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2004

By September 30, 2004

2004

The Leather Journal

Copy will appear when we get a round tuit.

Clubs

The Chicago Hellfire Club started the year with a bar night at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on New Year’s Day.

The Sacramento Valley Leathermen installed their new officers on January 10 at The Bolt. The officers were president Kevin Alverson, vice president David Shorey, secretary J. Troy Chambers, treasurer Wade “Skip” Griffith, sergeant at arms Tim O’Mara, directors at large Demetrius Bellamy, Bill Burgua, LaMonte Griffin and S. Brian Williams.

The Crescent City Outlaws' new officers had one slight change from 2003. Former president Mina Hernandez and vice president Kevin Chesnut simply swapped places. The other officers remained in place: road captain Toy, recording secretary Rich Daigle, corresponding secretary David Paul and treasurer Rex Romans.

SigMa was not a bunch of men to miss the new meat in town, so they hosted three dungeon parties during Mid Atlantic Leather.

Leather Levi Weekend, held in Northern California in the summer, announced their officers for 2004. They were chair Dirk Burns, vice chair Ken Thomas, Vice Chair, secretary Greg Pennington, treasurer Mark Ingham and webmaster Frank Chiki.

On Tuesday, February 3, Kent Arnwolt was inducted into the Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) College of Mentors. OCLA program director Jeffrey Cooper made the surprise presentation during the monthly rap meeting. Other members of the College, Brian Dawson, Roger Kuhaupt, and Glenn Walker were present for the presentation.

On February 6 the Chicago Hellfire Club hosted a bar night at the Dallas Eagle to help kickoff the Discipline Corps’ Espirit de Corps weekend.

On Wednesday, February 11, Rubber As A Lifestyle: Skin Tight And Always Hot was the theme of GMS/MA's (Gay Male S/M Activists) bimonthly presentation.

My Vicious Valentine featured Guy Baldwin at their pansexual weekend February 13-15 in Chicago, IL with the theme, We Can Do It.

The Inter Club Fund of San Francisco presented their annual ICF Awards the weekend of February 13-15 in the City By The Bay. Best Fundraiser for the ICF was Mama’s 500th Pinning, The Golden Gate Guard won most of the club and club-event honors. The main individual awards were: Woman of the Year Vick Germany, Man of the Year Tony Koester, Special Presentations included the Frank Benoit Award being presented to Bill Hollabaugh and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Daddy Alan Selby.

On the same weekend and in the same city the Bears Of San Francisco (BOSF) announced that International Bear Rendezvous 2004 was a record-breaker. This year’s event had the highest attendance and BOSF presented $10,000 checks to three beneficiaries: New Leaf Outreach for Elders, the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and Scouting For All.

Avatar Club Los Angeles celebrated its 21st Anniversary on Saturday night, February 14.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) presented donations to local charitable organizations at a formal Leather cocktail reception at Heaven Nightclub on Thursday night, February 26. PSLOD president Jack Banaszynski presented checks totaling $11,000 to local charities.

Bay State Marauders, a new Leather social club in Boston held their kickoff party on Friday, February 27 at the Boston Ramrod.

The Pocono Warriors recently presented the Mosbacher Brotherhood Award to John Weis of New York, founder of Folsom Street East and the Leather Leadership Conference.

Lion’s Pride XV: Our Leather Genealogy, produced by Menamore LC, was held in Wilmington, NC the weekend of March 5-7.

The Saber Motorcycle Club, South Florida’s oldest Levi/Leather club for men celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a festive weekend, March 13-14.

The First Annual Blessing of the Bikes was cosponsored by the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans and the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club on March 14.


The Lords of Leather of New Orleans, LA announced the names of their officers for their 2004/05 Ball Season during their Rush Weekend 2004 activities during Mardi Gras 2004. Serving in his second term as president was Mr. Louisiana Leather 2001 Todd Cole. Ernie O’Steen continued as vice president with Elmer Godeny was treasurer. New to the board was Keith Istre serving as secretary. Marking his third year as ball captain was Timm Holt assisted by ball lieutenant Michael Elliott. Taking over as special function lieutenant was Gerard Beaudoin.

On the occasion of the Long Island Ravens MC 12th Anniversary celebration March 19-21, the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC) held it’s 145th council meeting. During this meeting the Hartford Colts MC came up for vote into the Council. With the support of their sponsor clubs, the Bucks MC, Defenders NYC, and STARS MC the Hartford Colts MC was voted in as the 32nd member club.

The Phoenix boys of Leather hosted their first Spring Break: Western boy Run in sunny Phoenix, AZ featuring pool parties, games, a sleep-over, demos, vendors and the Phoenix boys of Leather Taking it to the Edge workshop series.

The Conductors of Nashville, TN held Track XXII. The theme was Heroes and Villains. Lots of parties at The Chute.

The Knight Hawks of Virginia recently distributed $2,702 to several organizations including Equality Virginia, Hampton Roads Pride, Hampton Roads Scholarship Fund, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Service Members Legal Defense Network, Full Circle Aids Hospice Support, TACT, Help Hospitalize Veterans and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Spearhead Toronto celebrate its 34th Anniversary with a dinner at the Ramada Hotel and Suites on Saturday night, March 20.

The Seattle Men in Leather presented its Man of the Year Award to Seattle Leather Daddy 2004 Jim Drew on March 20 while inducting new officers which were president Jeff Henness, secretary David Weeks, treasurer Tom Swanton and members at large Richard Canning, Rolf Christensen, Mike Daggs, Tony Hardin and Scott Morgan.

People of Leather Among You (PLAY) of Metropolitan Community Church: Los Angeles held a Leather pride worship service in recognition of LA Leather Weekend on Sunday, March 28. As part of the service a dramatization of the Biblical story of the miracle that resulted from the spiritual faith of a Roman Centurion and his love for his dying slave—translated to contemporary Leather Master/slave relationships—was performed. Additionally, PLAY presented awards of appreciation to MCC: LA, Rev. Neil Thomas and Reverend Pat Langlois for their support of the Los Angeles Leather community.

Tribe Detroit held their annual Do A Fool run and hosted the Mid America Conference of Clubs spring meeting in the process during the first weekend of the month. Their outrageous club show Lube was talked about as far as the west coast.

The National Leather Association: International (NLA: I) Domestic Violence Project started a new Intimate Partner Violence Survey which was designed to begin the process of gathering data to help determine the extent of this crime within the Leather community.

The KC Pioneers presented Trails End XXIX: Under the Big Top, April 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Demonstrations and workshops were presented by KC Leather University, featuring special guest Jack Rinella.

The New England Leather Alliance (NELA) was a Patron Sponsor of The Network/La Red Gala Event: Paint the Town (La) Red: A Celebration of Survival. Saturday, April 17 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Bears LA celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a business casual dress Casino Night at a private residence in Alta Dena, CA.

The Golden Gate Guards hosted the Golden Dildeaux Awards at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco. Donna Sachet and Lenny Broberg co-emceed and the crowd went wild as each "honors" was presented.

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) and Butchmann’s Academy held their first all-female weekend, April 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers the weekend of April 23-25 in Los Angeles, CA. It began with 150 men attending Formal Uniform Mess Dress Dinner at luxurious home of members Jon W. and Eric W. in Los Angeles' Mount Washington district. A barracks play party was a sellout on Saturday night and the weekend closed with a barbecue at club member Riley Black's home.

The Leather Network conducted boys Training Camp VI the weekend of April 29 - May 2 in Dallas, TX at Inquisition Dallas. NLA: Dallas honored key note speaker and guest faculty member Judy Tallwing-McCarthy with 75 in attendance.

The Tradesmen Levi/Leather Club of Charlotte, NC hosted Trademark XVII: Men At Work the weekend of April 30 - May 2 at the Holiday Inn Woodlawn located less than one block from the Charlotte Eagle.

Avatar Leather Laboratory for Education (ALL) is a university-style educational experience offering classes in BDSM topics. Classes focusing on safety, creativity, BDSM techniques and skill building were held each month throughout the year.

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) hosted Kink Karnival on Saturday, May 15 in Phoenix, AZ.

The Threshold Society based in Los Angeles, presented Breath Play: The Safe and Erotic Approach, A Hands-On Learning Experience by Ms Cynthia.

The Houston Area Bears held Bear Watch V Weekend in Galveston just before Lone Star on May 21-23.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held its second annual Leather Flea Market on Saturday, May 22 from 12-6 PM at Titan Bar in Washington, DC.

The same weekend the Rochester Rams hosted their Can-Am Weekend which was limited to 60 for a weekend of debauchery, fun and games.

The California Cyclemen MC went on a ride to Pauma Casino for Hot Rods and Harleys on May 23.

Camp Crucible: Pirate Invasion which was a four-day BDSM event at a private location in eastern Pennsylvania the weekend of May 27 - June 1, featuring two huge dungeons, eight mini/private dungeons.

Shibaricon held its pansexual annual exhibition and conference focusing on education and information exchange of rope bondage during Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, IL. Shibaricon will be hosted by Fetish Diva Midori and was organized by Mortis and a team of bondage enthusiasts under his BDSM-Chicago organization.

Lone Star XVI: The Retro Run was held May 28-31 and sponsored by the Texas Conference of Clubs at the Buzzards Peak TCC land site.

The Knights of Malta returned to Miller River for the Return to Camelot run at the end of May. There was the usual club run show, plenty of games and activities in the mountains outside Seattle, WA for this one.

Danny LeCompte of Jacksonville, a past president of the Code 12 Jax in Jacksonville, FL, was elected to be the president of the South East Conference of Clubs. The SECC consisted of multiple clubs spanning the mid-Atlantic region and across the Gulf South. Reelected as treasurer was George Tresch, vice president Dudley DeRouen, Scott Porter was the new scribe and Lonnie Davis became sergeant-at-arms.

The Renegaydes of Augusta, GA held their first run at the Parliament House the weekend of June 2-4 and attracted several Leather/Levi clubs from across the South.

Monday, June 7, saw the final business meeting of LASH (Leather And Sister Hood) of San Diego after five years of existence.

The 15 Association of San Francisco held their annual Boot Camp at Saratoga Springs about 125 miles north of The City with about 70 men attending the run full of BDSM play during the second weekend of June. There were no workshops, speakers or contests. It was all about SM play.

Kansas City Leather University presented its 2004 Summer Semester at DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, June 19 with workshops such as Different Strokes an introduction to tickling as a fetish by tickling fetish author Wayne Courtois; Face Play which is safe, erotic play above the collar bone; and Rumble in the Dungeon by Linda “Bootpig” Hall, which means take-downs and physical domination; and The Meaning of Collars by the KC boys of Leather.

Sunday, June 20 was perfect weather for Gay Male S/M Activists' Eighth Annual Folsom Street East block party in New York City. An estimated 8,000 people celebrated the occasion of its new location on West 28th Street in Chelsea with dozens of community groups and vendors, as well as entertainment. The event raised tens of thousands of dollars for several different charities, including the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

The Leather Network held Master’s Retreat VII in Houston, TX the weekend of June 25-27 which was produced by Master Roy of Houston, an alumnus of five previous Retreats. Lynda Blakeslee, Ms Twisted, of Austin was the keynote speaker.

The Phoenix Uniform Club of San Francisco, CA held its 27th Annual Uniforms Leather Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building on Friday, June 25 and featured the Big Band Music of Gail Wilson and City Swing.

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) announced the 2004-05 slate of officers at a formal Leather dinner on June 26 hosted by outgoing vice president and Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2003 Don Mentink. The newly elected officers were president George Puddephatt, vice president Bill Longen, secretary Jeffrey Hyde and treasurer, Bill Spinney.

The Gulf Coast Bear and Leather Association reelected all their officers at a business meeting held in conjunction with a pool party in Mobile, AL. Serving the club into the middle of 2005 are president Jerry E., vice president Paul C., secretary Brian B., treasurer Danny G. and historian/web master Ed A. The club went on a canoe trip and cookout are on tap for June 27 on Black Water River in Million, FL.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather hosted Stars and Stripes II over Fourth of July weekend in Los Angeles.

The Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club of Colorado held their 30th Golden Fleece Run: Jason Returns to 69, July 2-5 that featured a visit from the Cycle Sluts.

Bears LA and the Southern California Bear Alliance hosted a great Bearquake 4-Ever at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles the weekend of July 9-11 with about 250 attending most of the events.

KC boys of Leather voted in new officers on July 11 and they were president Vincent Andrews, vice president rick “boy harley” tate, treasurer jay tichenor, secretary tyler watkins and pledge mentor joe napier.

The Pocono Warriors elected James Keane of Rahway as their president. Other officers are vice president Jack C. treasurer Tony I. and secretary Anthony M. Additionally, Mike Smanko also of Rahway, was named Brother of the Year 2004 for exemplary displays of leadership, camaraderie and brotherhood.

The North America Leatherman’s Association was founded to bring awareness of men’s health issues, including all men regardless of are, race, sexual orientation, or sexual assignment. All physical and mental health issues were to be included.

The Dominant and submissive Society of Manitoba held their Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS II) was a weekend-long themed event taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Atons of Minneapolis, MN presented Gopher XVI: Sex Boot Camp, a Mid America Conference sanctioned run.

The Bay Area Cigar Buddies held a benefit at the Eagle Tavern on Saturday, July 24 that raised $256 for the AIDS Emergency Fund in San Francisco. This was the club's first afternoon event, called the Saturday Afternoon Cigar Social.

The Rocky Mountaineer Motorcycle Club held their 19th Annual Cruise Against AIDS on July 25 and raised $9,247 for the Colorado AIDS Project. There were 39 bikes on the ride.

The Journeymen of Syracuse, NY held Motorcycle and Leather Weekend at Hillside Campgrounds July 30 - August 1 with 50 attendees.


The Alameda County Leather Corps held Fractured Fairy Tails in Hayward, CA at the Turf Club with Intranational Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker as emcee and Trailer Trash Trixie as guest entertainer.

The Palm Springs Boys of Leather celebrated their First Anniversary on the last weekend in July. There was a housewarming/pool party at the house of Steven Crawford (a.k.a. Snatch) and his partner Glen Tanking who both recently moved to the desert from San Francisco.

The Pacific Coast MC held their annual Black Mountain pioneer style run in the mountains east of Los Angeles the weekend of August 5-8 with the usual club cocktail parties, events and the traditional Sunset Party at Cocktail Rocks.

The St. Louis Committee, in conjunction with Kansas Leather University, held Leather in the Woods at the Cactus Canyon Campground.

The Ancient Desert Bears presented So Cal Decadence on August 7 at Pistons in Long Beach, CA emulating Southern Decadence in New Orleans.

NELA’s (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket moved from the Park Plaza hotel to the Sheraton Boston. Political fallout from a negative Boston Globe column, which criticized the Park Plaza for hosting the event last year, made one of the co-owners of that property, The Donald Saunders Company, inhospitable to NELA. However, the other part of the ownership and management of the Park Plaza Hotel, the national chain known as Starwood (which includes Sheraton and Westin), loved NELA, valued the business NELA generated and wanted the Flea to remain their client. They offered their premier convention property, the Sheraton Boston, as the new location for both the August and December Fleas.

The San Diego boys of Leather were the official hosts for the 2005 Western boy Run to be held August 19-21.

The Black BEAT (Black Expressions Alternative Tastes) BDSM conference took place on the weekend of August 20-22 in Hanover, MD.

On August 22, California Cyclemen MC and Ms San Diego Leather present the Sadie Hawkins Ride up Coast Highway.

The Rochester Rams hosted Hell Weekend August 27-29, their 29th Annual run in Rochester, NY.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) elected new officers at its monthly meeting at LA's Gay Center on Thursday night, August 26. The new LALC chairman was Will Hildreth who represents The Regiment of the Black and Tans, vice chairman is Dan O'Leary representing Long Beach Leather, treasurer is Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather 2004 Mark Diamond and the secretary is Jason Fasi representing the LA Boys of Leather.

The Rochester Rams closed out the month with their 29th Annual Hell Weekend run.

The Seattle Men in Leather hosted Equinox V: Back to Basics over Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6 at a camp on the slopes of Washington’s picturesque Mt. Rainier about 90 minutes from Seattle.

The Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter hosted Assembly 2004 at the Days Inn in Fresno, CA. Attendees came from Seattle, Phoenix, Vancouver, BC, Palm Springs and Tampa.

Spearhead Toronto and their guests got away from Church and Wellesley the first weekend of September and travelled three hours north to a lakeside camp ground near Haliburton Hills, Ontarion for Spearhead Round-Up 2004.

The Corn Haulers LL Club of Des Moines, IA held Cornball 2004 the weekend of September 10-12 which featured all of the usual Levi/Leather club mischief.

The Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno has two Sessions and the first always starts the Thursday after Labor Day at a private location in western Michigan. Possibly for the first time, there was no rain all week and the run sold out, meaning that approximately 350 men got to experience Inferno XXXIII.

Delta 2004, the run's 10th Anniversary, was held about an hour outside Philadelphia and was well attended. The huge 300-acre grounds made a perfect setting for one-on-one BDSM play without everyone looking over one's shoulder.

The Fourth Annual Blue Alley Fair, organized by the Wasatch Leathermen's Association was held the weekend of September 18-19 at Club 161.

smOdyssey hosted their Fifth Annual national conference in conjunction with the Folsom Street Fair, smOdyssey Unleashed: Folsom Fringe 04, the weekend of September 24-26 in San Jose, CA. Activities included two dungeon parties, more than 25 classes, luxury coaches to and from the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday and a wind down Sunday night social. Some of the instructors were Fifth Angel, Deborah Addington, Steve Sampson, Master Hines, Scary Terry and Lady Patricia, Roger Stevens, Janet Hardy and Jay Wiseman.

Jail Break IV, the annual run by the Crescent City Outlaws in New Orleans, LA that was held weekend of September 24-26 featured plenty of disco music for Return to Studio 54, with a full slate of activities planned, including a grand banquet, cocktail parties and games.

During Las Vegas Bike Fest in September, a yearly event held since 1995 drawing over 150,000 bikers to the City of Las Vegas, the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club was chosen by the Travel Channel to be featured in an hour-long documentary about motorcycling. During the taping, interviews were conducted with the members, motorcycle rides were taken with the film crew, and cameras followed the members as they enjoyed and participated in the different events at Bike Fest throughout the five day event.

October started in Provincetown, MA with Mates Leather Weekend featuring a uniform ball, Leather market and swap meet, demonstrations by Winter Encampment, a Leather T Dance at The Boatslip, a First Mate Contest, Sunday cookout and Heavy Metal party to close the weekend that drew hundreds.

OCLA produced Draggin' A Title Around, a fundraiser for the Long Beach AIDS Food Bank and the Center of Orange County, at Pistons in Long Beach on October 2.

The Golden Gate Guards LLC 18th annual run, titled Sordid Lives – Trailer Trash in Black Leather saw approximately 130 people in the beautiful Redwood forest area of Camp Mendocino to take part.

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley was a rolling three day party where participants rode 1,000 miles, got to see some of the most fantastic scenery in North America. The ride began on Saturday, October 9 in San Francisco, went through Yosemite Park and Death Valley, before returning to San Francisco on Columbus Day.

Portland Uniform Weekend XII, sponsored by Andy Mangels and IN UNIFORM On-line, was held in Portland, OR and included two dinners, haircuts by the men of Clippers, bar and club nights, buffet brunches and a guided uniform shopping tour.

VASM celebrated their 22nd Anniversary in Vancouver, BC the weekend of October 9-10 with events including a men's only dungeon, the Anniversary dinner and a Sunday brunch..

NLA: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XIV and the Beyond Vanilla Bootblack Contest. The International Puppy and Trainer Contest joined Beyond Vanilla. The keynote speaker was International Ms Leather 1987 Judy Tallwing-McCarthy.

Hot BDSM passion met cool Northwest energy during Pacific Friction 2004 in Seattle, WA, a new women’s sex-positive BDSM event.

Gateway MC hosted Show Me XXXI: Meet Me in St. Louis the weekend of October 15-17. The run weekend was a reminiscence of the 1904 World's Fair.

Avatar Club LA installed it’s 2004 board on Saturday, October 16, with a dinner celebration at Tantra restaurant in Hollywood, CA. All of the executive board members returned for a second and final term in their respective board positions including president Dr. Lawrence Burden, vice president Bert Simon, treasurer Mike Van Horn and secretary Jeff Wacha. In addition, the three board members are Alexei, Daniel Morales, and Don Walters.

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club of New Orleans has traveled a long way in the past two years, an achievement that was not lost on the citizens of Louisiana. So on October 23, the Honorable Ray Nagin sent Larry Bagneris of the Mayor’s Gay Advisory Committee with an official proclamation honoring the club on their Second Anniversary.

Black Rose hosted BR XVII, its annual pansexual extravaganza of programs and play, socializing and shopping in New Carrollton, MD the weekend of November 5-7, the entire event - programs, play, and vending was under one roof. Classes were presented by Catherine Gross, Travis, Jack McG., Jay Wiseman, Vi Johnson, Chris M., Fifth Angel, Lolita Wolf, Joansie, and Glenda Rider as well as local Black Rose favorites such as Rose V., Big Mark, Frazier, Bondage Thomas and Mitzi.

Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club (COMMAND) celebrated their 16th Anniversary in Baltimore, MD with events taking place at the Baltimore Eagle, Spike, Leon’s, and the Phoenix.

The Santa Clara County Leather Association’s yearly Leather community weekend, Leather Boot Camp Community Fair, was held in San Jose, CA. Events included a meet and greet at Renegades, a vendor fair, demos and classes at the Billy deFrank LGBT Center, a show/contest at the King of Clubs, and a Sunday morning brunch.

GMS/MA held its Leatherfest 2004 the weekend of November 10-13 in New York, NY.

"It just gets better and better!" was a frequently heard statement in Palm Springs on the weekend of November 11-14 as Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert saw a quantum increase in registrations and attendance for a weekend of parties, dinners and the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest.

November 11-14 was a busy weekend in St. Louis, MO. The Gateway City hosted the 17th Annual Creating Change Conference and HiBearNation. Creating Change was sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and annually gathers 2,500 activists and community leaders from all over the United States. HiBearNation is a the premier St. Louis Show Me Bears event that historically draws 500 bears and bear lovers.

The Enforcers hosted an Art Exhibition and Sale at Rage Night Club in Worcester, MA on Saturday, November 13.

The Nevada Women of Leather presented A Day of Demos and Debauchery II featuring Catherine Gross and Lee Lambert, and included a full day of workshops, lectures and demonstrations as well as various raffles and a silent auction. Partial proceeds went to benefit the Leather Archives and Museum, the Gay and Lesbian Center and the Community Counseling Center of Las Vegas.

On November 16 the coordinatorship of the Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) was handed down from Jeffrey Cooper to Bo Mulder at OCLA's monthly program meeting.

The Castaways MC celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a dinner celebration at South Woods of Cudahy in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, November 20th followed by a beer bust at the Harbor Room.

Desert Dominion of Tucson, AZ held and afternoon with Master Skip Chasey and slave rick that drew a strong crowd. The discussion was on Mastery as a Spiritual Calling and The Spiritual Awakening of a slave Heart.

On Saturday, November 20 at the Most Holy Redeemer Community Room in the Castro, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 18th Anniversary and inducted their new officers who were Warren Williams, Hobbit would remain as president and road captain, Jack Goodall was twice president, Richard Berg recording secretary, Christopher Davis corresponding secretary and Steve Kennedy treasurer. Jason Fontaine administrated the oath of office to the 2005 officers.

Threshold, Los Angles' pansexual BDSM organization, held their annual Bizarre Bazaar at Nob Hill in Panorama City, CA. As many as 500 Leatherfolk paced the aisles of the vendor area seeking pre-holiday bargains from the likes of JT Stockroom, Leather Smith and even Leather By Danny from New England.

The world-famous Clippers parties were back, or at least one was held on Saturday night, November 20 at a private residence in Burbank, CA with about 30 men in attendance.

A new Leather club, the Appalachian Leathermen of NJ based in New Jersey and will serve the New Jersey Leather community.

Just Play, a weekend of play for women at Play House Studios in Baltimore, took take place Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-28 and included 20 hours of play time, workshops and erotic reading by Dossie Easton.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, the longest running gay organization in the world celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night, November 27 with 330 in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the screening of Original Pride, a documentary produced and directed by Scott Bloom who would later be inducted as club president. The film was impressive and will eventually appear on cable television for all the world to see. The audience seemed to like the encounter with the Hell's Angels and Satyr John Laird's bike challenge with two of them. It led to forming a bond with the legendary and notorious bike club.

The Southwest Training Academy presented by Master Jim, Slave Marsha and guests of South West Leather Conference was held in Phoenix, AZ December 3-5.

Doug Minich assumed leadership of the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club at their meeting December 4, taking over from founder and charter president David Lester. He will be assisted in his duties by Poncho LaPerle as road captain, and Deany “Doc” Cheramie, secretary-treasurer. Michael D. was designated as the First Lady.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their Holiday Fundraiser at the Bolt Underground on Sunday, December 5 in Minneapolis, MN to benefit the Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota.

MSDB hosted its Fifth Annual Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday, December 11 at Trikkx in St. Paul, MN.

Avatar Club of Los Angles held their annual Wreath Auction at the Faultline and raised almost $1,000 for the Carl Bean House, one of Los Angeles' few remaining AIDS hospices.

Hooker and Boys Production whipped out another year of their tinsel town antics with the Sixth Annual production of The 12 Days of Christmas at Baltimore’s Club Hippo and raised $47,887.

Stepping up from vice president, Jerry Meis was installed as the new president of the New Orleans Bears. Danny LeCompte became vice president and Tibby was elected lieutenant. Reelected to their posts were Ken Gue as secretary, George Tresch as treasurer and Wally Sherwood as lieutenant.

On Sunday, December 12 the Florida Leather Sir and Leatherboy Family hosted A Christmas In Leather and raised $2,000 in cash and toy for Tuesday’s Angels to collect toys for Children with HIV at the Children’s Diagnostic Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The Chicago Hellfire Club held their annual elections of officers on December 13 and elected were Ken Jacobsen, Jr. as President; Patrick H. as Vice President, David K. as Secretary; and Brent McG. as Inferno coordinator.

THOR, a new men's BDSM club in Buena Park, CA saw about 15 men attend the first meeting in December.

NELA's Fetish Fair Fleamarket was held in Boston, MA the weekend of December 17-19, just in time for the holidays. Close to 100 vendors and 4,000 shoppers from the curious to the serious for the largest Leather/SM/Fetish attended.

For the second consecutive year, the Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club raised $10,000 during 2004 and gave it back to several DC area charities as part of the celebration of their 13th Anniversary.

The Spirit of Tri-Cen was alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphians celebrated their 30th Anniversary during Tri-Cen XXX December 31 - January 2. The weekend included a formal banquet, cocktail parties, brunches a visit to the world-famous Mummer’s Parade on Broad Street.

Leather Titles

 Rob Wireman was chosen the winner of the Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004 Contest at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, January 10 in Los Angeles, CA.

Leatherfolk packed Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City, CA to see Mark Diamond win the first Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather Contest on Saturday night, January 17.

Jim "Tug" Taylor from New Haven, CT, representing the Hartford Colts, was named the 20th man to hold the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather title and Spanky was chosen Mid Atlantic Bootblack in front of about 750 Leatherfolk at the Shriners' Almas Temple in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, January 18. The contestants selected a Brotherhood Award which went to Mr. Double L Leather Michael Smith from Georgetown, DE.

Lady Jean became Ms Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 and Master Delites was named Mr. Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 at the Tradewinds Lounge of Kalamazoo on Saturday night, January 24.

Marc Watrel became Faultline Mr. Leather at the Faultline on Saturday night, January in Los Angeles, CA in late January.

The Ninth Annual Mr. Texas Leather Contest was held January 23 and 24 at the Dallas Eagle in front of a full house with Rick Iber being named the winner.

Rohno Geppert won the title Mr. Padlock Leather 2004 at the fifth annual Mr. Padlock Leather contest, which was held the weekend of January 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ.

Matt Edge won the title Mr. Hoist 2004 on Saturday, January 31 at the Hoist bar in London.

Rev. Ricky was named Mr. Bullet Leather 200 at the Bullet in North Hollywood, CA on Saturday night, January 31.

Rick Dunsmore was tops among three men competing for the Mr. Long Beach Leather title at Pistons in Long Beach on Saturday night, February 21.

On the same night Janice Michaud-Collier became the first Ms Leather Ottawa-Outaouais winner at the ballroom of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Canada.

Shawn “Doc” Holliday was named Mr. Leather Hole in San Diego, CA on Sunday, February 22.

The Cell Block/Shel-Don Leatherman 2004 Contest on Saturday night, February 14 was won by Douglas O'Keeffe.

Lillian Hannah became Ms Olympus Leather 2004 and Daddy Mikey Harned was chosen Mr. Olympus Leather 2004 in the theater above the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 15 in front of a full house during Pantheon of Leather. And oh yes, Connie Cox was "awarded" the International Ms Saliva 2004 title.

Six men appeared on stage at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, February 7 to compete for a spot in the Mr. LA Leather 2004 Contest and when the dust settled, Wil Wesley stood as the winner.

The Mr. Leather Colorado 2004 Contest was held on February 7 at the Denver Triangle where David Barrett was named Mr. Leather Colorado 2004.

Daddy Amy became Heart of America Leatherwoman 2004 and Dale Rush was chosen Heart of America Leatherman 2004 before a large crowd of Leatherfolk from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday, February 7 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.

International Master and slave 2004 was Master Z and slaveboy tony of Dallas; the Mr. and Ms South Plains Leather 2004 contests were won by Randal Kinnear and Mera Harned at South Plains Leather Fest was held in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 27-29.

The Gateway Motorcycle Club of St. Louis, MO produced a very successful Mr. Missouri Leather 2004 Contest at JJ's Clubhouse on Saturday night, March 6 that saw Ron Walters win the title.

Terry Houlihan was named Mr. Ashram West Leather 2004 at the Faultline in front of a full house.

The Tool Box in Tulsa, OK was filled to capacity to witness Ryan Setzkorn become Tulsa Mr. Leather 2004.

Mr. San Diego Leather 2004 was Adam Latham, who was sponsored by Ringold Alley.

Mr. Cleveland Leather 2004 was Mike Burke.

Pie A Titleholder netted $2,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum at a benefit in Seattle on Saturday, March 13, and there was a twist to the evening. If $2,000 was raised, Seattle Leather Daddy 1998 Jeff Henness would appear in full drag and perform one song. When it was all said and done they raised $1,500. Even thought they didn’t hit the goal, Jeff was a real trooper and did his part.

Michael Locke outlasted two other men at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, March 13 to become Regiment 2004.

David Ganim of Cincinnati, OH was chosen as Mr. Kentucky Leather 2004 at Club 141 in Lexington, KY. On Sunday evening, March 14.

Carl Byrd of Minneapolis was chosen to be Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2004 from a field of six contestants at the Bolt.

Andrew “Bootdog” Johnson of Oakland, CA became the first Mr. Pacific West Bootblack on Sunday, March 21.

Faultline Mr. Leather 2004 Marc Watrel became Mr. LA Leather 2004 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA in front of 850 Leatherfolk. The LALC (Los Angeles Leather Coalition) successfully took a major leap from a one night contest to a four-day event held March 25-28, which included: a host hotel, Hyatt Regency in downtown Los Angeles; the Southland Honors, a traditional formal Leather awards ceremony and reception; a seminar series; various dungeon dance parties; fetish vendor mart; and a Street Fest.

Gary Reisch was named West Coast Trainer and pup charles was chosen West Coast Pup at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 28 in front of a full house.

On April 3 it was standing room only at Club Phoenix in Albany, NY as William "Furby" Cross was best among three men in STARS MC's Mr. Empire State Leather Contest.

Sir Paul become Indiana Leather Sir and boy John Schmidt was named Leatherboy in Indianapolis, IN.

David Feaster was named Michigan Leather Sir 2004, Holly Fisher was chosen Ms Michigan Leather 2004; and Don Snyder became Michigan Leather boy 2004 at the Tradewinds Lounge in Kalamazoo, MI during the weekend of April 9-11.

Bob Rose of Grand Rapids, MI was named Mr. Michigan Leather 2004 in Saugatuck during Bound by Leather: Tied in Unity, cosponsored by Nimbus Michigan and the Grand Rapids Rivermen.

Nearly 250 Leatherfolk stood and cheered as each of the following were named American Brotherhood Weekend titleholders at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA on Sunday, April 18: American Leatherman 2004 Robert Napalitano from New York, NY, American Leatherwoman 2004 Storm from Asbury, NJ, American Leatherboy 2004 Terry Brown from Kansas and American Leathergirl 2004 Beth from Fresno, CA. The Brotherhood Awards went Robert Napalitano, JD Dykes, Terry Brown and Khobia.

When the judges scores were tallied on Saturday, April 24 the first Mr. Leather Lounge 245 title went to Josh Higgins.

57 men gave their all, but only one would leave the Congress Theater in Chicago on Sunday night, May 30 as the winner, and that man was Mr. DC Eagle 2004 Jason Hendrix. The first runner-up was Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 Remi Alexander Collette and second runner-up was Mr. Switzerland Leather 2004 Thomas Schoch. Alan Tunstall from Los Angeles and sponsored by the Barracks in Palm Springs and Avatar Club Los Angeles won the International Mr. Boot Black Contest. International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss won the 100th Anniversary Edition Harley Davidson 2003 Motorcycle donated by IML 2003 John Pendal. Approximately $11,000 went to each the Leather Archives and Museum and the Spanner Fund in England from the raffle which began in 2003 when Pendal, who won the motorcycle as part of IML's 25th Anniversary winner's package, donated it for charity.

Lloyd Powell was named Mr. Leather Pride 2004, Cougar became Ms Leather Pride 2004 and Eartha Quake was chosen Miss Leather Pride 2004 at the Second Annual Leather Pride Contest, held at EJ's bar in May in Houston, TX.

Dan Azevedo was chosen South Central Leather Sir and boy ed Kosary became South Central Leatherboy at the Dallas Eagle on Saturday night, May 22 in front of a full house.

Byron Marlow was named Arizona Leather Sir 2004 on June 5 at the Padlock in Phoenix, AZ. No Leatherboy contestants entered.

San Diego’s Pecs Bar was the place where AJ Turner was named San Diego Leather Daddy 2004 and boy jack became San Diego Leather boy 2004.

Jim Austin of Sacramento, CA won the Sacramento Leather Sir 2004 title and Jon Lopez from Sacramento won the Sacramento Leatherboy 2004 title before a packed warehouse next to Headhunters in the heart of the gay community in downtown Sacramento.

A sultry weekend in Atlanta was highlighted by the selection of girl kim as Ms South East Leather Fest (SELF) and Grant Lam as South East Leather Fest Boy in June. Mr. Leather Moncton 2004 was Wayne Toole and Jeff Smith was named as Mr. Leather Moncton Fellowship 2004.

The Northeast Leather Sir and Leatherboy Competition was held on June 18 at The NYC Eagle with Rob Carabelli taking the Leather Sir title while rick spencer was chosen Northeast Leatherboy.


Great Plains Leather Sir 2004 was Devlin Hanover, Great Plains Leatherboy 2004 was alex hanover and Great Plains Bootblack 2004 is Spencer. The contest was held on June 19 at Missie B's and Kansas City Leather University (KCLU) put on demonstrations at the Dixie Belle all day on Saturday with a really great attendance.

A mutual decision was reached by both Gauntlet II and Rob Wireman, aka “Ox”, that due to personal reasons, he would be stepping down as Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004. First runner-up Rob Henning was named Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004.

Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather 2004 Mike Natale threw out the opening pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates versus Seattle Mariners baseball game on Saturday June 19 at PNC Park, as part of Pittsburgh Pride Fest’s Pride Day at the Park.

The first Canadian Leather Man was Paul Ciantar of Toronto and Canadian Leather Woman was Jayne Schmid of Oshawa after competition held the weekend of July 9-11 in Ottawa.

Bears LA and the Southern California Bear Alliance hosted a great Bearquake 4-Ever in Los Angeles the weekend and the winners were Mr. Southern California Bear 2004 Matthew Kupz and Mr. Southern California Cub 2004 Brad Taylor.

Mid Atlantic Leather Sir was Robert Davis and Mid Atlantic Leatherboy was Ivan Fox on Sunday afternoon, July 11.

Brandon Matheson became Eastern Canada Leather Sir 2004 and Dan Falkenham was selected Eastern Canada Leatherboy 2004 in a regional that was held July 23-25.

Doug Mezzacapo became San Francisco Leather Daddy XXII at the Eagle Tavern on Friday night, July 23 during Dore Alley Fair Weekend.

Lori Ellison from Rancho Rio, NM became the 19th woman to wear the International Ms Leather sash on Saturday night, July 17 at Club Joy in Omaha, NE. Five women competed. Izzy was the International Ms Bootblack 2004 winner. Lori Ellison also won the Sisterhood Award voted on by the contestants. The fantasy performed by Lori Ellison was as erotic as the come and involved a watermelon. Cost of set? Less than $3, value of fantasy? Priceless. The audience cheered raucously as she fisted the melon with one hand, then with both. It was wild.

Stephen Rose was chosen to be Mr. Harbor Room 2004 on Saturday, July 24 at the Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI.

Roger Alford of Tampa, FL was awarded the Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2005 title at The Platform in front of 300 local Leatherfolk.

With a Fractured Fairy Tales theme, a record crowd was on hand in San Jose, CA when Tie James was chosen Mr. Alameda County Leather and Fawn Luck was selected Ms. Alameda County Leather.

San Diego's deaf Leather community produced several Leather contests at The Hole on Friday night, July 30 where Cesar Dominguez was named Mr. Deaf San Diego Leather 2004, Micheal Edwards was selected Deaf California Leather 2004 and Rosie Rodriguez won the Ms Deaf California Leather 2004 title.

Andy Mangels was chosen Mr. Oregon State Leather 2004 at The Embers Avenue nightclub in Portland, OR in August.

Michael Aman was awarded the Southeast Leather Sir 2004 title and Dave Hudson was presented the Southeast Leatherboy 2004 title at the Charlotte Eagle in August.

Andrew Hedley was the only contestant for the Palm Springs Leather Sir title, but turned out to be an excellent candidate. Bernard Stauffer, originally from Switzerland and Andrew's life partner won the Leatherboy title.

Pandora from New Hope, PA was named Ms World Leather in Dallas, TX.

Paul "Teddy" O'Rourke from Philadelphia, PA was chosen International Mr. Deaf Leather and Stephanie Juge from San Diego, CA was selected International Ms Deaf Leather at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Dallas, TX the weekend of August 5-8 in front of nearly 100 cheering spectators.

Mr. LA Leather Bear 2004 Wil Wesley hosted a benefit, Margo’s Last Party, on August 20 at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles for the American Cancer Society which netted $2,000. Wil lost his sister Margo just after Easter to cancer. Her birthday was in August, and this was his chance to throw her one last party.

Stephen Seefeldt of Milwaukee won the title of Mr. Northwoods at the Argonauts and Castaways Joint Run on August 21.

Before a packed house, Dodger Allen, the only contestant for the title, managed to get enough points from the judges to become Mr. Powerhouse Leather.

The Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2004 Contest in Indianapolis, IN during the Great Laker Leather Alliance Weekend, August 27-29 saw Gina Whittington from Columbus, OH become the female winner.

Before a standing room only crowd at Timberline Spirits on Saturday, August 28, Barry Burns and timm briggs were sashed as Northwest Leather Sir and Northwest Leatherboy 2004 and Kelly Wilt became the first Northwest Community Boot Black.

Southern California Leather Sir and Leatherboy 2004 were Andrew Hedley and boy Bernard. Both lived in Palm Springs. The contest was held at The Hole in San Diego, CA.

The Lords of Leather hosted their annual Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest, which was won by Alan Bowers of New Orleans, at the newly-renovated Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter on Saturday night, September 4 during Southern Decadence.

Steven Ranger was the winner of the Mr. Double L 2004 Contest held September 18 in Rehoboth Beach, DE at the Double L bar. Ranger went on to win the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest in January.

Saturday, September 18, marked the Tenth Anniversary of the Mr. Dixie Belle Leather contest, in Kansas City, MO, where Randy Wrisinger was awarded the sash as Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2005. Mr. Leather Europe 2004 Robert Menichetti won his title in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday night, September 18.

On September 25 Eric Hinsch became Mr. Indiana Falcon 2005.

Tim Brewton was the best of four contestants and thus became Mr. Toolshed Leather on Saturday night, October 2 at the Toolshed in Palm Springs, CA.

Lou Sedlacek was chosen as Mr. Cowtown Leatherman at the Corral Club in Fort Worth, TX during the Cowtown Leathermen's Leatherfest Weekend, October 8-9.

There was only one contestant for the Mr. Barracks title on October 9, which was a feeder for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest and his name was Steven Crawford.

Before a packed house, John Tatum of Detroit, MI was awarded the first Leatherman Of Color title at Touche during the ONYX Black Out: Ninth Anniversary Weekend in Chicago, IL.

Robert Davis was named International Leather Sir 2004 and Ivan Reyes became International Leatherboy in front of 175 Leatherfolk in the Lunar Bar at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL the weekend of October 8-10. Both were from the Mid Atlantic Region. Spencer Cub Jasper was chosen International Community Boot Black from the Great Plains Region.

The Knights of Malta: Yosemite hosted Central California Leather Fest in Fresno, CA the weekend of October 15-17. The main event was the Mr. Central California Leather 2005 Contest won by Cory Tyler and the Central California Leatherboy 2005 title captured by Bradley Clutts. The first Central California Boot Black title went to Larry Laird.

Jim Maciel was chosen Mr. Boston Leather 2005 on Saturday, October 16 at the Ramrod in Boston, MA.

The weekend of November 5-7 the Santa Clara County Leather Association held their annual Leather Weekend titled Boot Camp, which concluded with a show and contest. Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2005 was Richard “Cujo” Berg.

Leatherfolk from both coasts and many points in-between converged on Wichita, KS to see Daddy Shawn become WOOLF Pack Leather 2005. Kansas Leatherboy was Darren of Wichita, KS, and the Kansas Leathergirl was Jen, of Kansas City, KS.

George Peet, an emergency communicator with the New Haven Fire Department, was crowned Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 by Mr. Connecticut Leather 2004/MAL 2004 Jim "Tug" Taylor on November 6 at Triangle’s Café in Danbury, CT. Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 was sponsored by the Hartford Colts.

Michelle Jackson, a popular American Sign Language interpreter, was named Ms San Diego Leather 2005.

The Daddy Alan Selby Memorial Award was presented to SF Leather Daddy XX Tony Koester by the STOP AIDS Project of San Francisco at Ninth Annual HIV Prevention Awards on Wednesday night, November 10.

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend, November 11-14, hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert and culminating with the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2005 Contest which saw Loren Wilson win the title.

The Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference in Leather (COMMAND, MC) celebrated their 16th Anniversary the weekend of November 12-14 and the title of Mr. Maryland Leather 2005 was awarded to Stephen Cather. Rick Valentino was presented the Brotherhood Award.

The Russian River Eagle’s Jeff Hettinger is the new Mr. North Coast Leather 2005 in Guerneville, CA.

Roberto Menichetti recently won the Mr. Leather Europe 2004 title during the Annual General Meeting of the European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs in Helsinki, Finland.

Shawn Carroll was chosen to serve as Mr. Leather Ottawa 2005 at the Capital City Music Hall in Ottawa, Canada.

Frank “Bug” Buog from Otterstadt, Germany headed an international sweep at the Mr. International Rubber 2005 Contest at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Saturday night, November 13 in front of 200 cheering spectators. David McLay from Montreal, Canada was first runner-up and Matthew Grevink from Sydney, Australia was second runner-up.

