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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 23, 2018

By May 23, 2018



PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - ‎Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition

Another crazy Long Beach Pride weekend. Pigskin was the just icing on the cake. We want to thank the staff at the Eagle 562, you made Pride Sunday move smoothly. Next up - Pigmalion weekend, PerVarsity on June 15 Pigskin and then the Daddy Edition on June 17.



Avatar Club Los Angeles - Long Beach LGBT Pride

Avatar Club Los Angeles hosted a Leather tent in the festival at Long Beach LGBT Pride on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20. Members participated in the Sunday parade and at events at Eagle 562, including their own Foam Party at 562 on Friday night. Find out more about Avatar at https://avatarla.org/home.html


Eagle 562 - Long Beach Pride

Almost since the early years of Long Beach Pride, Leather has had a strong presence. Eagle 562, The Falcon, Avatar Club Los Angeles and Mr. Long Beach Leather 2017 Pup Yoshi were among the many Leatherfolk and organizations giving Leather a strong and proud presence. Parade staging area video by Gonzo Gonzales https://www.facebook.com/GGjr81 and more at https://www.facebook.com/events/2142189566002043/


IML Contestants

View the 72 IML 40 contestants at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2019-iml-2018-contestants-photos-and-bios


IMBB Contestants

International Mr. Bootblack has four men running. Take a peek https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2020-international-mr-bootblack-2018-contestants-bios-and-photos-contestants-bios-and-photos


LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium

The Lost Angeles Dodgers announced that they will play host to their Sixth Annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 8 (vs. ATL, 7:10 PM). A special event ticket package that includes a game ticket for the Dodgers' June 8 game and an exclusive Dodger 3/4 sleeve LGBT Shirt is available for purchase now. For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have partnered with LA Pride - http://www.lapride.orgg - and will host the official 2018 LA Pride kickoff party at Dodger Stadium beginning at 5:30 PM in the Right Field Plaza Bar and lasting until first pitch at 7:10 PM Produced by non-profit organization Christopher Street West, LA Pride is Southern California's biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, with the LA Pride Festival and LA Pride Parade taking place in West Hollywood on the weekend of June 9-10. https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/specials/lgbt-night


CB Kirby Becomes Mr. Fire Island Leather 2018

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On May 19, at the Ice Palace, during Excelsior Motorcycle Club’s Lust for Life: Erector weekend, a panel of seven judges including Bruce-Michael Gelbert, Diego Vargas, Mark Nayden, Candido Soares, Sir Joseph, Champagne Bubbles and David Samuel Menkes selected CB Kirby as Mr. Fire Island Leather 2018. Runner-up was “Determinator,” AKA Volker, from Berlin, the only other contestant. CB Kirby, Excelsior MC member and Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2011 declared about Leather, “It's more than what you wear. It’s what you are, in your heart and soul." The previous night's Excelsior event, at the Palace, was the annual benefit, tongue-in-cheek Master-and-slave auction, hosted by Porsche and Mark.


Chuck Renslow: A Legacy of Leather exhibit at IML

International Mr. Leather founder Chuck Renslow will be remembered with exhibition of materials presented by the Leather Archives and Museum throughout IML weekend in the Victorian Room of the Congress Plaza Hotel. On June 29, 2017, the world lost a legend. IML founder Chuck Renslow left behind an incredible legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Take a moment to remember Chuck and his lifetime of accomplishments with an exhibition of materials from the Leather Archives & Museum. Be sure to sign the guest book which will be added to the Archives as a remembrance of our love and respect for a remarkable man. http://imrl.com/visitorguide/schedule.php


Pantheon of Leather nominations begin

You can make your nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards which will be presented on stage at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 30 in Dallas, TX. The schedule for this year is: May 10, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes. The form is simple and easy to operate. To make your nominations go to https://notarius.wufoo.com/forms/z18o8r281p1i9yz/


Leather Women's Cruise - IMsL girl and and IMsBB Teague in Chicago

Friday, May 25 begins with a special Leather Women's Cruise party at 7 PM. Touche' is proud to welcome International Mr Leather 2018 girl ang and International Ms Bootblack Teagan for a benefit for the IMsL Foundation/Travel Fund. Raffle prizes weekend packages for the IMsL 2019 Contest and the 2019 MCL Contest. We'll open the Club Room early for Leatherwomen from around the world to gather for some fun and to meet these newly sashed women. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626 http://www.touchechicago.com


Florida Leather Sir and Leatherboy

By Bill Hoeppner

The Florida Leather Sir and Leatherboy contest will be held June 14-17 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. Thursday starts with a Mama's Florida Family Reunion Party hosted by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt. The contest will be in two segments, one each on Friday and Saturday nights, a Fire and Ice pool party on Saturday and a Dirty Daddy's Day poolside T-dance. Florida Leather Sir and Leatherboy will include a barbecue, educational classes, evening demos, vendors, puppy mosh pit, bootblack station and a victory brunch. https://www.facebook.com/events/475094446186413/



Trivia Question of the Week

What was the name of the Leather bar that Billy Bean visited in his baseball book about his coming out, Going The Other Way?

1. Gauntlet II in Los Angeles.

2. Seattle Eagle.

3. Chicago Eagle.

4. The Ranch in Albuquerque.

5. Denver Triangle.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Wally Wallace was the founder and owner of this legendary kinky sex space in New York? The Mine Shaft.




Men of ONYX - People of Color Leather Caucus: Panel Discussion at IML

Join the Men of ONYX, along with Leatherfolk and Kinksters of Color from around the world for a lively community discussion on maximizing the Leather/kink/fetish experience and positively impacting our communities as People of Color. Panelists will include both elders and newcomers. Demonstrations guaranteed to put the Sizzle in your Saturday afternoon will follow. Join in the discussion and maybe even participate in the demonstrations. Moderated by ONYX founder Mufasa. Columbia Room of the Congress Plaza Hotel on Saturday, May 26 at 1:30 PM. http://imrl.com/visitorguide/schedule.php


Folsom Street East - SLUTS
Folsom Street East, New York's notorious in a good way street festival, will be on June 17 beginning at 11 AM. The Notorious OMG has been the Mxtress of Ceremonies for all manner of drag, burlesque, and charity events throughout the Northeast. Based in Philadelphia, they keep heels planted in both the cabaret and leather worlds. When offstage, OMG’s alter ego Rudy Flesher serves the Board of Folsom East, is the Master of Arms for the Philadelphians MC, and Chairs a PAC for Pennsylvania’s first openly gay legislator. She is also the companion human to a rescued pit bull named Sister Patterson Grace. http://www.folsomstreeteast.com/


Palm Springs Leather Pride - early bird VIP Sale until June 3

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 Sale rated is $145 before June 3 and goes up to the regular price of $175 after that. 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


House of MarKus - UV Wand Class

House of MarKus will present Ultra Violet Wand Play at Leather Masters on Saturday, June 9 at 1 PM. This class will specifically be a class for playing with the UV Wand and attachments - everything from Erotic to Intense Play taught by David Carranza. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Tickets are $20 and will be available on line and in the store. https://www.facebook.com/events/220409578689541/


Ms Los Angeles Leather emcees named

The emcees for Ms Los Angeles Leather 2018 will be FiFi LaFille and Jae Marie. The Ms Los Angeles Leather 2018 contest will be held the weekend of June 1-3. Ms Los Angeles Leather 2017 Scarlet Sin will step aside for the next woman to hold the title. As of now, they have three confirmed contestants. A Meet and Greet and Roast of Ms LA Leather 2017 is on June 1 at Eagle 562 beginning at 8 PM; the Ms LA Leather 2018 Contest will be on Saturday, June 2 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 8 PM; and the Victory Brunch will be at Hunter and Charlie's on Sunday. http:www.mslaleather.com

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 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/

Folsom Street East - Black TY Party

The folks at Folsom Street East have added a special VIP event for its VIP ticket holders. Master Joshua and Wilds playground host at 245 West 29thStreet in New York, NY on Saturday, June 9, at 9 PM. The Black TY Party will include fire and flogging stations, a sexy photo booth, food and refreshments. Folsom Street East, Inc. celebrates and inspires participation and pride in fetish, kink, and LGBT communities through the creation of safe spaces for public expression of our sexual identities. Folsom Street East promotes and provides grants to other nonprofit organizations serving these communities. Click here to get your VIP tickets - http://bit.ly/fse21


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://satymc.org/mc.org/




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Desert Fetish Authority - Discussion Group

The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being May 11 and June 8. 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/


Mr. San Diego Leather: Greenhorn takes over Kickers

Mr. San Diego Leather: Greenhorn takes over Kickers at Urban Mo's on Saturday, June 9 at 8 PM in San Diego, CA. It is free to attend, please support the venue. Greenhorn is Mr. San Diego Leather's major project of the year, trying to make Leather more visible and inclusive to Leatherfolk under the age of 35 and People of Color. Each month, Doriam will host a Leather takeover at traditionally queer spaces (Mo's, Flicks, the Rail, etc.) to draw attention to our Leather community and to welcome people who may otherwise have had no idea the community exists. https://www.facebook.com/events/1909174536041338/


