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Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 18, 2017

By October 19, 2017


 Tyler and Riley were at LA Puppy Pride last year. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 18, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com


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. http://www.leathermaskedball.org


Explore Your Kinks: LDG Mentoring Program with Richard Sprott
The Leather Men's Discussion Group of San Francisco will present Explore Your Kinks on Wednesday, October 25, an LDG Mentoring Program with Richard Sprott. LDG has been doing kink/Leather/fetish/BDSM educational programming for the men's community since 1996. Our programs are free and open to adults of all genders and are held at Mr. S Studios, 385A 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Richard Sprott entered the San Francisco Leather scene in 1990, and after a few years joined the Defenders/SF. That led to involvement in the Leathermen’s Discussion Group, serving on the Board between 1999 until 2006. https://www.facebook.com/events/2415754701982215/


Brad Hill: August 12, 1981 - October 13, 2017
This is the most difficult and saddest announcement I've had to write — but we need to let people know that our Mijo, Brad Hill, was killed in a highway accident last evening (October 13) near Hamilton. Many people who follow this account will know Brad as International Leatherboy 2009.

From Hedonism to KinkBNB, Sex-Themed Vacations Are Going Mainstream
By Chris Morris of Fortune
"There's no shortage of adults-only getaway options....For those who prefer to keep their sex vacations a bit more private, there’s KinkBNB, an Airbnb-like site that lets people rent out homes or rooms that cater to BDSM enthusiasts (a number that has been growing since the release of 50 Shades of Grey). The houses on the site tend to feature pleasure rooms and dungeons that many people in that lifestyle would like to explore, but either can’t afford or can’t have in their own homes due to children, frequent visitors and so forth..." To read the whole article, go to http://fortune.com/2017/10/03/sex-vacations-hedonism-desire-kinkbnb/

Avatar November Swap Meet
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 in North Hollywood, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla The Avatar annual Halloween Butt painting contest is coming up on Sunday, October 22, starting at 3 PM at Eagle LA.

Palm Springs Leather Pride play party venue change
By Drew Kramer
The Barracks Bar, which will host the Friday night Vendor Market and Parking Lot Party during Palm Springs Leather Pride, has made their large party room available to us. The planned venue is not available, thus the change. They will have all that great equipment - including the steel stocks—and the friendly folks from the Palm Springs Bondage Club on hand. So by all means, bring your floggers, whips, rope, chain, and clothespins and be ready for a good time. That said, the Barracks has a liquor license, which they don’t want to lose, and we would not like to see them lose it, so the rule will be that you cannot rock out with your cock out (or with whatever it is you rock when you’re naked.) https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

Mr. DC Eagle
Will you be the next DC Eagle standing in front of your brothers from previous years? The Mr. DC Eagle Contest is being held on November 17th and 18th-- meet and greet and contestant number draw on the 17th and the public portion of the contest starting at 9 PM on November 18.


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 http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/sociologists-reclassify-bdsm-as-leisure-activity-in-bid-to-remove-stigma/blog/sociologists-reclassify-bdsm-as-leisure-activity-in-bid-to-remove-stigma/


Mr. Austin Gear 2017
Austin Gears announced that the Mr. Austin Gear 2017 Contest weekend will be held at their Home Bar, the Iron Bear, November 3-5 in Austin, TX. The Mr. Austin Gear 2017 contest will be held on Saturday evening, November 4 starting at 9 PM and then round out the weekend with a Victory Beer Bust on Sunday afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/events/1378442885580359 The Austin Gears social group connects other gear heads (Leather, rubber, neoprene, etc.) and informs them about various gear events in Austin, regionally and across the country. On the first Saturday of every month they host have a gear night at the Iron Bear. http://www.austingears.com/

