Southern California Leather Gathering
The Southern California Leather Gathering will be held at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, CA on Saturday June 16 from 11 AM to 4 PM. There will be games and clubs bring tents and hang out as groups. Regulars are Avatar, Threshold, LADS, Monarchs, LA Band of Brothers and a few other clubs. Event entry is $ 5 per person and park parking is $6per vehicle or $8 per RV. An event pin is $5 each. Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, Group Picnic Area E #2, Corner of Santa Anita Avenue and Durfee Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733-4423. Entrance for Group Picnic parking is on Santa Anita Avenue. Bring Your Own Food and Beverages (non-alcoholic only). Feel free to bring extra food if you want to share. There will be grills heated up and available for anyone that wants to grill. http://www.sclg.org/
Pantheon of Leather adds and modifies awards
There will be a major change with the Pantheon of Leather Awards in 2019. There will be a Mx of the Year Award along with Man and Woman of the Year. This has been in the works for some time. Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be made into a single award, not Man and Woman. On top of that, something that has also been considered several years ago but never happened is that the Couple of the Year Award will be changed in name to be inclusive of relationships that involve more than two people. The formal announcement and clarification of this will be made on stage at Pantheon of Leather on Thursday night, August 30 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack. To keep up with Pantheon of Leather go to https://www.facebook.com/PantheonAwards/
Ms Los Angeles Leather sashed
Ms los angeles Leather 2018 in Panda who bested two other women, Cypher and Jocelyn, at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Saturday night, June 2. A meet and greet was held on Friday night at Eagle 562 in Long Beach and a victory brunch was at Hunter and Charlies's on June 3. The emcees were Fifi LaFille and Jae Marie. The contest was produced by Ms los angeles Leather 2017 Scarlett. About 100 Leatherfolk attended the contest. They enthusiastically cheered when Scarlett announced that Ms LA Leather, Mr. LA Leather and LA Bootblack 2019 will be held on the same night and stage next March during LA Leather Pride. The contestants chose Mae for the Sisterhood Award instead of giving it to one of themselves. There's more about Ms LA Leather at https://www.facebook.com/MsLALeather/
San Francisco Leather Cultural District - Victory Party Planned
The district-wide party to celebrate our victory and the creation of the Leather Cultural District will happen on Tuesday evening, June 12. The festivities will begin with a meet and greet at Mr. S. Leather at 6 PM. Expect some nice nibbles. At 7 PM we gather at The Stud for formal welcomes and a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony. From 8-9 PM, celebrants will disperse to all their favorite Leathertown venues, including the Lone Star Saloon, Powerhouse Bar, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Oasis, and several others, and each venue will be offering us their own style of welcome and refreshment. At 9 PM, we all reconvene at the SF Eagle for a Champagne Toast, cake-cutting, and more festivities. http://sfleatherdistrict.org/
Harbor Room - 18th Anniversary Weekend Leather64TEN
The Harbor Room will celebrate its 18th Anniversary in Milwaukee, WI the weekend of July 20-22 with Leather64TEN of Chicago being the host vendor. Plenty of events all three days with a cookout and beer bust on Sunday afternoon. Harbor Room, 117 East Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204. https://www.facebook.com/events/1520099918098772/
Rocky Horror - Bondage Night in Denver
Rocky Horror - Bondage Night will be at the Landmark's Esquire Theatre on Saturday, June 30 at 11:45 PM. We want you to be part of the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Join us for the cult phenomenon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the world-record setting, award-winning shadow cast of Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient which will perform in front of the screen while the audience heckles the film, gets up to dance, and interacts with items in our cast/theater-approved audience participation bags - available for $5. Landmark's Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street, Denver, CO 80218. https://www.facebook.com/events/1669370403151513/
BLUF San Francisco Leather Lounge
BLUF San Francisco's Leather Lounge is a monthly social held on the patio at the SF Eagle from 9 PM to closing. Our next event is Saturday, June 9 and the following Leather Lounge will be on July 14. All are welcome. Put on your Leather or kink gear and your boots and join the party. If you're in gear, there's no cover charge before 22:00. BLUF events in San Francisco are organized by Lexx (3656) and Larry Kenney aka Hot Boots SF (26), and include an annual dinner before Dore Alley, usually one of the busiest events of the year, plus some events in association with other groups, and bar nights. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://bluf.com/local/sf
Mx Virginia Leather
We are excited to present Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest. This Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. Join us to see who will be our first Mx Virginia Leather Titleholder and will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223. https://www.facebook.com/events/2112030975721309/
Erotic City at LA Pride
Erotic City at LA Pride is on tap for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 in West Hollywood and will offer kinky stage performances, fetish gear vendors, and interactive play spaces where guests can learn and experience firsthand what BDSM is all about. Mistress Cyan’s Leather family from Sanctuary Studios will join with members of Avatar Club los angeles to teach, entertain, and inspire. “Erotic City is about representing the leather and BDSM aspects of the LGBTQ community in a safe space to explore and experience the spicier side of life,” said Mistress Cyan, event organizer and LA Pride board member. For ticket info, a full schedule for the LA Pride Festival and the activities surrounding the spectacular Erotic City, go to http://www.lapride.org
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/g/
Studio Friction's Intrigue Night
Hey kinksters, if you don't already know about Studio Friction, they are a fucking awesome rope-centered, non-normative, social club that has an amazing space for those who enjoy ropes, whether it be ground work, suspension work
