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Leather History in Los Angeles 1945-1983

Avatar Club Los Angeles hosted the opening of its exhibition chronicling the Leather history of Los Angeles from 1945-1983 at the One Archives at the USC Libraries on Saturday night, February 1. The exhibit will run all of February and chronicles the clubs, bars, bike runs, milestones and publications, art, movies. Drummer Magazine was founded in Los Angeles in 1975 and there is a lot about Drummer, the Advocate which was founded in LA in 1969, motorcycle men who returned from World War II with an enthusiastic love for riding and brotherhood. The curator of the exhibit is Thomas Trafelet. The ONE Archive Foundation and Executive Director Jennifer Gregg supported and helped fund the project as did Avatar Club Los Angeles and Ralph Bruneau. The Curator for the ONE is Alexis Bard Johnson. If in Southern California, by all means, see this exhibit. It will give you a better understanding of our roots. One Archives at the USC Libraries, 909 West Adams, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Scroll down for more photos.

https://one.usc.edu/exhibition/be-continuedleather-history-los-angeles-1945-1983

https://www.facebook.com/events/1334001310112146/

 

Mid-Atlantic Leather - 50th Anniversary of Centaur MC

By Rodney Burger

The new Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather is David Adam Spivey who won his title at the host Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon, January 19 and the opportunity to compete at International Mr. Leather in May. He was chosen best of seven men competing. David is Mr. Pittsburgh Leather. The double barrel shot of one of the best produced Leather contests on the circuit was joined by the always-awesome Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, January 18. Mid Atlantic Leather is produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club which celebrated its 50th year as a club. First runner-up was Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2019 Pupper Skinzy and second runner-up was Mr. Mayhem Leather 2019 Pup Lucky. Of course, Frank Nowicki was the emcee. Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend also included the MAUL bash, ONYX Cocktail Party and Gear Show, Highwaymen TNT Impact Sauvage, classes on BD/SM presented by SigMa, Super Heroes Meet Up, Puppy Park XII, events at the DC Eagle and Green Lantern, announcement of IML 2020 judges, SigMa Demonstations - several of them throughout the weekend, bootblacks available all weekend with 50-percent of proceeds going to the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather travel fund, Sunday brunch, a huge vendor fair with 35 exhibitors, and Sunday night closing Reaction Dance at the 9:30 Club.

https://www.leatherweekend.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MALWeekend/

https://www.facebook.com/AquaBst5/videos/pcb.2884149358315366/2637571466362243/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender Magazine 641 honors Karri Plowman

It is great when one of ours is honored by the greater LGBT community for their efforts which affect the world beyond our scope. Leather businessman and activist Karri Plowman was presented a Lavender Community Award by Lavender Magazine 641 in his hometown Minneapolis on December 16 the magazine reported. Plowman co-owned Twin Cities Leather and Latte, a shop where Leatherfolk and kinksters could shop and socialize a cup or two of brew, and ran it for seven years. He is also the producer of the Mr. Twin Cities Leather title. He is highly-visible as a gay Native American. Photo by Everett Allen Photography.

https://issuu.com/lavendermagazine/docs/lavender641/20?fbclid=IwAR33QtQbPYZeYPzIE_PPLtD_-z6AnVAxWBKbyIpNJozbs3U7ytbk-nlQsZ8

 

 

 

American Brotherhood Weekend changes ownership

The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend, home of the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles announced that effective January 1 2020, ownership will be transferred to Steven Carlisle, American Leatherboy 2016. Dean Ogren, co-producer, notes that “after owning and producing ABW with my amazing team, I want to ensure that ABW thrives for years to come, and new ideas and new, invigorated ownership, is the best way to do so." Steven Carlisle, of West Hollywood, California, commented, “I am excited, humbled, and honored to take the helm of ABW. For three decades, ABW has served the LGBT Leather community. I look forward to continuing the legacy of service. I hope to see so many of our family - both new, and established - in Chicago in October!"

https://www.americanbrotherhood.com

https://www.facebook.com/ABWLeather/

 

 

 

London council saves gay fetish club from redevelopment - blocks 46-flat tower

By Rupert Neate for The Guardian

The UK’s last remaining strict Leather and rubber fetish gay club has been saved after a London council blocked plans to redevelop the East End site into a 12-storey residential tower. Tower Hamlets ruled against the proposed 46-flat development on Mile End Road because it would “harm the long-term provision of a nightclub that serves the LGBT+ community," Cllr Rachel Blake, the borough’s deputy mayor, said...

