Sin in the City
Sin in the City 2018 - Lead us into Temptation will be held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of February 2-4 and features the International Person of Leather contest, at least 70 workshops and classes, vendors and socials. The Sunday brunch keynote speaker will be International Ms Leather 2014 Patty. Among the hospitality suite party hosts will be Las Vegas Bootblacks, Red Dragons High Desert, Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and Recovery in the Lifestyle. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com
Facing Closure, Chicago's Oldest Bathhouse Throws Epic Party for the Ages
By Aaron Gettinger for The Advocate
The second Loose Ends party will be held from 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through the first 12 hours of 2018, at which point Man’s Country will close forever (LooseEnds-nye.eventbrite.com). The building on Clark Street will be torn down next year, and a condominium building, the Renslow, will rise in its stead. Man’s Country's mahogany elephant will occupy the new building’s lobby. https://www.advocate.com/love-and-sex/2017/11/29/facing-closure-chicagos-oldest-bathhouse-throws-epic-party-ages
Sociologists Reclassify BDSM As “Leisure Activity” In Bid To Remove Stigma
By Katy Evans for IFLScience!
In a bid to remove the stigma surrounding BDSM sexual practice, sociologists are attempting to reclassify it as a “leisure activity” akin to golf. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m playing golf wrong. The researchers, led by Idaho State University, wanted to build on recent studies that suggested instead of a traditional psychopathologic explanation, BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism) could be understood as a potential leisure activity. Continued at http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/sociologists-reclassify-bdsm-as-leisure-activity-in-bid-to-remove-stigma/
Mark I Chester closing party for his Folsom show with Alex Ray
Hey Friends! We're doing a closing party for my Folsom show with Alex Ray, Leather Studio Portraits. If you haven't seen it, we'd love you to come by and check it out. We'll also have the studio set up and be offering cheap pix in holiday mode or fetish or? Or just come to celebrate the season on Sunday, December 3, Mark I Chester Studio, 1229 Folsom Street, 2-5 PM in San Francisco, CA.
Tampa Bay Bondage Club Christmas Potluck
Hosted by Craig Mr. Code, Saturday, December 9 at 6 PM - 9 PM EST. Reaching out to our LGBTQ and Pan brothers and Sisters in our local area for a Christmas Potluck Dinner. We hope you can save the date and join us for a Christmas meal and festivities.MCC Tampa 408 East Cayuga Street, Tampa, FL 33603. https://www.facebook.com/events/513875442306296/?active_tab=about
Payasos LA presents Nut-Cracker Awards 2017
By Gabriel Green
Have you ever wondered who's the most "naughty" guy or the sexiest cigar man, or who's wearing the kinkiest boots? Or maybe you just know is yourself and just want to convince everyone about this! Payasos LA presents the Nut-Cracker Awards 2017, Nice vs Naughty.... Every year, we gather at our 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. We are looking for the best in gear; GEAR uP and win nice prizes.
Nominations for the Best In Gear Awards are open NOW. Click on the link and cast your nominations before December 8 at http://payasos-la.org/Awards.html
ONYX Mid-Atlantic New Years
Kick off your New Year's plans right! Join celebrate with me, your American Leatherman 2017, on Friday, December 29, for what will be a fun and festive night sponsored by my Brothers, the men of ONYX Mid-Atlantic, with music by DJ Theo Storm Onyx. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=301826813662884&set=gm.1586522668053852&type=3&theater&ifg=1
End of the World: Death Knell Oracle New Years Eve Party
End of the World: Death Knell Oracle New Years Eve Party, hosted by Nicole Moon O'Neal on Sunday, December 31 at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.