Public · Hosted by Studio Friction on Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 PM. Studio Friction, 740 Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80204. http://www.studiofriction.com
IML 40 story with lots of photos
If you have not yet seen our coverage of International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. It is a must-see. The weekend was a tribute to the late IML founder, Chuck Renslow. Here is the link https://www.theleatherjournal.com/newsrssfeed/item/2024-iml-and-imbb-2018-sets-records-as-founder-chuck-renslow-remembered
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/
Leather People Building A Better World
By Robert O'Dell
Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs. To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather-list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/
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West Coast Olympus Leather
Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition. The Red Carpet Gala will take place on Friday, June 29 at Sanctuary Studios LAX at 8 PM. The West Coast Olympus Leather organization is dedicated to promoting a positive image of the Leather lifestyle, representing an extremely diverse group of people ranging from the motorcycle and Leather/Levi clubs to the heaviest BDSM edge player. The West Coast Olympus Leather titleholders seek to promulgate traditional Leather values to all, regardless of their background. The Mr./Ms/Mx West Coast Olympus Leather Contest will begin at 9 PM on Saturday, June 30. http://westcoastolympus.com/
Chicago Hellfire Club to visit Denver
Later on Friday we welcome the Chicago Hellfire Club to our Friday Club Night. They host a private play party at their clubhouse on the second Saturday of each month which many of their out of town members attend. This Friday gathering will provide these visiting members a bit more social time over the weekend. And it makes a great opportunity to meet CHC members from all over and find out more about the club. You just might get an invitation to join them the next night. Pup Mosh in Denver. There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next one being Friday, June 8 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/
Oedipus Motorcycle Club 60th Anniversary
The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of los angeles celebrated their 60th Anniversary and the Coronation of Oedipus Rex LXXXV on Sunday afternoon, June 3 at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Andre Rigden was crowned as president in the 85th such ceremony. The number is greater than the number of years of the club's existence because for many years the Coronation of Oedipus was a grand affair held twice per year. Delicious finger food and desserts were served outside in terrific weather. Several club artifacts were on display and a slide show included several of the Oedipus MC events. Among clubs represented were ONYX Southwest, Avatar Club los angeles and the Satyrs Motorcycle Club. http://oedipusmcla.com/
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, June 9 at 9 PM. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1544728685826714/
TOM’s Bar 2018 – Come to Daddy – Lot Party
Hosted by Tom of Finland Foundation and Faultline on Sunday, June 17 at 2 PM - 8 PM. Father’s Day Parking Lot Party benefiting the Tom of Finland Foundation. Join 800 hot, sexy Tom's Men to celebrate The World of TOM. Hosted by Buck Angel with featured guest International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau. Artists with displays include Rick Castro, Ruben Esparza, Joe Tofte and Steven H. Garcia. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue, los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/582005708926111/
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ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC
By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay
Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. We seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. https://www.facebook.com/events/944509692369123/
Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, June 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA. https://www.facebook.com/events/154128572050183/
Pantheon nominations close June 10
Nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards began on May 10th and end June 10 at midnight. One nomination per category per individual. The top five receivers of votes in each category will be selected as the nominees. Please follow the link below to cast your nominations. https://notarius.wufoo.com/forms/z18o8r281p1i9yz/ Final voting will run July 11 through August 13. Link for final voting will be provided July 11 after Nominees are selected. The awards will be presented August 30 during ILSb ICBB 2018 - Coming Together. To follow up on progress check out https://www.facebook.com/PantheonAwards/
Pervarsity - First Anniversary
PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys will hold their First Anniversary on Friday, June 15 at 9 PM. Join us for our First Anniversary of our sport kit night! We will have lube wrestling sponsored by Spunk! Come out in your sexiest Sport kit gear, we will have go-go boys, live DJ and lots of free parking, $5 suggested donation. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/167283990611906/
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
Lesbian Sex Mafia - NYC Dyke March
The Lesbian Sex Mafia will participate in the NYC Dyke March on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 4:30 PM at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY. Founded in 1981 by Dorothy Allison and Jo Arnone, the Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM) is the oldest continuously running women’s BDSM support and education groups in the country. We are located in New York City, with a membership primarily in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. http://lesbiansexmafia.orgg or https://www.facebook.com/events/170703196930244/
FMSD - The Boys Will Play
Fetish Men San Diego will hold The Boys Will Play at The Compound, Lemon Grove, CA on June 9 starting at 8 PM. Join us for a Men's Play Party and fundraiser while the girls are out at Desire Leather Women Unleashed! Proceeds from the event will be split between the Leather Realm at San Diego Pride and Mr. SD Leather 2018 Doriam Couto's titleholder fund in order to bring you more events and workshops throughout the year. $20 suggested donation. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-boys-will-play-tickets-46683260890
Trivia Question of the Week
The first American Brotherhood Weekend was held in _____________?
1. Cincinnati, Ohio.
2. Boston, Massachusetts.
3. Chicago, Illinois.
4. Washington, DC.
5. Arlington, VA.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
Last week's Question answered - What was the name of the Leather bar that Billy Bean visited in his baseball book about his coming out, Going The Other Way? The Ranch in Albuquerque.
Urban Bear NYC - 10th Anniversary
Photo by Gustavo Monroy
Just south of the Chelsea district of New York, NY, May 17-20 was the Urban Bear NYC 10th Anniversary. A few thousand hairy, bearded men and their admirers, and some bears who admired each other, were part of Robert Valin's weekend which has also become popular with Leathermen. There were big bar parties, an Urban Bear street festival on Sunday afternoon, Bears Ahoy Cruise which circled Manhattan on the Hudson and East Rivers and a Mega Blast at Rock Bar. https://www.theurbanbear.com/
The 15th Annual Southland Honors Award will be presented on Saturday June 23 s a formal Leather dinner at Taix restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in the Echo Park district of los angeles. Tickets are $45 and must be ordered in advance. The Southland Honors is produced by the LA Leather Coalition. Nominations are now closed and we are waiting to hear who they are. Meanwhile, get your tickets as there is limited space. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/southland-honors/
By Papa Woof Roth
We are bringing Puppy 101 back to it’s original focus - Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues, and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/
International Mr Leather Bear 2019
Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit https://baltimoreleatherbar.com/imlb/
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/
ILSLb ICBB weekend around the corner
The International Leather Sir/Leatherboy, International Community Bootblack will held August 30 - September 2 at the at a new host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Market Center, located only five minutes from the Love Field Airport. In addition to three exciting Leather contests, ILSLb ICBB weekend will include a 2018 ILSb-ICBB commemorative pin, shuttle buses to and from all ILSb-ICBB sponsored events, Pantheon of Leather Awards Show, Kick-off Party with contestant demonstrations, Official Victory Party, Kinky Bingo, vendor market, Sunday Leather Family Lunch, cigar social, puppy mosh, kinky workshops, 2017 Titleholder roast and Alumni Brunch. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/
BLUF Night - Pride in Colors
BLUF Night - Pride in Colors at Eagle LA Friday, June 8 at 9 PM. It’s a night to gear up and socialize, proudly show your Leather club colors or just hang out. It’s also a night to celebrate and welcome home our IML 40 Participants. No cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/639606583049957/
13 Things You Won't Learn About BDSM From Fifty Shades
By Miss Demeanor's BDSM Talk
You may or may not have read my article, Fifty Shades of Misconception, if you have you’ll know that I wasn’t a massive fan of the book, or the movie for that matter, for a number of different reasons. My main source of frustration has to be the massive wasted opportunity for the mainstream to finally show BDSM as it is, but alas, that wasn’t to be the case. Here’s a few things that I believe should have been... https://www.bdsm-talk.co.uk/13-things-you-wont-learn-about-bdsm-from-fifty-shades/
Thunder in the Mountains
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, with an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes and, our 50,000 square-foot dungeon, and puppy mosh pit and pony track, this promises to be the best party so far. Some of the big-name presenters are Laura Antoniou, Master Skip Chasey, Mark Frazier, Midori, Lee Harrington, Peter Fiske and Glenda Rider. Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239. Details at http://www.thunderinthemountains.com
Valley Pride Street Festival hosted by Bullet Bar
The Valley Pride Street Festival will be hosted by Bullet Bar on Sunday, August 12 at 11 AM - 8 PM. The ‘block party style’ location for VPSF is on Burbank Blvd. between Cahuenga Blvd. and Strohm Street. Come ready to celebrate anything that gives you pride in who you are and what you believe in. We want you to bring that energy and share it with everyone around. Food, vendors, clubs and one big party in The Valley. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/thebulletbar/
American Brotherhood Weekend contestant applications
Photo by Great Lakes Den
American Brotherhood Weekend contestant applications are now available. ABW welcomes contestants from all over the United States to run for the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles this October in Chicago, IL, in what is often called the "family reunion of the Leather community." For details on contestant requirements, visit http://www.americanbrotherhood.com and download the application or reach out directly to the Contestant Coordinator at Just want to join in the festivities? Registration is open now.
World Bear Weekend - Mr. Kilt International Contest
World Bear Weekend will be hosting the first Mr. Kilt International Contest on August 24 Emcee John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for a number of years. He has held several titles including Mr. Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr. Bear 2009. This amazing stole, made by Wolfstryker Leather, along with $500 cash, $500 worth of kilts, and a custom sporran could be yours. Ready to compete? Visit http://www.Worldbearweekend.com for details.
New England Leather Alliance - Boston Pride
By Scott Erickson
Please come and march with The New England leather Alliance on June 9 for Boston Pride. The parade will happen rain or shine. We are to line up between 10 AM and noon and are meeting in front of Trader Joe's on Boylston. 899 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115. Harbor Masters will be bringing the large Leather Pride Flag again. So come and help carry the flag. https://www.facebook.com/groups/amcc76/?multi_permalinks=1769088196492884¬if_id=1528258351978791¬if_t=group_activity
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