By Brent Heinze
The Exile 4 Fetish Ball exploded Saturday, August 29 at the Exdo Events Center and delivered more mischief than ever before. This event featured some of Colorado’s finest performers, vendors, and participants. Each year, hundreds of people come together in celebration of the fetish, kink, and Leather communities. All performers and support staff volunteered their time and talents to make this event happen.
The Colorado non-profit company Lokusdor Productions creates events like these with a community engagement focus and a fundraising mission. In the past two years, they have donated over $26,000 to local and national charitable organizations while promoting their mission of sex-positive messaging for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.
Through their efforts, a total of $10,000 was donated from this single event. This year, their beneficiaries included Leather Magick, Leather Archives & Museum, Denver boys and girls of Leather, and the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. Through sponsorships provided by Romantix, Bear Things, Folsom Street Events, Mr. S Leathers, Out Front, Exdo Events Center, Pleasures at the Park, Denver Eagle, and Thunder in the Mountains, all funds raised that evening went directly to the supported organizations providing advocacy and support for communities in need.
The Exile 4 Fetish Ball series has featured past performances including rope bondage, fire, impact play, wax, boot worship, hook and rope suspensions, burlesque, domination, aerial erotica, and rubber inflatables. This year, they added some amazing new performances to entice the audience and whip them into a frenzy. Offerings from Denver Bound, Femmes Verbose, Tyger Yoshi, Kaleidoscope Circus Arts, Domina Elle, Justin Daniels, High Flydelity, Nadja, Jill Scot, Faded Freakshow, Master Rex, Kouger DeVille, Pearl Derriere, Mythica von Griffin, and many others made this event an entertaining way to spend an evening around a great group of people.
In addition to large performances, there were DJs, live music, performance art, vendors selling sexy products, and opportunities for participants to get involved with the action. Smaller “tasting” opportunities were offered by many local educators and performers to give people a chance to experience some interesting sensations.
This annual event is geared for everyone from those curious about kink to individuals who are quite experienced in the pleasure of fetish play. Participants witness a sea of leather guys, kinky women, furry bears, goths, punks, gender-neutral and fluid individuals, gay, straight, pan, puppies, kitties, ponies, piggies, and a variety of people that defy inclusion in a single group.
For more information about the production company, pictures from past events, or how to get involved, visit http://www.LokusdorProductions.com
Photos by Robert Rice, Felix Fonz and Ken Hamblin
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.