Texas Governor Democratic Primary sees Jeffrey Payne fall short
After a valiant and vigorous effort, the Jeffrey Payne campaign for Texas Governor fell short of the votes needed to get in a runoff. Campaign Manager Christopher Edwards said, "Although we did not garner the result we had hoped for, we did succeed at changing the conversation among the lead candidates with our policies and we are incredibly proud of our whole campaign team for their talent and their tireless effort." The top two placers were Lupe Valdez with 42.89 percent of the vote and Andrew White with 27.37 percent. Payne received a total of 44,825 vote or 4.75 percent. These totals are with 100-percent of the 7,694 precincts reporting. Source - Office of the Secretary of State of Texas. This was Payne's first run for a political office.
San Francisco Bootblack Victoria and Mr. San Francisco Leather Matt Welch. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller
Mr. San Francisco Leather and Bootblack
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 Matt Welch and the first San Francisco Bootblack Victoria were patched and medalled on stage at SOMArts on Saturday night, March 3. There were six Mr. contestants and three Bootblack contenders. The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance produced the Leather Alliance Weekend, March 2-4, which included the 52nd Annual Community Awards, 36th edition of the Mr. SF Leather contest, vendor fair, auctions, entertainment, education and several new things. The venues were SOMArts, Mr. S Leather, SF Eagle and other locations around the city. http://www.leatherallianceweekend.org and https://www.facebook.com/LeatherAlliance/
Fireside Chat with Daniel Dumont in Belgium
Douglas O'Keefe's Fireside Chats have reached across the pond, first in Ireland and now in Antwerp, Belgium where he interviewed Daniel Dumont of the ECMC on February 24. Click on the link and see the interview. https://www.facebook.com/douglas.okeeffe/videos/1858066780879131/?hc_ref=ARR67TfIsHHsk6M5_BTS58_GVe72t8jg6-gnUsnT8RI0_4NpZ5nYPKKRDdbcnuOn20A&fref=nf
Snowbound Leather Weekend
By Rick Conley
The 11th Annual Snowbound Leather Weekend was held in Provincetown, MA February 23-25 and was a great success with about 200 Leathermen in town. Billed as A Winter Getaway with a Twist, Snowbound concluded with the announcement of Mr. Snowbound 2018 Nick Jamison of Barre VT, who brought in the most donations with his winter/Leather-themed photo. The event overall raised $1,906 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, a Snowbound record. All contestants were awarded an event package to CLAW 18 April 26-29. http:///www.clawinfo.org Northeast Community Bootblack 2011/2012 Jay Falcon and Snowbound/Mates Leather Weekend Resident Bootblack was on hand. Kudos to the 24 men who participated in the Free Health Screenings provided by the ASGCC at their new Drop-In Center. Look for the 12th Annual Snowbound Leather Weekend February 22-24, 2019. For more information go to http://www.MatesLeatherWeekend.com/snowboundd
ONYX Southwest - March Madness
By Chad ONYX
March Madness hosted by ONYX Southwest will be in full effect on Sunday, March 11 from 4-8 PM at Eagle LA. You don't want to miss this event, as it is the start of the busiest month for the Los Angeles Leather community's los angeles Leather Pride month. To learn more about ONYX Southwest and find out about upcoming events, please visit http://www.onyxsw.com Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029.
