Mates Leather Weekend XXII
By Rick Conley
Fan-freakin-Tastic! The 22nd Annual Mates Leather Weekend has come to an end and the first results are in: 500-plus Leatherfolk were in attendance and $5,252 raised for AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Mr. First Mate 2018 is Dominic Donahue from Chelsea in New York, NY. The judges were First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 Russell Sweeney, Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenburg and Mr. New England Leather 2018 Robert Birch. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $66,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod since fundraising efforts began in 2002. Next is Snowbound in February. Click the mates link to find out more.
Jackhammer Complex saved in Chicago
By Jay Wittich for Windy City Media Group. Photo by Kyle Henderson
A couple of Andersonville, Chicago, IL, bar owners have purchased the iconic Jackhammer Complex near the Leather Archives and Museum. The sale also means that Leather64TEN will be able to remain in its home next to Jackhammer. Jimmy Keup, who opened Jackhammer with his late partner, Joe Maggio, in 2001, will remain general manager of Jackhammer. Both are next to separately-owned Touche' which is Chicago's oldest and longest running Leather bar. The area will remain Chicago's top Leather destination for years to come. To read the whole story go to
This is the emotional reality of outliving the AIDS epidemic
IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau reflects on the impact of losing loved ones to HIV
By Ralph Brunueau, appearing in Gay Star News
"My recent FB post got picked up for publication today, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Means the world to be able to tell this story on this day." "Walking the dog in Griffith Park. So beautiful. Love the day. Love my dog. Love my life. I see a bruise on my leg. An irregular shape, small, purple with a bit of black. How did that happen? I don’t remember hitting it on anything. Time stops. I’m in Manhattan. I’m walking into the hospital room to see my ex for the first time since he broke us off and I moved to Los Angeles. I walk in the room, shaking,, scared. I have been warned about what I will see..." Read all of what Ralph Bruneau has to say at
Folsom Street Fair Week events in San Francisco
Folsom Street Fair
The world's largest single Leather event will be on Sunday, September 30, the Folsom Street Fair which will turn Folsom Street from Sixth to 12th Streets into one big Leather sardine can. Everything imaginable will be seen there and much of it done there. The area in front of the Powerhouse and the Steamworks Twister game will be packed. We have a calendar of events below.
Taken before the big California B&B Corps' 50th Anniversary Social at the Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night, September 15. Photo by Jose Ponce
California B&B Corps - 50th Anniversary
The California B&B Corps held their 50th Anniversary the weekend of September 14-16, hosting several events highlighted by a formal dinner in the Founder's Room of the Disney Concert Hall in downtown los angeles with 100 attendees traveling from Palm Springs, San Francisco Bay Area, Eastern Seaboard and the United Kingdom. There was a Friday night BLUF uniform party at Eagle LA, and a Sunday Social at the Tom of Finland Foundation House catered by Hunter and Charlie's and bar and cigar lounge hosted by the Bullet. los angeles Co-captains are Robert Green and Jim Neuman San Francisco Captain Christian Elliott, Desert division Co-captains John Rentsch and Lewis Kerman. Enterttainer Sharon McKnight sang and a commendation from los angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was presented.
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
Pantheon of Leather XXVIII saw a crowd of about 150 Leatherfolk attend the awards show emceed by Christopher Edwards on Thursday night, August 30 at the Double Tree By Hilton Dallas Market Square.
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.
Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar
The Valley Pride Street Festival was hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. This was a first=year effort. While I was there, at least half of the crowd was from the Leather community. At the same time, in conjunction with Valley Pride, MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley held an extension for families and young people. There were food trucks, vendors, clubs including Avatar Club los angeles, ONYX Southwest, Bears LA. The Bullet Bar and Eagle LA teamed up to host a cigar lounge. CMED and LANG had a booth promoting naturism. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
The Regiment of the Black and Tans was one of the first clubs to appear in the first Hump Day last August.
Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - First Anniversary
This is the First Anniversary of Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blog. In celebration, we have links to all of the first year's Hump Days at the bottom. It gives a whole year in review. Thank you for reading and to those who shared information with us.
Scroll to the bottom to view all of the last year's Hump Day new blogs.