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/london-council-saves-gay-fetish-club-from-redevelopment?fbclid=IwAR0QZVaUcBfCH6IavMpUpf7yVgDV5qeRxa0Pt6S4a3wXjz4s7Um0yts7pWo

 

 

 

NELA - Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54

The New England Leather Alliance will hold their Fetish Fair Fleamarket #54 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI the weekend of February 14-16. Join 3,000 kinky friends for a weekend of fun classes, shopping, bootblacking, social events, and entertainment at the largest vendor market on the East Coast. Among notable presenters are Midori, Raven Kaldera, Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Celia Tan, Jay Rood, Nauttiboy, Sarah Sloane, Tesla Harclay, Master Jim, Dragon, Bound To Fly, Munkee, Mistress Sky and many others. The Fetish Fair Fleamarket is an internationally-known and well-respected semi-annual event with presenters and attendees from around the world. The Winter Flea is the largest Leather/fetish event in New England, bringing together a hundred top vendors and craftspeople.

https://www.facebook.com/events/550018239113536/

https://nelaonline.org/

 

 

Northeast Leather names judging panel

Northeast Leather Contest Weekend's inaugural event was held December 6-8 at Rockbar in New York, NY where the first titleholders were chosen and they are Northeast Leatherperson 2020 Liquid ONYX, Northeast Leatherwoman 2020 Master Kaddan, ONYX Pearls NY NE President, Northeast Leatherman 2020 Donnie Bell and Northeast Bootblack 2020 Northeast Bootblack 2020 Steele Toe Onyx. Sir Damien produced the contest which was judged by International Community Bootblack 2019 AJ Porter, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Northeast Handler 2020 Pup Iron, International Ms Leather 2010 Mollena Lee Williams-Haas and International Ms Leather 2011 Sara Vibes. The tally masters were Ms Atlanta Eagle 2019 Despoena Calypso and Atlantic States Leatherboy 2019 boy Kris. Northeast Leather included a Friday meet and greet, Saturday contest and Sunday victory beer bust brunch.

http://www.NortheastLeatherContest.com

https://www.facebook.com/NortheastLeather/

 

 

New Mexico Leather Bear/cub

By Michael Skroch

Albuquerque’s diverse Leather and kink community came out to support the New Mexico Leather Bear/cub 2020 contest on November 3 at Sidewinders and the ABQ Eagle bar. New Mexico Leather Bear 2020 winner is Brian Thompson Tuffnell, and New Mexico Leather cub is Chris Michael Jones. New Mexico Leather Bear/cub was judged by Sir Bull, Marvin Ingram, Oliver X, Daddy Stan, and John Skelton who was the head judge. Enchanted Sisters - Las Hermanas Encantadas graced the event with their presentation of colors and an irreverent convocation before the contest. Jazz singer Tracey Whitney, Ray Charles backup vocalist, Bear Marvin, wowed the crowd with a duet of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Other weekend activities included a Friday evening meet and greet, dungeon, Saturday brunch, contest, and Sunday brunch.

http://www.leatherdaddys.org

 

 

 

2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest

The 2020 International Geared Up Pup Contest will be held online on Sunday, February 9 at 12 PM EST. No need to book a hotel or flight. Watch it right on your monitor or phone. The deadline for entry into 2020 International Geared Up Pup is January 25. Any pup, worldwide, can enter. The primary responsibility of the titleholder is to promote human pup play with the highest regard for integrity. The winner also receives a prize package from our generous sponsors and an expenses paid trip to Atlanta. For more information, go to http://www.igupc.com

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Mid Atlantic Leather judges

We now know who the judges for Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather will be for the contest and Leather Weekend hosted by the Centaur Motorcycle Club at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill the weekend of January 17-19. They are Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 Emërson Anicëto, International Mr. Leather 2019 Jack Thompson, Miss Gay America 1992 Tiffany Bone’t, David Katzenberg, Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 Saber, Karen Ultra and Mr. Leather Belgium 2018 Bart Verrecas. The Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend schedule includes the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday afternoon, January 19, Leather Cocktails on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency, vendors Friday through Sunday, bootblacks on duty most of the weekend, Puppy Park XII, ONYX Fashion Show, IML Judges Announced, numerous cocktail parties hosted by such clubs as MAUL and Highwayment TNT and the Reaction Dance on Sunday night to complete Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. There are more events and you will find out about those upon arrival.

https://www.leatherweekend.com/

 

 

Yes, Sir

Yes, Sir will be exciting and hot with Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019 Eric Crow as Master of Ceremonies at Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA on Saturday January 25 at 9 PM. Yes, Sir will be a Dom/sub gear night with demos, fantasies and more. Among the Dom presenters will be Mina Nietzsche of Sanctuary Studios LAX fame. Cover $5. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2533235350221596/

 

 

Kinky XXXMas

Gabriel Green and Green Mirror Entertainment hosted their annual Kinky XXXMas at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Saturday night, December 14. DJ Young Samuel spun discs and people partied until late. Go-go boys Byron Nilsen, Joshua and Anthony kept people in he mood.

 

 

South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave

Photo by Hromovy

South Plains Leatherfest and International Master/slave will return to th DoulbleTree in Dallas, TX for the fifth consecutive year the weekend of March 12-15. The theme of this homecoming is We Will Not Forget, where we encourage everyone to remember our history and traditions, celebrate the present and look towards the future. At South Plains you can pursue your journey into the world of kink/BDSM/fetish as well as explore your in interests in Master/slave relationships. The jewel in the crown of South Plains Leatherfest is the International Master/slave Contest which will be judged by head judge Mister Blue, Slavegirl j, David Labriola, Master Scott, Slave cathy, Miz Lilly and Slave naomie. The South Plains 2020 keynote speaker will be Thista Minai. Among the many presenters will be D. Choc Trei and Kae Trei, Pharaoh Khaf Ra and Empress Nahara, Master Skip and slave Rick Mason deRou, Master David and slave Brynn, Master Jim and slave marsha, Mister Blue and Blue Frost, and many more.

http://www.southplainsleatherfest.com/

 

 

Philadelphians MC - Holiday Decompression

The Philadelphians MC will present Holiday Decompression - Let's Hang Out on Saturday, January 11 at 7 PM at the Bike Stop. Have a couple drinks with the Philadelphians and talk about that Uncle at Christmas dinner or a sister at New Years, Have a good laugh about it and get ready for 2020. It's going to be a big year for the club and they want to start it out with a good time with friends and family. Bike Stop, 204 South Quince Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2447769292150807/

 

 

Cynthia Astuto passes

By Ruth Sofaer-Morse

It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of a founder of our community. Cynthia Astuto was involved in the early day of Samois and one of the original authors of Coming to Power. She was a officer in the outcasts in SF and also served as the orientation leader for quite some time in the mid to late 80’s. As a lawyer she was in a unique position to make the outcasts her client which protected all the members in the form of attorney client privilege... at that time S/m was still considered a mental illness everywhere so it was dangerous to belong to groups if you had kids or planned to. Later in life she worked as a healer... she had amazing hands... she always said it was what made her a good top. She had a way of moving energy. She died today at approximately 12:17 PM (December 30) with her wife, brother, sister/ex lover of choice by her side and myself and my wife there with her. Her loss greatly diminishes my life and is something to be honored by our community as she was a trailblazer and a subtle fighter for our place in the gay community at large.

 

 

FMSD - Leather Care and boot blacking

Fetish Men San Diego will present Leather Care and boot blacking by San Diego bootblack 2019 Alex on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 PM at Pleasures and Treasures, 2525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. Fetish Men San Diego holds educational events on the third Wednesday of each month.

https://fetishmensandiego.blogspot.com/2014/03/welcome-to-fetishmensandiego.html

 

 

Northwest Leather Celebration names judges

The Northwest Leather Celebration just name their panel of judges for the Northwest Master/slave contest which will be held April 30 - May 3 in Sacramento, CA. The Bootblack judges will be Liza, Henry James, Luna; Northwest Person of Leather judges will be Daddy Sal, Mister-Blue, Loren Quon, Richard, slave adeena, slave amari and slave lyle. Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for Leather and kinky people and is a full weekend of education, community, play, contests, parties, and fun.

http://www.northwestleathercelebration.com/

 

 

Bearicua - Mr. LA Leather Bear

The Mr. Leather Bear 2020 contest will be held at the Eagle LA on Saturday, January 18 at 9 PM. The contest is produced by Bears LA. The winner will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather in March. Bears LA will hold its monthly dinner the night before the contest at the Coral Cafe, 3321 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 at 7 PM.

https://www.bearsla.org/

 

 

Perverted Interracial Guys - Lumberjock

PIGS host Lumberjock at the Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA every third Sunday from 3-7 PM. Pigskin Underwear Beer Bust turns into Lumberjock for the winter, so get into your union suits and long johns on January 19. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, California 90805.

https/www.facebook.com/realpigs/

 

 

Eagle LA Mr. Leather

Lou Romano will emcee the Eagle LA Leather contest on Saturday night, January 11 which will start at 8 PM. The winner has the option of competing at Mr. LA Leather in March or at International Mr. Leather in May. There will be a meet and greet on Friday night. Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.

http://www.eaglela.com/home.htm

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Kink Mentoring Archives

By Papa Tony

Back in December 2018, Tumblr went kablooey. It didn't just take down porn blogs. It also took down many blogs written by wise, kind and deeply experienced kinky folks. Using special tools, I have been digging through the wreckage to find the treasures that have proven to be so valuable for so many I have been curating the collection: gathering articles together, re-formatting them for clarity and re-posting them in a safe space: The Kink Mentoring Archives

https://tinyurl.com/yb9944za

 

 

LA Leather Pride

Things are beginning to shape up for Los Angeles Leather Pride which will be held at venues all over Los Angeles County from March 20-29. The keystone to the whole shebang is the Mr. Los Angeles Leather contest which will return to the Globe Theatre on Saturday night, March 28. The winner will compete at IML in May. Other major events will be Avatar's play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on March 20, Southland Honors on March 21 with the time and venue still to be determined, Kickoff at the Faultline on March 22 which includes the motorcycle ride-in with local bike clubs and contestants, Assembly hosted by Los Angeles' uniform clubs at Rough Trade on March 27, Tom's House tours on March 28-29 at the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest on Saturday night, March 28, and the Off Sunset Festival on Sunday, March 29. There are more events during LA Leather Pride, so stay tuned for details. Photo above - LA Leather Coalition board members at the December general meeting.

http://www.Laleatherpride.com

 

 

LDG Mentoring Program

The LDG Mentoring Program is about to begin its ninth year of providing guidance for men interesting in exploring and learning more about kink. The program will begin in early February 2020 and end in early September. If you have wondered about finding someone to help you, to guide you, as you explore kink areas that are of specific interest to you, then this mentoring program may be just right for you. Applications for the program must be submitted no later than January 20. See the calendar at the following link.

https://www.sfldg.org/mentoring

 

 

Rudis Men's Leather Society

Rudis is gay Men's Leather group in St. Louis, MO which offers a safe place to wear one's gear. Come to make friends and educate yourself on today's Leather culture. Rudis holds social meet and greets at Bar PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting at 8 PM. The next two are January 8 and 22. 7109 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111.

http://www.rudis-mls.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/rudisleather/

 

 

CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

CineKink Kinky Film Festival organizers have announced that the 17th annual CineKink NYC will takes place March 18–22 and feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. In addition, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! showdown of adult cinema, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities.

http://www.cinekink.com/

 

 

BLUF San Francisco - Leather Lounge

BLUF San Francisco hosts their Leather Lounge at the SF Eagle every second Saturday at 9 PM. Anyone arriving in gear before 10 PM gets in free now. The next Leather Lounges are January 11. Leathermen, gear up, grab a cigar and head to the SF Eagle.

https://www.facebook.com/events/376688126442588/?ti=icl

 

 

Pup Mosh in Denver

There is a Pup Mosh every second Friday at Trade in Denver, CO with the next being Friday, January 10 and February 14 starting at 9 PM. Fridays are for Fetish and the dogs. Pup play area, drinks in dog bowls and lots of fun. Handlers, pups and the curious are all welcome. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

https://www.facebook.com/events/285844715281392/

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Lick It

Hosted by Lick It at Powerhouse SF on Friday, January 10 and February 8 at 10 PM. Go out and dance and play and have a taste of some sexy fun at Lick IT. We have DJ Blackstone bringing you some soulful beats that will make your hips move and groove. No fancy dates. No unrealistic expectations. Just some good old down right dirty fun - where Licking IT is only the beginning. Second Fridays. Beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Powerhouse SF, 1347 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.

https://www.facebook.com/LickItSF/

 

 

KC Pioneers Education Night

The KC Pioneers Education Night will be on January 15 at Missie B's in Kansas City, MO with August's presentation being on Pet Play and Littles. The presenters are Show Me Leather Puppy 2019 Pup Zephyr and Ms KC Leather Pride 2019 Ginger Lea Phillips Ms KC Leather Pride 2019. Join the KC Pioneers their third-Wednesday-of-the-month education/hands-on demo nights. A different topic every month. Must be 21+ to attend.

https://www.facebook.com/events/335811900354066/

 

 

Barking Billiards moves to Thursdays

Barking Billiards is a weekly social pup meet up at Eagle 562. We mosh and pup play, play games and hang out with 20-30 puppies around 8 PM every Thursday, including January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Barking Billiards has become quite the rage and the energy is awesome. The crowd seems to grow every week. This is a popular event. Eagle 562, 2020 East Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805.

https://www.facebook.com/events/675522796282863/

 

 

Kinky Poly Happy Hour at SF Eagle

Are you polyamorous? Poly curious? Are you kinky? Kink curious? Join Kinky Poly Happy Hour at a brand new happy hour for LGBTQ+ kinky poly people – every second Thursday at the SF Eagle. We will meet on the upstairs patio from 5:30-8 PM. Happy Hour pricing. Hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. Kinky Poly Happy Hour. Hosted on second Thursdays by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 PM. SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/398372250640635/

 

 

Puppy 101

By Papa Woof Roth

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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/puppy101/

 

 

Support the NCSF

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

http://www.ncsfreedom.org/

 

 

Rope Burn SF

Rope Burn SF is all set to go on Thursday, January 16 at Catalyst SF at 7 PM. Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint, every third Thursday of the month. It's not a workshop - We want to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing our knowledge and skills. We want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. Suggested donation of $20. Catalyst SF, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/327466841135899/

http://www.ropeburnsf.com/

 

 

Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas monthly events

This active club holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday at MCC Las Vegas at 7 PM. The next date is January 15. Their popular first Thursday Fetish and Friendship Dinners are at La Cabana at 7 PM with the next on September 5; and Leather Church at Charlie's Bar on second Sundays at 4 PM with the next one on January 12. LUC of Las Vegas is a pansexual group with many LGBT folks involved.

http://www.lucoflv.com

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A Blast From The Past

 

 

Mr. International Rubber 2000 winners from contest held in 1999.

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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blogs

 

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2097-dave-rhodes-hump-day-december-11-2019

http://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2096-dave-rhodes-hump-day-november-25-2019

https://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2095-dave-rhodes-hump-day-october-20-2019

https://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2094-dave-rhodes-hump-day-september-20

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Karri Plowman Honored

 

 

Kinky XXXMas at The Bullet

 

 

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Mr. International Rubber

By Kilker Alcaraz

My warmest congratulation goes to Adalberto Rubbadam, our new MIR, having won November 6-8 at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL. Also, Matthew Shepherd was first runner-up and presented the best ever fantasy and Rodi Coderage was second runner up. The Mr. International Rubber judges were Tyesha Nicole Best, Miguel Torres, Kilker Alcaraz, Alex Rubbaman, Bryan Tsai, Guillaume Dupuis. and Líam Clark. Among events were the Thursday night Welcome Dinner Cellars Bar & Grill, Touché Welcomes Rubbermen to Chicago on Thursday. Friday included a Kink Market full of vendors, Kink Education Sessions on Rubber Gear 101, Lubed Up Latex Wrestling, Mocktails, Cocktails, Women's, Transgender and Non-Binary Leather Kink Cruise Night, Rubber Ball Dance Party and Slick and Twisted MAFIA Party at Steamworks and a Tight and Shiny Pansexual Play Party. Saturday had Kink Education 1 and 2 - Art of Cruising and Th Physics of Kink, Rubber Pup Rumpus at the Center on Halsted, Rubberists of Color at the Center on Halsted, the Mr. International Rubber contest. Sunday centered around the MIR XXIII Winners Reception at the Center on Halsted.

