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Flash Back Gallery - Mr. International Rubber

MIR 24: RubberLab was held November 6-8, a shiny and fun online experience with participants from around the globe. To celebrate the Mr. International Rubber contest we compiled a huge 60-plus photo gallery that goes back to the early days up to last year. Scroll down to see awesome photos.

https://mirubber.com/

 

 

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.

 

 

Mr. International Rubber

By Kilker Alcaraz

My warmest congratulation goes to Adalberto Rubbadam, our new MIR, having won November 6-8 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL. Also, Matthew Shepherd was first runner-up and presented the best ever fantasy and Rodi Coderage was second runner up. The Mr. International Rubber judges were Tyesha Nicole Best, Miguel Torres, Kilker Alcaraz, Alex Rubbaman, Bryan Tsai, Guillaume Dupuis. and Líam Clark. Among events were the Thursday night Welcome Dinner Cellars Bar & Grill, Touché Welcomes Rubbermen to Chicago on Thursday. Friday included a Kink Market full of vendors, Kink Education Sessions on Rubber Gear 101, Lubed Up Latex Wrestling, Mocktails, Cocktails, Women's, Transgender and Non-Binary Leather Kink Cruise Night, Rubber Ball Dance Party and Slick and Twisted MAFIA Party at Steamworks and a Tight and Shiny Pansexual Play Party. Saturday had Kink Education 1 and 2 - Art of Cruising and Th Physics of Kink, Rubber Pup Rumpus at the Center on Halsted, Rubberists of Color at the Center on Halsted, the Mr. International Rubber contest. Sunday centered around the MIR XXIII Winners Reception at the Center on Halsted.

https://mirubber.com/

 

 

Barcelona Rubber Weekend

Barcelona Rubber Weekend will be November 29 - December 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Join about a thousand like-minded rubbermen for what should be one of Europe's best kinky parties of the year. Barcelona Rubber Weekend included a photo tour, Welcome social hosted by San Francisco Bay Rubber, bus tour, Rubber Xperience, Mr. Rubber Spain, Rubber Celebration at Boxer Cafe, Rubbex at Xmanclub and Open Rubber at Openmind. We do not have the contest results yet.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686096454809543/

https://www.weezevent.com/barcelona-rubber-weekend

 

 

Steve Ganzell passes

Steve Ganzell, a clinical psychologist who was a longtime member of the Christopher Street West board of directors and chair of the Los Angeles Leather Coalition for four years, died suddenly on Sunday, December 1 at home. Steve is a past chair of the Los Angeles Leather Coalition and a co-chair of Christopher Street West, 2008-2011, which produces the Los Angeles LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. Steve was the clinical director of the mental health program for Being Alive. He was a member of Avatar Club Los Angeles. He has received many accolades including a President's Award at Pantheon of Leather in 2008 and the Leather to Leather Award in 2018 among others. Dr. Steve Ganzell had a practice in Hollywood, CA. Ganzell is survived by his partner, Tony Giragos, and his adult children, Crystan, Zach, and Adam.

https://www.wehoville.com/2019/12/05/in-memory-steve-ganzell-psychotherapist-and-leather-community-leader/

 

 

 

 

Leather Hall of Fame names inductees

The Leather Hall of Fame honors announced the names of those who will be inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame in 2020: MLC Munich, Jim Ward and Pauline Reage. The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. The 12th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 26 at the Westin Hotel during CLAW XX in Cleveland, OH. To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s criteria and procedure to select inductees, to learn about the previous inductees, and to make a nomination for future induction, please visit http://www.leatherhalloffame.com

For tickets go to http://www.clawinfo.org

 

 

Sanctuary Leather 2020

Mr. Sanctuary Leather is Apolonio E. Muñoz III, Ms Sanctuary Leather is Atomic Ana Algos and Sanctuary Pup 2020 is Pup Lan having won their titles at the Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 7. Gabriel Green and Jill Overfield served as emcees. The judges were Lady Remedy Ann, Elliot Musgrave, Romaldo Mancilla, Adam Monda and Jessica Harrison. A meet and greet was held at Eagle LA on Thursday night, December 5.

