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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 16, 2022

By May 16, 2022

The Leather Journal's IML IMBB 2022 Contestants Preview

It has been a long time waiting, but the day is coming when a new International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack will be sashed, and that will be on Sunday night, May 29 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The link below will take you to The Leather Journal's annual IML and IMBB Preview of contestants.

This will be online and not in the print edition. New this year, each contestant was provided the opportunity to include a link to their web site and/or social media page so readers can find out more than they can from a 100-175 word bio. Thank you to IML IMBB Contestant Coordinator Jeff Tucker for his help with this.




CLAW - back with a vengeance

CLAW 22, which was held at the Westin Cleveland Downtown and the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade the weekend of April 28 - May 1 was only a few thousand dollars from reaching the $1,000,000 funds raised at all CLAW events over the years - and when the final tally is announced in a couple o months, that milestone might be reached. With over 200 events. take a look at our article on CLAW 22.





Dark Angel: LA Leather Pride Week

Years of frustration for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - Los Angeles House ended on stage at Jewel's Catch One Dance Club in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, March 26 when members of the LA House stormed the front of the stage in joy the second Mr. Sister 2019 Angel Rincon was named the winner of the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2022 contest. Only a couple minutes before, Mr. SoCal Leather 2020....





Smokeout Las Vegas a winner

Smokeout Las Vegas, held the weekend of April 6-11 at the Tuscany Suites and Casino did not disappoint.

875 people checked into Smokeout which meant that the event was coming back strong. Among the many events and fun things at Smokeout 2022 was the hospitality suite hosted by the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas and the Desert Leathermen Motorcycle Club, and the adjoining bar/party suite presented by Utah Rebellion....




Tom’s Bar XXIX on June 19

By Heidi Luukkonen

In addition to Tom’s Bar, on June 18th, the TOFF is having a one-of-a-kind exhibition at the Tom House by world famous photographer Mike Ruiz. He will be exhibiting selected images from his on-going series of portraits of the Leather community. The exhibition will serve as the kick-off event to Tom’s Bar and Mike Ruiz will be having a pop-up studio for portraits at the main event.

The Tom of Finland Foundation is looking for collaborators and sponsors to join in on the Tom's Bar weekend.




Lords of Leather 39th annual Mardi Gras Ball

By Brock

The Mystic Krewe of Lords of Leather New Orleans held its 39th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Sunday February 27 at Alario Center in Westwego, LA. Themed “The Oddball,” it was planned and produced by Ball Captain Joey Landry. The tableau consisted of members exhibiting their ball-themed costumes to lights and music and some community groups performing acts of fire-swallowing, contortionist and trapeze routines.

Many costumes were underscored by members wearing Leather gear which goes back to the Krewe’s origin. Attended by approximately 700 guests and supporters wearing formal wear, Leather or a creative combination of both, the Krewe once again represented Gay Mardi Gras in its unmatched style.

During the Charity number Miss Louisiana Leatherette Stephanie Nicole le Dream (aka Jimmy Gale) performed in drag and raised more than $1,000 for House of Tulip, a local nonprofit supporting the trans and gender nonconforming community in Louisiana.





West Coast Rubber Gypsy Rubber Lee

The Mr. West Coast Rubber contest was won by Gypsy Rubber Lee at the Barracks in Cathedral City on Saturday night, April 2.

Weekend events included a Men's VIP Reception, meet and greet at the Eagle 501, Men's VIP pool party, Mr. West Coast Rubber Contest at the Barracks, Rough Play underwear party at the Barracks, and Victory Party at the Tool Shed.






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64TEN 21st Anniversary and street renaming

64TEN, located at 6410 North Clark Street, will celebrate its 21st Anniversary during IML Weekend and will celebrate the naming of a street after Ed Negron as part of it, May 25-30.

Ed Negron was such an inspiration to the 64TEN family and the community. His countless contributions to the LGBTQ+ community and his selfless and caring attitude proved how and why he touched so many people's lives.

