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San Diego Leather Pride

San Diego Leather Pride Week will be March 11-16 at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Social and educational events are happening throughout the week, including the anticipated San Diego Bootblack, Ms San Diego Leather and Mr. San Diego Leather Contests. San Diego Leather Pride kicks off the SDLP Weekend with Tigers Pictionary on March 11, Opening Ceremonies and All Club's Night on Friday, March 13, Education Fair and Demos on March 14 from 2-6 PM on site with the San Diego Bootblack, Ms And Mr. San Diego Leather contests to follow. World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101.




Centaur MC donations will total $125,000

The Centaur MC donations will total $125,000 for the following charities: Unbroken Horizon, Persad LGBT Counseling Center, Waves Ahead, LGBT Asylum Project, Juniper INOVA Health, HIV League, Medstar VNA Quality of Life Fund, LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund, Team DC Scholarship, and Leather Archives & Museum from funds collected at Mid Atlantic Leather. "I would like to thank my club brothers who put so much passion and hard work into MAL Weekend you are amazing. I would also like to thank the Highwaymen TNT, SIGMA, ONYX, the boot blacks, and the staff of the Hyatt. You have each become a part of the weekend either through service or events you produce. Finally to the attendees we truly are at times amazed and overwhelmed with the support you have given us. MAL Weekend shows us that when we come together as a community in an environment of fun, love, friendship, and respect we can move mountains." said Centaur MC president Todd White. Mid Atlantic Leather will be held January 22-25, a week later than usual due to the presidential inauguration.




DESIRE for Women

DESIRE is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky Women/GQ folk taking place May 29-31 in the Palm Springs/Cathedral City area at a new hotel which will be revealed upon paid registration. DESIRE is a player's weekend for new and experienced alike.




Ms San Francisco Leather

By Sal Hopkins

On Saturday, February 8 Ms SF Leather 2019 Reika stepped down and San Francisco chose Caity Lynch to be Ms San Francisco Leather 2020. The runner-up was Tammy lg Hatter. Emcee Val Langmuir entertained the crowd and kept the pace going. The contestants were Tammy lg Hatter, Ms Willow Kat, Lola Ursula and Caity Lynch. They all gave dynamic speeches and thoughtful answers to the pop questions. The judges were
Vick Germany-Head Judge, International Ms Leather 2019 Bennett Haley, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, International slave 2016 Tomo, Miss Lola Sunshine and Jawn Marques.



Fetish, Kink, Leather Ascension

Fetish, Kink, Leather Ascension, a Southern California organization, celebrates the diverse nature of our communities and as such, is guided by visibility, inclusivity, and representation. We believe that education, mentorship, advocacy, and fun are core to our shared interests in Leather. We center our actions around integrity, respect, and love for each individual who shares our path and as a beacon to those finding their way. FKLA was founded with the intention of creating programs that provide shared space for the entire community to come together as one, to celebrate the diverse aspects of our community and increase the visibility of those who experience marginalization within our community. Follow us on Facebook as we share upcoming events such as our Kickoff Event in May and Kink Week 2020 in June. More on this in the next Hump Day, including names of club officers.




Human Pup Play - The Happy Pup

Many FAQs are answered in The Happy Pup. One such question is, "Are There Only Certain People Who Can Be Human Pups?" is answered with, "Human pup play is a fun enjoyable kink that everyone can participate in. Male, female, gay, straight, bi, trans, able, disabled, you name it you can enjoy it. Often we get caught up with labels and ideas of who should and should not be able to enjoy human puppy play but the fact is we all can." Go to the link below to find out more from Gpup Alpha. The Happy Pup includes Puppy Play Guides, Puppy Play Events, Puppy Play Bulletin Boards, Puppy Play Gear and Puppy Play Blogs by Pup Emrys and Anubis Pack.




Smokeout 2020 in April

Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want - in the company of fellow studs. There is even a large play area with equipment, DJ music and open bar provided by Mike of The Bullet Bar in Los Angeles and Alex of the San Francisco Eagle. Join the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club on their ride to Nelson, Nevada and tour the active Techatticup gold mine. One night, all attendees can eat at the famous HafBrauHaus, an exact replica of the famous Beer Garden in Munich. Smokeout will be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 8-13.




Mr. Bullet Leather

Brandon Bullet was tops among four men as the Mr. Bullet Leather title was revived on Saturday night, February 9 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Val was the runner-up. Don Mike excelled as emcee. The meet and greet was held on Thursday night and the contestants performed fantasies then. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence opened with one of their zany blessings. It was revealed during one of the on-stage questions that Brandon is a violinist. Friday night featured Fox Hole which was a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days. Mr. Bullet Leather was te last of 10 feeder contests leading in to Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March.







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Mr. Leather64TEN

The Mr. Leather64TEN contest will be held the weekend of March 12-15 with most events being in the Jackhammer Complex and a Free Day at the Leather Archives & Museum on opening day, Thursday. The winner will travel all the way to downtown Chicago to compete at IML 2020 in May. The opening ceremonies and meet and greet will be on Friday night, Dirty Boys and Danish Brunch on Saturday at 11 AM, classes presented by 64TEN University at the Leather Archives on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Leather64TEN contest on Saturday night, Victory Brunch and photo shoot on Sunday morning and a Communion party on Sunday night. Jackhammer Complex, 6408 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626.




Alameda County Leather Corps - Spring Shenanigans

The Alameda County Leather Corps will present Spring Shenanigans at the world famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA on Sunday, March 8 from 3-6 PM. Entrance is free and $10 for lunch which includes corned beef and cabbage and three raffle tickets. The shenanigans include cigars on the patio with Scotty, chocolate and port tasting and Paddy Wagon's traditional corned beef and cabbage. Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94544.




ONYX SoCal-Southwest

ONYX SoCal-Southwest has monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month with the next two being February 20 and March 19 at the The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood, CA.





Mr. West Coast Rubber 15th Anniversary

West Coast Rubber celebrates its 15th Anniversary at the Mr. West Coast Rubber 2020 contest in San Francisco the weekend of March 6-8. Things start with a meet and greet at the Powerhouse on Friday night, the contest on Saturday at the San Francisco Eagle followed by Shiny Happy Peephole at Atlas and closing with a Victory Party at the Edge. The first West Coast Rubber was held in Palm Springs in 2005. Contestant application at http://westcoastrubber.us




Are You Worth a Rug Burn?

Are You Worth a Rug Burn? is the absolutely zany, live action, interactive, game show about oral sex, produced by The Bear Television Network. The game show is the brain child of Bear Television Network CEO, Michael "The Metropolitan Cowboy" Coleman. The live-action game is based on the outrageous, John Waters inspired, music video to the song, "Rug Burn" by the dance and disco duo, Red Carpet Premiere. "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?" pits three contestants against one another, all competing for cold, hard cash. The game is played in three parts, Part 1: The Audience Question and Answer, Part 2: The Rug Burn Wheel of Death and Part 3: The Mystery Jock Strap. What makes the show so outrageous are the challenges that come up on The Rug Burn Wheel of Death. Each challenge on wheel comes from the imagination of The Metropolitan Cowboy and every challenge is personally tailored to the contestants competing on the show.
"The challenges are the hardest part of the show to produce.", said Coleman. "Every challenge has to be over-the-top and has to have a unique name associated with it, plus we need 30 per show, but the contestants spinning The Rug Burn Wheel of Death is what our audience comes to see." "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?" is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona, but The Bear Television Network has plans to take the show on the road in 2020 and eventually would like to film an episode in all 50 states. If you want compete on the show or learn more about "Are You Worth a Rug Burn?"




Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Celebrate the Whoring Twenties with the first Lumberjock of the decade. Get into your union suits and long johns on the third Sunday of each month, with the next one on March 15. Perverted Interracial Guys was founded by Joël Royal and Matthew Jensen to promote creative events and further kink education and community brotherhood between all races. PIGS produces Leather, Rubber, and Fetish events in the Los Angeles area and abroad. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.





NCSF Annual Meeting in March

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom will be holding its Annual Coalition Partner Meeting the weekend of March 7-8 in Houston, Texas at the Comfort Suites Hobby Airport. The year-end reports on NCSF programs, the budget and financials, and NCSF goals for the year are discussed and approved by Coalition Partner representatives. Board members are elected at the Annual Meeting. NCSF has a commitment to encourage diversity in orientation, identity, race and community affiliation among the board and staff members. The NCSF will be hosting a Consent for Non-monogamy Social at Colette Club on Sunday afternoon from 5-7 PM.





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International Geared Up Pup

By Hunter Draufganger

The winner of the fourth International Geared Up Pup contest was announced on February 9 and his name is Presto Cerberus. Presto is Mr. Puppy Brazil 2020 and he is from São Paolo, Brazil. The runner-up is Pup Chaman, from Montreal, Canada. There were four categories: written application and three essays, still photographs showcasing pup image, a video showcasing pup playfulness, and character, charity, and service. The contest was judged by Mr. Puppy Europe 2019 Puppai Buumi, Ms D Dom, Mr. Fetish Finland 2019 Thomas Hurd, Mr. Texas Leather 2019 Kaprese Andre, Henk, Alpha Sage, Mr. San Diego Leather 2018 boy doriam and International Geared Up Pup 2019 Tosa Alphainu. The tally master was Atlanta drag persona Baby Doll Schultz. The primary responsibility of the winner is “to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity."



Mr. Missouri Leather

The Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 contest will be held at JJ's Clubhouse on Saturday, February 29. A whole slew of events are on tap for the weekend including Friday night meet and greet, Saturday the Titans of the Midwest will present Kink U from 11 AM - 3 PM, Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 and Gateway Guy competition at 10 PM; and Sunday Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's at 11 AM. Kink U consists of four educational seminars and is open to the public. International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson will be on the judging panel. The Mr. Missouri Leather winner will compete at IML in May. JJ's Clubhouse, 3858 Market St, St. Louis 63110, 3858 Market Street, St. Louis 63110.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Second Anniversary

On Saturday, May 9 the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will host a major event to celebrate the Second Anniversary of the creation of our Cultural District. It was indeed on May 9, 2018 that the Resolution establishing the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District was signed by then-Mayor Mark Farrell. Since then, the group has become incorporated as a California Non-Profit Corporation, received 501(c)3 status, obtained funds from the City and private developers, hired a Cultural District Manager, done outreach to local residents, organizations, and businesses, advocated for and against local development projects, scouted possible locations for a Leather Cultural/Community Center, participated in parades and street fairs, worked with city agencies to create Leather and LGBTQ placemaking along Folsom and Harrison Streets, coordinated with the city’s other Cultural Districts, and begun work on developing our CHHESS — an essential strategy document that will guide the city in protecting and supporting our neighborhood for years to come. For updates on these and other accomplishments, please plan to attend the Open House on February 12 from 6-8 PM, at the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco.





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 February 22. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.






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Bears, Bikers & Mayhem turns 10 years old

Bears, Bikers & Mayhem will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of April 23-27 at the Eisenhower Inn & Aspire Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA. Bears, Bikers & Mayhem will be chock-full of events including the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests, vendor market, puppy mosh, cigar party, bowling, Recovery meeting, cuddle room, Segway Tour, adult bus tour, breakfast buffet, Sunday brunch with Varla Jean Merman, dinner and show, smell my pits, motorcycle ride, pool party, bear bingo, horseback battlefield tour and a ghost-story campfire among others. Not to be missed.




Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on March 13.




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 is Friday, March 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.





Ms Los Angeles Leather adds new title

The Ms Los Angeles Leather and Bootblack has added Mx LA Leather to its group of titles which will be sashed on June 20 in Los Angeles, CA. The site is up and many formulative decisions are still being made. Go to the following link to follow progress.




Northwest Leather Celebration names judges

The Northwest Leather Celebration has stated that Mister-Blue back to Northwest Leather Celebration as the 2020 NWLC Keynote Speaker at the Brunch on Sunday, May 3 in Sacramento, CA. Mister-Blue, along with his slave Blue Frost, was the 2018 International Master/slave titleholder and the 2017 Master/slave titleholder for the Northeast Region. He is also the senior Master of the House of Blue based in Southern Maryland, Deputy Director of Operations for the Master-slave Conference. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.






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Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, March 7 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




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 February 22 and March 28. 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.




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 March 1 at 12 PM in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101.




Rudis Men's Leather Society

Rudis is gay Men's Leather group in St. Louis, MO which offers a safe place to wear one's gear. Come to make friends and educate yourself on today's Leather culture. Rudis holds social meet and greets at Bar PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 8 PM. The next ones are February 26 and March 11. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.





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 at 8 PM with the next one is March 14. 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 they provide a kink related class each social




Cigar Time

By Scott McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 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.




Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, March 7, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing.




Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with March 6 being the next date. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.






DC Boys of Leather

he DC boys of Leather host their monthly Happy Hour at Larry's Lounge on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 6 PM and the next one is on March 11. If interested in the DC boys, this is a great, casual, low-pressure environment to meet some of our members and get to know what we're about - providing a safe, inclusive, and fun space for the DMV's subs and switches. Larry's Lounge, 1840 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.



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Leather History in Los Angeles 1945-1983

Avatar Club Los Angeles hosted the opening of its exhibition chronicling the Leather history of Los Angeles from 1945-1983 at the One Archives at the USC Libraries on Saturday night, February 1. The exhibit will run all of February and chronicles the clubs, bars, bike runs, milestones and publications, art, movies. Drummer Magazine was founded in Los Angeles in 1975 and there is a lot about Drummer, the Advocate which was founded in LA in 1969, motorcycle men who returned from World War II with an enthusiastic love for riding and brotherhood. The curator of the exhibit is Thomas Trafelet. The ONE Archive Foundation and Executive Director Jennifer Gregg supported and helped fund the project as did Avatar Club Los Angeles and Ralph Bruneau. The Curator for the ONE is Alexis Bard Johnson. If in Southern California, by all means, see this exhibit. It will give you a better understanding of our roots. One Archives at the USC Libraries, 909 West Adams, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Scroll down for more photos.




Mid-Atlantic Leather - 50th Anniversary of Centaur MC

By Rodney Burger

The new Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather is David Adam Spivey who won his title at the host Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon, January 19 and the opportunity to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. He was chosen best of seven men competing. David is Mr. Pittsburgh Leather. The double barrel shot of one of the best produced Leather contests on the circuit was joined by the always-awesome Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, January 18. Mid Atlantic Leather is produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club which celebrated its 50th year as a club. First runner-up was Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2019 Pupper Skinzy and second runner-up was Mr. Mayhem Leather 2019 Pup Lucky. Of course, Frank Nowicki was the emcee. Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend also included the MAUL bash, ONYX Cocktail Party and Gear Show, Highwaymen TNT Impact Sauvage, classes on BD/SM presented by SigMa, Super Heroes Meet Up, Puppy Park XII, events at the DC Eagle and Green Lantern, announcement of IML 2020 judges, SigMa Demonstations - several of them throughout the weekend, bootblacks available all weekend with 50-percent of proceeds going to the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather travel fund, Sunday brunch, a huge vendor fair with 35 exhibitors, and Sunday night closing Reaction Dance at the 9:30 Club.









Lavender Magazine 641 honors Karri Plowman

It is great when one of ours is honored by the greater LGBT community for their efforts which affect the world beyond our scope. Leather businessman and activist Karri Plowman was presented a Lavender Community Award by Lavender Magazine 641 in his hometown Minneapolis on December 16 the magazine reported. Plowman co-owned Twin Cities Leather and Latte, a shop where Leatherfolk and kinksters could shop and socialize a cup or two of brew, and ran it for seven years. He is also the producer of the Mr. Twin Cities Leather title. He is highly-visible as a gay Native American. Photo by Everett Allen Photography.





American Brotherhood Weekend changes ownership

The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend, home of the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles announced that effective January 1 2020, ownership will be transferred to Steven Carlisle, American Leatherboy 2016. Dean Ogren, co-producer, notes that “after owning and producing ABW with my amazing team, I want to ensure that ABW thrives for years to come, and new ideas and new, invigorated ownership, is the best way to do so." Steven Carlisle, of West Hollywood, California, commented, “I am excited, humbled, and honored to take the helm of ABW. For three decades, ABW has served the LGBT Leather community. I look forward to continuing the legacy of service. I hope to see so many of our family - both new, and established - in Chicago in October!"






London council saves gay fetish club from redevelopment - blocks 46-flat tower

By Rupert Neate for The Guardian

The UK’s last remaining strict Leather and rubber fetish gay club has been saved after a London council blocked plans to redevelop the East End site into a 12-storey residential tower. Tower Hamlets ruled against the proposed 46-flat development on Mile End Road because it would “harm the long-term provision of a nightclub that serves the LGBT+ community," Cllr Rachel Blake, the borough’s deputy mayor, said...





NELA - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54

The New England Leather Alliance will hold their Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 14-16. Join 3,000 kinky friends for a weekend of fun classes, shopping, bootblacking, social events, and entertainment at the largest vendor market on the East Coast. Among notable presenters are Midori, Raven Kaldera, Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Celia Tan, Jay Rood, Nauttiboy, Sarah Sloane, Tesla Harclay, Master Jim, Dragon, Bound To Fly, Munkee, Mistress Sky and many others. The Fetish Fair Fleamarket is an internationally-known and well-respected semi-annual event with presenters and attendees from around the world. The Winter Flea is the largest Leather/fetish event in New England, bringing together a hundred top vendors and craftspeople.





Northeast Leather names judging panel

Northeast Leather Contest Weekend's inaugural event was held December 6-8 at Rockbar in New York, NY where the first titleholders were chosen and they are Northeast Leatherperson 2020 Liquid ONYX, Northeast Leatherwoman 2020 Master Kaddan, ONYX Pearls NY NE President, Northeast Leatherman 2020 Donnie Bell and Northeast Bootblack 2020 Northeast Bootblack 2020 Steele Toe Onyx. Sir Damien produced the contest which was judged by International Community Bootblack 2019 AJ Porter, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Northeast Handler 2020 Pup Iron, International Ms Leather 2010 Mollena Lee Williams-Haas and International Ms Leather 2011 Sara Vibes. The tally masters were Ms Atlanta Eagle 2019 Despoena Calypso and Atlantic States Leatherboy 2019 boy Kris. Northeast Leather included a Friday meet and greet, Saturday contest and Sunday victory beer bust brunch.





New Mexico Leather Bear/cub

By Michael Skroch

Albuquerque’s diverse Leather and kink community came out to support the New Mexico Leather Bear/cub 2020 contest on November 3 at Sidewinders and the ABQ Eagle bar. New Mexico Leather Bear 2020 winner is Brian Thompson Tuffnell, and New Mexico Leather cub is Chris Michael Jones. New Mexico Leather Bear/cub was judged by Sir Bull, Marvin Ingram, Oliver X, Daddy Stan, and John Skelton who was the head judge. Enchanted Sisters - Las Hermanas Encantadas graced the event with their presentation of colors and an irreverent convocation before the contest. Jazz singer Tracey Whitney, Ray Charles backup vocalist, Bear Marvin, wowed the crowd with a duet of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Other weekend activities included a Friday evening meet and greet, dungeon, Saturday brunch, contest, and Sunday brunch.





