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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 9, 2019

By May 10, 2019

International Olympus Leather 2019 - Three winners in Chicago

International Olympus Leather was held in Chicago, Illinois May 3-5 with Rayna kitten becoming International Ms Olympus Leather 2019, Ferris Oxide chosen to be International Mx Olympus Leather 2019 and Randal boy glovez named International Mr. Olympus Leather 2019. 11 International Olympus Leather Alumni were in attendance. Head judge Fred Anderson won the Leather Rhodes Service Award. West Coast Olympus Leather Producer Anthony Harmon passed the West Coast Producers torch to Rayna kitten and Mina Fatale. Anthony Harmon was named International Olympus Leather Contest Producer and Vonn Tramel announced she would be focusing her efforts on the expansion and administrative efforts. Karen Ultra emceed and lit up the stage in a neon-orange dress and blonde wig.



Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby - Exhibition Opening

Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Legacy of Alan Selby exhibit will be open Thursday, May 16, 7pm — September 30 at the GLBT Historical Society San Francisco, an Associate Member of The 15 Association, also known as Mr. S, who opened the iconic Leather and kink retail store Mr. S Leather in the SoMa district in 1979. Curated by Jordy Jones, Jeremy Prince, and Gayle Rubin, and drawing on the Alan Selby papers preserved in the archives, this transdisciplinary exhibition situates Selby’s life within the context of a changing SoMa neighborhood, AIDS charity, and the emergence of a district queer Leather and kink culture. Light refreshments will be served. GLBT Historical Society, 4127 18th Street, San Francisco, CA. Tickets $5.




Northwest Leather Celebration

By Tomo

The Northwest Leather Celebration, held May 3-5 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento in Sacramento, CA was the place where Master Rook and slave rook were chosen to be Northwest Master slave 2019 and Bri Burning became Northwest Person of Leather 2019. Northwest Leather Celebration announced that minimum points were not achieved in the 2019 Northwest Bootblack Contest and therefore no title was awarded. Master Ben was the Sunday brunch keynote speaker. Northwest Leather Celebration had the usual workshops, classes, social, play parties and vendors and was well-attended.



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Carter Jonson Leather Library - Brick and mortar is open

The long-awaited opening of the physical space to house the rapidly-growing collection that makes up the Carter-Johnson Leather Library opened in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, April. The linked video below shows Vi Johnson's opening remarks. For several years the Library has had a powerful exhibits at events such as International Mr. Leather, Southwest Leather Conference and Philadelphia Leather Pride.














Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Awards

By Marc Owens aka pony

$4,136 was raised for the Positive Resource Center at the 47th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards Saturday, April,27. Thank you Cody Elkin and Nico Watson for being our emcees, Bare Chest Calendar men and the super sexy performance. Everyone who attended voted and helped make the night wonderful. The Golden Gate Guards presented a $4,136 check to Cal Callahan for PRC. Thank you Warren Cave for the Woodies and SF Eagle for hosting us again. Mister Marcus is watching with a big smile.




New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things - Will be at Long Beach Pride Festival

New Horizons For Fifty will have a booth in the Long Beach Pride festival on May 18 and 19. Coming next weekend: daily blog posts on Long Beach Gay Pride and the Leather Tent His coverage will appear here, The Leather Journal and GED Magazine. New meme themes also. New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things is the domain for the writer/artist 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.




Colorado Leather Fest - Scarlet Sin's keynote

Colorado Leather Fest will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton the weekend of May 3-5. Colorado Leather Fest does not focus on BDSM play skills and techniques and does not host a play party. Our event is centered on Leather/BDSM history and culture, a variety of relationship styles and the issues associated with them, and service skills found in Leather and M/s or D/s relationships and culture. There will be classes and a contest. DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Thornton, 83 East 120th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80233.




WILL 2019 coming soon

Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is all set to go the weekend of August 2-4 at the Hilton Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas. The keynote speech will be by the first International Ms Leather, Judy Tallwing McCarthey. Due to a glitch, the $99 early bird discount rate is extended for a limited time.




ONYX Northwest - Bar night

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, May 25 and June 22 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This is a fifth Friday - we verified the date, so it is good.





Empire City - Eighth Annual Motorcycle Weekend

Empire City MC’s Eighth Annual Motorcycle Weekend in the Finger Lakes May 24-27. Admission is by motorcycle only. This event is filling up – please register soon or risk being left out. While every year might be the last year for this fantastic event, Empire City MC is excited that this year is still a “go” for the annual Finger Lakes Ride and stay-over. Where can you find long-weekend accommodations and six meals for $40? Not many places. The cutoff rapidly approaches and once the date is reached or the event is full, Empire City MC can not accept any more registration.



Fetish Men San Diego - Rope Bondage

The Fetish Men San Diego will present a Rope Bondage workshop on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 7 PM at Pleasures and Treasures (upstairs). Rope Bondage play can be an exciting addition to our kink play. It is a form of sensory deprivation, enhancing a submissive’s sensation and dominant's level of control. During this workshop you will have an opportunity to practice some basic rope ties that when creatively combined can become a predicament. There will be limited rope available. Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.



Long Beach Pride Parade - Leather and Kink Contingent

By Louie Ramrod

Long Beach Pride Parade - Leather and Kink Contingent will play a big role in the Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. The festival will be open both days and the parade on Sunday morning. For the parade, the Leather Contingent is going to meet on the corner of Ocean and Paloma between 9-11 AM. Leather will again have a strong presence in the parade and festival with a special tent which will include Avatar, New Horizons and others. PIGS will have a beer bust at Eagle 562 on Sunday afternoon following the parade.



