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The Suit Guy Is A Leather Man - Patrick Grady

By Rodney Burger

In 1997, Patrick Grady was working as the Director of Catering at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Logan Circle in Washington, DC when he learned that a Leather club called the Centaur Motorcycle Club had booked the hotel for their Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Although born in the small town of Peru, Indiana, Patrick was from a military family whose father was stationed in England and brought him to Europe as a small child on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, so he had seen a thing or two in his life. Plus, he always loved seeing men in boots and uniforms dating back to his years growing up in England. While living in Germany, he discovered that the German soldiers, unlike Americans, were far from prudish and had no problem stripping down and going for a swim. In those pre-internet years, he learned about the world by sneaking into adult bookstores. He moved around a lot and learned a lot too.

 

 

 

 

A King Without A Kingdom

By Rodney Burger

On February 28th I was on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a beautiful Friday evening and the bars in Wilton Manors, the popular gayborhood, were hopping. I had enjoyed happy hour at Hunter’s and was having dinner at the Garden Café across the street next to the Eagle Wilton Manors, when I saw Mr. DC Eagle 2020 Justin Sawyers walk by the window. I had been to the Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2020 Contest in November and had seen Justin at other events since then. After dinner, I was happy to greet him and several other Leather titleholders who I knew who were also in town and checking out the newest Eagle bar. It was a magical evening that now seems a lifetime ago.

 

 

 

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/

 

 

 

Inside Leather History - Youtube channel

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat now has a Youtube channel dedicated to the Chats. So far Mufasa Ali's Chat, Joey McDonald's Chat, and David Boyer's Chat are uploaded...more to come. In 2019 look for the Chats to appear in Antwerp Belgium, in Los Angeles and in Australia.

https://www.facebook.com/fireside.chats.5

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjxC8KIsoDGfm21oGG8CeQ/videos?disable_polymer=1

 

 

 

Centaur MC will be making donations to charities that total $100,000

By Todd White
It is with great pride that I am able to announce that the Centaur Motorcycle Club will be making donations to charities that total $100,000. This years charities are: Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, The Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother, Help Thyself. On behalf of the club I want to thank all the clubs who held special events over the weekend, the local bars, the Hyatt and their amazing staff, and all of this years attendees. It was an amazing year and we look forward to MAL 2019. I can't say it enough but a big thank you to my club brothers you are an amazing group of men and I am so proud that you call me brother. I love you all and you deserve a huge pat on the back. In brotherhood, Todd White - President Centaur MC.

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