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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 30, 2019

By June 02, 2019

Leather at Long Beach Pride

By Eric Crow, Photos by Pup Icarus, XXX and XXX

Leather was visible at Long Beach Pride the weekend of May 18-19. About 50 Leatherfolk and kinksters marched in the parade on Sunday morning and a good number attended the Leather tent on Saturday and Sunday with New Horizons For Fifty/The Titleholder Club, Barking Billiards, ONYX, Avatar Club Los Angeles, LA Pup, Cellblock 13 and Nasty Kink Pigs hosting booths. The pups from Barking Billiards dropped by the New Horizons For Fifty/Titleholder Club booth to re-envision the famous "Dogs Playing Poker" painting. These friendly, frisky pups were all too happy to play along, and their good-natured, light-hearted take on this classic image caused many to...paws...and see who would win the hand. (We all did.) PIGS (Perverted Interracial Leather Guys hosted a beer bust at Eagle 562 following the parade and the bar was filed to capacity.




Jack Thompson is the first Trans POC to win IML title

International Mr. Leather 2019 is Jack Thompson from Baltimore, MD, first runner-up is Jawn Marques from San Francisco, CA and second runner-up is Fionn Scott from Dublin, Ireland; International Mr. Bootblack is Kriszly de Hond from Zaandam Noord, Holland, first runner-up is Geoff Millard from Baltimore, MD and second runner-up is Sparkie from Waukesha, WI. The two contests were held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27 with the Congress Plaza Hotel playing host. Full story with lots of photos...



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.



Golden Gate Guards 33rd Annual Run - Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir

By Marc Owens

Join the Golden Gate Guards for a unique weekend get-a-away, Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir, at Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California and nearby Lake Shasta, August 9-11. Summer Adventure includes Lodging Friday and Saturday nights at the Railroad Park Resort, open bar on Friday and Saturday, continental breakfast on Saturday morning, party cruise on Lake Shasta with a barbecue lunch on Saturday afternoon, dinner Saturday night at The Dinner House and Lounge, souvenir pin, caboose/cabin presentation, hot pool/swimming pool and cigar/pipe social Friday and Saturday nights.


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.



Andrew Harwin - May 18,2019

Tonight we mourn the passing and celebrate the light of Andrew Harwin. Andrew was a former board member of FSE, and of our founding organization GMS/MA and associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. He was a teacher, an activist and a leader, but most importantly led a life that was wholly authentic. We will miss your ideas, your perspective and your joy. Rest in peace, dear friend. An opera lover.

Link to IMBB and IML 2019 Contestants' photos and bios


Up Your Alley/Dore Alley

We are two months away from Up Your Alley/Dore Alley in San Francisco where 25,000 Leatherfolk will hit Folsom Street and Dore Alley on Sunday, July 28. The weekend will have plenty of peripheral events and the link to the guide below will let people know what is going on, when and where.



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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.



Panther LL disbands

It is with a heavy heart that the current Full Members of Panther L/L have made the decision that it is time for Panther L/L to commence with club dissolution. While we members individually still fully support our Community and its needs, we feel that, as an organization, we can go no further. We want to express the deepest possible thanks to everyone who has been a part of our club, either by membership or providing support, along the way. Panther L/L was founded on May 16, 1988 by Chuck McElyea, Bobby Dunning, and Danny Doss. Panther L/L has donated an estimated $300,000+ to charitable organizations. Panther L/L hung their colors in the Heretic and, finally, back at home at the Atlanta Eagle. During the past 31 years, the Panthers have supported and fostered many Leatherfolk who become regional and international titleholders and hosted events such as Prowl, A Nightmare on Ponce, and monthly bar nights at the Atlanta Eagle. The members of Panther L/L will be hosting a celebration in the coming weeks to retire the club’s colors and hang them in the Atlanta Eagle.

Alan Selby, founder of Mr-S-Leather

By Race Bannon

"My latest Bay Area Reporter column. Last week was the opening of an exhibition at the The GLBT Historical Society Museum of an installation honoring the life and times of a San Francisco Leather icon, Alan Selby, founder of Mr-S-Leather and local community hero. It's a beautiful walk down Leather memory lane and I recommend you go see it."




Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.


Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance Denver Back Alley

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance and Trade will present Denver Back Alley 2019 Saturday, August 24 2:30 PM. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado 80204.



Bruce Michael the Second wins Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Title during Excelsior MC Weekend

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

New York City-based Excelsior Motorcycle Club held its 44th Lust for Life run, billed as “Battle for the Bulge,” in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, from May 17-19. Excelsior’s Bruce Michael II beat two other contenders, Jon Makay and Santiago Olevo, for the title of Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 at the Ice Palace on May 18. Hosts were singer Porsche and Mr. FI Leather 2015 Edd Clark, also Excelsior President. Judges were past Messrs FI Leather 2001 (the First) this writer, 2007 Diego Vargas, 2012 Mark Nayden, 2013 Candido Soares, 2017, current Northeast [Puppy] Handler, and Excelsior Vice-President Sir Joseph, and 2018 CB Kirby and custom Leatherwear designer David Samuel Menkes. Serving as tally judge was Richard Kennedy. Clubs participating were Northeast Puppies and Handlers, Philadelphians, Boston Ducks, Bucks Motorcycle Club, Harbor Masters of Portland, Maine, Massachusetts’ Bay State Marauders, Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC), DC Bear Club, and Excelsior MC. On May 17, at the Ice Palace, Porsche and Mark Nayden hosted a tongue-in-cheek benefit Master and slave auction, which raised $1,700 for Cherry Grove’s volunteer Fire Department.


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.


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.




Great Plains Olympus Leather

Mr., Ms and Mx Great Plains Olympus Contest Weekend will be at the Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX on June 7 and 8. The winners will compete at International Olympus Leather 2020. Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75235.


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. Leather List is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle. It’s managed solely by volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen theme for June is Colors/Flagging/Hanky Code. There are so many colors to choose from in the hanky code, you have to fit somewhere in this rainbow. Figure out what yours is, even if it not one of the main colors, and wear it to the June Beer and Gear on Saturday, June 1, 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All You Can Drink Keg Beer. Help flood The Phoenix with colors. The Crescent City Leathermen new back patches have arrived and New Orleans' Pride is June 7-9. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.





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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown MA October 3 - October 7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to

http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413

ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, June 22 and July 27 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.



American Brotherhood Weekend XXX

By Tyler Fong

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held October 11-13 at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. It will be ABW’s 30th Anniversary. American Brotherhood Weekend (ABW) is a celebration of the bond of Leather families. It is a weekend filled with great energy and camaraderie which surround the three title contests that comprise ABW and the American Leatherfamily.









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Perverted Interracial Guys - Daddy's Pigskin

The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, June 16, 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. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.



GearUp Men's Weekend - wait list

GearUp Weekend will be held July 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and has already been sold out, but one can still get 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.


Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, June 14 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.


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 June 8 and July 13 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities through 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 June 14 and July 12. 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 June 7 and July 5 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, June 1 and July 6, 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.


FLSb-FCBB 2019 One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together

By Bill Hoeppner

Florida LeatherSir/Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack 2019: One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together will be held June 13-16 at the Flamingo Resort St. Pete. Florida LeatherSIR / Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack 2019 has an exciting weekend of events planned. The return of Mama’s Florida Family Reunion Party hosted by Mama Sandy Reinhardt, Unleashed Puppy Party, hosted by Florida Puppy Contest, South Florida Kennel Club, Orlando Pups and Handlers and Pervyology, Contestant and Judges Meet and Greet Party hosted by International LeatherSir, Leatherboy International and Community Bootblack. The Second Annual Fire and Ice Party. Saturday afternoon poolside Leather Teadance and Sunday afternoon Dirty Daddy’s Day Teadance, demos, educational classes, poolside games, live DJ’s, poolside entertainment, on-site vendors, weekend drink specials, late night barbecue, puppy mosh pit, hospitality suite, run pins/T-shirts/mugs, bootblack station, Winner’s Brunch and the 2019 Florida LeatherSIR / Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack Contest. Flamingo Resort Saint Petersburg, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711.


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 June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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.


Highwaymen TNT Toast 41 Years

By Rodney Burger

On Sunday, May 19th the Leather community gathered at the District Chophouse and Brewery in downtown Washington, DC to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the Highwaymen TNT. The Highwaymen TNT club was founded in our Nation’s Capital in May of 1978 with eight founding members and a platform of diversity and fun. Some of the founding members had been members of other leather clubs but wanted to start a new club that was a better fit for them. Not wanting to identify as a motorcycle club (MC) as many of the Leather clubs had done, they called their club Highwaymen TNT with the “TNT” standing for trash and travel. Highwaymen TNT President Nelson Bennett presented awards including an award to ONYX Mid-Atlantic who were recognized for the continued support of the Highwaymen TNT and an Honorary Trash of the Year 2018 award to ONYX member Derrick Otter Starr. The Highwaymen TNT Member of the Year Award, the club’s highest honor, was presented to longtime club member Adrian Medina.


Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being June 14, 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, June 1 and July 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. June 2 and July 7 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 June 22 and July 27. 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.


Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's Outreach Committee is set for Thursday, June 6 from 8-9:00 PM, in the back of Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe, 289 8th Street (just north of Folsom) in San Francisco. The agenda will include: Recruiting volunteers for the booth at Pride, Brainstorming and planning for a booth at Up Your Alley, Tech issues - making it easy for folks to get on the E-mail list, Continuing discussions on branding, marketing, and publicity, Review/redesign of Cultural District brochure and Recruitment Planning


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.


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 with the next being on June 14 and July .




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A Blast From The Past


International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2009 winners Jeffrey Payne and McG with first runner-ups. Photo by Dave Rhodes




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