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By September 30, 2002


The Leather Journal

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The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles installed its 2002 officers at a ceremony on February 2. Andre Rigden was crowned Rex LXVIII. The officers were road captain Jeff Wacha, secretary Stephen Brown and treasurer Dale Sapp.

About 100 Leatherfolk celebrated the Cal Eagles Motorcycle Club's 18th Anniversary party on Saturday, February 2 at Holy redeemer Church Hall in San Francisco, CA. The new officers were president Tony Gangloff, vice president Ken Kalstein, treasurer Santo Aloisi, corresponding secretary Kris Achuthan, recording secretary Mike Lipsie, master of arms Kris Achuthan and road captain Morris Lyons.

The 36th Annual Inter Club Fund Motorcycle Awards Dinner was held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, February 16. The Golden Gate Guards cleaned house when they left the church with six honors while the Cal Eagles and the Phoenix Uniform Club each grabbed three.

The Long Island Ravens MC celebrated their 10th Anniversary in February 2002 with an anniversary dinner dance and run at the Holiday Inn in Ronkonkoma, NY.

The bidding was fast and furious as The LA Boys of Leather held its first Boy/Boi Auction at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA on February 22. $1,600 was raised for the Lupus Foundation and the LA Leather Coalition.

The 15 Association celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a formal dinner at the Officers Club at Fort Mason and two hot dungeon parties the weekend of February 22-24 in San Francisco. Dave Rhodes and Peter Fiske presented the club the award they won for Small Event, Boot Camp XII, the weekend before at Pantheon of Leather in Chicago.

The Denver Leather Uprising, a new Leather/Uniform/Rubber event for 2002, a night of social gathering and fun was held April 5 at Maximillian's in Denver, CO. Uprising was spearheaded by Mr. Leather Colorado 2002 Jon Langoni.

Jo Arnone, Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM) cofounder did a demo on flogging on Friday, April 19 at the Center in Manhattan, NY.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans presented their Spring Maneuvers Uniform Weekend April 19-21 in Los Angeles.

The Tradesmen Leather Club of Charlotte, NC held Trademark XVI: Back on the Chain Gang at the Sheraton at the Airport the weekend of May 3-5 with about 125 registering for the full weekend and about 450 attending the Leather Ball on Saturday night at the new Charlotte Eagle.

St. Louis Leather and Lace held Beat Me In St. Louis VI in St. Louis, MO the weekend of April 26-28 with noted Leatherman and author of The Master's Manual Jack Rinella author of The Loving Dominant John Warren topping the bill.

The Dallas boys of Leather (DboL) was the newest boy group to hit the country. The charter officers were president boy shawn, vice president boy tim, treasurer boy tony, social/activity coordinator cub stace and historian boy gary.

Tsarus Memphis celebrated their 25th Anniversary with Aida XXV the weekend of May 3-5 at a private campground outside Memphis, TN.

The Cal Eagles MC went on their Grass Valley run the weekend of May 11-12 through the central valley to Sierra Foothills in California.

The Gay Male S/M Activists (GMS/MA) elected new officers in June. New board members were Scott "Coyote" Hill, Santiago Duverge, Michael J. Horowitz, Gene Kahn, Daniel Kitchen, Drew D. Kramer, Tip McGuire, Richard L. Powell, Bill Stokes, Jim R. Ward, and Anthony J. Williams. They joined continuing board members Elliot J. Cohen, Gil Kessler, Fred Little, and Joe O'Sullivan. The new officers were chairman Michael J. Horowitz, president Gil Kessler, vice president Anthony J. Williams, treasurer Drew D. Kramer, executive secretary Richard L. Powell and membership secretary Santiago Duverge.

On Saturday, May 11, the men of the Promethean Guard gathered at The Den in New Brunswick, NJ to celebrate their Third Anniversary and installation of their new executive board. The new officers were president John Ramos, vice president Bruce E., treasurer Ernie Rivera and secretary Miklos Kiraly, Jr.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held their 10th Anniversary Celebration May 17-19, starting with a Blessing of the Bikes, cosponsored by Spartans MC, in front of the Tool Shed.

The Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco and the Golden State Bears of Fresno, CA combined efforts for a weekend together in Yosemite, May 17-19.

Avatar Club of Los Angles presented their annual Exploratorium: Cirque du SM at a private dungeon space in North Hollywood on May 18. About 150 attended the three-ring events and they were not disappointed.

The San Diego Boys of Leather hosted their first BOYFEST the weekend of May 17-19 which included the Southern California Leather Daddi/y and boi/y Contest. The primary beneficiary of BOYFEST 2002 was The Lupus Foundation of America.

Several Southern California motorcycle club members led the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19 as over 100,000 spectators lined the downtown streets to observe. Among those riding were the Satyrs, Warriors, LOBOC and Oedipus motorcycle clubs as well as several independent riders.

The Alameda County Leather Corps reported that by the end of May it has raised almost $13,000 for a variety of charities and causes.

A committee of 13 local men and Ms St. Louis Leather Pride 2002 organized a Leather 101 Weekend at JJ's Clubhouse and Bar in St. Louis the weekend of May 31 - June 2. The weekend offered classes geared for the curious, the beginner, and to re-energize the Master. The special guest was Leather Archives and Museum director Rick Storer.

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA hosted a run to Idyllwild June 1-2, staying at the mountain cabin of two club members.

The first pansexual Southern California Leather Gathering took place at Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park in San Dimas on Saturday, June 6 and exposed the Inland Empire area to Leather, BDSM, Fetish, Motorcycle and Bear groups.

Raising $2,618 in just four hours, the Sizzling Summer Service Sale at Daddy's in San Francisco on Sunday, June 9 benefited the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The benefit was produced by San Francisco Leather Dyke Grrl 2002 Kim.

On Wednesday, June 12, LUC of LV (Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas) held a special election for two vacant positions on its board. Chris Reynolds was elected president and Phillip Hallon ran unopposed for secretary.

San Francisco Drummerboy 2001 Jack Garcia and Mr. Edge Leather 2002 Scott Brogan founded the San Francisco Boys of Leather. The formation meeting was at Daddy's on June 15.

In one of the wildest of family gatherings, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. joined the Leather Daddies of San Francisco for a bawdy three-hour fundraiser, raising close to $2,000 on Father's Day at the Eagle Tavern on Sunday, June 16.

The 19th Annual Leather Pride Night Auction (LPN) was held at The Puck Building in New York, NY on Saturday, June 20 that benefited the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), Pride Senior Network, Heritage of Pride (HOP), People of Color in Crisis and the St. Luke's HIV Services. About $15,000 was raised.

The Phoenix Uniform Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary with its 11th Annual Uniform Leather Ball in San Francisco, CA.

The Chicago Hellfire Club joined The 15 Association in San Francisco for Gay Pride Weekend, June 28-30, marching in the gay pride parade and participating in The 15 Association's monthly play party.

There was a new cigar club in Dallas, TX named the Lone Star Cigar Men. They started out of the gate by hosting Smoking up Fort Worth on July 13 at The Coral Club.

The Atons of Minneapolis celebrated their 30th Anniversary with their sold-out XXXtreme Run July 19-21 at a campground in New Ulm, MN. 110 people attended and 19 Leather clubs were represented. The Mid America Conference of Clubs held their spring meeting during Gopher XV.

GMS/MA treasurer Drew Kramer and president Gil Kessler presented donations from Folsom Street East VI's net proceeds of $32,319 as follows: A check for $12,000 to LGBT Community Services Center president Richard Winger; $10,000 to Rivington House and a symbolic presentation of a check for $10,000 to GMS/MA.

Trident: Windy City feted its 10th Anniversary the weekend of August 2-3 with an in-town run which included club receptions, a walking enduro and a banquet at Ann Sather's.

Nimbus from Grand Rapids, MI held their 25th Anniversary with a weekend run at Douglas Dunes. The theme was Cruise To Alaska and had clubs from all over the Midwest represented.

The Rogues Leather Levi Club of Roanoke, VA hosted Tournament VI: Cartoon Mania the weekend of August 16-18.

The Trident Knights held Inquisition 2002 the weekend of August 22-25 at the Parliament Social Club and Resort in Augusta, GA which benefited the Sue Kuhlen Camp For Kids With HIV And AIDS.

The Rochester Rams held Rams Run XXVII: Truckstop at a private campground the weekend of August 23-26.

MC Faucon celebrated their 25th Anniversary: Migration 2002 August 23-25 in Montreal, Canada.

The Seattle Men in Leather reported that an average attendance of about 30 men have been attending their mid-month Tribal Instinct nights at the Wet Spot in Seattle, WA.

Spearhead Toronto named its officers for 2002-2003. They were president Michael Morrell, vice president eStevan DeCastro, treasurer Ron Gullis, membership chair Don Wilkins, operations chair Jack Mackness and publications chair Doug Embury. Acclaimed committee positions are archivist Brain Morrison, membership Joe Poirier and member at large Bruce Slater.

The MP's NorthEast hosted their Fourth Annual Camping Run at Coastal Acres Camp Ground in Provincetown the weekend of August 23-25.

Salt Lake City's Club Blue and the Wasatch Leathermen's Association hosted their second annual Blue Alley Fair on Sunday, August 25.

The Centaur MC of Washington, DC held Olympia XVII during Labor Day Weekend at a private camp ground just about an hour outside Philadelphia.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club hosted their annual Labor Day Weekend Run To Badger Flat August 30 - September 2 high up in the mountains east of Yosemite and Fresno, CA.

The Chicago Hellfire Club held Inferno XXXI the week of September 5-11 in rural Western Michigan. The run was held in two sessions which were sold out with 225 men attending each.

The following weekend Delta International held a similar men's BDSM run in rural Eastern Pennsylvania with around 300 attending. A good number of men attended Inferno and Delta.

The Corn Haulers LL celebrated their 26th Anniversary with Corn Ball 2002 the weekend of September 13-15 in scenic downtown Des Moines, IA. The theme was A Dr. Seuss Fantasy Weekend.... Would You? Could You?

The Regiment of the Black and Tans of Los Angeles, CA installed their new officers on Sunday, September 15 at the Eagle Rock home of Mr. Sister Leather 2001 Robert Blackmon and Rick O. The new officers were commander Jeff Schoonover, vice commander Will Hildreth, second lieutenant corresponding secretary Kevin Casey, comptroller Ken and recording officer Jeff Toelsin.

The Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) turned 10 year old in September. A series of bar nights in Los Angeles and Long Beach bars celebrated the milestone. American Leatherman 2001 Jeffrey Cooper took over the reigns of the group.

Over 400 Leatherfolk attended SM Odyssey's Folsom Fringe: Odyssey Island at the Sheraton Hotel in San Jose, CA the weekend of September 27-29.

The Crescent City Outlaws held Jailbreak II: South of the Border the weekend of September 27-29 in New Orleans, LA.

Butchmanns Academy of Tucson, AZ and the Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), a BD/SM-lifestyle organization located in Phoenix, AZ announced the newly established APEX Academy/Butchmanns Experience..

The Leathermen's Discussion Group (LDG), in its seventh year hosting sex-positive education programs for the Leather community, announced the relocation of its regularly scheduled programs to Blow Buddies in San Francisco, CA.

The AIDS Emergency Fund received $9,000 from money collected by The 15 Association at the Dore Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA.

The National Leather Association: Dallas Chapter awarded lifetime memberships to three Dallas Leathermen in recognition of their contributions to the Chapter and the Leather community as a whole. The recipients were Mark Frazier, Johnny Grey and Hardy Haberman.

The officers for the South East Conference of Clubs (SECC) included president Sam Winkler, vice president Danny LeCompte, scribe David Wright, treasurer George Tresch and sergeant at arms Jim Grigg.

smOdyssey produced a hot weekend on Odyssey Island: FolsomFringe 2002 in San Jose, CA September 27-29 which had 400 registrants. Workshop presenters, included Midori, Jeff Tucker, Cleo Dubois and Fakir Musafar, Phantom Master and FemCar. There were two huge dungeon parties.

The Golden Gate Guards held their annual Weekend Extravaganza Run To Camp Mendocino: Sweet Sixteen October 4-6.

The Third Annual New York SM Film Festival took place October 8-13 and featured a program of films and videos that explored various aspects of sadomasochism, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, role play and fetishes. Presented by TES, the festival also included demos, a brunch, a special fundraising gala and an SM play party.

VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) celebrated their 20th Anniversary October 11-13 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

AEL (Alternative Erotic Lifestyles), an Albuquerque, NM based pansexual organization, celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a well attended play party.

Leather University presented Dungeon 701 in Fort Lauderdale the weekend of October 11-13 with a huge list of workshop presenters including Bob Bender, JD Dykes, Drake Ferguson, Mark Frazier, Monica Glass, Catherine Gross, Rick Jackson, Jack McGeorge, David Palm, Parker Perry, Glenda Rider, Yossie Silverman, Scott Smith, Sharrin Spector, Frank Strona and Lolita.

The Men of ONYX celebrated their Seventh Anniversary with a weekend of revelry in Chicago the weekend of October 11-13.

The National Leather Association: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XII at the Holiday Inn Select in Dallas, TX the weekend of October 18-20. Fetish Diva Midori from San Francisco was the keynote speaker.

The Lone Star Cigar Men presented Smoketoberfest on Saturday, October 19 at the Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX. Proceeds from Smoketoberfest went to The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse as well as Camp Quality, USA.

Gateway MC held Show Me XXIX the weekend of October 25-27 in St. Louis, MO.

The NCSF announced that four new coalition partners had joined the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in the fall of 2002. Avatar Club of Los Angeles, OhioSMART, Riverbound, and Satyricon of Madison, WI were accepted as coalition partners, bringing the total to 27 educational and social groups that have a leadership role in NCSF.

