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ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

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In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

Published in Society & Arts
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, 09 November 2017 13:51

Dave Rhodes Hump Day November 8, 2017

 

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

 

Pup Figaro and Terry Laupp emcees at International Puppy and Handler Weekend in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

International Puppy Contest staff and management changes

The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner has been officially appointed contest producer. Joining him as producer is Pup Figaro, IPC's International Puppy 2015. Together, Tripp and Figaro will be managing and coordinating all stages of the contest. Stepping into the role of IPC’s Contestant Handler is International Puppy 2016, Pup Incus. In her new role, Incus will take over prepping the contestants for the contest weekend and guiding them through the main event. The remaining owners of IPC look forward to seeing Tripp, Figaro, and Incus in action to bring together an enjoyable, quality International Puppy 2019 Contest and beyond. https://www.facebook.com/internationalpuppycontest/

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 31, 2018

 

 

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

Published in Editorial
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:53

Meet the 2017 IMsL IMsbb Contestants

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Meet the 13 Individuals who will compete in San Jose Enjoy!

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Just Angel

JustAngelTLJphotoName:  Angel
Current Title: none (previous titles: Southwest Bootblack 2014 and Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2008, 2009)
City, State: Norman Oklahoma
 
Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southwest Leather Conference January 21st-24th, 2016 
Kink Weekend July 18th-20th, 2015
Women’s International Leather Legacy Weekend July 31st- August 2nd, 2015
 
Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Leather garter belt it has a pocket made to hold a can of soap and a can of polish, with places to hook in rags, toys, or restraints. Hell it looks dead sexy over tight jeans. http://www.idetoys.com/
 

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or  less.
IMsL Contestant Angel: Yes I have many sponsors and supporters that have helped me in many ways. My official  three amazing sponsors are  
a)     The Red Dragons Riding Club:
The Red Dragons Riding Club have supported me throughout my title year as Southwest Bootblack 2014 and have generously agreed to continue their support during my run for International Ms. Bootblack.

b)  Leather Masters
A long time customer and former employee, it has been my pleasure to further the cause of people who give so much back to our community.

c)     The Dallas Eagle
The Dallas Eagle my bar of heart and while things change over time it will always will feel like my home bar.

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Ralph Bruneau - You have been an amazing IML. LA and Avatar are proud of you as should all of the naturists be.

Lenny Broberg - I hear you are retiring, not confirmed. You have done the SFPD and police overall, proud. Thank you for all you have done. Palm Springs next. Hope you find the largest and best house of your liking.

Tim Brough and Joel - Maybe dinner together during one of Palm Springs' special events - or come to LA. We have great delis.

Jaco Lourens - A one-way ticket to Southern California.

Published in Editorial
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:43

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Elisa

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Elisa

Great Lakes Bootblack 2016

Metro Detroit, Michigan

Community events:
Weekly kink and fetish educational classes by the BOE in metro Detroit.
I co-host a monthly sex and play party called Fevered Nights.
I just restarted the Detroit Area Bootblacks' Laboratory with access to a new venue space.

Maybe it's cliched, but my favorite leather item is definitely my custom engineer boots. I have very hard-to-fit calves and these have been the first pair of boots that truly and comfortably have fit me from day one. I wear them to bars and events but I also wear them to hard work meetings or on days when I'm feeling tired and scared and like I need my people, my community, walking with me.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? 

I am sponsored by Great Lakes Leather Alliance (http://greatlakesleather.org/), Great Lakes Leather Alliance -- Michigan and the Michigan Band of Brothers.

These are all amazing contests and organizations, but I am especially grateful for the Michigan Band of Brothers, which I've been involved with since the summer of 2014, prior to ever holding a title. We're a gender-inclusive titleholder support and preparation group. I would never have even considered running for my state title in 2015 if not for their generous time in answering questions, convincing me, supporting and helping me.

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    The Leather Archives and Museum is my favorite charity. I can't express the value in collecting and storing our past, which legitimizes who we are as leather people, in a publicly accessible museum. There is no way to know how to move forward into the future without understanding and relying on who we were and where we have been as a community.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I think community service is critical. We are a self-organizing bunch of folks. If someone wants an event, an experience, a venue to exist, that person has to put in the hard work and hours to create it and therefore enrich the community as a whole.

I think that the vast majority of what I do in the leather and fetish communities is community service. I'm fiercely dedicated to education -- I want to be able to play knowledgeably and play with people who are similarly knowledgeable. I want people to feel safe and comfortable to explore edgy experiences and I think that that can only happen with education and mentorship. I'm also fiercely dedicated to creating a culture of sex positivity and I co-host a party for that explicit reason. I think sex positivity happens when we stop talking about how we need a more sex positive culture and instead start enacting it in our play spaces and venues.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    I first heard someone give a class on Leather 101 and their personal leather journey back in June of 2013. He talked about HIRT -- Honor, Integrity, Respect, and Truth -- and that he looked at himself in the mirror every day and asked whether or not he had HIRT that day. That shook me down to my core. I had always felt that way about my life, but I did not consider that there was a community within the broader fetish community that valued those principles and lived them out every day. I think HIRT, combined with an unwavering commitment to authenticity in all elements of my life and a fundamental respect and interest in our history, is what makes me Leather. I am a Bootblack because it's part of who I am at the deepest core of my soul. I knew it from the first moment that I saw someone doing boots in front of me that I was meant to be that person working on the boots. Bootblacking is the deepest expression of my desires to love and care for people from a position of both power (in terms of technical expertise) and vulnerability (in terms of revealing my desire to serve and trusting that the service will be valued).

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:37

Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 14, 2018

 

 

One of these men will represent los angeles at International Mr. Leather in May. Who will it be? Scroll down to the bottom to see the list of 16 events, official and unofficial, that make up LA Leather Pride Week.

 

Douglas O'Keeffe - The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders
Fireside Chat co-producer and host Douglas O'Keeffe is writing a new book entitled The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders. The book is designed to showcase as many titleholders as possible from all over the world. "Already I have some 70 titleholders from around the world participating in the book and I haven't yet reached out to everyone" O'Keeffe said "I'd like include as wide a range of titleholders as possible: Women and men, bootblacks, gay Leather and fetish titleholders. Master/slave titleholders, titleholders from the straight community, and titleholders from now defunct titles. Please, let me hear from you!" The book's dedicated E-mail address is "Once I have your contact details I can send you the information required for the book. Hopefully the book will be published sometime next year!"

 

Harley Davidson says new tariffs will impact sales and costs

NBC Nightly News
On Sunday, March 11 it was declared that Harley Davidson, facing declining sales and challenges from existing tariffs, is consolidating factories and eliminating jobs—with the company saying that President Trump’s recently announced tariffs would increase costs and impact sales. NBC News video at https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/harley-davidson-says-new-tariffs-will-impact-sales-and-costs-1183182403613

 

Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote

On April 1 you will be able to register for Reno Revelry. Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/

 

Teach at IMsL through their 12T Workshop
By Lynn S.
Missed the IMsBB IMsL workshop deadline for this year? Have a new workshop you want to try out and get some feedback on? Want to gain some experience as a workshop presenter? You can do all of these by signing up your workshop for the 12T (12 minute talks). Any registered attendee can submit a proposal to do a mini- workshop on Saturday afternoon. You have 12 minutes to present, followed by three minutes for the audience to submit their evaluation. Topics can be on anything related to BDSM, kink, sex, relationships, play and/or the Leather community. Click on the link to apply by March 19. From March 19-26, anyone registered for the weekend will be able to vote for their favorite choices from those proposals that were submitted. The top vote getters will present on Saturday. The highest rated workshop from the 12T workshop will get a guaranteed spot in 2019 to present the workshop they submit. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org

Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

Love Behind Bars with BLUF

Bears LA presented Love Behind Bars with BLUF Night at the Eagle LA with Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Kaufher. Prison beat downs by DJ Candy kept the energy high. BLUF Night is always the second Friday at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/145027016188886/

 

SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/

 

21st Annual Jon-Henri Award Presentation to Gary Chichester
By Dean Ogren
The date March 31 commemorates what would’ve been Damski’s 81st birthday and celebrates the tremendous commitment of Gary Chichester, to honor and& acknowledge the 50 plus years of contributions he has made to the LGBT community. In 1971 Gary co-founded the Chicago Gay Alliance, which created Chicago’s first gay and lesbian community center. He has served on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues since 1989 and has sat on the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Committee from its inception in 1991 (co-chairing it since 1992). Besides having been a Chicago pioneer in the renascent gay and lesbian rights activism of the early 1970s, Gary Chichester has for more than 20 years been an indefatigable organizer of events and fundraising. Saturday, March 31, 2 PM at Sidetrack, 3549 North Halsted, Chicago. IL. Read more about Gary's tremendous history and commitment here https://www.facebook.com/events/335993433574588/

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Trivia Question of the Week

Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals?

1. Tony DeBlase.

2. Race Bannon.

3. Geoff Mains.

4. Hardy Haberman.

5. Guy Baldwin.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Which of the following cities never had a chapter in the National Leather Association or later International Leather Association? Omaha, Nebraska.

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Smokeout 2018 in Las Vegas - second private pool added

Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8 and since registration is so strong, a second pool has been reserved exclusively for Smokeout. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.

 

NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
By CandiAnne
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announced

 

46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards - Voting open now
By Marc Owens aka pony
Voting for the 2018 Golden Dildeaux Awards has begun! Go to http://www.ggguards.org/gda/votingBallot.htm and place your votes for some of the funniest categories such as The Top of Them All (The "Master and Commander Award) Best Butch Woman…The “Big Boo' Award and Best Puppy Player...(The "Pup F(r)iction Award" Award) and many more. For a dollar one can vote for a candidate or vote as many times as you like. The Golden Dildeaux Awards Saturday will be presented to the deserving on April 14 at 7 PM at SF Eagle, 398 12th Street in San Francisco, CA.

 

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII
Bear, Bikers and Mayhem will be held April 5-8 at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA. One of the highlights will be the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests. The Pandemonium Party on Friday provides an opportunity for Leather and fetish men to welcome bears to their brand of fun. The Boots to Briefs Party on Saturday is a chance for bears to show their hospitality. A few of the many events are bowling, field trip to Boswell Pipe Factory, Battlefield bus tour, meals, cigar party, cuddle room, puppy mosh pit, Smell My Pits Pig, comedy show, porn star bingo, after party, vendors and farewell brunch. There are 11 beneficiaries. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com

 

Raw! Uncut! Video! Fundraiser at Mr. S Leathers
By Ryan White
Join in at 7 PM on March 23 at Mr. S Leathers, 385 8th Street, San Francisco) to get a sneak peek at the new documentary Raw! Uncut! Video! about gay fetish porn studio Palm Drive Video – and help us finish the film. We'll be premiering our brand new trailer and screening scenes from Palm Drive's classic film Hazing In The Hay, followed by a rare Q&A with Palm Drive creators Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry. Plus there will be interactive performances by SF Baloney, live fetish demos, music by John Fucking Cartwright, and an opportunity to pick up our exclusive new t-shirt by ButchDick. All money raised will go towards our final shoots in Spring 2018 and to kick off our post-production.  More info at http://www.rawuncutvideo.com/events Follow at @rawuncutvideo

Growlr Bear Den
The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour prices Hang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio. https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/

 

Mr. Leather64TEN 2018
By Miguel Ortuno
Kurt Allen was chosen to be Mr. Leather64TEN 2018 on Saturday night, March 10 and will compete at International Mr. Leather in May, only a few miles from Leaher64TEN. Natural Chameleon was the runner-up, and Gabe also competed. The judges were Mr. Leather64TEN 2015 Michael Pacas, Mr. Leather64TEN 2017 Tj Howard, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Sir G., Jack McNulty. A raffle raised $1,500 with $500 a-piece benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum, CLAW and the Titans of the Midwest. The Dirty Boys and Danishes Brunch and Kink U Classes by Titans of the Midwest made for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. About 300 Leatherfolk attended weekend events. http://www.Leather64TEN.com

Buns and Baskets
Buns and Baskets will be held on March 24 at the Dunes Resort, Saugatuck, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406. Join Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Tim Koski for a fun night of hot guys and big baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/425645497868924/

 

ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
The men of ONYX NY Northeast celebrated their bar night at their new home bar The Eagle NYC on Saturday, March 10. Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month. 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/

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Washington State Leather Pride
By Toby Noon
The Washington State Leather Community will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary of the Washington State Mr./Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest to be held on March 24, along with the 26th Anniversary of the Washington State Leather Pride Week March 15-25. Washington State Mr. Leather 2017 Travis Williams, Washington State Ms Leather 2017 Carla Whitehurst and Washington State Bootblack 2017 Caleb Kohutek will end their very successful year of fundraising, extensive travel and community service this weekend. For more information check out the WSMLO website at http://www.WSMLO.org

Southland Honors in June
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 at Taix in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA. The Southland Honors Dinner was planned to be during Leather HEAT on April 27, but that event was canceled by its producers. Southland Honors is owned by the los angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.

 

Monthly Fetish - Spanking

Spanking is the theme of the latest edition of Monthly Fetish, and readers will learn about the thin line between pleasure and pain, as well as the do’s and don’ts of spanking. Many aspects of the spanking fetish are covered, including the history and how it’s ingrained in our culture more than most fetishes, the art of spanking in newspapers, comic books, magazines and printed art pieces, a guide to the proper way to spank, how to get involved in spanking online and in real life, and a news piece about which celebrities are kinky. The Unbound Interview is with Sarah Gregory, the Queen of Spanking. Sarah is a switch who enjoys being on the giving and receiving ends.... Read the interview in its entirety at http://www.monthlyfetish.com/interviews/unbound-interview-with-sarah-gregory-shes-just-a-girl-who-loves- to-be-spanked/ to-be-spanked/

Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia
Leather and Fetish Milano are presenting Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia 2018 March 16-18 at Bangalov, Via Calabria 5, 20158 Milan, Italy. Events include Buffet and Fetish night on Friday; Fetish dinner and Mr. Puppy Italy on Saturday; and Essence of Brunch on Sunday. Dress code is Leather, rubber, skin, uniforms, sport, jeans and boots, Lycra, Fetish-underwear. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009405335940723/

 

Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!
Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!, was hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys  at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 3. The sexiest rubber/latex, neoprene and lycra were seen along with go-go boys, live DJ, drink specials, pig shots, prizes, fun and filth. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851009521639439/

 

Austin Gears and The Weird City Sisters to screen Tom of Finland
The Austin Gears with The Weird City Sisters in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a screening of Tom of Finland in a fundraising effort for the Kind Clinic. The screening will be at the Alamo Drafthouse Village Austin, Texas 78757 on April 11 at 8 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1730178533739707/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org

 

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/

 

Seattle Men in Leather - SLAM!
The Seattle Men in Leather will host SLAM! Seattle Leather Artists Media Show on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM at a private location on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington 98122. SML is hosting a new Leather Week event to celebrate and introduce artists who create erotic male Leather, uniform, rubber, kink and fetish visual art by inviting them to display their work to SML members and the larger Seattle BDSM community. https://seattlemeninleather.org/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

CLAW - Academy Dungeon returns
There will again be play in the Academy Dungeon at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. CLAW returns to the Academy Dungeon for a second year. The well-equipped facility hosts our Men’s BDSM Play parties and some skills education sessions. And for the 18th year, CLAW is proud to call the Leather Stallion Saloon home. Ohio’s oldest continuous gay bar is better than ever with the back-patio rocking with men, rain or shine. Six different CLAW 18 events are scheduled at the Stallion. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple

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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

BLUF: DC at DC Eagle
BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. March 4 and April 1 are up next. https://www.facebook.com/eagleDC/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women, and will be held June 8-11 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. Registration is $225 until March 31. https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/

LA Leather Coalition - Twisted Easter
The LA Leather Coalition will present Twisted Easter on Sunday, April 1 at the Eagle LA from 3-7 PM. Join in for some wicked good times as we celebrate Easter and April Fool’s Day. Proceeds to benefit Ms los angeles Leather Scarlett Sin’s title run for International Ms Leather 2018, $5 donation requested. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/220234542047852/?ti=icl

 

BHT Pasta Night at Schola
Brother Help Thyself will raise funds through its BHT Pasta Night at Schola in Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM. Learn to cook a great Italian Pasta dish with similarly minded folks in support of BHT's LGBTQ grant making operations. All proceeds from the $59 cost per person will be generously donated to BHT. Whether you've donated before, are looking to support your community in new ways, or are looking to get involved with BHT as a community director, please join us for this event. Schola, 1005 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. https://www.facebook.com/events/306345209892887/

 

House of MarKus - IMPACT 101
Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink, hosted by House of MarKus at Leather Masters on Saturday, March 24 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. This will be basically like our Impact Class and SM 101 class combined. Introduction to BDSM topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual. IMPACT 101 will be focused on those just getting their feet wet in the rough body play, impact play, and using implements during a scene. We will cover topics such as negotiations, safety, consent, different types of toys and play, as well as their proper use. For more information and tickets go to http://www.leathermasters.com

 

20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be on Saturday, December 8 at 12 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The beneficiaries were announced on February 19 by Rik Newton Treadway, founder and producer of the 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser. The beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, The Attic Youth Center of Philadelphia, Mary's House for Older Adult's in Washington, DC and The Baltimore Transgendered Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1366488703480534/

Eagle NYC - Impact Play 101
Public · Hosted by The Eagle NYC will present Impact Play 101 on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM. "A Deeper, More Primal Sense of Self" said Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 Joseph. Impact Play 101 will be facilitated by Master Joshua. Eagle NYC, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/931334163715179/

 

Behind the Bar: An Interview with Eagle LA's Charlie Matula
By Gay Life LA
The Eagle, created by Matula and husband Vince Quattrocchi, will be 12 years old in April. In April of this year, the Eagle LA will be 12 years old, making it in some ways the “Daddy bar” of gay LA. The Eagle LA’s Charlie Matula (Photo by Dusti Cunningham / http://www.dusticunningham.com The Eagle LA was opened in April 2006 by Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi. Its location on 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake, has quite a history. It was home to a gay bar known as the Shed from 1968 to 1972, then the Outcast from 1972 to 1983, and then the Gauntlet II from 1983 to 2005. There was an earlier Eagle, in West Hollywood at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It opened in 1980 and closed in 1995. Complete interview at http://gaylifela.com/behind-bar-interview-eagle-las-charlie-matula/

 

los angeles Leather Pride Week

 

Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party
Sister Mariposa joined forces with Sister Cora Upshun, opening her home in Downey, CA to host the fabulous Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party on Saturday, March 10 and rain did not keep Leatherfolk from LA, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties from attending. https://www.facebook.com/events/177528192844206/permalink/195083914421967 The Garden Party was the departure point for this year's Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses left the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl
New addition to this year's festivities was a Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers have teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses will leave the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. In no particular order we will visit Oil Can Harry's, Eagle LA, Faultline, Precinct, and Eagle 562. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Avatar - Harder, Men only Play Party
Avatar Club Los Angeles's entry into LA Leather Pride Week will be its Harder, Men only Play Party on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. This is a night of abandonment, play, sex, fun, four slings, crosses, sex, large dark room, water sports area, BDSM scenes, bondage, spanking, much more. Multiple play rooms with fuck beds, fuck benches, tons of BDSM equipment, free clothes check, great music, snack and beverage station, outdoor smoking area. https://www.facebook.com/events/160810781382317/

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/

Tom of Finland at los angeles Zine and Art Book Bazaar
The Tom of Finland Foundation will be at LAZAABB which is a new independent zine and art book event co-founded by Josh Paul Thomas and Robert Zin Stark. It will host over 50 zine and art book publishers and feature a vast variety of artists, zine makers, publishers, galleries, art book enthusiast, mystics, psychics and astrologers. Grassroots, underground, queer and ‘the unheard of’ welcomed. Events run March 16-18 at the Museum as Retail Space. To see the schedule go to https://www.facebook.com/events/153184318697760/

Bullet Bar - Fox Hole: Foreplay
Saturday, March 17 Fox Hole: Foreplay by Green Mirror will be at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, March 17 at 9 PM. Fox Hole: Foreplay is a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days and los angeles Leather Pride Week. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

 

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride will host the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM. The Kick Off Party features a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually enter on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returns 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. Michael Crane, Music Director. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather
On Tuesday. March 20, DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather, Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, 6:30pm-9pm LA Leather Pride sponsors an interactive discussion, to include exercises and breakout sessions. Attendees will hear testimonials from a diverse group of voices telling their experiences of discrimination, both intentional and unintentional. Moderators will engage audience and encourage active dialogue. Listen and be heard. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Meet and Greet + Roast
Greet the meat! Come out on Thursday night, March 22 to mingle with the 11 gentlemen who will be onstage for Mr. los angeles Leather 2018, plus the judges, contest crew, and behind-the-scenes folks who make it all happen. It’s all going on during Precinct DTLA’s regular Thursday underwear party, Cheap and Easy, so you know it’s going to be a riot. Gold lame’?? Send off LA’s favorite Leather muscle man in style – and get all the dirt on his year as Mr. LA Leather 2017. Produced with love by his brothers in the LABB. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Regiment of the Black and Tans - Assembly Uniform Reception
The Regiment of the Black and Tans and los angeles Leather Pride present Assembly Uniform Reception on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM at Rough Trade Gear. The California B&B Corps, BLUF, and The Regiment of the Black and Tans present the Southland’s hottest uniform dress code event. Strict Dress Code applies to this event Rough Trade Gear. 3915 West Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/223248438221645/ and http://blackandtans.org/news/

 

Leather Dog Pound at LA Leather Pride
Leather Dog Pound is being hosted by los angeles Puppy Pride and los angeles Pup Contest at the Bullet Bar on Friday, March 23 at 9 PM. Four years ago, we decided that some pups needed a place to go on LA Leather Weekend, and so Leather Dog Pound is back this year again as a part of the celebration! One night before we meet the new Mr. los angeles Leather, we get to romp around and celebrate one of the most clear cut origins of our human pup tribe, and what better way than to meet up at the Bullet in our Leathers, have a couple beers, bring our handlers with some treats, floggers, and show our pride in all our pack family. Go go Pups, DJ, two pup crates, St. Andrew’s Cross and more. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/353219768417074/

Den LA Presents: LA Leather Pride!
Dive into the Official Dance and Play Party of los angeles Leather Pride Week on Friday, March 23 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 9 PM. Welcome to LA's hottest, exclusive, private, Euro-Style Dance and Play Party just for men. Where you can throw on your hottest gear, dance to the sickest beats and have an awesome time playing in the backrooms, beds, and slings with no holds barred sex and camaraderie. Dance to the sexiest beats in the main room and explore the play spaces throughout, including theme rooms, fuck benches, dungeon bed, and two slings. Smell-patrol in full effect, no heavy cologne or deodorant, we're all men here. Open bar. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.denlapresents.com/

 

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/

Legion Meets Megawoof

Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance, produced by Justin David, Hunter Fox and Paul Nicholls. Get your GEAR and get to the biggest club event of LA Leather Pride Weekend at the Globe Theater in downtown los angeles - same venue as the Mr. los angeles Leather contest. DJ Tom Stephan (MegaWoof London) and DJ Glovibes (MegaWoof America) plus Major Production and The Legion Dancers. https://www.facebook.com/events/191648001591517/

Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is during LA Leather Pride on Saturday, March 24 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/

 

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, C 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

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IMSbb Contestant AngelName: Angel

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2014

City, State: Norman, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

I regularly participate in Southwest Leather Conference, Beyond Vanilla, and International Leather Sir and boy/ International Community Bootblack.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite Leather are my Harley Harness Boots.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

HardPink Sisterhood and The Dallas Eagle

 

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IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Random

RandomLeatherJournalRandom Colorado Bootblack 2016

Colorado Bootblack 2016

Proud to be a part of MAsT Metro Denver and the Boulder Munch.

My favorite leather would be my Dr Marten boots. They are my foundation and keep me grounded in leather.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

I am proud to be sponsored this year by three amazing sponsors. The Leather Colorado Foundation sponsors and facilitates the Colorado Bootblack, Colorado Ms. Leather, Colorado Mr. Leather, Colorado Miss. Leather, and Colorado Mr. Rubber contests. (coloradoleather.org) The Denver Wrangler helps to raise funds for various organizations in the community with their weekly beer busts, and offers their facilities for meetings and other gatherings as they can. (denverwrangler.com) Finally, CJ’s leather has for years sponsored our local community with their fantastic leather products and custom works. Each patch and custom creation or repair is a true work of art. (cjsleather.com)

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles is my favorite charity. Although they have only been around since September of 2015 their dedication to our community becomes more and more evident as they constantly seek out new ways of fulfilling their mission of creating a safe space in our community for adults who engage in alternative lifestyles. The communities they strive to serve are those of the LGBTQ+, Non-Monogamy, and Kink, believing that it is up to consenting adults to decide who and how they love. They serve these communities through education on various related topics and are constantly seeking to expand and improve their service. They have expanded their community outreach by teaching classes on mental health first aid and hope to have a crisis hotline and conflict mediation programs for the people of Colorado in the future. (coloradocal.com)

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Community service is so important for any civilization, and really is the mark of humanity. It reminds us that we are all human and all connected and reinforces those connections. Within the leather community it becomes so much more important for each of us to step up where we can. It’s our legacy, it’s where we’re from and it’s where we’re going. It is the foundation of everything we do. So many of our leaders and legends have given so much to see that we continue to progress, and I believe it is up to each of us to continue that. Whether it is helping to raise funds or by organizing ways we can get together in fellowship, the leather community is based on service to that community. It is built by those who are willing to be of service to our community. We pay no taxes to a leather monarch, we have no elected officials making sure there is funding for the things important to us, what we have at the end of the day is each other.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

For me identifying as a bootblack is a core part of who I am. It is how I found my way home. I enjoy caring for leather, and that makes me a leather care specialist. I work on leather as people are wearing it, and that makes me a shoe shiner. I build relationships with those who enter my chair and with the leather. I do what I can to be a recorder and preserver of leather and leather history, and to be a resource to my community. That to me – makes me a bootblack.

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Survived by her life partner Margaret Begley. Meek had been suffering illness and had suffered several falls over the last few months but details surrounding her death this morning are unknown at this time.

Amy Marie was known to many as Daddy, Bare or Papa or Aunt Bare.  The nickname Bare was short for Bare Images, which was the company that Meek ran that actually held ownership of IMsL during Meeks "IMsL Gen 2".

Amy Marie "Bare" Meek with IMsBB 03 Boi Eddie Shared by a Screen Shot from High Shine by Christina Court of High Moo Productions

Perhaps best known for her IMsL/IMsBB Legacy, her title journey started in 1992 with Ms Nebraska Leather. Then in 1993 she won International Ms Leather. In 1994 she purchased IMsL from the board and ran the contest 1995-2006.  It was under her ownership that the contest grew into the weekend event style we enjoy today. It was also Meek who approached Chuck Renslow, owner of the then co-ed International Bootblack Contest, and convinced him to endorse splitting the contest in two. Creating the International Ms. Bootblack Contest in 1999.

Meek is the first of the IMsL/IMsBB Alumni to pass away. Our hearts go out to each and every reader whose life was made better by this phenomenal woman.

Meek was the first female to judge IML, however, she was so much more than a titleholder. Amy Marie has been described as trailblazer. An out and proud lesbian since the 80’s. She came out in high school amid a climate that was less than ideal or supportive.  She was also an activist. Meek was a member of the 1993 March on Washington as well as a rabid backer for the DSM-IV revisions.

Amy Marie was definitely her own person and lived life on her own terms.  She was an influence to those who sought out how to be masculine women and have pride in one's self and their community, no matter what community one’s path would take them to. An unorthodox sense of humor, Meek gave hugs that tried to heal the world.  Even when she didn’t understand or appreciate a person's view she still loved and encouraged them to follow their heart.

Unapologetic, strong, brave, and troubled, Amy Marie “Bare” Meek was a Leather Icon. Her methods of community involvement made for some legendary battles. But, one thing is for certain, Amy Marie Meek forever changed the leather landscape for all women.

 

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Monday, 14 October 2013 15:12

IMsL/IMsBB 2014 judges announced

IMsL New LogoInternational Ms Leather and International Ms Boot Black 2014 (IMsL/IMsBB) will be held April 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are under the new ownership of Pat Baillie and Sharrin Spector..

Traditionally, the judges for IMsL/IMsBB and tallies are announced at the Ms San Francisco Leather contest and this year was no exception.

 

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:32

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: IrishGrrl

IrishName : IrishGrrl
Current Title : Ms. Texas Leather 2015
City, State Oakland, Ca.

Website (if any) https://bootblackingbabe.wordpress.com

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Southplains Leatherfest
IMsL
Folsom Street Fair

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
Jump Boots!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant IrishGrrl: My sponsor is Texas Leather Productions, owned by Jeffrey Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009.

Texas Leather has produced International Mr. Leather and International Ms. Leather titleholders. There is a rich history in the Leather Titleholder Community, and Texas Leather works to promote the continuation of learning, sharing, educating, honoring, and working together to keep our rich history alive.

Texas Leather Productions

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tabitha imsbb contestant 2015Name: slave tabitha arie
Current Title: None past title: Southwest Bootblack 2009
City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Website (if any)  askmenetwork.com,  Facebook: /AskMe Network, Twitter: @AskMeNetwork

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
•    Team lead for graphic design and bootblack lounge for the Southwest Leather Conference (SWLC)
•    Always bootblacking at many local events such as Mr. Phoenix Leather and Southwest Leather Sir/boy & Community Bootblack

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
It would have to be my Red Sugar Fluevogs gifted to me by my Master. They are my high femme boots.  For bar wear (I am usually bootblacking), I love to wear my 16 inch Carolina Linesman Boots.  Both pairs make me feel powerful in different ways.

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant tabitha: I am being sponsored by Fantasies in Leather from Georgia, which in owned and operated by Archer and Elegant, both are fabulous craftsman. They sell beautiful custom leather and metal items. Elegant and I have become fast bootblack friends since I have started being part of Southwest Leather Conference.
My other sponsor is RnB Leather owned by Robert Schenberg.  Robert is a great person and gives so much to the local Phoenix community. He deserves your support.  I am so happy to have both sponsoring me this year. He just recently opened up a storefront...and he sells Huberd's!
Websites:
www.fantasiesinleather.com and www.etsy.com/shop/FantasiesInLeather
www.rnbleather.com

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