https://mirubber.com/

 

 

Barcelona Rubber Weekend

Barcelona Rubber Weekend will be November 29 - December 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Join about a thousand like-minded rubbermen for what should be one of Europe's best kinky parties of the year. Barcelona Rubber Weekend included a photo tour, Welcome social hosted by San Francisco Bay Rubber, bus tour, Rubber Xperience, Mr. Rubber Spain, Rubber Celebration at Boxer Cafe, Rubbex at Xmanclub and Open Rubber at Openmind. We do not have the contest results yet.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686096454809543/

https://www.weezevent.com/barcelona-rubber-weekend

 

 

Steve Ganzell passes

Steve Ganzell, a clinical psychologist who was a longtime member of the Christopher Street West board of directors and chair of the Los Angeles Leather Coalition for four years, died suddenly on Sunday, December 1 at home. Steve is a past chair of the Los Angeles Leather Coalition and a co-chair of Christopher Street West, 2008-2011, which produces the Los Angeles LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. Steve was the clinical director of the mental health program for Being Alive. He was a member of Avatar Club Los Angeles. He has received many accolades including a President's Award at Pantheon of Leather in 2008 and the Leather to Leather Award in 2018 among others. Dr. Steve Ganzell had a practice in Hollywood, CA. Ganzell is survived by his partner, Tony Giragos, and his adult children, Crystan, Zach, and Adam.

https://www.wehoville.com/2019/12/05/in-memory-steve-ganzell-psychotherapist-and-leather-community-leader/

 

 

 

 

Leather Hall of Fame names inductees

The Leather Hall of Fame honors announced the names of those who will be inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame in 2020: MLC Munich, Jim Ward and Pauline Reage. The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. The 12th Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 26 at the Westin Hotel during CLAW XX in Cleveland, OH. To learn about the Leather Hall of Fame’s criteria and procedure to select inductees, to learn about the previous inductees, and to make a nomination for future induction, please visit http://www.leatherhalloffame.com

For tickets go to http://www.clawinfo.org

 

 

Sanctuary Leather 2020

Mr. Sanctuary Leather is Apolonio E. Muñoz III, Ms Sanctuary Leather is Atomic Ana Algos and Sanctuary Pup 2020 is Pup Lan having won their titles at the Sanctuary LAX Studios in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, December 7. Gabriel Green and Jill Overfield served as emcees. The judges were Lady Remedy Ann, Elliot Musgrave, Romaldo Mancilla, Adam Monda and Jessica Harrison. A meet and greet was held at Eagle LA on Thursday night, December 5.

 

 

 

 

The 21st Annual 12 Days of Christmas - We're Finally Legal

The 21st Annual 12 Days of Christmas will be held at the Maritime Conference Center on Saturday, December 14 at 12 PM. This is a live performance, drag, and skit adult variety show with a silent auction, raffles, bootblacks, pictures with Santa and Ms Claus, cupcakes from Belton, and charity benefit event. The emcees will be Shawnna Alexander, David Allen and Sarha Shaubach. ASL interpreters are Debbie Jones, Susan Weinstein and Jenn Arif. Tickets are $20. This year's beneficiaries are AIDS Action Baltimore, Scott Stamford Memorial Fund, MADIF - Memorial Community Services Fund, Trans Life Line and B & Dee's Baltimore Love. Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090.

https://www.facebook.com/events/274147016623352/

 

 

Master Eb's Spirit directed by Alex Ironwood

By Wilson Raiser

Master Eb's Spirit will be presented at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert on Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 PM. Master Eb's Spirit is a theatrically-staged reading of an original play by Ty Dehner based on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol directed by Alex Ironwood, set in the Gay Leather community of today. In this play Master Eb is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve in this modern styling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. LGBT Community Center of the Desert, 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA.

http://masterebsspirit.com

 

 

Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 is Joey Byrne

By Pup Yoshi

On behalf of Eagle 562, it is my honor and privilege to announce the appointment of Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 Joey Byrne. Joey has been a familiar face at Eagle 562 since its opening, and has volunteered for countless events, both at the bar and in the greater LGBT community. Join us at Eagle 562 on Saturday, January 4 for a Pass the Sash Bash to celebrate the New Year 2020 with Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2020 Joey Byrne and to honor a great year with Mr. Eagle 562 Leather 2019 Eli Avila. Bootblacking will be Los Angeles Bootblack 2019 Duke Ruff.

https://www.facebook.com/Eagle562LB/

 

 

CineKink - Annual Kinky Film Festival

CineKink Kinky Film Festival organizers have announced that the 17th annual CineKink NYC will takes place March 18–22 and feature a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," CineKink is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. In addition, plans for CineKink NYC include a short film competition, audience choice awards, a Bring It! showdown of adult cinema, panels and workshops, a kick-off gala, and a sizzling Afterglow play party to wrap the festivities. A national tour is set to take place in the months following the festival, showcasing audience favorites from the NYC selections.

http://www.cinekink.com/

 

 

Mr. and Ms Precinct Leather

Adam Emelio Reyes was named Mr. Precinct Leather 2020 and Tea became the first Ms Precinct Leather at the Precinct in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, November 10. Mr. and Ms Precinct Leather 2020 runner-ups were Titus Hound and AfroDisiac. The judges were Louie Ramrod, Jamila Dawson, Nicole Moon O'Neal, Marpa Franzoni, Spike, and Elliot Musgrave.

https://www.facebook.com/precinctdtla/

 

 

SoCal Bondage Club at 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 December 14. 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.

https://www.SoCABondage.com/

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Excelsior MC trims Eagle NYC tree, Raises Funds for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

On December 6, New York City-based Excelsior MC held its annual Trim-a-Tree holiday event at the Eagle NYC, with its guests, from Leather clubs throughout the Northeast, decorating the Eagle Christmas tree, as well as raising $670 for New Alternatives for LGBTQ+ homeless youth through the sale of raffle tickets and Jell-O shots. In attendance were Excelsior MC officers and members past and present, pledges Mr. Eagle NYC 2020 Mike Jeavons and Ken, and associates; visiting members of other local and out-of-state clubs; past and present Messrs. Fire Island Leather, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and puppies and handlers.

 

 

San Diego's Annual Leather Community Toy Drive

San Diego will host its Annual Leather Community Toy Drive on Friday December 20 at the San Diego Eagle. The Toy Drive is being produced by Mr. Eagle 2013 Robert Rodriguez and Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2017 Bill Willis. The toys will go to the greater Imperial Court de San Diego's Toy Drive. Donate a new unwrapped kids toy. While the toy drive begins earlier and people can bring toys anytime, the San Diego Eagle Holiday party will begin at 10 PM with hors d' oeuvre buffet being served. San Diego Eagle. 3040 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104.

http://www.sandiegoeagle.com/events/

https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoEagle/

 

 

Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend 2020

Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend is all set for February 7-9 in Atlanta, GA. The 2020 Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend’s tagline is Raising the Bar because in 2020, Southern Sole is shifting its focus to advanced learning, offering classes to allow experienced bootblacks to further their technical knowledge of bootblacking and Leather care. The increased knowledge will then be taken back to home bars, events, and living rooms improving the image and reputation of not only the bootblacks, but the events and venues in which they shine. There will be a 101 all-day intensive on Friday but please be advised, Saturday and Sunday classes will be paced and geared towards experienced bootblacks. Registration is $75. Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133269183640158/2222342351399507

 

Raaarrr VI: Bearicuda - Mr. LA Leather Bear

Raaarrr VI: Bearicuda will feature the Mr. LA Leather Bear contest January 16-18 at several venues in Los Angeles, CA. There will be a meet and greet at Eagle LA on Thursday night, a Bears LA Dinner at the Coral Cafe in Burbank on Friday night and the Mr. LA Leather Bear contest on Saturday night at Eagle LA. Jeremy Oliver-Ronceros and Don Mike will be the emcees so expect a spicy and fun night. Bears LA will celebrate the amazing title year of Mr. LA Leather Bear 2019, Eric de León. Admission is $7 at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1133386906852244/permalink/1177364485787819/

 

 

Frisky Pups: A Men's Play Party

Frisky Pups: A Men's Play Party will be hosted by Mr. Daddy's Barbershop Leather 2018 and SF Catalyst on Saturday, December 21 at 8 PM in San Francisco,CA. Frisky Pups is a sex-positive, kinky party for men. We’re inviting men, boys, and pups to SF Catalyst for a sweaty night of debauchery. We’ve got a fully-equipped play space with BDSM equipment, benches, beds, slings, puppy mats, and much more that will help you unleash your primal instincts. Lube, condoms, and snacks provided. Come for wild play, torturous SM, tight bondage, stretching rear entry, drenching piss, or whatever twisted things you desire. Tickets are $20. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103.

https://www.facebook.com/events/438635343451804/

 

Smokeout 2020 in April

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. All of this is great if you have a room. The host hotel is beginning to fill up fast. Smokeout will be held at the Alexis Park Resort the weekend of April 8-13.

http://lasvegassmokeout.com/

 

 

Highwaymen TNT - monthly cookout

Join the Highwaymen TNT for their monthly cookout at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC on Sunday, December 15 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2343835032326586/

 

San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group - Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

The San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group will host its anual Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party at SF Catalyst on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM. show our volunteers how important they are to SFLDG's mission. Without them we couldn't bring you the quality of programing you come to expect. Help SF LDG to let their volunteers know they are appreciated. Come nosh and toast to an exciting new year. This event is free and open to all. SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.

https://www.facebook.com/sfldg/

 

 

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, January 7 at 7 PM. Pups, handlers, Sirs and curious come ready to play. Tool Shed, 600 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, California 92264.

https://www.facebook.com/events/661237581041170/

 

New Horizons For Fifty - Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019

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. Saturday Morning Hike with Mr. Long Beach Leather 2019 Eric Crow on Saturday, December 28 at 10 AM at El Dorado Nature Center and Regional Park, 7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach, California 90815. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonsForFifty/

 

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.

http://www.LeatherList.org

 

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 December 11, 18, 25 and January 1. Labeled as San Diego's favorite weekly fundraiser, Tiger's Pictionary has been going since 2011.

https://www.facebook.com/PictionaryNight/

 

 

Crescent City Leathermen

The Crescent City Leathermen combine a Beer Bust with a Themed Gear Night. December’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 from 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 December 11 and the one following is January 9 at 7:30 PM. The Phoenix Bar. 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.

https://crescentcityleathermen.org/calendar-of-events

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Frat House - Monthly Leather Night

The Monthly Leather Night at the Frat House on Friday, December 13 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.

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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 December 14 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.

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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.

http://www.pupplay.info/

 

 

Seattle Men in Leather - First Friday Leather Social

The Seattle Men in Leather host a First Friday Leather Social with January 3 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.

https://seattlemeninleather.org/

https://www.facebook.com/seattlemeninleather/

 

 

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, January 4, 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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sdcigarsandboots/about/

 

 

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 December 18, 25, January 8 and 15, 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.

https://www.facebook.com/CassieLovesRope/

 

Knights d'Orleans

Join in on the $10 all-you-can-drink beer bust with the Knights d'Orleans at the Phoenix in New Orleans every Friday at 10 PM. he next one is December 27. New Orleans Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.

https://www.facebook.com/events/347100149280726/

 

Touché - Leather Women's Cruise

Touché opens its Club Room at 8 PM on second Fridays with the next being December 13, for its monthly Leather Women's Cruise. This month there will be a presentation on Needle Play with Sarah Sloane. Sarah is a kink and sexuality educator, and leather woman, based here in Chicago. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/ToucheChicago-110806562290308/

 

 

Austin Gears - Gear Night

Austin Gears will host their monthly Gear Night at 4 PM on Saturday, January 4 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1780767715369700/

 

 

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 December 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.

https://www.facebook.com/support.sfbasil/

 

 

Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District's board members is set for Wednesday, December 18 from 6-8 PM, SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, Room 204, San Francisco, California 94102. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/736850366730796/

http://sflcd.org

 

 

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 December 13.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bayareacigarbuddies/info

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Avatar Club Los Angeles' Holiday Party in Glendale, California in Dcember 2014. Photo by Dave Rhodes

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Past Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blogs

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https://www.theleatherjournal.com/op-ed/item/2094-dave-rhodes-hump-day-september-20

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