By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
The Pennsylvania-based Bucks Motorcycle Club’s 42nd annual Santa Saturday took place at the Paradise Nightclub at the Empress Hotel, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and the beach, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on November 28. Attended by hundreds of members of the Leather community — gay, lesbian, hetero, and trans, and including many, many bears—the ever-popular event raised thousands of dollars for Bucks County, PA and Monmouth County, NJ charities.
According to Bucks Vice President and first Mr. NJ Leather 2001 John Ramos, the Bucks have raised approximately $600,000 for PA and NJ charities, including FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) Bucks County, the Center in Asbury Park, Inc., and Monmouth County VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Health Group Project REAL (Real Empowerment on All Levels), over the years at Santa Saturday. According to Bucks Treasurer Teyd Jamison, the total raised at Santa Saturday 2014 was close to $20,000 and he estimated that this year’s total was about the same.
The centerpieces of Santa Saturday are an auction of Leather clothing and accoutrements, artwork, and Leather event packages, and entertainment offered by local and visiting performers.
John conducted the auction, substituting for “million dollar auctioneer” Jo Arnone, who was kept away by a family emergency. The highlight, as always, was the lively bidding on items of clothing worn by the current Mr. New Jersey Leather, in this case handsome Mr. NJ Leather 2016 Tigger, from motorcycle jacket down to cock ring, as well as the privilege of taking them off him. Top dollar items were Tigger’s jockstrap, donated by CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) and bringing in $200, and cock ring, going for $400, both bought by Mr. Woods Campground Leather 2016 Chuck Widdoes. Entertainer Maxine Chambers also auctioned off the jockstrap that John wore under his kilt.
Miss Paradise 2000 Lady Marisa coordinated the entertainment. Drag entertainers contributing their services were reigning Miss Paradise Victoria Famouz Timebomb and Flashlight; Dusty Relix Santa Saturday debut — Up on the House Top and It Must Have Been the Mistletoe; Nancy Mandel Valerie; Candy Cane Santa, Can You Hear Me?, White Christmas, and It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay; Sasha Mess Santa Saturday debut — Hawaiian carol Mele Kalikimaka; and Maxine, dedicating a slow, country All I Want for Christmas Is You to Santa Saturday official photographer Mike Prestia.
The afternoon’s singers were Teyd Zing Went the Strings of My Heart and Trolley Song, a Judy Garland pairing, and Just in Time; Ms NJ Leather 2016 Christy Lee Santa Baby; Darren DiFilippo Hopelessly Devoted to You and, from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hard Candy Christmas; Demonde This Christmas and Lay Me Down; and this writer The Rose and Unchained Melody. John treated us to an impromptu a cappella, On a Wonderful Day like Today, from The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd, between auction items.
Also featured were a Leather boutique; drinks and hot dogs poolside; a 50-50 raffle, in which the winner won $575; and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Leather Bear Santa Ron Smith.
By Steven Carlisle
BOUND, the 17th edition of Los Angeles Leather Pride, March 27 – April 3 has the Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 contest as its main event.
The judges will be International Mr. Leather, Mr. LA Leather and Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Sister Leather 2001 Robert E. Blackmon, Folsom Street East president David Stringer Hughes, Maximus Cigar Man of the Year Master Kevin, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2009 Jasun Mark, Mr. Leather Ireland 2015 Kevin Murphy: Mr. Leather Ireland 2015, 1st Runner Up IML 2015, Eric Pruitt also known as Sister Candy Cide and Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum.
Full Bios for each judge are located at https://losangelesleatherpride.com/judges
The 17th Annual Mr. LA Leather Contest will be at Club 333 on Saturday, April 2 and will be followed by LEGION Victory Dance.
There will be two full weekends of events including Assembly uniform party, play parties, a meet and greet, a VIP reception at the Tom of Finland Foundation and a Sunday party in the Faultline parking lot.
On Sunday, April 3 the Off Sunset Festival will close out LA Leather Pride week.
Tickets are on sale now with weekend packages starting as low as $70. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/tickets
By Insatiable Amazon
With a heavy heart, mind, soul and spirit Southeast Olympus would like to inform the community the passing of Mr. Southeast Olympus 2014 Master Sergeant Heinz.
He represented his title year with honor, dignity, sincerity, and integrity. He shared his knowledge, experience and passion for the lifestyle Leather community, the young and old alike.
I must say he did everything his producer asked him to do during his title year with that grin and twinkle in his eye.
By Apolonio “Apple” E. Munoz III
LA Leather Pride is right around the corner and the LALC (los angeles Leather Coalition) will present Bound For LA Leather, a post-holiday mixer/gear swap meet, on Sunday, January 24 at the Tom of Finland Foundation in the Echo Park District of los angeles, beginning at 3 PM.
Bound For LA Leather will be hosted by Sister Mariposa Patriota of the LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The Tom of Finland Foundation is located at 421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026.
Bound For LA Leather will include a post-holiday mixer, LA Leather Pride meet and greet, Gear swap meet, live entertainment, a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
Costs are $10 general admission or $20 VIP admission, $5 convenience fee at the door. LA 30 members get in as a perk for LA 30 membership.
The los angeles Leather Coalition is currently accepting contributions and volunteers for Bound For LA Leather as well as LA Leather Pride. Contact them at for more details.
For more information visit http://www.lalc.info and ask how you can become an annual supporting member of the LA 30 so you can receive some of the perks of being a member of this special supporting benefactor group.