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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day' December 29, 2023

By December 30, 2023

 

 

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.

The judges were IML 2023 Marcus Barela, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2023 James Holjes, Drew Kramer, Race Bannon, Devin Franco, Jamal McCrainy and John Keplar. The emcees were Rosemary Galore and Christopher Durbin.

The Tom of Finland Foundation got things going with a Kick Off party at the Tool Shed on Thursday night with cigars and food available.

The huge Dark Alley Marketplace, open Friday and Saturday nights, were in the Tool Shed parking lot experience the more than double size Tool Shed expansion. Gar Czar held its Cigar Social at the Barracks on Saturday afternoon with a bootblack working the afternoon. The official weekend Plunge pool parties were at CCBC Resort. The Barracks hosted the Official Closing Beer Bust on Sunday

https://www.pslod.org/

 

 

 

Leather History Preservation Weekend

By Tori Jones

Leather History Preservation Weekend was a three-day event held at the Sonesta Atlanta Airport North the weekend of November 2-4 in Atlanta, GA, dedicated to sharing the diverse voices and experiences of Leather, and the tradition of sharing our oral histories with one another. We make items of historical value - books, photographs, recordings - available for conference participants to make these personal histories more immediate and real. Historians presented two 90 minute sessions each on their own histories, there was a formal dinner with a keynote speech by Paul Berry with Dave Hudson as emcee. The historians were Dave Rhodes, Master Varii, Master Wes, Jack Handcock, Marty and Petal.

The Leather Quilt originated over 10 years ago and included approximately 100 one-foot squares. it was on display at LHPW where a few more panels were added, bringing the count to about 215, more than anyone might have hoped for in the early years.

LHPW is not like any other Leather event. LHPW is not about teaching people how to do SM, run groups, or further their relationship dynamic. This weekend brings Leatherfolk of all identities, and orientations together to share their experiences – their trials, triumphs, and tragedies, feelings, and opinions, to tell their personal stories. Learn where today’s Leather came from, to make wiser decision about where we will take Leather tomorrow.

LHPW is for anyone curious about, or new to Leather, seasoned Leatherfolk, and others who wish to learn more about living a Leather lifestyle.

The Leather History Preservation Foundation received the Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Award in 2018.

https://lhpfoundation.org/

 

 

Mr. International Rubber 2023

Nine individuals competed for the Mr. International Rubber 2023 title, representing six countries, and when the scores were totaled, the top three placements went to Mr. International Rubber 27 AJ Huff from San Francisco, first runner-up Rolo from Dublin, Ireland, and second runner-up Dante Woods of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The remaining contestants were Pony from California, Sergio Alexander from Australia, Jester DeKay from Florida, Jakob Rex from Denmark, Bearbie from France, and Rubbabeard from New York.

The majority of the weekend events were held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie, IL, and the contest was held at the beautiful North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

At the conclusion of the 27th Mr. International Rubber contest, the Board of Directors for MIR Contest, NPO announced that beginning with their 2024 event, the contest would become gender inclusive. Additionally, they announced the weekend would no longer be known as Mr. International Rubber, and would simply be known as “MIR” moving forward.

Rubber Club leaders in attendance at MIR27 met on the final day to discuss issues of mutual concern, and exchanged ideas and experiences with each other as part of the annual Rubber Club Summit. It was a productive discussion and club leaders were energized by the weekend and by meeting each other. At the conclusion of the summit, it was agreed that a Telegram Chat should be established to help facilitate ongoing communication between global rubber club leaders throughout the year.
That chat has now been established and already has close to 30 participants who have joined.

https://mirubber.com

 

LA Leather Getaway by CLAW

The third iteration of LA Leather Getaway by CLAW held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-26, showed a 10 percent growth from 2022. Several tweaks made it easier for attendees to navigate the Bonaventure. Major events were joined in the huge Pasadena Room on a lower level.

As does its older sibling, CLAW, LA Leather Getaway boasts it is "Zero percent contest and 100 percent fun." In keeping this there were several events going on at the same time at almost all hours of the event which also featured the 15th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony story written by Rostom Mesli: The 15th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Sunday, November 26 at the Leather Getaway by CLAW at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The LHOF Induction was part of the greater CLAW LA weekend where there were vendors, classes, dance parties, play parties and socials. A private cocktail reception was held for the award recipients on Friday night in one of the executive suites.

