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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day September 12, 2018

By September 13, 2018



Pantheon of Leather

The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held at the Double Tree by Hilton Market Square in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB weekend on Thursday night, August 30. The Woman of the Year was Girl Complex and Man of the Year was Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx). Christopher Edwards was the emcee. To see a list of all Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 recipients go to




International Leather Sir, Leatherboy, Community Bootblack

International Leather Sir 2018 is Sir Jay, International Leatherboy is boy Collin and International Community Bootblack is Raymond Smith. The trio won their titles at the Double Tree by Hilton Market Square in Dallas, TX in front of about 400 wildly-cheering spectators. Thib Guicherd-Callin returned in a fourth year as emcee covering the contest which had 13 contestants. ILSLb ICBB weekend included two days of classes, vendors, a cigar party, pool party, ONYX party, titleholder roast, Pantheon of Leather Awards, victory party and closing Sunday barbecue at the Dallas Eagle. The weather cooperated being 10 degrees below the norm all weekend.



Ces Williams - April 25, 1945 - September 6, 2018

The beloved Ces Williams passed away in early September due to a long time illness. Ces co-founded the Women's International Leather Legacy weekend and is a past Ms Texas Leather. Her list of accomplishments and accolades are long. A celebration of life was held for her at the Ripcord in her home town, Houston, TX on Saturday, September 8.





Joe Mastrapasqua - April 24, 1964 - September 6, 2018

Joe Mastrapasqua, co-founder and co-owner of the International Puppy Contest, passed away on September 6. He lived in Brandenton, FL. He was married to Mitch Hixson. Joe was the owner of Puppy Graphics. Master Joe was taken off life support after battling lung cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. A service is being held at MCC Tampa, 409 East Cayuga Street, Tampa, FL 33603 on September 15, 2018 at 1 PM.




Mr. Nebraska Leather

The Mr. Nebraska Leather 2019 Contest was won by Michael Claar at The Max in Omaha, NE the weekend of August 24-26. Four men competed. Mr. Nebraska Leather 2018 Jeff Deutsch passed the title to the man who will represent the state throughout the rest of this year and most of 2019 and at International Mr. Leather next May.





CSW Leather Contest 2019

By Motorboot Robert

Jacob and Genesis are Mr. and Ms Christopher Street West Leather 2019 after winning their titles at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA on September 1. This was the first contest of LA Leather Pride 2019 and the 20th Mr. LA Leather Contest. There was a meet and greet at the Faultline on Friday night.




Folsom Street Fair Week events in San Francisco




Folsom Street Fair

The world's largest single Leather event will be on Sunday, September 30, the Folsom Street Fair which will turn Folsom Street from Sixth to 12th Streets into one big Leather sardine can. Everything imaginable will be seen there and much of it done there. The area in front of the Powerhouse and the Steamworks Twister game will be packed.


Mama's Family

There will be a Mama's Family photo shoot adjacent the Powerhouse on Dore Alley.



San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar

Perhaps the hottest booth, at least in the horny eyes of gay men, will be the 2019 Bare Chest Men's Calendar booth with next year's Men hawking Calendars from which proceeds of sales goes to the Positive Resources Center.



Fog, wind - and sunscreen

The fog and wind will show up around 5 PM and many who are not from San Francisco or are familiar with The City will be freezing. Remember - hot sun mid-day and cold wind late afternoon. Come prepared. And oh, do not forget sunscreen.


Donna's Tilteholder Brunch canceled

The Sunday morning brunch held by Donna Sachet and Lenny Broberg has been canceled after 19 years. The beloved brunch had Leather luminaries at Donna's home at the top of Castro Street with a view of The City and East Bay. Hopefully it will return in 2019.



Saturday night's biggest event will be the Magnitude dance party at the Fort Mason Centre.



