Courtesy of National LGBTQ Task Force. Photo by Denis Largeron Photographie
Durk Dehner Receives Task Force Leather Leadership Award
By Matt Foreman
The National LGBTQ Task Force presented its 10th Leather Leadership Award to Durk Dehner at the opening plenary of the organization's 30th Annual Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC on January 25. Durk co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 and was also first runner-up of the first IML competition in 1979. The award was presented by IML 1996 Joe Gallagher and Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Finland. In accepting the award, Durk told the audience of over 2,000, mainly young people, "Be willing to try on different clothes of life. We are explorers and always remember that!"
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/
IMsL and IMsBB 2018 contestant list revealed
Contestants for the 20th Annual International Ms Bootblack and the International Ms Leather contest are listed on the IMsL/IMsBB web site including their bios and photos. The contest will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 19-22. Alotta Boutte' and Tristan Taormino will emcee. A dance presented by ONYX Southwest and Northwest Chapters, and ONYX Pearls Southeast will be on Friday Night after the first day of the contest. DoubleTree by Hilton, San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110. https://imslbb.org/imsl-contestants-1/ and https://imslbb.org/imsbb-contestants-1/
Washington State Leather Pride Week
Washington State Leather Pride Week will be held March 15-25 in Seattle, WA. The 11-day event includes a Thursday, March 15 Seattle Men In Leather Monthly Leather Social at Diesel Bar; March 17 Seattle Men In Leather Annual Dinner Meeting at the Cuff Complex; March 17 Triangle Recreational Campgrounds In Town Black Forest Party at CC Attles; March 18 Leather History of Seattle at the Cuff, WSMLO Leather Family BBQ at the Cuff, and Leather Okie at The Crescent Lounge; Tuesday March 20 Leather Beer Bust at Pony Bar, Seattle Men In Leather Presents Exotic Art Show, Leather Okie at the Cuff; March 21 Seattle Men In Leather Monthly Dress Code Leather Social and Daddy's Leather Tag Sale at the Cuff; March 23 Meet and Greet at the Cuff, March 24 Washington State Mr., Ms Leather and Bootblack Contest at the Cuff, the the Cuff Complex 25th Anniversary Party; Sunday March 25 Washington State Leather Emerald Awards Brunch at Purr Cocktail Lounge. https://www.facebook.com/events/208112916431882/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/WSMLO/
Gary Wasdin intro letter as LA&M Executive Director
My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support. It has been a busy start to the new year. I am pleased to share that Leslie Anderson has joined us as a Leather Care Specialist. Continues at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1984-gary-wasdin-intro-letter-as-new-executive-director-of-the-leather-archives
Sleazy Madrid XVIII
As every year, along the first weekend of May, the city of Madrid holds the most important fetish gay event in the South of Europe, Sleazy Madrid XVIII. The 18 year-old event, running April 26 - May 2, is firmly established and it holds a prominent position in the fetish gay calendar. During this four day weekend, Madrid is visited by a lot of people interested in taking part of this event. https://sleazymadrid.com/en/
Midwest Olympus Leather Weekend
Midwest Olympus Leather will be held at the Highball Tavern February 9-11 in Columbus, OH. Friday night will see a meet and greet, Saturday morning will offering classes while the Mr. Mx and Ms Midwest Olympus Leather contestants are doing their thing with the judges and rehearsing. After a dinner break it's back at the Highball Tavern for the contest and show. Sunday will conclude the weekend with a brunch with keynote speaker Vonn Tramel, Producer of International Olympus Leather. Highball Tavern, 1071 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midwest-olympus-leather-contest-weekend-2018-tickets-36800781127
GearUp Men's Weekend
GearUp Weekend will be held July 12-15 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA and registration opens on January 31. GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and Leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. Our goal is to create a sex-positive community that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all ages (21-plus) and levels of experience. In addition to the annual retreat, GearUp hosts play parties and other events throughout the year. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearup-mens-weekend-2018-registration-36327651985
