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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 9, 2018

By May 11, 2018



International Olympus Leather winners
International Olympus Leather Weekend saw three winners May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley which has a Hawaiian theme. Ben Workman was best of three in becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather 2018, Samsara earned the needed points to become International Ms Olympus Leather as did Raven Darknights in being named International Mx Olympus Leather. Executive producer Vonn Tramel presented the Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dennis Beisbier from Los Angeles. The luau before the contest was beyond amazing and several attendees said it was the best meal they have ever had at a Leather event. There were bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Full story will be posted early next week. http://olympusleather.com/



The Board of Supervisors voted to make the space around The Eagle a protected LGBTQ Cultural District
By Bailey Vogt for Metro Weekly
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has created a new district to recognize the city’s LGBTQ Leather community. The board unanimously approved the creation of a protected Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in the South Market area, which is home to many gay and kink bars. The neighborhood is also the location of the annual Folsom Street Fair.... The board voted to “preserve, advance, and promote San Francisco’s Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District as a local, national, and international resource, and as a culturally and commercially enriched neighborhood and district..." Whole story at https://www.metroweekly.com/2018/05/san-francisco-will-create-an-official-gay-leather-district/


CLAW story posted
To see the whole story on CLAW with plenty of photos, check out https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2017-claw-keeps-the-tradition-of-growth-going


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/


Southland Honors nominations are open
The 15th Annual Southland Honors Award will be presented on Saturday June 23 s a formal Leather dinner at Taix restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. Tickets are $45 and must be ordered in advance. The Southland Honors is produced by the LA Leather Coalition. If you think someone is worthy, nominate them and do not assume someone else will. Nominations are now open and can be made at https://losangelesleatherpride.com/southland-honors/


Remembering Soni Wolf
By San Francisco Pride, Photo by Jack Ottaway
San Francisco Pride mourns the recent passing of Soni Wolf. Soni was a fierce advocate for Dykes on Bikes. Dykes on Bikes has inspired generations around the globe. Soni challenged us all to be a little braver, to live as loud as the motorcycles that lead the Pride Parade every year. Soni embodied the ethos of Pride – celebrating unique San Francisco culture. “Soni was chosen to be one of our Community Grand Marshals in this year’s Parade, and we look forward to celebrating her life by continuing the tradition she was so instrumental in establishing over 40 years ago,” said Executive Director George F. Ridgely, Jr. “Soni was an integral member of the San Francisco Pride family, and she will be missed."



Trivia Question of the Week

Daddy Flo is?

1. One of the San Diego Six.

2. A cocktail served at California MC Sunday brunch on their annual runs.

3. The first International Ms Olympus Leather and first transgender international titleholder.

4. Founder of Samois in San Francisco, CA.

5. First female co-chair of the National Leather Association.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Born To Raise Hell was? A video produced by Marathon Films in Los Angeles.




ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner
The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 - September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with Contestant Demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, Vendor Market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, Cigar Social, Puppy Mosh, Kinky Workshops, 2017 Title Holder Roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/


Bootpig's keynote speech at IMsL IMsBB
International Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig delivered a rousing keynote speech at International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack weekend in San Jose, CA on Sunday, April 22. "Keynote 101: They say you should talk about what you know, and love, and what you’re good at...." The complete text is available at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59b0b36f49fc2b0ce551fda0/t/5ae740020e2e72dfd935d83d/1525104642598/IMSL+Keynote+Final+4-14-2018.pdf



ABW announces 2018 Judging Panel
By Sarah Sloane, Photo by Brian Mincey
The American Brotherhood Weekend judging panel is in place and includes Lee Carl, Karri Plowman, Daddy Al, Rylee Janus Spire, and Vonn Tramel. The contest will be held October 5-7. For a limited time, ABW attendees can purchase two weekend packages for the price of one, and bring a partner, friend, or a curious newcomer for free. Once again, ABW will be hosting weekend events at Touche’, our Partner Presenting Sponsor,and the Leather Archives & Museum. For full judges bios, Tickets ,sponsorship packages and more details visit http://www.americanbrotherhood.com/

Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is on May 26 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/


Golden Gate Guards - Springtime in Yosemite
Registration for Springtime in Yosemite is now open. Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in the Sierras in Yosemite May 18-20. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. Springtime in Yosemite will be at the View Lodge in El Portal, CA which has nice rooms and most have balcony with an enchanting close-up view of the rapidly-flowing Merced River. Depending on interest, there will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a separate expense. Registration is open at http://www.ggguards.org/events/yosemite.htm

MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, May 19 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org


Happy 20th Anniversary Bullet Bar
Bullet Bar 20th Anniversary of Michael Lara owning the bar and 35 years of the Bullet Bar name. This same North Hollywood location goes farther back as a gay bar. The Bllet Bar was packed to the rafters on Saturday night, May 5 as the Leather and LGBT community celebrated this significant milestone. A cigar bar was hosted by Master Kevin. http://www.bulletbarla.com/



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Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's in March. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. (323) 848-4790. http://www.hunterandcharlies.com


TBOL sets meeting dates
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will hold their monthly TBOL Meeting the third Friday of the month at 8 PM, May 18. The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather's home base is now the Flamingo Skyway Room. This month Tampa Bay Boys of Leather will have an education portion for the first half of the meeting. Sir Gethan will teach Protocols 101. We all hear the words Etiquette, Ritual, Protocol, and Service Task - but do any of us really understand what they mean? Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/347598885724217/

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/


Embrace Chaos and Sheree Rose at DomCon: LA
Embrace Chaos and performance artist Sheree Rose will be raising money for the Free Speech Coalition, Saturday, May 12 at DomCon: Los Angeles. They will have a fundraising booth in the registration area of the convention during the expo at the Hilton LAX. Later that evening, they will be performing at the DomCon Fetish Ball at Sanctuary LAX Studios. Fetish mainstream crossover stars like Masuimi Max and Emily Marilyn are already on board for Saturday night, making this a fetish event not to be missed.


The 15 Association hits the SF Eagle
The 15 Association will hold a spring beer bust on Sunday, May 20 at 3 PM at SF Eagle. Join The 15 Association members for some fun before heading to Chicago for IML. The club should have recovered from their play party at the Catalyst the night before. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Find out more about The 15 Association at https://the15association.org/main.php


Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition
Pigs in Space by PIGS (Perverted Interracial Guys) are at it on Sunday, May 20 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. It’s pride season again. It’s also the third Sunday of the month and it’s Pigskin- Underwear Beer Bust, Long Beach Pride edition. Free clothes check with special guest this month, Mr. California Drummer 2017 Xavier Espejo who will be signing and selling his sex positive Calendar benefiting Being Alive. So we hear that a shuttle will be traveling between The Falcon and The Eagle 562. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/888026931397654/

Growlr Bear Den
The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, at 11 at 9 PM. Bullet . Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour pricesHang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/


SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/





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West Coast Olympus Leather in June
Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition; Scheduled to take place June 29 – July 1 at the Sanctuary LAX Studio in Los Angeles, CA. WCOL is affiliated with The Leather Foundation which is a recognized 501(c)3, non-profit, 100-percent volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide aid to the Leather community, addressing unmet welfare, health and safety issues unique to our community members. http://westcoastolympus.com/

World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest
World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.


Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote
Reno Revelry weekend will be held October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/


Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. 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


Empire City - Motorcycle Weekend
Yeah, it feels like the winter that won’t end, but a little birdie told us that in a few days, spring will break and we’ll be on the road again. Therefore, it’s time to sign-up for Empire City MC's Motorcycle Weekend, our four-day event (including formation ride up and ride back) held in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. The run-fee is $40/per person. This is a bargain! Run fees under $100 haven’t been seen since the 80s. Of course, this event is a bit restrictive. All participants must be male, arrive by motorcycle and pay the $40 run fee. http://empirecitymc.com/


Bullet Bar 20th Anniversary with Dan and Matthew of Dog Pound fame.



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Gabriel was one of the bootblacks at International Olympus Leather.


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