CLAW XIV will be held April 24-27 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio. Shuttle buses will meet every CLAW air-travel attendee — day or night — for their one-minute ride to the lobby door.
Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) has seen a growth rate of about 15 percent each of the past several years. CLAW’s biggest Vendor Mart will feature more than 25 merchants, including CLAW sponsors Leatherwerks, Mr. S Leather, Leatherman NYC, Torso, and Stompers Boots; three Recon Reflex dungeon parties in the warehouse attached to FLEX Spas in downtown Cleveland; and more than 40 skills workshops and other educational offerings, including 25 Years Later, a discussion featuring Guy Baldwin and Brian Dawson, the renowned and groundbreaking Leather titleholders who were International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Drummer, respectively, in 1989.
The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. We are pleased to announce the 2018 inductees: International Mr. Leather (IML), Black Leather in Color, The Society of Janus (SoJ).
Leatherman and Leatherwoman of Color - Mufasa's Pride Fellowship
Leatherman of Color 2019 is Jack Thompson and Leather Woman of Color 2019 is Marialuisa Garcia after taking their tiles the weekend of December 8-10 in Washington, DC. Khalid El Bey was the emcee and the judges were House Of Blue, Que Blue Frost, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Dominion ONYX, Dax Volpe and Glenda Rider. Dax Volpe proudly passed the title on to after a successful year. The People of Color Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the DC Eagle on Saturday. The weekend was Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend. Other events were a Friday night meet and greet, Leather University on Saturday and a Sunday Fellowship Victory Brunch at Alero.
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.
You are formally invited to enjoy fun and debauchery in the corn fields of Iowa October 4-6, 2013 in the form of the 25th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend. The titles to be awarded during the weekend will be Mr. Iowa Leather and for the first time, Ms Iowa Leather. Unlike most contests that combine the contests into one day, Iowa Leather will host the Ms Iowa Leather competition on Friday, October 4 and the Mr. Iowa Leather contest on Saturday Oct 5. A continuing tradition is the partnership with Le Chateau Exotique as the official Leather vender and Liberty Gifts as the official lube and toys vendor.
Judges for the Ms Iowa Leather contest will include Elena Franco, owner/producer Heart of America Leather Weekend, & Producer Kink-U Kansas City; Sarha, International Ms Leather 2013; Mike Pagano, cofounder of Titans of the Midwest and Mr. Iowa Leather 2011; His Most Imperial Majesty, Matthew ‘Wait for it’ Aspire, Emperor for Reign XX of the Imperial Court of Iowa; and Her Most Imperial Majesty Muffy Rosenberg, Empress for Reign XX of the Imperial Court of Iowa. Mark Turnage, Mr. Iowa Leather 2013, will be MC for the evening and Pup Itus will be the tally master.
The Blazing Saddle will be the host for the 25th anniversary of the Mr. Iowa Leather contest. The winner of this contest will go on to represent Iowa at International Mister Leather XXXVI competition in Chicago, IL May 2014. The panel of judges for this year's MIAL contest will be Chad Neil, co-founder KC boys of Leather, Chester Munroe, former Mr. Chicago leather, Sir Papa Bear, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2013, Jesse Driscoll, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013, former Mr. Blazing Saddle, executive board member Titans of the Midwest, and Mr. Friendly - Team Iowa co-founder, and Mark Turnage, Mr. Iowa Leather 2013 and Top 20 IML XXXV contestant. The emcee will be David Watt, founder of the Mr. Friendly program and former Mr. Michigan Leather. The tally master will be Pup Itus and the den daddy for the evening is John Jack Trujillo.
A Victory Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 6 at the Blazing Saddle at noon. The Iowa Leather travel fund will be the beneficiary for the Victory Beer Bust fundraiser held at the Blazing Saddle at 2 PM.
Anyone interested in competing should contact any Iowa Leather staff member or former title holder for the application. Applications may also be downloaded from the Blazing Saddle website.
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
The judges for International Mr. Leather 2014 were announced on Saturday, January 18 in the Congressional Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC during Mid Atlantic Leather weekend by IML Executive Coordinator Jon Krongaard.
The panel includes Internatonal Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 Chandler Bearden, American Leatherwoman 2002 Tobin Britton, Northeast Mr. Drummer 1997 Will Clark, Co-Owner of the Black Eagle Toronto Carlos Filetti, Mr. Leather Colorado 2006 Mike Maez, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 Jeremy Morris, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010 Justin Terry Smith and Chairman of Leather Friends Italia Andrea Zanella.
The tallymasters will be International Ms Leather 1993 Amy Marie Meek and Mr. New Jersey Leather 2012 Danny Tamez.
San Diego Leather Pride 2019
By Doriam Couto
Get out your gear, flag your fetish, and Find Your Tribe at SDLP. We return March 13-17 at the Worldbeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Tiger's Pictionary kicks off the weekend by welcoming the contestants for the Mr. and Ms. San Diego Leather and Bootblack contests. San Diego Leather Pride week will be loaded with workshops, events, socials, and more.
ONYX Northwest - Pledge Master's Rules
Join ONYX Northwest as they kick their our pledge drive with kinky fun and sexy men Bay Area Men of Color. Witness the full circle journey of ONYX Northwest's latest new members as the take the stage and give you a taste of what ONYX is all about. This special edition of the ONYX Northwest's fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night has everything you've come to expect. 6 PM on Saturday, March 23 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Avatar Club Los Angeles - Guy Baldwin
Avatar will present Guy Baldwin, M.S., a los angeles based psychotherapist, BDSM educator, author and activist as the speaker for its Wednesday, March 27 educational meeting which starts at 8:30 PM. Baldwin has worked in private practice predominantly with kinky people of all orientations since the early 1980's. It's a 90-minute Q&A, so bring questions and let's pick his brain together. MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.
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Club X - Members Only Party
Save Saturday, March 16 on your calendar for Club X's next big play party. This one is during San Diego Leather Pride week and should be busy. Join Club X for another wild party at their favorite large play venue in San Diego. Featuring over a dozen play stations in the main room, plus separate areas for cool down, socializing, and a smoking patio, this place has it all. Starts at 6 PM.
Golden Gate Guards - Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards
Placing nominations for the Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards is still in progress. Nominations are free so submit as many ballots as you wish before 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 17. Voting begins March 19 and ends April 25. The Golden Dildeaux Woody Awards Show will be on Saturday April 27 at 7 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. San Francisco, CA. Mark your calendar for the Golden Gate Guards and the Chocolate Factory beer bust on Saturday, March, 24 at 4 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1385 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA.
San Diego Leather Pride 2019 - Impact and Rough Body
By Doriam Couto
Impact and Rough Body with Sir Grrr at San Diego Leather Pride will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 12 PM at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Some days you just want to hit somebody. Come on out and look at ways to do that. This workshop will take a ground up approach to impact and rough play with your partner’s body. We will start with safety and anatomy, then work our way around to pinching, slapping, punching, and even elbows, knees, and kicking. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101.
Empire City MC - 55th Anniversary Week-Long Road Trip
Every five years, Empire City MC celebrates their milestone anniversaries. On our 40th, we went to the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. On our
50th, we went to Deal’s Gap, NC to ride the Tail of the dragon. We’re proud to say that 2019 is our 55th year, and we’re continuing our tradition – this year, we’ll be going to Provincetown, MA the week September 7-15.
LI Ravens MC - 27th Anniversary Dinner
By Michael Conley
The LI Ravens MC will celebrate with a 27th Anniversary Dinner at Butterfields Hauppauge on Saturday, March 23 at 7 PM. Leather attire encouraged but not required. The three-course dinner with cash bar runs $45. Butterfields Hauppauge, 661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, New York 11788.
Polish & Shine
Polish & Shine will be held at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM. Hosted by THR Productions and Eagle 562, Polish & Shine will include SoCal bootblacks working their magic to get your Leather ready for LA Leather Pride. $6 cover.
FOX HOLE: RLD - Red Light District
Green Mirror Entertainment and Bullet Bar will present FOX HOLE: RLD at the Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA on Saturday, March 16 starting at 9 PM. FOX HOLE - Red Light District is an event to celebrate the golden days and los angeles Leather Pride 2019. Special beats by DJ Brian Novy. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.