 

 

 

 

The 21st Annual 12 Days of Christmas - We're Finally Legal

The 21st Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be held at the Maritime Conference Center on Saturday, December 14 at 12 PM. This is a live performance, drag, and skit adult variety show with a silent auction, raffles, bootblacks, pictures with Santa and Ms Claus, cupcakes from Belton, and charity benefit event. The emcees will be Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach. ASL interpreters are Debbie Jones, Susan Weinstein and Jenn Arif. Tickets are $20. This year's beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund, MADIF - Memorial Community Services Fund, Trans Life Line and B & Dee's Baltimore Love. Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090.

https://www.facebook.com/events/274147016623352/

 

 

Master Eb's Spirit directed by Alex Ironwood

By Wilson Raiser

Master Eb's Spirit will be presented at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert on Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 PM. Master Eb's Spirit is a theatrically-staged reading of an original play by Ty Dehner based on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol directed by Alex Ironwood, set in the Gay Leather community of today. In this play Master Eb is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve in this modern styling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. LGBT Community Center of the Desert, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA.

http://masterebsspirit.com

 

 

Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 is Joey Byrne

By Pup Yoshi

On behalf of Eagle 562, it is my honor and privilege to announce the appointment of Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 Joey Byrne. Joey has been a familiar face at Eagle 562 since its opening, and has volunteered for countless events, both at the bar and in the greater LGBT community. Join us at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 4 for a Pass the Sash Bash to celebrate the New Year 2020 with Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 Joey Byrne and to honor a great year with Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2019 Eli Avila. Bootblacking will be Los Angeles Bootblack 2019 Duke Ruff.

https://www.facebook.com/Eagle562LB/

 

 

CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

CineKink Kinky Film Festival organizers have announced that the 17th annual CineKink NYC will takes place March 18–22 and feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," CineKink is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. In addition, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! showdown of adult cinema, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities. A national tour is set to take place in the months following the festival, showcasing audience favorites from the NYC selections.

http://www.cinekink.com/

 

 

Mr. and Ms Precinct Leather

Adam Emelio Reyes was named Mr. Precinct Leather 2020 and Tea became the first Ms Precinct Leather at the Precinct in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, November 10. Mr. and Ms Precinct Leather 2020 runner-ups were Titus Hound and AfroDisiac. The judges were Louie Ramrod, Jamila Dawson, Nicole Moon O'Neal, Marpa Franzoni, Spike, and Elliot Musgrave.

https://www.facebook.com/precinctdtla/

 

 

SoCal Bondage Club at Threshold

It was announced that the SoCal Bondage Club has returned to Threshold in North Hollywood with play parties being the second Saturday of each month from 12-4 PM. play parties were held at Threshold for 10 years and with its 3,000 square feet, it was a perfect fit. The next play party will be on December 14. Threshold, 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 91605. The SoCal Bondage Club welcomes all men, from experienced BDSM players to guys curious about learning the ropes. In jeans or full gear, you're bound to have a safe, sane and wicked good time.

https://www.SoCABondage.com/

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Excelsior MC trims Eagle NYC tree, Raises Funds for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On December 6, New York City-based Excelsior MC held its annual Trim-a-Tree holiday event at the Eagle NYC, with its guests, from Leather clubs throughout the Northeast, decorating the Eagle Christmas tree, as well as raising $670 for New Alternatives for LGBTQ+ homeless youth through the sale of raffle tickets and Jell-O shots. In attendance were Excelsior MC officers and members past and present, pledges Mr. Eagle NYC 2020 Mike Jeavons and Ken, and associates; visiting members of other local and out-of-state clubs; past and present Messrs. Fire Island Leather, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and puppies and handlers.

 

 

San Diego's Annual Leather Community Toy Drive

San Diego will host its Annual Leather Community Toy Drive on Friday December 20 at the San Diego Eagle. The Toy Drive is being produced by Mr. Eagle 2013 Robert Rodriguez and Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 Bill Willis. The toys will go to the greater Imperial Court de San Diego's Toy Drive. Donate a new unwrapped kids toy. While the toy drive begins earlier and people can bring toys anytime, the San Diego Eagle Holiday party will begin at 10 PM with hors d' oeuvre buffet being served. San Diego Eagle. 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104.

http://www.sandiegoeagle.com/events/

https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/

 

 

Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend 2020

Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend is all set for February 7-9 in Atlanta, GA. The 2020 Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend’s tagline is Raising the Bar because in 2020, Southern Sole is shifting its focus to advanced learning, offering classes to allow experienced bootblacks to further their technical knowledge of bootblacking and Leather care. The increased knowledge will then be taken back to home bars, events, and living rooms improving the image and reputation of not only the bootblacks, but the events and venues in which they shine. There will be a 101 all-day intensive on Friday but please be advised, Saturday and Sunday classes will be paced and geared towards experienced bootblacks. Registration is $75. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133269183640158/2222342351399507

 

Raaarrr VI: Bearicuda - Mr. LA Leather Bear

Raaarrr VI: Bearicuda will feature the Mr. LA Leather Bear contest January 16-18 at several venues in Los Angeles, CA. There will be a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Thursday night, a Bears LA Dinner at the Coral Cafe in Burbank on Friday night and the Mr. LA Leather Bear contest on Saturday night at Eagle LA. Jeremy Oliver-Ronceros and Don Mike will be the emcees so expect a spicy and fun night. Bears LA will celebrate the amazing title year of Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019, Eric de León. Admission is $7 at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1133386906852244/permalink/1177364485787819/

 

 

Frisky Pups: A Men's Play Party

Frisky Pups: A Men's Play Party will be hosted by Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather 2018 and SF Catalyst on Saturday, December 21 at 8 PM in San Francisco,CA. Frisky Pups is a sex-positive, kinky party for men. We’re inviting men, boys, and pups to SF Catalyst for a sweaty night of debauchery. We’ve got a fully-equipped play space with BDSM equipment, benches, beds, slings, puppy mats, and much more that will help you unleash your primal instincts. Lube, condoms, and snacks provided. Come for wild play, torturous SM, tight bondage, stretching rear entry, drenching piss, or whatever twisted things you desire. Tickets are $20. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/438635343451804/

 

Smokeout 2020 in April

Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to - in the company of fellow studs. All of this is great if you have a room. The host hotel is beginning to fill up fast. Smokeout will be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 8-13.

http://lasvegassmokeout.com/

 

 

Highwaymen TNT - monthly cookout

Join the Highwaymen TNT for their monthly cookout at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC on Sunday, December 15 at 5 PM. $12 dinner plate includes your first draft beer from the Club Bar, Ham with a Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Vegetable Skewers, Green Bean Almandine Prawn Salad, Honey Butter King's Hawaiian Rolls, Coconut Something and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2343835032326586/

 

San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host its anual Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party at SF Catalyst on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM. show our volunteers how important they are to SFLDG's mission. Without them we couldn't bring you the quality of programing you come to expect. Help SF LDG to let their volunteers know they are appreciated. Come nosh and toast to an exciting new year. This event is free and open to all. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.

https://www.facebook.com/sfldg/

 

 

Palm Springs Pup Night

The Palm Springs Pup Night is held every first Tuesday at the Tool Shed and is hosted by Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Wilson. The next one is on Tuesday, January 7 at 7 PM. Pups, handlers, Sirs and curious come ready to play. Tool Shed, 600 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, California 92264.

https://www.facebook.com/events/661237581041170/

 

New Horizons For Fifty - Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019

New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things is the domain for the writer/artists Eric Crow, who manifests in the Leather/Bear Community as Eagle Bear. Saturday Morning Hike with Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019 Eric Crow on Saturday, December 28 at 10 AM at El Dorado Nature Center and Regional Park, 7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach, California 90815. New Horizons For Fifty is designated a “snark-free zone” and is an extension of me and the communities I serve. Our three pillars are tapestry, anchorage and living history. Featuring interviews, inspirations and imaginings from the deepest, wildest part of the heart, New Horizons For Fifty is a sacred space of magic, where dancing to the beat of your own drum is the norm.

https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonsForFifty/

 

Leather List

Leather List continues to serve Leather people and cultures, having finished the first stage of development of the new LeatherList.org It’s already the most comprehensive updated site of information and resources serving Leather and Sex-Positive communities. Just search for what you want, anywhere in North America. Find annual Leather and sex-positive events, including a page of updated calendars; Leather clubs; MAsT chapters; and Sex-Positive Centers. All listings are currently free, with URLs for contact purposes. Leather List is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle. It’s managed solely by volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://www.LeatherList.org

 

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are December 11, 18, 25 and January 1. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.

https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/

 

 

Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen combine a Beer Bust with a Themed Gear Night. December’s Gear Theme is Big Boy Toys. Adhere to the Gear Theme and get a free Jell-O shot or a CCL Chip worth $1 from 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All-you can-drink keg-beer. The Crescent City Leathermen's general membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month with the next being December 11 and the one following is January 9 at 7:30 PM. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.

https://crescentcityleathermen.org/calendar-of-events

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Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, December 13 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. Mr. OCIE Jeff Galley-Reay is the host. There will be kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some money for The Leather Heart Foundation. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844.

https://www.facebook.com/events/775825859452824/

 

 

Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next one is on December 14 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities through outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.

http://www.rmlalliance.com/

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Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know

The go-to web site for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved.

http://www.pupplay.info/

 

 

Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with January 3 being the next date. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

https://seattlemeninleather.org/

https://www.facebook.com/seattlemeninleather/

 

 

Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, January 4, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Daddy Barry will be hosting plus it will be his first social venture out since his motorcycle accident. Come give him some loving.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sdcigarsandboots/about/

 

 

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next few are December 18, 25, January 8 and 15, and run 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.

https://www.facebook.com/CassieLovesRope/

 

Knights d'Orleans

Join in on the $10 all-you-can-drink beer bust with the Knights d'Orleans at the Phoenix in New Orleans every Friday at 10 PM. he next one is December 27. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.

https://www.facebook.com/events/347100149280726/

 

Touché - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being December 13, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. This month there will be a presentation on Needle Play with Sarah Sloane. Sarah is a kink and sexuality educator, and leather woman, based here in Chicago. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.

https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/

 

 

Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, January 4 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1780767715369700/

 

 

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 December 28. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/support.sfbasil/

 

 

Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's board members is set for Wednesday, December 18 from 6-8 PM, SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, Room 204, San Francisco, California 94102. This very special meeting will include the election of our initial Board of Directors. Voting privileges at the August meeting are extended to anyone who has had voting privileges at any previous Community Meeting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/736850366730796/

http://sflcd.org

 

 

Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on December 13.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bayareacigarbuddies/info

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Avatar Club Los Angeles' Holiday Party in Glendale, California in Dcember 2014. Photo by Dave Rhodes

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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blogs

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https://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2094-dave-rhodes-hump-day-september-20

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Smokeout 2018 in Las Vegas - second private pool added
Smokeout 2018 was held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-8 with more record attendance, a second pool has been reserved exclusively for Smokeout. The host Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club lead their traditional Saturday bike ride with guests, this time around Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leatherman, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way they want to ... in the company of fellow studs. No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time. Smokeout With Your Cock Out, presented by The Bullet Bar with Leo Iriarte, was three nights long. Large groups restaurant and buffet raids were at The Hofbrau Haus, Silverton Casino, Hard Rock Cafe. There were Leather nights at Hawks Gym. See http://lasvegassmokeout.com/

Master Kelly Lee Ellis passes
By Rhonda Tomo
On April 6, 2018, Master Kelly Lee Ellis completed his life journey and arrived at his eternal destination. Kelly was born on August 8, 1961 in Dunsmuir California. He grew up in Dunsmuir, Roseville, San Francisco and Antioch, California. After multiple surgeries and hospitalizations due to complications of diabetes and kidney failure he opted for hospice care and passed peacefully in his home with his family by his side. Kelly graduated from Antioch High School in 1980 and married his first wife, Judith Melancon in 1981. They had two children together, Jennifer and Matthew. After their divorce, Kelly met Carlene Silva (DeRosear) and they married on June 7, 2008. Kelly’s children blessed them with two grandsons, Andrew and Asher. Kelly worked for the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) for 22 years. He started working as a toll collector on the Bay Area bridges and progressed to maintenance worker, climbing over and under the old Bay Bridge. He finished his career as a computer analyst working at the main CalTrans maintenance yard in Sacramento.
Kelly was preceded in death by his brother Sonny and mother and father, Laura and Walter Ellis. He is survived by his wife, Carlene, ex-wife Judy (Ira) Worthen, daughter Jennifer Catrina, son Matthew Lee, and grandchildren Andrew and Asher. He is also survived by his chosen Leather family, brother and sister Bruce and Cyndi Ulrich, and babygirl Liz Welch. Services will be held on Friday, April 13 at Cochrane & Wagemann Funeral home, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville CA. Doors will open at 12:30pm for viewing and services will begin at 1 PM. An informal reception will be held after the services at The Monk’s Cellar, 240 Vernon St, Roseville.

Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VIII
Bear, Bikers and Mayhem will be held April 5-8 at the Eisenhower Inn in Gettysburg, PA. One of the highlights will be the Mr. Mayhem Leather and Mr. Mayhem Leather Bear contests. The Pandemonium Party on Friday provides an opportunity for Leather and fetish men to welcome bears to their brand of fun. The Boots to Briefs Party on Saturday is a chance for bears to show their hospitality. A few of the many events are bowling, field trip to Boswell Pipe Factory, Battlefield bus tour, meals, cigar party, cuddle room, puppy mosh pit, Smell My Pits Pig, comedy show, porn star bingo, after party, vendors and farewell brunch. There are 11 beneficiaries. http://www.bearsbikersandmayhem.com

The 15 Association - GLBT Historical Society
The GLBT Historical Society located in San Francisco features a Main Gallery at 4127 18th Street, San Francisco with rotating exhibits, programs, tours and private receptions. It also houses an Archive, 989 Market Street, Lower Level, of personal papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings and community organizational, business and political campaign materials. The 15 Association was established in San Francisco and has grown in membership annually as it continues to serve the men’s BDSM community with regular play and social opportunities. Various materials including letters, pins, patches, photos and flyers have accumulated since 1980, taking up several boxes with no permanent place to call home. The Fraternal committee has decided to keep our primary archives within the city of San Francisco as well as select duplicate materials in Chicago at the Leather Archives and Museum.

Leatherman of Color Dax Volpe is one of a record number of IML contestants competing in Chicago next month.

IML will have at least 73 contestants
The Leather Journal has compiled at least 73-plus photos of men who will compete at IML 40 as of April 10. The Leather Journal publishes a gallery of photos of IML contestants every year and there usually are a handful who do not send their information or who won preliminary tiles after the deadline. There are several more from Europe and a few more from Southern California which helps to bring the number up. IML contestant coordinator Jeff Tucker has been a huge help in gathering the information. http://www.imrl.com

 

Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA
Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eagle LA - Meat Rack
Meat Rack with DJ Billy Fever is hosted by Eagle LA on the fourth Saturday of each month and the next one is on April 27 at 9 PM. Party, house music, electronic dance music. $6 cover. Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/130452464444475/

Golden Gate Guards - Springtime in Yosemite
Registration for Springtime in Yosemite is now open. Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in the Sierras in Yosemite May 18-20. The weather and waterfalls are going to be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. Springtime in Yosemite will be at the View Lodge in El Portal, CA which has nice rooms and most have balcony with an enchanting close-up view of the rapidly-flowing Merced River. Depending on interest, there will be an optional Sunday brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a separate expense. Registration is open at http://www.ggguards.org/events/yosemite.htm


 

International Olympus Leather Weekend
Again, while not part of San Diego Leather Pride, this is a big event for America's Finest City International Olympus Leather Weekend will be held May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley and will feature the 2018 International Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather Contest, vendors, classes and socials. Join us as the first class of gender neutral and non-conforming Leatherfolk come together to compete for International Mx Olympus Leather alongside men and women from other Olympus Leather Regions. Be there for the contest, stay for the Bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA92108. https://www.facebook.com/events/293592137758718/

 

MAUL and COMMAND bar night
The Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL) and COMMAND MC (Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference) will hold their monthly bar night at the Baltimore Eagle Night Club on Saturday, March 17 at 8 PM. Uniforms and prison gear encouraged. Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, Baltimore, MD 21218. https://www.uniformleague.org and/or http://www.commandmc.org

CBT and Sounding - Hardy Haberman and David Carranza
Unfortunately Duct_Tape Dave had to cancel for being our Instructor but thank you to Hardy Haberman who has graciously agreed to do the class for CBT and David Carranza will do the Sounding portion at Leather Masters on April 14. Tickets will be available on line at http://www.leathermasters.com Tickets are $20 per person. Hardy Haberman is an American author, filmmaker, educator, designer living in Dallas, Texas. He is a prominent figure in the Leather/fetish/BDSM community, and a frequent speaker at leather events and contests. Hardy  has written Family Jewels, More Family Jewels and Playing with Pain to name a few. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226.

Fetish Men San Diego - new venue
With Summer approaching, we've moved our workshops and socials to our venue, the Panorama in La Mesa, CA, 94141. Our first workshop, Toys and Toy Care with Dustin, was on April 8 and the venue host is excited to have us. And with the weather changing, we are hoping to take advantage of the beautiful, warm weather by moving our workshop time to 3PM to 6PM, giving us the opportunity to use the venue for mid-day socials poolside. FMSD's next workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 and will be taught by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018 Jody M. The topic? Humiliation Play, with a helpful demo by Jody and two of his own bottoms. Check the Facebook Events, or E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the address.

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Foxhole - Positively Proud, Sex Positive Edition
Green Mirror Entertainment's Foxhole, a bathhouse theme party teams up with CA Drummer 2017 Xavier Espejo, for another night of debauchery Green-Mirror style, and to celebrate the official release
of Positively Proud: CA Sex-Positive Men Calendar on Friday, April 13 at 9 PM. https://www.facebook.com/CAsexpozcalendar/ Models will be on-site for photo ops and to sign calendars as well as the usual fun. Free clothes check and towel service for our guests, gogo foxes, men's area, underground beats by DJ Brian Novy and horny men. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. https://www.facebook.com/events/1769057676469356/

TBOL sets meeting dates
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will hold their monthly TBOL Meeting the third Friday of the month at 8 PM. The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather's home base is now the Flamingo Skyway Room. This month Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will have an education portion for the first half of the meeting. Sir Gethan will teach Protocols 101. We all hear the words Etiquette, Ritual, Protocol, and Service Task - but do any of U/us really understand what they mean? Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/347598885724217/

CLAW in two weeks
3,000 Leatherfolk are expected at CLAW 18. CLAW returns to the magnificent Westin Downtown Cleveland April 26-29, and is CLAW's home through at least 2022 - including vendor mart, parties, cigar deck, and more than 100 different Skills and Education sessions. A few rooms are still available at our other two hotels - the nearby Hampton Inn and Double Tree by Hilton. CLAW expects more vacancies before the end of April, so get a room now, or get on the hotel wait list and plan to be in Cleveland next month. http://www.clawinfo.org


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New! Trivia Question of the Week

The lead actor in the controversial movie Cruising which was about a sadistic murderer preying on the clubs and bars of New York in the early 1980s was named?

1. Dustin Hoffman.

2. Al Pacino.

3. Robert Redford.

4. George Kennedy.

5. Sylvester Stallone.


Answer next week when a new question is asked.

Last week's Question answered - How many African American men have held the International Mr. Leather title and who were they? Answer - Three - Ron Moore, D Cannon and Ramien Pierre.

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Empire City MC - Motorcycle Weekend
Yeah, it feels like the winter that won’t end, but a little birdie told us that in a few days, spring will break and we’ll be on the road again. Therefore, it’s time to sign-up for Empire City MC's Motorcycle Weekend, our four-day event (including formation ride up and ride back) held in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. The run-fee is $40/per person. This is a bargain! Run fees under $100 haven’t been seen since the 80s. Of course, this event is a bit restrictive. All participants must be male, arrive by motorcycle and pay the $40 run fee. http://empirecitymc.com/

Southland Honors in June
The Southland Honors Dinner will be held on Saturday night, June 23 at Taix in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, CA. Nominations will open soon. Southland Honors is owned by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition with its first Honors being held in 2004. This will be a single event and will be a formal banquet. Ticket and nomination information will be available soon.

Rubber Fucker returns to Eagle LA
Rubber Fucker returns to the Eagle LA on March 16 at 10 PM, and you don’t have to wear green, just wear rubber, Neoprene, latex, pvc, or something made of hot and sexy form fitting plastic-like or rubbery material... and you get in for free! All others can come dressed however you like, and your entry will be $6 at the door. This is a great party with lots of hot sexy men in rubber, that’s why it’s free for the studs who clad themselves in latex, rubber and Neoprene. Come show everyone how hot you are in a bar full of shiny rubbermen. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957670611162324/

Growlr Bear Den
The Bullet Bar will host Growlr Bear Den with DJ Sean Niles on Friday, April 20 at 9 PM. Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Show that you're a GROWLR subscriber and receive happy hour prices
Hang with some fur by the fire pit on our patio https://www.facebook.com/events/241523539724351/



Hunter & Charlie's
Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's in March. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. (323) 848-4790. http://www.hunterandcharlies.com


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Leather Archives & Museum Road Show visits Portland
By Gary Wasdin
If you're looking to expand your Kink interests, there's no place better to do it than at KinkFest in Portland, OR. The Leather Archives & Museum spent Easter weekend with kinksters from all over the world at the 20th Annual celebration of all things kink. This event, sponsored by Portland Leather Alliance, is the premier west coast kink conference celebrating sexual diversity, BDSM, fetish and Leather. The LA&M was happy to share a few treasures form its collections with the crowd. Be sure to look for us at IMsLBB/IMsL in San Jose later this month. Stop by and say hello. http://www.leatherarchives.org

Urban Bear X
Urban Bear will celebrate its 10th Anniversary the weekend of May 17-21 in New York, NY. A full weekend of events is planned including an Urban Bear Street Fair on Sunday, May 21, Stash Bash at Julius Bar and Grille and Brutus Party at Nowhere bar on Thursday, May 18, Bear Invasion: Highline and the Whitney on Friday, May 19, Bears on Bikes on Saturday, and Grizzly Guzzler at the Gym on Saturday, May 20. Also, Urban Bear will now have monthly bar parties at Nowhere, 322 East 14th Street, New York, NY on the second Friday of each month. For more go to https://www.theurbanbear.com/

 

Northwest Leather Celebration - Loves our Bootblacks
The Northwest Leather Celebration and the Northwest Master slave and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6, Sacramento, CA. Northwest Leather Celebration Loves Our Bootblacks. Got Boots? Got Leathers? How about Rubber or a Puppy Hood? Come to the NWLC Bootblack Lounge and get all your gear loved on. Led by Kian Leggett, the NWLC Bootblack Lounge will be serviced by bootblacks from throughout the region. This is not just about boots; come in your chaps, pants, shirts, corsets, skirts, gloves, rubber, latex, pet gear – whatever you need to shine. Tipping is appropriate and encouraged. Bootblacking is a spectator sport. The Bootblack Lounge is located right in the middle of the NWLC Lounge, a place to hang out, socialize and watch the hot bootblack action. It all starts at the Boots and Cigars Party on Thursday night. http://NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com



Monthly Fetish Celebrates First Year with Body Partialism Edition
One year ago, Monthly Fetish published their first issue. During the past year, they’ve covered a wide array of fetishes including feet, BBWs, Financial Domination, cosplay, bondage, transformation, latex, sploshing, looning, and spanking. And, their one year issue investigates body partialism. Body partialism is all about how a person can focus on one body part for sexual gratification. Boobs, butts, and legs are the most popular, but there’s also heads, shoulders, knees, toes, feet, eyes, noses, and many more. “We’ve covered a lot of fetishes our first year, but there are thousands more we can spotlight,” says Editor Jenn. “...We’ve got more incredible interviews planned for our second year. Make sure to not miss a single issue and feel free to write in anonymously with your questions." Check out the Partialism Edition of Monthly Fetish and previous issues at http://www.monthlyfetish.com/featured-fetish/fetish/


 

How a New Senate Bill Will Screw Over Sex Workers
By Tina Horn for Roling Stone - supplied by the NCSF
If SESTA becomes law, victims of human trafficking will be able to sue the websites their abusers may have used to communicate with one another. The implications reach beyond justice for survivors, however, as consensual sex workers may be charged with facilitating prostitution if they use an online forum to exchange safety information such as bad date lists. The threat of prosecution has already led such forums to simply shut down rather than face potential legal liability. When sex workers don't have access to digital resources - such as Craigslist, Backpage, Rentboy or MyRedBook - they often engage in high-risker street work. To read the rest of this article visit https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/controversial-anti-sex-trafficking-bill-screw-over-sex-workers-w518323



