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Saturday, 07 July 2018 16:17

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, July 5, 2018

 Yes, we know - it's late. Lots of things hit at once.

 

Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 in Dallas, TX.

Pantheon of Leather Awards nominees are in and posted

The nominations are in and the ballot almost set to go. Voting for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 opens soon and runs through August 3. The formal announcement and clarification of this will be made on stage at Pantheon of Leather on Thursday night. August 30 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack. To see the list of nominees go to https://www.theleatherjournal.com/component/k2/item/2029-pantheon-of-leather-2018-nominations

 

Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate their 25th Anniversary, they will be hosting one of their biggest and best cruises ever on Friday, September 28. The fun will last four hours - from 10 PM until 2 AM. ​The boat departs from Norfolk Waterside. There will be demos, a buffet, a cash bar, and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a commemorative program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks service to the Hampton Roads community, a raffle ticket for great 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

 

William Jason Hall - October 16, 1974 - June 28. 2018

The Leather community was saddened by the passing of William Jason Hall on June 28. 2018. He was born on October 16, 1974. William held the Mr. Philadelphia Leather title in 2015 and was a loved for his kindness across the country. Jason had a long-term disease effecting his brain which led to his passing. He was the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Education for the Battleship USS New Jersey and is an alumnus of Plymouth State University. He participated in many Civil War and WW II battle reenactments. http://www.boucherfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jason-Hall/#!/Obituary

 

Bootblack Round Up 2018

By Kevin Sparkie Perdue

Bootblack Round Up 2018 will be held at Touche' in Chicago the weekend of August 10-12. Events include the bootblack movie High Shine - 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack by Christina K. Court, Bootblack-focused classes by Kink U at the Leather Archives & Museum, Meat + Boot - a bootblack social at Leather64TEN with at least two bootblack stands open, run pins, patches, stickers, flags, Third Annual Shine Off Contest, CLAW Nation Party, and Leather Archives Museum Bootblack Centric Tours. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. http://www.bootblackroundup.com

 

PIGS hosts The Leather Journal Launch Party

By Matthew Jensen

The Leather Journal held its historic first Launch Party to celebrate the release of the July - August Issue on Tuesday night, July 3 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Guests saw the introduction with Motorboot Robert of the California B&B Corps on the front cover. Food was provided by the Spicy Kitchen. There were jello shots. Be sure to check out future launch parties coming soon to the Bullet Bar and the Eagle LA. Presented by PIGS - Perverted Interracial Guys. https://www.facebook.com/events/146158429583809/

 

 

 

BLUF San Francisco Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco's Leather Lounge is a monthly social held on the patio at the SF Eagle from 9 PM to closing. Our next event is Saturday, July 14 and the following Leather Lounge will be on August 11. All are welcome. Put on your Leather or kink gear and your boots and join the party. If you're in gear, there's no cover charge before 22:00. BLUF events in San Francisco are organized by Lexx (3656) and Larry Kenney aka Hot Boots SF (26), and include an annual dinner before Dore Alley, usually one of the busiest events of the year, plus some events in association with other groups, and bar nights. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://bluf.com/local/sf

 

ONYX - Blackout XXIV

ONYX's Bi-annual Leather run will be held in Los Angeles, CA the weekend of October 10-13, 2019 the national organization announced recently. 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 recognize some of our outstanding members Hilton los angeles North/Glendale and Executive Meeting Center, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202. https://www.facebook.com/events/1803909546584966/

 

Mx Virginia Leather

We are excited to present Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest. This Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. Join us to see who will be our first Mx Virginia Leather titleholder and will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223. https://www.facebook.com/events/2112030975721309/

 

 

IML 40 story with lots of photos

If you have not yet seen our coverage of International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. It is a must-see. The weekend was a tribute to the late IML founder, Chuck Renslow. Here is the link https://www.theleatherjournal.com/newsrssfeed/item/2024-iml-and-imbb-2018-sets-records-as-founder-chuck-renslow-remembered

 

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/

 

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/

 

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West Coast Olympus Leather

The West Coast Olympus Leather 2019 contest was held at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday night, June 30 in front of a full house and when the dust settled Ferris Oxide took the Mx title, Fifi LaFille became Mr. and Rayna Kitten captured the Ms title. The emcees were Ms LA Leather 2017 Scarlett Sin and Mr. International Leather 2014 Dave Faunce Dave Faunce. West Coast Olympus Leather producer Anthony Harmon presented the March to the Beat of Your Own Drum Award to Mistress Cyan. http://westcoastolympus.com/

San Diego's Leather Realm in 2017.

San Diego Pride - Leather Realm

Join the 2018 San Diego Leather titleholders in beautiful San Diego on Saturday, July 14 and show your pride by walking with the Leather Contingent in the San Diego Pride Parade. The parade kicks off on Saturday at 11 AM and ends just in time to visit the Pride Festival grounds and the Leather Realm in beautiful Balboa Park. Join in the staging area for the pre-Pride party from 9:30 AM onward. Hillcrest Pride Flag, University Avenue and Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. https://www.facebook.com/events/1793414757381542/

 

Harbor Room - 18th Anniversary Weekend Leather64TEN

The Harbor Room will celebrate its 18th Anniversary in Milwaukee, WI the weekend of July 20-22 with Leather64TEN of Chicago being the host vendor. Plenty of events all three days with a cookout and beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Harbor Room, 117 East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. https://www.facebook.com/events/1520099918098772/

 

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2018 will be held August 31 – September 9 in California’s Malibu Hills. A Leather focused social hour and the Mr. CMENLeather 2018 contest will highlight activities on Thursday, September 6. Daily activities will include seminars and workshops, outdoor recreation, pool and social activities, afternoon social hours and evening entertainment. This all nude, all male gathering will attract men an estimated 500 men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Register in advance, session options available. http://www.cmen.orgg

 

Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, July 13 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/

 

Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The elation and activism of the Pride Celebration is fading a bit now, but enthusiasm for our new District remains high. So, first things first, it is time to mark your calendar for the next Community Meeting, Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco. This community meeting is open to all. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org/

 

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Nice warm muffin with butter and jam - check
The Leather Journal newsmagazine - check

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ONYX Lands at the 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 July 14. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/

 

Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, July 13 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. https://www.facebook.com/events/154128572050183/

Barking Billiards group at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Photo by Kirk Pup Kappa

 

Barking Billiards

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.

 

PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - Agents of PIGS

By Matthew Jensen

Sunday, July 21 at 9 PM at the San Diego Eagle. Perverted Interracial Guys Joel Thomas Royal and Matthew Jensen join forces with Mr. Eagle San Diego 2018 Jody Mitchell for a cosplay fetish party the Saturday of Comic-Con International. $5 cover. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/events/881406908697729/

 

 

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

 

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Trivia Question of the Week

Who is known as the Mayor of Folsom Street?

1. Harvey Milk.

2. Mr. Marcus Hernandez.

3. Tony DeBlase.

4. Alan Selby.

5. Don Thompson.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Where was the first Mr. Drummer contest held? San Francisco, CA.

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Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues, and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/

 

International Mr. Leather Bear 2019

Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit https://baltimoreleatherbar.com/imlb/

 

Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

 

ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner

The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 -September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with contestant demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, vendor market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, cigar social, puppy mosh, kinky workshops, 2017 Titleholder roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/

 

World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest

World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest in Lexington, KY on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.

 

Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder in the Mountains will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver the weekend of July 20-22. Thunder in the Mountains, with an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes and, our 50,000 square-foot dungeon, and puppy mosh pit and pony track, this promises to be the best party so far. Some of the big-name presenters are Laura Antoniou, Master Skip Chasey, Mark Frazier, Midori, Lee Harrington, Peter Fiske and Glenda Rider. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com

 

Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar

The Valley Pride Street Festival will be hosted by Bullet Bar on 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 to bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Food, vendors, clubs and one big party in The Valley. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

 

ABW announces judges

The announcement of this year's American Brotherhood Weekend judges was during CLAW weekend. The judges are Lee Carl, Karri Plowman, Daddy Al Santora, Rylee Janus Spire and Vonn Tramel. ABW will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests. The contest will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum. http://www.americanbrotherhood.com/

 

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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs

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 San Diego's Leather Realm in 2014.

 

Mama's Family at West Coast Olympus Leather.

 

 

Published in Editorial

Folsom 2013 Bare Chest HunksIn 2014 the world's largest Leather/BDSM/Fetish event, the Folsom Street Fair, will take place on Sunday, September 21 from 11 AM to 6 PM. The Folsom Street Fair is usually held on the last Sunday of September.

Things get back to normal in 2015 with the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 27.

According to Jacob Richards, outgoing Board President, “The decision to move the fair date this year was not taken lightly. When we have a conflict with Sales Force or Oracle Open World, the entire inventory of hotel rooms for the city is sold out. To avoid conflicts with other important events that bring visitors and revenue into San Francisco, we must look at the last two weekends in September. We hope that this announcement will give everyone with plenty of advance notice."

Click here for more information on Folsom Street Events.

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:40

Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 15, 2017

 

Photo by Lady Katerina

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

 

Pup Rush was chosen to be LA Puppy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography

los angeles Puppy Pride
Edward "Pup Rush" Decimus was tops among seven amazing contestants and left MCC in the Valley on Saturday night, November 11 with the los angeles Puppy 2017 title. Pup Apollo was named Alpha-Beta Pup and Pup Wolfy was chosen to be Alpha-Beta runner-up. Friday night's meet and greet was at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood and the victory party on Sunday was at Eagle LA. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014-15 Dave Faunce was the emcee. Bon Mike was presented the Legendary Pup Award by LA Puppy producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The LA Puppy 2017 judges were International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach, Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. And for those in the know - Munt. https://www.facebook.com/LAPuppyPride//

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Leather Hall Of FameThe Board of Governors of the Leather Hall of Fame (LHOF) is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees: Chicago Hellfire Club, Cynthia Slater, and John Embry will be inducted during CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) in Cleveland, Ohio in April.

Chicago Hellfire Club (“CHC”) (1971-Present) CHC is a groundbreaking and extraordinary leather club. Established in August,1971 by a group of thirteen men in Chicago, the CHC was formed explicitly for BDSM interaction, as distinguished the “motorcycle” and “leather” clubs that preceded it.  With their annual run, Inferno, the CHC grew to include hundreds of members from around the world.

Published in National Leather
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:09

Avatar Club Los Angeles Brian Dawson Speaks

Avatar Club Los AngelesAvatar Club los angeles and its guests were delighted with the presentation Dynamics of BDSM Encounters by Brian Dawson on February 19 at MCC in the Valley.
63 Leatherfolk attended the first public club meeting of 2014.

Topics included understanding how very different we are as sexual beings, what makes us hard (physically, emotionally and spiritually), and whether we consider our play to be sport or control born out of Dominance and submission.

A huge and impressive Avatar banner created by Nick Drance provided the backdrop for the meeting.

The men of Avatar and the Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, will kick off LA Leather Pride Week with the official start of LA Leather Pride 2014, Odyssey: The Road to Mr. LA Leather 2014. The Mr. los angeles Leather 2014 contestants will draw their numbers.

Published in Local Leather
Thursday, 18 September 2014 04:18

Inaugural Ms Minnesota Leather Pride Contest

Capitalizing on the momentum generated at Great Lakes Leather Alliance where two Minnesotans won regional titles, Minnesota Leather Pride announced the first Ms Minnesota Leather Pride contest. The new contest will be part of Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, which also features the first Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy contests, to be held April 3-5, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“When we began planning for Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, we started with Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy with the expectation additional contests would be added over time,” said Tim Holden, chair of the Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend committee and member of the Minnesota Leather Pride board. “When Tim Hotchkin won Great Lakes Leather boy and Riches won Great Lakes Ms. Leather Pride, the board agreed the timing was right to add the Ms. Minnesota Leather Pride contest to what is already shaping up to be an exciting weekend!”

The winner of the Ms Minnesota Leather Pride contest, along with the winners of Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy, will go on to compete at Great Lakes Leather Alliance held Oct 1-4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Contestants for Ms Minnesota Leather Pride must be 21 years old and identify as a woman in the Leather/Kink/BDSM community.

“With the addition of Ms Minnesota Leather Pride to Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, we feel this event will have something for everyone,” said Holden.

 

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 04 January 2018 12:13

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 3, 2018

 

 

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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International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre will be attending the La Fraternitie du Loup-Garou CampOUT the weekend of July 16-20 at Our Haven Nature Sanctuary in Southern Indiana.

CampOUT will feture dungeon parties, classes and demos on Fireplay, Rogh Body Play, Negotiating With Strangers, Chest Harness for Power and Flight, Front Hole Fisting, Rope 101, Kinky Laughter Yoga, a variety of meals including a Chili Cookoff, midnight snacks

Ramien Pierre will be the first International Mr. Leather titleholder to attend a La Fraternitie du Loup-Garou CampOUT.
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La Garou is a traditional Levi/Leather club whose main focus is trans/men and other masculine gender outlaws. In our first Bylaws, La Garou defined masculine gender outlaws as people who were born female or intersexed and raised female but whose gender identity is male or masculine, including but not limited to trans/men, tg butches and butch women. It is also for people who are interested in showing support for masculine gender outlaws in the Leather community.

 

Published in Local Leather
Saturday, 25 January 2014 07:52

Red Dragons induct new Chapter

Red Dragons Shadows By Dave RhodesThe Red Dragons Riding Club inducted their newest club, the Lagniappe Chapter based in Louisiana, with a Friday night, January 24 ceremony on the outdoor patio of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, host of the Southwest Leather Conference of which the Red Dragons are a sponsor of the Southwest Leather Conference Bootblack Lounge.

Approximately 40 members and many onlookers shared the ceremony which featured a Native American blessing.The Red Dragons Riding Club is a national BDSM/Leather motorcycle riding club dedicated to serving the BDSM and Leather communities..

There are five chapters with one in each in Southern California (the Mother chapter), as well as in Arizona (Centennial Chapter), Washington State (Evergreen Chapter), Canada and Louisiana (Lagniappe Chapter).

Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 28 September 2014 07:19

CLAW XV opens room reservations

CLAW XIV Bondage Demos Photo By Dave Rhodes Web ICLAW XV (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) announced that its host hotel has opened their room block at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South for April 23-26.

Rooms are $129/night. The Holiday Inn Cleveland South is located 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131. A three-night minimum stay is required.

For those that have never attended CLAW, it is an event not to be missed. While the focus is major fundraising, one never feels that they are being fundraised to death. One can participate in as many or as few of these events as one wants. The shows, the live demos such as the bondage presentations and special presentations were top notch. The formal Leather dinner on Saturday night is a must. The Leather camaraderie as many of us remember from the 1980s and 1990s is there from day one to the closing revue on Sunday night.

CLAW XV organizers are hard at work planning the best CLAW ever and we would love to have help. All kinds of skills needed. Planning meetings are scheduled for October 11 and 12 and are open to everyone in the Leather/BDSM/Fetish/Kink community. One doesn't need to live in Ohio or attend the October meetings to help with CLAW 15. Contact Bob to find out more at

 

Published in National Leather
Thursday, 06 February 2014 02:26

Take the NCSF Consent Violations Survey

NCSF 225Take this survey even if you’ve never had a consent violation. The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) wants to know what are your power exchange and sexual identities. Are you “out” about being kinky? How often do you go to BDSM groups and online communities?

The NCSF will use these results to help perform its advocacy, such as helping law enforcement, prosecutors and health care professionals understand the experiences of kinky people and provide better quality service.

This survey is anonymous and your privacy is guaranteed by Survey Monkey, a secured survey hosting website. The NCSF does not have access to any identifying information about the participants.

Published in Society & Arts
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:52

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, December 12, 2018

 

 

Trimming the Tree with Excelsior MC

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

New York City’s Excelsior Motorcycle Club held its annual Trim-a-Tree party, at the Eagle NYC bar, on December 7 and the festive, well-attended event brought Excelsior members, associates, and guests, including titleholders both local and from out of town, to the Eagle. Trim-a-Tree 2018 benefited New Alternatives, which assists homeless LGBT youth. There were raffles for gift baskets, gift certificates, theater tickets, and drink tickets. Those in attendance could have Polaroid photos taken with Leather Santa Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2019 Thom Kam. Bear and cub dancers Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez and Mr. New York Unlimited Cub 2018 Bam Bam, entertained. Representatives of all Leather clubs present were invited to help to trim the Christmas tree.

 

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Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday

The 45th annual Santa Saturday was another success at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. Santa Saturday was a combination of an auction of donated items, entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise, service awards for worthy individuals, bootblacks, photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus, a Leather shop, a 50-50 raffle, and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.

http://www.bucksmc.org/santa-saturday/

ABDL - Little Big Night

ABDL will host Little Big Night at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 22 at 8 PM. It's a safe space for the diaper curious to explore. A place to meet other AB/DLs, Leather Daddies and Boys, Diaper Pups, Baby Furs and more. Enjoy classic toons on the big screen and diapers sponsored by Tykables. No cover, free parking and free clothes check. Know someone interested? Share this event with them. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.

https://www.facebook.com/events/438100496724558/

 

 

SFBA Leather Alliance Weekend 2019

The 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend will be held March 1-3 at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, and other locations around San Francisco. It will include the 37th edition of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and the Second Annual SF Bootblack Contest, along with the 53rd Annual SF Leather Community Awards, a beer/soda bust, a vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and, of course, parties. Start the weekend off right: come out to the Meet and Greet at Mr-S-Leather, on Thursday February 28.

http://leatherallianceweekend.org

 

 

New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52

The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.

https://fetishflea.com/about/

 

 

Testicles the Size of Basketballs: How Scrotal Injections Led to the Death of a Gay BDSM Pup

Muscle dysmorphia, exacerbated by silicone injections, fostered a deadly dynamic within the Hafertepen family.

By Mike Miksche

Jack Chapman, also known as “Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen” among his BDSM family, passed away in October in Seattle at the age of 28. Chapman played the “slave”—or “pup”—to his “master,” Dylan Hafertepen....read the whole story at

http://www.newnownext.com/gay-bdsm-cult-silicon-hafertepen/12/2018/?xrs=synd_facebookad_logo&fbclid=IwAR3V8l7-43or2OrXpUI059wikaDcRxg_g3g-owEvOZXJ9XqXWeyKdwofdpM

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/312815875998660/

 

 

Mr. Powerhouse Leather

The Mr. Powerhouse Leather Contest will be held on Friday, January 11 at 6 PM, at the Powerhouse Bar. Applications for this title can be picked up on site at Powerhouse, or via the Powerhouse web site, starting Thursday December 6, and must be submitted no later than January 4. Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2014 Will Victoria and Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2017 Travis Santell Rowland will emcee. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/285587368752109/

 

 

los angeles Puppy Pride - Adult Slumber Party

The los angeles Puppy Pride Adult Slumber Party will be held at the Bullet Bar on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. los angeles Puppy Pride will premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Did their plan work? Probably. It doesn’t matter. What it means to you is what matters. So come and enjoy all the Flintstones, X Men, Justice league, Donald Duck, Rescue Rangers and Ninja Turtles you used to watch while eating your lucky charms every Saturday for close to 40 total years. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1124355144397820/

 

 

 

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.

http://www.worldgaypride.com/

 

 

Eagle LA Mr. Leather

Eagle LA will hold its Eagle LA Mr. Leather contest on Saturday, January 12 at 9 PM. Winner may go directly to International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Interested contestants contact Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, California 90029.

https://www.facebook.com/events/715468902160402/

 

 

Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather

By Robert Green

Congrats to Francisco Perales who was chosen to be Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2019, Miss Cassie who became Ms Sanctuary Leather 2019 and Victor Ayala who is Sanctuary Pup 2019 at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 9. This was a feeder contest to LA Leather 2019. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1807492992707114/

 

 

Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are December 19 and January 16. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.

http://www.lucoflv.com

 

 

NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji

North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.

https://www.facebook.com/events/467968680326916/

http://nabweekend.com/about/

 

 

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 will have 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.

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

 

 

Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List

It's coming and soon. Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List will a few days before Christmas. Santa's sleigh went in for its tune up and is ready to go. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in mid-December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, so we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.

 

 

Payasos LA - Nutcracker Awards

Back for popular demand! Payasos LA will present the Nutcracker Awards on Friday, December 21. Were you the dirtiest pig this year? or the sexiest cigar man, or do you know who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Every year, Payasos LA gathers at their home bar, Eagle LA, to combine forces and make the summer trip happen for the young folks with developmental problems from Hope House in El Monte, CA. Nominations for the Nutcracker Awards are open now. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 1.

http://payasos-la.org/Awards/

 

 

Rope Burn SF: November

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/327466841135899/

http://www.ropeburnsf.com/

 

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CLAW - 209 events

More than 209 events and exhibitors are included in the $209 CLAW Attendee Package. 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.

https://www.clawinfo.org

 

 

First Critter Contest and Critter Pride Flag

By Brenda Cothern

Florida Leather and Fetish Pride has had a Mr. and Ms contest since 2015 and produced the first Critter contest the weekend of November 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Clearwater, FL. All pet play types were welcome to compete. FLFP would like to congratulate Pup Aechus for being FLFP Critter 2019 and helping design the first ever Critter Pride Flag. Ms FLFP 2019 is phoenix rose and Mr. FLFP 2019 is Sir Gethan. Florida Leather and Fetish Pride also included classes, vendors, demos and a play space. For more info on FLFP and the Critter Pride Flag check out

https://www.facebook.com/FLnFP/

 

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/

 

 

NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open

By CandiAnne

NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.

http://www.NLA-International.com

 

 

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 January 12. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/

 

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 2019 Keynote Speaker named

The Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker is 2018 International Master Mister-Blue. Mister-Blue is a Coalition Partner for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Board member of MTTA which produces the Master slave Conference and MTTA Academy in Washington, DC and Board member of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition. Northwest Leather Celebration will include a Friday Formal Dinner and Opening of the Northwest Master/slave, Bootblack and Person of Leather Contests, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.

http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com

 

 

Smokeout - 20th Anniversary

By Bulldog Bob

The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations 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 go up from $50 to $55 on December 1.

http://lasvegassmokeout.com/

 

SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego

Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1930358540381731/

 

 

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! We 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, December 13 and January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/398372250640635/

 

 

DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block open

By Cyan St. James

The DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon: LA is happy to be returning to 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.

https://book.passkey.com/e/49819674

 

 

 

Bears LA - Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction

Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday at Eagle LA, Bears LA Dinner on Friday night at Hunter and Charlie's and a Victory beer bust and barbecue at the Bulet Bar on Sunday. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.

https://www.facebook.com/events/807031272825210/

 

 

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Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019

By Robert Green

Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of los angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.

http://www.eaglela.com/

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Monday, 10 March 2014 05:01

Conversations With Leather - Hardy

 

 

 

 

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1.       For those who don’t know you, please tell us about yourself & what your titles are.

First the easy part:  As far as titles are concerned, all mine have been given to me as honorary titles.

1999 Man of the Year from National Leather Association International

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Leather Association International

2010 Recipient of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award

 2012 Presidents Award - Pantheon of Leather

Now the hard part:  I am a native Texan and have been active in the LGBT community since the early 1970's.  I became fascinated with Leather in the late 1970's and stepped into my first Leather bar sometime around 1978.  Since that fateful day I have continued on my Leather journey and am a former member of the Dallas Motorcycle Club, Leather Rose Society, National Leather Association, Discipline Corps and a founding member of Inquisition Dallas.

I have written many articles on Leather/BDSM topics and am the author of four books currently in circulation including "Family Jewels, a Guide to Male Genitortureand Torment "and” Soul of a Second Skin-Memoirs of a Gay Christian Leatherman."

I have also directed a few films on Leather/BDSM subjects including "Leather" a short film-poem  about the gay male Leather experience and "Out of the Darkness, the Reality of SM" a documentary on the critical difference between SM and abuse.

Professionally I am a Marketing Specialist and I live in Dallas with my boy/partner of 18 years Patrick and our feline mistress, Elvira.

2.      What or who got you started in the leather community and for how long?

What drew me to Leather was the hyper-masculinity of it.  I never considered myself feminine; nor was I attracted to feminine men.  Leather just pushed all the right buttons for me and once I  got involved I fund that I really liked rough sex and SM. 

The community, as such, didn't really exist when I came in, but the subsequent AIDS crisis pulled  us together and gave us a real sense of purpose.  We, in Dallas, started educating our community to the many ways sex could be hot and kinky and still be safer-sex.

3.       Which club or bar are you affiliated with and tell us more about the history?

Currently I am a member of NLA: Dallas and Discipline Corps.  NLA: Dallas is a pan-sexual organization with a mission to educate and network Leather/Fetish/BDSM folk of all sexual orientations and genders.

Discipline Corps is a men-only social and play group whose primary focus is monthly dungeon parties and having a good time!

When I go to a bar it is the Dallas Eagle, our local Leather bar, though I am not officially affiliated with it the owners, Mark Frasier and Jeffery Payne are close friends of mine.

4.       How did you enjoy being one of the judges at IML XXX5 and what were your favorite moments?

Judging at IML was an amazing experience.  I was worn out form the long days, but energized by the great men I met during the experience.  I knew most of the judges before the contest, though I did make new friends since a couple of the judges were new faces to me.  We all bonded immediately and the contestants were all outstanding.  The final choice was very hard, since any of the Top 20 could have easily been a wonderful IML.

My favorite moments were getting to meet so many folks from outside the US, and the South African delegation was a particular joy!

5.       Tell us about your charity involvement and goals.

As far as charity work I have several.  My contributions to my church, Cathedral of Hope are an ongoing passion of mine.  We even have a full pew of Leather folk wearing their colors every Sunday.  I also work with Kiva, a micro loan organization that funds small businesses and individuals across the world.

I serve as Chairman of the Board for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Washington, DC and work raising funds to support it and its many programs.

6.       Tell us about your leather family.

My leather family is small, just me and my boy/partner.  My extended Leather family is larger.  About 8-10 close friends who I think of as family.  Beyond that I have a large circle of friends who I have met at events and contests all over the continent and they too, are like family.  I consider them my Leather cousins.

7.       Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

I have to say my father.  He taught me a lot as far as values and how to treat other people.  He was authentic and honest and I try to emulate that.  He loved his work and his family.  He was intellectually curious and being a scientist, he never stopped learning, and that is something I think I got from him.

8.       In your mind, what’s the biggest misconception of the leather community?

The biggest misconception I see about the Leather community is that we are some sort of homogenous group with a written code of conduct and values.  No such thing.  We are as varied as the general population, except for our love of kink and Leather.  As a whole I have found our community does communicate more than the average vanilla folk, and I attribute that to the fellowship of our organizations and to the need for communication when we play.

9.       What would you say are the most important strengths to have as a Leather man?

Honesty, authenticity and a good bull-shit detector. 

10.   What does leather mean to you?

I could prattle on about this topic forever but I would sound like I was doing a canned speech for a title contest.  In reality leather means as many different things as there are people involved in it.  Some simply are drawn to the fetish.  Leather clothes and gear are sensual, organic and arousing.  Some are drawn to the BDSM aspect of it.  That was part of my attraction. 

Leather folk, the energetic and intense encounters that SM play offers.  I went into it thinking I would be a "grey Hankie" guy.  Only into bondage and light SM but quickly realized that bondage was really not very interesting to me and more hard-core SM was my thing.  Changed my hankie to black and never looked back.

11.   What do you see for the future of leather in your community and internationally?

It is in a state of flux.  Leather always changes, as sexual pioneers we are on the edges of what is possible physically and sexually and so there will always be something different and new.  I see a disturbing trend to try to turn back the clock and relive the glory days of Leather in the 1970's, but surprisingly the people who are trying to do that are predominately straight.  They have adopted the Leatherman look as though it was a codified uniform and remind me of " Renfair" folks, donning period costumes and role playing at Leather. 

12.   What does sexual freedom mean to you?

As someone who came of age I the late 1960's sexual freedom means being able to define my sexuality on my own terms  Being able to enjoy consensual activities with other adults and not have to conform to any rigid rules.  I have begin to think of myself more as "Queer" than gay, not because I do not have an affectional orientation toward men, but because I enjoy playing with anyone so long as we click and our goals are the same.  Sexual freedom is a basic human right, it is up to us to define it and express it and celebrate it.

13.   Whats your view on the huge anti-gay wave that is happening in certain states in America? What do you think people can do to protect their rights and help others retain it?

What you mentioned as the "anti-gay wave" sweeping parts of the country is not a massive display of anti-gay sentiment in my opinion.  It is the last gasp of the hard core bigoted right.  Their attitudes are dying out.  Public opinion polls show most Americans believe in equality for LGBT citizens. What these anti-gay laws are is an attempt by the right to change the framing of the issue from "equality" to "religious freedom" or as I call it the freedom to hate.

All of these attempt have failed and even in far-right leaning states like Arizona.  Even there the Governor recognized it's not a religious freedom issue it is equal rights. The laws are clumsily crafted and over reaching to begin with and would not withstand judicial scrutiny, so I have o believe its just politics and its not working.

14.   We all have so many issues we want to highlight, please tell us what cause is close to your heart right now and how are you involved?

