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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 7, 2018

By November 08, 2018




Palm Springs Leather Pride - Renegade

Richard Passmore was chosen Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday night, October 27 in front of about 650 Leatherfolk and kinksters. Passmore was tops among six men vying for the opportunity to compete at IML in May. First runner-up was Mark Heger and second runner-up was Charlie Mosquero. IML 1992 Lenny Broberg returned and was at the top of his game as emcee. The weekend included Friday, Saturday and Sunday pool parties at the Canyon Club, an Infernal Swap and Cruise Alley street fair at the Barracks on Friday and Saturday nights, a Tom of Finland Formal VIP Evening at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Friday night, A Gars and Gear Party at the Barracks on Saturday afternoon, an Atomic a Cockpit Leather Fetish Event at the Palm Springs Air Museum as well as a Victory Dance at the Barracks on Saturday night. There was a private hosted party at Jim Neuman's Casa Lola on Sunday afternoon. Passmore entered as Mr. Tool Shed 2019 and supports nonprofits, political activism, and education about Leather/sex-positivity.




 Texas US Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke and Texas Governor primary candidate Jeffrey Payne


Jeffrey Live

Jeffrey Payne, a Democratic candidate in the Texas Primary of governor, has a live on line show titled Jeffrey Live which is worth a listen. Payne did not win his primary. It appears that he will be a force in Texas politics for years to come. Aside being someone who makes a great listen, Jeffery talks about the reality of the Texas and National mid-term election and how it was successful even though Beto O'Rourke narrowly lost to Ted Cruz. This video is long, but is worth seeing.




New Mexico Leather Bear and Leather cub

The winners, Mr. New Mexico Leather Bear 2019 Marvin and Mr. New Mexico Leather cub 2019 Oliver X , were selected by the judging team of Bear Tim, cub andy, Jacques Daniels, Mr. Jack Parton, and Jeremy “JereBear." Three Bears and three cubs competed. Daddy Mauro served as emcee and Renato entertained with several songs. The contest, held November 2-4, was hosted by the Albuquerque Leather Daddys. Friday included a meet and greet at Sidewinders followed by a private play party at The Club House. Saturday started with a Luncheon at Daddy Ruben and Rex’s home honoring judges, contestants, Dave Rhodes and the local Leather community with the contest at Sidewinders Bar. Rhodes was the guest speaker, telling of the first time he visited Albuquerque in 1989. The official weekend concluded with a luncheon at Daddy Mauro and boy Andy’s home with Women in Leather Legacy Gail as guest speaker. Three members were inducted on Saturday before the luncheon. The Hampton Inn was the host hotel.





Mr. Eagle NYC Leather

Thom Kam was selected as Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2019 on October 6. Photo taken at the Eagle NYC Halloween Party on October 31. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert



Jim Stewart, November 11, 1942 — October 15, 2018

Folsom Street Pioneer, “Drummer” Author and Photographer

By Jack Fritscher

Jim Stewart, 75, a veteran Folsom Street Leather pioneer, died of pneumonia after a fall on October 15, 2018, at his home in Ludington, Michigan, where he had retired. He was the author and cover model of the award-winning 2011 memoir, “Folsom Street Blues,” and a photographer for Drummer magazine. As a member of the SOMA Open Studio movement, he chronicled the creative kink epiphanies of the Folsom Street art scene with intimate friends he wrote about such as Tool Box bar founder Chuck Arnett, Oscar Streaker Robert Opel, poet Camille O’Grady, and Old Reliable Studio photographer David Hurles. I met him while he was managing a movie theater in the Midwest in 1973, and sponsored his move to San Francisco in 1975 where we worked together for many years. With his Nikon, he shot pictures for the Society for Individual Rights (SIR) and documented Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Running Fence.” He founded his Keyhole Studios in 1976. Beginning in 2013, he wrote the monthly “Leather History” column for the Bay Area Reporter. He is survived by his husband of 35 years, Kenneth Warner. Disambiguation: Jim Stewart is not Jim Stewart, the British founder of the Fetters bondage company.




Mr. Maryland Leather

The Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Contest was won by Scorpius Red on Saturday night, November 3 at the Wind Up Space in Baltimore, MD. Contest producer COMMAND MC celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a reception. COMMAND's iconic play party, PigSty, was held on Thursday and Saturday nights. Almost $17,000 was raised for the charities COMMAND supports across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. The Lord Baltimore was the host hotel.




