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Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 15, 2017

By November 16, 2017


Photo by Lady Katerina

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com


Pup Rush was chosen to be LA Puppy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography

Los Angeles Puppy Pride
Edward "Pup Rush" Decimus was tops among seven amazing contestants and left MCC in the Valley on Saturday night, November 11 with the Los Angeles Puppy 2017 title. Pup Apollo was named Alpha-Beta Pup and Pup Wolfy was chosen to be Alpha-Beta runner-up. Friday night's meet and greet was at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood and the victory party on Sunday was at Eagle LA. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014-15 Dave Faunce was the emcee. Bon Mike was presented the Legendary Pup Award by LA Puppy producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The LA Puppy 2017 judges were International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach, Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. And for those in the know - Munt. https://www.facebook.com/LAPuppyPride//


Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. A few weeks ago LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather, BDSM, Kink, and Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Mr. DC Eagle and 46th Anniversary
The DC Eagle, having been located in several venues, will celebrate its 46th Anniversary in a few days. The Mr. DC Eagle Contest is being held November 17 and 18 with a meet and greet and contestant number draw on the 17th and the public portion of the contest starting at 9 PM on November 18. See https://www.dceagle.com and/or https://twitter.com/DC_Eagle for details.

Fifi Lafille was awestruck when named the first Mr. Precinct Leather last December. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Mr. Precinct Leather
The Mr. Precinct Leather contest will select its representative for Mr. Los Angeles Leather at the Precinct DTLA on Saturday night, November 19. This will be the title's second year, the first titleholder being Fifi Lafille. The emcee will be Sister Bearonce Knows. Precinct DTLA, 357 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. For full details go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1963768970567585/?active_tab=about

2018 SECC Leather Weekend
Mark your calendars for February 15-19 on Presidents Day Weekend for the 2018 SECC Leather Weekend and Contest. The clubs voted at the last meeting and the event will be held at Parliament Resort August Georgia in 2018. The Mr. and Ms Southeast Conference of Clubs Leather contest will be held. See http://mailchi.mp/98c59a553f2b/0xikifm3nz-1719833

Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater


Sanctuary Marketplace, and charity Slave Auction
By Jacquie Crass
Sanctuary Marketplace was host to 22 kinky vendors on Saturday, November 11 at Sanctuary LAX with 155 shoppers visiting. Organized by House of Rayvnblood, the event featured handmade BDSM gear, fetish clothing, artwork and novelties. Vendors included Orchid and Serpent, Laced Up Corsets, Ghoul Vibrations, Geeky and Kinky pins, Anticipation USA, American Ruin, Mistress Evil, Aron the Canemaker, Naughty’s Proper Paddles, Kim Air’s Grand Opening, Justin Sayne Leather and more. Later that night, Mistress Cyan hosted her legendary charity slave auction food drive, raising over $5,000 in food for the homeless. For more, visit http://www.SanctuaryMarketplace.com

Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend in January
By David Boyer
Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 weekend will be held January 26-28 and will include a welcoming cocktail party, Fetish Flea Market, Kink U, MCL Brunch and roast of Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak. Joining him on the judging panel will be IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Joe Dinello, Freddy Miranda and Pup Link. Returning for his 15th consecutive year to host Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 at the Leather Archives & Museum on that Saturday night will be International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather 2018 in May. A weekend package is $75 at Brown PaperTickets.com beginning. For more information check out http://www.ToucheChicago.com

Nicholas and Bert of the Satyrs MC competed in the Black and Tans' Firehouse Chili Cookout recently

Satyrs MC Bike Night and Poker Run
By Bert Simon
First, the Satyrs Motorcycle Club has a Bike Night on Friday, November 17, their monthly bike Social at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach from 8 PM till at least 10 PM. Then on Saturday, November 18 there is the annual Bike show also in Long Beach (convention Center) on that morning the Satyrs get together for a no-host breakfast at Park Pantry on 2104 East Broadway Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803 around 8.30 AM. On Sunday, the Satyrs invite you for their 63rd Annual Turkey Poker Run. Meet at 9:30 AM and kickstands up at 10 AM at Astro Restaurant in Silver Lake. They end up at Eagle LA mid-afternoon. Find out more at http://satyrsmc.org/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/calendarr

A shopper tries on goods as Alan and Rick observe. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Avatar Swap Meet
Avatar Club Los Angeles held its annual Swap Meet at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA, CA on Wednesday, November 15 with about 15 vendors participating and 75 shoppers picking up the best deals on used gear, toys, magazines and clothing. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla Avatar will induct several new members during their holiday party in December.