The recipients were Robert Meijer who founded RoB Amsterdam, a popular brand of Leather and kinky gear; John Sutcliffe who was among the most influential fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and kink technological innovators of the 20th century; and the 69 Club which was founded in London in 1965 by Tony Hepworth and by Felix Jones. To read the whole story on LA Leather Getaway and the Leather Hall of Fame, and a gallery of 67 photos check out

https://theleatherjournal.com/news/la-leather-getaway-by-claw-third-edition

https://www.clawinfo.org

 

Parties for a Cause

By Jim Neuman

Just to let you know the results of our two Pride Parties…we raised a lot of money and we thank you. The combined total attendance of 385 folks (235 and 150), between the two parties, and the fact that ALL the expenses at both parties were hosted, we were able to present checks to Guide Dogs of the Desert for $10,492, Tom Of Finland Foundation for $3,250 and the REAF Emergency Fund for $3,125.

Please accept my sincere thank you for all who participated…. your generosity was overwhelming. I’ve heard from many attendees that the food, entertainment and socialization was wonderful. Each guest donated $50 at the time of registration. At the first party our longtime friends, Sharon McNight and Steve Knill provided the entertainment with Lenny Broberg holding court for the live auction and International Mr. Leather 2023 Marcus Barela, lending his support to the action. The Leather Journal erred in its post on funds raised per capita at $500 and regrets the error - it was $50 per person as noted above.

I know that my late Partner, Dick, would have loved the outpouring of so much caring. Hugs and thanks, Jim.

 

The Roast of Graylin Thornton

By Daddy Ray Tilton

If you remember they started back in 2012 with Lenny Broberg 20 years IML, 2013 with Queen Cougar 20 years MsSFL, we took exception and roasted IML 2013 Andy Cross in 2014, followed by Donna Sachet's 20 years Empress in 2015 and our last Gary Virginia's 20 years as Mr SFL in 2016.

After an almost seven year hiatus it was time to roast (maybe even spit roast) Graylin Thornton for his many, many years of advocacy within the broader LGBT community and specifically within the BIPOC and kink scenes with unwavering dedication.

On December 16 at the SF Eagle, friends celebrated 30 years of Graylin's commitment, service and success since his historic win as International Mr. Drummer 1993. Co/MC's Race Bannon and Sister Roma guided the show on the road and through the gutters. Titleholders, club dignitaries, Sisters and more chipped in on landmark occasions and humorous moments.

https://www.facebook.com/events/334910539072914/

 

Los Angeles Pup 2024 is Pup Bubbles

By Matthew Mullins

The winner of Los Angeles Pup 2024, is Pup Bubbles, first runner up is Pup Fenrir and Alpha beta is Pup Fenrir. Pup Artemis came in second runner up at MCC in The Valley on Saturday night, November 11. This year’s theme was Hooray for Hollywoof.

The Los Angeles Pup Pride organization went legally non profit this year and is now produced by Pup Unity Project LA, a new project created by the team that built LA Pup Pride, aLos Angeles Pup 2024, is Pup Bubbles and will have a full board of directors starting in January'

Los Angeles Pup Pride Weekend and the main event, the Los Angeles Pup Contest! This year’s theme is ‘Hooray for Hollywoof!’ This year’s events are on Thursday, November 9-12. There are seven contestants this year.

Thursday started with a Bark and Sniff meet and greet at Threshold LA. Friday featured Hollywoof, an exclusive pup and pet private screening party at a private warehouse. Saturday afternoon had -LA Pup Pet educational classes and Red Carpet Photo Shoot and Silent Auction at MCC, and Sunday's Bone: LA Pup Victory Party at the Eagle LA.

LA Pup Pride cofounder Matthew Mullins, aka Pup Ashtray Boner Kain, presented on the pup scene at Avatar's monthly educational meeting in September. Pups and handlers were there in packs.

https://www.losangelespuppride.com

 

South Plains Leatherfest

"South Plains Leatherfest, March 21-24 in Dallas Texas, will be celebrating the 25th Year of South Plains Leatherfest and the 35th International Master slave Contest at SPLF 2024" states Tomo, the owner and producer of South Plains Leatherfest' For the first time, SPLF will also host the International Person of Leather Contest. Race Bannon will give the opening note and Mama Vi will deliver the keynote.

