Welcome to The Leather Journal's annual IMBB and IML Contestants Preview
We have all four of the Bootblacks and 63 of 69 IML contestants
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IMsL and IMsBB winners
International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice and your new International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen Wellman 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.
International Mr. Leather 2019 is Jack Thompson from Baltimore, MD, first runner-up is Jawn Marques from San Francisco, CA and second runner-up is Fionn Scott from Dublin, Ireland; International Mr. Bootblack is Kriszly de Hond from Zaandam Noord, Holland, first runner-up is Geoff Millard from Baltimore, MD and second runner-up is Sparkie from Waukesha, WI. The two contests were held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27 with the Congress Plaza Hotel playing host.
Jack Thompson is the first Transgender POC to win IML title. This is the first time black men have won consecutive IML titles. Thompson is the fifth black man to become IML with Ron Moore being the first in 1984, D Cannon in 1991, Ramien Pierre in 2014 and James Lee in 2018. Five black men made the top 20. Thompson's ONYX club brothers from across the nation were in the orchestra area after the contest loudly and proudly cheering "We are - ON-YX, We are - ON-YX." While everyone had their different favorites, Thompson seemed to be accepted right away by everyone.
IML Jack Thompson and IMBB first runner-up Geoff Millard are married and as far as we know, this is a first for IML IMBB.
International Mr. Leather Top 20 Finalists
(Listed by contestant numbers, not in order of placement.)
Mr. Atlas Leather 2019 Colin Marcus Jackson
Mr. Ramrod 2018 Elimination
Mr. New Jersey Leather 2019 Lynx
Mr. Leather Belgium 2018 Bart
Mr. Friendly SF 2019 Amp Somers
Mr. CMen Leather 2018 James Stewart
Mr. Leather Spain 2018 Joseph Rider
Mister Leather Berlin 2018 Jens Walker
Laird Leatherman 2017 James Addinsal
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 Jawn Marques
Mr. Leather Ireland 2019 Fionn Scott
Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2018 Greg Jones
Leatherman of Color 2019 Jack Thompson
Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2019 Emerson Aniceto
Mr. Michigan Leather 2019 Will Baker
Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2019 Elliot Musgrave
Mr. Leather Venezuela 2018 Gaspare
Mister Fetish Spain 2018 Emerson Prieto
Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber Onyx
Mister Leather Europe 2019 Everett Leerson
The International Mr. Bootblack judges were Lucky Rebel, Joyce Berger and International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen; tally masters (they covered both contests) Vidhra Alexander and Zach Bellman; the International Mr. Leather judges were International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Leather Daddy Ian Allan, John Ponce, David Katzenberg, Daddy Faye Foltz, Thay Master Z, Preston So, Don Leach and Todd White. The IMBB contestants gave speeches this year.
International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson
Leatherman of Color 2019 Jack “Exile ONYX” Thompson
Bio as submitted to The Leather Journal by him - Jack Thompson has been active in the Leather and kink scene of San Francisco, CA for 15 years, but has recently moved to Baltimore, MD. He is one of the founding fathers of ONYX Northwest and a current member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic. He was Mr. May 2018 for the Bare Chest Calendar. Secretary of the Bay Area's all-gender inclusive Leather club, Queer Sphere. Did stage management for many shows in the Bay Area, including The Playground stage at Folsom Street Fair. An 11-year drag performer/producer with the Rebel Kings of Oakland drag troupe and now running The Rebel Kings of Baltimore troupe and is a consistent companion/service wolf to his husband Geoff.
International Mr. Bootblack 2019 Kriszly de Hond
Bio as submitted to The Leather Journal by him - Being a loyal service dog to his Sir and the European kink community, Kriszly's favorite service to offer is boot-blacking. Kriszly has always been a person who has found connecting with people through touch comes much easier and naturally than through talk - whether it be a handshake, a pat on the shoulder or... bootblacking. Looking into his client's eyes while Kriszly works on their boots and seeing them grow in their (sexual) confidence is electrifying...!
The International Mr. Bootblack contestants gave speeches this year, a first for this competition. Bootblacks shined boots on the second floor near the escalators to the Leather Market.
The four contestants selected Kriszly de Hond to receive the Bootblack Brotherhood Award.
Meet International Mr. Leather 2019
By Rodney Burger
It is always interesting to sit down with leather titleholders and hear the story of the life experiences that brought them to the point of being selected to represent their community. I have been fortunate to have that opportunity many times. No leather journey I’ve heard is more complicated then that of Jack Thompson (Exile ONYX) who in December at the DC Eagle was sashed Leatherman of Color 2019 and after my interview went on to Chicago and was selected International Mr. Leather 2019.
Recently Jack was kind enough to meet me at my office, or as some people call it Leon’s, to share with me the story of his life. It was an evening that I will not soon forget.
Born in Berkeley, California, Jack was always kinky. At age five he was already into puppy or wolf play and made his family call him “Fang” and treat him like a wolf. He enjoyed it when friends would lead him around with a leash. He did not have excess to the internet, so he was unaware that puppy play was even a thing.
Although now a proud transman, he came out as a lesbian in middle school. Although his mother was not 100-percent sold on the idea, his parents were supportive of the fact that their girl liked girls. For Jack there was still something not quite right. He was still not happy. In high school he met someone who was trans. He was curious but unfortunately the first time he looked up “transgender,” the we directed him to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In his sophomore year of high school, he was interviewed for a newspaper article about the murder of a transgender person in the community. The writer identified him as being trans. This resulted in him be called into the principal’s office. Since he was not 18, there was not much he could do about his situation. When he sought help for being transgender, all he found were counselors who wanted to fix him and talk him out it. Thankfully his high school had a gay / straight alliance which provided a safe space. He came out to his family as transgender. Jacks says it was like coming out again.