Mr. San Francisco Rubber 2019

Alan Gamrican is Mr. San Francisco Rubber 2019, having won his title in the contest held October 20 at the SF Eagle. Mr. San Francisco Rubber and its contest represent the Rubber Community in the Bay Area. We promote and foster kink awareness through events centered around inclusivity, respect, and mentorship.




Leather Pride Dublin

Leather Pride Dublin is a weekend of events organized by the community group GEARED Ireland. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events will be held January 26-28 and are focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.






Mr. Precinct Leather

The Precinct in Downtown Los Angeles will hold the Mr. Precinct Leather contest on Sunday, November 11 at 6 PM and it will be emceed by Sister Bearonce Knows. Mr. Precinct Leather 2018 Spike is joined by Art Berkowitz, Adam Monda, Luis Ramos, Marpa Franzoni and Goddess Genesis as judges. Precinct, 357 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.




LA Leather Coalition Board elected

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition recently elected its 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Chair Gus Norris, Vice-Chair Robert "Motorboot" Green, Secretary Apolonio "Señor Apple" E. Muñoz III, Treasurer Cypher with at large Board Members Ms Diana, Alan Stroik, David Cosio and Frank Cavallo who is new to the Board. There currently is a vacancy on the Board as Esteban Nuñez stepped down recently to take care of family. Los Angeles Leather Pride Week will be held March 24-31.




MAFIA Club Night

MAFIA's monthly Club Nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche' Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are December 7 and January 4. Join the MAFIA in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.




Mx Virginia Leather

Purple Penguin Productions, aka Ma'am Karen and Bumper will present Virginia’s first MX Leather Contest. Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.




Avatar Club Los Angeles - Avatar Gear Sale and Swap Meat

Avatar Club Los Angeles will host its monthly educational meeting at MCC in the Valley on Wednesday, November 14 beginning at 7:30 PM. This will be Avatar's annual Avatar Gear Sale and Swap Meat where one can do a little holiday shopping on a budget. Photo above is of the Mummification presentation by Alan Stroik on Matthew Jensen in October. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.



Sherman Oaks Munch

The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock Restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.





The Leather Journal - Please donate

By Robert O'Dell

Just want to pay tribute to Dave Rhodes and The Leather Journal for 30-plus years of service to Leather cultures. TLJ has documented daily Leather life - and with the mindset of a nonprofit, to be sure. TLJ's commitment gives Leather culture a way to continue being permanent, a goal Leather List explicitly supports. TLJ is the only organization supported through Leather List that is not a nonprofit corporation. You can support TLJ here on Leather List/National, or visit their own contribution page.





Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next two being Friday, November 9 and December 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.




Hunter & Charlie's

Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them we say hello. (323) 848-4790.




Ms Sacramento Leather Contest

After a 20 year hiatus the Ms Sacramento Leather title returned in 2018 with Tiffany winning the title. The Sacramento community showed up en masse Ms Rhonda and Tomo of KinkED Productions were proud of the production the weekend of October 12-13 in Sacramento, CA. 50 attended the interview on Saturday afternoon, far more than producers expected. Ms Sacramento Leather will provide representation, outreach, service, and education to the Sacramento Valley area Leather, fetish, and kink communities. Following Tiffany's title year she may elect to compete for a regional or international title








That special morning

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Das vadanya Kim Davis - not Leather but it's too good to miss

By Nick Visser for HuffPost

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made headlines after refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in 2015, lost her re-election bid to her Democratic challenger on Tuesday. Elwood Caudill Jr. will be the new clerk for Rowan County after winning 4,210 votes to Davis’ 3,566, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read the rest of the story at




MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber

Mr. International Rubber weekend is upon us, November 9-12. Get your weekend package right away to get a seat or hear about it later here, on Facebook and/or Instagram. There are plenty of worthwhile events during Mr. International Rubber weekend.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, November 9 and December 14 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




Barking Billiards

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. November 13, 20 and 27. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Their Halloween party was a blast - don't miss it next year. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 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.



