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Monday, 10 March 2014 05:01

Conversations With Leather - Hardy

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

Hardy Haberman

Conversations With Leather by Jaco Lourens

      

 

 

There are four confirmed contestants for International Mr. Bootblack this year. With the assistance of Jeremiah Morris we were able to present this to you. Jeremy is the Coordinators for the International Mr. Bootblack Competition. For more about International Mr. Bootblack including judges and rules check out http://www.imrl.com To see our coverage of the 72 men competing for International Mr. Leather go to https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2019-iml-2018-contestants-photos-and-bios

Published in Regional Leather
Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:00

Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List

 

 

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).

Published in Regional Leather
Saturday, 22 February 2014 05:05

Mr. Twin Cities Leather is Greg Menzel

Twin Cities Leather Winner By Steve LeniusMr. Twin Cities Leather 2014 is Greg Menzel of Minneapolis, MN.

Twin Cities Leather and Latte presented the Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2014 Contest held the weekend of February 14-16 at The Saloon in downtown Minneapolis.

The weekend included a Kink U event on Saturday hosted by the Titans of the Midwest and Victory Party by DJMF.

The judges were Leathrati.com contributor Tynan Fox, International Leather Sir 2012 Jack Duke, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2011 Daniel Henniger, Mr. Leatherman of Color 2011 Onyx Rod, Atons of Minneapolis President Andrew Bertke, and Saloon General Manager Tim Balfanz. The tallymaster was Mr. DC Eagle 2011 Michael Kramer and the den daddy was Bud Ingram-Lile.

The contestants were Tim Holden, Cody Marino and Greg Menzel.

Event Sponsors included The Saloon, TCL&L, Lavender Media, CLAW Nation, UberLube, Oxballs, and Little Pig Design.

Greg Menzel will compete at IML in Chicago, IL in May.

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 19:29

Mr. Chicago Leather January 24-26

Chicago Leather 2013 Nick ZukoTouché, 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

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:00

Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend by Centaur MC

MAL Todd White Lights Candle

The Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, went off without a glitch as a larger crowd than last year saw Matthew Bronson become Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2012, a fabulous Leather Cocktails, more vendors, great food, new club officers installed, and plenty of parties over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, January 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Nine men vied for the coveted Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather title with Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2012 Matthew Bronson winning, Mr. PW's Leather 2012 Marc Sherkness Carcione taking first runner-up and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2012 Matt Kenney becoming second runner-up on Sunday afternoon.

Centaur member and Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 1993 Frank Nowicki was the emcee for the weekend.

The judges for Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather were: Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2011 Doug Pamplin, International Mr. Leather 2011 Eric Guttierez, International Ms Leather 2011 Sara Vibes, Mr. San Diego Leather 2010 Anthony Rollar, American Leatherman 2000 Dean Ogren, Washington, DC Eagle owner Ted Clements and Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2005 Jay Harcourt.

Earlier in the day, the following were installed as Centaur MC officers for this year: president Steve Ranger, vice president Todd White, treasurer Patrick Grady, recording secretary John Bonnage, corresponding secretary Tom Buckley, road captain Jeff Klotz, tribune Chaz Dean and centurion Bob Dye.

Leather Cocktails on Saturday night had a spread of food, mostly slider hamburgers, cheeses and dips and desserts that were gobbled up about as quick as Hyatt servers could set them out.
Gone was the pomp and circumstance of introducing each club member by name with grand entrances and the introduction of Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contestants. The traditional presentation of club colors was the main show. The introduction of members, installation of officers and viewing contestants were done on Sunday.

The Men of ONYX had a dance party on Saturday afternoon and there was also a puppy mosh sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Kennel Korps that drew big crowds. MAUL (Mid Atlantic Uniform League) held a Saturday party, too.

