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Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 22, 2017

By November 22, 2017



Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The holidays are here. The Leather/Levi/Fetish/Kink/Gear/Rubber/Puppy/Motorcyle community knows how to party and fund raise during this special time of year and you will see the tip of the iceberg as far as events to attend and support. Some are of the ages and some are new - all for a good cause. If you have an event coming soon, make sure to capitalize on the publicity offered here. If your event has just completed, please send a brief write-up and a few photos. See the writer guidelines at the bottom of this post. I started this Hump Day weekly in August with 15 short stories - this week there are 40 - and 23 photos. Share it with your friends.



Bad Santa X-mas Party in Salt Lake City
Bad Santa X-mas Party, hosted by Crow and the Pitcher and DJ Jarvicious is on the docket for Saturday, December 23 at 8 PM. Come take photos with Santa before he heads out on his big night! No cover but donations go to charities. Come have fun and tell Santa what you want for X-mas. Crow and the Pitcher, 4883 South. State, Murray, UT 84107.


There is a God - French Market Place saved in West Hollywood
West Hollywood’s now-shuttered French Market Place - once a basecamp for LGBT activists—will not be demolished as once feared. Instead, the former grocery store and restaurant at Santa Monica Boulevard and Laurel Avenue will be resurrected as a sleek new eatery and incorporated into a new office building under new plans filed this month with the city of West Hollywood, developer Faring announced today, November 16. Those plans call for keeping the market place building intact with new offices built above and around it....The entire project will be called The French Market. Read the rest of the story at https://la.curbed.com/2017/10/16/16484226/french-market-place-development-west-hollywood


Empire City Motorcycle Club. Photo by Chaz Antonelli

Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive to benefit Leake & Watts Children’s Services is on tap for Saturday, December 2 at the historic Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street in New York, starting at 6 PM. Light fare served, coat check and door prizes. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Leake & Watts is a New York City based non-profit organization that helps families discover their own strengths and build upon those strengths using evidence-based models with proven records of achievement. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empire-city-mcs-54th-annual-holiday-party-toy-drive-tickets-39355362950

BDSM Introduction Class hosted by House of MarKus and Leather Masters
David Carranza, owner of Leather Masters and Markus, founder of HOME and owner of House of Markus will be covering the basics on the BDSM Lifestyle. Topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual at Leather Master, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226 on Saturday, December 16 at 1 PM. Cost is $10. Tickets available at Leather Masters or http://www.leathermasters.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1996520153937094/?active_tab=about


Mr. Precinct Leather 2018 Spike is flanked by Sister Bearonce Knows and Fifi Lafille. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Mr. Precinct Leather winner
Mr. Precinct Leather is none other than Spike who was tops among three men on Sunday night, November 19 at the Precinct DTLA. The runner-up was Christian Sanchez. This is the title's second year, the first titleholder being Fifi Lafille who was on the judging panel with Ali Mushtaq, Bam Bam, Art Berkowitz and Trevor Black. The emcee was Sister Bearonce Knows. Spike will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. The staged portion of the contest was over in less than two hours. He has volunteered for APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles) and AIDS Life Cycle.


Bears In Toyland
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2015 Frank Cavallo and boy Scott present Bears In Toyland at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA starting at 8 PM with a $6 cover charge. Bears In Toyland will benefit Mama's Kids. There will be a silent auction. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas"NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY

The Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas"NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY, produced by Hooker & Boys, will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 12-6 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach will work the stage with ASL emcees Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. The beneficiaries include Leather Heart Foundation, Project Real AIDS Action Baltimore and Hagerstown Hopes.


Big Daddy Santa's Minion Auction
The Alameda County Leather Corps will present Big Daddy Santa's Minion Auction at the World Famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA on Saturday, December 2 at 6 PM. This will be the ACLC's 25th Annual big holiday fundraising party with KiCroteau and Tek as the emcees. Proceeds benefit the Alameda County Food Bank.


Mr. New England Leather 2018 (left) is pictured with former Mr. NELs (from l to r) Russell Sweeney (2017), Eric Alden (2016), and Steve Dupont (2014). Photo supplied by Mr. New England Leather

Mr. New England Leather
Robert Birch is Mr. New England Leather 2018, having won his sash and medallion in Provincetown, MA. Rob is from Provincetown and entered Mr. New England Leather because he "found the Leather community to be open and welcoming" and describes himself as "a combination of brains, brawn, and easygoing demeanor." https://www.facebook.com/MrNewEnglandLeather/

Winter Wonderland Gala hosted by Imperial Court of Arizona
Winter Wonderland Gala will be hosted by Imperial Court of Arizona on Saturday, December 16 at 7 PM at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Now in its 12th year, as one of the most popular events on the Imperial Court's calendar takes the next big step with the first Winter Wonderland Gala! Featuring holiday entertainment by members and friends of the Imperial Court of Arizona, along with The Voices of the Desert, and local pianists, the evening will also include light appetizers and hors d'ouvres, full cocktail bar with proper ID, photo's with Santa and the ever popular raffle prize giveaways, presentation of collected toys and bicycles and checks from community groups and community awards. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Logan's Playground and Imperial Court of Arizona.



Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather Austin "Pup Whisper" James. Photo by Brad Evans

Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather
By Jessie Vanciel
On November 11, Daddy's Barbershop had the Sixth Annual Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather contest which was won by Austin "Pup Whisper" James. Stephan Ferris was the other contestant. The judges were Trey Ayinde Fletcher, Andy Lax, Rich Stadtmiller, Anna Rose, Azalea Hollinger and Geoff Millard. The emcees were Pollo Del Mar and Lance Holman. https://www.facebook.com/events/127530127869330/

Leather Masked Ball XII
The Saturday after Thanksgiving the Leather Masked Ball XII will be held at Progress Bar in Wilton Manors, FL on November 25 at 10 PM. Join the fight as we rise up against injustice and boring parties. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Admission includes plenty of entertainment and demonstrations. The Leather Archives & Museum will be back at the Leather Masked Ball XII, exhibiting the Second Skin display, a collection of vests, sashes and other material items from its collections. Progress Bar, 2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL.


San Francisco Leather Cultural District
By Race Bannon
Hey guys. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to be able to watch some of the future meetings being held to discuss a possible San Francisco Leather Cultural District, subscribe to this YouTube channel. If you want some information about this project, meeting dates and locations, etc., here's the website: http://sfleatherdistrict.org/


Avatar Deck The Balls/Yule Log Holiday Party
Friday December 8 at 9 PM at Eagle LA Avatar Club Los Angeles will present Deck The Balls/Yule Log Holiday Party at Eagle LA. The Holiday Balls and Yule Log decorating contest will give $100 prizes for best Balls and Yule Log! Bondage, flogging and spanking demos, audience participation encouraged. Last year it was Deck the Balls. Biggest log won, so in 2017 Avatar has a prize for balls and one for log. Visit our website for details on the above Avatar events and all upcoming events at Avatar Club Los Angeles.


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 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.


Club X Round Robin Gift Exchange
For the December 19 Club-X Coed BDSM Discussion Group meeting there will be a Round Robin Gift Exchange for those that wish to participate. Simply bring an unwrapped gift suitable for any gender, orientation and identity. Please keep your gift in the range of $ 10. Just for fun, we’ll combine the Door Prize winners and multiply the fun. The meeting location is the Denny's at 1065 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 and starts at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month. https://fetlife.com/events/600796


Mr. LA Leather Bear 2017 Daniel. Photo by Motorboot Robert

Mr. LA Leather Bear and Bears LA 25th Anniversary
By Gabriel Green
Bears LA will celebrate 25 years as an organization and will host the Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 contest at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. on Saturday, January 20 at 9 PM. They also will celebrate the amazing title year of Mr. LA Leather Bear 2017 Daniel Josue Soto. Other events are Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Meat 'N Greet on Thursday, January, 18 at Eagle LA, Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Bears LA Dinner at Farmboy Kitchen on Friday, January 20, and Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Victory Celebration on Sunday, January 21 at Eagle LA.


Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat in Dublin, Ireland
Following Manchester Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat will present in Dublin Ireland on Sunday January 28th 2018 during Leather Pride Dublin weekend. “What an opportunity! The Leatherfolk of Dublin are overjoyed the Chats coming and I can’t wait to experience Irish hospitality” O’Keeffe jokes, “My ancestors must be calling me home!” Long time Leather activist and AIDS educator Karl Hayden will be the Chat subject. Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat will move on to Leather Pride Belgium for a Chat with ECMC’s Daniel Dumont on February 24 during Leather Pride Belgium.

Black Friday LA&M Membership Special
Purchase a membership to the Leather Archives & Museum at the Supporting or above level and receive a free membership to gift to a friend who is not currently a member. If you are already a member, your current membership will be extended one additional year and you will receive an updated eMembership card in the mail. Please provide the Name, Address, Phone, and E-mail Address in the notes section during checkout of the person you would like to send the free eMembership to and we will notify them on December 24 of your gift. Please visit the membership center on our website or phone us at (773) 761-9200 to signup or renew your membership today.


Benefit for Pixy's daughter
Early on the morning of September 20, 2017 Pixy's 13 year old daughter committed suicide. A single mother, Pixy is now, in addition to dealing with the emotional devastation, preparing for the monstrous expenses that are associated with this unexpected tragedy. Pixy is International Ms Olympus Leather 2017. In California the average funeral and related expenses is $10,000. We know there are 1,000's of places you can donate your hard earned money, we, her family are asking you to please give what you can so that she may focus on her family and all that encompasses at this awful time. We, her family, have created this funding page in response to the overwhelming outpouring of concern for her, as an answer to the dozen or so calls with the same question... "how can I (we, my community) help her." https://www.youcaring.com/pixyintlmsolympusleather2017-9583622

Mark Ensinger - November 5,2017
One of Delta International’s founding members, Mark Ensinger, died on Sunday, November 5,2017 at the age of 82. Mark attended every year from Delta ’95 to Delta ’15. Mark was also an associate member of Chicago Hellfire Club (CHC) and attended Inferno for 30 years. Mark was the Dungeon Master of the Fountains of Pleasure No 6 Dungeon” in Novi, Michigan. He hosted monthly play parties for 300 months (approximately 1992-2017) and had an annual event referred to as Algolagnic Atelier for 20 years from 1985-2005 with a special 30th Anniversary edition in 2015.


Mister International Rubber XXI results
Michal Neighbour was chosen to be Mister International Rubber 2018 the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL. The top three were Mr. International Rubber 21 Michal Neighbour, first runner up John Cheshire and second runner up Drew Ranger. The judging panel included Amp Somers, Bob Firth-Tessier, Preston "wex" So. Israel Wright, Richard "Trooper" Long, Rubber Chris and Tyger Yoshi. MIR has grown to the point that there were 33 rubber-related events in Chicago that weekend including the traditional meet and greet, dinner victory party and Sunday brunch.





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Polish & 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.


South Plains Leatherfest - International Master/slave
The theme of South Plains Leatherfest - International Master/slave Weekend is “We will not forget.” During the South Plains Weekend we will remember our history and traditions, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future. Whether you’re interested in Master/slave relationships or cutting-edge SM or both, you’ll find what you’re looking for at South Plains Leatherfest - International Master/slave Weekend in Dallas, Texas on March 9 – March 11. Thib Guicherd-Callin and slave Elizabeth as our emcees for the Friday night Cruise and Saturday’s International Master/slave Contest.



Donna Sachet's Songs of the Season XXV
Donna Sachet’s Songs of the Season XXV, benefiting PRC/AIDS Emergency Fund, returns for the 25th Anniversary Edition on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 27, 28, and 29 (Closing night is sold out!) at Halcyon in San Francisco, CA Songs of the Season, benefiting PRC/AIDS Emergency Fund. If you have never attended this amazing holiday cabaret show you will be in for a real treat. The show promises you an evening filled with a variety of locally and internationally recognized and spirited entertainers; all determined to usher you into the joy and excitement of the holiday season.


Sociologists Reclassify BDSM As “Leisure Activity” In Bid To Remove Stigma
By Katy Evans of IFLScience!
In a bid to remove the stigma surrounding BDSM sexual practice, sociologists are attempting to reclassify it as a “leisure activity” akin to golf. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m playing golf wrong. The researchers, led by Idaho State University, wanted to build on recent studies that suggested instead of a traditional psychopathologic explanation, BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism) could be understood as a potential leisure activity. Read the rest at


From Of Sunset Festival during LA Leather Pride this year. Photo by Dave Rhodes

LA Leather Pride - We are ALL LA Leather
The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC), has confirmed the dates of March 18 - 25 for the 19th Annual Los Angeles Leather Pride (LALP) fundraising and community social gathering. Building upon the old and bringing in the new to reflect the vibrant and diverse community of LA, this event will create a space where all feel included regardless of race, identity, orientation, gender, status, ability, role or creed. Highlights include the Kick Off Celebration on March 18 hosted by Men of ONYX Southwest at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, and the 19th Annual Mr. LA Leather Contest which is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the Historic Globe Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The week-long event is capped by the Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival which will see 10,000 revelers flow into the streets of Silver Lake.


Over $2,700 for Holiday Helpers in Florida
By Daddy Al Santora
Congratulations to Master Bruce Ross and family who did an amazing job this weekend in raising over $2,700 for Holiday Helpers at The Boot Rack in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, November 18. This organization assist Kid’s with AIDS. The spaghetti dinner and raffles were truly an act of love by the number of people that attended and contributed. Daddy Dana and I, represented the Florida LeatherSir/Leatherboy organization on behalf of its producer, Sir Bill Hoeppner. It’s great to always think of others and put our personal issues aside. It truly strengthens us as members of the Leather Community.



Dave Rhodes Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday List
Dave Rhodes Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday List will appear on www.TheLeatherJournal.com soon after Thanksgiving. Due to space constrictions, the annual column did not appear in the November- December print version of The Leather Journal. Exhaust yourselves with Black Friday sales then come back for Dave's appreciations and a few light-hearted prank gifts.

South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town
South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town, hosted by Master Travel Gay Tours hosted by Master Travel Gay Tours, will run from December 7-17. This scenic 10-day trip through South Africa's spectacular Eastern and Western Cape Provinces including a four-star Game Reserve. The diverse countryside that makes up the Western Cape includes the lush Garden Route region, the Elephant Sanctuary, the arid Little Karoo region with the Cango Caves and Ostrich farm, the Winelands and South Africa's indigenous wildlife and culture. The natural beauty in and around Cape Town is breathtaking, and after exploring that, including a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, the trip wraps up with a rather spectacular celebration of gay life in South Africa with the Mother City Queer Project.



Black and Tans Toast to the Season
The Regiment of the Black and Tans will kick off the holidays with their 43rd Annual Toast to the Season at Eagle LA on Saturday, December 2 at 9 PM. This is the start of a month when Los Angeles' Leather community shines with its many clubs' Holiday parties. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029.


Voices of the Quilt musical needs funding
By Race Bannon
This project is important to me. The Quilt is a vital part of our history and served as a mechanism of solace during my own grieving when my first partner died of AIDS. This project needs money to move forward and I hope many of my friends donate. Donations of any amount, small or large, will help. Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Two good friends, Jörg Fockele and Adam Ouderkirk, are part of this project's core production team and they uphold the highest standards and are men of impeccable integrity. Voices of the Quilt, endorsed by AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones and by the NAMES Project, is the story of a community, ravaged by the HIV/AIDS crisis, that rose up and took unprecedented action in the fight for human rights, in part through the creation of what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt - nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and estimated at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of folk art. The musical is a moving requiem to the fallen, a call to fight against a ravaging pandemic, and, above all, a celebration of life and the strength of community. Uplifting, joyous, and full of spirit, you will stomp your feet and sing out loud. Demos of song selections, performed by the composer, can be listened to on the donation page.