An Xtreme Tribal Experience in San Diego
Club X in conjunction with Edgewalkers is producing Ritual Steel: An Xtreme Tribal Experience a night filled with Tribal, spiritual energy. On Saturday, October 21, join together in the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park for a one-night event, three years in the making. Ritual piercing, hook pull, flesh suspension, and more. You don't want to miss this event from 6 PM till midnight. World Beat Community Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ritual-steel-an-xtreme-tribal-experience-tickets-34112118264


CODE DC Presents Masked Ball
CODE DC will present Masked Ball on Saturday, October 21 at the Glorious Health Club starting at 9 PM. Now in its eighth year, CODE DC continues to grow as DC's premiere gay men's gear party. On the first and third Saturday of each month, 200-plus men gather to celebrate their taste for Leather, sports gear, jocks, uniforms with their like-minded friends. Admission to the GHC is $25, with no membership required. 2120 West Virginia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/741297289413052/

Western Boy Run - An event by boys and for boys
The Western Boy Run, October 19-22, will begin with a meet and greet at the Dallas Eagle beginning on Thursday. Friday includes a trip to the Dallas Zoo, Pool Party, and a Bar Crawl. Saturday includes classes, pool party, and a night at the Dallas Eagle. Sunday's events include a play party at the Sanctuary and ends with a party at the Dallas Eagle. The run package includes most meals, run pin, zoo trip (excluding parking), pool parties. The run package does not include the hotel. We have currently blocked 30 Double Rooms at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 8300 John West Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247, (214) 414-9000. More details at https://www.facebook.com/Westernboyrun/


Los Angeles Puppy Pride
The Los Angeles Puppy 2017 judges are International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno 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. The LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride will be held November 9-12 with the contest being on Saturday night at MCC in the Valley and Friday night. Dog Pound at the Bullet Bar. LA Puppy Pride 2016 received the Southland Honors Award for Best Event. https://www.lapuppride.com/


Benefit for Pixy Mary's daughter
Early on the morning of September 20, 2017 Pixy Mary'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 Mary 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=958362958362

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.

South Plains LeatherFest XX reaching out to TNG
By Jim Glass
We are making a conscious effort to directly reach TNGers this year. We want to make sure that the 35 and under crowd knows that we very much want them to attend South Plains LeatherFest XX and that they do not have to be"Leather" to be welcome. To date, we have met with TNG Houston and TNG Dallas. We are scheduled to meet with the TNG San Antonio on November 12 and are working to arrange a meeting with TNG Austin. If you are a TNGer. please help us in our efforts to reach out to the TNG folk. Tell them about the event we love and let them know they don't have to have a closet full of leather to attend. South Plains LeatherFest will be held March 9-11. http://southplainsleatherfest.com/


Tom of Finland opens in LA
The film Tom of Finland by Dome Karukoski has received acclaim in 30 countries and now comes to Tom's second home, Los Angeles. Film plays at the Nuart Theatre in West LA October 20-26. Finland's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film Consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. An opening celebration party, hosted by Marc Bellenger and Pete Karjalainen of Tom of Finland Foundation and Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKFA4WrPlfo&feature=youtu.be

HOME to present Dr. Bob's class on E-stem
Ever been curious or want to know more about E-stem play? Know what E-stem play is? Looking to add a some spark to your play? Then here is the class for you. Erotic electrostimulation (abbreviated e-stim[1] and also known as electrosex) is a sexual practice involving the application of electrical stimulation to the nerves of the body, with particular emphasis on the genitals, using a power source (such as a TENS, EMS, Violet wand, or made-for-play units) for purposes of sexual stimulation. Dr.Bob will be teaching an E-stem class following shortly after his book signing at Leather Masters. This class will be $10 per person and limited to 30 people. If you are interested you can contact or sign up at Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865. http://www.leathermasters.com/


Furball NYC
The next Furball NYC dance party will be on Friday, November 17 at 10 PM at Cielo in New York, NY. Spinning sounds will be Shane Steel from Los Angeles. Furball is produced by Joe Fiore. Cielo is located at 18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014. for more information go to https://www.furball.nyc/

