Experts don’t buy Rep. Fansler’s ‘BDSM kink’ defense in assault case
By James Brooks for Juneau Empire
“In the community, we don’t consider BDSM if consent is not part of the deal, and abuse is not what we would call play. It’s not rough sex, it’s abuse,” said Hardy Haberman, a longtime author, educator and filmmaker in Texas who explains BDSM culture. The case involves Sarha Shauback who claims non-consensual abuse by Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel. Read the details at http://juneauempire.com/state/news/2018-01-29/experts-don-t-buy-rep-fansler-s-bdsm-kink-defense-assault-case Article referred by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat held its first Chat in Dublin
By Douglas O'Keeffe
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat held its first Chat in Dublin, Ireland January 28 during Leather Pride Dublin. Months of planning with Geared Ireland lead up to the Chat with Ireland's own Karl Hayden. Hayden, a long-time Irish community community activist and Leatherman, spoke with Chat host Douglas O'Keeffe for more than an hour. Hayden delighted the crowd with details about his work in the passage of Ireland's gay marriage referendum, and he brought the AIDS crisis home when he spoke of desperately educating men about safer sex practices. When Hayden heart breakingly spoke about stepping up to cleanse bodies for burial, when undertakers refused to handle the remains of deceased AIDS patients, sniffles echoed in the crowd. Filmed for historical preservation the Chat will be housed in the Irish LGBTQ archives as well as within the LA&M. Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat will next appear at Belgium Leather Pride in Antwerp Belgium on February 24. The subject is ECMC's Daniel Dumont. https://www.facebook.com/fireside.chats.5
47th Annual Scarlet's Bake Sale
The 47th Annual Scarlet's Bake Sale will be held at the DC Eagle on Sunday, February 11 at 3 PM. Scarlet's Foundation, Inc is at it again this year to present the 47th Annual Scarlet's Bake Sale. This year, Scarlet's Bake Sale is benefiting LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund and Scarlet's Foundation Scholarship fund. This is a live auction of donated cakes. So the more cakes that we get brought to us, the more funds we can raise for these noble causes. The theme of this year is Honoring our First Responders. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE. Washington, DC 20019. https://www.facebook.com/events/1623835147693893/
International Person of Leather winner
The International Person of Leather contest was won by Abizzy Leathergirl at the Alexis Park Resort on February 3 during Sin in the City in Las Vegas, NV. The runner-up was Jesse Segebartt from Tucson, AZ. Four people competed. The judges were Matt O'Toole, slave Elizabeth, Sir David Labriola, M. Christian, Sharazad, CoCo, and Sir Daddy Daun. International Person of Leather was emceed by Loren Berthelsen, Champagne Star and Tawdri Hipburn. 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. http://www.sin-in-the-city.com
Dog Pound: Rush Flight
Dog Pound: Rush Flight hosted at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA by Los Angeles Puppy Pride, the los angeles Pup Contest and International Geared Up Pup 2017 Ashtray Boner Kain clock will be on Friday, February 9 at 9 PM. The first Dog Pound of the Year, but luckily if you have been paying attention, there seems to be a certain puppy who is ready to jump start the puppy community in los angeles! Our LA Pup 2018, Rush hit the ground running and has big plans for this year. So the focus of this Dog Pound will be moshing, socializing and working towards better unity within the pup world! It doesn’t matter if its your sexual fetishes that drive you to come, or your need for freedom within pupping out, truth is we are one community, and Dog Pound was made to celebrate all sides of the pup community. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/306562926508142/
International Olympus Leather
International Olympus Leather Weekend will be held May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley and will feature the 2018 International Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather Contest, vendors, classes and socials. Join us as the first class of gender neutral and non-conforming Leatherfolk come together to compete for International Mx Olympus Leather alongside men and women from other Olympus Leather Regions. Join us for the contest, stay for the Bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA92108. https://www.facebook.com/events/293592137758718/
Porn industry once braced for a crackdown, but annual expo enjoys Trump-size spotlight
Supplied by NCSF from Chicago Tribune and written by Frances Stead Sellers of the Washington Post
Adult-film actress Jessica Drake made it clear that she did not plan to use her appearance at a four-day porn industry convention here to discuss her alleged encounter with Donald Trump in 2006.... "This industry is more than a business - it's a family, a community," said Eric Paul Leue, who heads pornography's trade organization, the Free Speech Coalition. Allan Gelbard, a First Amendment expert, warned that the administration might take action against porn to boost support of Trump's evangelical base. "You need to assume the obscenity laws will be enforced somewhere, sometime," said Clyde DeWitt, a longtime legal adviser to the industry. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-trump-porn-expo-stormy-daniels-jessica-drake-20180127-story.html
