Woodhull welcomes 2018 Board of Directors
The human rights organization Woodhull Freedom Foundation announced the election of three new board members, Kate D'Adamo, Justyn Hintze, and Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera to their Board of Directors, as well as the slate of officers and board members for 2018. The complete Woodhull Freedom Foundation Board of Directors are: Ted Bernhardt, Kate D'Adamo, Hardy Haberman, Nina Hartley, Justyn Hintze, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Monica Simpson and Carmen Vázquez. Their officers are: Hardy Haberman and Carmen Vázquez, Co-Chairpersons; Kate D'Adamo, Treasurer; and Justyn Hintze, Secretary.
Ms San Francisco Leather
Ms San Francisco Leather 2018 is Haley, winning her title on Saturday, January 13 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. Haley is a Leather dyke known for her sadistic switch tendencies. She is often accused of being the bus driver, ready to help get any submissive into some sexy, silly trouble. She can often be found in conversations elaborating on scene ideas or lending her expertise in play. Haley originates from the Sacramento area where she was an active member for nearly 10 years before moving to the Bay Area. The other contstant was Teena. Check out http://www.MsSFLeather.org
Texas Leather Annual Chili Cook Off
Texas Leather Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by Bear Lockdown, Saturday, January 27 at 3 PM at the Dallas Eagle 5740 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235. Texas Leather Productions and MAsT: Dallas invites chili chefs from all over Texas to compete in the Annual Chili Cook-Off during the 2018 Mr. and Ms Texas Leather Contest. The Chili Cook-Off is being held at the Dallas Eagle. This year’s competition will award chefs for Best Chili, Hottest Chili, Crowd Favorite, Most Unique Chili, Best Presentation (this is the award for best table presentation), Meatiest Chili and Chili Most Likely to Come Out of a Can. https://www.facebook.com/events/779117235622888/?active_tab=about
Eagle LA Mr. Leather is Dwayne Carl
Three talented men vied for the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2018 title and Dwayne Carl emerged as the winner on Saturday, January 13 at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA. Also competing were Gerald Creole and Robert Salcedo. The Eagle LA Recognition Award was presented to Chad Judkins by Eagle LA owner Charlie Matula. The judges were Kevin Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2016 Jeff Wilcox, Chad Judkins, Randy Carmanaty and Lou Romano. The emcee was Don Mike. Dwayne will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. http://www.eaglela.com/
The Lies Tops and Dominants Tell (…To Themselves) #11
Dominants don’t need no stinkin’ aftercare! They just dish out the sweet nasty and life’s all set. Tops need nothin’ from no one, ’cause they’re tough. Being in control makes everything instantly easy. Dominants always know what they want, especially after play, so no one should bother asking. And if you bought all that.... Read the whole article at https://medium.com/@PlanetMidori/the-lies-tops-dominants-tell-to-themselves-11-48547db7b6ba
NCSF seeks board members
The NCSF is run by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 Board Members. Nine of the Board Members are elected at our annual business meeting by our Coalition Partners for a two-year term. An additional four Board Members are appointed by the Board for a one-year term. This year four elected Board seats are open for a vote by NCSF Coalition Partners at our annual meeting on March 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. Current seated Board Members who are running for re-election are: Rudy Serra, Susan Wright and Keira Harris. Anyone is eligible to run for these four Board seats. We also have four appointed seats that are filled shortly after the annual meeting by the nine elected Board Members. Currently those seats are filled by Ruby Johnson, Rich, Max Rulz and Russell Stambaugh. Anyone is eligible to be considered for an appointed Board Member seat. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/
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/
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed
DESIRE Leather Women Unleashed is a unique weekend event for Leather and kinky women, and will be held June 8-11 in a private location in Palm Springs, CA 92264. DESIRE is a player's weekend, provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely, and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities.. Registration is $225 until March 31. https://desireleatherwomen.org/news/
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Mid Atlantic Leather - Leather Cocktails
You read the story on the contest above. The second huge part of the Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend, held January 11-14, is Leather Cocktails. This is where a buffet spread and host bar cocktails await a crowd charging the doors like the storming of the Winter Palace during the Russian Revolution Leatherfolk dress to the nines for this formal affair. Mid Atlantic Leather also featured a vendor market where strong sales were reported, bootblacks, and IML judges introduction, cocktail parties in Hyatt Regency banquet rooms and at local bars. http://www.leatherweekend.com/
Pet Play: Pet Adoption Charity Event
The Pet Play: Pet Adoption Charity Event will be on Saturday, February 3 at 10 PM at Bout Time, 9601 North Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78753. Join in on the fifth Pet Adoption Fundraiser benefiting Austin Humane Society. The evening brings together a number of local Drag artist as they give their finest Pet inspired performances. With Kelly Kline as your host we hope to generate these funds to make a sizable donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/2428325294060321/
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
Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night
Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride will be on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. https://www.facebook.com/events/116644675801802/
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 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
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/
GULP Black and Blue Party
GULP Black and Blue Party on Saturday, January 20 at 10 PM at The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th St, Austin, TX 78701. The dress code will be black and blue so be creative. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUSTINGULP/
Human Puppy Play
From Queer Culture Collection
Posted on November 29, 2015 by wgc5032
Puppy play, or dog play, is a form of animal roleplay that first appeared in the United States in the Leather community around the 1960s. Today there is a growing community of human pups and handlers who gather to socialize and play at events all over the United States and Europe. While the majority of the puppy play community is gay men, people of any gender and sexual orientation can be involved in the subculture. Puppy play is a variation of dominant/submissive relationship that emphasizes the fun dynamic between an owner and their pet.... For the rest check out http://sites.psu.edu/245spring2015/2015/11/29/human-puppy-play/
PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys
PIGSKIN, hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys will be at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, January 21 at 3 PM. First PIGSKIN of the year guys! Hangout with hot guys in hot underwear. Feeling the winter chill? Pull out your sexy Union suit. They will have Pig shots, Pig games and Pig fun. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/964436627047481/
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
Creating Change Conference XXX
The National LGBTQ Task Force is hosting its 2018 Creating Change Conference from Wednesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year, Creating Change is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme: Learn. Connect. Resist. Thousands of LGBTQ progressives will gather in Washington, DC, just one year after the inauguration of the most divisive president in modern American history — which presents a unique opportunity to report on the state of the movement and how the LGBTQ community resists. One of the awards presented will be the Leather Leadership Award. The Creating Change Conference is sponsored and organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. https://www.creatingchange.org/
IML and IMBB judges named
The judging panel for International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2018 were named by IML's Jon Krongaard on Saturday afternoon, January 13 during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. The IML judges will be International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Q Darkqwolf, Werner Hall, David Kloss, Drew Kramer, Sammy Sklover, Rick Storer Sal Susino and Karen Ultra. The Bootblack judges are International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter, Richard Savvy and TBD - International Ms Bootblack 2018 who's titleholder has not been chosen yet. The contest will again be held at the Auditorium in Chicago, IL, across the street from the host Congress Plaza Hotel. For bios on the judges go to http://imrl.com/visitorguide/judges.php
MAUL: To Protect, Caffeinate and Serve
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League as we start your MAL Saturday, January 14 with fresh Krispy Kreme donuts, perfectly brewed coffee as a thank you to the community for their support over the last 10 years. The room being used in the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill has not been designated yet. Make sure not to behave...we didn't bring our handcuffs for nothing! http://uniformleague.org/pages/sitehome.php?x=99
Southland Honors date change
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 5 at Taix in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA. The Southland Honors Dinner was planned to be during Leather HEAT on April 27, but that event was canceled by its producers. Southland Honors is owned by the los angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.
Brother Help Thyself 2018 Grant Reception
Brother Help Thyself 2018 Grant Reception on Saturday, January 20 at the Baltimore Eagle at 2 PM. BHT Grant Reception, save the date, due to technical difficulties this has not yet been correctly posted on the BHT web site or Facebook page. Please check the Baltimore Eagle page for details. Tentative start is the same as Jan 2017 at 2 PM. Baltimore Eagle - 2022 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Ass Play for Men Workshop
Ass Play 101 will be presented by Ottawa, Canada's Mike Tattersall on Saturday, February 24 at 2 PM at Wicked Wanda's Adult Emporium, 327 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X9, Canada. The course will include Anatomy, Cleaning, Health Risks, Sensations, Lubricants, Insertables, Toys, What-Not-To-Do, Toy Cleaning, and more, with a live demonstration. Mike Tattersall is producer of National Capital Leather Pride, works with contestants at International Mr. Leather, appears in local Naked Boys Reading productions, is a Personal Trainer who does Massage, Meditation, Adult sex and kink and fetish education. https://wickedwandas.ca/collections/workshops/products/ass-play-for-men-workshop
Mr. SoCal Leather
The Mr. SoCal Leather 2018 Contest was won by Taz Efeek at Eagle LA on Sunday, January 14. The emcee was Don Mike and the judges were Ken Bradley, Eric Slayton, Shad Cruz, Xavier Espejo, Chris Jones, Tom Schneck, and Cito DaMoude. Taz Efeek will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. https://www.facebook.com/events/198666624040452/
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/
Papa Bear Presents: Sash Bash Weekend
Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater
Empire City and Excelsior MCs Leather bar night in DC
Empire City MC and Excelsior MC hosted a joint-club Leather bar night at the DC Eagle on Saturday, January 13 during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. This was a great opportunity to experience the hospitality of two great east coast clubs. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019.
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/
Masuimi Max, Emily Marilyn Perform for Lair at AVN Fetish Ball
Fetish superstars Masuimi Max and Emily Marilyn will be guests of Lair at AVN and performing at the fetish ball on Friday night, January 26. Joining them for the Fetish Ball will be Lady Remedy Ann Fetish, La Bella Danza and comedian Jordan Edwards. The Fetish Ball and Lair at AVN will be part of The AVN Show/Adult Entertainment Expo, January 24-27 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 4455 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. The ball opens at 10 PM at Festival Hall. For discount tickets to the expo, use promo code MsCyan at http://www.AVNShow.com
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/
Philadelphians MC - Another Philly Jawn in DC!
Another Philly Jawn in DC! hosted by Philadelphians MC was held on Saturday, January 13 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC during MAL weekend. The party had 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 was the Philadelphians hosting a Philly-style party at Mid Atlantic Leather. https://www.facebook.com/groups/175715094290/
Love Muscle - Deep Dirty Stiff Vibes
FiFi LaFille invites you to Love Muscle - Deep Dirty Stiff Vibes at the Faultline on Friday, January 19 at 9 PM. Deejay Kadett VS David Banjela and deejays Trial and Error. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/199392713944384/
Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org
SECC Leather emcee and judges
The judges and contest staff for the 2018 SECC Leather contest are emcee Craig Clark, tally: Timothy Thomas; judges: Mr. SECC Leather 2017 Paul Berry, SECC Bootblack 2017 Shaun Cameron, Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2017 Jonathan Fenrir Wolf, Ms Atlanta Eagle 2017 Dale P Maddox and Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Erwin Willhite. SECC Leather weekend 2018 runs February 15-19 at the Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA. http://www.facebook.com/events/2010102169266538/
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
Mr. Faultline Leather
The first Mr. Faultline Leather contest since 2009 will be held at the Faultline in los angeles on Saturday, February 10 at 9 PM. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. Friday night, February 9 featurs a meet and greet and Sunday closes things out with a victory beer bust. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/789903864544017/
Northwest Gay for Play Weekend
Come join us in Portland, Oregon for a weekend fueled by the exploration of fetish, play and fun. April 27-29 is Northwest Gay for Play Weekend. A weekend for men who play with men and those who want to build community with them. The diversity celebrated at this weekend makes a welcoming home for fetishists across a wide range of gear and play. Northwest Gay for Play Weekend 2018 features three days full of play opportunities; a fabulous Meet and Greet to kick the weekend off. Saturday features play workshops and a contest for three fetish titles: Butch Player NW, Femme Player NW, and Bootblack NW will happen Saturday night. To wrap up, there is a Big Gay Brunch on Sunday that combines delicious breakfast food with even more play. https://nwgayforplay.com/
Avatar Club los angeles BDSM Sampler
By Alan Stroik
Avatar Club Los Angeles' Wednesday, January 24 monthly educational meeting will be a BDSM Sampler starting at 8:30 PM at MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. If you've ever wanted to try something a little scary, edgy, exciting and fun, this is your chance to get a hands on taste of something kinky. Join the men of Avatar and sample, Flogging, Electricity, Rope Bondage, Spanking, Mummification and Hot Wax. https://www.facebook.com/events/1922975584685627/
Save the date April 26-29. Beyond Leather will include 55-plus educational workshop choices on power exchange relationships, newcomer 101 education series, edge play, blood sports, skills, rope track, sex and more, by esteemed well known International presenters, four delicious meals, four outstanding theaters putting you on the edge of your seat either laughing or cringing, two contests, three nights on site dungeon play with 9,000 square feet that powers your darkest desire, three nights hospitality delicacies to tempt your palate. http://beyondleather.net/bl
The Leather Journal's IML Contestant Photo Shoot at Mid Atlantic Leather
Some 30 men were announced as contestants for International Mr. Leather at Mid Atlantic Leather by Jon Krongaard. The photo shoot of each one of the men competing by The Leather Journal has become a tradition that follows announcing of the year's IML judges. While not scientific, it often comes to pass that the number appearing in The Leather Journal Photoshoot compiles about 40 percent of the total IML contestants. If this is accurate there could be as many as 70 men competing at International Mr. Leather. A photo spread of IML contestants appears in the May Issue of The Leather Journal.
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