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Palm Springs Leather Pride

Palm Springs Leather Pride was held at several venues in the Palm Springs/Cathedral City area the weekend of October 26-29 and Hotel Zoso was the host hotel where Oscar Uvillus was sashed Mr. Palm Springs Leather on Saturday night. Oscar Uvillus is the new Mr. Palm Springs Leather, Rodrigo Digletti was the runner-up, Jeremy Purkins and Wilson Raiser competed.

 

 

 

 

PSLOD presented Palm Springs Leather Pride

Palm Springs Leather Pride - Eruption featured the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2023 contest the weekend of October 27-30 at venues in Palm Springs and Cathedral City which was produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert. Emcees Karen Ultra and Brian Dawson were stellar.

 

 

Palm Springs Leather Pride produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert proved once again the durability of that club which has overcome adversity so many times, this one being a return after a year down due the the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Southland Honors

On Saturday, June 23 the Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) celebrated its 15th Annual Southland Honors at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, CA. The awards and recipients are: Business/Business Person - The Leather Journal, Next Generation Award – Taz Efeek, Mentor of the Year – Sir Frank Cavallo, Cultural Arts Award – Francisco Perales, Nasty Puerquito Photography, LALC Chairman's Award – Dennis Beisbier, Community Choice Woman – Cypher, Community Choice Man – Ben Kaufher, Olga Perez-Stable Legacy Award - Olga Perez-Stable, Co-founder of Desire, Jeff Burnam Community Service Award – Romaldo Mancilla, Club/Organization of the Year – AVATAR Los Angeles, Event of the Year – AVATAR LA 35th Anniversary and Erotic Art Fair and George Wong Person of the Year – Ralph Bruneau.

 

 

Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2016 Christopher Durbin, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2017 Jimmy Hicks and PSLOD president Leo Newcomb immediately after the contest at the Palm Springs Air Museum. All photos by Dave Rhodes

By Leo Newcomb

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend began with a great loss and sorrow for many of us on the eve of our 22nd annual celebration. On October 17, 2016, a week before our kickoff, we were struck with the hardest of blows with the unexpected passing of our beloved club brother, David Murdock, of natural causes. David was one of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert’s pillars and for decades had become proficient in every facet of our weekend. In his memory, we honored him both at the formal Leather dinner and the contest with a video tribute by Randy Carmenaty, narrated by Larry Golubski. It was with a heavy heart that in his honor and in the spirit of who he was, we forged ahead, as David would often say, “the show must go on.."

David must have been watching over us because we take great pleasure and tremendous pride in having hosted one of our highest attended Leather pride events in over a decade. This year we decided to practically overhaul the entire weekend. The theme and namesake, TOPGUN: Desert Opps, began with Hawkers and Vendors: Cruise Alley, which was held on Arenas Road with LA DJ, Manuelito. Over 2,500 Leatherfolk passed through the gate in the Spurline parking lot on Arenas Road as several vendors marketed their wares.

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