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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes


August 05, 1989


The Leather Journal

Ron Curtis by David John Beck was the man on the cover of Issue #9 with a chain around his neck. A photo series by David John Beck that had been on display at the One Way bar in Los Angeles was featured. The Leather Journal named Judy Tallwing McCarthey and Shan Carr as Co-Women of the Year and Alan Selby as Man of the Year 1989. Club or Organization of the Year was Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club (RMMC). Immobilized Training was a fantasy story by Chris Andrews of Los Angeles. He had recently been found dead in his own playroom by friends. Marcus Hernandez reported news from San Francisco including the Inter Club Fund's Folsom Follies and the announcement of the upcoming Motorcycle Awards, Mr. San Francisco Leather and International Ms Leather contests. Les Robinson's coverage of the Midwest clubs began. News about Gateway MC, Rodeo Riders, and Conductors LL appeared. Robinson's photos of the Rodeo Riders MC's Rodeo 13 run was the centerspread. Jim Schreier' In Uniform column started.

Paul Hernandez photographed at Mike's Corral in Long Beach by Floyd Ballou appeared on the cover of Issue #10. Feature articles included Wally Sherwood’s Around the Bay column debuted.  Rope Rap by Papa Bear featured chair/rope bondage. NLA: San Diego’s first Leatherfest was the center photo spread.  Floyd Ballou captured several hot action photos of the Los Angeles Gay Rodeo.

Bill Murray, Guy Baldwin, and Mitch Davis by Spike Owens were the covermen on Issue #11. Feature articles included Full coverage of the 1989 International Mr. Leather Contest won by Guy Baldwin of Los Angeles. Les Robinson interviewed IML 1988 Michael Pereyra and Guy Baldwin in this issue. One of the last drawings by Tom of Finland appeared in the form of a display ad on page 3 for the One Way bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Zeus model Scott Answer was again on the cover of Issue #12. "Hot Scott" was in a centerspread in Leather, rubber and torn underwear. Feature articles included coverage of Living In Leather, Fantasy '89 and the Mr. Drummer Contest. Dave Rhodes returned from a three week trip that had him stop in cities on the way to and from Inferno. Wally Sherwood and Eddie Cunningham covered Spearhead's Spearhead in Space run held just outside Toronto, Ontario. Les Robinson covered Corpus Christi MC's Beachhead IV weekend.


A four member panel from the Gay Officers Action League addressed GMS/MA's( Gay Male S/M Activists) first meeting of the year. The Cornhaulers L&L club raised $5,824 at the 1988 All Iowa AIDS Benefit in October. The SFGDIs Constantines, and Barbary Coasters took home most of the hardware at the Motorcycle Awards in San Francisco in February at the Motorcycle Awards in San Francisco. Best Rider of the Year was Greg Mills of Warriors MC in Los Angeles and Best Buddy Rider of the Year was the Golden Gate Guards’ Jack Goodall of San Francisco. 4,000 bikers converged on Olympia Washington for the annual Biker Toy Run with toys being given to the Salvation Army for distribution to children. Five clubs met in Chicago to form COSMOS (Confederation Of SM Organizations). They were SigMa, dreizehn, GMS/MA, Chicago Hellfire Club, and Windy City Bondage Club. Somandros held Desert Captive Weekend II in Palm Springs in May with 65 men attending. Ken Lowry was crowned Oedipus Rex LVI in front of 450 people at the annual Oedipus Motorcycle Club Coronation in Los Angeles. The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers weekend in Los Angeles. More than 100 men relaxed over Memorial Day Weekend at Oedipus MC’s Grecian Games run. GMSMC of Philadelphia held a candlelight vigil when the AIDS Quilt was there. Dignity, the Catholic gay and lesbian organization started Defenders as an outreach program for the Leather community. The first two chapters were in New York and Tampa. The Firedancers from Dallas held Firedance III; the Rochester Rams held their Hallow-Weenie Crystal Balls XIV run.

Leather Titles

 Rick Orr and Cooper Aaxton were named Mr. and Ms Puget Sound Leather. In San Francisco, CA Susie Shepherd became International Ms Leather 1989. Susie was the third woman in a row from Portland, OR to win the title. Brian Dawson took the Mr. Southern California Drummer title at Probe in Los Angeles.

Guy Baldwin and Jan Lyon became Mr. and Ms NLA at Living In Leather. The Mr. Drummer 1989 Contest was won by Brian Dawson from Huntington Beach, CA at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. This was the beginning of the very active Drummer titleholder.

Mr. Pacific Northwest Drummer was Greg T. Sylvester, Dustin Logan won the Great Plains Mr. Drummer title, Mr. Midwest Drummer was Gregg Lakotta. Winners of the Mr. and Ms Fresno Leather Contest were Ric Lewis and Cory Zamora. William "Taurus" Webster was chosen Mr. San Diego Leather 1990 and Pat Sullivan became Oklahoma Leatherman 1990

News and Politics

Griff’s bar moved from its longtime location across from the KHJ Television Studios to a new location at Melrose and Vermont. The new bar replaced The Zone which only lasted a few months.

The CORE Program (Community Response to AIDS Education) in Los Angeles released a safe sex booklet for clubs and organizations nationwide. Mistress Elizabeth and Master Gilberts of People Exchanging Power appeared on the Geraldo Rivera Show.  Hot Ash announced that their international membership had swelled to 200. The National Leather Association and Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults agreed to a merger and formed a National Advisory Committee that had Judy Tallwing McCarthey of Portland and Jim Richards of Dallas as its cochairs.

The International Mr. Leather 1989 Contest won by Guy Baldwin of Los Angeles. Tony DeBlase presented a Leather Pride flag on stage at IML that became accepted as the identifying symbol for the international Leather community.

New York and San Francisco’s Leather communities were visible in their respective Gay and Lesbian Pride celebrations in June.

Dustin Logan and his lover Bob Ewing from Omaha, NE produced Fantasy '89 in August under a tent on a Iowa corn field near the home of Two Wheelers of Omaha club president Tom Winfield. Fantasy raised over $9,000 for three local Omaha charities.

Living In Leather IV was held at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in October and drew about 450 Leatherfolk from around the country. About 30 workshops and demonstrations educated and titillated those who attended. ORGASM hosted the dungeon party in a 13,000 square foot dungeon. Geoff Mains and Cynthia Slater were given lifetime Achievement honors.

San Francisco's Leather community survived the 1989 Loma Prietta earthquake. Most of the stores and bars received minor damage. Desmodus, Inc, publishers of Drummer Magazine, had major damage that caused them to move locations within a few short months. Several organizations and The Leather Journal formed the "We Love You San Francisco Earthquake Relief Fund" to held those in need. The relief fund raised over $1,500 to help Leather community victims of the earthquake.

The Barn was named Toronto's favorite Leather bar at the JOLD Awards.

Robert E. Sheets gained 10 percent of the popular vote as an openly-gay/leather candidate for the Charlotte, NC city council.

New on the Scene

Gay Male SM Club, Philadelphia, PA; NLA: Portland; NLA: San Diego, CA; Seattle Dungeon Guild, WA; Knights On Iron, San Diego, CA; ORGASM (Oregon Activists in SM), Portland, OR; Loco Ticklers No. 3338; 6/2 Society, San Diego, CA; Rangers, Cleveland, OH; Menamore, Wilmington, NC; SLUG (Southbay Leather Uniform Group), San Jose, CA; LINKS, San Francisco Bay Area; Brotherhood of Pain, Houston, TX; Southern California Leather Coalition, Los Angeles, CA; GFMC/DC, Washington, DC; Motorcity Men in Leather, Detroit, MI; Defenders LL, New York, NY; Defenders LL, Tampa, FL; Men Shaving Men, Vancouver, British Columbia; Trusted Servants, San Francisco, CA; NLA: Dallas; NLA: Denver; NLA: Detroit; Adeptes S-M Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA; Silver Dolphins, Corpus Christi, TX


35th Anniversary: Satyrs MC, Los Angeles, CA

20th Annual Victoria Run by Border Riders, Seattle, WA

15 Years: Gateway MC, St. Louis, MO, held Show Me XV run; SFGDI’s (San Francisco God Damned Independents), San Francisco, CA; Knights d’ Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Regiment of the Black and Tans, Los Angeles, CA

10 Years: Centurions of Columbus, OH; The 15 Association, San Francisco, CA

Five Years: Motorcyclemen of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Hot Air Run; Boot Camp Saloon, Milwaukee, WI; SigMa, Washington, DC; Fifth Anniversary Run, TWO (Two Wheelers of Omaha), Omaha, NE; Wasatch Leathermen MC, Salt Lake City, UT, host Falcon Flight V; T-Bears of Boston, MA; COPE (Colorado Power Exchange), Denver, CO; Hartford Colts, Hartford, CT

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mack McKinnon Leather shop owner and community philanthropist of Vancouver, British Columbia; Chris Andrews, Los Angeles, CA.

The Knights Templar, San Francisco, CA disbanded.

California Motor Club of San Francisco after 26 years.

Leather sex symbol Fred Halsted died of a drug overdose on May 9 in Orange County, CA. Fred appeared in El Paso Wrecking Corp., Sextool, A Night At Halsted's among others. He co-owned Halsted's, an LA sex club.

Bob Damron, founder of the Bob Damron’s Handbook, San Francisco, CA died on June 20. Bob founded the San Francisco Eagle bar and the Rendezvous, Febe's, Alley Cat, PS, Church Street Station and others before that.

Erotic video star and director Fred Halsted of Los Angeles committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

Community activist and lover of IMsL 1987 Judy Tallwing McCarthey Sashie Hyatt of Portland.

Author of Urban Aboriginals and Gentle Warrior Geoff Mains of San Francisco, CA died due to AIDS-related complication.

Sashie Hyatt died the day after Susie Shepherd won the International Ms Leather Contest. Sashie was a Leather activist and lover of the first International Ms Leather, Judy Tallwing-McCarthey.

Bearisters bar home of the Hartford Colts in Hartford, CT closed.


September 30, 1988


The Leather Journal

Dave Rhodes' Editorial named Barry Douglas as Man of the Year and Cookie Andrews-Hunt as Woman of the Year 1988. Douglas and Andrews-Hunt were cochairs for the SM/Leather Contingent at the 1987 March On Washington. The first Organization of the Year was International Ms Leather, Inc. The first IMsL, Judy Tallwing McCarthey, was the first titleholder to be recognized as politically active.

Scott Answer supplied by Zeus Studios was the coverman. Jason Forever's Bike Beat column appeared for the first time.

Shine My Boots by Floyd Ballou was the first gloss cover for Issue #6 of The Leather Journal .

In Issue #7 Dave Rhodes' Editorial “After the Revolution” tries d to explain the explosion of energy following the 1987 March On Washington. Anthony Bruno interviewed Judy Tallwing McCarthey and the new IMsL Shan Carr. Bob Reite’s Leather On Line column first appeared in this issue. It ran until Issue #77. The Photo Collage was a collection of photos taken during the Oedipus MC Grecian Games in the mountains east of Los Angeles.

The cover of Issue #8 was Boot With Spur by Floyd Ballou and has been the best selling back issue in TLJ history. Photo spreads of the Wasatch Leathermen MC's Falcon Flight ‘88 held in August and the Satyrs MC Run to Badger Flat were featured. . Feature stories Kidd, by Gary Taylor and The Wagon Boys, by Frank O’Rourke appeared with art by Mark Frazier. A parody section called Soviet Clubs” appeared. A handful of Gay and Lesbian publications including Drummer picked some of the prank news and reported it as fact. One even expounded on it. Another Leather publication copied Kagabia MC out of the Club Directory for their listing of clubs. Poet Lariat made its debut with poems by Bob Allen, Tom Winfield, Mike Dittmer, and Joshua Stone being published.


The Wasatch Leathermen MC of Salt Lake City bought their own clubhouse. SMALERS/Tri-State held a benefit for those arrested in a police raid in 1987. Cheaters MC announced plans for their first bike run in Northern California.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Janus Society broke away from their San Francisco counterpart and became Threshold. Leather Weekend ‘88 was held in Guerneville that drew about 200 Leatherfolk. NLA: Seattle held a successful May Day celebration with people from all over the West Coast attending. The Rocky Mountaineers MC purchased 41.4 acres of mountain property near Fairplay, CO to host their summer runs and other community events.

The National Leather Association's Living In Leather III was held in Seattle, WA. Gayle Rubin and Alan Selby were given the NLA's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Leather Journal sponsored entertainer Lynn Lavner for the convention.

The Chicago Hellfire Club started holding monthly Sandmutopia University nights at Touche'. A third organization, COSMOS, for those not happy with either the National Leather Association or Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults announced an organizational meeting to be held in Chicago.

Leather Titles

Michael Pereyra won the IML 1988 title at the Vic Theater in Chicago. This was the first time that The Leather Journal attended the contest. Ron Zehel was chosen Mr. Drummer. This was the first Mr. Drummer Contest attended by The Leather Journal. Dustin Logan of Omaha won the Mr. Gay Nebraska title on October 15.

News and Politics

Clubs and organizations met at a Planning Conference in Dallas in February to form a national network. Fur flied when politicos fought at this meeting. The National Leather Association and a group called Safe, Sane Consensual were among the big players. This is where the term Safe, Sane Consensual became a community household phrase. It took more than two years for most of the feathers to unruffle. Some smartly avoided attended what was later named The Shootout in Dallas.

The L.A. Police and Fire Departments made a series of raids on Los Angeles Leather bars. Community activists demanded meetings with City Councilman Mike Woo to stop the harassment of AIDS fundraising beer busts and the like.

The Stud, a bar with a long history in Los Angeles, was sold to new owners who named it The Zone, which became Griff's about six months later.

Perry Watkins won a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court (7-0) verdict against the Navy. Leatherman Perry Watkins was honored by Black and White Men Together at their annual banquet for his continued fight against the U.S. Navy. San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos honored Alan Selby by declaring June 21, 1988 as Alan Selby Day. The Golden Age of Folsom: Collector’s Series was released by Manifest Reader.

Barry Douglas and Ty Clements resigned from the Interim Steering Committee of Safe, Sane, Consensual Adults.

New on the Scene

New Clubs: Lion Regiment, Boise, ID, Desert Leathermen, Tucson, AZ; Men Of Dungeons, Dallas, TX; Atlanta S/M Solidarity, GA; Cincinnati Chaps, OH; Harley Strokers MC, People Exchanging Power (PEP), Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; The Post, Vancouver, BC; Wrench Benders, Los Angeles, CA; Highwaymen MC, North Burnaby, British Columbia; MAST (Masters and Slaves Together) a national club, San Francisco, CA; Midnight Police Leather Society, Penfield, NY Shelix, Northampton, MA; Wild Women (national), Los Angeles, CA; Celestial Krewe de Cuir, San Francisco, CA


20 years: Texas Riders, Houston, TX ; Rocky Mountaineers MC, Denver, CO

15 Years: Trident International: Detroit Hall, Detroit, MI

10 Years: CCMC (California Cyclemen MC), San Diego, CA , Branding Iron Club, Dallas, TX,; International Mr. Leather Contest, Chicago, IL; MAFIA (Mid America Fists In Action), Chicago, IL

Five Years: Avatar Club Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM), British Columbia, Canada; Illustrated Men, Los Angeles, CA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

D. Lyn Sterling -- known as The Leathermaker. June 1925 - February 11, 1987.

Sons of Apollo, Phoenix, AZ, retire colors after 14 years.

Satyrs Motorcycle Club founded 1954
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club was founded in Los Angeles, CA in July. The Grand Daddy of Them All, their run to Badger Flat started a few years later. Much of the Leather style came from the Satyrs and they influenced a lot of the Hollywood teen rebel and motorcycle movies of the 1950s and early 1960s. www.satyrsmc.org/

Kinksters from all over the Midwest will converge on Des Moines, IA, the weekend of October 12-14 for Iowa Leather Weekend.

All events take place at the Blazing Saddle including Friday night with the Iowa Bears' party followed by a meet and greet. On Saturday at 10 PM will be the Mr. Iowa Leather 2013 contest followed by a Black Party, benefiting the AIDS Project of Central Iowa. On Sunday, the Corn Haulers and the Titans of the Midwest will host a Leather brunch at 11 AM and a victory beer bust at 2 PM.

The judges will be Randy Carmenaty, Angel Velez, Karen "Ultra Domme, Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt and Mr. Iowa Leather 2011 Mike Pagano. The emcee will be Jon Krongaard.

The Third Annual Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride Weekend will be held November 1-4, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride will start with a Leather community dinner on Thursday at one of the area's fine restaurants.
The Friday night reception at Leather Werks will have an art exhibit opening courtesy of the Leather Archives and Museum along with an Elder's Panel. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Hardy Haberman, Caro, John Warren, Master Z of Chicago and Mistress Carla in a discussion of Leather history and answer audience questions. This discussion will be followed by a play party in the Leather Werks dungeon.
The fun will include pool parties both Saturday and Sunday, a Pig Dance, dungeon time and more parties.
The Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride committee is preparing for the largest turn-out yet of hot Leathermen and women. The popularity of this event has grown each year and the cooler November weather gives everyone a great opportunity to gear up in their favorite Leathers, rubber or whatever they love to show off.
Formore information about Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride, go to www.FtLLeatherPride.com or visit the Leather Werks store in Fort Lauderdale.

The DC Eagle will close at its current location on November 30. The bar has been open at noon 365 days a year for almost 41 years, and is home to numerous clubs and organizations including Spartan MC, ASGRA, The Highwaymen, Centaur MC and the Potomac MC.
According to Ted, Peter and David, the DC Eagle will be closing its doors after 41 years in the Penn Quarter of downtown Washington DC. They expect to re-open in the spring between March and May, depending on how long it takes to do renovations and get through the red-tape. They are looking at five potential buildings that could house the new bar The Eagle In Exile, doing business as DC Eagle.
There are currently 49 shares in DC Eagle Corporation available for purchase, shares are $10,000 each, and clubs as well as individuals are welcome to invest in the new building. Those interested in investing should contact Ted Clements by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out www.dceagle.com for more information.

The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Hilton Atlanta, January 23–27.
Creating Change is the annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies.
The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF),and attracts more than 3,500 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.
Creating Change honors one Leatherperson each year in a big way. The 2012 recipient of one of the Creating Change Awards was Viola Johnson. The 2013 recipient will be announced later this year.
The five-day program will feature over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and tons of networking opportunities.
Go to www.creatingchange.org to check out the programs from the 2011 and 2012 Creating Change conferences, hotel information and to register.

The 14th Annual Butch Revue will be held October 20 at Numbers Night Club, 3811 Park Blvd. in San Diego, CA at 6 PM followed by a special Girls Night Out All Women Play Party.
The Butch Revue, produced by Leatherwoman Annie Romano, started in 1998 and has developed a life all its own over the years. Sexy dancers, funny comic acts, amazing live singers and acts that just cannot be described in words.
After taking a year off last year, the Butch Revue is back with a bang (pun intended...) and sure to leave its audience laughing, panting, shaking their head in disbelief.
Immediately following the Butch Revue is San Diego Leatherwoman 2010 tiger's quarterly Girls Night Out All Women Play Party, starting at 9 PM. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ticket info. No tickets sold the day of the Leatherwomen's play party.

The Defenders/San Francisco will hold their annual Casual Leather Weekend in the Country with Guy Baldwin as the special guest at Saratoga Springs, CA the weekend of October 19 - 21, 2012.
Casual Leather will be a relaxing weekend of fellowship where everything is optional including: Discussions on Leather and spirituality, Liturgy on Sunday morning, sunning and swimming in the pool, hiking in the woods, access to a play space in the Heart Lodge, enjoying the hot tub under the stars, and alking the labyrinth
Included for the weekend will be all meals and housing including a dress dinner on Saturday evening
Saratoga Springs Retreat Center is located near Upper Lake, CA, about three hours north of San Francisco. Information about Saratoga Springs can be found at www.saratogasprings.com For information on Casual Leather Weekend and Defenders/San Francisco. go to www.sfdefenders.org
The registration fee for Casual Leather Weekend is $245 per person, which includes two-nights lodging, food and drink from Friday evening through Sunday brunch, and all event activities.
Registration is now available through the Dignity USA web site, with payment through PayPal. One does not need to have a PayPal account and may pay as a guest using their credit or debit card.

Greater Palm Springs Pride announced that on November 2 at a ceremony on November 2, at the Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs it will bestow its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards  to the LGBT rights pioneer and founder of Metropolitan Community Church, Troy Perry, and Viola Johnson, recognizing her four decades of activism and leadership in the leather community.