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Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Denver's Exile 6 Fetish Ball
By Exposer Magazine
For six years, Lokusdor Productions (at the EXPO Event Center in Denver, CO) has put on the event and each year, it seems to gain the attention of many new people. 350 attendees had already arrived by 10pm and the show had just begun! Bringing in new vendors and sponsors. Last year, this event raised $10,000 for organizations in our community. You don’t hear too often of an event that gives so much back to its community, but that may be why this particular event rises above all others around it....The Exile Fetish Ball has a showcase of kink everywhere you look, from the flogging posts to the right of the stage, along with electrical apparatuses designed to heighten your sexual arousal. This place has it all, for any sort of fetish you might be into. More photos and details at https://xposermagazine.com/exile-6-fetish-ball-2/

Los Angeles Boys of Leather
Join the Los Angeles Boys of Leather for HELL BOY! on Friday, October 13 at 9 PM at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Get your Halloween Costume ready and join in our Costume Contest. Live Performances by the amazing Ursula Major and the freakishly phenomena Annie Chryst. Raffle prizes, bloody Jello shots, hot men and sexy women. $7 at the door! With admission you will receive one raffle ticket to win some amazing ghoulish prizes. https://www.facebook.com/labolclub/photos/gm.1952370658334790/1944377002485026/?type=3&theater

Bears in Kilts by Bears LA
Join Bears LA for Bears in Kilts at the Bullet Bar on Saturday night, October 30, starting at 9 PM. $6 Dollar cover or $5 when wearing a kilt. Best Kilt contest has a $50 prize. https://www.bearsla.org/

Leather History Preservation Weekend

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org

The incredible true history of gay pirates and their strangely modern world
Gay Star News
From deadly cross-dressing pirates having a lesbian-affair to booty, rituals and same-sex civil unions....Piracy was a world apart, and one where homosexual couples may have been the norm, not the exception. So to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day (19 September) here’s our queer history of piracy....But they didn’t just have health insurance. A form of same-sex civil unions, called matelotage, was also common. Buccaneer Alexander Exquemelin wrote: ‘It is the general and solemn custom amongst them all to seek out… a comrade or companion, whom we may call partner… with whom they join the whole stock of what they possess. Your partner was called a ‘matelot,' which can also be translated as bunkmate. It’s possible the relationships started with one man selling their services to another, to satisfy debts, get food or for protection. But it went deeper than that. If one matelot died, his partner inherited his property and share of the booty. In some cases, partners took punishment on each other’s behalf. In battle, they fought as a team and died together. Arrrrgh! Read the rest here https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/incredible-true-history-gay-pirates-strangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sgstrangely-modern-world/#gs.hVDo4sg

Bay Area Cub
So you think you can Cub? Join us for the Bay Area Cub Contest at the Lone Star Saloon (Bear Bar USA). We welcome all definitions of "cub" and will be celebrating the diversity of our community all afternoon while raising funds for the Alliance Health Project and Project Open Hand. Featuring a beer bust, Bay Area Cub Contest, performance by the Boys of Bearlesque, raffle prizes, jello shots and sexy cubs on Saturday, October 14 at 3 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103. https://www.facebook.com/events/116608262383657/?active_tab=about

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. http://www.bawevent.com

Leather bar in Mexico City
Traveling to Mexico? The third largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere should have one and it is Tom's Leather Bar which is in one of Cuidad de Mexico's LGBT parts of town. There are strippers and a back room and the place fills up. Go to http://toms-mexico.com/ to find out more.

Texas Leather and LGBT candidate Jeffrey Payne interviewed by Dallas Voice
By Tammye Nash, Dallas Voice Managing Editor
Jeffrey Payne is a businessman, bar owner, Leather titleholder and now, a gubernatorial candidate. "Texas has been good to me. Texas has been very, very good to me,” Jeffrey Payne said in an interview this week. Now he wants to repay the favor. That’s why, the Dallas businessman said, he is running for governor in 2018. see complete interview here https://www.dallasvoice.com/setting-sights-austin-10242440.html

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend
The Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill is now accepting reservations for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 which will be held January 12-14 in Washington, DC. Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest on Sunday afternoon. And oh, the lobby at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 will be a contestant in the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, IL, Memorial Day Weekend. Go to http://www.leatherweekend.com/ to find hotel information.

