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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, September 9, 2020

By September 10, 2020





Virtual Folsom Street Fair emcee is Margret Cho

We are excited to announce that our virtual Folsom Street Fair on September 27 will be hosted by the fabulously talented Margaret Cho and co-hosted by Alotta Boutté and Lance Holman. We'll bring you our usual amazing musical acts, performance artists, Leather/Fetish titleholder stage introduction. In addition, new interactive community content and leather/kink/alt sex history and education will bring us together and keep us connected when we can’t gather in person. Folsom Street Fair. There will be vendors. Virtual Vendor Mart applications are available. Learn more about applying for virtual booth space. Photo by Jen Rosenstein.



Scroll down to see over 25 photos from the Folsom Street Fair dating back to 1996.



My Date with Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2020

By Rodney Burger for Baltimore Out Loud

I always enjoying interviewing leather titleholders. We meet for lunch, dinner, or over drinks at a bar. A few have even come over to my home to be interviewed. Who wouldn’t thrill at the opportunity to spend time with a charming and prominent member of the Leather community?
In late January, Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2020 David Spivey was sashed Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2020 during the spectacular Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington. Having judged MAL the previous year, Sir Steve took a break from wintering in Florida and flew up to attend. We had a fantastic time. David was one of the first to hug and greet me when I arrived. I was thrilled when he was selected Mr. MAL 2020 and had no doubt that this very handsome Leather man... Read the entire interview at




The Exiles host Virtual Folsom Social for women

Join the Exiles, and women’s groups from across the country, at a Virtual Folsom Social. We are hosting womxn’s groups from around the country, from the original Onyx Pearls Southeast in Atlanta, to FIST in Baltimore, to the women of Society of Janus here in San Francisco. And more are joining every day (“Womxn” includes all women, both cis- and trans-, plus genderfluid, genderqueer and non-binary folks.)
The Virtual Social’s on Friday, September 25, from 6-8 PM Pacific time, with an informal hang-out afterwards. This is a chance to meet, greet, get to know each other better, build bonds across the country - and have fun. We’ll have video demos and kinky performances throughout the evening. Plus a large silent auction of books, toys, sexy paraphernalia, and Leather goods. This event is free to attend.




The Fireside Chats have embraced Zoom

In June and July Chat co-producer and host Douglas OKeeffe utilized Zoom for international Chats with Alexei Grach of St. Petersburg, Russia, Mike Est of Estonia, and Suresh Ramdas of Bangalore, India, and for Chats with Los Angeles notables. This year the Chats included only one live Chat, Ron Ehemann, partner of the late Chuck Renslow at his home in Chicago. Douglas looks forward to again traveling to Chats next year. All Chats are available for viewing on the Fireside Chat Youtube channel.





ONYX Northwest - Detention Series

Gayle Rubin - Expert on Gay Male Leather Culture makes a rare appearance in the next classroom to discuss Leather Fashion, Iconology and Uniforms for the ONYX Northwest Detention Online Series on Saturday, September 19 at 11 AM. Immediately following Ms. Rubin's lesson students Master Yito (BLUF SF), Beacon ONYX (ONYX SW), Corso ONYX and Mac ONYX (ONYX NW) get together to compare notes on Uniforms and Kink in a discussion led by Okodee ONYX (ONYX NW). 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.






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Virtual CLAW V

Virtual CLAW V will be the weekend of Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4 online. Friday is a meet and greet. Saturday has five Education Sessions including Singletail Whips, Leatherboy, ASFR, Leg Ties. Sex and COVID-19, and a Cigar Social. Sunday also has two sets of five Education Sessions including Meanings, Uses and Abuses of Pain, Part 2, Nipple Camp: An Overview of Tit Play, Meet the Tom of Finland Foundation, Slavecraft Revisited, Pervertables. A Cigar Party and a Raffle Drawing round out the day. Sunday has five Education Sessions including Meanings, Uses and Abuses of Pain, Partt 2, Nipple Camp: An Overview of Tit Play
Meet the Tom of Finland Foundation, Slavecraft Revisited, and Pervertables. Again is a Cigar Party and a Raffle Drawing.




Michael Mactep

Mr. Great Lakes 2015/16, Michael Mactep, crossed over on September 1, 2020, leaving us all too soon and suddenly. Forever a staple at our regional events one could often find him holding court in the smoking tent with a stiff drink and a good cigar making friends and causing a roar of laughter. He was a firm believer in everything that Olympus stands for and fought for everyone to have a place at the table. He is survived by his partner, Ms Great Lakes 2016, Rhee and their fur babies, as well as many Leather family members whom called him Brother. Mactep was a member of the Titans of the Midwest, MAsT Indianapolis, NLA Indianapolis and NLA International he was in leadership positions with NLA Indy and Lafayette Alternative Lifestyles. An online gathering is being organized by International Olympus Leather for those who wish to hold space and share memories of this wonderful soul. Details will be released in the coming days once finalized.




Fox Hole: Digital at the Bullet Bar

Green Mirror Entertainment and Bullet Bar present Fox Hole: Digital at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on September 19 from 8-10 PM. So we're giving you a reason to celebrate the golden days and #letyourfoxroam...virtually!
Join Fox Hole on Zoom from your living room, bedroom, dungeon or any #quarankink space in your house. Towels, jockstraps and gear encouraged. Music by DJ Brian Novy.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID - 844 4431 5562
Passcode - myfoxroams




By Aric Wilson

Hey all you beautiful Leather people and kinksters. Reaching out to remind you that if you are unable, or consider it unsafe for yourself to go out and get groceries, or get other tasks done that need to be done at this time. We have a group of willing and ready individuals who want to help. LA Leather COVID 19 assist is here for you. Volunteers are expected to follow safe distancing and safe contact measures when interacting with a community member when providing this service. How to reach out: You may post directly to the group page for assistance by clicking


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Men of ONYX Southwest - Fifth Anniversary

Join the Men of ONYX Southwest for Sound Box, a sounding and fisting Kink Demo and the chapter's Fifth Anniversary on Sunday, September 13 beginning at 3 PM. ONYX Southern CA (which encompasses the LA, San Diego, Palm Springs areas) and Southwestern States (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah) is an organization formed and operated by People of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle.




Avatar Presents: an Evening with Race Bannon

Avatar Club Los Angeles Presents: an Evening with Race Bannon on Wednesday, September 23 from 7-8 PM on Zoom. Race Bannon has been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms since 1973. He has authored two books, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service, was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company, been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and has most recently written for the Bay Area Reporter, Recon and Drummer Magazine.


Meeting ID: 357 196 9937



Rope Burn SF: September

Rope Burn SF: September is on the docket for Thursday, September 10 from 7-10 PM online. You must have a ticket to get access to the Google Meet link. The Bay Area's only rope 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 ropes, every second Thursday of the month. We start with a small workshop for you to learn some basic ties and make some new friends in the process. A suggested donation of $20 is asked to help keep our space, Catalyst, healthy and vibrant so we can continue hosting. For more information, including FAQ, check out




Kink The Vote

We are less than two months from the November 3 election. The first step in the process is registering. If you are not registered to vote by election day, you will be stuck at hoe watching the show while not being a part of it. With all that is at stake, that would not be a pleasant situation. Register to vote now.




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Flash Back Gallery From Past Major Events


Folsom Street Fair, 1999 to present








































The Leather Journal has a humongous archive of photos and thousands of them are of the Folsom Street Fair and weekend. Enjoy these memorable moments from San Francisco.


Next Hump Day Flash Back Gallery - Satyrs MC Badger Flat Run




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A Blast From The Past




Mr. Ebony Leather 1998 group at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.


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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blogs



Tom of Finland 100 years old, ILSLb ICBB Flash Back, Bootlab




CLAW rescheduled, ONYX Northwest, Flashback - Pantheon of Leather




Dore Alley Flashback, Albuquerque Leather Daddys, Blow Buddies



DomCon LA, Leather Realm, Ginger Beards




Leather Archives re-opens, Lady Gaga, Cherry Grove Pride




Supreme Court - LGBT cannot be fired, ONYX Deep South




Bars re-opening, Irene Soderberg