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CLAW 2021 in Los Angeles

December 08, 2021




CLAW 2021 held November 24-28 at the Westin Bonaventure in Down Town Los Angeles has come and gone. 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. CLAW producers did let The Leather Journal know there were over 400 volunteers


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Bear Marvin and Bear Mike wed in Albuquerque

By Michael Skroch

Two members of the Leather community, New Mexico Leather Bear 2019 Bear Marvin and Bear Mike who is a member of the Albuquerque Leather Daddys, were married in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday morning, July 18 by officiant boy Scotty of Phoenix, AZ, representing the late Goddess Sadie Hawkins, founder of The House of Shangri-La, who was an inspiration to both Marvin and Mike. They were honored by family and friends with about 20 local, due to the pandemic and 50 Zoom guests including artists Delmas Howe and Ruben Gallegos, fellow Onyx brothers Mufasa Ali and husband William, members of Onyx Lone Star and Onyx Mid Atlantic, and Albuquerque Leather Daddys.





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21 Rare Gay Motorcycle Club Photos From 1962

By Christopher Harrity for the Advocate

The guys are kicking it up at the Satyrs and Oedipus Spring Poker and Field Meet in May of 1962. The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles is the oldest running gay men’s motorcycle club and organization in the world. Formed in 1954 during the height of the McCarthy era, seven men came together, bonded by the love of the motorcycle to form a club. It was not an easy time in America for gay men...The late Garry Bowie supplied the photos to the Advocate. Read the rest of the story and see the photfos which tell the story....




Mr. Ottawa Bear competition donates $3,000

The Mr. Ottawa Bear 2020 competition was a smashing success and now that all financial details have been wrapped up, we were able to donate $3,000 to Pedro's charity of choice, Capital Rainbow Refuge. In what has already been called the hottest bear competition Ottawa has ever seen, three incredibly hot bears brought it all to the stage in a stunning evening of song and dance. The action-packed evening featured performances by the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, Willy Seaman, Roger Fire, the Bear Dance Troop as well some awesome and sometimes hilarious performances by our talented competitors.



Blow Buddies added to the casualty list

Sadly, Blow Buddies in San Francisco, CA will not be reopening after the pandemic. We tried many ways to figure out a path to return and were unsuccessful. We appreciate the willingness of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and our landlord to explore options with us. It was a good run...August 8, 2988 to March 15, 2020. We are sad to see this chapter close. We thank our many members for their support over all those years. The club was created in response to one virus and done in by another, said Blow Buddies owners.




Women of Drummer Southeast Regional Held on Zoom

By Arielle Sky and photo by Toni Solenne

Women of Drummer (WOD) from the Southeast Region met on Zoom for a full day of fun on Saturday, July 18. WOD started with a brunch and a signature cocktail, Southern Peach Juice, which could be made with or without alcohol. Ingredients and mixing instruction lists were sent out in advance to the attendees, so they could each make their own. After a short break, a Leather roundtable discussion brought a shared love of the Leather lifestyle to the forefront. The day was completed with games, including a sexy guessing game and truth or dare. Many thanks go out to the Southeast Regional planning committee and especially to the regional planning coordinator Ms. D Dom for a successful Zoom event. The photo is 2019 Woman of Drummer titleholder, Salted Honey Bootblack during the shenanigans portion of the evening.






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Virtual CLAW IV - July 31 - August 2

Virtual CLAW IV will have a full weekend of activities to keep CLAW enthusiasts busy from start to finish. The Virtual CLAW IV meet and greet will be on Friday, July 1 from 6-9 PM EDT with Mike D and Dave Watt as hosts. Saturday and Sunday has a total of 10 classes, some of which are Rope Bondage: How to Make a Diamond Harness by Tyger Yoshi, Sex and Covid-19 by Dave Watt, 25 Years of Archiving at the Leather Archives which is a film by Gary Wasdin, Bringing Legacy to Life: Preserving the Historic Leathers by Leslie Anderson, and So You Wanna Be a Cigar Daddy by Master Seykou Nia. Other activities include three sessions by the Leather Archives & Museum, a Gear Party on Saturday night begining at 9 PM EDT, live performance by top porn stars including Drew Dixon, a Cigar Social on Saturday night, plus fundraising events with plenty of big names to entertain. Photo above by BullmanX. To register for CLAW IV go to





Satyrs MC cancels Badger Flat run

By Riley Black, President/Road Captain

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club is saddened and sorry to inform all that the Badger Flat 59 Run (2020) is officially cancelled. With the COVID 19 cases rising everywhere and due to Federal, State, County and USFS restrictions there are no "group" campsites allowed anywhere up on the mountain. For those who had already paid for this year's camping trip the Satyrs will reimburse your fee either by check or PayPal however you paid within the next two weeks. COVID 19 has been and is making life hard this year for all of us. The Satyrs wish all of you to take care and stay SAFE and plan on joining the Satyrs MC next year for Badger Post COVID and keep the rubber side down.



Creating Change Conference will be virtual

For the first time in its 33-year history, the Creating Change Conference will be a completely virtual event. Given the ongoing public health crisis and current safety regulations, Creating Change will be unable to host Creating Change as an in-person convening in Washington, DC, in January 2021. Creating Change presents the Leather Leadership at its conferences. The multi-day conference will be held January 27-31. “We are disappointed we will be unable to gather in person, one of the most powerful elements of Creating Change, but the Task Force is committed to planning a virtual experience that is diverse, accessible, and addresses the many issues facing LGBTQ+ communities,” said Andy Garcia, Director of Creating Change.




Eagle Plaza in San Francisco

The first large batch of plaques were installed next to the SF Eagle bar in The Eagle Plaza in San Francisco, CA in early June. Photo by Jason Husted. Eagle Plaza is at Harrison and 12th Streets.







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Master slave Conference 2021 has new venue

For Master slave Conference 2021 and beyond, they will have an awesome new venue: The College Park Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Maryland. This venue will give MsC the three more important things they need: exclusive use of 239 guest rooms during the five days and four nights of MsC. 40,000 square feet of meeting space which is more than double the meeting space from recent years, an 8,000 square feet ballroom that can sit 600 people for the banquet. In addition, for those who need extra comfort, there will be 20 suites available. Registration and hotel booking will begin on January 2021. MsC 2021 will include workshops, intensives, panels, conversations, roundtables and service stations. The keynote speaker will be International Master 2018 Mister Blue.




Leather Archives - Virtual Leather Legacies

July 30, 7 PM Central - Bound Together book reading + conversation with Andy Campbell, Jonesy, and Joshua Chambers-Letson

Join the folks at the Leather Archives & Museum for the return of their Virtual Leather Legacies series on July 30 at the new time of 7 PM. These events continue to be online. In his new book, Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art, Andy Campbell outlines some of the many ways contemporary artists have engaged with archives of Leather history to create bold, queer visions for today. In this program, moderated by Joshua Chambers-Letson, and joined by artist Jonesy, Campbell will discuss his book and its engagement with Leather archives and collections, including the LA&M.




There is a slight chance Mates Leather Weekend will be held

By Richard Conley

It is unlikely that Mates Leather Weekend, scheduled for October 1-15 in Provincetown, MA, will take place this year considering the uncertainty of the world we live in and the ever changing news. Hoping for some kind of miracle, the final decision will be postponed until early September. Until then, please stay safe and healthy cause, if Mates Leather Weekend 2020 doesn’t happen, you know Mates Leather Weekend 2021 will be the best f*cking Leather gathering in history.




Divergent Donations Foundation benefactor to match donations up to $25,000

Divergent Donations Foundation, based in Massachusetts, announced its 2020 Fundraising Campaign. This year has been a challenging year for the world and for the needs of its people. During this time, Divergent Donations has grown in staff and resources to become an international foundation developing connections and affiliations throughout the world. They are in need of any and all unused and unopened HIV medications. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help. Divergent Donations Foundation announce that a generous anonymous benefactor has committed to match all donations up to $25,000 that are received in July and August. Divergent Donations Foundation's mission is to provide HIV/AIDS medications to those who need them but cannot access or afford them.. To donate, simply click on






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Dore Alley, Up Your Alley

During the down time created by the Coronavirus we are going to past 10 photos from past events from the closest frame in each Hump Day. San Diego's Leather community has been producing one of the best Leather sections in LGBT Pride festivals for many years. San Diego Pride is amazing. They have their parade, usually on the third Saturday of June, in historic and beautiful Balboa Park which is a world-class city park with a zoo, museums, indoor and outdoor theaters, running paths and tens of thousand of tall eucalyptus trees.

















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A Blast From The Past




The Advocate did a photo gallery on the old days of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club and we link that story above. Seen here are the Satyrs MC at their 63rd Anniversary during Thanksgiving Weekend in 2017 in the Hollywood hills.




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DomCon LA, Leather Realm, Ginger Beards





Leather Archives re-opens, Lady Gaga, Cherry Grove Pride





Supreme Court - LGBT cannot be fired, ONYX Deep South





Bars re-opening, Irene Soderberg




Oedipus MC, Leather Masters closing





IML IMBB new date, Centaur MC and Spearhead each are 50





Leather Archives - Leather Speaks By Leslie Anderson





Several Leatherfolk passed away, among them Garry Bowie of Satyrs MC




Mr. Ottawa Bear competition donates $3,000









20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker and Boys would like you to invite you to The 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas - A Fairy Of A Tail on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, it's a Cosplay kind of Christmas. Define cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction.... Attendees are encouraged and invited to dress for the occasions! 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is a 18-years-old-and-up event. No ID,no entry, no exception. 20th Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.



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Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

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Pup Rush was chosen to be LA Puppy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography

Los Angeles Puppy Pride
Edward "Pup Rush" Decimus was tops among seven amazing contestants and left MCC in the Valley on Saturday night, November 11 with the Los Angeles Puppy 2017 title. Pup Apollo was named Alpha-Beta Pup and Pup Wolfy was chosen to be Alpha-Beta runner-up. Friday night's meet and greet was at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood and the victory party on Sunday was at Eagle LA. International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014-15 Dave Faunce was the emcee. Bon Mike was presented the Legendary Pup Award by LA Puppy producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The LA Puppy 2017 judges were International Pup Trainer 2016 Sir Pounder, Alex "Pup Beastly" Cheves from Fort Troff, Erik Escareno, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach, Dave Rhodes from The Leather Journal, Michael "Pup Ryker" Kaplan, West Coast Trainer 2004 Gary Reisch and head judge West Coast Trainer 2004 Pup Figaro. And for those in the know - Munt. https://www.facebook.com/LAPuppyPride//

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