Knight Hawks of Virginia Puppy-Palooza 2
Puppy-Palooza 2, hosted by the Knight Hawks of Virginia and MJ's Tavern will begin at 10 PM on Saturday, October 14. Have you always wondered what it is about? Don't have a clue? Well come out and let the Pups of the Knight Hawks give you some information. Additionally, if you are a pup or a handler and want a safe accepting location, come out and join us for the night. MJ's Tavern, 4019 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504. https://www.facebook.com/khleather/photos/gm.1322857347836522/1917008615224706/?type=3&theater

Dallas Fetish Ball
The Dallas Fetish Ball: Torture Garden will be held November 10-11 featuring performances by Yusura, Miss Miranda and Lou Lou D'Vil. The Dallas Fetish Ball will include vendors, latex fashion, a spanking booth and a photo booth. The event is produced by The Church Dallas and will be held at 2424 Swiss Avenue. Get tickets in advance at http://www.LeatherMasters.com Many premium spots have been sold, so act soon.

The Formal Fetish Dinner Party in London
The Formal Fetish Dinner Party is unique in the world. Hosted by the founder of Skin Two magazine and owner of KFS TV, it takes place in a fabulous hotel very near Piccadilly Circus. The next dinner is on Sunday, October 8. You can book a hotel room and stay overnight if you wish. Everyone is dressed in their fetish finest - no business suits or cocktail dresses! We serve a three-course dinner and there is a dungeon for play afterwards. This event is restricted to 30 sophisticated couples of any age. Newcomers are welcome - we are friendly people. (No single blokes or Daily Mail readers though. I mean, there is a limit...) We are happy to answer questions and meet for tea and a chat, by all means. https://london.craigslist.co.uk/cas/d/the-formal-fetish-dinner/6302853807.htmldinner/6302853807.html

Leather community working on South Of MArket District in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Eric Pratt

Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa's BDSM scene is poised to become SF's Leather Cultural District
By Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Weekly
Today, SoMa’s Leather scene consists of fewer than half a dozen bars, and although they’re packed on weekends, the neighborhood faces a renewed threat of extinction in the face of displacement. To preserve this vital subculture, activists have chosen a novel strategy: partnering with City Hall to designate a portion of Western SoMa as the San Francisco Leather District. The degenerates are about to be officially sanctioned....“We want Leather businesses to continue to thrive here,” (Supervisor Jane) Kim tells SF Weekly. “We want people to continue to live here. We want it to be a living, breathing district — and that is a lot harder to do than some plaques and street-name changes.” Complete article here http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

Las Vegas Rope Social: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play
The Las Vegas Rope Social presents: Twisted Touch: An Intro to Rope and Pressure Point Play By Mike Payne. A painful push… a sensual touch… a playful poke. There is a myriad of ways to make physical contact with someone when playing with rope and so many fun, painful, stimulating, and erotic places to touch. This beginner level class will cover safety, pressure point types, some pressure point locations, and techniques to incorporate them into the application and removal of rope as well as everything in between. Saturday, October 14 from 3-5 PM at 705 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101-2058. https://ropesnob.com/

Douglas O'Keeffe interviews a guest during a recent Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat

Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat announced an ambitious European Chat schedule. Douglas O’Keeffe, co-producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend” O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016." A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel. https://www.facebook.com/Inside-Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/Leather-History-A-Fireside-Chat-1728635300768185/

American Brotherhood Weekend

American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Female Filmmakers Out in Force at Sixth Finnish Film Affair
Variety
As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.... Among the projects that were previously presented at the Finnish Film Affair and went on to have a successful career in festivals are Teemu Nikki’s “Euthanizer,” which is premiering at Toronto, and “Tom of Finland." http://variety.com/2017/film/global/women-filmmakers-out-in-force-at-6th-finnish-film-affair-1202560069/