Rainbow Mountain Kinky X-Mas
Wear your Leather or fetish gear, dance, sing, play and do some shopping in Santa’s kinky market — a collection of kink, class and a little something extra! Kinky Christmas Market is sure to become a rainbow mountain tradition with DJ Brad Scott.
Kinky Christmas market / nightclub / 8 PM – 2 AM. Rainbow Mountain Resort, 210 Mt. Nebo Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.


Flipbook of Drummer Magazine

The colorful new Flipbook, Covers, Mastheads, Contents, and Staff of Drummer Magazine unzips an archive of Twentieth-Century history for Old/New Guard players. Offered free as a Leather community service, this is the third book of Leather history by Drummer editor Jack Fritscher and archivist Mark Hemry. The Leather Journal reported on volume one, Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer: “There is no written account of Old Guard Leather. Fritscher’s detailing of the Drummer Boom is unparalleled."


Travel Tips: Flying with Ropes & Kinky Toys
By Midori on Twisted Monk
'Tis the season for much traveling. Travel smart and play hot. Don't get your toys confiscated. Avoid awkward 'conversations' with TSA. Here's how I pack and prepare for travel. Trust me on this. I travel waaay too much. That's why Twisted Monk had me write this.



A scene from Tom of Finland. Photo by Kino Lorber

Tom of Finland movie expands to more cities

By Nicholas Kemp
We've got more news about the release of the Tom of Finland biopic. It's opening November 24 in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Providence with corresponding events at The Bike Stop, the Baltimore Eagle, and the Providence Eagle. It will open December 1 in Dallas with an event at the Dallas Eagle, and December 88 in DC, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis and Vancouver. They've also added a highly anticipated Chicago run starting January 5.


December 8
Washington, DC http://www.facebook.com/events/375680506178265/ - Atlanta http://www.facebook.com/events/1739586143017997/facebook.com/events/1739586143017997/
Minneapolis http://www.facebook.com/events/2100376099976370/facebook.com/events/2100376099976370/
December 15
Boston http://www.facebook.com/events/248645428998316/facebook.com/events/248645428998316/ - St. Louis http://www.facebook.com/events/1482269135227721/facebook.com/events/1482269135227721/

Just Play: A Play Party for Women
Just Play: A Play Party for Women will be held at the Baltimore Playhouse in Baltimore, MD on November 24 starting at 6 PM. The Baltimore Playhouse and Just Play Weekend have been making play happen since 1997. Baltimore Playhouse, 3010 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230.


Divergent Donations Foundation
By Jeph and Kevin Barry

Our organization collects funds and, most importantly, unused medications (opened/expired okay) so they can be sent to areas where HIV/AIDS meds are scarce. We accept ALL antiretroviral medications. Last year our efforts kept 12 people alive. Your monetary and medication donations help us keep making lives better. Keep our foundation alive by visiting https://justadddonations.eventbrite.com Keep our brothers and sisters alive by sending us a PM...we'll help you get your meds to us.

MAsT: Salt Lake City
By Lady Katerina
An opening reception was a preview to the Tom of Finland movie on November 10 in Salt Lake City, UT and what was meant to be a night focused on the movie, and for some CODE at Club Tryangles, became a celebratory night for Michael Saunders and Ladysyre Rose; they had just found out that day, and allowed me first knowledge to share, that their Chapter Charter was approved for the newest Masters And slaves Together chapter, MAsT: Salt Lake City. Following, on Saturday evening, a mixed Play Party was held at the Clubhouse. Please check out Blackboot events for more on the Salt Lake City Leather Scene, growing and thriving.



Ottawa Knights' Mr. Leather Ottawa and Bootblack
The Ottawa Knights held their Mr. Leather Ottawa and Bootblack contest with Andre Cyr taking the Mr. title and Cea Shelley winning the Bootblack sash. The Mr. runner-up was Jefferson Morrison and the Bootblack runner-up was Mike Laframboise. Four men ran for Mr. Leather Ottawa and two for Ottawa Bootblack.



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.

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

Style sheet stuff
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Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes