North American Bear Weekend
Over 1,000-plus guests from all over the world will attend the Seventh Annual North American Bear Weekend in February 15-18 in Lexington, KY. Join us at our new home for NAB Weekend — at the beautiful Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. Our circus-themed event will definitely be over-the-top — but you can expect the same level of southern hospitality from the Kentucky Bourbon Bears for another exciting four-day weekend of fun, fur, and frolic. http://nabweekend.com/about/
International Master/slave judges
The judges and emcees have been announced for the International Master/slave contest which will be held March 8-11 in Dallas, TX. The judging panel includes head judge Master Tent, slave amendah, slave rooks, andel, slave beth and Lord Brick. The emcees are Thib Guicherd-Callin and slave Elizabeth. Master/slave contestant teams from the Great Lakes, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest regions will compete. This will be South Plains Leatherfest's 20th Anniversary. http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com
Puppypalooza will be held on Saturday, January 27 at a private location in Granada Hills, CA. Puppypalooza is a one-day dogshow-style event designed to showcase the varying types of petplay and pet discipline. Check-in begins at 10 AM and events begin at 11 AM. Cost of admission is $10, and there will be a potluck lunch. Events include racing, herding, agility, scent trials, obedience, and presentation; awards will be presented for each individual event as well as for Best in Show and other categories. To find out where, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/143406296440093/
Pleasure and Pain
Pleasure and Pain, hosted by Frank Cavallo at the Bullet Bar on Saturday, February 3, starting at 8 PM. A Night of Kinky Pleasure and Erotic Pain with live demos and guest participation in different fetishes, Jell-O Shots and Silent Auction. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/169731593757781/?active_tab=about
Philadelphians MC - Another Philly Jawn in DC!
Another Philly Jawn in DC! hosted by Philadelphians MC and Jim Kiley-Zufelt wiull be held on Saturday, January 13 at 3 PM at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC during MAL weekend (room number TBA). This party will have everything! Guys dressed like slutty Tastykakes, the Rocky theme being played by a string band on unicycles, a bathtub full of Schmidt's (no cans, just golden liquid Schmidtys...), a drag queen named Lady Wawa, Star Wars and DC Superhero porn, but most of all it's got the Philadelphians hosting a Philly-style party at MAL on Saturday.
CLAW XVIII - Barely Legal
Rooms are filling up fast as in alternate hotels almost full for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29. The CLAW registration package includes: Men's BDSM Play Spaces, over 100 Skills and Education offerings, three huge Silent Auctions, Cigar Deck, Naked Pool Parties, Pup Mosh, Speed Dating, Vendor Mart, Fetish Parties at local Cleveland bars, transportation to and from the bars, and numerous special events. https://www.clawinfo.org/home/reg/
Highwaymen TNT - Impact
The Highwayment TNT will present Impact Menage A Trois on Friday, January 12 during Mid Atlantic Leather weekend in Washington, DC at 10 PM with a $10 cover. Impact will be in Ballroom B of the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. http://www.leatherweekend.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/groups/212887948803412/
Tom of Finland available via Theatrical on Demand
By Nicholas Kemp
Tom of Finland has been a smash hit in dozens of cities across the US, but there are still a lot of places it hasn't gone yet. If you live in one of those places, the wait is over! The film is now available via Theatrical on Demand, which lets you sign up to host a screening at a theater near you. Hosting a screening is free and easy and makes a perfect event for your local Leather/kink club. To find out more and get started, visit http://bit.ly/iwanttom
NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50
NELA (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket 50 will be at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick the weekend of February 16-18. Join NELA and 3,000 of your closest friends February 16-18, 2018 for our 50th Fetish Fair Fleamarket. NELA's Winter Flea features a full weekend of classes, lounges, parties, performances, and the best kink shopping on the East Coast with over 90 vendors from all over the region. Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport), 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. Get tickets at http://www.blackthornenterprises.ticketspice.com
Ms LA Leather 2017 and 2016 Scarlet Single Tail Sin and Goddess Moon O'Neal. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Ms Los Angeles Leather
Ms los angeles Leather 2018 will be held the weekend of June 1-3. Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlet Singletail Sin will step aside for the next woman to hold the title. Stay tuned for venue information. https://www.facebook.com/MsLALeather/
SLICK: A Rubber Experience