Lock 'em up! Chastity kink explained
By Race Bannon for Bay Area Reporter
A characteristic of any culture is that its trends shift over time. No culture remains locked in time. Cultures grow, morph, reassess, experiment and otherwise create new versions of themselves. The same is true of our Leather and kink subculture as well. Race is the weekly Leather columnist for the Bay Area Reporter in San Francisco, CA. Always great reading. For the rest of this story go to http://ebar.com/bartab/article.php?sec=leather&article=378
San Diego Leather Pride - Your Seat At The Table
By AJ Turner
Your Seat At The Table, Part II will be hosted by San Diego Leather Pride on Monday, February 12 at 7 PM at Pleasures & Treasures. If you are interested in taking your voluntarism to a deeper level, join us to ask those questions and find out how a Leather title in San Diego could be a great fit for you. You will learn from current and past titleholders who will have the answers you need as you consider throwing your cap (or cover) into the ring and enhancing our Legacy. Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. https://www.facebook.com/events/178485306249813/
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. Resident Bootblack Jay Falcon will be on hand to shine up your boots during "White Out" on Friday night at Paramount and Chaps and Straps on Saturday afternoon at The Vault. Jay was honored with the Pantheon of Leather's 2017 Northeast Regional Award. Beer Blast at Watership Inn and Snowbound Brunch at Bayside Betsy’s. Snowbound Leather Weekend XI raises funds for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/snowbound
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/
Lady Dawn Marie Lambert - February 3, 2018
Lady Dawn Marie Lambert passed away at the age of 83 on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in or near St. Louis, MO. In her 20's she was a working cowboy on the professional rodeo circuit. She came out in Leather and as a transgender woman around 1960 when she was in her 30's. Dressed in her full Leather she has participated in all St. Louis PRIDE celebrations since 1985. She was chosen as Ms. Missouri Leather in 1977. Her club, Blue Max Motorcycle Club, honored her with the Golden Eagle Award for Lifetime Service. In September of 2005 the St. Louis Boys of Leather made her an honorary member and an associate member of other Boy chapters from around the country. The Committee (St. Louis’s SM educational program) along with other Leather organizations and individuals further recognized her contributions and our love for her as our “Lady In Leather” with a surprise party on her 70th Birthday. And the Leather Journal Pantheon Awards capped her career, naming her the recipient of the President’s Award in 2005. https://www.facebook.com/dawn.m.lambert.3
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The ONYX Chicago/Midwest chapter inducted new members into their club recently. ONYX Chicago/Midwest is the founding chapter of ONYX; an organization formed and operated by People of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its' goal, to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support their community and economic initiatives. Support, spirituality, safety and saneness are keys to attaining their goals. Onyx Midwest Bar Night are on the fourth Friday of each month at Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. http://www.onyxmidwest.com/
Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/
Spartan MC - 50th Anniversary
The Spartan Motorcycle Club will celebrate their 50th Anniversary during their Biker Bar Night on Saturday, March 17 at 9 PM at the DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019. For our 50th Anniversary, the Spartan Motorcycle Club will be celebrating with their 23rd Marathon, June 4-9. We will be participating in Americade, the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Americade is held in Lake George, NY. It is a gathering of friendly, fun-loving folks, for whom motorcycling is a social hobby, but not some form of rebellion. http://marathon.spartanmc.com/
Hot Draw! - Colton Long and Mark I. Chester
By Mark I. Chester
Colton Long and Mark I. Chester are hosting Hot Draw!, an erotic Leather sketch event at the SF Eagle on Friday, February 23 from 6:30-9:00 PM in San Francisco, CA. This is a benefit and all proceeds will be donated to the Mark Leno for Mayor campaign. It is a $20 suggested donation, but donate what you can afford. Colton Long is Mr. SF Eagle 2018 and Mark I. Chester is the host of the long-running Gay Men's Sketch. We wanted to have some fun, for a good cause and inject some positive art and sexuality into the community. All artists (men and women) of all skill levels are invited. Plus, you don't need to come to the event to donate and support both the cause of Leather art and Mark's campaign. Contact me personally for how to do that. Or come and draw with us! No experience is necessary. https://www.facebook.com/events/363333920807862/
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/
Girls Night Out!
