ABW 2019 winners named
The 2018 American Brotherhood Weekend, held October 5-7 in Chicago, Illinois, culminated in the naming of the 2018 American Leatherman and American Leatherwoman titleholders. Daddy Sky Cotton, of Chicago, is the new American Leatherwoman; Rai Guerra, of Asbury Park NJ, has been named as American Leatherman. Sea Wolf, of Charleston SC, was the runner-up for American Leatherman. ABW honored William “Rubberwilli” Schendel with the Jeff Baxter Award, acknowledging his work in promoting and supporting American Brotherhood Weekend. They also unveiled a new award, the Vern Stewart “Oh I See” award, and chose to award it to Joan Norry and Boy Chris.
Folsom Street Fair
The world's largest single Leather event, the Folsom Street Fair, was held on Sunday, September 30 and was the keystone of two weekends of fun for about 400,000 Leatherfolk and kinksters. Virtually every San Francisco Bay Area group was represented in one way or another, Leathermen's Dicussion Group's Reasonable Pup Play, Golden Gate Guards Cruise of San Francisco Bay. The 15 Association play party, Exiles Folsom Social, ONYX Northwest's Back to Black party, Society of Janus whipping demo area, BLUF SF's Hot Boots Brunch, Donna's Titleholder Brunch,, Alameda County Leather Corps. The area in front of the Powerhouse and the Steamworks Twister game were packed. The weather was overcast which was great for photographers and most of the crowd stayed until the end.
Donna's Titleholder Brunch held after all
The Sunday morning Pre-Folsom Brunch held by Donna Sachet and Lenny Broberg was canceled then revived only days before being held in a second story warehouse half-a-block from Folsom and 13th Streets. Word made it around fast and it was a full house.
There was a Mama's Family photo shoot adjacent the Powerhouse on Dore Alley by Rich Stadtmiller.
San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair reinforces consent
By Eliza Flynn for the Golden Gate Press supplied by the NCSF
“It’s everything. The BDSM community was into consent a long time before the mainstream community ever talked about it,” said Jim Dunyak, who was operating the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom booth. “It was sort of codified in this ‘safe, sane and consensual.’ I think that was approximately 30 years ago, but it’s been a pretty strong concept, I would say since the beginning." Read the story at
Los Angeles Leather Coalition - LA Cruise Night
los angeles Leather Coalition, BLUF, and Eagle LA present BLUF LA Cruise Night on Friday, October 12 at 9 PM, benefiting LA Leather Pride. LA Leather Cruise Night - Prefect for Fall Leather Weather! Come out to Eagle LA in your BLUFiest gear for a fun evening of cruising and kink. All funds raised will provide financial support for los angeles Leather Pride 2019 - a week long celebration for the los angeles Leather community. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
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. 501c3 status is pending and a website will be launching soon. For more information E-mail
Midwest Puppy becomes Midwest Puppy and Handler
Midwest Puppy is now Midwest Puppy and Trainer. The organization is taking on a larger educational role as well as expanding its contest. With the approval of Midwest Puppy and Handler (MWPH) as a regional representative of International Puppy and Handler (IPAHW), MWPH will offer two workshops throughout the region. These two exciting workshop weekends will be The Midwest Spring Fling in April in Chicago, IL and the Midwest Fall Ball in August/September in St. Louis. Midwest Puppy has added a Handler portion to its contest starting in 2019 that will be accepted to run for International at IPAHW.
Manchester Leather Weekend
Manchester Leather Weekend returns October 5-8 and will be bigger and better than before with a weekend packed full of great events. As before, we’ve endeavored to have many free events, including our popular Workshops, Tom Does Manchester, Fetish Market, drinks and bingo, President's Dinner, BLUF Manchester, Sunday brunch, The Last Dance, art auction, farewell drinks. This year’s charity partner is the LGBT Foundation, specifically their mental health program. We are pleased to support the Foundation’s work, in memory of our member Craig Russell who passed away earlier this year.
Wicked PAH - Launch event
Wicked PAH is located in Boston, MA and the club is holding a launch party at the Alley Bar in Boston on Saturday, October 20 at 9 PM. The party is being hosted by Big Bear Productions and Pup and Bear It All 2.
Mx Virginia Leather
Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity/ The first Mx Virginia Leather 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.
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.
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.
Leather List - Leather community fundraising Grand Central
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/list-national/ and to see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/
Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by John Piampiano and Hunter Fox and Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next ones are on October 27 and November 24 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. Wear your Leather, jock, wrestling singlets, fetish, military, rubber, kink or do it up special. $6 cover. Eagle LA, los angeles, CA 90029.
Dave Rhodes interviewed in Bound and Back in Leather
Bound and Back in Leather, published by GED Magazine conducted and interview with The Leather Journal founder and publisher Dave Rhodes which appears in their 2018 - 2019 edition. Four pages of copy and photos is led by an introduction by Dave Rhodes' best friend, Dr. Lawrence Burden with the interview questions posed by Christopher Jackson. See the interview and Bound and Back in Leather at
IPAHW names host city
By Justin St. Clair
It is with great pleasure that IPAHW announces that it's Third Annual event will be held in Indianapolis, IN from July 25-28. Once again, IPAHW will be hosting the International Puppy and Trainer Contest. The reason for the move is simple: The community asked for it. The move allows us to rent out an entire hotel for our event, while still affording us 18,000 square feet of conferencing space. This means more activities, more classes, pool parties, play parties, etc.
Stay tuned to Facebook.
Pup Mosh in Denver
There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next ones being Friday, October 12 then November 9 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.
Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, los angeles, CA 90038. Tell them we say hello. (323) 848-4790.
Rope Burn SF: October
Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, October 18 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.
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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.
Perverted Interracial Guys - Orgasmask
Perverted Interracial Guys and DJ Dennis bring Orgasmask, a rubber, latex, and neoprene gear night, to the Bullet Bar on Saturday, October 13 at 9 PM. Lube service courtesy of Spunk Lube, a big prize from Mr. Hankey's Toys, plus the re-launch of West Coast Rubber. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.
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 at 7 PM with the next one on October 13. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. They 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.
Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, October 12 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 including November 9 and December 14. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.
Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. September 11, 18 and 25. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.
Cavaliers Halloween Bar Night
Cavaliers Halloween Bar Night is an event for the Knight Hawks of Virginia hosted by Stephanie Cuccherini at MJ's Tavern on Saturday, October 27 at 9 PM. MJ's Tavern, 4019 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23504. Come join the Cavaliers for our Bar Night while wearing your best costume for the costume contest hosted by MJ's.
Intensity: a costume party for the women’s community
Intensity: a costume party for the women’s community being hosted by Ms San Francisco Leather 2018 Haley at SF Catalyst on Friday, October 26 from 8 PM – 1 AM. Welcome to Intensity, a play party for those who like the intense, the depraved, and the twisted. With Halloween right around the corner, we figured the best way to celebrate would be with a costume/fancy dress play party. What better way to get in the spirit than making someone scream? SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
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
SWAP MEAT/Harness in San Diego
Buy/Sell/Trade your gear and meet others to connect over fetishes, toys and gear outside the phone apps. Free to enter/$5 to sell. Free tables provided on Friday, October 12, 7-9 PM. Harness presents Dirty Fun dance/demos event following from 10 PM - 2 AM. $8 before 10, $10 after. SWAP MEAT is San Diego's bimonthly social event for all kink backgrounds to meet and connect over our fetishes, toys and gear. Our event takes place in Mo’s semi-private dance floor for an intimate setting outside the apps and back into real time cruising.MO's Bar and Grill, 308 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
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, September 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
FMSD - End of Summer Party
Fetish Men San Diego will hold their End of Summer Party with a double feature screening of Tom of Finland's Daddy and the Muscle Academy and Tom of Finland on Sunday, October 14 starting at 2PM at Tom's Place in Hillcrest. The End of Summer Party also includes a potluck social and pool party. Email
Empire City MC - 54th Anniversary
Empire City MC’s 54th Anniversary Dinner will be held Sunday, October 14 at Caliente Cab, 61 7th Avenue S, New York, NY 10014. Cash bar cocktail hour at 7 PM. Dinner is served at 8 PM. $33 per person includes non-alcoholic beverages, dinner, coffee/tea and dessert. Pay at the door, not in advance. Oh, and don't forget, Empire City MC will hold their Fall Foliage Ride on Saturday, October 20. Please RSVP at
By Papa Woof Roth
Puppy 101 focuses 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.
Mr. Rubber Mexico
Congratulations to Silver Alx, the second man to hold the title of Mr. Rubber Mexico. He won the contest held this past weekend in Mexico City, which was hosted by MIR20 Preston So.
Girls Night Out
Girls Night Out! Women's BDSM Play Party-Saturday, October 13, 7 PM to midnight presented by Bikkja Amy. Mistieyes at The Compound in San Diego, CA. Dress in your Halloween costume. Demonstration by Lady Carrie will be Scratching for Pain and Pleasure and Energy Sex. This demo will leave the hair on the back of your neck standing at attention! Learn to scratch, tickle and leave your subject weak in the knees and trembling. Learn about energy sex and the coveted No Touch Orgasm. $15. RSVP a.
International Mr. Leather Bear 2019
International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 was held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7 with Ali Lopez walking away with the title. The Mission of International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 is to promote a positive image of the Leather Bear lifestyle; encourage all people feel good about themselves regardless of race, religion, political beliefs, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, size, handicap, or health condition; and to empower all those who wish to be a part of the Leather Bear communities feel welcome.
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.
Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather
Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather will be held at Paradise and the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park October 19 21. The weekend will include a Friday night Uniform/Gear Meet and Greet, Jersey Kollege of Kink sessions, Saturday Eye Openers, Recovery in the Lifestyle meetings, a pup mosh, Cigar Social, 19th Annual Contest, Victory Brunch and Sinner Sunday. As always, they will be joined by a variety of vendors and a team of Bootblacks. Paradise, 101 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712.
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