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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day July 25, 2018

 

Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we will be hosting one of our biggest and best cruises ever. Not only will we be having it on a Friday Night this year, but we will also be extending the fun and hosting it for 4 hours from 10 PM until 2 AM. ​The boat still departs from Norfolk Waterside and boarding will begin at 9:30 PM. We will again be having demo's, buffet of food, cash bar and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks, a raffle ticket for door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance. http://www.leathercruise.com/event-3.html

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Friday, 18 May 2018 12:38

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 16, 2018

 

72 is the official count of contestants at IML 2018

IML 40 contestants preliminary with photos of 72 confirmed contestants. This is The Leather Journal's traditional preview. Pick out your favorites, and if you are going to IML, say hello to them for us - as if that would be on your mind, but it's cute to say. https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2019-iml-2018-contestants-photos-and-bios

 

International Mr. Bootblack has four men running

There are four men competing for International Mr. Bootblack this year and we have a photo and bio from each one. Another reason to be at IML. These guys and 72 IML contestants - the judges are going to have their hands full. I know I've judged it for times, but the most we had in any one of those years was 56. https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2020-international-mr-bootblack-2018-contestants-bios-and-photos

 

DomCon: LA attendance up by 30 percent

DomCon: Los Angeles attracted 1,700 kinksters the weekend of May 9-12 in Lennox, CA, an increase of 400 from 2017. The main event was the Fetish Ball at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday night which had a long line of people waiting to get inside. There were 55 vendors, most of which reported robust sales; 55 workshops and classes, and about 25 socials and receptions. DomCon is short for domination convention for professional dominants. Although the name and focus of DomCon is on that, there are plenty of events for others in the greater BDSM/fetish scene. http://www.domconla.com

 

Leather People Building A Better World

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather- list-national/ list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/

 

Pantheon of Leather nominations begin

You can make your nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards which will be presented on stage at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 30 in Dallas, TX. The schedule for this year is: May 10, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes. The form is simple and easy to operate. To make your nominations go to https://notarius.wufoo.com/forms/z18o8r281p1i9yz/

Leather at Long Beach Pride

Almost since the early years of Long Beach Pride, Leather has had a strong presence. There will be a Leather area inside the festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20 and in the parade on Sunday morning and afternoon. Eagle 562 will lead the charge in the parade with their float. This story is still developing and parade staging area is still undetermined. Find out at https://www.facebook.com/events/2142189566002043/

 

Leather Invasion in the Castro

Leather Invasion - Gear Up and Go Out to the Castro during Pride Month. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 invites Leatherfolk to come out on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 PM to Castro District in San Francisco, CA 94110. This is a call to the Bay Area’s Leather and kink communities to socialize in one of the nation's most recognized LGBT neighborhoods. Put on your favorite gear and join a crawl through seven different venues - increasing our visibility everywhere we go. Meet at Beaux, 2344 Market Street. Our last invasion attracted over 100 people decked in their best gear strolling the Castro. https://www.facebook.com/events/2018021331856044/

 

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Trivia Question of the Week

Wally Wallace was the founder and owner of this legendary kinky sex space in New York?

1. Yankee Stadium.

2. The Battery.

3. The Lure.

4. The Mine Shaft.

5. Gotham.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Daddy Flo is? The first International Ms Olympus Leather and first transgender international titleholder.

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Doctor Justin Terry-Smith

Justin Terry-Smith AKA Mister J, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010, has just been awarded his Doctorate degree in Public Health. He has been an HIV activist in the DC area since 1999. A Mid-Atlantic Pantheon Award winner and disabled Veteran Since 2008, Justin has blogged about his life living with HIV in his award-winning blog Justin’s HIV Journal. Co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Leather chapter of ONYX. Lastly. Justin embraces being a Black, Gay Jew in the crowd, but he is nobody’s token. He will be judging the Atlantic States Leather SIR/boy/Bootblack Contest September 28-30 and the International Leather Bear contest October 5-10.

OutWrite Presents Amor Prohibido

This is a bilingual panel discussion with Latinx Leather LGBTQ+ leaders discussing their experience in the Leather community including issues of identities, sex, kink and art. Moderator: Jose Gutierrez; Panelists: Master Taino, Girl Amelia, Salvador, Torres-Martinez, Ignacio G. Rivera, Papi Coxxx and Pup Juaniorex. Wednesday, June 6 at 7 PM at The DC Center, 2000 14th Street NW, # 105, Washington, DC 20009. https://www.facebook.com/events/460800021006587/ and/or http://thedccenter.org/

 

Reknown columnist Dan Savage rails against gay Republican who can't get laid

By Dan Savage for Savage Love column for The Stranger

“Sensible, self-respecting gay men don’t wanna fuck you because you did real and lasting harm to millions of your fellow Americans. … The question you should be asking yourself isn’t, ‘Why won’t some gay men sleep with me?’, but rather, ‘How on earth do I sleep at night?'" Dan's column can be read at https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/05/09/26157870/savage-love-letter-of-the-day-gay-trump-voter-asks-lots-of-gay-men-dont-want-to-sleep-with-trump-voters-can-i-sleep-with-them-anyway Listen to the Savage Lovecast at http://www.savagelovecast.com

Fuk U(niversity)Females Uniting Kink

Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, June 2 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

 

Restore and Redistribute with Mr. SDL 2018 and SD Bootblack 2018

Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam Couto and San Diego Bootblack 2018 Shilo Vix invite Leatherfolk to Restore and Redistribute at Urban Mo's in the Hillcrest district of San Diego on Friday, May 18 at 7 PM. With help from Auntie Helen's Thrift Store, and the amazing people who donate to it, we've been able to pick up 30 pieces of Leather and fetish gear and are beginning our Restoration and Redistribution project. By taking each of these pieces and giving new life to them, we honor the Leathermen and Leatherwomen who came before them. Urban Mo's, San Diego, CA 92110. https://www.facebook.com/events/336257720234102/

 

Spartan Motorcycle Club - Marathon 2018

The Spartans will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a motorcycle run to Americade from June 3 through 8. We are busily preparing the details to celebrate our love of motorcycling in brotherhood. The club holds motorcycle rides on weekends from April to October. Any adult motorcyclist may join us on a ride without becoming a member. The Spartan Motorcycle Club of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, Inc. was founded on April 3, 1968 by 15 motorcyclists. Select the Marathon link on http://www.spartanmc.com/

Dallas Bears - Texas Bear Round Up

The Dallas Bears will present Texas Bear Round Up: Stations 23 the weekend of May 31 - June 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, TX. This is one of the most popular bear events in the world, so if you are a bear and seek attention, or are an admirer, this is a great opportunity. Al the usual club run stuff applies. Find out more at http://wwwtbru.org

 

Avatar - Foam and Groan at Eagle 562

Avatar Club los angeles will host Foam and Groan on Friday, May 18 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach starting at 9 PM. Mr. Southern California Drummer 2017 Xavier Espeho will host. This is Long Beach Pride weekend, so a huge crowd is expected. The foam machine will be pumping! Take off your clothes, jump in the bubbles and join the fun. There is a $15 cover charge at the door. This will also be Avatar's first bar event at the Eagle 562 - previous Avatar events at that location were when it was Pistons. https://www.avatarla.org/home.html