Ed was the first person to be named Employee of the Year here at 64TEN and he won that coveted title several times. We will keep Ed's memory alive here at 64TEN and throughout the community as we have decided to name this award the Ed Negron 64TEN Employee of the Year Award in his honor.

We have been working together with Monica Rodriguez [Negron's sister] to put together the tribute and street naming that will be done in Ed's Honor. Thank you to the City of Chicago and Alderperson Andre Vasquez for allowing us to honor Ed in this way. Monica says, 'I am so glad that this is happening because my brother was all about his community. He has done so much to help others and it's great to know that he is being acknowledged for the great work he has done. Give this man his roses!



Leathermen Travel - Leather Adventure England 2022

Leathermen Travel is putting together an unprecedented travel experience for this fall. Leather Adventure England 2022 will consist of 11 consecutive days of Leather events across three cities in England. The experience will be anchored by Manchester Leather Weekend, which takes place September 30 - October 2. This year’s MLW will be the biggest ever. In addition to the usual schedule of dinners, parties, and more, MLW 2022 will also feature the Mr. Leather Europe competition and the Annual General Meeting of the European Conference of Motorcycle clubs. Leathermen from throughout Europe will be in attendance.

In conjunction with MLW, one of London’ top fetish event promoters is planning a full slate of Leather and fetish events for the weekend of October 7-9. The full details of the weekend of events will be officially announced soon, but they will be a mix of happenings unique to London.

Clients of Leather Travel Planning by Leathermen Travel will have access to additional events beginning on September 29. These events - which will not be publicized to the general public - include dinners with local Leathermen in Manchester and London, a day trip to Liverpool hosted by a Liverpool Leatherman, a geared-up sightseeing outing in London, a shopping spree at London gear shops, and bar nights and a pub crawl in London’s Soho District. Additionally, a number of tickets to MLW events that will sell out will be reserved for clients of Leather Travel Planning. Each client’s experience will be 100 percent customized to his travel goals.




DomCon: Los Angeles - May 18-22

DomCon: Los Angeles will be held at the Hilton LAX the weekend of May 18-22. Close to 1,000 kinkfolk, lifesylefolk and Leatherfolk will make the annual visit to DonCon. Registration is filling up already and the deadline to do so is May 16.

Whether you’re new to BDSM or a seasoned player, DomCon has a place for everyone. The premier convention for Domination, submission, and fetish is held at two locations each year - Los Angeles in May and New Orleans in the fall.

DomCon features workshops and classes, parties and socials to meet even more people, classes and workshops change every year, depending on venue and presenter attendance.

Each DomCon location features championship events where participants compete to win prizes and titles .




Fireside Chat with Leslie Anderson

By Doug O'Keeffe

In a very special Fireside Chat, Chicago's own Leslie Anderson will be interviewed live on stage at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago on June 23 at 7 PM. I'm particularly pleased to conduct Leslie's Chat! Leslie is Leather family to me and she is an amazing addition to the Leather, Kink, and Bootblack, communities. In her Chat Leslie will talk about her personal history and her extensive work in the Leather, Kink, and Bootblack communities.

See Leslie live on stage as she shares her story with the communities she loves. For those unable to attend in Chicago, Leslie's Chat will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
The Fireside Chat is conducted free of charge as a community service. The producers request donations to the Leather Archives and Museum at the door. Following the live interview Leslie and the producers will adjourn to Touche' bar

Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat, a program of The Leather Archives and Museum, has reorganized and many new interviews are slated for release. Upcoming Chats include Mr. Leather Russia, Jill Carter IMsL 1996, Chad Bush of Pig Week, Panda Pup in Bootz, and Graylin Thornton. The Fireside Chats continue to expand throughout the greater LGBTQ+ communities world wide. Producer and Host Douglas O'Keeffe embraces Zoom for many Chats and Arctic Pride in Tromso, Norway, has invited the Chats to appear at its event this November.




