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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, November 4, 2020

By November 05, 2020






DomCon - Atlanta and New Orleans - Flash Back Gallery

We take a look back as far as 2009 at DomCon: Atlanta and New Orleans which is produced by Mistress Cyan of Sanctuary Studios LAX. Atlanta/New Orleans was developed not long after the original held at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles, CA. The New Orleans/Atlanta event draws between 650 and 775 pansexual guests while the main voyage draws over 1,500 to the largest pro domme convention in the world. DomCon features around 50-75 workshops, demos and classes, numerous socials including a Mistresses' High Tea, a Saturday night debaucherous Fetish Ball, a large vendor fair, play parties, and special entertainment. Early registrants, Wednesday through Thursday, get pro dom-oriented events then the mad rush on Fridays and beyond have more general BDSM convention fare added to the vast mix. Both Dom Con: LA in May and Dom Con: New Orleans were virtual events on Zoom with the same large draw the real conventions have enjoyed. This convention has some of the most loyal supporters who would give almost everything to not miss one of the conventions. Scroll down for photos and link.






Lots Happening at CLAW Virtual 6 Event

By Bear Mike

CLAW’s CV6 will feature four members of Onyx located in Albuquerque at Saturday Night’s Cigar Social: Bear Marvin (Lash Onyx), Bear Mike (Poppa Savant Onyx), Magnum Masters, and Pup Spike (Orthus Onyx), that will welcome you to that night’s events and encourage head-turning conversation from all participants. Stop by and say hello. Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend’s virtual event is November 13-15, only $20, including meet-and-greet (Rostom Mesli, Sal Susino), socials, eight classes (Remote sex toys, Hypnosis, Cast your cock, Age play, Sex and Covid, Power dynamics, etc.), Gear party and live sex performances, $1,000 Square Peg raffle, Kinky Art Show, Leather Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees Celebration: Jim Ward; Pauline Rėage, MLC Munich. For more information and to register in advance, go to https://clawinfo.org




Avatar Club LA - Kinky Tech

By Alan Stroik

Kinky Tech will be an online event on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 PM PST and is being hosted by Alan Stroik, Dennis Beisbier and Avatar Club Los Angeles. Whenever a new technology advances, some kinky fuckers find a way to have sex with it. In our current age of internet connected devices, cameras everywhere, GPS tags, and bluetooth connections, how has that manifested in our kinky toys and gear? President of the Titans of the Midwest from 2018-2019 Brian “Bolt” Donner and pup Cage will demonstrate and discuss some of the awesome stuff that is out there now, talk a bit about developing sexy tech, and talk about some of the issues around safety, psychology, and battery life that come with these new toys.





‘Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes, and Sadomasochism’ Review: A Queer Classic Ahead of Its Time

By Jude Dry for IndieWire

Michelle Handelman's 1995 documentary on San Francisco's kink scene exposes musings on lesbian/queer identity that are surprisingly current

More often than not, queer children are born to straight parents and raised in a straight world. Traditional coming-out stories, where a queer character must reveal their sexuality to their families, have long held fascination for mainstream audiences. Infinitely more fascinating is the self-actualization journey, the universal queer experience of coming out to oneself, which is where queerness really distinguishes itself from straightness. Queer people must discover identity on our own, often without community, reflections of ourselves, or any record of our history. That’s why the queer canon...





Leather Life: Fun Face Masks, Serious Voting

By Steve Lenius for Lavender Magazine, Photo courtesy of Big Stock/lakshmi Prasad

"....I am not suggesting that we pretend the virus doesn’t exist (as some folks do), or that we minimize the threat the pandemic poses (as some folks do). I am not saying we throw caution to the winds here—let’s keep masking up (see below), social-distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene. By now we all know that’s what we need to be doing. We all know how important it is to take care of ourselves and others. So let’s just do it. And, while we’re doing it, let’s add an element of creativity, fun, and sexiness to it. To give just one example: Consider how members of the leather/BDSM/fetish community have applied their creativity to the timely topic of face masks. It’s a shame the wearing, or not wearing, of face masks during the current pandemic has become..."





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MIR 24: Rubber Lab is going virtual

MIR 24: Rubber Lab is going virtual over the weekend of November 6-8. Tune in for a shiny and fun online experience with participants from around the globe. Live from Center on Halsted will be MIR 24: Rubber Lab Friday night and Saturday night, beginning at 6 PM, primetime programming with co-hosts Kylon Hooks and Jeffrey Basile with two hours of original content, created and submitted by rubberists, rubber clubs and organizations from around the globe. Friday afternoon things get going with Film: The History of Latex Fetishism. Saturday has four Kink Ed sessions including Ethical Non-Monogamy 101 presented by Sarah Sloan Responsible Slutting with Bamm Bamm, Hitting the Hot Spots - G-Spot and Prostate Play For Everyone by Sarah Sloan, and Diamond Harnesses with Tyger Yoshi. The weekend also includes cocktail socials and other fun activities. All MIR 24: Rubber Lab events are offered free of charge this year. Producers welcome donations to support MIR24 and the ongoing expenses to keep MIR afloat during this period. Check out the web site below for more details of which there are a lot.




Science of BDSM Research Team

By Brad Sagarin

In collaboration with Dionne (Choc Trei) Henderson, the Science of BDSM Research Team has launched a new study on perceptions of gender inclusivity within the BDSM/Kink/Leather communities. This online study asks about your thoughts and experiences regarding gender inclusivity within kink communities. The survey is open to everyone who is over the age of 18 and who has attended at least one BDSM/Kink/Leather community event such as a conference, educational class, munch, play party, meeting, etc. This survey takes about 20 minutes. If you choose to participate in this study, your responses will be anonymous. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. If you have any questions, please contact Brad Sagarin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you would like to participate, please go to https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bl0Vw6U8zZmEuy1 Currently the Science of BDSM Research Team is planning on hosting online presentations since in-person conferences have been put on hold due to COVID-19. We are hoping to host monthly presentations as well as an AMA event on Reddit. Details coming soon.




Delmas Howe 85th Birthday Retrospective Video

By Bear Mike

Delmas Howe’s Birthday Retrospective brought many to view his paintings and hear him describe his life’s work in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, October 10-11 October. Delmas has been interested in the Leather and kink communities since the 1960’s and part of his work covers the Leather and kink communities. Most of his work is of the male form, often combining mythology with South-West iconography. Many in the Leather community in NM gathered to greet him during his opening and retrospective talk. His show will continue at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery through the end of November. You can view his retrospective talk and see much of his work at the retrospective in the video https://youtu.be/T-LRglbCfJ4 and and about his autobiographical mural at https://youtu.be/CJi8n7Lx8XA on YouTube.





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Atlanta Eagle 306 Ponce Last Dance

The Atlanta Eagle will be hosting its VIP Farewell party for the 306 Ponce location the weekend of November 13-14 before they re-open in 2021. This will be a ticketed event and your ticket will be limited to the two-hour time block you select. We want to make sure that as many people as possible have the chance to attend so we will be spacing the event out over two nights with a few time blocks each night so please select which time you will want to attend as space for each will be limited. Guests will be able to enjoy an open bar for their time block and receive a commemorative T-Shirt.





International Ms Leather/International Ms Bootblack

Join International Ms Leather/International Ms Bootblack on Saturday, November 14, 9 AM - 9 PM PST for 12 hours of IMsLBB fun as we raise funds to propel us into the future with Gen 5. Enjoy a full day of content that includes panels, performances, art, poetry, demos, a game show, interviews, a cooking show, dancing, classes and even a puppet show. Stay tuned to learn about all of the fun things we have in store for you as IMsLBB will be releasing new teaser posts daily. Put in an order for our 2021 IMsLBB StaySafeStaySexy Calendar featuring 16 of your IMsL and IMsBB titleholders in PPE keeping it safe and sexy. (Details on how to order will be coming soon). For more check out




Sex Geeks Are Hacking Quarantine With Pleasure

By Anna D. Hirsch, MFA, MS with LiveLikeLove for the NCSF

Sex and sexuality geeks are the people who make a habit and even a career out of studying sex and sex culture, and sex savvy communities have become increasingly well versed on the subject of pleasure as an epicenter of healing and flourishing. Indeed, the science of wellbeing is clear: we have to stop addressing healthcare through the lens of discrete diseases and do more to care for whole people and whole communities. In the mental health field, that means we have to attend to people’s joy along with their sorrow. One way people find a lot of joy in life is through the pleasure of having sex. In a way, the current situation is very simple. In the era of COVID-19, we need...




Trussing the Turkey with V - An OCIC Leather Hangout

Friday, November 13 9:30 PM, Trussing the Turkey with V - An Orange County Imperial Court Leather Hangout, will be hosted by OCIC Leather, Rickilt Wilhem Beman and Jeff Galley-Reay. OCIC Leather will be having a demo of Rope Play and chatting on Zoom and live on the OCIC Leather Facebook Page with Goddess V. Friday December 11 will be Bringing a Glow to the Hollerdays with TBD' Hot Wax Demo, and Friday January 8 is What a Shocking New Year with Jabber Electro Demo.




LGBTQ Cultural District presents Little Shop of Whores

The next installment of the LGBTQ Cultural District's Little Shop of Whores – Learning From the Pros, a kink/BDSM workshop series, is Raising the Intensity with Domina Portia Moon, and it is set for Friday, November 13, from 7-8:30 PM. This is a free program. Donations to our class facilitators during the class are welcome and encouraged. In other news, the District is planning to commemorate culturally-important locations: the galleries, bars, businesses, and bathhouses that made the Miracle Mile fabulous and infamous. The design will be reviewed soon at the SF Arts Commission. Please preregister for Little Shop of Whores at





Flash Back Gallery From Past Major Events

DomCon - Atlanta and New Orleans

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We take a look back as far as 2009 at DomCon: Atlanta and New Orleans which is produced by Mistress Cyan of Sanctuary Studios LAX.


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15 Years Ago



Both Dr. Lawrence Burden and Bert Simon were presidents of Avatar Club Los Angeles in the mid-2000's. They are seen here at an Avatar Sunday afternoon beer bust at the Faultline in May 2006.




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