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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:53

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, August 14, 2019



Up Your Alley

The weather was the best it could be for the Up Your Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 28 and there was a hug crowd. It was warm enough to get shirts off, nudists doing their thin and cool enough that people were not hydrating from heat. Seems there were less booths, especially on Market Street, but don't take that as official. The 15 Association had its open dungeon on the north part of Dore Alley which was where most of the booths were. There is a hot batch of men for San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar which was on sale. Peter Fiske had his whips and books available. The Mama's Family photo shoot was cancelled a few days before the Fair.


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Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:58

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, July 25, 2019




Pantheon of Leather Nominations announced

The Nominees for the approximate 30 Pantheon of Leather Awards have been released. The Awards will be presented during a dinner on Thursday, August 29 at the Crowne Plaza Market Square Dallas at 6:30 PM in Dallas, TX. Voting was scheduled to begin July 23, but due to unforeseen technical circumstances the balloting has been delayed. As soon as we know, we will post it. Pantheon of Leather is one of many events that will make up the International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend.





Kink Weekend OKC results

Kink Weekend OKC saw five sashes and medalions won at the Habana in Oklahoma City, OK July 18-21. The new titleholders are: Ms Route 66 Leather Miss Sara, Mr. Route 66 Leather Kody Nance, Route 66 Pup Pup Shadow The Husky, Route 66 Leather Bear Boy Kage and Route 66 Bootblack Zahira. Also competing were Harley Blackman, Peach Williamson and Holly Kraft. The Kink Weekend OKC emcees were Thib Guicherd-Callin and Elizabeth Lawrence.





Boi Moe passes

By Southwest Leather Conference

Our hearts are heavy this evening as we learn that one of our title holders has passed from this life into the next. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of boiMoe during this time. We pray that Moe's soul will rest peacefully in the hereafter, and watch over those of us who remain as we continue our own journeys. Boi Moe was Southwest Bootblack 2007.





Up Your Alley - Mama's Family photo shoot

By Rich Stadtmiller

There will be a Mama's Family photo on Sunday at 1:45 PM sharp. Dore Alley next to the Powerhouse. Please arrive by 1:30 PM. If you are in Mama's Family and will be at Dore Alley, don't miss it. Say slaeaze.


Swap Meet - San Diego

By Papa Tony

Hey kinksters, Saturday, August 10, 6-9 PM will be Swap Meet at Urban Mo's in San Diego, CA. Clean out your closets and make a few bucks on your used gear that might need a new dungeon. Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear in real time. This is a great way to introduce new curious guys to your turn-ons or if you are curious about Leather and want to ask questions in a chill, kick back atmosphere. Swap Meet has a dressing room to try gear on. Swap meet is bimonhly with the next one being October 12. Swap Meet has had the pleasure in the past to host pup mosh pit, boot black, and rope and flogging demos.





NCSF’s Incident Reporting and Response

The NCSF’s Incident Reporting and Response received 43 reports and requests for assistance from individuals, groups and businesses in April, May and June 2019. This is similar to the 41 requests received in the first quarter of 2019. NCSF maintains the confidentiality of those who come to us for help, however they balance that need with the need to report the services provided and to provide the community with a record of where the need is the greatest. Groups made 13 requests, professionals made 10 requests, civil made nine requests, there were five crime-related requests and no child custody requests. NCSF had a booth at AASECT in Philadelphia.




Golden Gate Guards 33rd Annual Run - Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir

By Marc Owens

Join the Golden Gate Guards for a unique weekend get-a-away, Summer Adventure in Dunsmuir, at Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California and nearby Lake Shasta, August 9-11. Summer Adventure includes Lodging Friday and Saturday nights at the Railroad Park Resort, open bar on Friday and Saturday, continental breakfast on Saturday morning, party cruise on Lake Shasta with a barbecue lunch on Saturday afternoon, dinner Saturday night at The Dinner House and Lounge, souvenir pin, caboose/cabin presentation, hot pool/swimming pool and cigar/pipe social Friday and Saturday nights.






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International Puppy and Handler

International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is July 25-28 at the Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. The IPTC judges are: Ms Kendra, Jack Thompson, Kriszly De Hund, Hayley Alice, Pup Havok, Sir Ivan, Preston So, Caressa, Pup Dodger and Pup Panther. Tyesha Nicole Best and Chad (Tinker Rocket) will entertain as emcees. Doc S. E. Feigelstein will deliver the keynote speech. IPAHW is a safe and fully inclusive event full of fun, education, and play.




Avatar Tom of Finland - hosts Peter Fiske

Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Tom of Finland Foundation invite you to a celebration of the new book My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske, narrated by Thomas V. Peterson on Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM at the Tom House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026. Jack Fritscher writes, “At the center of leather life for 50 years, Peter Fiske whips up history in his delightfully conversational new memoir.” Tim Brough calls Peter’s book “one hell of a ride,” and Race Bannon characterizes it as “a gift to the Leather world." Peter will read from his memoir and sign copies. Books will available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. More information will follow as the date approaches.





Fireside Chats traveling to Australia

The Fireside Chats are overjoyed to announce an ambitious Chat tour down under! Chat host and co-producer Doug OKeeffe is traveling to Australia in October and November for a whopping 12 Fireside Chats. In conjunction with the Australian charitable organization KNOTbound Ltd, The Chats will appear in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The Australian subjects are: Cheryl Webster, Pup Scout, Sally Williams, Karl Madsen, John Tyndall, Iz Connell, Genevieve Newart, Gary Kennedy, Don Balfour, BJ of BJ Leather, Bob Rastas, and Sev Faustus. Look for photos and videos this fall.



Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.





Twelve Favorite Moments from San Diego Pride 2019

By Eric Crow

July 12-14 marked the 45th Anniversary of San Diego Pride, and as with all other Pride events, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. The first year of Pride was march of just 25 people who marched with bags over their heads to conceal their identity (fear of being outed and then fired and/or evicted was very palpable then). The next year, 400 showed up for to march (organizers managed to secure a permit) ending with a rally at Balboa Park. Editor's note - In last week's Hump Day we had a couple photos and a brief synopsis about Leather at San Diego Pride. Eric offers more detail in New Horizons for Fifty - A Different View of Things.





Excelsior MC Donates $1,300 to Cherry Grove Fire Department

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On July 6, at the Cherry Grove Firehouse, Excelsior Motorcycle Club, represented by President Edd Clark (also Mr. Fire Island Leather 2015) and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael II, presented a $1,300 check to the Cherry Grove volunteer Fire Department, represented by President Arthur Cohen, with Firefighters Jerry, Laura, and Angela present. The funds were raised at Excelsior’s tongue-in-cheek Master and slave auction on May 17, during the club’s Fire Island Leather Weekend. Photo - CGFD President Arthur Cohen (center) and Excelsior MC President Edd Clark (left) firefighter Laura and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael II (right) firefighters Jerry and Angela. Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert.



CODE (The Shining)

CODE (The Shining) will be held during Dore Alley Weekend on Saturday, July 27 at 9 PM at The Edge in the Castro in San Francisco, CA. CODE teams up with San Francisco Bay Area Rubber, West Coast Rubber, and Rubbout to present SFBAR's first official back to back rubber socials. CODE is honoring their slipperiest fellows of kink. So shine all that latex, lube everything up and join in on for what is sure to be one wet night. Coat check will be open for changing and undressing needs. The Edge, 4149 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94114.






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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to

http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413



ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, July 27 and August 24 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.






Up Your Alley

We are only a couple days away from Up Your Alley/Dore Alley in San Francisco where 25,000 Leatherfolk will hit Folsom Street and Dore Alley on Sunday, July 28. The big event, produced by Folsom Street Events is the big daddy of the weekend with the Bay of Pigs party on Saturday night. The BLUF dinner at Don Ramon's is a must if you are in San Francisco on Thursday. Among Friday events are Baloney at Oasis, Beta at Club Six, Bearracuda at Folsom Foundry, Beards and Booze at Edge and Growlr a Eagle SF. Saturday will include Friendly Fire at Danzhaus, BDSM Play Party by The 15 Association at SF Catalyst, ONYX Invasion at Powerhouse, Big Muscle Party at DNA Lounge hosted by the Bare Chest Calendar, Flagging in the Park at National AIDS Memorial Grove and Dore Party at Mr. S Leathers. Closing out Sunday will be Rough at Mazzanine.





SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party on Sunday, August 11 at 7 PM at Threshold in North Hollywood, CA. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club's monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. They love seeing new faces at the club, and commend newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at SoCA Bondage Club. The cost to attend play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full-dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.




CMEN - West Coast Gathering

By Rick Boehle

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2019 will be held August 19-28 at a new location in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The move follows the November 2018 Woolsey Fire which devastated the Malibu area including the conference center CMEN called home for the past 20 years. The annual all-nude, all-male gathering has grown to include naturist men from throughout North America, the Pacific and Europe. Participants share experiences and learn new skills in workshops, and enjoy the Southern California sun, camaraderie, activities, and shows. California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater los angeles area throughout the year.




Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low on the fourth Saturday of each month. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next Ripe Party is on August 24. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.





Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, August 8 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.






ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, August 2 and September 6 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.





Kinky Campout at LV Campground

Kinky Campout will be held at LV Campground from August 2-4 in St. Coggan, Iowa. Hosted by Titans of the Midwest and Iowa Leather Weekend. This event is open to all Leather, BDSM, Fetish, and Kink enthusiasts. There will be kink play areas, kinky demos and workshops, food, and fun.




Avatar - Submit

Avatar Club los angeles will present Submit at Eagle LA on Saturday, June 29 at 9 PM. There will be live BDSM demos, including bondage, flogging, plus friendly, experienced members of Avatar to answer any questions one might have about the Leather lifestyle and community. Join the fun at the Eagle and Submit to your darkest desires. The next Avatar public Monthly Program will be The Shock and Awe of Electro-Stim on Wednesday, August 28 at MCC in the Valley.






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NCSF Participates in a Women's Leather History Discussion

In June the NCSF’s Consent Counts director Judy Guerin participated in a fascinating women's event in Toronto, Canada hosted by longtime activist Nancy Irwin and Mistress Patricia Marsh of Toronto and Mistress Mir of New Jersey. The highlight of the event was an extended roundtable discussion of the history of women's participation in the scene and in sexual activism in Canada and the United States. The conversation also focused on current issues facing sexual minorities in the Toronto area. In addition, a women's party was held at one of Toronto's leading venues.



Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.


SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next is on August 24. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.


ONYX Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ONYX-MA) is centered in the Washington, DC / Baltimore area and includes Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Full membership is open to gay and bisexual men of color, and Associate membership is open to men and women of all colors and sexual persuasions. ONYX Mid-Atlantic holds bar events at the Green Lantern and the DC Eagle. Not having a regular schedule, new events are listed on their web site.




Capital Pups - Puppy Camping

Puppy Camping Part 3 will be hosted by Capital Pups at Plein Bois club resort camping the weekend of August 2-4. reserve early as the trailers and lots go quickly. Please note that Camping Plein Bois is a "men-only campground" all types of men, trans-men welcome. Plein Bois club resort camping 550, chemin St-Henri, Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1W0.




Mr. San Diego Leather - Sunday in the Park

Join Mr. San Diego Leather 2019 Jody Mitchell at Sunday in the Park in Balboa Park for games and fun the first Sunday of each month. The next Sunday in the Park will be on August 4 at 12 PM in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101.






Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one is August 10. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as we provide a kink related class each social. I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.




Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, September 6. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Cigar Time is held on the first Friday of odd-numbered months. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019

Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.




West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference

The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us.





Bears LA - Monthly Dinner will be a Brunch

By Gabriel Green

On Wednesday, August 18, Bears LA will host their Bears LA - Monthly Brunch at Park Pantry in Long Beach, CA at 11 AM. The Bears usually have a dinner and this breaks from the regular schedule. Meet some new Bears and Bear Admirers and meet up with some familiar ones. The food will be amazing and so will the company. Park Pantry The Original, 2104 East Broadway, Long Beach, California 90803. For more information about upcoming Bears LA Dinners, please go to




FUK University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, August 3 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304




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Friday, 19 July 2019 22:13

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San Diego Pride - Leather Realm

The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival saw record crowds on July 13-14. San Diego holds its parade on Saturdays, thus making Saturday the busiest day at the festival in Balboa Park. Bears San Diego and the San Diego Eagle had trucks while groups such as Fetish Men San Diego, Southland Title Sisters, Submissive Voice San Diego, The Leather Foundation, Club X, San Diego Girls of Leather, San Diego Cruisers MC and others were visible at Leather Realm as well as in the parade. There were several workshops and classes and a Leather/BDSM/Fetish sampler area. Of course, San Diego had events all over town, including unofficial gatherings at places such as Black's Beach. The San Diego Eagle had several events all weekend.




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Saturday, 13 July 2019 01:12

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, July 12, 2019





Leather at Stonewall 50

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On June 30, New York City’s LGBTQ Community celebrated both the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, considered the start of the 20th century Gay Liberation Movement, and the first World Pride here with a massive Pride March, the city’s 50th and this writer’s 49th. The contingent that I participated in was the Eagle NYC Leather Contingent, coordinated by Eagle co-owner Derek Danton and Eagle stalwarts Cee Jay Lyons, CB Kirby, and Mike deSanto. The contingent, more than 400 strong, included titleholders and others from such states as Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and California, and from Puerto Rico, France, and Australia as well. Leading the marchers were International Mr. Leather (IML) 2019 Jack Thompson, the first transgender Person of Color to hold the title; International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice; and Leatherwoman of Color 2019 Marialuisa Garcia. Many marchers helped to carry the huge Leather Pride flag created in South Africa and lent to New York by Philadelphia Leather Pride Night Producer Cowboi Jen. Still others rode the Eagle NYC truck. Members of Mama Sandy Reinhardt's Family, members of ONYX, a plethora of current Leather, Rubber, Bear, and Puppy titleholders, and some fabulous Queens were in attendance..


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web mr west coast olympus leather 2019West Coast Olympus was held in Palm Spring, CA June 30-July 1 at the Barracks. Wilson Raiser won the title of 2019 Mr West Coast Olympus Leather and will represent California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii in San Diego at the next International Olympus Leather Contest in 2020.

The 2018 West Coast Olympus Leather Family step downs were emotional and showed the strong connections made by Fifi la Fille, Rusty Rust and Rayna Kitten as they prepared to start the next chapters of their lives.

web mr west coast olympus leathersOnly one Mr West Coast Olympus Leather was missing last weekend but, the rest were on hand for this years contest to meet their new brother. Left to right, Wilson (2019) Fifi (2018), Bill (2017), Anthony (2016), Matt (2015), Dave (2014), Andrew (2008 not in attendance).  Rayna and Rusty won the Ms and Mx International Olympus Leather titles in May and Fifi has moved to Paris to work on his doctorate.

West Coast Olympus Leather’s Owner and Executive producer, Anthony Harmon passed down the West Coast Olympus Leather Production to new owners and producers Mina de Sade and Raynah kitten after having accepted the post of Contest Producer for International Olympus Leather in May before announcing the Beat Your Drum Community Service Award to Adam Latham for his continued support of our family and community.

2019 producers west coast olympus leather

Community members without whom many So Cal events would never make it off the ground staffed this year’s event. Emcee’s for the weekend were Roxie Bleau and Fairfax. Den Daddi was Mea Elise, Tally was Pixie Mary and Goddess Moon, cashier was Christy, Stage Manager Fawn, DJ and Sound was handled by Dennis Beisber and our Judges Wrangler was Snap. Speaking of judges a wonderful So Cal panel was headed by Bill Mr West Coast Olympus 2017, Myles Mr SD Eagle 2019, Jody Mr SD Leather 2019, Serafine Ms SD Leather 2019, Persefonie Ms LA Leather 2019, Erik California Drumerboy 2017 and Adam Latham Mr SD Leather 2004. And last but by no means least we want to acknowledge MarKo of the Barracks whose support of West Coast Olympus Leather has allowed us to thrive for another year from the entire family thank you MarKo!

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International Mr. Leather 2019 is Jack Thompson from Baltimore, MD, first runner-up is Jawn Marques from San Francisco, CA and second runner-up is Fionn Scott from Dublin, Ireland; International Mr. Bootblack is Kriszly de Hond from Zaandam Noord, Holland, first runner-up is Geoff Millard from Baltimore, MD and second runner-up is Sparkie from Waukesha, WI. The two contests were held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27 with the Congress Plaza Hotel playing host.




Jack Thompson is the first Transgender POC to win IML title. This is the first time black men have won consecutive IML titles. Thompson is the fifth black man to become IML with Ron Moore being the first in 1984, D Cannon in 1991, Ramien Pierre in 2014 and James Lee in 2018. Five black men made the top 20. Thompson's ONYX club brothers from across the nation were in the orchestra area after the contest loudly and proudly cheering "We are - ON-YX, We are - ON-YX." While everyone had their different favorites, Thompson seemed to be accepted right away by everyone.

IML Jack Thompson and IMBB first runner-up Geoff Millard are married and as far as we know, this is a first for IML IMBB.



International Mr. Leather Top 20 Finalists

(Listed by contestant numbers, not in order of placement.)

Mr. Atlas Leather 2019 Colin Marcus Jackson

Mr. Ramrod 2018 Elimination

Mr. New Jersey Leather 2019 Lynx

Mr. Leather Belgium 2018 Bart

Mr. Friendly SF 2019 Amp Somers

Mr. CMen Leather 2018 James Stewart

Mr. Leather Spain 2018 Joseph Rider

Mister Leather Berlin 2018 Jens Walker

Laird Leatherman 2017 James Addinsal

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 Jawn Marques

Mr. Leather Ireland 2019 Fionn Scott

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2018 Greg Jones

Leatherman of Color 2019 Jack Thompson

Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2019 Emerson Aniceto

Mr. Michigan Leather 2019 Will Baker

Mr. los angeles Leather 2019 Elliot Musgrave

Mr. Leather Venezuela 2018 Gaspare

Mister Fetish Spain 2018 Emerson Prieto

Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber Onyx

Mister Leather Europe 2019 Everett Leerson





The International Mr. Bootblack judges were Lucky Rebel, Joyce Berger and International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen; tally masters (they covered both contests) Vidhra Alexander and Zach Bellman; the International Mr. Leather judges were International Mr. Leather 2018 James Lee, Leather Daddy Ian Allan, John Ponce, David Katzenberg, Daddy Faye Foltz, Thay Master Z, Preston So, Don Leach and Todd White. The IMBB contestants gave speeches this year.




International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson

Leatherman of Color 2019 Jack “Exile ONYX” Thompson

Bio as submitted to The Leather Journal by him - Jack Thompson has been active in the Leather and kink scene of San Francisco, CA for 15 years, but has recently moved to Baltimore, MD. He is one of the founding fathers of ONYX Northwest and a current member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic. He was Mr. May 2018 for the Bare Chest Calendar. Secretary of the Bay Area's all-gender inclusive Leather club, Queer Sphere. Did stage management for many shows in the Bay Area, including The Playground stage at Folsom Street Fair. An 11-year drag performer/producer with the Rebel Kings of Oakland drag troupe and now running The Rebel Kings of Baltimore troupe and is a consistent companion/service wolf to his husband Geoff.




International Mr. Bootblack 2019 Kriszly de Hond

Bio as submitted to The Leather Journal by him - Being a loyal service dog to his Sir and the European kink community, Kriszly's favorite service to offer is boot-blacking. Kriszly has always been a person who has found connecting with people through touch comes much easier and naturally than through talk - whether it be a handshake, a pat on the shoulder or... bootblacking. Looking into his client's eyes while Kriszly works on their boots and seeing them grow in their (sexual) confidence is electrifying...!

The International Mr. Bootblack contestants gave speeches this year, a first for this competition. Bootblacks shined boots on the second floor near the escalators to the Leather Market.

The four contestants selected Kriszly de Hond to receive the Bootblack Brotherhood Award.

Meet International Mr. Leather 2019

By Rodney Burger

It is always interesting to sit down with leather titleholders and hear the story of the life experiences that brought them to the point of being selected to represent their community. I have been fortunate to have that opportunity many times. No leather journey I’ve heard is more complicated then that of Jack Thompson (Exile ONYX) who in December at the DC Eagle was sashed Leatherman of Color 2019 and after my interview went on to Chicago and was selected International Mr. Leather 2019.

Recently Jack was kind enough to meet me at my office, or as some people call it Leon’s, to share with me the story of his life. It was an evening that I will not soon forget.

Born in Berkeley, California, Jack was always kinky. At age five he was already into puppy or wolf play and made his family call him “Fang” and treat him like a wolf. He enjoyed it when friends would lead him around with a leash. He did not have excess to the internet, so he was unaware that puppy play was even a thing.

Although now a proud transman, he came out as a lesbian in middle school. Although his mother was not 100-percent sold on the idea, his parents were supportive of the fact that their girl liked girls. For Jack there was still something not quite right. He was still not happy. In high school he met someone who was trans. He was curious but unfortunately the first time he looked up “transgender,” the we directed him to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In his sophomore year of high school, he was interviewed for a newspaper article about the murder of a transgender person in the community. The writer identified him as being trans. This resulted in him be called into the principal’s office. Since he was not 18, there was not much he could do about his situation. When he sought help for being transgender, all he found were counselors who wanted to fix him and talk him out it. Thankfully his high school had a gay / straight alliance which provided a safe space. He came out to his family as transgender. Jacks says it was like coming out again.

With hormone shots priced at $200 apiece, he was grateful when he found a trans health clinic in San Francisco that was a non-profit and had a pay what you can policy. (It his case he couldn’t afford to pay anything and that was okay.) He began to become his true self.

In San Francisco he also found himself working at the icon Mr. S Leathers store. Jack quickly explained that he did not just work as a salesclerk, but he worked in production. All the leather goods at Mr. S are produced in-house. He worked there for two years and the staff really taught him everything. Filled with my fantasies fueled by pictures in the Mr. S Leathers catalog and by a porn video I once saw of a salesclerk helping a young man try on a straitjacket, I asked Jack if he had any erotic stores to tell. He said, “It is less sexy when you work there.” He enjoyed working at Mr. S and commented that If he ever moved back to San Francisco, he would be happy to return to work there.

In July of 2018 Jack and his husband Geoff Millard, California State Bootblack 2018 / Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, moved to Baltimore where they live in a beautiful house in the Hamilton part of town. On a visit to Baltimore, they discovered how affordable the city is compared to the high cost of living in San Francisco. Jack added that, “Baltimore has a slower pace and I don’t have to bust my ass to be able to afford things.” He also likes that Baltimore is conveniently located between Washington and Philadelphia. Jack met Geoff at an ex-girlfriend’s birthday party. At that time, he did not date men, but he and Geoff soon became close friends and after a year started to “experiment.” Jack’s sexuality defies labels and he didn’t tell his family about Geoff for two years. He laughed and added: “How many times do I have to come out to my parents?"

I asked him what inspired him to run for the Leatherman of Color title. As a member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic, he knew that he wanted to step up and run for something. This title just felt right. He is looking forward to taking the title to Chicago in May and competing in the International Mr. Leather Contest, but currently has a problem. Although the IML contest allows contestants to be transgender, identifying documents must list the contestant’s sex as male. Jack is working on resolving that problem and stated that should he win IML, that would be the first thing he would fight to change. He is planning an IML send-off fundraiser on May 3rd at the DC Eagle and hopes to also have a fundraiser at the soon to reopen Baltimore Eagle where he will also be working. As an eleven-year member of the Rebel Kings of Oakland troupe, he is currently involved with the Rebel Kings of Baltimore who have a show every second Wednesday of the month at the Clifton Pleasure Club located at 2803 Grindon Avenue in Baltimore. (The next show is March 13th).

Leatherman of Color is a national title that started in Chicago. Jack hopes to help recruit many more contestants for the 2020 contest and hopes to encourage all the chapters of ONYX to send a representative. “In the LGBT community representation matters!” It has been a complicated journey for Jack Thompson, but it is clear to see the great pride that he has in having been selected as Leatherman of Color 2019. I’m excited to see where his journey will take him and cannot be happier that if only for one evening, I was given the opportunity to join him for the ride.




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Jack Thompson's speech

Contestant #51 Jack Thompson delivered a home-run speech to the cheering audience of about 1,300 Leatherfolk and kinksters on Sunday night, May 26. Sharply dressed with an adorable furry tail dangling behind him, he answered those who questioned him throughout his life, ending with, "...I promise you, I am more than enough." Here it is





Joey McDonald's Opening Speech

Here is the link to the full opening address given by Joey McDonald on stage at the beginning of the International Mr. Leather 2019 contest on Sunday night, May 26 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL.

"Welcome to Chicago and to the 41st Annual International Mr. Leather Competition and 27th Annual International Mr. Bootblack competition.

I hope that you are enjoying all the things that IML/IMBB weekend and our fair city offers. I want to give a special shout out to the IML Executive Staff - Bill Stadt, Roger Scheid and Tom Greenleaf for their hard work and dedication in planning the weekend, for the department head..."



It only took a day for Transphobia to strike

Transphobia struck only a couple days after IML 2019 Jack Thompson was sashed when then Southeast Conference of Clubs president Craig MrCode posted on Facebook a statement suggesting the selection of Thompson was "politically motivated. An immediate and overwhelming response from the Leather community saw Craig MrCode stripped of his presidency within a day of his post. Full story at



Contestants drew numbers on Thursday night during the Opening Ceremonies at VenueSIX10 which was a short one-block walk from the Congress Plaza Hotel. Thib Guicherd Callin was back as the emcee. He and the IML team ran Saturday and Sunday night to maximum efficiency, ending within a minute or two of the scheduled time. The ASL interpreters were Kirk Hamlin and Greg Haretos. Flashback on Friday night at VenueSIUX10 included IML 2018 James Lee and IMBB 2019 Lucky Rebel sharing what there concluding title year was like. This was roast-light as friends told stories about the two.




The IML production team surprised International Mr. Leather 1994 and contestant coordinator Jeff Tucker with a short video clip recognizing his dedication to IML and hard work. This generated a rousing ovation, one of many during the night.



The weather was a mixed bag with rain, then balmy days and nights followed by rain and tornadoes in the area. This did not dampen the spirits of the approximate 16,000 who attended or worked in the IML weekend.

There were the usual huge parties such as the Victory Party at the House of Blues, the closing Black and Blue Ball on Sunday night, ONYX Dance - APEX at The Bottom Lounge on Saturday night.



The Leather Market saw big crowds, but seemingly smaller than in recent years. Many vendors, who reported slower sales than in recent years expressed their belief that a wristband-wearing Access Pass policy scared some away from the weekend, thus hurting sales. In order to be in the Congress Plaza Hotel, one had to purchase a wrist band. The regulars had them with their rooms, but locals balked at paying $15 for one day or $45 for the weekend.

The Leather Archives and Museum had a room on the first floor where they had an IML 2019 flag for people to sign. Up in Rogers Park, or Leatherville, the Leather Archives was open for viewing. A block away, Touche'. Leather64TEN and Jackhammer were swamped all weekend. These businesses sponsored a bus, the Northside Leather Express, to bring people to and from the area.



The Chicago Hellfire Club was busy with a booth in the Leather Market, three days of play parties at their clubhouse and a huge cocktail party at the Congress Plaza Hotel. The Titans of the Midwest hosted a Seminar/Social, BLUF had a Social and a formal dinner.

The Titans of the Midwest presented several classes through their Kink U.




Centaur MC had their party where they presented a check in the amount of $40,000 to Gary Wasdin for the Leather Archives and Museum.




Friday included Puppy Yoga, Off Leash - The Pup and Handler Romp, and Spitshine - The Bootblack Party. The Chicago Rubbermen and Mr. International Rubber hosted the rubber Cocktail Social.



One of the big things about IML is the food in Chicago. The Congress is known for not being the best eatery in the Windy City, but nearby are plenty of the best ranging from high-end diner Miller's Pub and daytime Cafe Luna, to Russian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Soul, Tibetan, Halal cuisine and several doughnut and fast food places. No one should have starved.

In case no one caught it. International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2020 will be hosted by the Congress Plaza Hotel. With the Auditorium Theatre and VenueSIX10 within walking distance it makes sense.
























See 63 0f the 68 IML 23019 and all four of the IMBB 2019 contestants and their bios here:






Published in Regional Leather
Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:25

IMBB and IML 2019 Contestants Preview





Welcome to The Leather Journal's annual IMBB and IML Contestants Preview

We have all four of the Bootblacks and 63 of 69 IML contestants

Who are your favorites?


Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 16 May 2019 23:54

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 16, 2019



DomCon: LA - Draws record crowd

DomCon: los angeles, the world’s largest professional and lifestyle domination convention was held May 8-12 at the Hilton LAX in los angeles, CA with a 20-percent increase in attendance. DomCon was a weekend of socials, play parties, vendors, classes and workshops, erotics presentations and the crown jewel of DomCon, the Fetish Ball at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Saturday night. The new awards dinner on Thursday night had about 125 guests, six continentes were represented and the place was abuzz about the vastly-improved and highly-efficient registration process.


Published in Editorial
Friday, 10 May 2019 00:21

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 9, 2019

International Olympus Leather 2019 - Three winners in Chicago

International Olympus Leather was held in Chicago, Illinois May 3-5 with Rayna kitten becoming International Ms Olympus Leather 2019, Ferris Oxide chosen to be International Mx Olympus Leather 2019 and Randal boy glovez named International Mr. Olympus Leather 2019. 11 International Olympus Leather Alumni were in attendance. Head judge Fred Anderson won the Leather Rhodes Service Award. West Coast Olympus Leather Producer Anthony Harmon passed the West Coast Producers torch to Rayna kitten and Mina Fatale. Anthony Harmon was named International Olympus Leather Contest Producer and Vonn Tramel announced she would be focusing her efforts on the expansion and administrative efforts. Karen Ultra emceed and lit up the stage in a neon-orange dress and blonde wig.

Published in Editorial
Saturday, 04 May 2019 10:48

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 1, 2019



CLAW 19 - so hot that a certain social media site blocked a cover photo, so we used this. Open to see the the next photo.




CLAW XIX (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has come and gone and around 3,000 Leatherfolk are the better for having been part of it. From almost every corner of the planet Leatherfolk traveled the weekend of April 25-28 to Cleveland, OH at the host Westin Downtown Hotel. CLAW was non-stop and fast-paced action with hotel parties, bar parties, dungeon parties, naked pool parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party, skills and education sessions, Vendor Mart, Testosterone, silent auction, Leather Jeopardy game, Bound and Beautiful, speed dating, pup vents, International Leather Family Dinner, cigar deck and Kinky Kabaret.


Published in Editorial
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:29

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 17, 2019



IMsL and IMsBB winners

International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice and your new International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen Wellman in San Jose, CA. There are three IMsL and two IMsBB contestants. The IMsBBs are  Brooklyn and Gretchen, and the IMsLs are Haley, Heather Kelley and Tuesday Niles. There are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy including Seduction on Thursday night which raw women's energy. Special guests include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.



Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 21:03

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, April 3, 2019


LA Leather Pride

Two weekends of fun saw the largest attendance for many of the events. History was made when Mr., Ms LA Leather and Bootblack were held together, Assembly was huge, Doug Okeeffe had four Fireside Chats, Tom of Finland on display and the Off Sunset Festival grew. Eagle LA, Bullet Bar, Eagle 562 and Faultline hosted several events. La La Land was ready for great weather after two months of rain and the skies complied.

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:26

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 27, 2019



Avatar Club los angeles - Guy Baldwin

Avatar invited Guy Baldwin, M.S., a los angeles based psychotherapist, BDSM educator, author and activist to be the speaker for its Wednesday, March 27 educational meeting at MCC in the Valley. Baldwin has worked in private practice predominantly with kinky people of all orientations since the early 1980's. It was a 90-minute Q&A session and members of the audience of about 75 Leatherfolk asked plenty of questions. At the beginning of the night, Alan Stroik and Dave Rhodes presented the LALC's Olga Stable-Perez Legacy Award to Dr. Lawrence Burden. See the video recorded by Alan Stroik on Facebook below.



Published in Editorial
Friday, 08 March 2019 19:17

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, March 6, 2019



San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest

Photo by Dot

Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.


Published in Editorial
Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:32

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, February 27, 2019


With Eagle Plaza approved, proponents work to open in time for Folsom Street Fair A rendering of the future Eagle Plaza

Images - Courtesy of Friends of Eagle Plaza By Carrie Sisto for Hoodline

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed formally approved the new Eagle Plaza. Anticipated to be the cornerstone of the city’s LGBTQ Leather Cultural District, the plaza will be located at 12th and Harrison streets, across from the historic gay bar of the same name. With approvals in place, proponents of the plaza are hoping to have it largely completed before the annual Folsom Street Fair.

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