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Wisconsin Leather Levi Daddy & Boy Contest Wrap Up

By Michael PupRyker Kaplan

Quote of the weekend overheard at Brunch:  “I’d like a coffee and a glass of dignity, please.”

That quote just about sums up the Wisconsin Leather Levi Daddy & Boy Contest weekend hosted by the Argonauts of Wisconsin on April 4-5.

The weekend started off with a meet and greet at the Nepalese […]

By |April 25th, 2014|Bars, Contests, Events, Events US, News|0 Comments

UK’s Newest Leather Night

The leather scene is constantly evolving and changing, with new events, bars and promoters coming and older events closing. This month saw the launch of one of the newest dedicated leather events in the UK – UNION, a new night in Bristol from the LeatherWest team.

UNION is a good old fashioned social night, a […]

By |March 16th, 2014|Bars, Events Europe|1 Comment

Good Old Days?

The character of the leather bar has changed. Everything changes, but to some the ideal of the leather bar is something that is steeped in tradition and immutable. The reality is it has always changed. What most folks imagine as the ideal leather bar is a distant memory from the 1970’s. In those halcyon […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Bars, History|0 Comments

Live at Toronto’s “Family Day” Weekend 2014: The Leather Edition

Hailing from the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario, this is J.J. Deogracias, Leatherati’s Canada Editor blogging live from THREE major events during Ontario’s Family Day Weekend:

(1) Toronto Bound 2014 Weekend, which includes the Toronto Puppy 2014 Contest and the HOTF community awards.

(2) Northbound Leather’s 24th Anniversary Party.

(3) BlackKnight Toronto, the Leather-Rubber ball that took […]

By |February 14th, 2014|Bars, Clubs, Community, Contests, Events Canada, Music|0 Comments

Geared!

It may be cold outside but things are heating up at Mainestreet Ogunquit. Looking for a reason to show off that wrestling singlet or sexy football pants? look no further! Geared is a sports-gear-inspired party and is happening Saturday March 1st 2014. Brought to you by the producers of “The Sinner’s Ball” and Sponsored […]

By |February 1st, 2014|Bars, Events US|0 Comments

Toronto Leather Pride 2013 Wrap-Up: Third Time’s A Charm

This year, for Toronto Leather Pride, Heart of the Flag Federation expanded it from a weekend to a week.

From August 3rd – August 11th, 2013, a total of 21 events – which range from bar events to educational workshops to play parties for men, women and trans* people – took place at 12 locations […]

By |September 1st, 2013|Awards, Bars, Clubs, Community, Contests, Events Canada, News, Shopping|1 Comment

SF Eagle Flies Again!

by Leland Carina

The Eagle officially opened again for the first time last night! I made it by for this afternoon’s beer bust and victory party to celebrate the new Mr. San Francisco Leather Andy Cross. Patrons were lined up for two blocks trying to get in.

What a great day for San Francisco!

A few images […]

By |March 3rd, 2013|Bars, Community, Contests, Events US, History|1 Comment

Who’s Afraid of Shirley Q. Liquor?

An Open Letter to the Leather Community

 by Rod McCoy

So once again I’m faced with the ugly specter of Shirley Q. Liquor.  This time I learned that the Portland Eagle planned to book her as a performer.  My first response was: She’s STILL around?  Then my next question is:  Why would the Portland Eagle even consider booking her?

Judging […]

By |February 12th, 2013|Bars, Opinion|5 Comments

Who's Afraid of Shirley Q. Liquor?

An Open Letter to the Leather Community

 by Rod McCoy

So once again I’m faced with the ugly specter of Shirley Q. Liquor.  This time I learned that the Portland Eagle planned to book her as a performer.  My first response was: She’s STILL around?  Then my next question is:  Why would the Portland Eagle even consider booking her?

Judging […]

By |February 12th, 2013|Bars, Opinion|4 Comments

When Race Gets Involved

The fallout from the Portland Eagle/Shirley Q. Liquor issue has been reverberating around the net for almost a full week now, and the one thing I can absolutely say for sure is that race is still a deadly third rail in our community.  That shouldn’t surprise me.  Race issues lurk below the surface of […]

By |February 8th, 2013|Bars, Community|18 Comments

Sacramento Valley Leathermen dissolving

by Leland Carina
I recently heard from my friend Kyle House in Sacramento that the Sacramento Valley Leathermen had made the decision to dissolve their organization. Along with the loss of our brick and motor spaces, some of the longer standing leather organizations are lately coming to an end as well. I find this news very sad, and asked if I could offer an interview so at least more people would be aware of the contribution they made during their years of service.
Leland: Thank you for doing this interview Kyle. I'm so sorry to hear that the Sacramento Valley Leathermen are disbanding.
To start with, could you give us an idea of how long it was together? Kyle: This would have been our 16th year of operation actually.Leland: Quite a history. How did it first form?Kyle: I guess the easist way to answer that question is to let our History answer it for you. But I will also state that our Founding President, Daddy Brian Williams, felt the need for a safe and welcoming space for like minded individuals to come together as Leathermen here in Sacramento, CA. And out of that need was born SVL.The Sacramento Valley Leathermen (SVL) was initially formed as the Capital City Leather Association (CCLA), in 1997, here in Sacramento, California. The Members voted to change the name to The Sacramento Valley Leathermen in 1998, to better reflect our impact in the area and our expanded goals for our growing membership and community influence. SVL was incorporated as The Sacramento Valley Leathermen, Inc. in 2002. In early 2006 in order to continue our growth we once again made the decision to change our name and become a gay men and women's organization. As part of that transformation the organizations name was changed to The Sacramento Valley LeatherCorps from that point forward. And in 2012 we have returned to our name of The Sacramento Valley Leathermen, Inc., and our founding as an all male Leather Organization. The Sacramento Valley LeatherCorps is being retained as a affiliate Organization open to those who identify as a boy/boi in the Leather Community.

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By |January 29th, 2013|Bars, Clubs|2 Comments

Mr. Leather Cowboy 2012 Weekend

Hello everyone, this is your Leatherati North Correspondent, J.J. Deogracias coming to you live on the Greyhound bus heading to Detroit, MI to cover the Mr. Leather Cowboy 2012 Weekend.
Now, this weekend is going to be a little different from other events I’ve reported in Leatherati. In a strange twist of fate, fellow Torontonian […]

By |November 16th, 2012|Bars, Contests, Events US, Travel|0 Comments