Michael F. "Mike" Guice,55, longtime Ripcord Houston bartender and active Leather/Levi community member passed away on July 7, 2014 with his long-time partner at his side.
Mike was the founder of Spankfest Houston. He was also an active participant in many Leather-oriented demos and activities at the Ripcord.
He also was a volunteer with KPFT public radio Houston as co-host of the Pas-Sale Zydeco music show.
He is survived by his partner of 28 years Roger Rother, his mother Mary, brother John, sister Kelly and favorite Aunt Barbara...as well as his cats Dash and Missy. Mike will be deeply-missed by all whose lives he touched.
Mr. 501 Eagle Ron Kautz
By Jerry Rosenberry
Ron Kautz was chosen Mr. 501 Eagle 2012 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, during the weekend of January 13-14. Tony Loy was the runner-up. There were three contestants.
The judging panel included Indiana Mr. Olympus 2012 Sir Greg, Mr. 501 Eagle 2011 Daniel Purtha and Indiana Falcons president TIm Barton. To round out the contest we had emcee Jerry Roseberry, den daddy Jamie McKim and tally master John Drago.
On Friday night there was a party for the outgoing Mr. 501 Eagle Daniel Purtha and a meet and greet.
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest Leather club, will celebrate 40 years of brotherhood and community service on the weekend of April 11-13 at the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel in Baltimore.
The weekend’s activities will include a Leather dance at Grand Central Station, a bar crawl, a Fetish Ball at Club Orpheus, a Sunday brunch, and a formal Leather dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s in the beautiful Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.
There will also be cocktail parties at the host hotel as well as a council meeting of the AMCC (Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council).
For tickets and more information visit http://www.shipmatesclub.com
The dynamic nature of Washington, DC’s urban redevelopment has allowed the landlord to grant the DC Eagle yet another extension of their lease at 639 New York Avenue NW. The DC Eagle will be staying at this location though January 2014. During the weekend of Mid-Atlantic Leather the DC Eagle will be testing out their first pop-up location which is at the other end of the DC Eagle's current block - 607 New York NW, the Fringe Building.
At a time where many established Leather, gear and biker bars are closing across the globe, the DC Eagle has viewed the challenge of a location move as an opportunity to create a stable home for the DC Eagle and a destination for all members of the community. If all goes to plan the new home will be at 3701 Benning Road NE with an anticipated settlement in February 2014. After renovations and improvements, the DC Eagle management anticipate an opening in late summer of 2014.
The members of the Atons of Minneapolis elected a new slate of officers for 2014. During the December 2013 business meeting the following individuals were voted into office: President, Andrew Bertke; Vice President, Tim Holden; Secretary, Rob Anderson; and Treasurer, Jayson Glynn.
In addition, Tim Holden will serve as Membership Chair and Rob Anderson will serve as Social Chair.
The Atons would like to thank everyone in the community for helping making the 2013 Atons Holiday Fundraiser a big success. This year the Atons selected Clare Housing as the benefactor for all money raised during the event. Once again, The Aliveness Project received over 450 pounds of food items donated at the door. Thanks to the many donations that were collected for the raffle/auction and photos with the Atons' Sexy Santa, Ryan Brown, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2013 Ryan Brown, the Atons were able to present a check to Clare Housing for over $1,450.
Beyond the Sash is a new Bear/Leather/Gear fundraising calendar, produced by Mr. Rawhide NYC 2011 and Mr. North American Bear 2012 Jed Ryan. The all-new calendar features 12 months of testosterone-soaked portraits by acclaimed male erotic photographer Richard Yates. The result is a searing combination of unapologetic, raw masculine sexuality and intimate male sensuality. From wrestling gear, to harnesses and boots, to jockstraps, right on down to men in just their Bear skin, Beyond the Sash is guaranteed to get one's temperature rising.
All the men in Beyond the Sash are dedicated community activists who "live the life," working hard and definitely playing hard. As its name suggests, Beyond the Sash features Leather and Bear titleholders and some outstanding members of the Leather/Bear/GLBT community in all their hot and hairy glory. And, for the first time, the Calendar adds a dash of searing estrogen into this mens' only after-hours party: Lady Kim Justice. Here's a rare lady with that same unapologetic, raw sexuality mentioned before. She can defintiely handle a cigar and a whip as well as any of her Leather brothers.
Snowbound VII blows in to Provincetown the weekend of February 21-23. Need a winter getaway with a twist. Discounted accommodations and discounted meals, Beer Blast, White-out thermal underwear party, Educational Workshops by Full Kit Gear Shop, Chaps and Straps, Leather Dance, and hot and horny men await.
Northeast Community BootBlack 2011 and International Community Bootblack 2012 first runner-up Jay Falcon, will be on hand to shine boots throughout the weekend.
Friday's Beer Blast will start at 6 PM at the Watership Inn, 7 Winthrop Street. Check out the men vying for Mr. Snowbound 2014 and vote for your favorite with a $5 donation to the ASGCC. The dude with the most money raised will gain the title, a cash prize and be featured in all Snowbound promotions for 2015.
The White Out and “C*CK Party in thermal shirts and johns at Paramount in The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, starting at 9:30 PM.
Avatar Club Los Angeles is known for its annual Holiday Party, and the one held on Saturday night, December 14 in Glendale, CA was no exception as about 100 attended on a clear night which was chilly enough to wear plenty of Leather.
Tim Starkey, AKA "Tim Bootblack," passed away on November 9, 2013 at UMass Memorial Medical Center after a complicated course of illness and long hospitalization. He was 50 years old.
Tim was a dual titleholder, and he took both jobs very seriously. A native of Worcester, MA, he won the title of Mr. Boston Leather 2009. On May 30, 2010 at IML in Chicago, he went on to win International Mr. Bootblack 2010.
Tim was a member of Mama's Family, "Mama's Boot Masseur," Delta International, and New England Leather Alliance. Through his years of service in the Leather world, he received a FLAG (Fits Like a Glove) Community Service Award and the 2009 Toronto Leather Impact Award. He was also nominated for a Pantheon of Leather Award.
A dedicated Leatherman and BDSM activist, Tim traveled all over the U.S. and Canada to spend time with his Leather and Kink brothers and sisters. He could often be seen leading bootblacking classes or roundtable discussions, volunteering, or just having fun. Among his favorite hangout spots were P-Town, New York City, and of course, the Boston Ramrod.
By Lady Katarina
Berlin, Germany is no stranger to a body positive, sexual revolution, expression and forum for public nudity.
I was pleasantly surprised at the difference between Folsom Europe and Folsom San Francisco; and while my experience of Folsom Europe was but a glimpse of what Folsom had to offer it was wonderful welcoming and interconnecting experience. It was a personal experience of camaraderie and exchange vs. a contrast of isolation of a sea of Grindr and Scruff of amateurs playing BDSM roulette.
What I saw was gear, lots of gear and outfits, and less ill-fitted harnesses. Titleholders and attendees talked and connected in a forum that was different than an outdoor kink and sex fest and was one in which was a showcase and runway for the craft, outfits, and a tradition of European hospitality. Maybe it was due to the numerous play parties and bar crawls that presented themselves during the week, but it was an event that made one feel welcomed and not chilled out on a hot day but relaxed in comfort. I particularly liked the many picnic tables that were available to sit down and enjoy ones food, beer, drinks, and hearty conversation.
Time seemed to fly, and I know for me eight hours flew by, but time does that in Berlin. Throw in with a twist of conclave Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and freedom of men and women simply be free without pretenses, it made for a cocktail of sweet proportions that one would most definitely remember the next day.
The title conference proved to be a lively event that started off with a champagne meet and greet followed by a conference with three topics that addressed Titleholder responsibilities working model, being inclusive to women in your clubs (Mrs. Sidney 2016), and Chem Sex (Mr Latex France 2016).
The “Classic meets Fetish,” concert on Thursday proved to be a wonderful experience with Leather people, kinksters, puppies, titleholder, and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The concert was an amazing auditory and visual delight.
Ash Hodge, a flute player, flags orange, and this was his first Folsom said, “Kink and Music is part of who I am every day, and I love the idea of combining my loves together.”
Tuba Jack, conductor and piano player, said “I appreciate the intimacy and creation of art and creativity in all aspects of his life. When you can combine art and kink together and let it inform each other, the things that are going to affect your heart one way, or your senses, or sensory perceptions, will be true for kink, for sex, for whatever; it's going to be true for your art as well. When you an combine the two what you say artistically makes the most sense and speaks to people.
On Saturday, February 1, The Care Bears International Daddy Bear 2009 Joe Mannetti and Mr. North American Bear 2012 Jed Ryan presented Forever Fierce, a benefit for the New York City-based organization FIERCE at the West Village Bear/Leather hotspot.
The fundraiser was organized with the participation of John Blasco who is President of ONYX Northeast and Lead Organizer of FIERCE. Forever Fierce featured live performances by Mr. Eagle 2013 Arsenio
Amadis, Justice LaBoy who is the lead singer of modern rock band Mad for Justice and popular drag diva Candy Samples.
Also in attendance were The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, celebrity/fashion photographer Mr. Paddles NYC 2013 Rob Ordonez and the men of ONYX, the national Leather fraternity of Men of Color.
1. Please tell us about yourself, and your connection to the leather world.
I am a 51 year old white male and was till recently the secretary of the SA Leathemen Cape Town chapter. I have been the manager for 5.5 years at the oldest Gay male only guest house in SA until it was sold in April 2013. I also dabble into making small leather products for myself and anyone who might be interested, supplying the local bar and an online sex shop with various small leather products. I try and help create an environment in our community where we can be proud to be out and open about our leather community.
2. How long have you been into leather, what or who got you started?
I was introduced to the leather world by my ex boyfriend in 2000. Whilst we were dating he was working at the local leather bar "Bar-Code" when it was still situated in Hudson street Cape Town. Since he worked nights and I was working days it became clear to me to join him in working at the bar. And what an eye opener that was.
3. Which club or bar are you affiliated with and tell us more about the history?
I did always go to Barcode but the scene has changed so much that I no longer feel that it is the bar for me. We now mostly gather at Lions Corner in Observatory or at Amsterdam bar in Greenpoint. With the community being quite small it is difficult to have a bar that solely caters for the Leather community as a whole.
4. Tell us about your charity involvement and goals.
I personally support "The Gay Pride Shelter" and volunteer there on a permanent basis in doing all their handyman work. I have also together with the Golden Gay foundation raised funds and collected food and clothing for them to be distributed amongst our desperate and in need members of the broader gay and Lesbian community. The Pride shelter is one of the nonprofit organizations that give back to our people. It is time that we start looking after our own.
5. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My Mom, she is my hero. She supports and loves me unconditionally and has never made me feel anything less than the most beautiful person she has brought into this world. I am very lucky and happy to enjoy the full support from my whole family.
6. In your mind, what's the biggest misconception of the leather community?
I think the notion out there that we are sexual deviants that it is all about the sex in our community. We are so much more than just a sexual preference.
7. What would you say is the best thing that happened while at a leather function or event?
Experiencing the mindset change amongst an audience when they realize it is not all just about the fetish. When you see that spark in their eyes when they look at you and realize you are way more than their preconceived ideas and perceptions.
8. What does sexual freedom mean to you?
It means I can express myself sexually with whom I want and experiment without the fear of being persecuted, I n an environment of my choice.
9. What do you see for the future of leather in your community and internationally?
It is my strong believe that we as a male only Leather chapter should open up our group to include ALL the Leather brothers and sisters of South Africa. The only identifying criteria should be Leather; not whether we are male or female, gay or straight. It should become a totally inclusive group. At the moment it is just too fragmented to make any impact and that is why we will always be on the fringes of society unless we unite under single umbrella group structure.
10. Tell us what your favorite piece of leather is and why?
Oh that must be my harness......the smell and feel of the leather on my skin is just wow!!
11. You are a very talented man, making leather, what piece of leather can you design, make to represent yourself?
I still want to make the perfect leather waistcoat for myself. With enough well placed inside pockets for your keys and other little tidbits....
12. In your own words, can you tell us how important it is to maintain sexual freedom and how should we continue to making sure we have our rights?
If you can no longer express your sexual freedom we will no doubt land up like our brothers and sisters in Russia. You will be persecuted just for whom you love and care for. And that in the whole will make you as an individual lose your identity to conform to narrow minded bigots idea of what a society must be. We did not choose to be gay; it is whom we are. I was born this way.
13. What are your favorite S&M activities and tell us one you haven't tried yet?
Welllllllll........... Now that would be telling..... Well I like the fisting scene as it is one of the most intense, trust building and intimate scenes I know. Would not mind being introduced to a little bondage....if I can get over the fear of being tied up.
14. What's the funniest safe word you ever heard?
15. What's your favorite meal, and cook us a meal that represent you and what would it be called?
Oh it must be Lamb shank. I make a very nice Beef Curry. The complex spices and taste should just be right. Too little or too much and it is yuk!
16. Tell us your favorite book at this moment.
The Gay man's Kama Sutra
17. We both live in Cape Town, what 5 things would you show me and why?
- Paternoster - the sea, open spaces, beauty and fresh air
- Table Mountain – it is like standing over our beautiful land and looking as far as the eye can see and just take in the majestic view, the creation of a Higher Power.
- The Pride shelter – to highlight the plight of our brothers and sisters in need.
- A beautiful wine farm – to savor the flavours of our wines.
- Blikkies dorp – the most impoverished community that still survives against all odds. Their needs and aspirations, and how we can help.
18. In conclusion, anything you would like to add to this interview for the leather community of South Africa?
Stand-up and stand together all the boys and girls! It does not matter who or what you are; if you love Leather then you are part of this community.
Don Thompson passes
Don Thompson, perhaps best known as San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII, passed away on the morning of January 5, 2018 in Cathedral City, CA due to a long time illness. Don studied at Cambridge and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, country of his birth. Professionally, Don was a concert organist and president of Pipe Organ Presentations. Much of Don's Leather community service was as producer of Fetish Balls in San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a member of the California Eagles Motorcycle Club. For several years he was co-emcee of the Pantheon of Leather Awards. One proud moment in his early years was as the organist for The Beatles' Mr. Moonlight. Thompson is survived by his husband Henry Jordan. A memorial service is being planned for Don. Photo gallery which will not leave one with dry eyes https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157037282395968&set=rpd.1132007819&type=3&theater
By Terry Laupp
Mr. Missouri Leather (MML), celebrated 33 years the weekend of February 26-28 at JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis Missouri where Ty Portell from St. Louis was sashed the new Mr. Missouri Leather 201. Three men competed. For the first time in three years the weather cooperated with unseasonably warm weather with no snow or ice!
The now defunct Gateway MC founded MML in 1983 and was one of the longest running annual Leather contests nationwide sponsored by a single Leather club. In 2014, Terry Laupp, Mr. Missouri Leather 2010, and Chad Carroll took over the competition. Currently, Mr. Missouri Leather is the only drug-tested Leather contest in the nation.
The weekend kicked off with a meet and greet on Friday evening with the Leather tribe gathered to renew friendships and acquire new ones. The evening culminated with the introduction of the judges and the three contestants choosing their numbers. The judges for the weekend were: Mr. Tri State Leather 2014 Brian “Pup Bolt” Donner, Mr. Midwest Leather 2014 Jay Johnson, Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig, Mr. Heartland Leather 2015 Russell McDaris and Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckhoff.
Saturday started early with a Morning of Service and Fellowship at Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutritional support to low-income men, women, and children with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Over 20 Leathermen volunteered, packing over 5,500 meals in just under three hours!
While the contestants were being interviewed at Attitude’s Nightclub, the Titans of the Midwest presented Kink U at JJ’s clubhouse. Topics included Rope You Can Use by Elton Davis, Sensations by Mr. Colorado Leather 2016 Ric Poston and Don't Stick Your Dick In Crazy by Karen Ultra.
The contest kicked off at 10:30 PM in the Annex at JJ’s Clubhouse with Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2003 Richie Johnson presenting a powerful version of our National Anthem. Emcees for the evening, Oklahoma Leatherboy Chad Neal and Miss Continental Plus 2000 Tumara Mahorning entertained over 200 Leathermen in attendance with their onstage chemistry and humor. The tally masters were Mr. Missouri Leather 2003 Mark Bozif and Mama’s Kinky Educator Aaron Laxton. Den Daddies, O. John Groebl and Mr. Missouri Leather 2013 John Metzner assisted our contestants back stage. Mr. Pride St. Louis 2007 Jimmy Walsh interpreted. DJ TimmyB dazzled the crowd with his lighting and music, Pup Wolfe-Cybrus, a well-rounded puppy, was the judge’s runner, and Boy Ashley was the bootblack.
CLAW donated a CLAW weekend package as a door prize and presented each of the contestants with a CLAW package. A silent auction ran during the entire evening and an army of current titleholders roamed the crowd selling raffle tickets and shots,
The constants were judged in Cruise Wear, Pecs and Personality, Image in Leather and delivered a two-minute speech on a topic of their choice. During intermission Mr. Missouri Leather 2011 DJ Kaiser organized the Mama’s Family photo and introduced a new member to the family, Mike Lunter, Mama’s Kinky Specialist.
While the final scores were being tallied the informal Gateway Guy contest, consisted of 10 hot men from the audience, where the winner was chosen by audience applause. The Gateway Guy contest has been a staple of the MML contest and strives to actively involve more people in the event while fostering interest in future contestants. Tumara Mahorning brought the house down and turned back the hands of time with her rendition of Cher classics. Almost 20 clubs, organizations and titleholders were recognized with a Parade of Colors.
Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckoff gave a heartfelt step aside speech, thanking everyone who was instrumental during his title year and ended by encouraging all in attendance to let his or her voice be heard during this election year.
Ty Portell is a full member of Blue Max CC, a member of the St. Louis Balloon Brigade and Team Friendly-St. Louis. He competed at Mr. Missouri Leather 2015. Ty will go on to compete at International Mr. Leather in May.
The weekend concluded with the Mr. Missouri Leather Victory Brunch presented by Chef Elizabeth Schuster and her Tenacious Eats crew and was held at Food Outreach. All in attendance congratulated Ty and no one left hungry.
Boom Magazine at www.boom.lgbt videoed the entire contest it can be viewed at http://www.Vimeo.com Simply search for Mr. Missouri Leather 2016.
Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend 2017 will be held February 24-16 when Leather collides with Mardi Gras!
For the past 10 years, girls of Leather Chapters have been flourishing across the USA, and many people have asked why our diverse and dynamic Southern California community does not have a Chapter.
In order to fulfill this need, slave Bren, founder of los angeles sisters in service (LAsis; a local support group for those who live female 24/7 sub/slave bottoms hosted in LA for the past 10 years), has begun a los angeles girls of Leather Chapter.