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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 14, 2018

By November 15, 2018



MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber

11 men vied for the Mr. International Rubber 2019 title on Saturday, November 11 and Guillaume Dupuis emerged victorious. First runner-up was Nico Watson and second runner-up was Rubber Fenix. Guillaume lives in Guillaume Dupuis, Canada. Kylon Hooks served as an entertaining emcee. Mr. International Rubber 22 was chock full of activities including the Mr. International Rubber Contest, Kink Market and Social, Rubber Pup Rumpus, Gear Sale, Demo Pit, Rubber Club Summit, Lubed-up Latex Wrestling and Kink Education. See their web site for a huge gallery.





LA Puppy Pride

The winner of LA Pup 2019 is Tony Bark (Pup Pepper), LA Alpha beta is Pup Apollo and second runner-up was pup flip during LA Puppy Pride in North Hollywood, CA the weekend of November 9-11. Six puppies competed in the contest which was held at MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley. The Friday night meet and greet was at the Bullet bar and the Sunday night Bone Victory Party for Tony Bark was at Eagle LA. Volta Charge served as emcee. Classes were held earlier on Saturday at MCC in the Valley with Pup Case presenting Exploration an Don Mike, Tim Hamilton and pup presenting LA Pup Origins.




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. For more information E-mail

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Excelsior MC - Trim-A-Tree

By Edd Clark Photo by Bruce Michael Gelbert

Excelsior MC will present their annual Trim-A-Tree event at the Eagle NYC to benefit New Alternatives for LGBT Youth, a New York group that helps homeless LGBT youth transition to stable adult lives. There will be a raffle, photos with Sexy Santa (Mr. Eagle 2019 Thom Kam), pick a gift from Santa’s sack, Jell-O shots, and go-go bears. Don’t end up on Santa’s naughty list! Mark your calendar and your friends’ calendars and we’ll see you. Make a weekend of it - Friday, December 7 Excelsior Trim-a-Tree, Saturday December 8, Empire City MC Holiday Party and Gift Drive.





Mr. Precinct Leather

By FiFi LaFille - Photo by Jeremy Lucido

This past Sunday, November 11, Precinct DTLA held their Third Annual Mr. Precinct Leather contest. This year four strong competitors vied for the chance to represent Precinct in Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. In the end the Precinct family added Elliot Lysle to their Leather family. Elliot is a transmasculine, lifestyle switch who is active in the Los Angeles community and bases his personal training practice out of Everybody Los Angeles, a gym for ALL bodies to strengthen and heal. Precinct is proud and excited to work with Elliot on his title year and continuing its ethos of inclusivity for all members of the community



Wicked PAH - Launch event

Wicked PAH is located in Boston, MA and the club held a launch party at the Alley Bar in Boston on Saturday, October 20 at 9 PM. The party was hosted by Big Bear Productions and Pup and Bear It All II.




Ottawa Knights - Mr. Leather Ottawa

This year, CCOL will be hosting a series of workshops as part of the Mr. Leather Ottawa and Mr Boot Black Ottawa weekend being held November 16-18. Presenters include International MX Olympus Leather 2018 Raven Darknights as well as M. Cuir Montréal 2018 Ophidius Hunkaar, Mme. Cuir Montréal 2018 Nastya, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2017 Bo Chi Huang, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2013 Jean Taillefer, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2012 Jean Plamondon and Ms Central Canada Olympus Leather 2012 Martine L. Chu will also be presenting. Mr. Leather Ottawa Andre Cyr will pass his title to the next man who will represent Ottawa at International Mr. Leather in May.



Sun Bears Weekend - Fur, Fun and Sun

The Mr. Bear San Diego 2019 contest and show will be the highlight of Sun Bears Weekend, November 15-18 in San Diego, CA. The Mr. Bear San Diego 2019 contest will be at Rich's, 1051 University Avenue, San Diego, CA. Sun Bears Weekend grew out of an idea of planning an event where bears could all get together and get to know each other. The success of that first event opened the door to future gatherings. The concept has remained the same: a weekend full of activities that are fun and exciting, a price tag that makes it worthwhile, and an opportunity to make new friends and visit with old ones. The weekend has also become a major fund raising event for the host club. This year's beneficiary is Special Delivery San Diego.




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Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday

The 45th annual Santa Saturday will be held again at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. As in prior years, this year’s Santa Saturday will be a combination of an auction of donated items; entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise; service awards for worthy individuals; photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus; a Leather shop; a 50-50 raffle; and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.




Leather List - Leather community fundraising Grand Central

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





Mr. Regiment 2019 Contest

Who will be Mr. Regiment 2019? Join the Regiment of the Black and Tans in the search of the next Mr. Regiment. A whole weekend full of sexiness, testosterone, man,uniforms, Leather, kinky and more. Meet and Greet on Friday November 16 at Eagle LA with surprises and sexy fantasies. Contest on Saturday November 17th at Eagle LA, early arrival recommended to avoid waiting on long lines and Sunday closes with a Victory celebration at 3 PM.




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

Authorhouse 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 Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.



A Country Bear Christmas

A Country Bear Christmas, featuring live performances by Sean Wolf G and the Country Bear Jamboree, will be at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, November 23 at 8 PM. Wear cowboy attire. Silent auction. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd. in Long Beach, CA.




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 November 24 and December 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.




20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.




ONYX SoCal - Southwest - Come Together

ONYX SoCal/Southwest will present Come Together with DJ Brian Novy at Eagle LA at 9 PM, November 23. There is always a reason to be thankful. On this day, ONYX SoCal - Southwest will be thankful for BDSM, Kink, and Leather! In the spirit of giving, ONYX SoCal - Southwest will be donating $500 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and $500 in toys and money to the Los Angeles Mission for the holiday season. There will be a raffle, door prizes and hot go-gos. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029.




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 November 21 and December 19. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on December 6; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on December 9. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.




San Diego Eagle - 16th Anniversary events.

The San Diego Eagle will host a cookout on Sunday, November 18 at 4 PM and an Undergear Party on Saturday, November 17 at 10 PM as part of their 16th Anniversary weekend. Wind down a weekend of helping the San Diego Eagle celebrate its 16th anniversary with a laid back complimentary customer appreciation cookout. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, California 92104.




You've been warned

It's coming and soon. Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List will land upon us not long after Thanksgiving. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in early December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.



Rope Burn SF: November

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 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.






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From the Where-are-they-now? file - Lynn Lavner

The Other L Words: Lynn Lavner, Life, Love, and Laughter appeared on Tuesday, November 13 at the Stonewall National Museum in Wilton Manors, FL. Pioneering lesbian musician, comedian, and leather clad dynamo Lynn Lavner is a forerunner of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. Lynn Lavner shared stories and experiences behind her original brand of music and hilarious comic monologues that she has performed at events as diverse as the National March on Washington (emcee 1987, 1993), the 25th Anniversary GALA for the National Organization for Women to pride celebrations and college campuses nationwide and Pantheon of Leather 1994 in Houston, TX. She has been billed as "America's Most Politically Incorrect Entertainer." Lynn Lavner's albums Something Different (1983), I'd Rather Be Cute (1986), You Are What You Wear (1988), and Butch Fatale (1992) are recognized as groundbreaking classics of lesbian culture.




PIGS - Leather Cruise Night

Perverted Interracial Guys and Mr. Long Beach Leather 2018 will present Leather Cruise Night at Eagle 562 in Long Beach on Saturday, November 24 at 9 PM. Sexy, geared-up Go-Go Men, Jell-O shots, and drink specials all night long. Wear your gear and save $1 off your drink. We offer the largest outdoor patio in the City of Long Beach to enjoy your cigars. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




CineKink Kinky Film Festival Tour Returns to Chicago

Films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen November 16-17, as CineKink, "the kinky film festival," returns to Chicago for a sizzling weekend rendezvous, taking place at the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL. Now in its 15th season, CineKink is an annual film festival and national screening tour that celebrates and explores the wide diversity of sexuality.




NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open

By CandiAnne

NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.




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 one on December 15, a third Saturday for the club's The 12 Kinks of Xmas - Deck the Balls. We are 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.




Leather Archives & Museum - Short Ones | Long Ones

Time-based work by Heather Raquel Phillips

The Leather Archives & Museum will present this program of 11 works, Short Ones | Long Ones - Time-based work, by multimedia artist, Heather Raquel Phillips from November 10-25. Ranging in duration from one minute to 34 minutes, and from performative action videos, loops, and genre-defying experimental works, Phillips’ time based work centers, and renders radically visible, her Philadelphia community of femme, POC, trans, and kinky rebels. Positioning herself on both sides of the camera lens, Phillips frames and is framed by an intimate, critical, celebratory, and don’t-give-a-f**k gaze and sensibility that stirs the visual pot of taste, tropes, and stereotypes of various normativities.




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 https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental 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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Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Keynote Speaker named

The Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker is 2018 International Master Mister-Blue. Mister-Blue is a Coalition Partner for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Board member of MTTA which produces the Master slave Conference and MTTA Academy in Washington, DC and Board member of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition. Northwest Leather Celebration will include a Friday Formal Dinner and Opening of the Northwest Master/slave, Bootblack and Person of Leather Contests, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA




Chappy Chanukah!

Join Bears LA and Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Johnson as they celebrate the ASStival of Lights at the Bullet Bar at 3 PM on December 2. Wear your chaps and cruise the patio for a fun fundraiser benefiting Reach LA. Raffle prizes, Best Chaps contest, Ho-made latkes, Chanukiah wax demos and Holiday Selfie Booth. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.



SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego

Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.




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 by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




DomCon LA 2019 hotel room block open

By Cyan St. James

The DomCon LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon LA is happy to be returning to The Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.




Chaps SF closing due to huge rent increase

By Steven Bracco for Hoodline

Chaps SF, a hip retail store which had an emphasis on Leather on 18th Street near Castro Street in San Francisco, CA, has decided to close their doors at the end of the year. A landlord who is unwilling to re-negotiate a lease which currently is in excess of $6,500 is the main reason. Sales at lower prices on line are also a factor. Whole story at







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