Disco Daddy celebrates Grace Jones' B-Day

Sunday, May 20 at 7 PM at the SF Eagle. Disco Daddy celebrates Grace Jones' and your host Marc Sanchez' 70th birthday with host beer bust Tea Dance with DJ Bus Station John. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/121191968751542m/events/121191968751542

 

ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 22 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. This past weekend ONYX Southwest presented Perversion at Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. https://www.onyxsw.com/ and national http://www.onyxmen.com

 

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Ms los angeles Leather

The Ms los angeles Leather 2018 contest will be held the weekend of June 1-3. Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlet Sin will step aside for the next woman to hold the title. As of now, they have three confirmed contestants. A Meet and Greet and Roast of Ms LA Leather 2017 is on June 1 at Eagle 562 beginning at 8 PM; the Ms LA Leather 2018 Contest will be on Saturday, June 2 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 8 PM; and the Victory Brunch will be at Hunter and Charlie's on Sunday. http:www.mslaleather.com

Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that you will discover. The go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one person's experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

 

Join the NCSF

Please join our coalition and support our work. Please tell us your story. NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications

Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

 

American Brotherhood Weekend

By Brian Mincey

Joan Norry says, "Don't miss it." Last call for this amazing discount for American Brotherhood Weekend now till the stroke of IML.... When IML starts till special deal will be gone...Get two for one tickets for 2018 American Brotherhood Weekend. Select the BOGO (Buy One Get One) and your on your way. ABW is sponsored by Touche' Chicago, our main location along with the Leather Archives and Museum, October 5-7. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-american-brotherhood-weekend-2018-tickets-37545987058

The 2018 Leather SLUT Competitions

The Mission of the Mr. and Ms Leather SLUT contest is to promote Leather culture among the Salt Lake City community. We are looking for Leather men and women that can act as ambassadors to work with various segments of both LGBTQ community and the radical sex communities. Sunday, May 20 at 8 PM, Metro Music Hall, 615 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

 

ProNE Leather Pride Night

ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/

 

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Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, June 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/

 

Golden Gate Guards - Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay VIII

By Marc Owens

The Golden Gate Guards will host the Eighth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay  on Saturday, September, 29, at Pier 40 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA the day before Folsom Street Fair. Departure time is 5:30 PM. The Leather Cruise supports the San Francisco Leather Alliance; our the long term intention is to create a fund to purchase a permanent home for the Leather Alliance. Full no host bar on-board as well as late afternoon buffet. Leather or uniform attire strongly suggested. Early Bird tickets are a $75 donation (available May 22 - July 30 or until Early Bird Tickets are Sold Out). Regular tickets are a $90 donation per person. http://www.ggguards.org/

Was it assault or kinky sex, Eric Schneiderman? Here's the difference

By Susan Wright for The Guardian and supplied by the NCSF

This Monday, Eric Schneiderman resigned as the New York attorney general after four women alleged that he had assaulted them. Two of the women claimed they had been "choked and hit repeatedly by Mr. Schneiderman," while another said she had been "violently slapped across the face." A fourth woman alleged similar experiences.... As a member of the BDSM community, I think its important to clarify the difference between rough sex and assault.... It's all on http://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/was-it-assault-or-kinky-sex-eric-schneiderman-here-s-the-difference

Valley Pride Street Festival - Hosted by Bullet Bar

Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you o bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

 

Women's International Leather Legacy

Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations

By Master Taino

The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

 

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The June 9 version will be on Spirituality through Kink and Leather with Levi at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO. http://www.rmlalliance.com/

 

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Jaco: For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the Leather world.

Race: I’ve been active in the Leather scene since 1973. Initially, apart from being a bartender in a sleazy kinky bar, I was essentially a lone maverick player. Then around 1980 I got deeply involved with various clubs, organizations and projects that changed that lone wolf status. Since then I’ve been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms. I’ve authored a well-known BDSM book, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service (Kink Aware Professionals), was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company (Daedalus Publishing Company), been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently am the Leather/kink columnist for the Bay Area Reporter http://www.ebar.comwww.ebar.com I also have a blog at http://www.bannon.com and there’s more information about me there for those who might be interested.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:58

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day August 22, 2018

 

 

Inside Leather History - Youtube channel

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat now has a Youtube channel dedicated to the Chats. So far Mufasa Ali's Chat, Joey McDonald's Chat, and David Boyer's Chat are uploaded...more to come. In 2019 look for the Chats to appear in Antwerp Belgium, in los angeles and in Australia.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:26

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 7, 2018

 

 

Centaur MC will be making donations to charities that total $100,000

By Todd White
It is with great pride that I am able to announce that the Centaur Motorcycle Club will be making donations to charities that total $100,000. This years charities are: Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, The Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother, Help Thyself. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the clubs who held special events over the weekend, the local bars, the Hyatt and their amazing staff, and all of this years attendees. It was an amazing year and we look forward to MAL 2019. I can't say it enough but a big thank you to my club brothers you are an amazing group of men and I am so proud that you call me brother. I love you all and you deserve a huge pat on the back. In brotherhood, Todd White - President Centaur MC.

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Friday, 08 March 2019 19:17

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 6, 2019

 

 

San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest

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Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 4, 2017

 

It was a picturesque afternoon for the Golden Gate Guards' Leather Cruise. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Folsom Street Fair means a Mama's Family photo shoot by Rich Stadtmiller on Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse in San Francisco.

Folsom Street Fair sees perfect weather

The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 saw some of the best weather in the Fair's history.. The Folsom Street Fair was the culmination of San Francisco Leather Pride Week and had two huge dance parties, Magnitude dance on Folsom Street at 13th Street and the Deviants dance on Folsom Street at 8th Street. About 400,000 Leather and fetish enthusiasts descended upon the South Of MArket (SOMA) area for the festivities Magnitude dance area on Folsom Street at 13th Street, and the Deviants dance area on Folsom Street at 8th Street. Most of the vendors were repeats, but there were a few newbies. Lots of skin and nudes, more Leather, and plenty of rubber and puppies. More soon. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/folsom-street-fair/

Mistress Cyan gives Leather and Fetish people a seat on the CSW Board of Directors in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Dave Rhodes

BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the CSW table
West Hollywood, CA – On October 2, Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announced the results of its recent recruitment effort to bring new members to the CSW Board of Directors. This year, the organization received an overwhelming number of applications to fill only eight open seats. Among CSW's newest Board members is Mistress Cyan, President and CEO, Sanctuary Studios. Cyan joins seven other newbies and current CSW Board members: Steve Andrews (Secretary), Chris Classen (President), Erica Meyer, Raul Rios, Marquita Thomas, and Shayne Thomas. To read the full story go to https://www.lapride.org/press/la-pride-announces-newly-elected-additions-board Mistress Cyan said, "I'm honored to get the opportunity to better serve the community I love and cherish. I've been elected to serve on The LA Pride Board of Directors. The BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the table."

National Coming Out Day is Sunday, October 8
29 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen was hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau (left) with Farmboy staff. Photo supplied by Ralph Bruneau

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen

A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau to benefit Mr. Friendly raised $1,000 on Sunday afternoon, October 1 in los angeles, CA. At least 30 people attended. The $40 admission covered great food and there was a silent auction. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/ralph.bruneau.7 Farmboy Kitchen is community-owned http://farmboykitchen.com/ To find out about Mr. Friendly's effort to stamp out the stigma of HIV/AIDS check out https://www.mrfriendly.org/about

Bob Behr assumes helm of Leather Archives Board
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard's stepping down as President, effective September 27. Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board in October 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles, serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.org/

Li Yinhe is China's most prominent female sexologist.

For sex advice, people in China turn to a 65-year-old female BDSM expert at $15 a pop
By Echo Huang of Quartz
In China, sex can be an awkward topic to talk about publicly. But the country’s most prominent female sexologist is trying to change the public’s mindset through her books, and now through social media.
Li Yinhe is known in particular for her research into BDSM, including her book Subculture of Sadomasochism, published in 1998, China’s first book on the subject.... The rest of the story is at https://qz.com/1059372/for-sex-advice-people-in-china-turn-to-a-65-year-old-female-bdsm-expert-at-15-a-pop/

Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org

Voices of the Quilt musical needs funding
By Race Bannon
This project is important to me. The Quilt is a vital part of our history and served as a mechanism of solace during my own grieving when my first partner died of AIDS. This project needs money to move forward and I hope many of my friends donate. Donations of any amount, small or large, will help. Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Two good friends, Jörg Fockele and Adam Ouderkirk, are part of this project's core production team and they uphold the highest standards and are men of impeccable integrity. Voices of the Quilt, endorsed by AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones and by the NAMES Project, is the story of a community, ravaged by the HIV/AIDS crisis, that rose up and took unprecedented action in the fight for human rights, in part through the creation of what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt - nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and estimated at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of folk art. The musical is a moving requiem to the fallen, a call to fight against a ravaging pandemic, and, above all, a celebration of life and the strength of community. Uplifting, joyous, and full of spirit, you will stomp your feet and sing out loud. Demos of song selections, performed by the composer, can be listened to on the donation page. https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshopfundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshop

Avatar booth at Our Town LA Non-Profit Expo
Avatar Club los angeles will have a booth at the Our Town LA Non-Profit expo on October 14 Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 1200 North Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046 from 12-4 PM. The purpose of this event is to allow the LA LGBTQ nonprofit groups listed on Our Town LA to promote themselves, the much needed services they provide and engage with the community one on one. Recreation, athletic and social nonprofits will also been in attendance. Those looking for volunteer and donation opportunities are always welcome. There will be entertainment provided by local talent, food donated by West Hollywood restaurants as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items. For event updates go to http://www.ourtownla.org/NPE2017.html

Forever Hard: The Story of the Everhard Baths
Author, actor and activist Ed Sparan conducts a presentation about the Everhard Baths Fire, which killed nine gay men in New York City in 1977. During this pivotal time in gay history, just after the Stonewall Riots, the gay community came together to better establish cleaner and safer places for gay men. When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, bathhouses were shut down and sex turned back into the backrooms of bars by the 1990s. Ed will also talk about the play "Forever Hard" which tells the story of what happened that tragic night in May 1977. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. https://www.facebook.com/StonewallNationalMuseum/

Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

The Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. Photo by Steve Sheeky

Mates Leather Weekend first report
We just received photos from the Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. We should have more by next week. Suffice it to say that it was another terrific weekend in Provincetown.

Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named
By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ for details.

Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween!
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween will be held Friday, October 20, 10 PM to Midnight at the San Diego Eagle. Fetish Men San Diego is producing this event. Join in supporting California Drummer and Drummerboy at the San Diego Eagle Beat Your Drum is a night designed for kinksters to represent their own personal fetishes.

Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018. Photo by Bryon Hayes

Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018
By Bryon Hayes
Electro, from Kalamazoo, MI, who was competing as Mr. Campit Leather 2017, was tops among four men to become Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 at Mr. Michigan Leather XXII Weekend (MML), which took place on Saturday, September 23 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI. Corey Vinegar was the runner-up. Electro will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. This year’s contest featured a Friday night SINsation Kickoff Party hosted by the Sinergy, a Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers; various workshops presented by Diashto and Issa Arden sponsored by the Chicago Hellfire Club and Titans of the Midwest; and a poolside barbecue. The event was emceed by Mr. los angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson. The judges were IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, L.E., Ross Ransom, Daddy J and outgoing Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy.

Dr. Nyobi says more Black couples are choosing BDSM to spice up sex
By Mo Barnes of rollingout
A recent dinner party at the Punany Playhouse and demonstration by famed sex education expert Dr. Nyobi Ross has shown that more Black couples are choosing to spice up their sex life with a little BDSM. Dr. Nyobi was a special guest for this past weekend’s Punany Playhouse event and she did not fail to surprise some of her guests. Read the whole story at https://rollingout.com/2017/09/21/dr-nyobi-says-black-couples-choosing-bdsm-spice-sex/spice-sex/

Atlantic States Leather winners. Photo by Digital Dreaming

Atlantic States Leather Weekend
By Rodney Burger
Frat Daddy George from Granby, Massachusetts was awarded the title of Atlantic States Leather Sir 2018, Justin Charles from Baltimore, Maryland was sashed Atlantic States Leatherboy 2018, and Callie Girl from Newport News, Virginia took home the Atlantic States Community Bootblack 2018 at the Baltimore Eagle in Baltimore on September 22-23. There were no additional contestants. Sloppy Seconds was the theme of the second annual Atlantic States Leather weekend. The Sir/boy judges were Daddy Al Santora, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Rod McCoy, Ron Koski, KJ Nichols, david zeidler, and boy alex leffers. The Bootblack judges were boy Anderson, Jay Falcon and Christopher Edwards. There was a small vendor mart at the host Hotel Brexton which also saw several workshops. The contest was emceed by International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker and COMMAND MC member Brie Devine.

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

Women's International Leather Legacy titleholders aboard the Hornblower for the Leather Cruise of San Francisco Bay; left to right are WILL 2011 Tracy Wolf, WILL 2013 Angel and WILL 2017 Renee Beckman. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Golden Gate Guards' Cruise of San Francisco Bay
The Golden Gate Guards did their part to make San Francisco Leather Pride Week special when they hosted their annual Cruise of San Francisco Bay on Saturday afternoon, September 23. The Hornblower boat left Pier 40 around 5:30 PM and the weather did not disappoint. Not too hot and clear The tall girl is Renee Beckman, WILL 2017. The African-American girl is Girl Complex, IMsL 2017. The other girl is Angel, WILL 2013. And then there is me, Tracy Wolf, WILL 2011.

