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In a photo supplied by Drummer Magazine, Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian Dawson was the coverman on The Leather Journal, Issue #14 and several photos of Brian Dawson comprised the center spread.

1990

The Leather Journal

Les, artist for The 15 Association designed the cover for Issue #13 with a highway patrolman on his motorcycle. A feature of his art was inside the magazine. Feature articles included The Leather Journal's Annual Awards. Porn star Chris Burns was interviewed by Les Robinson and the first For Women, By Women article by Karen Kirscher appeared. Feature stories included the Victoria Joint Club Run in Australia; Wally Sherwood covered the Golden Gate Guards Murder, We Wrote run; NLA: Los Angeles' Bondage As Art; Prowl I by Panthers LL of Atlanta. Fallen Hero, a three part series by Barrett Cole started in this issue.

In a photo supplied by Drummer Magazine, Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian Dawson was the coverman on Issue #14 and several photos of Brian Dawson comprised the center spread.

Marcus Hernandez covered sixth annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC.  Les Robinson wrote a special titled "Sponsoring A Leather Contest." Part One of Fallen Hero by Barrett Cole was the main fiction. Jason Forever's Lone Rider was titled The Rides of Spring and included a state-by-state list of motorcycle safety laws. Jim Schreier submitted a feature on Robert Mapplethorpe.  Dave Rhodes attended and covered Corpus Christi MC's Icehead VIII weekend.

In Issue #15 International Ms Leather 1989 Susie Shepherd became the first woman to appear on the cover of The Leather Journal. Karen Kircher's interview reflects the love that Susie Shepherd put into her title. Unfortunately the rank and file buyers of the magazine weren't at an advanced enough stage to be accepting of women.

The art series by The Hun made its debut. Wally Sherwood has been the driving force behind the Leather Mardi Gras events in San Francisco; he sent several photos and a story for 1990's activities. Les Robinson attended the Florida Brotherhood of Clubs run in Orlando and also covered the Mr. and Ms Southeast Leather Contest. The Leather Journal has frequently covered the Los Angeles Gay Rodeo. About 25,000 attended this year's rodeo. A one page poem, Bachelor's Party, by David K. Mason appeared.

Mark Ryan on the IML victory stand was photographed by Floyd Ballou and graced the cover of Issue #16.

Six pages of coverage on the 1990 International Mr. Leather Contest including an interview with the winner was the feature story. NLA: Seattle's fourth May Day celebration; Somandros' Desert Captive Weekend was the only SM run in Southern California at the time; Jim Schreier reviewed DPR Studio's Garage Sex; the final of a three-part series, Fallen Hero by Barrett Cole and The Interrogation by Bob Reite was the fiction. The first nomination form for Pantheon of Leather appeared.  Les Robinson covered the Blue Max CC, St. Louis, MO, 15th anniversary run Cruise With the Blues.

A Canadian Mountie with his dog, supplied by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police through Jim Schreier, was on the cover of Issue #17. Feature articles: Jim Schreier had a special feature on uniformed men in this uniform edition. Fantasy '90 drew a large crowd in Omaha. Andy Mangels interviewed International Ms Leather 1990 Gabrielle Antolovich. A letter to the editor by Guy Baldwin was titled, "Whipping Jesse" What Works and What Doesn't." The Feature Story was "Human Slavery: Fact or Fiction" by Frank O'Rourke. Dave Rhodes wrote a feature on uniform clubs. Jim Schreier did specials titled "Frederick Remington's Uniform Designs" and Nineteenth Century Military S&M." Runs featured were Lock-Up I by NLA: Arkansas, Gay '90s by LOBOC MC (Long Beach/Orange County MC) and  The 15 Association's, San Francisco, Boot Camp II. Art From The HUN featured Mid-Atlantic Drummer Boy and deejay Sammy Schultz.

Heretic of Los Angeles supplied the rubberman photo for the cover of Issue #18's special rubber edition. 12 pages were devoted to the rubber fetish, rubber clubs, businesses and rubber men. Included in this special section was photo coverage of an rubber event at Backstreet in London; Wrapped In Rubber, a rubber care article by Peter from Heretic; a selection of rubber hoods from Eagle's Shop in Florida; photos of several rubbermen taken at events over the past year; and closed by a short piece of fiction, A Rubber Initiation, by Brian Anderson from Vancouver, British Columbia. The New World Rubbermen played an integral part in creating this special section. Andy Mangels interviewed Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian Dawson. A four-page spread of the 1990 International Mr. Drummer Contest held at Club Townsend in San Francisco includes photos of all 16 contestants. Clippers haircutting club based in Los Angeles draws some of the hottest men to its parties as photo coverage of one of their seasonal parties attests. Leather in Fresno you might ask? There was a Leatherfest weekend there in 1990. The nominees for the first Pantheon of Leather Awards was published. Runs covered included Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno XIX.

 Les Robinson, after over a year as a correspondent for The Leather Journal in the Midwest and Southeast, was hired full time.

Clubs

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.

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.

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 cofounder 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.

New on the Scene

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

Milestones

25 Years: Oedipus MC, Los Angeles, held Grecian Games XXV in May; Sixty Nine Club, London, UK

20 Years: Centaur MC, Washington, DC; Spearhead, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

15 Years: Conquistadors MC, Orlando, FL; Excelsior MC, New York, NY; Blue Max CC, St., Louis, MO

10 Years: Sundance Cattle Company, Houston, TX; April Showers Weekend and Anniversary, Golden Shower Association: New York Tributary (GSA), New York, NY; Rosebud X run held by the Texas Conference of Clubs; Dunes X held by Nimbus, Grand Rapids, MI; Do A Fool run, Tribe MC, Detroit, MI; GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists), New York, NY

Five Years: Backstreet bar, London, UK; Hartford Colts, Hartford, CT; Disciples of DeSade, Dallas, TX, held Discipline V; California Eagles MC, San Francisco, CA, held Where Eagles Dare V; Desert Leathermen, Tucson, AZ, held Mystery Run V; Living In Leather V was held by the National Leather Association in Portland, OR

Gone, But Not Forgotten

The Zodiacs of Vancouver, British Columbia disbanded as did the Recruits of Berkeley, CA.

Mr. Fresno Leather 1989 Ric Lewis died.

Bill Ingersoll, former chair of The Committee to Preserve our Sexual Liberties.

Les, artist for The 15 Association designed the cover for The Leather Journal, Issue #13 with a highway patrolman on his motorcycle. A feature of his art was inside the magazine. Feature articles included The Leather Journal's Annual Awards. Porn star Chris Burns was interviewed by Les Robinson and the first For Women, By Women article by Karen Kirscher appeared. Feature stories included the Victoria Joint Club Run in Australia; Wally Sherwood covered the Golden Gate Guards' Murder, We Wrote run; NLA: Los Angeles' Bondage As Art; Prowl I by Panthers LL of Atlanta. Fallen Hero, a three part series by Barrett Cole started in this issue.

Les, artist for The 15 Association designed the cover for The Leather Journal, Issue #13 with a highway patrolman on his motorcycle. A feature of his art was inside the magazine. Feature articles included The Leather Journal's Annual Awards. Porn star Chris Burns was interviewed by Les Robinson and the first For Women, By Women article by Karen Kirscher appeared. Feature stories included the Victoria Joint Club Run in Australia; Wally Sherwood covered the Golden Gate Guards' Murder, We Wrote run; NLA: Los Angeles' Bondage As Art; Prowl I by Panthers LL of Atlanta. Fallen Hero, a three part series by Barrett Cole started in this issue.