On November 3, the Golden State Bears of Fresno, CA hosted a teddy bear drive to benefit the Marjaree Mason Center during their monthly beer bust at The Den. The theme was 100 Years of The Teddy Bear. The total count was great, almost 60 bears were brought in.

The Leather Network held Master's Retreat V in Chicago, IL November 8-11 which was produced by Master Roy Hendrick of Houston, TX. Jack Rinella assisted along with Steve Sampson of Butchmann's SM Training Academy who was the keynote speaker.

The Santa Clara County Leather Association presented Leather Weekend: In the Realm of the Senses in San Jose November 8-10 with a community fair at Metropolitan Community Church with demos and vendors and Craig Scofone's erotic art and photography on display.

Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride 2002 drew about 175 Leatherwomen to Amsterdam, NL the weekend of November 8-10.

The Gay Male S/M Activists (GMS/MA) held their Annual Leather Fest the weekend of November 13-15. Events included a Leather Marketplace, workshops and an art show at the LGBT Center in New York.

The Trident: Los Angeles Hall celebrated its 15th Anniversary the weekend of November 15-17 with a banquet at a private North Hollywood residence on Saturday night, a cocktail party on Friday night and a beverage benefit on Sunday afternoon at Gauntlet II.

On Saturday night, November 23 the Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco, CA had their 16th Anniversary Party. About 150 people filled the hall at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro.

Play House Studios held Just Play '02, a play party weekend for women at the end of November.

NAIL (New Age in Leather), a new Leather fraternity started in Cleveland, OH.

The Atons of Minneapolis, MN's annual fundraiser to benefit The Aliveness Project was held at the Saloon on Sunday, December 15 with nonperishable food shelf items collected for the Project.

Logan's Playground, a sanctuary for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Phoenix, AZ, was the designated charity for the Leatherlords second Annual Holiday Toy Drive. They combined efforts with the Phoenix boys of Leather, Phoenix Body Positive and several local businesses.

The Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas raised $ 3,100 to purchase toys for children infected or affected by AIDS so that the children could have a Christmas. Grand Master Beau, his companion Bill Thurman and the Leather men in the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas, Desert Brotherhood and the Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire.

The Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas raised over $5,000 for four Baltimore, MD area charities on December 14 at The HIPPO in Baltimore. The charities were the AIDS Action Baltimore, Moveable Feast, Annie's Children and The Sylvia Lynn Foundation at Chase Brexton Health Services.

The Chicago Leather Club (CLC) was formed in Chicago. CLC's primary goals were to support good causes for those less fortunate and to support the Leather community. Among the causes CLC supports are Toys for Tots, the Chicago Hellfire Club's McAdory fund and the Leather Archives and Museum.

Avatar Club of Los Angeles, CA named its new officers. They were president David Taber, vice president Dr. Lawrence Burden, secretary Bruce Towe, treasurer Tom Mathie, and board members Alan Stroik, Mike Van Horn and Jeff Wacha.

The first Moncton Leather Chapter Toys for Tots was a success. The founder of the Moncton Leather Chapter and coproducer of the Mr. Leather Moncton, New Brunswick contest was Steve Laviolette.

The Warriors MC of Los Angeles, CA new officers were president Tom Thompson, road captain Tom Merrifield, secretary Steve Harman, treasurer Charles Atkinson and quartermaster Greg Glander.

Leather Titles

The winner of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2002 Contest held during Martin Luther King Weekend, January, 18-20, was COMMAND president and Mr. Double L Leather 2001 David Baldwin from Baltimore, MD. First runner-up was NE Mr. PA Leather Jim Shear and second runner-up was Jack Miller from Kansas City. The judging panel included Michael Marino, Vern Stewart, Joni Perrie, Jim McGlade, Stefan Mueller, Annie Romano-Blas and Mike Zuhl.

Daniel Hernandez was named Mr. Faultline Leather in the wee hours of Saturday morning, January 26 on the Faultline patio. Ken Kurras was the runner-up.

On January 25 and 26 in Anchorage, AK, The Last Frontier Mens Club held their Ninth Annual Black and Blue Ball. Jay Schwartz walked away with the title of Mr. Alaska Leather 2002. Other titles and their winners were Mr. Bear Alaska Bill Skitt, Alaska Bear Cub Jeff Ridder and Mr. Alaska Levi Steve Nolen.

The Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX was packed like a sardine can on Saturday night, January 26 when Stephen Weber was named Mr. Leather Texas 2001.

Vince Rexx from Vancouver, BC became the new Mr. British Columbia Leather.

Ely Yaron was tops of five contestants vying for the Mr. Bullet Leather 2002 title on Saturday night, February 2 in front of a fully-packed bark.

Daddy's bar was jam packed on Friday evening, February 8 as Dan Alexander was declared Mr. Daddy's Leather. Lenny Broberg was the evening's emcee.

Scott Briscoe was named the winner of the Mr. Padlock Leather 2002 contest, held the weekend of February 8-10 at the Padlock Leather/Levi bar in Phoenix, AZ.

Scott Brogan won the Mr. Edge Leather title at the Edge in San Francisco on Wednesday night, February 13 with T.J. Istvan serving as emcee in a packed bar.

Raynaldo Garcia emerged victorious as Cell Block/Male Hide Leatherman 2002 in front of a packed Cell Block bar in Chicago on Saturday night, February 16. Six men vied for the title.

The Mr. Sister Leather 2002 Contest at Gauntlet II was won by Italian stallion Angelo Simione on Saturday night, February 16 in front of a full house.

The Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2002 Contest saw Butch Arnold from New Orleans, LA and Sasha von Haner from Atlanta, GA named the winners at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 17. In the men's competition, Mr. Alabama Olympus Leather Sam Guss was first runner-up and second runner-up was Mr. Georgia Olympus Leather Reggie. Ms Indiana Olympus Leather Mistress Kendra was first runner-up.

The new Mr. Powerhouse Leather was Adam Heller.

On February 23, Todd Lee Althiser, aka pup jesu was named Mr. Ozarks Leather at Bar One in Springfield, MO.

JD Hart was chosen to represent Cleveland, OH as Mr. Cleveland Leather 2001 on February 23.

On Saturday, March 2, Tom Dickerson was chosen out of seven high-quality contestants as Mr. San Diego Leather 2002 in front of 600 at The Hole in Point Loma, CA.

Maria Takenakos took the title of Ms Alaska Leather and Andraya (bulldog) Boudreaux walked away as Ms Alaska Bootblack in Anchorage, AK on March 2.

Keith Chester was named Mr. Ashram West Leather at the Faultline in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 2 in front of about 250 Leatherfolk.

The new Mr. South Plains Leather is Ed Whittler who won his sash as part of South Plains Leather Fest in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, March 2.

On Sunday, March 3, Wayne Butzer was chosen Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2002 in front of a capacity crowd at the Eagle with seven men competing.

Peter Jackson, sponsored by Stompers Boots, became Mr. San Francisco Leather in front of a full house at Club Townsend in San Francisco on Friday night, March 8.

The winners of San Francisco's Dyke Daddy and Dyke Diva contests were Vick Germany and Miss Billie at 715 Harrison in San Francisco, CA. $2,225 was raised for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Paul O' Rourke was named Mr. Michigan Leather at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck on Saturday, March 9.

Rod Freier was declared the winner at the third annual Mr. Salt Lake City Leather Contest, held on Saturday night, March 9, at Club Blue in Salt Lake City, UT.

On March 9, Charlie Clemens became Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2002 and Geri Farley was named Ms Philadelphia Leather 2002.

All eyes were on the Mr. Bavarian Leather Contest in March because that was the stepping stone for Stefan Mueller when he won the International Mr. Leather title last year. The stunningly hot Alex Katzer was the winner.

Hooker and Boys Productions premiered the Maryland Leather Sir and Leatherboy contests at the Hippo on Friday night, March 15 with Marc Anderson becoming Maryland Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Reeves being named Maryland Leatherboy 2002. The Brotherhood Award was presented to Keith Reeves.

Chris Reynolds was named Mr. Las Vegas Leather 2002 on Saturday, March 16, at the Holiday Inn Emerald Springs in Las Vegas, NV.

Don Anspauch became Mr. LA Leather at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 23 in front of more that 750 Leatherfolk in a contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition.

On Saturday, March 23, John Porzondek was presented the Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002 title. Larry Kunkle won the title in the November contest, with John as runner-up. Due to Larry's recent death, the title was awarded to John.

Regiment of the Black and Tans member Jeff Toelsin was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday, March 30 at Pistons in Long Beach, CA. Runner-up Dart was named Mr. Long Beach Leather.

Udo Reichelt-Schaurer from Landau/Palatinate was named German Mr. Leather 2001 in front of over 1,000 cheering spectators at Matrix in Berlin, Germany on Easter Sunday, March 31.

STARS MC hosted their Eighth Annual Leather Pride Weekend April 12-14 in Albany, NY. The weekend included the Mr. Empire State Leather 2002 Contest.

The first Ms. Sooner State Leather title was won by Julia Keathley of Oklahoma City. The new Mr. Sooner State Leather was Michael Harned of Oklahoma City.

The French Quarters came a live with Leather Friday and Saturday night, April 12-13 at the Rawhide Bar in New Orleans, LA where Matthew Majewski became Mr. Rawhide Leather 2002.

Leather history was made at the Boston Ramrod in Boston, MA on Saturday night, April 20 when Michael Moran was named New England Leather Sir and Rich Nordin was chosen New England Leatherboy. The New England contest was the first regional held for the new International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest.

Mr. Leather Western Michigan 2002 Greg Young from Kalamazoo was sashed at the conclusion of the fourth annual contest on Saturday evening, April 20 at Brothers Beta Club.

The new Mr. Leather Montreal was Andre Patry, having won his title on Saturday night, April 27 at 1 Aigle Noir. The contest was sponsored by MC Faucon.

The 2002 American Leather Family was American Leatherman Rich "RTB" Trevino, American Leatherwoman Tobin Britton and American Leatherboy kip davidson. RTB stands for Rich The Bear. American Brotherhood Weekend was held in Washington, DC, April 26-28

The first Northeast Leather Sir was Coyote and Northeast Leatherboy was Rob Hargraves in a contest held at the Roxy in New York, NY the weekend of May 8-12.

The South Central Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest was held at the packed Dallas Eagle May 17-18 in Dallas, TX with Dwayne Mitchell from Oklahoma City and boy tim honnell the Sir and boy winners. Four Sirs and five boys competed.

Barry Fiddick of the Lone Star boys of Leather from Houston and Margaret of the T-Bears were named Mr. and Ms Lonestar XV on Saturday, May 25 at Buzzard's Peak campground near Cameron, TX. The contest was part Lonestar XV and Firedance XV which were combined.

The Mr. Ebony Leather 2002 Contest was won by Vince Edd at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Friday night, May 25.

Texas might have had the largest cocktail party on Friday night, May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL, but their real partying began on Sunday night, May 26 at the Congress Theater when Mr. Texas Leather 2002 Stephen Weber was named International Mr. Leather 2002 by IML executive producer Chuck Renslow. Mr. Leather Holland 2002 Borisz Mos was first runner-up and Mr. DC Eagle 2002 Herb Kaylor was second runner-up. Michael Lanzini from the New York Eagle was presented the International Mr. Bootblack 2002 trophy by producer David Hawks.

Lou Molnar of Miami was named Florida Leather Sir and Jeff Pipkin of Orlando became Florida Leatherboy on Sunday June 16 at the GLCC in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Master Scott and slavette were chosen International Master and slave 2002 during South East Leather Fest in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 14-16.

The first Southeast Leather Sir was John Derek and the first Southeast Leather boy was John Mark. The contest was held as part of South East Leather Fest in Atlanta in June.

George Schwand and Princess Stephaney were the new Mr. and Ms Knight in New Orleans.

The Second Annual Ms. Sunshine State Leather Contest saw slave O best three other Leatherwomen at the Sea Monster.

Stephen Bloom was named Padlock Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Tomlinson became Padlock Leatherboy 2002 on July 4 in Phoenix, AZ.

William "Bam" Coleman became International Mr. Deaf Leather on Sunday, July 14 at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. First runner-up was Doug Dickinson from Dublin, CA and second runner-up was Dennis Hart from Philadelphia, PA. No women entered.

Ralph Wood captured the Mid Atlantic Leather Sir title while Jose Gutierrez took the Mid Atlantic Leatherboy sash. The contest was sponsored by the Highwaymen TNT.

John Grisamore and Mistress Myna became Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather on Saturday, July 13 at the Hill and Valley Club in Hayward.

An enthusiastic crowd was on hand at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Friday, July 19 to see Tony Warfield become Illinois Leather Sir and Philip Redmond selected as Illinois Leatherboy.

At a combination contest and anniversary celebration, activist and organizer Tony Koester was named as San Francisco Leather Daddy XX near midnight on Friday, July 26.

The Ohio Leather Alliance held their Leather Weekend and Leather Sir and Leatherboy contest the weekend of July 26-27 and the winners were Sir Don Leach and Boy Ed Schultz.

Russ Cosgrove of Calgary, Alberta, Canada was named International Ms Leather 2002 at Club Joy in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 27. Cosgrove is the first woman outside the United States to win the International Ms Leather sash. Rebecca Harbert was first runner-up and Linda Elaine from Atlanta, GA was second runner-up. Five women competed. International Ms Boot Black 2002 was Kari LaVecchia from Baltimore, MD.

Bill Mitchell was named California Leatherman, Dean Bramlett chosen California Leatherwoman and Boy Jeff selected California Leatherboy at the Ramada Plaza on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday evening, July 27.

Hillside Leather Sir 2003 was Fred and Hillside Leatherboy was cubby hole at the Hillside Campground on July 27.

Mr. Deaf San Diego Leather 2002 was Juan Zazeuta of San Diego, CA and Ms Deaf San Diego Leather 2002 was Renata Millet of Oceanside, CA in a contest held on July 27 in front of 125 Leatherfolk.

Bootblacks joined together at the International Ms Leather contest on July 28 to present the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) 23 checks totaling $4345.64. NCSF treasurer Leigha Fleming received the check.

Mr. Oregon State Leather was Mack McCall and Maria Webster and Maria Webster was Ms Oregon State Leather. The Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather Contest was just one component of Portland Oregon's Leather Pride Week of events held August 2-11. The mayor of Portland even sent out a proclamation from the City it was officially Leather Pride Week in Portland. The religious right was not amused and made their feelings known.

Tom Fierros of Phoenix, AZ was named Southwest Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Tomlinson became Southwest Leatherboy 2002 at the Quality Hotel and Resort in Phoenix on Saturday night, August 3 in front of about 200 Leatherfolk.

Eric Partridge was chosen Northern California Leather Sir and David Shorey was named Northern California Leatherboy at the Odd Fellows Hall in Guerneville, CA on Saturday night, August 3.

The sophomore year of the Ms World Leather Event on the weekend of August 9-11 saw Karen McGee of Jacksonville, FL win in Dallas, TX.

The Argonauts of Green Bay, WI and Castaways of Milwaukee, WI chose Andy Schaidler of Milwaukee to be Mr. Northwoods 2002 during the club's annual open Joint Run in rural Hilbert, WI over the weekend of August 16-18.

Don Leach was chosen Great Lakes Leather Sir and Ed Schultz was selected Great Lakes Leatherboy at Greg's Our Place in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday night, August 24.

Eric and Carrie Crouse, members of the Steel Valley Leather Club, won the titles of Mr. and Ms Upper-Ohio Valley Leather 2003 on Saturday, August 31, in front of over 200 Leatherfolk at Club 2000 in Steubenville, OH.

Rich Dockter, Director of Thunder in the Mountains Leather Event and coproducer of the Rocky Mountain Mr. and Ms Leather Contest along with Jon Langoni, announced that because of an error in tallying the scores for Rocky Mountain Mr. Leather in July, Jason Harris, the proclaimed winner has now accepted the title of first runner up and Arnie Melton, the previous first runner up, has now been named contest winner.

Will Brunner emerged from a field of six contestants as the 20th San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy at the Eagle Tavern on September 1.

Adam Kaplowitz-Sayer, who resides in Connecticut, was named North Atlantic Leatherman 2003 and little dan from Albany, NY was selected to be North Atlantic Leatherboy 2003 at a contest held by the Utica Tri's in Utica, NY the weekend of October 4-6.

On Saturday, October 5 Mario Bourgeois was sashed as Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather 2003 at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The first Ms Illinois Olympus Leather was Charlotte and the first Mr. Illinois Olympus Leather was Bruno Mondello. The contest was held at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, October 6 in Chicago, ILl.

Tony Hess became Mr. Western New York Leather 2003 during that competition's 10th Anniversary in Syracuse, NY.

The Mr. Toolshed contest was won by Dennis Cramer at the Toolshed in Palm Springs on Saturday evening, October 12.

The first International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest took place at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL the weekend of October 10-13 with Dale Breuning of Palm Springs, CA winning the Leather Sir title and Jose Gutierrez of Baltimore, MD won the Leatherboy sash. Northwest Leatherboy Tristan Steel and Florida Leather Sir Lou Molnar were the runners-up. Northeast Leatherboy Rob Hargrave was the winner of the Golden Whip Award, a decision made by the Leather Sir and Leatherboy contestants.

Richie Johnson was chosen to be Oklahoma Mr. Leather on Saturday night, October 19 with over 200 people in attendance.

On Saturday, November 2 a panel of seven judges chose sheryl dee to be Ms San Diego Leather 2003 and Suzy Koenigs to be first runner-up at The Hole in Point Loma, CA.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert hosted their annual Palm Springs Leather Pride the weekend of November 7-10 with the highlight being the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest won by Mr. Barracks Don Mentink.

William "Rubberwilli" Schendel was named Mr. International Rubber 2003 as about 250 cheered at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL. First runner-up was John Reddy from Alexandria, VA and second runner-up was Elmar Koeller from Marpingen, Germany.

WOOLF (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes) sashed Kansas' first two Leather titleholders, Mr. Kansas Leather Anthoney Perkins and Kansas boy Leather Vincent Andrew November 9 in Wichita, KS at the Our Fantasy Complex.

Dad John Smock was named the first Great Lakes Handler and Charles dogboy Werner was chosen Puppy at the Great Lakes Puppy Contest at the Cell Block in Chicago, In early November.

Mr. Florida Leather 2003 was Dave Thomas who won in Fort Lauderdale.

Kurt Pierce was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday night, November 16 in front of almost 150 Leatherfolk at Pistons in Long Beach.

Over 400 Leathermen gathered at the Detroit Eagle on November 16 to see Peter Mitchell narrowly win.

The DC Eagle celebrated their 31st Anniversary over Thanksgiving weekend with Larry Barat being selected Mr. DC Eagle 2003.

Daddy Caspian was named Texas Leatherman 2003 and boy joe became Texas Leatherboy 2003 at Mary's in Houston, TX.

Mr. Tri State Leather was Dennis Mascher and the first Ms Tri State Leather was Ruby R. in Cincinnati, OH.

Paul Ciantar was selected as Mr. Leatherman Toronto. Stephen Pentecost was named Mr. Leather Fellowship.

The first Gulf States Olympus Leather Contest was held December 13-15 in Pensacola, FL, at the Emerald City Bar. Master Robert and Angel Melly were chosen.

Mr. Lure 2002 Walt Weiss celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday, December 13 by hosting Leather, Lace and Laughter, a benefit for Teens Prepared for Life. Over 200 people attended the event emceed by Frank Nowicki and Sybil Bruncheon at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in New York City. Total proceeds from the evening were over $14,000.

News and Politics

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend), held January 25-27, was a huge success with $5,000 being raised for the LGBT Service Center of Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum. Mr. Cleveland Leather Dennis McMahon hosted CLAW with the assistance of Mr. West Michigan Leather Robert Miller.

My Vicious Valentine was scheduled to meet in Rosemont at the Radisson Hotel O'Hare, but returned to the site of previous conventions, the Ramada Plaza O'Hare, for their Fifth Annual My Vicious Valentine Weekend. This left the "traditional biblical values" group fit to be tied, and it lodged new complaints against Ramada.

The Leather Archives and Museum entered a new era at the beginning of March when Rick Storer took over as executive director. Storer has lived in Chicago for 12 years and has worked as a volunteer for International Mr. Leather and the Leather Archives and Museum and was actively involved with Masters and Slaves Together.

Pantheon of Leather XII saw Jo Blas named the recipient of the Woman of the Year and Community Choice (Woman) Awards. She and her significant other Annie Romano-Blas captured the Couple of the Year honors to complete a hat trick at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards held at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL on Saturday afternoon, February 16. Ed Moore from Washington, DC was named Man of the Year.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) launched the NCSF Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation. The NCSF Foundation would take the lead in fundraising for the important educational and advocacy programs started by NCSF.

SM High: Class of 2002, scheduled for March 15-17 in Fort Lauderdale, FL was canceled after the host hotel, which has worked with Leather University for the previous four years on a variety of events, had a complete change of management and administrative staff.

Over 500 Leatherfolk from all over New England packed the Boston Ramrod on Saturday, March 9 for the second annual American Brotherhood Fantasy Tour to benefit the Leather Friendship Fund. The Tour raised over $1,200.

The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Annual dinner was a great success and a lot of fun with over $8,000 being raised by ticket sales and the silent auction on March 29 at the Officers Club in San Francisco, CA.

The District of Columbia Sexual Minority Advocates (DCSMA), an informal advocacy forum in Washington DC, has been working to make useful on-line tools available to the SM/Leather/Fetish communities through its web site, www.dcsma.org These handbooks were developed by the Baltimore Educational and Social Society and donated to DCSMA.

On April 5, Behind The Scenes was raided by City of Philadelphia officers from L and I, Vice, and The Narcotics Task Force. No arrests were made. Nothing was confiscated. BTS was, however, shut down and told to get a different use license.

The Leather Leadership Conference VIÂ (LLC VI) held at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA the weekend of April 12-14 was nothing less than magnificent. The theme was, "Trust, honor, Respect: Creating community through diversity." Approximately 300 Leatherfolk were there from all over the United States along with one with a great Mohawk, Uncle Kellen, from the United Kingdom. There could not have been a club or organization from Southern California that didn't have at least one member there.

Suncoast Resort owner Tom Kiple reported that the new Tampa Eagle Compound, located on 400 foot of river frontage on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, FL, would include a main cruise bar, a large patio and bar, a mini-shopping mall including a Leather shop and a gift and video store operated by MC Film Festival.

Will Clark's Second Annual Bad Boys Pool Party in Palm Springs raised a whopping $40,000 for Aid for AIDS, which brought the gross raised by the six Bad Boys parties to $150,000.

ONE Institute and Archives, the oldest gay organization in the United State threw a benefit party on Sunday, May 12, while celebrating its 50th Anniversary. ONE Institute and Archives, founded in 1952, has accumulated the largest known collection of gay historical materials.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) urged the Cendant Corporation, the world's largest hotel franchiser, to revoke a new policy that threatens its franchisees with reprisal if they book "controversial" guests or groups that national interest groups find offensive.

A commitment ceremony Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2000 Mark Collins and his boys tonyboy and patrick boy bray was held on May 4 at the Chart House Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA.

Leather Daddy Alan Selby was named San Francisco Community Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on Sunday afternoon, June 30 in front of about 250 specially invited guests. This was the first time this award has been given to a person rather than a business or organization.

Purple Passion of New York, NY announced the acquisition of DV8 another New York Leather shop.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition hosted the first Erotic City fair at the Christopher Street West festival in West Hollywood, CA the weekend of June 22-23. The board of Christopher Street West, the organizers of Los Angeles' gay and lesbian pride parade and festival, invited the LA Leather Coalition to organize the new theme area at the 2002 festival.

Thunder in the Mountains celebrated its fifth anniversary in record style at the Holiday Inn at the Denver International Airport the weekend of July 12-14. The attendance at Thunder in the Mountains: Eat It Raw was just a handful shy of 800.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held its Second Annual New York Erotic Art Fair the weekend of July 12-14 at the Center. The New York Erotic Art Fair was modeled after the successful Erotic Art Fair held in Los Angeles in October each year.

The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, citing the "honor and grace" with which he served the community in the previous year "during which he showed great character and leadership," declared July 21, 2002 a day "in honor of Robert Davolt." Davolt organized the Leather Contingent in San Francisco's pride parade, played a major role in Alan Selby being honored and had a stellar year as San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX.

Leather/Levi Weekend II took place at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, about 140 miles north of San Francisco, the weekend of August 9-11.

The O'Reilly Factor television show invited Susan Wright, spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, to talk about NCSF's Communications Decency Act (CDA) lawsuit and the Protect Your Privacy project on its Thursday, August 8 show that aired on the Fox News channel.

The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) hosted New Attitude, a three-day pansexual/pankink convention at the Econo Lodge in Indianapolis, IN the weekend of August 23-25. The weekend included several workshops, two nights of dungeon play, a vendor fair and a hospitality suite at the hotel and the Great Lakes Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest and a Saturday afternoon cookout at Greg's Our Place.

Ms World Leather 2001 Annie Romano Blas presented her Fifth Annual Butch Review at The Hole in San Diego, CA on September 7 as a benefit for the Ms San Diego Leather Contest. A little over $1,300 was raised.

Several of the San Francisco Bare Chest Calendar Men made the trip to Los Angeles the weekend of September 13-15 for a benefit at Gauntlet II for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resources Center of San Francisco.

The 19th Annual Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco on Sunday, September 29 was attended by 200,000 people. The weather was perfect and those who attended had a ball. The weekend had numerous public events and private parties held as far as San Jose about 50 miles south of Market. The Folsom Street Fair is produced annually by SMMILE (South of Market Merchants and Individual Lifestyles) which raises funds for several Bay Area charities.

Judy Guerin announced at the September 2002 board meeting in Baltimore, MD, that she would be resigning as executive director of NCSF. During Judy’s tenure, NCSF grew to include 23 educational and social Leather/SM/Fetish, swing, and polyamory groups.

Leather University hosted a successful Dungeon 701 the weekend of October 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Well-known faculty from around the United States included Boymeat, JD Dykes, Drake Ferguson, Monica Glass, Catherine Gross, Rick Jackson, Karen Matr)ni, Kevin, David Palm, Parker Perry, Glenda Rider, Sebastian, Scott Smith, Sharrin Spector, Cristo Webb and Lolita Wolf.

Leather Fest Colorado was held the weekend of October 11-14, featuring workshop presenters of local and national fame who shared their knowledge on Leather, bondage, discipline, and SM. There was a Fantasy show, a Deka-Dance and a vendor fair.

Carter Stevens hosted his Pocono Weekend November 15-17 at the same Poconos Resort in Pennsylvania he has been using for the last six years.

The Diabolique Ball V, Philadelphia's annual charity fetish fundraiser, was held Saturday, November 16, at Transit Nightclub. Proceeds benefited ASIAC (AIDS Services In Asian Communities) and The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.

Alan Selby was presented the Rick Salinas Outstanding Contribution Award, and Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt received the Zachary Long Hall of Fame Award during the AIDS Emergency Fund's 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday night, November 20 at the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA.

A Minnesota bondage enthusiast known on the Internet as "The True Master" was charged with killing a man who died as they were engaged in sadomasochistic sex earlier in the month. St. Paul police believed that Maceo Frank Brodnax, 53, of West Hollywood, CA, died of erotic asphyxia, which involves oxygen deprivation for the sake of sexual arousal. He was wearing a gas mask that his sexual partner, Steven Bailey of St. Paul, had covered with a plastic bag containing chloroform.

Touche' celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Chicago recently with a week of events. Highlights of the weekend included a Camaraderie and Cabaret party and show at the Leather Archives and Museum on Sunday, November 3, featuring the Men of Chicago Beef Dancers in the club room and Big Band music by Bopology.

Mephisto Leathers, a well-established Sydney Australia Leather store, joined forces with Chicago's Eric Kugelman and Sheldon Harrison to bring to Chicago Leather styled down under. Mephisto Leathers in Chicago opened on Friday, November 8.

The Barracks, a new Leather bar that opened on Saturday night, November 23 in Palm Springs, CA had a huge part with about 350 Leatherfolk attending. The bar is owned by three men including past Avatar Club of Los Angeles president Dave Murdock, John Rentsch, Carl with the services of Daddy Nick Golden.

Mr. Alameda County Leather John Grisamore and Ms Alameda County Leather Mistress Nyna produced The 10th Annual Santa's Slave Auction on December 7 at the Turf Club in Hayward, CA.

American Leatherman 2000, Pantheon of Leather board member and activist Dean Ogren received the Food for Life Award from Open Hand Chicago on December 8, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

The effort by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt to collect 2002 Toys In 2002 surpassed that goal in time for Christmas. At the Boy's Toys event held at Daddy's bar on December 9, it was announced that 2,127 toys and $2,750 in cash had been collected to provide a happier holiday to kids 17 or younger with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The toy drive worked in cooperation with Camp Sunburst Projects of Rohnert Park.

International Ms Leather 2001 Joni Perrie was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum on December 9. Three members of the board were reelected. Melinda Chateauvert of Washington, DC, Lawrence Fox of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Robert Guenther of Baltimore, MD were elected to serve additional terms.

Sales of the holiday CD Carols Across America benefited the Positive Resource Center, AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. The album featured talented San Francisco Leatherfolk including: Johnny Hedges, Gary Virginia, Mark Paladini, TJ Istvan and the designs of Nicholas Mills.

Virtually every television network had as their lead story, or at least gave major coverage to the questioning of the experience of one of the newly-appointed United Nations weapons inspectors Jack McGeorge, by writers for the Washington Post and the Daily News. Both publications cited his experience in the Leather community. Coverage in other news media reflected the broad spectrum from conservative to liberal. Most seemed to think the attention drawn was unwarranted and the SM factor was more of a novelty than any reason to be seriously concerned. About a year before the September 11 acts of terrorism McGeorge appeared on ABC television's Nightline with Ted Koppel discussing the potential for a biological and/or chemical weapons attack on the United States by would-be terrorists.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was all over the situation and initiated a letter writing campaign to the two publications that broke the story.

Charges were dropped against two Brush Prairie, WA men accused of keeping a sex slave in late November, 2002. Prosecutors did not believe a jury would convict William Joseph Fritsch and Michael Aaron Wilson for allegedly kidnapping, raping and assaulting a transient man for a little over a week in August.

Books and Publications

Black Books of San Francisco, CA celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent, edgy publisher of books on alternative sexual cultures. Black Books published the first edition of the Black Book, a national resource guide.


The Leather Archives and Museum released a CD containing erotic art images and kinky history articles. The artwork contained on the CD became available to the Leather/Fetish/BDSM community to use on web sites, newsletters, event programs and other mediums.

New on the Scene

BOYFEST by San Diego Boys of Leather, San Diego, CA; Charlotte Eagle, Charlotte, NC; Chicago Leather Club, Chicago, IL; Dallas boys of Leather, Dallas, TX; Denver Leather Uprising, Denver, CO;Â Iowa Women's Fetish Cotillion, Des Moines, IA; Latin Leather Club, San Diego, CA; Lone Star Cigar Men, Dallas, TX; MAsT: DC (Masters And slaves Together), Washington, DC; NAIL (New Age in Leather), Cleveland, OH; Ornery Women, Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix boys of Leather, Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco Boys of Leather, San Francisco, CA; Southern California Leather Gathering, San Dimas, CA; The Barracks, Palm Springs, CA; The Dungeon, Tel Aviv, Israel; Tribal Fire, NLA: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK


50 Years: One Institute and Archives, Los Angeles, CA

35 Years: Constantines, San Francisco, CA

30 Years: Atons of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

25 Years: Aida XXV by Tsarus, Memphis, TN; Black Guard, Minneapolis, MN; Brother Help Thyself, Washington, DC; MC Faucon, Montreal, Canada; Nimbus, Grand Rapids, MI; Phoenix Uniform Club, San Francisco, CA; Touche' bar, Chicago, IL

20 Years: AIDS Emergency Fund, San Francisco, CA; Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest by the Bike Stop, Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contests, San Francisco, CA; Saber Thrust XX by Sabers MC, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Track XX by Conductors, Nashville, TN; VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM), Vancouver, Canada; Washington State Leather Pride, Seattle, CA

15 Years: Gopher XV by Atons of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN; Hot Ash, New York, NY; International Ms Leather Contest by Bare Images Productions, Omaha, NE; Trident: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

10 Years: AEL (Alternative Erotic Lifestyles), Albuquerque, NM;Â Black Books, San Francisco, CA; Defenders: DC, Washington, DC; Firedance XV by Firedancers LLC, Dallas, TX; Journeymen, Syracuse, NY; Key West Wreckers, Key West, FL; Lonestar XV, Buzzards Peak, TX; Long Island Ravens MC, Long Island, NY; Mr. Western New York Leather Contest, Syracuse, NY; Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA), Garden Grove, CA; Santa's Slave Auction by Alameda County Leather Corps, Hayward, CA; Songs of the Season by Donna Sachet, San Francisco, CA; Tampa Bay Bondage Club, Tampa Bay, FL; Trident: Windy City, Chicago, IL; Tri State Wolfpack, Cincinnati, OH; Washington State Mr. Leather Contest, Seattle, WA

Five Years: Annual Butch Revue by Annie Romano-Blas, San Diego, CA; Diabolique Ball, Philadelphia’s annual charity fetish fundraiser, was held Saturday, November 16, at Transit Nightclub. The Diabolique Ball by Fetishes Boutique, Philadelphia, PA; Holiday Ball by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, San Francisco, CA; Master’s Retreat V by The Leather Network, Dallas, TX; My Vicious Valentine by MJ Productions, Chicago, IL; Thunder in the Mountains, Denver, CO

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Charly Baker passed away late in the evening on February 5. He represented the Seattle community as Seattle Mr. Leather 1999, was awarded the Emerald Award for Community service in 2000, was a member of Seattle Men in Leather, contest coordinator at International Deaf Leather 2001 and served as a member of Generic Leather Productions and was instrumental in helping bring back the Drummer/Leather Sir contest system to the Pacific Northwest. Through it all however, was his lover and partner, Bruce Saari.

