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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, September 10, 2019

By September 11, 2019



International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack 2019

The International Leather Sir, International Leatherboy and the International Community Bootblack 2019 contests were held August 29 - September 1 at the Crown Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX where Sir Robert from Canada was chosen to be International Leather Sir 2019, J Baby to be International Leatherboy 2019 and AJ to be International Community Bootblack 2019. The weekend kicked off with the Pantheon of Leather Awards and Dinner on Thursday, August 29 followed by introduction of contestants, the contestants' public demo and a roast of last year's titleholders. Leather Sir runner-up was none other than Sir Shawn, Leatherboy runner-up was boy Kristofer and Bootblack runner-up was Mark Chain. In awards decided by the in contestants were Sir Alan Penrod Flogger to Sir Bull, John Siracusa Golden Paddle to boy Kristofer and the Golden Brush to pup Ryder. There's more to the story at





Pantheon of Leather

Pantheon of Leather 2019 saw 30 new recipients added to the total of over 900 over the years at the Crowne Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX. Pantheon of Leather was held as a major part of International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack on Thursday night, August 29. The emcee was Christopher Edwards, ASL Interpreter was Robert Helms, and the two marvelous award assistants (Vannahs) were Mr. Texas Leather Kaprese Andre and Ms Texas Leather Ms Elizabeth. The production team of ILSLb ICBB, led by Christopher Edwards, handled the main production of the Awards program, nominations and voting. Thanks also go to Jeffrey Payne, and Dr. Lawrence and William Burden. The Pantheon of Leather Awards have been presented by The Leather Journal for 29 years. See the complete story at




UK's last Fetish Club saved

The Guardian, Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

"The UK’s last remaining strict Leather and rubber fetish gay club has been saved after a London council blocked plans to redevelop the East End site into a 12-storey residential tower....Tower Hamlets ruled against the proposed 46-flat development..." Full story at




ONYX SoCal Southwest - Fourth Anniversary

ONYX SoCal Southwest celebrated their Fourth Anniversary at Eagle LA on Sunday afternoon, September 8 in Los Angeles, CA. Music by DJ Candy. They have focused their energy on building a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for all marginalized groups. ONYX SoCal Southwest has also grown its membership to include the Southwestern state of Colorado.




Los Angeles Puppy Pride

Los Angeles Puppy Pride is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary November 8-11. Super pup is the theme - all based around comic books with super heroes. The entire stage will look like a giant comic book. New is the inclusion of SoCal Creatures, a community group that throws monthly moshes for human pets of all types. Los Angeles Puppy supports all gender identities, all sexualities, with the knowledge that anyone can win this contest, anyone can be a super pup. Los Angeles Puppy Pride will include advanced classes on Saturday November 9 at Noon. Currently there are four contestants. Friday, November 9 Dog Pound Meet and Mosh at the Bullet Bar at 9 PM; Saturday, November 10 So Cal Creatures Mosh at 12 PM and Los Angeles Pup Contest at 7 PM at MCC in the Valley; Sunday - Bone: LA Pup Victory Party at Eagle LA at 4 PM.







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History Lesson - Founding of The 15 Association as explained by Tony DeBlase

Past Drummer Magazine publisher, Leather Archives & Museum cofounder and many other honorifics' Tony DeBlase gives this You Tube interview where he discusses the founding of The 15 Association and the National Leather Association. The NLA was the germination of the modern-day Leather conference.




Eagle 501 Mr. Leather

By Tom Schneck

The first Eagle 501 Mr. Leather is Justin The Stork Hauser. He bested Adrian Maestas and Kevin Bandy Lee o Saturday night at Eagle 501 in Palm Springs, CA and will vie for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather title in October. The emcee was Brent Heinze and the judges were Louie Ramrod, Colin Marcus Jackson, Russ Donaldson, Aric J Wilson, Dorian Gray, Mike Bullhair and David Sanford.





