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Andy Anderson passes on March 5, 2015

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Andy Anderson passes on March 5, 2015

By Jack Pearce
Andy Anderson, Mr. Leather Fellowship Toronto 1989 and Mr. NLA International 1992-93 passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Andy Anderso Passes Supplied By HOTFF Web 375ìIt is with deep regret and sadness that I share the news of the passing of a legendary member of our vibrant community,î said Robert Miller, President of the Heart of the Flag Federation. ìLooking at how far our community has come and has grown, we gratefully salute a trailblazer who set the stage for our now, memorable TLP competitions that we host and produce annually. This yearís competitions, in August, will include a special memorial to Andy Anderson.î  
Details of Andyís memorial will be shared when they become available.
Andy (Duane) Anderson was born and raised in Montreal and was first introduced to the Leather Scene when he was 17 years old. In 1976, he moved to Toronto and became involved with the growing community, traveling frequently between the two cities.
In 1989, Andy was chosen as the first Mr. Leather Fellowship Toronto by his fellow contestants at the first Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition. There was no title sash and no specified duties that first year. With the prize money and the permission of the Board, Andy went to George Giaouris of LeatherCraft (Northbound Leather) and together they came up with the original idea of the Fellowship Sash that would be used for the next 10 years.
In 1990, he was asked to be Chair of the 1990 Competition Committee, which consisted of seven people. He also chaired the 1991 Committee.
In 1992, Andy competed in the Mr. St. Catharineís Leather Contest, even though he lived in Toronto. He won the title and represented the St. Catharineís Leather community at the International Mr. Leather Competition in Chicago, where he placed fourth out of 64 contestants. That same year he competed at International Mr. Drummer with Richard Bannerman, representing the Central Canada Drummer region. That fall, Andy became the first Canadian to hold an international Leather title, having won Mr. NLA: International 1992-93, with KT Chase as Ms NLA: International 1992-93 at the Living in Leather Conference in Chicago.
Andy received the International Award from Pantheon of Leather in 1993 for his contributions to the International Leather community. He was the first recipient of the Francis Robichaud Award from MLT in 1996 and received numerous honors for his work on behalf of and with the local and international Leather communities.

NLA: International names Writers Awards winners

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The National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/Leather/Fetish writing published in 2013 at its Annual General Meeting in Dallas, TX September 26-28 and held during Beyond Vanilla. The judges received a greater number of nominations this year than ever before and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.

With so many wonderful works coming in decisions were very difficult for the judges so there was a tie in the Non-Fiction Book category. Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award are John Huxley for “The Artisan's Book of Fetishcraft: Patterns and Instructions for Creating Professional Fetishwear, Restraints and Sensory Equipment” (Greenery Press) and F.R.R. Mallory for “The Kinky Feminist” (self-published). Honorable mention in this category goes to Thom Magister for “Biker Bar: Bikes, Beer, and Boys - A Playful Look at the Roots of the Leather Bar” (Perfectbound Press).

Tom of Finland Art Fair this weekend at TOM House in LA

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images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/Not far around the corner will be the holidays and Tom of Fin land does it well as these guys are seen in 2013 Photo by Dave Rhodes.jpgThe Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House the weekend of October 3-5, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years in Los Angeles, CA. The Art Fair’s tagline, Art in Residence, reflects its staging at a residence of much significance to art lovers.

Situated on a quiet street in the los angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, TOM House is the site where the artist Tom of Finland lived and worked for the last decade of his life, producing the erotic drawings for which he was internationally renowned. Preserved in homage to Tom, the house is visited by fans from around the world. The house also remains a home for the operations of the Tom of Finland Foundation, whose archives comprise the world’s largest repository of erotic art.

The art fair will showcase more than 30 artists, both emerging and established, from the USA and beyond. Workshops and panel discussions will be held, and artwork – spanning sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches, digital renderings and more – will be for sale. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour TOM House, including the attic space that served as Tom of Finland’s bedroom and studio.


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