Derek Paul was named Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2014 and Shae Flanagan was chosen to be Ms Sanctuary Leather, the first in history, at Sanctuary LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, November 2.
The emcee, Sir Gabriel, sparkled as he led the women contestants through an International Ms Leather (IMsL) format including staged fantasy and lone contestant Derek through the International Mr. Leather (IML) format.
The judging panel included head judge Dr. Lawrence Burden of Avatar Club Los Angeles, Genesis from Sanctuary Studios LAX, Sir Ian from Avatar and Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2011 Michael Sol.
Since he will be competing in the Mr. los angeles Leather 2014 contest in March Derek Paul was inducted into the los angeles Band of Brothers after the victory photo shoot.
The dungeon was open for play all evening.
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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Knight Hawks of Virginia
This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we will be hosting one of our biggest and best cruises ever. Not only will we be having it on a Friday Night this year, but we will also be extending the fun and hosting it for 4 hours from 10 PM until 2 AM. The boat still departs from Norfolk Waterside and boarding will begin at 9:30 PM. We will again be having demo's, buffet of food, cash bar and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks, a raffle ticket for 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
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.
2017 SF Leather Community Awards
The 2017 SF Leather Community Awards were presented at SOMArts on Friday night, March 2 in San Francisco, CA. Honors were for efforts in 2017, hence that year listed on awards. The recipients were: Best Community Educational Event 2017 - LDG - depression and Suicide in the men's community; Best Organizational Anniversary Event 2017 - The 15 Association; Best Bay Area Leather Contest 2017 - Mr San Francisco Leather; Best Community Weekend Event 2017 - LDG Fetish Fair; Most Visible Organization in the Community 2017 - Leathermen’s Discussion Group; Best New Organization 2017 - ONYX Northwest; Outstanding SF Bay Area Community Business 2017 - Wicked Grounds; Outstanding SF Bay Area Community Nonprofit 2017 - Trans Lifeline; Next Generation Award 2017 - Keao Lani; Frank Benoit Award - Jim Taylor and Rand Hunt; Woman of the Year 2017 (Tie) - Ms Cat and Angel Garfold; Non-Binary Person the year 2017 - Azalea Hollinger; Man of the Year 2017 - Al Rahm; Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 - Dahn Van Laarz; Selby Award - this new occasional award is in recognition and appreciation of continuous dedication and service to our communities, inspired by the deeds and service of Alan Selby - Dahn Van Laarz. http://www.leatherallianceweekend.org
Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather 2014 will be held the weekend of October 10-12 at the Blazing Saddle in Des Moines, Iowa. A full weekend of events will entertain Friday through Monday.
all events will take place at The Blazing Saddle, located on East 5th Avenue in the Historic East Village; Wooly's, located just around the comer at 504 East Locust; and Club Red Light, located adjacent to Le Boi Dar at 508 Indianola Avenue. For the fourth consecutive year, Le Chateau Exotique from New Hope, PA is the official Leather vendor.
The events kick off with the Smoke Out/Grill Out at the Blazing Saddle on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM. The fun continues at l PM on Saturday, October 11 with the Titans of the Midwest presenting Kink U at Iowa Leather Weekend. The first of many great demos will be presented for the second year by North Star Kennel Club including a puppy mosh.
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
As in every year, there are stories that define a year, mark a change for the better or worse, establish the end or beginning of an era, lend recognition to achievement, or just simply make a statement that cannot be forgotten. Here are ours.
The Leather Journal's Top Story of 2013
US Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 - Marriage-ban states fall like dominoes
Not long after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs who sued to have Proposition 8 reinstated had no standing, enabling same sex marriages to resume in California, marriages resumed.
Only a handful of states allowed same-sex marriage at the beginning of 2013. By the end of the year, 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, permitted same-sex marriage, with a few more likely to change. The last of the bunch, Utah on December 20 because a court judge ruled their same-sex marriage ban that was voter-approved in 2004 is unconstitutional. This was the biggest surprise of all. A dagger was struck into one of the main arteries of the devil that has fought against same-sex marriage.
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.
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.
Touché, located at 6412 North Clark Street, will host the 2014 Mr. Chicago Leather Contest Weekend, January 24-26.
International Mr Leather 2013 Andy Cross will serve on the judging panel along with Mr. Midwest Leather 2013 Matt Hengle, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013 Jesse Driscoll, Ms Christina Court and Nick Zuko, Mr. Chicago Leather 2013.
Once again returning from London, England to host the contest will be International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal.
The contest will be held on Saturday January 25 at 10 PM with additional events scheduled Friday and Sunday. A complete weekend schedule of events will be announced soon and posted online at http://www.touchechicago.com
The man selected Mr Chicago Leather 2014 will receive a title vest and $500 gift certificate from Leather 64TEN, plus additional prizes. Contestant entry forms are available at Touché and online at http://www.touchechicago.com
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!
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
Smokeout celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas the weekend of April 4-7 at the Alexis Park Resort and Villas. Most of the hotel was reserved for Smokeout with its cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. Smokeout is a free-flowing weekend so everyone could enjoy Las Vegas the way they wanted. Maximus had their barber chair going, the Bullet Bar and SF Eagle hosted a play area that was busy, Rocky Mountain Rebellion supplied booze and lots of Rock and Roll music, Desert Brotherhood MC ride to Lake Mead, Cigar Poker party, bootblacks, the Chicago Hellfire Club had a Scotch and Cigar social. There were groups going to cigar shops, restaurants, shows and bars. The pool area was busy at almost all hours. Great job Bob, Shadow, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas boys of Leather.
International Mr. Leather 2014 host hotel taking reservations now
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The Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile is the host hotel for International Mr. Leather which will be held May 23-26 in Chicago, IL.
Empire City MC Folsom Street East. Photo by Chaz Antonelli
ECMC’s Motorcycle Weekend
Empire City MC’s Memorial Day Motorcycle Weekend was simply amazing this May at The Ranch in New York State – everything from the ride up, the ride back, the fantastic meals served all weekend-long, the camaraderie of the guests – we couldn’t have had a better time. The day trips were fun and included: Cycle Stop, Extreme Biker Leather, Ground Rounds (prime beef hamburgers) at Bill Gray’s and Abbot's Frozen Custard. On Sunday afternoon, we had a pizza-baking contest. We were all exposed to craft beers, thanks to the folks from Three Rivers MC. There was even a very touching collaring ceremony on Friday night! Sunday, anti-road gremlin bells were presented to three new bikes/bikers: Jack, Erik and Earl.