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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, September 20

By September 20, 2019



Satyrs Motorcycle Club - Badger Flat 58

Photos by Motorboot Photography

Nearly 150 Leather/Bikerfolk made the trek through Fresno and up into the Central California mountains for the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day weekend, August 30 - September 2. This was their 58th year of of hosting a huge bonfire, all-day cocktail bar, people and bike events, run awards presentation, great food, movies under the stars, bike christening, virgin rituals, sightseeing and immense brotherhood at 8,500 above sea level. This year, the US Forest Service closed multiple campsites through-out California due to years of drought-driven bark beetle infestations which forced the Satyrs to relocate the infamous Badger Flat Run for only the second time in history, to a campsite not as far up the winding road of the secluded Badger Flat Group Camp, this year at Midge Creek. the closing night’s entertainment, Finding Kinky Boots in Neverland, the Satyrs Players mash-up of several musicals on an elaborate outdoor built on-site stage. Photos by Motorboot Photography..





Folsom Street Fair - Titleholder Introductions on stage

By Race Bannon

Reminder: Leather/Kink Titleholders, if you're attending Folsom Street Fair this year, I'm hosting the titleholder introductions on the main stage. New this year, they are asking titleholders interested in participating in the introduction to register in advance. The process is fast, free, and easy. Feel free to share this with any titleholders you know who are attending Folsom Street Fair who might want to be introduced. Folsom Street Fair, Sunday, September 29. Titleholder Introductions at 10th Street at Folsom Street, 12-12:30 PM.






CLAW Makes Its Largest Charitable Distribution

CLAW Corp. distributed a record $85,000 to community charities, representing the net profits of CLAW XIX, held in April. Since it began in January 2002, CLAW’s annual event has now raised $680,000 for 52 charities. CLAW Corp. has helped raise an additional $290,000 at hundreds of smaller events around the country - bringing CLAW Corp.’s fundraising total to $970,000. 22 charities were awarded money. The largest shares were awarded to the Leather Archives and Museum ($23,000), the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland ($10,750), the Leather Heart Foundation ($9,250), and Rainbow Railroad ($8,500). For a complete list of beneficiaries and their missions please click the link below.






Avatar Club Los Angeles - Wide Wet World of Watersports

The Wide Wet World of Watersports is the topic at Avatar on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:30 PM. Sometimes it's a humiliation thing. There's also the sensory aspect, it's warm, it's part of a person, it can be a very intimate connection. Some people just like the taste or smell. For top men, whether you're cumming or pissing, the sensation is the same. Explore the world of Golden Showers with the men of Avatar. MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601.






NCSF's Susan Wright interviewed by Kuldrin's Krypt

Susan Wright of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: Consent Counts-S02E21 was interviewed via podcast by Kuldrin's Krypt: A BDSM 101 Podcast. The interview was held in May and published in mid-June.




SoCal Bondage Club returns to Threshold

It was announced that the SoCal Bondage Club has returned to Threshold in North Hollywood with play parties being the second Saturday of each month from 12-4 PM. play parties were held at Threshold for 10 years and with its 3,000 square feet, it was a perfect fit. The next play party will be on October 12. Threshold, 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, CA 91605. The SoCal Bondage Club welcomes all men, from experienced BDSM players to guys curious about learning the ropes. In jeans or full gear, you're bound to have a safe, sane and wicked good time.




Mates Leather Weekend XXIII - Judges named

By Rick Conley

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend to be held in Provincetown, MA October 3-7. The First Mate Contest judging panel will include Mr. FLAG 2019 Boggy Fryer, First Mate 2017 Tom Giuliana and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2020 Mark Richards. 500-600 people are expected to attend this four-day celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the Infamous Fetish Party. Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 Jay Falcon will be on hand. MLW’s resident Buzz-cut barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming at the Leather Market. Mates Leather Weekend has raised over $65,000 to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod through event pass sales, raffle, and other donations. In addition, MLW holds a coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store. First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue will host this year’s First Mate Contest. For contestant registration, event pass, Leather Market vendor info or find a room, log on to




Northwest Consent Summit

The Northwest Consent Summit, October 5-6 at Norse Hall in Portland, Oregon, is bringing diverse communities together to reshape the meaning and practice of consent. The Northwest Consent Summit will examine consent at the intersections of age, class, disability, gender, race, and sex. They will explore different definitions of consent, strategies to build cultures of consent, methods of teaching consent, and ideas for responding to and reconciling after consent incidents. Keynote Speakers will discuss The Importance of Consent and why it is critical in our Communities on Saturday and The Evolution of Consent over 40 years on Sunday.