IML announces staff changes
The International Mr. Leather Executive Committee is announcing a staff change, effective immediately. International Mr. Bootblack 2016 Erick Joseph and Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 Jeremy Morris have been named Co-coordinators for the International Mr. Bootblack Competition (IMBB). Joey McDonald, Executive Director of IML said, "Andrew Johnson has contributed much over his years of service to the organization as IMBB Coordinator and we appreciate and applaud him for his efforts and offer our sincere thanks and very best wishes for the future." The 40th Anniversary of International Mr. Leather and the 26th Anniversary of the International Mr. Bootblack Competition will take place May 24 - May 28 in Chicago. http://www.imrl.com
BLUF Chicago celebrated 20th Anniversary
By Michael Guerrero
The Breeches and Leather Uniform Fan club of Chicago celebrated BLUF club’s 20th Anniversary on Saturday November 18 at Touché. BLUF started as an internet club in October 1997 in Montreal, Canada by Leon with a few friends. Today the club is based in London, England with Nigel as its webmaster with almost 4,000 members. BLUF has regular events in 16 cities and won a Pantheon of Leather Award in 2008. Members adhere to a strict dress code to join and to attend member only events. Membership is free and events are organized by volunteers. https://www.bluf.com/joinn Chicago area Leather socials are the third Saturday of each month at Touché, cigar events at Blue Havana. https://www.blufchicago.com
Leather64TEN Santa figurines window display
It's time to put up the holiday décor at Leather64TEN with their Santa window display. The Santa figurines which have been featured in the Leather64TEN window display have been collected in a span of 50-plus years by store owner Eric Kugleman. Five years ago he decided "Why not share my collection of Santa figurines with the community so everyone can enjoy it for the holiday season, Let's make a window display at the store with every single figurine." The store created their first Santa window display in 2013 and it received rave reviews and comments from everyone passing by and it has now become a tradition to be seen. Kugelman continued, "We've decided to let the community contribute Santa figurines to see just how big we can make our display. Bring a Santa figurine for us to add to our window and...." https://www.prlog.org/12679041-santa-overload-holiday-window-display-food-drive-holiday-party-december-15-2017-at-leather64ten.html
2018 International Geared Up Pup Contest
Unlike other contests currently being held in the Leather, rubber, kink, and fetish communities, the International Geared Up Pup Contest (IGUPC) is held entirely online. Any pup, worldwide, is truly capable of entering and participating in the contest which will be held on February 4 at 12 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/178759185959789/?active_tab=about
Northwest Leather Celebration judges
The judges for Northwest Leather Celebration are as follows: Bootblack Contest Judges: International Ms Bootblack 2014 and Oregon State Bootblack 2013 Dara, International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Pawlish, International Ms Bootblack 2008 Q and Media Coordinator of IML Tyesha Best; Master/slave judges: Great Lakes Leather Alliance Master Master Peter Raven, Mr. Bolt 2014 and Emperor XLI of the Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire Matt, Vice President of the Northern Nevada Chapter of National Leather Association Omega, Pacific Coast and International Power Exchange 2015 Ranell, co-owner South Plains Leatherfest and the International Master/slave Contest Sir Cougar, 2017 International Master and Director of MAsT: San Francisco slave Trudy.
ONYX So Cal/Southwest Bad Santa
The men of ONYX So Cal/Southwest will present their Bad Santa Toy Drive at Eagle LA on Sunday, December 10 at 4 PM. There will be door prizes, raffles and hot go gos with music by DJ Candy. Bring toys.
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Empire City MC’s 54th Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive to benefit Leake and Watts Children’s Services is on tap for Saturday, December 2 at the historic Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street in New York, starting at 6 PM. Light fare served, coat check and door prizes. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Leake and Watts is a New York City based non-profit organization that helps families discover their own strengths and build upon those strengths using evidence-based models with proven records of achievement. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empire-city-mcs-54th-annual-holiday-party-toy-drive-tickets-39355362950
Fifth Annual Leather Fetish Ball in San Diego
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Tom Of Finland Foundation. Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Leather Fetish Ball on Friday, December 8 at The Rail, 3796 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, starting at 9 PM. The DJ is Ryan David Racino and the Mistress of Ceremonies is Glitz Glam. The 5th Annual Leather Fetish Ball is being produced by Rodman Productions. For more, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1954279334825931/?active_tab=about
Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas"NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY
The Ninth Annual 12 Days of Christmas"NAUGHTY, NICE & NASTY, produced by Hooker & Boys, will be held on Saturday, December 19 from 12-6 PM at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach will work the stage with ASL emcees Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein. The beneficiaries include Leather Heart Foundation, Project Real AIDS Action Baltimore and Hagerstown Hopes.
Avatar Deck The Balls/Yule Log Holiday Party
Have you got the best decorated Balls? The Biggest Yule Log? Celebrate Christmas with twisted, VERY naughty Holiday celebration. Join Avatar at the Eagle LA on December 8, the audience will judge the best decorated Balls and the Biggest Yule log. $100 cash prize to the winner of each contest. We will provide the Holiday decoration, you provide the err, canvas to decorate.. http://www.avatarla.org/home.html
San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018
The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 is available online. It can make a great holiday gift as well as great for one's own "edification." It's a hot bunch of men in this one Calendar which will benefit the Positive Resources Center. Photographers Tim Wong, Bill Weaver and Rich Stadtmiller provide next year's Bare Chest Men's Calendar. Order yours today at http://www.barechest.org/
Argonauts of Wisconsin Union Suit Christmas Party
Union Suit Christmas Party hosted by the Argonauts of Wisconsin will be on Sunday, December 10 at 2 PM at the Harbor Room, East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Have you been bad this past year? If so, sit on Santa’s lap and tell him all about it. Wear a union suit and get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Leather64TEN, courtesy of the Argonauts. https://www.facebook.com/events/145546246199167/?active_tab=about
CineKink - last call for entries
CineKink - the kinky film festival - is putting out a last call for works that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality for its 2018 season. Filmmakers have only until Monday, December 4, to submit by the festival’s final deadline. Scheduled for its 15th annual appearance in March 2018, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow, showcasing favorites from the NYC festival selections. http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/call-for-entries
11 of the Most Common Sexual Fetishes
By Sophie Saint Thomas for Allure
The term “fetish” may evoke images of black bodysuits and complicated sexual contraptions, but you may already be acting out some of the most common examples, such as spanking. What defines a fetish, though, isn't what the activity or object of desire is so much as the role it plays in someone's life. “A fetish is typically referred to as a behavior that someone cannot get sexually aroused without. Fetishes can also be a term people use to describe a sexual arousal that is coupled with a typically non-sexual object,” says sexologist and psychologist Dense Reyne. Read the rest at https://www.allure.com/story/common-sexual-fetishes-kinks
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, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/
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Hardy Haberman is Back In The Pew
By Micgael Samadhi for Joy of Kink
Since the mid-70’s Hardy12; has been an active in the Leather community as a gay activist, author and speaker on aspects of the SM/Leather scene. Professionally he is a filmmaker. His documentary on the Leather lifestyle, LEATHER, has won numerous awards and appeared in festivals around the world, and his latest film, Out of the Darkness, The Reality of SM is currently being used by health care professionals around the world. http://www.joyofkink.com/hardy-haberman-back-leather-pew/
Naked Boys Reading: Final (Un)Cut for 2017
Hosted by Naked Boys Reading - Ottawa on Monday, December 11 at 8 PM - 10:30 PM at 220 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P1L7. Naked Boys Reading (NBR) is an internationally produced literary salon featuring unclothed men reading to you: a blissful combination of literature, book nerds, and, of course, nudity! We are committed to diversity and body-positivity, and this is a show for all genders and sexualities. https://www.facebook.com/events/1941372272790513/?active_tab=about
A scene from Tom of Finland, courtesy Kino Lorber.
Tom of Finland movie is a certified hit
By Nicholas Kemp
The Tom of Finland biopic is a certified hit on the art house film circuit. It's heading into its eighth week in New York and seventh in San Francisco and is holding steady in Philadelphia and Baltimore. It opens this Friday in Dallas with an after party at the Dallas Eagle and expands to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Washington, DC in the coming weeks. http://www.facebook.com/pg/tomoffinlandmovie/events/
Photo credit: A scene from Tom of Finland, courtesy Kino Lorber.