With hormone shots priced at $200 apiece, he was grateful when he found a trans health clinic in San Francisco that was a non-profit and had a pay what you can policy. (It his case he couldn’t afford to pay anything and that was okay.) He began to become his true self.
In San Francisco he also found himself working at the icon Mr. S Leathers store. Jack quickly explained that he did not just work as a salesclerk, but he worked in production. All the leather goods at Mr. S are produced in-house. He worked there for two years and the staff really taught him everything. Filled with my fantasies fueled by pictures in the Mr. S Leathers catalog and by a porn video I once saw of a salesclerk helping a young man try on a straitjacket, I asked Jack if he had any erotic stores to tell. He said, “It is less sexy when you work there.” He enjoyed working at Mr. S and commented that If he ever moved back to San Francisco, he would be happy to return to work there.
In July of 2018 Jack and his husband Geoff Millard, California State Bootblack 2018 / Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, moved to Baltimore where they live in a beautiful house in the Hamilton part of town. On a visit to Baltimore, they discovered how affordable the city is compared to the high cost of living in San Francisco. Jack added that, “Baltimore has a slower pace and I don’t have to bust my ass to be able to afford things.” He also likes that Baltimore is conveniently located between Washington and Philadelphia. Jack met Geoff at an ex-girlfriend’s birthday party. At that time, he did not date men, but he and Geoff soon became close friends and after a year started to “experiment.” Jack’s sexuality defies labels and he didn’t tell his family about Geoff for two years. He laughed and added: “How many times do I have to come out to my parents?"
I asked him what inspired him to run for the Leatherman of Color title. As a member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic, he knew that he wanted to step up and run for something. This title just felt right. He is looking forward to taking the title to Chicago in May and competing in the International Mr. Leather Contest, but currently has a problem. Although the IML contest allows contestants to be transgender, identifying documents must list the contestant’s sex as male. Jack is working on resolving that problem and stated that should he win IML, that would be the first thing he would fight to change. He is planning an IML send-off fundraiser on May 3rd at the DC Eagle and hopes to also have a fundraiser at the soon to reopen Baltimore Eagle where he will also be working. As an eleven-year member of the Rebel Kings of Oakland troupe, he is currently involved with the Rebel Kings of Baltimore who have a show every second Wednesday of the month at the Clifton Pleasure Club located at 2803 Grindon Avenue in Baltimore. (The next show is March 13th).
Leatherman of Color is a national title that started in Chicago. Jack hopes to help recruit many more contestants for the 2020 contest and hopes to encourage all the chapters of ONYX to send a representative. “In the LGBT community representation matters!” It has been a complicated journey for Jack Thompson, but it is clear to see the great pride that he has in having been selected as Leatherman of Color 2019. I’m excited to see where his journey will take him and cannot be happier that if only for one evening, I was given the opportunity to join him for the ride.
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Jack Thompson's speech
Contestant #51 Jack Thompson delivered a home-run speech to the cheering audience of about 1,300 Leatherfolk and kinksters on Sunday night, May 26. Sharply dressed with an adorable furry tail dangling behind him, he answered those who questioned him throughout his life, ending with, "...I promise you, I am more than enough." Here it is
Joey McDonald's Opening Speech
Here is the link to the full opening address given by Joey McDonald on stage at the beginning of the International Mr. Leather 2019 contest on Sunday night, May 26 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL.
"Welcome to Chicago and to the 41st Annual International Mr. Leather Competition and 27th Annual International Mr. Bootblack competition.
I hope that you are enjoying all the things that IML/IMBB weekend and our fair city offers. I want to give a special shout out to the IML Executive Staff - Bill Stadt, Roger Scheid and Tom Greenleaf for their hard work and dedication in planning the weekend, for the department head..."
It only took a day for Transphobia to strike
Transphobia struck only a couple days after IML 2019 Jack Thompson was sashed when then Southeast Conference of Clubs president Craig MrCode posted on Facebook a statement suggesting the selection of Thompson was "politically motivated. An immediate and overwhelming response from the Leather community saw Craig MrCode stripped of his presidency within a day of his post. Full story at
Contestants drew numbers on Thursday night during the Opening Ceremonies at VenueSIX10 which was a short one-block walk from the Congress Plaza Hotel. Thib Guicherd Callin was back as the emcee. He and the IML team ran Saturday and Sunday night to maximum efficiency, ending within a minute or two of the scheduled time. The ASL interpreters were Kirk Hamlin and Greg Haretos. Flashback on Friday night at VenueSIUX10 included IML 2018 James Lee and IMBB 2019 Lucky Rebel sharing what there concluding title year was like. This was roast-light as friends told stories about the two.
The IML production team surprised International Mr. Leather 1994 and contestant coordinator Jeff Tucker with a short video clip recognizing his dedication to IML and hard work. This generated a rousing ovation, one of many during the night.
The weather was a mixed bag with rain, then balmy days and nights followed by rain and tornadoes in the area. This did not dampen the spirits of the approximate 16,000 who attended or worked in the IML weekend.
There were the usual huge parties such as the Victory Party at the House of Blues, the closing Black and Blue Ball on Sunday night, ONYX Dance - APEX at The Bottom Lounge on Saturday night.
The Leather Market saw big crowds, but seemingly smaller than in recent years. Many vendors, who reported slower sales than in recent years expressed their belief that a wristband-wearing Access Pass policy scared some away from the weekend, thus hurting sales. In order to be in the Congress Plaza Hotel, one had to purchase a wrist band. The regulars had them with their rooms, but locals balked at paying $15 for one day or $45 for the weekend.