American Brotherhood Weekend XXX - Judges announced

By Tyler Fong

American Brotherhood Weekend will be held October 11-13 at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. It will be ABW’s 30th Anniversary. The judges will be Caro, boy Chris Scherrer, Israel Wright, Lady MJ and Stitch. American Brotherhood Weekend (ABW) is a celebration of the bond of Leather families. It is a weekend filled with great energy and camaraderie which surround the three title contests that comprise ABW and the American Leatherfamily.




Mr. Long Beach Leather

Writer and Leather community activist Eric Crow was the lone contestant for Mr. Long Beach Leather on Saturday night at Eagle 562 and he easily beat the minimum to earn his slot as a contestant for International Mr. Leather in Chicago next May. The Eagle 562 was full by the time the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence opened the show with one of their zany blessings. Joel Royal was the emcee. Louie Ramrod's step down was full of thank you's and appreciation for those who helped with his year.






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CLAW elects four people to three-year terms on its Board

CLAW Corp. recently elected four people to three-year terms on the Board of Directors: Jonathan Schroeder from San Francisco (manager of Mr. S Leather), Enza Silano from Toronto (comptroller of Northbound Leather), James Lee from Louisville Kentucky (International Mr. Leather 2018), and Merrill Squiers from Ann Arbor (long-time CLAW leader. CLAW XX is April 23-26 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown and will feature more than 250 events and exhibitors, including the world’s largest curriculum of kinky sex education, a huge vendor mart, and dozens of parties. There is no Leather contest at CLAW.




Smokeout 2020 T-shirt design revealed

The design for the Las Vegas Smokeout T-shirts by Harley has been posted Smokeout is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar and pipe studs, Leathermen, bikers, bears and friends, from all over the world. A free-flowing weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to - in the company of fellow studs. Smokeout will be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 8-13.




DomCon: New Orleans - Registration open

Registration has opened for DomCon: New Orleans, a professional and lifestyle BDSM lifestyle convention which will be held October 10-13 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street, in the heart of New Orleans. DomCon: New Orleans attracts Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and kinksters from all over the globe. The curious and experienced come for the latest innovations in fetish and bondage gear, classes in BDSM techniques, seminars on community, legal, and business issues and, of course, outrageous parties. All this will be right in the French Quarter, with great food, adult entertainment, and a party atmosphere every night.






Leather Week in San Francisco

The photo and art above were created by Anthony Moore (Pup Wuffy). They were created in chalk and were meant to celebrate Leather Week in San Francisco. The wings wound up lasting years longer than expected and were just recently painted over in preparation for the new Eagle Plaza (now under construction).



Highwaymen TNT - monthly cookout

Join the Highwaymen TNT for their monthly cookout at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 20 at 5 PM. $12 dinner plate includes your first draft beer from the Club Bar, Ham with a Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Vegetable Skewers, Green Bean Almandine Prawn Salad, Honey Butter King's Hawaiian Rolls, Coconut Something and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.




Still Hot & Bothered - Second Annual LGBT Erotic Art Exhibition

Still Hot & Bothered - Second Annual LGBT Erotic Art Exhibition will be a one-night celebration of LGBT erotic art from the past to the present, to benefit Being Alive San Diego. Silent auctions and art sales. The theme is LGBT Erotica. Leather, kink, fetish? What is your erotica? Still Hot & Bothered - Second Annual LGBT Erotic Art Exhibition, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.




San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Evolution of #Gear365

Cal Rider shares the evolution of #Gear365; a global movement encouraging people to embrace their gear fetishes as a deep part of their identity and sexuality by wearing their 'chosen skin' in daily life at the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group September 25 meeting. Cal Rider (aka Charles Abel-Lear) calls himself an accidental icon to the world gear fetish. Originally from small-town Minnesota, this Sacramento Leatherman founded a movement that has taken social media by storm. It’s known as #Gear365. September 25, 7:30 PM at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.




Palm Springs Pup Night

The Palm Springs Pup Night is held every first Tuesday at the Tool Shed and is hosted by Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Wilson. The next one is on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 PM. Pups, handlers, Sirs and curious come ready to play. Tool Shed, 600 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, California 92264.



Banquet of Chestnuts IV - Benefiting Aids Life Cycle

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau and Esteban Jimenez of Payasos LA will bring back the Banquet of Chestnuts, A Gala dinner Benefiting Aids Life Cycle on Saturday, October 19 at 6 PM in Hollywood, CA. The Banquet of Chestnuts was one of the most scandalous event in the history of the XV Century. Only 20 VIP guests will witness this event, a luxurious evening, cocktails and appetizers and high end dinner will be served by hot, sexy, naked men for the guests' pleasure. All profits will be donated directly to AIDS Life Cycle team Payasos-LA. Location to be disclosed to ticket holders.

For tickets go to https://banquetofchestnutsiv.eventbrite.com



Mr. Fire Island Leather 2010 Rob Ferri passes

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Rob Ferri passed away on the afternoon of September 14, after a long battle with lymphoma. Rob was chosen as Mr. Fire Island Leather 2010 on May 22 of that year, at the 10th Anniversary of the Mr. Fire Island Leather contest at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove, and was co-host, with Ariel Sinclair, of the 2014 contest. Rob performed in adult films under the name Collin Stone. He was a veteran of many seasons of Cherry Grove Doctor’s Fund benefit shows and was featured in a Leather Calendar, published in Pennsylvania, in 2011. We will sorely miss our dear friend and Leather brother.



Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout

The Mid Atlantic Kinky Men's Campout 2019 will be held September 13-15 at The Woods Campground, 3500 Forest Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235. We're doing it again, the Mid Atlantic Kinky Mens Campout. Join 60 or so kinky men from all over the region at the Woods Campground in Lehighton, Pennsylvania for Leather III Weekend, featuring the Mr. and Ms Woods Leather Contest. Men-Only Play Tent will be open from Friday evening to dawn on Sunday, demos as well as a Kinky Block Party on Saturday Afternoon.




New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things

New Horizons For Fifty: A Different View of Things is the domain for the writer/artists Eric Crow, who manifests in the Leather/Bear Community as Eagle Bear. New Horizons For Fifty is designated a “snark-free zone” and is an extension of me and the communities I serve. Our three pillars are tapestry, anchorage and living history. Featuring interviews, inspirations and imaginings from the deepest, wildest part of the heart, New Horizons For Fifty is a sacred space of magic, where dancing to the beat of your own drum is the norm.




Leather List

Leather List continues to serve Leather people and cultures, having finished the first stage of development of the new LeatherList.org It’s already the most comprehensive updated site of information and resources serving Leather and Sex-Positive communities. Just search for what you want, anywhere in North America. Find annual Leather and sex-positive events, including a page of updated calendars; Leather clubs; MAsT chapters; and Sex-Positive Centers. All listings are currently free, with URLs for contact purposes. Leather List is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Seattle. It’s managed solely by volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night

Tiger's Pictionary - Leather Pride Night, hosted by San Diego Leather Pride every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. There will be spankings and great prizes - and a huge welcome to all titleholders and out-of-town visitors. Next dates are September 26, October 2, 9, 16 and 23. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.




Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen combine a Beer Bust with a Themed Gear Night. September’s Gear Theme is Big Boy Toys. Adhere to the Gear Theme and get a free Jell-O shot or a CCL Chip worth $1 on Saturday, October 5, 10 PM to 1 AM at the Phoenix in New Orleans. $10 All-You-Can-Drink Keg Beer. The Crescent City Leathermen's general membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month with the next being October 9 at 7:30 PM. The Crescent City Leathermen new back patches have arrived. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.





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ONYX Northwest - Beyond Leather

Join ONYX Northwest for their fourth-Saturday-of-the-month bar night and plenty of hijinks at 6 PM on Saturday, September 26 at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. ONYX Northwest introduced its pledge class recently. The photo above is of the group at that fete. ONYX Northwest is a San Francisco Bay Area based organization formed and operated by Gay, Bi and Trans Men of Color who enjoy the Leather/BDSM and Kink lifestyle.





Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, October 11 at 8 PM. A monthly Leather/Gear/Social night. Mr. OCIE Jeff Galley-Reay is the host. There will be kinky fun and /or games and maybe raise some money for The Leather Heart Foundation. $10 door donation. Frat House Nightclub, 8112 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92844.




Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance education

The Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance holds educational classes on the second Saturday of each month in Denver, CO. The next one is on October 12 classes begin at 2 PM. The RMLA advocates for an alliance of the regional Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities through outreach, social, and educational events. King Center, Auraria Campus, King Center room 201 in Denver, CO.




Desert Fetish Authority - Kink Talk

The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group, Kink Talk, meets once a month on the second Friday at 7 PM, the next being October 11. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. The purpose and topic is to talk openly about kink in fetish and how it enhances and affects our lives. The Barracks Bar, 67625 East Palm Canyon Drive, #C7, Cathedral City, CA 92234.





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Puppy and Handler Play - all you need to know

The go-to web site for all things pup play, from the basics for newcomers to advice and opinions to inspire those with serious ambition. This is not meant to be taken literally or as a rule-book. This is designed to inspire pups to be the pup they want to become and find resources to help them reach where they want to go in the pup scene. Pup play is when one person takes on the role of a pup or handler. The pup acts like their canine counterpart and the trainer, for the most part, handles the pup like he would a biological puppy. For many it serves as a release of the primal animal part of them. It is not is bestiality: real animals are not involved.




Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with October 4 being the next date. All start at 9 PM. Join Seattle Men in Leather for a weekend Leather night on the Cuff patio. Leather and gear encouraged, but not required. Seattle Men in Leather is social group. We put on socials, classes, contests, and the occasional party. The group was founded in March 1989 and has grown over the years into 300+ men. Cuff Seattle, 1533 13th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.





Fetish Men San Diego - Cigars and Boots

This gathering for cigar lovers and boot lovers is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a bootblack present, so bring boots you'd like blacked. Saturday, October 5, 4-7 PM, at Pecs Bar, 2046 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 for socializing and fun. Cigars, tobacco pipes, cigarettes, and dip welcome. You don't have to be a tobacco enthusiast to enjoy the socializing. Daddy Barry will be hosting plus it will be his first social venture out since his motorcycle accident. Come give him some loving.




Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes

Miss Cassie Rope Bondage Classes are held every Wednesday at the Lair de Sade in North Hollywood with the next few are September 25, October 2, 9, 16 and 23, and run 8-10 PM and are $10 per person. Miss Cassie teaches a variety of ties and tailors her classes according to the needs of her students. She does teach a lot of bondage basics and a bit about safety, but mostly we just tie and practice all sorts of ties. She often introduces new ties and more advanced ties. Miss Cassie teaches both eastern and western rope bondage techniques. This is a hands on class - be prepared to tie or be tied! Lair de Sade, 6628 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.




Touché opens Club Room - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being August 9, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. Each month Touché lets Leather sisters gather for a bit of socializing and cruising before letting the boys take over the room. Several gals have come in to learn about Leather and make new friends since Touché launched this night in 2017. All women, butch/femme and non-binary welcome. Touché, 6412 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626.




Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, October 5 at The Iron Bear in Austin, TX. Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy...that is gear. The Iron Bear, 121 West 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701.




BLUF: DC at DC Eagle

BLUF: DC meets on the first Sunday of each month at the DC Eagle, starting at 4 PM. BLUF: DC is a chance for Leather men and women to get in their best Leather from head to toe, or Muir cap to Boot. Come join us, enjoy your cigars on the patio and have a drink or two. September 1 is up next. 3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20019 at North Minnesota Avenue.




SF Bay Area Sober in Leather

SF Bay Area Sober in Leather hosts their Sober Munch on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco at 6 PM. The next is September 28. Sober in Leather will be meeting for mingling and munching in the back room of SF's only kinky cafe and boutique, Wicked Grounds. You don't have to be clean and sober to attend. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103.




Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's Outreach Committee is set for Wednesday, October 16 from 7-9 PM, SF LGBT Center
1800 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102. There will be no meeting in September due to Folsom Street Fair week. This very special meeting will include the election of our initial Board of Directors. Voting privileges at the August meeting are extended to anyone who has had voting privileges at any previous Community Meeting.




Bay Area Cigar Buddies

Bay Area Cigar Buddies is a San Francisco-based group for adult homophile men in the San Francisco Bay Area, who are cigar smokers; and for men who are interested in cigars, cigarmen, socializing, and making contacts. We also welcome pipe smokers among our ranks. BACB is a regional forum, but men from everywhere are invited to join and participate. Our membership includes men from across the US and internationally. Cigar Night has been ongoing for over 16 years as a weekly event in San Francisco. However, it is currently being restructured. Cigar Night is held on the second Friday of the month at The Lone Star Saloon, from 8 PM in San Francisco, CA with the next being on October 11.





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A Blast From The Past




Sarge of The 15 Association whips a submissive at that club's booth during the Folsom Street Fair 20 years ago. Photo by Dave Rhodes


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Satrys MC's Badger Flat 58 Run. Photos by Motorboot Photography.





Scene from Folsom Europe by Jack Duke.



Golden Gate Guards beer bust i San Francisco, CA.