Utah Leather Pride
Utah Leather Pride will be held Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM in Salt Lake City. First Indoor/Outdoor Festival celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Pansexual Leather/Kink/BDSM community in Utah featuring: Leather/kink/BDSM, LGBTQ community events, local and national vendors, food, full bars, entertainment, bootblacks, Mr. and Ms Leather Slut competitions, and silent and live auctions. 100 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. https://www.facebook.com/events/1566043883488457/?active_tab=about
Empire City MC Installation Dinner
The Empire City Motorcycle Club held te Installation Banquet at 44 1/2 in the Hells Kitchen district in New York, NY on Sunday night, January 28. The new officers are President Aaron G, Vice President Joseph M, Road Captain, Steven G and Treasurer Michael M. Empire City and Excelsior MC joined to host a Leather bar night at the DC Eagle during Mid Atlantic Leather in Washington, DC. For more on this active east coast club go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/empirecitymc/
Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply at http://www.leatherheart.org
By Matthew Mullins
In it’s third year, Puppapalooza is a puppy play contest that is held at the los angeles Pony and Critter Club, in Granada Hills, CA. The winner of the 2018 Best in Show Award was Indyana Bones. There were seven events, including two races and a human-scaled agility course. This contest is an outdoor jungle gym of multiple physical challenges made for your rough and tumble type pups, but can be entered by any pup, and even includes a herding event, where pups try to corral a somewhat resistant "human sheep" through multiple gates. This contest was judged by International Geared Up Pup 2018 Ashtray Kain (Matthew Mullins), LA Pup 2018 Rush, Ms Oil Can Harry's Leather Polly. Other wins included, Best in Show (non-pup) kitten, Wyntyr. The winner of Best Handler in Show was Pup Rebel. The Audience Choice Award went to Titus, the Demon Dog. This event plans to be annual and was produced by subMissAnn, head of the los angeles Pony and Critter Club, and 2017 Inland Empire Leather Ambassador Tony Bark. https://www.facebook.com/events/143406296440093/
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Fist Fest Spring FFling
Fist Fest Spring FFling will be held April 19-22 at the Parliament Resort. Parliament Resort, 1250 Gordon Highway, Augusta, GA 30901. https://www.facebook.com/events/905022492985995/
Fox Hole: Urge
Fox Hole: Urge is hosted by Green Mirror Entertainment and will be at the Bullet Bar on Friday, February 2 at 9 PM. Fox Hole is a bathhouse-theme party celebrating the golden days. Free towel service, Go-Go Foxes, drink specials and more. $10 cover includes $5 ticket off first drink. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/1974569706135829/
Club X - XMen Academy
Club X's XMen Academy will be on Thursday, February 8 - Club X - XMen Academy! Protocol with Sir Todd at Pleasures & Treasures at 7 PM. Free to Club X Members, $5 requested of non-members. This month Sir Todd introduces students to one of his favorite parts of Leather, protocol. This workshop will introduce the class to what makes a protocol stick, and why some people find protocol so important to their relationships, their play, and their lives. https://www.facebook.com/clubx.sandiego/
Monthly Leather Night - Rudy's Leather Birthday Bash
The Monthly Leather Night hosted by Mr. OCIC Leather Jeff Galley-Reay will be at the Frat House on Friday, February 9 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. We will have some kind of kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some cash for charity along the way. This month the theme is Rudy's Leather Birthday Bash. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844. https://www.facebook.com/events/311453519344960/
Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know
The go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved. http://www.pupplay.info/
Thunder in the Mountains volunteer application
Thunder in the Mountains will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver the weekend of July 20-22. Thunder in the Mountains is accepting volunteer applications which can be downloaded at 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com/
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/
ONYX Southwest - Owned!