SLICK: A Rubber Experience will be held at SF Catalyst on Saturday, February 10 at 8 PM. Imagine being in head to toe rubber while a buffer shines every inch of your body right before being squeezed into a sleepsack and giving up your senses for a wild ride. Experience this as well as suspension, bondage, straightjackets, sleepsacks, a Venus milking machine, and more. All proceeds from the event go to support SF Catalyst, a community-run social and educational space for the Leather, fetish, BDSM, and motorcycle communities. Preorder tickets for $20 or $30 cash at the door ($25 in rubber). SF Catalyst is a project of the non-profit SF Bay Area Leather Alliance. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. https://www.facebook.com/events/138871563480667/
Scarlet Single Tail Sin accepts an award at Southland Honors in 2017
Leather Heat to host Southland Honors
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Friday night during Leather Heat - Honorably Embracing All Tribes at the Air-Tel Hotel in Van Nuys, CA the weekend of April 26-29. The Southland Honors is owned by the los angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. Of course there will be classes, vendors and play parties. The Southern California Master/slave, Southern California Bootblack, and Mr. and Ms California Leather. https://www.facebook.com/heat.producers/
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The Erotic art of Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mister Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances for entertainment. A buffet-style dinner will be catered by Layne Sanden. A new metal sculpture by noted artist Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion - see photo above. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35
Erection will be hosted by the Bullet Bar on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. Erection with DJ CMR and go go dancer sKiiitch. Men's area, raffles and silent auction. Bullet Bar
10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Mr. SoCal Leather emcee and judges
The Mr. SoCal Leather 2018 Contest, hosted by Mr. SoCal Leather 2017 Ken Bradley will be held at Eagle LA on Sunday, January 14 at 7 PM. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. The emcee will be Don Mike and the judges will be Ken Bradley, Eric Slayton, Shad Cruz, Xavier Espejo, Chris Jones, Tom Schneck, and Cito DaMoude, and the Den Daddy is Jose Magana. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/198666624040452/
Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to
Tim Koski assumes Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 title
By Bryon Hayes
Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend is excited to announce Tim Koski is the new Mr. Michigan Leather 2018. Tim comes from Chesaning, MI and is Mr. Dunes Leather, 2017. He will be competing at International Mr. Leather in May. On December 17 it was announced that Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Erwin Willhite was stepping away from the title for personal reasons.
Mr. LA Leather Bear and Bears LA 25th Anniversary
By Gabriel Green
Bears LA will celebrate 25 years as an organization and will host the Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 contest at Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. on Saturday, January 20 at 9 PM. They also will celebrate the amazing title year of Mr. LA Leather Bear 2017 Daniel Josue Soto. Other events are Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Meat 'N Greet on Thursday, January, 18 at Eagle LA, Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Bears LA Dinner at Farmboy Kitchen on Friday, January 20, and Raaarrr IV: Libearation - Victory Celebration on Sunday, January 21 at Eagle LA. https://www.facebook.com/events/1435653516551831/
South Plains LeatherFest XX
By Jim Glass
South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend will be held March 8-11 in Dallas Texas. We will be celebrating South Plains 20th anniversary so come to Dallas and help us mark this milestone. Early registration ends January 15. http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com
Threshold - My Kinky Valentine
Threshold will host their annual My Kinky Valentine on Saturday, February 18, 1-7 PM. Threshold will have taster rooms available for the public to encounter kinks with an experienced top; Needles, Violet Wand, Spanking, Rope, and Massage. Each of these tasters will also be scheduling short how-to's throughout the day to explain something about that specific kink to curious onlookers, these will be the perfect time to bring your questions. There will be vendors, shows, food, a basket auction and a play party later that night - separate ticket. 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 9160. https://www.threshold.org/
Pioneer Drummer Editor Wicki Stamps passes
By Jack Fritscher
What a talent Wickie was as writer and filmmaker. She gave me a very generous and insightful Interview about her life and work during the period when she was the second female editor of Drummer. Wickie's never-seen Interview has just been published in Chapter Six of the new book Gay Pioneers: How Drummer Magazine Shaped Gay Popular Culture 1965-1999. Read Wickie's Interview for free at http://jackfritscher.com/…/Pioneers_06_Chapter%206_Web_V6.p
Your Seat at the Table: An open panel
Your Seat at the Table: An open panel will be held at Pleasures and Treasures on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 PM. Come meet former and current titleholders, learn about what it's like to take on this role and apply to run for 2018. Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/events/174322459968886/
ICON Detroit 25th Anniversary
The men of ICON Detroit invite you to come reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Friendships, Leather, Kink, and Service to the Community on Saturday, February 24 at their original home bar The Detroit Eagle, now called the Marble Bar. ICON Detroit has remained a strong, steady and influential foundation for the Leather community of Metro Detroit for the last 25 years. ICON Detroit has also maintained it's commitment to raise funds and donate to HIV/AIDS-related charities. Some of those charities have included Wellness House of Michigan and Triangle Foundation (from years ago) and our current charities of Unified and Mr. Friendly. http://www.facebook.com/icondetroit
Mr. Bullet Leather going directly to IML
By Michael Lara
To the LALC Board and the Leather/Fetish/Kink community in Southern California. We have made a decision to seriously revamp the Mr. Bullet Leather Contest to help bolster the experience of our titleholder and the LA community....There has always been a vision for the MBL title and that vision will always be held in the highest regard - and we want the MBL titleholder to have the chance at even more opportunities, and new experiences during their title year....After careful consideration, we have decided to take the MBL title out of los angeles Leather Pride....We think it is best that the person who wins Mr.Bullet Leather 2018 and beyond be sent directly to the International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago. This letter has been edited down to fit Hump Day guidelines. To read it in its entirety go to https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=michael%20lara Mr. Bullet Leather will be held April 12-15.
International Person of Leather contest
The International Person of Leather contest will be held February 2-4 during Sin in the City in Las Vegas, NV. Each year, a single International Person of Leather is selected not based on gender-identity, sexual- orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications and to make an impact in their communities. We will expect these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com
Balls, Paws and Claws
Be at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA for an amazing Balls, Paws and Claws weekend, April 13-15. We will have a masquerade ball, a foam party, and of course all of the famous play spaces will be open. Cocktail parties, brunch and pool games. As well as some of the best kink classes taught from presenters from all over the country. Whether furry, pup, critter or admirer, you are sure to have a amazing time like no other. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-puppy-contest-balls-paws-and-claws-critter-weekend-tickets-39772545755
Snowbound Leather Weekend XI
Mates Leather Weekend will present Snowbound Leather Weekend XI, February 23-25 at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Like to show it off? Wanna be the face of Snowbound 2018? Send a winter-themed picture of yourself in your Leather/fetish gear (rated G – XXX) to Pictures received will be printed as a 11" x 17" poster (high resolution please) and displayed at the Beer Blast at Watership Inn and Snowbound Brunch at Bayside Betsy’s. Snowbound participants will vote for their favorite with a $5 donation to AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/snowbound
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Carter/Johnson Leather Library - Florida Annex
By Miss Rae and Chris
We are getting closer to opening up the Carter/Johnson Leather Library - Florida Annex. We assembled the new bookshelves last weekend and have them in place at our local SFC10 dungeon in Fort Lauderdale. We have several totes filled with books, magazines and Florida history items. Our next step is to install the lighting and locks. We are hoping to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in the next four to six weeks. We will post the date as soon as we have it finalized.
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
Club X: XMEN Danger Room! Sharps
Club X: XMEN Danger Room! Sharps will be presented at Pleasures & Treasures on Thursday, January 11 from 7-9 PM. Free to Club X Members, $5 requested of non-members. This month we explore the world of Sharps! What are sharps? Needles, Knives, anything with a pointy bit sticking at the end. This workshop will go over safety, what is in the kit, and how to do this type of play without injuring yourself or others. No blood will be drawn, nor any puncturing demos. Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.
Daddy Howard Hiatt passing
Daddy Howard Hiatt has passed away on Christmas.
Daddy Howard will be remembered by many of his The 15 Association brothers who knew him from his many years and events with the club.
