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AMBUSH!, Houston, TX; Mud Buddies, San Diego, CA; PEP: Philadelphia (People Exchanging Power, Philadelphia, PA; Lonestar PEP, Dallas, TX; NLA: Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; Tarheel Leather Club, Greensboro, NC; Vulcan LL, Columbus, OH; Seattle Uniform Corps, Seattle, WA; Ninja B&B/S&M Club, San Francisco, CA; NLA: Metro New York, New York, NY; NLA: Virginia, Richmond, VA; NLA: South Florida, South Miami, FL; NLA: Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Iron City Wrestlers, Pittsburgh, PA; New Orleans Bondage Club, New Orleans, LA; Legacy, Columbus, OH; Challengers International MC, Orlando, FL; Second of June Society, San Diego, CA; OMEN (Omaha Men), Omaha, NE; NLA: Houston; NLA: Central Arizona, Phoenix, AZ; Milwaukee Bondage Club, Milwaukee, WI; New clubs: COLD (Colorado Outdoor Leather Dykes), Denver, CO; Pacific Bears LMC; NLA: New England, Boston, MA; SMMILE (South of Market Merchants and Individuals' Lifestyle Events), San Francisco, CA; NLA: Denver, Denver, CO; BALLS (Bay Area Levi and Leather Society, Corpus Christi, TX; Omikron, Indianapolis, IN

News and Politics

The Leather Journal's Man and Woman of the Year 1990 were Dustin Logan of Omaha, NE and Jan Lyon who resided in Seattle, WA at the time. Dustin founded the Fantasy weekends held each August; Jan was very active in and was a co-founder of the National Leather Association. Club of the Year was GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists from New York City. The first Business/Business Person of the Year Award was given to Tony DeBlase who was publisher of Drummer Magazine and who had designed the Leather Pride Flag in 1989. It was announced that an awards ceremony would be held for the awards in 1991 and that the community would have a say in who would receive them.

QSM, headed by Karen Mendelsohn, started their series of educational SM/fetish classes. Gauntlet, Inc. opened a new store in San Francisco.

$2,500 was raised for Aid For AIDS at Gauntlet II's Show Your Muscle beer bust in Los Angeles.

A fire destroyed Touche' on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. The world renowned watering hole was right in the middle of things and was loved by just about ever Leatherman that went to Chicago. Chuck Rodocker later relocated Touche on the North Side of Chicago. Due to another fire in New York City that killed 87 people the New York Bondage Club had to temporarily suspend meetings until a venue that met fire safety coded could be found.

More than $2,500 was raised during a SLUG (Southbay Leather Uniform Group) event for the Over The Rainbow building fund in San Jose, CA.

Kasper of Rainbow MC won the fifth Wally Look-Alike Contest in San Francisco which raised over $1,000 for the AIDS Emergency Fund.

Rochester Custom Leathers began their fight against Discover Card which had cancelled their credit card services because of the kind of merchandise the store offered in a catalog.

The Tarheel Leather Club made a move that would change the history of Leather clubs being involved in politics - they organized to fight the reelection of North Carolina U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. This kicked off the Leather activist career of Bill Costomiris who later went on to win awards and honors for his activism.

New York's Leather Pride Night raised $15,500 for charity. In the news: 400 Leatherfolk marched in Los Angeles' Christopher Street West parade.

Guy Baldwin's The Leather Contest: The Complete Handbook for Promoters, Contestants, Titleholders, and Judges - was published.

Alan Chiras had discrimination case against AIDS Project Worcester (Massachusetts).

It was announced that $4,000 was raised to benefit four Nebraska charities at Fantasy '90. The Finnish government awarded a $50,000 grant toward the making of a documentary on the life and work of Tom of Finland entitled Daddy and the Muscle Academy.

Shannon Kennedy was elected and Jim Richards was reelected cochairs of the National Leather Association.

Over $1,500 was raised by the Crest Coffee Shop in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles to benefit Aid For AIDS.

Leather Titles

Spike Wilson became Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather. Mr. Sacramento Leather 1990 was George Hollcroft; Mr. Hawaii Leather was Bill Rodriguez and Ms. Leather Hawaii was Sharryl Lyndon. Corky D. won the Ms San Francisco Leather title. Gregory Foster won the Mr. Firebird Contest. The new Mr. Floyd's Leather was Robert Allan. Todd Helyer won the first Portland Leatherman Contest.

Jolanne Tierney of Sacramento was president of the International Ms Leather board of directors. The International Ms Leather title left Portland for the first time when Gabrielle Antolovich of Los Angeles won in March.

The Mr. and Ms Southeast Leather Contest was won by Chuck Higgins and Diane Suissa in Atlanta, GA. Vance Reger won the Mr. Leather Tennessee Contest in Memphis.

The Bum Steer was the center of activities in Phoenix in the early 90's. Ron Brewer won the Southwest Mr. Drummer Contest held there. Gregory Foster won the Mr. Arizona Leather Contest in Phoenix, AZ.

The new Southbay Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy were Steve Lesh and Jacques Michaels. Mark Bowers and his unnamed slave won the first Southern California Masters and Slaves Contest sponsored by Luke Owens. Jim Cockerham won the Wayne's Leatherack/Griff's Mr. Leather title. Mr. San Francisco Drummer was Joe Hollinger.

Sam Catalano was named Mr. Long Beach Leather; Javier won the Mr. Gauntlet II Leather title in Los Angeles; Dennis McCormack became Florida Mr. Drummer; Gateway MC sponsored the Mr. Missouri Leather Contest won by Channing Williams; the new Mr. San Francisco Leather was Ray Tilton; Carole Ann McGovern became Ms Southbay Leather and John Howe was chosen Mr. Southbay Leather in a contest sponsored by SLUG (Southbay Leather Uniform Guild) in San Jose, CA; the new Mr. Drummer Deutschland was Christian Dreesen; Steve Lesh won the Northern California Mr. Drummer Contest - this was the beginning of national notoriety for "Doctor, Daddy, Sir."

Larry Arbo became Gulf Coast Mr. Drummer in Dallas, TX; Randy Blake won the Mr. Hidden Door Contest in Corpus Christi, TX; Scott Timothy Knepp won the Mr. Tri-state Cowboy Contest sponsored by Griffins MC; Buddy Cobb was chosen Northwest Mr. Drummer; Great Plains Mr. Drummer was Vance Reger.

1990 was the first year that the Drummer title was called "International" with Clive Platman from Australia winning. The Drummer Boy title went to John Siracusa from San Francisco. Continental titles were bestowed upon Ron Brewer (North America) and Christian Dreesen (Europe) by Drummer publisher Tony DeBlase.

Mark Sponseller won the San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy Contest.

Justin Charbonneau was named Mr. Leather New York; James Aldridge became Mr. Oklahoma Leather; Mark Bachand won the Mr. Bum Steer Leather Contest in Phoenix, AZ. The Mr. East Coast Leather title was pulled from Nick Cave and passed on to second runner-up Brad Bastillo.


Steve Martin was crowned the Oedipus Motorcycle Club's Oedipus Rex LVII in February in Los Angeles, CA.

The Firebird LL Society held Snowbird II and Nacht Des Leder in Phoenix, AZ.

ORGASM (Oregon Guild of Activists in SM) held the grand opening of their dungeon.

The Centurions of Columbus, OH raised over $2,000 plus 1,039 stuffed toys for needy children at their annual Teddy Bear Run.

About 300 Leatherfolk attended the Prisoner of Love Dance hosted by NLA: Los Angeles at the Blue Spot.

NLA: San Diego's second Leatherfest drew over 100 people and was a foretaste of what was to come in future years for them Mud Buddies, based in San Diego, sent photos of one of their recent mud parties.

The SFGDIs walked away with 11 awards and Bill Ireton was named Man of the Year at the Motorcycle Awards in San Francisco.

Kasper of Rainbow MC won the fifth Wally Look-Alike Contest in San Francisco which raised over $1,000 for the AIDS Emergency Fund.

The Trusted Servants from San Francisco and the Knights On Iron from San Diego hosted a clean and sober run in Morro Bay, CA. Celestial Krewe de Cuir was welcomed into San Francisco's prestigious Forum of clubs.

The National Leather Association announced that Living In Leather VI would be held in Chicago.

The Motorcity Men in Leather and NLA: Detroit held The Leather Journal Weekend; they brought Dave Rhodes and Floyd Ballou in for a special weekend of activities.

Several North Carolina clubs joined the fight against Jesse Helms. IMsL 1989 Susie Shepherd launched her "Beat Jesse" T-shirt campaign.

NLA: San Francisco Bay Area donated $1,650 in earthquake relief funds to needy people and $2,281 to the AIDS Emergency Fund.

Frank Naccarato, president of Cycle Runners MC, was named head of The Forum in San Francisco.

The Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno XIX held their first split run (session A and B).

Living In Leather V was in Portland, OR and drew over 700 participants. LIL featured the Reverend Troy Perry addressing the opening ceremony; about 30 workshops; an awards brunch that saw Pat Califia and Chuck Renslow honored; the Mr. and Ms NLA Contest won by Howard Martin and Ruth Marks. A new studded Leather banner donated by Jan Lyon and created by Lee Willis was presented to The National Leather Association. The NLA released an official Statement on Censorship regarding the National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Mapplethorpe, other artists and other publications, et al.

Trident: Central Massachusetts raised $3,000 at Life Fight '90.

The nationally renowned Guardian Angels got egg on their public face when they spent time picketing The Chateau, a professional bondage club in Hollywood.

The Carolina Club Caucus was held in Wilmington, NC with Tradesmen, Tarheel Leather Club, Capital Leathermen and Menamore.