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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, September 20, 2023

By September 21, 2023



Tom of Finland Foundation Art & Culture Festival

The Tom of Finland Foundation is presenting the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival 2023 - GlobalSexual. This year, the festival touches down in Berlin, London, and Los Angeles. The Festival in Los Angeles will be open to the public October 7-8.

The Art & Culture Festival is the Foundation’s yearly programming effort to bring together artists, galleries and patrons from all over the globe in a socially friendly setting, so that they can network as well as buy and sell works. Scheduled programming includes a Kiki with The House of Avalon, a conversation about LGBT non-profit organizations with Phillip Picardi, a chat with some of your favorite porn stars, and a discussion with previous and current Tom of Finland Foundation artists-in-residence.



2023 LA&M President's Award Presented to Marianne "Lady MJ" Candido

By Gary Wasdin

On September 9, LA&M Board member Robert Ridinger and LA&M Executive Director Gary Wasdin presented the 2023 President's Award to Marianne "Lady MJ" Candido. Lady MJ was selected for this recognition by the Board of Directors at their Spring meeting earlier this year.

Lady MJ has been an active and passionate leader of the Leather and kink community in Chicago for nearly three decades. She has created, led and supported numerous clubs and organizations including Trident Windy City, whose 30th Anniversary run provided the opportunity to present Lady MJ the award.

Lady MJ also has a long history of support for LA&M. She worked to raise the money to create the Teri Rose Memorial Library, and put in the "sweat equity" to create the space that is now the most visited part of LA&M. She continues to support the library's ongoing growth and development, making it one of the strongest and most accessible collections of published works on Leather, kink, fetish and BDSM.

The LA&M President's Award was established in 2005 by LA&M founder Chuck Renslow, to recognize and honor those who have gone above and beyond in their service to and support of the Leather community and the Leather Archives & Museum.


Black and Tans 49th Change of Command

The Regiment of the Black and Tans’ Change of Command kicking off their 50th year and first Change of Command since the pandemic with an intimate Regiment dinner for members and guests at Tam O-Shanter on Thursday September 14.The following are the club’s new officers: Jon Wright, Commander; Matthew Jensen, Vice Commander; Jeff Schoonover, Treasurer; and Esteban Bartholo, Secretary.

A Wet Boxers contest at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA on Sunday, September 17 benefited the Tom of Finland Foundation (the Regiment Fund for the Tom House) with about $500.

The regiment has several plans lined up to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.


 CineKink Announces Award Winners

Rounding out multiple days of screenings in the 20th Anniversary edition of the kinky film festival, organizers for CineKink NYC/ 2023 announced awards in a concluding celebration.

Marking the festival’s first in-person screenings since before the pandemic, with several Covid precautions in place, CineKink will also make much of its 2023 line-up available online, with virtual offerings to take place in late September.

Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2023 were presented to In A Good Way (directors Zachary Gutierrez and Joshua LaBure) for Best Narrative Feature, to This Is Where I Get Off (director Todd Verow) for Best Experimental Feature, and Rough Edges (director Charles Lyons) for Honorable Mention.

The annual CineKink Bring It! award, determined by audience vote during a showcase of current adult cinema, went to Bang Click Bang, directed by Paulita Pappel and Rod Wyler.

In the Shorts competition, juried festival awards went to Make Me A King.

To see a full list of awards and recipients go to



 Titleholders take private tour of Reichstag during Folsom Europe 2023

By Victor Ongpin

As part of the special events for titleholders in the Folsom Europe 2023 Titleholder Program, a private tour of the Reichstag (historical German legislative building) was arranged for those attendees interested in learning more about the country’s unique political history.

Mr. Sister Leather 2023 Victor Ongpin, the reigning Leather titleholder of the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (LASPI), joined other titleholders from around the globe to experience an enlightening and informative afternoon partaking in a walking tour of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) and this is his account of what transpired.

