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Southern California Leather 2014  Xavier Espejo By Dave Rhodes WebXavier Espejo won the Mr. Southern California Leather 2014 at the Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA on Friday night, February 14 with Jim Pelky finishing runner-up.

Mr. Southern California Leather 2012 Shad Cruz held the title for two years and that was by design as contest producer William Schindler asked Cruz to serve two years as the titleholder at the beginning of his term. The Mr. Southern California Leather Contest will be held annually.

Shad Cruz headed the judging panel which included Howie Ramirez, American Leatherman 2013 Aaron Duke, Christopher Street West cochair Steve Ganzel and Mr. los angeles Leather 2011 Leo Iriarte. The tally master was Mr. Christopher Street West 2007 Tom Wang who was able to tabulate the scores with his system designs for an iPhone.

Sister Unity was as shocking as usual with her constant humor. Sharp as a tack all night, Sister Unity never lost the idea that it was all about the contestants.

Xavier Espejo is a 32 year-old program manager who used to be a go go dancer. He is Mr. Gay Long Beach 2008 and will compete for Mr. Los Angles Leather 2014 at Circus Dance Club in Hollywood, CA on Saturday night, March 29.

Published in Regional Leather
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:03

Mr. Barracks Leather 2014 Dominick Owen

Barracks Leather By Marko RussellThe Mr. Barracks 2014 contest was held on Saturday October 5 at The Barracks bar in Cathedral City, CA and was won by Dominick Owen. The first runner-up was Randy Espinoza and the second runner-up was Mike Trent. There were four contestants.

Dominick will compete at Mr. Palm Springs Leather in November during Palm Springs Leather Pride Week.

The judges were Ray Perea, Jonathan Rosenblatt, DJ Reed, Rheo Bruneo, and Steven Crawford.

The emcee was International Ms Leather 1988 Shan Carr.

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 05:35

Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino

Bob Thomasino At IML 2007 By Dave Rhodes WebA Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino, famed founder and sole owner of Oil Can Harry's bar in Studio City, CA, will be held at the West Hollywood Auditorium on Sunday, January 19 from 2-5 PM.

Eulogies will be given by Charlie Matula and Hunter Fox Long of the Eagle LA, International Mr. Leather 2007 Mike Gerle and Avatar Club los angeles Secretary Nick Drance.

Formal Leather/Fetish attire is requested. A parade of flags led by several los angeles clubs will start the memorial.

Bob Tomasino, owner of Oil Can Harry’s which is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi River at 47 years, was killed in an auto accident while returning home from work in the realy hours of November 23 in not far from his Lake Balboa residence in the Studio City area of los angeles, CA. He was 66 years old and was born in Rochester, NY.

Tomasino also ran the Country Dance Pavilion during the Festival at los angeles LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. He received many honors for his generous community service inculding when Christopher Street West Association honored Tomasino with its Sheldon Andelson Award in 2007.

Country Western music and dancing helped Oil Can Harry's to continue as one of the hottest night clubs in the San Fernando Valley. Before Country, Oil Can Harry's was a popular disco.

Published in Local Leather
Monday, 23 September 2013 10:05

Mr. Sister Leather Jordan

Jordan Frink And AndyJordan Frink was chosen Mr. Sister Leather 2014 at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Saturday night, September 21 in a contest produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: los angeles House. Another man named Andy competed. The Mad Tea Room Party was the theme. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night and the theme was Sacrilege.

Emcees Sister Unity in her well-known orange "face" and George Geary were on top of things from beginning end. They worked well together and are one reason that the Mr. Sister Leather is once of the favorite Leather contests in the los angeles title circuit.

 

Published in Local Leather

Los Angeles’ Gay Community is mourning the death of one of their most beloved members, Bob Tomasino, owner of the popular Country Western dance club, Oil Can Harry’s, located in Studio City, CA. The club is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi and has been in business continuously for 47 years. Mr. Tomasino has received awards and recognition for his generosity many times over the years.

An unprecedented number of local Business leaders, family and members of the Gay community in los angeles are coming together in a virtual gathering for a moment of reflection scheduled for 8 PM, Wednesday November 26th. This moment of meditation is being lead by Reverend Les Demarco of North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, in the closing Benediction of their Wednesday evening service at 8 PM.

Published in Leather Obituaries
Monday, 11 November 2013 15:26

Threshold Society's annual Bizarre Bazaar

Threshold Bizarre Bazaar 2013The Threshold Society held their annual Bizarre Bazaar on Sunday, November 3 at the Threshold Clubhouse, 11300 Hartland Street in North Hollywood CA 91605 with about 400 Leatherfolk attending to see demos, sample play and shop.

Taster booths were set up so that guests could try on all those kinky delights they have always been curious about but never got around to experimenting. These included Flogging, Wax, Littles, Whips, Spanking, Violet Wand, Fire Cupping and Canes.

Approximately 20 vendors were on hand including The Leather Journal.

There was a Silent Auction, Smoking Lounge, Entertainment and Food. One entertainer was a woman working in a suspended hoop that stopped the crowd each time she performed.

 

Published in Local Leather

The judging panel for International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2014, to be held at the Hilton LAX in los angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 at 6 PM, have been announced. International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2014 will be held in conjunction with DomCon: LA the weekend of May 15-18.

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Head Judge - Dr. Lawrence Burden aka Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry has been in the Leather scene starting at age 16 in New York City, a total of 50 years now. He is a practicing physician in los angeles and is often called upon to care for members of the LGBT community.

He was the Vice President of Avatar Club los angeles in 2003, was its President from 2003-2005, and was its Secretary from 2005-2007 and again in 2008. He was the Secretary for the los angeles Leather Coalition from 2005-2008 and is also a member of The 15 Association based in San Francisco.

He received the Green Star of Excellence Award 2003 from the LA boys of Leather and was made their official Den Daddy in 2004.

He has been awarded the Mentor of the Year, the Fundraiser of the Year, and the Individual of the Year from the los angeles Leather Coalition and was made a Satyrs’ Motorcycle Club Hellenic Fellow.

 

Published in Judges
Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:16

Andy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014

Regiment Leather 2014 Andy By Motorboot PhotographyAndy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014 on Saturday October 19th in front of a packed house at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. Andy wowed the crowd...and the judges with his charismatic smile, articulate remarks and sexy interaction with the audience.

Matthew Mullins and Daniel Flores made it a close race as these two gentlemen were mere points from victory themselves.

This was a sexually charged weekend of events for the Black and Tans who are celebrating 40 years of Service in Uniform in the los angeles community. Starting Friday night, the three contestants acted out their hottest fantasies at Enlistment which was held in the parking lot of Rough Trade in the Sliver Lake District of los angeles and only about three blocks from the Eagle LA. The contestants left the judges wet in their seats and drooling for more.

The party continued at the Eagle LA with Roll Call as the contestants officially kicked off the weekend, presenting themselves to the crowd.The highjinks continued on Saturday afternoon with an Interview and naked pool party.

 

Published in Local Leather

Tom Of Finland Drawing 1990The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in los angeles, CA announced that Helsinki-filmi, the innovative Finnish production company, has asked it to do a feature about Tom of Finland. Helsinki-filmi has demonstrated enormous respect for the artist who started the Foundation that bears his name.

The Helsinki-filmi biopic will be the first feature-length portrait of Tom of Finland's influential life and career, and everyone involved has committed to crafting it the way that would make Tom proud.

"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity. The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom's real name is Touko Laaksonen, he was born on May 8th, 1920 and "May" in Finnish is "Toukokuu." He lived and worked in Helsinki and later los angeles. He died in 1991 and was involved in two documentaries made about him during his lifetime (Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life and Works of Tom of Finland, 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy, 1991).

 

Published in Society & Arts
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:12

Miss Fawna 1973 - July 22, 2014

Fawna, the recently-elected Coordinator of The Threshold Society in los angeles, CA, passed away suddenly on July 22, 2014.

She was a lovely face, passionate advocate, a delightful laugh and a helping hand.  She left us too soon. Fawna also used the names aka FawnaLemon, Fawnasaurus, The Fawnanator.

She joined the Southern California community in 2009 and quickly became active by volunteering, including being elected to the Threshold Society, Inc. Board of Directors on more than one occasion, most recently to the position of Coordinator.  She was also the founder and leader of the Domme Scouts Troop  96 (a kinky scout troop with a "twist," which is in its fourth year).

Fawna was a wonderful educator, a supporter of dreams and ambitions, and a real friend to many.  The Southland Honors group honored her recently with a nomination for the 2014 Jeff Burnam Community Service Award for her devotion and hard work on behalf of the community. Her laugh, her energy and her heart will be sorely missed.  Be at peace, Fawna.

Published in Leather Obituaries
Saturday, 28 January 2012 15:00

Mr. Pistons Leather Zac Rigo

Pistons Leather Rigo By Dave RhodesTall Zac Rigo was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday night, January 28 in Long Beach, CA. Four men vied for the chance to compete at Mr. los angeles Leather.

Following the contest, members of the LA Band of Brothers appeared on stage with their "laying on of hands" ceremony, welcoming Zac into the group of men who have competed at Mr. LA Leather.

Published in Local Leather
Friday, 20 January 2012 16:00

Eagle LA Mr. Leather Andre Chambers

Eagle LA Andre BC By Jay LawtonAndre Chambers won the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2012 title on Saturday night, January 21 at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. The runner-up was Dan Lovell and there were four men competing.

Eagle LA Mr. Leather was emceed by Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2010 Jasun Mark

On Sunday there was a victory brunch honoring the new Eagle LA Mr. Leather at the French Quarter in West Hollywood and concluded with a victory beer bust at Eagle LA. The judges were head judge Kevin
Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2011 Joey Lopez, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2006 Jeff Sekido, los angeles Mr. Leather 2010 Brad Taylor and LA Leather Coalition co-founder Brent Sweer.

Eagle LA Mr. Leather is a preliminary for Mr. los angeles Leather 2012.

Published in Local Leather

Olympus Leather 2014 Logo 225px WebThe judging panel for International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2014, to be held at the Hilton LAX in los angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 at 6 PM, have been announced. International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2014 will be held in conjunction with DomCon: LA the weekend of May 15-18.

Heading the panel of judges will be Dr. Lawrence Burden who is returning. Joining him will be International Mr. Olympus Leather 2013 Praxxis, International Ms Olympus Leather 2013 Robyn, International Leather Sir 2013 George Saltzman and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2013 Shae Flanagan.

Numerous changes being made will help the contest immensely. The two major ones being that a 90-second speech category has been added and the interviews will be held on Friday instead of the day of the contest. This will make life easier for the contestants as they can focus on the interviews on one day and on rehearsals the next.

Published in Judges
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:00

Tom of Finland Foundation Holiday Party

Tom Of Finland Jake Santa

The Tom of Finland Foundation held their Holiday Party at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park District of los angeles, CA on Saturday night, December 14. The crowd came early an stayed late, even with so many parties that for which LA is known. Santa made a visit, giving lots of Tom of Finland posters, booklets goodies to the many who sat on his lap.

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:00

Christopher Street West names new officers

CSW Square LogoChristopher Street West, the non-profit organization that produces the annual LA Pride celebration in West Hollywood, CA, announced its 2014 officers. At CSW's annual Board retreat, Co-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer were elected for the upcoming Pride season and will assume their roles beginning December 1.

Leading the Board of Directors, Co-Presidents, Patti DiLuigi and Steve Ganzell will share the responsibilities formerly overseen by Rodney Scott. DiLuigi has been on the Board since 2003 most recently serving as VP of Festival Operations while Ganzell joined the Board in 2006 and has served as VP of Administration and chair of Erotic City.

The all-volunteer Board of Directors of CSW has been helmed by Board President Rodney Scott for the past 12 years. During Scott's tenure, the organization has increased its efforts to bring more diversity and inclusion within the celebration and offer something for everyone. Under Scott's leadership, the organization created Latino Carnival, the Friday Night Purple Celebration of Women and Momentum, the Art and Culture Pavilion.

 

Published in Local Leather
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