SW Bootblack Boot Camp
The SW Bootblack Boot Camp is planned for June 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ. When SW Community Bootblack 2015 Cherielle created the Arizona Bootblack Academy, using her formal apprenticeship program as a foundation, she set out to provide that which was lacking. The Arizona Bootblack Academy exists to provide a well rounded education in the art of bootblacking to all who express an interest in learning. Classes in technique are offered on a weekly basis, with field trips held occasionally. In addition to educational opportunities, students are provided the opportunity to give back to their communities in various ways. Students are encouraged to find ways to provide service using their bootblacking skills. Topics covered are bootblack lab, bootblack games, round tables, six meals and limited lodging. http://arizonabootblackacademy.org/


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West Coast Olympus Leather
Beat Your Drum Productions proudly announces, the return of the Mr., Ms, and Mx West Coast Olympus Leather competition; Scheduled to take place June 29 – July 1 at the Sanctuary LAX Studio in Los Angeles, CA. WCOL is affiliated with The Leather Foundation which is a recognized 501(c)3, non-profit, 100-percent volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide aid to the Leather community, addressing unmet welfare, health and safety issues unique to our community members. http://westcoastolympus.com/

Central Plains Leather Sir/boy and Community Bootblack
The Central Plains Leather Sir/boy and Community Bootblack will be held at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO the weekend of April 20-22. April 20 at 7 PM is a Pub Crawl with KCLU. 9 PM meet and greet with contestants and judges. Saturday 1 PM educational classes. 9 PM Central Plains Leather Sir/boy and Community Bootblack contest begins. 805 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111-3856. https://www.facebook.com/events/837222923154164/

Reno Revelry - Hardy Haberman to keynote
Register for Reno Revelry. Spend a lovely fall weekend, October 19-21, with the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community of Reno. Revelry, a first-year event, plans lots of classes including the Femme Boot Pride Track, not to mention the first Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. Oh, and the best of all, the Keynote speaker for the Sunday brunch will be the one and only Hardy Haberman. https://www.facebook.com/renorevelry/

Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather - Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend
The Tampa Bay Boys Of Leather will present Shenanigans Leather/Kink Weekend at the Flamingo Resort in Saint Petersburg, April 13-15. There is no costs to attend. We will have vendors, demos, games, shows and a social area to keep you entertained. Flamingo Resort St. Pete, 4601 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg. FL 33711. https://www.facebook.com/events/541687659520223/

Palm Springs Leather Pride dates announced
The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert publicized the dates for Palm Springs Leather Pride: Renegade to be October 25-28. Just shy of Halloween which is the Wednesday immediately after. Palm Springs LGBT Pride is the following weekend. Palm Springs Leather Pride Chair/Media Director Randy Carmanaty said, "This past year we had a 30-percent increase in attendees over the year prior with attendees coming from 26 countries and all 50 states." http://www.PalmSpringsLeatherPride.org


One of the many couples enjoying the sun at Smokeout in Las Vegas in early April.

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Mr. Leather Israel 2017 Aviv Grundman is one of the 73-plus men competing for International Mr. Leather in May.

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Some of the LA men who were at Smokeout in Las Vegas, seen in the Utah Rebellion hospitality suite.

 

Mr. Leather64Ten 2018 Kurt Allen is competing at IML 40.

 

 

Fetish Men San Diego Group HugFetish Men San Diego (FMSD), founded by Papa Tony, is a growing group of guys that gather at events en masse through an extensive E-mail list and which has Men's Discussions at Pleasures and Treasures located in San Diego's North Park district.

"We want to help you to fit in. FMSD is a huge, swarming and somewhat intimidating group, but we aren't a clique. We want new faces among us, and at every opportunity. Each one of us started out as shy, unsure and wondering if we would find people of like-mind. We have all fit in just dandy, and so will you." Papa Tony told The Leather Journal.

Arrive early, around 6:30 PM, on any Wednesday, at Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue and go upstairs. There will be friendly folks who will greet newbies. They will invite guests to help set up chairs for the Men's Discussion, starting at 7 PM. One can quietly observe during the discussion, or they can jump right in - without pressure either way. Just be aware thatone's shyness will pass very quickly. Papa Tony added, "We are friendly, warm and nice guys. You'll see."

Fetish Men San Diego Jay ApplaudedThe FMSD Men's Discussions were created as a safe, quiet, non-bar-oriented way for folks to actually talk about things that really matter, and build real friendships in a highly scattered Internet age. There will be optimal social opportunities during the break, and after the meeting is done.

A Fetish Men Los Angeles group has recently formed, meeting at the Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood.