Trimming the Tree with Excelsior MC
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
New York City’s Excelsior Motorcycle Club held its annual Trim-a-Tree party, at the Eagle NYC bar, on December 7 and the festive, well-attended event brought Excelsior members, associates, and guests, including titleholders both local and from out of town, to the Eagle. Trim-a-Tree 2018 benefited New Alternatives, which assists homeless LGBT youth. There were raffles for gift baskets, gift certificates, theater tickets, and drink tickets. Those in attendance could have Polaroid photos taken with Leather Santa Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2019 Thom Kam. Bear and cub dancers Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez and Mr. New York Unlimited Cub 2018 Bam Bam, entertained. Representatives of all Leather clubs present were invited to help to trim the Christmas tree.
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Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday
The 45th annual Santa Saturday was another success at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. Santa Saturday was a combination of an auction of donated items, entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise, service awards for worthy individuals, bootblacks, photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus, a Leather shop, a 50-50 raffle, and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.
ABDL - Little Big Night
ABDL will host Little Big Night at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 22 at 8 PM. It's a safe space for the diaper curious to explore. A place to meet other AB/DLs, Leather Daddies and Boys, Diaper Pups, Baby Furs and more. Enjoy classic toons on the big screen and diapers sponsored by Tykables. No cover, free parking and free clothes check. Know someone interested? Share this event with them. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
SFBA Leather Alliance Weekend 2019
The 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend will be held March 1-3 at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, and other locations around San Francisco. It will include the 37th edition of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and the Second Annual SF Bootblack Contest, along with the 53rd Annual SF Leather Community Awards, a beer/soda bust, a vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and, of course, parties. Start the weekend off right: come out to the Meet and Greet at Mr-S-Leather, on Thursday February 28.
New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52
The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.
Testicles the Size of Basketballs: How Scrotal Injections Led to the Death of a Gay BDSM Pup
Muscle dysmorphia, exacerbated by silicone injections, fostered a deadly dynamic within the Hafertepen family.
By Mike Miksche
Jack Chapman, also known as “Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen” among his BDSM family, passed away in October in Seattle at the age of 28. Chapman played the “slave”—or “pup”—to his “master,” Dylan Hafertepen....read the whole story at
The Visibility Project
By Scarlett Sin
Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.
Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned
By Norman McClelland
This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.
Mr. Powerhouse Leather
The Mr. Powerhouse Leather Contest will be held on Friday, January 11 at 6 PM, at the Powerhouse Bar. Applications for this title can be picked up on site at Powerhouse, or via the Powerhouse web site, starting Thursday December 6, and must be submitted no later than January 4. Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2014 Will Victoria and Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2017 Travis Santell Rowland will emcee. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
Los Angeles Puppy Pride - Adult Slumber Party
The los angeles Puppy Pride Adult Slumber Party will be held at the Bullet Bar on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. los angeles Puppy Pride will premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Did their plan work? Probably. It doesn’t matter. What it means to you is what matters. So come and enjoy all the Flintstones, X Men, Justice league, Donald Duck, Rescue Rangers and Ninja Turtles you used to watch while eating your lucky charms every Saturday for close to 40 total years. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.
World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50
The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather
Eagle LA will hold its Eagle LA Mr. Leather contest on Saturday, January 12 at 9 PM. Winner may go directly to International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Interested contestants contact Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, California 90029.
Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather
By Robert Green
Congrats to Francisco Perales who was chosen to be Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2019, Miss Cassie who became Ms Sanctuary Leather 2019 and Victor Ayala who is Sanctuary Pup 2019 at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 9. This was a feeder contest to LA Leather 2019. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are December 19 and January 16. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji
North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.
GULP Brotherhood - New Dungeon Play Space
The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! Beginning in January 2019 GULP will have a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.
Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List
It's coming and soon. Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List will a few days before Christmas. Santa's sleigh went in for its tune up and is ready to go. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in mid-December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, so we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.
Payasos LA - Nutcracker Awards
Back for popular demand! Payasos LA will present the Nutcracker Awards on Friday, December 21. Were you the dirtiest pig this year? or the sexiest cigar man, or do you know who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Every year, Payasos LA gathers at their home bar, Eagle LA, to combine forces and make the summer trip happen for the young folks with developmental problems from Hope House in El Monte, CA. Nominations for the Nutcracker Awards are open now. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 1.
Rope Burn SF: November
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
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CLAW - 209 events
More than 209 events and exhibitors are included in the $209 CLAW Attendee Package. Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.
First Critter Contest and Critter Pride Flag
By Brenda Cothern
Florida Leather and Fetish Pride has had a Mr. and Ms contest since 2015 and produced the first Critter contest the weekend of November 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Clearwater, FL. All pet play types were welcome to compete. FLFP would like to congratulate Pup Aechus for being FLFP Critter 2019 and helping design the first ever Critter Pride Flag. Ms FLFP 2019 is phoenix rose and Mr. FLFP 2019 is Sir Gethan. Florida Leather and Fetish Pride also included classes, vendors, demos and a play space. For more info on FLFP and the Critter Pride Flag check out
Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on November 24 and December 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open
NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.
ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on January 12. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Keynote Speaker named
The Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker is 2018 International Master Mister-Blue. Mister-Blue is a Coalition Partner for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Board member of MTTA which produces the Master slave Conference and MTTA Academy in Washington, DC and Board member of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition. Northwest Leather Celebration will include a Friday Formal Dinner and Opening of the Northwest Master/slave, Bootblack and Person of Leather Contests, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
By Bulldog Bob
The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout XX which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration go up from $50 to $55 on December 1.
SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego
Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, December 13 and January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block open
By Cyan St. James
The DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon: LA is happy to be returning to The Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.
Bears LA - Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction
Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday at Eagle LA, Bears LA Dinner on Friday night at Hunter and Charlie's and a Victory beer bust and barbecue at the Bulet Bar on Sunday. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
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Palm Springs Leather Pride - Renegade
Richard Passmore was chosen Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday night, October 27 in front of about 650 Leatherfolk and kinksters. Passmore was tops among six men vying for the opportunity to compete at IML in May. First runner-up was Mark Heger and second runner-up was Charlie Mosquero. IML 1992 Lenny Broberg returned and was at the top of his game as emcee. The weekend included Friday, Saturday and Sunday pool parties at the Canyon Club, an Infernal Swap and Cruise Alley street fair at the Barracks on Friday and Saturday nights, a Tom of Finland Formal VIP Evening at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Friday night, A Gars and Gear Party at the Barracks on Saturday afternoon, an Atomic a Cockpit Leather Fetish Event at the Palm Springs Air Museum as well as a Victory Dance at the Barracks on Saturday night. There was a private hosted party at Jim Neuman's Casa Lola on Sunday afternoon. Passmore entered as Mr. Tool Shed 2019 and supports nonprofits, political activism, and education about Leather/sex-positivity.
CODE: Dress Rehearsal
CODE: Dress Rehearsal - MAL Discount Tix Night will be hosted by CODE at the Glorious Health Club on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. With MAL just around the corner, try out your best gear at CODE - it's "dress rehearsal" time! Harnesses, chaps and jocks, oh my! Don't be caught by surprise - it's always best to have a Dress Rehearsal. Glorious Health Club, 2120 West Virginia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. https://www.facebook.com/codedc/
Don Thompson passes
Don Thompson, perhaps best known as San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII, passed away on the morning of January 5, 2018 in Cathedral City, CA due to a long time illness. Don studied at Cambridge and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, country of his birth. Professionally, Don was a concert organist and president of Pipe Organ Presentations. Much of Don's Leather community service was as producer of Fetish Balls in San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a member of the California Eagles Motorcycle Club. For several years he was co-emcee of the Pantheon of Leather Awards. One proud moment in his early years was as the organist for The Beatles' Mr. Moonlight. Thompson is survived by his husband Henry Jordan. A memorial service is being planned for Don. Photo gallery which will not leave one with dry eyes https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157037282395968&set=rpd.1132007819&type=3&theater
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.
Pantheon of Leather
The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held at the Double Tree by Hilton Market Square in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB weekend on Thursday night, August 30. The Woman of the Year was Girl Complex and Man of the Year was Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx). Christopher Edwards was the emcee. To see a list of all Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 recipients go to
As many as 2,500 Leatherfolk attended CLAW 18 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) at the Westin Downtown Cleveland April 26-29. CLAW and its affiliated CLAW Nation events have rung up over $800,000 in donations to charity since its inception in 2001. With fundraising activities everywhere, everyone is having the time of their lives while giving.
PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigskin-Long Beach Pride Edition
Another crazy Long Beach Pride weekend. Pigskin was the just icing on the cake. We want to thank the staff at the Eagle 562, you made Pride Sunday move smoothly. Next up - Pigmalion weekend, PerVarsity on June 15 Pigskin and then the Daddy Edition on June 17.
International Olympus Leather winners
International Olympus Leather Weekend saw three winners May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley which has a Hawaiian theme. Ben Workman was best of three in becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather 2018, Samsara earned the needed points to become International Ms Olympus Leather as did Raven Darknights in being named International Mx Olympus Leather. Executive producer Vonn Tramel presented the Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dennis Beisbier from los angeles. The luau before the contest was beyond amazing and several attendees said it was the best meal they have ever had at a Leather event. There were bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Full story will be posted early next week. http://olympusleather.com/
Scene from Southwest Leather Conference 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Southwest Leather Conference - Take the Plunge
Southwest Leather Conference 2018 - Take the Plunge will highlight the annual Southwest Master/slave Contest and Southwest Bootblack Contest in gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest Leather Conference also includes Dance of Souls hook pull ceremony, keynote brunch, play parties, a large number of classes and workshops, Leather Tribe Revival and other socials. http://www.southwestleather.org/content/registration NOLA Leather to Geaux 2018 March 16 - 18, 2018 hosted by NOLA Leather to Geaux March 16-18 at 6 PM at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117-8535.
International Geared Up Pup
Pup Montreal 2017 Tosa Alphainu from Montreal, Canada was announced the winner of the International Geared Up Pup 2019 contest on February 10 in a video presented by contest producer Hunter Draufganger. The video is linked below. The runner-up is Pup Rinzler, from Cincinnati, Ohio and the fan favorite is Tosa Alphainu. There were seven entrants: Blaze, Tinker, Kit, Pup Rinzler, Pupp Spice, Tosa Alphainu, and Pup Renegade. The categories: written application and three essays, still photographs showcasing pup image, a video showcasing pup playfulness, and character, charity, and service. The contest was judged by International Geared Up Pup 2018 Kabous Pup, Kevin Levesque, Vladimir Long, Klebisson Montiero, Deskro Niker, Pawlish, Derrick Otter Starr, and Sir Jay and the tally master was Atlanta drag persona Baby Doll Schultz.
Jackhammer Complex saved in Chicago
By Jay Wittich for Windy City Media Group. Photo by Kyle Henderson
A couple of Andersonville, Chicago, IL, bar owners have purchased the iconic Jackhammer Complex near the Leather Archives and Museum. The sale also means that Leather64TEN will be able to remain in its home next to Jackhammer. Jimmy Keup, who opened Jackhammer with his late partner, Joe Maggio, in 2001, will remain general manager of Jackhammer. Both are next to separately-owned Touche' which is Chicago's oldest and longest running Leather bar. The area will remain Chicago's top Leather destination for years to come. To read the whole story go to
Compiled by Dave Rhodes, Dr. Larry and William Burden
It is no secret that there were 71 International Mr. Leather 2018 or IML 40 contestants - your preference - 19 of them came from outside the United States, it is known that significant changes were being made in the International Mr. Bootblack contest and that IML founder Chuck Renslow would be remembered with class. What was to-be-determined was the winners of the contests.
Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This column will appear every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com The idea behind this weekly is to keep up with, and even set, the pace in a snippet news-style. Many articles will be in one or two sentences as you will read below. Of course, we will publish larger news, feature stories and interviews as we have for the past 30 years. This is one of those new previously unnamed innovations I promised in my May Editorial.
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IML room block is OPEN. IML will be doing another year at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL the weekend of May 24-28. Go to http://imrl.com/ to reserve your room. Click on Hotel Info on the right side of the IML home page.
Mistress Cyan and Jill Overfield were married at MCC in the Valley on Saturday afternoon with about 150 in attendance. Reverend Pat Langlois performed the ceremony. Cyan and Overfield are owners of Sanctuary Studios LAX. See photo below.
The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Auto/Biography of "Daddy Alan" Selby aka Mr. S - A biography of San Francisco entrepreneur and activist Alan Selby, founder of the iconic Mr. S Leather Store on Folsom Street. In the Introduction, Dr. Jones, a close associate of the late Mr. Selby, offers a biography of the man, who immigrated from London to San Francisco, where he became world-famous as the owner of the Mr. S Leather store and a key figure in the San Francisco gay community during the AIDS crisis. The second part of the book is an autobiography constructed from Selby's own journals.This book gives a unique inside look into the character and personality of one of San Francisco's most colorful figures. A must-read. https://www.facebook.com/TheMayorOfFolsomStreet See photo below.
The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Change of Command on Sunday, August 6 in Sherman Oaks, CA. They followed that with a Wet Boxers Shorts contest at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. See photo below.
The Pantheon of Leather Awards will be presented on Thursday night, August 31 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack contest weekend, August 31 - September 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX. Check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com
Speaking of Labor Day Weekend, Master/slave Conference 2017 runs from August 31 through September 4 at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown – Inner Harbor, 101 West Fayette Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Largest conference in the world totally dedicated to Master/slave lifestyle. http://www.masterslaveconference.org
Florida Leather Sir 2017 is Major Ty and Florida Leatherboy 2017 is Pup Napoleon. held June 15-18 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, FL. Both will compete at ILSb-ICBB this year over Labor Day Weekend in Dallas, TX. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com See photo below.
The Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration will be at the Center for Positive Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco at 7:30 PM. Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles' biggest event of the year is going to be even bigger than ever before, this all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend and it just so happens to coincide with the Exiles’ 20th Anniversary. https://fetlife.com/events/533331
The los angeles Pony and Critter Club hosts EQUUS, an international weekend-long pony play event at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA, August 11-13. EQUUS is welcoming and open to all styles of pony play, all types of ponies. http://www.laponiesandcritters.com
Xavier Espejo of Sherman Oaks, CA is California Drummer 2017 and Eric Audet, of San Diego, CA, is California Drummerboy 2017. California Drummer Fetish Weekend was held at the Barracks Bar in Cathedral City June 30 through July 2 in Palm Springs, CA. They will compete at Drummer North America 2018 in Las Vegas, NV in February. Visit http://www.DrummerCalifornia.com See photo below.
San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar 2018 Men will be at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA the weekend of August 11-13. Saw 'em at Up Your Alley a couple of weeks ago and there are some hotties in the group.
The Leather Archives & Museum announced in July that CLAW Corporation donated $26,250 to the LA&M from its 2017 event. Since its inception in 2002, CLAW has donated over $137,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum and has raised over $799,000 in charitable funds nationwide. The monies raised this year will continue to to sponsor Thursday Free Days at the museum and help create a new LA&M traveling exhibit prototype. Ready to get dirty and have a taste of some nasty fun? Lick It is going back to its roots of funky and sexy fun. They have DJ Blackstone of Club Universe, Faith and Fag Fridays. August 11 at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom Street, SF, CA), 10 PM. $5 at the door to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
West Coast Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather will be at the new Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA August 25-27. The current International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Anthony Harmon and Pixie Mary step down from their regional titles. https://www.facebook.com/
The Second Annual DTLA Proud Festival will again be held at Pershing Square from 12 PM until 10 PM on August 26 and 27 and will offer visitors a blend of local queer culture, art, history and entertainment with over 40 community and retail booths, a main stage hosted by the Boulet Brothers and the return of Summertramp, a pop-up water park that will transform Pershing Square into a colorful urban oasis. While not a Leather event, DTLA Proud will have strong Leather/Kink participation. https://dtlaproud.org/2017-dtla-proud-festival
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather will see new titleholders on Saturday, August 19 at 6 PM at the Hayward Veteran's Memorial Hall in Hayward, CA. Go to http://www.acleather.org. The title is produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps.
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed. Tom of Finland will have an exhibit and there will be a Saturday afternoon pool party. And oh, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest will be held in the newest hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/
Fourth Annual Kinky Prom: Rainbows and Unicorns on Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM at Voo Doo Leatherworks in Colorado Springs, CO to benefit Colorado Leather Fest. $15 per person or $20 per couple. Features the Cycle Sluts, cash bar, food and snacks, DJ/music/dancing, Prom photos available for purchase, bootblacks, silent auction, kinky poker and a Kinky Prom Royalty Contest. Facebook look for Kinky Prom: Rainbows and Unicorns in Events.
The NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) sent out this - There's a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren't enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) wouldn't help punish sex traffickers; it would do is expose the Internet content platforms that we all rely on every day to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability for their customers' actions. https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-censor-the-internet
American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com
The next Avatar Club los angeles public monthly program will be Predicament Bondage by Midori on Wednesday August 23 beginning at 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. A unique form of bondage where strategy, physical and psychological insights, gamesmanship, wit, slyness, humor and creativity converge. It can challenge the bottom's endurance, physical, sexual or psychological states and more. Predicament scenes will be illustrated through devious scenes. http://www.avatarla.org/
Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. http://www.bawevent.com
Leather 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 and make your plans.
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Jill "Goddess Genesis" Overfield and Cyan St. James were married on August 5. Photo by Dave Rhodes
The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Auto/Biography of "Daddy Alan" Selby aka Mr. S
The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Change of Command. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Florida Leather Sir and Florida Leatherboy 2017. Photo by Bill Hoeppner
California Drummer and California Drummerboy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography
By Mufasa Ali
Thank you to the LLC Board for trusting me with this auspicious occasion to share, to my husband in his absence, boi Optimus and the Mufasa’s Pride Family, to the National Council of ONYX and all my ONYX family, to my Leather Preservation History Weekend Board members, to all my Leather Community and to His Eminence T’Chala always in my soul ….Wakanda Forever!