Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar
The Valley Pride Street Festival was hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. This was a first=year effort. While I was there, at least half of the crowd was from the Leather community. At the same time, in conjunction with Valley Pride, MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley held an extension for families and young people. There were food trucks, vendors, clubs including Avatar Club Los Angeles, ONYX Southwest, Bears LA. The Bullet Bar and Eagle LA teamed up to host a cigar lounge. CMED and LANG had a booth promoting naturism. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Yes, we know - it's late. Lots of things hit at once.
Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 in Dallas, TX.
Pantheon of Leather Awards nominees are in and posted
The nominations are in and the ballot almost set to go. Voting for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 opens soon and runs through August 3. The formal announcement and clarification of this will be made on stage at Pantheon of Leather on Thursday night. August 30 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack. To see the list of nominees go to https://www.theleatherjournal.com/component/k2/item/2029-pantheon-of-leather-2018-nominations
Knight Hawks of Virginia
This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate their 25th Anniversary, they will be hosting one of their biggest and best cruises ever on Friday, September 28. The fun will last four hours - from 10 PM until 2 AM. The boat departs from Norfolk Waterside. There will be demos, a buffet, a cash bar, and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a commemorative program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks service to the Hampton Roads community, a raffle ticket for great door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance. http://www.leathercruise.com/event-3.html
William Jason Hall - October 16, 1974 - June 28. 2018
The Leather community was saddened by the passing of William Jason Hall on June 28. 2018. He was born on October 16, 1974. William held the Mr. Philadelphia Leather title in 2015 and was a loved for his kindness across the country. Jason had a long-term disease effecting his brain which led to his passing. He was the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Education for the Battleship USS New Jersey and is an alumnus of Plymouth State University. He participated in many Civil War and WW II battle reenactments. http://www.boucherfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jason-Hall/#!/Obituary
Bootblack Round Up 2018
By Kevin Sparkie Perdue
Bootblack Round Up 2018 will be held at Touche' in Chicago the weekend of August 10-12. Events include the bootblack movie High Shine - 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack by Christina K. Court, Bootblack-focused classes by Kink U at the Leather Archives & Museum, Meat + Boot - a bootblack social at Leather64TEN with at least two bootblack stands open, run pins, patches, stickers, flags, Third Annual Shine Off Contest, CLAW Nation Party, and Leather Archives Museum Bootblack Centric Tours. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. http://www.bootblackroundup.com
PIGS hosts The Leather Journal Launch Party
By Matthew Jensen
The Leather Journal held its historic first Launch Party to celebrate the release of the July - August Issue on Tuesday night, July 3 at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Guests saw the introduction with Motorboot Robert of the California B&B Corps on the front cover. Food was provided by the Spicy Kitchen. There were jello shots. Be sure to check out future launch parties coming soon to the Bullet Bar and the Eagle LA. Presented by PIGS - Perverted Interracial Guys. https://www.facebook.com/events/146158429583809/
BLUF San Francisco Leather Lounge
BLUF San Francisco's Leather Lounge is a monthly social held on the patio at the SF Eagle from 9 PM to closing. Our next event is Saturday, July 14 and the following Leather Lounge will be on August 11. All are welcome. Put on your Leather or kink gear and your boots and join the party. If you're in gear, there's no cover charge before 22:00. BLUF events in San Francisco are organized by Lexx (3656) and Larry Kenney aka Hot Boots SF (26), and include an annual dinner before Dore Alley, usually one of the busiest events of the year, plus some events in association with other groups, and bar nights. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://bluf.com/local/sf
ONYX - Blackout XXIV
ONYX's Bi-annual Leather run will be held in los angeles, CA the weekend of October 10-13, 2019 the national organization announced recently. There will be breakout sessions that will educate, explore and empower your mind; a bar crawl that will give you a glimpse into the los angeles Leather community; an infamous ONYX dance that will leave you dripping with perspiration; a play party that will satisfy your innermost hunger for kink; a fireside chat with one of ONYX’s original founding fathers that will touch on past, present and the future of ONYX; and an AGM/Awards Brunch that will recognize some of our outstanding members Hilton los angeles North/Glendale and Executive Meeting Center, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202. https://www.facebook.com/events/1803909546584966/
Mx Virginia Leather
We are excited to present Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest. This Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. Join us to see who will be our first Mx Virginia Leather titleholder and will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223. https://www.facebook.com/events/2112030975721309/
IML 40 story with lots of photos
If you have not yet seen our coverage of International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. It is a must-see. The weekend was a tribute to the late IML founder, Chuck Renslow. Here is the link https://www.theleatherjournal.com/newsrssfeed/item/2024-iml-and-imbb-2018-sets-records-as-founder-chuck-renslow-remembered
Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/
Leather People Building A Better World
By Robert O'Dell
Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather- list-national/list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/
Help keep us going - send a few dollars our way!
