The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. We are pleased to announce the 2018 inductees: International Mr. Leather (IML), Black Leather in Color, The Society of Janus (SoJ).
Satyrs MC Anniversary
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club celebrated their 63rd Anniversary at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, November 18. New club president Garry Bowie and the Satyrs presented a $1,000 to the ONE Archives and $200 to the Tom of Finland Foundation. http://satyrsmc.org/
Palm Springs Leather Pride - Renegade
Richard Passmore was chosen Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday night, October 27 in front of about 650 Leatherfolk and kinksters. Passmore was tops among six men vying for the opportunity to compete at IML in May. First runner-up was Mark Heger and second runner-up was Charlie Mosquero. IML 1992 Lenny Broberg returned and was at the top of his game as emcee. The weekend included Friday, Saturday and Sunday pool parties at the Canyon Club, an Infernal Swap and Cruise Alley street fair at the Barracks on Friday and Saturday nights, a Tom of Finland Formal VIP Evening at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Friday night, A Gars and Gear Party at the Barracks on Saturday afternoon, an Atomic a Cockpit Leather Fetish Event at the Palm Springs Air Museum as well as a Victory Dance at the Barracks on Saturday night. There was a private hosted party at Jim Neuman's Casa Lola on Sunday afternoon. Passmore entered as Mr. Tool Shed 2019 and supports nonprofits, political activism, and education about Leather/sex-positivity.
Pantheon of Leather XXVIII saw a crowd of about 150 Leatherfolk attend the awards show emceed by Christopher Edwards on Thursday night, August 30 at the Double Tree By Hilton Dallas Market Square.
All 63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants wave to the crowd. Soon after, the IML Top 20 Finalists were named. All photos by Dave Rhodes
International Mr. Leather 2017 is Ralph Bruneau who came in as Mr. GNI Leather 2016; his first runner-up is Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, second runner-up is Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King; International Mr. Bootblack 2017 is Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter and first runner-up is Rhys.
Trimming the Tree with Excelsior MC
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
New York City’s Excelsior Motorcycle Club held its annual Trim-a-Tree party, at the Eagle NYC bar, on December 7 and the festive, well-attended event brought Excelsior members, associates, and guests, including titleholders both local and from out of town, to the Eagle. Trim-a-Tree 2018 benefited New Alternatives, which assists homeless LGBT youth. There were raffles for gift baskets, gift certificates, theater tickets, and drink tickets. Those in attendance could have Polaroid photos taken with Leather Santa Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2019 Thom Kam. Bear and cub dancers Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez and Mr. New York Unlimited Cub 2018 Bam Bam, entertained. Representatives of all Leather clubs present were invited to help to trim the Christmas tree.
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Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday
The 45th annual Santa Saturday was another success at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. Santa Saturday was a combination of an auction of donated items, entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise, service awards for worthy individuals, bootblacks, photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus, a Leather shop, a 50-50 raffle, and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.
ABDL - Little Big Night
ABDL will host Little Big Night at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 22 at 8 PM. It's a safe space for the diaper curious to explore. A place to meet other AB/DLs, Leather Daddies and Boys, Diaper Pups, Baby Furs and more. Enjoy classic toons on the big screen and diapers sponsored by Tykables. No cover, free parking and free clothes check. Know someone interested? Share this event with them. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
SFBA Leather Alliance Weekend 2019
The 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend will be held March 1-3 at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, and other locations around San Francisco. It will include the 37th edition of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and the Second Annual SF Bootblack Contest, along with the 53rd Annual SF Leather Community Awards, a beer/soda bust, a vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and, of course, parties. Start the weekend off right: come out to the Meet and Greet at Mr-S-Leather, on Thursday February 28.
New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52
The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.
Testicles the Size of Basketballs: How Scrotal Injections Led to the Death of a Gay BDSM Pup
Muscle dysmorphia, exacerbated by silicone injections, fostered a deadly dynamic within the Hafertepen family.
By Mike Miksche
Jack Chapman, also known as “Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen” among his BDSM family, passed away in October in Seattle at the age of 28. Chapman played the “slave”—or “pup”—to his “master,” Dylan Hafertepen....read the whole story at
The Visibility Project
By Scarlett Sin
Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.
Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned
By Norman McClelland
This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.
Mr. Powerhouse Leather
The Mr. Powerhouse Leather Contest will be held on Friday, January 11 at 6 PM, at the Powerhouse Bar. Applications for this title can be picked up on site at Powerhouse, or via the Powerhouse web site, starting Thursday December 6, and must be submitted no later than January 4. Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2014 Will Victoria and Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2017 Travis Santell Rowland will emcee. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
los angeles Puppy Pride - Adult Slumber Party
The los angeles Puppy Pride Adult Slumber Party will be held at the Bullet Bar on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. los angeles Puppy Pride will premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Did their plan work? Probably. It doesn’t matter. What it means to you is what matters. So come and enjoy all the Flintstones, X Men, Justice league, Donald Duck, Rescue Rangers and Ninja Turtles you used to watch while eating your lucky charms every Saturday for close to 40 total years. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.
World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50
The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather
Eagle LA will hold its Eagle LA Mr. Leather contest on Saturday, January 12 at 9 PM. Winner may go directly to International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Interested contestants contact Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, California 90029.
Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather
By Robert Green
Congrats to Francisco Perales who was chosen to be Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2019, Miss Cassie who became Ms Sanctuary Leather 2019 and Victor Ayala who is Sanctuary Pup 2019 at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 9. This was a feeder contest to LA Leather 2019. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are December 19 and January 16. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji
North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.
GULP Brotherhood - New Dungeon Play Space
The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! Beginning in January 2019 GULP will have a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.
Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List
It's coming and soon. Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List will a few days before Christmas. Santa's sleigh went in for its tune up and is ready to go. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in mid-December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, so we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.
Payasos LA - Nutcracker Awards
Back for popular demand! Payasos LA will present the Nutcracker Awards on Friday, December 21. Were you the dirtiest pig this year? or the sexiest cigar man, or do you know who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Every year, Payasos LA gathers at their home bar, Eagle LA, to combine forces and make the summer trip happen for the young folks with developmental problems from Hope House in El Monte, CA. Nominations for the Nutcracker Awards are open now. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 1.
Rope Burn SF: November
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
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CLAW - 209 events
More than 209 events and exhibitors are included in the $209 CLAW Attendee Package. Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.
First Critter Contest and Critter Pride Flag
By Brenda Cothern
Florida Leather and Fetish Pride has had a Mr. and Ms contest since 2015 and produced the first Critter contest the weekend of November 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Clearwater, FL. All pet play types were welcome to compete. FLFP would like to congratulate Pup Aechus for being FLFP Critter 2019 and helping design the first ever Critter Pride Flag. Ms FLFP 2019 is phoenix rose and Mr. FLFP 2019 is Sir Gethan. Florida Leather and Fetish Pride also included classes, vendors, demos and a play space. For more info on FLFP and the Critter Pride Flag check out
Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on November 24 and December 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open
NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.
ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on January 12. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Keynote Speaker named
The Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker is 2018 International Master Mister-Blue. Mister-Blue is a Coalition Partner for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Board member of MTTA which produces the Master slave Conference and MTTA Academy in Washington, DC and Board member of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition. Northwest Leather Celebration will include a Friday Formal Dinner and Opening of the Northwest Master/slave, Bootblack and Person of Leather Contests, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
By Bulldog Bob
The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout XX which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration go up from $50 to $55 on December 1.
SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego
Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, December 13 and January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block open
By Cyan St. James
The DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon: LA is happy to be returning to The Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.
Bears LA - Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction
Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday at Eagle LA, Bears LA Dinner on Friday night at Hunter and Charlie's and a Victory beer bust and barbecue at the Bulet Bar on Sunday. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
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My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019
By Robert Green
Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of los angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.
The nomination process for the 2017 Pantheon of Leather Awards began on Thursday morning, June 1 with a deadline of June 17. This is the first step in a greatly-renovated awards system.
The community makes nominations as it has done in the past, but there is a sharp turn from there. The community will vote for the nominee finalists who are determined by which received the most nominations. The old system has selection panels comprised of previous years' award recipients. This move gives the greater community more say in who wins and will generate more interest.
As in the past, it is all electronic. The nomination form is a simple-to-use Survey Monkey program.
The roll out was done on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. In the first day there were over 100 forms submitted and most had several nominations in each.
To make your nominations click here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PantheonAwards
Once nominations are collected, nominees will be notified in order to obtain their bios. Final voting will be open to the general public from July 1-31.
The Pantheon of Leather Awards will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria on Thursday night, August 31 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend in
Dallas, TX. The theme is Defiant.
For more information on ILSLb ICBB Weekend including the contests, workshops and classes, vendors and special events check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria, 4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX. 75244. Phone (972) 385-9000 or Registration Help Phone (214) 395-8460
Pantheon of Leather 2016 recipients who were in Dallas to receive their awards. Photo by Dave Rhodes
The Nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 are in.
You will have the opportunity to vote on who the award recipients will be in all of these categories. Voting runs July 3-31
ILSLb ICBB 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria.
For more information including hotel and weekend packages check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/
Master Dr. David Cook
Master William Oakman
Daddy Al Santora
Sir John Krikorian
Mama Sandy Reinhardt
Master William Oakman
Woman of The Year
Alexandra St. James
Couple of the Year
Charles and Greg King
Master Todd and slave Elizabeth
Master Oakman and slave diamond
Olga and blu
Master Bella and slave brooks
Community Choice Award (Male)
Justin St. Clair
Pup Adam Vino
Community Choice Award (Female)
Large Event of the Year
Northwest Leather Celebration
International Puppy Contest
Iowa Leather Weekend
International Ms Leather
Small Event of the Year
Behind Closed Doors
Florida Leather SIR/boy and Florida Community Bootblack
The M/s Gathering
Esprit des Corps
Large Club of the Year
Titans of The Midwest
Small Club of The Year
Women of Leather FLA.
Atons of Minneapolis
Onyx Lone Star
Lonestar Boys of Leather: Dallas
SF Community 10
Business of the Year
House of MarKus
The Bullet Bar
Rough Trade Gear
Business Person of the Year
Non Profit Organization of The Year
Team Friendly DFW
Sharon St. Cyr Fund
Amsterdam Kink Academy
Shahrazad Alchemical- Dom
Florida Regional Award
Daddy Al Santora
Great Lakes Regional Award
Bob Behr ( Sir Poppa Bear)
Ryan Garner- Carpenter
Stephan Schulze (Germany)
Fiona Horsely ( South Africa)
Joe King ( UK)
Alter Cuero (Spain)
Daniel Benjamin Ferencz (Hungary)
Mid Atlantic Regional Award
Sir John Krikorian
Midwest Regional Award
Pap Woof Roth
Northeast Regional Award
Northern California/Northwest Regional Award
Scarlett Singletail Sin
Rocky Mountain Regional Award
Southern California Regional Award
John Jay Heimbach
South Central Regional Award
Southeast Regional Award
Biographies of the Nominees at
Please take the time to read the bios for the nominees before casting your vote. There are people you might not know and their bio might help you make your decision.
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.
20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.
This is the emotional reality of outliving the AIDS epidemic
IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau reflects on the impact of losing loved ones to HIV
By Ralph Brunueau, appearing in Gay Star News
"My recent FB post got picked up for publication today, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Means the world to be able to tell this story on this day." "Walking the dog in Griffith Park. So beautiful. Love the day. Love my dog. Love my life. I see a bruise on my leg. An irregular shape, small, purple with a bit of black. How did that happen? I don’t remember hitting it on anything. Time stops. I’m in Manhattan. I’m walking into the hospital room to see my ex for the first time since he broke us off and I moved to los angeles. I walk in the room, shaking,, scared. I have been warned about what I will see..." Read all of what Ralph Bruneau has to say at
It was a picturesque afternoon for the Golden Gate Guards' Leather Cruise. Photo by Dave Rhodes
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Folsom Street Fair means a Mama's Family photo shoot by Rich Stadtmiller on Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse in San Francisco.
Folsom Street Fair sees perfect weather
The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 saw some of the best weather in the Fair's history.. The Folsom Street Fair was the culmination of San Francisco Leather Pride Week and had two huge dance parties, Magnitude dance on Folsom Street at 13th Street and the Deviants dance on Folsom Street at 8th Street. About 400,000 Leather and fetish enthusiasts descended upon the South Of MArket (SOMA) area for the festivities Magnitude dance area on Folsom Street at 13th Street, and the Deviants dance area on Folsom Street at 8th Street. Most of the vendors were repeats, but there were a few newbies. Lots of skin and nudes, more Leather, and plenty of rubber and puppies. More soon. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/folsom-street-fair/
Mistress Cyan gives Leather and Fetish people a seat on the CSW Board of Directors in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Dave Rhodes
BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the CSW table
West Hollywood, CA – On October 2, Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announced the results of its recent recruitment effort to bring new members to the CSW Board of Directors. This year, the organization received an overwhelming number of applications to fill only eight open seats. Among CSW's newest Board members is Mistress Cyan, President and CEO, Sanctuary Studios. Cyan joins seven other newbies and current CSW Board members: Steve Andrews (Secretary), Chris Classen (President), Erica Meyer, Raul Rios, Marquita Thomas, and Shayne Thomas. To read the full story go to https://www.lapride.org/press/la-pride-announces-newly-elected-additions-board Mistress Cyan said, "I'm honored to get the opportunity to better serve the community I love and cherish. I've been elected to serve on The LA Pride Board of Directors. The BDSM/Fetish/Leather Community has a seat at the table."
National Coming Out Day is Sunday, October 8
29 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. https://www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen was hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau (left) with Farmboy staff. Photo supplied by Ralph Bruneau
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen
A Friendly Feast at Farmboy Kitchen hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau to benefit Mr. Friendly raised $1,000 on Sunday afternoon, October 1 in los angeles, CA. At least 30 people attended. The $40 admission covered great food and there was a silent auction. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/ralph.bruneau.7 Farmboy Kitchen is community-owned http://farmboykitchen.com/ To find out about Mr. Friendly's effort to stamp out the stigma of HIV/AIDS check out https://www.mrfriendly.org/about
Bob Behr assumes helm of Leather Archives Board
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard's stepping down as President, effective September 27. Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board in October 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles, serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.org/
Li Yinhe is China's most prominent female sexologist.
For sex advice, people in China turn to a 65-year-old female BDSM expert at $15 a pop
By Echo Huang of Quartz
In China, sex can be an awkward topic to talk about publicly. But the country’s most prominent female sexologist is trying to change the public’s mindset through her books, and now through social media.
Li Yinhe is known in particular for her research into BDSM, including her book Subculture of Sadomasochism, published in 1998, China’s first book on the subject.... The rest of the story is at https://qz.com/1059372/for-sex-advice-people-in-china-turn-to-a-65-year-old-female-bdsm-expert-at-15-a-pop/
Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org
Voices of the Quilt musical needs funding
By Race Bannon
This project is important to me. The Quilt is a vital part of our history and served as a mechanism of solace during my own grieving when my first partner died of AIDS. This project needs money to move forward and I hope many of my friends donate. Donations of any amount, small or large, will help. Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Two good friends, Jörg Fockele and Adam Ouderkirk, are part of this project's core production team and they uphold the highest standards and are men of impeccable integrity. Voices of the Quilt, endorsed by AIDS Memorial Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones and by the NAMES Project, is the story of a community, ravaged by the HIV/AIDS crisis, that rose up and took unprecedented action in the fight for human rights, in part through the creation of what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt - nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and estimated at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of folk art. The musical is a moving requiem to the fallen, a call to fight against a ravaging pandemic, and, above all, a celebration of life and the strength of community. Uplifting, joyous, and full of spirit, you will stomp your feet and sing out loud. Demos of song selections, performed by the composer, can be listened to on the donation page. https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshopfundraising/voices-of-the-quilt-workshop
Avatar booth at Our Town LA Non-Profit Expo
Avatar Club los angeles will have a booth at the Our Town LA Non-Profit expo on October 14 Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 1200 North Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046 from 12-4 PM. The purpose of this event is to allow the LA LGBTQ nonprofit groups listed on Our Town LA to promote themselves, the much needed services they provide and engage with the community one on one. Recreation, athletic and social nonprofits will also been in attendance. Those looking for volunteer and donation opportunities are always welcome. There will be entertainment provided by local talent, food donated by West Hollywood restaurants as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items. For event updates go to http://www.ourtownla.org/NPE2017.html
Forever Hard: The Story of the Everhard Baths
Author, actor and activist Ed Sparan conducts a presentation about the Everhard Baths Fire, which killed nine gay men in New York City in 1977. During this pivotal time in gay history, just after the Stonewall Riots, the gay community came together to better establish cleaner and safer places for gay men. When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, bathhouses were shut down and sex turned back into the backrooms of bars by the 1990s. Ed will also talk about the play "Forever Hard" which tells the story of what happened that tragic night in May 1977. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. https://www.facebook.com/StonewallNationalMuseum/
Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater
The Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. Photo by Steve Sheeky
Mates Leather Weekend first report
We just received photos from the Bay State Marauders cocktail party at Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA. We should have more by next week. Suffice it to say that it was another terrific weekend in Provincetown.
Mid-Atlantic Leather judges named
By Patrick Grady
The judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather were named. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 Martel Brown, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Darkqwolf, American Leatherwoman 2012 Doc, Mr. Leather Europe Joe King and Sister Tiny Bubbles. The scores will be added up by Mark Branson of COMMAND MC and International Leather Sir 2015 Tug Whitehead. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ for details.
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween!
Beat Your Drum - This Is Halloween will be held Friday, October 20, 10 PM to Midnight at the San Diego Eagle. Fetish Men San Diego is producing this event. Join in supporting California Drummer and Drummerboy at the San Diego Eagle Beat Your Drum is a night designed for kinksters to represent their own personal fetishes.
Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018. Photo by Bryon Hayes
Electro named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018
By Bryon Hayes
Electro, from Kalamazoo, MI, who was competing as Mr. Campit Leather 2017, was tops among four men to become Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 at Mr. Michigan Leather XXII Weekend (MML), which took place on Saturday, September 23 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI. Corey Vinegar was the runner-up. Electro will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. This year’s contest featured a Friday night SINsation Kickoff Party hosted by the Sinergy, a Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers; various workshops presented by Diashto and Issa Arden sponsored by the Chicago Hellfire Club and Titans of the Midwest; and a poolside barbecue. The event was emceed by Mr. los angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson. The judges were IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau, L.E., Ross Ransom, Daddy J and outgoing Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy.
Dr. Nyobi says more Black couples are choosing BDSM to spice up sex
By Mo Barnes of rollingout
A recent dinner party at the Punany Playhouse and demonstration by famed sex education expert Dr. Nyobi Ross has shown that more Black couples are choosing to spice up their sex life with a little BDSM. Dr. Nyobi was a special guest for this past weekend’s Punany Playhouse event and she did not fail to surprise some of her guests. Read the whole story at https://rollingout.com/2017/09/21/dr-nyobi-says-black-couples-choosing-bdsm-spice-sex/spice-sex/
Atlantic States Leather winners. Photo by Digital Dreaming
Atlantic States Leather Weekend
By Rodney Burger
Frat Daddy George from Granby, Massachusetts was awarded the title of Atlantic States Leather Sir 2018, Justin Charles from Baltimore, Maryland was sashed Atlantic States Leatherboy 2018, and Callie Girl from Newport News, Virginia took home the Atlantic States Community Bootblack 2018 at the Baltimore Eagle in Baltimore on September 22-23. There were no additional contestants. Sloppy Seconds was the theme of the second annual Atlantic States Leather weekend. The Sir/boy judges were Daddy Al Santora, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Rod McCoy, Ron Koski, KJ Nichols, david zeidler, and boy alex leffers. The Bootblack judges were boy Anderson, Jay Falcon and Christopher Edwards. There was a small vendor mart at the host Hotel Brexton which also saw several workshops. The contest was emceed by International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker and COMMAND MC member Brie Devine.
Dallas Fetish Ball
The Dallas Fetish Ball: Torture Garden will be held November 10-11 featuring performances by Yusura, Miss Miranda and Lou Lou D'Vil. The Dallas Fetish Ball will include vendors, latex fashion, a spanking booth and a photo booth. The event is produced by The Church Dallas and will be held at 2424 Swiss Avenue. Get tickets in advance at http://www.LeatherMasters.com Many premium spots have been sold, so act soon.
Women's International Leather Legacy titleholders aboard the Hornblower for the Leather Cruise of San Francisco Bay; left to right are WILL 2011 Tracy Wolf, WILL 2013 Angel and WILL 2017 Renee Beckman. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Golden Gate Guards' Cruise of San Francisco Bay
The Golden Gate Guards did their part to make San Francisco Leather Pride Week special when they hosted their annual Cruise of San Francisco Bay on Saturday afternoon, September 23. The Hornblower boat left Pier 40 around 5:30 PM and the weather did not disappoint. Not too hot and clear The tall girl is Renee Beckman, WILL 2017. The African-American girl is Girl Complex, IMsL 2017. The other girl is Angel, WILL 2013. And then there is me, Tracy Wolf, WILL 2011.
San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors
On Sunday September 17, San Francisco Pride's Membership elected four new Directors to join the seven incumbents on their Board — each new member will serve a three-year term starting October 4. New members Nikki "Tita Aida" Calma, Elizabeth Lanyon, Jacob Little, and Amy Sueyoshi, with re-elected incumbent and current Board President Michelle Meow, join Jacquelene Bishop (Treasurer), Anietie Ekanem, DJ Gray, Nguyen "Win" Pham (Secretary), Justin Taylor, and William Walker. The theme for 2018 is Generations of Strength. Leather has a powerful visibility at San Francisco Pride. For more go to http://www.sfpride.org/
Artists of all kinds shared their talents during the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo
Over 150 enthusiasts attended the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Expo was held at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park District of los angeles, CA September 29 - October 1. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming had a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. Artists of many kinds, including a guitarist, had spaces throughout the grounds. There were displays of art including a skateboarding wall display of the north side of the building. Check out http://tomoffinlandfoundation.org/foundation/Events/ev_2017_09_30_toff_art_festival.htm
Foot Fetish 101 - everything you need to know about tendon loving care
By Miranda Kane of Metro
No matter how much an enthusiast explains their love of the humble tootsies, feet are still seen as the red-headed stepchild to their more popular siblings, bums, boobs, eyes and lips. So what is it about this particular extremity that has millions of people – from all over the world, and of every gender – desperate to get their hands on your teasing toes? Read more at http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/23/foot-fetish-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tendon-loving-care-6913693/?ito=cbshare
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) was another whopping success the weekend of September 28 - October 1 in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library was there. We are awaiting word on the contests and other events, but we did come up with a photo of the Carter Johnson Leather Library. http://greatlakesleather.org/
Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October 8 at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there's plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com
Avatar President and Vice President elect Dennis Beisbier and Tommy Trafelet. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Avatar elects officers
Dennis Beisbier of Long Beach, CA was elected Avatar Club los angeles during the club's September 27 meeting at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA. Joining Denis are Vice President Tommy Trafelet, Secetary James McCurdy, Treasurer Perry Ash and at-large Board members Xavier Espejo, Adam Forrest and Dana Atkinson. Beisbier recently took office as President after President Don Doyle passed away in early September
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