMSD Gear Invasion III - Hillcrest Brewing Company

Fetish Men San Diego hosted a fun and successful Gear Invasion III of the Hillcrest Brewing Company in San Diego, CA on Sunday, April 28. The folks at HBC have been welcoming and Fetish Men San Diego always has a great time. It's semi-outside -- good for Leather and gear.



Baltimore Eagle returns

We heard at CLAW and later verified it that the Baltimore Eagle has reopened. The bar already has a full slate in its calendar of events including a bootblack night, ShipMates bar night, Flag Your Colors, kinky speed dating, UltraPup, and Leather and cocktails. Welcome back. Baltimore Eagle, 2022 North Charles Street, UltraPup, Baltimore, Maryland.




Photo - San Francisco Pride - Leather Pride Contingent

By Jason Husted

San Francisco Pride is just under three 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, May 11 and every second Saturday following. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA.


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 May 11 and June 8. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.







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CLAW XIX - Bound and Beautiful Porn Star Live Auction

One of the biggest events at CLAW having the hottest with muscled and sweaty porn stars is the Bound and Beautiful Porn Star Live Auction on Friday, April 26 at the host Westin Hotel. Bondage included rope, Leather and metal restraints, bamboo and rubber. There were 25 models and their photos are at the bottom of this week's Hump Day. Scroll down to view. Funds raised at Bound and Beautiful go to the numerous CLAW charities.



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 will present 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) on Thursday, April 11, running through July 7. Tickets are $49-$69 and can be purchased by calling (866) 811-4111.



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 May 3 and June 7. 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, May 10 and June 14 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

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 LA Leather Pride and will for your event. 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, breakfast/bruch dishes until 2 PM. Tell them we said hello. (323) 848-4790.



Photo - 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 with the next two being May 16 and June 20 at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next is April 18 at 8:30 PM.






Spring is here.


IML and IMBB contestant preview in the May Issue

CLAW, Smokeout and LA Leather Pride in the May - June Issue

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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 May 25. 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.



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.



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 presale and $25 at the door. More details to come regarding refreshments, cock sock model, and venue.



Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, May 10 and June 14 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. May 7, 14, 21 and 28. 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, May 9 and June 13 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 May 10 and June 14 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.












DomCon LA Offers a Spanking Good Time in May

By Jay Moyes

Spring has come to Los Angeles. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. And soon, asses will be reddening. DomCon: Los Angeles, the world’s largest professional and lifestyle domination convention will take charge May 8-12 at the Hilton LAX, 5711 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. DomCon opens with seminars and classes on the professional domination side. Then on Thursday evening, May 9, the exposition opens to the kinky public for a weekend of socials, play parties, vendors, classes and workshops, erotics presentations and the Fetish Ball.



Colorado Leather Fest V

Founded in 2015, Colorado Leather Fest is a weekend educational event focused on lifestyle relationships. It features national and local presenters, classes, discussions, title contests, community meals, cigar socials, entertainment, and more! CLF is a pansexual event open to all people of any gender identification, sexual orientation, race, religion, or cultural background, who have an interest in Leather, BDSM history, authority based dynamics, and service skills. Colorado Leather Fest will be held May 3-5 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Thornton, Colorado.



Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars & Boots fundraiser for Doriam's IML bid

Cigars & Boots fundraiser for Doriam's IML bid is all set for Friday, April 5, 9 PM at the San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. Doriam has given a stellar year to the San Diego Leather community. It's time for a huge pay back. Besides, he could bring the IML title back to America's Finest City.



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.




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

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, May 16 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 May 15. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on June 6; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on May 12. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.










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CLAW founders Dennis McMahon and Bob Miller at CLAW in January 2002. Photo by Dave Rhodes.



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From CLAW 19



The following are all of the models participating in Bound and Beautiful at CLAW 19.