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Monday, 02 July 2018 10:31

Pantheon of Leather 2018 Nominations

Pantheon of Leather Awards 2017 recipients who were in Dallas to accept their awards.

 

Soon you can vote for your favorites at http://www.TheLeatherJournal.com

The Pantheon of Leather Awards will be presented on stage at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend on Thursday night, August 30 in Dallas, TX. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com

See the All-Time List of Pantheon of Leather Awards recipients here https://www.theleatherjournal.com/pantheon-awards/recipients

And, of course - Thank you to Christopher Edwards, Jeffrey Payne, ILSLb ICBB and team for their hard work.

Now, the nominees

Man of The Year
Ralph Bruneau
William Hall
Rod Onyx
David Labriolla
Kenn Kennedy

Woman of the Year
Panda Pup in Bootz
Girl Complex
Tyesha Best
Elisa Vegas
Lady D Harrison

Couple of the Year
Mr. Blue and blue Frost
Elisa Vegas and Ken Kennedy
Gabriel Majors and Matt O’Toole
Jesbian and Teega
Sekyou and Luna Nia

Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Man)
Thomas Smith
Jeff Tucker
Master Jack Pearce
Patrick Mulcahey
Alex Wisinokwski

Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Woman)
Lady D Harrison
Sharrin Spector
Deborah Addington

Large Event of the Year
Leather Leadership Conference
LA Leather
Weekend Reunion
Sin In the City
IMsLBB

Small Event of the Year
Mr. Chicago Leather
Mr. Michigan Leather
Leather History Preservation Weekend
Avatar LA 35th Anniversary
Kink Weekend OKC

Non Profit Organization of the Year
Chicago Leather Community Outreach
Carter/Johnson Library
IMsL Foundation
Grateful Day Foundation
Leather Heart Foundation

Large Club of the Year
Titans of the Midwest
LA Band of Brothers
ONYX
Chicago Puppy Patrol
Gateway to Alternative Lifestyles Center

Small Club of the Year
Coastal Empire Sentinels
GDI Outlaws
The Pennsmen
Onyx Deep South
Austin Girls of Leather

Business of the Year
Black Cat Whips
Wolfstryker Leather
Abraided Leather
BDSM Brewery
Barking Leather

Business Person of the Year
Todd Wolfstryker
Pup Tory
Nawi Denice
Shane Hutchison
William Wing

Florida Regional Award
Chris Landers
Master Sable
Bill Hoeppner
Jack Garcia Jr.
Max Maximilian

Great Lakes Regional Award
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
Gerald Cernak
Kevin Sparkie Perdue
Dorian Gray
Butch Prandium

Mid Atlantic Regional Award
(MD, DC, VA, PA, DE,WV)
Dana Prosser
Maso Mutt
S E Feigelstein (Doc)
Gerard Turner
Dan Ronnenberg
Boy Jason

Midwest Regional Award
(IA, MN, MS, NE, ND, SD)
Ivan Nunez
Jeremiah Morris
Rob Anderson
Randy Ingram-Lile
Karen Ultra

Northeast Regional Award
(CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, NJ, NY)
Lynx Onyx
Sir Tom Matt
Pup Data
Damien Basile
Velvet Storm

Northern California Regional Award
Tyler Fong
Jesbian Bagherra
Kaycee Puppy
Girl Complex

Northwest Regional Award
(AK, OR, WA)
Carla Renee
Renee Beckman
Brynn Beitzel
Dara Bryant
Caressa Lyric Dunn

Rocky Mountain Regional Award
(AZ, CO, MO, NM, NV, UT, WY)
Leftenant Fox
Don Collings
Scott Darby
Moxie Minion
Master Black Zeus

South Central Regional Award
(OK, TX, LA, AK, KS)
Master Malik
Mama Gail
Dave Rex Shephard
Ross Ransom
Pup Sparky

Southeast Regional Award
(NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, TN, KY)
Jeff Henken
Pharoh Kaf-Ra
James Lee (MKL2017)
Tracey Russell Fullenkamp
Daddi Panther

Southern California Regional Award
(SoCA, HI)
Drew Kramer
Leon Strange Mason
Vince Pena
Orpheus Black
Steven Carlisle
David Sanford

Canadian Award
Randy Spearhead
Pup Kona
Kira Morganne
M. Jack Pearce
John Thompson

International Award
Werner Hall

girl ang
Rafael Maciel
Joe King
Selogadi Mampane

 

 

Published in Pantheon of Leather
Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - August 23, 2017

 

 

Nestled within the Leather subculture are smaller stripes like hypnotists, foot fetishists, floggers, superheroes and, of course, pups. Matt Baume for Rolling Stone

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 23, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

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Chuck Renslow Memorial
A memorial for Chuck Renslow was held on Sunday, August 27 at Metro in Chicago. Leatherfolk and friends from all over North America and beyond attended. The Renslow Family hosted its 36th and final White Party celebrating Renslow.

Inside the Changing Leather Scene
Inside the Changing Leather Scene, by Rolling Stone Magazine, As the stigma against BDSM and kink subsides, how does a long-underground culture move into a new era? "At the time that the community formed, being discovered as queer was enough to ruin a person's life...." This is a must-see. Full article at http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/bdsm-inside-changing-leather-kink-scene-w496283 See photo above.

Women's International Leather Legacy 2017
Renee Beckman was best in a field of five contestants in winning the Women's International Leather Legacy 2017 title in Dallas, TX in early August. This was the largest WILL class to date. WILL titleholders compile women's Leather history by video interviewing them The first WILL Tracy Wolf set the tone with interviews nearly every week she held the title. http://www.internationalleatherlegacy.com/index.html See photo below.

ONYX: Superiority Complex in San Francisco
ONYX: Superiority Complex is a party for kinky men of color and will be at the Powerhouse in San Francisco on Saturday night, August 26 from 6-9. Special guest of honor and super-supporter of the kinky men's community, International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex will be in the house.

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather are Steve Geist and Jeni Finch who won their titles on Saturday, August 19 the Hayward Veteran's Memorial Hall in Hayward, CA.

Steve, also known as “Ox”, has been a member of the Leather community since 1989, starting with the Fire Keepers of Indiana. He moved west and made his first several hundred cockrings at Image Leather in San Francisco. In 1993, he moved to Sacramento to work Leatherworks and also run his own company.

Minxy Jeni is a newbie queer in chronology but an old soul in Leather. As an acupuncture student, she dipped her toe into the scene six months ago with a class on pressure points and somehow found herself free diving in the depths almost immediately.

The titles are produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps. http://www.acleather.org See photo below.

Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian wed
Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian were wed Saturday, August 19 at the Women's Building in San Francisco CA. They were joined by their family, friends and communities. See photo below.

Mr. Bear LA
Bears LA hosted the Mr. Bear LA contest on Saturday night, August 19 at the Eagle LA where Art Berkowitz won the title he will compete at Mr. SoCal Bear. Berkowitz was the lone contestant.
The emcees were the team of Don Mike and Jeremy Ronceros and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave one of their zany blessing. See photo below.

Dynamics of a BDSM Scene
Dynamics of a BDSM Scene with Mistress Cyan hosted by Cyan St. James on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, California 90304. https://www.facebook.com/mysanctuaryla

DNA Northeast
The Drummer North America Northeast region welcomed new additions to their title family, Drummer Bootblack Jimmy Basset and Drummerboy Kenneth Sautter on August 19 at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI. See photo below.

Leather Archives through Amazon
Shop Amazon.com and support the Leather Archives & Museum through Amazon's charitable giving program, Amazon Smile. For every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Leather Archives & Museum. It's that simple! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3841874

Mr. California Leather
The first Mr. California Leather contest will be held at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday, September 9 at 9 PM. Winner may got to IML, ABW, ILSLb or IPOL to compete. http://mrcaleather.com/

San Diego AIDS Walk XXV
The San Diego Leather community is participating in this year's AIDS Walk and Run San Diego on Saturday, September 27 because HIV and AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is an opportunity to be visible in the support for those living with HIV and AIDS while raising much needed funds for critical support services in the community. http://events.thecentersd.org/goto/BeWhoYouNeeded

Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Contest Weekend
Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Contest Weekend will be September 8-10 at the Bolt in Sacramento, CA. The contest is on Saturday night, meet and greet on Friday and victory barbecue and beer bust on Sunday. http://sacbolt.com

CineKink at the Leather Archives in November
CineKink returns to the Leather Archives & Museum November 10-11 in Chicago, IL.

Kink and the Community - There are many tastes and predilections that make up the world of kink. Here, a sampling of just a few; and the Museum that strives to keep track of them all on Friday November 10 at 7 PM, followed by The Best of CineKink - A collection of award-winning shorts deemed the year’s best from CineKink, “the kinky film festival." at 9 PM.

As we ready ourselves for new political realities, these shorts stake a claim for female agency and the power of speaking one’s desires on Saturday November 11, 8 PM. http://cinekink.com/

CODE Eighth Anniversary
CODE Presents CODE Eighth Anniversary Party on Saturday, September 2 at The Glorious Health Club in Baltimore, MD. Sports gear, jocks, skins, uniforms, Leather, rubber and pups are welcome.

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10, 2018. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. http://www.leather64ten.com/mrleather64ten/

Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland was introduced in Stockholm, Sweden through a diverse program August 24-26. In the center of Stockholm almost 300 artists performed during a street party; in addition to music, stand-up comedy, children's theater, circus arts and meetings with writers were seen on stage. The City of Turku was invited to Stockholm because of their long shared history and close collaborations. http://www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org See photo below.

International Mr./Mx/Ms Olympus Leather room block open
International Mr./Mx/Ms Olympus Leather will be held at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley the weekend of May 3-6. International Mx Olympus Leather will make its debut there.
Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoUJnyIE9rBrbZUSklqYD-pCMoqaBS7zF9j-58KIG6RUnruA/viewform?usp=send_form to make a reservation.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) is all set to go the weekend of September 28 - October 1 at an unnamed hotel in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library will be there. Plenty of workshops and classes, play parties and socials, and a few Leather contests too. http://greatlakesleather.org/

Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed. Tom of Finland will have an exhibit and there will be a Saturday afternoon pool party. And oh, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest will be held in the newest hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

You can help make Dave Rhodes' Hump Day better by sending dates and basic information on new events, club information such as new officers and runs, obituaries and wedding announcements. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on August 27, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, August 21. Make sure to add your events to the Leather Community Calendar by clicking on Calendar above - follow the directions.

You had a contest over the weekend - send us the names of the winners and a photo and a brief bit about it. We have it by mid-Monday and it will appear on Wednesday. Your events hotel room block opens - that is news. Send the link and a brief. Someone passes, let us know - photo please if available, but do not let lack of an immediate photo stop you from sending. This is news shorts.