Sunday night will be the closing Deviants party at Mezzanine starting at 6 PM. Magnitude and Deviants are produced by Folsom Street Events. Find out more at




BLUF Leather Lounge

The BLUF San Francisco's Leather Lounge is a monthly social held on the patio at the SF Eagle from 9 PM to closing. The next Leather Lounge is Saturday, September 8. All are welcome. Put on your Leather or kink gear and your boots and join the party. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.



27th Annual Leather Walk

The 27th Annual Leather Walk takes place on Sunday, September 23, beginning at 10 AM at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar. Entertainment starts at 11:30 AM at Jane Warner Plaza. The walk will move from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies BeBe Sweetbriar. Stops include Oasis, Powerhouse, Mr. S Leather, Lone Star and the SF Eagle beer bust. Folsom Street Events' Leather Walk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week.



Recon heads back to San Francisco to celebrate the Folsom Street Fair and takes over DNA Lounge on Friday, September, 28 to host the hottest Fetish Gear and Dance Party to kick-start your Folsom weekend. Doors open 9 PM and DJ Gordon John flies in from the UK to spin a set of chunky beats.



Exiles Folsom Social

The Exiles Folsom Social, all genders welcome, will be hosted by The Exiles on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 PM at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street.




LDG Presents: Reasonable Pup Play

The next SFLDG presentation will be on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 PM. This workshop focuses on finding reasonable ways to engage in human pup play and not be an idiot.
Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.




Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise

The Golden Gate Guards' Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay will be on Saturday, September 29 at Pier 40 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA. Check in 4:30 PM, departs 5:30 PM. They will travel under the Bay Bridge, pass Angel Island and Treasure Island, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge to see the bridge and the city of San Francisco at sundown. Full no host bar on-board as well as late afternoon buffet. $75 donation, regular tickets are a $90. A souvenir photo will be taken on the dock or on-board and e-mailed after the cruise. Net proceeds benefit San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. http://ggguards.org/events/cruiseTickets.htm Some will walk to Delancy Street for a nice white table cloth dinner. This dinner is growing, so ad it to your Bay Cruise plans.



The 15 Association - Folsom Play Party

The 15 Association will hold its annual Folsom Play Party at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street. This event usually sells out well in advance, with no ticket sales at the door. Find a member and sign up early, or wait until Sunday when you can hear how awesome it was.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF, Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM at Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103. The Bay Area's only rope bondage skill-share for men who like to tie men. 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.





Trivia Question of the Week

What is the traditional style of Leather cap worn by Covered Masters and Mistresses?

1. Fedora.

2. Stetson.

3. Muir.

4. Full-Leather.

5. Military Officer Formal.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered

Who were The Leather Journal's Man and Woman of the Year Awards recipients in 1987?

Barry Douglas and Cookie-Andrews Hunt.

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Mr. GNI Leather

By Randy Spearhead

The Gay Naturist International (GNI) Gathering held in the Poconos Mountains in August was a huge success and included several contests. After the scores were tallied the title of Mr. GNI Leather 2018 went to Jonathan. Later that evening the title of Mr. GNI 2018 was awarded to Rick who was best of three men. Mr. Bare Bear 2018 is Christopher and Miss Lace 2018 is Diva Corvette. Joey Miller organized an informal Men of Color and Admirers (MOCA) gathering.




IPAHW names host city

By Justin St. Clair

It is with great pleasure that IPAHW announces that it's Third Annual event will be held in Indianapolis, IN from July 25-28. Once again, IPAHW will be hosting the International Puppy and Trainer Contest. The reason for the move is simple: The community asked for it. The move allows us to rent out an entire hotel for our event, while still affording us 18,000 square feet of conferencing space. This means more activities, more classes, pool parties, play parties, etc. Stay tuned to Facebook.



Mr. Barracks Leather

Mr. Barracks Leather will be held September 21-23. Friday at 9 PM is a meet and greet the contestants plus A Roast of Mr. Barracks 2018 Tom Schneck; Saturday at 9 PM will be the Mr. Barracks Leather 2019 Contest; Sunday closes things at 3 PM with a victory beer bust and celebration. The Barracks, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234.




Mates Leather Weekend XXII - Lumberjack

Mates Leather Weekend XXII - Lumberjack will be held the weekend of September 28-30 in Provincetown, MA. Mates is a kick-back, have-a-good-time, meet-some-hot-new-friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in Leather, Rubber and Uniforms. Mates Leather Weekend includes the Mate contest. A great chance to hit P'town before the cold weather hits. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $61,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod since fundraising efforts began in 2002.




Rope Dojo

Are you a rope lover seeking that disciplined approached to take you to the next level? Are you a beginner with motivation to move past your hesitation and blow your lover’s mind with hot scenes? Frustrated with short workshops and demos? From solid foundations to the advanced skill of speed, flow and psychological scene building, Midori and the Dojo Cadre will put you through the paces and improve every aspect of your rope skills. From solid foundations to the advanced skill of speed, flow and psychological scene building, they’ll put you through the paces and improve every aspect of your rope skills. Rope Dojo will be held at the Baltimore Playhouse, Baltimore, MD the weekend of September 15-16. Rope Dojo visits San Francisco in Spring 2019.



Manchester Leather Weekend

Manchester Leather Weekend returns October 5-8 and will be bigger and better than before with a weekend packed full of great events. As before, we’ve endeavored to have many free events, including our popular workshops, Tom Does Manchester, Fetish Market, drinks and bingo, President's Dinner, BLUF Manchester, Sunday brunch, The Last Dance, art auction, farewell drinks. This year’s charity partner is the LGBT Foundation, specifically their mental health program. We are pleased to support the Foundation’s work, in memory of our member Craig Russell who passed away earlier this year.




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 October 5 and November 2. Join us 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.




Miss Cassie Rope Bondage

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Class at Sanctuary LAX on September 22 will begin at 12 PM. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes to 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. Sanctuary LAX Studios. 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.



Mx Virginia Leather

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.



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 Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.




Leather List - Leather community fundraising Grand Central

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 https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather-list-national/list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/



Eagle LA - Meat Rack

Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is on September 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029.




The Leather Journal

By Robert Odell

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 one being Friday, September 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 returns in 2018. The Sacramento community is excited to once again have a contest representing the local women’s Leather community, and Ms Rhonda and Tomo of KinkED Productions are thrilled to make it happen the weekend of October 12-13 in Sacramento, CA. Ms Sacramento Leather will provide representation, outreach, service, and education to the Sacramento Valley area Leather, fetish, and kink communities. Following their title year, the Ms Sacramento Leather. titleholder may elect to compete for a regional or international title.






That special morning

Coffee - check
Nice warm muffin with butter and jam - check
The Leather Journal newsmagazine - check


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ONYX Northeast Lands at the Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on October 13. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. They seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.



Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, September 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. September 11, 18 and 25. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




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

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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, September 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate their 25th Anniversary, they will be hosting one of their biggest and best cruises ever on Friday, September 28. The fun will last four hours - from 10 PM until 2 AM. The boat departs from Norfolk Waterside. There will be demos, a buffet, a cash bar, and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a commemorative program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks service to the Hampton Roads community, a raffle ticket for great door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance.




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.



International Mr. Leather Bear 2019

Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit




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.





ABW XIX around the corner

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests. American Leatherman 2018 Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx) and American Leatherwoman 2018 Jackie Thompson will pass the title to a new team. ABW is the only national gay and lesbian Leather title contest in the USA.




Adikus Sulpizi at Southern Decadence during Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, LA.




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Richard Conley captured this photo at Provincetown LGBT Pride.



Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs













Mama's Family at Mr. World Bear weekend.


Ces Williams as Ms Texas Leather.


Parade of Club Colors at ILSLb ICBB. Photo by Dr. Larry



He will be at Mates Leather Weekend. Find out more in story above.



Joe Mastrapasqua.

Seen at ILSLb ICBB.


Crowd at Pantheon of Leather in Dallas, TX.