Alameda County Leather Corps Anniversary
The Alameda County Leather Corps will hold their Anniversary Party on Saturday, October 28 from 2-6 PM at The World Famous Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Alameda County Leather Corps member interests range from fetish wear (such as those who enjoy wearing, smelling, touching or just looking at Leather or latex or whatever) to strong involvement in BDSM activities. Lovers of uniforms and Levi’s are also well represented within the club, as are motorcycle riders. And some of us just really get off on supporting favorite local charities. http://www.acleather.org

Fetish Men San Diego: Leather, Gear, and Kink Modeling
Have you thought posing for artists in, and out of, your gear? Or perhaps refining your sketching, drawing, painting or photographic artistic skills of the male form? The Gay Men's Art Group of San Diego (GMAG) has invited FMSD to participate in their monthly art night on December 4. The theme is Leather, Gear, and Kink. Nudity is very welcome although not required. Photography is restricted to the photographer and model and the private Facebook group if the model consents to that. Monday, December 4, 6-9 PM at Twiggs in University Heights. Cost is free to models, $10 for Photographers and Artists. If interested, contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org

Desert Leather Fetish Authority
The Desert Leather Fetish Authority monthly discussion group. Meets in the new LGBT Center, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Second Floor (Next to Denny's). Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM.

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. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater


Original Master/slave Flag
By Master Taino
In 2005, when the Master/slave Flag was unveiled at the Master/slave Conference, the Leather Archives and Museum received one of the original six flags who were sewn by girl nancy from Lifestyle Sewing. Today that flag is displayed at the LA&M, based in Chicago and serving the world. The next Master/slave Conference will be held August 30 - September 3 at the Westin Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. http://masterslaveconference.org/


Inside the Koreatown Dojo Dedicated to the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage
Article and photo by Lila Seidman of LA Weekly
"It should ultimately be about love and care for your partner, which sounds kind of ironic as you're tying them up and hitting them," Zetsu says. "But that's the whole point: you only do that to people who need it and crave it and love it." To read the rest of this article, click here http://www.laweekly.com/arts/japanese-bondage-expert-zetsu-nawa-teaches-shibari-from-a-koreatown-dojo-8734594expert-zetsu-nawa-teaches-shibari-from-a-koreatown-dojo-8734594

Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween!
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween will be held Friday, October 20, 10 PM to Midnight at the San Diego Eagle. Fetish Men San Diego is producing this event. Join in supporting California Drummer and Drummerboy at the San Diego Eagle Beat Your Drum is a night designed for kinksters to represent their own personal fetishes.


Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named
By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. http://www.leatherweekend.com

Support the NCSF
Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release from. 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, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/


Sanctuary Marketplace
By Jacquie Crass
On November 11 Sanctuary Marketplace returns for the fourth year in a row 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

n2Maximus with the Regiment of the Black and Tans - Eagle LA Cigar Social
Introducing "Corona" from Italy. Join n2Maximus with the Regiment of the Black and Tans for a cigar social at the Eagle LA on Friday night, October 20. Wear your Leather, uniforms or any other fetish gear and join us for a great time with some hot smokin' men. No cover. n2Maximus will be at Palm Springs Leather Pride and Smokeout Las Vegas.


Southwest Leather Conference 2018
The Southwest Leather Conference, an annual tribal gathering of Leather, sex and spirit, will be making waves at the Four Points by Sheraton, Phoenix North on January 18-21. Southwest Leather Conference starts with a Thursday night meet and greet. Other activities include discussion groups, play parties, the Southwest Master and slave contest, the Southwest Bootblack contest, hospitality suite, drum circles, cigar and chocolate cake party, Our Place room of ritual…and bootblacks. The closing modern primitive celebration Dance Of Souls. Southwest Leather Conference registration and hotel reservations are open now. http://www.southwestleather.org


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