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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 15, 2021

By November 15, 2021





Los Angeles Pup is Pup Kieran Hound

The Los Angeles Pup Pride Festival was held October 22-24 with Pup Kieran Hound winning the LA Pup Contest in front of about 100 enthusiastic spectators at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA.

The judges were Mr. San Diego Leather "Pup Starke" Jay Heimbach, LA Pup 2019 Pup Tony Bark, LA Pup 2020-2021 Pup Star ...

...Orion LA, IPTC 2016 Pup Tork, Eagle 562 Pup Pup Kumo, Pup Handler Row Ruckus and LA Alpha Beta Pup 2018 Pup Apollo.

The contestants were Alpha Pup Templar, Pup Ruby Cooper, Pup Simba and Pup Kieran. The emcee was Pup Applesauce.

The official events included Glow Me: Ghost Dog at the Bullet Bar, Howl O' Ween at MCC in the Valley, the LA Pup Contest and Bone at Eagle LA. The LA Pup Producers were Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins.




Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021

Palm Springs Leather Pride, produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert the weekend of October 27-31 was a stellar weekend with plenty of camaraderie and sunshine.

Mr. Tool Shed Andre Law was chosen to be Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 and Mr. Barracks Leather Loren Wilson was the runner-up with four men competing.

Mr. Leather Colorado 2010 Brent Heinze made his debut as the emcee and he was well received by the crowd of about 350.

Official big events were the contest, Vendor Alley in the parking lot behind the Tool Shed, numerous events at the Canyon Club and Barracks. The two biggest unofficial activities were Daddy Ray's Reunion Brunch and Jim Neumans social at Casa Lola. To read the rest of this fum story and a gallery of 36 photos go to



CLAW XXI Sessions and Presenters

The list of presenters at CLAW LA have been posted on the CLAW web site and there are 80 sessions by 95 presenters.

Some of the presentations are Rimming : The HOLE Story, Cruising : From Tearooms to Chatrooms, Sensual Rope Bondage, Attending Events On a Dime, Leather 101, PIGS - Perverted Interracial GuyS, Wedgies and Bullying 101, Spanking as a Lifestyle, The California B&B Corps: 53 Years of Men in Police Uniforms, Boots, and Gear, Cigar Play with Jesse and Ken, Pup and Pet Play Introduction, Introduction to BDSM Electro, and a ton of others.

Several presenters are Rick Boehle, Jesse Rosenberg, Guy Baldwin, Andrew Winters, Ashtray Boner Kain, Matthew Jensen, Chris Wright-Garcia, Joe Gallagher, Joel Royal, JR Raymond, Sarah Beth, Payaso Chipa Guasu, Race Bannon, Drew Kramer, Durk Dehner, Sharp, Robert Green, Jeremy Rigger, Gordon S. Morris, Peter Fiske, Al Parso-York, Bob Miller, Rostom Mesli, and many others.

I will be presenting Leather In 1987 - What Leather was like 35 years ago at the beginning of The Leather Journal on Sunday at 3:30 PM with the venue to be determined.

CLAW XXII will return to Cleveland on its normal weekend, April 28 - May 1.





Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair

On December 3, sold-out LA restaurant Phenakite will host a fundraising dinner at Second Home for Tom of Finland Foundation, the evening before the 2021 Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, an event where the artists are the “instructors."

Tom of Finland would have been 101 this year, so this year's theme is Tom of Finland 101. The Festival will be Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, from 11 AM - 5 PM, at Second Home, 1370 North Saint
Andrews Place in Los Angeles (Hollywood), California.

The Tom of Finland Foundation is the nonprofit recipient of Phenakite’s last dining experience for 2021, entitled Tom of Finland 101: Alchemy. Since being recently honored with a Michelin Star. The restaurant was also named 2021 Restaurant of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Phenakite and ToFF are collaborating on the experience of the year for guests who will also have an exclusive opportunity to preview the Festival, meet artists, and engage with select galleries.

This is the first year the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival is at Second Home and the first in-person Festival they have hosted in two years.