Bears LA - Monthly Dinner

By Gabriel Green

On Wednesday, April 17th, Bears LA had their monthly Dinner at Black Bear Dinner in Tarzana. Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019 Eric De Leon hosted the event. It was good food, great company and very Raaarrrcous! Bears LA will be hosting their next dinner at Palms Thai Restaurant in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, May 15. For more information about upcoming Bears LA Dinners, please go to



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 May 25 and June 22. 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.



Mean Title Holders Association - MTA - SURVIVOR: Island of The Lost Boys

SURVIVOR: Island of The Lost Boys will be produced by the Mean Title Holders Association the weekend of June 14-16 at the Cactus Canyon Campground and Resort in Ava, Missouri. Once again, we celebrate the summer solstice and the approach of Mid-Summer Night as we strip buck ass naked and get ready to play hard. We will provide the playground equipment and activities and you bring your horned-up imagination. To get that imagination going, this year’s party is Survivor themed with the tribes of Madikinu and Inmahola competing in some horny and hilarious games. The climax of the weekend will be The Elements party, at night and around the pool with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water incorporated in some amazing ways. Cactus Canyon Campground and Resort LLC - men-only campground, Ava, MO 65608.


Leather Dog Pound

By Matthew Mullins

Leather Dog Pound was created to include a pup event in the Los Angeles Leather Pride festivities. This year LA Pup 2019 Tony Bark hosted a raffle with items donated by Oxballs. He also raffled off the very first Official Dog Pound harness by Gearworxxx. The Off Sunset Puppy Olympics OSPO are a series of athletic games for human pups and pets was thrown during the Off Sunset Festival. Los Angeles Puppy Pride and Los Angeles Pup Contest will be a three-day festival for human pups, handlers and the people that love them the weekend of November 9-11 at several venues.



Second Annual Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cook-Off

By Gabriel Green

On, Sunday April 28th, Bears LA held their Second Annual Mac and Cheese Cook Off at Eagle 562 in Long beach, CA. The event was hosted by Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019 Eric De Leon. There were 10 contestants: Shawn Lykos Onyx Jenkins, Eric Crow, Pup Beacon, Aric Wilson, Bill Kale, Jason Blais Simarano, Master Gary, Andrew Anderson, Aaron Humberto Cruz and James Fields, who brought delicious Mac and Cheese concoctions making it very hard for the patrons and judges to choose. The winners of the competition were Master Gary, Pup Beacon and Andrew Anderson from Spicy Kitchen.



Empire City MC - 55th Anniversary Week-Long Road Trip

Every five years, Empire City MC celebrates one of their milestone anniversaries. On our 40th, they went to the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. On their 50th, they went to Deal’s Gap, NC to ride the Tail of the dragon. 2019 is Empire City MC's 55th year, and we’re continuing our tradition – this year, Empire City MC will be going to Provincetown, MA the week September 7-15.






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The Visibility Project

By Scarlett Sin

Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.

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Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned

By Norman McClelland

This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary

The ShipMates Club of Baltimore celebrated their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 in Baltimore, Maryland. Several area clubs joined in on the festivities. Shawnna kept everyone laughing as the emcee. The night continued as brother club, COMMAND, had a bar party at Leon's.




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.



DomCon: LA 2019 - Open now

By Cyan St. James

DomCon: LA 2019 has opened and all signals point to record crowds and more vendors that before. DomCon: LA will be at the Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. The world's largest Professional Domination Convention will have a formal dinner on Thursday night, May 9 and a huge Bondage Ball at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Saturday night. Wednesday and Thursday had special classes and events focused on the pro dommes and Friday though Sunday will feature a broader range of topics for the entire kink world.



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 dates are May 15 and June 19. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on May 2; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on April 14. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.



Avatar Club Los Angeles - The Art of Hot Wax

Avatar Club Los Angeles will present The Art of Hot Wax on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Hot Wax is a popular type of BDSM play where a top holds a lit candle above a bottom and drips molten candle wax on their bare skin. When you're blindfolded when the wax is being dripped on you, there can be a lot of tension or apprehension as you wait for the next drop of hot wax. How hot will it be? Will it be just a single drop or will they pour a stream of wax on you? Where will they let it fall? Come find out with the Men of Avatar. Requested donation is $5. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.


GULP Brotherhood - Kink and Fetish

The GULP Brotherhood will host Kink and Fetish on Saturday, May 10 at 7 PM at Oilcan Harry's in Austin, Texas. This is Austin's sexiest Gear dance party. Hot Beats brought to you by Eriq Djeriqstylez. No cover.
at Oilcan Harry's, 211 West 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. GULP has a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.





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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin - Long Beach LGBT Pride

Pigskin is during Long Beach LGBT Pride. The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, May 19 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. After a tiring March through the streets of Long Beach celebrating pride how about a refreshing party afterward. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be hosting a beer bust following the pride parade. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.



Hooker and Boys - 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker and Boys, producer of the 12 Days of Christmas benefits in Baltimore, MD every year, named their four beneficiaries for The 21st Annual 12 Days Of Christmas - Finally Legal. They are: AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund; MADIF Community Services - Trans Life Line, and Hotline and Micro Grants Services; and B and Dee's Baltimore Love Lunch Patrol and Community Pride Bar B Que.



Eagle LA - Meat Rack

Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on May 25 and June 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029.


ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next ones are on May 11 and June 8. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.



Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA

Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to

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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! Kinky Poly Happy Hour 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, May 9 and June 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




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