San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors
On Sunday September 17, San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors to join the seven incumbents on their Board — each new member will serve a three-year term starting October 4. New members Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma, Elizabeth Lanyon, Jacob Little, and Amy Sueyoshi, with re-elected incumbent and current Board President Michelle Meow, join Jacquelene Bishop (Treasurer), Anietie Ekanem, DJ Gray, Nguyen "Win" Pham (Secretary), Justin Taylor, and William Walker. The theme for 2018 is Generations of Strength. Leather has a powerful visibility at San Francisco Pride. For more go to http://www.sfpride.org/

Artists of all kinds shared their talents during the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo
Over 150 enthusiasts attended the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo was held at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park District of los angeles, CA September 29 - October 1. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming had a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. Artists of many kinds, including a guitarist, had spaces throughout the grounds. There were displays of art including a skateboarding wall display of the north side of the building. Check out http://tomoffinlandfoundation.org/foundation/Events/ev_2017_09_30_toff_art_festival.htm

Foot Fetish 101 - everything you need to know about tendon loving care
By Miranda Kane of Metro
No matter how much an enthusiast explains their love of the humble tootsies, feet are still seen as the red-headed stepchild to their more popular siblings, bums, boobs, eyes and lips. So what is it about this particular extremity that has millions of people – from all over the world, and of every gender – desperate to get their hands on your teasing toes? Read more at http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/23/foot-fetish-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tendon-loving-care-6913693/?ito=cbshare

Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) was another whopping success the weekend of September 28 - October 1 in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library was there. We are awaiting word on the contests and other events, but we did come up with a photo of the Carter Johnson Leather Library. http://greatlakesleather.org/

Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October 8 at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there's plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com

Avatar President and Vice President elect Dennis Beisbier and Tommy Trafelet. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Avatar elects officers
Dennis Beisbier of Long Beach, CA was elected Avatar Club los angeles during the club's September 27 meeting at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA. Joining Denis are Vice President Tommy Trafelet, Secetary James McCurdy, Treasurer Perry Ash and at-large Board members Xavier Espejo, Adam Forrest and Dana Atkinson. Beisbier recently took office as President after President Don Doyle passed away in early September

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By Bob Miller

CLAW XVII will be held April 27-30 at the Westin Downtown Cleveland. The bulk of the CLAW schedule will be at the Westin, including the vendor mart, banquets, speed dating, cigar deck and most of the Skills and Education sessions, with some events at the nearby Hampton Inn, bars Leather Stallion Saloon and Mean Bull, FLEX Spa and Hotel and the brand new Academy Dungeon, a 6,500 square feet well-equipped facility that hosts the Men’s BDSM Play parties and hardcore skills sessions   Both the Westin and Hampton are sold out, but CLAW has big blocks of rooms at the nearby Double Tree and the Kimpton Schofield hotels. More than 2,000 Leather men are expected at CLAW 17.

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has rented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHoF) for a private party on Thursday night from 8 PM - Midnight.  Located two blocks from the Westin and the Double Tree, the Museum will be staffed with all exhibits and bars open.  Want to say you’ve sung at the RRHoF? Pick your song for Inductee Karaoke on the main stage.  All songs must be by artists that are in the RRHoF. Reserve a spot by writing
CLAW will have 100 skills and education sessions – a 30 percent increase over CLAW 16.  Most of the skills sessions are participatory, including: Kinky Tech: A Pervert's Guide to Internet-enabled Play presented by Brian Bolt Donner; Caning and Birching - a British vice, presented by Derek Cohen and David Williams from London, and Human Pup Play Skills by Dr. George Forgan-Smith, from Melbourne, Australia.

Returning are Bootblack Apprenticeships, from one of CLAW’s more than 20 volunteer bootblacks and Entrepreneurial Internships with Square Peg Toys mastermind Scott Douglas.  A schedule of CLAW 17 Skills and Education is available on the CLAW website.

Also new are Naked Pool Parties at FLEX Spa (Men only) on Friday and Saturday afternoon, including OINK.

The CLAW Vendor Mart is bigger, with 45 vendors including CLAW sponsors Mr-S-Leather, Leatherwerks, LeathermanNYC, Torso, and Le Chateau Exotique.

Friday night’s highlight is Strip Bingo!! with hot male strippers and special performances, vendor-sponsored games and prizes, and more. Sunday night finale is Kinky Kabaret, an amazing show of singers and comics, hosted by CLAW’s hilarious emcees Larry Golubski and Lulu Belle.

New will be an urban Boots and Cigar Deck, open 24 hours a day.

The Pup Events at CLAW are sponsored by CLAW’s first Kennel Master and newest Master Sponsor, Twisted Headz Smokeshops, and include a huge pup mosh pit party, LEASHED; five pup/handler education sessions, pup/Handler Speed Dating, and a pup’s luncheon at the Leather Stallion Saloon.

CLAW Speed Dating expands to 11 sessions. Meet 10 guys who like what you like in less than an hour. New sessions include Couples and Thirds and Looking for LTR; Back for more - Meet and Beat; Leather and Boots; Assplay; and Smokers’ Speed Dating.  Advance registration strongly recommended.

Also on schedule at the Westin: three silent auctions, Rubber Lovers Social, BLUF at CLAW social and the  Man on Man Wedding Reception, in-room coffee service by pups and boys, a raffle, the CLAW store and wheel of fortune, Leather Community Circle of Life, Leather Archives exhibits, the Titleholders Cocktail Party, and Bound and Beautiful - a gallery of bondage and hot muscle.

Shuttles will run between hotels and parties at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Leather Stallion Saloon and Hot Ass in Cleveland Party, Mean Bull's Kinky Muscle Boy Party, and Super Villians Gear and Grind Party.

CLAW 17 packages include men’s play parties at the Academy and the party at the Rock Hall, more than 170 events. Packages are $169/advance ($189 at the door. Or join the CLAW Volunteer Corp and get a package for free in exchange for eight hours volunteering. Volunteers have access to a Volunteer Hospitality Suite all weekends.

Separate tickets are required for a few things at CLAW:  Square Peg Toys celebrates their 20th Anniversary as sponsor of The International Leather Family Dinner ($100) on Saturday, featuring food from Urban Farmer’s executive chef and keynote speech, On Masculinity, by Guy Baldwin..

The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and Brunch ($50) is Sunday and honors Durk Dehner, Peter Fiske and MSC Hamburg.

For late night pig sex, three FLEXXX ASYLUM parties ($40/each or 3/$100 feature kinky adult film stars in a special warehouse space above Mean Bull. A small VIP party Man Meet kicks off ASYLUM’s Friday night and is limited to the first 20 tickets sold.

CLAW is a 501 (c)(3) charity of, by and for the Leather Community. CLAW has donated more than $700,000 to community charities.

