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Leather Archives is open

After three months, the LA&M has re-opened to visitors. "We anticipate welcoming you back on July 1. However, please check with us as these things change daily. We've made good use of this time. Keeping our history dry is important, and the building now has a brand new roof. We have also made some interior repairs to get the building into better condition." said Gary Wasdin. The Leather Archives has several new exhibits in the galleries that will make their debut when we open again, including: a new run and club pin display in the Uniforms' Room, a pony play exhibit in the main gallery, a Tom of Finland 100th Birthday exhibit in the Teri Rose Library Lens, an exhibit of Leather and kink photography featuring the work of Jim Wigler along with contemporary photographers reflecting the broad diversity of Leather, plus new pieces form the collections, many never seen before.





San Diego Leather Pride

San Diego Leather Pride Week will be March 11-16 at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Social and educational events are happening throughout the week, including the anticipated San Diego Bootblack, Ms San Diego Leather and Mr. San Diego Leather Contests. San Diego Leather Pride kicks off the SDLP Weekend with Tigers Pictionary on March 11, Opening Ceremonies and All Club's Night on Friday, March 13, Education Fair and Demos on March 14 from 2-6 PM on site with the San Diego Bootblack, Ms And Mr. San Diego Leather contests to follow. World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101.




Centaur MC donations will total $125,000

The Centaur MC donations will total $125,000 for the following charities: Unbroken Horizon, Persad LGBT Counseling Center, Waves Ahead, LGBT Asylum Project, Juniper INOVA Health, HIV League, Medstar VNA Quality of Life Fund, LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund, Team DC Scholarship, and Leather Archives & Museum from funds collected at Mid Atlantic Leather. "I would like to thank my club brothers who put so much passion and hard work into MAL Weekend you are amazing. I would also like to thank the Highwaymen TNT, SIGMA, ONYX, the boot blacks, and the staff of the Hyatt. You have each become a part of the weekend either through service or events you produce. Finally to the attendees we truly are at times amazed and overwhelmed with the support you have given us. MAL Weekend shows us that when we come together as a community in an environment of fun, love, friendship, and respect we can move mountains." said Centaur MC president Todd White. Mid Atlantic Leather will be held January 22-25, a week later than usual due to the presidential inauguration.




DESIRE for Women

DESIRE is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky Women/GQ folk taking place May 29-31 in the Palm Springs/Cathedral City area at a new hotel which will be revealed upon paid registration. DESIRE is a player's weekend for new and experienced alike.




Ms San Francisco Leather

By Sal Hopkins

On Saturday, February 8 Ms SF Leather 2019 Reika stepped down and San Francisco chose Caity Lynch to be Ms San Francisco Leather 2020. The runner-up was Tammy lg Hatter. Emcee Val Langmuir entertained the crowd and kept the pace going. The contestants were Tammy lg Hatter, Ms Willow Kat, Lola Ursula and Caity Lynch. They all gave dynamic speeches and thoughtful answers to the pop questions. The judges were
Vick Germany-Head Judge, International Ms Leather 2019 Bennett Haley, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, International slave 2016 Tomo, Miss Lola Sunshine and Jawn Marques.



Fetish, Kink, Leather Ascension

Fetish, Kink, Leather Ascension, a Southern California organization, celebrates the diverse nature of our communities and as such, is guided by visibility, inclusivity, and representation. We believe that education, mentorship, advocacy, and fun are core to our shared interests in Leather. We center our actions around integrity, respect, and love for each individual who shares our path and as a beacon to those finding their way. FKLA was founded with the intention of creating programs that provide shared space for the entire community to come together as one, to celebrate the diverse aspects of our community and increase the visibility of those who experience marginalization within our community. Follow us on Facebook as we share upcoming events such as our Kickoff Event in May and Kink Week 2020 in June. More on this in the next Hump Day, including names of club officers.




Human Pup Play - The Happy Pup

Many FAQs are answered in The Happy Pup. One such question is, "Are There Only Certain People Who Can Be Human Pups?" is answered with, "Human pup play is a fun enjoyable kink that everyone can participate in. Male, female, gay, straight, bi, trans, able, disabled, you name it you can enjoy it. Often we get caught up with labels and ideas of who should and should not be able to enjoy human puppy play but the fact is we all can." Go to the link below to find out more from Gpup Alpha. The Happy Pup includes Puppy Play Guides, Puppy Play Events, Puppy Play Bulletin Boards, Puppy Play Gear and Puppy Play Blogs by Pup Emrys and Anubis Pack.




Smokeout 2020 in April

Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want - in the company of fellow studs. There is even a large play area with equipment, DJ music and open bar provided by Mike of The Bullet Bar in Los Angeles and Alex of the San Francisco Eagle. Join the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club on their ride to Nelson, Nevada and tour the active Techatticup gold mine. One night, all attendees can eat at the famous HafBrauHaus, an exact replica of the famous Beer Garden in Munich. Smokeout will be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 8-13.




Mr. Bullet Leather

Brandon Bullet was tops among four men as the Mr. Bullet Leather title was revived on Saturday night, February 9 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Val was the runner-up. Don Mike excelled as emcee. The meet and greet was held on Thursday night and the contestants performed fantasies then. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence opened with one of their zany blessings. It was revealed during one of the on-stage questions that Brandon is a violinist. Friday night featured Fox Hole which was a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days. Mr. Bullet Leather was te last of 10 feeder contests leading in to Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March.







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Mr. Leather64TEN

The Mr. Leather64TEN contest will be held the weekend of March 12-15 with most events being in the Jackhammer Complex and a Free Day at the Leather Archives & Museum on opening day, Thursday. The winner will travel all the way to downtown Chicago to compete at IML 2020 in May. The opening ceremonies and meet and greet will be on Friday night, Dirty Boys and Danish Brunch on Saturday at 11 AM, classes presented by 64TEN University at the Leather Archives on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Leather64TEN contest on Saturday night, Victory Brunch and photo shoot on Sunday morning and a Communion party on Sunday night. Jackhammer Complex, 6408 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626.




Alameda County Leather Corps - Spring Shenanigans

The Alameda County Leather Corps will present Spring Shenanigans at the world famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA on Sunday, March 8 from 3-6 PM. Entrance is free and $10 for lunch which includes corned beef and cabbage and three raffle tickets. The shenanigans include cigars on the patio with Scotty, chocolate and port tasting and Paddy Wagon's traditional corned beef and cabbage. Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94544.




ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month with the next two being February 20 and March 19 at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA.





Mr. West Coast Rubber 15th Anniversary

West Coast Rubber celebrates its 15th Anniversary at the Mr. West Coast Rubber 2020 contest in San Francisco the weekend of March 6-8. Things start with a meet and greet at the Powerhouse on Friday night, the contest on Saturday at the San Francisco Eagle followed by Shiny Happy Peephole at Atlas and closing with a Victory Party at the Edge. The first West Coast Rubber was held in Palm Springs in 2005. Contestant application at http://westcoastrubber.us




Are You Worth a Rug Burn?

Are You Worth a Rug Burn? is the absolutely zany, live action, interactive, game show about oral sex, produced by The Bear Television Network. The game show is the brain child of Bear Television Network CEO, Michael "The Metropolitan Cowboy" Coleman. The live-action game is based on the outrageous, John Waters inspired, music video to the song, "Rug Burn" by the dance and disco duo, Red Carpet Premiere. "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?" pits three contestants against one another, all competing for cold, hard cash. The game is played in three parts, Part 1: The Audience Question and Answer, Part 2: The Rug Burn Wheel of Death and Part 3: The Mystery Jock Strap. What makes the show so outrageous are the challenges that come up on The Rug Burn Wheel of Death. Each challenge on wheel comes from the imagination of The Metropolitan Cowboy and every challenge is personally tailored to the contestants competing on the show.
"The challenges are the hardest part of the show to produce.", said Coleman. "Every challenge has to be over-the-top and has to have a unique name associated with it, plus we need 30 per show, but the contestants spinning The Rug Burn Wheel of Death is what our audience comes to see." "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?" is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona, but The Bear Television Network has plans to take the show on the road in 2020 and eventually would like to film an episode in all 50 states. If you want compete on the show or learn more about "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?"




Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Celebrate the Whoring Twenties with the first Lumberjock of the decade. Get into your union suits and long johns on the third Sunday of each month, with the next one on March 15. Perverted Interracial Guys was founded by Joël Royal and Matthew Jensen to promote creative events and further kink education and community brotherhood between all races. PIGS produces Leather, Rubber, and Fetish events in the Los Angeles area and abroad. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.





NCSF Annual Meeting in March

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom will be holding its Annual Coalition Partner Meeting the weekend of March 7-8 in Houston, Texas at the Comfort Suites Hobby Airport. The year-end reports on NCSF programs, the budget and financials, and NCSF goals for the year are discussed and approved by Coalition Partner representatives. Board members are elected at the Annual Meeting. NCSF has a commitment to encourage diversity in orientation, identity, race and community affiliation among the board and staff members. The NCSF will be hosting a Consent for Non-monogamy Social at Colette Club on Sunday afternoon from 5-7 PM.





