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Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021

By November 14, 2021



Palm Springs Leather Pride produced by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert proved once again the durability of that club which has overcome adversity so many times, this one being a return after a year down due the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Tool Shed Andre Law was chosen to be Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 and Mr. Barracks Leather Loren Wilson was the runner-up with four men competing. Only five points separated all of them.

PSLOD President Clifton Tatum stated it "was the closest I've ever seen and if it were tomorrow, there could have been a different outcome."

Mr. Leather Colorado 2010 Brent Heinze made his debut as the emcee and he was well received by the crowd of about 350. It was all over in about 90 minutes with no intermission

The entire PSLOD membership was brought on stage to be seen and recognized for their work on producing Palm Springs Leather Pride. Hopefully this will become a tradition as it is for events such as Mid Atlantic Leather with Centaur MC. The event co-chairs were Kyle Taylor and Dan Smith.

The judges were Gabriel Green, Will Angell, Dr. Alex Del Rosario, Bob Miller and Dennis Wood.

PSLOD will have two contestants at IML 2022. They are Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2020 Charlie Harding and Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 Andre Law.
The Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 Contest was at the Palm Springs Cultural Center's Historic Camelot Theatre.

Parolee Registration got the weekend started at the on Thursday afternoon and the Welcome Parolee pre-registered Leather Pride packages were ready for pick-up.

Strip Search, the meet and greet with the contestants and judges at the Tool Shed.

Friday opened with the Pre-Release Plunge Pool at the Canyon Club. This was a men-only event. The Canyon Club hosted a second pool party on Saturday afternoon.

Mess Hall, the Formal Leather Dinner was a banquet at the host Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs with many dressed in "high cow" as one man from Ohio described it. The Yard Parking Lot Cruise Party and Vendor Mart were in the parking lot behind the Tool Shed, PSLOD's home bar, featuring a cigar lounge, go-go boys Leather and fetish vendors. The space was double in size and was still packed with nary a place to stand. The addition was a beer lounge with bar stools and sofas as well as its own music - oh, and with a lot of playful-activity going on.



Ken and Jesse hosted the Saturday afternoon Cigar Social at the Barracks. This duo host the Barrack’s Monthly Cigar Social - again, packed Barracks patio in the warmer than usual Hallowen weekend.

The huge Sunday early afternoon Victory Pool Party at the Canyon Club featured an appearance by the Mr. Palm Sprigs Leather, food and a wet T-shirt contest. All of the pool parties saw large numbers of men, many in their birthday suits.

The Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs was the host venue with 11 others serving as back ups.

A new addition was Breakout - Full Release dance on Saturday night at the Desert Rose Playhouse presented by Hocker Productions, featuring performances, sexy go go boys and world renowned DJs.

Unofficial events included Jim Neuman's Sunday cocktail party for invited guests, about 150 Leatherfolk, at his Casa Lola house on the north end of Palm Springs. Jim is a member of the California B&B Corps - Palm Springs Division. This was the party of the weekend - as usual. The food was catered. The party was not packed at any one moment, but there were several waves of attendees during the five-hour affair. Jim shared his upstairs Tom of Finland art display and his automatic Wurlitzer organ. Those who stayed late were gifted with hearing several of Jim stories with some of Hollywood stars and elite.

Also a separate big ticket item was the Daddy Ray's Brunch Resurrection at Lulu California Bistro with 100 guests. There may have been more people on the wait list than who attended - very popular.

For the vast majority, this is was the first big event and road trip since the COVID-19 pandemic hit almost two years ago. They came ready to party and that, they did.

Many have moved to this desert oasis during the pandemic down-time. Some of those new to the Coachella Valley shared photos of their new homes on their phones. Seems like more Leatherfolk are moving there. The desert has three Leather bars and several others are Leather-friendly and there are several Leather shops.



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Also on the frequent topic of discussion was CLAW XXI and its debut in Los Angeles to be held over. Thanksgiving weekend this month. Some of those on the fence about attending seemed to lean toward attending. The success of Leather family reunion extended is certainly enticing.