For more information, to reserve a room and get a package, go to http://www.clawinfo.orgg

 

 

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - September 27, 2017

 

 

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Denver's Exile 6 Fetish Ball
By Exposer Magazine
For six years, Lokusdor Productions (at the EXPO Event Center in Denver, CO) has put on the event and each year, it seems to gain the attention of many new people. 350 attendees had already arrived by 10pm and the show had just begun! Bringing in new vendors and sponsors. Last year, this event raised $10,000 for organizations in our community. You don’t hear too often of an event that gives so much back to its community, but that may be why this particular event rises above all others around it....The Exile Fetish Ball has a showcase of kink everywhere you look, from the flogging posts to the right of the stage, along with electrical apparatuses designed to heighten your sexual arousal. This place has it all, for any sort of fetish you might be into. More photos and details at https://xposermagazine.com/exile-6-fetish-ball-2/

los angeles Boys of Leather
Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! on Friday, October 13 at 9 PM at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the amazing Ursula Major and the freakishly phenomena Annie Chryst. Raffle prizes, bloody Jello shots, hot men and sexy women. $7 at the door! With admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

Bears in Kilts by Bears LA
Join Bears LA for Bears in Kilts at the Bullet Bar on Saturday night, October 30, starting at 9 PM. $6 Dollar cover or $5 when wearing a kilt. Best Kilt contest has a $50 prize. https://www.bearsla.org/

Leather History Preservation Weekend

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org

The incredible true history of gay pirates and their strangely modern world
Gay Star News
From deadly cross-dressing pirates having a lesbian-affair to booty, rituals and same-sex civil unions....Piracy was a world apart, and one where homosexual couples may have been the norm, not the exception. So to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day (19 September) here’s our queer history of piracy....But they didn’t just have health insurance. A form of same-sex civil unions, called matelotage, was also common. Buccaneer Alexander Exquemelin wrote: ‘It is the general and solemn custom amongst them all to seek out… a comrade or companion, whom we may call partner… with whom they join the whole stock of what they possess. Your partner was called a ‘matelot,' which can also be translated as bunkmate. It’s possible the relationships started with one man selling their services to another, to satisfy debts, get food or for protection. But it went deeper than that. If one matelot died, his partner inherited his property and share of the booty. In some cases, partners took punishment on each other’s behalf. In battle, they fought as a team and died together. Arrrrgh! Read the rest here https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/incredible-true-history-gay-pirates-strangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sgstrangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sg

Bay Area Cub
So you think you can Cub? Join us for the Bay Area Cub Contest at the Lone Star Saloon (Bear Bar USA). We welcome all definitions of "cub" and will be celebrating the diversity of our community all afternoon while raising funds for the Alliance Health Project and Project Open Hand. Featuring a beer bust, Bay Area Cub Contest, performance by the Boys of Bearlesque, raffle prizes, jello shots and sexy cubs on Saturday, October 14 at 3 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/116608262383657/?active_tab=about

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. http://www.bawevent.com

Leather bar in Mexico City
Traveling to Mexico? The third largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere should have one and it is Tom's Leather Bar which is in one of Cuidad de Mexico's LGBT parts of town. There are strippers and a back room and the place fills up. Go to http://toms-mexico.com/ to find out more.

Texas Leather and LGBT candidate Jeffrey Payne interviewed by Dallas Voice
By Tammye Nash, Dallas Voice Managing Editor
Jeffrey Payne is a businessman, bar owner, Leather titleholder and now, a gubernatorial candidate. "Texas has been good to me. Texas has been very, very good to me,” Jeffrey Payne said in an interview this week. Now he wants to repay the favor. That’s why, the Dallas businessman said, he is running for governor in 2018. see complete interview here https://www.dallasvoice.com/setting-sights-austin-10242440.html

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

Knight Hawks of Virginia Puppy-Palooza 2
Puppy-Palooza 2, hosted by the Knight Hawks of Virginia and MJ's Tavern will begin at 10 PM on Saturday, October 14. Have you always wondered what it is about? Don't have a clue? Well come out and let the Pups of the Knight Hawks give you some information. Additionally, if you are a pup or a handler and want a safe accepting location, come out and join us for the night. MJ's Tavern, 4019 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504. https://www.facebook.com/khleather/photos/gm.1322857347836522/1917008615224706/?type=3&theater

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

The Formal Fetish Dinner Party in London
The Formal Fetish Dinner Party is unique in the world. Hosted by the founder of Skin Two magazine and owner of KFS TV, it takes place in a fabulous hotel very near Piccadilly Circus. The next dinner is on Sunday, October 8. You can book a hotel room and stay overnight if you wish. Everyone is dressed in their fetish finest - no business suits or cocktail dresses! We serve a three-course dinner and there is a dungeon for play afterwards. This event is restricted to 30 sophisticated couples of any age. Newcomers are welcome - we are friendly people. (No single blokes or Daily Mail readers though. I mean, there is a limit...) We are happy to answer questions and meet for tea and a chat, by all means. https://london.craigslist.co.uk/cas/d/the-formal-fetish-dinner/6302853807.htmldinner/6302853807.html

Leather community working on South Of MArket District in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Eric Pratt

Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa's BDSM scene is poised to become SF's Leather Cultural District
By Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Weekly
Today, SoMa’s Leather scene consists of fewer than half a dozen bars, and although they’re packed on weekends, the neighborhood faces a renewed threat of extinction in the face of displacement. To preserve this vital subculture, activists have chosen a novel strategy: partnering with City Hall to designate a portion of Western SoMa as the San Francisco Leather District. The degenerates are about to be officially sanctioned....“We want Leather businesses to continue to thrive here,” (Supervisor Jane) Kim tells SF Weekly. “We want people to continue to live here. We want it to be a living, breathing district — and that is a lot harder to do than some plaques and street-name changes.” Complete article here http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

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

Douglas O'Keeffe interviews a guest during a recent Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat

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

American Brotherhood Weekend

American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Female Filmmakers Out in Force at Sixth Finnish Film Affair
Variety
As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.... Among the projects that were previously presented at the Finnish Film Affair and went on to have a successful career in festivals are Teemu Nikki’s “Euthanizer,” which is premiering at Toronto, and “Tom of Finland." http://variety.com/2017/film/global/women-filmmakers-out-in-force-at-6th-finnish-film-affair-1202560069/

Why The Leather Community Is Cautiously Optimistic About Fashion’s Fetish Moment
By Mikelle Street, Huffington Post, Queer Voices
Last week, Comme des Garçons teamed up with Vetements on a limited-edition capsule collection of sweaters. Teased on Instagram, the “gay, lesbian, and fetish” range was sold as a Dover Street Market exclusive with the “fetish” design selling out online shortly after launch. The piece, priced at $620, nodded to a very specific community....In 1989 Tony DeBlase, founder of the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago and publisher of Drummer magazine debuted a flag design for the Leather community at the International Mr. Leather competition. Read the rest of this article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leather-community-fashion-fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

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

Circlet Press 25th Anniversary
Help kick off the 25th Anniversary of Circlet Press - your home for sexy aliens, sultry dragons, mystical werebeasts and all manner of dystopias and fantasy worlds! Back this Kickstarter and actually get to choose the stories going into their Best Of... anthology. And THEN, if we can push into stretch goals, establish the publishing schedule for the next line up of books. "Best Erotic SciFi" Anthology. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/circlet-press-25th-anniversary-best-erotic-scifi-a?ref=project_link?ref=project_link

Desert Fetish Authority
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. On September 13 they meet at 7:30 PM, LGBT Center's New Headquarters, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, third floor, next to Denny's in Palm Springs. http://desertfetishauthority.com

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018
Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018 will be hosted by TULSA Leather at the Tulsa Eagle in Tulsa, OK the weekend of October 20-22. Tulsa Eagle. 1338 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120. http://tulsaleather.com/ TULSA is for people interested in uniforms, Leather, Levi, motorcycles and the celebration of our special interests. The association is open to all individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, and is dedicated to educating the community and promoting unity via social and charitable activities.https://www.facebook.com/events/1873758806228361/

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

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

Master Anthony is questioned by emcee Dave Faunce during Mr. SoCal Leather. Anthony heads the Sherman Oaks Munch. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

Sash Bash Weekend in Iowa

Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The 3rd Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/calendar/

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

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Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named

By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ for details.

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Pantheon of Leather

The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held at the Double Tree by Hilton Market Square in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB weekend on Thursday night, August 30. The Woman of the Year was Girl Complex and Man of the Year was Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx). Christopher Edwards was the emcee. To see a list of all Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 recipients go to

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Mufasa Ali is Great Lakes Leather Alliance keynote speaker
By Christina K. Court
Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announced that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker. Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the ONYX National Council, and he is the founder and primary facilitator of the People of Color Leather Caucus seminars at IML and Black Beat, Inc. GLLA 2018 will occur September 6-9 in the same Indianapolis, Indiana host hotel as GLLA 2017. Event registration will open January 1.

http://www.greatlakesleather.org

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LA Leather Pride Kick-off

On Sunday, March 24, the los angeles Leather Pride Kick-off beer bust will be at the Faultline Bar, los angeles starting at 3 PM. The LA Boys of Leather will host the kickoff
LA Leather Pride 2019. The day starts with a contestants' motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC followed by the LA Leather contestants choosing their numbers. There will be a
Leather history display by ONE Archives, pop-up shops and vendor booths.

http://www.laleatherpride.com

 

 

San Diego Leather Pride - Three winners

San Diego Leather Pride returned to the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park the weekend of March 13-17 where a drought ended. For several years there has been no Ms San Diego Leather. That changed when Serafine Sawyer easily compiled a high enough score to be named the winner. Mr. San Diego Leather 2019 is Jody Mitchell and San Diego Bootblack is Pup Rowdy. Prior to the All Club's Night was a Leather Pride Flag Raising in Hillcrest. Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 Doriam Couto and San Diego Bootblack 2018 Shilo Vix gave strong step down speeches and the crowd roared its approval. The emcees were Alotta Boutte from San Francisco and Wayne Dietz.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1120358004791918/

Memorial to Leatherfolk gone by debuted at Southland Honors 2004.

 

16th Annual Southland Honors Awards

By Gus Norris

The 16th Annual Southland Honors Awards will be presented on Saturday March 23 at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries; the host of the first event in 2004. The ONE is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. To support LA Leather Pride, ONE Archives has provided a generous stipend to curate a special exhibit on Leather spaces. This exhibit will premiere during the Southland Honors Awards reception and presentation on March 23 and will run for one month. Tickets are available at

http://lalptickets.com

Twisting Culture - Northeast Person of Leather

Twisting Culture will hold the Northeast Person of Leather 2019 contest at the Playhouse Gallery in Baltimore, MD on March 30. Daddy’s Home! A Big’s View Of Littles will be presented by Mason deRou; Daddy/kitten: Rough Body Play with Claws will be taught by Sir Bradford and Girl Pixie; and Dirty Talk: Finding your Filthy Voice will be presented by Dee. Twisting Culture is an event in support of all adult sex-positive persons regardless of race, gender, or kink preference. Baltimore Playhouse, 3010 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

http://www.twistingculture.com

IMsL and IMsBB - contestants all set

One more month until the International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack contest weekend in San Jose, CA. There are three IMsL and two IMsBB contestants. The IMsBBs are Brooklyn and Gretchen, and the IMsLs are Haley, Heather Kelley and Tuesday Niles. There are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy including Seduction on Thursday night which raw women's energy. Special guests include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.

https://imslbb.org/

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Avatar Club los angeles - Harder play party

Avatar will host one of its hot play parties, Harder, at Sanctuary Studios LAX at 9 PM on Friday night, March 22. This is a men-only play party at the largest private dungeon in LA. Slings, crosses, beds, bondage tables, hot kinky scenes, BDSM sampler room. Multiple rooms. Huge dark room - fulfill one's wildest fantasies. Clothes check, complimentary snack/beverages. Condoms provided - you bring the lube. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.

https://www.avatarla.org/

FLSb-FCBB 2019 One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together

By Bill Hoeppner

Florida LeatherSir/Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack 2019: One Voice One Journey - Stronger Together will be held June 13-16 at the Flamingo Resort St. Pete. Florida LeatherSIR / Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack 2019 has an exciting weekend of events planned. The return of Mama’s Florida Family Reunion Party hosted by Mama Sandy Reinhardt, Unleashed Puppy Party, hosted by Florida Puppy Contest, South Florida Kennel Club, Orlando Pups and Handlers and Pervyology, Contestant and Judges Meet and Greet Party hosted by International LeatherSir, Leatherboy International and Community Bootblack. The Second Annual Fire and Ice Party. Saturday afternoon poolside Leather Teadance and Sunday afternoon Dirty Daddy’s Day Teadance, demos, educational classes, poolside games, live DJ’s, poolside entertainment, on-site vendors, weekend drink specials, late night barbecue, puppy mosh pit, hospitality suite, run pins/T-shirts/mugs, bootblack station, Winner’s Brunch and the 2019 Florida LeatherSIR / Leatherboy Florida Community Bootblack Contest. Flamingo Resort St. Pete. 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711.

http://www.flsb-fcbb.com/

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem

Winter is over and the snow is melting. This is when events perk up on the East Coast and a big one is Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII which will be held April 11-14 in Baltimore, MD at the Eisenhower Inn and Aspire Conference Center. The Mr. Mayhem Leather, and Leather Bear contests are a huge part of Bears, Bikers and Mayhem ad there is plenty more including Thursday pre-party, bowling, Whiskey and Cigars, vendors, cigar party, PanDEMONium, after parties, downtown tour, recovery meeting, Porn Star Bingo, Smell My Pits - Pig, dinner and show, pool party, cuddle room, Bots To Briefs and Sunday Brunch.

https://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com/event/

Centaur MC supports the Leather Archives & Museum

By Gary Wasdin

This year's Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend was another amazing event. The Centaur Motorcycle Club sets the bar high every time, kicking off the new year with a bang. In addition to the fun and celebration, the Centaurs also place a major emphasis on giving back to the community. This year, they gave out $100,000 in support to national and local charities, including a generous gift of $40,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum. This gift provides both operational support for the year, as well as a contribution to the LA&M endowment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. The work we do to preserve our history quite simply would not happen without the Centaurs. The Centaur Motorcycle Club began in May 1970, first founded in Richmond, VA before soon moving its home base to Washington DC where it remains today.

LA Leather Pride - New contest venue

The los angeles Leather Coalition has a new venue for the next Mr., Ms los angeles Leather and Bootblack contest. Come gather with your kinky ‘mishpacha,' as we celebrate Leather traditions in an actual house of worship. LA Leather has a new home! XXPLORE a new and unique setting, the Pico Union Project. Angeles Leather Pride Week will be held March 24-31. As LALP has expanded over the last 20 years as the community has grown to become more inclusive and diverse. Take a look at thee sites as there are significant changes to the normal LA Leather Pride schedule.

http://lalc.info/

https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

CLAW XIX - Kinky Kabaret

CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in liberal Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio, a large and historic American city on the shore of Lake Erie, halfway between New York and Chicago. CLAW has an amazingly long schedule of events - as in way over 200 of them. You will have to make choices every hour. Stay until Monday and enjoy the Kinky Kabaret on Sunday night an original and what Larry and Lulubelle come up with in their highly entertaining 90-minute music and comedy show. It is CLAW’s fantastic finale and is without competition anywhere on Earth.

https://www.clawinfo.org

DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed

DESIRE is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women taking place May 31 to June 3 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. To create a feeling of community and intimacy, DESIRE is kept at around 200 participants, presenters, and staff. Regular registration is $230 until April 7.

https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/

NCSF Guest Blog - Resilience

By Russell J. Stambuagh, PhD, DST, CSSP

“I Can’t Drive 55” - Sammy Hagar. “Anything worth doing is worth over-doing”! An anonymous wag. “So put me on the highway, and show me a sign, And we’ll take it to the limit one more time” -- Glen Frey, Don Henley, and Randy Meisner
“Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads”! -- Emmet Brown Limits, and the Problem of Idealization....Read the rest of Resilience at

https://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/guest-blog-resilience

San Diego Girls of Leather

Join the San Diego Girls of Leather at the Redwing where the food and libations are plentiful on Wednesday, March 27. They invite their members and friends to take over the patio. This is a great opportunity to learn more about SDgoL, meet and get to know SDgoL members, and see what they are up to. Attire is what makes one feel comfortable - they also encourage Leather wear. Light jackets are recommended as the evenings become cooler. Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Redwing, Bar and Grill, 4012 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104.

http://SDgoL.com

SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 PM. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club's monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. They love seeing new faces at the club, and commend newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at SoCA Bondage Club. The cost to attend play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full-dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.

https://www.socabondage.com/home.html

Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next two Ripe Parties are on March 23 and April 27. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.

https://touchechicago.com/

CMEN - West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2019 will be held August 19-28 at a new location in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The move follows the November 2018 Woolsey Fire which devastated the Malibu area including the conference center CMEN called home for the past 20 years. The annual all-nude, all-male gathering has grown to include naturist men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater los angeles area throughout the year.

http://www.cmen.org

Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019

Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal
was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.

https://www.facebook.com/events/264810437559390/

Avatar Club los angeles - Harder

Avatar Club los angeles will present Harder, a men's play party at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday, March 22 at 9 PM. Men only play party at the largest private dungeon in LA. Harder will be the hottest dungeon/play party of the season. Dungeon equipment includes slings, crosses, beds, bondage tables and more; hot kinky scenes, BDSM Sampler room. Multiple rooms for play. Huge dark room. Clothes check, complimentary snack/beverages. Condoms provided - you bring the lube. Sanctuary Studios LAX, 10914 S La Cienega Blvd., los angeles, California 90304.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2288562878056129/

Encuerado Leather Latin Night

Encuerado Leather Latin Night, hosted by Leo Iriarte is held at the Eagle LA on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the next one on Wednesday, March 27 at 9 PM. This month celebrate LA Leather Pride. Join in for a crazy-fun night in gear with famous deejay Rubin Sanchez bringing the most amazing collection of rock en Español and rock pop available in USA. The wild and cachondos Go-Go’s from Panama, Mexico and California will make you sweat. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029.

https://www.facebook.com/events/24700422935119/

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Empire City MC - 2019 Motorcycle Weekend

The Empire City Motorcycle Club will host 2019 Motorcycle Weekend, a motorcycle-only event, May 24-27, Memorial Day Weekend. All-male bikers and buddies. Breakfasts, dinners and shared accommodations are included in the run fee. For more information, including registering immediately so you don't get left out, go to

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ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX is an organization that supports ethnic and racial diversity in the gay Leather community. For over 23 years, the organization has been the bridge between Leather men of color and the broader Leather community. ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the The Village at the Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA. The next two are March 21 and April 18 at 8:30 PM.

http://www.onyxmen.com

DC Eagle owners Ted Clements (left) and Peter Lloyd in 2015. Photo by Ward Morrison

DC Eagle to temporarily close while license is suspended for 7 days

Bar also fined $2,000 due to an altercation between DC Councilmember Vince Gray and a bouncer

By John Riley on March 20, 2019 for Metro Weekly

The DC Eagle, the District’s popular leather bar, will have its license suspended for seven days in response to a physical altercation between one of its employees and a DC councilmember last fall. The decision, handed down by the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, will lead to the suspension of the establishment’s license from Saturday, March 23 to Friday, March 29....

https://www.metroweekly.com/2019/03/dc-eagle-temporarily-close-license-suspended-7-days/

San Francisco - It's time to nominate Leather Marshals

We are already a week in to our nomination period for the 2019 Leather Marshals. You can nominate as many folks as you'd like between now and April 12 as long as they are a resident of the 10 Bay Area counties. Your nomination should include your nominee's E-mail address so they can accept the nomination and you are required to submit a brief description on why you are nominating them. Once the nominee accepts their nomination first round voting will take place on April 13.

http://www.sfleather.org/Nominations.html

CineKink - 16th Annual CineKink NYC

Scheduled for April 3-7, the 16th Annual Kinky Film Festival will feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. CineKink NYC is produced by CineKink NYC. In addition to screenings, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! adult entertainment showdown, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities. A tour is set to take place in the months following the festival, showcasing audience favorites from the NYC selections.

http://www.cinekink.com

Men of ONYX - Blackout XXIV

Californication will be in full effect for Blackout XXIV, the Men of ONYX's bi-annual Leather run that will take place in los angeles, CA from October 10-13 at the Hilton Glendale. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the los angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/awards brunch that will highlight growth, recognize some of our outstanding members, etc. There is no better way to top off your Columbus Day aka Indigenous People’s Day weekend. Yes, you read that correctly. ONYX Southwest is going back to tradition with Blackout XXIV in 2019.

http://www.blackout.onyxmen.com

SECC Leather Weekend and Contest X

SECC Leather Spring Meeting Weekend and Contest X will be produced by the Southeast Conference of Clubs the weekend of March 21-24 at the Parliament Resort of Augusta, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, Georgia 30901. Packages go on sale in January, so stay tuned.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1932035206917599/2021000691354383/

Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night

Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on March 23. Panther L/L business meetings are open to absolutely everyone and start at 7:30 PM. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PantherLL/events/

Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The C meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one is April 13. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as we provide a kink related class each social. I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.

https://www.facebook.com/TampaBayLeatherandKinkSocial/

 

Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 1. The next two are on Friday, May 3 and Friday, July 5. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2135970406646533/

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DomCon LA Offers a Spanking Good Time in May

By Jay Moyes

Spring has come to los angeles. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. And soon, asses will be reddening. DomCon: los angeles, the world’s largest professional and lifestyle domination convention will take charge May 8-12 at the Hilton LAX, 5711 West Century Blvd., los angeles, CA 90045. DomCon opens with seminars and classes on the professional domination side. Then on Thursday evening, May 9, the exposition opens to the kinky public for a weekend of socials, play parties, vendors, classes and workshops, erotics presentations and the Fetish Ball.