2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest

The 2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest will be held online on Sunday, February 9 at 12 PM EST. No need to book a hotel or flight. Watch it right on your monitor or phone. The deadline for entry into 2020 International Geared Up Pup is January 25. Any pup, worldwide, can enter. The primary responsibility of the titleholder is to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity. The winner also receives a prize package from our generous sponsors and an expenses paid trip to Atlanta. For more information, go to http://www.igupc.com






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Mid Atlantic Leather judges

We now know who the judges for Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather will be for the contest and Leather Weekend hosted by the Centaur Motorcycle Club at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill the weekend of January 17-19. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 Emërson Anicëto, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Miss Gay America 1992 Tiffany Bone’t, David Katzenberg, Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber, Karen Ultra and Mr. Leather Belgium 2018 Bart Verrecas. The Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend schedule includes the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday afternoon, January 19, Leather Cocktails on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency, vendors Friday through Sunday, bootblacks on duty most of the weekend, Puppy Park XII, ONYX Fashion Show, IML Judges Announced, numerous cocktail parties hosted by such clubs as MAUL and Highwayment TNT and the Reaction Dance on Sunday night to complete Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. There are more events and you will find out about those upon arrival.




Yes, Sir

Yes, Sir will be exciting and hot with Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019 Eric Crow as Master of Ceremonies at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday January 25 at 9 PM. Yes, Sir will be a Dom/sub gear night with demos, fantasies and more. Among the Dom presenters will be Mina Nietzsche of Sanctuary Studios LAX fame. Cover $5. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Kinky XXXMas

Gabriel Green and Green Mirror Entertainment hosted their annual Kinky XXXMas at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday night, December 14. DJ Young Samuel spun discs and people partied until late. Go-go boys Byron Nilsen, Joshua and Anthony kept people in he mood.



South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave

Photo by Hromovy

South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave will return to th DoulbleTree in Dallas, TX for the fifth consecutive year the weekend of March 12-15. The theme of this homecoming is We Will Not Forget, where we encourage everyone to remember our history and traditions, celebrate the present and look towards the future. At South Plains you can pursue your journey into the world of kink/BDSM/fetish as well as explore your in interests in Master/slave relationships. The jewel in the crown of South Plains Leatherfest is the International Master/slave Contest which will be judged by head judge Mister Blue, Slavegirl j, David Labriola, Master Scott, Slave cathy, Miz Lilly and Slave naomie. The South Plains 2020 keynote speaker will be Thista Minai. Among the many presenters will be D. Choc Trei and Kae Trei, Pharaoh Khaf Ra and Empress Nahara, Master Skip and slave Rick Mason deRou, Master David and slave Brynn, Master Jim and slave marsha, Mister Blue and Blue Frost, and many more.




Philadelphians MC - Holiday Decompression

The Philadelphians MC will present Holiday Decompression - Let's Hang Out on Saturday, January 11 at 7 PM at the Bike Stop. Have a couple drinks with the Philadelphians and talk about that Uncle at Christmas dinner or a sister at New Years, Have a good laugh about it and get ready for 2020. It's going to be a big year for the club and they want to start it out with a good time with friends and family. Bike Stop, 204 South Quince Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.




Cynthia Astuto passes

By Ruth Sofaer-Morse

It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of a founder of our community. Cynthia Astuto was involved in the early day of Samois and one of the original authors of Coming to Power. She was a officer in the outcasts in SF and also served as the orientation leader for quite some time in the mid to late 80’s. As a lawyer she was in a unique position to make the outcasts her client which protected all the members in the form of attorney client privilege... at that time S/m was still considered a mental illness everywhere so it was dangerous to belong to groups if you had kids or planned to. Later in life she worked as a healer... she had amazing hands... she always said it was what made her a good top. She had a way of moving energy. She died today at approximately 12:17 PM (December 30) with her wife, brother, sister/ex lover of choice by her side and myself and my wife there with her. Her loss greatly diminishes my life and is something to be honored by our community as she was a trailblazer and a subtle fighter for our place in the gay community at large.



FMSD - Leather Care and boot blacking

Fetish Men San Diego will present Leather Care and boot blacking by San Diego bootblack 2019 Alex on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 PM at Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. Fetish Men San Diego holds educational events on the third Wednesday of each month.




Northwest Leather Celebration names judges

The Northwest Leather Celebration just name their panel of judges for the Northwest Master/slave contest which will be held April 30 - May 3 in Sacramento, CA. The Bootblack judges will be Liza, Henry James, Luna; Northwest Person of Leather judges will be Daddy Sal, Mister-Blue, Loren Quon, Richard, slave adeena, slave amari and slave lyle. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.




Bearicua - Mr. LA Leather Bear

The Mr. Leather Bear 2020 contest will be held at the Eagle LA on Saturday, January 18 at 9 PM. The contest is produced by Bears LA. The winner will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Bears LA will hold its monthly dinner the night before the contest at the Coral Cafe, 3321 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 at 7 PM.




Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Pigskin Underwear Beer Bust turns into Lumberjock for the winter, so get into your union suits and long johns on January 19. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.




Eagle LA Mr. Leather

Lou Romano will emcee the Eagle LA Leather contest on Saturday night, January 11 which will start at 8 PM. The winner has the option of competing at Mr. LA Leather in March or at International Mr. Leather in May. There will be a meet and greet on Friday night. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.







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Kink Mentoring Archives

By Papa Tony

Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives




LA Leather Pride

Things are beginning to shape up for Los Angeles Leather Pride which will be held at venues all over Los Angeles County from March 20-29. The keystone to the whole shebang is the Mr. Los Angeles Leather contest which will return to the Globe Theatre on Saturday night, March 28. The winner will compete at IML in May. Other major events will be Avatar's play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 20, Southland Honors on March 21 with the time and venue still to be determined, Kickoff at the Faultline on March 22 which includes the motorcycle ride-in with local bike clubs and contestants, Assembly hosted by Los Angeles' uniform clubs at Rough Trade on March 27, Tom's House tours on March 28-29 at the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest on Saturday night, March 28, and the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday, March 29. There are more events during LA Leather Pride, so stay tuned for details. Photo above - LA Leather Coalition board members at the December general meeting.




LDG Mentoring Program

The LDG Mentoring Program is about to begin its ninth year of providing guidance for men interesting in exploring and learning more about kink. The program will begin in early February 2020 and end in early September. If you have wondered about finding someone to help you, to guide you, as you explore kink areas that are of specific interest to you, then this mentoring program may be just right for you. Applications for the program must be submitted no later than January 20. See the calendar at the following link.




Rudis Men's Leather Society

Rudis is gay Men's Leather group in St. Louis, MO which offers a safe place to wear one's gear. Come to make friends and educate yourself on today's Leather culture. Rudis holds social meet and greets at Bar PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 8 PM. The next two are January 8 and 22. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.





CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

CineKink Kinky Film Festival organizers have announced that the 17th annual CineKink NYC will takes place March 18–22 and feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. In addition, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! showdown of adult cinema, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities.




BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounges are January 11. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.




Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, January 10 and February 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.






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Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, January 10 and February 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




KC Pioneers Education Night

The KC Pioneers Education Night will be on January 15 at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO with August's presentation being on Pet Play and Littles. The presenters are Show Me Leather Puppy 2019 Pup Zephyr and Ms KC Leather Pride 2019 Ginger Lea Phillips Ms KC Leather Pride 2019. Join the KC Pioneers their third-Wednesday-of-the-month education/hands-on demo nights. A different topic every month. Must be 21+ to attend.




Barking Billiards moves to Thursdays

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Thursday, including January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




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 on second Thursdays by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.




Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, January 16 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.





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 date is January 15. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on September 5; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 12. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.











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