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LDG Mentor Program accepting Applicants in January

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The Leathermen's Discussion Group of San Francisco, CA (LDG) has been an educational and social hub of the San Francisco Leather Community since 1996. Attend one of the Leathermen's Discussion Group programs or events and find friendly, smart, hot men who experience dominance and submission in pup play, Leather, rubber, kink, BDSM, gear, Master/slave protocols, bondage, and more... and they can help one figure that out.

The LDG Mentor Program helps pair up newer, curious, men seeking experiences with men who have been there and can help. This program isn't dating, hooking up with, playing with, or fucking the person you're paired with: It's about networking with the community and learning from others how to examine one's desires and experiences so they can. Example: One wants to experience flogging. Their mentor won't flog them, but he can help one learn how to find, approach, and negotiate a hot scene with an experienced flogging top in the community.

The Leathermen's Discussion Group is now accepting applications from men who are interested being either a mentor or being mentored. The pplication deadline is January 13.

For more information about the program, and to contact organizer Dr. Richard Sprott, see the Leathermen's Discussion Group web site at

Leathermen's Discussion Group usually meet monthly from 7:30 - 9:30 PM on the fourth Wednesday at the Mr. S Studio (the space above the store, generously donated by Mr. S).


Eric Alden takes home title of Mr. New England Leather

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By Joe Barlow

Eric Alden of Boston, MA walked away with the Mr. New England Leather title in Provincetown, MA on Saturday night, November 21, thus becoming the third man to hold this title.

First runner-up was Jonathan of Boston and second runner-up was Sir Rick of Provincetown. Six men competed.

The Mr. New England Leather judging panel consisted of Mr. New England Leather 2015 Dalton Flint, Jon Krongaard, Sister Rosetta Stone, Harry Harkins, George Peet and Hector Aponte.

Encompassing the weekend of November 20-22, Weekend featured a fireside chat with International Mr. Leather founder Chuck Renslow, a New England-focused exhibit by the Leather Archives & Museum, several social, dinner and bar events and of course the Mr. New England Leather 2016 competition.
Eric will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were on hand and were instrumental in helping to raise $1,200 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod throughout the weekend.

Joe Barlow, co-owner of Full Kit Gear, produced the Mr. New England Leather Weekend.
Photos and a full list of sponsors are available at

Photos by Jim Maciel


COMMAND MC's 27th Anniversary - Making a noticeable difference in the Mid Atlantic region

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By David Shover

The weekend of November 6-8 was alive in Baltimore, MD with COMMAND MC's 27th Anniversary Run (Corps Of Mem Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club) and the 2016 Mr. Maryland Leather contest.

The 27th Anniversary Run began with a cocktail party hosted by the former Mr. Maryland titleholders.  A tradition that began several years ago that helps to welcome Leathermen and Leatherwomen as they arrive for the weekend.

During the weekend there were cocktail parties hosted by the ShipMates of Baltimore, Baltimore Eagle, Leatherboys of MD,  and Bears, Bikers and Mayhem.

On Friday night there was a meet and greet party at The Loft where everyone gathered to meet the Mr. Maryland Leather contestants and the contest staff and socialize with old and new Leather friends.

Saturday was filled with excitement of the 2016 Mr. Maryland Leather contest. The annual Silent Auction was set up in Grand Central, the new venue of the Mr. Maryland Leather contest.

The judges begun their job earlier that day with the contestant interviews and community service portion of the contest.

The judges were Mr. Michigan Leather 2014 Chuck Braidwood, Mr. Maryland Leather 2014 David DeBlase, Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2013 Jim KZ, Mr. Touche' 1982 Mike McDonald, International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre, Paul E. Treadway, III and Ms New Jersey Leather 2014 Nikki Wireman.

After an incredible contest, held at Grand Central in Mount Vernon, VA, Mr. Maryland Leather 2015 Greg King passed the title on to Eli Fishburne IV (AKA Eli Onyx) of Hyattsville, Maryland, a member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic.

The runner-up was 28 year-old Jake Rokker who also was awarded the David Allen Brotherhood Award.

King received a loud ovation which recognized his successful year with the title Mr. Maryland Leather stage manager Buz Norwood was presented COMMAND MC's Leather Person of the Year Award.

After the conclusion of the Mr. Maryland Leather contest back at the host Wyndham Peabody Court  Hotel, attendees enjoyed a formal Leather cocktail hour and the annual COMMAND MC Anniversary dinner before heading to Leon's / Steampunk for the Victory Party to celebrate with MML 2016.

The weekend was filled with the excitement of seeing old friends and making new Leather friends.

For more details check out

Founded in 1988, the COMMAND Motorcycle Club serves to promote the Leather lifestyle in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas. COMMAND MC supports the community financially, sponsor the Mr. Maryland Leather contest, regular bar nights and exclusive social events, raise money and awareness for gay-related charities and coordinate with other Leather Clubs and non profit organizations that service the GLBT and HIV/AIDS community of the Baltimore/Washington, DC are.

Note, Bears, Bikers and  Mayhem VI will be held March 31 - April 3 in Gettysburg, PA. This is a growing event that is not to be missed.



Snowbound Leather Weekend to hit Provincetown February 19-21

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By Rick Conley

Need a winter getaway with a twist?  The Ninth Annual Snowbound Leather Weekend blows into Provincetown, MA February 19-21.

Events include a Beer Blast, White-out (thermal underwear party, Educational Workshops by Full Kit Gear, Chaps and Straps, Leather Dance and lots of hot and horny men looking to warm up their winter.

Jay Falcon, 2011/2012 Northeast Community Bootblack and 2012 International Community Bootblack first runner-up, will be on hand to shine boots throughout the weekend.

Full Kit Gear will be running the workshops.

Snowbound Leather Weekend is being sponsored by The Watership Inn, The Atlantic House, Bayside Betsy’s, The Crown and Anchor, Gifford House Inn and produced by Mates Leather Weekend and Full Kit Gear.

Meal discounts available at Bayside Betsy’s and The Central House.

For information on the schedule and discounted accommodations, log on to or phone (800) 330-9413.

And, not to forget, Mates Leather Weekend will celebrate its 20th Anniversary the weekend of September 29 - October 1.


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