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Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 8, 2017

By November 09, 2017


Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com


Pup Figaro and Terry Laupp emcees at International Puppy and Handler Weekend in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

International Puppy Contest staff and management changes

The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner has been officially appointed contest producer. Joining him as producer is Pup Figaro, IPC's International Puppy 2015. Together, Tripp and Figaro will be managing and coordinating all stages of the contest. Stepping into the role of IPC’s Contestant Handler is International Puppy 2016, Pup Incus. In her new role, Incus will take over prepping the contestants for the contest weekend and guiding them through the main event. The remaining owners of IPC look forward to seeing Tripp, Figaro, and Incus in action to bring together an enjoyable, quality International Puppy 2019 Contest and beyond. https://www.facebook.com/internationalpuppycontest/


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


Put Your Toys Away and Build Your BDSM Skills
By Dr. Gloria Brame
I’m not saying there’s something wrong with toys. Heaven forefend. I would never ever tell you to get rid of them. Not the fragile latex that makes you glitter and shine, not the gleaming leather whip that makes you swoon nor the coldly glimmering cuffs and clamps that make sex so intense. Keep those favorite joy toys that make your juices flow and cherish them. Read the rest at https://www.gloriabrame.com/put-your-toys-away-and-build-your-bdsm-skills/

Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 Contest
By Cypher
Find out who will be the next Sanctuary Leather titleholders. The Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 kick off is on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM with a Meet and Greet at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Contest itself will be on Saturday, starting at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, then the Victory party on Sunday at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood from 4-8 PM. Along with the usual festivities, we will be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Ms Sanctuary Leather title. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/152339255378444??ti=iaa If you would like to compete in the contest, please contact Mistress Cyan or Cypher via Facebook for an application.


Tucson AdVenture Run
By Sir Jesse Segebartt
Over the first weekend of November, the Desert Leathermen of Tucson hosted their Second Annual Tucson AdVenture Run out of Brodies Tavern. Over 50 participants from eight organizations took part in the weekend, which featured education, two play parties, a bar crawl, free HIV/STD testing, three meals, a game night, and a pup mosh. Attendance had increased nearly 100 percent from the year prior and the Desert Leathermen of Tucson look forward to next year’s run which was described as a ‘Leather Family Reunion’ by a two time attendee.

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.

San Diego Eagle 15th Anniversary
All Clubs Weekend at The Eagle will be held Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 at the San Diego Eagle, and this is also the San Diego Eagle's 15th Anniversary. Join San Diego brothers and sisters in Leather and kink for a weekend full of demos, fetish wear and community. Lastly, on Sunday, join in on the Eagle Bus Trip to Palm Springs. $50 for a seat on the round-trip bus to Palm Springs and Cathedral City bars. Check out https://fetishmensandiego.blogspot.com/2017/11/health-bondage-and-meat.html?zx=d569e29efccf40d1 for more information.

Award winning chili chef Bill Bednarz, is flanked by Black and Tans members Jon and Marlon.

Black and Tans LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off
The LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off was hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans and Eagle LA on Sunday, November 5 at Eagle LA. Seven contestants made their own chili and guests voted for their favorite as well as categories in which the winners was selected by a panel of judges. There. Bill Bednarz was the crowd favorite. For more go to http://blackandtans.org or see their page on Facebook. The Black and Tans will host their annual Toast To The Season at Eagle LA on Saturday night, December 2 at Eagle LA. This is a toy drive, so you know what to bring.

Sanctuary Marketplace, and charity Slave Auction
By Jacquie Crass
On November 11 Southern California’s largest dungeon presents the Sanctuary Marketplace, and charity Slave Auction party at Sanctuary LAX from 11 AM - 6 PM. Produced by Sanctuary LAX and House RavynBlood, this daytime event provides members of the Los Angeles BDSM and Fetish community a one-stop shopping experience with dozens of local vendors and craftspeople such as Orchid and Serpent, Edgeplay Gear, and Laced Up Corsets. As guests shop, they can enjoy legendary performers on the main stage by Madam Margherite, Porcelain Midnight, Demonic Cupcake, and many others - or grab a bite at the on-site food truck. Sanctuary LAX, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. Cost is $10. Entry is free for vets and active duty with military ID. For more info, visit http://www.SanctuaryMarketplace.com


The Renslow Charitable Trust
The Renslow Charitable Trust held its initial organizational meeting at the Executive Offices of International Mr. Leather, Inc. (IML). The Trust was formed to manage and ensure Chuck’s express desire that IML be a direct funding source for The Leather Archives and Museum, located in Chicago, IL. Chuck announced the creation of the Trust in his speech at the 2010 International Mr. Leather Competition. The Trust owns 100-percent of International Mr. Leather, Inc. The income from IML will be used exclusively to support the Leather Archives & Museum. The Trustees of the Trust met and elected a new Board of Directors of International Mr. Leather, Inc. In turn, the new Board of Directors elected three individuals to serve as the new Officers of the IML Corporation. They are: President Jon Krongaard, Secretary Joey McDonald and Treasurer Randall “Bear Man” Klett. For information about IML, please visit http://www.imrl.com and for the Leather Archives and Museum, please visit http://www.leatherarchives.org

