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2005

2005

The Leather Journal

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, the longest running gay organization in the world celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night, November 27 with 330 in attendance. A photo of the club taken by Dave Rhodes appears on the front cover of Issue #178.

Barney Hickey of Vancouver, BC wrote a feature stating that Leather men and women in the United States may be interested to know that there is a very vibrant and thriving Leather scene in Canada.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club held another successful Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16 with a series of events including the huge Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest on Sunday afternoon won by Mr. Double L Leather 2004 Steve Ranger who is on the front cover of Issue #179 along with Centaur Motorcycle Club president Glenn Mlaker seen lighting a traditional candle during the installation of club officers during Leather Cocktails.

It was announced that International Mr. Leather would be held at Chicago's Navy Pier in May. Mike Russell covered the Sun Bears Weekend in San Diego that was held January 14-16.

Some 32 honors were bestowed upon deserving individuals, clubs, organizations and business at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, February 19. Award winners Alex Wisniowski, Rick Storer and Lady Dawn appeared on the front cover of Issue #180 as did the DC Boys of Leather. Coverage featured the Awards Show, Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather, the Cell Block Caliber Leatherman 2005 Contest and the burning of the Leather Archives and Museum mortgage.

South Plains Leather Fest held in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 25-27 was a main feature in Issue #181. The main events were the International Master and slave 2005 Master Stephen and slave catherine were on the cover along with a photo of the Dean Walradt memorial quilt and Avatar Club Los Angeles which was named Club of the Year at the Southland Honors in March as part of LA Leather Pride Week.

The Leather Leadership Conference IX held in Phoenix, AZ in April was a lead story in Issue #182. On the cover is a photo of LLC IX organizers taken by Dave Rhodes and a shot of the American Brotherhood 2005 titleholders by Marcus Hernandez. The May Issue included a short bio and photo of about 50 of the men competing for IML 2005.

Issue #183 saw the IML winners led by Michael Egdes and CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) organizers on the cover. Both events were covered in detail

There was plenty of gay ans lesbian pride celebrations across North America. Daddy Mick and his boys were on the cover of Issue #184. Also on the cover were Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2004 Remi Collette with MLT president Peter Theodoropoulos presenting the check to Gordon Davies and Mark Lehman, members of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives on June 18 in Toronto, Canada. That photo was by Tom Polarbear.

International Ms Leather 2005 Jessi Holman Ahart and International Ms Boot Black 2005 Suka Malone were on the cover of Issue #185 American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat's crowd attending Scorcher made the cover, as did the 15th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest winners. The contest was held in Washington, DC.

The cover of Issue #186 featured the Ms World Leather 2005 winners, huns from the Dore Alley Fair in San Francisco and an article on Barbara Nitke's lawsuit.

Coverage of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans' Leather community was the lead story in Issue #187. A photo of IML 2005 Michael Egdes and his two lovers graced the cover as did a photo of California B&B Corps members at their Roll Call held during San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair weekend.

Avatar installed new officers in October. Past president Larry Burden and incoming president Bert Simon were on the cover of Issue #188. Joining them were the International Leather Sir/boy/Boot Black 2005 titleholders. Mike Zuhl performed a public "covering ceremony" during his contest weekend, honoring Lou Molnar with a cover in Atlanta, GA.

Dave Rhodes' Editorial titled The Guard received plenty of feedback, mostly positive. The writing was done after Dave witnessed the covering ceremony, something he's never even heard of, let alone seen, before Mike Zuhl's presentation.

Members of Mama's Family attending Palm Springs Leather Pride hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert in November was the cover photo for Issue #189.

The Folsom Street Fair, Dore Alley Fair and Castro Street Fair figures were announced and the total of funds raised was immense as usual. A list of the 492 nominees for Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards appeared in the December Issue as did Dave Rhodes' Annual Christmas List.

Clubs

 

On January 1 the Chicago Hellfire Club celebrated the New Year with demos and a beer bust at the Cell Block Chicago. The demos were also used to not only to educate the crowd about the Chicago Hellfire Club and SM play but club members also used them to inaugurate their returning president Ken Jacobsen, Jr. with candles and cigars, followed by a good dousing.

The women of FIST held their Annual Women's Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend on Friday, January 14 at The Crucible at 9 PM in Washington, DC and it was hosted by Glenda Rider.

The Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) held their 11th Annual Leather Elegance at Elio's Restaurant and Banquets. in San Leandro, CA. The special evening was a benefit for the Eldridge Elementary Science Program.

The Washington, DC Chapter of Masters and slaves Together (MAsT) hosted its traditional reception for Masters and slaves attending Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend on Saturday, January 15 at Titan bar.

On Friday night, February 11, a new group, known as PerverCity, presented Bondage and Bonbons at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, CA.

A new club for Arizona Leathermen announced its formation The Arizona Men of Leather (AML) officially formed after a series of gatherings of like-minded members of the Phoenix Leather community at the Padlock Levi/Leather bar.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather presented their Fourth Annual Charity boy auction on Friday February 4 at Gauntlet II.

LIFE Detroit held its first Detroit Area Rough and Kinkfest (DARK) Weekend February 4-6.

Robert Napolitano and Walt Weiss presented Love For Sale on Saturday, February 5 at the Eagle in New York, NY to benefit Teens Prepared For Life (TPL), a nonprofit GLBT teen and youth counseling organization.

Avatar Club LA celebrated its 22nd anniversary with a dinner at Louise's Trattoria in Los Angeles' Los Feliz District on February 5.

The Menamore Leather/Levi Club of Wilmington, NC hosted Lion's Pride XVI: Waikinky Beach the weekend of March 4-6. Presenters included founder of PEP Atlanta Lady D, International Master and slave 2004 Master Z and slaveboy tony, Colin, Master Tom and slave Linda and International Ms Leather 1996 Jill Carter, Ms World Leather 2004 Pandora.

Jerry Meis was installed as the new president of the New Orleans Bears. Taking over as veep was Danny Lecompte and Tibby was elected lieutenant. Reelected to their posts were Ken Gue, secretary, Mr. Gay Pride and Amon Ra's Mr. America; George Tresch, treasurer, vice president of the Krewe of Amon Ra; and Wally Sherwood.

The Palm Springs boys of Leather named new officers and they were president Henry Jordan and vice president Jeff Hunter.

The Vancouver Men in Leather just celebrated their First Anniversary and AGM at the end of January.

The New York Renegades and the Chicago Hellfire Club cohosted a bar night at the 9th Avenue Saloon in New York, NY on March 12.

The Northeast Florida Leather Council was a new community organization designed to be a clearinghouse of information in regards to community event information in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding Leather community organizations and clubs to become members of the council.

The NJ Chapter of AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights), founded by Ms NJ Leather 2005 Pup and Mid Atlantic Bootblack 2005 boi robi hosted a charity Military Ball at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ on March 20.

The Lords of Leather, the only Leather-oriented Mardi Gras krewe, celebrated carnival season with their Bal Masque XXII on Sunday, February 6. The audience was taken on an exciting journey of the remembrance of life's Great Expectations as the theme. Lord Timm Holt served as Ball Captain for the second year.

For the second consecutive year, the Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club raised $10,000 during 2004 and gave it back to several DC area charities as part of the celebration of their 13th Anniversary.

Two of South Florida's oldest Levi Leather clubs for men, the Key West Wreckers and Fort Lauderdale's Saber Leather Club, joined forces to present Brothers In the Woods, a weekend run, March 25-27 at the Sawmill Campground.

The Philadelphians MC recently commemorated their 30th Anniversary with a weekend-long celebration that drew Leatherfolk from across the Mid Atlantic region to the City of Brotherly Love. During their entire 30 year history the Philadelphians MC have been avid fundraisers and staunch supporters of a variety of local charities.

Dave Rhodes, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and The 15 Association, presented his first demo as a top for THOR in Buena Park, CA on Monday night, January 24. The February 28 demo was on fisting and was presented by Joe Becerra.

Avatar Club Los Angeles feted its 23rd Anniversary at Louise's Trattoria in the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 5.

750 Cigar Studs, Pipe Studs, Bikers, Leathermen, Bears and admirers descended upon the Alexis Resort Suites in Las Vegas. NV the weekend of March 31 - April 2 for Smokeout 2005.

The Pocono Warriors presented their Mosbacher Brotherhood Award to Centaur MC of Washington, DC during their 27th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia in February.

The 15 Association of San Francisco celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style with a formal dinner, two play parties and a buffet dinner the weekend of February 25-27.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their Officers Installation Banquet on March 12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown St. Paul, MN. Officers installed were president Bruce Chambers, vice president Andrew Bertke, secretary Kelly Herridge and treasurer Paul Rozendaal. Also installed were new members Bernard Sherman and Mark Ludwig, and new honorary associates Brian Preston, David Page and Steve Lenius. The Friend of the Atons honor was awarded to David Coral and Bobby Smith.

The Atlanta Cigar Guys made a road trip to Augusta, GA the weekend of April 8-9 for a Parliament House weekend.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans, a Los Angeles uniform club currently celebrating it's 30th year, held its annual Spring Maneuvers the weekend of April 22-24, at various locations around the Los Angeles area.

The Kansas City Boys Of Leather recently announced the names of their new officers. The new officers were president boy alex wright, vice president, boy christopher, secretary boy tyler, treasurer boy jay and pledge mentor boy harley.

On Saturday, May 7, the Leather Archives and Museum opened the Uniforms Gallery which exhibited uniforms along with media and artifacts related to uniforms.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers at several venues in Los Angeles the weekend of April 22-24.

San Diego boys of Leather hosted Boyfest 2005 the weekend of May 6-8 and it was the club's Fifth Anniversary.

The Fourth Annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) took place on Saturday, June 4 at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA.

The Phoenix Uniform Club's Uniform and Leather Ball was held in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA where Gail Wilson and City Swing entertained.

LIFE Detroit (Leather Institute for Education) held its Third Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 9 at Diamond Jim's Saloon in Detroit, MI.

Black BEAT '05: It's Your Thang 70s weekend- BDSM Style was held in in Maryland August 19-21. Presenters included Goddess Lakshimi, Jamal, Mauro Montoya, Terrell Brown, Mufasa, Lady Cocoa, Lady D, Sweet Limey, Kent Arnwolt, Mistress Max Rulz, Blackkat and others.

The weekend of April 29 - May 1 saw a gathering of Leatherfolk from across the country converge on Oklahoma City for Tribal Fire 2004: Hotter Than Hell and the debut of the Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest.

Henry Jordan, in his capacity as president of the Palm Springs Boys Of Leather, produced an event on Saturday, April 30, called Fisting for Prizes. About $250 was raised. Money raised by the Palm Springs Boy Of Leather would be distributed to charities at the end of the year.

The members of Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club led the Las Vegas, NV pride parade on Friday, May 27. The club and supporting riders met at the Buffalo before descending upon the parade organizing area. The parade was held at night to avoid the desert heat.

The Warriors produced a benefit at Gauntlet II on Sunday, June 5 to raise money for the Warriors road captain Greg Glander who was injured while leading a group of riders on an AIDS Benefit Ride in early April.

Avatar presented Dreams of the Marquis de Sade at the Faultline on Saturday, June 11.

Pacific Coast MC of Los Angeles, CA hosted their annual Black Mountain run the weekend of July 21-24 in the mountains east of Los Angeles, CA.

On the morning of Monday, June 27, a fire struck the Iron Eagles' home bar, the 540 Eagle, in Canton, OH, and it was a total loss. Lost in the fire was the complete seven-year history of The Iron Eagles - the club's colors, their many trophies and awards, and archives, along with the Colors presented to both The Iron Eagles and The 540 Eagle from other Clubs.

The 15 Association of San Francisco, CA held its Boot Camp XVII Weekend at Saratoga Springs in Lake County about 125 miles north of San Francisco from June 9-12. About 75 Leathermen from all over the United States, mostly from California, took part in the BDSM play.