Same-sex Marriage Yes vote in Australia
Same-sex Marriage passes first test in Australia as Aussies vote 61.6 percent Yes in a postal poll. It is expected to pass Parliament before Christmas. Conservatives want to water it down with several "religious protections." Nearly 13 million votes were cast in he non-binding vote which gives Parliament a hint of what the will of the people is. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/samesex-marriage-result-live-vote-details-news-opinion/news-story/453863f06bad272ad58b9c8c8d4a8f88#U6182274569bGC


Polish and Shine - a Celebration of Bootblacks
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2016 Frank will present Polish and Shine - a Celebration of Bootblacks on Friday, November 17 at the Eagle 562, East 2020 Artesia Blvd. in Long Beach, CA 90805, starting at 8 PM. Several bootblacks from all over Southern California will be participating. https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=1644114975628235&set=gm.395705977515185&type=3&theater

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 - 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo taken at the Seattle Eagle by Matt Baume.

Do's and don'ts of going to a gay Leather bar

The Advocate's Alexander give 35 do's and don'ts of a Gay Leather Bar. Interesting read. Photo taken at the Seattle Eagle by Matt Baume.

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

Ms Bullet Leather
By Tuesday Niles
The Second Annual Ms Bullet Leather contest will be at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on December 2 starting at 10 PM. Following alongside the Mr. Bullet Leather Contest that has been ongoing since 2001, we bring our Leather sisters another chance to shine alongside the brotherhood, sisterhood, and community of men, women, pups, and all others who alight our path on the journey through our lives in Los Angeles. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.


Photo by Rich Stadtmiller

Ms San Francisco Leather
The contest to choose the next Ms San Francisco Leather will return for a second year to SOMArts Cultural Center on Saturday January 13. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Ms San Francisco Leather has a new Producer, Daddy Sal Hopkins. Daddy Sal has a long history of leadership in the Bay Area women’s Leather community. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. To get on our mailing list and be the first to find out when tickets go on sale online, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gef Stuff'd with GULP Gear Night
Gef Stuff'd with GULP Gear Night will be at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX on Saturday night, November 18 at 10 PM. Everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items so we can stock up for Families in need. Our President, James Crocker, will give more details about where this food is going and how you can help. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUSTINGULP/

5th Annual Leather Fetish Ball in San Diego
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Tom Of Finland Foundation. Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Leather Fetish Ball on Friday, December 8 at The Rail, 3796 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, starting at 9 PM. The DJ is Ryan David Racino and the Mistress of Ceremonies is Glitz Glam. The 5th Annual Leather Fetish Ball is being produced by Rodman Productions. For more, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1954279334825931/?active_tab=about?active_tab=about


Keynote speaker for 2018 Conference is Vi Johnson with MsC producer Master Taino.

Master/slave Conference keynote speaker named
The Master/slave Conference will celebrate its 15th Anniversary over Labor Day Weekend and the iconic Leatherwoman, author and Leather Librarian, Mama Vi Johnson will be the Keynote Speaker during the Opening Ceremony. Mama Vi has been involved with MsC since its beginnings both with the Carter Johnson Leather Library and as Keynote Speaker in 2005, Judge in 2017 and recipient of the slave Heart Award in 2005 and the Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award in 2012. MsC 2018 will have a new home for 2018 and beyond - the Westin Tysons Corner at 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, 22043. https://www.facebook.com/groups/985653574796187/




You can help keep this going.




A scene from Tom of Finland. Photo by Kino Lorber

Tom of Finland movie expands to more cities
By Nicholas Kemp
Tom of Finland, an award-winning biopic about the iconic gay artist, continues its theatrical release across North America. The film, which is Finland's official submission to the 90th Academy Awards is currently playing in New York, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, and Salt Lake City and opens November 24 in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Providence; and Dallas and Denver on December 1. Check the next few Hump Day columns for future release dates and cities.
November 24
Philadelphia – facebook.com/events/141325486625766/
Baltimore – facebook.com/events/1544171275621706/
Providence – facebook.com/events/1920606258204778/
December 1
Dallas – facebook.com/events/356034434807885/
Denver – facebook.com/events/726652444195385/

