Empire City MC - Vision Zero Protest
The Empire City Motorcycle Club is participating in the Vision Zero protest and urge other motorcyclists in the area to join in the peaceful protest of the New York Police Department's discriminatory Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints. Make biker presence known during "rush hour" on Friday, July 20; meet-up at 1 PM, kick stands up at 2 PM at the Forest Park Bandshell, Forest Park, Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven, NY 11418. https://www.facebook.com/groups/empirecitymc/
Ms Sacramento Leather Contest
After a 20 year hiatus the Ms Sacramento Leather title returns in 2018. The Sacramento community is excited to once again have a contest representing the local women’s Leather community, and Ms Rhonda and Tomo of KinkED Productions are thrilled to make it happen the weekend of October 12-13 in Sacramento, CA. Ms Sacramento Leather will provide representation, outreach, service, and education to the Sacramento Valley area Leather, fetish, and kink communities. Following their title year, the Ms Sacramento Leather. titleholder may elect to compete for a regional or international title. https://www.kinkedproductions.com/mssacramentoleather
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, July 21 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
Payasos Cycling Team Awards
By Leo Iriarte
Saturday, July 28 at 6 PM. We did it! We road our bikes from SF to LA and is time to recognize those who made an extra effort to make Payasos Team the funnest team in the world! Join us for a party with drinks, snacks and more laughs. Temptation Ranch. https://www.facebook.com/events/167228610807258/
Tom of Finland Foundation - Tom's Bar
Tom's Bar, the Foundation’s annual commemoration of the artist Tom of Finland, was be held on Sunday, June 17 at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA. The Daddy’s Day parking lot party featured Buck Angel as host. The Faultline’s parking lot saw 800 enthusiastic Tom’s Men dancing, sweating and enjoying this year’s theme, Come to Daddy. Ralph Bruneau shared his journey as International Mr. Leather 2017. The fundraiser included bawdy contests and prizes, food and drink, and plenty of hot daddies - all benefiting the Tom of Finland Foundation. Avatar Club los angeles had a demo booth. Leatherfolk kicked back in a dedicated Cigar Lounge courtesy Michael Lara. https://www.facebook.com/events/582005708926111/
Trivia Question of the Week
In 1995, Amy Marie Meek took over production of International Ms Leather, in which city was her first IMsL contest held?
1. San Francisco.
4. San Diego.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
Last week's Question answered - Who is known as the Mayor of Folsom Street? Alan Selby.
The 2018 Leather SLUT winners
Mr. Leather SLUT is Nicholas and Ms Leather SLUT is Leftenant, winning their titles on Sunday, May 20 at Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, UT. The mission of the Leather SLUT contest is to promote Leather culture among the Salt Lake City community. We are looking for Leather men and women that can act as ambassadors to work with various segments of both LGBTQ community and the radical sex communities. https://www.facebook.com/events/207819349948419/
Get your Leather Archives memorabilia through Amazon
Shop Amazon.com and support the Leather Archives & Museum through Amazon's charitable giving program, Amazon Smile. For every qualifying purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Leather Archives & Museum. It's that simple! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3841874
Join the NCSF!
Please join our coalition and support our work! Please tell us your story! NCSF's Narrative Project is collecting your stories about being outed or discriminated against as well as consent violations you'd like to tell us about. The NCSF's American Law Institute project is fighting to make consent a defense to BDSM and to give anonymity for victims of assault in a BDSM context. Plus, the NCSF provides resources and referrals to kink aware professionals on request on a daily basis through our Incident Reporting and Response program. We are fighting for your rights! Why don't you join us now? https://nationalcoalitionforsexualfreedom.wildapricot.org/
Gay Marriage Is Here to Stay, Even With a Conservative Court
By Walter Olson for the Wall Street Journal
"In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Roberts, Alito and Gorsuch all endorsed Kennedy’s anti-discrimination view. In an opinion piece, the Wall Street Journal published the linked opinion No matter who replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, gay marriage isn’t going anywhere: The court won’t overturn Justice Kennedy’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). Don’t believe me? Let’s count eight reasons...." https://www.wsj.com/articles/gay-marriage-is-here-to-stay-even-with-a-conservative-court-1531074136
Wounded Warriors - Our Time To Serve
Mr. Tool Shed Leather 2019 Ricardo Pasomas is hosting a hot raffle benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project at the Tool Shed in Palm Springs on Saturday, July 14 at 9 PM. Wounded Warriors Mission Statement - Every warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because we believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission. https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission
Mistress Cyan Wins Ambassador Award from Leather HEAT
By Jay Moyes
Mistress Cyan was presented with the Ambassador Award from Leather HEAT. The award was presented during a party and competition organized by Master George and slave bren for 2018 California Bootblack, Mr. California Leather and Ms California Leather. “I am so grateful for this honor,” says Mistress Cyan. “Myself and the Sanctuary LAX family have been supporters of Leather HEAT and their events, but this was completely unexpected. I am honored and humbled.”