Tom of Finland 101: RAW Anatomy will include COVID-19 conscious experiences for attendees throughout Second Home’s 70,000 square feet of landscape. You can purchase tickets to Phenakite here and learn more about this exclusive collaboration at




12 Days of Christmas event to take an Intermission

By Rik Newton-Treadway

The Magic of 12 Days is in its people. It’s in the energy between the performers and audience, staff and attendees, and it is felt among everyone who walks through the doors. The reality of performing to a camera in the middle of an empty auditorium would be like a dress rehearsal where performers can’t get the love, joy, and energy of a live audience, and where the audience can’t embrace them or egg them on.

This left us feeling empty. We want to direct that energy towards that time and place where we can all be together and feel that love and energy together again.

So, after much deliberation, Hooker and Boys has made the difficult decision to cancel our planned 2021 “Live, Yet Virtual” 12 Days of Christmas event. Given the current state of the pandemic, and the fatigue we are all experiencing from it, we could not in good conscience stage an event which may endanger the health and well-being of our performers and crew.

We want to thank everyone who provided feedback on this decision, and for your continued love and support of our annual event. We are humbled, as always, by your continued support.




SF Catalyst transitioning to new ownership

In October, 2021, the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance voted to approve a proposal to transition SF Catalyst to new ownership and oversight. The goal is to complete the transition by the end of 2021.

SF Catalyst is a community-run non-profit educational and social space, located in the South of Market neighborhood. It serves the San Francisco bay area Leather, kink, and fetish communities.

The SF Catalyst location has been a sex positive community space for over a decade. Under the name “Alchemy,” it operated as a private rental space for several years before being taken over by the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance in 2016. Renamed “SF Catalyst,” the space hosted a wide range of events overseen by the Alliance. In 2020, the Alliance approved an expansion into an adjoining space, dramatically increasing the available square footage and improving accessibility.

The Transform 1060 team includes community members who have been actively involved in the operation of the space for several years, as well as engaged stakeholders from local bay kink/leather/fetish communities.



Mid Atlantic Leather 2022

Mid Atlantic Leather 2022, produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, will be held at the host The Hyatt Regency Hotel January 14-17 The weekend will feature all the madness that is the Hyatt Regency lobby, an awesome Leather Market, Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2022 Contest, pre-contest all-you-can-eat brunch, bootblacks, Puppy Park and the Sunday night closing Reaction Dance.

The Hyatt Regency has been sold out for months, but there are several back up hotels in place and they are Hilton Washington, DC, Phoenix Park Hotel and the Yotel Hotel. Please check back to the Centaur MC web site periodically as we will be adding more hotel information.

Mid Atlantic Leather is looking for Leathermen to compete to be Mr. MAL 2022. The Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather. The Contest is open to all gay Leathermen. Contestants must be male, a resident of North America, at least 21 years of age and self-identify as gay.




International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack


As we prepare for International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack for 2022 after an unprecedented time of uncertainty and cancellations we are thankful for our tribe and their understanding. Looking forward, we hope to bring all of our traditions back in full swing next May.

Our traditions will continue with the expansive market filled with vendors from around the globe and of course you can’t forget the unforgettable Victory Party and must attend Black and Blue Ball. There’s also the lobby social time and a multitude of other events to fill the entire weekend. It’ll be hard to decide what to do. All this set in Chicago’s downtown and lakefront which offers its own opportunities for dining, exploration and events.

IML 2022 starts on Thursday, May 26th and continues through Monday, May 30th. The Congress Hotel and Convention Center will once again be the host hotel and they are offering Early Bird discounted rates for booking now through November 30 by using the link on our reservation page. We are working on our official schedule so please follow us on social media and check the site often to stay updated.




Bucks MC - Santa Saturday

The Bucks Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Santa Saturday at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ on November 27 starting at 1 PM and running to 6 PM. There will be a Friday holiday meet and greet at Paradise beginning at 8:30 PM.

Paradise, 101 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. $20 door donation with all proceeds go to charity.

On October 31, 1972, the Bucks Motorcycle Club was born in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Bucks MC is an organization whose fraternal atmosphere provides members of the LGBTQIA community to come together over shared interests in Leather, Levi, and motorcycles. As an organization, the Bucks have hosted and participated in social activities both privately as a club as well as in the form of their public charity event Santa Saturday. Bucks MC has held Santa Saturday since 1973 – which draws over 1,000 individuals raising funds to benefit HIV/AIDS and other local charities.




Avatar Butt Painting and Kinky Swap Meet

Avatar Club Los Angeles held two popular fall events, their Halloween Butt Painting Contest and early November Kinky Swap Meet. Three contestants had their buns painted while on the patio pool tale. Te each one was brought on stage and introduced by emcee Alan Stroik. Cash prizes were awarded to the best painted butt and for the best painter based on audience cheering.

Avatar's Kinky Swap Meat saw about 10 vendors have their merchandise gobbled up by voracious spenders. A couple of merchants sold out before the swap ended. When asked, a few customers stated this was their first time out since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.




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Mr. Chicago Leather in January

By David Boyer

The Mr. Chicago Leather 2022 Contest weekend is slated to return January 27-30. The current Mr. Chicago Leather 2020, Butch Romero will be unavailable to compete at IML in May next year, which necessitates that a new MCL titleholder be selected to represent Chicago's Leather community and contest sponsor Touché.

Weekend events includes a welcoming party, Fetish Gear Swap, Kink U presented by the Titans of the Midwest, the MCL 2022 Contest at the LA&M and a Sunday Brunch.

Returning from London for his 18th consecutive time to emcee will be IML 2003, John Pendal.

A weekend package that includes admission to all events, a MCL2022 t-shirt and more will be available for $75 through Brown Paper Tickets.com beginning November 8th A complete list of events, MCL 2022 contestant application and info on weekend registration is at




Mr. FLAG Sir Dan

Sir Dan won the Mr. FLAG title and Ivan L Matias was the runner-up during FLAG's 30th Anniversary the weekend of August 13-15. Two men competed. (Fits Like A Glove).

The Judges were Mr. Woods Leather 2020 Rodney Altemose, Ms Woods Leather 2020 Donna M., Mr. Connecticut Leather 2020 Mark Hicks-Richards, Boggy Fryer Mr. FLAG 2019/20, deluxe entertainer and Empress 2013 of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Morgana, Mr. Connecticut Bear 2020 Kylar, and Mr. New England Leather 2020 Roberto Cuero Mr. New England Leather 2020.

Sir Dan resides in Providence, RI.




Mr. Rough Trade Hector Garcia

By Kevin Hasson and Kip Hollar

Hector Garcia won the inaugural Mr. Rough Trade Contest at the Phoenix in New Orleans, LA 70117. The Mr. Rough Trade contest is a new Lords of Leather fundraising show. Mr. Rough Trade is a camp title, all in fun. It is not a serious title or a feeder for any other contest.




Mr. Cleveland Leather Martin Basch

By Jim De Long

Martin Basch was named Mr. Cleveland Leather 2022 at the Leather Stallion Saloon in Cleveland, OH on Saturday night, November 6. This was a celebration of 20 years of Mr. Cleveland Leather.

The Mr. Cleveland Leather Contest has, since 2001, been a Cleveland tradition, is now owned and produced by the Rock n' Roll City Sisters Inc., part of the World Wide order of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and always with the support and direction of Gregg Lakota.




Eros relocating in San Francisco

Eros, San Francisco's gay sex club is moving to a new and un-named address in The City soon. Eros will be closed soon while the new location is prepped. As of November 15, the Eros web site claims he club is open and there is nothing related to this story appearing there.

For several years the SF Leathermen's Discussion Group held their monthly meetings at Eros. Eros has been community-conscious with several organization meeting there.

Eros had been closed for much of the pandemic. When it re-opened, physical contact was prohibited.




ONYX Northwest Crossover Ceremony

By Ghee Phua

It was a great honor for me to attend the ONYX Northwest Crossover Ceremony and IV Anniversary Celebration today, November 14, at the Powerhouse. Thank you for including me and BLUF SF.




SF Leathermen's Discussion Group 25th Anniversary

The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, December 12 at Oasis beginning at 1 PM.




Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List

After a year hiatus, there will be a Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List which will be posted here in mid-December. I was not going to post it this year because I'm not sure what to say after all that has gone with the pandemic in the last two years. Then again, we need to love and laugh again - without anyone getting hurt.



Woman of Drummer Miss Sara

Woman of Drummer 2021 is Miss Sara. The Women of Drummer Contest Weekend included music, the arts, play spaces, fun and the contest September 24-26 at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland. Woman of Drummer was inclusive and created for all folks to enjoy and celebrate badass Leatherwomen.




