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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

 

 

Palm Springs Leather Pride - Flash Back Gallery

We take a look back as far as 2000 at Palm Springs Leather Pride which is produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert. Many on the west coast consider Palm Springs Leather Pride to be the Mid Atlantic Leather of the West. Both events are produced by a club and both events are huge with the center of activities being Leather contests with a who's who of Leather in attendance. Each have food with Leather Cocktails on the Saturday night in the nation's capitol and a huge formal Leather dinner on Friday night in the California desert. Both have satellite events such as cocktail parties, bar nights, vendors. Take a look at the almost 50 photos from Palm Springs that The Leather Journal has for your pleasure. Se who you recognize. Scroll down to see.

 

Mates Leather Weekend

While the official Mates Leather Weekend scheduled for the first weekend of October had been cancelled, a group of friends got together for a Mini Mates Leather Weekend at the Watership Inn in Provincetown, MA. Scroll down to see our Flash Back gallery of Mates Leather Weekends of the past. The event has raised approximately $75,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod since it was founded in 2000. Mates Leather Weekend 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. Mates Leather Weekend is produced by Rick Conley, longtime Provincetown resident and Leatherman. "I want to thank all MLW sponsors, friends and past participants who have contributed to the success of Mates Leather Weekend. I’m grateful for all the new friends that I’ve made along the way." While it is sad that Mates Leather Weekend was cancelled, Snowbound Leather Weekend XIV is still planned for February 19-21.

https://www.matesleatherweekend.com/

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Empire City MC - Pennsylvania Ride

The riders of the Empire City Motorcycle club rode over 750 miles in six days, visiting four AMCC clubs and socially-distancing via motorcycle through Pennsylvania with stops in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg trip this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Empire City MC met up with other AMCC bike-riding brothers along the way. The club and guests visited the Flight 93 National Memorial of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked in the September 11 attacks, in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Plans are developing for ECMC's 56th Anniversary Weekend and Anniversary Dinner with details coming soon. See their link below to find out more.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/empirecitymc

 

 

 

 

Virtual Folsom Street Fair emcee is Margret Cho

We are excited to announce that our virtual Folsom Street Fair on September 27 will be hosted by the fabulously talented Margaret Cho and co-hosted by Alotta Boutté and Lance Holman. We'll bring you our usual amazing musical acts, performance artists, Leather/Fetish titleholder stage introduction. In addition, new interactive community content and leather/kink/alt sex history and education will bring us together and keep us connected when we can’t gather in person. Folsom Street Fair. There will be vendors. Virtual Vendor Mart applications are available. Learn more about applying for virtual booth space. Photo by Jen Rosenstein.

http://www.folsomstreetevents.org/exhibitors

https://www.facebook.com/folsomstreetevents/

Scroll down to see over 25 photos from the Folsom Street Fair dating back to 1996.

 

 

Tom of Finland honored for his centennial in Helsinki

To honor the centenary of the birth of artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) he received a memorial plaque on the facade of the apartment building in Helsinki where he and his partner Veli Mäkinen (1932-1981) lived between 1969-1984. The building, housing cooperative Sampsa, is located at Tehtaankatu 7 in Helsinki. The memorial plaque wase unveiled on Saturday, August 22 at the Corner of Tehtaankatu 7 and Vuorimiehenpuistikko 6 in the Ullanlinna district of Helsinki. The memorial plaque was made possible by the support of MSC Finland – TOM’s Club ry; Tom of Finland Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles; Kuvittajat ry; Freelance-graafikot ry; Grafia ry,; Sarjakuvantekijät ry; Sarjakuvaseura ry; ECMC European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; ToP Top of Europe; SLM København; SLM Stockholm; and LMS Estonia. Cover photo - Durk Dehner, founder of Tom of Finland Foundation, was a close friend, beloved, co-worker, manager and sparring member of Tom (born Touko Laaksonen). He has made his life’s work to maintain and protect the art of Tom of Finland. In this upstairs bedroom, Tom slept and drew. Tom’s life in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

https://www.tomoffinland.org/tom-is-honored-in-helsinki-in-august-for-toms100/

 

 

 

CLAW 20 has been cancelled - Reset for next April

Due to the continuing global pandemic, we have reluctantly determined that we will not be able to hold our event in November. CLAW 20 has been cancelled. We are hopeful that the widespread distribution of a vaccine will come in time for CLAW 21 to be held on April 22-25, 2021. For information about refunds, donations or transferring your registration to CLAW 21, as well as information about existing hotel reservations, please see below. All CLAW 20 package holders may choose between a 100-percent refund, using their package at CLAW 21, April 22-25), or donating their package price to CLAW. CLAW is currently updating its registration database. Please come back to this page in the next couple of days for information on how to process your choice and more information. All reservations at the Westin and Hampton Inn that were transferred to Nov 2020 will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded. You will need to re-book your hotel for CLAW 21 when the hotel links become available later this fall. Virtual CLAW V is planned for August 28-30 and October 2-4. Stay tuned.

https://www.clawinfo.org/

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Bear Marvin and Bear Mike wed in Albuquerque

By Michael Skroch

Two members of the Leather community, New Mexico Leather Bear 2019 Bear Marvin and Bear Mike who is a member of the Albuquerque Leather Daddys, were married in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday morning, July 18 by officiant boy Scotty of Phoenix, AZ, representing the late Goddess Sadie Hawkins, founder of The House of Shangri-La, who was an inspiration to both Marvin and Mike. They were honored by family and friends with about 20 local, due to the pandemic and 50 Zoom guests including artists Delmas Howe and Ruben Gallegos, fellow Onyx brothers Mufasa Ali and husband William, members of Onyx Lone Star and Onyx Mid Atlantic, and Albuquerque Leather Daddys.

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21 Rare Gay Motorcycle Club Photos From 1962

By Christopher Harrity for the Advocate

The guys are kicking it up at the Satyrs and Oedipus Spring Poker and Field Meet in May of 1962. The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles is the oldest running gay men’s motorcycle club and organization in the world. Formed in 1954 during the height of the McCarthy era, seven men came together, bonded by the love of the motorcycle to form a club. It was not an easy time in America for gay men...The late Garry Bowie supplied the photos to the Advocate. Read the rest of the story and see the photfos which tell the story....

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Mr. Ottawa Bear competition donates $3,000

The Mr. Ottawa Bear 2020 competition was a smashing success and now that all financial details have been wrapped up, we were able to donate $3,000 to Pedro's charity of choice, Capital Rainbow Refuge. In what has already been called the hottest bear competition Ottawa has ever seen, three incredibly hot bears brought it all to the stage in a stunning evening of song and dance. The action-packed evening featured performances by the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, Willy Seaman, Roger Fire, the Bear Dance Troop as well some awesome and sometimes hilarious performances by our talented competitors.

https://ottawabears.com/mob2020

 

Blow Buddies added to the casualty list

Sadly, Blow Buddies in San Francisco, CA will not be reopening after the pandemic. We tried many ways to figure out a path to return and were unsuccessful. We appreciate the willingness of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and our landlord to explore options with us. It was a good run...August 8, 2988 to March 15, 2020. We are sad to see this chapter close. We thank our many members for their support over all those years. The club was created in response to one virus and done in by another, said Blow Buddies owners.

http://www.blowbuddies.com

 

 

Women of Drummer Southeast Regional Held on Zoom

By Arielle Sky and photo by Toni Solenne

Women of Drummer (WOD) from the Southeast Region met on Zoom for a full day of fun on Saturday, July 18. WOD started with a brunch and a signature cocktail, Southern Peach Juice, which could be made with or without alcohol. Ingredients and mixing instruction lists were sent out in advance to the attendees, so they could each make their own. After a short break, a Leather roundtable discussion brought a shared love of the Leather lifestyle to the forefront. The day was completed with games, including a sexy guessing game and truth or dare. Many thanks go out to the Southeast Regional planning committee and especially to the regional planning coordinator Ms. D Dom for a successful Zoom event. The photo is 2019 Woman of Drummer titleholder, Salted Honey Bootblack during the shenanigans portion of the evening.

https://www.womenofdrummer.com/

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Virtual CLAW IV - July 31 - August 2

Virtual CLAW IV will have a full weekend of activities to keep CLAW enthusiasts busy from start to finish. The Virtual CLAW IV meet and greet will be on Friday, July 1 from 6-9 PM EDT with Mike D and Dave Watt as hosts. Saturday and Sunday has a total of 10 classes, some of which are Rope Bondage: How to Make a Diamond Harness by Tyger Yoshi, Sex and Covid-19 by Dave Watt, 25 Years of Archiving at the Leather Archives which is a film by Gary Wasdin, Bringing Legacy to Life: Preserving the Historic Leathers by Leslie Anderson, and So You Wanna Be a Cigar Daddy by Master Seykou Nia. Other activities include three sessions by the Leather Archives & Museum, a Gear Party on Saturday night begining at 9 PM EDT, live performance by top porn stars including Drew Dixon, a Cigar Social on Saturday night, plus fundraising events with plenty of big names to entertain. Photo above by BullmanX. To register for CLAW IV go to

http://www.virtualclaw.org

 

 

 

Satyrs MC cancels Badger Flat run

By Riley Black, President/Road Captain

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club is saddened and sorry to inform all that the Badger Flat 59 Run (2020) is officially cancelled. With the COVID 19 cases rising everywhere and due to Federal, State, County and USFS restrictions there are no "group" campsites allowed anywhere up on the mountain. For those who had already paid for this year's camping trip the Satyrs will reimburse your fee either by check or PayPal however you paid within the next two weeks. COVID 19 has been and is making life hard this year for all of us. The Satyrs wish all of you to take care and stay SAFE and plan on joining the Satyrs MC next year for Badger Post COVID and keep the rubber side down.

 

 

Creating Change Conference will be virtual

For the first time in its 33-year history, the Creating Change Conference will be a completely virtual event. Given the ongoing public health crisis and current safety regulations, Creating Change will be unable to host Creating Change as an in-person convening in Washington, DC, in January 2021. Creating Change presents the Leather Leadership at its conferences. The multi-day conference will be held January 27-31. “We are disappointed we will be unable to gather in person, one of the most powerful elements of Creating Change, but the Task Force is committed to planning a virtual experience that is diverse, accessible, and addresses the many issues facing LGBTQ+ communities,” said Andy Garcia, Director of Creating Change.

https://www.thetaskforce.org/creatingchange.html

 

 

Eagle Plaza in San Francisco

The first large batch of plaques were installed next to the SF Eagle bar in The Eagle Plaza in San Francisco, CA in early June. Photo by Jason Husted. Eagle Plaza is at Harrison and 12th Streets.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The%20Eagle%20Plaza/870465186667649

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Master slave Conference 2021 has new venue

For Master slave Conference 2021 and beyond, they will have an awesome new venue: The College Park Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Maryland. This venue will give MsC the three more important things they need: exclusive use of 239 guest rooms during the five days and four nights of MsC. 40,000 square feet of meeting space which is more than double the meeting space from recent years, an 8,000 square feet ballroom that can sit 600 people for the banquet. In addition, for those who need extra comfort, there will be 20 suites available. Registration and hotel booking will begin on January 2021. MsC 2021 will include workshops, intensives, panels, conversations, roundtables and service stations. The keynote speaker will be International Master 2018 Mister Blue.

http://masterslaveconference.org/

 

 

Leather Archives - Virtual Leather Legacies

July 30, 7 PM Central - Bound Together book reading + conversation with Andy Campbell, Jonesy, and Joshua Chambers-Letson

Join the folks at the Leather Archives & Museum for the return of their Virtual Leather Legacies series on July 30 at the new time of 7 PM. These events continue to be online. In his new book, Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art, Andy Campbell outlines some of the many ways contemporary artists have engaged with archives of Leather history to create bold, queer visions for today. In this program, moderated by Joshua Chambers-Letson, and joined by artist Jonesy, Campbell will discuss his book and its engagement with Leather archives and collections, including the LA&M.

https://www.shopleatherarchives.com/

 

 

There is a slight chance Mates Leather Weekend will be held

By Richard Conley

It is unlikely that Mates Leather Weekend, scheduled for October 1-15 in Provincetown, MA, will take place this year considering the uncertainty of the world we live in and the ever changing news. Hoping for some kind of miracle, the final decision will be postponed until early September. Until then, please stay safe and healthy cause, if Mates Leather Weekend 2020 doesn’t happen, you know Mates Leather Weekend 2021 will be the best f*cking Leather gathering in history.

https://www.matesleatherweekend.com/

 

 

Divergent Donations Foundation benefactor to match donations up to $25,000

Divergent Donations Foundation, based in Massachusetts, announced its 2020 Fundraising Campaign. This year has been a challenging year for the world and for the needs of its people. During this time, Divergent Donations has grown in staff and resources to become an international foundation developing connections and affiliations throughout the world. They are in need of any and all unused and unopened HIV medications. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help. Divergent Donations Foundation announce that a generous anonymous benefactor has committed to match all donations up to $25,000 that are received in July and August. Divergent Donations Foundation's mission is to provide HIV/AIDS medications to those who need them but cannot access or afford them.. To donate, simply click on

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Flash Back Gallery From Past Major Events

 

Dore Alley, Up Your Alley

During the down time created by the Coronavirus we are going to past 10 photos from past events from the closest frame in each Hump Day. San Diego's Leather community has been producing one of the best Leather sections in LGBT Pride festivals for many years. San Diego Pride is amazing. They have their parade, usually on the third Saturday of June, in historic and beautiful Balboa Park which is a world-class city park with a zoo, museums, indoor and outdoor theaters, running paths and tens of thousand of tall eucalyptus trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Blast From The Past

 

 

 

The Advocate did a photo gallery on the old days of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club and we link that story above. Seen here are the Satyrs MC at their 63rd Anniversary during Thanksgiving Weekend in 2017 in the Hollywood hills.

 

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http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2112-dave-rhodes-hump-day-july-15-2020

DomCon LA, Leather Realm, Ginger Beards

 

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2111-dave-rhodes-hump-day-july-1-2020

Leather Archives re-opens, Lady Gaga, Cherry Grove Pride

 

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2110-dave-rhodes-hump-day-wednesday-june-17-2020

Supreme Court - LGBT cannot be fired, ONYX Deep South

 

 

 

https://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2109-dave-rhodes-hump-day-june-3-2020

Bars re-opening, Irene Soderberg

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2107-dave-rhodes-hump-day-may-20-2020

Oedipus MC, Leather Masters closing

 

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2106-dave-rhodes-hump-day-may-6-2020

IML IMBB new date, Centaur MC and Spearhead each are 50

 

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2105-dave-rhodes-hump-day-april-23-2020

Leather Archives - Leather Speaks By Leslie Anderson

 

 

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2104-dave-rhodes-hump-day-april-7-2020

Several Leatherfolk passed away, among them Garry Bowie of Satyrs MC

 

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Mr. Ottawa Bear competition donates $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”