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IMSL Contestant slavegirl marionName: slavegirl marion

Current Title: Oklahoma Ms Leather 2015

City, State: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Regular community events that you produce or participate 1. Oklahoma Ms Leather contest - planning committee member beginning this year; 2. Oklahoma Mr Leather contest - planning committee member since 2012; and 3. Kink Weekend OKC - volunteer and planning committee member since 2013.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: The boots I purchased last year from the IMsL contestant silent auction. I later learned that they had been IMsL 2015, Sarge’s boot camp boots. These boots pair well with the Leather skirt gifted to me by a dear friend.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have three great sponsors: Xpressions Tulsa LC – Tulsa’s Premiere dungeon, play space, and meeting place, where I have been a volunteer staff member for more than six years; the Tulsa Eagle – the best gay & Leather bar in the Bible belt, my favorite hangout; and the Rose Rock girls of Leather – this great group of people are the producers of the Oklahoma Ms Leather title. The RRgoL participate in an assortment of charity fundraisers; perform various forms of service as a group, and individually, throughout the Leather, kink, BDSM, and vanilla communities.

 

Published in International Leather

ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY OF HIGH SHINE RED CARPET HERE!

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

Published in Society & Arts
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:37

Dave Rhodes Hump Day March 14, 2018

 

 

One of these men will represent Los Angeles at International Mr. Leather in May. Who will it be? Scroll down to the bottom to see the list of 16 events, official and unofficial, that make up LA Leather Pride Week.

 

Douglas O'Keeffe - The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders
Fireside Chat co-producer and host Douglas O'Keeffe is writing a new book entitled The Reflections, and Occasional Confessions, of Titleholders. The book is designed to showcase as many titleholders as possible from all over the world. "Already I have some 70 titleholders from around the world participating in the book and I haven't yet reached out to everyone" O'Keeffe said "I'd like include as wide a range of titleholders as possible: Women and men, bootblacks, gay Leather and fetish titleholders. Master/slave titleholders, titleholders from the straight community, and titleholders from now defunct titles. Please, let me hear from you!" The book's dedicated E-mail address is "Once I have your contact details I can send you the information required for the book. Hopefully the book will be published sometime next year!"

 

Harley Davidson says new tariffs will impact sales and costs

NBC Nightly News
On Sunday, March 11 it was declared that Harley Davidson, facing declining sales and challenges from existing tariffs, is consolidating factories and eliminating jobs—with the company saying that President Trump’s recently announced tariffs would increase costs and impact sales. NBC News video at https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/harley-davidson-says-new-tariffs-will-impact-sales-and-costs-1183182403613

 

Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote

On April 1 you will be able to register for Reno Revelry. Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/

 

Teach at IMsL through their 12T Workshop
By Lynn S.
Missed the IMsBB IMsL workshop deadline for this year? Have a new workshop you want to try out and get some feedback on? Want to gain some experience as a workshop presenter? You can do all of these by signing up your workshop for the 12T (12 minute talks). Any registered attendee can submit a proposal to do a mini- workshop on Saturday afternoon. You have 12 minutes to present, followed by three minutes for the audience to submit their evaluation. Topics can be on anything related to BDSM, kink, sex, relationships, play and/or the Leather community. Click on the link to apply by March 19. From March 19-26, anyone registered for the weekend will be able to vote for their favorite choices from those proposals that were submitted. The top vote getters will present on Saturday. The highest rated workshop from the 12T workshop will get a guaranteed spot in 2019 to present the workshop they submit. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org

Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

Love Behind Bars with BLUF

Bears LA presented Love Behind Bars with BLUF Night at the Eagle LA with Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Kaufher. Prison beat downs by DJ Candy kept the energy high. BLUF Night is always the second Friday at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/145027016188886/

 

SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/

 

21st Annual Jon-Henri Award Presentation to Gary Chichester
By Dean Ogren
The date March 31 commemorates what would’ve been Damski’s 81st birthday and celebrates the tremendous commitment of Gary Chichester, to honor and& acknowledge the 50 plus years of contributions he has made to the LGBT community. In 1971 Gary co-founded the Chicago Gay Alliance, which created Chicago’s first gay and lesbian community center. He has served on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues since 1989 and has sat on the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Committee from its inception in 1991 (co-chairing it since 1992). Besides having been a Chicago pioneer in the renascent gay and lesbian rights activism of the early 1970s, Gary Chichester has for more than 20 years been an indefatigable organizer of events and fundraising. Saturday, March 31, 2 PM at Sidetrack, 3549 North Halsted, Chicago. IL. Read more about Gary's tremendous history and commitment here https://www.facebook.com/events/335993433574588/

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Trivia Question of the Week

Who is the author of Urban Aboriginals?

1. Tony DeBlase.

2. Race Bannon.

3. Geoff Mains.

4. Hardy Haberman.

5. Guy Baldwin.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - Which of the following cities never had a chapter in the National Leather Association or later International Leather Association? Omaha, Nebraska.

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Smokeout 2018 in Las Vegas - second private pool added

Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8 and since registration is so strong, a second pool has been reserved exclusively for Smokeout. 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.

 

NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
By CandiAnne
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announced

 

46th Annual Golden Dildeaux Awards - Voting open now
By Marc Owens aka pony
Voting for the 2018 Golden Dildeaux Awards has begun! Go to http://www.ggguards.org/gda/votingBallot.htm and place your votes for some of the funniest categories such as The Top of Them All (The "Master and Commander Award) Best Butch Woman…The “Big Boo' Award and Best Puppy Player...(The "Pup F(r)iction Award" Award) and many more. For a dollar one can vote for a candidate or vote as many times as you like. The Golden Dildeaux Awards Saturday will be presented to the deserving on April 14 at 7 PM at SF Eagle, 398 12th Street in San Francisco, CA.

 

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII
Bear, Bikers and Mayhem will be held April 5-8 at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA. One of the highlights will be the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests. The Pandemonium Party on Friday provides an opportunity for Leather and fetish men to welcome bears to their brand of fun. The Boots to Briefs Party on Saturday is a chance for bears to show their hospitality. A few of the many events are bowling, field trip to Boswell Pipe Factory, Battlefield bus tour, meals, cigar party, cuddle room, puppy mosh pit, Smell My Pits Pig, comedy show, porn star bingo, after party, vendors and farewell brunch. There are 11 beneficiaries. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com

 

Raw! Uncut! Video! Fundraiser at Mr. S Leathers
By Ryan White
Join in at 7 PM on March 23 at Mr. S Leathers, 385 8th Street, San Francisco) to get a sneak peek at the new documentary Raw! Uncut! Video! about gay fetish porn studio Palm Drive Video – and help us finish the film. We'll be premiering our brand new trailer and screening scenes from Palm Drive's classic film Hazing In The Hay, followed by a rare Q&A with Palm Drive creators Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry. Plus there will be interactive performances by SF Baloney, live fetish demos, music by John Fucking Cartwright, and an opportunity to pick up our exclusive new t-shirt by ButchDick. All money raised will go towards our final shoots in Spring 2018 and to kick off our post-production.  More info at http://www.rawuncutvideo.com/events Follow at @rawuncutvideo

Growlr Bear Den
The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour prices Hang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio. https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/

 

Mr. Leather64TEN 2018
By Miguel Ortuno
Kurt Allen was chosen to be Mr. Leather64TEN 2018 on Saturday night, March 10 and will compete at International Mr. Leather in May, only a few miles from Leaher64TEN. Natural Chameleon was the runner-up, and Gabe also competed. The judges were Mr. Leather64TEN 2015 Michael Pacas, Mr. Leather64TEN 2017 Tj Howard, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Sir G., Jack McNulty. A raffle raised $1,500 with $500 a-piece benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum, CLAW and the Titans of the Midwest. The Dirty Boys and Danishes Brunch and Kink U Classes by Titans of the Midwest made for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. About 300 Leatherfolk attended weekend events. http://www.Leather64TEN.com

Buns and Baskets
Buns and Baskets will be held on March 24 at the Dunes Resort, Saugatuck, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406. Join Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Tim Koski for a fun night of hot guys and big baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/425645497868924/

 

ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
The men of ONYX NY Northeast celebrated their bar night at their new home bar The Eagle NYC on Saturday, March 10. Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/

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Club runs? Major bar events? Contests?

Articles of general interest? Milestones?

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Washington State Leather Pride
By Toby Noon
The Washington State Leather Community will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary of the Washington State Mr./Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest to be held on March 24, along with the 26th Anniversary of the Washington State Leather Pride Week March 15-25. Washington State Mr. Leather 2017 Travis Williams, Washington State Ms Leather 2017 Carla Whitehurst and Washington State Bootblack 2017 Caleb Kohutek will end their very successful year of fundraising, extensive travel and community service this weekend. For more information check out the WSMLO website at http://www.WSMLO.org

Southland Honors in June
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 at Taix in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA. The Southland Honors Dinner was planned to be during Leather HEAT on April 27, but that event was canceled by its producers. Southland Honors is owned by the los angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.

 

Monthly Fetish - Spanking

Spanking is the theme of the latest edition of Monthly Fetish, and readers will learn about the thin line between pleasure and pain, as well as the do’s and don’ts of spanking. Many aspects of the spanking fetish are covered, including the history and how it’s ingrained in our culture more than most fetishes, the art of spanking in newspapers, comic books, magazines and printed art pieces, a guide to the proper way to spank, how to get involved in spanking online and in real life, and a news piece about which celebrities are kinky. The Unbound Interview is with Sarah Gregory, the Queen of Spanking. Sarah is a switch who enjoys being on the giving and receiving ends.... Read the interview in its entirety at http://www.monthlyfetish.com/interviews/unbound-interview-with-sarah-gregory-shes-just-a-girl-who-loves- to-be-spanked/ to-be-spanked/

Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia
Leather and Fetish Milano are presenting Essence of Fetish and Mr. Puppy Italia 2018 March 16-18 at Bangalov, Via Calabria 5, 20158 Milan, Italy. Events include Buffet and Fetish night on Friday; Fetish dinner and Mr. Puppy Italy on Saturday; and Essence of Brunch on Sunday. Dress code is Leather, rubber, skin, uniforms, sport, jeans and boots, Lycra, Fetish-underwear. https://www.facebook.com/events/2009405335940723/

 

Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!
Orgasmask-Rubber, Latex and Filth!, was hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys  at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, March 3. The sexiest rubber/latex, neoprene and lycra were seen along with go-go boys, live DJ, drink specials, pig shots, prizes, fun and filth. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851009521639439/

 

Austin Gears and The Weird City Sisters to screen Tom of Finland
The Austin Gears with The Weird City Sisters in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a screening of Tom of Finland in a fundraising effort for the Kind Clinic. The screening will be at the Alamo Drafthouse Village Austin, Texas 78757 on April 11 at 8 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/1730178533739707/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

 

MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org

 

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now? https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

 

Seattle Men in Leather - SLAM!
The Seattle Men in Leather will host SLAM! Seattle Leather Artists Media Show on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM at a private location on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington 98122. SML is hosting a new Leather Week event to celebrate and introduce artists who create erotic male Leather, uniform, rubber, kink and fetish visual art by inviting them to display their work to SML members and the larger Seattle BDSM community. https://seattlemeninleather.org/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

CLAW - Academy Dungeon returns
There will again be play in the Academy Dungeon at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. CLAW returns to the Academy Dungeon for a second year. The well-equipped facility hosts our Men’s BDSM Play parties and some skills education sessions. And for the 18th year, CLAW is proud to call the Leather Stallion Saloon home. Ohio’s oldest continuous gay bar is better than ever with the back-patio rocking with men, rain or shine. Six different CLAW 18 events are scheduled at the Stallion. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple

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Shiner's viewing at IMsBB IMsL
IMsLBB Weekend 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Ms Bootblack competition. Join us as we celebrate all things Bootblack. Friday, April 20, as part of the IMsLBB weekend will be the west coast premiere of the movie Shiners. The film is written and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum and lets you meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. IMsBB 2007 Ms V has secured the rights to show this new film and will talk about bringing this labor of love to IMsBB IMsL weekend. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

BLUF: DC at DC Eagle
BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. March 4 and April 1 are up next. https://www.facebook.com/eagleDC/

Long Island Ravens 25th Anniversary
The Long Island Ravens MC will celebrate its milestone 25th Anniversary, Silver + Black, March 23-25 at the Radisson Hauppauge in Hauppauge, NY. The run will include all of the usual bike club debauchery and has all meals Friday through Sunday, hosted cocktail parties, playspace, gala Anniversary dinner and dance, and the 186th AMCC Meeting on Saturday. The Long Island Ravens MC is a brotherhood of men who are proud to make the Leather lifestyle an important part of their lives, who would like to further and strengthen the image of Leather on Long Island. http://www.liravensmc.org/neo-main.php

 

DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women, and will be held June 8-11 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. Registration is $225 until March 31. https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/

LA Leather Coalition - Twisted Easter
The LA Leather Coalition will present Twisted Easter on Sunday, April 1 at the Eagle LA from 3-7 PM. Join in for some wicked good times as we celebrate Easter and April Fool’s Day. Proceeds to benefit Ms los angeles Leather Scarlett Sin’s title run for International Ms Leather 2018, $5 donation requested. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/220234542047852/?ti=icl

 

BHT Pasta Night at Schola
Brother Help Thyself will raise funds through its BHT Pasta Night at Schola in Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM. Learn to cook a great Italian Pasta dish with similarly minded folks in support of BHT's LGBTQ grant making operations. All proceeds from the $59 cost per person will be generously donated to BHT. Whether you've donated before, are looking to support your community in new ways, or are looking to get involved with BHT as a community director, please join us for this event. Schola, 1005 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. https://www.facebook.com/events/306345209892887/

 

House of MarKus - IMPACT 101
Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink, hosted by House of MarKus at Leather Masters on Saturday, March 24 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. This will be basically like our Impact Class and SM 101 class combined. Introduction to BDSM topics will include History, Etiquette, Dominant and Submissive Dynamics, and Playing Safe, Sane, and Consensual. IMPACT 101 will be focused on those just getting their feet wet in the rough body play, impact play, and using implements during a scene. We will cover topics such as negotiations, safety, consent, different types of toys and play, as well as their proper use. For more information and tickets go to http://www.leathermasters.com

 

20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be on Saturday, December 8 at 12 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The beneficiaries were announced on February 19 by Rik Newton Treadway, founder and producer of the 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser. The beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, The Attic Youth Center of Philadelphia, Mary's House for Older Adult's in Washington, DC and The Baltimore Transgendered Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1366488703480534/

Eagle NYC - Impact Play 101
Public · Hosted by The Eagle NYC will present Impact Play 101 on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM. "A Deeper, More Primal Sense of Self" said Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 Joseph. Impact Play 101 will be facilitated by Master Joshua. Eagle NYC, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/931334163715179/

 

Behind the Bar: An Interview with Eagle LA's Charlie Matula
By Gay Life LA
The Eagle, created by Matula and husband Vince Quattrocchi, will be 12 years old in April. In April of this year, the Eagle LA will be 12 years old, making it in some ways the “Daddy bar” of gay LA. The Eagle LA’s Charlie Matula (Photo by Dusti Cunningham / http://www.dusticunningham.com The Eagle LA was opened in April 2006 by Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi. Its location on 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake, has quite a history. It was home to a gay bar known as the Shed from 1968 to 1972, then the Outcast from 1972 to 1983, and then the Gauntlet II from 1983 to 2005. There was an earlier Eagle, in West Hollywood at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It opened in 1980 and closed in 1995. Complete interview at http://gaylifela.com/behind-bar-interview-eagle-las-charlie-matula/

 

los angeles Leather Pride Week

 

Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party
Sister Mariposa joined forces with Sister Cora Upshun, opening her home in Downey, CA to host the fabulous Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party on Saturday, March 10 and rain did not keep Leatherfolk from LA, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties from attending. https://www.facebook.com/events/177528192844206/permalink/195083914421967 The Garden Party was the departure point for this year's Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses left the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl
New addition to this year's festivities was a Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers have teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses will leave the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. In no particular order we will visit Oil Can Harry's, Eagle LA, Faultline, Precinct, and Eagle 562. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Avatar - Harder, Men only Play Party
Avatar Club Los Angeles's entry into LA Leather Pride Week will be its Harder, Men only Play Party on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. This is a night of abandonment, play, sex, fun, four slings, crosses, sex, large dark room, water sports area, BDSM scenes, bondage, spanking, much more. Multiple play rooms with fuck beds, fuck benches, tons of BDSM equipment, free clothes check, great music, snack and beverage station, outdoor smoking area. https://www.facebook.com/events/160810781382317/

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/

Tom of Finland at los angeles Zine and Art Book Bazaar
The Tom of Finland Foundation will be at LAZAABB which is a new independent zine and art book event co-founded by Josh Paul Thomas and Robert Zin Stark. It will host over 50 zine and art book publishers and feature a vast variety of artists, zine makers, publishers, galleries, art book enthusiast, mystics, psychics and astrologers. Grassroots, underground, queer and ‘the unheard of’ welcomed. Events run March 16-18 at the Museum as Retail Space. To see the schedule go to https://www.facebook.com/events/153184318697760/

Bullet Bar - Fox Hole: Foreplay
Saturday, March 17 Fox Hole: Foreplay by Green Mirror will be at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, March 17 at 9 PM. Fox Hole: Foreplay is a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days and los angeles Leather Pride Week. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

 

LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party
ONYX SoCal-Southwest and los angeles Leather Pride will host the LA Leather Pride 2018 Kick Off Party at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM. The Kick Off Party features a motorcycle ride-in by Satyrs MC where Mr. LA Leather contestants individually enter on bikes ridden by members of Satyrs MC. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452020741587071/ and/or https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

LA LA Leather, Opus 2
LA LA Leather returns to MCC in the Valley on Monday, March 19 at 7 PM, in the Classic Meets Fetish tradition of Folsom Berlin, with an emphasis on classic and original music that has been used in film, television or other media. As always, musicians and attendees will be wearing fetish/Leather gear. Michael Crane, Music Director. Sponsored by Bears LA and Jonathan A. Wright, Attorney at Law. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather
On Tuesday. March 20, DIVERCity LA: Conversations on Identities and Community in Leather, Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, 6:30pm-9pm LA Leather Pride sponsors an interactive discussion, to include exercises and breakout sessions. Attendees will hear testimonials from a diverse group of voices telling their experiences of discrimination, both intentional and unintentional. Moderators will engage audience and encourage active dialogue. Listen and be heard. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Meet and Greet + Roast
Greet the meat! Come out on Thursday night, March 22 to mingle with the 11 gentlemen who will be onstage for Mr. los angeles Leather 2018, plus the judges, contest crew, and behind-the-scenes folks who make it all happen. It’s all going on during Precinct DTLA’s regular Thursday underwear party, Cheap and Easy, so you know it’s going to be a riot. Gold lame’?? Send off LA’s favorite Leather muscle man in style – and get all the dirt on his year as Mr. LA Leather 2017. Produced with love by his brothers in the LABB. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

 

Regiment of the Black and Tans - Assembly Uniform Reception
The Regiment of the Black and Tans and los angeles Leather Pride present Assembly Uniform Reception on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM at Rough Trade Gear. The California B&B Corps, BLUF, and The Regiment of the Black and Tans present the Southland’s hottest uniform dress code event. Strict Dress Code applies to this event Rough Trade Gear. 3915 West Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/223248438221645/ and http://blackandtans.org/news/

 

Leather Dog Pound at LA Leather Pride
Leather Dog Pound is being hosted by los angeles Puppy Pride and los angeles Pup Contest at the Bullet Bar on Friday, March 23 at 9 PM. Four years ago, we decided that some pups needed a place to go on LA Leather Weekend, and so Leather Dog Pound is back this year again as a part of the celebration! One night before we meet the new Mr. los angeles Leather, we get to romp around and celebrate one of the most clear cut origins of our human pup tribe, and what better way than to meet up at the Bullet in our Leathers, have a couple beers, bring our handlers with some treats, floggers, and show our pride in all our pack family. Go go Pups, DJ, two pup crates, St. Andrew’s Cross and more. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/353219768417074/

Den LA Presents: LA Leather Pride!
Dive into the Official Dance and Play Party of los angeles Leather Pride Week on Friday, March 23 at Sanctuary LAX Studios at 9 PM. Welcome to LA's hottest, exclusive, private, Euro-Style Dance and Play Party just for men. Where you can throw on your hottest gear, dance to the sickest beats and have an awesome time playing in the backrooms, beds, and slings with no holds barred sex and camaraderie. Dance to the sexiest beats in the main room and explore the play spaces throughout, including theme rooms, fuck benches, dungeon bed, and two slings. Smell-patrol in full effect, no heavy cologne or deodorant, we're all men here. Open bar. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.denlapresents.com/

 

Mr. LA Leather
The Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest will be at the Globe Theater on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox will pass the title to the next man who will represent the City of Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago, IL in May. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. 11 men have won preliminary titles all over los angeles County and it all comes down to this. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/

Legion Meets Megawoof

Legion Meets Megawoof, the Official Mr. LA Leather Victory Dance, produced by Justin David, Hunter Fox and Paul Nicholls. Get your GEAR and get to the biggest club event of LA Leather Pride Weekend at the Globe Theater in downtown los angeles - same venue as the Mr. los angeles Leather contest. DJ Tom Stephan (MegaWoof London) and DJ Glovibes (MegaWoof America) plus Major Production and The Legion Dancers. https://www.facebook.com/events/191648001591517/

Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is during LA Leather Pride on Saturday, March 24 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/

 

Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival
The Sixth Annual Off Sunset Festival will be outside the Eagle LA and up Santa Monica Blvd. toward Sunset Blvd. on Sunday, March 25 at 12 PM and hopes to exceed its attendance of 10,000 from 2017. Off Sunset Festival closes out a week of events for los angeles Leather Pride. Off Sunset Festival is for guests 21 and over only and will have live bands and DJs, gourmet food trucks, ice-cold beer and specialty drinks, artisan jewelry, fine art and furniture vendors, lots of Leather and fetish gear and yes, a clothing check so you can wear your fetish gear. Off Sunset Festival, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, C 90029. Advance purchase tickets can be obtained at http://www.lalptickets.com

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Published in Editorial
Friday, 31 March 2017 13:17

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: xiaoyi

xiaoyi

Name: xiaoyi Drake


Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2016


City, State :  Colorado Springs CO


 
website (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
http://www.coloradoleatherfest.com/
http://lokusdorproductions.com/
www.slaveheartbootblack.com

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear *
My harness with club patch would be my all time favorite item in the fetishwear category, unless we are counting Huberds!

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.    I have the privilege of being sponsored by both Trade, a leather bar in Denver CO who helps our local community with beer busts every Saturday and many other events as well as my home club Voodoo Leatherworks, the best damn dungeon in the state (in my opinion.) Voodoo is where I got my start bootblacking publicly and will always be home. They are Leather as well as kink, bdsm and alternative lifestyle friendly with a large focus on education as well as dungeon fun.  And they always keep at least one bootblack stand in the dungeon!
https://www.facebook.com/Tradedenver/
http://www.voodooleatherworks.com/

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    I tend to have more than one favorite for most things. Thank goodness for poly!
There are two charities that really resonate with me and I support.  
The first is the Marquis Lifestyle Center, this is currently a small group with a vision of helping destigmatize kink, Leather and BDSM through education both within the kink communities and in the community at large. The plan includes “thinking globally; acting locally” which resonates deeply with me, as we can change the world for the better, to help our people be better accepted and not villainized for our sexualities, yet each of us can only do this within our own areas.  
The second is Reclaiming Our Leather History.  This group is dedicated to helping find and restore parts of our Leather culture and history, the physical parts of our communities.  It is not as common now as it once was for relics and piece of our history to be destroyed, trashed or burnt in ignorance, hatred or fear.  Yet as an anthropologist, I know one of the fastest ways to destroy a culture is to destroy its iconography and precious items.  Reclaiming Our Leather History helps prevent this by assisting us maintain our culture and our past and keeping a Leather identity both for our past and for our future.  
With the help of organisations like these two, I truly believe that as new Leather Folk begin to find this life and their path within it, they will find a strong sense of identity and culture that goes far beyond “ I like hot kinky sex” and that they will find better support and acceptance of themselves and their kinky, BDSM and Leather life because our deep history will be maintained for all of us to learn about and through community outreach and education, we will be shunned less and eventually accepted for who and what we are with equal rights and support for our sexual identities.  

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    To me service means giving of one’s time, talent and treasure without expectation of return or rewards. When someone is serving the community, the goal is betterment of the community.  It is often said that a rising tide raises all ships.  When serving the community, each of us gets to be a drop in the ocean of that tide.  Getting to join all the people who have come before me and will come after me, as I get to serve and help out in the communities, is a joy. I am a part of something so much larger than me and it simply an amazing experience.  It becomes a privilege to serve simply because of that connection.  Even scrubbing floors is a joy when I know that in doing that I am helping make the community better. We each work within our sphere of influence and service is one way in which we join forces as an unseen tide helping create the beauty that is our world and our communities.  

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Ralph Bruneau - You have been an amazing IML. LA and Avatar are proud of you as should all of the naturists be.

Lenny Broberg - I hear you are retiring, not confirmed. You have done the SFPD and police overall, proud. Thank you for all you have done. Palm Springs next. Hope you find the largest and best house of your liking.

Tim Brough and Joel - Maybe dinner together during one of Palm Springs' special events - or come to LA. We have great delis.

Jaco Lourens - A one-way ticket to Southern California.

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Teagan from girl ang was chosen to be International Ms Leather 2018 and Teagan was named International Ms Bootblack in front of 768 cheering spectators at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, CA on Saturday night, April 21. The Heart and Soul Award winner was Sir Dom who was chosen so by all of the contestants. IMsL runner-up was Jesbian and IMsBB runner-up was Brynn Bietzel.

The seven women who competed for IMsL are girl ang, Jesbian, Scarlett Sin, Sir Dom, Carla, Princess Jinnie and Tig; and the five who vied for IMsBB are Teagan, Brynn Beitzel, Bootblack KL, Red and Vivian.

The International Ms Bootblack judges were Meghan, Pawlish, Yolanda, Briar Wood and Daddy Joey.

The International Ms Leather judges were Lascivious Jane, Ralph Bruneau, Dee, Mufasa Ali and Issa Arden.

International Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig delivered the keynote during the Sunday brunch.

IMsL and IMsBB weekend featured many events including a Bootblack Master Class, vendors, a hospitality suite which is the envy of most Leather events, Shiners movie, Thursday night Seduction, pool party, ONYX Dance, play space, Boots and Cigars and silent auction among others. There's more - to find out what, go to https://imslbb.org/

International Ms Leather 2018 girl ang

girl ang is a rugged Femme hedonistic switch, service oriented Leather woman based in Melbourne, Australia. Her kinks include squirting, fisting, energy exchange, sensation play, tea parties, Leather and latex. She is passionate about the Leatherwork she has created over the last 2.5 years through her business Little Miss Leather. girl ang is well into her psychology degree and completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011; she loves to learn and share knowledge. She chooses happiness and is an insatiable flirt.

International Ms Bootblack 2018 Teagan

Teagan fell in love with bootblacking at a young age, doing her shoes before church. Although these days her skills are often being put to more salacious uses, down deep she still identifies as a spiritual bootblack. For her, bootblacking harkens back to the foot-washing ritual. She enjoys providing a humble service to her community. Teagan is Southern California Bootblack 2016 and Southwest Bootblack 2017. During her title year as Southwest Bootblack she invited our community to “Take Refuge” in the capable hands of our bootblacks. Teagan is from Oakland, CA.

Sarah Humble hosted the Inside the Leather Jacket series, in collaboration with  IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation, she interviewed Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. They are founding members of both Outer Limits, Seattle’s original Leatherdyke club, as well as Powersurge, the first International Leatherwoman Conference held in Seattle in 1992.

In 1989, a group came together in San Francisco to celebrate Leatherwomen to select a women who represented the community and would be recognized for the work she had done. Judy Tallwing McCarthy was that first International Ms Leather. Over the 30 years since that day, women have stepped up and represented who we are. One can see a history of the IMsL/IMsBB titleholders on the web or catch up with the current IMsL/IMsBB titleholders. Some have been political, some community builders, but have all lived out a vision of what the women’s alternative sex positive community is.

 

 

Published in Regional Leather

IMSbb Contestant AngelName: Angel

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2014

City, State: Norman, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

I regularly participate in Southwest Leather Conference, Beyond Vanilla, and International Leather Sir and boy/ International Community Bootblack.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite Leather are my Harley Harness Boots.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

HardPink Sisterhood and The Dallas Eagle

 

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ShellyLeatherJournal 1Name: Shelly

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2015

City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Regular community events that you produce or participate: Mr. Pistons contest, Southwest Leather Contest, Leather HEAT.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: I love kilts!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

Pistons Bar - House Bootblack and regular attendee
Los Angeles Band of Brothers - Booblack for Leather Contests and big fan!
Southland Title Sisters - Member
Southwest Leather Conference - titleholder and regular attendee


 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:02

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Random

RandomLeatherJournalRandom Colorado Bootblack 2016

Colorado Bootblack 2016

Proud to be a part of MAsT Metro Denver and the Boulder Munch.

My favorite leather would be my Dr Marten boots. They are my foundation and keep me grounded in leather.

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

I am proud to be sponsored this year by three amazing sponsors. The Leather Colorado Foundation sponsors and facilitates the Colorado Bootblack, Colorado Ms. Leather, Colorado Mr. Leather, Colorado Miss. Leather, and Colorado Mr. Rubber contests. (coloradoleather.org) The Denver Wrangler helps to raise funds for various organizations in the community with their weekly beer busts, and offers their facilities for meetings and other gatherings as they can. (denverwrangler.com) Finally, CJ’s leather has for years sponsored our local community with their fantastic leather products and custom works. Each patch and custom creation or repair is a true work of art. (cjsleather.com)

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles is my favorite charity. Although they have only been around since September of 2015 their dedication to our community becomes more and more evident as they constantly seek out new ways of fulfilling their mission of creating a safe space in our community for adults who engage in alternative lifestyles. The communities they strive to serve are those of the LGBTQ+, Non-Monogamy, and Kink, believing that it is up to consenting adults to decide who and how they love. They serve these communities through education on various related topics and are constantly seeking to expand and improve their service. They have expanded their community outreach by teaching classes on mental health first aid and hope to have a crisis hotline and conflict mediation programs for the people of Colorado in the future. (coloradocal.com)

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Community service is so important for any civilization, and really is the mark of humanity. It reminds us that we are all human and all connected and reinforces those connections. Within the leather community it becomes so much more important for each of us to step up where we can. It’s our legacy, it’s where we’re from and it’s where we’re going. It is the foundation of everything we do. So many of our leaders and legends have given so much to see that we continue to progress, and I believe it is up to each of us to continue that. Whether it is helping to raise funds or by organizing ways we can get together in fellowship, the leather community is based on service to that community. It is built by those who are willing to be of service to our community. We pay no taxes to a leather monarch, we have no elected officials making sure there is funding for the things important to us, what we have at the end of the day is each other.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

For me identifying as a bootblack is a core part of who I am. It is how I found my way home. I enjoy caring for leather, and that makes me a leather care specialist. I work on leather as people are wearing it, and that makes me a shoe shiner. I build relationships with those who enter my chair and with the leather. I do what I can to be a recorder and preserver of leather and leather history, and to be a resource to my community. That to me – makes me a bootblack.

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kylie ms sydney leather 2015Name: Miss BEEHave

Current Title: Ms. Sydney Leather 2015

City, State: Sydney, Australia

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Sydney Leather Pride Assoc.
Sydney Femme Guild  
Extra Dirty

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Full length leather barista apron....I bought this custom made piece from a well known quality leather maker in Sydney, Jo King.  I love that it can worn as a formal or informal piece, and my waist size doesn't matter as its fully adjustable.  I often wear sequin hotpants underneath, a treasure I picked up from San Francisco Folsom in 2014 for a cheeky surprise when I leave the room.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

My major sponsor is Marquis De Sade in Melbourne Australia - a gorgeous bespoke fetish wear designer and corsetiere.  We have a shared spark, a contagious energy when we talk of the promotion of visibility of leather women in Australia.  Marquis De Sade offer customised steel boned corsets, leather ladieswear, leather menswear, fantasy costumes, corseted dresses, fetish wear, with online tailoring, their work is available to international visitors to order.

 

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:11

Dave Rhodes Hump Day January 31, 2018

 

 

Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Two no-host bars, a silent auction, and Master of Ceremonies International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau! Special dinner catered by Layne Sanden and special guest chefs. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35

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IMSbb Contestant meghanName: Meghan

Current Title: Great Lakes Bootblack 2015 and Bluegrass Leather Pride Bootblack 2015

City, State: Louisville, KY

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Events:
-Bluegrass Leather Pride
-Great Lakes Leather Alliance
-International Puppy Contest

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Oil tan harness boots - They were the first piece of leather I bought for myself. I’ve had them for years now and they are so broken in and comfortable! They’ve been with me on all of my travels, tromped through mud, sprinkles and glitter, and kept me grounded when I’ve felt shaky.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I am fortunate enough to be sponsored by Bluegrass Leather Pride, Great Lakes Leather Alliance and Mr. Friendly, Team Louisville.

Bluegrass Leather is a feeder contest to Great Lakes that not only produces contestants, but hosts a weekend educational event that focuses on what it means to be family.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance is a regional contest that produces contestants for International contests, hosts educational classes and play parties for the Leather and kink communities.

Mr. Friendly Team Louisville, the Kentucky chapter that works to reduce stigma of HIV. Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors serving as Treasurer.

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:01

Dave Rhodes Hump Day October 11, 2017

 

 

The American Brotherhood Family photographed by Brian Mincey outside the Leather Archives

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, October 11, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night workerbees by Corey Brent

Philadelphia Leather Pride grows by 25 percent
By Cowboi Jen
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night along with staff, volunteers, emcee's Jim and Arne Granell-Bennett and auctioneer Jo Arnone donated $6,400 to charities. PLPN, with 160 attendees, took place September 30 at Voyeur Nightclub in Philadelphia, PA with a new format mixing the live auction with a throw back Leather party hosted by Ms Philadelphia Leather 2017 Heather Raquel and Ms NJ Leather 2017 Velvet Storm. The night started off with An Intimate Conversation with Sir Guy from New York City then onto the live charity auction with items ranging from jock straps, art work, clothes, toys, nights at a local BDSM B&B, and our big seller Zebriannas Crack Brownies. ASL Interpreters Kevin Lowerly and former Ms World Leather Michelle Jackson helped ensure Philadelphia Leather Pride Night is inclusive. Off-the-body auctions with Heather Raquel and 2017 Philadelphia Fetish Z Black Onyx were sponsored by Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium and were a huge hit along with go go dancers including Mr. NYC Eagle John John, raising money for their chosen charity of GALAE . Other charity partners were the Leather Archives and Museum, Philadelphia Aids Thrift and By The Grace of George. Next year will be Philadelphia Leather Pride Night's 10th Anniversary. http://www.plpn.org

Racism rears its ugly head in Leather community
We have received reports of a racist attack upon one past African American titleholder at a bar in Chicago the first full weekend of October. Social medaia was abuzz about it with no names given. The titleholder was called a "flying monkey" and was told that he did not fit the image of what Tom of Finland and Chuck Renslow had in mind when they formed IML. (Not sure Tom of Finland had input.) The best reaction to this most recent act of racism was a Facebook post by Joey Arteaga of Chicago. We publish this link stating it is the opinion of Joey Arteaga and not necessarily of The Leather Journal, but do know that we abhor racism and a lot of other isms out there. https://www.facebook.com/joee.arteaga?fref=ufi Note: There have been three black IMLs over the years and they are 1984 Ron Moore, 1991 Dee Canon and 2014 Ramien Pierre. What was the Martin Luther King thing about judging (one) by their character and not by the color of their skin? I knew Chuck Renslow and he never was guilty of racial discrimination. There should be no safe harbor for racism in the Leather community.

Tom of Finland Movie Night
By Anthony Lindsay
The big Tom of Finland Movie Night is still happening, but in a different location, due to a confusion that has been cleared up. The new location is Landmark's Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, right underneath the Kensington sign, at the junction of Highway 15 and Adams Avenue in Kensington.

Santa Clara County Leather Week XX
Santa Clara County Leather Week 2017 - Looking Beyond, hosted by the Santa Clara County Leather Association, is all set to go the weekend of October 29 - November 5 in San Jose, CA. Highlights include the Mr. and Ms Santa Clara County Leather 2018 contest, interview with Rich Stadtmiller, silent auction, Recovery party and barbecue and kinky karaoke. https://www.facebook.com/SCCLeather/

American Leatherwoman 2017 Jackie Thompson and American Leatherman 2017 Rod McCoy. Photo by Brian Mincey

American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders
By Sarah Sloane
The American Leatherman 2017 title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ONYX. Joining Rod as the American Leatherwoman 2017 is Jackie Thompson, who also resides in Maryland. Jackie also held the title of Ms Capital Pride Leather 2009, and is a member of Highwaymen TNT. Joining Rod on the American Leatherman podium were BJAPRIES as first runner-up and Rob “Papa Bear” Anderson as second runner-up. They were joined in competition by Daddy Don and Shannon O’Feral. Jackie ran unopposed for the title of American Leatherwoman. The judging panel included bella, Bobbie Smith, David Katzenberg, Jeff Willoughby, and Laura Antoniou. Additionally, the 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend title family of Doug Kuhn, Steph Sanders, and Steven Carlisle participated in the contest judging. The event was held at Touche’ and at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL. The emcee was Karen Ultra. Entertainment was provided by Diamond Richards Devereaux Yaki, Empress 12 of the Windy City Empire. Full story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1961 For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Iowa Leather Weekend
Iowa Leather Weekend is upon us and will be held October 13-15 in Des Moines, IA. The Comfort Inn is the host hotel and the Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather contest will be at The Garden Nightclub on Saturday night. The Iowa Leather Weekend emcee will be International Leatherboy 2011 Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson. Want more? Go to http://www.iowaleatherweekend.com

Everyone safe at DomCon: New Orleans
Mistress Cyan, coproducer of DomCon: los angeles told The Leather Journal by phone that everyone was safe at DomCon: New Orleans and that Hurricane Nate barely hit The Big Easy. It did "dramatically effect attendance" as people in the region applied "better safe than sorry" and stayed home. Cyan also noted that a 7 PM curfew on the night the storm hit was lifted at about 7:30 PM as it became clear that the Category One storm was hitting eastern Louisiana and Mississippi. The French quarter is in higher elevation and is thus less susceptible to flooding. More details on DomCon: New Orleans are available at http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com As of Tuesday morning, October 10, the site had nothing about the hurricane.

Robb Meese, January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017
By Race Bannon
Robb Meese (January 6, 1970 – September 23, 2017), a much beloved member of the Leather world, recently passed away unexpectedly at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He leaves behind his beloved partner, Alec Braithwaite, also a Leatherman, as well as a Leather family including Race Bannon, Doc Duhon and others who considered themselves part of his intimate Leather life. His non-Leather circle of friends was also vast and they always supported and honored Robb's Leather interests and passion. Robb loved Leather and everything about it. The sheer joy it brought him was infectious if you were in his presence. Robb's humor, good nature and kind heart were legendary. A memorial celebration of Robb's life will be held Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 PM at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101. If you wish to honor Robb with a donation, his favorite non-profit was Golden Rainbow for which Robb donated countless hours of volunteer effort. http://www.goldenrainbow.org

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. A list of workshops and demos: The Razor Strop with Sir Ross, Making Your Own Paddles with Joe S., Single Tails with Mike Harris, Flogging with Master Simon, Roleplaying with Redbear Randy, Using Hotwax with Paddles and Floggers with Master Simon, Electrifying Your Sub with Master Simon, Spanking Safety with Mr. Brian, and Hand Spanking with Mekado. http://www.bawevent.com

ONYX adds three chapters
Mufasa Ali let us know the ONYX National Council officially welcomed to the ONYX brotherhood three new chapters. They are ONYX NorCal/NW, ONYX Lone Star/TX and ONYX Deep South/S Florida-Carribean. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives. Support, spirituality, safety and saneness are keys to attaining our goals. Toward this end, it is the principle aim of ONYX to develop in its members the highest standards of loyalty to the laws and established code of ONYX and to treat all in society with honor, unselfishness and tolerance.For more on ONYX visit http://www.onyxmen.com/

Rainbow Flag unveiled at Stonewall National Monument
By Scott Gorenstein
The Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wednesday, October 11 at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, thanks to the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home. This historic event marks the first time that the LGBT flag waves over federally-funded land, under the permanent stewardship of the National Park Service. Stonewall National Monument is located in Christopher Street Park in New York's Greenwich Village. The park is on the corner of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue South. The event was emceed by Gay USA television co-host Ann Northrop. October 11 marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian Gay Rights--when the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt was unfurled on the National Mall. The date also marks the annual National Coming Out Day, a day celebrating the idea that all members of the LGBTQ community should be able to live their lives openly, honestly, and with pride.

SF BASiL Mocktail Party Fundraiser
SF BASiL (San Francisco Bay Area Sober in Leather ) Mocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM at 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. Hosts are Ms San Francisco Leather 2017 Azalea Rose, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, Mr. Sober Leather 2017 Al Rahm, Ms Sober Leather 2016/17 Rio Spooner and Sober Kinkster 2016/17 Sailor. With performances by Kochina Rude, Sue Veneer, Sheba Queen of the Night, international burlesque star Kitten De Ville with DJ beats by La Mano. Plus a special surprise performance. $10 - $25 sliding scale. Silent auction craft mocktails. https://www.facebook.com/events/155574088362733/?active_tab=aboutactive_tab=about

Mister International Rubber XXI judges
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. The judging panel will be Amp Somers, Bob Firth-Tessier, Preston "wex" So. Israel Wright, Richard "Trooper" Long, Rubber Chris and Tyger Yoshi. https://mirubber.com/

Elton John AIDS Foundation announces bold new Funding Initiatives To Combat HIV Epidemics in the U.S. and in Eastern Europe/Central Asia

On October 10, The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C. In the U.S., EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of experience and support in fighting AIDS in these communities. In Eastern Europe, EJAF will launch the Key Populations Fund for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA KP Fund), focused on prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for individuals most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic in the region: people who use drugs, sex workers, and gay and bisexual men in the region. The U.S. program will reach an anticipated 5,000 HIV-positive Black gay men and transgender individuals to learn about their HIV status and get linked to health care, social services and treatment. Another estimated 10,000 will receive HIV prevention services including access to PrEP. Find out more at http://www.ejaf.org/

South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town
South Africa Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town, hosted by Master Travel Gay Tours, will run from December 7-17. This scenic 10-day trip through South Africa's spectacular Eastern and Western Cape Provinces including a four-star Game Reserve. The diverse countryside that makes up the Western Cape includes the lush Garden Route region, the Elephant Sanctuary, the arid Little Karoo region with the Cango Caves and Ostrich farm, the Winelands and South Africa's indigenous wildlife and culture. The natural beauty in and around Cape Town is breathtaking, and after exploring that, including a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, the trip wraps up with a rather spectacular celebration of gay life in South Africa with the Mother City Queer Project. https://www.mastertnt.com/south-africa-tour-2017

Mates Leather Weekend
By Scott Erickson
525 Leatherfolk were on hand for the 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 28 - October 2 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $5,780 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, an all-time record. The 2017 First Mate Contest was won by Tom Giuliana of Boston on Saturday, September 30 with Russell Sweeney, First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 as emcee. The judges were Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016 Jeph and Kevin Barry, Mr. and Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016, Jonathan Kharfen and Jay Menick, Tom Giuliana of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2017. The recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Awards are David Cunningham, Patrick Lamerson and Nelson Martinez. Check out http://www.MatesLeatherWeekend.com for details.

Glow Me: Sugar Skull
Glow Me: Sugar Skull is on Saturday October 21 at 9 PM at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. It is a Halloween-themed blacklight neon body paint and costume party with DJ Brian Novy and Go Go Ghoul Matt Tonsick. This party will be enhanced using chromadepth 3D technology and part of the proceeds goes to the Youth Center On Highland for homeless LGBT Youth. Wear regular or neon black-light sensitive costumes, enjoy getting glow painted by a professional make up artist, and enjoy this gay dead man's party, oh don’t forget to leave your body and soul at the door! A Skullbit Creative Production. $6 Cover. High attendance predicted. Arrive early to avoid lines. https://www.facebook.com/events/1514227428697825/?ti=icl#halloween #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D #blacklight#glowpaint#halloweenparty #costumeparty #gaybar #lgbtq #gaylosangeles #gayevents #glowme #glowmela#glowparty#neon #chromadepth #3D

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

Jeffrey Erdman bearing his Best Of Show Award at the 2016 Chili Cook-off. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Black and Tans LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off
LA Firehouse Chili Cook-off will be hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans and Eagle LA on Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM. Contestants make their own and a door cover of $6 gets one vote for a favorite. Prizes will be awarded in several categories in the early evening. Not to be missed. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. For more go to http://blackandtans.org or see their page on Facebook.

Sin in the City 2018
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/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The third 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/

Mr. Eagle NYC Leather Joseph Macchia. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Joseph Macchia Named Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
On October 7, at the Eagle NYC bar in Chelsea, Joseph Macchia was selected by a panel of five judges to be Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2018, besting five other contenders. Macchia, 44, is well known in the cabaret world, as a booker of talent, and is a cancer survivor. In his speech to the crowd assembled at the Eagle, Macchia talked of his growth in the Leather community and achieving confidence, since his earlier try for the title, and also spoke about his work with children with AIDS and HIV. The first and second runners-up were Johnny Quesada and Dwayne Townsend. Other contestants were Mike Chapman, Damien Basile, and Dax Volpe. Vern Stewart coordinated the contest, Mr. Eagle NYC 2004 Brian Kent emceed. Judges were Mr. Eagle NYC 2017 John-John Punki, Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Kevin Clanton, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 George Peet, Mr. Maryland Drummer 2001 Rodney Lee Burger, and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2001, Bruce-Michael Gelbert. The evening began with Ted Hayes singing the Star Spangled Banner a cappella.

Empire City Motorcycle Club
Oneida Campground and Lodge hosted another great Uniform Weekend / Black and Blue Party Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 according to Empire City Motorcycle Club's newsletter, Rumblings. Empire MC holds their annual motorcycle christening and bike blessing at Ty's on Christopher Street in New York City which is turning 45 and celebrating in a big way on Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM. http://empirecitymc.com/newsletter/2017-10-06%20ECMC%20Rumblings.pdf

los angeles Boys of Leather HELL BOY!
Are you ready for a Friday the 13th party like none other? Join the los angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! This will be a creep-tastic event to kick of your Halloween Season. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the AMAZING Ursula Major and the FREAKSIHLY PHENOMINAL Annie Chryst. Raffle Prizes! Bloody Jello shots. Hot Men and Sexy women! Only at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. $7 at the door. With your admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. Friday, October 13 at 9 PM, Bullet Bar. 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

Avatar butt painting contest in 2016. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Avatar Skulls and Skin
Avatar Club los angeles will hold Skulls and Skin, a kinky Halloween Bash at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Sunday afternoon, October 22. The main attraction will be the annual butt painting contest which earns a $100 prize for its winner. $5 cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla

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

David Stein passes
Only moments before posting today's Hump Day we were informed of the passing of noted author and writer David Stein from New York. He received a Pantheon of Leather Award several years ago, was a member of GMS/MA and was a major volunteer for New York's Leather Pride Night. Stein coined the phrase, "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" in reference to BDSM and kinky sex. More about David Stein can be found at http://boybear.us/index.html#links

Photo - Smokeout in April
Smokeout 2018 will be held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel 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, Leathermen, 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.

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/

Saratoga Springs safe
Santa Ana winds have winged devastating wildfires all over California with cities north of San Francisco bearing the brunt. Over 2,000 structures were reported to have been destroyed and the resort known as Saratoga Springs is not one of them. Several Leather/kink/BDSM events such as The 15 Association's Bootcamp and Gear Up Weekend as well as nudist groups and others hold annual weekend events there. We have had reports of Leatherfolk and kinksters being displaced or forced to evacuate. Anna from Saratoga Springs said on Wednesday afternoon, "All remains well in our little valley at this time, just smoky and hazy. Again, many thanks for those checking in on us. The fire that is most relevant to Saratoga and that we are keeping a close watch on is now known as the 'Mendocino Lake Complex Fire' (formerly the Redwood Complex Fire) and incorporates the Redwood Valley and Potter Valley fires." For current fire information near the resort go to https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaSpringsRetreatCenter and/or https://www.saratogasprings.com/

IMsL and IMsBB XX
The International Ms Bootblack contest will celebrate a major milestone with its 20th Anniversary the weekend of April 19-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA. For the largest gathering of Leatherwomen and the people who love them. International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack contests, classes, Seduction, pool party, hospitality suite parties and Sunday keynote brunch create memories and friendships to last a lifetime, check out https://imslbb.org for more. And, oh yes, In received the Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year in 2017.

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. Among the long list of presenters are Mistress Cyan, Cowboi Jen, Bo Blaze, CC, Feyrie, Jo Arnone, Foxglove Lady and Nightshade, Dan and Dawn, Tony The Grey and Triskelan. And more are being added. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

New antibody attacks 99-perecent of HIV strains
According to the BBC, Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99-percent of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International AIDS Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough." Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection. Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance. These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season. So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV. Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41351159

Las Vegas Rope Social
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 are a myriad 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/

Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather
October 20-22 are the dates for the Ms and Mr. New Jersey Leather contest to be held at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ. The weekend will include, a Friday opening reception honoring 15 years of Ms NJ Leather, the Annual Uniform/Gear meet and greet, Jersey Kollege of Kink sessions, Saturday eye openers, Recovery in the Lifestyle meetings, a pup mosh, cigar party hosted by TEAM Mid Atlantic DNA, the 18th Annual Contest, victory brunch and Sinner Sunday. As always, there will be a variety of vendors and an amazing team of Bootblacks. The Mr/Ms NJ Leather contest doors open at 6 PM on Saturday October 21. The host hotel, The Empress, is offering a special room rate; please call them directly at (732) 774-0100. View their post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/119823588645234/?active_tab=about

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San Francisco LDG - A Conversation with ONYX Northwest
The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host A Conversation with ONYX Northwest at Mr-S-Leather on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM. After a brief cameo appearance a few months ago, we are delighted to welcome back to LDG, LaGuan Kink-Lea the President of the ONYX Northwest, to tell us more about the past, present and future of ONYX in San Francisco. Since 1995, ONYX has been providing a welcome and support for Men Of Color who are interested in participating in the Leather lifestyle and community. Mr-S-Leather, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/2017454915242216/6/


ONYX Mid-Atlantic inducts seven members
By ONYX Rod
They are no longer Pledges. They are Full Brothers. Congratulations to Epic Seven! You are a line that the ONYX Mid-Atlantic chapter were very impressed by. Thank you for the work you have already put in. I look forward to all that you will bring to this organization.

 

International Olympus Leather in two weeks
The judges for International Olympus Leather Weekend are Dave Rhodes, Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus, Head Judge Dr. Larry Burden, 2018 International Mx Olympus Leather Matt O’Toole, 2018 International Ms Olympus Leather Pixie Mary, Women in Leather Legacy 2018 Renee Beckman, 2017 Leatherman of Color Kai Anderson, 2017 International Rubber Preston So (who will also be giving the Keynote Address on Sunday), President of Onyx Pearls SE Queen Raini, and rounding out the new nine judge panel is 2015-16 International Mr Olympus Leather Fred Anderson. #OLW2018 is May 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley in San Diego, CA. Block rates start at $140 Double Occupancy and come with buffet breakfast, fridge and microwave. http://olympusleather.com/

Leroux: How long-term care became an uplifting experience
By Paul Leroux for the Ottawa Citizen
Little did I know that my best days lay, not behind, but ahead of me. I was about to embark on an incredible journey of personal growth and spiritual rebirth – to be, not only lifted, but uplifted....Within moments of my arrival, a resident made me feel that I belonged. She has since become my table mate and my best friend....I have witnessed tender moments between spouses, happy occasions uniting families. My own husband and I have seen our relationship grow deeper and stronger. Paul is the partner of past titleholder Alex Wisniowski. Read the rest at http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/leroux-how-long-term-care-became-an-uplifting-experience

Should LGBT people be allow to teach in schools?
While 6% of the respondents (5% of the women and 8% of the men) admitted they weren't sure how they felt, and 6% (4% of the women and 9% of the men) said they did not think gays and lesbians be allowed to teach, an overwhelming 87% (91% of the women and 83% of the men) believe that homosexual teachers should be allowed to teach in schools. Although federal law protects people from workplace discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, sex, age and disability, the law fails to specifically address sexual orientation. In the recent past, more than 20 states and Washington, DC, have prohibited sexual orientation discrimination in private employment, but LGBT teachers still face discrimination regarding their sexuality in the public sector....The web-based survey, conducted by an independent third party survey company, of over 1,000 American adults age 18 and up, was sponsored by Adam & Eve to study sexual preferences and practices. For more information about Adam & Eve go to https://www.adameve.com

WSMLO - Leather Emerald Award
By Toby J. Noon
Photo by Andrew Villeneuve
The Leather Emerald Award was presented on Sunday March 25 at the Purr Cocktail Lounge in Seattle, WA during Washington State Leather Pride Week. With emcees Lainy Spock and Panther Berg main honor, the 2018 Leather Emerald Award, was presented to Julia Kaplan. The Washington State Leather Community was represented by groups, organizations and clubs from Bellingham Sex Positive Center, Everett Leather Alliance, Wolf Pack Leather Clan, Leather Azimuth Of Yakima, South Sound Leather Alliance, Leather Archives of Chicago, WSMLO, SML, SWOL, SboL, SgoL, Sea-PAH and the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle to name a few. Julia Kaplan has been the Seattle Leather scene since the late 80’s.  She is a founding member of Outer Limit’s, the long-running Seattle Leatherdyke club, a founding member and co-originator of Powersurge, the 1st International Leatherdyke conference which was held in Seattle; owner of Venus, Seattle alternative clothing store and ran S, a Leatherdyke bar and club in Seattle.

Valley Pride Street Festival - Hosted by Bullet Bar
Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you o bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/

LUC's Roaring 20s Prom
Roaring 20s Prom hosted by Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas will be at the Fallout Shelter on Friday, April 27 at 8 PM in Las Vegas, NV. This year is LUC's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate they are having a Roaring 20's prom. There will be hors d'ourves and drinks, a silent picture show and Disc Jockey Chase with the latest tunes to get the rub going for all you Oliver Twists. Fallout Shelter, 3600 West Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. https://www.facebook.com/events/1982217885366200/

Fuk U(niversity)
Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, May 5 at 6 PM. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304. https://www.facebook.com/events/777497145794473/ and/or http://2a7.3db.myftpupload.com/

Pantheon nominations to open next week
The nomination process for the Pantheon of Leather Awards will begin on Thursday, April 25 - at the beginning of CLAW. The schedule for this year is: April 25, nominations open; June 10, nominations close; July 11, voting by the public begins; August 13 voting closes; Thursday night, August 30, Pantheon of Leather Awards presented during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack in Dallas, Texas.

Colorado Leather Fest
The Leather Colorado Foundation announced the people competing in this year's contests to be held during Colorado Leather Fest the weekend of May 4-7. For Ms Leather Colorado are Tied Red and Madame Mae, for Mr. Colorado Rubber Sam Lund-Brown, for Mr. Leather Colorado Cubby and Sammy Big D, and for Miss Leather Colorado Ms Hellfire. The weekend will be full of classes, Leather Community Dinner, keynote speech and socializing with the Leather community. For more go to http//www.coloradoleatherfest.com

Sarah Humble will host Inside the Leather Jacket interviews at IMsL
By Lynn S.
On Saturday April 21, Sarah Humble will host an in-depth interview with women in our community as part of the IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation history collaboration series called Inside the Leather Jacket. The goal of the project is learn more about women we have heard about for years, and now get to know them better. For 2018, we will hear from Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org

Timeline of Pup Play
Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than thjat yu will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play. https://www.pupplay.info/2018/02/18/timeline-of-pup-play-milestones-2010-2019/

Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now? https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/

CLAW - Coffee Corps In-Room Coffee Service
The CLAW Coffee Corps, consisting of pups, boys, Alphas, Handlers and Sirs, will be delivering coffee, tea, hugs, pounces and more directly to your hotel room if you are staying at the Westin or Hampton. Service times are from 8-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday only. Signup will be located at a table close to CLAW Registration and delivery times are limited and first come first served. This is free, but tips are very much encouraged and will all go to benefit the CLAW charities. https://www.facebook.com/events/174725263340937/

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New! Trivia Question of the Week



Guy Baldwin's book, Ties That Bind, is ______?

1. About his experience as International Mr. Leather 1989.

2. His autobiography.

3. Erotic fiction centered around Ringold Alley in San Francisco prior to 1979.

4. A compilation of his monthly Drummer column on Leather relationship issues in Drummer Magazine.

5. About declassifying BDSM as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5.

Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - The lead actor in the controversial movie Cruising which was about a sadistic murderer preying on the clubs and bars of New York in the early 1980s was named? Answer - Al Pacino.

 

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Photo - Terry LeGrand, Born To Raise Hell, Dies - 1939-2018
by Jack Fritscher

Iconic pioneer filmmaker Terry LeGrand (1939-2018) passed at his Hollywood home on April 18. As Marathon Films, Terry produced the great leather classic film “Born to Raise Hell” (1975) directed by Roger Earl starring their discovery, Val Martin, whom “Drummer” editor Jeanne Barney featured on the cover of “Drummer” issue 3. At the infamous LAPD raid of the “Drummer Slave Auction” on April 11, 1976, the intimate friends Terry, Roger, Jeanne, and Val were among the 42 persons arrested. Terry and Roger were longtime friends not lovers, and Terry was the sole owner of Marathon Films. As a producer, Terry was relentless and remarkable. In anti-gay LA, he managed to shoot “Born” in outdoor spaces and at the old Truck Stop bar out in the San Fernando Valley. He and Roger created more than thirty erotic films, most of them leather, and all of them popular. Read the whole story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2012-terry-legrand-born-to-raise-hell-dies-1939-2018

Mr. and Ms Houston Leather results

HTLP presented the 2018 Mr. and Ms Houston Leather Contest on Saturday, April 7 at Resurrection MCC Activities Building with John Blackpheniox Boots and Pepper Arkham winning in Houston, TX. A VIP Party with gumbo, jambalaya and entertainment, a silent auction and raffles with all kinds of Leather, fetish and kink apparel filled out a fun weekend.

Alameda County Leather Corps - beverage booth at SF Pride
The Alameda County Leather Corps has been assigned a beverage booth at SF Pride for Sunday, June 24 at 10 AM - 6 PM. Join one of ACLC's largest fundraising events, as we sell beverages at San Francisco Pride to raise funds to defray ACLC operating costs so that we can keep supporting local charities throughout the year. San Francisco Pride, 1841 Market Street, Fl Fourth, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/395413674254710/

Over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW
There will again be well over 100 Skills and Educational classes at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The categories are Mummification, Predicament, Rope, Vac-sealing, Activism, Cigars, Consent, Contests, Community Discussion, History, Self Defense, Perspectives, Roleplay, Boots, Fantasy Fulfillment, Ass Play, First Aid, Hypnotism, Mental Health, Breath, Humiliation, Pup Community/Hander/Mosh, Fisting, Knives, Nipple Play, Protocol, Scat, Science of BDSM, Saline Infusion, Sex Tech, Travel, Cock and Balls, Electro, Fire, Impact, Knives, Needle Play and Wax. These categories have several workshops under them. For details on what gets you hot, go to https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/se-listing-simple

CA B&B Corps los angeles - Gear Swap Gear Night
Gear Swap Gear Night will be hosted by the California B&B Corps: los angeles chapter on Friday, April 20 at 9 PM at Eagle LA. Leather, Boots, Uniforms for sale at bargain prices swap meet style. $5 suggested donation benefiting the ONE Archives, Tom of Finland Foundation and the CA B&B. The California B&B Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1098801190260008/

ABW to announce judges during CLAW

The announcement of this year's American Brotherhood Weekend judges will be during CLAW weekend, ABW is running a promotion to make it easier to bring a friend or partner - for free. Visit ABW's ticketing system at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-american-brotherhood-weekend-2018-tickets-37545987058 and select ticket type BOGO April Fools Promotion, and you'll receive two weekend packages for the cost of one. This promotion is in effect only from April 1-April 28; space is limited, and these will go fast, so register early. ABW will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests.

Beyond Leather
By sirtopsslave
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl

I Caught a Big Fish!
I Caught a Big Fish! - An all day intensive on rope, breath play, and water will be held at a private location on July 7 in Placerville, CA. Inspired by an impromptu swimming pool scene, Ms Rhonda and her big fish tomo will present skills to safely combine rope, breath play, and water. The fee is $50 per person. I Caught a Big Fish! includes classes, printed materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Pool and hot tub are clothing optional. Check out https://www.kinkedproductions.com/events


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Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day
On April 19, the Divine Deviance documentary will participate in Give Out Day, the largest single day online fundraising event for the LGBTQ communities and supportive allies. We're proud that our documentary series about kink, fetish and BDSM around the world joins with hundreds of dynamic nonprofits from around the country on this very important day -- one that is designed to stimulate much needed philanthropic support at a time of year when it is typically quite hard for nonprofits to bring on new donors. On Give Out Day, we invite you -- our friends and followers who believe in the power of documentary film -- to join with us as new and renewed supporters for 2018. Donate at https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/divine%20deviance

Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org

Leather Archives new exhibit at CLAW
Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum, April 26-29. This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from CLAW. The Leather Archives & Museum Road Show appears at major Leather/Kink events around the country throughout the year. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/

Illinois Leather Alliance
Illinois Leather boy: Adam, Pup Mischief. Illinois Puppy: Pupper Gazer, Illinois Trainer: Master JonMuch respect and appreciation to: Viper, Pup Diesel, Pup Iko. A huge thank you to our volunteers, judges and staff, who made the transition to.  the Center on Halsted and the entire weekend a success! You are the reason this event can happen. Thank you to our sponsors and benefactors: Touche, Center on Halsted, Full Kit Gear, Spunk Lube, Windy City Boys Troop, Cellblock. Thanks to you all who were so generous for supporting our travel fund - we have $1,035 for our title family to travel on to GLLA 2018 and the state.

Iron Pup contest in Austin
By Pup Atlas and Handler Toby McClellan
The Iron Pup contest is being held at the Iron Bear in Austin, TX. It's the year of the Dog!  It's time for Pups to celebrate! So lets get together and have a night of fun!  The Iron Pup contest night will feature a silent auction, vendors, a rope demo (for all you good pups who like to be bad), and roving sellers of jello shots. The goal of the contest is to celebrate the pup culture in Austin and serve as a feeder to South Central Pup and Handler. All 21-and-up pups, regardless of gender, are encouraged to come out and/or enter the contest.  Lots of scritches and tummy rubs will be had. The contest itself will be held during Austin Gears' Gear Night.  Fabulous emceeing and a performance will be done by Cheeki Kahnt. Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701. https://www.facebook.com/TheIronBearATX/

Leather District in SOMA
A web site has been set up to share meeting announcements, documents, and open discussion about the proposed Leather Cultural District in the South Of MArket district of San Francisco. The next meeting of the Governance Committee is set for Monday, April 23 at 1:30 PM at San Francisco City Hall - Room 250, San Francisco, CA 94103. Several meetings have already been held. Everyone who shows up will have the opportunity to speak before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This is the next step in passing the legislation. If the Supervisors on the Land Use Committee vote for the resolution, it will then proceed to a vote at the full Board of Supervisors the following week. Supervisors Katy Tang, Jane Kim and Ahsha Safai are the supervisors on the committee. To find out when and where meetings are held and their agendas visit it now at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org (Hosting provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.)

Butchmanns Experience - Pansexual Butchmanns
Butchmanns Experience will present Pansexual Butchmanns the weekend of April 27-29 at APEX (Arizona Power Exchange) in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The weekend environment is structured to encourage safely entering new experiences, with the Faculty members supporting each individual's unique experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/

IMsBB IMsL producer thank 2017 titleholders
Thank you Girl Complex, IMsL 2017, and Elisa, IMsBB 2017, for an amazing year. Thanks for all the work and being your complete and fierce selves as you moved through the Leather, kink, BDSM and larger vanilla communities! We are proud of you and enjoy your step down weekend. Next weekend the 20th International Ms Bootblack with be sashed, patched and medaled in San Jose, CA. Find out more about the film and IMsLBB weekend at https://imslbb.org

Judge Strikes Down Sodomy Law in Trinidad and Tobago
By Rashima Kwatra for OutRight Action International
On April 12, Judge Devindra Rampersad of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act are unconstitutional as applied to adult consensual acts, a motion that stands to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. A final judgement and exactly what happens to these laws will be made in July. A lawsuit to challenge the colonial-era sodomy laws was filed in February 2017 by Jason Jones against the attorney general of Trinidad and Tobago. Jones, an LGBTIQ activist in both his native country of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom, claimed that these two sections violate his right to privacy and freedom of expression. https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/judge-rules-buggery-law-unconstitutional-trinidad-and-tobago

ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/


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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/

Master/slave Conference XV hotel taking reservations
By Master Taino
The hotel reservation process for Master/slave Conference XV's new venue, the Westin Tysons Corner Hotel, is underway. The hotel is not exclusive but most of the meeting space is, and we have 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin was recently remodeled and all the rooms will have a refrigerator. The dates are August 30 - September 3. We have been able to negotiate free parking and Wi-Fi. The rate for both King rooms and Double rooms is only $99 per night. The fare is good for three days before and after the event Join us at MsC 2018 - our 15th Anniversary online registration is already open. To book your hotel room, visit http://masterslaveconference.org/home/

Southern Most Puppy 2019
Pup Nuke won the Southern Most Puppy April 6-8 at the New Orleans Phoenix. Congrats to Pup Apollo who was the runner-up. The judges were Angela Longstreet, Pup Scooter, Sire Canis, Thomas Burton, and Sister Di. Friday night starts the weekend off with a meet and greet beer bust. Saturday included interviews for contestants at Phoenix, classes, demos, community panel at MAGS 940, bar crawl to local bars in the French Quarter starting at MAGS 940.

South Plains Leather Fest - 30th Anniversary

The 30th Anniversary of the International Master/slave and Contest will be March 7-10 in Dallas, Texas. A little over one month has passed since we celebrated South Plains 20th Anniversary with one the best South Plains ever. But its now time to turn our attention to 2019. One of the first things we do is develop the pool from which we will select our 2019 presenters and we'd like our South Plains family to help us out. So if you've heard presenters you would like to see at South Plains 2019 let us know and we will add them to the pool. http://www.SouthPlainsLeatherFest.com

Coastal Empire Sentinels - Pigs on the River
The Coastal Empire Sentinels' 2018 Leather Run, Pigs on the River will be held April 20-22. Contact The Rivers Edge in Dewy Rose, GA for cabin or tent reservations at 706-213-8081. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. We strive to represent the concept of community and to exemplify fellowship and harmony. The supporting of charitable causes is fundamental to the existence of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/events/150796199036934/

CLAW XVIII - Three silent auctions
Three silent auctions feature hundreds of bargains and one-of-a-kind items. Don’t miss the reprise of Master Sponsor Square Peg Toys’ Land of Misbegotten Toys, where near perfect silicone butt toys can be had for a fraction of their regular cost. 100 percent of the proceeds from the silent auction and the Square Peg sale are donated to CLAW community charities. CLAW gladly accept donations of all kinds.  See our website or contact for more information. 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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