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CLAW shines in California debut

CLAW 2021, held November 24-28 at the Westin Bonaventure in Down Town Los Angeles, has come and gone and plans for next year are already under way with a new name, The Leather Getaway. The huge space with events going on at the same time in the lower convention rooms and suites and halls on the top section of the world-class piece of architecture made it difficult for attendees to get an idea of just how many Leatherfolk were there.


Avatar and Tom of Finland host Peter Fiske

Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Tom of Finland Foundation hosted a celebration of the new book My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske, narrated by Thomas V. Peterson on Sunday, August 18 at the Tom House in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. One Avatar member noted there were enough Avatar club members there to form a quorum with the total attendance being around 60. At least 30 books were sold - each signed by Peter. Peter read from his memoir and gave a little talk from some things not in the book. The man knows how to entertain well. Both Tom of Finland heads Durk Dehner and Sharp were on hand.





Mr. San Francisco Leather and Bootblack

The Mr. San Francisco Leather and Bootblack 2020 contest was held at a variety of venues in San Francisco, CA the weekend of August 16-18 and was produced by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. Trey Onyx was best among three men to win the Mr. San Francisco Leather 2020 title while Jessie was tops among two San Francisco Bootblack competitors. Of note, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 Jawn Marques finished first runner-up at International Mr. Leather in May. Also notable is the fact that Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 was held in March and the 2000 version in August.




NLA: International announces winners for Excellence in Literary Works

By CandiAnne

The National Leather Association: International announced the winners for Excellence in Literary Works in SM/Leather/Fetish writing published in 2018. The winners of the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award are Janet M. Hardy for “The Sexually Dominant Woman: An Illustrated Guide for Nervous Beginners” (Greenery Press) and Peter Tupper for “A Lover's Pinch: A Cultural History of Sadomasochism” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. To see a complete list of awards and recipients check out





Palm Springs Leather Pride - Hardon

Palm Springs Leather Pride is rapidly approaching. The theme is Hardon and the event is being produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert October 24-27. Of course, the highlight of Palm Springs Leather Pride will be the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2020 contest on Saturday night at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Other major official events include the Tom of Finland Formal Leather Cocktails/Dinner at the Palm Springs Air Museum, Coax and Bait - Cruise Alley/Street Fair in the back lot of the Toolshed/Gear/Off Ramp Leathers on Friday and Saturday nights and all day on Sunday; Foxhole, a clothing-optional pool play party hosted by Green Mirror and special Wreck Area hosted by the Bullet Bar and complimentary chow at the Canyon Club. There about 20 other events going on including workshops and classes. See the link below for all of the information.





LA&M - New Archives Assistant

The LA&M welcomes Lorca Jolene to the staff as a part-time assistant archivist. Lorca earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and spends their days as an archivist and their evenings as a circus artist. Lorca wrote their thesis on asexual BDSM practitioners in Chicago, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Their work at LA&M is focused on the CHC archival collections.





Eagle 562 Pup 2020

Pup Kumo became the first Eagle 562 Pup on Saturday night, August 17 at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA. Three puppies vied for the title. There was a meet and greet/mosh on Friday night. Barking Billiards held a party on Thursday night and the traditional victory celebration was on Sunday afternoon.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District elects first board

By Bob Goldfarb

I would like to offer congratulations to the members of the District's new board. The District is historic in it's creation and has tremendous potential to help Leather and LGBTQ culture flourish in this area. Over the coming months we will be announcing new committees and ways to get involved. Join a committee, volunteer to work our booth at Folsom, volunteer to work on an event, there will be lots of ways to contribute and help the District realize it's full potential as a force for good in the community. The new board consists of three-year terms - President Bob Goldfarb, Gayle Rubin and David Hyman; two-year terms - Bob Brown, Erik Will and York Ng; and one-year terms - Eric See, Stephan Francisco Ferris and Steve Gaynes. The board will meet soon to select officers.




Cincinnati Leather Weekend

Cincinnati Leather held their 8th Annual contest on August 17 at the Woodward Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Pup Tugger as emcee. The winner of Cincinnati Leather 2019 is Logan Savage, our first nonbinary winner. They will be adopting the title of Mx Cincinnati Leather for their title year. Cincinnati Leather is a gender neutral contest. Winners serve their community for a year and can then petition the producers to be sponsored to the next level contest of their choice. Cincinnati Leather also announced that Pup Nova will be representing Cincinnati at IML 2020 due to his year of exemplary service for his community. The judges were Bamm-Bamm, Shan Wow, Abizzy Leathergirl, James Lee and Pup Nova as head judge.




Golden Eagle Leather Guard

Welcome to the new kid on the block, the Golden Eagle Leather Guard of the Inland Empire. This group of close to 10 members has a great back patch and a new attitude. We found them at the Peter Fiske Book Signing at the Tom of Finland House on Sunday afternoon, August 18. The Golden Eagle Leather Guard of The Inland Empire provides for the brotherhood and community needs of local, male-identified, Leatherfolk, kinksters and fetishists by providing a safe space for sexual exploration, education, visibility and advocacy. The club will announce an event schedule soon.




World Bear Weekend

By Mason Stryker

World Bear Weekend, October 3-6 at the Clarion Cincinnati North in Cincinnati, OH, is held each fall to provide a unifying event for regional bear contests. Founded in 2018, our inaugural run was in Lexington, KY, but the event will move each year to allow us to reach the widest audience. Consisting of Mr. World Bear, Ms World Bear, and World Cub, the contest is the highlight of a weekend long event which includes Official Pool Parties with poolside, a buffet dinner, optional excursion to Kings Island and Haunt Night, educational workshops and on-site wine tasting, and of course a fabulous selection of vendors.






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Mr. Tool Shed Leather

Jack Dyer is the new Mr. Tool Shed Leather and he will compete for Mr. Palm Springs Leather in October. Jack Dyer resides in Palm Springs and has been an active volunteer for the Tom of Finland foundation for many years working with many in and coming erotic artists both in residence and out. As Muse and as mentor in entrepreneurship and mentoring. He hosts a weekly Q&A on social media that addresses facts and fiction of the Fetish and porn communities and also addresses mental health issues in both. Jack was first runner-up for Mr. Precinct 2019.





Mr. Hunters Leather

The Mr. Hunters Leather 2020 contest was won by none other than Charlie Harding at Hunters in Palm Springs on August 15. There was a meet and greet at 6 PM. The new Mr. Hunters Leather will compete at Mr. Palm Springs Leather in October. Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2016 Christopher Durbin emceed and is seen with Harding in the photo above which was supplied by Tom Schneck.




GLUE Weekend 2019

GLUE Weekend features many outstanding events for the gay Leather and fetish communities October 11-13 Crowne Plaza River Oaks in Houston, TX. GLUE features the Mr. Third Coast Gear on Friday night and Mr. Third Coast Leather on Saturday night at the Ripcord. In addition they will have a men-only pool party on Saturday and an Officer's Brunch on Sunday with keynote speaker Brian Sims. Other events include a cigar social, meet and greet, silent auction, vendor mart and a victory party.





Coastal Empire Sentinels - Southern Coastal States Leather

The Southern Coastal States Leather Contest 2019 will be held at The Rivers Edge in Dewy Rose, GA the weekend of September 6-8. Meet and Greet Friday starting at 10 PM followed by contest at 8 PM on Saturday September 7. The members of the Coastal Empire Sentinels, Inc. are all members of the Leather subculture and choose to stand together as brothers and sisters. Dewy Rose, 2311 Pulliam Mill Road, Dewy Rose, Georgia 30634.




Iron Eagles 21st Anniversary - Fractured Fairy Tales

The Iron Eagles of Canton, OH will host their 21st Anniversary run with the theme, Fractured Fairy Tales the weekend of October 11-13. The club The purpose of the club is to maintain an organization to further the ideals of Leather brotherhood and friendship, and to promote social and charitable functions. The club accepts full members from a sixty mile radius, which includes the Northern Ohio areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown.




Fireside Chats traveling to Australia

The Fireside Chats are overjoyed to announce an ambitious Chat tour down under! Chat host and co-producer Doug OKeeffe is traveling to Australia in October and November for a whopping 12 Fireside Chats. In conjunction with the Australian charitable organization KNOTbound Ltd, The Chats will appear in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The Australian subjects are: Cheryl Webster, Pup Scout, Sally Williams, Karl Madsen, John Tyndall, Iz Connell, Genevieve Newart, Gary Kennedy, Don Balfour, BJ of BJ Leather, Bob Rastas, and Sev Faustus. Look for photos and videos this fall.







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Mates Leather Weekend XXIII

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. First Prize is $500 cash, a $100 gift card from Full Kit Gear and a two-night stay at Queen Vic Guest House. Judging panel to be announced. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to

http://www.matesleatherweekend.com or phone (800) 330-9413.



ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinx at 6 PM on Saturday, July 27 and August 24 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The April 27 meeting will have a Kink Gear party and hot fetish prizes.





Oregon State Leather Pride

Mr. Oregon State Leather Ivarr B., Ms Oregon State Leather Miz Tee, Mx Oregon State Leather Joe and Oregon State Pet Pup Timber. The Oregon Leather contest was held at the Star Theater in Portland, OR on Saturday night, August 10 and was part of the greater Oregon Leather Pride Week, August 2-11 which included more than 30 events.





SoCA Bondage Club

The SoCA Bondage Club will hold its monthly play party on Sunday, August 11 at 7 PM at Threshold in North Hollywood, CA. Members $15 and non-members $20. SoCA Bondage Club's monthly schedule is no longer always the second Sunday each month. They love seeing new faces at the club, and commend newbies on coming out to experience bondage for the first time at SoCA Bondage Club. The cost to attend play parties is $20 cash at the door and $15 for full-dues paying members. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, California 90304.




Touche' - Monthly Ripe Party

The fourth Saturday is Touche's monthly Ripe Party, a night to get down, sweaty and dirty. First they turn the lights down low, way down low on the fourth Saturday of each month. DJ Harry T will deepen the beats with a special set to get you in a ripe mood. Then they unleash their hot go-go dudes on the stages to entertain. Touche' even offer free clothing check so one can get all nice and ripe, too. Are you game for a wild time? The next Ripe Party is on August 24. Touche', 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.




Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, August 8 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.





Buck’s Motorcycle Club - Santa Saturday

The 46th Annual Santa Saturday will be held again at the Paradise, in Asbury Park, NJ on November30. As in prior years, this year’s Santa Saturday will be a combination of an auction of donated items; entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise; service awards for worthy individuals; photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus; a Leather shop; a 50-50 raffle; and refreshments and drinks. Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years.




ONYX Southeast - Bar Night

ONYX Southeast holds their monthly Bar Night on the first Friday of each month at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. The next two are Friday, August 2 and September 6 at 10 PM. ONYX is an organization formed and operated by Men of Color who enjoy the Leather lifestyle. ONYX sets as its goal to provide an informational and social organization to address issues specific to people of color who chose to project the positive aspects of the Leather lifestyle and support our community and economic initiatives.




Avatar - Submit

Avatar Club Los Angeles will present Submit at Eagle LA on Saturday, August 31 at 9 PM. There will be hot dancers, and live BDSM demos, including bondage, flogging and more! plus friendly, experienced members of Avatar to answer any questions one might have about the Leather lifestyle and community. Do you have the guts? Join us at the Eagle and Submit to your darkest desires.






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Perverted Interracial Guys - Daddy's Pigskin

PIGS has Super Pigs: Rear End Game, a cosplay fetish party at the Eagle 562 on September 7 at 9 PM. Three categories of costume contests with prizes sponsored by Spunk Lube, Prism Comics, Huntees.com, Class Comics, and Woof Galaxy. $5 cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.



Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235.




SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next is on August 24. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.



ONYX Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ONYX-MA) is centered in the Washington, DC / Baltimore area and includes Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Full membership is open to gay and bisexual men of color, and Associate membership is open to men and women of all colors and sexual persuasions. ONYX Mid-Atlantic holds bar events at the Green Lantern and the DC Eagle. Not having a regular schedule, new events are listed on their web site.




Mr. San Diego Leather - Sunday in the Park

Join Mr. San Diego Leather 2019 Jody Mitchell at Sunday in the Park in Balboa Park for games and fun the first Sunday of each month. The next Sunday in the Park will be on September 1 at 12 PM in Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101.




Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social

By Aaron Phillips

The Tampa Bay Leather and Kink Social meets at Cityside Lounge in Tampa, FL on the second Saturday of each month with the next one is September 14. This is a monthly social that is welcome to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation, how you identify, or the kink you may enjoy. This social is here to promote community and togetherness, while at the same time educating as we provide a kink related class each social. I am looking forward to seeing everyone come out and start the new year off right with everyone just being their kinky selves.


Cigar Time

By Scot McTeir

Scott McTeir and Frank Cavallo host Cigar Time, a Cigar and Pipe Social, at Eagle 562 on Friday, September 6. Leather, smoke, testosterone and cruising, silent auction, specialty shots and no cover. Cigar Time is held on the first Friday of odd-numbered months. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Gear Club Portugal - Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019

Lisbon Meets Fetish 2019 will be hosted by Gear Club Portugal September 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project of creating a gay fetishist club in Portugal was born in 2012, with two main objectives: to strengthen the male fetishist community, improving friendship bonding and promoting an associativist spirit; overwhelming the prejudice of the society in what concerns gay male fetishism. Then, in 2014, Gear Club Portugal was formed.


West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference

The West Coast Jungle Gym: An Age Play Conference will be held in San Diego, CA the weekend of September 6-8. WCJG is all-inclusive. We are welcoming of all little type folks. Littles, middles, baby girls, lolitas, little sissies and bubbies, age players, folks that regress, folks that don't, sexual littles, non-sexual littles etc. Regardless of gender. We also welcome their caregivers. Daddies, Mommy, Aunties, Babysitters, Big Brothers, Big Sisters etc. Along with critters, puppies and kitties along with their handlers to join us.



FUK University

Females Uniting Kink - Club FUK and FUK U will present FUK University Flogging and Spanking Class at Sanctuary LAX Studios on Saturday, September 7 at 6 PM, meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Females Uniting Kink (FUK) is a female dominant group, membership is open to all gender orientations. This group is for female identified Dominants, switches and submissives. Those who identify as male must be submissive. Sanctuary LAX Studios, 10914 South La Cienega Blvd., Lennox, CA 90304





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Bucks MC BikerThe 40th Annual Santa Saturday, produced by Bucks MC, will be held again at the Paradise Nightclub, in Asbury Park, NJ from 12-6 PM on November 30. As in 2012, this year’s Santa Saturday will be a combination of an auction of donated items; entertainment by performers associated with the Bucks and the Paradise; service awards for worthy individuals; photos with the Bucks’ bear Santa Claus; a Leather shop; a 50-50 raffle; and refreshments and drinks.

Paradise Nightclub, 101 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732-988-6663.

Santa Saturday originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the the oldest and largest East Coast Leather charity event. The Buck’s Motorcycle Club has been hosting this charitable event for 40 years. Money raised goes to local charities.  Santa Saturday is a sanctioned event by the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council.