Capitol Area Board - All Clubs Night

All Clubs Night will be hosted by Capitol Area Board at the DC Eagle on Friday, November 16 at 9:30 PM. The DC Eagle "All Colors Night" has evolved into an ALL CLUBS NIGHT. This is more inclusive so we do not leave out clubs that are forming, clubs that are rebooting, and clubs that are a lot of fun to hang with. All LGBT+ clubs are invited from Bears and Court through Gear and Leather to Rugby and Uniform. Yes, this includes man's best friend, Puppies. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.




Leatherman of Color, Leather Woman of Color

Leatherman of Color, Leather Woman of Color Competitions and the People of Color Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held live at the DC Eagle on Saturday, December 8 at 7 PM. This is Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend. A Friday night meet and greet starts at 9 PM, Leather University will be on Saturday from 4-6 PM. Sunday closes the weekend with a Fellowship Victory Brunch at Alero at 11 AM. Dax Volpe will pass the title onto the next man and there will be a woman, too. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road, Washington, DC 20019.



Florida Leather and Fetish Pride

Florida Leather and Fetish Pride Weekend will be held at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Clearwater, Florida, November 9-11. Florida Leather and Fetish Pride offers something for everyone including Classes, Vendors, Demos, Play space, and is home to the Mr./Ms Florida Leather and Fetish Pride contests. Clarion Inn and Suites Clearwater, 20967 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, Florida 33765.




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, November 8 and December 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Republicans and Democrats Don't Just Disagree About Politics - They Have Different Sexual Fantasies

By Justin Lehmiller for Politico

Whether we identify as Republican, Democrat, independent or something else, we're not just turned on by taboos, but also by trying new and different things in general. For example, it's human nature to be titillated by novelty, mixing up what we do, where we do it and whom we do it with. Most of us seek to meet a range of psychological needs in our fantasies, too, such as feeling desired, validated and competent. And the vast majority of us are fantasizing about our current romantic partners far more than we're fantasizing about Hollywood celebrities, porn stars and politicians. To read the rest of this article



Lights Off - Folsom Fridays

Lights Off - Folsom Fridays are hosted by Sellers Underground in Austin, TX. The next two are November 9 and December 14 at 9 PM. For those that don't have enough Leather and gear, or who might be intrigued by it - Sir Rat Leather and Gearwear has you covered with their pop-up shop in the back. Take over the glowing black light, fog-filled dance floor on second Fridays while DJ Tony Castro spins us into the early morning hours. Sellers Underground, 213 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.



Pleasure and Pain - Third Anniversary

Pleasure and Pain will celebrate its Third Anniversary on Saturday, November 10 at 8 PM at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Demos and guest participation in different fetishes, silent auction of kinky toys. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.




Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.




Eagle NYC Halloween Party

Photo and story by Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Mr. Fire Island Leather 2007 Diego Vargas won the $1,000 first prize, as Aquaman with his seahorses, at the Eagle NYC Halloween Party costume contest on October 31.

Leather Reign XII

Leather Reign XII, to be held November 9-11 in Bellevue, WA, has an innovative fundraising campaign with Leather List, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. LeatherList.org is a fundraising platform for Leatherfolk. They are fundraising throughout the weekend and then continuing the campaign through the end of 2018. They are fundraising for Carter/Johnson Leather Library, Leather Archives & Museum, four local nonprofits: Camp Ten Trees (LGBTQ youth); Gay City (Health); Gender Justice League (Social justice); and Pan Eros Foundation (formerly Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. Now in its twelfth year, Leather Reign explores and builds healthy and fulfilling experiences in BDSM, Leather Sex, and power dynamic relationships. Leather clubs, and other annual Leather events can do this too. To set up your own sponsorship contact Leather List at

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Mama's Family at New Mexico Leather Bear and Leather cub.



Dallas Eagle and International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack owner Jeffrey Payne will be active in Texas politics.



 New Mexico Leather Bear and cub crowd at Saturday Luncheon.



Daddy Ruben with Sidewinders co-owner Ronato at Albuquerque Leather Daddys event.


Mr. Palm Springs Leather contestants caught on camera by Motorboot Robert.


 Several past Mr. Maryland Leather titleholders.


Many stayed in Palm Springs an extra week for LGBT Pride.


 Mama's Family at New Jersey Leather.


Magnum with friend at New Mexico Leather Bear and cub.