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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

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.

Mr. Campit Leather 2012

September 29, 2012

photo of mr campit leather 2012 Christopher Saxon,  by greg spearsChristopher Saxon won the Mr. Campit Leather contest on August 25 at the Westwood Pavilion on the Grounds of Campit Outdoor Resort in Douglas, MI.

The judges were Mr. Exile Leather 2012 Michael Messer, and Mr. Chad Molinelli. The contest was produced by Mr. Chicago Leather 2004 Joee Arteaga, and the emcee for the event was Alexandra St. James.

Saxon will represent Campit Outdoor Resort in the Mr. Michigan Leather Contest, to be held on September 21-23 at the Dunes Resort in Douglas, MI.

More information about Campit Resort, Mr. Campit Leather, and upcoming events can be found at www.campitresort.com

Mr. Bolt Leather 2013

September 29, 2012




The Mr. Bolt Leather contest will be held October 19-21 at the Bolt in Sacramento, CA.

Mr. Bolt Leather events will include a Friday night meet and greet, Saturday Mr. Bolt Leather 2013 Contest and a Sunday victory barbecue and beer bust.

The judges will be International Mr. Leather 2012 Woody Woodruff, Leatherati columnist Leland Carina, Black Chazz, Mr. Bolt Leather 2008 Jake Andersen and Northern California Leather Sir 2008 Thomas Pupp.

The emcee will be Bob Rose Mr. Michigan Leather 2004.

Mr. Bolt Leather 2012 Miguel Rubio will pass the title to a new man who will compete at International Mr. Leather next May.




American Brotherhood Weekend will be held over Columbus Day weekend, October 5-7 in Chicago.

Judy Tallwing-McCarthy will return as head judge while International Master 1999 Kiki Cavannarro, International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker, American Leatherboy 2011 Tyler Fong, American Leatherboy 2009 Johnny boy Birdsell, Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2005 Jay Harcourt, American Leatherwoman 2011 Trinity Thomas, and American Leatheman 2011 Tom Savage will aid in deciding who will be the American Leather Family of 2013.

American Brotherhood Weekend’s main events will include a Friday night meet and greet at Touche’, first half of the American Brotherhood contest at the Leather Archives and Museum on Saturday afternoon which will include a travel fund auction, the second half of the contest on Sunday afternoon followed by a victory beer bust at Touche'.

The Best Western University Plaza in Evanston will be the host hotel.

For more information check out www.americanbrotherhood.com



Mr. Michigan Leather Woody Woodruff walked out of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago with the International Mr. Leather 2012 sash and medallion in his possession. He is the first man in history from Michigan to place in the top three at IML. First runner-up was Mr. NYC Eagle AC Demidont and second runner-up was Mr. DC Eagle Leather Kevin Jordan.

Nick Elliott from Portland, OR was chosen to be International Mr. Bootblack. First runner-up was Bootblack Mike and second runner-up was Boy Dave

The Jeffrey Payne Lifetime Achievement was presented to Dave Rhodes who is the publisher and editor of The Leather Journal, founder or Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards and the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest.

More on IML can be found at www.imrl.com

Full coverage is in The Leather Journal, June Issue