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 May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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-110806562290308/?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 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011. https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/


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. May 6 and June 3 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue. http://www.dceagle.com/

Dallas Bears - Texas Bear Round Up

The Dallas Bears will present Texas Bear Round Up: Stations 23 the weekend of May 31 - June 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, TX. This is one of the most popular bear events in the world, so if you are a bear and seek attention, or are an admirer this is a great opportunity. Al the usual club run stuff applies. Find out more at http://wwwtbru.org


Leather Archives & Museum at IML

The Leather Archives & Museum is looking forward to joining in the celebration at the annual International Mr. Leather/International Mr. Bootblack competition. If you're visiting Chicago for the weekend's events be sure to stop by our booth at the Congress Hotel and check us out. http://www.leatherarchives.org/


Los Angeles Puppy Pride - Doggy Style

Los Angeles Puppy Pride and Los Angeles Pup Contest will present Doggy Style on Friday, June 8 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar. You are in for a real treat pups, or maybe even a bone or two Come to LA Pup Rush’s party to enjoy a puppy play time with your favorite packs on a hot summer night. This event will raise money to help LA Pup Rush get to the International Puppy Contest in St Louis this July. But with Rush at the helm as always the focus of the party is to connect to each other and strengthen our bonds in the community. Private pup area included. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 https://www.facebook.com/events/1887191644632403/


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/



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Science of BDSM Research Team visits Leather Archives

Photo - The LA&M recently hosted a visit from the Science of BDSM Research Team, led by professor of social psychology Dr. Brad Sagarin. Members of the team include graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of fields, professors of psychology, clinical psychologists, and kinky people who are interested in supporting research. The team aspires to produce and disseminate quality research on BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism), and kink-related topics. The team is committed to designing and conducting ethical studies, thoughtfully analyzing and interpreting data, and disseminating the results in as objective a manner as possible. You can learn more about them at http://www.scienceofbdsm.com/

Best of Chicago Welcome Party at Touche'

Touche' kicks things off with a big Best of Chicago Welcome Party hosted by Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 Stitch Leatherdandy on Wednesday night, May 23 at 9 PM. There are 72 IML contestants for the 40th year and most of them will be found right here that night. Gives you a chance to meet them face to face, we need you to help us welcome them to Chicago. We'll be offering up local treats and sampling brews form Goose Island. It will be our first packed house of the week. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. http://www.touchechicago.com


Empire City MC - Motorcycle Weekend

We have four spots left and are extending the dateline for you johnny-come-latelys until 8 PM on Wednesday, May 23 (or when the last four spots go!) But this is seriously your last call for Motorcycle Weekend - perhaps the best $40 weekend you'll ever pay for. This is a male motorcycle-only event: You must be male and arrive by motorcycle. Motorcycle Weekend will be held at The Ranch in Hemlock, NY, May 25-28. http://empirecitymc.com/

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/


How to Have BDSM Sex That's Safe and Consensual

Life Hacker - supplied by the NCSF

Here are some important consent ground rules to follow: Your partner must clearly affirm their desire to engage in sexual activities with you. In other words, a lack of a "no" is not a "yes." Your partner must consent to every single activity that you engaged in together. Saying "yes" to having intercourse doesn't imply that someone is also saying "yes" to being slapped in the face. I like using the term "enthusiastic consent," which means that not only is your partner willing to engage in these activities with you, but they're also excited about it. Your partner consents willingly, without pressure or coercion. Consent can be revoked at any time.... To read the rest of this article, click here https://lifehacker.com/how-to-have-bdsm-sex-thats-safe-and-consensual-1825931318



Continue your IML weekend with a CLIMAX with ONYX at APEX, the 2018 ONYX IML Dance. A dark room pulsating with hot music, hot dancers and hot Leatherfolk...the rest is up to you. The men of ONYX turn the heat up a notch higher every year. Saturday, May 26 at The Bottom Lounge, 1375 West Lake Street at 10 PM. $20 admission, sexy dancers, free transportation from the Congress Hotel beginning at 9:30 PM. Every year the ONYX dance at IML gets rave reviews. Be a part of it. http://imrl.com/visitorguide/schedule.php



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