Beyond Vanilla XXX raises funds for GDMAF

By Sir Tender

Beyond Vanilla (BV) is an annual educational conference presented by NLA - Dallas that celebrates Leather and Kink while also raising funds to give back to the community. Beyond Vanilla XXX, held in October 2021, raised $1,405 to donate to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund (GDMAF).

When all other resources have been exhausted, GDMAF steps in to provide financial assistance of last resort to North Texans living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit GDMAF.org If interested in Presenting/Vending/Volunteering at Beyond Vanilla XXXI this year, September 23-25, go to




CineKink 2022: The Kinky Film Festival is back

The 18th edition of the CineKink film festival was held virtually, May 4-8, with a week of encores that followed.

Returning after a year’s hiatus, CineKink featured a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between.

Rounding out multiple days of screenings in a virtual edition of the long-running event, organizers for CineKink 2022 announced festival awards in a celebration on Sunday, May 8.

Festival selections continued to stream on-demand throughout the week, through Sunday, May 15, via CineKink’s streaming partner PinkLabel.tv.

The festival’s CineKink Artist Spotlight award, designed to recognize outstanding artistry over a body of work, was given to Charles Lum and Todd Verow. Their collaborative films, including this season’s Death Race, Lum’s video diary recounting the last year of his life, and My Almost First Time, have been featured at CineKink multiple times since the festival’s launch in 2003.

To see the list of award winners check out




Zoning fix aims to clear last hurdle for SF gay bathhouses

By Matthew S. Bajko for the Bay Area Reporter

A final hurdle for reopening gay bathhouses in San Francisco should be removed by Pride month. The proposed zoning change will also allow adult sex venues to operate in neighborhoods historically home to LGBTQ districts.

A prohibition against such businesses having locked rooms, enacted in the 1980s during the height of the AIDS epidemic, was officially lifted in early 2021. Yet zoning restrictions remain in place preventing adult sex businesses from operating in most of the city.

The issue is why Eros, the sex club for queer and trans men, has yet to open in its new....




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ShipMates Club Names New Officers

By Rodney Burger

The ShipMates Club of Baltimore recently held elections for new board members for 2022. Founded in April of 1974, Maryland’s oldest Leather club starts the new year each April. Elected for this season for ShipMates’ President was Rodney Burger. This will be Rodney’s twelfth time as club president. Joining him on the board is vice president T. C. McCloud, treasurer Bob Thompson, and secretary Angelo DiMarino. David Sugar will serve as Daddy Christmas Chair.

As the world begins to look much more like it did in 2019, a year that brought the club ten new members, the ShipMates Club of Baltimore looks forward to a fun-filled 2022.




New research from Finland suggests interest in BDSM is surprisingly common

By Eric W. Dolan for PsyPost

New research suggests that interest in BDSM (bondage, domination, and sadomasochism) is fairly common in Finland. The findings have been published in The Journal of Sex Research.

BDSM has been considered deviant and pathological in the past, but attitudes towards the practices have shifted in recent times. Despite this change in attitudes, the prevalence of BDSM is still unknown in several European countries. The authors of the new study sought to explore the prevalence of BDSM interest and BDSM-related activities in a large, population-based sample of Finnish adults.

“I had previously done my bachelor’s thesis on porn addiction and internet porn, so I had some previous knowledge regarding sex research,” said study author Markus Paarnio, a doctoral researcher at....




BLUF Berlin

We found a couple of photos recently taken at Leather Social Berlin by Timarne and posted on the BLUF Berlin Facebook Group. Full of love and solitude. To see more, go to




Mr. Chicago Leather 2022 George White

By David Boyer

As for the big contest weekend, it was just that, BIG! All our out of town guests made it in and all our judges were able to do their duties with a choice of three hot Leathermen vying for the title.

International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal made it across the pond to emcee the weekend and Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 and IML 2019 Jack Thompson was on the judging panel with Joe ChicagoRubber, Sarah Sloane and Israel Wright joining him.

The kick off on Friday was great, aided by the great turn out for our WTNB Leather Social that happens the second Friday of each month. That Social has been packing in quite a crowd and it just made the night even wilder.

The contestants, Fen, Cerberus and George sold raffle tickets for the Travel Fund and did quite well.

Touché was honored by Trident International Windy City presenting their colors to the bar. Trident joins MAFIA, Chicago Hellfire Club, ONYX Midwest, BLUF/Chicago and Titans of the Midwest for making Touché their home bar in Chicago. Touché.




Mr. International Rubber plans for IML weekend

Mr. International Rubber (MIR) and the Chicago Rubber Club (CRC) present their annual Rubber Meet and Greet at International Mister Leather on May 27 in the Rendezvous Room, on the second floor of the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL.

Come one, Come all! Bring your shiny or grubby rubber out and start the International Mister Leather weekend off right. There will be photographers, raffles and rubbery people every which way you look. A cash bar will be available at this event. While there is no admission charge to this event, please refer to the IML Hotel Policy for admission to the venue.

On Friday May 27, during IML, in the Oxford Room at The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Mr. International Rubber will be announcing the exciting plans for MIR 26, as well as their slate of judges for the 26th Mister International Rubber contest weekend to be held November 4-6 in Chicago. Tickets for MIR 26 will go on sale later that afternoon.

MIR 25 Joe hit the ground running following his win in November 2021. So far he has traveled to Mid Atlantic Leather in Washington DC; The inaugural Rubber Round-Up in Austin, Texas; and served as a judge at Mr. Florida Rubber in Ft. Lauderdale; and The Bike Stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.





It’s Spring Pandemonium in New Mexico

By Bear Mike, Photo by New Mexico Leather League

A Sold-out Spring Pandemonium, held April 8-10 in Albuquerque by New Mexico Leather League (NMLL), brought a resurgence of kinky energy to the pansexual and Leather communities with two packed dungeon nights, a vendor hall, many classes, bootblack Jayson DaBoi, social time at the hotel pub, and the Corazón Leather Contest produced by boy Andy and boy Christian.

Attendees from across NM were joined by others from AZ, CA, CO, OK, NV, TX, and WI. Both Sir Magnum Masters and boy Christian passed on their pandemic-long titles to this year’s winners, Uncle Jaie and boy Chris Jones, who competed through interviews, pop-question, hot wear, and onstage fantasies. Thanks to everyone organizing and participating who enabled this kinky connection after two-plus years of pandemic. NMLL will hold their larger Fall Fiesta in September or October 2022.




Leather Pride at Pride

By David Hyman

San Francisco LGBTQ+ Pride returns to the streets, with a two-day in-person, June 25-26, celebration in Civic Center and the historic Pride Parade down Market Street on Sunday. The theme is Love Will Keep Us Together, and of course, the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will be there.

The District group will march in the parade with the Leather Contingent and host a booth at the Celebration.

Like and follow the Leather Contingent’s Facebook group to be kept informed about parade planning.

Attend the Leather Contingent Planning Meeting, on Saturday, May 14, from 2-3 PM, on the patio of the SF Eagle, and vote for the Leather Marshals for this year. Attend the Leather Contingent beer bust and fundraiser immediately following that meeting. Join the Cultural District’s volunteer team and carry their banner in the Parade, help staff our information booth, and otherwise participate.




Leather Archives 2022 Visiting Scholar is Jay Sosa

The Leather Archives & Museum announced the 2022 Visiting Scholar is Jay Sosa. Sosa will receive a $1,000 stipend, as well as financial support for travel to Chicago to conduct research on site in the archives. In addition to this award, the LAM Program Committee chose to recognize applicant Lucie Drdova with an Honorable Mention for her research proposal.

The annual Visiting Scholars program was created in 2010 to support researchers, writers, artists and filmmakers working in kink, fetish, Leather and BDSM whose projects could benefit from LAM’s vast archival collections. The program is funded through a generous grant from Leather Sins, hosts of Kinky Kollege in Chicago, IL. This year LAM received the largest pool of applications since its inception with an extremely competitive field of research proposals.

Jay Sosa, is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. He is an anthropologist and queer studies scholar whose research and teaching focuses on gender and sexuality politics in the Americas, with an emphasis on the connections between state policy, public culture, and activism. Sosa has published numerous book chapters and articles in his field of research, and has a forthcoming book Sex War Aesthetics: Queer Activism and Backlash Politics in Brazil. Sosa has been recognized with many national academic awards, including a 2017 Wenner Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant and a 2014 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. He currently resides in Portland, ME.

Sosa’s research at LAM will lead to the first scholarly book written about poppers and the formative role they played in gay male sexual sub-communities and pop culture. He will be using numerous archival and research collections, including those from Man’s Country and LAM’s extensive periodical collections. Sosa will be collecting oral histories and contemporary interviews around poppers, with approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Bowdoin College. Anyone wishing to be a part of these conversations can reach out directly to Jay at

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Oasis Mural Comes Into View

Join the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District at 3 PM on Thursday, June 2, at Oasis, 298 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, for the official unveiling of the mural SHOWTIME with Mayor London Breed and State Senator Scott Wiener.

Then return to Oasis for a party celebrating the five artists who painted the mural, starting at 9 PM. The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District partnered with Oasis and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, with support from Soma West CBD, to bring a major piece of public art to the District.

Five premier queer artists - Serge Gay, Jr., Simón Malvaez, J Manuel Carmona, Elliott C. Nathan, and Christopher McCutcheon - are collaborating to paint what they call "a love letter to SOMA."
Stop by and see the progress at Folsom and 11th Streets.




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LA Pride in the Park includes Erotic City

Christopher Street West (CSW), the producers of LA Pride, announced that six-time GRAMMY winning artist and longtime LGBTQIA+ ally Christina Aguilera will headline LA Pride’s official in-person music event, billed as LA Pride in the Park, with additional artists to be announced. The multi-stage event will return Saturday, June 11, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and move to Los Angeles State Historic Park.

There will be an Erotic City which is being coordinated by Mistress Cyan. There will be demos and Leather-related vendors.

Across 32 acres and with a capacity for 25,000, LA Pride In The Park has the potential to be the largest Official Pride concert in the country. Additionally, #LoveYourPride has been announced as the official theme of LA Pride 2022. The theme lends itself to the diversity of the Greater Los Angeles LGBTQIA+ community, writing a love letter in every language as we celebrate Pride across the city.

In addition to LA Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 11, the LA Pride Parade will be on Sunday, June 12 in Hollywood. For parade route information check out the link below.

Ticket holders will receive an RFID wristband to allow for contactless entry. All LA Pride events will follow health and safety guidance as outlined by LA County health officials and the CDC.




Eric Crow publishes Crystallized

Crystallized is a collection of short stories, prose and poetry that celebrates the kinds of moments that etch themselves onto your mind or burn themselves into your memory. I release them to you as a celebration of my own 20-plus year journey in the Leather and Bear community. This is a road I had to create to walk down, with plenty of unexpected turns and hard patches, but the road has been well worth the travel.

Please help me in my bid for International Mr. Leather 2022 and purchase a copy — 1 of 100 numbered copies. Payment can be made through PayPal or Venmo. Thank you for your support. Request details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



IMBB 30th Anniversary

International Mr. Leather Weekend 2022 will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of International Mr. Bootblack. It's come a long way, baby - since Harry Shattuck produced the first contest so many years ago. Having been selected solely by ballots cast by those who had their boots shined to what it is now with a small panel of judges and the ballots. If one goes out and spends thousands of dollars it makes sense to take care of it. Many of these bootblacks can take care of chaps, jackets, pants and other Leather and gear just as they can a pair of boots. We'll see who emerges at the top of the heap on Sunday night, May 29 in the Auditorium in Chicago, IL.




South Plains Leatherfest has a new owner

By Tomo, photo by Hromovy

At South Plains Leatherfest on March 13, Master Jim with slave marsha and Sir Cougar beside him, transferred ownership of South Plains Leatherfest and the International Master slave Contest to Tomo, presenting her with a South Plains Leatherfest Producer backpatch, only one of five in existence.

Tomo faced the audience and took a deep breath, taking it all in. She spoke from her heart and shared this:

“I commit to bring my passion and skills to continue to build on the work that Master Jim, slave marsha and Sir Cougar have done for decades. With my deep work ethic, I am ready to start working on SPLF and IM/s. I ask you to speak to me when you see things you would like changed and to call-in, not call-out. I will listen and I promise that it is certain that I will make decisions that not everyone agrees with. I ask for your help because while I am the sole producer of SPLF and IMs, I will not be the only mind and voice that contributes. I need everyone’s ideas, thoughts, and advice to be sure that this event reflects what we all want and need. I will lead with integrity and I will always make what I believe to be the strongest decision for the event and the title. I am excited to gather with you again next March at SPLF 2023."

Thank you to Master Jim, slave marsha and Sir Cougar for trusting me with your legacy. Thank you to everyone who has helped me to this point and all will be a part of the SPLF team in the future. I am excited and as you might have guessed, already at work on 2023!

Next year, March 9-12 to be exact, are the dates for the next South Plains Leatherfest.


What is the world's kinkiest city?

By Sam Levene for The Bottle Club

Experts at The Bottle Club have explored the cities around the world to determine the destinations that radiate sexual energy, serve up sensual menus and allow you to indulge in your deepest, darkest desires. From what we gather, the survey was done among a primarily pansexual demographic.

Behind the tourist attractions and sights each city has to offer lies a culture of kinks and secret pleasures. But which city around the globe is the best place to give in to your fantasies?

In a new study from The Bottle Club, London, Vegas and Berlin have been revealed as the most ‘seductive’ cities in the world.

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Empire City MC’s 11th Annual Motorcycle Weekend

Last year, Empire City MC said in their monthly newsletter that, after 10 years of travelling to upstate New York for their Motorcycle Weekend they would be going to a new location as of 2022, and they're keeping that promise. Empire City MC’s 11th Annual Motorcycle Weekend will be held May 26-31.

Empire City MC and friends will be riding to a private venue just south of Pittsburgh, PA called The Farm, which is Mike N’s newest party place for bikers. This might sound familiar - because in 2020, Empire City MC did a test weekend there to see how the logistics would play out.

Because the trip is 365 miles (six hours, non-stop), just as with the test trip the Club did in 2020, they'll be stopping half-way for the night both on the way there and back. This will allow people close to Harrisburg to meet up with Empire City MC on Friday morning and join them for the last segment of the trip.

Empire City MC expects to have more information and hopefully a run application. Until then, save these dates, based on leaving from NYC on Thursday, leaving from Harrisburg on Friday, leave from Coal Centre for Harrisburg Monday, and depart Harrisburg for NYC on Tuesday morning.




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A Blast From The Past - Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2000

This photo is from Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2000, held in March. Jeff Wacha was the winner and Doug Bedard was the runner-up. The idea of a Leather contest weekend in the Ciy of the Angels was the brainchild of Brent Sweer and William Schindler, the latter winning the title under a differet producer. 20 years later, Mr. Sister Leather 2020 Angel Rincon won the title. The 2000 show went over well and the os Angeles Leather Coalition grew and more events were added so that almost two weekends are filled with events as are the weekdays in between. Local bars and organizations run feeder contests. The Mr. LA Leather winner goes to compete at International Leather.

What are they doing tody? Brent Sweer was this year's judges coordinator and William was the producer of Mr. So Cal Leather which fielded a contest this year. Jeff Wacha lives in the Long Beach area and Doug Bedard passed on several years ago. The Los Angeles Leather Coalition is strong and growing. Photo by Dave Rhodes. Mr. Los Angeles Leather Pride and gallery of 140 photos can be seen at




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