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Women's International Leather Legacy 2017 Renee Beckman

Tom of Finland was introduced in Stockholm, Sweden through a diverse program. Art provided by the Tom of Finland Foundation

 

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather are Steve Geist and Jeni Finch. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller

 

Lady Katerina and her boy Sebastian wed in San Francisco, CA.

 

The Drummer North America Northeast regional at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI.

 

 Dynamics of a BDSM Scene with Mistress Cyan at Sanctuary LAX Studios

 Mr. Bear LA Art Berkowitz won his title at Eagle LA. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes Hump Day - August 30, 2017

 

 

Leather at Pride in New York. Photo by Jane Testa

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 30, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

I will be at Pantheon of Leather and ILSLb ICBB this weekend and will have plenty to report afterward, such as September 6.

Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run
All the best to the nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk who will make the trek up into the Central California mountains northeast of Fresno for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend. This is is their 56th year of doing this. Let us know how it turns out if you are going. http://satyrsmc.org/

West Coast Olympus Leather 2017
Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 is Bill Willis and Ms West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 is Kitty Sjofn who won their titles at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, August 26. Esteban Nunez was presented the Leather Flame Award. Goddess Moon served as emcee. Willis and Kitty, both from San Diego, will compete at International Mr. Ms and Mx Olympus Leather in San Diego next May https://www.facebook.com/ttps://www.facebook.com/ See photo below.

Tarheel Leather Club
The Tarheel Leather Club is honored to be the Color Guard again this year for Pride Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, October 14. Tarheel Leather Club would like to invite other clubs to march with them this year as they lead the parade. The parade will begin at 11 AM. Line up will be at 4th Street and Poplar at 10 AM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1300217166737419/

Leather Masters and House of Markus
Leather Masters and House of Markus will be taking collections this weekend to add to the relief of those along the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey. Anything from school supplies, clothes, blankets, canned food, baby formula, etc... will be more then welcome. And don't forget the pets too, dog and cat food is need by animal rescue groups. Working with ILSb/ICBB they will have boxes at their booth in the vending area for you to drop off any items. Leather Masters will also have drop off points at Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226 which will be able to collect any as well.

LA Band of Brothers Title Holder Boot Camp
The LA Band of Brothers will host their Title Holder Boot Camp on Sunday, September 10 at 12 PM at The Factory in Los Angeles, CA. Free interactive workshop featuring past and present LAL Contestants and Judges. Learn how a Leather contests works, participate in contest style Q&A, learn stage presence and much more. https://www.facebook.com/events/266092633888966/?active_tab=about

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund
The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, TX for days, months, and potentially years to come. Help Us Help LGBTQ sisters and others community members displaced by the storm. The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Bullet Bar has chosen to work thru The Montrose Center in Houston. Hosted by Mr. Bullet Leather 2017 Andrew James Chier and Ms Bullet Leather 2016 Tuesday Niles. Friday, September 1 at 9 PM and Saturday, September 2 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar 10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

Desert Fetish Authority
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. On September 8 they will discuss National and Regional Community Gatherings (IML, CLAW, MAL, Delta, Folsom). Which ones do you attend? Why do you participate? Which ones would you like to learn more about. DFA meets at 7:30 PM, LGBT Center's New Headquarters, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, third floor, next to Denny's in Palm Springs http://desertfetishauthority.com

Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary

Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration will be at the Center for Positive Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles' biggest event of the year is going to be even bigger than ever before, this all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend and it just so happens to coincide with the Exiles’ 20th Anniversary. https://fetlife.com/events/533331

DomCon: New Orleans 2017
DomCon, now celebrating its 14th Year, is The World's Largest Professional and Lifestyle Domination Convention, and the weekend of October 4-7 they're returning to The French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. X. The convention is the result of Mistress Cyan's commitment over the years to bring a better understanding of BDSM in The Adult Alternative Lifestyle, and to bring together those in the BDSM, Leather, Fetish and Professional Communities to share our common interests, celebrate our diversity, and promote awareness through education with demonstrations, seminars, and panel discussions. Whether you’re new to BDSM or a seasoned player, DomCon has a place for everyone. DomCon: New Orleans 2017 will be held October 5-9 at the Crowne Plaza Astor-New Orleans French Quarter, Kenner, LA 70062. http://www.dom-con.com

Mr. Sister Leather 2018
The Mr. Sister Leather 2018 Contest will be held, Saturday, September 16 beginning at 8 PM at Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. Join the los angeles Sisters as they pay homage to the Stonewall riots, the famous 1969 uprising in what is widely considered to be the most important event leading to gay liberation. Proceeds to benefit the One Archives Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/LASisters/

Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed on Friday night. A pool party on Saturday afternoon is a newbie. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride
The LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride will be held November 9 12 with the contest being on Saturday night at a venue to-be-announced and Friday night Dog Pound at the Bullet Bar. LA Puppy Pride 2016 received the Southland Honors Award for Best Event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1651085808469344/

Meet and Greet for Jeffrey Payne, candidate for Texas Governor
Meet the Man who will Rise4Texas, Jeffrey Payne, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor. Learn more about him and his vision for Texas. Meet and Greet at 5 PM on /September 14 at Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Road, Mesquite, TX 75149. http://www.Jeffrey4Texas.com Hosted by Sergio Garcia. A successful business man in Dallas since 2005, Jeffrey Payne's success in Texas business is exactly what he intends to bring to the political office. He wants to see the needs of all Texans being met and not just a select few.

 

How you can help make Dave Rhodes' Hump Day better - no, the best. If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on August 27, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, September 3. Make sure to add your events to the Leather Community Calendar by clicking on Calendar above - follow the directions.

You had a contest over the weekend - send us the names of the winners and a photo and a brief bit about it. We have it by mid-Monday and it will appear on Wednesday. Your events hotel room block opens - that is news. Send the link and a brief. Someone passes, let us know - photo please if available, but do not let lack of an immediate photo stop you from sending. This is news shorts.

If a news item comes in which we feel should also be a larger article we will contact you about it. Send to me at Photos need to be jpg format.

Please share us on Facebook and other social media.

 

West Coast Olympus Leather. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Durk Dehner and Sharp of the Tom of Finland Foundation visiting Stockholm, Sweden.

Revised ad for Jeffrey Payne's Texas gubernatorial campaign

 

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 21:08

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day April 4, 2018

 


 

Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex opens
By Rae N Chris

We are wrapping up the first night of a full weekend, March 30 - April 1, at the new Carter/Johnson Leather Library Florida Annex. Vi Johnson just got done giving a wonderful history talk for our local community. Miss Rae and Vi Johnson were surprised by Luke Monaco with a memorial frame of memorabilia from his personal collection. This memorial was created by him and his slave victor to honor the memory of his uncle David Weinbaum and is on loan from Sir Luke. The library annex housed in the SFC10 Community space in Oakland Park. https://www.facebook.com/groups/carterjohnsonleatherlibrary/

Published in Editorial
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:31

IML 2018 Contestants' Photos and Bios

 

Members of the IML Class of 2018 who appeared at Mid Atlantic Leather in January.

A record 71 men have officially registered by the early May deadline as contestants for IML 40 or International Mr. Leather 2018. IML contestant coordinator Jeff Tucker, an IML 1994 titleholder himself, greatly assisted in compiling this information. Contestants were given the opportunity to submit decent photos and brief bios. We have photos of all 71 and three-fourths of the supplied bios.Take a look and pick your favorites. One might pick their own Top 20 and compare it later to the list announced on stage at The Auditorium in Chicago, IL on Sunday night, May 27. This article originally had 72 contestants. One dropped out a few days before the contest due to a medical emergency. Find out more about IML at http://www.imrl.com

Published in Regional Leather
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:02

Dave Rhodes Hump Day February 14, 2018

 

 

ICON Detroit 25th Anniversary
The men of ICON Detroit invite you to come reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Friendships, Leather, Kink, and Service to the Community on Saturday, February 24 at their original home bar The Detroit Eagle, now called the Marble Bar. ICON Detroit has remained a strong, steady and influential foundation for the Leather community of Metro Detroit for the last 25 years. ICON Detroit has also maintained it's commitment to raise funds and donate to HIV/AIDS-related charities. Some of those charities have included Wellness House of Michigan and Triangle Foundation (from years ago) and our current charities of Unified and Mr. Friendly. http://www.facebook.com/icondetroit

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:22

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 23, 2018

 

PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - ‎Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition

Another crazy Long Beach Pride weekend. Pigskin was the just icing on the cake. We want to thank the staff at the Eagle 562, you made Pride Sunday move smoothly. Next up - Pigmalion weekend, PerVarsity on June 15 Pigskin and then the Daddy Edition on June 17.

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 23:57

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 2, 2018




Broken record - CLAW reports attendance increase
As many as 2,500 Leatherfolk attended CLAW 18 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) at the Westin Downtown Cleveland April 26-29. CLAW and its affilated CLAW Nation events have rung up over $800,000 in donations to charity since its inception in 2001. With fundraising activities everywhere, everyone was having a blast while giving. The International Leather Dinner at the XXX saw about 200 guests enjoy a fabulous view during dinner and the chance to explore numerous ehibits on Saturday night. CLAW story with tons of photos will appear next week. http://www.clawinfo.org

Note

This week's Hump Day is short, due to being home two of the last nine days, attending CLAW, having to ship the May - June Issue of The Leather Journal and going to International Olympus. May 9's Hump Day will be back to normal.

 

Women's International Leather Legacy
Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/

DomCon: LA - Class and workshop schedule released
DmCon: Los Angels released its schedule for classes and workshops which begin on Friday, May 9 and run through Sunday, May 13. There are some 52 classes and workshops including Suspension for Newbies, Submissive Empowerment, BDSM vs 50 Shades, The Art of Seduction, The Erotic Art of Ritual and Protocol, Mummification, Kinky Yoga, Body Harness Hogties, FEM Doms of the Wild, The Magic of Mindfucking, Thinking Outside the Toybox and Predicament Ties for Playing Dirty among them Just a few of the presenters - Sera Miles, Sir Nik Sanatanas, Sir Valentino Harrison and Cupcake Harrison, Master Gabriel, Orpheus Black, Astrid, Dr. Susan Block and Mistress Simone Justice. DomCon: LA will be at the Hilton LAX on Century Blvd. near LAX with a big Saturday night Fetish Ball at Sanctuary LAX Studios. http://www.domconla.com/

De-Pathologization of Consensual BDSM
By Susan Wright for Science Direct
Family court judges regularly removed child custody or visitation rights from adults who engaged in consensual bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM), fetishes, and cross-dressing behaviors before the American Psychiatric Association (APA) differentiated consensual paraphilias (sexual sadism, sexual masochism, transvestic fetishism, and fetishism) from the paraphilic disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). After the proposed changes to the DSM-5 were made public for commentary, there was a significant decrease in discrimination against BDSM-practicing individuals. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1743609518301395

Leather Hall of Fame inducts three at CLAW
The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch on Sunday, April 29 saw three inductees introduced by emcees Issa Arden and Rob Bienvenue, The Society of Janus, Black Leather In Color Magazine and International Mr. Leather. IML was founded in 1979 by Chuck Renslow and Dom "Etienne" Orejudos, Janus was founded in San Francisco in 1974 and Black Leather In Color ran from 1994 to 2000 with eight issues being published. A full story on each honoree can be found at http://www.leatherhalloffame.com


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Trivia Question of the Week



Born To Raise Hell was?


1. A video produced by Marathon Films in los angeles.

2. A run hosted over St. Patrick's Day weekend by Trident: Columbus.

3. Precursor to Burning Man and held in the Mojave Desert.

4. The only kink fiction written by Alan Selby while he was still in England.

5. A series of five videos produced by Mikal Bales.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Judy Tallwing-McCarthey is? The first International Ms Leather - 1987.



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Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigs in Space
Pigs in Space by PIGS (Perverted Interracial Guys) are at it on Saturday, May 12 at 9 PM at Eagle 562. Neon Gear Night! Wear neon, gear, or neon gear! Leather, rubber, latex, or even just underwear. $5. Glowing go-go boys, live DJ, free clothes check, drink specials, pig shots, prizes, free parking lot. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1504104456367296/

Atlanta Leather Pride focuses on family bonding, giving back and BDSM education
Georgia Voice
Jonathan Fenrir, the current reigning Mr. Atlanta Eagle, is very much aware of the family component. "There's a growing number of Pride celebrations around town, [but] Atlanta Leather Pride is a chance for people of all walks of life to come out and be a part of something that sees past gender or sexuality," he said. "It's a perfect time for those that might have questions or want to hang out on the edges to see Leather and the Leather lifestyle celebrated so openly and free of judgement." http://www.ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/atlanta-leather-pride-focuses-on-family-bonding-giving-back-and-bdsm-education

KINK - new monthly event in San Diego
In Conjunction with International Olympus Weekend, Vonn Tramel, we kick off our first monthly pansexual event, KINK, on Friday, May 4 at The Rail in San Diego, CA, an event that welcomes everyone, men, women, gender neutral, and non-conforming Leatherfolk and/or their admires. Portion of proceeds will benefit International Mr., Ms, Mx Olympus Leather 2018 Travel Fund. May's special guest hosts are Olympus Leather and special guest DJ is Ryan David Racino. For more information contact Robert (619) 817-9926 and/or for Olympus Leather Weekend check out http://olympusleather.com

West Coast Jungle Gym contest
WCJG is a three day weekend conference, September 7-9 in San Diego, of all the things fun and exciting under the Age Play umbrella. We’ll have exciting education worships, out of this world social parties, fun and helpful vendors, giveaways, dark age play dungeon, puppy mosh, and the conferences first Little Miss, Mr. Mx and Pet contest. We welcome all little type folks (18+) Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don’t, sexual littles, non-sexual littles, Adult babies, diaper lovers. Regardless of gender, identity, race, age or ability. We also welcome their caregivers, Daddys, Mommys, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, etc. Along with critters, puppies, kitties and their handlers to join us. https://thewestcoastjunglegym.com/

TBLC -  27th Anniversary
TBLC celebrates their 27th Anniversary July 27-29 with there annual camp out at XXX. XXX, 4592 Lone Pine Road, Burkeville, VA 23922. Please visit TBLC website for more information go to http://www.tblcofvirginia.com



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Spartan MC
The Spartan Motorcycle Club will be celebrating with their 23rd Marathon, June 4-9. We will be participating in Americade, the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Americade is held in Lake George, NY. It is a gathering of friendly, fun-loving folks, for whom motorcycling is a social hobby, but not some form of rebellion. http://marathon.spartanmc.com/

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/

Meat Rack at Eagle LA
John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, March 10 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/

Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise
Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409

 

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

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/

Support the NCSF
Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

Excelsior MC — Lust for Life 2018: Erector
Excelsior MC presents Lust for Life 2018: Erector "If you build it, they will cum" the weekend of May 18-20 in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY 11980. The usual club weekend revelry is expected and you can be a part of the action. Excelsior MC began in 1975 when a group of four men, Terry McNulty, David Talbot, Rich Dicurci and Wally Wallace shared a room on Fire Island where they spent Leather Weekend, sponsored by Cycle MC. The club members and GDI's (Goddamn Independents) at this run came from all over the United States and Europe, and everyone was very friendly and outgoing. The original four members felt a kinship with these leather men and a special friendship evolved with one group in particular, Empire City MC. Registration is available at http://www.execsiormc.com

Thunder in the Mountains
Thunder in the Mountains will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver the weekend of July 20-22. Thunder in the Mountains, with an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes and, our 50,000 square-foot dungeon, and puppy mosh pit and pony track, this promises to be the best party so far. Some of the big-name presenters are Laura Antoniou, Master Skip Chasey, Mark Frazier, Midori, Lee Harrington, Peter Fiske and Glenda Rider. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com

World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest
World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.


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The National LGBTQ Task Force presented its 10th Leather Leadership Award to Durk Dehner at the opening plenary of the organization's 30th Annual Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC on January 25. Durk co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 and was also first runner-up of the first IML competition in 1979. The award was presented by IML 1996 Joe Gallagher and Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Finland. In accepting the award, Durk told the audience of over 2,000, mainly young people, "Be willing to try on different clothes of life. We are explorers and always remember that!" Many of Tom of Finland's drawings were projected on the ballroom's large screens, including the famous 2014 Finnish stamp in his honor..

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Mr. LA Leather title goes to LA Leather Bear

The Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest saw Mr. LA Leather Bear Ben Johnson win he Mr. LA Leather 2018 title and the Brotherhood award which was selected by his fellow contestants at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. First runner-up was Mr. Precinct Leather Spike and second runner-up was Mr. 562 Eagle Leather Pup Yoshi. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave a rousing blessing. Jeremy Ronceros and Jasun Mark rocked as emcees and Pup Dazzle was amazing in his A Capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance immediately followed the contest. For more go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

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Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Denver's Exile 6 Fetish Ball
By Exposer Magazine
For six years, Lokusdor Productions (at the EXPO Event Center in Denver, CO) has put on the event and each year, it seems to gain the attention of many new people. 350 attendees had already arrived by 10pm and the show had just begun! Bringing in new vendors and sponsors. Last year, this event raised $10,000 for organizations in our community. You don’t hear too often of an event that gives so much back to its community, but that may be why this particular event rises above all others around it....The Exile Fetish Ball has a showcase of kink everywhere you look, from the flogging posts to the right of the stage, along with electrical apparatuses designed to heighten your sexual arousal. This place has it all, for any sort of fetish you might be into. More photos and details at https://xposermagazine.com/exile-6-fetish-ball-2/

los angeles Boys of Leather
Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! on Friday, October 13 at 9 PM at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the amazing Ursula Major and the freakishly phenomena Annie Chryst. Raffle prizes, bloody Jello shots, hot men and sexy women. $7 at the door! With admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

Bears in Kilts by Bears LA
Join Bears LA for Bears in Kilts at the Bullet Bar on Saturday night, October 30, starting at 9 PM. $6 Dollar cover or $5 when wearing a kilt. Best Kilt contest has a $50 prize. https://www.bearsla.org/

Leather History Preservation Weekend

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org

The incredible true history of gay pirates and their strangely modern world
Gay Star News
From deadly cross-dressing pirates having a lesbian-affair to booty, rituals and same-sex civil unions....Piracy was a world apart, and one where homosexual couples may have been the norm, not the exception. So to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day (19 September) here’s our queer history of piracy....But they didn’t just have health insurance. A form of same-sex civil unions, called matelotage, was also common. Buccaneer Alexander Exquemelin wrote: ‘It is the general and solemn custom amongst them all to seek out… a comrade or companion, whom we may call partner… with whom they join the whole stock of what they possess. Your partner was called a ‘matelot,' which can also be translated as bunkmate. It’s possible the relationships started with one man selling their services to another, to satisfy debts, get food or for protection. But it went deeper than that. If one matelot died, his partner inherited his property and share of the booty. In some cases, partners took punishment on each other’s behalf. In battle, they fought as a team and died together. Arrrrgh! Read the rest here https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/incredible-true-history-gay-pirates-strangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sgstrangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sg

Bay Area Cub
So you think you can Cub? Join us for the Bay Area Cub Contest at the Lone Star Saloon (Bear Bar USA). We welcome all definitions of "cub" and will be celebrating the diversity of our community all afternoon while raising funds for the Alliance Health Project and Project Open Hand. Featuring a beer bust, Bay Area Cub Contest, performance by the Boys of Bearlesque, raffle prizes, jello shots and sexy cubs on Saturday, October 14 at 3 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/116608262383657/?active_tab=about

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. http://www.bawevent.com

Leather bar in Mexico City
Traveling to Mexico? The third largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere should have one and it is Tom's Leather Bar which is in one of Cuidad de Mexico's LGBT parts of town. There are strippers and a back room and the place fills up. Go to http://toms-mexico.com/ to find out more.

Texas Leather and LGBT candidate Jeffrey Payne interviewed by Dallas Voice
By Tammye Nash, Dallas Voice Managing Editor
Jeffrey Payne is a businessman, bar owner, Leather titleholder and now, a gubernatorial candidate. "Texas has been good to me. Texas has been very, very good to me,” Jeffrey Payne said in an interview this week. Now he wants to repay the favor. That’s why, the Dallas businessman said, he is running for governor in 2018. see complete interview here https://www.dallasvoice.com/setting-sights-austin-10242440.html

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend
The Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill is now accepting reservations for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 which will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest on Sunday afternoon. And oh, the lobby at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill. 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/ to find hotel information.

Knight Hawks of Virginia Puppy-Palooza 2
Puppy-Palooza 2, hosted by the Knight Hawks of Virginia and MJ's Tavern will begin at 10 PM on Saturday, October 14. Have you always wondered what it is about? Don't have a clue? Well come out and let the Pups of the Knight Hawks give you some information. Additionally, if you are a pup or a handler and want a safe accepting location, come out and join us for the night. MJ's Tavern, 4019 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504. https://www.facebook.com/khleather/photos/gm.1322857347836522/1917008615224706/?type=3&theater

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.

The Formal Fetish Dinner Party in London
The Formal Fetish Dinner Party is unique in the world. Hosted by the founder of Skin Two magazine and owner of KFS TV, it takes place in a fabulous hotel very near Piccadilly Circus. The next dinner is on Sunday, October 8. You can book a hotel room and stay overnight if you wish. Everyone is dressed in their fetish finest - no business suits or cocktail dresses! We serve a three-course dinner and there is a dungeon for play afterwards. This event is restricted to 30 sophisticated couples of any age. Newcomers are welcome - we are friendly people. (No single blokes or Daily Mail readers though. I mean, there is a limit...) We are happy to answer questions and meet for tea and a chat, by all means. https://london.craigslist.co.uk/cas/d/the-formal-fetish-dinner/6302853807.htmldinner/6302853807.html

Leather community working on South Of MArket District in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Eric Pratt

Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa's BDSM scene is poised to become SF's Leather Cultural District
By Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Weekly
Today, SoMa’s Leather scene consists of fewer than half a dozen bars, and although they’re packed on weekends, the neighborhood faces a renewed threat of extinction in the face of displacement. To preserve this vital subculture, activists have chosen a novel strategy: partnering with City Hall to designate a portion of Western SoMa as the San Francisco Leather District. The degenerates are about to be officially sanctioned....“We want Leather businesses to continue to thrive here,” (Supervisor Jane) Kim tells SF Weekly. “We want people to continue to live here. We want it to be a living, breathing district — and that is a lot harder to do than some plaques and street-name changes.” Complete article here http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

Las Vegas Rope Social: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play
The Las Vegas Rope Social presents: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play By Mike Payne. A painful push… a sensual touch… a playful poke. There is a myriad of ways to make physical contact with someone when playing with rope and so many fun, painful, stimulating, and erotic places to touch. This beginner level class will cover safety, pressure point types, some pressure point locations, and techniques to incorporate them into the application and removal of rope as well as everything in between. Saturday, October 14 from 3-5 PM at 705 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101-2058. https://ropesnob.com/

Douglas O'Keeffe interviews a guest during a recent Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat

Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat announced an ambitious European Chat schedule. Douglas O’Keeffe, co-producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend” O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016." A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel. https://www.facebook.com/Inside-Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/

American Brotherhood Weekend

American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Female Filmmakers Out in Force at Sixth Finnish Film Affair
Variety
As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.... Among the projects that were previously presented at the Finnish Film Affair and went on to have a successful career in festivals are Teemu Nikki’s “Euthanizer,” which is premiering at Toronto, and “Tom of Finland." http://variety.com/2017/film/global/women-filmmakers-out-in-force-at-6th-finnish-film-affair-1202560069/

Why The Leather Community Is Cautiously Optimistic About Fashion’s Fetish Moment
By Mikelle Street, Huffington Post, Queer Voices
Last week, Comme des Garçons teamed up with Vetements on a limited-edition capsule collection of sweaters. Teased on Instagram, the “gay, lesbian, and fetish” range was sold as a Dover Street Market exclusive with the “fetish” design selling out online shortly after launch. The piece, priced at $620, nodded to a very specific community....In 1989 Tony DeBlase, founder of the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago and publisher of Drummer magazine debuted a flag design for the Leather community at the International Mr. Leather competition. Read the rest of this article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leather-community-fashion-fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

DomCon: New Orleans
Domina Angelina, Madame Margherite, and Mistress Penelope Dreadful of Australia have been named official Mistresses of Ceremonies for DomCon: New Orleans 2017. The event brings together professional and lifestyle BDSM enthusiasts from around the world. Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and the kinky from all over the globe to DomCon for the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course electrifying parties. DomCon New Orleans will be held October 5-8 at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street. For photos, guest info, sponsorship opportunities, and details on classes and workshops go to http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com

Circlet Press 25th Anniversary
Help kick off the 25th Anniversary of Circlet Press - your home for sexy aliens, sultry dragons, mystical werebeasts and all manner of dystopias and fantasy worlds! Back this Kickstarter and actually get to choose the stories going into their Best Of... anthology. And THEN, if we can push into stretch goals, establish the publishing schedule for the next line up of books. "Best Erotic SciFi" Anthology. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/circlet-press-25th-anniversary-best-erotic-scifi-a?ref=project_link?ref=project_link

Desert Fetish Authority
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. On September 13 they meet at 7:30 PM, LGBT Center's New Headquarters, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, third floor, next to Denny's in Palm Springs. http://desertfetishauthority.com

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018
Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018 will be hosted by TULSA Leather at the Tulsa Eagle in Tulsa, OK the weekend of October 20-22. Tulsa Eagle. 1338 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120. http://tulsaleather.com/ TULSA is for people interested in uniforms, Leather, Levi, motorcycles and the celebration of our special interests. The association is open to all individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, and is dedicated to educating the community and promoting unity via social and charitable activities.https://www.facebook.com/events/1873758806228361/

Leather Leadership Conference XX
Leather Leadership Conference XX will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta, GA, March 9-11. Keynote by Hardy Haberman and endnote by Laura Antoniou. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." --Jack Welch. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

Master Anthony is questioned by emcee Dave Faunce during Mr. SoCal Leather. Anthony heads the Sherman Oaks Munch. Photo by Dave Rhodes

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/

Sash Bash Weekend in Iowa

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 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The 3rd Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/calendar/

Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar
The Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar, published by Bruno Gemünder and Putinki, is available through the Tom of Finland Store, Tom of Finland Store, 8116 Romaine Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Price is $20. https://tomoffinlandstore.com/collections/paper/calendars

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CLAW XVIII - preliminary schedule posted
The preliminary schedule for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29 is now posted. The Leather Family Dinner has been moved to the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy dinner under spectacular soaring ceilings with stunning views of the North Coast Harbor. Full museum access is included after dinner. 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/

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Dave Rhodes Hump Day - September 6, 2017

 

 

These were the Pantheon of Leather Award recipients who were in Dallas to accept their honors. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 6, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Pantheon of Leather Awards
The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held on Thursday night, August 31 at the DoubleTree Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB. Christopher Edwards was the emcee and IML 2009 Jeffrey Payne played Vannah. 10 of the 30 recipients were there to receive their honors, with some stuck because of Hurricane Harry. 175 attended. Man of the Year was Thib Guicherd-Callin and Woman if the Year was Patty Patty. Full story on Friday, September 8.

Donnell B. Doyle July 26,1948-September 3, 2017
Avatar Club los angeles President Don Doyle passed away at 7AM on September 3. Don was a member of Avatar almost since it began in 1982 and an Associate Member of he Chicago Hellfire Club. See photo below.

Second Annual Just Add Water
The Second Annual Just Add Water on August 26 hosted by Divergent Pigs in Massachusetts managed to raise in excess of $30,000 in meds and funds for our charity and others like it. Mama from California was on hand. We received a thank you note from them regarding their Pantheon of Leather President's Award, "Thank you once again for selecting us for the President's Award in 2017." Jeph and Kevin Barry. See photo below.

ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The results are in. International Leather Sir 2017 is Major Ty from the Florida Region, International Leatherboy 2017 is boy Kaz from the Great Lakes Region and International Community Bootblack 2017 is boy John Urso from the Atlantic States Region. The contests were emceed by none other than Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3 at the DoubleTree Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX. Full story up by Saturday, September 10. See photo below.

Shelley Denton has passed
Just got word that past American Leatherwoman Shelley Denton has passed. Waiting on details.

LeatherWalk XXVI in San Francisco
The 26th annual LeatherWalk takes place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2017. On-site registration and check in begins at 10 AM at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar, drop off last-minute donations, and get a collectible LeatherWalk pin. Entertainment starts at 11:30 AM at Jane Warner Plaza, 17th and Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. The Walk itself plans to start moving at 12 PM from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies Sister Roma with performances by some of San Francisco's most amazing vocal and drag talent. Stops include Oasis (Stop #1), Powerhouse (Stop #2), Mr. S Leather [Stop #3], Lone Star (NEW) [Stop #4), The Stud) (Stop #6) and the SF Eagle (final stop, closing beer bust). Folsom Street Events presents LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week which culminates one week later with the Folsom Street Fair. https://www.classy.org/san-francisco/events/leatherwalk-2017/e131804 See photo below.

Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration informed us that the Northwest Master/slave Contest and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. Note that this is two weeks earlier and those who want to attend Northwest Leather Celebration and DomCon: los angeles can do so. The NWLC Education Program will include over 50 classes. http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

CineKink Call for Entries
CineKink, "the kinky film festival," is seeking works that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality for its 2018 season. Scheduled for its 15th annual appearance in March 2018, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, a "Bring It!" adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow, showcasing favorites from the NYC festival selections. http://cinekink.dphoto.com/#/album/e1b98i

SeanWolfG Free Concert at Oil Can Harry's
This is a full-length concert of Gay Country Western Music with guest Don Mike on vocals, David Eccles on bass, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and Dennis Willis on mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, and violin. Colin Deane. Wednesday, September 27, 8-11 PM at Oil Can Harry's los angeles, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. See photo below.

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Avatar Boot Camp: The Art of Flogging
This class will discuss the different types of floggers, how to choose a flogger that fits one's style and needs, different ways to throw floggers, how to create a flogging scene, safety tips, and how to care for one's floggers. Avatar Club Los Angeles' Boot Camp: The Art of Flogging 12-3 PM. Hot Wax follows at 6 PM on Saturday, September 30 in North Hollywood, los angeles, CA. Registration must be paid in advance. Class size is limited. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla/

Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs
The New Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 Jax Kelly held a fundraiser at the Tool Shed on September 5 in Palm Springs, CA. Through the generosity of their Massage Night masseurs and the vendors who donated raffle prizes we raised a lot of money for Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs. See photo below.

San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018
The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 will be available during the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24. It's been out there already, but Folsom is a great time to meet the men and get your Calendar wish will benefit the Positive Resources Center. http://www.barechest.org/ See photo below.

How you can help make Dave Rhodes' Hump Day better - no, the best. If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. Example: If your event is happening on August 27, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, August 21. Make sure to add your events to the Leather Community Calendar by clicking on Calendar above - follow the directions.

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Avatar Club los angeles President Don Doyle who passed away on September 3 at home with his partner Gary at his side, presents a bar patch to the ONE Archives during Avatar's 33rd Anniversary in 2016. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was on hand as Jeph and Kevin Barry raised $33,000 in August. Photo supplied by Jeph and Kevin.

 

International Leatherboy 2017 boy Kaz, International Leather Sir 2017 Major Ty and International Community Bootblack 2017 boy John Urso after their wins in Dallas on Saturday night, September 2. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

From Dore Alley in July, Peter Fiske and friend. San Francisco LeatherWalk will kick off San Francisco's Leather Pride this month. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Leather kinksters SeanWolfG will give a free Country music concert at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA.

 

Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 Jax Kelly held  Massage Night where he and friends raised a lot of money for Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs. Photo supplied by Jax Kelly

 

The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 will be available during the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Mr. LA Leather 2015 Jeffrey Erdman is a buddy rider at the Satrys MC's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day Weekend. Photo supplied by Jeffrey Erdman

 

Two women all Leathered up for Dore Alley in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

And oh, yes, there were puppies at Dore Alley/Up Your Alley in San Francisco, CA  in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

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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

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Compiled by Dave Rhodes, Dr. Larry and William Burden

It is no secret that there were 71 International Mr. Leather 2018 or IML 40 contestants - your preference - 19 of them came from outside the United States, it is known that significant changes were being made in the International Mr. Bootblack contest and that IML founder Chuck Renslow would be remembered with class. What was to-be-determined was the winners of the contests.

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