The pioneering gay erotica artist who inspired JW Anderson’s new collection Dom Orejudos was a boundary-pushing choreographer, ballet dancer, and illustrator with a penchant for Leather
By Jake Hall for Dazed
In today’s world, this fetishisation of masculinity can have damaging repercussions in the form of misogyny, femme erasure and intense body-shaming but, in an era where the supposed ‘femininity’ of gay men was being weaponized against them, Orejudos’ work was bold, disruptive and partially responsible for the creation of ‘Leather culture.' http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/39120/1/dom-orejudos-etienne-gay-erotica-artist-jw-anderson-aw18-inspiration
Boots - Leather - Ashes
Boots - Leather - Ashes, hosted by Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo will be at Eagle 562 on Friday, March 16 at 8 PM. Silent Auction and Jell-O Shots. As LA Leather Pride gets ready to kick-off, come celebrate with us. Have your Boots polished, your Leather shined, and enjoy a cigar/pipe on LA's largest Leather patio. $5 cover. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/2102923116654412/
Third Annual Mari's Leather Garden Party
Sister Mariposa is joining forces with Sister Cora Upshun and is opening her home in Downey, CA to host this fabulous party on Saturday, March 10, 3-9 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/177528192844206/permalink/195083914421967 New addition to this year's festivities is we are honored to announce that the Garden Party will be the departure point for this year's Mr. LA Leather Contestant Bar Crawl/ The LA Leather Coalition and LA Band of Brothers have teamed up and arranged for a Follow Bus as well, which is open to the public. Buses will leave the Garden Party to visit the fabulous Bars participating in LALP 2018. In no particular order we will visit Oil Can Harry's, Eagle LA, Faultline, Precinct, and Eagle 562. Tickets for the Follow Bus are currently on sale through the LALP Ticketing site: https://lalptickets.com/product/bar-crawl-bus/ Go get your hands on them before they sell out.
New! Trivia Question of the Week
Which of the following cities never had a chapter in the National Leather Association or later International Leather Association?
1. Portland, Oregon.
2. Dallas, Texas.
3. San Diego, California.
4. Vancouver, Canada.
5. Omaha, Nebraska.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
Last week's Question answered - GMS/MA was an organization based in New York, NY.
ProNE Leather Pride Night
ProNE Leather Pride Night 2018, hosted by Not 1 More Campaign - Silence is Violence, will be held at the Providence Eagle on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. This is a live charity auction event benefiting A Perfect Place NB-AGLY, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence, RI 02903. https://www.facebook.com/events/402234806871139/
Mistress Cyan to speak at Leather Leadership Conference
By Jay Moyes
Award winning member of the Southern California Leather community, Mistress Cyan, will speak on Organizing and Producing Successful Events at the Leather Leadership Conference, March 9 through 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. “It is always an honor to speak at LLC events,” said Mistress Cyan. “As founder of DomCon and producer of Lair at AVN and Erotic City at LA Pride, there’s quite a bit of advice I can offer. This class may make the difference between profit and loss of your event, and insure the longevity of the events you’re producing. I’ll also be answering questions at the end of the class." LLC 2018 will be at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta, 1325 Virginia Avenue. For more details, go to http://www.leatherleadership.org
Developers Hope to Bring LGBT Friendly Retirement Community to Palm Springs
By Patrick Price for KMIR
For 21 years, Paul Johnson has been stitching together the fabrics of the gay community in Palm Springs at his shop, Off Ramp Leather. "Six days a week, my clients are very much in the upper age bracket," said Johnson...."We're all going to need some place to go. The fact that we'll have the camaraderie of being with like-minded humans. It'll be a plus, I think." said Johnson. Developers Loren Ostrow and Paul Alanis think so as well. They've already bought the 9-acre plot of land at the corner of Hermosa and Tahquitz Canyon. http://www.kmir.com/story/37551283/developers-hope-to-bring-lgbt-friendly-retirement-community-to-palm-springs
Meat Rack at Eagle LA
John Piampiano and Hunter Fox present Meat Rack with deejay Matt Effect is hosted by Eagle LA on the second Saturday of each month. The next Meat Rack is on Saturday, March 10 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/
West Coast Olympus Leather
Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition; Scheduled to take place June 29 – July 1 at the Sanctuary LAX Studio in los angeles, CA. WCOL is affiliated with The Leather Foundation which is a recognized 501(c)3, non-profit, 100-percent volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide aid to the Leather community, addressing unmet welfare, health and safety issues unique to our community members. http://westcoastolympus.com/
A Hot Load of Air & Other Fetishes Bring in Over $5k a Month for One Young Man
By Monthly Fetish
A British Judge was speechless over a young man’s admission that he makes over $5k a month blowing up balloons and cleaning his teeth to the delight of online fetishists. Judge Rinder was in disbelief that online videos could bring in that kind of money. Rinder is the British version of Judge Judy and his court show is aired weekdays on ITV. His cases are civil cases and usually are about disputes over basic consumer issues, business/personal/neighborhood disputes, and allegations of negligence. All of this story at http://www.monthlyfetish.com/news/hot-load-air-fetishes-bring-5k-month-one-young-man/
Walk the Walk
Joe Mannetti will present Walk the Walk at the The Stonewall Inn on Saturday, March 24 at 7 PM. A fundraiser benefiting AIDS Walk New York and the programs and outreach provided by GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Admission is $10. Raffle prizes. The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. https://www.facebook.com/events/1610376255678285/
Illinois Leather Contests
The Illinois Leather Alliance will hosts the Illinois Leather Contests at Touché the weekend of March 16-18 in Chicago, IL. The contests are Illinois Ms Leather Pride, Illinois Leather Sir, Illinois Leatherboy, Illinois Bootblack, Illinois Master/slave, Illinois Puppy and Illinois Trainer. The judges will be Mufasa Ali, Ms Simone, Dan the Rubberman, Tom Wray and Pup Havok. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/illinoisleatheralliance/
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Sarah Humble will host Inside the Leather Jacket interviews at IMsL
By Lynn S.
On Saturday April 21, Sarah Humble will host an in-depth interview with women in our community as part of the IMsLBB Productions, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the IMsL Foundation history collaboration series called Inside the Leather Jacket. The goal of the project is learn more about women we have heard about for years, and now get to know them better. For 2018, we will hear from Lainy and Julia who hail from Seattle and together have a combined 60-plus years of experience and involvement in the Leather scene. For more info visit http://www.imslbb.org
Show Me Your Shillelagh
Show Me Your Shillelagh will be at Eagle 562 on Saturday, March 17 at 9 AM. Sister Magically Delicious and Jasun Mark will be together having some fun, giving away prizes and lifting up a kilt or two. Hope to see you all there. A benefit for Being Alive. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/2027805167475570/
Hosted by Pup Kase Heart of The South Leather Puppy 2018 Saturday, March 17 at 5 PM at Stone Mountain. Fundraising event for Heart of The South Leather Puppy 2018. This is a limited-seating event that includes a three-course gourmet meal, live "art" installations, and several other lifestyle offerings. The cost is inclusive at $50. It will take place at a private residence approximately 20 miles from downtown Atlanta in Stone Mountain. For more information E-mail me at and/or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1904577583185811/
LA Leather Pride - Bar Crawl
los angeles Leather Pride will have a Bar Crawl following Mari's Garden Party at a private location in Downey, CA. For the first time you can join along with the Mr. LA Leather Contestants in the traditional Bar Crawl to promote LA Leather Pride. Tickets are limited for the party bus that will transport you around the city in style. There is plenty of parking in the area. Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 PM to 1:30 AM. Tickets available at http://www.lalptickets.com
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
The Eight Most Common Sexual Fetishes
By Step to Health
Fetishes are much more common than we think, and can help stimulate us and allow us to enjoy our sex life in a fuller way. Sexual fetishes are practices that are characterized by arousal or orgasms through use of objects, substances, or a particular body part. Although just the word “fetish” is intimidating to some, it is a common and harmless practice that can actually improve the sexual experience. The whole article at https://steptohealth.com/8-common-sexual-fetishes/
Excelsior MC — Lust for Life 2018: Erector
Excelsior MC presents Lust for Life 2018: Erector "If you build it, they will cum" the weekend of May 18-20 in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY 11980. The usual club weekend revelry is expected and you can be a part of the action. Registration is available at http://www.execsiormc.com
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/
Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cook-Off
Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Johnson Kaufher presents the Inaugural Bears LA Mac and Cheese Cook-Off on Sunday, April 8 at 3 PM at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. show off your comfort food cooking skills. Bring your nana's favorite recipe, your bougie best concoction, your Southern delicacy, or your childhood memory. Or just come sample the best macaroni and cheese dishes in the county during Eagle 562's Sunday Beer Bust. $6 Tasting Buy-In lets you be the judge. Proceeds to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center and Bears LA Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, Eagle 562 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/771362783053032/
Yellow and Black Party