The issue closest to my heart is the cause of sexual freedom.  I believe sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and as such it needs to be protected and nourished.  To that end, I work with the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, a human rights group with the focus on sexual freedom.  In fact I am chairperson of the board.  That's how involved I am and how important it is. 

We work to affect policy concerning sex education, freedom of speech, sex workers and gender and sexual inequality.  It's a great organization that has made a real difference for our country.  Woodhull holds the gender and sexuality seat on the US Human Rights Network, the group which monitors our country's adherence to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

15.   What advice can you give a future title holder?

Be authentic, approachable and honest.  Bull-shitters stick out like sore thumbs.  The title holders I know and admire are all down to earth folks who try to use their titles to benefit the community not themselves.

16.   Tell us what your favorite piece of Leather is and why?

Other than my hat, my favorite piece of Leather is my flogger.  It was made by Janet Hartwood and designed to fit me perfectly.  The falls are longer than most folks like, but they balance perfectly with the handle and the flogger becomes an extension of my body when I play.  I have several floggers and all were custom made for me.  I believe if you invest in quality your toys will live as long as you do.

17.   In your own words, can you tell us the difference between BDSM and Leather?

Hard to say.  I used to think of them as the same, but apparently there are folk who see a big distinction.  Leather does not imply SM, it can simply be a fetish.  It is also a different kind of community and that is what sets it apart nowadays.  To some folks Leather can only be gay men and BDSM is pan-sexual.  There is another word that is loaded with nuance.  Pan-sexual was a word coined by the Leather community to describe its inclusion of all sexual orientations, but has been co-opted by the straight community to mean "heterosexual" sexual orientation with some lesbians thrown in for spice.  If I sound cynical, that's because I have seen this in practice.  Play space where two women playing together was acceptable if they were playing in ways that the men enjoyed, but men playing together got stares and snide comments.

Personally I don't have problems playing in the newly defined "pan-sexual" spaces, I think a Leather person can define their own Leather-space and create a scene wherever it works. 

18.   Please tell us exactly what is beyond vanilla & what are your favorite activities you indulge in?

I would think anything that goes beyond plain sex would qualify as beyond vanilla.  Spankings, role play, bondage, SM all of it moves beyond vanilla for me.  My favorite activities are floggings and clothespins and CBT, but most often these are woven into some kind of erotic experience.  I think all SM is better with an element of Eros.  It doesn't have to be penetrative sex, but without a sexual aspect it has less appeal for me.

19.   What’s the funniest safe word that you have heard?

Then comes the safe word.  I have heard lots of strange ones from "aardvark" to "Pontiac". Personally, I like this system.  I tell my bottom or sub to call me "Sir" as long as he or she is having fun, and to call me "Hardy" if they need to talk.  It keeps the communication going and has never failed me.

20.   What’s your favorite drink? And if you could invent a cocktail for the Leather community and what would you call it?

Well I stopped drinking in 1986 so my favorite drink is sparkling mineral water.  My drink for the community would be just that, mineral water with a chaser of mouthwash, cause I love kissing and detest bad breath!

18.   We would love to have you visit South Africa in the future, what classes do you think we could benefit from?

I do a lot of classes, but my favorites are a workshop I call "Putting Sex Back in SM." The pan-sexual dungeons in the US are notoriously tepid when it comes to palpable eroticism.  Many do not allow sexual activities for legal reasons and some just are uncomfortable with sex.  This workshop is intended to put that spark of the erotic back into the play in the dungeon and discusses and demonstrates how scenes can become erotic encounters with no "traditional sex" happening.

My "Family Jewels" workshop is always fun.  Concentrating on CBT and how it can become part of a scene.  I explain the use of toys, safety and exploration of various aspects of genitorture.

I have a complete list of classes I present I can provide you.

19.   In conclusion, anything you would like to add to this interview for the Leather community of South Africa?

I would add that the Leather community in South Africa seems to be vibrant and growing and I encourage you to continue to explore, share what you learn and nurture the next generation of Leatherfolk.  To them you will become the "Old Guard" and with that is the heavy responsibility of knowing you are setting an example for future generations.  Play hard, play safe, have fun!

 

Hardy Haberman

Conversations With Leather by Jaco Lourens

      

 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:09

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 28, 2018

 

 

 

20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.

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