Mr. FLAG Leather

FLAG (Fits Like A Glove) held their 28th Anniversary at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI the weekend of August 9-11 and that is when Nicholas Boggy Fryer was best of two men competing for Mr. FLAG Leather 2000. The judges were Jahleel Norman, Nick Jamison, Scorpious Red, Ryan Sperry, Pup Sirius, Paul Horn, and Russ Wyatt. Jim Maciel was honored with a hand-made award by Miller for his 28 years of service to FLAG. Photo by Jim Maciel.





Here we come again, presenting the only Kinky Con of the Central-Eastern European Region. This year's edition is the fourth in the row, and it is entitled: The Kink Awakens and will be held in Budapest, Hungary. We firmly believe, that with our hard work and your great participation we have contributed to the improvement of the Kink Community in this part of the Old Continent. Looking forward to meet you November 8-10. Among the presenters are MarKus Leather, Master Dart, Lady Scarlett Sin, Zsu, Zack Marquardt, Master Severyn Kain, Master Dart and John Pendal among others.




Perverted Interracial Guys - Super PIGS

PIGS will host Pop Rock Jock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach on Saturday, September 7 at 9 PM. Not one, not two, but three different costume contest categories to enter: Best Hero, Best Villain and Sluttiest Costume. $5 cover includes clothes check. Hot Jock contest at midnight and first place gets a hot prize. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Dita Von Teese to Host Torture Garden LA

By Jaye Moyes

Fetish burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese has signed on to host Torture Garden Los Angeles. The event will be at 9 PM, Saturday night, September 14 at the Globe theater, 740 South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Torture Garden is the world’s largest international fetish club. The decadent night will feature amazing DJ’s and performers from international locations such as London, New York, Spain, and many more.




Mr. Connecticut Leather

Mark Richards won the Mr. Connecticut Leather 2020 contest at the York Cafe in New Haven, CT on Saturday night, September 7. Robert Chandler returned as the emcee. A whole weekend of events included a Friday night meet and greet, cigar social, classes, raffles and a Sunday victory brunch.




Kink Mentoring Archives

By Papa Tony

Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives




Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV is only one month away

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in Los Angeles, CA from October 10-13 at the Hilton Glendale. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the Los Angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc. Register for an all-inclusive package and lodging. Á la carte pricing is also available.





Bloodline - The Leather Intensive

The Bloodline is a Leather family that has been steadily growing for years. With their love of Leather comes a need to share and teach others. This love has inspired them to create The Leather Intensive which will be held October 5-6 in Kansas City, MO. It started with one small, crazy idea, like most of their antics, and morphed into their biggest event of the year. The Leather Intensive is a gathering of their closest friends and family... and then some, and maybe a few more. A place where your fellow fetishists come to play, learn, and explore their darkest desires. The Bloodline and The Leather Intensive offer a safe space for that exploration. What happens at The Leather Intensive, stays at The Leather Intensive. The Leather Intensive will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel and Conference Center at the Sports Stadium Complex.




Rudis Men's Leather Society

Rudis is gay Men's Leather group in St. Louis, MO which offers a safe place to wear one's gear. Come to make friends and educate yourself on today's Leather culture. Rudis holds social meet and greets at Bar PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 8 PM. The next two are September 11 and 25. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.





Bears LA - Monthly Dinner will be a Brunch

By Gabriel Green

On Wednesday, September 25, Bears LA will host their Bears LA - Monthly Brunch at the Coral Cafe in Burbank, CA at 7:30 PM. The Bears usually have a dinner and this breaks from the regular schedule. Meet some new Bears and Bear Admirers and meet up with some familiar ones. The food will be amazing and so will the company. Coral Cafe, 3321 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, California 91505. For more information about upcoming Bears LA Dinners, please go to




Pre-Folsom Street Fair Swap Meet in San Diego

Hey kinsters, the Pre-Folsom Street Fair Swap Meet is back just in time to grab something new or comfortably worn out for the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. We will meet up on Saturday, September 14 at Urban Mo's at 6-9 PM in San Diego, CA, clean out your closets. Buy/sell/trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear in real time. This is a great way to introduce new curious guys to your turn-ons or if you are curious about Leather and want to ask questions in a chill, kick back atmosphere. We have a dressing room to try gear on. Demos welcome (with approval). Free to enter, $5 to sell. Urban Mo's, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.



BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounges are September 14 and October 12. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.







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Fetish Men San Diego - Cock and Ball Torture

Join Fetish Men San Diego for a fun evening covering Cock and Ball Torture hosted by Fetish Men San Diego member Officer Wes. Officer Wes has been presenting on a variety of fun kink topics for 26 years. His experiences and viewpoints have appeared in many publications including USA Today and The Advocate. He is credited as an influence in the books Protocol Handbook for the Leather Slave and Master/slave Relations. His Web sites on sexuality, health and kink have been visited by over a million people. Pleasures & Treasures, upstairs, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.






Wild West Olympus Leather

Wild West Olympus Leather 2019 will be held the weekend of September 13-15 at the Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 North Granada Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701. The Wild West Olympus Leather community is comprised of an extremely diverse group of people ranging from the MC/Leather/Levi clubs to the heaviest SM edge player residing in AZ, NM, NV, UT, CO, ID, WY and MT. Three titles, Mr., Ms, or Mx Wild West Olympus Leather 2019, are up for grabs.





Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, September 13 and October 11 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Denver's best and longest running Pup Mosh. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.


Indiana Leather Weekend

Indiana Leather will be held October 18-20 at Greg's Our Place, 231 East 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 and will feature the Mx Indiana Leather and Mr. Indiana Leather 2020 contests. Kink U will present several classes.





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Leather History Preservation Weekend

The Leather History Preservation Foundation will present Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22 at the Radisson Hotel High Point, 135 South Main Street, High Point, North Carolina 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.




Barcelona Rubber Weekend

Barcelona Rubber Weekend will be November 29 - December 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Join about a thousand like-minded rubbermen for what should be one of Europe's best kinky parties of the year.




Fetish Festival raised money for Visibility Project

Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather and Mr. Off Ramp Leather hosted Fetish Festival at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA on Friday, August 30 where $930 was raised for the Visibility Project. Explore your darker side. Live demos and guest participation in all types of fetishes, plus a silent auction. The Visibility Project a grant and scholarship 501 c3 charity that helps those with marginal identities in the community.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, September 13 and October 11 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. Lick It was recently named Best (Non-Contest) Leather Event at a Bar by the Bay Area Reporter. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.



KC Pioneers Education Night

The KC Pioneers Education Night will be on September 18 at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO with August's presentation being on Pet Play and Littles. The presenters are Show Me Leather Puppy 2019 Pup Zephyr and Ms KC Leather Pride 2019 Ginger Lea Phillips Ms KC Leather Pride 2019. Join the KC Pioneers their third-Wednesday-of-the-month education/hands-on demo nights. A different topic every month. Must be 21+ to attend.




Puppies in the Mountains

Puppies in the Mountains is back and longer than ever. They've added a night, so you can pups and handlers can run with their pack a whole extra day. Puppies in the Mountains will be held October 4-7 near Colorado Springs, CO. Puppies in the Mountains is not like any other fetish community event. They don't build in a lot of structure, have a schedule full of seminars or lectures, nor have any title contests or pageantry. They just want to hang out and have a lot of fun. What is planned: Plenty of play time in a huge mosh area, games for puppies and humans alike, cuddles during movie night, story time, camp fires, discussion groups for pups and handlers and excursions to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.




Knight Hawks of Virginia

The Knight Hawks of Virginia will host their monthly-themed bar night at MJ's Tavern at 4019 Granby Street in Norfolk, VA. The Knight Hawks were recently voted by Outwire readers to be the Best Social Group, for the third year in a row.





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, including September 10, 17, 24 and October 1. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.





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. They 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 September 12 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




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.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District - first meeting with new board

By Bob Goldfarb

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for September 18, 2019, from 6-8 PM, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco. Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the new, earlier meeting time. Board meetings will not be live-streamed or recorded, but minutes will be available as soon as possible after each meeting. The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is looking for a small office in the SOMA area. This would be a place of operations for staff and community leaders to work.




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.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, September 19 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.





Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next date is September 18. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on October 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on October 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.




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Master Tip is presented the Leather Heart Award at the Master and slave Conference in 2009.




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