Iron Guard BC - 43rd Anniversary
The Iron Guard BC's 43rd Anniversary Dinner was held on Saturday, September 15 at 1745 Winebar in New York, NY. Many AMCC club brothers from the East Coast were there.
Rick Castro (American, 1958- ) Kinbaku, 2018, Photograph
Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival XXIII
The Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, hosted by Tom of Finland Foundation will be held Saturday, October 6 from 12-9 PM. The Festival is one of the key public events initiated and run by the Foundation, and serves as a platform in furthering its mission to preserve, protect and promote erotic art. To celebrate the release of the book, My Gay Eye, this year's programming will focus on the purposeful commitment of collecting art: Eye on Collecting. Saturday, October 6 - 12-6 PM - Art Fair, 12-2 PM - Life Drawing Session, 2-3 PM - Readings, 7 PM - Film Screening. Sunday, October 7 - 12-6 PM - Art Fair; 12-2 PM - Life Drawing Session and 2-3 PM - Live Art Auction and Awards Presentation. Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026.
ONYX SoCal Southwest - Third Anniversary
Photo by Primalephotography
By Chad ONYX. On Sunday, September 9 ONYX SoCal Southwest celebrated our Third Anniversary at our home bar, Eagle LA. I couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments this year. We increased our visibility by participating in community events; partnered with event producers and organizers, grew our membership through thoughtful recruiting, expanded our brand by hosting events all over the Southern and Northern CA regions, and were active humanitarians. Because of the generosity of our supporters, we were also able to donate thousands of dollars to HIV care organizations such as Being Alive los angeles, Minority AIDS Project and los angeles LGBT Center; volunteered our time and money to los angeles Regional Food Bank; donated and participated in AIDS Walk los angeles and donated toys and money to los angeles Mission.
By Master Taino
Master/slave Conference XV - $14,526 donations disbursed
A combination of fundraisers during MsC 2018 and donations from MTTA raised a total amount of $14,526. Checks have been sen to the beneficiaries. MsC 2018 took place over Labor Day Weekend where the event celebrated its 15th Anniversary. The MsC Raffle and a matching from MTTA plus additional donations added up to $4,747 for slavegirl j, International slave 2017, to assist her with her cancer treatment. That amount includes $1,500 received from the Leather Heart Foundation. The Leather Archives and Museum receives $2,934 from the fundraiser among attendees, a MTTA match and additional donations. The funds are earmarked to assist in the purchase of a new HVAC unit for the Museum building. The Carter Johnson Leather Library receives $1,883 from the fundraiser among attendees and other donations. The Northern Illinois University Foundation receives $1,900 as a donation from MTTA for the BDSM Research Team of its Department of Psychology. The Cigar Party raised $443 for the Lady Lynette Scholarship Fund and the Bunny Ranch donated an extra $1,610 to the fund. Finally MTTA will support the M/s Gathering event with $1,000 for a Benefactor Sponsorship.
Mates Leather Weekend XXII - First Mate judges
By Rick Conley
Judges are First Mate 2016 and Mr. New England Leather 2017 Russell Sweeney, Mr. Providence Eagle 2018 Jesse Rosenburg and Mr. New England Leather 2018 Robert Birch. Mates is a kick-back, have-a-good-time, meet-some-hot-new-friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in Leather, Rubber and Uniforms. A great chance to hit P'town before the cold weather hits. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $61,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod since fundraising efforts began in 2002.
Master Tip McGuire passes
By Master Taino
Master Tip McGuire from New York City passed away today. Master Tip was first a personal friend for almost two decades. He was one of seven individuals who has attended all 15 MsC and for the past nine years he volunteered as our Tally Master for the Northeast Master/slave Contest. In New York City, he belonged to the Iron Guards, GMSMA and MAsT New York City. He was always active in the community and helping everyone. At MsC 2009, he received the Master Heart Award and in 2017 he was granted the Sir Steve Community Service Award. He will be missed. This photo was taken on Saturday, September 1, 2018 during his short speech at MsC 15th Anniversary.
The Visibility Project
By Scarlett Sin
Phase one of The Visibility Project launched in 2017 on the principle that Diversity, Representation, Visibility and Inclusion must be perpetual efforts in our communities to ensure an equitable space for all. Beginning with a mission to provide visibility through display of identity flags of all in our communities launched the project. The Visibility Project has supplied flags to over 30 events in the past year with many more scheduled. Phase two (launching in 2019) seeks to provide scholarships to minority-identified Leatherfolk to be visible, representative and included in events otherwise beyond their reach so that they may share their knowledge and experiences and bring back those to their own home communities. 501 (c)3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon. For more information E-mail
Coastal Empire Sentinels - Southern Coastal States Leather
The Southern Coastal States Leather Contest 2018 will be held at the Atlanta Eagle in Atlanta, GA the weekend of September 28-30. Join the Coastal Empire Sentinels as we host the 2018 Southern Coastal States Leather contest at the Atlanta Eagle. Meet and Greet Friday starting at 10 PM followed by contest at 8 PM on Saturday September 29. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the Leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA.
Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday
The 45th annual Santa Saturday will be held again at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24. As in prior years, this year’s Santa Saturday will be a combination of an auction of donated items, entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise; service awards for worthy individuals; photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus; a Leather shop; a 50-50 raffle; and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.
Club X San Diego - Ritual Steel II
Club X San Diego will present Ritual Steel II on Saturday, October 20 at 6 PM at the World Beat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. Join us for live drumming, ritual piercing, hook pulls, flesh suspension, and much more. In addition to our special guest Elwood Reid, the Executive Director of Edgewalkers and protege to Fakir Musafar, our team will include many noteworthy piercers and personalities. This event is intended to be the largest body-based ritual held in San Diego in the last decade.
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Mr. Michigan Leather
By Bryon Hayes
Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend kicks off Friday, September 21 with Mr. Friendly's 10th Birthday Party, starting at 9 PM at the Dunes Resort. Wear your Mr. Friendly gear and you could win prizes. Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers, starts at 1:30 AM. There will be Skills and Education classes Saturday afternoon. And of course, Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Tim Koski will pass the title to the new Mr. Michigan Leather on Saturday night. The Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway.
Douglas, MI 49406. (269) 857-1401.
Leather Reign XI
Leather Reign XII devotes a weekend in Bellevue, WA, November 9-11, to exploring and building healthy, fulfilling experiences in BDSM, Leather Sex, and power dynamic relationships. Leather Reign is also dramatically increasing its Service to socially vulnerable Leather people, and to strengthening Leather cultures. It's sponsoring six national and Pacific Northwest nonprofits through Leather List, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves Leather people and cultures, and its groundbreaking site, leatherlist.org Leather Reign's sponsorships begin two months before Leather Reign weekend, and will continue for six weeks afterward, to December 31.
Panther L/L - Panther Bar Night
Panther L/L hosts their monthly bar night on fourth Saturdays at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The next one is on September 22 followed by October 27. We bartend in the club room to raise money for different organizations in the LGBTQ+ community. Come on out and have a drink or two with the Panthers. Big cats play hard.
Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018
Hosted by Gear Club Portugal, Lisbon Meets Fetish 2018 will bring Europe's Leather/BDSM/Fetish community to the Iberian Peninsula the weekend of September 28-30. Gear Club Portugal, the Portuguese spot for men who like Leather, rubber, neoprene, sports, boots and uniforms.
Pong'd Tournament - Beer Pong at the DC Eagle
Pong'd Tournament - Beer Pong at the DC Eagle will be held every Thursday, September 20 through October 25 at 7 PM. Come play Beer Pong and a chance to win some cash. Teams of 2-5 will compete in a good ol' fashioned game of beer pong. Beer for the game will be included. Stick around for Team Spirit. Register by August 20 to ensure you have a shirt for the first week. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019.
By Scot McTeir
Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, September 7 at 8 PM on the first Friday of odd months with the next being on November 2 followed by January 4, 2019. Leather, Smoke, Testosterone and Cruising. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
ONYX Northwest - Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest
ONYX Northwest will host Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest on Saturday, August 25 at 6 PM at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Mr. Friendly 2018 Stephen Ferris will emcee and the judges are Orpheus Onyx, Justin Hall aka Comic Book Daddy and adult film star Matt Horne. The Mr. Friendly's Power Bottom Contest benefits ONYX and Mr. Friendly charities. The evening includes the ONYX raffle, Loaded Gummi Bears and DJ Blackstone.
GLUE Weekend 2018
GLUE Weekend features many outstanding events for the gay Leather and fetish communities October 5-7 in Houston, TX. GLUE features the Mr. Third Coast Gear on Friday night and Mr. Third Coast Leather on Saturday night. In addition we will have a men only pool party on Saturday and an Officer's Lunch on Sunday that will include a featured speaker.
Mr. Friendly Dave Watt interview
The Leather Journal conducted an interview with Mr. Friendly project founder Dave Watt which appears in the September - October print version. You've seen him at CLAW and IML, and at other events in the Midwest. I had the honor of being a judge when he was named Mr. Michigan Leather 2009. He is the founder of the Mr. Friendly campaign. His name is Dave Watt and he lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. And oh, he has had an impact on not only the Leather community and LGBT community, but a successful influence on those living with HIV.
1. When did you first realize that you are Leather? Please tell us about that realization...
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DomCon: New Orleans
By Jay Moyes
DomCon: New Orleans, the premiere professional and lifestyle BDSM lifestyle convention will be held October 4-7 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. DomCon New Orleans offers the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course sizzling hot parties.
Tom of Finland Book Signing Party and Porn Documentary
The Tom of Finland Book Signing Party and Porn Documentary, hosted by Round Hole Square Peg LGBTQ Photo Show. "Come join me at my Classic Porn Screening and book signing release party at the Tom of Finland Foundation Tom's House: Sunday, September 23, 5-9 PM. A $5 donation is suggested. Book Cover Art by Miguel Angel Reyes" said Phil Tarley. Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace, los angeles, CA 90026-3323.
Mr. Barracks Leather
Mr. Barracks Leather will be held September 21-23. Friday at 9 PM is a meet and greet the contestants plus A Roast of Mr. Barracks 2018 Tom Schneck; Saturday at 9 PM will be the Mr. Barracks Leather 2019 Contest; Sunday closes things at 3 PM with a victory beer bust and celebration. The Barracks, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234.
Mr. and Ms OCIC Leather
Mr. and Ms OCIC Leather 2018 meet and greet on Friday, September 14 and the contest on Saturday, September 15, Mr. OCIC Leather 2017 Jeff Galley-Reay and MsOCIC Leather 2017 Goddess Vat the Frat House Nightclub. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844.
Avatar Club los angeles - Rubber and latex
Avatar Club los angeles will host its monthly educational meeting at MCC in the Valley on Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 8:30 PM. Rubber and latex cling to the skin and can make their wearer feel sexy and aroused. The tightness of the garments may be viewed as a kind of sexual bondage, and the smell is also a turn-on for some enthusiasts. Experience the feel and smell of rubber for yourself! Come dressed in your rubber. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, October 6 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304.
Mr. CMEN Leather 2018 James Stewart
By Rick Boehle
James Stewart from San Diego, California, won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2018 at CMEN’s West Coast Gathering in Malibu, CA on Thursday evening, September 6. Christian G. from Phoenix, AZ was selected runner-up. James was born and raised in Oklahoma. James has been comfortable in his own skin socially since his college years and has embraced the acceptance and inclusiveness that both naturists and bears have shown him. He enjoys participating in Leather community activities. He will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. The judges were Head Judge, Mr. CMEN Leather 2004 Mark Lager, Mr. CMEN Leather 2009 Danny Brookshire, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2013 Mark Bellenger and Patrick Russo. Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 Rick Boehle served as Emcee.
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//
Trivia Question of the Week
Which of the following owns their clubhouse and hosts play parties there?
1. The 15 Association.
2. Delta International.
3. Avatar Club los angeles.
4. Lesbian Sex Mafia.
5. Chicago Hellfire Club.
Answer next week when a new question is asked.
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What is the traditional style of Leather cap worn by Covered Masters and Mistresses?
Timeline of Pup Play
Timeline of Pup Play is a web site with tons of puppy history. When going to the site you will see a timeline for 2011 to the present. Yes, there is a lot of puppy history prior to that. Not to be alarmed - scroll down and you will see 2001-2010. There is more than that, you will discover. The Go-to website for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pups they want to become and to find resources. We try our best to gather information and experiences from across the community and compile them into one place so the content is not biased to one persons experiences but to have content made by the entire community to inspire those who are curious and those who are also long time veterans to animal role-play.
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?
Leather Heart Foundation launches General Assistance Applications
Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. LHF is the only non-profit group of its kind - by the community, for the community. Recently, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Today, LHF is announcing the reopening of regular applications for support due to financial hardship. Members of the various fetish communities including, but not limited to, the Leather/BDSMKink/Rubber communities may apply.
Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education
The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The September 8 and October 13 begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities thru outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.
LDG Presents: Reasonable Pup Play
The next SFLDG presentation will be on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 PM. This workshop focuses on finding reasonable ways to engage in human pup play and not be an idiot. Programs are every fourth Wednesday, with some exceptions. They vary from interview, to demo, to community panel discussion, and more. Attendance varies from 60-150 people. Occasionally a presenter may ask for audience participation, but its never required.
Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather
The Regiment of the Black and Tans present Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather, November 16-17 at Eagle LA. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, los angeles, CA 90029. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather next March. Several Mr. Regiment titleholders have gone on to win Mr. LA Leather.
Encuerado Leather Latin Night
Encuerado Leather Latin Night, hosted by Leo Iriarte is held at the Eagle LA on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the next one on Wednesday, September 26 at 9 PM. Join in for a crazy-fun night in gear with famous deejay Rubin Sanchez bringing the most amazing collection of rock en español and rock pop available in USA. The wild and cachondos Go-Go’s from Panama, Mexico and California will make you sweat. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., los angeles, CA 90029.
By Race Bannon
KinkTheVote.com is a portal to a nationwide voter registration system. Fellow Leatherfolk and kinksters. THIS is how we use our vast Leather and kink communities to help register more people to vote and energize their enthusiasm to vote. The idea is to have it at every bar night, Leather event, etc. We have stickers and a banner if you want to put it up at your event. Please help spread the word by sharing this. This is a joint project of IMsLBB Productions and The IMsL Foundation.
Puppies in the Mountains
Puppies in the Mountains, October 5-7 in Colorado Springs, CO, is not like any other fetish community event you've attended. We don't build in a lot of structure, no seminars or lectures, and no title contests or pageantry. We just want to hang out and have a lot of fun! We are still planning the details of the event, but here are some of the ideas we're putting together: Plenty of play time in our huge mosh area, games for puppies and humans alike, cuddles during movie night, story time, or camp fires, discussion groups for pups and handlers, and excursions to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.
Folsom Berlin 2018
Photos by John O'Brien
Folsom Berlin 2018 saw Leatherfolk from all over the globe descend upon Berlin, Germany on Saturday, September 8. Many from the United States were there for several days and asocial media was abuzz with hundreds of photos of hot men and events.
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