Brian Wadsworth passed away on March 14, 2002. He was a longtime member of the Avatar Club of Los Angeles who has served as president, vice president, and member of the board of directors. He was chairman of the membership, the rituals, the pride parade float, and the Exploratorium committees of Avatar.

Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002 Larry Kunkle, age 37 passed away on March 10 after a prolonged illness. His friends and family members and his partner Peter Mitchell surrounded Larry. He was one of the founding members of Icon Detroit. Larry was also involved with volunteering at WAGS (Wonderful Animals Giving Support) a nonprofit organization that helps people with AIDS/HIV who have pet.

At 2 PM, Friday, March 29, 2002 boy bob harris owned by Master Doug Harris of The Sanctuary of a Dark Angel in Atlanta, GA died. boy bob was Panther Prowl boy 1995, Mr. North Carolina Leather 1996, Mr. Southeast Drummer 1996 and received the Pantheon of Leather Reader’s Choice Award 1999. As the first collared submissive to hold a title, boy bob championed the voice, presence and value of boys.

Edgar Floyd Ivey passed away suddenly in his home in Fort Lauderdale on March 21 and was survived by his life partner Wayne Tepley. Ed was a very talented man, a singer, artist and award winning designer as well as a titleholder and producer of many Leather events. Ed was born on October 21, 1955. He was a long time member of the Lambda Chorale. Ed Ivey was Mr. Florida Drummer and two years later became Mr. Florida Leather. He then went on to use his theatrical talents producing Leather contests and events in South Florida.

Tony Brown, one of the original Spanner defendants, passed away on May 2 at 10:10 AM, 15 days before his 67th birthday. Brown, along with Colin Laskey (deceased) and Roland Jaggard, were three of the 12 men prosecuted in 1989 for adult consensual sadomasochist sex and whose case resulted in the infamous Spanner Judgement (Regina vs Brown et al) which changed British law such that many consenting acts of BDSM between adults in Britain are now deemed assault under British Law. Tony was an active member of the European ECMC movement and an officer of the Midlands MSC Leather Men's Club. Tony received a Centurion award from the Leather Archives, of which they were extremely proud.

Carolyn Roberts, 41, died Friday night, May 10, 2002, of an apparent massive heart attack. At the time, she was in Lake Charles, LA, with her husband, Jeff, and mother-in-law, Sha Roberts. For a decade Roberts worked at the Houston Voice including being a columnist, in which she reported items including Rodent Droppings, which were snippets of gossip from around Montrose. Roberts was a founding member of the National Leather Association: Houston and a founding member and executive officer of FIST (Females In Search of Trouble). She volunteered and assisted in numerous Houston charitable organizations, including Camp HOPE for children with HIV/AIDS. She was the recipient of a 1995 award from the Pet Patrol; the Producers Award for Don Gill Productions' Night In Black Leather (NIBL) fundraiser in 1998 and the Appreciation Award for NIBL 2001.

Stephen Scott was born May 5,1963 in Stamford, CT and died from a drug overdose in the morning of May 28, 2002 in Chicago. Stephen was the first Mr. South Plains Leather in 2001 and the first Mr. Sooner State Leather in 2000, was a Leatherman for over 12 years and served as male cochair of the National Leather Association (NLA) Oklahoma City chapter. Stephen was one of the founders of Tribal Fire. Stephen helped raise thousands of dollars for the Winds House-OKC, the Walt Whitman School-Dallas and the Leather Literary Project through various fundraising endeavors. Stephen was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum and served as director of Outreach and Development. He lived in Oklahoma City with his partner of six years Gregory Gray.

Jackson Kevin Myars died on May 28 of complications associated with AIDS. He was born in McKinney, TX on October 24, 1963. He began a relationship with Roger Stabel in 1994. In the early 80's Jackson served as pianist for MCC: Dallas and as choral director of the Church of the Disciples MCC in Washington, DC. He founded Shouts in the Wilderness, a group for those Christians interested in Lather while he was a member of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas. He served as NLA: Dallas cochair and held the Mr. Texas Leather Pride 1995 title.

Philadelphians MC member Ronnie Grier passed away on May 3.

Derek Hasley Stephenson of Ottawa, Ontario died on September 12 following a heart attack at the age of 39. Derek was a member of the Ottawa Knights for 13 years, serving as president, secretary and having served on every committee the club had. He assisted with the Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull Contest since its beginning. Derek was a strong supporter of Spearhead.

Paul Westin, GMS/MA member and past board member, died due to lung cancer. He served as chairman of the membership committee and even dubbed himself Presidential Confidant when one of his best friends, Peter, was GMS/MA president.

Eric Weinmann passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 18, 2002. Eric was the manager of the Edge bar in the Castro for 10 years. He had been honored numerous times for his compassion and generosity in supporting fund raisers for many causes including the SF AIDS Emergency Fund/Breast Cancer Fund, Positive Resource Center, Family Link, the San Francisco Imperial and Ducal Courts, the Leather community, the SF Gay Softball League, neighborhood and political causes, and more.

Chris Boughner passed on. For many years Chris arranged and frequently presented at the Atlanta S/M Solidarity S/M 101/201 classes. He was also a member of the South East Leather Fest staff.

Kristof “Scooby” St. Croix, born on August 7, 1966, passed on in the early morning on October 7. He was avidly involved in San Diego's Leather scene, was involved with the Imperial Court de San Diego, provided computer tech support for friends and organizations, and had a love of everything “Scooby-Doo.? In Kristof’s words, “Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to. Find one reason why you can."

Former Rochester Ram Jack Harris passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Harris held several offices during his membership in the Rams, including holding the office of president in 1981 and 1982.

Henry “Harry” Hay, known as the founder of the modern American gay movement, died at age 90. The pioneering gay activist devoted his life to progressive politics and in 1950, he founded a state-registered foundation and secret network of support groups for gays known as the Mattachine Society. He was also a cofounder, in 1979, of the Radical Faeries, a movement affirming gayness as a form of spiritual calling. A rare link between gay and progressive politics, Hay and his partner of 39 years, John Burnside, lived in San Francisco for three years after a lifetime in Los Angeles. He was often referred to as the Father of Gay Liberation.

Thom Saporita, a member of several Leather/SM/Fetish groups here in NYC died on Thursday, November 7 in New York, NY. Thom was former president and former treasurer of Defenders NY where he really revitalized that club and created the Indulgence event. President and treasurer was just titular because everyone on the club called him Mother. He was also a former board member of GMS/MA. Thom was an active participant on the Leather Pride Night Committee and received the Barry Douglas Community Service Award. Thom was a member of Hot Ash served as a press liaison for GMS/MA and Defenders NY and his efforts gave both organizations greater national visibility.