SF Catalyst and Yellow and Black are hosting a Yellow and Black Party at SF Catalyst on Friday, March 23 at 8 PM. Tickets $20 in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yellow-and-black-party-tickets-43220018238, or $30 at the door. Discounts available for volunteers. The Yellow and Black Group is for and about men who enjoy including watersports (piss play) as part of their sexual or BDSM activities or fantasies. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. https://www.facebook.com/events/192865404634035/
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Mr. Missouri Leather
Photo by Scott Lokitz
AJ Gault was sashed as Mr. Missouri Leather on Saturday night, February 24 at JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis, MO. Daddy Bubba and Vernon also competed. Mr. Missouri Leather celebrated it’s 35th Anniversary the weekend of February 23-25. The weekend included a meet and greet on Friday, Titans of the Midwest presenting Kink U which consisted of three educational seminars on Saturday afternoon and a Sunday morning Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's. AJ will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May. A voter registration drive exceeded the producers' wildest expectations. https://www.facebook.com/mrmissourileather/
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/
ONYX - April Showers
April Showers - Yellow Raincoats and Rubber is the theme for the ONYX Southeast party on Friday night, April 6 at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306. ONYX is a Leather Fraternity for Gay and Bisexual Men of Color. The Southeast Chapter (ONYX SE) is centered in Atlanta and includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Full membership is open to gay, bisexual and trans men of color, and Associate membership is open to men and women of all colors and sexual persuasions. Oh, and don't forget the BDSM Workshops presented by Southeast Black and Blue and ONYX Southeast at the Atlanta Eagle on April 18. http://www.onyxsoutheast.com
MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org
CLAW registration is up 50 percent
3,000 Leatherfolk are expected at CLAW 18. CLAW returns to the magnificent Westin Downtown Cleveland April 26-29, and is CLAW's home through at least 2022 - including vendor mart, parties, cigar deck, and more than 100 different Skills and Education sessions. A few rooms are still available at our other two hotels - the nearby Hampton Inn and Double Tree by Hilton. CLAW expects more vacancies before the end of April, so get a room now, or get on the hotel wait list and plan to be in Cleveland next month. http://www.clawinfo.org
29th Pansexual Butchmanns
The 29th Pansexual Butchmanns Experience hosted by Machele Kindle will be April 27-29 in Phoenix, AZ. The Butchmanns Experience is an experiential weekend offering opportunities for self-discovery. The event uses hands-on basic SM practices to explore awareness of internal direction, and it uses the practice of Master/slave dynamics to mindfully observe inner resources and qualities that are transferable to our relationships in life. The activities of flogging, ritual temporary piercing, mummification, and Responsibility-Obedience practice are further explored through in-depth discussions. https://www.facebook.com/events/177648792963451/
Mr. Leather64TEN judges
The third Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held from March 8-March 11 in Chicago, IL. 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. Mr. Leather64TEN will represent Leather64TEN at IML 2018. Complete schedule of events can be seen at http://www.Leather64TEN.com
The Cleveland Puppy 2018 was won by Eric "pup Axel" Hill at the Leather Stallion Saloon in Cleveland, OH. There was a contestant who did not reach the required points to win, so pup Axel was asked to continue for another year. Zak Rittenhouse and Jefferson Tugger were the emcees. As the current Midwest Puppy, pup Axel will compete for International Puppy Contest at International Pup and Handler Weekend in St. Louis in July.
Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes
Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next three being March 14, 21 and 28, 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. https://www.facebook.com/events/175911286517524/
Touché opens Club Room for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise
Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night last year. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626. https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/?rf=215934215107409
Let's Talk About Sex: The AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Cafe was the Oscars of Porn
By Edible Skinny for Santa Monica Observer
Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend the AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino a few weeks ago. The AVN Novelty Expo is the Adult Entertainment Industry's premiere B2B event....This year, the four-day long show drew more than 50,000 people including more than 1,000 news agencies. Read the rest at http://www.smobserved.com/story/2018/02/16/lifestyle/lets-talk-about-sex-the-avn-novelty-expo-at-the-hard-rock-cafe-was-the-oscars-of-porn/3319.html
San Diego Leather Pride Events
San Diego Leather Pride Festival
The San Diego Leather Pride Festival is back, returning March 14-18 with All Clubs Night, Leather Olympics, Twisted Fetish Dance party with DJ Matt Effect, and keynote brunch with San Diego native Girl Complex. The World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park is our festival venue for all four days with outside pavilion tents with bootblack stands, bigger social area, expanded vendor fair, just ten minutes from the heart of Hillcrest. The San Diego Bootblack will be chosen. We will also choose the next Ms San Diego Leather and Mr. San Diego Leather. Tickets are $25 at Pleasures and Treasures San Diego. Join SDLP 2018 for Tribes that Bind. http://www.sdleatherpride.org
Club X - XMen! Boot Blacking Technical
While not during San Diego Leather Pride Week, this one is still San Diego and coming up well, now. On Thursday, March 8 - XMen! Boot Blacking Technical will be presented by International Mr. Olympus Leather 2017 Anthony Harmon at Pleasures & Treasures at 7PM. Free for Club X Members, $5 for non-members. With San Diego Leather Pride around the corner, it's time to pull out those boots you've been wearing all year and get 'em looking proud! This workshop will cover the Technical part of Bootblacking with a brief introduction to the craft, followed by a hands-on demo for each attendee to practice on their own boots.
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/
Leather Olympics at All Clubs Night
San Diego Leather Pride will present Leather Olympics at All Clubs Night at the WorldBeat Cultural Center on Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM. This is part of 2018 San Diego Leather Pride week. Come out and have fun with other groups, clubs and organizations in the San Diego Kink/Leather/Fetish/BDSM communities. With all the clubs in San Diego in one place it affords us the opportunity for some friendly competition. The Leather Olympics take five teams of four people from a randomly selected pool of interested clubs and pits them against each other in three creative games. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. https://www.facebook.com/events/168572557089165/
Leather Pride Flag Raising in San Diego
Friday, March 16 from 4-5 PM is the Leather Pride Flag Raising, followed by the opening ceremonies for San Diego Leather Pride Weekend and a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence This will the first time to meet the contestants for this years Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and San Diego Boot Black 2018 contest. Following Meet the Contestants stick around for TWISTED, a fetish dance party like no other from 9 PM to 1 AM. Since 2013, the Leather Pride flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride. All are welcome to witness a Leather color guard raise the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole at the intersection of Normal and University, thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association. http://www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com
Meet and Greet
The Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather Meet and Greet and Opening Ceremonies will be at the World Beat Cultural Center with doors opening at 6:30 PM and the event starting at 7 PM. Meet the judges and the contestants while you enjoy the spacious patio with Leather vendors, social area and bootblack stands. World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.
The Opening Ceremonies begin at 8 PM and include a Color Guard, Blessing from the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Contestant Introductions and a Leather History display visible throughout the weekend. World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. The Leather History Project includes exhibits and donated items spanning many decades. http://sdleatherpride.org/
San Diego Leather Pride will present Twisted at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park on Friday, March 16 at 9 PM. Visit the Darker Side of Dance on a night to explore rhythm and movement where they intersect with sexuality and expression. Join folk from varied paths, diverse expression and open minds under the stars and in the pulse of music. While DJ Matt Effect (Sydney, Australia) flexes his fingers to create the groove, swell in emotion and delight in passion with others. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. https://www.facebook.com/events/213872215851239/
Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and Bootblack Contests
The Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather, and Bootblack Contests will be on Saturday, March 17 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center at 6 PM. Doors open at 6 PM, Contest at 7 PM. Afterglow Party with High Leather Cocktails, Open Bootblacking and Cigar Social at 9 PM. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. http://www.sandiegoleatherpride.com and/or https://www.facebook.com/events/1770239019655019/
SDLP 2018 Leather Market and Vendor Fair
The SDLP 2018 Leather Market and Vendor Fair will be held during San Diego Leather Pride at the WorldBeat Cultural Center on Sunday, March 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM. While you are dining at Victory Brunch, take in a collection of regional vendors with all items Leather, kink, fetish, BDSM and any other letters you can think of. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. https://www.facebook.com/events/141533579963079/
International Olympus Leather Weekend
Again, while not part of San Diego Leather Pride, this is a big event for America's Finest City 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. Be there 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/
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