Avatar Club LA brought to life the Marquis de Sade's Saturday, June 11, saw various BDSM scenes not allowed to be performed in public, projected onto 25 foot high walls. In addition, the 350 plus attendees witnessed demented BDSM scenes performed on the Faultline patio stage. A portion of the $2,500 raised were donated to the LA Leather Coalition.

The New York Renegades held their 13th Annual Run at the Oneida Camp and Lodge in north eastern Pennsylvania.

The Palm Springs Boys of Leather produced a fundraiser at the Barracks in early June that netted more than $1,100 for the Service Members Legal Defense Fund.

In June Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA), an outreach program at the Center Orange County in Garden Grove, CA, celebrated 14 years of Leather outreach and education.

PLAY (People in Leather Among You), a Leather group that is part of MCC: LA and the Lair de Sade presented a two-part series titled Sado Mystery Journey and Leather Shamanics in July.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) recognized five local organizations at the May monthly general membership meeting of the club and donated some of the proceeds from Palm Springs Leather Pride 2004 totaling $5,000. Donations in the amount of $1,000 were donated to The Desert Pride Community Center, Gay Associated Youth, AIDS Assistance Program, Desert AIDS Project and The Ranch Recovery Center.

Stars and Stripes 2005 in its third year, produced by the Los Angeles Boys of Leather over July Fourth Weekend found the boys basing out of the host Coast Hotel in Long Beach. On Saturday afternoon Avatar Club of Los Angeles president Dr. Larry Burden hosted a barbecue buffet prepared by chefs Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2005 Cody and American Leatherman 2001 Jeffery Cooper at his Hollywood hills home.

The Dallas Boys of Leather announced the election of their new officers following their July 5 meeting. They were president- boy ed, vice president boy stallion, secretary-boy d., treasurer lady gold and webmaster Lynn.

The Rochester Rams held their 30th Anniversary, Run XXX in July. There were about 150 men who partied all weekend long.

Scott Bloom's Original Pride, a full-length documentary about the Satyrs Motorcycle Club, was selected to play at Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Saturday, July 16 at 7 PM at the Director's Guild Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

A Back to School Fetish Karnival and Social benefited the children of St. Therese Center on Saturday, July 16 at Good Times in Las Vegas, NV. The Fetish Karnival fundraiser will be for children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Pacific Coast MC of Los Angeles and guests rendezvoused on Black Mountain the weekend of July 21-24. This was a pioneer-style run; BYO vittles, drinks, gear, good humor and sense of fun.

On Friday July 22, Gauntlet II and Bears Ventura hosted a Christmas In July toy drive to benefit the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The largest Leather vendor fair, the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, took place at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, MA on Saturday, August 6.

Rodeo Riders Chicago celebrated their 30th Anniversary with The Antique Rodeo Run the weekend of August 5-7 in Chicago, IL.

The Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes (WOOLF) presented Kansas Leather Pride the weekend of August 19-21 in Wichita, KS. On Saturday there were six classes by WOOLF University including boy and girl workshop, puppy play, Big things come in Big packages, Abuse vs BDSM, all tied up and a surprise to round out the curriculum.

The California Cyclemen Motorcycle Club of San Diego, CA held their Desert Heat 2005 bike run to Palm Springs the weekend of October 14-17.

The New York Panthers Leather Club held their inaugural run in Asbury Park, NJ during the weekend of August 5-7. Party Down the Shore was a benefit for NCSF and raised over $1,000.

Leathermen from across the Midwest gathered for the Fourth annual Leather In The Woods sponsored by The St. Louis Committee and The Kansas City Leather University over the weekend of August 12-14 at Cactus Canyon Campground, a private membership, clothing optional campground located in the Ozarks near Ava, MO.

The Knights of Leather of Minneapolis, MN celebrated their milestone 20th Anniversary with a beer bust at the Minneapolis Eagle on Thursday night, August 18 and a fantasy and demo night at the Bolt Underground on Friday night, August 19.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) held a pancake breakfast at MCC in the Valley to benefit the Los Angeles Leather Coalition and about $1,600 was raised.

What began in Phoenix last year, as a weekend retreat for Leatherboys became an annual event in August as the San Diego boys of Leather hosted the Second Annual Western Boy Run.

On September 3 the Chicago Leather Club held its first Back To School Dash. The sold out one-day run featured presentations from community educators on diabetes in the scene, building dungeon furniture and Leather history. Back To School Dash also included a lunch barbeque at Touche' and a homemade pasta bar dinner at Man's Country. The evening was topped off with an erotic hypnotist and an open bar at the Chicago Eagle.

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley, CA ride from San Francisco was held October 8-10.

THOR (Trust, Honor, Order, Respect) of Orange County, CA held their first Top auction at Pistons in Long Beach on Saturday night, October 14.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather were able to present a donation in the amount of $1,500 to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, as well as a $1,500 donation to the Los Angeles based Project Angel Food. In addition, the LA boys donated approximately $600 raised from volunteering at Los Angeles Pride to the World Rainbow Fund, in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Avatar Club Los Angeles installed its officers on Sunday, October 9 at Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles followed by a celebration afterwards at the Gauntlet II. Approximately 115 Leatherfolk attended. The new officers are: president Bert Simon, vice president Alexei Romanoff, secretary Lawrence Burden, and treasurer Carlos Deviez. Members of the board at large were Mike Van Horn, Don W., Jim P.

A new organization named the San Francisco girls of Leather (SFgoL) was open to Leather girls, people whose primary self-identity was a girl. SFgoL defines the term Leather girl as openly as possible.

The freaks were out early in Center City Philadelphia, as two nights in advance of All Hallows Eve, Mr. and Ms Philadelphia Leather 2005, Bill Hawk and dawn marie, produced and hosted Philadelphia's semiannual Kinky Karnival on Saturday, October 29 at The Bike Stop.

November 4-6 saw Leather folk from California, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kansas converge on Wichita, KS for the first Leather Camp hosted by WOOLF (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes). Leather Camp was a contest and run weekend.