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:06

Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 21, 2018

 

 

Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and Bootblack Contests

Mr. San Diego Leather Doriam Manuel Couto, Ms San Diego Leather Kira Renee, and San Diego Bootblack Shilo Vix were sashed, medaled and patched on Saturday night, March 17 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Bennett Evan Robbins was the second man competing for the Mr. title. About 200 cheering Leatherfolk, an increase of about 30 percent from 2017, were there including from as far north as Portland, Oregon and east as Baltimore, Maryland. Tiger and Wayne Dietz served as emcees. Afterglow Party with High Leather Cocktails, Open Bootblacking and Cigar Social at 9 PM. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. http://www.sandiegoleatherpride.com

Mufasa Ali's keynote at the Leather Leadership Conference
By Mufasa Ali
ONYX founder Mufasa Ali delivered a rousing keynote address during the Leather Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA on XXX. "I’d like to start off with a story! The story is told about a lion...and this lion was very proud of his leadership over the animal kingdom. One day he decided to make sure all the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle. He was so confident that he by passed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear...." The rest can be read at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-addressnews/item/2007-mufasa-ali-s-leather-leadership-conference-2018-keynote-address

Conductors LL - Track XXXVI

The Conductors Levi Leather Club. of Nashville, TN hosted their Track XXXVI - Into The Woods Run at the Whispering Pines Campground and Retreat the weekend of March 15-17 in Hampshire, TN. A Mr. Friendly presentation was made on March 16 as seen in the photo above. Founded in 1982, the Conductors is one of the longest surviving gay social and service groups in the city, having been involved in Nashville's gay community for over 35 years. http://conductors.net/

Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex
By Miss Rae and chris
We are happy to announce the Grand Opening of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library – Florida Annex to be held on Saturday, March 31 at the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park, FL. One special guest author, Vi Johnson will be there. Her most famous books are To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave and Dhampir: Child of the Blood along with being a contributing writer on numerous other pieces. The other world famous authors, and local community members, will be John and Libby Warren. They authored The Loving Dominant, and John authored Safe, Sane, Consensual and Fun and Murder at Roissy, among others. Drinks, appetizers and desserts will be provided. Library Memberships will be available. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2051902315033074&set=p.2051902315033074&type=3&theater

Mr. LA Leather
The Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 contest will be at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox will pass the title to the next man who will represent the City of Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

Save Twin Cities Leather & Latte
Friends, I implore you to consider making a donation to the Gofundme that my wonderful sash wife Mikayla Victoria Stanek has set up to help save Twin Cities Leather and Latte. Our community is a better place, because of the work that Karri Plowman and Tynan do. Safe spaces are incredibly important and we are fortunate to have TCL as a place to call home. No donation is too small. Thank you. Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2018. Help Twin Cities Leather and Latte at https://www.gofundme.com/save-twin-cities-leather-amp-latte

San Diego Leather Pride Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride on Friday, March 16 included a Color Guard, Blessing from the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Contestant Introductions and a Leather History display at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Four contestants vied for three titles. The blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was an unbelievable riot. There were a few vendors on hand all weekend. DJ Matt Effect from Sydney, Australia had the beat going all night. http://sdleatherpride.org/

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Trivia Question of the Week

This Uniform club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in September. Who is it?

1. California B&B Corps.

2. Rangers of Ohio.

3. Regiment of the Black and Tans.

4. Corps of Rangers.

5. Mid Atlantic Uniform League.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals? Geoff Mains.

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ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night will be at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. ProNE Leather Pride Night will be a live charity auction event benefitting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/

NCSF Celebrated its 21st Anniversary in Atlanta - elects officers
At the NCSF's Annual Meeting on March 9th in Atlanta, GA, the Coalition Partners elected the board members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. This year 11 people ran for the NCSF Board, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The current board members are: Chairperson Susan Wright, Vice-Chair Keira Harbison, Secretary Jackie Harris, Treasurer Kevin Carlson, Treasurer; at-large board members are Ruby Bouie Johnson, Ben Schenker, Judy Guerin, Rudy Serra, Richard Richbart, Russell Stambaugh, Max Rulz and Julian Wolf. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival

The Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival will be outside the Eagle LA and up Santa Monica Blvd. toward Sunset Blvd. on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM and hopes to exceed its attendance of 10,000 from 2017. Off Sunset Festival closes out a week of events for los angeles Leather Pride. Off Sunset Festival is for guests 21 and over only and will have live bands and DJs, gourmet food trucks, ice-cold beer and specialty drinks, artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors, lots of Leather and fetish gear and yes, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear. Off Sunset Festival, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds. See our website or contact for more information. The CLAW registration package includes Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/

Leather Pride Flag Raising in San Diego
The San Diego Leather Pride Flag Raising on Friday, March 16 preceded the opening ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride Weekend. Since 2013, the Leather Pride flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride. A Leather color guard raised the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole at the intersection of Normal and University, thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association. http://www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Southern Most Puppy is all set for April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust for all judges and contestants. Saturday will include interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940, Southern Most Puppy Contest at Phoenix. Sunday victory brunch. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117.

29th Pansexual Butchmanns
The 29th Pansexual Butchmanns Experience hosted by Machele Kindle will be April 27-29 in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The activities of flogging, ritual temporary piercing, mummification, and Responsibility-Obedience practice are further explored through in-depth discussions. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride hosted the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18. The Kick Off Party featured a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually entered on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. About 250 Leatherfolk packed the Long Beach bar where the ride-in was done in the adjacent alley and introductions were made on stage where each contestant drew their numbers led by emcee Chad ONYX. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

SouthEast LeatherFest
SouthEast LeatherFest will be held June 14-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody i n Atlanta, GA with tracks from play to relationships. Don't miss out on the 150-plus activities to learn, socialize, connect and play. SouthEast LeatherFest is an annual event for alternative, Kink, BDSM communities of all genders, ethnicity and sexual preference to explore education, sexual freedom and sex positive discovery. SouthEast LeatherFest has dynamic speakers giving six subjects and individual perspectives including Marty, Tina Landi, Sir S'ango, Lady Kita, Master Scott, and BlueFrost during a do-not-miss luncheon on Saturday. http://www.SECURE.SELEATHERFEST.com

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returned for the second year to MCC in the Valley on Monday, March 19 at 7 PM, in the Classic Meets Fetish tradition of Folsom Berlin, with an emphasis on classic and original music that has been used in film, television or other media. As always, musicians and attendees will be wearing fetish/Leather gear. Music Director Michael Crane's ensemble of seven instruments played The Theory Of Everything, The Music Of The Night, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Planeterium from LA LA Land among many others. Food was provided by Hunter and Charlie's which is formerly Farm Boy Kitchen in Hollywood. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

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Farm Boy Kitchen is now Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's in March. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. (323) 848-4790. http://www.hunterandcharlies.com

Girls Night Out
Bikkja Amy, Mistieyes and The Compound present the next Girls Night Out women's BDSM play party in San Diego, CA on Saturday March 31 starting at 7 PM. Smoking hot demonstration by Daddy Naria who is a longtime Radical Sex Perv Daddy who has been involved in the Queer BDSM Community for 35 years as a practitioner, organizer, activist, writer, speaker, and educator in the Kinky Arts. She is the new Co- owner/Producer of DESIRE along with her wife, Bikkja Amy. The demonstration will begin at 7:15 PM, followed by a brief circle of introduction then play. https://fetlife.com/events/649144

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and WiFi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Leather Pride in Texas
Leather Pride in Texas 2018 will be April 6-8 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, TX. Leather Pride in Texas is committed to building unity within the Leather community and providing Leather Space for Leather People. Friday night - DJ hosted cocktail party, cash bar, cigar social, drag show; Saturday - Leather panel discussions, information booths, classes, bootblack and puppy play workshops, puppy mosh, cigar social, vending, Fetish/Kink art display, Carter Johnson Leather Library on display, free lunch and men's, women's and mixed play parties; Sunday - Sendoff social. Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel and Conference Center, 1209 Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664. For detailed schedule and all other pertinent information about Leather Pride in Texas, please visit http://www.leatherprideintexas.org

'eco-fetishism' explores bdsm through a queer feminist lens
By Michelle Lhooq for i-d Vice
The performance artists behind Sacred Sadism, a new line of 'eco-fetish' sex toys, are changing BDSM's archetypal studded leather aesthetic. Putting a flower up your butt or getting whipped with a bundle of sharp leaves might not be the first idea that comes to mind when you’re trying to level up your sex life. But scrolling through the Instagram photos of LA-based artists Genevieve Belleveau and Themba Alleyne, suddenly, I get the appeal. Belleveau and Alleyne, a loving couple who often incorporate BDSM practices into their work, are the first “eco-fetishists” I’ve ever met, and they make nature look downright sexy. https://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/pam9ky/eco-fetishism-explores-bdsm-through-a-queer-feminist-lens

NYC debut of Obie Winner Ain Gordon's play 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous
The play is about Dr. John Fryer a gay psychiatrist who, at huge personal risk, addressed the American . sychiatric Association in 1972 about removing homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses.He was so convincing, that the following year - 1973, they voted to remove it from the list. That was 45 years ago this year; this play is being presented by Equality Forum during this years APA conference at the Javitz Center a block away from the theater (May 3-9). This year's conference will have panels about John Fryers, who is one of the major in not well known civil rights pioneers. http://217boxes.com/

Kink - In The Air Tonight
Kink - In The Air Tonight, Play party in Hollywood/Silver Lake, will be held at Kink LA on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 PM. 18-plus. Free before 10:30 with RSVP. We like our music dark - Witch House, Darkcore, Dark EBM, Dark Techno, Dark Electro, Dark Psytrance, Dark Step, Dark EDM, Dark Ambient, Dark Cabaret, Dark Wave and Dark Folk. Kink LA, 4212 Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/196901527745682/

Yellow and Black Party
SF Catalyst and Yellow and Black are hosting a Yellow and Black Party at SF Catalyst on Friday, March 23 at 8 PM. Tickets $20 in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yellow-and-black-party-tickets-43220018238, or $30 at the door. Discounts available for volunteers. The Yellow and Black Group is for and about men who enjoy including watersports (piss play) as part of their sexual or BDSM activities or fantasies. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. https://www.facebook.com/events/192865404634035/

Cruze by FMSD, A Men-Only Party and Social

Fetish Men San Diego's CRUZE is a night where men can explore their fetishes and cruise as they like. The playrooms of House of Black will be set up to accommodate pick-up play, socialization and fetish exploration instead of our traditional dungeon setup. Friday, March 30 at 9PM. Cost is $20, payable via Paypal or by contacting CRUZE is a new party we're hosting! Unlike our Members-Only Play Party (MPP), CRUZE is a Men-Only night of fetish and cruising.

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/

Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know
The go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved. http://www.pupplay.info/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Folsom Street East Celebrates SLUTS
Folsom Street East, Inc. (FSE) will celebrate 21 years of gear, kink, fetish, in-your-face sexuality and benevolence at the annual FSE Street Festival, Sunday, June 17 from 11 AM - 6 PM on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, NYC. This year’s theme is our reclaiming of the word SLUTS, which to us stands for Sex, Love, Unity, Trust, and Safety. FSE envisions a world that celebrates and inspires participation and pride for expression of sexual identities in LGBTQ+ and Allied communities. Beneficiaries are New York City Anti-Violence Project, Trinity Place Shelter and Transcend Legal. The Notorious OMG has been the Mxtress of Ceremonies for all manner of drag, burlesque, and charity events throughout the Northeast. Based in Philadelphia. When offstage, OMG’s alter ego Rudy Flesher serves on the board of Folsom East. http://www.folsomstreeteast.com/event/folsom-street-east-street-festival-xxi-s-l-u-t-s/

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/

SoCal Leatherfest Boy

By Steven Carlisle
Calling all boys in Southern California, the application is open for the first SoCal Leatherfest Boy contest to be held as part of SoCal Leatherfest the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, CA. Grab the application today and let us know if you have any questions. SoCal Leatherfest is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. We will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, barbecue, pool party, and more. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QbofHnZgX03T6vACWKqhbwNTwfQh-vOu/view