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/
NLA announces Writer's Awards nominees
National Leather Association - International (NLA - I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/Leather/Fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about Leather, SM, bondage and fetishes. The Awards will be presented on October 21 in Reno, NV. Read the entire story at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/2005-nla-writer-s-awards-nominees-announceds-awards-nominees-announced
Colorado Springs Pridefest Parade
Voodoo Leatherworks is marching in the Colorado Springs Pridefest Parade for the third year. The parade takes place on July 15. Everyone needs to be in line by 10 AM. Participants can enter the parade route from the south at the corner of Cimarron Street and S Tejon Street. We usually meet up by Oscar's off of East Costilla Street and South Tejon Street, since it is only a block up from where people are supposed to enter. Oscar's is located at 333 South Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. It is the address used for this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/965891900251418/
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Leather Resistance: Kink communities and political activism
By Race Bannon for the Bay Area Reporter
"My own forms of resistance come in many forms and I feel resistance must be daily and ongoing. However, I'm focused like a laser on the November elections and I hope you are too...." http://www.ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/leather-resistance-kink-communities-political-activism
Private Garden Party
Private Garden Party will be hosted by The Baldwin Gentlemen and Tom of Finland Foundation on Saturday, July 21 at 1 PM at the Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026. The Private Garden Party is offering an open bar, a special tour of the homoerotic artwork of Tom of Finland, and a live erotic art performance. http://www.thebaldwingentlemen.com
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.
Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote
Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/
Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District
The elation and activism of the Pride Celebration is fading a bit now, but enthusiasm for our new District remains high. So, first things first, it is time to mark your calendar for the next Community Meeting, Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco. This community meeting is open to all. http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org/
San Diego Pride - Leather Realm
Join the 2018 San Diego Leather titleholders in beautiful San Diego on Saturday, July 14 and show your pride by walking with the Leather Contingent in the San Diego Pride Parade. The parade kicks off on Saturday at 11 AM and ends just in time to visit the Pride Festival grounds and the Leather Realm in beautiful Balboa Park. Join in the staging area for the pre-Pride party from 9:30 AM onward. The San Diego Pride Festival will be open Saturday and Sunday as will the Leather Realm. Hillcrest Pride Flag, University Avenue and Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. https://www.facebook.com/events/1793414757381542/
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/
Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle
Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, July 12 and August 9 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/398372250640635/
Border Riders Motorcycle Club
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club has chapters in the Pacific Northwest and have been active for several decades. The photo above is from a summer 2017 run to Larabee State Park in Washington. Founded in 1969, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social and educational opportunities for members and other gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring. The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America. Our diverse membership hails mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. https://www.facebook.com/Border-Riders-Motorcycle-Club-99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/99785704630/ and/or https://www.borderriders.com/
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LDG Presents - The Art of Fisting—a Live Show
The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will present The Art of Fisting — a Live Show on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Fisting superstar/Raven's Porn Award winner HungerFF and newcomer Logan Hawk are going to take it like the champion pigs they are for your viewing pleasure. No commentary, no instructions, just hot handball action. https://www.facebook.com/events/888348714700522/
CLAWS - Sordid Summer Blowout
The Coastal Leather Allegiance to Wisdom and Merit (CLAWS) are presenting Sordid Summer Blowout at Megatroplis/Parliament Resort in Augusta, GA the weekend of August 23-26. Pigs in the Pool is the theme for the event which should have all of the usual club debauchery that makes summer weekends memorable. The run fee is $75 For all of the information you need go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/claws-sordid-summer-blowout-pigs-in-the-pool-registration-45875771668summer-blowout-pigs-in-the-pool-registration-45875771668
Palm Springs Leather Pride
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org
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
The History of IMsL and IMsBB
The history of International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack was originally published in the IMsL 2011 Program Book. It was written by Rae with input and assistance from Dr. Gayle Rubin, Amy Marie Meek, Audrey Joseph, Dr. Alex Warner, Lisa G and Glenda Rider. Edited and updated with permission by Pat Baillie, Board President, IMsL Foundation. A lot has happened with this contest since 2011, but the history given is of great detail compiled by experts. Read it at http://www.imslfoundation.org/imsl-history/history/
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/
Smokeout registration open
Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world and wil be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 4-8. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic. http://www.lasvegassmokeout.com/
Lost Puppy - Fourth Anniversary
Green Mirror Entertainment presents Lost Puppy - Ruff, an event for puppies, handlers, boys and Daddies who like it Ruff. The first official LA Puppy Party is back to celebrate its Fourth Anniversary and to celebrate all those who get turned on by being a puppy, handler, boy and daddy. Lost Puppy - Ruff will feature a pup mosh pit, go-go pups, drink specials and more. Come get lost with us again, see you what you find and get Ruff. $6 cover. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/2034416283437388/
The Atons Are Headed Back To The Woods
The Atons of Minneapolis are headed back to the woods July 13-15, at a camp site north of the Twin Cities. For over 30 years the Atons held their annual Leather club runs and camp outs in state parks, with the occasional return to the city for unique hotel based runs. After taking a few years away from the parks to try other venues, the Atons are returning to Minnesota’s beautiful state parks for their 2018 Camp Out. Spend the weekend hanging out with the Atons' Leather family and friends in a comfortable Minnesota state park group center. The Camp Out includes meals, games, class, discussion, play spaces, and other events. There are also nature trails nearby. They will have dungeon and play spaces available. http://www.atons.net/
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