Touché, Night of 1,000 Santas
Saturday, December 2 is a special holiday Bear Night tradition at Touché, Night of 1,000 Santas. It’s a Toys For Tots affair where everyone gets to play Santa. Wear your own Santa hat or grab one at the door when you walk in and bring along an unwrapped toy to put under the tree at the bar. Everyone that brings a donation will receive a ticket for our raffle for cool Bearly Christmas door prizes. The big motorcycle parade up Western Avenue is the next day and Touché will deliver all the toys collected to the event. 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. http://touchechicago.com/
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SCCLA Fantasy of Lights Walk-Through Tour
Join the Santa Clara County Leather Association for an evening of enchantment at their next Leather invasion, the Fantasy of Lights Walk-Through Tour in Los Gatos on Saturday, December 2 at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. Meet up at 6:30 PM and begin the walk at 7 PM. Dress casual and warm. Purchase your ticket in advance at the posted link. Park you vehicle and use the event shuttle. https://www.facebook.com/events/1771092406523624/
Vincent Tiley, Mr. Leather Man, and Bruce-Michael Gelbert at Junior's, downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Joe Saporito
Mr. Leather Man
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert for Fire Island Q News
Vincent Tiley, one of the Fire Island Artist Residency 2017 artists, originally from West Virginia and living in Brooklyn, has created a new painting, incorporating black leather; rope, which he painted black; and acrylic, called “Mr. Leather Man,” after the original name of the Mr. Fire Island Leather title and contest, changed after the first year, 2001. He presented the work, which measures approximately 14” by 13” to this writer, Mr. Fire Island Leather (Man) 2001, at Junior’s restaurant, in downtown Brooklyn, on November 17.
ACLC Presents Big Daddy Santa’s Minion Auction
ACLC Presents Big Daddy Santa’s Minion Auction, hosted by Alameda County Leather 2017 titleholders, Minxy Jeni and Steve Geist, on Saturday, December 2 at the World Famous Turf Club, 22519 Main Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Come see what we've got on the block for the BDSM Auction and take home a special something, or someone. https://.acleather.org
Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 Contest
Find out who will be the next Sanctuary Leather titleholders. The Mr. and Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018 kick off is on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM with a Meet and Greet at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. The Contest itself will be on Saturday, starting at 9 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, then the Victory party on Sunday at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood from 4-8 PM. Along with the usual festivities, we will be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Ms Sanctuary Leather title. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/152339255378444??ti=ia
Santa's Orders - Fill Nathan's Hole
Santa's Orders - Fill Nathan's Hole (with toys) will be at The Hole in the Wall on Sunday, December 10, 3-6 PM. Join us as our out LGBTQ service members and the Leather community come together to support Toys For Tots and the Sunburst Youth Housing Center. Bring a new children’s toy and get 1/2 off your first drink. Enter to win the silkies off your favorite shot-server, or one of the incredible prizes donated by San Diego Pride, The Hole in the Wall, and Mister SD Leather. The Hole in the Wall, 2830 Lytton Street, San Diego, CA.
Pup and Handler PAH Holiday Caroling
Pup and Handler PAH Holiday Caroling, hosted by Erik James Escareño, Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 PM at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. We will meet at the Eagle at 7:30 pm then walk through the neighborhood barking and yowling Christmas tunes. We will carol our way over to Rough Trade where we will 'paws' for a short while, then make our way through the neighborhood yowling howliday good tidings all the way back to the Eagle. Edward Decimus our new LA Pup winner will be joining so come out and say Hi. https://www.facebook.com/events/134320833894895/?active_tab=about
Leather Archives executive search narrows
Three Leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish veterans have been selected as finalists for Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) executive director effective next year. Jeffrey Storer, experienced director of operations, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant, have been chosen from a highly qualified field of candidates. Storer, Wasdin, and Swindell were chosen from a field of 66 candidates and five semi-finalists. http://www.leatherarchives.org/
San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Real talk about kinky guys, depression, and suicide
Real talk about kinky guys, depression, and suicide, hosted by San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group at Mr-S-Leather on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 PM. The holidays can be one of the darkest times of year, and we don't like to talk about it while others are celebrating, as we witness their chosen families revel in their traditions and the love of their partners. Free floating anxiety, an overwhelming sense of dread, hopelessness over financial crises, the state of politics in our country, intense feelings, or loss of feelings, feeling forever on the outside, getting older, body shame, invisible disabilities, chronic pain... Some of these? All of these? Something else? Mr-S-Leather, 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. http://www.sfldg.org/programs
Club X - All Clubs Holiday Party
Club X - All Clubs Holiday Party will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Monday, December 11, 7 - 9 PM in San Diego, CA and it is free to attend. This will be a potluck, please bring something to share. Club X will provide water, soft drinks, music, and a little bit of mayhem. They'll have kinky games going on throughout the night where you can compete to win some great prizes. Club X will have a Community Information table set up where local clubs and organizations can display their brochures, flyers, bar cards, etc. If you have a poster for an upcoming event, we will reserve wall space in this area also. There will be raffle tickets for sale, and many prize drawings, with all proceeds going to local Leather organizations and charities. https://www.facebook.com/clubx.sandiego/
LA City Council leaders seek to tighten screws on porn viewing at libraries
Reacting to reports of out-in-the-open porn viewing, public sex, drug use and theft at city libraries, a pair of City Council leaders is proposing to tighten the rules at these sanctuaries for children, the elderly and book nerds. "I know that taxpayers in the city do not intend for their money to be spent so individuals can access lewd content in public libraries," says Councilman David Ryu who, along with Councilwoman Nury Martinez, is proposing a crackdown on adult video viewing on library computers. http://www.laweekly.com/news/los-angeles-wants-to-filter-out-porn-at-city-libraries-8883826
FMSD Interrogation, BDSM Party III
Interrogation, BDSM Party, another male-only play party will be back at House of Black in San Diego, CA this time around, and have reduced ticket prices, in addition to changing some rules around! This party will be co- hosted by two of Fetish Men San Diego's young up-starts, Doriam and Rein; and, while this party is BDSM inclined, all forms of Fetish and Kink are welcome, including Sex Play, Voyeur, etc. As co-hosts, Doriam and Rein will be kicking off the night with an Interrogation Scene! Friday, January 5, 8 PM to Midnight.
SECC Leather Weekend
Mark your calendars for February 15-19, 2018 on Presidents Day Weekend for the 2018 SECC Leather Weekend and Contest. The clubs voted at the last meeting and the Southeast Conference of Clubs event will be held at Parliament Resort August Georgia in 2018. http://mailchi.mp/ccace955d30e/0xikifm3nz-1711757
Black and Tans Toast to the Season
The Regiment of the Black and Tans will kick off the holidays with their 43rd Annual Toast to the Season at Eagle LA on Saturday, December 2 at 9 PM. This is the start of a month when Los Angeles' Leather community shines with its many clubs' Holiday parties. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, los angeles, CA 90029. http://blackandtans.org
Ms Bullet Leather
By Tuesday Niles
The Second Annual Ms Bullet Leather contest will be at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on December 2 starting at 10 PM. Following alongside the Mr. Bullet Leather Contest that has been ongoing since 2001, we bring our Leather sisters another chance to shine alongside the brotherhood, sisterhood, and community of men, women, pups, and all others who alight our path on the journey through our lives in los angeles. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather top three from 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather
Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather will be on Sunday, January 7 starting at 4 PM at Oil Can Harry's, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. The contest is being produced by Oil Can Harry’s in conjunction with The Thrive Tribe Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/events/2026954067586287 https://thethrivetribe.org/
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After a man wins a Mr. LA Leather preliminary there is this traditional group whoop. Photo by Dave Rhodes