West Coast Olympus Leather
The West Coast Olympus Leather 2019 contest was held at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday night, June 30 in front of a full house and when the dust settled Ferris Oxide took the Mx title, Fifi LaFille became Mr. and Rayna Kitten captured the Ms title. The emcees were Ms LA Leather 2017 Scarlett Sin and Mr. International Leather 2014 Dave Faunce Dave Faunce. West Coast Olympus Leather producer Anthony Harmon presented the March to the Beat of Your Own Drum Award to Mistress Cyan. http://westcoastolympus.com/
San Diego's Leather Realm in 2017.
San Diego Pride - Leather Realm
Join the 2018 San Diego Leather titleholders in beautiful San Diego on Saturday, July 14 and show your pride by walking with the Leather Contingent in the San Diego Pride Parade. The parade kicks off on Saturday at 11 AM and ends just in time to visit the Pride Festival grounds and the Leather Realm in beautiful Balboa Park. Join in the staging area for the pre-Pride party from 9:30 AM onward. Hillcrest Pride Flag, University Avenue and Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. https://www.facebook.com/events/1793414757381542/
Harbor Room - 18th Anniversary Weekend Leather64TEN
The Harbor Room will celebrate its 18th Anniversary in Milwaukee, WI the weekend of July 20-22 with Leather64TEN of Chicago being the host vendor. Plenty of events all three days with a cookout and beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Harbor Room, 117 East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. https://www.facebook.com/events/1520099918098772/
CMEN’s West Coast Gathering
By Rick Boehle
CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2018 will be held August 31 – September 9 in California’s Malibu Hills. A Leather focused social hour and the Mr. CMENLeather 2018 contest will highlight activities on Thursday, September 6. Daily activities will include seminars and workshops, outdoor recreation, pool and social activities, afternoon social hours and evening entertainment. This all nude, all male gathering will attract men an estimated 500 men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Register in advance, session options available. http://www.cmen.orgg
Pup Mosh in Denver
There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, July 13 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/
Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District
The elation and activism of the Pride Celebration is fading a bit now, but enthusiasm for our new District remains high. So, first things first, it is time to mark your calendar for the next Community Meeting, Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco. This community meeting is open to all. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org/
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ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on July 14. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/
Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, July 13 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. https://www.facebook.com/events/154128572050183/
Barking Billiards group at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Photo by Kirk Pup Kappa
Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - Agents of PIGS
By Matthew Jensen
Sunday, July 21 at 9 PM at the San Diego Eagle. Perverted Interracial Guys Joel Thomas Royal and Matthew Jensen join forces with Mr. Eagle San Diego 2018 Jody Mitchell for a cosplay fetish party the Saturday of Comic-Con International. $5 cover. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/events/881406908697729/
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Trivia Question of the Week
Who is known as the Mayor of Folsom Street?
1. Harvey Milk.
2. Mr. Marcus Hernandez.
3. Tony DeBlase.
4. Alan Selby.
5. Don Thompson.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
Last week's Question answered - Where was the first Mr. Drummer contest held? San Francisco, CA.