CineKink Kinky Film Festival Tour Returns to Chicago
Films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen November 10-11, as CineKink, "the kinky film festival," returns to Chicago for a sizzling weekend rendezvous, taking place at Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL. Among the films being shown are 'Spank You Very Much' by Thomas Florek, 'Folsom Street' by Aron Kantor, 'You've Got Tail' by Danny Tayara, 'Please May I Come Mistress?' by Pandora Blake, 'Tabook' by Dario van Vree, 'Sapiosexual' by Kristin Heckler, 'Since You Asked So Nicely' by Ms Naughty' among many others. Admission for CineKink: Chicago is $10 door/$8 advance per screening. Friday double-feature tickets are $15/advance; a limited number of weekend passes, good for all three screenings, are available for $20 advance; $15/LA&M or CineKink members. 18 and over only. For more information and advance tickets, visit http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/tour/tour-2017/chicago/o/

IMsL IMsBB 2017 winners. Photo by Selogadi LM Mampane

IMsL and IMsBB Emcees and judges named
The International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack judging panels will have parity in 2018 with five judges on each panel. IMsL and IMsBB the weekend of April 19-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA. Returning to the IMsLBB stage as Seduction and Friday night emcee is Alotta Boutte, and back to emcee for the contest on Saturday night and Sunday brunch is Tristan Taormino. The International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack judges and bios are listed at https://imslbb.org/2018-judging-panel/ International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack received the Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year in 2017.

Santa Clara County Leather Association Leather Invasion

Join the Santa Clara County Leather Association for an evening of enchantment at their next Leather Invasion, the Fantasy of Lights Walk-Through Tour in Los Gatos on Saturday, December 2 at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. Meet up at 6:30 PM and begin the walk at 7:00 PM. Dress casual and warm. Purchase your ticket in advance at the posted link. Park you vehicle and use the event shuttle. https://www.facebook.com/events/1771092406523624/


Furry quartet at the Eagle NYC Halloween Party. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert




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ONYX' Blackout XXII
By Mufasa Ali
The Men of ONYX celebrated 22 years of Education, Exploration and Empowerment within the POC and Leather Communities at ONYX Blackout 22 - Voodoo in the Bayou, September 28 - October 1, 2017 in NOLA hosted by ONYX Southeast. With over 150 Brothers, Associates and supporters in attendance, a great time was had by all. Events included a welcome reception featuring the infamous ONYX Punch, party bus, play party, ONYX University, fireside chat with founding Board member Steve Bailous, a bar crawl and hosted cocktails at The Phoenix, the Brotherhood Awards Brunch and AGM and tons of French Quarter fun. ONYX welcomed ONYX NorCal/Northwest, ONYX Lone Star/Texas and ONYX Deep South/Florida & the Caribbean to the Brotherhood at the AGM. Blackout 24 2019 will be hosted by ONYX Southwest. All info can be found at http://www.onyxmen.com

Mr. Leather Ottawa XXV
The Ottawa Knights will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Leather Ottawa the weekend of November 17-19 at Montgomery Centretown Legion, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2A6. The contest will be on Saturday, November 18. Activities include a Friday night welcome dinner, meet the meat, seminars and workshops, public shines, puppy mosh pit, used clothing gear swap, formal Leather dinner, daddy next door party, VIP lounge, and cocktail parties. https://www.facebook.com/groups/13074392396/

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


How dare he?
By Hardy Haberman and Dallas Voice
Listening to a conversation between some minor party officials at a recent Democratic Party event, I heard someone ask, “How dare he run for governor?” I knew they were speaking about a man I count as my friend, a man of unquestioned integrity....I always thought integrity was a pretty good attribute to have as a political candidate, or at least as far as any candidate I’d ever vote for. Take a look at https://www.dallasvoice.com/how-dare-he-10245367.html

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

Avatar November Swap Meet on November 15
Avatar Club Los Angeles will hold its annual Swap Meet at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA, CA on Wednesday, November 15 starting at 7:30 PM. Get an early start on Holiday shopping, or be selfish and get that toy, Dungeon piece, puppy hood or Leather/latex wear for your enjoyment. $5 cover. MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla Avatar's Deck The Balls/Yule Log Holiday Party and decorating contest will be on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM at Eagle LA. $100 prizes for best Balls and Yule Log.