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Santa Second Saturday in SOMA

Santa Second Saturday is a multi-location indoor holiday market on Saturday, December 11 in the SOMA district of San Francisco, CA. The market is moving indoors during the winter weather to bring the best of local artists, craftspeople, and businesses for holiday shopping and celebration.

Santa Second Saturday features an Art and Artisan Fair at the Folsom Street Community Center, 145 9th Street, Suite 105, from 12-5 PM, donation requested.

Events include local queer and kinky artists and artisans Gift Wrapping Station; Naughty Santa, San Francisco Fetish Flea Market at Wicked Grounds Annex, 289 8th Street, from 11 AM - 5 PM with a $5 admission; a free hop on/hop off shuttle on a continual loop 12-5 PM; and food and cocktails at Azúcar Lounge, 299 9th Street from 11 AM to midnight. Visit Powerhouse, the SF Eagle, and all of the South of Market bars and clubs.




Satyrs MC Turkey Poker Run

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles will hold their annual Turkey Poker Run on Sunday, November 21, meeting in the Astro Restaurant at 2300 Fletcher Drive at 8:30 AM, kick stands up at 10 AM. Entry is $20 and someone will win a turkey. The run will wind up at Eagle LA bar. All vehicles are welcome.




Knight & Gay: How a South Florida Gay Motorcycle Club Made Its Own

By Christiana Lilly for South Florida Gay News

“Why does your bike have glitter all over it?” Carlos asked, looking over at his friend’s red candy-painted Harley.

“I had it in drag the other night and can’t get it off,” Dennis replied, laughing.

With the blue skies above and the waves crashing on the sand, it’s another Sunday for the Stonewall Knights, a gay motorcycle, ...




Black and Tans Toast to The Season

The Regiment of the Black and Tans will hold their annual Toast to The Season at the Eagle LA the week of December 4 in Los Angeles, CA.

Bring an unwrapped child's toy (no stuffed animals please) to Eagle LA. The Black and Tans hold their annual Toast To The Season that night. The toys collected will be on display on the Eagle LA stage and it has been an awe-striking sight every year.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans is a Los Angeles-based social and fraternal organization for men with an interest in uniforms.




Crescent City Leathermen Halloween in New Orleans

The CCL Halloween Beer Bust a the Phoenix was a great success. Thanks to all those that came out to support the Crescent City Leathermen and to participate in the costume contest. Choosing a winner was hard but Adikus, Tony and David were the top three costumes. Everyone had a spooky good time.

CCL will be one of the hosting clubs for the New Orleans World AIDS Day Vigil on December 1 which will gather at North Rampart and Elysian Fields at 6:30 PM with the Vigil starting at 7 PM at Washington Square Park.




Return of ECMC’s In Person Holiday Party

Empire City MC newsletter

We’re very happy to announce that our 58th Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive returns to the Stonewall Inn as an in-person event this December 4th (with a few changes). There are no pre-event online ticket sales this year. Doors open at 6 PM and there will be a two-tier pricing structure: $10 with a gift for Rising Ground, or $20 without a gift ($10 of which being given directly to Rising Ground).

All door prizes will be on display with a paper bag next to each item. You will be provided some tickets at the door and handed out throughout the night by our hosts when you correctly answer some trivia questions. Near the end of the event, our brother Jack and our special guest host, Hibiscus will randomly choose the winning ticket from each sack. Bidders can place as many tickets as they want in a particular item’s paper sack,
increasing their chances of winning the item. Following our party, do not feel rushed out the door – there will be a live drag show, and you’re all welcome to stay and enjoy the fun.


Polyamory Day


Tuesday, November 23, is Polyamory Day – a day celebrated every year around the world by people who consider themselves to be polyamorous, who are in a polyamorous relationship, or who support polyamory as a valid relationship orientation or choice.

On November 23, we ask: If you agree that polyamorous people are entitled to the same rights, privileges, and governmental accommodation as others, please share a Polyamory Day image or meme on your blogs, email lists, and on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can use an existing image or create a new one. Find Polyamory Day images by searching #‎polyamoryday‬ on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. New Polyamory Day images will be released on social media on or before November 23.





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A Blast From The Past - CLAW 2004




We felt it appropriate to go back into out photo archive to post a photo from CLAW in the early days. This is from 2004 when Goddess Lakshimi enjoys Douglas Connors and he is not complaining. This was from CLAW III, or my second CLAW. Photo by Dave Rhodes



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