By Papa Woof Roth
We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues, and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/
International Mr. Leather Bear 2019
Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit https://baltimoreleatherbar.com/imlb/
Support the NCSF
Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/
ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner
The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 -September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with contestant demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, vendor market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, cigar social, puppy mosh, kinky workshops, 2017 Titleholder roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/
World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest
World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest in Lexington, KY on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.
Thunder in the Mountains
Thunder in the Mountains will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver the weekend of July 20-22. Thunder in the Mountains, with an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes and, our 50,000 square-foot dungeon, and puppy mosh pit and pony track, this promises to be the best party so far. Some of the big-name presenters are Laura Antoniou, Master Skip Chasey, Mark Frazier, Midori, Lee Harrington, Peter Fiske and Glenda Rider. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com
Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar
The Valley Pride Street Festival will be hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you to bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Food, vendors, clubs and one big party in The Valley. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/
ABW announces judges
The announcement of this year's American Brotherhood Weekend judges was during CLAW weekend. The judges are Lee Carl, Karri Plowman, Daddy Al Santora, Rylee Janus Spire and Vonn Tramel. ABW will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests. The contest will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum. http://www.americanbrotherhood.com/
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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs
San Diego's Leather Realm in 2014.
Mama's Family at West Coast Olympus Leather.
ILSLb ICBB winners from 2016 and 2017. Photos by Dave Rhodes
The International Leather Sir 2017 sash, patch and medal went to Major Ty from the Florida Region, International Leatherboy 2017 hardware went to boy Kaz from the Great Lakes Region and the International Community Bootblack version was won by boy John Urso from the Atlantic States Region at the DoubleTree Hilton near the Galleria on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators.
The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3.
ILSLb judges were Dr. Larry, MarKus Leath, Master Olivier Pratt, Sir Don, Sir Tug, Cowboi Jen, boy Dan and Tim ASH!. The ICBB judges were Briar, Cobi, Pony, Rylee Spire, Shahrazad, Sir Greg and Stephen Palaschak.
Leather Sir runner-up was Sir Mitch of the Great Lakes Region, Leatherboy runner-up was boy Michael May of the Southwest Region and the Community Bootblack runner-up was Garret Rodriguez-Snook of the Southwest Region.
The Golden Flogger winner was Sir Robert of Eastern Canada, Golden Paddle winner was Pup Napoleon from the Florida Region and the Golden Brush winner was Garret Rodriguez-Snook from the Southwest Region. The recipients of these honors were decided by the 16 contestants.
The Pantheon of Leather Awards ceremony was on Thursday night with Thib Guicherd Callin taking. Man of the Year honor while Woman of the Year was Patty Patty. Christopher Edwards emceed while Texas Governor-to-be played the role of Vannah.
Contestants performed fantasies after the Awards and that was followed by a roast of the outgoing titleholders.
No rest for the wicked, contestants had to pry their eyes open very early on Friday for interviews.
Registration was in full force all day Friday and the vendor market opened with about double the amount of vendors from 2016. Wolfstryker Leather, which saw one of its artisans win Business Person of the Year on Thursday night, was new to ILSLb ICBB.
The weekend included a Family Welcome Cocktail Party, workshops, cigar socials by the pool, a Grand Casino night, daily activities, bootblack stands, puppy mosh pits and culminated with two nights of contests.
ILSLb ICBB President Jeffrey Payne announced that he is stepping down form the board since his run for the governorship of Texas will require his full attention. His replacement is yet to be named.
Many would-be attendees did not make it to Dallas due to Hurricane Harry. Many roads leading out of the Houston and New Orleans area were closed and it was anyone's guess as to which were open.
One of the defining characteristics of ILSLb ICBB is the up front philosophy that Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack are about sex. These contests and titles are about the representation of the sexual side of the Leather community. Our goals include networking and outreach to help educate the community about Leatherfolk, our erotic expression, traditions and history - and of course, hot Leather sex.
For more on the contests go to http://www.ilsb-icbb.com
To see who received Pantheon of Leather Awards see https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/national-news/item/1953-pantheon-of-leather-2017-award-recipients
The 2014 version of the Folsom Street Fair took place in perfect Leather weather on Folsom Street between 8th and 13th Streets on Sunday, September 21, one week earlier than the usual fourth Sunday of September. It was cloudy, not sunny, but was perfect for Leather/BDSM/Fetish/Kink/Gearfolk wearing plenty of Leather - not too cold. The Fair seemed to be crowded earlier than normal and several booths were open just after 6 PM as that usual 5 PM wind did not arrive.
The move one block west did what organizers hoped it would do. That, and the stage moved to 10th Street not far from Howard made for better viewing. The short walk from Folsom Street over to the San Francisco Eagle at Harrison and 12th Streets worked. What had been a parking lot across from the Eagle was converted into a party area with a $20 admission.
Most of the usual suspects had vendor or social booths including The Society of Janus, Steamworks, the San Francisco Bare Chest Calendar Men, Mr. S Leathers, Orchid and Serpent.
The Leather Leadership Conference 2014, to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel and the William Way Center in downtown Philadelphia April 11-13, has done an internal inventory of what it has offered, combined with conference feedback forms and with the results of their 2012 community survey, with the result of that inventory being the creation a new Do It Yourself (DIY) program that will debut in Philly with a new delivery system for that program.
LLC has been the offering leadership training for Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish and LGBT communities for nearly 18 years. During that time, several changes have taken place and there has been more acceptance for those in alternate lifestyles, including more positive media. The Internet has given endless opportunities for contact, communication, and networking. There are a multitude of groups, munches and events to attend; sometimes so many that one could go to at least one event a week or have to choose where to participate.
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.
Beyond Vanilla will be held September 26-28 in Dallas, Texas, celebrating almost a quarter of a century on fun in the Lone Star State. Hotel Rooms are going fast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Reserve yours in the Beyond Vanilla block to get the lowest rate. In addition to discounts in overnight parking.
The fun begins Thursday evening at 6 PM at The Dallas Eagle for the Beyond Vanilla Kick-Off. A complimentary shuttle bus will be running to and from the Crowne Plaza and The Dallas Eagle from 5:30 PM to 2 AM. Early Check-In will be available at The Eagle so you can avoid the lines on Friday.
Friday registration opens at 10 AM, with Vending, and Silent Auction opening at 12:30 PM. Workshops run from 1-6:30 PM. The night's entertainment starts at 7 PM.
Saturday will pry eyes open at at 8:30 AM when Vending, and Silent Auction opens. Workshops start at 9 AM and run all day with a break for lunch.
CODE: Dress Rehearsal
CODE: Dress Rehearsal - MAL Discount Tix Night will be hosted by CODE at the Glorious Health Club on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. With MAL just around the corner, try out your best gear at CODE - it's "dress rehearsal" time! Harnesses, chaps and jocks, oh my! Don't be caught by surprise - it's always best to have a Dress Rehearsal. Glorious Health Club, 2120 West Virginia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. https://www.facebook.com/codedc/
ONYX: Southern California's Second Second Anniversary. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The International Leather Sir 2017, International Leatherboy 2017 and International Community Bootblack were held in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators. The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3. See photo below. See the results at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1954-ilslb-icbb-winners-in-dallas
On the evening of Thursday, July 24, 2014, the Ottawa Leather/Kink/Pup communities were shocked to learn of the death of Mr. Leather Ottawa 2014 Jon Nizzi. "Nizzi," as he was affectionately called by his many friends, had been a driving force in the various communities since moving from Toronto in 2013. In November of 2013, Jon won the Mr. Leather Ottawa title and went on to compete in the International Mr. Leather contest in May 2014, where he placed in the top 20 of a field of 46.
As news of his death became known late Thursday night, messages of grief, tribute and condolence from friends across North America and in the international Leather community had begun to fill his Facebook profile.
“With a smile from knowing you and quite a few tears I’m headed to bed; glad that you’ll rest well brother. (Pats and scritches) We will make sure Loki’s taken care of,” wrote International Mr. Leather 2012 Woody Woodruff.
A poignant photo of the Leather Pride flag flying at half mast was posted by Ms Leather Toronto 2013 Youkali Youkali.
Compiled by Dave Rhodes, Dr. Larry and William Burden
It is no secret that there were 71 International Mr. Leather 2018 or IML 40 contestants - your preference - 19 of them came from outside the United States, it is known that significant changes were being made in the International Mr. Bootblack contest and that IML founder Chuck Renslow would be remembered with class. What was to-be-determined was the winners of the contests.
The Second Annual San Francisco Sober Leather contests are moving to a larger and kinkier venue this year, the San Francisco Citadel, located at 181 Eddy Street between Taylor and Mason with the main event scheduled for Saturday, November 15 at 7 PM, followed by a play party beginning at 11 PM.
The party is a new addition, as are two events on the days preceding and following the contest: a meet and greet taking place Friday, November 14, and a victory brunch on November 16.
The contest has grown into three titles, all serving the broader objective of fostering sober leadership, outreach and expression within the kink community. The San Francisco Sober Kinkster is open to any individual who feels like they either don’t identify with the male or female gender model or that they shouldn’t have to choose a gender. The other two titles are Mr. San Francisco Sober Leather, which is a feeder into the Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015 contest, and Ms San Francisco Sober Leather 2015, which is a feeder into the Ms San Francisco Leather 2015 contest.
While all will take place simultaneously, each will have its own panel of three judges. The contests are open to individuals 21 and over residing within the Greater Bay Area and Sacramento. Applications for entry are available on the organization’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/SFSoberLeathercontest They are due by October 21.
The Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) 2014 will be held on Saturday, June 21 at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, CA, from 11 AM - 4 PM.
SCLG is an annual outdoor picnic gathering that is open to all Leather/BDSM/Fetish, kink, motorcycle and bear individuals and/or groups of all genders and orientations. The aim of the Southern California Leather Gathering is to provide an opportunity for these various folk to interact in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun and raise awareness about the size and diversity of the Leather/BDSM groups within Southern California. There will be games and prizes. Several clubs and groups bring tents or umbrellas.
Bring your own food and beverages (non-alcoholic only). Feel free to bring extra food to share. There will be grills heated up and available for anyone that wants to grill food.
Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Two no-host bars, a silent auction, and Master of Ceremonies International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau! Special dinner catered by Layne Sanden and special guest chefs. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35
Capitalizing on the momentum generated at Great Lakes Leather Alliance where two Minnesotans won regional titles, Minnesota Leather Pride announced the first Ms Minnesota Leather Pride contest. The new contest will be part of Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, which also features the first Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy contests, to be held April 3-5, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“When we began planning for Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, we started with Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy with the expectation additional contests would be added over time,” said Tim Holden, chair of the Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend committee and member of the Minnesota Leather Pride board. “When Tim Hotchkin won Great Lakes Leather boy and Riches won Great Lakes Ms. Leather Pride, the board agreed the timing was right to add the Ms. Minnesota Leather Pride contest to what is already shaping up to be an exciting weekend!”
The winner of the Ms Minnesota Leather Pride contest, along with the winners of Minnesota Leather Sir and Minnesota Leather boy, will go on to compete at Great Lakes Leather Alliance held Oct 1-4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Contestants for Ms Minnesota Leather Pride must be 21 years old and identify as a woman in the Leather/Kink/BDSM community.
“With the addition of Ms Minnesota Leather Pride to Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend, we feel this event will have something for everyone,” said Holden.