Turns Out Gay Marriage Among Pirates Was Way More Common Than You'd Ever Think
By Melissa Sartore for ranker.com
Ahoy mate! This common pirate phrase may mean more than you realize! Pirates are known for eye patches, walking the plank, and collecting booty, but there are more pirate traditions than you might be aware of, like the fact that same-sex relationships were quite common among the pirates of the Caribbean. Matelotage was a gay marriage of sorts practiced by male pirates from the seventeenth century. Some of the most successful pirates had relationships with other men as a means of companionship and protection. Having a mate was both a personal and professional arrangement for a pirate - and the word 'mate' itself is probably a holdover from the institution of matelotage. Read the rest of this fun and informative article here https://www.ranker.com/list/gay-pirate-marriage/melissa-sartore?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=weirdnature&pgid=1720062798304165&utm_campaign=gay-pirate-marriage

NCSF - Tell your NCSF Story
NCSF has heard a lot of stories over the past 20 years. Now we want to let others hear what you have to say. Have you been discriminated against because you are kinky or non-monogamous? We want to hear from you. We also want to hear your story if you've been outed or if you've outed yourself as a fetishist, cross-dresser, Leatherman/woman, or because you're in a polyamorous or Lifestyle relationship. We also want to hear if you've been involved in a consent incident in a BDSM or non-monogamous encounter. Please fill out a short survey for each story you'd like to tell us about at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCSFNarrativeProject Tell us your story and we will share it anonymously on http://www.ncsfreedom.org


Dave Rhodes Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday List
Dave Rhodes Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday List will appear on http://www.TheLeatherJournal.com right before Thanksgiving. Due to space constrictions, the annual column did not appear in thre November- December print version of The Leather Journal. Several other stories missed out, too. We are getting much more material than we can print and in a way that is a good thing. Often publications have to dream up copy to fill a publication. This is like it was in the early days of The Leather Journal. We had enough content for a 28 page Issue. Revenue dictated keeping The Leather Journal at the same size as it has been at for the last nine years.


Mr. Maryland Leather results
COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) hosted the Mr. Maryland Leather 2018 contest with Brendan Patrick emerging as the winner. Brendan will compete at IML in May. COMMAND celebrated their Anniversary with a variety of events. Check out https://www.facebook.com/MML2018/

SECC Leather Weekend
Mark your calendars for February 15-19, 2018 on Presidents Day Weekend for the 2018 SECC Leather Weekend and Contest. The clubs voted at the last meeting and the Southeast Conference of Clubs event will be held at Parliament Resort August Georgia in 2018. http://mailchi.mp/ccace955d30e/0xikifm3nz-17117577

Six Mr. CMEN Leather titleholders attended Palm Springs Leather Pride

Mid Atlantic Leather Woman benefit in Baltimore
The Mid Atlantic Leather Woman benefit for the Leather Heart Foundation will be on November 10 at the Baltimore Eagle, 2022 North Charles Street in Baltimore, MD. It will be a night of Leather, cigars and a raffle. http://www.thebaltimoreeagle.com

Monthly Fetish Rolls Out Latex Issue for November
Latex is much more than just a sexy fabric used to make clothes that enhance every curve of your body — it’s a way of life and fetish for many people around the world. It’s also the theme of the November issue of Monthly Fetish. The November issue is full of entertaining articles, news and the epic Unbound Interview. This month, Latex Legend RubberDoll is profiled, and she talks about what she loves about latex, favorite latex companies, stage shows and events, and much more. http://www.monthlyfetish.com/featured-fetish/


CLAW XVIII registrations are open
Make your reservation now for CLAW 18 in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The Westin is more than 85-percent full and is $164/night; Hampton Inn is $149 and includes full Leather breakfast every morning - one block from the Westin; and DoubleTree is $154/night with lakefront rooms. Twenty-two different community charities were awarded a total of $84,000 by CLAW 17. Register at https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/hotels

SFLDG - Learn Kinky Sign Language and More About Disabilities to Help Get You Laid
Leathermen's Discussion Group is next week - a week early to accommodate Thanksgiving holiday. Learn Kinky Sign Language and more about Disabilities to Help Get You Laid on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM in the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco. The presenter is Daniel, who is a deaf person—and a kinkster for over 35 years. Some favorite toys are floggers and singletails. Learn how playing with a deaf person means you’ll have their full attention. Learn some filthy signs to use. Brainstorm ideas on how to approach and play with the deaf. https://www.facebook.com/events/853745914788612/

ACLC Presents Big Daddy Santa’s Minion Auction
ACLC Presents Big Daddy Santa’s Minion Auction, hosted by Alameda County Leather 2017 titleholders, Minxy Jeni and Steve Geist, on Saturday, December 2 at the World Famous Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Come see what we've got on the block for the BDSM Auction and take home a special something, or someone. https://www.facebook.com/events/248923998970181/?active_tab=about


Mama's Family at Albuquerque Leather Daddy's event in early November.



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 and less punctuation.

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