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Dave Rhodes Hump Day - September 13, 2017

By September 14, 2017



ONYX: Southern California's Second Second Anniversary. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The International Leather Sir 2017, International Leatherboy 2017 and International Community Bootblack were held in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators. The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3. See photo below. See the results at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1954-ilslb-icbb-winners-in-dallas


SF Bay Area Sober in Leather
We are doing a Fundraiser for SF Bay Area Sober in Leather and SF Sober Leather Contest to help with the upcoming step downs and the appointments of new titleholders. Have you wanted to have sexy kink, Leather, boudoir photos taken in a Dungeon. We have reserved six days at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-4023, to allow the max amount of people to have such an experience. Please book your slots and help raise some money for a great organization. Folsom Saturday and Sunday will be our first two dates

Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat is proud to announce an ambitious European Chat schedule! Douglas O’Keeffe, co-producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend" O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016!” Both interviews will take place on Saturday October 7. There will be more European Chats - stay tuned. Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel. Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Inside-Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/

Las Vegas Rope Social
Las Vegas Rope Social: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play The Las Vegas Rope Social presents: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play By Mike Payne. A painful push… a sensual touch… a playful poke. There are a myriad ways to make physical contact with someone when playing with rope and so many fun, painful, stimulating, and erotic places to touch. This beginner level class will cover safety, pressure point types, some pressure point locations, and techniques to incorporate them into the application and removal of rope as well as everything in between. Saturday, October 14 from 3-5 PM at 705 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101-2058. https://ropesnob.com/

Mr. Long Beach Leather
The Mr. Long Beach Leather contest will be at the Eagle 562, 2020 Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA at 8 PM. The emcee will be Pantheon of Leather 2017 Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin. Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 Ali Mushtaq made the title world-famous by being interviewed in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. http://mrlbl.com/contest-weekend.html

San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Breath Play with Mark Frazier
Breath play is obviously one of the most potentially dangerous SM activities, requiring responsibility, trust and scrupulous safety practices. Practitioners describe breath play as sensual, euphoric, and erotic. We will explore techniques, methods and safety, and will conclude with a question/answer session and hands-on play. San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Breath Play with Mark Frazier will be on Wednesday, September 20 at 385A 8th Street, San Francisco (Above Mr. S Leather). Find out more about the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group by viewing http://www.sfldg.org/mail

Harder - Avatar Dungeon Party
Make sure not to miss Harder - Avatar Dungeon Party at Threshold on Friday, September 29 at 9 PM. Men only Dungeon/play party. Live out your fantasies in a safe environment with experienced Leathermen and Dungeon Monitors on patrol. Plenty of equipment for your use. Slings, crosses, massage tables and bondage beds. Sampler area to try new fetishes. The action takes place at Threshold in North Hollywood. Threshold is located at 131300 Hartland Street in North Hollywood, CA. Tickests sold in advance only https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harder-tickets-37560684017 Find out more at http://www.avatarla.org/

Leather Leadership Conference XX
Leather Leadership Conference XX will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta, GA, March 9-11. Keynote by Hardy Haberman and endnote by Laura Antoniou. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." --Jack Welch. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

Golden Gate Guards' Leather Cruise
The Golden Gate Guards' Seventh Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay will be on September, Saturday, 23. This Leather and Uniform event is during Folsom Street Fair weekend. The Leather Cruise includes: three-hour boat cruise on San Francisco Bay with great views for hot Leathermen and Leatherwomen. Complimentary navy cap, pin and lei, appetizers and cash bar. Net proceeds from this event will go to San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. See photo below. http://ggguards.org/events/cruiseTickets.htm

Cleis Press seeks writers for new anthology
Cleis Press Editor Rachel Kramer Bussell is looking for contributors for a new anthology, Erotic Teasers to be published in 2019. Each story selected will be a unique tale of being taken to the edge in whatever way your dirty little mind can image. All stories that are between 3,500-4,500 words and submitted by October 1 will be considered. http://cleispress.com/ Cleis Press is the largest independent sexuality publishing company in the United States. With a focus on LGBTQ, BDSM, romance, and erotic writing for all sexual preferences, Cleis Press books are consistently changing the way people read and think about sexual behavior, culture, and education.

Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary
Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration will be at the Center for Positive Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles' biggest event of the year is going to be even bigger than ever before, this all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend and it just so happens to coincide with the Exiles’ 20th anniversary. https://fetlife.com/events/533331

Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar
The Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar, published by Bruno Gemünder and Putinki, is available through the Tom of Finland Store, Tom of Finland Store, 8116 Romaine Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Price is $20. See photo below. https://tomoffinlandstore.com/collections/paper/calendars

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend
The Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill is now accepting reservations for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 which will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest on Sunday afternoon. And oh, the lobby at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com to find hotel information.

Southland Title Sisters induct Pixie Mary
Ms West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 Pixie Mary was inducted into the Southland Title Sisters at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, August 26. Contest emcee Goddess Moon led the induction ceremony following the West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 contest. https://www.facebook.com/ See photo below.

NCSF warning on Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act
The NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) sent out this - There's a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren't enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) wouldn't help punish sex traffickers; it would do is expose the Internet content platforms that we all rely on every day to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability for their customers' actions. https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-censor-the-internet

Mr. California Leather's debut
The first Mr. California Leather contest was won by Dino Garcia at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday, September 9. Three men competed for the new title. First runner-up was Master Anthony and second runner-up was Roscoe. Dino may go to IML, ABW, ILSLb or IPOL to compete. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014 Dave Faunce was the emcee. See photo below. For more go to http://mrcaleather.com/

San Diego AIDS Walk XXV
The San Diego Leather community is participating in this year's AIDS Walk and Run San Diego on Saturday, September 27 because HIV and AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is an opportunity to be visible in the support for those living with HIV and AIDS while raising much needed funds for critical support services in the community. http://events.thecentersd.org/goto/BeWhoYouNeeded

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. See photo below. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

Mr. Sister Leather 2018
The Mr. Sister Leather 2018 Contest will be held, Saturday, September 16 beginning at 8 PM at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA. Join the Los Angeles Sisters as they pay homage to the Stonewall riots, the famous 1969 uprising in what is widely considered to be the most important event leading to gay liberation. Proceeds to benefit the One Archives Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/LASisters/

Before Twitter porn controversy, Ted Cruz didn't think masturbating was a laughing matter
by Aaron Rupar from NCSF

A court of appeals ruled against Senator Ted Cruz (R). In a decision, judges rejected Cruz's argument and characterized the case as being "about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the State is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate conduct... Whatever one might think or believe about the use of these devices, government interference with their personal and private use violates the Constitution." Read the rest here https://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/before-twitter-porn-controversy-ted-cruz-didn-t-think-masturbating-was-a-laughing-mattercruz-didn-t-think-masturbating-was-a-laughing-matter

Mistresses of Ceremonies Named for DomCon: New Orleans
Domina Angelina, Madame Margherite, and Mistress Penelope Dreadful of Australia have been named official Mistresses of Ceremonies for DomCon: New Orleans 2017. The event brings together professional and lifestyle BDSM enthusiasts from around the world. Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and the kinky from all over the globe to DomCon for the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course electrifying parties. DomCon New Orleans will be held October 5-8 at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street. For photos, guest info, sponsorship opportunities and details on classes and workshops, go to http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com

Papa Bear Presents: 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, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Dallas Fetish Ball
The Dallas Fetish Ball: Torture Garden will be held November 10-11 featuring performances by Yusura, Miss Miranda and Lou Lou D'Vil. The Dallas Fetish Ball will include vendors, latex fashion, a spanking booth and a photo booth. The event is produced by The Church Dallas and will be held at 2424 Swiss Avenue. Get tickets in advance at http://www.LeatherMasters.com Many premium spots have been sold, so act soon.


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California Bootblack 2017 Caitlin, Mr. California Leather 2017 Dino Garcia and Ms California Leather 2017 Jesbian Bagheera. Photo by Dave Rhodes


Tom of Finland 2018 Calendar is available.


Ms West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 Pixie Mary was inducted into the Southland Title Sisters. Photo by Dave Rhodes


IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau sent this photo with friends at Folsom Europe in Berlin, DL.


Golden Gate Guards members Pony and Jim Stokes at the club's Leather Cruise of the San Francisco Bay last year. Photo by Dave Rhodes


Mr. California Leather contestant Master Anthony hosts the Sherman Oaks Brunch on the second Tuesday of the month. Photo by Dave Rhodes