Titleholders representing France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and the USA had the privilege of partaking in the tour and getting their questions answered one by one by Representative Drossman, who also pointed out physical structures throughout the building, including former pieces of the Berlin Wall and its significance during a dark period of a divided Germany. Conversely, with cheerful exuberance, Mr. Drossman was also passionate to share the role he has in being a resource to his Hamburg Mitte constituents and the optimism he has for LGBTQIA+ acceptance in Germany and beyond.

See the full story and our gallery of 50 photos at




 Firedancers raise funds in Dallas

The Firedancers LL Club of Dallas raised over $850 for their charities with their Dog Days of Summer barbecue at the Hidden Door in Dallas on Saturday afternoon, September 2.

Firedancers, Texas, is a non-political, social club founded in the Leather-Levi tradition. The tribe formed on June 14, 1986 to bring all members of the local and state community together in camaraderie and service to promote unity and to aid charitable organizations benefiting the LGBT+ communities of Dallas/Fort Worth.

The club's patch emblem is a dancing Warrior silhouetted against the background of five alternating yellow and red flames that represent the five founding members.






Tomo honored at MsC

Congratulations to Tomo, on the honor of receiving the 2023 Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award on Saturday night, September 2, presented by Mister Blue and the Master/slave Conference held at the College Park Marriott Hotel in Hyattsville, MD.

At South Plains LeatherFest on March 13, 2022, Master Jim with slave marsha with Sir Cougar beside him, transferred ownership of South Plains LeatherFest and the International Master slave Contest to Tomo. Tomo has a long history of community service which also includes being International slave 2016, the owner of the international master slave title, and the owner of the International Person of Leather title.



 ShipMates to Celebrate 50 Years

By Rodney Burger

The ShipMates, the first Leather/ Levi social club in the state of Maryland, invite you to join them as they celebrate 50 years of service to the community April 19-21 in Baltimore, MD.

The Hampton Inn and Suites- Convention Center will be the host hotel for the three-day celebration that will include a bar crawl, cocktail parties, a formal Leather dinner at the Pratt Street Ale House, commemorative pin, and more. An optional excursion to a local distillery is also being offered.

Full event tickets are $160 before December 1st and $180 after. A limited number of dinner-only tickets are available for $70. For hotel reservations and ticket information visit The Baltimore ShipMates on Facebook or at https://www.baltimoreshipmates.com


 Mr. Sister Leather

The Mr. Sister Leather 2024 Contest - Nuns In Space, will be held at Eagle LA on Saturday night, September 30 starting at 9 PM. The title is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - Los Angeles House. Mr. Sister Leather 2023 Victor Ongpin will pass the sash to the next person.



Austin Eagle has a new bootblack stand

By Luis Bratt

It took me a couple months, but I did find a needle in the haystack! It wouldn’t be an Eagle without our bootblacks, and we wanted to get them something special. The owner swears to God that at one point it belonged to the infamous Chicken Ranch in Texas, and that is over 70 years old. Regardless it’s a really cool and one of a kind piece (still has the oil stains from drillers the boots). Soon to be in use at The Austin Eagle.


 Marcus Keys named Mr. San Diego Cub MMXXIII

Producers David James and James announced that Marcus Keys won this year’s Cub Contest. The judges were Mr. San Diego Eagle 2023 Earl Gray (head judge), President, Bears Los Angeles Gabriel Green, JC Fox, Russ Mortenson, Angel Fairfax, Tim Kutch, Jeff Breeze, and Ned Cato had to work hard to decide this year’s title holder from such a strong slate of contestants. Venue: Pecs Bar, San Diego. Dates: September 16-17. Photo by Smith Beard Media.


 Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend

The Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend will feature nightly parties at STUDS, pool parties, a beach day experience, tea dance, cigar socials, a Leather brunch with stunning views of Puerto Vallarta and the ocean, and more. The event, hosted by STUDS Bear and Leather Bar, will make its debut November 2-5 in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone.

The first annual Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend will kick off on Thursday, November 2 with a Welcome Party at STUDS beginning at 9 PM. Plans are also underway for Puerto Vallarta Leather Weekend 2024 which will host the first Mr. STUDS Leather Contest. The winner of the contest will go on to compete at the International Mister Contest in Chicago, Illinois, May 23-26, 2025. For more information and to book a weekend package.




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 Pair of honors by NCSF

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom named two recent honorees. The Race Bannon Advocacy Award was presented to Susan Wright in Washington, DC while exhibiting at the American Psychological Association Convention. This award is for a senior member of the communities who has made a singular series of lifetime achievements to advance the sexual freedom and destigmatization of our communities, Susan Wright the 2023 Race Bannon Advocacy Award in Washington, DC while exhibiting at the American Psychological Association Convention. This award is for a senior member of the communities who has made a singular series of lifetime achievements to advance the sexual freedom and destigmatization of our communities.

Susan received the award in recognition of her innovations in research and her steadfast strategic direction of advocacy for kink and consensual non-monogamy. NCSF honors Susan for her foundational and sustaining contributions on behalf of marginalized sexualities.

The NCSF named Bianca Laureano as their first recipient of the Vi Johnson Liberation Award. NCSF's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee awarded Bianca due to the breadth, depth, and varied ways that she has challenged the injustices and inequalities in sexuality education, presentation, accessibility, and services. For two decades, Bianca has been a scholar, researcher, activist, and leader globally. Her creativity and innovation as a liberator have forever changed the landscape.

The Vi Johnson Liberation Award intentionally honors and celebrates the contributions of Black, Indigenous People of Color and the LGBTQ community. NCSF's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is dedicated to honoring, celebrating, and amplifying these voices..



Miguel Torres is the new IML Den Daddy

By Miguel Torres on Facebook

People that know me well know that IML is one of my biggest passions. An event that I randomly stumbled upon while walking by it many years ago, and as the years progressed I became more involved with it, first couple of years as a curious lobby attendee, then I worked on the mart as a vendor one year, then I became I personal handler for a contestant, eventually I was a contestant myself in 2014. After my contestant experience I knew I wanted to be a contestant handler and begged Daddy Joey at the time, who told me to take a year off before I join the team, so I have been a contestant handler since 2016 except last year where I got to be a judge (and that one pandemic year when the world stopped). I love being part of the team in the background whose job is to ensure the contestants have the best possible IML experience, and to help create a space where they feel confident and safe to be their true selves.

A little over two years ago, Jeff asked me to be part of his succession plan for IML den Daddy. I gladly accepted and I have been following him around closely since and learning as much as I can. The time where Jeff feels it's time to make the transition is here. Not one person makes all this happen, the success of this role is a group effort by the incredibly talented Den staff, one of the most selfless, nice and hard-working group of people I've ever met.

Jeff Tucker, you've been an inspiration to me since the day we met. Your genuine warmth and love for everything you do is something I model my life after. I try to live my life with positivity and gratitude, as hard as it is sometimes, but I know it's always worth it.

I am human, I will make mistakes, but what I do guarantee is that I will pour my heart and soul into this new challenge and I will continue to work towards making IML an event where people are celebrated for who they are, where contestants have a great experience no just through the contest but also feel connected afterwards, and a place where we know we can count on each other and help each other be better. A place where bootblacks feel as instrumental to our community as they truly are, and an event that feels like a big, fun and kinky family reunion. I don't know about you but that's the world I want to live in, and I'm grateful I get to continue to build on the rich 45 year-old legacy of IML as IML's Fourth Den Daddy.


 ONYX SoCal-Southwest - Eight Years of Kink

The members of ONYX SoCal-Southwest celebrated Eight Years of Kink at the Eagle LA on Sunday, September 10 on a perfect late summer afternoon. The day included kinky go-go studs, boozy Jell-O shots, BDSM demonstrations, raffles, music by DJ Brian Novy and other forms of mischief.

Francisco Perales was presented the Associate of the Year Award. He said, "I'm grateful for the love my brothers have shown me. I love you all. This award is a humble reminder of my dedication to ONYX, my brothers and my art. This award is a true reflection of my spirit and the reason I do what I do...for the love of it all! Thank you again my brothers, ONYX and ONYX SoCal-Southwest for this awesome recognition - it means the world to me." ONYX SoCal-Southwest brothers based in Los Angeles and Denver came together at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Los Angeles for their Eighth Anniversary Dinner.

Oh, and don't forget to be at Jocks & Jerseys II at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Friday, September 29 starting at 9 PM.




Satyrs MC - Badger Flat 60

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club hosted their Badger Flat 60 run over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4 with a good loyal group of attendees. It was a little colder this year and the Satyrs were ready as they’ve known from years past how to make bonfires. The warmth and brotherhood kept them warm too.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club was founded in 1954 and is the oldest, continuously running gay men's club in the World..



History of Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest

By Ray Tilton

Lots of talk and people coming to me regarding the 40th Anniversary of Mr. SF Leather that was promoted as such and took place the weekend of September 8-10.

My historical and research project I did in 2013 not only thoroughly documented the Mr. SF Leather history but also documented many of the feeder/bar title contests as well. Posted without further comment.

As of August 2023, the Mr. SF Leather history and recap is: 2023 marks 41 years since the first Mr. SF Leather contest/title.

1979, ‘80 and ‘81 San Francisco sent representatives to IML.; 1982 the first Mr. SF Leather contest/title was held and sent to IML; 1985 saw no contest and a representative was sent to IML; 1986-2019 the Mr. SF Leather contest was held making it the longest running continual contest besides IML; The last Mr. SF Leather contest/title was held in 2019 for the 2020 title year. 2020/21 No contest, no IML/COVID; 2022 and 2023 no Mr. SF Leather contest and no representative sent. Mr. SF Eagle Leather sent representatives both years.

In summation, it’s been 41 years and 38 Mr. SF Leathers as of August 2023.


SouthEast LeatherFest

By J. Tebias Perry

Amidst the vibrant backdrop of downtown Atlanta, the 2023 SouthEast LeatherFest shone brightly from June 8-11 with all events being held at the Courtland Grand Hotel by Wyndham in Atlanta, GA.

Master J. Tebias Perry, a contest judge, was bestowed the Jack Stice Memorial Community Service Award. The room was filled with applause and admiration as Lady Catherine, a tireless advocate and event coordinator, presented the honor.

Khalid El Bey, the evening's keynote speaker, set the tone with an inspirational address, emphasizing the significance of community service and the power of leadership.

SouthEast LeatherFest celebrated new and continued titleholders: SouthEast Person of Leather Mara, Ms. Southeast LeatherFest Scarlett, Mr. SouthEast Leather Max, SouthEast Bootblack Appollo, and SouthEast Master and slave Master Varii and slave neill all received well-deserved titles, showcasing the diverse and dynamic community this festival fosters.

Notable presenters such as Domina Atua, Jack Handcock, Mufasa Ali, and Mxster Mita added depth to SouthEast LeatherFest.


Mr. Bear LA 2024

By Gabriel Green

Marquis The Honey Bear and Bears LA invite you to a glambearous night at Studio Fifty-Fur: The Mr. Bear LA 2024 competition will be at Eagle LA on Sunday, October 15 starting at 7 PM. There will be a meet and greet at the Eagle LA on Thursday night at 9 PM, a Bears LA Dinner at the Coral Cafe, 3321 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 on Friday night at 8 PM. No events are planned for Saturday.




 Western Boys Run

The Western Boys Run 2023 was held in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of September 8-10 with the first event being an opening reception at The Phoenix Bar on Friday night. Later that night it was off to Fun Hog Ranch. Saturday included a private pool party followed by a social dinner. Later there was a dance party with a play space in collaboration with Cock/Block. Sunday included a brunch and pool party. The Run closed with Leather Church at Charlie’s.



 Mates Leather Weekend - First Mate judges named

By Rick Conley

The judging panel for the First Mate Contest to be held during the 26th Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown MA September 28 - October 2 was announced. Events include Boot Camp, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest and Rubber Ball. Jay Falcon, Northeast Community Bootblack 2011 and 2012 and MLW’s resident Bootblack will be on hand throughout the weekend. MLW’s resident Buzz-Cut Barbers Danny Pantaleo and Billie Jean Beetam of SNIP Salon will be trimming you up at the Leather Market to make sure you look your best.

First Mate 2022 BLUF4414, will be emceeing the First Mate Contest. The judging panel will include Mr. Virginia Leather 2023 Ken Nelms, Mr. FLAG 2023, Pup Red and Mr. Connecticut Leather 2024 Jordan Lewis.

Mates Leather Weekend has raised $92,910. to date for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. In addition, MLW holds coat/clothes drive each year with donations going to Ruthie’s Boutique, a local non-profit thrift store whose profits benefit local charities.



Mr. CMEN Leather is Jeff Crandell

By Rick Boehle

Jeff Crandall from Los Angeles, California, won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2023 at CMEN’s West Coast Gathering near Big Bear, California on Saturday evening, August 26. Bryan Green and Floss Gardner were runners-ups.

Jeff will represent CMEN at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago in May.

The judging panel was composed of head judge, Mr. CMEN Leather 2022 Steve Rutledge, Mr. CMEN Leather 2009 Danny Brookshire and Sir Francis. Mr. CMEN Leather 2004 Mark Lager and Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 Rick Boehle served as Emcees; Adam Hughes served as tally pup.



Deaf Leather Fraternity Run in Albuquerque

By Bear Mike

Deaf Leather Fraternity’s (DLF) national 2023 run brought together 15 members from across the country over an extended Labor Day weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The run’s educational classes included Kinky Naked Yoga and Electroplay 101. A meet-and-greet was held at Sidewinders Bar & Grill, ABQ Eagle’s Leather and Kink Night, culminating several days events that included trips around New Mexico.

Many groups and individuals in Albuquerque's Leather community organized and held fundraisers with the local DLF brothers in the proceeding four months at Sidewinders and Social Club to assist with their run.



Ralph Bruneau honored by GNI

By Ralph Bruneau

This was waiting for me when I got home from Europe. So honored. The Natural Man award is bestowed on people who champion and promote naturism. It’s so important to me to call Gay Naturists International home. It’s been a personal and professional passion to embrace body positivity and sex positive values in my personal life as well as in my consulting room. Thank you, GNI for this and all you have made possible for me.


Philadelphians MC Phreak Flag Festival

This past Sunday, September 10, Philadelphians MC treasurer Chris attended the first Phreak Flag Festival, which was held in front of The Bike Stop and it turned out to be a success. The Philadelphians have made themselves more visible recently and it is good to see club's having fun and sharing it. Hope it rubs off on other clubs.



 Deaf Leather Fraternity National Gathering

By Bear Mike

The Deaf Leather Fraternity (DLF) members in Albuquerque held a successful National Gathering in Albuquerque of about 15 DLF members at the end of August and beginning of September. They had a great community response to help DLF fundraise at other events including Greg Boyd, Sucias, Tom at Sidewinders Leather and Kink Night, Jaie Davis helped with his Corazon Leather event at Soch, and many others. They visited ABQ Eagle to thank us.  Marvin and I were honored to lead Kinky Naked Yoga and Electroplay 101 classes at their run AirBnB as well.


Lions and Rabbits, and Dogs! Oh my!

Join the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group for a discussion with folks who live and breathe the world of anthropomorphism on Wednesday, September 27 at Transform 1060 at 7:30 PM. What’s being a Furry all about? What’s a fursona? How does it all work … mechanically? What goes on at conventions? How do you break into the scene? How do furries fit into the broader kink community? All this and more will be revealed, so come with your curiosity, questions, and (if you have it) gear.

The Fun with Furries! panelists will be Raj, who’s been an active BDSM player since 2011 and a furry since 2014; Loki, aka Warren the Bunslinger who has been an active member of the Leather community since 1997; and Corey Dog has been pretending to be a dog on the internet for 20 years and has been delighted at the opportunity to do so in person in BDSM contexts for almost as long.



Leather Mentorship  Book Review

By Vince Andrews

Author and former NLA International President 

Tebias Perry's book, Leather Mentorship, adeptly guides readers through various aspects of mentorship within the Leather community. Drawing from his own experiences, Perry provides valuable insights and practical advice. His ability to maintain a neutral tone in addressing complex subjects within Leather culture is commendable.

Leather Mentorship serves as a valuable resource for both mentors and mentees, offering a solid foundation for those seeking guidance in the Leather lifestyle. Perry breaks down mentorship dynamics, sharing his own experiences and incorporating input from other Leatherfolk, enriching the reader's understanding.

While Perry's writing style may be colorful, the book's straightforward approach appeals to a broad audience. The analogy of mentorship to a butterfly's life stages, although unorthodox, effectively illustrates the mentorship process. The book's flexible structure allows readers to adapt the content to their specific needs. Some may find it less prescriptive than desired, while others appreciate its progressive nature.

Overall, Leather Mentorship is a valuable resource, deserving of five stars, providing readers with practical wisdom derived from the author's lived experiences.



Mr. Louisiana Leather 2024 is Jimmy Gale

By Brock Andersen

Mr. Jimmy Gale of New Orleans was named winner of the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2024 contest held on September 2 before a packed house at Siberia Lounge during the 51st Southern Decadence Celebration. Jupiter Onyx was runner-up.  A record-high nine contestants from the Gulf Coast states entered the annual contest sponsored by the Mystic Mardi Gras Krewe Lords of Leather New Orleans. Gale will now compete in the International Mr. Leather contest held in May in Chicago.

An entertaining evening was planned by Paribe Meyer, last year’s titleholder, with Darwin Singleton as emcee and a panel of judges scoring the entrants on bar wear, jockstrap, fetish/kinkwear and formal wear categories.

Contestants included William Balter, Randy Bourgeois, Brad Collins, Jimmy Gale, Nolan Lewis, Anthony Oliver, Jupiter Onyx, Ariq Robinson and Chandler Tagudar representing Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Texas.

The Lords of Leather will host its 41st Annual Mardi Gras Bal Masque on Sunday, February 11 in suburban New Orleans. Details soon at https://www.thelordsofleather.org


Empire City MC 59th Anniversary

The Empire City MC will be hosting its Holiday Party on December 9 at the Stonewall Inn once again. There is a $10 flat rate admission plus a toy or gift card donation for Rising Ground (in lieu of a toy or gift card donation a $10 donation cash may be made at the door in addition to the admission of $10. Completely uncomplicated - just show up with a toy or not and have fun.

They're also going to do this this year with their 59th Anniversary Dinner, celebrating their 59th year of existence of riding and having fun together, and keeping it super simple: just show up at Ty's bar on Christopher Street in time to have a cocktail or two and then depart on foot at 7 PM to Cowgirl restaurant on Hudson Street a mere few blocks away.

Important: Empire City MC is executing its dinner plans in this manner as Cowgirl has firm restrictions insisting the full party be present before seating. Everyone must be there at 7 PM. Cowgirl will not add seats after we're seated, and Cowgirl will not seat until all are present and ready to be seated.



 Atons pool parties cool summer

What an unforgettable summer it's been, thanks to our Atons Pool Parties! The atmosphere was irresistibly chill yet undeniably sexy—a perfect blend of relaxation and allure.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us; your presence turned the poolside into a sun-kissed sanctuary of good vibes.

Atons of Minneapolis and Minnesota Leather Pride invite you to celebrate the winter holidays with us for an afternoon of Leather, kink, and cheer. Join the Atons on December 2 for the return of the club's annual Holiday Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit The Aliveness Project and The Bridge for Youth.




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A Blast from The Past




Satyrs MC - Badger Flat 40

The Grand Daddy of them all held Badger Flat 40 in September 2003 at the usual spot - Badger Flat Campground east of Yosemite National Park and north of Fresno, CA, The Satyrs held Badger Flat 60 earlier this month and it is as strong as ever.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club was founded in 1954 and is the oldest, continuously running gay men's club in the world.






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