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday. April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Puppy 101
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/

Folsom Europe
Folsom Europe 2018 will be at Fuggerstraße in Berlin, Germany, September 5-9 The 14th edition of Europe's largest gay fetish event will take place at various venues in Berlin, with the Street Fair along Fuggerstaße on Saturday, September 9. Part of the proceeds will go to AIDS charities. Fuggerstraße, 10777 Berlin, Deutschland. http://folsomeurope.info/

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Timeline of Pup Play

Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org

Northwest Gay for Play Weekend
Come join us in Portland, Oregon for a weekend fueled by the exploration of fetish, play and fun. April 27-29 is Northwest Gay for Play Weekend. A weekend for men who play with men and those who want to build community with them. The diversity celebrated at this weekend makes a welcoming home for fetishists across a wide range of gear and play. Northwest Gay for Play Weekend 2018 features three days full of play opportunities; a fabulous Meet and Greet to kick the weekend off. Saturday features play workshops and a contest for three fetish titles: Butch Player NW, Femme Player NW, and Bootblack NW will happen Saturday night. To wrap up, there is a Big Gay Brunch on Sunday that combines delicious breakfast food with even more play. https://nwgayforplay.com/

Avatar - Needle Play
Avatar Club los angeles has invited Doc Duhon to present a “hands-on” training session on needle and piercing play on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The session will include preliminary consent and piercing scene involvement, cleanliness, safety, materials and equipment, scene preparation, the bottom's piercing site considerations, piercing techniques, piercing play styles and possibilities, post-scene care for the bottom, and clean-up. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://avatarla.org/

Leather Archives & Museum displays inkedKenny

Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery, January 26 - June 7, MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny. inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish and with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion and discovered a new way to look. at (and artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent and a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing and found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Movie night with SAN-PAH
SAN-PAH (San Diego Pups And Handlers) will hold a movie and bar night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM. The movie will be Isle of Dogs at the Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 followed by a bar night at the San Diego Eagle, Pup’s night out at the movies. Wear your SAN-PAH shirt, gear or anything else pup-related for the pre-movie group photo at 7:15. After the movie we’ll head over to the Eagle for Pup Night. https://www.facebook.com/events/710265129362602/

GearUp Men's Weekend
GearUp Weekend will be held July 12-15 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and registration opens on January 31. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearup-mens-weekend-2018-registration-36327651985

Fuk U(niversity)

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, April 7 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (F.U.K.) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations which plays the first Saturday of each month. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now" https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Golden Gate Guards - Springtime in Yosemite
Registration for Springtime in Yosemite is now open. Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in the Sierras in Yosemite May 18-20. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. Springtime in Yosemite will be at the View Lodge in El Portal, CA which has nice rooms and most have balcony with an enchanting close-up view of the rapidly-flowing Merced River. Depending on interest, there will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a separate expense. Registration is open at http://www.ggguards.org/events/yosemite.htm

Walk the Walk
Joe Mannetti will present Walk the Walk at the The Stonewall Inn on Saturday, March 24 at 7 PM. A fundraiser benefiting AIDS Walk New York and the programs and outreach provided by GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Admission is $10. Raffle prizes. The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. https://www.facebook.com/events/1610376255678285/

Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Shiner's viewing at IMsBB IMsL
IMsLBB Weekend 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Ms Bootblack competition. Join us as we celebrate all things Bootblack. Friday, April 20, as part of the IMsLBB weekend will be the west coast premiere of the movie Shiners. The film is written and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum and lets you meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. IMsBB 2007 Ms V has secured the rights to show this new film and will talk about bringing this labor of love to IMsBB IMsL weekend. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

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Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:16

Mid Atlantic Leather draws record crowd

 

 

Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend saw at least 3,000 Leatherfolk and kinsters converge on the host Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC the weekend of January 12-15 where Martel Brown was chosen to be Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather ans Todd White was installed as Centaur Motorcycle Club president.

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Friday, 14 October 2011 17:00

Mr. Iowa Leather Jeremy Morris

Iowa Leather Jeremy Morris By Michael PaganoJeremy 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.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 16:33

Mr. Connecticut Leather 2015 is David Gerard

Connecticut Leather 2015 David Gerard Photo by Ray Rivera WebThe Mr. Connecticut Leather 2015 contest was held Saturday, September 5-7 at the 168 York Street Cafe in New Haven with the winner being David Gerard of Norwalk, CT.

The runner-up was Trell Walters of Meriden, CT. Also competing was Jeff Wolf Striker Victoria.

The panel of judges included Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest founder Al Santora, Producer of Mr. New Jersey Leather Sal Susino, Brian Kuerze, Mr. Eagle NYC 2014 Cee Jay, Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2014 Joe Birdwell, Mr. New England Leather 2014 Steve Dupont, and Mr. New Jersey Leather 2001 JR Ramos.

There was a Friday meet and greet and a Sunday victory brunch.

David will continue on to Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather In January and IML in May.

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LA Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue Photo By Dave Rhodeslos angeles Leather Pride Week was huge and what a production is was, with the main event at Circus Disco in Hollywood being the 15th Annual Mr. LA Leather Contest where Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue was best in a field of 10 men vying for the opportunity to represent the City of the Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.

The theme for LA Leather Pride 2014 was Brethern = Blood, Building the Bonds of Brotherhood.

There was a ton of events that started at the ONE Archives Foundation near the USC campus with a motorcycle ride that stopped at several popular Leather businesses while working their way to the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, Chariots of Fire with the Mr. LA Leather contestants, Payasos LA and followers on Sunday morning, March 22 followed by Odyssey: The Road to Mr. LA Leather the opening party of LA Leather Pride hosted by Avatar Club los angeles put on Odyssey: The Road to Mr. LA Leather – the traditional kick off party to Mr. LA Leather Pride where the contestants for Mr. los angeles Leather 2014 drew their numbers. The Bullet has recently been remodeled and the back room behind the patio was converted to a VIP lounge.

 

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By Terry Laupp

Mr. Missouri Leather (MML), celebrated 33 years the weekend of February 26-28 at JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis Missouri where Ty Portell  from St. Louis was sashed the new Mr. Missouri Leather 201. Three men competed. For the first time in three years the weather cooperated with unseasonably warm weather with no snow or ice!

The now defunct Gateway MC founded MML in 1983 and was one of the longest running annual Leather contests nationwide sponsored by a single Leather club. In 2014, Terry Laupp, Mr. Missouri Leather 2010, and Chad Carroll took over the competition. Currently, Mr. Missouri Leather is the only drug-tested Leather contest in the nation.

The weekend kicked off with a meet and greet on Friday evening with the Leather tribe gathered to renew friendships and acquire new ones. The evening culminated with the introduction of the judges and the three contestants choosing their numbers. The judges for the weekend were: Mr. Tri State Leather 2014 Brian “Pup Bolt” Donner, Mr. Midwest Leather 2014 Jay Johnson, Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig, Mr. Heartland Leather 2015 Russell McDaris and Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckhoff.

Saturday started early with a Morning of Service and Fellowship at Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutritional support to low-income men, women, and children with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Over 20 Leathermen volunteered, packing over 5,500 meals in just under three hours!

While the contestants were being interviewed at Attitude’s Nightclub, the Titans of the Midwest presented Kink U at JJ’s clubhouse. Topics included Rope You Can Use by Elton Davis, Sensations by Mr. Colorado Leather 2016 Ric Poston and Don't Stick Your Dick In Crazy by Karen Ultra.

The contest kicked off at 10:30 PM in the Annex at JJ’s Clubhouse with Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2003 Richie Johnson presenting a powerful version of our National Anthem. Emcees for the evening, Oklahoma Leatherboy Chad Neal and Miss Continental Plus 2000 Tumara Mahorning entertained over 200 Leathermen in attendance with their onstage chemistry and humor. The tally masters were Mr. Missouri Leather 2003 Mark Bozif and Mama’s Kinky Educator Aaron Laxton. Den Daddies, O. John Groebl and Mr. Missouri Leather 2013 John Metzner assisted our contestants back stage. Mr. Pride St. Louis 2007 Jimmy Walsh interpreted. DJ TimmyB dazzled the crowd with his lighting and music, Pup Wolfe-Cybrus, a well-rounded puppy, was the judge’s runner, and Boy Ashley was the bootblack.

