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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, October 24, 2018

By October 24, 2018




Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend

It was another Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend in Indianapolis, IN, September 6-9 where upwards of 750 Leatherfolk gathered. The weekend had several contests and included many workshops, play parties, socials, meals, auctions and a lot of good old fun. Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2018 Ms B Raven, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2019 Sir James, Great Lakes Leatherboy 2019 boy mischief, Great Lakes Master/slave 2018 Master David and slave heather, Great Lakes Power Exchange 2017/2018 Mistress Elliot, Anders and Hagen. Cover photo is of Mufasa Ali delivering his keynote speech.



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San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar

Up Your Alley and the Folsom Street Fair are over, but the 2019 Bare Chest Men's Calendar is still available. Annually they come up with some of the hottest men in the San Francisco Bay Area and the 2019 Calendar is no exception. Proceeds of sales goes to the Positive Resources Center. PRC helps people in San Francisco affected by HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, or mental health issues get the opportunities they deserve by providing a variety of integrated legal, social, and health services.




ICON Detroit Leather Weekend

ICON Detroit Leather Weekend was held at Menjo's Entertainment Complex in Detroit, MI October 19-21. Congratulations to Tom Bateman who was chosen to be Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2019. Tom is pictured here with his title father Lukas, Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2018. He will be entered in the International Mr. Leather Contest held in Chicago in 2019.





MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber

Mr. International Rubber weekend is upon us, November 9-12, and as of this reporting, only 30 seats were left in the theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 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.




20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.




The 15 Association - Play Party

The 15 Association will hold its monthly Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street on Saturday night, October 27 starting at 7 PM with doors closing at 10 PM. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. Note the next Play Party will be on Saturday, November 17, a week earlier due to Thanksgiving and the following will be Sunday, December 16 at 12 PM.



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Safe Word - A Men's Play Party

By Doriam Manuel Couto

By special request from a few of ya (and a name inspired by Paul Gunn), here is a men's kink/BDSM play party - Safe Word - A Men's Play Party on Saturday, November 24 at 9 PM at House of Black in Miramar, San Diego, CA. This will be hot, come ready to play. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets to maintain privacy, $20 until November 9 at Midnight. $25 after that.




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.



ONYX Northwest - Back to Black

Join the Men of ONYX for Hallow-kink T-Dance with a Leather/fetish/kink/gear Dress Code for the back upstairs bar at the Powerhouse. This special edition of the ONYX Northwest's fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night has everything you've come to expect. 6 PM on Saturday, October 27 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.








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A Fireside Chat - Across the Pond

Doug O'Keeffe interviewed several Leatherfolk in London recently. "Today I concluded my series of five interviews for Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat with London's own Suzie Krueger, producer of Hard On." He is off to Amsterdam to interview Leathermen in The Netherlands..




Gear Up Go Out - Roller Disco Edition

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 will host Gear Up Go Out - Roller Disco Edition on Friday, November 30 at The Church of 8 Wheels at 8 PM. Right before the craziness of the holidays, join in on a fun night of skating in your favorite gear. The Church of 8 Wheels features an adults-only skate night every Friday beginning at 8 PM. We will be doing a Leather invasion! So grab your favorite gear and join in the takeover. The Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California 94117.




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.




ECMC - 55th Annual Holiday Party

By Chaz Antonelli

Empire City MC's 55th Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive is on the docket for Saturday, December 8 at The Stonewall Inn at 6 PM. This is a benefit Rising Ground Children’s Services. Focus is on the teenagers of Leake and Watts. Gift cards or items from the following places are especially desired: Target, Amazon, Old Navy, Modell's Sporting Goods, Apple iTunes and/or other appropriate stores in the NYC area. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The Stonewall Inn, The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014.



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ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, November 2 and December 7 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.



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.



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.





By Race Bannon

KinkTheVote.com is a portal to a nationwide voter registration system. Fellow Leatherfolk and kinksters, THIS is how we use our vast Leather and kink communities to help register more people to vote and energize their enthusiasm to vote. The idea is to have it at every bar night, Leather event, etc. We have stickers and a banner if you want to put it up at your event. Please help spread the word by sharing this. This is a joint project of IMsLBB Productions and The IMsL Foundation.




Los Angeles Leather Pride - Big Queen Bingo

Los Angeles Leather Pride hosted Big Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary's Ontario on Thursday, October 18 with about 50 bingo players competing for eight gift baskets and a 50/50 cash bonus game. They did this in January and it was a blast. Show some love and drive to the Inland Empire for some good fun the next time it is held. Hamburger Mary's Ontario, 3550 Porsche Way, Ontario, CA 91764.