Craig Anderson was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2005 on Saturday, November 13 in Detroit, MI.

Will Castillo, sponsored by the Ramrod bar of Fort Lauderdale, was named Mr. Florida Leather 2005 on Sunday, November 14.

Scott Jones was announced the winner of the Mr. DC Eagle 2005 Contest at the DC Eagle in late November and Robert Valin was sashed as Mr. Eagle NYC 2005.

Mr. LA Leather 2004 Marc Watrel held a Brothers for Sisters benefit, gay and bisexual men supporting lesbian and bisexual women with breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at his Hollywood, CA home on Wednesday, November 17.

The San Diego Eagle celebrated its Second Anniversary the weekend of November 19-21 with the highlight being the Mr. San Diego Eagle 2005 Contest won by Eric Crowe.

On Saturday, November 20, five men competed for the title of Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather at the Pittsburgh Eagle and when the dust settled Bryce Caine emerged as the winner.

Sean Cribbin who competed as Mr. Woody's-Priape 2004 is the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto, winning on Saturday night, November 27 and Cameron Lewis was also named Mr. Leather Fellowship 2005, chosen by his fellow contestants as the man who best epitomizes the values of Leather brotherhood.

The Seattle Men in Leather selected their 16th annual pair of titleholders at the Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA. Seattle Leather Daddy 2005 was Scott Morgan of Tacoma and Seattle Daddy’s Boy 2005 is Darian Hawke of Seattle.

Master Guardian and slave sugar were named Southwest Master and Slave 2005, Shawn Michael and slaveboi carlie won the first US Daddy and US Boy title, and Steven Hagen become the first South West Boot Black at the South West Leather Conference the weekend of December 3-5 in Phoenix, AZ.

Mr. Rubclub 2005 was Michael Schneider. He won his title on December 25 in Germany.

News and Politics

The Safer SM Education Project of Toronto, Canada presented SM 20 Kink Roles and Relationships by Midori on Sunday, January 11.

Master Taino’s Training Academy held the first of eight Training Weekends during 2004, five for slaves and three for Masters, starting on January 30.

Pantheon of Leather was held in Chicago, IL during Presidents'/Valentines Weekend at the Leather Archives and Museum, Cell Block, Touche and Jackhammer. The Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show 2004 winners were: Man of the Year Jack McGeorge, Woman of the Year Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Lifetime Achievement Award Alan Selby, Community Choice (Man) John Pendal, Community Choice (Woman) sheryl dee, Forbear Award Joseph Bean, President’s Award Mark Leno, President’s Award Chris Reynolds, President’s Award Steve Sampson.

The proceeds of sales of the 2004 Bare Chest Calendar were presented to the AIDS Emergency Fund and Positive Resources Center on February 19 at the Powerhouse in San Francisco, CA from the Bare Chest Calendar Men on that calendar. The total raised to be divided by the two agencies was $27,343.13.

Canada's Leather and Fetish Luau Weekend II was held February 20-22 in Ottawa and featured the Canadian premiere of the documentary My Leather Jacket produced by Mr. Leather Ottawa-Outaouais 2002 Alex Wisniowski.

South Plains Leather Fest was held at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 27-29. South Plains featured the International Master and slave 2004 Contest, the Mr. and Ms South Plains Leather 2004 Contest, a myriad of workshops and seminars held by some of the Leather community's top presenters, three nights of dungeon parties, a vendor fair which had a wide variety of merchandise and a Sunday brunch with noted author Joseph Bean as the guest speaker.

Vancouver Men in Leather (VML), a gay men's Leather club, made its debut at a party in the Leather Loft on Friday, February 27.

San Francisco's Daddy Alan Selby had a February to remember. On Thursday night, February 12, his hometown Leatherfolk feted his 75th birthday. To ice the cake, Selby was named the recipient of the Pantheon of Leather 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award two days later at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, February 14.

Hollywood has long been a haven for whips in movies, and now it’s home to “The World’s Fastest Whip.” The Guinness World Record for “World’s Fastest Whip” was set by whip expert and coach Robert Dante last fall at the Dream Circus in Hollywood. Dante set the record by cracking a whip 203 times in one minute, using a six-foot bullwhip made by Australian whip maker Mike Murphy.

The Internal Revenue Service approved CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

KinkFest 2004 was held in Portland, OR March 26-28 at the Holiday Inn-Portland Airport. KinkFest included vendors and workshops presented by Midori, Frank Strona, Patrick Califia, Lolita, Boymeat, Mistress Danielle, Fifth Angel, Dr. Tech, Phantom Master and Fem Car, Max, Mistress, Matisse, Tim Kelly, Bridgett, Harrington and more.

The Southland Honors, produced by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition, was held on Friday night, March 26 at the ONE Institute and Archives on the edge of the University of Southern California campus in what used to be a USC frat house. The Southland Honors were modeled after Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards recipients included: Mentor of the Year, Kent Arnwolt; Business of the Year, The Leather Journal; Club of the Year, LA boys of Leather; Event of the Year, Avatar Club LA; Fundraiser of the Year, Gannon Gray; Most Supportive Individual of the Year, pug; Chairman’s Award, Riley Black and Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert; and Person of the Year, George Wong.

In the Victorian Supreme Court on March 16, Justice Cummins handed down a severe sentence of 24 years imprisonment in total, with a minimum period before parole of 20 years to 36 year-old Christopher John McIntosh who pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Armed Robbery at Eagle Leather on August 21, 2002. His Honor found that the staff of Eagle Leather on the day - David Oakley and Geoff Browning - had treated McIntosh as a customer courteously and well, and that nothing they did provided excusable or justifiable reason for his subsequent behavior. Justice Vincent found that both Mr. Browning and Mr. Oakley were “entirely truthful and impressive” men in their statements and presentation.

From Friday, April 2, through Sunday, April 4, 256 leaders and active members of more than 90 Leather/SM/Fetish clubs in 33 states, the UK and Israel gathered at the New Orleans Airport Hilton for Leather Leadership Conference VIII: Routes to Power. STARS, MC held their 10th Annual Mr. Empire State Leather Weekend April 2-4 in Albany, NY.

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) took place April 30 - May 2 and was a huge success. Receipts for the weekend fundraiser were over double those from 2003, including $8,000 from the Saturday night silent auction alone and the number of attendees from out of town tripled. The main event was the Auction Party and Stage Show at Metropolis sponsored by International Leather Sir and Leatherboy and featuring CLAW founders and producers Bob Miller and Dennis McMahon, who emceed a great show which included rock band Jinx Titanic, a special CLAW version of David Vidra’s performance art Induction and Leather lip sync stylist extraordinaire Magnolia Thunderpussy.

Leather Masters, with head quarters in San Jose California, celebrated their 15 years in business. Leather Masters had stores in San Jose, Austin, TX and Allentown, PA.

Steve Sweet was off the obscenity hook once a British Columbia, Canada court judge, R.R. Low, acquitted him of all twenty charges stemming from his December arrest on obscenity charges over a series of fetish vignettes distributed on and off-line.

sheryl dee of San Diego was chosen as the newest member of the board of directors of the Leather Leadership Conference. Elected to second terms on the board were Alan Maclachlan of New Orleans and Michelle Sigler of Oklahoma City. Additional board officers for the 2004-2005 term were, Cynthia Wright, Larry Manion, Jack Rinella, Michelle Sigler, Graylin Thornton, Libby Warren and Lolita Wolf.

Long Beach Pride took place May 22-23 and included the Leather, kink and fetish communities with the Long Beach Leather Expo. Presenters from Avatar, Orange Coast Leather Assembly LA boys of Leather, Threshold and LA Radical and Wicked Women presented various techniques in safe BDSM. Dan O'Leary and Long Beach Leather produced a huge fundraiser, Resurrection II, at Pistons on Saturday night with some 500 Leatherfolk in attendance.

The Southern California Leather Gathering on Saturday afternoon, June 5 at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA saw some 158 Leatherfolk attended the picnic which featured fun and games and an opportunity for people to socialize in a non contest/fundraiser/bar atmosphere. The event was organized by slave pug.

South East Leather Fest: Forget Politics, Have Fun was held June 11-13 in Atlanta, GA at the Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northlake.

The Christopher Street West Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade and Festival (CSW) held in West Hollywood, CA the weekend of June 18-20 featured the Third Annual Erotic City Expo. CSW and the Los Angeles Leather Coalition coproduced Erotic City Expo: Educate, Enlighten, Expand.

Servant’s Retreat held weekends in Dallas in June, Montgomery, AL in July, Philadelphia in August and Queens, NY in the fall. The intensive weekend was created for people who submit and serve by Catherine Gross.

The 21st annual Leather Pride Night Auction took place on Saturday, June 19 at The Puck Building in New York, NY with Jo Arnone as the auctioneer. Leather Pride Night was sponsored by 12 Leather/SM/Fetish organizations including Defenders NY, Gay Male S/M Activists, Imperial Court of New York, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, Metrobears New York, New York Panthers LC, NY Renegades, Pariahs MC, Promethean Guard, Society Nocturnus of Gotham, and The Eulenspiegel Society and many committed individuals. The night before, the Lesbian Sex Mafia held a Knife Play Demo presented by Cristo from Indianapolis, IN at The Center in New York, NY.

As part of its outreach programs to preserve the history of the Leather community in all its forms, the Leather Archives and Museum inaugurated at International Mr. Leather 2004 an Oral History Room, to permit Leathermen and Leatherwomen who wish to have their personal stories of community involvement and service recorded to be interviewed. The interviews were to be transcribed and added to the 93 oral histories already in the collection.

Thunder in the Mountains, which has what is probably the world's largest and best laid out dungeon with 40,000 square feet of play space, took place the weekend of July 16-18 at the Holiday Inn Denver International Airport. Thunder in the Mountains featured world-renowned presenters including Joseph Bean, Terry McCommas, Edge, Fetish Diva Midori, William ReMine, Cynthia Hurt, Lolita Wolf, Master Skip, Jason Ryan, Mark Frazier, Sharrin Spector, Robyn Friedman, Scott Smith, Fifth Angel, Laura Antoniou, Master Jim and slave marsha.

Folsom Fair North II was a success, taking place in Toronto, Canada the weekend of July 16-18. Attendance tripled from 2003's 4,000 to over 12,000 in 2004. Folsom Fair North II included over 70 exhibitors, plus exciting artists, performers, exhibitionists, demonstrations, DJs, live bands, entertainment and hot attendees.

One couldn't ask for better weather for the Dore Alley Fair held in San Francisco on Sunday, July 25 as thousands of Leatherfolk crowded Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets and Folsom Street from Ninth to Tenth Street. The crowd was probably the same size as in 2003, but a huge apartment/condominium complex was under construction in the vacant lot area on Dore Alley that was used for several booths. The 15 Association hosted their monthly play party at their dungeon and a new nonprofit dungeon space open to the public named The Citadel was busy all weekend. Stompers Boots held their usual party which gave friends a chance to get out of the heat and have some good barbecue cooking hosted by Mike McNamee.

The Master slave Conference 2004 took place in downtown Washington, DC July 30 - August 1. The event was produced by Master Taino and had 200 attending. Master Steve Sampson of Butchmanns Academy was the keynote speaker.

The Leather community of San Diego, CA increased their visibility in America's Finest City's gay and lesbian pride celebration the weekend of July 30 - August 1 at the parade on Saturday and at the festival in Balboa Park on Saturday and Sunday. A Leather cruise on San Diego Bay and the San Diego Deaf Leather Contest were the highlights of Friday night.

The popular Castro Street Leather bar known as Daddy's changed hands.

The Cell Block in Chicago returned to its original owner, Roger Hickey and was open again before Market Days weekend in July.

Edward Espindola hosted a benefit weekend for Camp Heartland the weekend of July 9-11 in Palm Springs, CA that raised $6,000 from events at the Barracks on Friday night and at the Tool Shed and Sidewinders on Saturday.

On Wednesday, August 4 the Leather Archives and Museum retired the mortgage on its facility at 6418 North Greenview Avenue in Chicago, IL. Over $400,000 has been raised over the past seven years to purchase the building and make significant capital improvements to the facility. The funds needed to make the final $225,000 balloon payment were raised. The building was purchased and improved using donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and private foundations. No government grants were received to purchase the building. “This has been a grassroots fundraising effort since day one” said Leather Archives and Museum president Chuck Renslow. “Our history is now safe behind walls owned by and controlled by the Leather community."

Beginning with the Portland Leather Alliance sponsored Leather, Feathers and Fur Fetish Ball on Friday, August 6 and culminated with a victory brunch for the new Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather on Sunday, August 15. Oregon Leather Pride Week boasted over a dozen events celebrating Oregon’s Leather community including an Erotica Show, A Night of Myth, Mayhem and Magic and the Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather Contest and a mixed play party hosted by Bad Girls immediately following the contest.

The 10th Annual Leather Ball, produced by the Mr. Leatherman Toronto committee, was held on Saturday, August 14 at the Opera House in Toronto, Canada.

Henry Jordan and Randy, two of Sandy “Mama ” Reinhardt's family members living in Cathedral City, CA and inspired by her example, instituted a Southern California branch of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and launched it with a highly successful fundraising weekend, August 27-28, raising over $4,700.

International Mr. Leather executive producer and Leather Archives and Museum cofounder Chuck Renslow of Chicago was named to the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) at the organization’s September 11 meeting in Denver, CO. Other officers were cochairs Jeff Soref and Beth Zemsky Loren Ostrow remained on the board. Marsha C. Botzer was elected vice chair and Glenn Carlson was elected treasurer. New board members included John Allen, Margaret Burd and Chuck Renslow.

The Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco was held on Sunday, September 26. The weekend had dozens of events and parties surrounding it that included the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest, the Leather Daddies Art Auction, The 15 Association and Men Of Discipline play parties, the San Francisco Roll Call dinner hosted by the San Francisco Division of the California Boots and Breeches Corps, Donna Sachet's pre-Folsom Fair party, Stompers Boots party, Mark I. Chester's art exhibit, the Magnitude, Aftershock, and Real Bad XVI dances among others. It all started with the Leatherwalk and Leather Pride Flag Raising the Sunday before in Harvey Milk Plaza at 17th and Castro.

The 10th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend took place October 8-10 in Los Angeles, CA. The Erotic Art Weekend began with an opening reception on Friday evening. The Erotic Art Fair was open to the public at the Great Hall in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. The Fair featured an exhibit on the first 20 years of the Foundation.

Leather University presented Dungeon 901 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, providing quality SM education in a safe environment for gays and lesbians. The Single Tail Track was coordinated by Sebastian, moderator of the whip enthusiasts group in Texas.

Together in Leather 2004: A Family Reunion was held October 22-24 in Charlotte, NC and featured five specialty tracks including Master/slave, Daddy/boy, Spirituality, Unattached Singles, and Leather Girls.

CineKink NYC announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing ceremony held on Sunday, October 24. The annual CineKink Tribute was presented to A Home at the End of the World which was directed by Michael Mayer. The screenwriter was Michael Cunningham and the cast included Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek. A Home at the End of the World was distributed by Warner Independent Pictures. A Home at the End of the World was honored by CineKink for its funny, respectful and tender portrayal of a loving polyamorous relationship, for showing that family and commitment can exist outside of monogamy.

Testimony concluded on October 28 in Barbara Nitke and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom v John Ashcroft, in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of NY, case # 01 CIV 11476 (RMB). This lawsuit was challenging an unconstitutional law called the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which criminalized free speech on the Internet. Plaintiffs were represented by noted First Amendment attorney, John Wirenius.

Pegasus Productions presented Big Knobs On Broomsticks V, Halloween Show and Costume Contest on Saturday, October 30 at EJ's in Houston, TX to benefit the AIDS Foundation Houston and NLA: Houston's Red Ribbon Toy Drive.

An SM Night of Authors at A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood, CA on November 5 featured three distinguished SM authors reading from their books including Mistress Nan, author of My Private Life – Real Experiences of a Dominant Woman; Mark Thompson, editor of Leatherfolk – Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice; Guy Baldwin, author of Slavecraft, Ties That Bind, and The Leather Contest Guide.

The first Denver Leather Formal, produced by Ric Poston, was held on Saturday, November 6 at Club 404 in Denver, CO to benefit CAP's Wreath Project which provides gifts for children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held Hide and Ink: A Night of Leather and Tattoos at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA.

On Wednesday, November 10 Folsom Street Events (FSE), a nonprofit corporation, announced that the total 2004 contribution to local beneficiaries would be $265,000.

Santa Saturday West, a benefit for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS was held at Goodtimes in Las Vegas, NV. The total raised was $1,738.

On the morning of Sunday, November 28th, the Tony DeBlase Scholarship Project received a $25,000 donation from the Pride Foundation web site which pushed the total over the minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship.

"Thank you - to all who helped make the Lair Fire Fundraiser a raging success" said the Lair's girl debbie. All told, fundraiser organizers raised over $3,000 on Friday Night, December 10 at Gauntlet II, which was presented to the Lair DeSade's Kane at the end of the evening.

Books and Publications

International Mr. Leather: 25 Years of Champions by past Leather Archives and Museum director Joseph Bean was no less than sterling. It is like a legal size page laid on its side and has good and accurate historical coverage of each of IML's first 25 contests. The judges and contestants were listed as each year's highlights were covered. Some community leaders wrote of their experiences including Guy Baldwin, Joanne Gaddy, Walter Klingler, David Kloss, Reverend Troy Perry, Thom Dombkowski and others. IML founder Chuck Renslow opened with a statement.