Naughty boyMas IV at Baltimore Eagle
By Boy Quinton
Naughty boyMas IV at Baltimore Eagle, hosted by Boy Quinton will be bringing some Naughtiness to Baltimore for the 2017 Christmas season on Saturday, December 2 at 9 PM. In previous years my annual event has been to raise money for LGBT youth, HIV+ youth and youth in general, so they can have all they need for the winter season. This year, the beneficiaries are Moveable Feast and Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Interpreter Fund. There will be Purple Rain Jell-O shots, drunken gummies, prizes, bootblack on hand, along with stuff the jock and some naughty fun to get the Christmas season started. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, 2022 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.facebook.com/events/1649086598680651/?active_tab=about


Payasos seen at LA Leather skating party in 2013. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Payasos LA presents Nut-Cracker Awards 2017
By Gabriel Green
Have you ever wondered who's the most "naughty" guy or the sexiest cigar man, or who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Or maybe you just know is yourself and just want to convince everyone about this! Payasos LA presents the Nut-Cracker Awards 2017, Nice vs Naughty.... Every year, we gather at our home bar Eagle LA to combine forces and make the summer trip happen for the young folks with developmental problems from Hope House in El Monte, CA. We are looking for the best in gear; GEAR uP and win nice prizes.
Nominations for the Best In Gear Awards are open NOW. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 8 at http://payasos-la.org/Awards.html

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square-feet that powers one's darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt their palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl


San Diego Eagle 15th Anniversary
Congratulations Nicholas and crew. https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/

LA Boys of Leather present SoCal Leatherfest
By Steven Carlisle
SoCal Leatherfest, hosted by the LA Boys of Leather the weekend of July 6-8 in Los Angeles, is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. They will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, a barbecue, a pool party, and more. It will also be the home for the SoCal Leatherboy contest. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1579133405478681/1960061327583260/?type=3&theater

Sin in the City
Sin in the City 2018 - Lead us into Temptation will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of February 2-4 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 70 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. The Sunday brunch keynote speaker will be International Ms Leather 2014 Patty. Among the hospitality suite party hosts will be Las Vegas Bootblacks, Red Dragons High Desert, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and Recovery in the Lifestyle. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com

San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018
The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 is available online. It can make a great holiday gift as well as great for one's own "edification." It's a hot bunch of men in this one Calendar which will benefit the Positive Resources Center. Photographers Tim Wong, Bill Weaver and Rich Stadtmiller provide next year's Bare Chest Men's Calendar. Order yours today at http://www.barechest.org/

Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar
The Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar, published by Bruno Gemünder and Putinki, is available through the Tom of Finland Store, Tom of Finland Store, 8116 Romaine Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Price is $20. https://tomoffinlandstore.com/collections/paper/calendars

Leather District in SOMA
A web site has been set up to share meeting announcements, documents, and open discussion about the proposed Leather Cultural District in the South Of MArket district of San Francisco, CA. The most recent meeting was at the SF Eagle on Tuesday, November 14. To find out when and where meetings are held and their agendas can visit it now at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org (Hosting provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.)

Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather
The Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather is on the docket for Saturday, December 9 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. The victory party will be at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Sunday beginning at 4 PM.


ShipMates' Daddy Christmas
The ShipMates' annual Daddy Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, starting at 9 PM at Grand Central in Baltimore, MD. This year's event is a benefit for the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. You could win a wagon of cheer. There will also be pictures with Santa, a silent auction and more. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=the%20baltimore%20shipmates


How you can include your information on Dave Rhodes' Hump Day
If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on November 15, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, November 6.

Things to send:
1. Short article of about 75 words. So what if you are a few over. Just don't turn it into a Russian novel.

2. Photo or two. Landscape preferred. Must be a jpg. Taken with cellphone is fine. Please supply photo credit.

3. Link to a working site. Web site is preferential, Facebook still works.

4. Five "W's" - Who, what, when, why and where. All are important.

5. Please be concise. In news, verbosity is not a virtue; it is an editor's nightmare.

Style sheet stuff

When listing titleholders we use the title followed by the person's name - International Mr. Leather 1993 Henri ten Have, not Henri ten Have. One would say President Obama, not Obama, President. Less punctuation makes an easier read.

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Leather Reign was recently held in the Seattle, WA area. Photo by Abacus