Sanctuary Studios LAX - Lawrence Pryor, Art at the Dungeon
Boston, Massachusetts based Lawrence Pryor has been selected to inaugurate the series Art at the Dungeon at Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 30, 3-6 PM. The charity event, ChamPAIN follows at 8 PM Sanctuary Studios hosts community events for the LGBTQK+ Community. The photography of Lawrence Pryor will be on display for one night only. Art at the Dungeon Presents Lawrence Pryor. Art Studio Nudes, featuring Lawrence Pryor is the first in the Art at the Dungeon series. Sanctuary Studios LAX 10914 South La Cienega Boulevard, Lennox, CA 90304.
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San Diego Leather and Bootblack 2019 Contests
By Doriam Couto
The Mr., Ms. San Diego Leather and Bootblack 2019 contests will be held on Saturday, March 16 at WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Join San Diego Leather Pride in celebrating the contestants and welcoming the new title family representing San Diego in 2019, and the send for the 2018 family toward the next steps in their Leather journeys. The San Diego Leather and Bootblack contest begins at 7 PM, and doors open at 6:30 PM.
Inside Leather History - A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat proudly will present an ambitious series of four Chats in los angeles during LA Leather Pride weekend. Chat host Douglas O'Keeffe will be interviewing Mike Gerle live on stage at Oil Can Harry’s on Thursday March 28 at 5 OM. Cyan St. James will be interviewed live on stage at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday, March 29 at 3 PM. Audiences are welcome at both live Chats. Alexei Romanoff of the 1967 Black Cat protest will be privately interviewed at his home on March 30 and Steve Ganzell of LA Leather Coalition will be privately interviewed later the same day. Looking forward to seeing you in los angeles.
64TEN University: Fetish Class Series - Advanced Electroplay
64TEN University: Fetish Class Series and Leather64TEN present Advanced Electroplay on Sunday, March 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM. This class is a more advanced introduction to erotic E-Stim play taught by one of the forerunners of E-Stim, Steve Wired. The class will demonstrate the use of E-Stim devices, and their placement on the body for maximum pleasure. The April 21 64TEN University class will be Daddy Bootcamp. Leather64TEN, 6410 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60626.
Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival
Long Beach Pride will host the Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 in Long Beach, CA. Leather will again have a strong presence in the parade and festival. Long Beach Pride, 1017 Obispo Avenue, Long Beach, California 90804.
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.
Washington State Leather Pride Week
Washington State Leather Pride Week will be held March 15-24 at several venues in Seattle, WA. The Washington State Mr., Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest will be Friday through Sunday, March 23 and the Leather Emerald Awards with Victory Brunch on Sunday afternoon, March 22-24. Earlier, on Saturday, March 16, the Seattle Men in Leather will host their 30th Anniversary Dinner at the Cuff Complex dance bar.
San Diego Cigars and Boots
San Diego Cigars and Boots will get together at Pecs Bar from 4-7 PM on Saturday, April 6. Come out and share smokes and perhaps find that Mr. Right. First Saturday of every month. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Bootblacks available during the event. Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, California 92104.
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.
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.
22nd Annual Meeting of the NCSF
The 22nd Annual Meeting of the NCSF Coalition Partners took place in Portland, OR, OR, March 2-3. The Coalition Partner representatives elected the Board Members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. 18 Coalition Partners attended the NCSF Annual Meeting in person, online or by proxy. The members of the new NCSF Board are: Susan Wright – Chairperson, Keira Harbison – Vice-Chair, Ben Schenker – Treasurer, Tess Zachery – Secretary at large are Archer Shelton, Choc Trei, Elizabeth Newsom, J. Tebias, Jackie “Bebe” Harris, Judy Guerin, Rich Richbart, and Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW, LCDC Russell J. Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSSP.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
By Bulldog Bob
Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you 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. Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic The Alexis Park Resort and Villas is the host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV 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 goes up from $50 to $55 on December 1.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
The Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas will be active at Smokeout in early April. This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are March 20 and April 17. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on April 4; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on April 14. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
Avatar Club los angeles - Leather and Race
By Ralph Bruneau
Avatar Club los angeles, ONYX SoCal/Southwest and Payasos will present Leather and Race on Sunday, April 7 at 4 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. In fulfilling our mission to "provide leadership in education, health and safety by facilitating strategic collaborations" we will be joining Onyx SoCal/Southwest and the Payasos in a dialogue addressing race relations within our scene and potential next steps for collective action.. Requested donation is $5. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
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 has 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.
Mr. Providence Eagle Jesse Rosenberg is hosting a BDSM Bootcamp with Brian Dawson instructing on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM - 5 PM at 257 Weybosset Street (3rd floor), Providence, RI. This one-day Bootcamp is designed to establish or hone your skills, including expert instruction, demonstrations, safety protocol, and practice. Open to all levels: no prior experience necessary. Topics covered are headspace and power dynamics, basic bondage, impact play, and cock and ball and other torture techniques. Registration fee is $45. Registrations received by February 18 are $35.
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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin
Luck o' the Irish, Pigskin is on St. Patrick's Day. The Perverted Interracial Guys will host Pigskin on Sunday, March 17 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Perverted Interracial Guys will be drinking in Leather jocks this month, but all underwear is welcome. Pop up shop by Fit PUP Gear. No cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
Hooker and Boys - names beneficiaries
Hooker and Boys, producer of the 12 Days of Christmas benefits in Baltimore, MD every year, named their four beneficiaries for The 21st Annual 12 Days Of Christmas - Finally Legal. They are: AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund; MADIF Community Services - Trans Life Line, and Hotline & Micro Grants Services; and B and Dee's Baltimore Love Lunch Patrol and Community Pride Bar B Que.
CLAW - Rex Art
A CLAW XIX Exclusive with a Rex Art "Bootlicker" T-shirt included in packages. CLAW will be non-stop and fast-paced action with 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.
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.
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 April 13. 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.
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 - Hospitality Suites
Northwest Leather Celebration A Hospitality Party is just that - A Party! Northwest Leather Celebration has a three-room suite for clubs, businesses, groups, events and individuals to host amazing parties which are open to all NWLC attendees for free. It is a great way to meet new people, socialize in a relaxed and fun environment, and to learn more about the groups hosting the party. All of the parties are included with your event package or day pass. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.
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! Kinky Poly Happy Hour 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, March 14 and April 11 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
DomCon: LA 2019 - 50 classes and 70 vendors
By Cyan St. James
DomCon: LA 2019 will have 50 classes and 70 vendors, all which have been selected. DomCon: LA will be at 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.
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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs
Jeremy Morris won the Mr. Iowa Leather contest at the Blazing Saddle in downtown Des Moines, IA, on October 15 and will be Iowa's representative at International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Two men vied for the title.
The judges were IML 2008 Gary Iriza, American Leatherman 2008 Randy Carmenaty, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2011 Jayson Glynn and Sheri Kutsch-Stanton who is a member of the Corn Haulers LL Club. The tally master was Bryan Smith, longtime manager of the Blazing Saddle.
Mr. Iowa Leather 2011 Mike Pagano emceed the contest, which also featured performances by porn stars Michael Brandon and Lance Navarro and several local entertainers.
Jeremy Morris is a founding member of the Titans of the Midwest, and produced Des Moines' Leather and Lace Kink Carnival in March.
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.
West Coast Rubber - Rubber New Year
Thanks to all the awesome rubberists, about 30 of them, who came out and helped kick start the new West Coast Rubber at Rubber New Year on Sunday afternoon, January 6 in los angeles, CA. Much thanks to our generous host Jon Wright, the unexpected fundraising by Alan Gamrican, los angeles Rubber Company, Spunk Lube, our volunteers Esteban Bartholo and John Carreon, and Dusti Cunningham for the photography, some of which will be at the bottom of this Hump Day as well as above. The Mr. West Coast Rubber contest weekend will be April 12-14 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA.
It was a picturesque afternoon for the Golden Gate Guards' Leather Cruise. Photo by Dave Rhodes
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Folsom Street Fair means a Mama's Family photo shoot by Rich Stadtmiller on Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse in San Francisco.
Folsom Street Fair sees perfect weather
The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 saw some of the best weather in the Fair's history.. The Folsom Street Fair was the culmination of San Francisco Leather Pride Week and had two huge dance parties, Magnitude dance on Folsom Street at 13th Street and the Deviants dance on Folsom Street at 8th Street. About 400,000 Leather and fetish enthusiasts descended upon the South Of MArket (SOMA) area for the festivities Magnitude dance area on Folsom Street at 13th Street, and the Deviants dance area on Folsom Street at 8th Street. Most of the vendors were repeats, but there were a few newbies. Lots of skin and nudes, more Leather, and plenty of rubber and puppies. More soon. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/folsom-street-fair/
Mistress Cyan gives Leather and Fetish people a seat on the CSW Board of Directors in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Dave Rhodes
BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the CSW table
West Hollywood, CA – On October 2, Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announced the results of its recent recruitment effort to bring new members to the CSW Board of Directors. This year, the organization received an overwhelming number of applications to fill only eight open seats. Among CSW's newest Board members is Mistress Cyan, President and CEO, Sanctuary Studios. Cyan joins seven other newbies and current CSW Board members: Steve Andrews (Secretary), Chris Classen (President), Erica Meyer, Raul Rios, Marquita Thomas, and Shayne Thomas. To read the full story go to https://www.lapride.org/press/la-pride-announces-newly-elected-additions-board Mistress Cyan said, "I'm honored to get the opportunity to better serve the community I love and cherish. I've been elected to serve on The LA Pride Board of Directors. The BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the table."
National Coming Out Day is Sunday, October 8
29 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen was hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau (left) with Farmboy staff. Photo supplied by Ralph Bruneau
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau to benefit Mr. Friendly raised $1,000 on Sunday afternoon, October 1 in los angeles, CA. At least 30 people attended. The $40 admission covered great food and there was a silent auction. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/ralph.bruneau.7 Farmboy Kitchen is community-owned http://farmboykitchen.com/ To find out about Mr. Friendly's effort to stamp out the stigma of HIV/AIDS check out https://www.mrfriendly.org/about
Bob Behr assumes helm of Leather Archives Board
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard's stepping down as President, effective September 27. Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board in October 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles, serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.org/
Li Yinhe is China's most prominent female sexologist.
For sex advice, people in China turn to a 65-year-old female BDSM expert at $15 a pop
By Echo Huang of Quartz
In China, sex can be an awkward topic to talk about publicly. But the country’s most prominent female sexologist is trying to change the public’s mindset through her books, and now through social media.
Li Yinhe is known in particular for her research into BDSM, including her book Subculture of Sadomasochism, published in 1998, China’s first book on the subject.... The rest of the story is at https://qz.com/1059372/for-sex-advice-people-in-china-turn-to-a-65-year-old-female-bdsm-expert-at-15-a-pop/
Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org
Voices of the Quilt musical needs funding
By Race Bannon
This project is important to me. The Quilt is a vital part of our history and served as a mechanism of solace during my own grieving when my first partner died of AIDS. This project needs money to move forward and I hope many of my friends donate. Donations of any amount, small or large, will help. Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Two good friends, Jörg Fockele and Adam Ouderkirk, are part of this project's core production team and they uphold the highest standards and are men of impeccable integrity. Voices of the Quilt, endorsed by AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones and by the NAMES Project, is the story of a community, ravaged by the HIV/AIDS crisis, that rose up and took unprecedented action in the fight for human rights, in part through the creation of what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt - nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and estimated at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of folk art. The musical is a moving requiem to the fallen, a call to fight against a ravaging pandemic, and, above all, a celebration of life and the strength of community. Uplifting, joyous, and full of spirit, you will stomp your feet and sing out loud. Demos of song selections, performed by the composer, can be listened to on the donation page. https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshopfundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshop
Avatar booth at Our Town LA Non-Profit Expo
Avatar Club los angeles will have a booth at the Our Town LA Non-Profit expo on October 14 Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 1200 North Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046 from 12-4 PM. The purpose of this event is to allow the LA LGBTQ nonprofit groups listed on Our Town LA to promote themselves, the much needed services they provide and engage with the community one on one. Recreation, athletic and social nonprofits will also been in attendance. Those looking for volunteer and donation opportunities are always welcome. There will be entertainment provided by local talent, food donated by West Hollywood restaurants as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items. For event updates go to http://www.ourtownla.org/NPE2017.html
Forever Hard: The Story of the Everhard Baths
Author, actor and activist Ed Sparan conducts a presentation about the Everhard Baths Fire, which killed nine gay men in New York City in 1977. During this pivotal time in gay history, just after the Stonewall Riots, the gay community came together to better establish cleaner and safer places for gay men. When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, bathhouses were shut down and sex turned back into the backrooms of bars by the 1990s. Ed will also talk about the play "Forever Hard" which tells the story of what happened that tragic night in May 1977. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. https://www.facebook.com/StonewallNationalMuseum/
Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater
The Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. Photo by Steve Sheeky
Mates Leather Weekend first report
We just received photos from the Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. We should have more by next week. Suffice it to say that it was another terrific weekend in Provincetown.
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.
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween!
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween will be held Friday, October 20, 10 PM to Midnight at the San Diego Eagle. Fetish Men San Diego is producing this event. Join in supporting California Drummer and Drummerboy at the San Diego Eagle Beat Your Drum is a night designed for kinksters to represent their own personal fetishes.
Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018. Photo by Bryon Hayes
Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018
By Bryon Hayes
Electro, from Kalamazoo, MI, who was competing as Mr. Campit Leather 2017, was tops among four men to become Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 at Mr. Michigan Leather XXII Weekend (MML), which took place on Saturday, September 23 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI. Corey Vinegar was the runner-up. Electro will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. This year’s contest featured a Friday night SINsation Kickoff Party hosted by the Sinergy, a Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers; various workshops presented by Diashto and Issa Arden sponsored by the Chicago Hellfire Club and Titans of the Midwest; and a poolside barbecue. The event was emceed by Mr. los angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson. The judges were IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, L.E., Ross Ransom, Daddy J and outgoing Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy.
Dr. Nyobi says more Black couples are choosing BDSM to spice up sex
By Mo Barnes of rollingout
A recent dinner party at the Punany Playhouse and demonstration by famed sex education expert Dr. Nyobi Ross has shown that more Black couples are choosing to spice up their sex life with a little BDSM. Dr. Nyobi was a special guest for this past weekend’s Punany Playhouse event and she did not fail to surprise some of her guests. Read the whole story at https://rollingout.com/2017/09/21/dr-nyobi-says-black-couples-choosing-bdsm-spice-sex/spice-sex/
Atlantic States Leather winners. Photo by Digital Dreaming
Atlantic States Leather Weekend
By Rodney Burger
Frat Daddy George from Granby, Massachusetts was awarded the title of Atlantic States Leather Sir 2018, Justin Charles from Baltimore, Maryland was sashed Atlantic States Leatherboy 2018, and Callie Girl from Newport News, Virginia took home the Atlantic States Community Bootblack 2018 at the Baltimore Eagle in Baltimore on September 22-23. There were no additional contestants. Sloppy Seconds was the theme of the second annual Atlantic States Leather weekend. The Sir/boy judges were Daddy Al Santora, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Rod McCoy, Ron Koski, KJ Nichols, david zeidler, and boy alex leffers. The Bootblack judges were boy Anderson, Jay Falcon and Christopher Edwards. There was a small vendor mart at the host Hotel Brexton which also saw several workshops. The contest was emceed by International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker and COMMAND MC member Brie Devine.
Dallas Fetish Ball
The Dallas Fetish Ball: Torture Garden will be held November 10-11 featuring performances by Yusura, Miss Miranda and Lou Lou D'Vil. The Dallas Fetish Ball will include vendors, latex fashion, a spanking booth and a photo booth. The event is produced by The Church Dallas and will be held at 2424 Swiss Avenue. Get tickets in advance at http://www.LeatherMasters.com Many premium spots have been sold, so act soon.
Women's International Leather Legacy titleholders aboard the Hornblower for the Leather Cruise of San Francisco Bay; left to right are WILL 2011 Tracy Wolf, WILL 2013 Angel and WILL 2017 Renee Beckman. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Golden Gate Guards' Cruise of San Francisco Bay
The Golden Gate Guards did their part to make San Francisco Leather Pride Week special when they hosted their annual Cruise of San Francisco Bay on Saturday afternoon, September 23. The Hornblower boat left Pier 40 around 5:30 PM and the weather did not disappoint. Not too hot and clear The tall girl is Renee Beckman, WILL 2017. The African-American girl is Girl Complex, IMsL 2017. The other girl is Angel, WILL 2013. And then there is me, Tracy Wolf, WILL 2011.
San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors
On Sunday September 17, San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors to join the seven incumbents on their Board — each new member will serve a three-year term starting October 4. New members Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma, Elizabeth Lanyon, Jacob Little, and Amy Sueyoshi, with re-elected incumbent and current Board President Michelle Meow, join Jacquelene Bishop (Treasurer), Anietie Ekanem, DJ Gray, Nguyen "Win" Pham (Secretary), Justin Taylor, and William Walker. The theme for 2018 is Generations of Strength. Leather has a powerful visibility at San Francisco Pride. For more go to http://www.sfpride.org/
Artists of all kinds shared their talents during the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo
Over 150 enthusiasts attended the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo was held at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park District of los angeles, CA September 29 - October 1. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming had a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. Artists of many kinds, including a guitarist, had spaces throughout the grounds. There were displays of art including a skateboarding wall display of the north side of the building. Check out http://tomoffinlandfoundation.org/foundation/Events/ev_2017_09_30_toff_art_festival.htm
Foot Fetish 101 - everything you need to know about tendon loving care
By Miranda Kane of Metro
No matter how much an enthusiast explains their love of the humble tootsies, feet are still seen as the red-headed stepchild to their more popular siblings, bums, boobs, eyes and lips. So what is it about this particular extremity that has millions of people – from all over the world, and of every gender – desperate to get their hands on your teasing toes? Read more at http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/23/foot-fetish-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tendon-loving-care-6913693/?ito=cbshare
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) was another whopping success the weekend of September 28 - October 1 in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library was there. We are awaiting word on the contests and other events, but we did come up with a photo of the Carter Johnson Leather Library. http://greatlakesleather.org/
Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October 8 at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there's plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com
Avatar President and Vice President elect Dennis Beisbier and Tommy Trafelet. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Avatar elects officers
Dennis Beisbier of Long Beach, CA was elected Avatar Club los angeles during the club's September 27 meeting at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA. Joining Denis are Vice President Tommy Trafelet, Secetary James McCurdy, Treasurer Perry Ash and at-large Board members Xavier Espejo, Adam Forrest and Dana Atkinson. Beisbier recently took office as President after President Don Doyle passed away in early September
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PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition
Another crazy Long Beach Pride weekend. Pigskin was the just icing on the cake. We want to thank the staff at the Eagle 562, you made Pride Sunday move smoothly. Next up - Pigmalion weekend, PerVarsity on June 15 Pigskin and then the Daddy Edition on June 17.
Leatherman Of Color 2018 Dax Volpe Partner Luar
Leatherman of Color 2018 Dax Volpe
Leatherman of Color 2018 is Dax Volpe who won his title on December 9 at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC 20019. Leatherman of Color 2017 Kai Anderson passed the title to his successor. https://www.facebook.com/loc2018/
It was announced on stage at the Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street on Saturday night, March 1 that Mr. San Francisco Leather 2014 is Scott "Big Red" Farrell. The first runner-up was Mr. San Francisco Eagle Leather Gage Fisher and the second runner-up was Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather. Six men competed.
Heading the judging panel was Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013 who was the fifth Mr. San Francisco Leather titleholder to win the International Mr. Leather title. The other four were IML 1979 David Kloss representing the Brig, IML 1981 Marty Kiker representing the Brig, IML 1985 Patrick Tone representing Chaps and IML 1992 Lenny Broberg.
Joining Andy were Mr. LA Leather 2013 Justin Emerick, Mr. Bolt Leather 2013 Robert Brooks, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012 Thib Guichard-Callin, Ms San Francisco Leather 2013 Val Langmuir and Judge Emeritus Garry "Marlena" McLain.
The emcees were Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013 Darren Bondy and International Mr. Leather 198 Mike Pereyra.
As Mr. Legion of Sin, Scott Farrell is a muscled redhead who is Mr. September on the 2014 Bare Chest Calendar. Big Red is a member of BaGG (Bondage a Go Go) and is the secretary of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. He will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.