CLAW donated a CLAW weekend package as a door prize and presented each of the contestants with a CLAW package. A silent auction ran during the entire evening and an army of current titleholders roamed the crowd selling raffle tickets and shots,

The constants were judged in Cruise Wear, Pecs and Personality, Image in Leather and delivered a two-minute speech on a topic of their choice. During intermission Mr. Missouri Leather 2011 DJ Kaiser organized the Mama’s Family photo and introduced a new member to the family, Mike Lunter, Mama’s Kinky Specialist.

While the final scores were being tallied the informal Gateway Guy contest, consisted of 10 hot men from the audience, where the winner was chosen by audience applause. The Gateway Guy contest has been a staple of the MML contest and strives to actively involve more people in the event while fostering interest in future contestants. Tumara Mahorning brought the house down and turned back the hands of time with her rendition of Cher classics. Almost 20 clubs, organizations and titleholders were recognized with a Parade of Colors.

Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckoff gave a heartfelt step aside speech, thanking everyone who was instrumental during his title year and ended by encouraging all in attendance to let his or her voice be heard during this election year.

Ty Portell is a full member of Blue Max CC, a member of the St. Louis Balloon Brigade and Team Friendly-St. Louis. He competed at Mr. Missouri Leather 2015. Ty will go on to compete at International Mr. Leather in May.

The weekend concluded with the Mr. Missouri Leather Victory Brunch presented by Chef Elizabeth Schuster and her Tenacious Eats crew and was held at Food Outreach. All in attendance congratulated Ty and no one left hungry.

Boom Magazine at www.boom.lgbt videoed the entire contest it can be viewed at http://www.Vimeo.com Simply search for Mr. Missouri Leather 2016.

Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend 2017 will be held February 24-16 when Leather collides with Mardi Gras!

 

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IMG_7395The Centaur Motorcycle Club hosted its Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend the weekend of January 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with a record crowd in wonderful weather. The features were the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2014 on Sunday afternoon and Leather Cocktails on Saturday night.

Leather Cocktails celebrated its beginning in Big Apple fashion since the party was founded at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The Centaurs went all-out with the food - roast beef sandwiches, New York cheesecake and the best Manhattan clam chowder west and south of the Hudson River.

Club president Todd White gave a strong speech about the clubs attending the event making Mid Atlantic Leather what it is, after all of the club banners were on stage. Many of the club standard bearers were wiping tears away from their eyes by the time Todd finished. The following day, White was reinstalled as president during the introduction of Centaur MC new officers and all club members.

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Missouri Leather 2014 David Payne Signs PosterDavid J. Payne, not related to IML 2009 Jeffrey Payne, was chosen to be Mr. Missouri Leather 2014 at JJ's Clubhouse in St. Louis, MO on Saturday night, March 1 in front of about 150 Leatherfolk in a newly-opened Annex section of the bar. Michael P. was the runner-up.

Mr. Chicago Leather 2010 Chester Munro and Mr. Missouri Leather 2009 Mike Lunter were the emcees. It was Munro's first state Leather title gig. The emcee at large, or "voice of God" was Mr. Missouri Leather 2011 DJ Kaiser.

The Mr. Missouri Leather contest opened with a terrific A Cappella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Robert Reed. The local chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a blessing.

The huge significance of the weekend is that it was the end of the line for the Gateway Motorcycle Club which officially folded after 40 years service to the Leather community. About 15 members, associates, emeritus members and honoraries posed for a photo on stage during the contest. It was announced that JJ's Clubhouse had just passed the $1,000,000 mark in fundraising for charity through clubs such as Gateway MC and Show Me Bears.

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:46

Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather judges named

images/club-logos/Iowa Leather 2014 Logo.jpgMr. 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.

 

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