The Leather Archives and Museum had a room on the first floor where they had an IML 2019 flag for people to sign. Up in Rogers Park, or Leatherville, the Leather Archives was open for viewing. A block away, Touche'. Leather64TEN and Jackhammer were swamped all weekend. These businesses sponsored a bus, the Northside Leather Express, to bring people to and from the area.
The Chicago Hellfire Club was busy with a booth in the Leather Market, three days of play parties at their clubhouse and a huge cocktail party at the Congress Plaza Hotel. The Titans of the Midwest hosted a Seminar/Social, BLUF had a Social and a formal dinner.
The Titans of the Midwest presented several classes through their Kink U.
Centaur MC had their party where they presented a check in the amount of $40,000 to Gary Wasdin for the Leather Archives and Museum.
Friday included Puppy Yoga, Off Leash - The Pup and Handler Romp, and Spitshine - The Bootblack Party. The Chicago Rubbermen and Mr. International Rubber hosted the rubber Cocktail Social.
One of the big things about IML is the food in Chicago. The Congress is known for not being the best eatery in the Windy City, but nearby are plenty of the best ranging from high-end diner Miller's Pub and daytime Cafe Luna, to Russian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Soul, Tibetan, Halal cuisine and several doughnut and fast food places. No one should have starved.
In case no one caught it. International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2020 will be hosted by the Congress Plaza Hotel. With the Auditorium Theatre and VenueSIX10 within walking distance it makes sense.
See 63 0f the 68 IML 23019 and all four of the IMBB 2019 contestants and their bios here:
Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend
It was another Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend in Indianapolis, IN, September 6-9 where upwards of 750 Leatherfolk gathered. The weekend had several contests and included many workshops, play parties, socials, meals, auctions and a lot of good old fun. Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2018 Ms B Raven, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2019 Sir James, Great Lakes Leatherboy 2019 boy mischief, Great Lakes Master/slave 2018 Master David and slave heather, Great Lakes Power Exchange 2017/2018 Mistress Elliot, Anders and Hagen. Cover photo is of Mufasa Ali delivering his keynote speech.
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Scene from Southwest Leather Conference 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Southwest Leather Conference - Take the Plunge
Southwest Leather Conference 2018 - Take the Plunge will highlight the annual Southwest Master/slave Contest and Southwest Bootblack Contest in gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest Leather Conference also includes Dance of Souls hook pull ceremony, keynote brunch, play parties, a large number of classes and workshops, Leather Tribe Revival and other socials. http://www.southwestleather.org/content/registration NOLA Leather to Geaux 2018 March 16 - 18, 2018 hosted by NOLA Leather to Geaux March 16-18 at 6 PM at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117-8535.
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.
Groundbreaking at Eagle Plaza in San Francisco
Race Bannon of San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter recorded the Leather Plaza Groundbreaking at Harrison and Bernice Streets in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 18. This is the first plaza or park officially dedicated to the Leather community by any city in the world. San Francisco Mayor London Breed spoke, noting there was an original $200,000 budgeted and that California, through State Senator Scott Wiener, allotted $100,000 toward the project and that San Francisco is funding, the additional $50,0000 needed. There were ceremonial shovels, short speeches, and light refreshments. More info about Eagle Plaza can be found at
Live Groundbreaking ceremony
Leather at Long Beach Pride
By Eric Crow, Photos by Pup Icarus, XXX and XXX
Leather was visible at Long Beach Pride the weekend of May 18-19. About 50 Leatherfolk and kinksters marched in the parade on Sunday morning and a good number attended the Leather tent on Saturday and Sunday with New Horizons For Fifty/The Titleholder Club, Barking Billiards, ONYX, Avatar Club los angeles, LA Pup, Cellblock 13 and Nasty Kink Pigs hosting booths. The pups from Barking Billiards dropped by the New Horizons For Fifty/Titleholder Club booth to re-envision the famous "Dogs Playing Poker" painting. These friendly, frisky pups were all too happy to play along, and their good-natured, light-hearted take on this classic image caused many to...paws...and see who would win the hand. (We all did.) PIGS (Perverted Interracial Leather Guys hosted a beer bust at Eagle 562 following the parade and the bar was filed to capacity.
(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association - International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.
The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:
Super Tight: A Fetish For Restraint by Claire Rudy Foster which appeared April 20, 2017 on TheRumpus.net
A Defense of Erotic by Jeff Mann which appeared as the introduction to his book Consent which was released April 28 , 2017 by Lethe Press
California Dreamin: West Coast Directors and the Golden Age of Forbidden Gay Movie by Jack Fritscher which was released in the U.S. in early 2017 after originally being published by Editions Mustache in the U.K. December 14, 2016
The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:
The Big Workbook For Submissives by Rebecca Blanton (Auntie Vice Productions)
Better Bondage For Every Body by Evie Vane (Wanton Press)
Gay Pioneers: How Drummer Magazine Shaped Gay Popular Culture 1965-1999 by Jack Fritscher (Palm Drive Publishing)
The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:
The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt (self published)
Insatiable by Jeff Mann (Lethe Press)
The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:
Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink by D.L. King (Cleis Press)
The finalists for the John Preston Short Story Award are:
Winter Fantasia Captive Club by Jeff Mann which appeared on Great Jones Street reading app
The Artist by Daniel Erickson (self-published)
Sand Trap by L.M. Somerton (Pride Publishing)
Falling Action by Kiki DeLovely from the anthology His Aura: A Collection of Transmasculine Erotica ed. Shaun J. Phree (Phreedom Publishing)
Pygmalion by J. Belle from the anthology Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink ed. D.L. King (Cleis Press)
The Brute and The Brat by Sinclair Sexsmith (Maverick Press)
The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association – International’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held October 21 in Reno, NV in conjunctions with NLA - Northern Nevada’s event, Revelry. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.
The American Brotherhood Family photographed by Brian Mincey outside the Leather Archives
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 11, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night workerbees by Corey Brent
Philadelphia Leather Pride grows by 25 percent
By Cowboi Jen
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night along with staff, volunteers, emcee's Jim and Arne Granell-Bennett and auctioneer Jo Arnone donated $6,400 to charities. PLPN, with 160 attendees, took place September 30 at Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia, PA with a new format mixing the live auction with a throw back Leather party hosted by Ms Philadelphia Leather 2017 Heather Raquel and Ms NJ Leather 2017 Velvet Storm. The night started off with An Intimate Conversation with Sir Guy from New York City then onto the live charity auction with items ranging from jock straps, art work, clothes, toys, nights at a local BDSM B&B, and our big seller Zebriannas Crack Brownies. ASL Interpreters Kevin Lowerly and former Ms World Leather Michelle Jackson helped ensure Philadelphia Leather Pride Night is inclusive. Off-the-body auctions with Heather Raquel and 2017 Philadelphia Fetish Z Black Onyx were sponsored by Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium and were a huge hit along with go go dancers including Mr. NYC Eagle John John, raising money for their chosen charity of GALAE . Other charity partners were the Leather Archives and Museum, Philadelphia Aids Thrift and By The Grace of George. Next year will be Philadelphia Leather Pride Night's 10th Anniversary. http://www.plpn.org
Racism rears its ugly head in Leather community
We have received reports of a racist attack upon one past African American titleholder at a bar in Chicago the first full weekend of October. Social medaia was abuzz about it with no names given. The titleholder was called a "flying monkey" and was told that he did not fit the image of what Tom of Finland and Chuck Renslow had in mind when they formed IML. (Not sure Tom of Finland had input.) The best reaction to this most recent act of racism was a Facebook post by Joey Arteaga of Chicago. We publish this link stating it is the opinion of Joey Arteaga and not necessarily of The Leather Journal, but do know that we abhor racism and a lot of other isms out there. https://www.facebook.com/joee.arteaga?fref=ufi Note: There have been three black IMLs over the years and they are 1984 Ron Moore, 1991 Dee Canon and 2014 Ramien Pierre. What was the Martin Luther King thing about judging (one) by their character and not by the color of their skin? I knew Chuck Renslow and he never was guilty of racial discrimination. There should be no safe harbor for racism in the Leather community.
Tom of Finland Movie Night
By Anthony Lindsay
The big Tom of Finland Movie Night is still happening, but in a different location, due to a confusion that has been cleared up. The new location is Landmark's Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, right underneath the Kensington sign, at the junction of Highway 15 and Adams Avenue in Kensington.
Santa Clara County Leather Week XX
Santa Clara County Leather Week 2017 - Looking Beyond, hosted by the Santa Clara County Leather Association, is all set to go the weekend of October 29 - November 5 in San Jose, CA. Highlights include the Mr. and Ms Santa Clara County Leather 2018 contest, interview with Rich Stadtmiller, silent auction, Recovery party and barbecue and kinky karaoke. https://www.facebook.com/SCCLeather/
American Leatherwoman 2017 Jackie Thompson and American Leatherman 2017 Rod McCoy. Photo by Brian Mincey
American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders
By Sarah Sloane
The American Leatherman 2017 title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ONYX. Joining Rod as the American Leatherwoman 2017 is Jackie Thompson, who also resides in Maryland. Jackie also held the title of Ms Capital Pride Leather 2009, and is a member of Highwaymen TNT. Joining Rod on the American Leatherman podium were BJAPRIES as first runner-up and Rob “Papa Bear” Anderson as second runner-up. They were joined in competition by Daddy Don and Shannon O’Feral. Jackie ran unopposed for the title of American Leatherwoman. The judging panel included bella, Bobbie Smith, David Katzenberg, Jeff Willoughby, and Laura Antoniou. Additionally, the 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend title family of Doug Kuhn, Steph Sanders, and Steven Carlisle participated in the contest judging. The event was held at Touche’ and at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL. The emcee was Karen Ultra. Entertainment was provided by Diamond Richards Devereaux Yaki, Empress 12 of the Windy City Empire. Full story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1961 For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com
Iowa Leather Weekend
Iowa Leather Weekend is upon us and will be held October 13-15 in Des Moines, IA. The Comfort Inn is the host hotel and the Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather contest will be at The Garden Nightclub on Saturday night. The Iowa Leather Weekend emcee will be International Leatherboy 2011 Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson. Want more? Go to http://www.iowaleatherweekend.com
Everyone safe at DomCon: New Orleans
Mistress Cyan, coproducer of DomCon: los angeles told The Leather Journal by phone that everyone was safe at DomCon: New Orleans and that Hurricane Nate barely hit The Big Easy. It did "dramatically effect attendance" as people in the region applied "better safe than sorry" and stayed home. Cyan also noted that a 7 PM curfew on the night the storm hit was lifted at about 7:30 PM as it became clear that the Category One storm was hitting eastern Louisiana and Mississippi. The French quarter is in higher elevation and is thus less susceptible to flooding. More details on DomCon: New Orleans are available at http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com As of Tuesday morning, October 10, the site had nothing about the hurricane.
Robb Meese, January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017
By Race Bannon
Robb Meese (January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017), a much beloved member of the Leather world, recently passed away unexpectedly at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He leaves behind his beloved partner, Alec Braithwaite, also a Leatherman, as well as a Leather family including Race Bannon, Doc Duhon and others who considered themselves part of his intimate Leather life. His non-Leather circle of friends was also vast and they always supported and honored Robb's Leather interests and passion. Robb loved Leather and everything about it. The sheer joy it brought him was infectious if you were in his presence. Robb's humor, good nature and kind heart were legendary. A memorial celebration of Robb's life will be held Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 PM at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101. If you wish to honor Robb with a donation, his favorite non-profit was Golden Rainbow for which Robb donated countless hours of volunteer effort. http://www.goldenrainbow.org
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. A list of workshops and demos: The Razor Strop with Sir Ross, Making Your Own Paddles with Joe S., Single Tails with Mike Harris, Flogging with Master Simon, Roleplaying with Redbear Randy, Using Hotwax with Paddles and Floggers with Master Simon, Electrifying Your Sub with Master Simon, Spanking Safety with Mr. Brian, and Hand Spanking with Mekado. http://www.bawevent.com
ONYX adds three chapters
Mufasa Ali let us know the ONYX National Council officially welcomed to the ONYX brotherhood three new chapters. They are ONYX NorCal/NW, ONYX Lone Star/TX and ONYX Deep South/S Florida-Carribean. 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. Support, spirituality, safety and saneness are keys to attaining our goals. Toward this end, it is the principle aim of ONYX to develop in its members the highest standards of loyalty to the laws and established code of ONYX and to treat all in society with honor, unselfishness and tolerance.For more on ONYX visit http://www.onyxmen.com/
Rainbow Flag unveiled at Stonewall National Monument
By Scott Gorenstein
The Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wednesday, October 11 at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, thanks to the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home. This historic event marks the first time that the LGBT flag waves over federally-funded land, under the permanent stewardship of the National Park Service. Stonewall National Monument is located in Christopher Street Park in New York's Greenwich Village. The park is on the corner of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue South. The event was emceed by Gay USA television co-host Ann Northrop. October 11 marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian Gay Rights--when the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt was unfurled on the National Mall. The date also marks the annual National Coming Out Day, a day celebrating the idea that all members of the LGBTQ community should be able to live their lives openly, honestly, and with pride.
SF BASiL Mocktail Party Fundraiser
SF BASiL (San Francisco Bay Area Sober in Leather ) Mocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM at 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. Hosts are Ms San Francisco Leather 2017 Azalea Rose, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, Mr. Sober Leather 2017 Al Rahm, Ms Sober Leather 2016/17 Rio Spooner and Sober Kinkster 2016/17 Sailor. With performances by Kochina Rude, Sue Veneer, Sheba Queen of the Night, international burlesque star Kitten De Ville with DJ beats by La Mano. Plus a special surprise performance. $10 - $25 sliding scale. Silent auction craft mocktails. https://www.facebook.com/events/155574088362733/?active_tab=aboutactive_tab=about
Mister International Rubber XXI judges
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. The judging panel will be Amp Somers, Bob Firth-Tessier, Preston "wex" So. Israel Wright, Richard "Trooper" Long, Rubber Chris and Tyger Yoshi. https://mirubber.com/
Elton John AIDS Foundation announces bold new Funding Initiatives To Combat HIV Epidemics in the U.S. and in Eastern Europe/Central Asia
On October 10, The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C. In the U.S., EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of experience and support in fighting AIDS in these communities. In Eastern Europe, EJAF will launch the Key Populations Fund for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA KP Fund), focused on prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for individuals most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic in the region: people who use drugs, sex workers, and gay and bisexual men in the region. The U.S. program will reach an anticipated 5,000 HIV-positive Black gay men and transgender individuals to learn about their HIV status and get linked to health care, social services and treatment. Another estimated 10,000 will receive HIV prevention services including access to PrEP. Find out more at http://www.ejaf.org/
South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town
South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town, hosted by Master Travel Gay Tours, will run from December 7-17. This scenic 10-day trip through South Africa's spectacular Eastern and Western Cape Provinces including a four-star Game Reserve. The diverse countryside that makes up the Western Cape includes the lush Garden Route region, the Elephant Sanctuary, the arid Little Karoo region with the Cango Caves and Ostrich farm, the Winelands and South Africa's indigenous wildlife and culture. The natural beauty in and around Cape Town is breathtaking, and after exploring that, including a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, the trip wraps up with a rather spectacular celebration of gay life in South Africa with the Mother City Queer Project. https://www.mastertnt.com/south-africa-tour-2017
Mates Leather Weekend
By Scott Erickson
525 Leatherfolk were on hand for the 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 28 - October 2 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $5,780 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, an all-time record. The 2017 First Mate Contest was won by Tom Giuliana of Boston on Saturday, September 30 with Russell Sweeney, First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 as emcee. The judges were Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016 Jeph and Kevin Barry, Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016, Jonathan Kharfen and Jay Menick, Tom Giuliana of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2017. The recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Awards are David Cunningham, Patrick Lamerson and Nelson Martinez. Check out http://www.MatesLeatherWeekend.com for details.
Glow Me: Sugar Skull
Glow Me: Sugar Skull is on Saturday October 21 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. It is a Halloween-themed blacklight neon body paint and costume party with DJ Brian Novy and Go Go Ghoul Matt Tonsick. This party will be enhanced using chromadepth 3D technology and part of the proceeds goes to the Youth Center On Highland for homeless LGBT Youth. Wear regular or neon black-light sensitive costumes, enjoy getting glow painted by a professional make up artist, and enjoy this gay dead man's party, oh don’t forget to leave your body and soul at the door! A Skullbit Creative Production. $6 Cover. High attendance predicted. Arrive early to avoid lines. https://www.facebook.com/events/1514227428697825/?ti=icl#halloween #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D
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
Jeffrey Erdman bearing his Best Of Show Award at the 2016 Chili Cook-off. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Black and Tans LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off
LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off will be hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans and Eagle LA on Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM. Contestants make their own and a door cover of $6 gets one vote for a favorite. Prizes will be awarded in several categories in the early evening. Not to be missed. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more go to http://blackandtans.org or see their page on Facebook.
Sin in the City 2018
Sin in the City 2018 - Lead us into Temptation will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of February 2-4 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 70 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. The Sunday brunch keynote speaker will be International Ms Leather 2014 Patty. Among the hospitality suite party hosts will be Las Vegas Bootblacks, Red Dragons High Desert, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and Recovery in the Lifestyle. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com/
Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third 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/
Mr. Eagle NYC Leather Joseph Macchia. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert
Joseph Macchia Named Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
On October 7, at the Eagle NYC bar in Chelsea, Joseph Macchia was selected by a panel of five judges to be Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018, besting five other contenders. Macchia, 44, is well known in the cabaret world, as a booker of talent, and is a cancer survivor. In his speech to the crowd assembled at the Eagle, Macchia talked of his growth in the Leather community and achieving confidence, since his earlier try for the title, and also spoke about his work with children with AIDS and HIV. The first and second runners-up were Johnny Quesada and Dwayne Townsend. Other contestants were Mike Chapman, Damien Basile, and Dax Volpe. Vern Stewart coordinated the contest, Mr. Eagle NYC 2004 Brian Kent emceed. Judges were Mr. Eagle NYC 2017 John-John Punki, Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Kevin Clanton, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 George Peet, Mr. Maryland Drummer 2001 Rodney Lee Burger, and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2001, Bruce-Michael Gelbert. The evening began with Ted Hayes singing the Star Spangled Banner a cappella.
Empire City Motorcycle Club
Oneida Campground and Lodge hosted another great Uniform Weekend / Black and Blue Party Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 according to Empire City Motorcycle Club's newsletter, Rumblings. Empire MC holds their annual motorcycle christening and bike blessing at Ty's on Christopher Street in New York City which is turning 45 and celebrating in a big way on Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM. http://empirecitymc.com/newsletter/2017-10-06%20ECMC%20Rumblings.pdf
los angeles Boys of Leather HELL BOY!
Are you ready for a Friday the 13th party like none other? Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! This will be a creep-tastic event to kick of your Halloween Season. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the AMAZING Ursula Major and the FREAKSIHLY PHENOMINAL Annie Chryst. Raffle Prizes! Bloody Jello shots. Hot Men and Sexy women! Only at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. $7 at the door. With your admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. Friday, October 13 at 9 PM, Bullet Bar. 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater
Avatar butt painting contest in 2016. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Avatar Skulls and Skin
Avatar Club los angeles will hold Skulls and Skin, a kinky Halloween Bash at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Sunday afternoon, October 22. The main attraction will be the annual butt painting contest which earns a $100 prize for its winner. $5 cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla
Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration informed us that the Northwest Master/slave Contest and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. Note that this is two weeks earlier and those who want to attend Northwest Leather Celebration and DomCon: los angeles can do so. The NWLC Education Program will include over 50 classes. http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com
David Stein passes
Only moments before posting today's Hump Day we were informed of the passing of noted author and writer David Stein from New York. He received a Pantheon of Leather Award several years ago, was a member of GMS/MA and was a major volunteer for New York's Leather Pride Night. Stein coined the phrase, "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" in reference to BDSM and kinky sex. More about David Stein can be found at http://boybear.us/index.html#links
Photo - Smokeout in April
Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel the weekend of April 4-8. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.
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/
Saratoga Springs safe
Santa Ana winds have winged devastating wildfires all over California with cities north of San Francisco bearing the brunt. Over 2,000 structures were reported to have been destroyed and the resort known as Saratoga Springs is not one of them. Several Leather/kink/BDSM events such as The 15 Association's Bootcamp and Gear Up Weekend as well as nudist groups and others hold annual weekend events there. We have had reports of Leatherfolk and kinksters being displaced or forced to evacuate. Anna from Saratoga Springs said on Wednesday afternoon, "All remains well in our little valley at this time, just smoky and hazy. Again, many thanks for those checking in on us. The fire that is most relevant to Saratoga and that we are keeping a close watch on is now known as the 'Mendocino Lake Complex Fire' (formerly the Redwood Complex Fire) and incorporates the Redwood Valley and Potter Valley fires." For current fire information near the resort go to https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaSpringsRetreatCenter and/or https://www.saratogasprings.com/
IMsL and IMsBB XX
The International Ms Bootblack contest will celebrate a major milestone with its 20th Anniversary the weekend of April 19-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA. For the largest gathering of Leatherwomen and the people who love them. International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack contests, classes, Seduction, pool party, hospitality suite parties and Sunday keynote brunch create memories and friendships to last a lifetime, check out https://imslbb.org for more. And, oh yes, In received the Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year in 2017.
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. Among the long list of presenters are Mistress Cyan, Cowboi Jen, Bo Blaze, CC, Feyrie, Jo Arnone, Foxglove Lady and Nightshade, Dan and Dawn, Tony The Grey and Triskelan. And more are being added. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html
New antibody attacks 99-perecent of HIV strains
According to the BBC, Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99-percent of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International AIDS Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough." Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection. Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance. These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season. So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV. Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41351159
Las Vegas Rope Social
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 are a myriad 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/
Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather
October 20-22 are the dates for the Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather contest to be held at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ. The weekend will include, a Friday opening reception honoring 15 years of Ms NJ Leather, the Annual Uniform/Gear meet and greet, Jersey Kollege of Kink sessions, Saturday eye openers, Recovery in the Lifestyle meetings, a pup mosh, cigar party hosted by TEAM Mid Atlantic DNA, the 18th Annual Contest, victory brunch and Sinner Sunday. As always, there will be a variety of vendors and an amazing team of Bootblacks. The Mr/Ms NJ Leather contest doors open at 6 PM on Saturday October 21. The host hotel, The Empress, is offering a special room rate; please call them directly at (732) 774-0100. View their post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/119823588645234/?active_tab=about
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San Diego Leather Pride 2019
By Doriam Couto
Get out your gear, flag your fetish, and Find Your Tribe at SDLP. We return March 13-17 at the Worldbeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Tiger's Pictionary kicks off the weekend by welcoming the contestants for the Mr. and Ms. San Diego Leather and Bootblack contests. San Diego Leather Pride week will be loaded with workshops, events, socials, and more.
ONYX Northwest - Pledge Master's Rules
Join ONYX Northwest as they kick their our pledge drive with kinky fun and sexy men Bay Area Men of Color. Witness the full circle journey of ONYX Northwest's latest new members as the take the stage and give you a taste of what ONYX is all about. This special edition of the ONYX Northwest's fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night has everything you've come to expect. 6 PM on Saturday, March 23 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Avatar Club los angeles - Guy Baldwin
Avatar will present Guy Baldwin, M.S., a los angeles based psychotherapist, BDSM educator, author and activist as the speaker for its Wednesday, March 27 educational meeting which starts at 8:30 PM. Baldwin has worked in private practice predominantly with kinky people of all orientations since the early 1980's. It's a 90-minute Q&A, so bring questions and let's pick his brain together. MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.
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Club X - Members Only Party
Save Saturday, March 16 on your calendar for Club X's next big play party. This one is during San Diego Leather Pride week and should be busy. Join Club X for another wild party at their favorite large play venue in San Diego. Featuring over a dozen play stations in the main room, plus separate areas for cool down, socializing, and a smoking patio, this place has it all. Starts at 6 PM.
Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards
Placing nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards is still in progress. Nominations are free so submit as many ballots as you wish before 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 17. Voting begins March 19 and ends April 25. The Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards Show will be on Saturday April 27 at 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. San Francisco, CA. Mark your calendar for the Golden Gate Guards and the Chocolate Factory beer bust on Saturday, March, 24 at 4 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1385 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA.
San Diego Leather Pride 2019 - Impact and Rough Body
By Doriam Couto
Impact and Rough Body with Sir Grrr at San Diego Leather Pride will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 12 PM at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Some days you just want to hit somebody. Come on out and look at ways to do that. This workshop will take a ground up approach to impact and rough play with your partner’s body. We will start with safety and anatomy, then work our way around to pinching, slapping, punching, and even elbows, knees, and kicking. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101.
Empire City MC - 55th Anniversary Week-Long Road Trip
Every five years, Empire City MC celebrates their milestone anniversaries. On our 40th, we went to the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. On our
50th, we went to Deal’s Gap, NC to ride the Tail of the dragon. We’re proud to say that 2019 is our 55th year, and we’re continuing our tradition – this year, we’ll be going to Provincetown, MA the week September 7-15.
LI Ravens MC - 27th Anniversary Dinner
By Michael Conley
The LI Ravens MC will celebrate with a 27th Anniversary Dinner at Butterfields Hauppauge on Saturday, March 23 at 7 PM. Leather attire encouraged but not required. The three-course dinner with cash bar runs $45. Butterfields Hauppauge, 661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, New York 11788.
Polish & Shine
Polish & Shine will be held at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM. Hosted by THR Productions and Eagle 562, Polish & Shine will include SoCal bootblacks working their magic to get your Leather ready for LA Leather Pride. $6 cover.
FOX HOLE: RLD - Red Light District
Green Mirror Entertainment and Bullet Bar will present FOX HOLE: RLD at the Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA on Saturday, March 16 starting at 9 PM. FOX HOLE - Red Light District is an event to celebrate the golden days and los angeles Leather Pride 2019. Special beats by DJ Brian Novy. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.
Sanctuary Studios LAX - Lawrence Pryor, Art at the Dungeon
Boston, Massachusetts based Lawrence Pryor has been selected to inaugurate the series Art at the Dungeon at Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 30, 3-6 PM. The charity event, ChamPAIN follows at 8 PM Sanctuary Studios hosts community events for the LGBTQK+ Community. The photography of Lawrence Pryor will be on display for one night only. Art at the Dungeon Presents Lawrence Pryor. Art Studio Nudes, featuring Lawrence Pryor is the first in the Art at the Dungeon series. Sanctuary Studios LAX 10914 South La Cienega Boulevard, Lennox, CA 90304.
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San Diego Leather and Bootblack 2019 Contests
By Doriam Couto
The Mr., Ms. San Diego Leather and Bootblack 2019 contests will be held on Saturday, March 16 at WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Join San Diego Leather Pride in celebrating the contestants and welcoming the new title family representing San Diego in 2019, and the send for the 2018 family toward the next steps in their Leather journeys. The San Diego Leather and Bootblack contest begins at 7 PM, and doors open at 6:30 PM.
Inside Leather History - A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat proudly will present an ambitious series of four Chats in los angeles during LA Leather Pride weekend. Chat host Douglas O'Keeffe will be interviewing Mike Gerle live on stage at Oil Can Harry’s on Thursday March 28 at 5 OM. Cyan St. James will be interviewed live on stage at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday, March 29 at 3 PM. Audiences are welcome at both live Chats. Alexei Romanoff of the 1967 Black Cat protest will be privately interviewed at his home on March 30 and Steve Ganzell of LA Leather Coalition will be privately interviewed later the same day. Looking forward to seeing you in los angeles.
64TEN University: Fetish Class Series - Advanced Electroplay
64TEN University: Fetish Class Series and Leather64TEN present Advanced Electroplay on Sunday, March 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM. This class is a more advanced introduction to erotic E-Stim play taught by one of the forerunners of E-Stim, Steve Wired. The class will demonstrate the use of E-Stim devices, and their placement on the body for maximum pleasure. The April 21 64TEN University class will be Daddy Bootcamp. Leather64TEN, 6410 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60626.
Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival
Long Beach Pride will host the Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 in Long Beach, CA. Leather will again have a strong presence in the parade and festival. Long Beach Pride, 1017 Obispo Avenue, Long Beach, California 90804.
The Visibility Project
By Scarlett Sin
Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.
Washington State Leather Pride Week
Washington State Leather Pride Week will be held March 15-24 at several venues in Seattle, WA. The Washington State Mr., Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest will be Friday through Sunday, March 23 and the Leather Emerald Awards with Victory Brunch on Sunday afternoon, March 22-24. Earlier, on Saturday, March 16, the Seattle Men in Leather will host their 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Cuff Complex dance bar.
San Diego Cigars and Boots
San Diego Cigars and Boots will get together at Pecs Bar from 4-7 PM on Saturday, April 6. Come out and share smokes and perhaps find that Mr. Right. First Saturday of every month. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Bootblacks available during the event. Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92104.
Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned
By Norman McClelland
This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.
World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50
The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.
22nd Annual Meeting of the NCSF
The 22nd Annual Meeting of the NCSF Coalition Partners took place in Portland, OR, OR, March 2-3. The Coalition Partner representatives elected the Board Members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. 18 Coalition Partners attended the NCSF Annual Meeting in person, online or by proxy. The members of the new NCSF Board are: Susan Wright – Chairperson, Keira Harbison – Vice-Chair, Ben Schenker – Treasurer, Tess Zachery – Secretary at large are Archer Shelton, Choc Trei, Elizabeth Newsom, J. Tebias, Jackie “Bebe” Harris, Judy Guerin, Rich Richbart, and Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW, LCDC Russell J. Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSSP.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
By Bulldog Bob
Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to … in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic The Alexis Park Resort and Villas is the host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV for Smokeout XX which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration goes up from $50 to $55 on December 1.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
The Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas will be active at Smokeout in early April. This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are March 20 and April 17. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on April 4; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on April 14. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
Avatar Club los angeles - Leather and Race
By Ralph Bruneau
Avatar Club los angeles, ONYX SoCal/Southwest and Payasos will present Leather and Race on Sunday, April 7 at 4 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. In fulfilling our mission to "provide leadership in education, health and safety by facilitating strategic collaborations" we will be joining Onyx SoCal/Southwest and the Payasos in a dialogue addressing race relations within our scene and potential next steps for collective action.. Requested donation is $5. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
GULP Brotherhood - New Dungeon Play Space
The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! Beginning in January 2019, GULP has a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.
Mr. Providence Eagle Jesse Rosenberg is hosting a BDSM Bootcamp with Brian Dawson instructing on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM - 5 PM at 257 Weybosset Street (3rd floor), Providence, RI. This one-day Bootcamp is designed to establish or hone your skills, including expert instruction, demonstrations, safety protocol, and practice. Open to all levels: no prior experience necessary. Topics covered are headspace and power dynamics, basic bondage, impact play, and cock and ball and other torture techniques. Registration fee is $45. Registrations received by February 18 are $35.
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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin
Luck o' the Irish, Pigskin is on St. Patrick's Day. The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, March 17 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be drinking in Leather jocks this month, but all underwear is welcome. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
Hooker and Boys - names beneficiaries
Hooker and Boys, producer of the 12 Days of Christmas benefits in Baltimore, MD every year, named their four beneficiaries for The 21st Annual 12 Days Of Christmas - Finally Legal. They are: AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund; MADIF Community Services - Trans Life Line, and Hotline & Micro Grants Services; and B and Dee's Baltimore Love Lunch Patrol and Community Pride Bar B Que.
CLAW - Rex Art
A CLAW XIX Exclusive with a Rex Art "Bootlicker" T-shirt included in packages. CLAW will be non-stop and fast-paced action with Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.
Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on November 24 and December 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on April 13. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Northwest Leather Celebration - Hospitality Suites
Northwest Leather Celebration A Hospitality Party is just that - A Party! Northwest Leather Celebration has a three-room suite for clubs, businesses, groups, events and individuals to host amazing parties which are open to all NWLC attendees for free. It is a great way to meet new people, socialize in a relaxed and fun environment, and to learn more about the groups hosting the party. All of the parties are included with your event package or day pass. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! Kinky Poly Happy Hour will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, March 14 and April 11 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
DomCon: LA 2019 - 50 classes and 70 vendors
By Cyan St. James
DomCon: LA 2019 will have 50 classes and 70 vendors, all which have been selected. DomCon: LA will be at the Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.
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Slave Master with his slaves at the Folsom Street Fair circa 1996.
Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs
Tyler and Riley were at LA Puppy Pride last year. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 18, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
Leather Masked Ball XII
The Saturday after Thanksgiving the Leather Masked Ball XII will be held at Progress Bar in Wilton Manors, FL on November 25 at 10 PM. Join the fight as we rise up against injustice and boring parties. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Admission includes plenty of entertainment and demonstrations. The Leather Archives & Museum will be back at the Leather Masked Ball XII, exhibiting the Second Skin display, a collection of vests, sashes and other material items from its collections. Progress Bar, 2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. http://www.leathermaskedball.org
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.
Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather
The Regiment of the Black and Tans produced the Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather contest which was won by Joshua Hernandez on Saturday, November 17 at Eagle LA. The runner-up was Tony Giragos. Jason Mark was entertaining as the emcee. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather next March. Several Mr. Regiment titleholders have gone on to win Mr. LA Leather. Cover photo by Motorboot Photography