"We are excited to both celebrate the rich history of the IMs Contest as well as welcome the IPOL Contest System to SPLF. With an emphasis on Leather and diversity and a welcome to all who wish to call South Plains home, SPLF will be epic next March with a hotel buyout, education, hospitality, parties, at least 15 vendors, play parties and hot sexy entertainment" Tomo shares with great passion. Among the SPLF goodies will be a slave Circle with Mama Vi.

All the details, including information on the host and over flow hotels, can be found at https://www.SouthPlainsLeatherfest.com

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Chicago Hellfire Club - Associate Applicants Weekend

By Bear Mike

Bear Mike is eating dinner with Bear Marvin and Danno at LaVilla Italian Restaurant celebrating the Chicago Hellfire Club's Annual Associate Applicants weekend at the beginning of November in Chicago, IL. Associate Applicant Weekend gives prospective associate members the opportunity to make an impression on Chicago Hellfire members before the club votes on new members.

 

Mr. Eagle NYC Eric Holland

On October 7 Eric Holland became the new Mr. Eagle NYC. There was a victory for him the next day. Both events were at the Eagle NYC. The judges were Chris Kelley, Alaina Hummell, Daddy Sage ONYX, Will Wever and Jason Fluegge.

As both a Proud Leatherman and Pup Handler, Eric is committed to a lifestyle of kink by dedicating his resources to community and education, all the while standing strong with a positive attitude and welcoming smile; a true testament to resilience and the endless possibility of transformation with a promise of a brighter tomorrow.

https://eagle-ny.com/mreaglenyc2024contest/

 

Arizona Men of Leather Area 69 Party

By Nick Kotwica and photo by Mark Levesque

The Arizona Men of Leather had a blast at their Area 69 Party, held at Anvil Bar in Phoenix on September 23rd. The outer space themed fundraiser was a benefit for Mulligan's Manor, which is the only LGBTQIA+ Non-Profit Group Home in Arizona. There were too many heavenly bodies to count, as guests enjoyed a 're-contamination chamber', a laser light show, alien probings and the centerpiece of the evening, the Mr. Galaxy Leather contest. Among the trophies handed out were the Space Cadet Award, The Kneel Armstrong Award and the Mr. Galaxy Leather crown to the best dressed contestant. Jell-o shots and space toys were sold, a 50/50 raffle and gift basket raffle were conducted and $530 was raised for Mulligan's Manor. Mission Accomplished!

Founded in 2004, The Arizona Men of Leather (AML) is a male-identified Leatherman’s Social Club consisting of individuals who seek or live the Leather/SM/Fetish lifestyle, providing opportunities for friendship, mentoring, education, and support of our community.

https://www.arizonamenofleather.com

 

Mr. Leather Europe Leather Tom Keller

The Ramada Plaza Hotel in Milan, Italy was the place to be the weekend of October 27-29. That is where Tom Keller was chosen to be Mr. Leather Europe. The ECMC ( European Confederation of Motorsport Clubs) held their Annual General Meeting during the weekend. The Confederation is hosted by a member club each year, this time being Leather Friends Italia.

Six men vied for the much coveted opportunity to represent the continent at International Mr. Leather in May. The judging panel included (all first names) Andy, Marco, Jaak, Fabio, Arthur, Sebastian and Franz. The emcee was Mr. Leather Europe 2015 Thorsten Buhl.

The contest was the main attraction during a fabulous formal dinner. Mr. Leather Europe weekend also included a Friday night welcome dinner, fetish party, a city walk tour, a winner party at Hotdog club and closing brunch on Sunday.

Account of weekend by Tom Keller at https://ecmc.eu/titleholders/tom-mr-leather-europe-2024/

 

Lords of Leather New Orleans Mardi Gras Ball

By Brock Andersen

If you are visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2024 you won’t want to miss the Mystic Krewe of Lords of Leather’s 41st Bal Masque. Held on Sunday evening February 11, 2024 in suburban New Orleans this Leather-oriented event will feature a tableau of Krewe members wearing their own elaborate, original and colorful costumes which adhere to the not-yet-publicly-announced Ball theme.

