By Nikolas Keith
The 2015 Mr. Long Beach Leather title went to Joelle Royal on Saturday, September 12 at the Crest in North Long Beach. This year the contest was split between two locations the Mineshaft and the Crest bars as a part of keeping the Long Beach Community engaged with the Leather community.
This year the contest celebrated 35 years of Mr. Long Beach Leather. Although there were a few breaks over the years with producer changes the contest is back in its third year of being produced by Mr. Long Beach Leather 2012 Nikolas Keith and his husband Bert Simon.
Also this year the Mr. Long Beach Leather Contest had partnered with The Center of Long Beach for their Q Film festival for the screening of “Seed Money” the documentary story of Chuck Holmes’s Falcon Studios.
On Friday, September 11 festivities kicked off with the CellBlock13 Contestant Meat n’ Greet and number draw at the Mineshaft.
Four of the judges were past Mr. Long Beach Leather titleholders including head judge Mr. Long Beach Leather 2005 Larry Golubski, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2007 Don Sir, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2013 Marc Bellenger and Mr. Long Beach Leather 2014 Douglas Dick, and Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2015.
Look for more information about Mr. Long Beach Leather at http://www.mrlbl.com
Southern California Leather Productions announced that the SoCal Drummer, SoCal Drummerboy and SoCal Drummer Bootblack Competition will be held the weekend of April 22-24.
SoCal Drummer will include social and educational events.
During the Southern California contest, Drummers and Drummerboys will be judged on speeches, stage presence, interviews and a fantasy. Bonus points will be awarded if the contestant performs a fetish or kinky demonstration; Bootblacks will be judged on speeches, image, technical ability, chair management, and interviews.
The SoCal Drummer competition is a feeder contest for Drummer North America to held in Las Vegas, NV.
Drummer was the most successful of all American Leather magazines and also sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay Leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal. And gave birth to such famous San Francisco social events as the California Motorcycle Club Carnival and the Mr. Drummer contest.
SoCal Drummer is a region of Drummer North America (DNA) which rekindles the Drummer tradition of self-identified masculinity in gay men, at an annual family reunion where history is honored and diversity respected.
Unlike contests restricted to only Leather or rubber, or a specific power dynamic such as Master/slave and Sir/boy, SoCal Drummer contest titles are open to a broader spectrum of fetish identities of gay men — from rubber, uniforms, skinhead and Leather, to sports kit, military and punk. SoCal Drummer is diverse.
SoCal Drummer contests are open to gay-identified, biological and trans-gendered men in the fetish/kink communities, who are residents of Southern California (including the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside San Diego and Imperial).
The diversity celebrated at SoCal Drummer weekend creates a welcoming home for fetishists who migrate across a wide range of gear and play, and for gay kinksters who are equally comfortable exploring power dynamics from both ends of the spectrum.
For more information go to http://www.socaldrummer.com/
The Centaur Motorcycle Club announced the judges and tally masters for the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest to held in Washington, DC the weekend of January 15-18.
Once again, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001 will serve as the host hotel where Leather Cocktails will be held on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest on Sunday afternoon.
Chief Judge Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015 Daddy David Gerard will be joined by International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, International Mr. Leather 2015 Seattle Mr. Leather 1998 Billy Lane, Mr. Eagle New York City 2014 Cee Jay, Mr. Eagle New York City 2014, Mr. Rock Bear 2015 John-John, American Leatherwoman 2000 Paula Smith and Mr. Leather Europe 2012 Kilker Alcaraz.
The tally masters will be Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015 Thomas Fincannon and International Mr. Puppy 2014 Pup Tripp.
Perhaps the main event of Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend is Leather Cocktails which will be held on Saturday night. The Centaurs put out one of the best food spreads and the formal Leather affair is not to be missed. Those who have attended Leather Cocktails before already know.
There will be many unofficial events including play parties hosted by SigMa at their clubhouse, bar parties at the Green Lantern and the recently re-opened DC Eagle.
In 2011, the Bootblacks were re-introduced to Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend and they will be there again in January. Since 2011, the Bootblacks have raised $9,828 – Half of which has gone to the Mr. MAL Travel fund and the other half to support a local charity.
The Weekend also includes official events organized by Centaur MC, that include a bustling Leather Exhibit Hall open Friday and Saturday, and a Sunday brunch before the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest.
Information on events, registration, and guest room accommodations can be found at http://www.leatherweekend.com
The Southwest Leather Conference will be all about the warmth of tribe at its annual gathering of Leather, sex and spirit in Phoenix on January 21-24.
Southwest Leather Conference will include innovative workshops, panels, and discussion groups. Heat up with the community at the Southwest Bootblack and Southwest Master/slave contests, Our Place room for rituals and meditation, the awesome community-sponsored hospitality suite, our exclusive nightly dungeons, and the rollicking bootblack lounge, Dance Of Souls.
The Carter/Johnson Leather Library will be featured. The Carter/Johnson Leather Library is an extensive traveling exhibit containing more than 10,000 items; including artwork, books, DVDs, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, club and event pins, posters and other materials that explore the world of alternative sexuality going back to the 1700s. The collection covers everything from 18th Century writings on the intersection of pain and pleasure to pulp erotica from the 1930s and 1940s, on up to complete series runs of LGBT and kinky pansexual magazines like The Leather Journal, Bizarre, Drummer Magazine, Cuir Underground, and Black Leather in Color.
International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott will be returning by popular demand for his second year to emcee the Friday and Saturday evening celebrations.
Carter/Johnson Leather Library founder Vi Johnson will be the Sunday Brunch keynote speaker.
The Dance of Souls is a closing ritual and ecstatic dance held at the end of the conference on Sunday afternoon. The Dance is about people bringing their focus and energies together for good intention. This modern primitive celebration is uniquely created through the energies of the voluntary participants present within a scaffolding of cross-cultural spiritual traditions that involve temporary piercing, drumming, chanting and dancing. The ritual is a closed private ceremony offering all Dance of Souls attendees the opportunity to participate in a variety of roles including pierced dancer, non-pierced dancer, drummer, etc. All activities are voluntary and there is no requirement to be pierced.
The Southwest Master/slave contest judges are Patrick Mulcahey, slave Jazz, Douglas Connors, Sir Cougar, Master Trish and Allena Gabosch.
The Southwest Bootblack contest judges will be Gabriel Majors, Marta, Sarge, Tyesha Best and Bootdog.
Four Points By Sheraton - Phoenix North, formerly Crown Plaza North Phoenix will be the host hotel. Phone the hotel at (602) 943-2341 and ask for the Southwest Leather Conference 2016 group rate.
The Four Points By Sheraton has a complimentary shuttle van for trips to area restaurants and businesses, and free Wifi throughout the property.
Some of the best bootblacks from across the nation will be providing Leathercare in the Bootblack Lounge which will be open from Thursday to Sunday afternoon.
For more about Southwest Leather Conference activities, visit http://www.southwestleather.org