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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day October 3, 2018

By September 28, 2018




This is the emotional reality of outliving the AIDS epidemic

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau reflects on the impact of losing loved ones to HIV

By Ralph Brunueau, appearing in Gay Star News

"My recent FB post got picked up for publication today, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Means the world to be able to tell this story on this day." "Walking the dog in Griffith Park. So beautiful. Love the day. Love my dog. Love my life. I see a bruise on my leg. An irregular shape, small, purple with a bit of black. How did that happen? I don’t remember hitting it on anything. Time stops. I’m in Manhattan. I’m walking into the hospital room to see my ex for the first time since he broke us off and I moved to Los Angeles. I walk in the room, shaking,, scared. I have been warned about what I will see..." Read all of what Ralph Bruneau has to say at





Michigan Leather - Will Baker

By Bryon Hayes

Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend celebrated 10 years of being Friendly with Mr. Friendly’s 10th Birthday and capped off the weekend by selecting Will Baker as Mr. Michigan Leather 2019 on Saturday, September 22 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI. Eric Redfern, Mr. Dunes Leather 2018 was named runner-up. Will Baker will represent Michigan at International Mr. Leather in May. This year featured a Friday night Mr. Friendly 10th Birthday Bash, a Bourbon and Cigar Party, hosted by the Michigan Band of Brothers; workshops presented by Jamie Andrews of the Chicago Hellfire Club and Daddybear J of the Titans of the Midwest; and a poolside barbeque on Saturday afternoon. The event was co-Emceed by Bob Johnson and Dave Watt.


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27th Annual Leather Walk

The 27th Annual Leather Walk took place on Sunday, September 23 starting at at 440 Castro in San Francisco, CA where walkers picked up their collectible Leather Walk pin. Folsom Street Events presents Leather Walk annually as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week. Entertainment started at the Jane Warner Plaza. The walk moved on from the front of Castro Theatre. The Walk featured Master of Ceremonies BeBe Sweetbriar and included stops at SF Oasis, Powerhouse, Mr. S Leather, Lone Star Saloon and the SF Eagle for a Flag Raising and beer bust.




Manchester Leather Weekend

Manchester Leather Weekend returns October 5-8 and will be bigger and better than before with a weekend packed full of great events. As before, we’ve endeavored to have many free events, including our popular Workshops, Tom Does Manchester, Fetish Market, drinks and bingo, President's Dinner, BLUF Manchester, Sunday brunch, The Last Dance, art auction, farewell drinks. This year’s charity partner is the LGBT Foundation, specifically their mental health program. We are pleased to support the Foundation’s work, in memory of our member Craig Russell who passed away earlier this year.




Leather Archives - Chuck Renslow President’s Award

On September 22, the Leather Archives & Museum presented the 2018 Chuck Renslow President’s Award to Mark Ensinger at the Mr. Michigan Leather competition. Mark passed away in 2017 at the age of 83. As an\ original member of DELTA and a member of the Chicago HellFire Club, Mark was known for hosting over 300 play parties in his Number 6 Dungeon located in Novi, MI. Mark’s attention to detail contributed an incredible history of kink and play parties to the LA&M collections. Additional dungeon items were donated to the LA&M to sell at its annual Kinky Rummage Sale, where they could be recycled back into the community. This raised over $10,000 and created many happy kinksters. Mark also left 25-percent of his estate to support the work of LA&M. The award was accepted by two members of Mark’s Leather family, Don and Lonnie.




Perverted Interracial Guys - Pigtoberfest

Pigskin Underwear Beer Bust Pigtoberfest will be hosted by PIGS-Perverted Interracial Guys at the Eagle 562 on Sunday, October 21 at 3 PM. Fall into your best underwear. Pigskin is back, our underwear beer bust is bigger than ever. Cheap beer, cool weather with hot guys to warm you up. It’s not just the leaves falling. No Cover, free clothes check and free Parking. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Leather Pride Dublin

Leather Pride Dublin is a weekend of events organized by the community group GEARED Ireland. GEARED Ireland is the country's longest-running Leather and fetish group for gay men. Leather Pride Dublin events are held on the last weekend of January and are focussed on the gay Leather and fetish community of Ireland and their international friends. For more information on GEARED Ireland please check out the following web sources.





MAFIA Club Night

MAFIA's monthly club nights are held the first Friday of each month at Touche Chicago, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL from 10 PM until 1 AM. The next two dates are October 5 and November 2. Join us in the front of the bar to have an opportunity to win a cash prize. Tickets sell for $1 to build a pot of cash. At the end of the night we select a winner who walks away with half of the cash collected. Afterwards stay for the great times at the bar. A private play party is held the next night. All play party registration forms are online in this website under the designated tab. Register for the dungeon party the next night and/or ask for a membership application - How to Join.



Mx Virginia Leather

Virginia’s first Mx Leather Contest is all-inclusive regardless of gender or sexual identity. The first Mx Virginia Leather will be held March 1-3. Contestants and judges meet and greet, demos, bootblacks, go go dancers and vendors at Fallout RVA, 117 North 18th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.



Sherman Oaks Munch

The Sherman Oaks Munch is held the second Tuesday of every month in the River Rock restaurant at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. 6:30 - 11 PM. This munch has been going for over six years and draws in excess of 250 kinksters each month. No host bar and food. Sit and eat, move around and share. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.




Leather List - Leather community fundraising Grand Central

By Robert O'Dell

Leather List and LeatherList.org - the next step in Leather’s nearly 40 years of charitable fundraising in Leather service. Contribute directly and securely online to help Leather people and culture. Discover and support local and national nonprofits in Health and Medicine, LGBTQ Support, National Leather Institutions, Radical/Sex Positive Life and Relationship Freedom. Leather List also helps Leather clubs and organizations develop Leather Service To Communities, a new model that honors Leather’s past, present and future. Take a look at this new concept in raising funds for Leather community needs.

To donate to The Leather Journal check out https://leatherlist.org/contribute/leather- list-national/list-national/

To see the home page go to https://leatherlist.org/



The Leather Journal

By Robert Odell

Just want to pay tribute to Dave Rhodes and The Leather Journal for 30-plus years of service to Leather cultures. TLJ has documented daily Leather life - and with the mindset of a nonprofit, to be sure. TLJ's commitment gives Leather culture a way to continue being permanent, a goal Leather List explicitly supports. TLJ is the only organization supported through Leather List that is not a nonprofit corporation. You can support TLJ here on Leather List/National, or visit their own contribution page.




Iowa Leather Weekend XXX

Iowa Leather Weekend has grown into a huge weekend drawing Leatherfolk from all over the Midwest. The 30th Anniversary should be a grand affair as Mr. Iowa Leather, Ms Iowa Leather and Iowa Puppy titles will be presented. Iowa Leather Weekend XXX will be held at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, October 12-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. There will be vendors, classes and workshops, socials and Bearracuda party.



Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next two being Friday, October 12 and November 9 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and every Second Friday Trade goes to the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.




Hunter & Charlie's

Farm Boy Kitchen changed its name to Hunter & Charlie's. Serving American Food, the restaurant in Hollywood has been popular with LA's Leather community with many groups meeting there. Hunter & Charlie's, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tell them we say hello. (323) 848-4790.




Ms Sacramento Leather Contest

After a 20 year hiatus the Ms Sacramento Leather title returns in 2018. The Sacramento community is excited to once again have a contest representing the local women’s Leather community, and Ms Rhonda and Tomo of KinkED Productions are thrilled to make it happen the weekend of October 12-13 in Sacramento, CA. Ms Sacramento Leather will provide representation, outreach, service, and education to the Sacramento Valley area Leather, fetish, and kink communities. Following their title year, the Ms Sacramento Leather. titleholder may elect to compete for a regional or international title.





That special morning

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The Leather Journal newsmagazine - check

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Los Angeles Leather Pride - Big Queen Bingo

Los Angeles Leather Pride will present Big Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary's Ontario on Thursday, October 18 at 7 PM. They did this in January and it was a blast. Be sure to call Hamburger Mary's Ontario at (909) 632-7775 to make a reservation for your party to make sure you get seating. We need to show 20 or more reserved seats to keep our event listing with Mary's. Show some love and drive to the Inland Empire for some good fun. Hamburger Mary's Ontario, 3550 Porsche Way, Ontario, CA 91764.




LA Boys of Leather - Hell Boy II

The LA Boys of Leather will host Hell Boy II at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on Friday, October 12 at 9 PM. A spooky night of frightful fun. Wear a costume and win. Proceeds to benefit Being Alive LA. Hell Boy II includes a Costume Contest, kinky demos, HELLo shots, dark maze, sexy raffles,clothes check and plenty of prizes. The LA Boys of Leather (LABOL) exists as a forum through which self-identified Leatherboys may educate and learn about the Leather community. Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.




ONYX Lands at the Eagle NYC

By Mr. Eagle NYC Cee Jay

Join the men of ONYX NY Northeast the second Saturday of every month at 7 PM with the next one on October 13. We are a Leather Fraternity for men of color and their admirers. They seek to provide a comfortable space for men of color who are interested in Leather. Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.




Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, October 12 and November 9 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




Barking Billiards

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Tuesday. September 11, 18 and 25. Barking Billiards has been going for a couple of months and the energy is awesome. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.



Help Keep Leather Alive in SOMA

Contribute to SF Catalyst. Your support will help keep and improve SF Catalyst, the Leather community run space at 1060 Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. Go to the SF Catalyst Facebook page and click on their IndieGoGo link https://www.facebook.com/CatalystSanFrancisco Space Rental - Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of dungeon, play and social space well-stocked with BDSM furniture. The space is currently available to rent for photo shoots, filming, art shows, gatherings, dates, life events, professional sessions, and play parties. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



HOME - Two classes for October 27

H O M Endeavor will present two classes at Leather Masters in Dallas, TX on Saturday, October 27 at 1 PM. Taking Your Trip to the Wild Side and Myths, Rumors; and Realities: WTF is a 24/7 M/s Dynamic? You can attend one or both classes for the $20. Leather Masters, 3000 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226.




Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle! We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.




San Diego Leather Pride - Butch Revue XIX

San Diego Leather Pride will present Butch Revue XIX at the World Beat Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 3 with doors opening at 6 PM and show time at 7 PM. After a long hiatus, the Butch Revue is coming back to San Diego. This year, they will have acrobats, a sexy male pole dancer, live singing, more sexy dancers, an unbelievable comedy act. The emcees are Ms World Leather 1999 Annie Romano and American Leatherboy 2010 Bryan Teague. World Beat Center San Diego, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101.





Bark Nite Pup Play Night

Bark Nite Pup Play Night at the Eale 562 in Long Beach, CA on Friday, October 12 at 9PM. Pup mosh, photo ops, live DJ, fetish, dog house, jello shots, treats and awesome pups. $5 Cover. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.




Knight Hawks of Virginia

This year, as the Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrate their 25th Anniversary, they will be hosting one of their biggest and best cruises ever on Friday, September 28. The fun will last four hours - from 10 PM until 2 AM. The boat departs from Norfolk Waterside. There will be demos, a buffet, a cash bar, and DJ Matty will be providing the music this year. Each ticket will include a welcome packet, a commemorative program celebrating the 25 years of the Knight Hawks service to the Hampton Roads community, a raffle ticket for great door prizes and a commemorative pin. Tee shirts will be available for an additional fee if ordered in advance.




Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

Puppy 101 focuses Education and Discussion. Discussions of issues and things directly relating to the puppy community. Event-related posts must have a direct educational focus for the puppy community, such as, discussion about workshops or looking for input for educational topics at an event, etc. Educational topics on gear, training, safety, etc. Gear pics - Once a month we will have a Show and Tell Sunday, you can share all the gear pics you have that abide by Facebook standards.



International Mr. Leather Bear 2019

Tickets are Officially on sale for International Mr. Leather Bear 2019 which will be held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD the weekend of October 5-7. For Tickets and information, please visit




Support the NCSF

Several articles in Dave Rhodes' Hump Day are supplied by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom through a press release form. Support them be becoming a member. The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM/Leather/Fetish/Swing/Polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.




ABW XIX this weekend

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL on October 5-7. The weekend includes meet and greets, fellowship, food, and the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy contests. American Leatherman 2018 Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx) and American Leatherwoman 2018 Jackie Thompson will pass the title to a new team. ABW is the only national gay and lesbian Leather title contest in the USA.






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