Photo by Lady Katerina
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
Pup Rush was chosen to be LA Puppy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography
Los Angeles Puppy Pride
Edward "Pup Rush" Decimus was tops among seven amazing contestants and left MCC in the Valley on Saturday night, November 11 with the los angeles Puppy 2017 title. Pup Apollo was named Alpha-Beta Pup and Pup Wolfy was chosen to be Alpha-Beta runner-up. Friday night's meet and greet was at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood and the victory party on Sunday was at Eagle LA. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014-15 Dave Faunce was the emcee. Bon Mike was presented the Legendary Pup Award by LA Puppy producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The LA Puppy 2017 judges were International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach, Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. And for those in the know - Munt. https://www.facebook.com/LAPuppyPride//
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.
My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support.
Pantheon of Leather XXVIII saw a crowd of about 150 Leatherfolk attend the awards show emceed by Christopher Edwards on Thursday night, August 30 at the Double Tree By Hilton Dallas Market Square.
SCCLA held their annual dinner on September 9 in San Jose, CA. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 20, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
I will be at San Francisco Leather Pride for the Folsom Street Fair and other events followed by a week of fun travel along the California coast to see many places one flies over or drives by in either direction from los angeles. With that, I will have plenty of goodies.
Good news folks. Dave Rhodes' Hump Day is beginning to take root. I have Instant Messengered many of you and some are responding to the offer to include your events. This is really encouraging and if it succeeds we will have found the formula that ties the web site to the print version.
Tom of Finland - The Movie
Dome Karukoski’s critically acclaimed Tom of Finland, the film which has already been selected as Finland’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards to be considered for Best Foreign Film, has introduced its trailer. Take a peek at this highly-anticipated movie which is due to release on October 13 in New York City, NY and October 20 in los angeles and San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/pg/ToFFHouse/videos/?ref=page_internalref=page_internal
Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director Search
The Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director Search Committee has announced that they are looking for a new Executive Director. Complete information is available at http://leatherarchives.org/hiring.html The Search Committee is accepting applications for the Executive Director position through October 15. Listed are detailed time line for applications accepted to hiring, qualifications and compensation. The candidate selected will be the applicant who offers the best combination of qualifications and demonstrated evidence of being able to succeed in all essential duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director position.
Transgender woman accidentally hanged herself as she took pictures of her erotic asphyxiation
A transgender woman accidentally hanged herself while taking bondage photos in her bedroom, an inquest has heard. Zoe O'Brien, 39, was found dead hanging from the ceiling at her home in Brighton, England on June 7, the city's coroners court heard. A remote controlled camera and bondage equipment found in her room led police to conclude she was taking photos at the time of her death. Full story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4901900/Woman-accidentally-hanged-BDSM-session.html4901900/Woman-accidentally-hanged-BDSM-session.html
Say what? Folsom volunteer ad banned by Facebook
What initially began as attempt by the GLBT Historical Society to solicit volunteers for the upcoming 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, the world's biggest leather fetish event, has turned into a big headache. This is not Facebook's first run-in wit hthe LGBT community. In 2014, the tech company demanded that drag queens use their legal names on their accounts. A huge push back led by San Francisco's Sister Roma, pressured Facebook enough that it reversed its policy. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/
Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there’s plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com
Emcee Thib Guicherd-Callin announces Jerimyh Jackson as Mr. Long Beach Leather. Photo by Lthrbound
Mr. Long Beach Leather 2017 Jerimyh Jackson
The new Mr. Long Beach Leather is Jerimyh Jackson who won his title and the opportunity to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. Also competing was Mike Orpia. Eagle 562 was the venue on Saturday night, September 16. The Friday night meet and greet was at The Crest. Both bars are in Long Beach, CA.
Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 Ali Mushtaq had an amazing year. He was interviewed by major news organizations including the los angeles Times and New York Times as an out Muslim who is into Leather. The emcee was Thib Guicherd-Callin. The judges were Sir Frank Cavallo, Brent Sweer, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 Ali Mushtag, IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau and head judge Shae Flanigan.
Mr. Michigan Leather
Mr. Michigan Leather (MML) Weekend is holding its 22nd contest September 22-24 at the Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI. The judges for Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 are Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy, Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King, American Leatherwoman 2015 LE, Kentucky Leather Sir 2007 Rick Mora, Mr. Chicago Leather, 2015 Luis Tipantasig. https://mmlweekend.com/
Marpa Franzoni was chosen to be Mr. Sister Leather 2018 at the Eagle LA. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Mr. Sister Leather 2018 Marpa Franzoni
Marpa Franzoni was chosen to be Mr. Sister Leather 2018 at the Eagle LA on Saturday night, September 16 in a contest produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A huge silent auction raised funds for the One Archives Foundation. Franzoni will compete in the Mr. los angeles Leather 2018 contest on Saturday night, March 24. The los angeles Sisters paid homage to the Stonewall riots, the famous 1969 uprising in what is widely considered to be the most important event leading to gay liberation. https://www.facebook.com/LASisters/
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night
Philadelphia Leather Pride Night will celebrate its Ninth Annual charity auction event on Saturday September 30 from 5 PM to midnight inside Voyeur Nightclub in the heart of Philadelphia's Gayborhood. Jo Arnone will once again take the stage with her booming voice as auctioneer. Renowned ASL interpreters Michelle Jackson and Kevin Lowery will sign. http://www.leatherpridenight.com
Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Adam Eaton who won his title in Sacramento, CA on September 9.
Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Adam Eaton
The Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 contest saw Adam Eaton best three other men at the Bolt in Sacramento, CA on Saturday night, September 9. Fred Colmenares stepped down after a fantastic year. Eaton will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. http://sacbolt.com
This couple were part of the AIDS LeatherWalk on Sunday, September 16 in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller
The 26th Annual LeatherWalk took place on Sunday, September 17 in San Francisco, CA. On-site registration and check in begins at 10 AM at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar, drop off your last-minute donations, and get your collectible LeatherWalk pin. Entertainment starts at 11:30am at Jane Warner Plaza. The walk itself plans to start moving at 12:00pm from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies Sister Roma with performances by some of San Francisco's most amazing vocal and drag talent. Folsom Street Events presented LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week which culminates one week later at the Folsom Street Fair. https://www.classy.org/san-francisco/events/leatherwalk-2017/e131804
San Diego AIDS Walk XXV
The San Diego Leather community is participating in this year's AIDS Walk and Run San Diego on Saturday, September 27 because HIV and AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is an opportunity to be visible in the support for those living with HIV and AIDS while raising much needed funds for critical support services in the community. http://events.thecentersd.org/goto/BeWhoYouNeeded
Bi Visibility Day
September 23 is Visibility Day across the globe, celebrating Bisexuality since 1999. http://www.bivisibilityday.com/
Don Hood, Frank Schreckenberger, and Andy Mangels. Photo by Carlos Silvas Photography
Andy Mangels and Don Hood wedding
Two longtime Leather community leaders/activists/members were finally married on September 17 when Andy Mangels and Don Hood exchanged vows in front of over 100 people at a private residence in Portland, OR. Both have been involved in the Leather community since the early 1990s. Andy and Don met at Living In Leather VI in October 1991 in Chicago, then reconnected at International Mr. Leather in 1994. They became a couple on the 4th of July 1995, and recently celebrated their 22nd Anniversary. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Father Frank Schreckenberger, Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Emperor V, with a musical interlude by the Broadway Bears.
Moving Pictures - Art and Culture Festival by Tom of Finland
Moving Pictures - Art and Culture Festival including art, film, tattoos and skateboarding The Tom of Finland Art Fair will be September 29 - October 1 in los angeles, CA at the Tom of Finland House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026. The Festival is one of the key public events initiated and run by the Foundation, and serves as a platform in furthering its mission to preserve, protect and promote erotic art. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming will have a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. The Festival's guest artist is Brian Anderson, the legendary skater who declared to the world a year ago to that he is gay. He is skateboarding's most prominent pro star to come out and has recently released a zine that includes his paintings. Check out https://www.yelp.com/biz/tom-of-finland-foundation-los-angeles
Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat announced an ambitious European Chat schedule. Douglas O’Keeffe, co- producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend” O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016." A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel.
A Friendly Feast benefit in LA
A Friendly Feast, hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau at Farmboy Kitchen. If you've been to Farmboy, you know how delicious the food is. If you haven't, here's your chance. Please join Ralph, Charlie and Hunter in a feast of delicious passed trays and help the SoCal team of Mr. Friendly continue to reduce HIV stigma, one friendly conversation (or meal) at a time. $40 admission includes food and beverage (alcohol not included), Ralph Bruneau's new IML 2017 run pin, and a ticket to win a private dinner for 4 hosted by Charlie and Hunter. Great food, great company, great cause. Silent auction, Mr. Friendly merchandise, and some cool giveaways. Farmboy Kitchen, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. https://www.facebook.com/events/1027108394099009/?active_tab=aboutactive_tab=about
The YARD - The Prisoners Take Over
The YARD - The Prisoners Take Over, hosted by Bears LA will be at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, September 23 at 8. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/142784462989003/
Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr. QLD Leather 2017. Photo by Dylan at HDGimage
Mr. Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy
The winners of BootCo’s annual Mr. Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy competitions for 2017 have been crowned. Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr. QLD Leather at the Brisbane Leather community group’s annual Corium Leather and kink dance party on September 9. Nick Michael was the winner of Queensland Leather Boy 2016, also presented at the party. The whole article is posted at http://www.qnews.com.au/bootco-crowns-this-years-mr-qld-leather-at-corium-2017/
SeanWolfG Free Concert at Oil Can Harry's
This is a full-length concert of Gay Country Western Music with guest Don Mike on vocals, David Eccles on bass, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and Dennis Willis on mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, and violin. Colin Deane. Wednesday, September 27, 8-11 PM at Oil Can Harry's los angeles, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.
LSM Presents Submit Pizza Party
The Lesbian Sex Mafia will host Submit Pizza Party on Friday, September 29 from 8 - 9:30 PM at Two Boots Pizza, 284 5th Avenue at Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY. Every party about 50 to 100 women and trans folks come to fuck and play and watch and meet and flirt. Going to a party alone is tricky; make some friends over pizza first. To find out more about the Submit Party check out http://http://www.submitparty.com/Submit.html and about the Lesbian Sex Mafia go to http://lesbiansexmafia.org/
Mistress Cyan and Sanctuary LAX Special Guests of Doomsday Fetish Ball
Mistress Cyan and the warrior women from Sanctuary LAX will be special guests of honor at the Doomsday Fetish Ball, Saturday, September 23 at the historic Globe Theater in los angeles. Presented by LA Fashion and Fetish Ball, the night will feature a post apocalyptic dystopian Mad Max world with supercharged fashion, explosive performances and high octane music. The clubs Batcave, Dark Circus, and Submit have joined forces to bring LA's hardcore party slaves two levels of live bands, DJs, aerialists, grinder girls, go go dancers and perverse performances. Performing in the special BDSM play area will be Mistress Cyan and her carnal crew from Sanctuary LAX. The Globe Theater is at 740 South Broadway, los angeles, CA 90014. Doors open at 9M For more information, go to https://FashionandFetishBall.eventbee.com/event?eid=116556353
Man pleads not guilty to firing shots at Club Fetish
By Ben Wright Ledgar-Enquirer
One of three men accused of firing shots July 4 at Club Fetish pleaded not guilty Friday to an aggravated assault charge during a Recorder’s Court hearing in Columbus, GA. Ricardo Williams, 30, of Fort Mitchell, AB., was ordered held on a $50,000 bond after the 2 PM hearing before Judge Mary Buckner. He joins Dennis Brown, 27, and Dontavis Matthews, 26, to face charges in the 2 AM shooting at 4504 Armour Road. Authorities are still looking for a fourth suspect. Complete story at http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/crim/article173650836.htmlenquirer.com/news/local/crim/article173650836.html
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) is all set to go the weekend of September 28 - October 1 at an unnamed hotel in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library will be there. Plenty of workshops and classes, play parties and socials, and a few Leather contests too. http://greatlakesleather.org/
Ottawa's Erotic Art Show
Ottawa's huge and sensuous Erotic Art Show wil lbe on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30 at Collabspace, 70 Bongard Avenue in Ottawa, Canada. Tickets are $10 at the door, cash only. There will be more than 20 artists and 200 pieces of erotic art and photography. http://www.eroticartshow.com
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 Parking Lot Party venue change
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will be held next to the Barracks in Cathedral City. A pool party on Saturday afternoon is a newbie. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/
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
On Sunday, September 1, Club X and Fetish Men San Diego got together for a relaxed, sociable evening on the beach at Fiesta Island. Photo supplied by Papa Tony
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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener addresses the AIDS LeatherWalk crowd on September 17. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 1, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com
SCCLA's Leather Interview with Rich Stadtmiller
A fireside chat with Rich Stadtmiller, photographer extraordinaire of countless queer and kinky events in the Bay Area and beyond, including prides, contests, coronations, fundraisers, conventions, protests, bar nights, barbecues, and so much more of our community's visual history was hosted by the Santa Clara County Leather Association. SCCLA's Thib Guicherd-Callin sat down with Rich as RichTrove.com is celebrating its 300,000 photo milestone. This was one of the highlights of Santa Clara County Leather Week XX which concludes on November 5. https://www.facebook.com/SCCLeather/
The next Furball NYC dance party will be on Friday, November 17 at 10 PM at Cielo in New York, NY. Spinning sounds will be Shane Steel from los angeles. Furball is produced by Joe Fiore. Cielo is located at 18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014. for more information go to https://www.furball.nyc
Palm Springs Leather Pride
The main event of Palm Springs Leather Pride is the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 contest which was won by Jax Kelly who was tops among four men on Saturday night, October 29 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Runner-up was Tony Dewain. International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2013 Jeremy Ronceros shared emcee duties. The ASL and English Interpreter was Michael Klynn. It was a weekend chock-full of events and all were first class. Check out http://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org for more details including bios of each contestant and judge. Complete story and photos at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1967-palm-springs-leather-pridenews/item/1967-palm-springs-leather-pride
Mr. New England Leather Weekend
The Fifth Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend will be held November 17-19 in Provincetown, MA. Mr. New England Leather Weekend will include a fetish film festival, BLUF Cigar Social and the Mr. New England Leather 2018 contest. The winner will compete at International Mister Leather in Chicago in May. A full schedule of events, contestant applications and discount travel options are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.org
Alameda County Leather Corps 26th Anniversary
The Alameda County Leather Corps celebrated their 26th Anniversary Party on Saturday, October 28 at The World Famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA. Alameda County Leather Corps long time member Randy Wright was honored at the dinner. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=alameda%20county%20leather%20corps%20anniversary
Touché 40th Anniversary Celebration
By David Boyer
Touché 40th Anniversary Celebration begins November 1 and runs through November 5 at 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. Touché wasn’t always located on Clark Street in Rogers Park. We first opened in 1977 down at Lincoln & Diversey and for our first 10 years or so was a hot bed of Leather, cruisy activity. A fire destroyed our original bar but within a few short months, Chuck was able to secure a new location for Touché and once we set up shop, guys have been flocking to Clark and Devon ever since. https://www.facebook.com/events/114981109195236/?active_tab=about
Photo by Everett Allen Photography
2018 Iowa Leather titleholders
By Rob Anderson
Meet your 2018 Iowa Leather titleholders: Ms Iowa Leather Joy Carty of West Des Moines, IA; Mr. Iowa Leather Bull Baugh of The Amanas, IA; Mr. Iowa Bear Jim Perkey of Des Moines, IA; and Iowa Puppy Pup Paddles of Boone, IA. Held October 13-15, Iowa Leather Weekend (ILW) continues to break attendance records, over 600 people attended Saturday’s contest, with a total weekend event attendance of 1,700. Multiple state, regional, national, and international titleholders attended Iowa Leather Weekend. International Ms. Bootblack 2017 Elisa Vegas, International Ms Leather Girl Complex;International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan Garner-Carpenter, and International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau traveled across the country to check out Iowa Leather Weekend. The whole story is at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1966-iowa-leather-weekend-draws-1-700
NLA - International accepting nominations for Writing Awards
NLA - International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual Leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual Writing Awards for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between January 1 and December 31, 2017. The deadline for nominations is January 31. The finalists will be announced in March 2018. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association's Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are: Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award), Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award), Novel (Pauline Reage Award), Short Fiction (John Preston Award) and Anthology (Samois Award). http://www.NLA-International.com
The next Ms San Francisco Leather
Who will be the next Ms San Francisco Leather? Seven judges will decide at the Ms San Francisco Leather Contest, Saturday, January 13, 7 PM at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 9410. Under new leadership, producer Daddy Sal has announced there will be open interviews at 2 PM on Saturday and promises an evening of exciting fantasies and hot Leatherwomen. Tickets on sale soon. Check out http://www.MsSFLeather.org
Desert Leather Fetish Authority
The Desert Leather Fetish Authority monthly discussion group. Meets in the new LGBT Center, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Second Floor (Next to Denny's). Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM. Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion
Western Boy Run - An event by boys and for boys
The Western Boy Run was held October 19-22, beginning with a meet and greet at the Dallas Eagle on Thursday. Friday included a popular visit to the Dallas Zoo, a pool party, and a bar crawl. Saturday included kinky classes classes and a night at the Dallas Eagle. Sunday's events included a play party at the Sanctuary and ended with a party at the Dallas Eagle. The La Quinta Inn played host. More details at https://www.facebook.com/Westernboyrun/
Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather 2018
Hosted by Daddy's Barbershop on Saturday, November 11 at 5 PM at 440 Castro, 440 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. The winner will compete at Mr. San Francisco Leather. https://www.facebook.com/events/127530127869330/?active_tab=about
Avatar November Swap Meet
Avatar Club los angeles will hold its annual Swap Meet at MCC in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA, CA on Wednesday, November 15 starting at 7:30 PM. Get an early start on Holiday shopping, or be selfish and get that toy, Dungeon piece, puppy hood or Leather/latex wear for your enjoyment. $5 cover. MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood, CA. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla Avatar will induct several new members during their holiday party in December.
Found on HuffPost.com - This Honey Commercial Boldly Reimagines ‘The Three Bears’ As Gay
“The Three Bears,” which was produced by the London-based BMB Agency, allows Rowse Honey to follow in the footsteps of Campbell’s Soup, Chobani Yogurt and Hershey’s Kisses, all of which have produced inclusive campaigns that highlight queer people in recent years. Unlike those efforts, however, the series focuses on an oft-overlooked subset of the LGBTQ community. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/three-bears-rowse-honey-commercial_us_59f1ff66e4b03cd20b7fe96b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003commercial_us_59f1ff66e4b03cd20b7fe96b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003
Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Grey Owl. Photo by Flash Onyx
Mr. DC Eagle in November
Will you be the next DC Eagle standing in front of your brothers from previous years? The Mr. DC Eagle Contest is being held November 17 and 18 with a meet and greet and contestant number draw on the 17th and the public portion of the contest starting at 9 PM on November 18. The DC Eagle will celebrate its 46th Anniversary and is located at 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia. Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Grey Owl will pass the torch to the next man to represent the DC Eagle at IML in May. https://www.facebook.com/events/505894943093445/?active_tab=about
Titleholder Bootcamp in Los Angeles
Ever been curious about holding a Leather title? Want to come and meet over a dozen current and past titleholders? Then join us on Sunday, November 12, from 2-5 PM at Sanctuary Studios LAX, for a Titleholder Bootcamp hosted by the Southland Title Sisters and the LA Boys of Leather. Open to all genders and identities and its free! For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/283176435528041 Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.
Northwest Leather Celebration contest judges
The Northwest Leather Celebration contest, Northwest Master/slave and Northwest Bootblack judges were announced recently. Northwest Leather Celebration will be held May 3-6 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento in Sacramento, CA. To see the list of judges and their bios go to http://www.northwestleathercelebration.com/Judges.html
Kinkycast.com interviews Mistress Cyan
Kinkycast.com, a no-holds barred journey into the real “50 Shades of Grey”, recently interviewed Mistress Cyan for their podcast. The lifestyle Dominatrix was on to discuss her 25 years as a member of the Leather and BDSM community. Right off the bat, Cyan’s dungeon, Sanctuary LAX came up. Cyan discusses not only how she crossed over from the corporate world into BDSM, but the real “Old Guard” process of starting as a submissive and transforming into a dominant top. To listen to the podcast go to http://kinkycast.com/archive/2017-archive/194---mistress-cyan-in-los.html---mistress-cyan-in-los.html
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Snowbound Leather Weekend
Need a winter getaway with a twist? Check out Snowbound Leather Weekend, February 23-25, smaller version of Mates Leather Weekend (about 175 guys last year) but with discounted meals and accommodations, no cover charges, no event passes. Just come and heat things up. Beer blast, thermal party, c*ck party, Leather Dance, Chaps & Straps and educational workshops presented by the men of Full Kit Gear, and a Sunday brunch. Check out the Snowbound Leather Weekend page on the Mates Leather Weekend site for details and accommodations. http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/
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.
Mr. Precinct Leather
The Mr. Precinct Leather contest will select its representative for Mr. los angeles Leather at the Precinct DTLA on Saturday night, November 19. This will be the title's second year, the first titleholder being Fifi Lafille. The emcee will be Sister Bearonce Knows. Precinct DTLA, 357 South Broadway, los angeles, CA 90013. For full details go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1963768970567585/?active_tab=about
Fits Like A Glove (FLAG) will host Glove'N'Boot night at the Providence Eagle in Providence, RI on Saturday, November 4 at 9 PM. FLAG is 26 years old running strong. This will be their last event of 2017. Providence Eagle resident bootblack Jay Falcon will be on hand. http://fitslikeaglove.org/01_Site/welcome_1.shtml
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive to benefit Leake & Watts Children’s Services Saturday, December 2, 6-9 PM at the historic Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street in New York City. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information about Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive, or to donate a door prize, please contact Tickets are on sale online now at https://ecmc-54th-xmas.eventbrite.com/
Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/
LA Puppy Pride coming up
By Matthew Mullins
The los angeles Puppy 2017 judges are International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. The LA Pup Contest and LA Puppy Pride will be held November 9-12 with the contest being on Saturday night at MCC in the Valley and Friday night Dog Pound at the Bullet Bar. LA Puppy Pride 2016 received the Southland Honors Award for Best Event. https://www.lapuppride.com/
HOME to present Dr. Bob's class on E-stem
Ever been curious or want to know more about E-stem play? Know what E-stem play is? Looking to add a some spark to your play? Then here is the class for you. Erotic electrostimulation (abbreviated e-stim and also known as electrosex) is a sexual practice involving the application of electrical stimulation to the nerves of the body, with particular emphasis on the genitals, using a power source (such as a TENS, EMS, Violet wand, or made-for-play units) for purposes of sexual stimulation. Dr.Bob will be teaching an E-stem class following shortly after his book signing at Leather Masters. This class will be $10 per person and is limited to 30 people. If you are interested you can contact or sign up at Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. (214) 528-3865. http://www.leathermasters.com/
Leather Leadership Conference Scholarships
We are pleased to announce the LLC Scholarship application process ia officially open. Additionally, the 2018 Conference year will bring with it the largest scholarship awards available to date with a total of $10,000 available to potential recipients. This ability to offer these college scholarships is in direct correlation to the amazing support from the Conference attendees, donations from groups and organizations and the Leadership in Action pin sales. Majority funding is generated from the Friday Night Auction with 100-percent of auction proceeds supporting LLC Scholarships. Check out http://leatherleadership.org for more information.
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.
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San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest
Photo by Dot
Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.
20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.
Mufasa Ali is Great Lakes Leather Alliance keynote speaker
By Christina K. Court
Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announced that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker. Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the ONYX National Council, and he is the founder and primary facilitator of the People of Color Leather Caucus seminars at IML and Black Beat, Inc. GLLA 2018 will occur September 6-9 in the same Indianapolis, Indiana host hotel as GLLA 2017. Event registration will open January 1.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019
By Robert Green
Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of los angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.
By Jaco Lourens
1. For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and your connection with the Leather world.
I’m a queer futch (femme-butch) Leather woman. I’m married to an amazing man, named Cobi and we are part of an awesome leather family called the House of AndOr. I live and breathe this lifestyle. Leather is at my core.
2. Please tell us who got you started in the Leather community and for how long?
Cobi, my husband, introduced me to the Leather community four years ago.
3. Which club or bar are you affiliated with and tell us more about the history?
I’m affiliate with quite a few! We’re very lucky in San Diego to have a large community with lots of options! I am the president of The Stomping Ground San Diego, San Diego’s first sex-positive community center. We just opened our doors on March 6, 2015. I’ve been a member of Club X, a pansexual BDSM education group, for 4 years which has been around for over 20 years. I’m a San Diego girl of Leather, a member of the Southland Title Sisters and of course my favorite group, the Gang Bang Girls, all of which were started in the last two to three years. I think what I’m most proud of is being a part of the history of amazing Leatherwomen. International Ms Leather is such an honor to have as a title, and as my year continues and I interview past IMsLs, producers and VIPs, I learn more and more about the history of this great legacy.
4. What made you enter your first Leather contest and who was the person that stood by you all the way?
I entered because it looked like a lot of fun! It became much more than that as the contest neared. In preparing for the contest I was required to answer a lot of questions about my part and identity in the community. Self-reflection helped me to know myself and my beliefs better. I learned history and imagined how I might make my community better. Cobi, my husband, stood by me the entire way. As a matter of fact, when he first met me, he told me I’d be IMsL one day. I didn’t even know what that was then!
5. Tell us about your charity involvement and goals for your title year.
My time and energy are spent within the Leather community. So I have become a FIRM believer in keeping the Leather community’s funds within it as well. The Leather Foundation helps many of the groups in San Diego and beyond to grow. It is a parent organization and 501(c)(3) umbrella organization for many Leather groups in the community. My goal this title year is to promote the peer to peer network of mental health awareness and support through the Leather dog tags, the “You are Not alone” campaign. I’ve also begun to work on the 30th Anniversary of IMsL history book. That’s a HUGE undertaking and not an easy task.
6. Also tell us about the “you are not alone” campaign, and how can we get involved or support this cause?
Depression and suicide is a great concern in our community. People who commit suicide usually do so because they feel alone and that needs to not be an option. Our community is typically very supportive of one another. We are everywhere and often come to the aid of community members in need. After seeing so many posts online about people struggling to deal with their feelings, some without resources to get help, I thought there should be some way to connect to one another and offer support. I created Leather dog tags with the phrase “You Are Not Alone” on them as a way for people to “flag” to others that they are open to talking and listening to anyone who may be struggling with feeling alone. Letting people know that there is always someone willing to help them is a start to creating stronger, more positive and mentally healthy communities. Purchasing dog tags for yourself lets people know you are their ally. Purchasing one for someone else reminds them that they are not alone. Each tag that your purchase covers the cost of two more being made. As the network expands, so does the support system. Visit https://squareup.com/market/imsl2015 to get your dog tags!
7. Tell us about your Leather family.
The House of AndOr is such an amazing support system. We started with four of us and now, three and a half years later, there are 10 of us in the family. We have traveled to many different conferences together, we learn together, we play together, have family dinners together but above all, we love together. Half of us are on at least one board within our local leather communities. So the core values of Leather are practiced daily within our family.
8. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My grandfather, who I call Papa, is most influential in my life. He is a calm, loving and patient human being. I aspire to be half as great as he was. He put Neil Armstrong on the moon! I have a favorite picture of him sitting at a computer the size of my house, with Neil Armstrong leaning over his shoulder, while my Papa taught him how to use the equipment that he engineered.
9. South Africa woke up at 3 AM every morning when IMsL was broadcasted live, and one of our favorite moments was seeing your fantasy, because of copyrights we could not hear any audio but we all went nuts! Please tell us your inspiration and the thoughts behind the awesome fantasy?
OMG I love hearing this!! SA is so dedicated! My inspiration was of course the Gang Bang Girls (a group that I am a co-founder of) and my love for Disney. As a child I did theater a lot, so I knew I wanted something epic, a little difficult to choreograph and something that was entertaining, funny and reflected my personality. I’ll bring the fantasy video, with music, to SA for you all to see. It really is better with music!
The fantasy was created for my run for the Ms. San Diego title. Although it is usually frowned upon to repeat fantasies, Judy Tallwing McCarthy (a judge for the SD contest and IMsL #1) loved it so much she suggested I do it for IMsL. I had so much positive feedback about it I decided to make some modifications and perfected it for the IMsL stage. Each princess’ song used denoted their part in the bathroom scene. It was choreographed down to every last beat. I even used Cobi as my understudy, so that I could watch it from the audience myself and perfect each movement. We practiced it for seven months!
10. In your mind, what does Leather mean to you, and what is the glue that keeps us together?
Leather to me is the heart and drive to make a subculture succeed. The glue is love. We love each other, we respect each other, and sometimes we even play with each other! I think that a lot of us forget that the reason we came into this community is to radically alter our sex lives. It’s easy to lose sight in that with all the fundraising and bake sales we do.
11. If you can be anyone dead or alive (not yourself) who would you be and why?
I would be Aubry Hepburn. Her life seemed so amazing and rare. A famous movie star, a beautiful and confident woman, but above all, she was diverse.
12. What do you see for the future of Leather in your community and internationally?
In my community I see a great coming together. It’s a large but very segregated community (which is not a bad thing). But there are some who are very serious about making sure there is a community center for all to enjoy and I think that will bring a lot of people together to make sure that succeeds.
Internationally, I think that there will be a lot of cross cultural pollination, if you will. I hear that Leather in Germany is very different than Leather in San Francisco. I enjoy the differences that I experience within and around all the communities I visit; some of which I want to bring home!
13. Tell us what your favorite piece of Leather is and why?
My favorite piece of Leather is a Leather flower that my very vanilla best friend gifted me before I ran for Ms San Diego Leather. She says to me as she hands me the flower, “Good luck with your contest, I know you’ll be the Queen of the Leathers.” I almost died laughing, but I was crying so much as well!
14. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you in Leather?
The night that the GBG’s (Gang Bang Girls) started has to be the funniest. IMsL 2013 Sarha, was at a conference we were all at. She had heard about our long night of gang banging each other (there were four women in total) and seemed interested so the next night we invited her to our room. One of the four of us, Nerissa, was not in the room when the shenanigans began, but immediately jumped in when she arrived. So Nerissa is elbow deep in Sarha, and looks over at me and mouths, “Who is this?” I laughed a little and just picked up her title vest off the back of the chair and held it up for Nerissa to see. The look of panic and embarrassment set in and Nerissa turned fifty shades of red!
15. What’s the funniest safe word you ever heard?
Refrigerator. After hearing it I said, “that’s a good one! As a fat girl it’s my safe base, so that’d be a great safe word!”
16. What’s your favorite drink? And design a drink or cocktail that represents you and what would it be called?
I have been sober for almost two years, so I’ll design a Mocktail: Let’s call it the Dirty MarTina it would be cherry 7-Up (my favorite drink), mint and sugar, shaken and poured into a martini glass (cause they’re pretty)
17. What was the last meal you cooked just for yourself?
Dino-Shaped chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries. It’s my ultimate comfort food.
18. You’re on an airplane and get stranded on an abandoned island with five other people. Who will be doing the cooking, who is your personal massage therapist, who do you push into the water to keep the hungry sharks at bay, who builds a bonfire to attract the ship in the distance and who is in charge of building that raft?
Guy Fieri would be the cook.
Dwayne Johnson (the Rock) is my massage therapist (with happy endings).
Donald Trump will keep the sharks at bay.
Cobi will build the bonfire.
Tom Hanks is building the raft (he has lots of experience).
19. What’s your home town and what five non-touristy things would you show me and why?
My home town is San Diego, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, so it’d be hard to show you non-touristy things since it’s a tourist trap! But here goes:
1. I’d take you to S&M (Sausage and Meat) restaurant- and we’d look up the safe word on their Facebook page for a free sample of any of the special bacons!
2. Game night with my Leather family- they’re epic, and everyone leaves having had an amazing time
3. We’d go to a little place I like to call secret beach - a small hidden patch of sand tucked away in the Cays of Coronado. We can bring my dogs and watch them run around like crazy and swim in the water!
4. Sailing on the Glorietta Bay - and if we can do it on the Duke of Pudding’s boat called Las Palabras, it can be a kinky adventure! once a year he puts on an event called Jello wrestling on the Bay where he builds a platform and blows up a kiddie pool and fills it with Jello, and the competition is to see who can get the ankle bracelets off the other first. Just last weekend he did an event that involved rope on the water, where people were tied to the bow and dangled over the water form the boom. He’s very creative.
5. I’d have to show you the kink clubs and hotspots! There are only a few, but all are great - so I can’t choose just one.
20. In conclusion, anything you would like to add to this interview for the Leather community globally?
It has been such an amazing year so far, with so many more amazing things to come! If anyone is wanting to run for IMsL, I would say go for it! you don’t need a title to run, and all women of all types are welcome to run as well. No limits on race, gender expression (as long as you’re comfortable with a women’s title), sexual orientation or religion. It was such a great experience for me, and I cherish the memories I have with everyone from my class.
Leatherman and Leatherwoman of Color - Mufasa's Pride Fellowship
Leatherman of Color 2019 is Jack Thompson and Leather Woman of Color 2019 is Marialuisa Garcia after taking their tiles the weekend of December 8-10 in Washington, DC. Khalid El Bey was the emcee and the judges were House Of Blue, Que Blue Frost, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Dominion ONYX, Dax Volpe and Glenda Rider. Dax Volpe proudly passed the title on to after a successful year. The People of Color Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the DC Eagle on Saturday. The weekend was Mufasa's Pride Fellowship Weekend. Other events were a Friday night meet and greet, Leather University on Saturday and a Sunday Fellowship Victory Brunch at Alero.
CLAW Hotel Rooms Going Fast
The Westin is fully booked and the other three CLAW hotels are more than 50-percent sold. The other hotels are the Hampton Inn, Aloft Cleveland and the Marriott at Key Tower. Room rates start at $134/night for single and double occupancy ($139 for triple and quadruple occupancy) and include $20-$40/day in breakfast vouchers. CLAW Packages include more than 209 different events and exhibitors and the best cigar deck in all of Leather. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. CLAW is a convention that many consider the best Leather event of the year.
This is the emotional reality of outliving the AIDS epidemic
IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau reflects on the impact of losing loved ones to HIV
By Ralph Brunueau, appearing in Gay Star News
"My recent FB post got picked up for publication today, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Means the world to be able to tell this story on this day." "Walking the dog in Griffith Park. So beautiful. Love the day. Love my dog. Love my life. I see a bruise on my leg. An irregular shape, small, purple with a bit of black. How did that happen? I don’t remember hitting it on anything. Time stops. I’m in Manhattan. I’m walking into the hospital room to see my ex for the first time since he broke us off and I moved to los angeles. I walk in the room, shaking,, scared. I have been warned about what I will see..." Read all of what Ralph Bruneau has to say at
All 63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants wave to the crowd. Soon after, the IML Top 20 Finalists were named. All photos by Dave Rhodes
International Mr. Leather 2017 is Ralph Bruneau who came in as Mr. GNI Leather 2016; his first runner-up is Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, second runner-up is Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King; International Mr. Bootblack 2017 is Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter and first runner-up is Rhys.