Most candidates would shy away from having a portrait taken on a motorcycle wearing full formal biker Leather. They would be afraid their constituents might take offense and be shocked by such a powerful and frankly sexual image.
Not so for the late Governor Ann Richards who donned a kinky white fringed Leather outfit and posed astride a Harley Davidson for a Texas Monthly cover. It was quite a sensation and regarded as a great PR move on her part. That was in 1992 and people thought it was pretty cool back then.
Jaco: For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the Leather world.
Race: I’ve been active in the Leather scene since 1973. Initially, apart from being a bartender in a sleazy kinky bar, I was essentially a lone maverick player. Then around 1980 I got deeply involved with various clubs, organizations and projects that changed that lone wolf status. Since then I’ve been an organizer, writer, educator, speaker and activist in the LGBT, leather/kink, polyamory and HIV/STI prevention realms. I’ve authored a well-known BDSM book, been published extensively, spoken to hundreds of audiences, created the world's largest kink-friendly psychotherapist and medical referral service (Kink Aware Professionals), was a leader of The DSM Project that led to a beneficial change in the way psychotherapy views BDSM, founded a groundbreaking alternative sexuality publishing company (Daedalus Publishing Company), been an internet radio sex talk show host, received national and local awards, appeared in numerous documentaries, and currently am the Leather/kink columnist for the Bay Area Reporter http://www.ebar.comwww.ebar.com I also have a blog at http://www.bannon.com and there’s more information about me there for those who might be interested.
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard’s announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a member of the last 17 years. Krongaard said, “It has been an honor to serve as President of the Board, but after relocating to New York, my focus and energies must now be directed towards my career pursuits. The Archives is in great hands under the leadership of our outstanding professional staff, dedicated volunteers and passionate board.” Krongaard added, “I have complete confidence in Bob to lead the institution into the future and he has my total support."
Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board of Directors in October of 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. “I am humbled and honored to lead the board during this important time in LA&M’s history, said Behr.
Longtime member of the LA&M Board Member, Randall “Bear Man” Klett noted, “Bob has a solid understanding of what it takes to lead both an organization and a board. His passion and excitement impresses me and I look forward to him leading the Board’s strategic planning session next month."
If you would like to meet or reconnect with Bob to informally share your ideas and perspectives related to the LA&M, he will be hosting an informal lunch conversation Saturday, October 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Etienne Auditorium of the Leather Archives and Museum located at 6418 North Greenview Avenue.
Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.
Founded in 1991, in just 26 years the Leather Archives & Museum has become recognized worldwide as a significant center dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of primary materials on the leather, kink, BDSM and fetish communities and their cultures in both physical and electronic formats. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material that highlights the silent histories of marginalized and under-represented communities.
The Archives is located on Greenview Avenue in Chicago near Loyola University. The building houses the Teri Rose Library with holdings of over 3,000 books and 12,600 journals and periodicals, searchable by an online catalog, 1425 square feet archival storage space, and eight exhibit galleries. Among its ongoing endeavors are the Women’s Leather History Program, a gallery with rotating exhibits that celebrate contemporary artists who inspire dialogues related to Leather, kink, BDSM and fetish and a community space used for programming and special events. The LA&M is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under the 501 c (3) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Nearly all income is derived from the generous support of member organizations within the Leather/kink/BDSM/fetish communities.
These are the Pantheon of Leather 2017 Award recipients who made it to Dallas to receive their honors. Photo by Dave Rhodes
The Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 were held at the DoubleTree Hilton near the Galleria during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 31 in front of approximately 150-175 Leatherfolk from the United States and Canada. Some 30 Awards were presented.
Christopher Edwards returned as emcee for the Awards which celebrated its 27th year and second connected to ILSLb ICBB. Serving as Vannah the award presenter was International Mr. Leather 2009 and ILSLb ICBB President Jeffrey Payne.
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
Cowboi Jen and Suzanne of Philadelphia, PA are pleased to announce their formal engagement.
From the first date, both knew they had met the woman they were going to marry. 217 steps up in the air among the clouds, with the roar of the crashing waves below Old Barney Lighthouse, Suzanne said yes!
With the blessing of their family and close friends their wedding is planned for October 1 surrounded by history and patriotism in the City of Brotherly Love.
Revised June 6, 2017 to include all contestants' photos. The Leather Journal has three International Bootblack 2017 and63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants photos and bios for your enjoyment. This is the first year that the IMBB contestants have been included. Undoubtedly the contestant count in both contests will increase between now and IML. See you in Chicago.
By Brian Conway
Richard "Rich" Dockter, co-owner and producer of Thunder in the Mountains in Denver, CO, passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2016.
Rich had recently been diagnosed with HPV throat cancer and had been undergoing treatment. Since his diagnosis he had been a advocate for people to get vaccinated against HPV as it is now one of the rising cancers in both men and women.
Rich had been in the the Leather community for over 20 years touching many of people's lives over the years through presenting at events, producing his own event and meeting and greeting complete strangers on the street. He volunteered his services at the Denver Police with Missing Children Department for several years. He later volunteered his time at Hey Denver a local free STD testing facility. Rich always had a knack for striking up and carrying on a conversation with the people he met.
Whenever you would run into him, he would always have a smile and upbeat attitude. Rich was never one to shy away from situations and always lived his life to the fullest. He leaves behind his husband Brian and their four Shar-Pei dogs. He will be missed greatly and has left a hole in the heart of many within the community.
Services will be October 22, 2016 at 12 PM at Horan & McConaty in Denver, CO, followed by a reception at the Tavern DTC.
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 Leather Hall of Fame announced the names of its 2017 inductees: Durk Dehner, Peter Fiske, and MSC Hamburg who will be honored at a brunchduring CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) on Sunday, April 30 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH.
The Leather Hall of Fame was established to honor and preserve the legacy of the extraordinary men and women who have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950.
Durk Dehner (b. May 23, 1949)
Durk Dehner provided much of the institutional and organizational structure that made the art of Tom of Finland (2009 inductee) widely known in the United States and around the world. Originally from Canada, by the 1970’s Dehner was a hustler and worked as a model for Bruce Weber and others in New York. He wrote a fan letter to Tom after seeing one of his drawings at the bar, and they became pen pals and eventually business partners and artist and muse. They created the Tom of Finland Company in 1978 and the Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) in 1984. For more than 30 years, Dehner and the ToFF have been the curator owners of TOM House in Los Angeles, where he and Tom lived during the last and most prolific years of the artist’s life. For more than 30 years the ToFF has preserved Tom’s work and been a key institution in preserving and fostering masculine gay sexual art.
Peter Fiske (b. 1946)
Whip and whipping expert Peter Fiske has been a mentor to two generations of Leatherfolk.
Originally from New York City, Peter Fiske has been a Leatherman for more than 50 years.
He is a Stonewall veteran and a member of the Stonewall Veterans Association. He moved to San Francisco in 1966 and was a member of the Koalas MC San Francisco from 1966 to 1969. Peter is a founding member and Chairman Emeritus of The 15 Association San Francisco and of Delta International (Chairman and Coordinator 2009/2010), and a long time member of GMSMA, SNC London and the Chicago Hellfire Club. Peter was presented the Caligula Award at Inferno XXV in 1996. Also known as "Daddy Peter,” he is a well-known educator and has presented at hundreds of events and clubs across the country. Peter was San Francisco Leather Daddy XXI in 2003. His community service includes Board Member (1999-2003) and President (2000) of the AIDS Emergency Fund and cofounder of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Peter was a SF Pride Board member from 2002 to 2004 and was awarded the Heritage of Pride Award in 2005 for long term service of over 15 years to the SF LGBT community. He has long been a strong advocate for acceptance and inclusion of transgender men and women in the Leather and SM community. Now retired in Palm Springs, Fiske is still an activist and educator.
MSC Hamburg e. V. (Founded 1974)
The MSC Hamburg was officially founded in 1974 after the first official Hamburg Leather meeting the year before. After this big success with around 300 visiting Leathermen from various European countries, the MSC decided to host the second Leather meeting in August 1974 where they showed a fist fuck movie at the event: the first time such a movie had been shown to the German public. This began the club’s influence on European Leather. The annual MSC Hamburg Leather meeting became the number one Leather event in Europe — including wild parties on the famous MS Cap San Diego ship. The MSC party posters created by Martin S. Cool (aka Günter Henzler) are legendary. Along with producing the annual Leather meeting, the club and its members are active in Hamburg LGBT organizations, and produce the Mr. Hamburg contest.
The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held during CLAW 17. Complementary and reduced price tickets are available. Find out more, and order your tickets now at http://www.clawinfo.org
LHoF nominations can be made by anyone. A board of community scholars, organizers and leaders select three inductees each year. To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s previous inductees, or to make a nomination, please visit http://www.leatherhalloffame.com
CLAW is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and has donated over $700,000 to community charities.
International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2017 contestants.
All photos by Dave Rhodes
Pixie Mary was named International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 and Anthony Michael Harmon was chosen to be International Mr. Olympus Leather 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton Downtown San Diego on Saturday night, May 6 in front of about 150 people. The contest, under new ownership, was the first by Executive Producer Vonn Trammel. The 2017 Congeniality Award went to boy matt.
On June 3, 2017 in Dallas, TX, Matt "boy matt" O’Toole was appointed International Mx Leather 2017 by their fellow International Title Holders and the International Olympus Leather Producers at the Great Plains Olympus Leather contest. Boy Matt will join Anthony and Pixie Mary on the road and for stepdowns at Olympus Leather Weekend May 4-6, 2018 in San Diego. Read an explanation of Mx Leather, and why the title was awarded this year (as opposed to being held for the first time in 2018) at http://www.olympusleather.com/mx-leather-title.
Contestants in numerical order were Ms West Coast Olympus 2016 Pixie Mary, Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Pup Axel, Ms Midwest Olympus Leather Angie, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2016 Anthony Michael Harmon, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2017 Bo Chi Huang, and Mr. Midwest Olympus 2016 Matt "boy matt" O’Toole.
The emcee was Karen Ultra who has handled the microphone for many international events.
Vonn Tramel presented the prototype Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dave Rhodes, who in turn presented the first honors to Summer and Julie of San Diego, CA.
The judging panel included Head Judge Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Larry, International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson, International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo, Olympus Leather Founder and Producer Emeritus Dave Rhodes, Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl Darkdesyre, Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan, and Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt. The Judges' Coordinator: Julie Hoffman and Judges’ Wrangler was Summer Lee. The Tally Master was Jonny Spencer.
Pixie Mary is involved with Sanctuary Studios LAX and Shadows DM program. Her fetish interests have her identifying as a dominant switch; her top side enjoys needle play, canes, crops, spanking, wax play, and power exchange; and as a bottom, her preferences include a
thuddy flogging, fire play and she feels a well done fisting is fabulous from both sides of the slash.
Anthony Michael Harmon is the producer of California Drummer and used to be involved with and on the board for both the San Diego Gay Rodeo and Leather boys of San Diego. He was President, Vice President and secretary For The San Diego
Gay Rodeo and President of Leather boys of San Diego. Anthony's fetish interests are impact and percussion play, bondage and rope, and mindfucking.
Matt "boy matt" O’Toole's club affiliations include Kentucky Leather Brotherhood, Associate Member and Titans of the Midwest, Full Member. Matt is Secretary of the Titans of the Midwest. His fetish interests are power exchange, edge play, taboo, heavy S&M and pain play, watersports, CBT, fisting, dildos/assplay, spanking, caning, vulnerability, humiliation and degradation, AB/DL, and rough body play,
For details on the workshops check out http://www.OlympusLeather.com
San Diego's Naria Jordan was interviewed Fireside Chat-style by Tracy Wolf on Sunday afternoon.
$1,750 was raised for the travel fund in a three-way win as the Producers of San Diego Leather Pride, Ms SD Leather 2016 Jae Marie and American Leatherman 2013 Aaron B Duke American Leatherman 2013 combined won the opportunity in a special auction Saturday night to shave Olympus Leather Producer Vonn Tramel's head during the Sunday victory brunch.
Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt raised $248 for the title holder travel fund by selling Jaeger shots.
Seven bootblacks participated in the first Blades and Boots Salon Event, and Goddess Moon ran the Survive-her Ticket Challenge.
Olympus Leather Weekend had five meals on-campus and that led to great camaraderie.
All 63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants wave to the crowd. Soon after, the IML Top 20 Finalists were named. All photos by Dave Rhodes
International Mr. Leather 2017 is Ralph Bruneau who came in as Mr. GNI Leather 2016; his first runner-up is Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, second runner-up is Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King; International Mr. Bootblack 2017 is Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter and first runner-up is Rhys.
A new catalog published by the LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum : 25 Years, celebrates a milestone anniversary for the community institution which is located in Chicago and serving the world.