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Happy Holidays - A look at the last 20 years - Flash Back Gallery

This week I have scoured my photo file of the last 20 years and have come up with about 25 or so gems I think you will like. Most of these are from Southern California with clubs such as Avatar Club Los Angeles' Wreath Auctions and Krampus, Regiment of the Black and Tans with Toast to the Season, Satyrs MC Anniversary parties after Thanksgiving, ONYX Southwest, California B&B Corps with their parties at the Tom of Finland House, San Diego clubs combined party, and the Tom of Finland Foundation's huge bash complete with professional carolers and Muscle-bound Santa Claus.

 

 

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.

 

Sir Alan Penrod of Atlanta, GA was reported dead on January 14 due to medical emergency.

A Celebration of Life was held for Sir Alan at the Atlanta Eagle on the evening of Saturday, January 30. A You Tube video was posted on Facebook with Sir Alan's partner Nitro Hankinson speaking by Stefan Shagwell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCl0SQAr_kI&feature=youtu.be There are additional segments of video of several community leaders eulogizing Sir Alan videographed by Stefan Shagwell.

On Sunday afternoon, January 24, friends and family gathered for a service at H.M. Patterson & Son – Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown to pay their respects to Sir Alan.

This bio for Sir Alan was entered for a recent Pantheon of Leather Award nomination for him: International Leather Sir 2011 Sir Alan began his journey into the Leather and BDSM lifestyle nearly two decades ago while living in South Florida. He began exploring the heavier side of BDSM in 1996 while in his first recognized DOM/sub relationship. Alan moved to Atlanta in 2004 and was an active member of Atlanta’s Leather, BDSM, and Fetish communities. Alan was a full member and past President of Panther L/L club and the co-founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. He co-owned and produced the Southeast Black and Blue Weekend and co-produced Atlanta Leather Pride. Alan held the titles of International LeatherSIR 2011, Southeast LeatherSIR 2011 and Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2009. Sir Alan shared his life with his two collared boys: pup nitro and boy david. He facilitated classes and demos on a wide variety of BDSM topics including corporal punishment, whips, stun guns, hot wax mummification, CBT, clothes pins and clamps, and cigar play. Alan and Nitro received the Pantheon of Leather 2015 Couple of the Year Award.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 21, "Dr. Michael 'Alan' Penrod was born May 27, 1963 and was called home on January 14, 2016. He was a lifelong teacher, helper, humanitarian, and would do anything for his friends and extended family with a smile from ear to ear. He is survived by his partner((s) two partners Nitro Hankinson and David Robinson...), amazing family, and friends that always surrounded him."

I have never heard one negative word or even a hint of one about Sir Alan. He was the epitome of a Southern gentleman. His partner Nitro is the same. Someone like Sir Alan does not come along often and they are hard to replace.

Upon arrival Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC to attend Mid Atlantic Leather I received word of Sir Alan's passing. It was stunning news that no one was expecting.

So loved around not only by the local Leather community, Leatherfolk attended the Celebration of Life from around the country. One even gave a fitting tribute to Sir Alan by buying him a permanent light on the San Francisco Bay Bridge project in his honor.

 

 

Leather BashThe Atlanta Eagle was the venue of the 2013 Leather Bash where the Mr. and Ms Georgia Leather and the Mr. and Ms. International Transgender Leather contests took place the weekend of September 13-15. Alongside the competitions, the reigning Mr. and Ms Transgender Leather 2012 lead a discussion on transsexual issues.

Wayne Brawner who produced the event, now in its second year, says that "Leather Bash is a weekend devoted to fellowship, education, fun and two contests."