Gary Wasdin Approved as Executive Director for Leather Archives and Museum
Concluding a multi-month search process, an experienced library director and administrator will lead the next chapter of the Leather Archives and Museum. Gary Wasdin received unanimous support of all nine board members present at the Sunday afternoon meeting. He will assume his new position on January 2. Wasdin will represent the LA&M at Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington DC, January 12-14. Full story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1976-gary-wasdin-approved-as-executive-director-for-leather-archives-and-museum
Empire City Motorcycle Club interviewed
Union Mag (United Kingdom) came across the Atlantic to interview Empire City Motorcycle Club. Watch their view interview by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMbH4hr5DCU Visit Union Magazine's website at http://www.nionMag.co.uk
DESIRE Founders Olga and Blu married in December
Olga and her long time partner Blu were legally married in early December. They reside in Orange County, CA and are the founders of DESIRE, the nation's premier Women's Leather/BDSM/Fetish play weekend which is held in Cathedral City each June.
Furball - Drenched
Martin Luther King Weekend - Sunday, January 14, 7 PM, and Presidents Day Weekend - Sunday, February 18, 7 PM. Both parties will be at the Grace Hotel, 125 West 45th Street, New York, NY. Shane Stiel from Los Angels will be the emcee. https://www.furball.nyc/
Mr. Dallas Eagle 2018
Who will represent the Dallas Eagle at International Mr. Leather in May? We will find out on Saturday night, January 6. The weekend of January 5-7 will also have a meet and greet and victory party. Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235. http://www.dallaseagle.com/mrdallaseagle.html
HOME General Meeting
The HOME General Meeting hosted by MarKus Leath and Dee Leather on Saturday, January 13 at 2 PM at 3906 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219. Kicking off 2018 HOME will be bringing some big news to DFW. We have been working our butts off getting things ready for 2018, and we want to do it with BIG news that will be fixing a well known issue we all in DFW have been facing with the recent closing of play spaces. We will fix it. This is an open invite to ALL of the DFW and supporting areas. That includes ALL groups and interests. This will effect everyone, and it will take the full support of the community. This is the perfect time for every one to unite regardless of gender, age, orientation, interests, dynamic, or experience. Please feel free to invite all of your friends to both the HOME group as well as this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1603716199688408/
Tampa Boys of Leather
Tampa Boys of Leather is growing out of the old Central Florida boys of Leather, which was founded in 2012 to provide a place for boys to gather. We also strive to serve our community in every way we can. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TBOLeather/
Creating Change Conference XXX
The National LGBTQ Task Force is hosting its 2018 Creating Change Conference from Wednesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year, Creating Change is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme: Learn. Connect. Resist. Thousands of LGBTQ progressives will gather in Washington, DC, just one year after the inauguration of the most divisive president in modern American history — which presents a unique opportunity to report on the state of the movement and how the LGBTQ community resists. One of the awards presented will be the Leather Leadership Award. The Creating Change Conference is sponsored and organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. https://www.creatingchange.org/
Your Seat at the Table: An open panel
Your Seat at the Table: An open panel will be held at Pleasures and Treasures on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 PM. Come meet former and current titleholders, learn about what it's like to take on this role and apply to run for 2018. Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/events/174322459968886/
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Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2018 judges and emcee named
The judges and emcee for the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2018 contest were named. The Judges are: head judge Kevin Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2016 Jeff Wilcox, Chad Judkins, Randy Carmanaty and Lou Romano. The emcee will be Pup Don Mike, judges' boy Glenn Ramirez and tally is Mike Van Horn. Eagle LA Mr. Leather will be on Saturday, January 13 at 8 PM at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA. There will be a combined meet and greet with Mr. So Cal Leather 2018 on Friday, January 12 at 9 PM. The Judges are: head judge Kevin Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2016 Jeff Wilcox, Chad Judkins, Randy Carmanaty and Lou Romano. The emcee will be Pup Don Mike, judges' boy Glenn Ramirez and tally is Mike Van Horn. http://www.eaglela.com/
Tarheel Leather Club Holiday Party
By Tid Bit
The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, North Carolina will hold their Holiday Party and bar night at Chemistry Nightclub on December 16 starting at 5:30 PM. The party starts at 5:30 with a potluck dinner, and will go until 8, with bar night to follow. If planning to eat with us, please bring something to share to make certain there's enough for everyone. There will also be a Kinky Santa gift exchange. Criteria for gifts is something fetish or kink related; it could be pervertables from your favorite dollar store! If you wish to participate, please bring a wrapped gift, but don't spend any more than $10. Chemistry Nightclub, 2901 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403. https://www.facebook.com/groups/439440796099433/
Dominatrix Gym Work Out in Australia
By Nkayla Afshariyan for the Daily Mail Australia
'I've taken normal exercises and kinky-fied them:' The dominatrix gym work out that combines Leather, whips and adult diapers in latest fitness craze - so would YOU try it? Mistress Anna combined her love of personal training and being a dominatrix. She launched Australia's first forced fetish fitness class over five years ago. The Sydney-based dominatrix leads her participants through gym exercises.' She says her clients come to see her 'because I really understand who they are.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5158289/Sydney-based-fitness-class-fetish-enthusiasts.html
Northwest Leather Celebration contest judges
The Northwest Leather Celebration contest, Northwest Master/slave and Northwest Bootblack judges were announced recently. Northwest Leather Celebration will be held May 3-6 at the Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento in Sacramento, CA. To see the list of judges and their bios go to http://www.northwestleathercelebration.com/Judges.html
Pup and Handler PAH Holiday Caroling
Pup and Handler PAH Holiday Caroling, hosted by Erik James Escareño, Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 PM at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. We will meet at the Eagle then walk through the neighborhood barking and yowling Christmas tunes. We will carol our way over to Rough Trade where we will 'paws' for a short while, then make our way through the neighborhood yowling howliday good tidings all the way back to the Eagle. Edward Decimus our new LA Pup winner will be joining so come out and say Hi. https://www.facebook.com/events/134320833894895/?active_tab=about
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Payasos LA presents Nut-Cracker Awards 2017
By Gabriel Green
Have you ever wondered who's the most "naughty" guy or the sexiest cigar man, or who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Or maybe you just know is yourself and just want to convince everyone about this! Payasos LA presents, the Nut-Cracker Awards 2017, Nice vs Naughty.... Every year, we gather at our 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. We are looking for the best in gear; GEAR uP and win nice prizes. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 15 at http://payasos-la.org/Awards.html
California B&B Corps - LA Division Holiday Party
The California B&B Corps - LA Division hosted their annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 9 at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA. The evening featured socializing, a hosted bar and delicious buffet dinner. In a city with so many parties, the B&B Corps has a strong draw. The California B&B Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September. http://www.bbcorps.com/
Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List
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). The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch 10th Anniversary will be held during CLAW 18, April 29 in Cleveland, OH. The LHoF has compiled a total of 30 inductees in its first 10 years. Full article at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1975-leather-hall-of-fame-2018-inductee-list To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s previous inductees go to http://www.leatherhalloffame.com
Texas Bear Round-Up - Station 23
May 31 - June 3, Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive, Dallas, TX 75207. A weekend of Bears and Hoses. Grab your hose and your friends and get ready for a fun weekend. We are beyond thrilled to announce that we have secured a new home for TBRU for the next four years at the iconic and beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Dallas. https://www.tbru.org/
Howl-a-day Party and Pet Food Drive
Hosted by SAN PAH, Wednesday, December 20 at 8 PM at The Rail, 3796 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. We'll kick things off with a pup play demo then open up the mats for any pets that want to play while the dj spins. In addition to plenty of space to mosh we'll also have a quiet zone for pets who want to chill out, a holiday themed photo area and more. $5 cover or free entry with a pet food donation. All pet food is being donated to PAWS http://www.pawssandiego.org/ Also see https://www.facebook.com/events/334724760270531/?active_tab=about
Leather64TEN Santa figurines window display
It's time to put up the holiday décor at Leather64TEN with their Santa window display. The Santa figurines that have been featured in the Leather64TEN window display have been collected in a span of 50-plus years by store owner Eric Kugleman. Five years ago he decided "Why not share my collection of Santa figurines with the community so everyone can enjoy it for the holiday season, Let's make a window display at the store with every single figurine." The store created their first Santa window display in 2013 and it received rave reviews and comments from everyone passing by and it has now become a tradition to be seen. Kugelman continued, "We've decided to let the community contribute Santa figurines to see just how big we can make our display. Bring a Santa figurine for us to add to our window and...." https://www.prlog.org/12679041-santa-overload-holiday-window-display-food-drive-holiday-party-december-15-2017-at-leather64ten.html
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Velvet Storm: Ms NJ Leather 2017 presents on having PTSD
By Sal Susino for Out In New Jersey
You never know what to expect from the Ms New Jersey Leather 2017 Velvet-Storm. She is a pint size Latina woman, wearing leather, big fluffy slippers and by her side the friendliest German Shepherd service dog named Mr. Louie. She has an invisible disability (PTSD and Anxiety) and though, in the beginning, it was hard for her to interact with strangers — members of the community — she kept it going and you can’t stop her now. http://outinjersey.net/velvet-storm-ms-nj-leather-2017/
ONYX Mid-Atlantic New Years
Kick off your New Year's plans right! Join celebrate with me, your American Leatherman 2017, on Friday, December 29, for what will be a fun and festive night sponsored by my Brothers, the men of ONYX Mid-Atlantic. With music by DJ Theo Storm Onyx. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=301826813662884&set=gm.1586522668053852&type=3&theater&ifg=1
Kim Davis had to watch
By Adam Beam for Chicago Tribune
Mwahahahahha moment of 2017 perhaps? Kentucky''s Kim Davis looks on as the man she denied a marriage license to in 2015 David Ermold registered to run against her in the next election. Chicago Tribune, "David Ermold returned to the Rowan County, Kentucky courthouse Wednesday, December 6, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay. Only this time, he did not want a license. He wants Davis' job. More at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-kim-davis-david-ermold-20171206-story.html
Highwaymen TNT - Impact
The Highwayment TNT will present Impact Menage A Trois on Friday, January 12 during Mid Atlantic Leather weekend in Washington, DC at 10 PM with a $10 cover. Impact will be in Ballroom B of the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. http://www.leatherweekend.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/groups/212887948803412/
Fourth Annual Deck the Balls Raises $605 for Vital Bridges Northside Grocery Center
By Dean Ogren
Touché, the Chicago Leather Club and the clubs of Chicago joined forces at the Fourth Annual Deck the Balls event at Touché. Five human trees stepped up, in a grassroots-type fundraiser to bring holiday cash to Lori Cannon and the clients at Vital Bridges Northside Grocery Center. “It seemed to be fitting to be hosting this event in conjunction with the Clubs annual holiday party that Touché hosts. The Leather clubs have played a key community outreach. It was the Hellfire Club that offered the first year of office space, mimeograph machine, and answering machine so that Open Hand could exists and do the work of serving clients." said Lori Canon. “I will be forever grateful to them stepping up in the early days and being there for what has become the program it is today." The fund raiser begun by Dillon John Halford, a local artist and fashion designer was just kind of a fun way for people to share in the holiday spirit, and make some things happen for a favorite charity of the community. Due to school commitments Dillion worked with the Chicago Leather Club, to take on the logistics of this now favorite event of the holiday season for trees and ornament purchaser.
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/
Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 Results
The Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 are Adam Monda and Cupcake, winning their sashes, medallions and patches on Saturday night, December 9 at Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, CA. There were two contestants for each title. The Friday night meet and greet was at Eagle 562 in Long Beach and the Victory party was on Sunday at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. Sanctuary LAX Studios celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the Ms Sanctuary Leather title. To see more photos check out https://www.facebook.com/pg/MotorBootPhotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1541970839220028/pg/MotorBootPhotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1541970839220028
South Plains Leatherfest XX
South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend will be held March 8-11 in Dallas Texas. We will be celebrating South Plains 20th Anniversary so come to Dallas and help us mark this milestone. Early registration ends January 15. http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com
Satanic Temple: If Supreme Court Rules Against LGBTs, We’ll Make Anti-Gay Bakers Make Satan Wedding Cakes
By Joe My God via press release from the Satanic Temple
Because religion is a protected class, a baker may refuse service to LGBTQ people, but they may not refuse service based upon someone’s religion. If they aren’t willing to make a cake for same-sex unions, let’s have them make a cake to honor Satan instead." http://www.joemygod.com/2017/09/27/satanic-temple-supreme-court-rules-lgbts-well-make-anti-gay-bakers-make-satan-wedding-cakes/
Mr. Faultline Leather added to Mr. los angeles Leather preliminaries list
Most of the schedule for the Mr. los angeles Leather preliminaries is known. Mr. CSW was the first and held in June, Mr. Sister Leather produced by the LA House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in September 16 and Mr. Precinct Leather in November. Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather at Sanctuary Studios LAX December 8-10; Eagle LA Mr. Leather at Eagle LA January 13-14; Mr. SoCal Leather at Eagle LA January 14; Mr. LA Leather Bear by Bears LA at Eagle LA January 18-21; Mr. Oil Can Harry's at Oil Can Harry's January 7; Mr. Eagle 562 Leather January 26-28 at Eagle 562; Mr. Bullet Leather at the Bullet Bar, February 2-4; Mr. Faultline Leather at the Faultline on February 10; and Mr. Regiment Leather by the Regiment of the Black and Tans at Eagle LA February 16-18. https://losangelesleatherpride.com
Mark Simonds named Mr. CMEN Leather 2017
By Rick Boehle
Mark Simonds from los angeles, California, was named Mr. CMEN Leather 2017 at the CMEN’s West Coast Gathering on Friday, September 8. Cesare S. from Fort Lauderdale was selected runner-up. Born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, Mark came to California in the 1990’s. A lover of nature, Mark found the National Parks and forests of Southern California to be great places for long walks and getting naked under the sun. Mark also became involved in charity events including AIDS Lifecycle and has done three consecutive, 545 miles charity bicycle rides from San Francisco to los angeles raising, with the help of his partner, about $45,000 for HIV prevention and cure. As a member of CMEN for several years Mark is looking forward to competing in the International Mr. Leather contest in May 2017. The judging panel, all former Mr. CMEN Leather winners, including Head Judge Mark Lager, Gordon Kirk and Rob Silver, Mr. CMEN Leather 2003. Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 Rick Boehle served as emcee. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism.
End of the World: Death Knell Oracle New Years Eve Party
End of the World: Death Knell Oracle New Years Eve Party, hosted by Nicole Moon O'Neal on Sunday, December 31 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/145703212731696/
Avatar Deck The Balls/Yule Log Holiday Party
Avatar Club Los Angles, Friday night revelers and Eagle LA guests were treated a Holiday party with twisted VERY naughty Holiday celebration on December 8. A contest for the best decorated Balls and the Biggest Yule log saw a $100 cash prize go to the winner of each contest. Emcee and Avatar past president Alan Stroik introduced each contestant to the assembled crowd and then each was lit up with Christmas lights. Audience applause determined the winners. Three competed for Balls and one for Yule Log. http://www.avatarla.org/home.html
19th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - Naughty, Nice & Nasty
The 19th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - Naughty, Nice & Nasty, produced by Hooker & Boys, was held on Saturday, December 9 from 12-6 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach will work the stage with ASL emcees Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. The beneficiaries included Leather Heart Foundation, Project Real AIDS Action Baltimore and Hagerstown Hopes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1182207978552829/?active_tab=about
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
Divergent Donations Foundation Thank You Party
On February 24 at The Land’s End Inn in Provincetown, MA, Jeph and Kevin Barry, aka Mr. and Mr. Snowbound 2016, will be hosting their yearly thank-you party cocktail reception which brings together sponsors and supporters of their charity, Divergent Donations Foundation. The event begins at 7:30 PM with a welcome toast and continues until 9 PM that evening. Wine, and hors d’oeuvres, will be served during the event. DDF logo. Divergent Donations Foundation works closely with organizations such as Aid for AIDS International, The Southern New Hampshire AIDS Task Force, and The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Donors can contribute by using https://justadddonations.eventbrite.com
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Leather Church LA
Leather Church LA will be at Bullet Bar on Sunday, December 17 starting at 4 PM. Bullet Bar 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/1536157266499292/?active_tab=about
Gagged and Silent benefit at Eagle 562
Gagged and Silent hosted by Mr. Long Beach Leather 2017 Jerimyh Jackson and Mr. OCIC 2017 Jeff "Wolfpup" Galley will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 8 PM. It is the season of giving. Jeff is doing collections for the AIDS Food Bank and OC charities. So any non-perishables on top of what is on list that you can donate as well as unwrapped toys is greatly appreciated. So come out and celebrate the season of giving with your Long Beach Leather Community. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Leather Pride Dublin by GEARED Ireland
Leather Pride Dublin is a weekend of events, January 26-28, organized by the community group GEARED Ireland. GEARED Ireland is the country’s longest running Leather and fetish group for men. The events include a Cultural Tour, Formal Leather Dinner, BLUF Social, GEARED Ireland Main Event with Mr Leather Ireland, Leather Brunch, Leather Archives & Museum Fireside Chat, Relaxed Fetish Dinner and are focused on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out http://www.gearedireland.com/
BDSM Introduction Class hosted by House of MarKus and Leather Masters
David Carranza, owner of Leather Masters and Markus, founder of HOME and owner of House of Markus will be covering the basics on the BDSM Lifestyle. Topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual at Leather Master, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226 on Saturday, December 16 at 1 PM. Cost is $10. Tickets available at Leather Masters or http://www.leathermasters.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1996520153937094/?active_tab=about
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COMMAND Holiday Cheer Party
COMMAND will host its Holiday Cheer Party on Saturday, December 16 at the Baltimore Eagle at 6 PM. All active brothers, associates, current pledges, as well as life-time, and alumnus members are invited to attend a private holiday party. This is a potluck, please bring something to share. COMMAND will be doing a white elephant holiday gift exchange game. Please bring a gift of approximately $20 value if you'd like to participate. The filthier the better. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, 2022 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Mr. Indiana Leather 2018
The Mr. Indiana Leather will be January 5-7 at Greg's Indy. Find out who will be the next Mr. Indiana Leather who will go on to compete at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday - Kink U Classes by Titans of the Midwest. Greg's Indy, 231 East 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. https://www.facebook.com/events/240532516460424/?active_tab=about
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