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International Geared Up Pup

By Hunter Draufganger

The winner of the fourth International Geared Up Pup contest was announced on February 9 and his name is Presto Cerberus. Presto is Mr. Puppy Brazil 2020 and he is from São Paolo, Brazil. The runner-up is Pup Chaman, from Montreal, Canada. There were four categories: written application and three essays, still photographs showcasing pup image, a video showcasing pup playfulness, and character, charity, and service. The contest was judged by Mr. Puppy Europe 2019 Puppai Buumi, Ms D Dom, Mr. Fetish Finland 2019 Thomas Hurd, Mr. Texas Leather 2019 Kaprese Andre, Henk, Alpha Sage, Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 boy doriam and International Geared Up Pup 2019 Tosa Alphainu. The tally master was Atlanta drag persona Baby Doll Schultz. The primary responsibility of the winner is “to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity."



Mr. Missouri Leather

The Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 contest will be held at JJ's Clubhouse on Saturday, February 29. A whole slew of events are on tap for the weekend including Friday night meet and greet, Saturday the Titans of the Midwest will present Kink U from 11 AM - 3 PM, Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 and Gateway Guy competition at 10 PM; and Sunday Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's at 11 AM. Kink U consists of four educational seminars and is open to the public. International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson will be on the judging panel. The Mr. Missouri Leather winner will compete at IML in May. JJ's Clubhouse, 3858 Market St, St. Louis 63110, 3858 Market Street, St. Louis 63110.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Second Anniversary

On Saturday, May 9 the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will host a major event to celebrate the Second Anniversary of the creation of our Cultural District. It was indeed on May 9, 2018 that the Resolution establishing the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District was signed by then-Mayor Mark Farrell. Since then, the group has become incorporated as a California Non-Profit Corporation, received 501(c)3 status, obtained funds from the City and private developers, hired a Cultural District Manager, done outreach to local residents, organizations, and businesses, advocated for and against local development projects, scouted possible locations for a Leather Cultural/Community Center, participated in parades and street fairs, worked with city agencies to create Leather and LGBTQ placemaking along Folsom and Harrison Streets, coordinated with the city’s other Cultural Districts, and begun work on developing our CHHESS — an essential strategy document that will guide the city in protecting and supporting our neighborhood for years to come. For updates on these and other accomplishments, please plan to attend the Open House on February 12 from 6-8 PM, at the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco.





Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low on the fourth Saturday of each month. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next Ripe Party is on February 22. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.






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Bears, Bikers & Mayhem turns 10 years old

Bears, Bikers & Mayhem will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of April 23-27 at the Eisenhower Inn & Aspire Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA. Bears, Bikers & Mayhem will be chock-full of events including the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests, vendor market, puppy mosh, cigar party, bowling, Recovery meeting, cuddle room, Segway Tour, adult bus tour, breakfast buffet, Sunday brunch with Varla Jean Merman, dinner and show, smell my pits, motorcycle ride, pool party, bear bingo, horseback battlefield tour and a ghost-story campfire among others. Not to be missed.




Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on March 13.




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 is Friday, March 6 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.





Ms Los Angeles Leather adds new title

The Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack has added Mx LA Leather to its group of titles which will be sashed on June 20 in Los Angeles, CA. The site is up and many formulative decisions are still being made. Go to the following link to follow progress.




Northwest Leather Celebration names judges

The Northwest Leather Celebration has stated that Mister-Blue back to Northwest Leather Celebration as the 2020 NWLC Keynote Speaker at the Brunch on Sunday, May 3 in Sacramento, CA. Mister-Blue, along with his slave Blue Frost, was the 2018 International Master/slave titleholder and the 2017 Master/slave titleholder for the Northeast Region. He is also the senior Master of the House of Blue based in Southern Maryland, Deputy Director of Operations for the Master-slave Conference. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.






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Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, March 7 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.




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 is on February 22 and March 28. 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.




ONYX Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ONYX-MA) is centered in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area and includes Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Full membership is open to gay and bisexual men of color, and Associate membership is open to men and women of all colors and sexual persuasions. ONYX Mid-Atlantic holds bar events at the Green Lantern and the DC Eagle. Not having a regular schedule, new events are listed on their web site.




Mr. San Diego Leather - Sunday in the Park

Join Mr. San Diego Leather 2019 Jody Mitchell at Sunday in the Park in Balboa Park for games and fun the first Sunday of each month. The next Sunday in the Park will be on March 1 at 12 PM in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101.




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 ones are February 26 and March 11. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.





Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month at 8 PM with the next one is March 14. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as they provide a kink related class each social




Cigar Time

By Scott McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 6. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Cigar Time is held on the first Friday of odd-numbered months. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




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, March 7, 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.




Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with March 6 being the next date. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.






DC Boys of Leather

he DC boys of Leather host their monthly Happy Hour at Larry's Lounge on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 6 PM and the next one is on March 11. If interested in the DC boys, this is a great, casual, low-pressure environment to meet some of our members and get to know what we're about - providing a safe, inclusive, and fun space for the DMV's subs and switches. Larry's Lounge, 1840 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.



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A Blast From The Past



The Mayor of Baltimore, MD honored Brother, Help Thyself by presenting the organization a Proclamation during their Fundraising Dinner in February, 2019.



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