Sin in the City
Sin in the City 2018 - Lead us into Temptation will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of February 2-4 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 70 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. The Sunday brunch keynote speaker will be International Ms Leather 2014 Patty. Among the hospitality suite party hosts will be Las Vegas Bootblacks, Red Dragons High Desert, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and Recovery in the Lifestyle. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com
Master/slave Conference keynote speaker named
The Master/slave Conference will celebrate its 15th Anniversary over Labor Day Weekend and the iconic Leatherwoman, author and Leather Librarian, Mama Vi Johnson will be the Keynote Speaker during the Opening Ceremony. Mama Vi has been involved with MsC since its beginnings both with the Carter Johnson Leather Library and as Keynote Speaker in 2005, Judge in 2017 and recipient of the slave Heart Award in 2005 and the Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award in 2012. MsC 2018 will have a new home for 2018 and beyond - the Westin Tysons Corner at 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, 22043. https://www.facebook.com/groups/985653574796187/
Who Sounds Gay
Op-Docs by The New York Times
Ever wonder why some men sound stereotypically gay while others do not? This video expresses one opinion. https://www.facebook.com/opdocsnyt/videos/181408345737356/
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Mr. LA Leather judges
The following are the judges who will select the next Mr. Los Angeles Leather on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex, Leo Iriarte, Sir Ian, Goddess Moon, Scarlet Single Tail Sin, Sir Frank and Will Hildreth. LA Leather Pride will include the huge Off Sunset Festival on Santa Monica Blvd. at Hoover on Sunday afternoon, March 25. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/
My Kinky Valentine
Threshold will host their annual My Kinky Valentine on Saturday, February 18, 1-7 PM. Threshold will have taster rooms available for the public to encounter kinks with an experienced top; Needles, Violet Wand. Spanking, Rope, and Massage. Each of these tasters will also be scheduling short how-to's throughout the day to explain something about that specific kink to curious onlookers, these will be the perfect time to bring your questions. There will be vendors, shows, food, a basket auction and a play party later that night - separate ticket. 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 9160. https://www.threshold.org/
John O. Bernal III
By Paul Johnson
John O. Bernal III, age 66, died on October 29, 2017 in his home in Palm Springs, California. John was born on October 2, 1951 to parents Betty Sue (Parman) and John O. Bernal Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Coco Beach, Florida. John previously resided and worked for many years in San Francisco before moving to Palm Springs. John was married to Paul T. Johnson. He is survived by his spouse and brother Charles who resides in Texas. John was an active partner in Off Ramp Leathers in Palm Springs with his husband Paul. John also worked at the phone company for 40 years, lastly as an IT manager. As an avid bicyclist John trained and participated in the AIDS/Lifecycle. He also took part in fundraisers for Visual Aid SF and was a member of the RMC Motorcycle Club SF. Together John and Paul loved riding motorcycles and camping and were regularly found gallivanting across the country and sleeping under the stars. Their last trip was to Wyoming to experience the total eclipse of the sun.
LA Boys of Leather present SoCal Leatherfest
By Steven Carlisle
SoCal Leatherfest, hosted by the LA Boys of Leather the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, is the Anniversary for the LA Boys of Leather. They will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, a barbecue, a pool party, and more. It will also be the home for the SoCal Leatherboy contest. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1579133405478681/1960061327583260/?type=3&theater
San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018
The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 is available online. It can make a great holiday gift as well as great for one's own "edification." It's a hot bunch of men in this one Calendar which will benefit the Positive Resources Center. Photographers Tim Wong, Bill Weaver and Rich Stadtmiller provide next year's Bare Chest Men's Calendar. Order yours today at http://www.barechest.org/
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/
Princeton University hosts BDSM club for students
By Maria Perez for Newsweek
"Oftentimes campus dialogue doesn't include important aspects of sex, sexuality and sexual health, gender, and gender identity, and relationships and intimacy," SHEATH co-president Lita D. Peña told the Crimson, Harvard's student paper. "These are really complicated conversations and we should be having these conversations more often." Princeton University is one of the latest Ivy League schools to host a club for students who desire to explore sexual fantasies that involve bondage, domination, sadism, and machoism, the College Fix reported. To read the rest of this article see http://www.newsweek.com/princeton-university-hosts-bdsm-club-students-750592
Bears on Ice Snow Tubing
Bears on Ice Snow Tubing will chill even the furriest of Bears at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of February 9-11. Saturday night’s main event is Snow Tubing at Ski Liberty. They have snow tubing discount tickets available. After snow tubing come back to the Eisenhower for the Wet Bears pool party. There will be a cash bar and pizza. Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, 2634 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17321. (717) 334-8121 https://www.facebook.com/events/1553472781406098/
Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 resigns title
By Bryon Hayes
It is with a heavy heart that the Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend Organization has to announce that Erwin Willhite, Mr. Michigan Leather 2018, is stepping away from the title for personal reasons. MML Weekend will be working to fill the vacancy. More information will be coming soon.
Leather Archives & Museum holiday eMembership special
Purchase a eMembership to the Leather Archives & Museum at the Supporting or above level and receive a free eMembership to gift to a friend who is not currently a member. If you are already a member, your current membership will be extended one additional year and you will receive an updated membership card in the mail. Please provide the Name, Address, Phone, and Email Address in the notes section during checkout of the person you would like to send the free eMembership to and we will notify them on December 24 of your gift. https://squareup.com/store/LAM
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/
Cruise Night: Black 'N Blue
A benefit for the LA Leather Coalition and LA Leather Pride, Cruise Night: Black 'N Blue, will be held at Eagle LA Friday, December 29 at 9 PM. Come out to Eagle LA to kick off the NYE weekend for a fun evening of cruising and kink – wearing your favorite black and/or blue Leather, gear, uniform or jock. Demonstrations of BDSM/Kink play throughout the evening. Jello shots, raffle prizes. Music by DJ Candy. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1569239899818354/
Balls, Paws and Claws
Be at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA for an amazing Balls, Paws and Claws weekend, April 13-15. We will have a masquerade ball, a foam party, and of course all of the famous play spaces will be open. Cocktail parties, brunch and pool games. As well as some of the best kink classes taught from presenters from all over the country. Whether furry, pup, critter or admirer, you are sure to have a amazing time like no other.
South Plains LeatherFest XX
By Jim Glass
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.comw.southplainsleatherfest.com
New England Leather Alliance in transition
By Celia Tan
Folks, ctan here posting as NELA (New England Leather Alliance). If you haven't heard about NELA's board stepping down and myself (Cecilia Tan), Scott Erickson, and Vivienne Kramer taking the reins as a transition team, well, that's what's happening. We're looking to install a completely new board by July 1, and holding a town hall meeting this Wednesday, December 20 at the Nonprofit Center in Boston to start the rebuilding process. NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50 will be on February 16. https://www.facebook.com/NELAWeb/
San Francisco BLUF Holiday Party
San Francisco BLUF San Francisco held their holiday party the weekend of December 15-17. A complete gallery of club photos is up on their web site. Rod Wood posted a gallery of the holiday party there. https://www.facebook.com/
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Tom of Finland movie news
Tom of Finland, the film is now available via Theatrical on Demand. Visit http://www.bit.ly/iwanttom to learn how you can become a Movie Captain and bring Tom of Finland to a theater near you! All you have to do is pick the date, time, and theater where you want to host your screening. We’ll handle all the behind the scenes setup while you spread the word and get people in your community to reserve tickets.
Touché for our Christmas Eve Party
By David Boyer
What's that noise on the rooftop? As promised Santa will be stopping by Touché for our Christmas Eve Party on Sunday night, December 24. Lots of treats and presents from Santa for all the boys good or naughty (He usually keeps a paddle handy for these visits, just a warning) Pull out your cell phone and I'll snap a picture of you on his lap or across his knee. We'll be here all night.
Al Lawrence passed in October
It is with much sadness that we report of the passing of Al Lawrence. The Founding President of the Long Island Ravens MC and original owner of the Long Island Eagle. He touched many lives and helped many organizations on Long Island and beyond. His dedication and commitment to LGBT life here on our island home will be fondly remembered. https://www.facebook.com/LIRavensMC25th/
North American Bear Weekend
Over 1,000-plus guests from all over the world will attend the Seventh Annual North American Bear Weekend in February 15-18 in Lexington, KY. Join us at our new home for NAB Weekend — at the beautiful Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. Our circus-themed event will definitely be over-the-top — but you can expect the same level of southern hospitality from the Kentucky Bourbon Bears for another exciting four-day weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. http://nabweekend.com/about/
Club FUK First Anniversary Party
Nicole Moon O'Neal invites you to Club FUK First Anniversary Party at the Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. Club FUK (Females Uniting Kink) is a female-dominant educational and play party experience, and an all-inclusive social group of adults over the age of 18 with an interest in Female Dominant-oriented BDSM play and lifestyle. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.
SLICK: A Rubber Experience
SLICK: A Rubber Experience will be held at SF Catalyst on Saturday, February 10 at 8 PM. Imagine being in head to toe rubber while a buffer shines every inch of your body right before being squeezed into a sleepsack and giving up your senses for a wild ride. Experience this as well as suspension, bondage, straightjackets, sleepsacks, a Venus milking machine, and more. All proceeds from the event go to support SF Catalyst, a community-run social and educational space for the Leather, fetish, BDSM, and motorcycle communities. Pre-order tickets for $20 or $30 cash at the door ($25 in rubber). SF Catalyst is a project of the non-profit SF Bay Area Leather Alliance. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Smokeout 2018 in Las Vegas
Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club will lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, is expanding to two days due to it one-day popularity in 2017. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/ for registration and hotel information.
2018 International Geared Up Pup Contest
Unlike other contests currently being held in the Leather, rubber, kink, and fetish communities, the International Geared Up Pup Contest (IGUPC) is held entirely online. Any pup, worldwide, is truly capable of entering and participating in the contest which will be held on February 11 at 12 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/178759185959789/?active_tab=about
FMSD Interrogation, BDSM Party III
Interrogation, BDSM Party, another male-only play party will be back at House of Black in San Diego, CA this time around, and have reduced ticket prices, in addition to changing some rules around! This party will be co- hosted by two of Fetish Men San Diego's young up-starts, Doriam and Rein; and, while this party is BDSM inclined, all forms of Fetish and Kink are welcome, including Sex Play, Voyeur, etc. As co-hosts, Doriam and Rein will be kicking off the night with an Interrogation Scene! Friday, January 5, 8 PM to Midnight.
She Didn't Fight Back: Five (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims
By Shaila Dewan NY Times
Partly this is because of widespread misconceptions. The public and the police vastly overestimate the incidence of false reports: The most solid, case-by-case examinations say that only 5 to 7 percent of sexual assault reports are false. Responses to trauma that are often viewed as evidence of unreliability, such as paralysis or an inability to recall timelines, have been shown by neurobiological research to be not only legitimate, but common. And when it comes to the most serious assaults, like rape, people imagine that they are committed by strangers who attack in a dark alley, and base their view of how victims should react on that idea - even though the vast majority of assaults occur between people who know one another.
Northwest Leather Celebration keynote speaker
The Northwest Leather Celebration keynote speaker will be Q. A self-identified queer, poly/non-monogamous, Leather boi, Q has presented on a variety of topics both here and abroad. A social justice activist for over 20 years and certified sex educator, he is passionate about bringing together the various communities he is a part of through education, speaking engagements and sex work. This charming and flirtatious southern boi resides in Oakland, CA and is always on the lookout for new adventures. Q is honored to hold the titles of International Ms Bootblack 2008 and Southeast Leatherfest Bootblack 2007. XXX will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. http://www.northwestleathercelebration.com/
Saturday Fetish Carnival
Come explore your darker side at Saturday Fetish Carnival on January 6 at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Live demos, hot wax, bondage, flogging, electro and other stuff starting at 9 PM. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA. $6 cover.
Mr. Phoenix Leather 2018
The 10th Annual Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest will be held January 4-7 at several venues in Phoenix, AZ. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mr- phoenix-leather-2018-tickets-38058883144 phoenix-leather-2018-tickets-38058883144
Mr. LA Leather Bear and Bears LA 25th Anniversary
By Gabriel Green
Bears LA will celebrate 25 years as an organization and will host the Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 contest at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. on Saturday, January 20 at 9 PM. They also will celebrate the amazing title year of Mr. LA Leather Bear 2017 Daniel Josue Soto. Other events are Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Meat 'N Greet on Thursday, January, 18 at Eagle LA, Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Bears LA Dinner at Farmboy Kitchen on Friday, January 20, and Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Victory Celebration on Sunday, January 21 at Eagle LA.
ONYX Southeast - Change of the Guard
ONYX - Change of the Guard. ONYX Southeast will install its new officers in a ceremony and fun event at the Atlanta Eagle on Friday 5 starting at 10 PM. Atlanta Eagle 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
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.
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
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
Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.
Bears, Bikers & Mayhem
Bears, Bikers & Mayhem will be at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA the weekend of April 5-8. This may be the fastest growing Bear, Biker/Leather event on the east coast. Since its inception, BBM has had the singular goal of being an event at which men who enjoy any or all of these communities will feel welcome, meet other like-minded men and, most importantly, have an incredibly fun time. If you are a Bear, you will most definitely find all of the elements of any great bear event. Likewise for Leather men and fetish men – everything you hope to find at any great Leather or fetish event is also part of BBM. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com/
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