Daedalus Publishing released Robert Davolt's Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent and Unauthorized Manual For SM/Leather which later was a nominee for the 2005 Stonewall Book Award (nonfiction).

The Outbound Press announced that Robert Davolt, former publisher and editor of Drummer magazine, had accepted the position of editor-in-chief of both the print and on-line editions of Bound & Gagged magazine.

Internet

Mr. International Rubber 1999 and recent president of the Lexington Lyons LL Thomas Smith started a Yahoo group discussion list called Leather Club Leaders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New on the Scene

American Leathergirl Contest by American Brotherhood Weekend, Washington, DC; Appalachian Leathermen of NJ, New Jersey; Bay Area Cigar Buddies, San Francisco, CA; Bay State Marauders, Boston, MA; Black BEAT (Black Expressions Alternative Tastes), Hanover, MD; Canadian Leather Man and Canadian Leather Contest, Ottawa, Canada; International Community Boot Black Contest by Productions, Pittsburgh, PA; Leather Club Leaders by Thomas Smith, Lexington, KY; Leatherman Of Color Contest by ONYX, Chicago, IL; Mr. Pacific West Bootblack Contest, San Francisco, CA; North America Leatherman’s Association, Indianapolis, IN; Pacific Friction Weekend, Seattle, WA; Phoenix boys of Leather - Phoenix, AZ; Renegaydes - Augusta, GA; Rio Grande Leather Weekend - Albuquerque, NM; Southland Honors by Los Angeles Leather Coalition, Los Angeles, CA; Trust Honor Order Respect (THOR), Buena Park, CA; US Daddy and US Boy Contest by South West Leather Conference, Phoenix, AZ; Vancouver Men in Leather, Vancouver, Canada

Milestones

50 Years Old: Satyrs Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA


40 Years Old: Empire Motorcycle Club, New York, NY


35 Years Old: Border Riders Motorcycle Club, Seattle, WA; Rubber Men's Club, London, England; Warriors Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA


30 Years Old: Argonauts - Green Bay, WI; European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ECMC), Europe; Knights d' Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Philadelphians Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia, PA; Regiment of the Black and Tans, Los Angeles, CA; Golden Fleece Run, Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club, Denver, CO; Shipmates of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; Society of Janus, San Francisco, CA


25 Years Old: The Castaways Motorcycle Club, Milwaukee, WI; Reading Railmen, Reading, PA


20 Years Old: Gauntlet II, Los Angeles, CA; Grand Rapids Rivermen, Grand Rapids, MI; Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather, Centaur Motorcycle Club - Washington, DC


15 Years Old: Leather Masters, San Jose, CA; Leather United, Chicago, IL; Lion's Pride, Menamore Leather/Levi Club, Wilmington, NC; Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA

10 Years Old: Bears LA, Los Angeles, CA; Defenders, San Francisco, CA; Delta International, Pennsylvania; Enforcers RI, Providence, RI; Erotic Art Weekend, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Hibearnation X, Show Me Bears, St. Louis, MO; Houston Area Bears, Houston, TX; International Bear Rendezvous, Bears Of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas Bike Fest, Las Vegas, NV; Leather Ball, Mr. Leatherman Toronto Committee, Toronto, Canada; Mr. Dixie Belle Leather Contest, Kansas City, MO; Renegade Bears, Seattle, WA; Rogues Leather/Levi Club, Roanoke, VA; Steel City Centurions, Birmingham, AL


Five Years Old: Aubrey's Playroom Internet Radio, Seattle, WA; Bay Area submissives, San Francisco, CA; Bear Watch V Weekend by Houston Area Bears, Houston, TX; Big Knobs On Broomsticks V by Pegasus Productions - Houston, TX; Bizarre Bazaar by MSDB, St. Paul, MN; Buffalo Bulldogs Men's Club, Buffalo, NY; Dyke Uniform Corps, National; Empire State Leather Weekend by STARS, MC, Albany, NY; Equinox V, Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA; Folsom Fringe by smOdyssey, San Jose, CA; Leather Reunion by Tsarus Memphis, Memphis, TN; Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC), Los Angeles, CA; Masters And slaves Together: DC (MAst: DC), Washington, DC; Portland Leather Alliance, Portland, OR; Richmond Leather Club, Richmond, VA; Trident: Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Kenneth W. Kosary, 46 years old of Chicago, IL died on Sunday January 11, 2004. A long time member of the Leather community, he worked at the AA Meat Market, Chicago Eagle and the Exit.

The Cleveland gay, church, music and Leather communities were saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Fabian Emilio Toledo on March 13, 2004. He was found in his apartment and a preliminary report indicated that he had a heart attack. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. Fabian was active in fundraising and advocacy for the local Leather and gay communities. He was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, a member of Trident: International, and the secretary of the board of directors for CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend.)

Alan Selby, the original “Mr. S” and founder of Mr. S Leathers died on May 2, 2004 of complications due to emphysema, at home and surrounded by friends. Born in London February 12, 1929, Selby grew up in Yorkshire, England. He served in the Royal Navy (1946-1948) and entered the clothing business, selling men’s “woolen and worsted suiting material.” Later, he combined his business experience and his growing interest in Leather into what later became Mr. S Leather, opening his first retail shop in London in 1973. He spent the next 14 years working tirelessly as a fundraiser for community health, historic preservation and AIDS-related causes. He was honored many times for his efforts, including a citation this year from the California State Assembly on the occasion of his 75th birthday. His last public appearance was at the AIDS Emergency Fund’s (AEF) annual fundraiser exactly a week before his death. Selby proudly became a naturalized citizen of his adopted country on April 22, 1999.

Rockville, MD from lymphoma which left him partial paralyzed.

Ernest "Ernie" Hoffman, a longtime resident of Washington, DC, passed away on May 7, 2004 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville, MD from lymphoma which left him partial paralyzed. Within RAD, he had held nearly every single board position and was recognized for his many contributions to RAD with the Man of the Year Award. Ernie was actively involved with the Highwaymen TNT and the International Deaf Leather organizations.

Patrick Edward McCarty, 49, succumbed to cancer on July 9, 2004 at his home in New Orleans. Pat owned and operated Gay Mart and a private dungeon above the store in New Orleans in the 1990s. Pat received a President's Award at Pantheon of Leather in 2000 for his community service. He was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and a member or associate member of numerous other clubs and organizations.

Frank Best Puckett, who was honored as Grand Marshal of the Atlanta Gay Pride Parade, passed away on July 13 at his residence in Macon after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born on the second day of Christmas in 1919 and is survived by his longtime partner Richard E. George. In 1987 he was one of the founders of Atlanta S/M Solidarity. Puckett served three times as president of one of the oldest Leather organizations in the nation, the Atlantis Motorcycle Club, and was also selected as their Man of the Year. He was also honored by the Pantheon of Leather with the Lifetime Achievement Award 1997.

The Seattle Leather community mourned the passing of one of its Leather men. Robert "Van" Cantfort passed on due to cancer. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Malta: Jet Chapter, Seattle Men in Leather and the Imperial Court of Seattle. Van held the Seattle Leather Grand Daddy 1997 title and plated the role of Santa Claus for local stores and charities each December.

Mr. Baltimore Eagle Buzzy Malinowski 2000 passed away Monday night, August 2. Buzzy was a longtime member of the ShipMates of Baltimore. He competed for Mr. Maryland Leather 2000 in November 1999 not long after having multiple bypass heart surgery. He became Mr. Baltimore Eagle the following spring and competed at IML 2000.

Gay Leather history in the NY-PA area has turned another page with the passing of Harry Malcolm on August 30, 2004. Harry was a member of the Long Island Spuds, and an associate member of Thunderbolts as well as the Vanguards. He was also an honorary associates of the Philadelphians and the Long Island Ravens.

On September 3, 2004, at 2:15 PM, Daddy Bill Brewer passed away. He was survived by Chris Zimmerman. Daddy Bill had been in the Leather community since the seventies and became active in 1989. Daddy Bill held many offices in clubs such as Menamore Levi Leather Club and was a charter member of NLA: Austin along with being a person that many called on for advice.

Affectionately known as “Daddy Bill” he became a father figure to many.

Jon Jacobs died of massive heart failure Sunday, November 14 in Atlanta. Jon was co-author of Different Loving.

Mr. Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 Master Delites made his transition on the morning of December 14 peacefully in his sleep. He was part of the House of Tor.

boy patrick, aka nipper, alpha boy to Master Roy and a founding member of the Texas Leather Tribe ended his brave battle with a long illness on Sunday, December 26, 2004 in Houston, TX. boy patrick moved to Houston in 1997 to be in service to Master Roy. He was Gulf Coast Drummer boy in 1998 and founded the International Puppy and Trainer Contest in 2000. He was the founder of the Lone Star boys of Leather and the originator and owner of Leatherpup Productions, Inc. He worked tirelessly as an AIDS activist in the Houston area with many local groups like the Royal Sovereign Court of the Single Star of Houston.