Los Angeles Leather Pride 2019

Planning has begun on the 20th Annual Los Angeles Leather Pride which will be held March 24-31. As LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. This year's theme is XXPLORATION. In 2019 Los Angeles Leather Pride will be adding the Ms Los Angeles Leather contest, as well as the revamped LA Bootblack contest, in addition to various Leather meet-ups, play parties, panel discussions, and many other events, culminating in the Off Sunset Festival.




Don Thompson's Last Birthday Party

A birthday party was held at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA on Saturday night, October 20 for past San Francisco Leather Daddy and Leather activist Don Thompson which was produced by his husband Henry Jordan and close friend, Random Chance. Don passed away earlier in the year and Henry wanted to give him a great send off, so he chose Don's birthday for the occasion. Leatherfolk from all over California were there, totaling about 50 people.



Leather History Preservation Weekend

The Leather History Preservation Foundation will present Leather History Preservation Weekend November 2-4 at the Red Lion Hotel, 135 South Main Street, High Point, NC 27260. Leather History Preservation Weekend will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historians sharing their experiences. Full weekend pre-registration packages include access to all history session, event pin, Saturday night dinner and keynote, three days of vending, Friday night dance party, two nights of dungeon play space access and cocktail parties.




Palm Springs Leather Pride - This weekend

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert's Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade will be held October 25-28. The Parking Lot Party will be at the Barracks and is on Friday and Saturday nights.



Mask4Mask: Villains

Mask4Mask returns for a special Villains addition as the official After party of Nico Watson's Mr. San Francisco Rubber Contest. Go out and frolic in your villainous attire and enjoy free alcoholic beverages provided by Mr. S Leather; featuring hardcore kinky cosplay demos. Cosplay gear is highly encouraged and the best dressed attendees will be eligible for prizes. Free event and raffle prizes provided by Treasure Island Media. Kink The Vote will be available for those in need of voter registration (winter is coming, and so are Midterms). 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, 6-9 PM.




Leather Leadership Conference - Early Registration Now Open

Leather Leadership Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport the weekend of March 15-17. Register now for the early bird special pricing at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/llc-2019-tickets-45424310335 Leaders Serving Leaders- LLC is an organization dedicated to strengthening the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish community. We envision a richly educated and connected community of leaders. In serving leaders, those that are on a path to leadership, and community groups, we strive to foster a greater sense of connection between and within the communities we serve.



ONYX Northwest - SoMa Celebration

ONYX Northwest - SoMa Celebration fetes the club's First Anniversary with a bar crawl in the South Of MArket are of San Francisco on Friday, November 23 from 6 PM – 11 PM. Meet at Mr. S Leather to start. After a year of incredible work throughout the year, it is time to celebrate ONYX.




Leather List - Leather community fundraising

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out


and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/



Desert Fetish Authority - Kink Talk

The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group, Kink Talk, meets once a month on the second Friday, the next being November 9 and December 14. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. Our monthly kinky discussion group. The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, # C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234.





Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next few are October 24 and 31 and November 7, 14 and 21, and run 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.



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15th Annual Halloween Party

The 15th Annual Halloween Party at Jon and Eric's house in Los Angles, CA was packed with about 200 making their appearance through the night of October 20. The coveted invite included a strict dress code of BLUF, Leather, Rubber, Uniforms. Open bar, light snacks, play areas with the hottest of the hot sharing stories. Other than sex and hot men, the main talking point was about who was going to be in Palm Springs for their Leather Pride Week.


Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays, November 9 and December 14, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché,, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.




Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are October 24 and 31. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.




Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, November 3 and December 1 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.



Leather and Fetish Masquerade Ball in San Jose

Leather and Fetish Masquerade Ball in association with SCCLA Leather Week will be held at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center in San Jose, CA on Saturday, October 27 at 7 PM. Music, dancing, costume contest, drawings for cash and prizes, photography studio, snack bar, mocktails, and soft drinks at additional cost. Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose.




BLUF: DC at DC Eagle

BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. November 4 and December 2 are up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue.




SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next two are October 27 and November 24. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.




Smokeout - reserves entire hotel

By Bulldog Bob

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout 2019 which will be held April 4-7, so Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others at the Alexis Park if the event started today. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests.





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.



Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with November 2 and December 7 being the next two dates. All start at 9 PM. Leather and gear encouraged. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.




Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, November 5 and December 1, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Daddy Barry will be hosting plus it will be his first social venture out since his motorcycle accident. Come give him some loving.





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