Why The Leather Community Is Cautiously Optimistic About Fashion’s Fetish Moment
By Mikelle Street, Huffington Post, Queer Voices
Last week, Comme des Garçons teamed up with Vetements on a limited-edition capsule collection of sweaters. Teased on Instagram, the “gay, lesbian, and fetish” range was sold as a Dover Street Market exclusive with the “fetish” design selling out online shortly after launch. The piece, priced at $620, nodded to a very specific community....In 1989 Tony DeBlase, founder of the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago and publisher of Drummer magazine debuted a flag design for the Leather community at the International Mr. Leather competition. Read the rest of this article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leather-community-fashion-fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084fetish_us_586d07bbe4b0eb58648b5084

Drummer North America

The Drummer North America contests will be at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the weekend of February 22-25. DNA contests are open to all gay-identified men in the fetish/kink communities who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico. Weekend packages are $125. For more, check out http://drummerna.com/

DomCon: New Orleans
Domina Angelina, Madame Margherite, and Mistress Penelope Dreadful of Australia have been named official Mistresses of Ceremonies for DomCon: New Orleans 2017. The event brings together professional and lifestyle BDSM enthusiasts from around the world. Dominants, submissives, fetishists, Leatherfolk and the kinky from all over the globe to DomCon for the latest in fetish and bondage gear, classes in new BDSM techniques, discussions on community, legal, and relationship issues, and of course electrifying parties. DomCon New Orleans will be held October 5-8 at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street. For photos, guest info, sponsorship opportunities, and details on classes and workshops go to http://www.DomConNewOrleans.com

Circlet Press 25th Anniversary
Help kick off the 25th Anniversary of Circlet Press - your home for sexy aliens, sultry dragons, mystical werebeasts and all manner of dystopias and fantasy worlds! Back this Kickstarter and actually get to choose the stories going into their Best Of... anthology. And THEN, if we can push into stretch goals, establish the publishing schedule for the next line up of books. "Best Erotic SciFi" Anthology. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/circlet-press-25th-anniversary-best-erotic-scifi-a?ref=project_link?ref=project_link

Desert Fetish Authority
The Desert Fetish Authority's Discussion Group meets once a month on the second Friday. At the end of each discussion, DFA selects a topic for the following month to serve as a jumping off point. On September 13 they meet at 7:30 PM, LGBT Center's New Headquarters, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, third floor, next to Denny's in Palm Springs. http://desertfetishauthority.com

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018
Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2018 will be hosted by TULSA Leather at the Tulsa Eagle in Tulsa, OK the weekend of October 20-22. Tulsa Eagle. 1338 East 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120. http://tulsaleather.com/ TULSA is for people interested in uniforms, Leather, Levi, motorcycles and the celebration of our special interests. The association is open to all individuals, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, and is dedicated to educating the community and promoting unity via social and charitable activities.https://www.facebook.com/events/1873758806228361/

Leather Leadership Conference XX
Leather Leadership Conference XX will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta, GA, March 9-11. Keynote by Hardy Haberman and endnote by Laura Antoniou. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." --Jack Welch. http://leatherleadership.org/index.html

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

Master Anthony is questioned by emcee Dave Faunce during Mr. SoCal Leather. Anthony heads the Sherman Oaks Munch. Photo by Dave Rhodes

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. http://sportsmenslodge.com/river-rock/

Sash Bash Weekend in Iowa

Join Mr. Iowa Leather 2016 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson and current and past titleholders from around the region for a weekend full of fun, fetish, and family, Sash Bash Weekend is an event for the Leather family and friends to come together and celebrate, socialize and bring kink to Eastern Iowa area. March 2-4 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. https://www.facebook.com/MIAL2016RobA/photos/gm.272421293272800/1571218662922049/?type=3&theater

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Mr. Leather64TEN will be March 8-11
The 3rd Annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be held in Chicago on March 10. The Mr. Leather64TEN contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland Leather community explore, celebrate, and showcase their Leather pride. https://www.leather64ten.com/calendar/

Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar
The Tom of Finland 2018 Wall Calendar, published by Bruno Gemünder and Putinki, is available through the Tom of Finland Store, Tom of Finland Store, 8116 Romaine Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Price is $20. https://tomoffinlandstore.com/collections/paper/calendars

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SCCLA held their annual dinner on September 9 in San Jose, CA. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 20, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

I will be at San Francisco Leather Pride for the Folsom Street Fair and other events followed by a week of fun travel along the California coast to see many places one flies over or drives by in either direction from Los Angeles. With that, I will have plenty of goodies.
Good news folks. Dave Rhodes' Hump Day is beginning to take root. I have Instant Messengered many of you and some are responding to the offer to include your events. This is really encouraging and if it succeeds we will have found the formula that ties the web site to the print version.

Tom of Finland - The Movie
Dome Karukoski’s critically acclaimed Tom of Finland, the film which has already been selected as Finland’s official submission to this year’s Academy Awards to be considered for Best Foreign Film, has introduced its trailer. Take a peek at this highly-anticipated movie which is due to release on October 13 in New York City, NY and October 20 in Los Angeles and San Francisco. https://www.facebook.com/pg/ToFFHouse/videos/?ref=page_internalref=page_internal

Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director Search
The Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director Search Committee has announced that they are looking for a new Executive Director. Complete information is available at http://leatherarchives.org/hiring.html The Search Committee is accepting applications for the Executive Director position through October 15. Listed are detailed time line for applications accepted to hiring, qualifications and compensation. The candidate selected will be the applicant who offers the best combination of qualifications and demonstrated evidence of being able to succeed in all essential duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director position.

Transgender woman accidentally hanged herself as she took pictures of her erotic asphyxiation
A transgender woman accidentally hanged herself while taking bondage photos in her bedroom, an inquest has heard. Zoe O'Brien, 39, was found dead hanging from the ceiling at her home in Brighton, England on June 7, the city's coroners court heard. A remote controlled camera and bondage equipment found in her room led police to conclude she was taking photos at the time of her death. Full story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4901900/Woman-accidentally-hanged-BDSM-session.html4901900/Woman-accidentally-hanged-BDSM-session.html

Say what? Folsom volunteer ad banned by Facebook
What initially began as attempt by the GLBT Historical Society to solicit volunteers for the upcoming 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, the world's biggest leather fetish event, has turned into a big headache. This is not Facebook's first run-in wit hthe LGBT community. In 2014, the tech company demanded that drag queens use their legal names on their accounts. A huge push back led by San Francisco's Sister Roma, pressured Facebook enough that it reversed its policy. https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/

Empire City MC 53rd Anniversary Dinner
Join Empire City MC on Sunday, October at 44 1/2, 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 for their 53rd Anniversary Dinner in New York City, NY. The cash bar opens at 6 PM and dinner is served at 7 PM and there’s plenty of free parking on and around 10th Avenue on Sunday. Tickets are now for sale for only $39.95/per person. Get them at http://www.ecmc-53.eventbrite.com and although you can pay at the event, Empire City MC asks that you please purchase your tickets in advance to prevent denial of admission due to limited seating. For more information on Empire Motorcycle Club go to http://empirecitymc.com

Emcee Thib Guicherd-Callin announces Jerimyh Jackson as Mr. Long Beach Leather. Photo by Lthrbound

Mr. Long Beach Leather 2017 Jerimyh Jackson
The new Mr. Long Beach Leather is Jerimyh Jackson who won his title and the opportunity to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. Also competing was Mike Orpia. Eagle 562 was the venue on Saturday night, September 16. The Friday night meet and greet was at The Crest. Both bars are in Long Beach, CA.

Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 Ali Mushtaq had an amazing year. He was interviewed by major news organizations including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times as an out Muslim who is into Leather. The emcee was Thib Guicherd-Callin. The judges were Sir Frank Cavallo, Brent Sweer, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 Ali Mushtag, IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau and head judge Shae Flanigan.

 

Mr. Michigan Leather
Mr. Michigan Leather (MML) Weekend is holding its 22nd contest September 22-24 at the Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI. The judges for Mr. Michigan Leather 2018 are Mr. Michigan Leather 2017 Kenn Kennedy, Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King, American Leatherwoman 2015 LE, Kentucky Leather Sir 2007 Rick Mora, Mr. Chicago Leather, 2015 Luis Tipantasig. https://mmlweekend.com/

 

Marpa Franzoni was chosen to be Mr. Sister Leather 2018 at the Eagle LA. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Mr. Sister Leather 2018 Marpa Franzoni
Marpa Franzoni was chosen to be Mr. Sister Leather 2018 at the Eagle LA on Saturday night, September 16 in a contest produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A huge silent auction raised funds for the One Archives Foundation. Franzoni will compete in the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 contest on Saturday night, March 24. The Los Angeles Sisters paid homage to the Stonewall riots, the famous 1969 uprising in what is widely considered to be the most important event leading to gay liberation. https://www.facebook.com/LASisters/

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night

Philadelphia Leather Pride Night will celebrate its Ninth Annual charity auction event on Saturday September 30 from 5 PM to midnight inside Voyeur Nightclub in the heart of Philadelphia's Gayborhood. Jo Arnone will once again take the stage with her booming voice as auctioneer. Renowned ASL interpreters Michelle Jackson and Kevin Lowery will sign. http://www.leatherpridenight.com

Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Adam Eaton who won his title in Sacramento, CA on September 9.

Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 Adam Eaton
The Mr. Bolt Leather 2018 contest saw Adam Eaton best three other men at the Bolt in Sacramento, CA on Saturday night, September 9. Fred Colmenares stepped down after a fantastic year. Eaton will compete at International Mr. Leather in May. http://sacbolt.com

This couple were part of the AIDS LeatherWalk on Sunday, September 16 in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller

LeatherWalk XXVI
The 26th Annual LeatherWalk took place on Sunday, September 17 in San Francisco, CA. On-site registration and check in begins at 10 AM at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar, drop off your last-minute donations, and get your collectible LeatherWalk pin. Entertainment starts at 11:30am at Jane Warner Plaza. The walk itself plans to start moving at 12:00pm from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies Sister Roma with performances by some of San Francisco's most amazing vocal and drag talent. Folsom Street Events presented LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week which culminates one week later at the Folsom Street Fair. https://www.classy.org/san-francisco/events/leatherwalk-2017/e131804

San Diego AIDS Walk XXV
The San Diego Leather community is participating in this year's AIDS Walk and Run San Diego on Saturday, September 27 because HIV and AIDS have touched our lives and affected the people we love. This is an opportunity to be visible in the support for those living with HIV and AIDS while raising much needed funds for critical support services in the community. http://events.thecentersd.org/goto/BeWhoYouNeeded

Bi Visibility Day
September 23 is Visibility Day across the globe, celebrating Bisexuality since 1999. http://www.bivisibilityday.com/

Don Hood, Frank Schreckenberger, and Andy Mangels. Photo by Carlos Silvas Photography

Andy Mangels and Don Hood wedding
Two longtime Leather community leaders/activists/members were finally married on September 17 when Andy Mangels and Don Hood exchanged vows in front of over 100 people at a private residence in Portland, OR. Both have been involved in the Leather community since the early 1990s. Andy and Don met at Living In Leather VI in October 1991 in Chicago, then reconnected at International Mr. Leather in 1994. They became a couple on the 4th of July 1995, and recently celebrated their 22nd Anniversary. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Father Frank Schreckenberger, Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Emperor V, with a musical interlude by the Broadway Bears.

Moving Pictures - Art and Culture Festival by Tom of Finland
Moving Pictures - Art and Culture Festival including art, film, tattoos and skateboarding The Tom of Finland Art Fair will be September 29 - October 1 in Los Angeles, CA at the Tom of Finland House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026. The Festival is one of the key public events initiated and run by the Foundation, and serves as a platform in furthering its mission to preserve, protect and promote erotic art. To salute Kino Lorber's October release of the Tom of Finland biopic, this year's programming will have a focus on moving pictures and pictures in motion, namely skateboards with artwork and tattoos on living bodies. The Festival's guest artist is Brian Anderson, the legendary skater who declared to the world a year ago to that he is gay. He is skateboarding's most prominent pro star to come out and has recently released a zine that includes his paintings. Check out https://www.yelp.com/biz/tom-of-finland-foundation-los-angeles

Inside Leather History: A Fireside Chat
Inside Leather History; A Fireside Chat announced an ambitious European Chat schedule. Douglas O’Keeffe, co- producer and host of the Chats, will present two high profile interviews in Manchester England October 7 during Manchester Leather Weekend. “I’m very excited to be part of Manchester Leather Weekend” O’Keeffe enthused “I’m interviewing Daddy Ian Allen and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016." A Fireside Chat is an independent production of Douglas O’Keeffe (host) Mistress Joanne Gaddy, and Vonn Tramel.

A Friendly Feast benefit in LA
A Friendly Feast, hosted by IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau at Farmboy Kitchen. If you've been to Farmboy, you know how delicious the food is. If you haven't, here's your chance. Please join Ralph, Charlie and Hunter in a feast of delicious passed trays and help the SoCal team of Mr. Friendly continue to reduce HIV stigma, one friendly conversation (or meal) at a time. $40 admission includes food and beverage (alcohol not included), Ralph Bruneau's new IML 2017 run pin, and a ticket to win a private dinner for 4 hosted by Charlie and Hunter. Great food, great company, great cause. Silent auction, Mr. Friendly merchandise, and some cool giveaways. Farmboy Kitchen, 1050 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. https://www.facebook.com/events/1027108394099009/?active_tab=aboutactive_tab=about

The YARD - The Prisoners Take Over

The YARD - The Prisoners Take Over, hosted by Bears LA will be at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, September 23 at 8. Eagle562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. https://www.facebook.com/events/142784462989003/

Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr. QLD Leather 2017. Photo by Dylan at HDGimage

Mr. Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy
By Qnews.com.au
The winners of BootCo’s annual Mr. Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy competitions for 2017 have been crowned. Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr. QLD Leather at the Brisbane Leather community group’s annual Corium Leather and kink dance party on September 9. Nick Michael was the winner of Queensland Leather Boy 2016, also presented at the party. The whole article is posted at http://www.qnews.com.au/bootco-crowns-this-years-mr-qld-leather-at-corium-2017/

SeanWolfG Free Concert at Oil Can Harry's
This is a full-length concert of Gay Country Western Music with guest Don Mike on vocals, David Eccles on bass, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and Dennis Willis on mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, and violin. Colin Deane. Wednesday, September 27, 8-11 PM at Oil Can Harry's Los Angeles, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.

LSM Presents Submit Pizza Party
The Lesbian Sex Mafia will host Submit Pizza Party on Friday, September 29 from 8 - 9:30 PM at Two Boots Pizza, 284 5th Avenue at Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY. Every party about 50 to 100 women and trans folks come to fuck and play and watch and meet and flirt. Going to a party alone is tricky; make some friends over pizza first. To find out more about the Submit Party check out http://http://www.submitparty.com/Submit.html and about the Lesbian Sex Mafia go to http://lesbiansexmafia.org/

Mistress Cyan and Sanctuary LAX Special Guests of Doomsday Fetish Ball
Mistress Cyan and the warrior women from Sanctuary LAX will be special guests of honor at the Doomsday Fetish Ball, Saturday, September 23 at the historic Globe Theater in Los Angeles. Presented by LA Fashion and Fetish Ball, the night will feature a post apocalyptic dystopian Mad Max world with supercharged fashion, explosive performances and high octane music. The clubs Batcave, Dark Circus, and Submit have joined forces to bring LA's hardcore party slaves two levels of live bands, DJs, aerialists, grinder girls, go go dancers and perverse performances. Performing in the special BDSM play area will be Mistress Cyan and her carnal crew from Sanctuary LAX. The Globe Theater is at 740 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Doors open at 9M For more information, go to https://FashionandFetishBall.eventbee.com/event?eid=116556353

Man pleads not guilty to firing shots at Club Fetish

By Ben Wright Ledgar-Enquirer
One of three men accused of firing shots July 4 at Club Fetish pleaded not guilty Friday to an aggravated assault charge during a Recorder’s Court hearing in Columbus, GA. Ricardo Williams, 30, of Fort Mitchell, AB., was ordered held on a $50,000 bond after the 2 PM hearing before Judge Mary Buckner. He joins Dennis Brown, 27, and Dontavis Matthews, 26, to face charges in the 2 AM shooting at 4504 Armour Road. Authorities are still looking for a fourth suspect. Complete story at http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/crim/article173650836.htmlenquirer.com/news/local/crim/article173650836.html

Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI
Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI (GLLA) is all set to go the weekend of September 28 - October 1 at an unnamed hotel in Indianapolis, IN. The keynote speaker will be International Mr. Leather 2016 Patrick Smith and the Carter Johnson Leather Library will be there. Plenty of workshops and classes, play parties and socials, and a few Leather contests too. http://greatlakesleather.org/

Ottawa's Erotic Art Show
Ottawa's huge and sensuous Erotic Art Show wil lbe on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30 at Collabspace, 70 Bongard Avenue in Ottawa, Canada. Tickets are $10 at the door, cash only. There will be more than 20 artists and 200 pieces of erotic art and photography. http://www.eroticartshow.com

Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 Parking Lot Party venue change
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will be held next to the Barracks in Cathedral City. A pool party on Saturday afternoon is a newbie. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration informed us that the Northwest Master/slave Contest and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. Note that this is two weeks earlier and those who want to attend Northwest Leather Celebration and DomCon: Los Angeles can do so. The NWLC Education Program will include over 50 classes. http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com

On Sunday, September 1, Club X and Fetish Men San Diego got together for a relaxed, sociable evening on the beach at Fiesta Island. Photo supplied by Papa Tony

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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener addresses the AIDS LeatherWalk crowd on September 17. Photo by Rich Stadtmiller

 

 

 

ONYX: Southern California's Second Second Anniversary. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The International Leather Sir 2017, International Leatherboy 2017 and International Community Bootblack were held in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, September 2 in front of about 200 cheering spectators. The contests were emceed by Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3. See photo below. See the results at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1954-ilslb-icbb-winners-in-dallas

 

 

These were the Pantheon of Leather Award recipients who were in Dallas to accept their honors. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, September 6, 2017. This column will appear here every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com

Pantheon of Leather Awards
The Pantheon of Leather Awards were held on Thursday night, August 31 at the DoubleTree Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX during ILSLb ICBB. Christopher Edwards was the emcee and IML 2009 Jeffrey Payne played Vannah. 10 of the 30 recipients were there to receive their honors, with some stuck because of Hurricane Harry. 175 attended. Man of the Year was Thib Guicherd-Callin and Woman if the Year was Patty Patty. Full story on Friday, September 8.

Donnell B. Doyle July 26,1948-September 3, 2017
Avatar Club Los Angeles President Don Doyle passed away at 7AM on September 3. Don was a member of Avatar almost since it began in 1982 and an Associate Member of he Chicago Hellfire Club. See photo below.

Second Annual Just Add Water
The Second Annual Just Add Water on August 26 hosted by Divergent Pigs in Massachusetts managed to raise in excess of $30,000 in meds and funds for our charity and others like it. Mama from California was on hand. We received a thank you note from them regarding their Pantheon of Leather President's Award, "Thank you once again for selecting us for the President's Award in 2017." Jeph and Kevin Barry. See photo below.

ILSLb ICBB 2017 results
The results are in. International Leather Sir 2017 is Major Ty from the Florida Region, International Leatherboy 2017 is boy Kaz from the Great Lakes Region and International Community Bootblack 2017 is boy John Urso from the Atlantic States Region. The contests were emceed by none other than Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Thib Guicherd-Callin the weekend of August 31 - September 3 at the DoubleTree Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX. Full story up by Saturday, September 10. See photo below.

Shelley Denton has passed
Just got word that past American Leatherwoman Shelley Denton has passed. Waiting on details.

LeatherWalk XXVI in San Francisco
The 26th annual LeatherWalk takes place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2017. On-site registration and check in begins at 10 AM at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar, drop off last-minute donations, and get a collectible LeatherWalk pin. Entertainment starts at 11:30 AM at Jane Warner Plaza, 17th and Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. The Walk itself plans to start moving at 12 PM from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies Sister Roma with performances by some of San Francisco's most amazing vocal and drag talent. Stops include Oasis (Stop #1), Powerhouse (Stop #2), Mr. S Leather [Stop #3], Lone Star (NEW) [Stop #4), The Stud) (Stop #6) and the SF Eagle (final stop, closing beer bust). Folsom Street Events presents LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week which culminates one week later with the Folsom Street Fair. https://www.classy.org/san-francisco/events/leatherwalk-2017/e131804 See photo below.

Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration informed us that the Northwest Master/slave Contest and Northwest Bootblack Contest will be held May 3-6 in Sacramento, CA. Note that this is two weeks earlier and those who want to attend Northwest Leather Celebration and DomCon: Los Angeles can do so. The NWLC Education Program will include over 50 classes. http://www.NorthwestLeatherCelebration.com

Mister International Rubber XXI
MIR (Mister International Rubber) will be held the weekend of November 3-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. https://mirubber.com/

CineKink Call for Entries
CineKink, "the kinky film festival," is seeking works that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality for its 2018 season. Scheduled for its 15th annual appearance in March 2018, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, a "Bring It!" adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow, showcasing favorites from the NYC festival selections. http://cinekink.dphoto.com/#/album/e1b98i

SeanWolfG Free Concert at Oil Can Harry's
This is a full-length concert of Gay Country Western Music with guest Don Mike on vocals, David Eccles on bass, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and Dennis Willis on mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, and violin. Colin Deane. Wednesday, September 27, 8-11 PM at Oil Can Harry's Los Angeles, 11502 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. See photo below.

Lambda Literary Awards nominations open
Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 30th year, the Lammys honor books in more than 20 genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, graphic novels and memoir. Finalists will be announced in March 2018 and winners at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala on Monday, June 4 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. https://www.lambdaliterary.org/

Avatar Boot Camp: The Art of Flogging
This class will discuss the different types of floggers, how to choose a flogger that fits one's style and needs, different ways to throw floggers, how to create a flogging scene, safety tips, and how to care for one's floggers. Avatar Club Los Angeles' Boot Camp: The Art of Flogging 12-3 PM. Hot Wax follows at 6 PM on Saturday, September 30 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. Registration must be paid in advance. Class size is limited. https://www.facebook.com/Avatarclubla/

Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs
The New Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 Jax Kelly held a fundraiser at the Tool Shed on September 5 in Palm Springs, CA. Through the generosity of their Massage Night masseurs and the vendors who donated raffle prizes we raised a lot of money for Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs. See photo below.

San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018
The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 will be available during the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24. It's been out there already, but Folsom is a great time to meet the men and get your Calendar wish will benefit the Positive Resources Center. http://www.barechest.org/ See photo below.

How you can help make Dave Rhodes' Hump Day better - no, the best. If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. Example: If your event is happening on August 27, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, August 21. Make sure to add your events to the Leather Community Calendar by clicking on Calendar above - follow the directions.

If you had a contest or club run over the weekend - send us the names of the winners and a photo and a brief bit about it. We have it by mid-Monday and it will appear on Wednesday. Your events hotel room block opens - that is news. Send the link and a brief. Someone passes, let us know - photo please if available, but do not let lack of an immediate photo stop you from sending. This is news shorts.

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Avatar Club Los Angeles President Don Doyle who passed away on September 3 at home with his partner Gary at his side, presents a bar patch to the ONE Archives during Avatar's 33rd Anniversary in 2016. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was on hand as Jeph and Kevin Barry raised $33,000 in August. Photo supplied by Jeph and Kevin.

 

International Leatherboy 2017 boy Kaz, International Leather Sir 2017 Major Ty and International Community Bootblack 2017 boy John Urso after their wins in Dallas on Saturday night, September 2. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

From Dore Alley in July, Peter Fiske and friend. San Francisco LeatherWalk will kick off San Francisco's Leather Pride this month. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Leather kinksters SeanWolfG will give a free Country music concert at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA.

 

Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 Jax Kelly held  Massage Night where he and friends raised a lot of money for Let's Kick ASS Palm Springs. Photo supplied by Jax Kelly

 

The San Francisco Bare Chest Men's Calendar 2018 will be available during the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

Mr. LA Leather 2015 Jeffrey Erdman is a buddy rider at the Satrys MC's Badger Flat Run over Labor Day Weekend. Photo supplied by Jeffrey Erdman

 

Two women all Leathered up for Dore Alley in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 

And oh, yes, there were puppies at Dore Alley/Up Your Alley in San Francisco, CA  in July. Photo by Dave Rhodes