Local musical and artistic talent will provide the entertainment for a capacity crowd watching the Krewe go for its 6th consecutive “Gay Appreciation Award - Best Gay Mardi Gras Ball” prize sponsored by Ambush Magazine.
The local Leather community title-holders will participate and a local charity will be supported.

Past royalty will be honored and 2024 royalty will be crowned at the conclusion of the evening’s festivities.
Individual tickets and 10-seat tables will be on sale in December

https://www.thelordsofleather.org

 

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Eagle LA Mr. Leather

The Eagle LA Mr. Leather is set for Saturday night, January 6 at Eagle LA in Los Angeles, CA. The Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2023 was the springboard for Marcus Barela's becoming International Mr. Leather. As IML 2023 and and outgoing Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2023, Marcus will have a lot to share about his travel during his step down speech.

The judges are Kevin Casey as head judge, Marcus Barela, Hunter Fox, Jessica Pimentel of Rough Trade Gear fame and ONYX SoCal president Suede. A hot little fucker that goes by Bourbon will be the judges boy, Mike Gerle and husband Denis will be contestant handlers, and Lou Romano will be back as emcee.

A meet and greet will be on Thursday, January 4 at 8 PM.

https://eaglela.com/

 

 

 

 

Precinct Leather Harwick

Harwick was chosen to be Precinct Leather at the Precinct in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 12. The crowd cheered when Harwick was announced the winner who will repesent the Precinct at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in late March. The runner-up was ChiChi La Pinga. The title had been gender spefic in previous years and has been changed for inclusivity. Photo by Jeremy Lucido..

https://www.facebook.com/precinctdtla

 

Mr. Bullet Leather

The Mr. Bullet Leather contest will be held the weekend of February 1-4 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA and is a preliminary for Mr. Los Angeles Leather in late March.

https://www.bulletbarla.com

 

Philadelphians MC 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, 19 men became the Charter Members of a new back patch Leather club, the Philadelphians MC Incorporated. The Constitution and by-laws of the club were adopted on October 17, 1974, at the home of Frank D (who also would be the originator of the Philadelphia Freedom Punch).

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004206227204

 

Avatar Celebrates 40 Years at the TOM House

By JR Raymond

Avatar Club Los Angeles was thrilled to be invited by Durk Dehner of the Tom of Finland Foundation to celebrate Avatar's 40th Anniversary at the TOM House on Wednesday, November 8. The Foundation will mark 40 years in 2024, and we couldn't be happier to have celebrated our birthdays together. Catering was done by Lane Sanden. Avatar held its monthly business meeting before doors opened to the public.

Los Angeles has always been at the heart of gay and Leather culture, and nowhere is that more real than standing in Tom's own home, now the home of his artwork and the Tom of Finland Foundation which is preserving his legacy. Durk shared a bit about the Foundation, and there were light cocktails and hors d'oeuvres throughout the celebration.

Avatar hosted its annual Deck the Balls contest At Eagle LA on Saturday night, December 16. one can only imagine.

https://www.avatarla.org


 

Wisconsin Leather Pride Winners Announced

By Daddy Sparkie

Madison, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Leather Pride announced the winners of the Wisconsin Leather Pride 2024 contest, held October 21 at Five Nightclub. Four titles were run, with one contestant each. Two contestants made the minimum number of points to earn their titles. We congratulate Pup Delta, Wisconsin Pet 2024 and Anubis, Wisconsin Bear 2024.

Sir Nate and pup Cyon, the owner/producers of the weekend announced on stage during the contest on Saturday night that producers Girl Becky and Daddy Sparkie will be taking over full ownership of the Wisconsin Leather Pride Weekend. Being members of the local community, they provided extensive support to make this weekend happen over the last two years. Girl Becky and Daddy Sparkie affirmed their commitment to ensuring the contest remains a radically inclusive event.

Look for an upcoming announcement of the dates of the Wisconsin Leather Pride Weekend 2024.

https://www.facebook.com/WisLeather

Photo credit @shaanlashun

 

Tool Shed hosted Mr. Kristofer and his On Guard Cigar Salon

By Jesse Rosenberg, photo by Dan Marmot

On Saturday afternoon of Palm Springs Leather Pride weekend, The Tool Shed hosted Mr. Kristofer and his On Guard Cigar Salon with guest Durk Dehner from the Tom of Finland Foundation for an engaging conversation about Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom’s life and work and the urgency of keeping queer life alive and thriving.

Immediately following was the GarCzar-Tom of Finland cigar social in which the $10 cover and cigar donations benefited Tom of Finland Foundation. There were over 200 guys participating and GarCzar had a cigar roller there whose hand-rolled cigars were a big hit.

 

Black and Tans celebrates 50th Toast to the Season

The Regiment of the Black and Tans to celebrated their 50th Toast to the Season event, start with a hosted dinner at Casita del Campo on December 2 in Los Angeles, then moved to Eagle LA for a traditional toy drive. Guests brought unwrapped toy for the Eagle's Holiday Toy Drive. About 35 men attended the dinner and the bar was full. Over $2,000 of toys completely covered the Eagle LA stage. $1,000 of the donation came from California B&B Corps member Jim Neuman of Palm Springs.

A few weeks earlier the Black and Tans' 17th Annual Firemen’s Chili Cookoff was a culinary and fundraising success.

https://www.facebook.com/regiment.bt

Bucks MC's 50th Santa Saturday

The Bucks MC of New Hope, PA held their 50th Annual Santa Saturday at the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ on November 24 and 25 with over 700 Leatherfolk in attendance.

A 100 percent charity event, all money raised, well over $20,000, went to The Center of Asbury Park, Project REAL, Fact Bucks County NJ, and We Are Better Together.

Photo by Michael Prestia.

https://www.facebook.com/events/679007494268512/

Sandy Mama's Leather Christmas at Eagle Wilton Manors

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was at the silent auction at the Eagle Wilton Manors/Bear Den on Friday night. December 15 in Wilton Manors. FL for a benefit for the Mama's Helping Hand Foundation. Many are glad to see Mama out and about again. Photo by Ben Carter.

Interested in getting your hands on The Men of Eagle Wilton Manors 2024 Calendar? Copies are still available in Eagle Leathers. Proceeds go to Broward House.

https://www.facebook.com/EagleBarWM

Los Angeles Leather Coalition selects three charities

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) announced the selection of three worthy organizations as the Charity Partners for the upcoming LA Leather Pride festivities March 17-24. They are: Los Angeles LGBT Center Senior Department, Tom of Finland Foundation and The Wall - Las Memorias.

The theme for LA Leather Pride is Dark Angel. LA Leather Pride is a week-long series of events dedicated to promotion and celebration of the Leather and fetish community leading up to The Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest on Saturday night, March 23 and runs March 17-24 culminating with the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday, March 24.

The winner of Mr. Los Angeles Leather will represent the City of the Angels at IML in Chicago in May.

https://www.losangelesleatherpride.com

Mr. Twin Cities Leather Tyler Lansdell

Tyler Lansdell was chosen to be Mr. Twin Cities Leather on Saturday night, November 4 at The Saloon in Minneapolis, MN. Four men competed. Lansdell is an associate member of the Atons of Minneapolis.

The weekend of fun started with Floggapalooza on Friday night, had several parties and socials, classes in the daytime on Saturday and a closing Leather Lunch on Sunday.

https://www.twincitiesleather.com/pages/twin-cities-leather-weekend

https://www.facebook.com/everettallenphotography

Mid-Atlantic Leather names judges

The Centaur Motorcycle Club will host its annual Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest and Weekend January 12-15 with the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill serving as the host hotel. The Hyatt has been booked full since a few days of the date announcement. There are three or four overflow hotels, but they may be full, too.

The main event of Mid-Atlantic Leather is Leather Cocktails on Saturday night. This decadent bacanal feast and drinks was the reason for the weekend. See full story about the cock ring and all at the link below. There will be special announcements and the introduction of club colors.

There will be plenty of events and club sponsored cocktail parties including Puppy Park Sweet 16, introduction of International Mr. Leather judges and more unlisted.

Daniel DeLuca will step aside and be one of the judges. The rest of the judging panel consists of IML 2023 Marcus Barela, John Michael Gordon, Leslie Anderson, Sue Nami, Master J. Tebias Perry, and Butch Romero. The contest will include a parade of titleholders and the introduction of all Centaur MC members and installation of new officers. A brunch will precede the contest for all weekend package holders and dignitaries.

Bootblacks will bust shining away from Friday afternoon until after the contest on Sunday. Vendor mart will have over 25 merchants and will open at 4 PM on Friday until after the contest.

For many it will be time to hit the vendor market in hopes of a getting late deal, depart the District of Columbia or time for dinner. The weekend closes with discoVERS XL Dance.

https://www.leatherweekend.com/

Asylum Underground is new in Portland

Asylum Underground is ready to serve the pan-sexual/Leather/kink/fetish/BDSM/Pup community in Portland, OR, with their first Tastings event held on Friday, November 3. Candie Winkel is president of the board of directors of Asylum Underground. She urges everyone to watch for the new website coming soon.

Asylum Underground’s initial launch event, Sample Asylum, included many different presenters who offered a variety of styles of play. Presenters will be offering discerning adults many different ways to enhance intimacy in a safe, sane, consensual environment.

Asylum Underground is assuming the programs and assets of a previous, now-defunct group known as Catalyst, with a new board of directors, new initiatives, new community outreach, and new programs.

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Atons of Minneapolis Holiday Fundraiser

Atons of Minneapolis and Minnesota Leather Pride celebrated the winter holidays with an afternoon of Leather, kink, and cheer at The Saloon on December 2. Holiday Fundraiser proceeds benefited The Aliveness Project and The Bridge for Youth. There was a prize drawing and silent auctions. Photos by Everett Allen, Nathaniel Peach and Andrew Bertke.

The Atons Leather Cigar Socials have transformed into the Atons Leather Bar Night at the Eagle Minneapolis on the first Thursday of each month. The next is January 4 at 7 PM.

https://www.atons.net/

https://www.facebook.com/AtonsofMinneapolis

So, let’s talk about the new Leather Club called Proteus

By Tom Keller

Proteus is a Leather club that offers a space for Trans, non-binary and ally Leatherfolk. Whilst the scene now compared to many moons ago is more accepting towards Trans and non-binary people, Proteus is specifically setup to act as a safe space for all these people.

Proteus and its vision is to integrate itself into the community by working with already well-established groups and clubs, rather than creating a divide. Proteus currently has groups in Germany (@proteuslthrger) and UK/Ireland (@proteuslthruki. This picture comes from @proteuslthrger first ever social at Folsom Europe. If you are keen to learn more and become a member, I implore you to reach out to Proteus.

 

12 Days of Christmas sets record

By Rik Newton Treadway

The 12 Days of Christmas: Don We Now Our Ugly Sweaters, produced by Hooker and Boys Ministries, set a organizational fundraising record when $18,500 after expenses was collected by events during the evening on Saturday, December 9 at the Maritime Conference Center near Baltimore, MD.

Miss Shwanna Alexander, Sister Misty Meanor and David Allen were the emcees along with ASL interpreters Debbie Jones and Susan Weinstein for the live auction and singing, illusion, dancing, drag, and skits. There was also a silent auction, raffles, bootblacking, desserts for sale and photos with Santa Ali Lopez.

The beneficiaries were AIDS Action Baltimore, B & Dee's Baltimore Love, Galel Philadelphia, and Baltimore American Indian Center.

https://www.hookerandboys.org

Crescent City Leathermen

Crescent City Leathermen and guests had a great time on Sunday, December 9 upstairs at the Phoenix celebrating the season with brother Leather clubs Lords of Leather, ONYX, and Nola PAH. They were also able to collect toy donations for needy families. A huge thanks to Clint Taylor and the Phoenix staff (especially Eric and Jeff) for their support of all our organizations.

The Crescent City Leathermen held their annual Rush Party on Saturday November 18 at The Phoenix which feature their annual Gumbo Cook Off

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473800622649667

Pacific Northwest Leathermen's Campout

By Ron Rasmussen

Pacific Northwest Leathermen's Campout was a resounding success. The August 2023 event was held on 15 secluded, tree-lined acres near Oregon City, Oregon, just 25 minutes south of Portland International Airport. Some 47 men enjoyed a Leather-friendly, Pup-friendly, BDSM-focused, sex-positive environment, with workshops, seminars, discussion groups, plus indoor and outdoor dungeon play areas, indoor and outdoor showers, complete with food, fun, new friends, camaraderie and laughter.

Next year's Pacific Northwest Leathermen's Campout will be held August 1-4, in the same welcoming location, so watch the website for registration details.

https://www.pnwlc.org

The Six Red Flags to Watch Out for in Dominant Partners

Are they a good Dom, or are they just a jerk?

By Nicole Schmidt for Glamour Magazine supplied by the NCSF

Dominant Partners Six Red Flags to Watch Out for - Exploring your submissive side can be hot. Maybe you’re into the suit-wearing Christian Grey type (Leather crop included), or perhaps being called a “good girl” is what turns you on. Slutty fantasies aside, playing the sub can also be empowering: It creates space for a person to embrace their desires and communicate their needs. Not to mention, submitting to a dominant partner has the potential for some really, really great sex.

But Carolanne Marcantonio, a kink- and poly-affirmative certified sex therapist and the co-creator of the NYC-based Wise Sex Therapy Associates, points out that as a submissive, or “s-type,” it’s easy to mistake....

https://www.glamour.com/story/dominant-partners-red-flags-guideX

ACLC Santa's Service Auction

By Joan Norry

On December 2, ACLC, Alta California Leather Corps, held their annual Santa's Service Auction at the Powerhouse bar in San Francisco. Among the people offering services were Marc (pony) Owens, Cody Elkin, Jawn Marques, Beth Elliott, Joan Norry and several others. Mc's Girl kim and team friendly's Pup loadz took control of the crowd and the bidding was hot, the auction raised close to $2,000 to benefit San Francisco's Urban Angels. The Alameda ducal Court provided holiday cheer with every performer.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/47216094228

DomCon Los Angeles

DomCon Los Angeles, now in its 21st year, returning with a bang from May 29 to June 2.

Sharpen your skills and expand your knowledge with a diverse range of workshops, seminars, and panels led by industry experts. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or a curious newcomer, DomCon offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

Explore the Fetish Marketplace, with 70 vendor booths from around the world showcasing the latest and greatest in BDSM gear, fetish fashion, and unique accessories. Discover one-of-a-kind items that will add a spark to your intimate moments.

Indulge in an electrifying nightlife experience! DomCon LA hosts legendary parties featuring top deejays, mesmerizing performances, and an atmosphere that pulsates with excitement. Dress to impress and revel in the freedom to express your desires.

DomCon Los Angeles 2024 is where fantasy meets reality, and boundaries are meant to be pushed. Get ready for an unforgettable journey into the heart of fetish culture. Registration is now open at

https://www.DomXon.com

SF Leathermen's Discussion Group holiday party

The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group hosted a volunteers thank you holiday party on Saturday, December 2 at Transform 1060 in The City By The Bay.

Founded in 1996, SFLDG has an educational mission with a once-a-month presentation of a kink/fetish/Leather/BDSM skill or topical discussion, interview, or panel relevant to kinky guys and their allies. Every month, 60-150 people join us for 2 hours to meet new people, learn, and have fun. SF LDG usually holds meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Transform 1060 at 7:30 PM.

In 2023, 66 volunteers worked 112 Volunteer shifts, 18 presenters shared their expertise and stories in 20 programs, and six board members helped make it all happen.

https://www.sfldg.org/

Rough Trade Gear 25th Anniversary

Rough Trade Gear will celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Sunday, February 11 in their parking lot at 3 PM. Rough Trade Gear Los Angeles, 3915 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. There will be drinks, appetizers, music and dancing.

https://www.roughtradegear.com/

Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District holiday party

The San Francisco Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District hosted their annual holiday party at SOMArts Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon, December 9. There will not be a SOMA Second Saturday in January. The schedule will resume on February 10.

The SOMA Second Saturdays have grown so much that there are now 35 vendors taking part. There was more things such as Bondage Suspension program with Twisted Windows, Oogie Boogie: A Nightmare Before Christmas Burlesque by Alotta Boutté, Instagram Photo Booth with Naughty Santa and Some Kinky Elves, Gear Swap, free shuttle to other SOMA Locations including SF Eagle, Azúcar Lounge, Zozi’s Loft, Powerhouse, and Mr. S Leather.

https://sfleatherdistrict.org/holiday/

NCSF - Accessibility Awareness

The National Coalition posted the following regarding accessibility at events and awareness.

By Jensen Caraballo A.K.A. GimpOnWheels

A “Straight Diagonal” version of the Disability Pride Flag: A charcoal gray flag with a diagonal band from the top left to bottom right corner, made up of five parallel stripes in red, gold, pale gray, blue, and green.

NCSF Asks: What would you like to see the kink and polyamory communities do to support Accessibility awareness and people living with disabilities?

The kink and polyamory communities, known for their openness and inclusivity, have a unique opportunity to support Accessibility awareness and people living with disabilities. Here are some ways they could do so:

Education and Awareness: Regularly organize workshops or discussions about Accessibility and disability within these communities. Educating members about the varied needs of people with disabilities, and how to respectfully and effectively accommodate them, can foster a more... Click the link below to read the whole story.

https://ncsfreedom.org/2023/12/13/ncsf-celebrates-accessibility-awareness-in-december/

George Thomas Hester passes

George Thomas Hester passed away on Friday, November 17th, 2023, at age 69. George was born on September 28, 1954, in Jackson Ms. He is survived by loving partner of 28 years, Danny Alford, of New Orleans .He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Hester, Jr. and Rosa Healy Hester. He is also survived by one brother, William E. Hester III and one sister Kathryn Healy Hester of Jackson. George was graduated from Wingfield High School in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi and was graduated from the Hinds County School of Nursing. George made his career in Jackson and New Orleans as a surgical nurse .He recently retired from a successful career as a surgical nurse at Touro Hospital. George was a wonderful person, well known in his community for his passion for helping others and for helping to rescue dogs. He loved to travel. George had a wonderful sense of humor and he could always be counted on when others needed help.

Family and friends attended a celebration of life for George, gathering on Saturday, December 2, at RAYNE United Methodist church.

Mauro Montoya, December 16, 2023

By Bear Mike

Mauro Alejandro Walden-Montoya, age 65, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Mauro was born in Albuquerque, after a long battle with cancer. He was Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1996, was a board member for Planned Parenthood and the Wheels Museum in Albuquerque and served as president of the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. In 2021 Mauro ran for Albuquerque City Council.

He was an ordained minister who officiated many wedding ceremonies through his Arcoiris Weddings business. He performed in theatre, studied at The George Washington University Law School Career Center. He was an avid Star Trek fan.

I was Mr. Leather Puerto Rico in 1998, and in 1999, won the Mr. South Florida Leather Daddy title.

Mauro is survived by his husband Andy Walden-Montoya and a Leather community that loved him dearly.

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/01/17/mr-mal-where-are-they-now/

Mike Tully passed away

By Michael Keller

My good friend and buddy, Mike Tully, passed away at his home in West Hollywood, California this week after a brief illness. He was 67. This picture was taken at my birthday dinner in January 2023. He was a kind and gentle soul and I will miss him immensely. We met in Los Angeles on October 2, 2011. He was a friend I could truly trust. RIP good buddy. the passing of Mike Tully, Mr. Eagle NYC 2003 at his home in West Hollywood California. May he rest in peace.

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A Blast from The Past

Great Lakes Olympus Leather and Power Exchange 2014

On November 8-9, 2013, the Great Lakes Mr. Olympus Leather 2014 title went to Sir Bear Abbott and the Great Lakes Power Exchange Couple 2014 titles went to Sir Harold and Linda.

As the crowd filled the Indy 501 Eagle, for the meet and greet on Friday night, one could feel the energy for the coming contest building.

On Saturday, afternoon, were the Interviews. The judges, Praxis, Lady Elsa, Jules, slave aaron, tracy, Walt, and everyone’s favorite little bug, cricket were ready to judge the one’s standing before them! The competitors were Mr Bear, Sir Harold and Linda, and on Saturday evening at the 501 Eagle which was packed to capacity. The hysterical antics of the emcees, boi kris and Robyn, kept the contest on moving. Baskets were held for auction to provide the winners their own Travel Fund.

After the speeches and the fantasies played out, it was time for the judges to decide if the competitors had reached their 70 percent minimum to move on. It was Ms Kendra and boy john’s pleasure to announce that all competitors achieved more than 80 percent.

Great Lakes Olympus Leather and Power Exchange were produced by Ms Kendra and boy john.

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