By Chad ONYX
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, ONYX Southwest would like to invite you to a pre-Valentine's Day beer bust called Owned! on Sunday, February 11th from 4 – 8 PM at Eagle LA located at 4219 Santa Monica Blvd. los angeles, CA 90029. In the Leather world, every day is Valentine's Day! Why? Because we share love in a myriad of ways 365 days a year. Join us and find out how. To learn more about the organization and upcoming events, please visit http://www.onyxsw.com
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
Mr. Chicago Leather sashed
Stitch Leatherdandy was best of six men vying for the Mr. Chicago Leather title at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago on Saturday night, January 27 in front of a packed auditorium. IML 2003 John Perndal moved things along as judges International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Joe Dinello, Freddy Miranda, Pup Link and Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak made the decision. Several events were sponsored by Touché, producers of the Mr. Chicago Leather contest. Touché is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Stitch will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. http://touchechicago.com/
Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List
The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. We are pleased to announce the 2018 inductees: International Mr. Leather (IML), Black Leather in Color, The Society of Janus (SoJ). The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch 10th Anniversary will be held during CLAW 18, April 29 in Cleveland, OH. The LHoF has compiled a total of 30 inductees in its first 10 years. Full article at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1975-leather-hall-of-fame-2018-inductee-list To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s previous inductees go to http://www.leatherhalloffame.com
Big Queen Bingo earns money for Los Angeles Leather Pride
Big Queen Bingo benefiting los angeles Leather Pride was held on January 29 at Hamburger Mary's in Ontario, CA. About 30 Leatherfolk from all over los angeles County raised $450 from the game plus other funds. Each game has a prize, with a grand prize for the final Black Out game. https://www.facebook.com/events/561495110861174/
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Mother and daughter hold same title - is this a first?
By Mera Tucker
Well... this Mama had an excruciating night last night! It’s one thing for me to deal with nerves when I run for a title but, that’s nothing compared to the angst I felt last night watching my daughter do it. So now...for, I believe, the first time ever... a Mother and a Daughter that have both been/are Leather titleholders - holding the same title. I was Ms Texas Leather 2016 and last night my daughter, Heather Kelley stepped up as Ms Texas Leather 2018. I’m really proud of her and she’ll kick butt this year. The contest was held on Saturday night, January 27 at the Dallas Eagle.
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
Buns and Baskets
Buns and Baskets will be held on March 24 at the Dunes Resort, Saugatuck, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406. Join Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 Tim Koski for a fun night of hot guys and big baskets. https://www.facebook.com/events/425645497868924/
NCSF exhibit table at the National Sex Ed Conference
The NCSF exhibit table at the National Sex Ed Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, in December. Judy Guerin, Dick Cunningham and Susan Wright. For more on the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom check out http://www.ncsfreedom.org/
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 features 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/
International Geared Up Pup contest
The International Geared Up Pup contest is proud to announce its judging panel: International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Pup Uzair Khan, Mr. Leather Netherlands 2018 Evert Leerson, International Geared Up Pup 2017 Matthew Mullins (Pup Ashtray “Boner” Kain), Mr. International Rubber 2018 Michal Neighbour, Ms Iowa Leather 2017 Alexandra St. James, Mr. South Africa Leather 2017 Flippie van Schalkwyk, and Keoki Smith (Pup Spin). The tally master is Babydoll Schultz. The contest winner will be announced February 11. https://www.facebook.com/events/178759185959789/
36 Essential Items for Your First Gay Sex Dungeon
By Alexander Cheves for the Advocate
So you come to the conclusion that you are a kinkster and want to invest a shit load of money in your own gay sex dungeon. Alexander Cheves provides a hot gallery of devices, equipment, toys - and many hot men to spice it all up. Go to https://www.advocate.com/sexy-beast/2018/1/25/36-essential-items-your-first-gay-sex-dungeon
Mr. Eagle 562 Leather
The first Mr. Eagle 562 Leather contest was won by Pup Yoshi at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, January 27. The runner-up was Ryan Carney and four men competed for the Eagle 562's first title and the chance to compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. Also competing were Andrew Anderson and Donny Pletting. The Mr. Eagle 562 contest was emceed by the smooth team of Jeremy Ronceros and Don Mike and produced by Scott McTeir. The Eagle 562 patio was packed as at least 200 Leatherfolk had to have been there. Friday night's meet and greet included a cigar social and a victory beer bust on Sunday afternoon. http://eagle562.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1484067621646261/
Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Stret Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/
Joey McDonald honored in Chicago
The recipient of this year’s Chuck Windemuth Mentorship Award is Joey McDonald who was presented the award by Touché bar manager David Boyer during the Mr. Chicago Leather contest at the Leather Archives and Museum on Saturday night, January 27. McDonald has been with International Mr. Leather since its beginning in 1979 and served as its Executive Director for two years, and is currently on the Executive Committee. n 2009, he was honored with the Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award and was also inducted into Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. He has been involved in so many things Chicago for decades. http://touchechicago.com/
Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk: Valentine's Day Edition
The shops of Deep Ellum invite you to experience a day in Dallas' premiere entertainment district, full of dazzling street art, music venues, restaurants, and some of the most amazing shopping in the city. This "Sip and Shop" event is on Saturday, February 10 from 12-3 PM. Check-in table opens at 11:30 AM and is located outside Life of Riley, 2814 Main (in the heart of Deep Ellum). Upon check-in, guest will receive a souvenir glass, map, and wristband. This is a self-guided tour with samplings of mimosas at each shop shown on the map. No purchase necessary. Buy now and save! Reserve your limited edition glass for $15. The glass day of event is $25 (if available). Hosted by Onsite Events Deep Ellum. https://www.facebook.com/events/281023792422773/
Mr. and Ms Texas Leather
When the dust settled at the Dallas Eagle on Saturday night, January 27, the new Mr. and Ms Texas Leather 2018 titleholders were sashed, Peter Reid and Mera Tucker. This proud title has two more strong titleholders. There was a big Texas Leather Annual Chili Cook Off in the afternoon with 15 chefs competing. And oh, Heather is the daughter of Mera Tucker who held the Ms Texas Leather 2014 sash which may be the first parent and child to hold the same Leather title in history. http://texasleatherproductions.com/
Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 Contest
The Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 contest will be held the weekend of February 16-18 at the San Diego Eagle. A meet and greet will be on Friday night, the contest at 9 PM on Saturday and a victory party on Sunday afternoon. Russ Mortenson-Boyd of Leather Foundation fame is the new producer of the Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 contest. He held that position a few years ago. The winner will compete at Mr. San Diego Leather the third weekend of March. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/
GLLA 2018 Weekend will include Great Lakes Person of Leather
GLLA 2018 Weekend will include the Great Lakes Person of Leather (GLPoL) contest, a contest where the winner will then compete at the International Person of Leather (IPoL) Contest during Sin in the City weekend in Las Vegas, NV. GLLA Executive Director Ms Kendra and IPoL 2017 Adeena will co-produce the GLPoL regional contest, which currently includes the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Contest eligibility and applications are available on the GLLA website. GLLA 2018 will occur September 6-9 in Indianapolis, IN. Registration is now open: https://greatlakesleather.org
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
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
Pleasure and Pain
By Scott McTeir
Pleasure and Pain, hosted by Frank Cavallo is on tap for Saturday, February 3 at 8 PM at the Bullet Bar. A Night of Kinky Pleasure and Erotic Pain with live demos and guest participation in a variety of fetishes, Jell-O Shots and silent auction. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/169731593757781/
Leather boys of San Diego: Planning Meeting
The Leather boys of San Diego will hold their monthly Planning Meeting on Sunday, February 4 at the San Diego Eagle starting at 4 PM. Do you identify as a boy/boi? Are you interested in learning more about this realm of Leather? Or to give back to your community in a different way? Join the Leather boys of San Diego for their monthly planning meeting, first Sunday of the month. San Diego Eagle, 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/LeatherboysofSanDiego/o/
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