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1988

The Leather Journal

Dave Rhodes' Editorial named Barry Douglas as Man of the Year and Cookie Andrews-Hunt as Woman of the Year 1988. Douglas and Andrews-Hunt were cochairs for the SM/Leather Contingent at the 1987 March On Washington. The first Organization of the Year was International Ms Leather, Inc. The first IMsL, Judy Tallwing McCarthey, was the first titleholder to be recognized as politically active.

Scott Answer supplied by Zeus Studios was the coverman. Jason Forever's Bike Beat column appeared for the first time.

Shine My Boots by Floyd Ballou was the first gloss cover for Issue #6 of The Leather Journal .

In Issue #7 Dave Rhodes' Editorial “After the Revolution” tries d to explain the explosion of energy following the 1987 March On Washington. Anthony Bruno interviewed Judy Tallwing McCarthey and the new IMsL Shan Carr. Bob Reite’s Leather On Line column first appeared in this issue. It ran until Issue #77. The Photo Collage was a collection of photos taken during the Oedipus MC Grecian Games in the mountains east of Los Angeles.

The cover of Issue #8 was Boot With Spur by Floyd Ballou and has been the best selling back issue in TLJ history. Photo spreads of the Wasatch Leathermen MC's Falcon Flight ‘88 held in August and the Satyrs MC Run to Badger Flat were featured. . Feature stories Kidd, by Gary Taylor and The Wagon Boys, by Frank O’Rourke appeared with art by Mark Frazier. A parody section called Soviet Clubs” appeared. A handful of Gay and Lesbian publications including Drummer picked some of the prank news and reported it as fact. One even expounded on it. Another Leather publication copied Kagabia MC out of the Club Directory for their listing of clubs. Poet Lariat made its debut with poems by Bob Allen, Tom Winfield, Mike Dittmer, and Joshua Stone being published.

Clubs

The Wasatch Leathermen MC of Salt Lake City bought their own clubhouse. SMALERS/Tri-State held a benefit for those arrested in a police raid in 1987. Cheaters MC announced plans for their first bike run in Northern California.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Janus Society broke away from their San Francisco counterpart and became Threshold. Leather Weekend ‘88 was held in Guerneville that drew about 200 Leatherfolk. NLA: Seattle held a successful May Day celebration with people from all over the West Coast attending. The Rocky Mountaineers MC purchased 41.4 acres of mountain property near Fairplay, CO to host their summer runs and other community events.

The National Leather Association's Living In Leather III was held in Seattle, WA. Gayle Rubin and Alan Selby were given the NLA's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Leather Journal sponsored entertainer Lynn Lavner for the convention.

The Chicago Hellfire Club started holding monthly Sandmutopia University nights at Touche'. A third organization, COSMOS, for those not happy with either the National Leather Association or Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults announced an organizational meeting to be held in Chicago.

Leather Titles

Michael Pereyra won the IML 1988 title at the Vic Theater in Chicago. This was the first time that The Leather Journal attended the contest. Ron Zehel was chosen Mr. Drummer. This was the first Mr. Drummer Contest attended by The Leather Journal. Dustin Logan of Omaha won the Mr. Gay Nebraska title on October 15.

News and Politics

Clubs and organizations met at a Planning Conference in Dallas in February to form a national network. Fur flied when politicos fought at this meeting. The National Leather Association and a group called Safe, Sane Consensual were among the big players. This is where the term Safe, Sane Consensual became a community household phrase. It took more than two years for most of the feathers to unruffle. Some smartly avoided attended what was later named The Shootout in Dallas.

The L.A. Police and Fire Departments made a series of raids on Los Angeles Leather bars. Community activists demanded meetings with City Councilman Mike Woo to stop the harassment of AIDS fundraising beer busts and the like.

The Stud, a bar with a long history in Los Angeles, was sold to new owners who named it The Zone, which became Griff's about six months later.

Perry Watkins won a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court (7-0) verdict against the Navy. Leatherman Perry Watkins was honored by Black and White Men Together at their annual banquet for his continued fight against the U.S. Navy. San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos honored Alan Selby by declaring June 21, 1988 as Alan Selby Day. The Golden Age of Folsom: Collector’s Series was released by Manifest Reader.

Barry Douglas and Ty Clements resigned from the Interim Steering Committee of Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults.

New on the Scene

New Clubs: Lion Regiment, Boise, ID, Desert Leathermen, Tucson, AZ; Men Of Dungeons, Dallas, TX; Atlanta S/M Solidarity, GA; Cincinnati Chaps, OH; Harley Strokers MC, People Exchanging Power (PEP), Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; The Post, Vancouver, BC; Wrench Benders, Los Angeles, CA; Highwaymen MC, North Burnaby, British Columbia; MAST (Masters and Slaves Together) a national club, San Francisco, CA; Midnight Police Leather Society, Penfield, NY Shelix, Northampton, MA; Wild Women (national), Los Angeles, CA; Celestial Krewe de Cuir, San Francisco, CA

Milestones

20 years: Texas Riders, Houston, TX ; Rocky Mountaineers MC, Denver, CO

15 Years: Trident International: Detroit Hall, Detroit, MI

10 Years: CCMC (California Cyclemen MC), San Diego, CA , Branding Iron Club, Dallas, TX,; International Mr. Leather Contest, Chicago, IL; MAFIA (Mid America Fists In Action), Chicago, IL

Five Years: Avatar Club Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM), British Columbia, Canada; Illustrated Men, Los Angeles, CA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

D. Lyn Sterling -- known as The Leathermaker. June 1925 - February 11, 1987.

Sons of Apollo, Phoenix, AZ, retire colors after 14 years.

Ron Zehel from Ohio was chosen Mr. Drummer 1988 in San Francisco, CA in front of about 300 cheering spectators.

In The Leather Journal, Issue #7 Dave Rhodes' Editorial "After the Revolution" tried to explain the explosion of energy following the 1987 March On Washington. Anthony Bruno interviewed Judy Tallwing McCarthy and the new IMsL Shan Carr. Bob Reite's Leather On Line column first appeared in this issue. It ran until Issue #77. The Photo Collage was a collection of photos taken during the Oedipus MC Grecian Games in the mountains east of Los Angeles.

San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos honored Alan Selby by declaring June 21, 1988 as Alan Selby Day. The Golden Age of Folsom: Collector's Series was released by Manifest Reader.

Barry Douglas and Ty Clements resigned from the Interim Steering Committee of Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults.