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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

 

DomCon LA Virtual coming in August

By Mistress Cyan

DomCon LA Virtual will happen over the weekend of August 28-30. While it will be scaled down from the five days to three days, we're still going to be able to enjoy each other's company and have the DomCon experience even if we do it online. We will come together virtually for all the things we love about DomCon: the Red Carpet Festivities and Opening Ceremonies, industry and lifestyle classes/workshops, vendor rooms, Animal Play Awards, The Gender Bender Pageant, Ladies’ Tea, the group photoshoot, and a variety of socials. We will also have kink performances and our signature Saturday night Fetish Ball with performances from Sanctuary LAX. We will also bring together scenes broadcasted from our playrooms, and from private spaces of those who wish to broadcast their play from around the country. DomCon LA Virtual will be hosting this virtual gathering through the DomCon website that has virtual chatrooms. We require a membership which then enables us to have an uncensored event.

http://www.DomCon.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1289373758121586/

 

 

Leather Archives is open

After three months, the LA&M has re-opened to visitors. "We anticipate welcoming you back on July 1. However, please check with us as these things change daily. We've made good use of this time. Keeping our history dry is important, and the building now has a brand new roof. We have also made some interior repairs to get the building into better condition." said Gary Wasdin. The Leather Archives has several new exhibits in the galleries that will make their debut when we open again, including: a new run and club pin display in the Uniforms' Room, a pony play exhibit in the main gallery, a Tom of Finland 100th Birthday exhibit in the Teri Rose Library Lens, an exhibit of Leather and kink photography featuring the work of Jim Wigler along with contemporary photographers reflecting the broad diversity of Leather, plus new pieces form the collections, many never seen before.

https://leatherarchives.org/museum/plan-your-visit

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court rules - Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTQ

Photos by ABC News and Free Press Journal

Everyone already knows, but we just have to celebrate here, nonetheless. On June 15, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This decision confirms workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. In the opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote that when an employer fires an individual for being LGBT “fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids. … the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands. When the express terms of a statute give us one answer and extratextual considerations suggest another, it’s no contest. Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

 

 

Inside Leather History - Fireside Chats

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat conducted an amazing series of Chats in 2019. Chat producer and host Douglas OKeeffe visited London in July 2019 for a thorough interview with Roland Jaggard, the last surviving litigant to Operation Spanner. The six-part Spanner interview, and a series of ancillary interviews about the controversial British legal case, are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel. Then the Chats teamed with Australian not for profit KNOTbound Ltd, for an ambitious 12 Fireside Chats in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia over 14 days in fall 2019. All interviews are available for viewing on the Fireside Chats YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjxC8KIsoDGfm21oGG8CeQ

 

 

 

 

IML IMBB 2020 Cancelled

It's official:

Dear Leather Family and Friends,

As you know, we have been monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely following updates from the CDC, State, and local government. The Governor of Illinois and Mayor of Chicago have issued plans to re-open Illinois and Chicago in phases. Not until that final phase is reached will large group gatherings and conventions be permitted. Movement between phases is dependent on improvement factors and not dates on a calendar. With the uncertainty, we feel for the safety of our attendees, volunteers, vendors and staff that it is best to cancel IML/IMBB 2020 in its entirety now.

After hundreds of hours of organization, reorganization, debate and frustrations with 2020 we have made this difficult decision. We know most will be supportive, but others will disagree with our decision. Please understand that this makes us as disappointed as it does you. However, the health and safety of our community and those around us is far more important, as well as the need to be compliant with the State and Local officials reopening plan.

To honor this year, with great respect for the world’s situation, we choose to not ignore 2020 and will put International Mr. Leather 42 and International Mr. Bootblack 28 in the books as “the year without winners”. Instead, we move forward to the future and International Mr. Leather 43 and International Mr. Bootblack 29 when we can be together in May 2021.

We look forward to releasing materials for 2021 over the next several days, and we cannot wait until our family can celebrate together again.

We are aware that this cancellation will bring many questions, we implore you to seek the most current information on hotel and package refunds on our website http://www.imrl.com after June 1, which will be updated with several options to meet the individual needs of those who are affected by the change.

In Leather,
The IML Executive Committee

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Oedipus MC Monthly Ride - Solvang Sausagefest

By Eric Gilfand

The Oedipus MC Monthly Ride will go to Solvang for Sausagefest on Sunday, May 31 at 10 AM – 2 PM. Oedipus has a long and proud tradition of encouraging guests to join them on their rides. Oedipus MC doesn’t want to decline any rider who chooses to attend, but they have certain minimum expectations that the club insists on – basically, a fully legal rider on a road-ready bike. Meet at Starbucks with a full tank of gas around 9:30 AM and ready to go, 561 New Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021.

https://www.facebook.com/events/274922623542982/

 

IML IMBB 2020 is on!

IML and IMBB will occur September 24-27, 2020 in a unique shorter format, some events will need to change and we’ll share more about that in the future but for now, we wanted to get the dates out so you can start your plans to attend. The Congress Plaza Hotel will continue as our host hotel. Reservations for the new dates opened on May 1. After that date, you can call the hotel directly at (312) 427-3800 to transfer existing reservations to our new dates or cancel if you won’t be able to attend, the hotel will refund deposits to the original credit card of purchase as soon as possible after. New reservations can also be made after May 1. Weekend events and schedule will be released in early June. IML IMBB will not reopen Weekend Package sales through our ticketing partner Box Office Tickets (BOT) until July 1. You will have options available with existing reservations. Note - The last weekend of September usually has most of us in San Francisco, CA for the Folsom Street Fair which has been canceled - their is no conflict.

https://www.imrl.com/visitors-guide/may-1-2020-announcement/

 

 

Leather Archives - Leather Speaks

By Leslie Anderson

In light of the recent conditions I have stepped up my efforts to bring the history and the Leather to life from LA&M. This is the first installment of my series. I'll be presenting all kinds of facts and tips from Leather care to club history. If you have questions or if there are subjects you would like me to present, please leave a comment and I'll try to answer in subsequent editions. Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626. See her YouTube video.

https://www.facebook.com/MatthewBeatsPerMinute/videos/10218731678901234/

http://www.leatherarchives.org

 

 

 

Garry Bowie dies due to COVID-19

The executive director of Being Alive Los Angeles, Garry Bowie, passed away on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:30 AM after testing positive for COVID-19 and being hospitalized on Saturday, March 28. Bowie was born on January 24, 1961. Garry was a long-time member of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club which is the oldest continuous LGBT organization in the world. He held several club offices over the years. He is well-known for mentoring with his sage advice and his altruism in the community. He was an historian, compling much of the LA areas Leather and motorcycle club artifacts. Garry is survived by his husband, Jeff Wacha. They spent 20 years together. The full text of Jeff's Facebook post and more appears in the WeHoTimes, linked below. At one time, he was co-owner of Toto's Revenge gift and card shop in Long Beach, CA. ABC 7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles had an almost three-minute piece on Bowie including a visit with Jeff Wacha. See second link below. Scroll all the way down to see our photo gallery honoring Garry.

https://wehotimes.com/garry-bowie-executive-director-at-being-alive-dies-of-covid-19-complications/

https://abc7.com/health/weho-nonprofit-director-dies-from-covid-19/6087433/

http://satyrsmc.org/

http://beingalivela.org/

 

 

International Master/slave winners

Master Rook and slave rook left South Plains LeatherFest in Dallas, TX with the International Master/slave 2000 title in hand. Three Master/slave teams vied for the coveted titles. South Plains holds more than a contest. The weekend includes over 50 workshops, classes and demos, dungeon parties, a keynote Sunday brunch, a large Leather market and several socials.