Leather District in SOMA
A web site has been set up to share meeting announcements, documents, and open discussion about the proposed Leather Cultural District in the South Of MArket district of San Francisco, CA. The next meeting will be at SF Catalyst on Saturday, January 6 from 2-4 PM. A few meetings have already been held. So much of the community discussion has taken place and initial working committees have been formed to move this process forward. However, everyone's voice is welcome from all walks of the Leather community. To find out when and where meetings are held and their agendas visit it now at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org (Hosting provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.)
Portland Leather Alliance KinkFest XX
KinkFest XX will be at the Portland Expo Center and is being produced by the Portland Leather Alliance March 30 in Portland, OR. KinkFest is an annual, three-day event celebrating sexual diversity, bdsm, fetish and Leather communities. There are numerous educational classes, evening play parties, and a large vendor mall filled with products and services from local and national Leather, fetish and kink businesses. The Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is the host hotel. All attendees must preregister; no on-site registrations will be accepted. http://www.portlandleather.org
KC Pioneers - Pup and Pet play!
The January Education night hosted by the KC Pioneers will be Pup and Pet play! on Wednesday, January 17 at 8 PM at Missie B's. The presenters are Boots from the KC Pup Collective and Boots, ol_red, and Fiesty Kitten from Pet Play Corral. Must be 21-plus to enter. Missie B's, 805 W 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. https://www.facebook.com/events/502034133511356/
Desert Leather Fetish Authority - Bimonthly Idea Lab
The Desert Leather Fetish Authority's bimonthly Idea Lab discussion group meets in the new LGBT Center, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Second Floor (Next to Denny's). Details at http://desertfetishauthority.com/open-discussion Thursday, January 4 at 7 PM. Help make plans for the new year.
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. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/
Texas Bear Round-Up - Station 23
One of the largest bear events in the world is Texas Bear Round-Up - Station 23 and will be held May 31 - June 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX. A weekend of Bears and Hoses. Grab your hose and your friends and get ready for a fun weekend. We are beyond thrilled to announce that we have secured a new home for TBRU for the next four years at the iconic and beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel Drive in Dallas, TX 75207. https://www.tbru.org/
LA Whip Cracking Convention
The LA Whip Cracking Convention hosted by Adam 'Crack' Winrich at McCambridge Park on Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7. This is a free competition for whip cracking, open to all ages. The competitions are: Single Whip Freestyle, Double Whip Freestyle, Speed and Accuracy, Bullwhip Fast Draw and Long Whip Competition. We will also have a Costume Contest, which will be judged after the Double Whip Competition. The competitions are on Saturday, and workshops about whip making and whip cracking will be on Sunday. McCambridge Park, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91504
FMSD: Kinky Petting Zoo
By Doriam C.
Sunday, Jan 14 - Fetish Men San Diego will present Kinky Petting Zoo at Tom's Place on Sunday, January 14 from 5-8 PM. E-mail for the address. KPZ is taking the place of the FMSD monthly hard skills workshop. We'll have several trusted men from FMSD demonstrating different forms of play including Rope Bondage, Flogging, Spanking, Electro, Fire, and more. If you are interested in demoing, please E-mail with a brief introduction. https://fetishmensandiego.blogspot.com/
Cruise Night: Black 'N Blue
A benefit for the LA Leather Coalition and LA Leather Pride, Cruise Night: Black 'N Blue, was held at Eagle LA Friday, December 29. This kicked off New Years Eve weekend with a fun evening of cruising and kink. Demonstrations of BDSM/Kink play were seen throughout the evening. Music by DJ Candy. https://www.facebook.com/events/1569239899818354/
Leathermen of Colorado - Annual Leathermen's Dinner
The Leathermen of Colorado will host their Annual Leathermen's Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport on Saturday, March 3 at 6 PM. Come and visit and socialize in your finest Leathers with a cash bar and meal. Please wear formal leathers if you have them, if not some kind of Leather, and if you don't have that feel free to come regardless. This is a chance to meet some of your fellow Leathermen and other kink friends around the city. Feel free to add any other men you think might be interested in attending. Cost $25. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.comm
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If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on November 15, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, November 6.
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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day blogs
These two were at Mid Atlantic Leather 2017.