Bikkja Amy, Mistieyes, and The Compound present the next Girls Night Out! Women's BDSM Play Party, Saturday, February 10 at The Compound in San Diego, CA starting at 7 PM. Dress code is Leathers or Fetish Wear. Demonstration by Bikkja Amy will be Abrasion Play: Scratch and Scrapes Girls Night Out (GNO) is held four times per year and is limited to around 40 attendees. Please contact prior to the event if you need to arrange a cash payment. No cash accepted at the door.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/theleatherfoundation/multi_permalinks=1595325017181476¬if_id=1517691801281891¬if_t=group_activity&ref=notifX
Mr. Missouri Leather
By Terry Laupp
Mr. Missouri Leather is celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary and will be the weekend of February 23-25, with all events taking place in the JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis, MO. The weekend will kickoff with a meet and greet on Friday at 10 PM. The Titans of the Midwest will present Kink U which consists of three educational seminars and is open to the public. The Mr. Missouri Leather 2018 and Gateway Guy competition is on Saturday at 10 PM. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May. The weekend will conclude on Sunday morning with Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's. Tickets for Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend are available at Brown Paper Tickets. http://www.mml2018.brownpapertickets.com
Jasun Mark will emcee the Mr. Regiment contest on Saturday night, February 17 at Eagle LA in los angeles at 9 PM. The weekend includes a Friday night meet and greet and Latrine Duty yellow hanky beer bust and victory party on Sunday afternoon in the Rough Trade parking lot. The ever hot and popular Mr. Regiment 2017 Marco Antonio Valadez will pass the title to another man who will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather in March. Rough Trade, 3915 Sunset Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. http://blackandtans.org/
South Plains LeatherFest XX keynote
By Jim Glass
South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave Weekend will be held March 8-11 in Dallas, Texas. The Sunday brunch keynote speech will be delivered by Tomo from the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, the MAsT - International, Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday. South Plains Leatherfest 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
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
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. he next meeting of the Governance Committee is set for Monday, February 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Several 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.)
NOLA Leather to Geaux canceled
NOLA Leather to Geaux, scheduled for March 16 - 18 has been canceled. https://www.facebook.com/events/314873875695849/?notif_t=event_cancel¬if_id=1517754961023932
Mr. Leather64TEN judges
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The judging panel includes International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, Michael Pacas, TJ Howard, Sir G and Jack McNulty. The emcees will be Todd Davidson and Teri Yaki. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/
Whip throwing demonstration in San Jose
A whip throwing demonstration and group practice in San Jose is being hosted by Kenneth Snow at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center on Sunday, February 11 at 2 PM. Bring your whips, up to about 6' in length, with a few loaners likely being available. Also, bring your safety glasses. Included: Single, two handed and multiple crack throws. Whip throwing theory, construction and maintenance. Realize greater accuracy and how to vary your throwing intensity by attending. Regrettably, no scene play. Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126. https://www.facebook.com/events/349133688886059/
Kinky! Enter Into the Fascinating & Creative World of Erotic Hypnotism
Instinct Magazine, Photo by Neil S.
Erotic hypnosis is the recreational use of hypnosis in an erotic context. Hypnosis can let someone feel any sensation they're able to imagine, as well as enhance any existing sensation. These phenomena lend themselves perfectly to erotic use. The control aspect of hypnosis makes it suitable to incorporate into BDSM scenes. It can even be a BDSM scene on its own. Think bondage without ropes or chains, having someone believe they're a slave, realistic pup play, and lots more! The whole article is at http://instinctmagazine.com/post/kinky-enter-fascinating-creative-world-erotic-hypnotism
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
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
Mr. LA Leather judges
The following are the judges who will select the next Mr. los angeles Leather on Saturday night, March 24 in los angeles, CA. Mr. LA Leather 2017 Jeff Wilcox, International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, International Ms Leather 2017 Girl Complex, Leo Iriarte, Sir Ian, Goddess Moon, Scarlet Sin, Sir Frank and Will Hildreth. LA Leather Pride will include the huge Off Sunset Festival on Santa Monica Blvd. at Hoover on Sunday afternoon, March 25. This year's theme is We Are ALL LA Leather. For a complete schedule go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com/
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Leather Archives & Museum displays inkedKenny
Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery, January 26 - June 7, MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny. inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish and with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion and discovered a new way to look. at (and artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent and a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing and found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you. http://www.leatherarchives.org/events/
Worn Out West closes
San Francisco customers were saddened when the read the handwritten letter on the front door of Worn Out West on Market Street just east of Castro Street that the store had closed. The closing was sudden and the store emptied of all contents. An E-mail address was included for those who wish to inquire.
Women's International Leather Legacy
Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL) is planned for August 3-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center. A weekend filled with workshops, activities, women’s history and a contest like no other, WILL features some fantastic workshops and panels, classes, the WILL contest, Friday dinner, Inside the Leather Jacket interviews, Sunday brunch with Keynote, and Bootblack Roundtable moderated by Jayson DaBoi and Briar. Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons. Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. https://www.facebook.com/events/262310584303437/
Twin Cities Leather
Twin Cities Leather Weekend is February 16-18 in Minneapolis, MN and features the Mr. Twin Cities Leather contest of which the winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May. Kink U classes will be taught by Titans of the Midwest. The Presentation of the Robert "Bobbie" Smith Community First! Award will be on Sunday. The judges will be Emerson Kellogg, Girl Complex, Tyesha Best, Joe King, Dan Beach, Ross Ransom, Alexandra Gray and Nitro Hankinson. All events are held at The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The hotel room block at the Hampton Inn is full. There is an overflow room block at DoubleTree. Find out what hotels are available at https://www.twincitiesleather.com/tcl-weekend-2018
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. Pre-order 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/
CLAW XVIII - preliminary schedule posted
The preliminary schedule for CLAW XVIII in Cleveland, OH the weekend of April 26-29 is now posted. The Leather Family Dinner has been moved to the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy dinner under spectacular soaring ceilings with stunning views of the North Coast Harbor. Full museum access is included after dinner. 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/
Submissive Training Series - Class One: What’s in a Name?
By Gabriel Backhaus
Submissive Training Series - Class One: What’s in a Name? will be held Saturday, February 11 at 5 PM at Sanctuary LAX Studios. Star, in conjunction with Sanctuary LAX and under the guidance of Master Gabriel, is proud to offer the Submissive Training Series. This is an education series featuring seven classes focusing on topics from the submissive's perspective and mindset. The Submissive Training Series can be taken on its own or as a companion series to the Dominant Training Series. The Submissive Training Series is open to all regardless of gender, orientation, experience, or dynamic. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304
Mama's Family at Mr. Sister Leather San Antonio. Photo by Roger Mingan
Sherman Oaks Munch
The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/
SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/
Drummer North America
The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. Mr. Drummer, Drummerboy, Drummer Bootblack Contest, Men and Queer Play Spaces, ONYX Dance Party, Leather/Rubber/Sports Gear-Uniform Parties, Interactive Skill-Building Workshops, Hospitality Suite and Bootblack Lounge, Cigar and Bourbon Social. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/
BHT - Ruby Slipper Birthday Party
The Ruby Slipper Birthday Party hosted by Brother, Help Thyself on Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 PM at the DC Eagle. Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a community based organization that provides financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area and is strongly-supported by area Leather and bike clubs. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019. https://www.facebook.com/events/1644992072251239/ and http://www.brotherhelpthyself.org/
Southland Honors in June
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 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.
FetishArtist.net Showing at Dirty Show Detroit
FetishArtist.net will be showing an art piece called The Jock and the Leatherman at Dirty Show Detroit, the largest erotic art exhibition on the planet. The art on display is a large pen and ink piece featuring an older Leather man in the desert with a classic customized motorcycle and his younger lover in a harness using a jock strap as a gag. “This is a great honor,” said Jay E. Moyes of FetishArtist.net. “I’ve dreamed of this moment for years. The Dirty Show Detroit is a high water mark for erotica and fetish, and I look forward to the opportunity to show there again in the future." The Jock and the Leatherman will be one of many pieces of erotic art on display at Dirty Show Detroit. The art show also features exhibitions of erotic video and film, along with live stage shows. Dirty Show Detroit runs, February 9-11 and February 16-17. For details go to http://www.DirtyDetroit.com
Esprit de Corps
The Discipline Corps of Dallas, Texas is hosting Esprit de Corps the weekend of March 9-11. Discipline Corps is a Men’s BDSM Social Group in Dallas, Texas. Join us for our annual celebration of kinky play, brotherhood, and camaraderie. Our Leather brothers from all over the world gather on our home turf for an intense experience. It's our way of bringing together all the great men our members connect with at leather events and showing them an amazing weekend. Discipline Corps members are interested in many forms of play, including spanking, bondage, mummification, rough body play, tactile play, medical play, and many other forms of kink. http://www.disciplinecorps.com/
House of MarKus - Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink
Personal Responsibility in Unsafe Kink, hosted by House of MarKus at Leather Masters on Saturday, February 17 at 1 PM. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Some of us play a little more dangerously than others. This class is for anyone who does anything risky in their play - physically, emotionally, or mentally. We will cover some negotiation techniques. We will cover both sides of the slash. We will also discuss where to "draw the line" when responsibility and negotiation collide. GemmaStraightUp is a genderfluid dominant. For more information and tickets go to http://www.leathermasters.com
Ms los angeles Leather
Ms los angeles Leather 2018 will be held the weekend of June 1-3. Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlet Sin will step aside for the next woman to hold the title. Stay tuned for venue information. https://www.facebook.com/MsLALeather/
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TBOL sets meeting dates
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will hold their monthly TBOL Meeting the third Friday of the month at 8 PM. The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather's home base is now the Flamingo Skyway Room. This month Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will have an education portion for the first half of the meeting. Sir Gethan will teach Protocols 101. We all hear the words Etiquette, Ritual, Protocol, and Service Task - but do any of U/us really understand what they mean? Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/347598885724217/
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/
LA Boys of Leather present SoCal Leatherfest
By Steven Carlisle
SoCal Leatherfest, hosted by the LA Boys of Leather the weekend of July 6-8 in los angeles, CA, is the Anniversary for the resurgent LA Boys of Leather. They will have an amazing line-up of events including educational sessions, a barbecue, a pool party, and more. It will also be the home for the SoCal Leatherboy contest. https://www.facebook.com/events/1579133388812016/
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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.
Things to send:
1. Short article of about 90 words. So what if you are a few over. Just don't turn it into a Russian novel.
2. Photo or two. Landscape preferred. Must be a jpg. Taken with cellphone is fine. Please supply photo credit.
3. Link to a working site. Web site is preferential, Facebook still works.
4. Five "W's" - Who, what, when, why and where. All are important.
5. Please be concise. In news, verbosity is not a virtue; it is an editor's nightmare.
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