http://domconla.com/

Beyond Leather - Over 60 workshops

Save the date May 16-19. Beyond Leather will include 60-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer, advanced education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 18,000 square-feet that powers one's darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt their palate in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Beyond Leather is home to the International Power Exchange Contest. The keynote speaker will be International Power Exchange 2016 Master Talon.

http://www.beyondleather.net/bl

West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference

The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us.

https://thewestcoastjunglegym.com/

Fuk University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, April 6 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304

https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/

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Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that, you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play.

https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

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Mr. Leather64TEN 2019

The Fourth Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest was won by John Williams at the Jackhammer Complex in Chicago March 9. Four men competed for the chance to represent Leather64TEN at International Mr. Leather. John is a member of the Titans of the Midwest. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride.

https://www.leather64ten.com/calendarr

Join the NCSF

Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now?

https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

Desert Fetish Authority - Power Dynamics Group

The Power Dynamics Group is now meeting at 3 PM on the third Sunday of every month with the next being on April 21. Contact us at the link below for location. The Power Dynamics Group is a group of men who are engaged in or have an interest in any connection between men that involves the exchange of obedience for responsibility, as in a Master/slave, Daddy/boy, etc. The purpose of this group is to foster support, connection, understanding and growth by providing a safe accepting environment for like-minded men who feel this draw.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/desertfetish/

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next two are on March 9 and April 13 and classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.

http://www.rmlalliance.com/

LDG Presents - Bawdy Storytelling by Dixie De La Tour

The next SFLDG presentation will be Bawdy Storytelling, hosted by Dixie De La Tour. Since humans first drew on the walls of their caves, human society has since been defined and shaped by stories, that help us share our experiences and make sense of who we are. New technology has continually given us new ways of telling stories, as social media enjoys reminding us every day, but here in the notoriously new tech Bay Area, one of the most successful storytelling forums celebrates one of the oldest forms of storytelling about one of the most primal human instincts: Bawdy Storytelling. on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM. Expect extreme nudity. Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.

http://www.sfldg.org/

ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, April 5 and May 3 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.

http://www.onyxsoutheast.com/

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Dave Rhodes Hump Day - August 16, 2017

 

 Mama's Family at Up Your Alley street fair in San Francisco in late July. Photo by Richtrove Photography

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

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Mama interviewed in San Diego

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt had a full feature article on Mama's Family in Gay San Diego by Ian Morton - Profiles in Advocacy. This is worth reading. http://gay-sd.com/mamas-international-family/

Jeffery Payne for Texas Governor

Dallas Eagle owner Jeffery Payne announced on July 14 that he is running for governor of Texas. Payne has a record of success in the business world and is International Mr. Leather 2009. He is known for his community service as well, founding the Sharon St. Cyr Fund which provides funding for American Sign Langauage certified interpreters for the deaf. This is going to be exciting and to follow the Payne campaign trail go to http://www.jeffrey4texas.com See photo below.

Tom of Finland Art Fair

The Tom of Finland Art Fair will be September 29 - October 1 in los angeles, CA. Check out https://www.yelp.com/biz/tom-of-finland-foundation-los-angeles

Pantheon of Leather Awards

The Pantheon of Leather Awards will be presented on Thursday night, August 31 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack contest weekend, August 31 - September 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX. Check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com

Ritual Fire: A Tribal Bonfire Social

Sunday, September 10, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, at Fiesta Island Park, as Fetish Men San Diego in conjunction with Club X San Diego will host Ritual Fire: A Tribal Bonfire Social. Local kinksters from FMSD and Club X will be performing various feats of Fire Play throughout the night. No tickets sold at the door. https://fetishmensandiego.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-new-kind-of-ritual.html?zx=7625f41a0159466c

Orange County, CA title

Mr. and Ms OCIC Leather and Mr. OCIC Bear contest will be September 8-10 at the Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA.

Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay

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

Palm Springs Leather Pride

Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed. Tom of Finland will have an exhibit and there will be a Saturday afternoon pool party. And oh, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest will be held in the newest hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

T’Hayla Ferguson resigns from HOTFF

T’Hayla Ferguson - I want to thank the members of Heart of the Flag Federation (Toronto, Canada, Leather Pride organization including Mr. Leatherman Toronto) for allowing me to hold the position of President these past several years. I have had such a wonderful time working with our community and with some truly amazing titleholders. Life is presenting me with several new opportunities that are going to take great deal of my time which is why it is time for me to step aside as President of the Heart of the Flag Federation.

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night will celebrate its Ninth Annual charity auction event on Saturday September 30 from 5 PM to midnight inside Voyeur Nightclub in the heart of Philadelphia's Gayborhood. Jo Arnone will once again take the stage with her booming voice as auctioneer. http://www.leatherpridenight.com

Ms LA Leather Scarlett Sin is teaching

On Saturday, August 19, Ms LA Leather Scarlett Sin is teaching The Art of Impact at The Stockroom, 2121 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake, from 12 - 2 PM. The class is designed for all ranges of experience and gives an insightful and in-depth understanding into the numerous elements of impact play. Go to https://www.stockroom.com/everything-else/stockroom-university.html for details.

Mr. los angeles Leather preliminaries

Most of the schedule for the Mr. los angeles Leather preliminaries is known. Mr. CSW is known since the first in the series was held in June. Those with set dates are Mr. Sister Leather produced by the LA House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence September 16 at Eagle LA; Mr. Precinct Leather at the Precinct November 19; Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather at Sanctuary Studios LAX December 8-10; Eagle LA Mr. Leather at Eagle LA January 13-14; Mr. SoCal Leather at Eagle LA January 14; Mr. LA Leather Bear by Bers LA at Eagle LA January 18-21; Mr. Oil Can Harry's at Oil Can Harry's January 26-28; Mr. Bullet Leather at the Bullet Bar, February 2-4; and Mr. Regiment Leather by the Regiment of the Black and Tans at Eagle LA February 16-18.

Leather History Preservation

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org and make your plans.

Butchmanns board

A change of leadership took place at the June Annual General Meeting of the Butchmanns board. After nine years as Chair, Thay Z (aka Master Z) asked to step down from the office. Ches Clark was elected to chair the board for a three-year term. Wayne Brawner and slave bonnie were reelected to two-year terms as Vice Chair and Secretary respectively. Thay Z remains on the board as treasurer, an appointed position. slave tina is currently serving as Executive Director of the Southwest Leather Conference. Master Bob Blount, slave Angie, Ms Kendra, slave kirk thomas and Patrick Mulcahey affirmed their board membership for another year. http://www.butchmanns.com

Butchmanns Experience

The next Butchmanns Experience weekend will be a pansexual event in Phoenix, AZ, October 20-22. http://www.butchmanns-experience.org

 

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Dallas Eagle owner and International Mr. Leather 2009 Jeffrey Payne launched his bid to become the Governor of Texas.

 

 

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Ralph Bruneau - You have been an amazing IML. LA and Avatar are proud of you as should all of the naturists be.

Lenny Broberg - I hear you are retiring, not confirmed. You have done the SFPD and police overall, proud. Thank you for all you have done. Palm Springs next. Hope you find the largest and best house of your liking.

Tim Brough and Joel - Maybe dinner together during one of Palm Springs' special events - or come to LA. We have great delis.

Jaco Lourens - A one-way ticket to Southern California.

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