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.
We are at CLAW
This is a some what abbreviated version of Hump Day. We have had several deadlines, the trip to CLAW and software problems that necessitated this.
Bare with us.
Some of our software was no working properly and we were unable to complete parts of Hump Day.
It may be a rough two weeks or so.
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.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
Smokeout celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas the weekend of April 4-7 at the Alexis Park Resort and Villas. Most of the hotel was reserved for Smokeout with its cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. Smokeout is a free-flowing weekend so everyone could enjoy Las Vegas the way they wanted. Maximus had their barber chair going, the Bullet Bar and SF Eagle hosted a play area that was busy, Rocky Mountain Rebellion supplied booze and lots of Rock and Roll music, Desert Brotherhood MC ride to Lake Mead, Cigar Poker party, bootblacks, the Chicago Hellfire Club had a Scotch and Cigar social. There were groups going to cigar shops, restaurants, shows and bars. The pool area was busy at almost all hours. Great job Bob, Shadow, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas boys of Leather.
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.
IMsL and IMsBB just around the corner
The International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack send out recently noted that there are only 50 days until the big weekend in San Jose, CA. Besides the contests and the big Thursday night Seduction show which is a hallmark of IMsL IMsBB, there are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy. Special guests this year 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, CA95110.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019
By Robert Green
Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of Los Angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.
Dave Rhodes turns 70
Dave Rhodes turned 70 years old on December 20. Dr. Larry and his husband, William, threw a huge LA Dodgers-themed birthday party for me on Saturday night, December 22 with 76 Leatherfolk attending. There was a great outpouring of love and I thank everyone who was part of it. A couple more photos appear near the bottom of this page.
Trimming the Tree with Excelsior MC
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
New York City’s Excelsior Motorcycle Club held its annual Trim-a-Tree party, at the Eagle NYC bar, on December 7 and the festive, well-attended event brought Excelsior members, associates, and guests, including titleholders both local and from out of town, to the Eagle. Trim-a-Tree 2018 benefited New Alternatives, which assists homeless LGBT youth. There were raffles for gift baskets, gift certificates, theater tickets, and drink tickets. Those in attendance could have Polaroid photos taken with Leather Santa Mr. Eagle NYC Leather 2019 Thom Kam. Bear and cub dancers Mr. Fire Island Bear 2017 Danny Jimenez and Mr. New York Unlimited Cub 2018 Bam Bam, entertained. Representatives of all Leather clubs present were invited to help to trim the Christmas tree.
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Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday
The 45th annual Santa Saturday was another success at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. Santa Saturday was a combination of an auction of donated items, entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise, service awards for worthy individuals, bootblacks, photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus, a Leather shop, a 50-50 raffle, and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.
ABDL - Little Big Night
ABDL will host Little Big Night at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, February 22 at 8 PM. It's a safe space for the diaper curious to explore. A place to meet other AB/DLs, Leather Daddies and Boys, Diaper Pups, Baby Furs and more. Enjoy classic toons on the big screen and diapers sponsored by Tykables. No cover, free parking and free clothes check. Know someone interested? Share this event with them. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
SFBA Leather Alliance Weekend 2019
The 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend will be held March 1-3 at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, and other locations around San Francisco. It will include the 37th edition of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest and the Second Annual SF Bootblack Contest, along with the 53rd Annual SF Leather Community Awards, a beer/soda bust, a vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and, of course, parties. Start the weekend off right: come out to the Meet and Greet at Mr-S-Leather, on Thursday February 28.
New England Leather Alliance - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52
The New England Leather Alliance will hold its Fetish Fair Fleamarket #52 in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 15-17. NELA's huge weekend event filled to the brim with beginner to advanced classes, vendors, lounges, entertainment, and more. Join 3,000 of your closest friends at the Fetish Fair Fleamarket to take over the entire host hotel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The Flea started in the early 90’s in the Boston area. Initially run as a fundraiser for NLA: New England. Crowne Plaza Providence - Warwick, Warwick, RI.
Testicles the Size of Basketballs: How Scrotal Injections Led to the Death of a Gay BDSM Pup
Muscle dysmorphia, exacerbated by silicone injections, fostered a deadly dynamic within the Hafertepen family.
By Mike Miksche
Jack Chapman, also known as “Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen” among his BDSM family, passed away in October in Seattle at the age of 28. Chapman played the “slave”—or “pup”—to his “master,” Dylan Hafertepen....read the whole story at
The Visibility Project
By Scarlett Sin
Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon.
Slave Scripture: A Protocol Manual for the Owner and the Owned
By Norman McClelland
This is different from most slave protocol manuals in that it is written by a slave (of 30 years), not a Master. Even some of the best manuals written by Masters, as might be expected, have only a limited understanding of what goes on in the mind of a slave, which is very different from what any Master may imagine. Available at Authorhouse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
ShipMates Club of Baltimore - 45th Anniversary
The ShipMates Club of Baltimore will celebrate their 45th Anniversary at Max's Taphouse on Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM. Max's Taphouse, 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.
Mr. Powerhouse Leather
The Mr. Powerhouse Leather Contest will be held on Friday, January 11 at 6 PM, at the Powerhouse Bar. Applications for this title can be picked up on site at Powerhouse, or via the Powerhouse web site, starting Thursday December 6, and must be submitted no later than January 4. Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2014 Will Victoria and Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2017 Travis Santell Rowland will emcee. Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
los angeles Puppy Pride - Adult Slumber Party
The los angeles Puppy Pride Adult Slumber Party will be held at the Bullet Bar on Friday, January 11 at 9 PM. los angeles Puppy Pride will premiere an ‘Animanics’ compilation of all the ‘Good Idea/Bad Idea’ segments. This party is for anyone who enjoys and misses waking up on Saturday Morning to watch all those shows that Mattel made to sell us at Xmas time. Did their plan work? Probably. It doesn’t matter. What it means to you is what matters. So come and enjoy all the Flintstones, X Men, Justice league, Donald Duck, Rescue Rangers and Ninja Turtles you used to watch while eating your lucky charms every Saturday for close to 40 total years. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.
World Pride 2019 - Stonewall 50
The long-awaited 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is scheduled for June 26 - July 1 all over New York including a hug dance in Times Square. Celebrate how far we've come in only a half-century. Find all the information about New York World Pride 2019 in one web site. Listing the official Pride events and the other events being put on by local promoters. These events in the past have been attended by 1,000s each New York Pride. This week will be epic for New York City. First World Pride ever to be in the USA.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather
Eagle LA will hold its Eagle LA Mr. Leather contest on Saturday, January 12 at 9 PM. Winner may go directly to International Mr. Leather in Chicago. Interested contestants contact Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, California 90029.
Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather
By Robert Green
Congrats to Francisco Perales who was chosen to be Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2019, Miss Cassie who became Ms Sanctuary Leather 2019 and Victor Ayala who is Sanctuary Pup 2019 at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 9. This was a feeder contest to LA Leather 2019. There was a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Friday night.
Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events
This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next dates are December 19 and January 16. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on January 3; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 13. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.
NAB Weekend 2019: Bearmanji
North American Bear Weekend - Bearmanji will be held February 14-17 at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott. Register now for a weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.
GULP Brotherhood - New Dungeon Play Space
The GULP Brotherhood is happy to announce our New GULP Frat House and Dungeon Play Space! Beginning in January 2019 GULP will have a permanent play space for initiations and private GULP Brotherhood events such as their private parties. GULP is an invite only Austin, Texas based guys organization for guys into Gear, Uniform, Leather, Pup play/social group.
Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List
It's coming and soon. Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List will a few days before Christmas. Santa's sleigh went in for its tune up and is ready to go. An annual feature in the print version of The Leather Journal, Dave Rhodes' Christmas and Hanukkah List now appears in mid-December. Since the November - December Issue comes out to early, so we moved it to our web site. As an added bonus, we can add as many names as we want and perhaps a photo here and there. Look for it.
Payasos LA - Nutcracker Awards
Back for popular demand! Payasos LA will present the Nutcracker Awards on Friday, December 21. Were you the dirtiest pig this year? or the sexiest cigar man, or do you know who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Every year, Payasos LA gathers at their home bar, Eagle LA, to combine forces and make the summer trip happen for the young folks with developmental problems from Hope House in El Monte, CA. Nominations for the Nutcracker Awards are open now. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 1.
Rope Burn SF: November
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, November 15 and December 20 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.
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CLAW - 209 events
More than 209 events and exhibitors are included in the $209 CLAW Attendee Package. Hotel Parties, Bar Parties, Dungeon Parties, Naked Pool Parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Party, Skills and Education Sessions, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction, Bound and Beautiful, Speed Dating, Pup Events, Cigar Deck, Kinky Kabaret. No Leather contest - 100 percent fun. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. Stay over Sunday night and see the closing show which is a must.
First Critter Contest and Critter Pride Flag
By Brenda Cothern
Florida Leather and Fetish Pride has had a Mr. and Ms contest since 2015 and produced the first Critter contest the weekend of November 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Clearwater, FL. All pet play types were welcome to compete. FLFP would like to congratulate Pup Aechus for being FLFP Critter 2019 and helping design the first ever Critter Pride Flag. Ms FLFP 2019 is phoenix rose and Mr. FLFP 2019 is Sir Gethan. Florida Leather and Fetish Pride also included classes, vendors, demos and a play space. For more info on FLFP and the Critter Pride Flag check out
Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on November 24 and December 22 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
NLA: International - Writing Awards nominations open
NLA: International - Writing Awards have opened for all works originally published in 2018. Writing Awards submission dates are November 1 through January 31. The categories are as follows; Non-Fiction Book, Novel, Short Story, Anthology and Non-Fiction Article. All submissions that show as available on Goodreads.com will be added to our listing for the year.
ONYX NY Northeast - at Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on January 12. ONYX NY Northeast is a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. ONYX NY Northeast seeks to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Keynote Speaker named
The Northwest Leather Celebration 2019 Sunday Brunch Keynote Speaker is 2018 International Master Mister-Blue. Mister-Blue is a Coalition Partner for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Board member of MTTA which produces the Master slave Conference and MTTA Academy in Washington, DC and Board member of the Leather Houses of Color Coalition. Northwest Leather Celebration will include a Friday Formal Dinner and Opening of the Northwest Master/slave, Bootblack and Person of Leather Contests, Saturday Step-down Luncheon, and Sunday Keynote Brunch. Northwest Leather Celebration 2019
May 2-5 in Sacramento, CA.
Smokeout - 20th Anniversary
By Bulldog Bob
The Alexis Park Resort Hotel, longtime host of Smokeout in Las Vegas, NV, is 75-percent full of reservations for Smokeout XX which will be held April 4-7. Smokeout has reserved the entire hotel with the exception of three suites already booked by others. Phone the Alexis Park at (702) 796-3300 to book your room. The hotel is going through renovation. Room includes buffet breakfast for room guests. Smokeout registration go up from $50 to $55 on December 1.
SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego
Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, December 14, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego’s bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising. MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, December 13 and January 10 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block open
By Cyan St. James
The DomCon: LA 2019 hotel room block is now open. DomCon: LA is happy to be returning to The Hilton LAX May 8-12 for their 13th year in a row. Don't wait to reserve your room, this is the 16 Year Anniversary of DomCon: LA and the room block will sell out, just as it has done for the past 15 years. Here is the link to reserve your room.
Bears LA - Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction
Bears LA will present Raaarrr! V: The BEN-Addiction and Mr. LA Leather Bear contest at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday at Eagle LA, Bears LA Dinner on Friday night at Hunter and Charlie's and a Victory beer bust and barbecue at the Bulet Bar on Sunday. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.
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Bucks MC at their Santa Saturday party in November.
Mama's Family at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL.
CLAW Hotel Rooms Going Fast
The Westin is fully booked and the other three CLAW hotels are more than 50-percent sold. The other hotels are the Hampton Inn, Aloft Cleveland and the Marriott at Key Tower. Room rates start at $134/night for single and double occupancy ($139 for triple and quadruple occupancy) and include $20-$40/day in breakfast vouchers. CLAW Packages include more than 209 different events and exhibitors and the best cigar deck in all of Leather. CLAW XIX is April 25-28 in downtown Cleveland. CLAW is a convention that many consider the best Leather event of the year.
20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.
MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber
11 men vied for the Mr. International Rubber 2019 title on Saturday, November 11 and Guillaume Dupuis emerged victorious. First runner-up was Nico Watson and second runner-up was Rubber Fenix. Guillaume lives in Guillaume Dupuis, Canada. Kylon Hooks served as an entertaining emcee. Mr. International Rubber 22 was chock full of activities including the Mr. International Rubber Contest, Kink Market and Social, Rubber Pup Rumpus, Gear Sale, Demo Pit, Rubber Club Summit, Lubed-up Latex Wrestling and Kink Education. See their web site for a huge gallery.
Pantheon of Leather
The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held at the Double Tree by Hilton Market Square in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB weekend on Thursday night, August 30. The Woman of the Year was Girl Complex and Man of the Year was Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx). Christopher Edwards was the emcee. To see a list of all Pantheon of Leather Awards 2018 recipients go to
Inside Leather History - Youtube channel
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat now has a Youtube channel dedicated to the Chats. So far Mufasa Ali's Chat, Joey McDonald's Chat, and David Boyer's Chat are uploaded...more to come. In 2019 look for the Chats to appear in Antwerp Belgium, in los angeles and in Australia.
Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar
The Valley Pride Street Festival was hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. This was a first=year effort. While I was there, at least half of the crowd was from the Leather community. At the same time, in conjunction with Valley Pride, MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley held an extension for families and young people. There were food trucks, vendors, clubs including Avatar Club los angeles, ONYX Southwest, Bears LA. The Bullet Bar and Eagle LA teamed up to host a cigar lounge. CMED and LANG had a booth promoting naturism. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.