Keep the Heart Warm collected 1,056 various items of winter clothing and blankets, jackets, sweaters, blankets. This drive is held every year, starting in October and going until early November by AVA Lifestyles in Palmdale/Lancaster, CA. Many organizations were involved holding drives for AVALifestyles including the LA Boys of Leather, LALC, Santa Clarita Valley Munch, Alliance Antelope Valley College, Bakersfield BDSM and individuals from throughout Southern California.

On November 10 the New York boys of Leather was formed by five founding members.

The Nevada Women of Leather presented A Day of Demos and Debauchery III, featuring Karen "Ultra Domme" Wilbur and Robert Lowery of Tampa Fetish of Florida on Saturday, November 12 at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Las Vegas, NV.

The City of Brotherly Love (a.k.a. The City That Loves You Back) played host to Tri-Cen XVII, the traditional New Year's run held by the Philadelphians MC from December 30 through January 2. The theme of Tri-Cen XVII was That 80s Run.

The Chicago Hellfire Club, a brotherhood of men who share interests in gay male BDSM voted at their Monday, November 14 meeting to support a group of charities that support the gay, Leather/SM/Fetish communities with donations totaling over $6,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Lambda GLBT Community Services, The 15 Association of San Francisco's Sorrell Fund, GMS/MA's Hocutt-Ferguson Fund, and the Chicago MAFIA's Windhorse Fund.

On Saturday, November 19 at the Most Holy Redeemer Community Room in the Castro, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 19th Anniversary. Club president Warren Williams hosted the evening. The Golden Gate Guards donated more than $8,000 to such organizations as the AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF), the Rainbow World Fund, Project Open Hand, Stop AIDS Project and Sunburst Projects. James "Hobbit" Harring presented Jack Goodall the 2005 Road Captain's Award and Warren presented Riley Fitzgerald and Jack Folchi the President's Award.

The Fourth Annual Leather SINS Holiday Fetish Fair and Marketplace took place Sunday, November 27 at the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, IL with over 100 vendors.

Henry Jordan was reelected president of the Palm Springs boys Of Leather in early December. Filling his staff will be vice president Jeff Hunter, secretary Jim "Jimbo" Thompson and fittingly by name is treasurer Ed Money.

The Ottawa Knights hosted its 25th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Centertown Pub in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, December 10. 940 toys were collected and a whopping $2,220 in cash donations was received for the Children's Aid Society of Lanark County and were distributed to the children and their families in the Perth, Smith Falls Region.

Avatar Club Los Angeles held its annual Wreath Auction at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, December 10 and saw approximately $1,800 raised for Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley which hosts Avatar's monthly meetings.

The full members elected the 2006 officers for the Chicago Hellfire Club and they were president David I., vice president Jack R., secretary David K., treasurer Tom C. program director Bob C., and coordinator Brent McG.

The KC Pioneers divided $3,778 equally between the gay and lesbian Leather lifestyle and bear clubs that have been grievously affected by hurricane Katrina. The clubs included the Lords of Leather, Crescent City Outlaws, Knights d'Orleans, Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, New Orleans Bear/Bear Trapper Social Club and MasT: New Orleans.

The Defenders of Dignity Leather Levi Club: Philadelphia Chapter successfully ran the Holiday Jollies Toy Drive at the Bike Stop in Philadelphia, PA. The Christmas gifts were distributed at St. Mary's Respite, which assists families with HIV/AIDS.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their 33rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser on Sunday, December 11 at The Saloon.

The Enforcers RI hosted their Second Annual Toy Drive at the Alley Bar in Boston, MA on Saturday December 17.

 

Leather Titles

The Centaur Motorcycle Club held another successful Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16. The Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest on Sunday afternoon won by Mr. Double L Leather 2004 Steve Ranger at the Almas Temple near Thomas Circle.

Cody Haugland won the Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2005 title on Saturday night, January 8 and was the first contestant of nine who would compete for Mr. LA Leather 2005.

Richard Denton became Mr. LA Leather Bear at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, January 22 in front of a packed bar patio audience.

Craig Anderson was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2005 on Saturday, November 13.

The new Mr. Rubclub 2005 is Michael Schneider. He won his title on December 25 and he is 25 years old, born in Taiwan and living in Germany.

The Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2005 Contest at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 20 was won by Lady Caro and Freddie Marshall.

The Last Frontier Men's Club chose their 2005 titleholders at the 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball held January 29 during their Arctic Heat Weekend at Mad Myrna's in Anchorage, AK. The winners were Mr. Alaska Leather Mark Plimpton, Mr. Bear Alaska Doug "Horse" Veit, Mr. Alaska Levi Brady Hollifield and Alaska Bear Cub C.J. Willoya.

On Sunday evening, January 23, Angel Rodriguez was named Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2005.

B&B Corps member Ruben Martinez was added to the list of contestants for the Mr. LA Leather 2005 title when he won the Mr. Faultline Leather 2005 Contest at the Faultline on Saturday night, January 29 in Los Angeles, CA.

Mitch Shulte became Mr. Padlock Leather 2005 at the Sixth Annual contest, held at the Padlock the weekend of January 28-30 in Phoenix, AZ.

Jeff Willoughby, Chicago native and member of the Onyx Club was chosen Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 on Saturday night, January 29 at Touche' before a packed house that saw five men competing for the title.

February 4-5, marked the dates for the 2005 Heart of America Leather Weekend in Kansas City where, in a packed house at the DB Warehouse, Ryan Setzkorn, from Tulsa, OK, was awarded the title of Heart of America Leatherboy 2005 from a field of four contestants. The contest producers offered Dale Rush the 2005 title to carry for an additional year.

AJ was named Ms Colorado Leather on Saturday night, January 29 in Denver, CO. Four women competed.

Mr. Sister Leather 2005 was John Stafford II who won his title at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, February 5 and the opportunity to compete as one of the LA Nine in the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2005 Contest.

Boy Gio from Burbank, CA was voted tops of five men and thus became Mr. Bullet Leather 2005 on Saturday night, February 12 at the Bullet in North Hollywood.

On Saturday, February 19 almost 500 men filled the Hoist club in South London, England to watch Richard Soulsby win the Mr. Hoist contest. 15 men entered the contest, which was hosted by DJ Unkut Kurt and IML 2003 John Pendal.

Ronald Nieves was chosen to be Mr. Ashram West Leather 2005 at the Faultline on Saturday night, February 26.

Cody Haugland won the Mr. LA Leather 2005 Contest on Saturday night, March 19 at the El Rey Theater in front of 750 cheering spectators.

The 13th Annual Washington State Leather Pride Week saw over 60 events in 11 cities around the state including the Washington State Mr. and Ms Leather 2005 Contest won by Rusty Jones and Shelley Denton at The Cuff Complex during their 12th Anniversary Celebration in mid-March.

Tom Roshka was chosen to be Mr. Leather Colorado 2005 on February 12 in Denver. Four men vied for the title.

When the scores were counted Sir Duc Emanuel and Boy Beetle McCartney emerged as Maryland's 2005 Leather Sir and Leatherboy at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, March 12.

On Sunday, March 20 over 100 Leatherfolk saw the following men win titles: Florida Leather Sir 2005 Miles of Daddy's Closet, Florida Leatherboy 2005 Bronte of the Ramrod and Florida Community Bootblack 2005 Jose Avile of the Ramrod.

The Central California Leather Family presented Villains Payback, the dark side of revenge against the heroes by the villains you love to hate, plus some newly created evil at The Circle in Fresno, CA.

Keith Richardson won the Mr. Missouri Leather 2005 Contest at JJ’s Clubhouse in St. Louis, MO on Saturday night March 5 in front of 350 onlookers.

Mr. Ringold Alley 2005 Mike "Dutch" Curtis was named Mr. San Diego Leather 2005 at the Center in San Diego on Saturday night, March 13.

International Mr. Bear 2005 was Harvey Mallory, Mr. International Daddy Bear was Mischa Kitain, Mr. International Grizzly Bear was David Nigro and International Cub was Manny Diaz at International Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco, CA.

A crowd stood and cheered on Sunday evening, April 17, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Washington, DC, as the newest members of the American Leather Family were announced: American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat, American Leatherwoman 2005 Amanda "Pup" Farrell, American Leatherboy 2005 Ryan Setzkorn and American Leathergirl 2005 girl Kim.

The Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas (LUC) hosted the Sin City Leather 2005 contest on Saturday, April 2 at the Las Vegas Eagle during Smokeout 2005. slave shadow was named Mr. Sin City Leather 2005 and suitpup was chosen to be Sin City Leatherboy.

April 1-3, Portland, OR was the site of Leather Sash Bash weekend, and was sponsored by Mr. and Ms. Oregon State Leather 2004 Andy Mangels and Theresa "Darklady" Reed and produced by Blackout Leather Productions.

The weekend of April 8-9 the first Mr. Midwest Leather Contest was held at One Flite Up in Dubuque, IA and the winner was Wes Kassulke from St. Louis. MO.

Indiana Leather Sir Troy Creek from New Castle, IN, Indiana Ms Leather Beth Roberts from Indianapolis, IN and Indiana Leatherboy Brent from Evansville, IN were chosen Saturday, April 16 at the 501 Eagle Tavern in Indianapolis.

On the weekend of April 8-10 STARS MC of Albany, NY hosted their 11th Annual Leather Pride Weekend and Mr. Empire State Leather 2005 was Jim Baleno and the first Mr. Empire State Leatherboy was boi shannon.

April 22-24 saw the premier of Snugglefest 2005, hosted by Cubs Club Of California, a social/spiritual service club for cubs and their admirers. California Cub 2005 was Jeff Redondo and California Grizzly 2005 was Everardo Aguilar.

Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2004 was Terrell Brown and Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather 2004 was Win Ives.

Mike Kelly became Sacramento Leather Sir 2005 and Darryl Strohl was chosen Sacramento Leatherboy 2005 at Club 21 during the weekend of May 6-8.

San Diego Leather Daddy 2005 was Don Cherkis and San Diego Leatherboy 2005 was boy is boy joe croteau. They won their titles in a contest sponsored by the San Diego boys of Leather on May 7 at the Hole in San Diego.

On Sunday, May 15 Mr. New Jersey Leather 2005 Tom Meade held a fundraiser at Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park to benefit PFLAG and all the great work they do to help support families. Aside from the host of titleholders in attendance, their was a fabulous Drag Show, a buffet and a silent auction that raised approximately $1,400.

Mr. and Ms Vancouver Leather 2005 was Chris Edmunds and Anna Judge. The contest was held May 21 at Numbers bar in Vancouver, BC. Five contestants, three men and two women competed.

Mr. Ramrod Leather 2005 Michael Egdes was chosen International Mr. Leather 2005 International Mr. Leather 2005 title at the Navy Pier in Chicago on Sunday night, May 29 over Memorial Day Weekend. First runner-up was Mr. San Francisco Leather Dodger Allen and the second runner-up was Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 Dr. Alan Bowers. 52 men competed. International Mr. Boot Black 2005 was Arthur "Boo Boo" Funni from Chicago, IL.

June 2-5 brought people from all over the Midwest and further for the Second Annual Gathering of the Clans host by the Oklahoma City Cavebears. Mr. Oklahoma Bear 2005 was Jason Pelke and Oklahoma Cub was 2005 Jeramy Rhodes.

Northern Chaps, Edmonton's original Leather/Fetish/Uniform club, announced that Max Graham won the Mr. Edmonton Leather 2005 title in early June.

It was standing room only on Saturday, June 11 at the Black Eagle in Toronto as Todd Sweet became Eastern Canada Leather Sir and Andrew MacDonald was named Leatherboy. Four contestants vied for the Eastern Canada regional titles.

On Friday night, June 17Â at the NYC Eagle Master Jeff, from Oxford, MA was chosen North East Leather Sir 200 and boy alex from Parlin, NJ became New North East Leather boy 2005.

Don Hilton was selected to be Southwest Leather Sir and Jim MacAvoy Southwest Leatherboy over the weekend of June 17-19 during the first Southwest Leather Pride weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

To coincide with the Capital Pride celebration in early June, a newly created Mr. Capital Pride Leather title was unveiled at the DC Eagle with Tsar Agus winning the inaugural sash.

The Moncton Leather Chapter (MLC) kicked off Moncton Pride Week and held the Fifth Annual Mr. Leather Moncton 2005 Contest which was won by Art Vautour Toole on Sunday, June 12. The first Ms Leather Moncton Contest saw Cecile Ouellette win the first title.

On Sunday, June 19, Fathers Day, Dawn "Shameless" Perna was chosen to be 2005 Daddy of Montrose in Houston, TX.

The Knights d' Orleans announced that Jim Thompson of New Iberia and Diane Foto of Metairie are Mr. and Ms. Knight for 2005.

Jessi Holman Ahart was named International Ms Leather 2005 and Suka Malone collected enough ballots from IMsL 2005 registrants to become International Ms Boot Black 2005 at The Max in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 16 in front of about 125 cheering spectators.
The 15th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest was held in conjunction with the International Deaf Bear Contest at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC on July 21 and the following were the winners: International Ms Deaf Leather Crystal Cisk, International Mr. Deaf Leather Michael Ratzlaff, International Deaf Leatherboy boy alex, International Mr. Deaf Grizzly Rob Shanahan, International Mr. Deaf Bear Eric Madigan and International Mr. Deaf Cub Roger Robb. The Capitol Metropolitan Rainbow Alliance was the local host for the conference.

Mr. Southern California Cub 2005 was Wil Trevizo and Mr. Southern California Bear 2005 was Steve Dawson at Bearquake 5.0 hosted by Bears LA on Sunday night, July 3 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in front of about 200.

The Northwest Leather Sir regionals were held in Seatle, WA and they were Michael Congdon as the Leather Sir, Enrique Nava as Washington Leatherboy and Chez Sanchez as Washington Community Boot Black.

DCI Productions, producers of the International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest, announced that Sacramento Leather Sir 2005 Mike Kelly and Sacramento Leatherboy 2005 Darryl Strohl were appointed Northern California Leather Sir 2005 and Northern California Leatherboy 2005 respectively.

Northeast Leather Sir 2005 was Sir Jeff from the state of Massachusetts and Northeast Leatherboy 2005 was boy Alex, from New York, NY.

Maryland Leather Sir 2005 Duc Emmanuel Nixon and Maryland Leatherboy 2005 beetle were appointed as Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir and Leatherboy for 2005 on Saturday, July 9 during a public ceremony at Club Phoenix in Baltimore, MD.

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather 2005 were Frank Parigi and Lee Bond. They won their titles at the Hill and Valley Club in Hayward on Saturday night, July 23 in a contest produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC.)

The Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI celebrated its Fifth Anniversary the weekend of July 22-24 and held the Mr. Harbor Room 2006 Contest which was won by Glenn Mess.

Peter Barbosa bested two other men to become Mr. Edge Leather 2005 at the Edge Bar on Thursday night, July 28 just before the Dore Alley Street Fair. The contest was a was a benefit for Positive Resource Center.

Richard Sprott, a member of The 15 Association and past director of the Leathermen's Discussion Group was named San Francisco Leather Daddy XXII at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco, CA on Friday night, July 29 in front of at least 250 Leatherfolk ranging from Seattle to Florida.

The San Diego Mr. Deaf Leather Contest held at The Hole in San Diego, CA on Friday, July 29 saw Nick Hairapetian from San Diego become the winner.

Jesse Duran of San Diego, CA was chosen to be Southern California Leather Woman 2005 by balloting by the audience of nearly 200 Leatherfolk instead of being selected by a panel of judges on Saturday night, August 6 at the Passive Arts Studio near LAX in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Las Vegas Leather 2006 was Joshua Montgomery and Las Vegas Leatherboy 2006 was pup eric. The event on August 6 was able to raise $797 for Santa Saturday West.

Mr. Marigny Leather V was Matt McShee from the Bywater in New Orleans, LA and Ms Marigny Leather V was Ursuline Burgundy of the Marigny district in New Orleans in a contest held at the Phoenix in New Orleans on Sunday, August 7.Sean Kline was selected to be Mr. Hayes Valley Leather at Marlena's in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, August 7.

The Ninth Annual Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather titles were won by Oregon native Jeff Landis and community activist and show person Lynnda Hale.

The Woods Campground in Lehighton, PA, held its first Mr. and Ms Woods Leather Competition on Saturday, August 13 with slavepup dawn of Allentown, PA taking the Ms title while CJ Smith of Dillsburg, PA nabbed the Mr. sash.

Paul Valdez was named Southern California Leatherboy 2005 at the Barracks in Palm Springs on Saturday night, August 13.

After being postponed from its originally scheduled date in July, the Second Annual Canada Leather Contest was held in Toronto the weekend of August 19-21. The new Canadian Leather Family consisted of Canadian Leather Woman 2005 Sharman Potechin and Canadian Leather Man 2005 Shawn Carroll, both of Ottawa, Ontario.

Richie Chameroy won the Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2005 title in San Francisco on Saturday night, August 20, besting three other men.

Alan Stroik was tops among three men in the first Gauntlet II Rubberman Contest, held at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles on Saturday night, August 20 in front of about 150 Rubber fetishists who mostly showed up in rubber.

Thomas "Keckler" Lewis was chosen Mr. Boston Leather 2006 on Saturday, August 20 at the Ramrod in Boston, MA. First runner-up was Gregg Costa and second runner-up was runner Alan Chiras.

Peter Loomans succeeded Stephen Seefeldt as Mr. Northwoods at the Castaways/Argonauts joint run in Hilbert, WI on August 20.

One of the highlights of Ottawa Leather Fest 2005 on Friday, August 26 was the introduction of Mr. and Ms Ontario Olympus Leather 2005 Alex Wisniowski and Janice Michaud. The contest was part of a huge weekend that included workshops, seminars, a boat cruise and a buffet.

Before a standing room only crowd at Timberline Spirits in Seattle, WA on Saturday night, August 27, Michael Congdon of Seattle and James Hall of Portland, OR were chosen Northwest Leather Sir and Northwest Leatherboy 2005 from a field of four Sir and four boy contestants. Shawn Finnerty was awarded Northwest Community Boot Black 2005 from a field of three candidates.

Michelle Jackson of San Diego, CA became the fifth woman to win the Ms World Leather title, doing so by besting three others at the Boardwalk Hotel on The Strip in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday afternoon, August 28.

The winners at the Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend, held August 26-28 in Indianapolis, IN were Great Lakes Leather Sir Rob, Great Lakes Leatherboy tiger, Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride Heather, and Great Lakes Bootblack Alex.

Lifted by the cheers of 350 Leatherfolk, Lincoln Calcavecchi won Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2006 at The Platform in Saint Petersburg, FL.

The first West Coast Rubber Weekend was held in Palm Springs over Labor Day Weekend and the men and activities were hotter than the 110 degree temperatures. The Villa Resort played host to the West Coast Rubber Contest won by Alan Stroik of Redlands, CA.

Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2006 is Tim Stites who received the needed 70 percent score for a lone contestant. Tim won his title during the weekend of September 9-11 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.

On September 17 the Dallas boys of Leather (DBOL) the title of North Texas Leather Sir 2006 was bestowed upon Daddy Richard and the title of North Texas Leatherboy 2006 was bestowed upon boy Wylie.

Donnie Ray of Louisville, KY was chosen as Mr. Kentucky Leather 2005 before a near capacity crowd at Club Liquid in Lexington on September 24.

On Friday, September 30, The Eagle NYC hosted its annual Mr. Eagle NYC 2006 Contest, kicking off a weekend celebration honoring the Eagle's 35th Anniversary in the Big Apple. Christophe Andre' earned the title of Mr. Eagle NYC 2006, in addition to a travel and Leather fund of over $3,000.

The International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest made its first venture outside Florida when in took place at the Downtown Sheraton on Atlanta, GA the weekend of October 6-9 and the winners were: International Leather Sir 2005 Michael Congdon, International Leatherboy 2005 Mike "Stallion" Fry and International Community Boot Black 2005 Shawn Finnerty. The Golden Whip Award, the winner chosen by the Leather Sir contestants, went to Southwest Leatherboy Byron Marlow.

Bernard Stauffer was the best of six contestants and was chosen to be Mr. Barracks Leather 2005 on Saturday night, October 8.

The Mr. Michigan Leather 2005 Contest, celebrating its 10th Anniversary and being held at the Dunes Resort in Douglas, selected its Mr. Michigan 2005 Clif Nash of Grand Rapids.

On October 15 Chris Enright was selected as Mr. Calgary Leather at the Calgary Eagle in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Mr. Tool Shed contest was held on the weekend of October 14-15 in Palm Springs, CA and was won by Luc Benech.

Before a packed house on Saturday, October 8, Joe Boynton of Chicago, IL became Leatherman of Color 2006.

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2006 was Jim Studdard the weekend of October 14-16 in Tulsa, OK.

Leo Suarez of Cloudcroft and Stacey Wadley of Albuquerque were named Mr. an Ms Rio Grande Leather 2005 titles (formerly Mr. and Ms New Mexico Leather) at the new Sidewinder's Ranch club on Saturday night, October 15, in Albuquerque, NM.

Marc “Y” Burton of Phoenix, AZ won the titleholder of Mr. Atlantic Deaf Leather 2005 at the well-packed Green Lantern during the annual Atlantic Deaf Bear/Leather Festival (ABLF) contest on October 15.

Will Hutchison returned to Fresno, CA for a second try at Mr. Central California Leather and it was successful. He won the title at the Red Lantern on October 22. The contest was sponsored by the Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter.

Two women and one man competed for the titles of Mr. and Ms NJ Leather 2006 Contest held at The Circuit in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday, October 15. Tom Savage of Neptune, New Jersey was able to score in excess of the 70 percent of the mandatory points become Mr. New Jersey Leather 2006.

Together In Leather was held October 21-23 in Charlotte, NC and featured a good number of workshops and presentations by presenters from all over the country. There was only one contestant couple for the South East Master and Slave title was Mistress Susan and slave ziggy.

The Great Lakes Puppy family got bigger on October 22 when pup whimper of Columbus, OH was named Great Lakes Puppy and Bill Christiansen of Oak Brook, IL was chosen Handler 2006 at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL.

The 17th Anniversary of COMMAND MC of Baltimore, MD was held November 4-5 with Jim Cook being announced as Mr. Maryland Leather 2006 at Grand Central.

On Saturday, November 5, Brian "Captain" McCoy became Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather 2006. The Three Rivers Leather Club capped the evening with a donation of $400 to the Leather Archives and Museum.

Tim Woody from Arlington, VA was named Mr. DC Bear and Jake Enger of Eastern Shore, MD became Mr. DC Bearcub 2005 on November 5.

Mr. Rub Club 2005 Michael Schneider from Germany nabbed the Mr. International Rubber 2006 title at the Cell Block in Chicago on Saturday night, November 12 as part of Rubber Blowout Weekend that saw a small vendor fair, parties and other fun. Mr. West Coast Rubber 2005 Alan Stroik was the runner-up. Four men competed.

Mr. Barracks Leather Bernard Stauffer finished tops among four men on Saturday night, November 12 at Heaven nightclub to become M. Palm Springs Leather 2006.

Mario Larochelle became the new Mr. Leather Ottawa at the MLO XXX Show on Saturday, November 12.

Mr. Connecticut Leather 2006 was Mr. David Murphy after being named the winner on Saturday, November 12 at Club 251 in New London, CT.

Courtney "Kiddo" Oldham was chosen to be the first Denver Boot Black on November 18 at the Denver Wrangler in Denver, CO. The Horizon House was the recipient of $3,833, the end result of the licking and buffing of five well-trained bootblacks.

During a 10-day visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina during the month of November, Master Taino participated in the Buenos Aires Leather Pride as a guest of the Buenos Aires Leather Club (BALC). Master Taino presented the workshop Mastery and slavery from the Heart before BALC members on Monday, November 21 at the ABC Theater in the city center of Buenos Aires.

The Philadelphia Lambda Club of the Deaf announced that Mr. Philadelphia Deaf Leather 2006 was James Messineo of New Jersey and Mr. Philadelphia Deaf Cub 2006 was Lenny Stanton, Jr. of Philadelphia. The contest was held on Saturday night, November 19 in Philadelphia, PA.

The DC Eagle in Washington, DC celebrated its 35th Anniversary the week of November 18-24 and among the festivities was the Mr. DC Eagle Leather 2006 Contest which was won by Bennett Long.

On Saturday, November 19 Gary Beras was named Mr. Detroit Eagle.

Mike Snapp was named Mr. Triangle Denver 2006 on Saturday night, November 26 in front a packed Triangle Denver during the celebration of the contest's 10th Anniversary. Saturday night, November 26 saw Carl Bronsdon win the title of Seattle Leather Daddy 2006 and Kirk Ludden become Seattle Daddy's Boy 2006 at The Cuff Complex for the 17th Annual Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contest.

Mr. Woody's/Priape Daniel Gagne became Mr. Leatherman Toronto, having won the Canadian title on Saturday night, November 26. Eight contestants vied for the coveted MLT title. Tom Wright was named Mr. Leather Fellowship 2006.

Carl Bronsdon won the title of Seattle Leather Daddy 2006 and Kirk Ludden was chosen Seattle Daddy's Boy 2006 on Saturday night, November 26 at The Cuff Complex during the 17th Annual Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contest.

Raymond McKern became Mr. Padlock Leather 2006 at the Padlock during the first weekend of December in Phoenix, AZ.

News and Politics

South Plains Leather Fest-International Master/slave Weekend was held February 25-27 in Dallas, TX and featured the International Master/slave Contest at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center.

Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire, a journey of sexual exploration for the sex-positive BDSM community was held February 25-27 near Baltimore, MD. Winter Fire included over 50 new hands-on workshops and special events. Workshops presenters included Anton,, Barbara Carrellas, Felice Shays, Helen Boyd, Joe Samson, Kate Bornstein, Nina Hartley, Ms Cynthia, Phantom Master and Fem Car, Raven Kaldera and Joshua Tenpenny, Sarah J, Tristan Taormino and more to be announced soon.

A Taste of Kink took place on Saturday, February 26 at The Crucible in, Washington, DC and was hosted by International Leather Sir 2004 Robert Davis and International Leatherboy 2004 boy ivan. All Proceeds benefited Brother Help Thyself and targeted to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

At Pantheon of Leather in Chicago, IL Great Lakes Leather Alliance founder Ms Kendra from Indianapolis, IN was selected Woman of the Year, longtime writer, fundraiser and Leather activist Wally Sherwood was chosen Man of the Year and LSM (Lesbian Sex Mafia) founder Jo Arnone from New York, NY received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Michael Horowitz on her behalf.

Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) distributed $91,655.00 in grants for the year 2004 to 27 charitable organizations on Saturday, January 29 in Washington, DC. Five organizations were awarded grants from the BHT Medford Fund totaling $18,309.27 for purchase of equipment needed in their charitable operations.

SINSations In Leather attracted at least 350 Leatherfolk to Chicago, IL the weekend of February 11-13. The weekend included demos and presentations by the likes of International Master and slave 2004 team Master Z and slaveboy tony. International Mr. Leather executive producer Chuck Renslow delivered the keynote address, speaking on strength within the community by building unity.

With a fiery flash and a puff of smoke culminating seven years of intense fundraising, the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) loudly took ownership of their permanent home on Sunday, February 20. A capacity crowd filling the Etienne Auditorium watched as Leather Archives president and founder Chuck Renslow set afire the paid-off mortgage (actually, a reasonable facsimile.)

Mr. Eagle NYC 2005 Robert Valin and the Eagle NYC hosted their first Love for Sale fundraiser at the NYC Eagle on February 5. Auctioneer Brian Kent and co-presenter Cashetta were astonishing, keeping the crowd in hysterics for nearly three hours, while bringing in a grand total of $4,425. An additional $150 was raised for local artist Coyote (Mama's Milk Dud), who's home recently suffered severe water damage due to a neighboring fire.

Dynamic Diversions was a BDSM event for women only, sponsored by American Leather Woman 2001 Phyllis Darcy and her partner Piper Fairbanks, will make its debut on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April in Denver, CO.

On Sunday January 30, at about 4 PM, the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis caught fire. The fire department was quick to respond and was able to extinguish the flames in less than an hour. The fire was found to have started on the second floor in the office area due to a faulty paper shredder.

Fetish Fest 2005: A Taste of Kink was held at The Crucible in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 26. This fundraising Leather symposium was hosted by International Leather Sir 2004 Robert Davis and International Leatherboy 2004 boy Ivan and raised $1,500 to benefit Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) and the Pediatric and Youth AIDS Programs.

An estimated 600 Leatherfolk attended South Plains Leather Fest in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 25-27 at the Crowne Plaza Market Center Hotel. The main events were the International Master and slave 2005 Contest won by Master Stephen and slave catherine, about 30 workshops and demos, a Sunday brunch with a keynote address by Laura Antoniou and a series of private dungeon parties.

On Friday night, March 18 the Satyrs Motorcycle Club and Avatar Club Los Angeles scored big at the Southland Honors, which was held in the ballroom of the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night. Avatar won Club of the Year and Avatar club president Dr. Larry Burden was also named Mentor of the Year. The Satyrs won the Event of the Year Award for their 50th Anniversary celebration in November and Satyrs MC club member John Laird received the Chairman's Award.

The LAL Street Fest on Sunday afternoon, March 20 in Silver Lake drew a strong crowd, although there had been fear of rain in the days leading up to the second annual festival headed up by Gannon Gray and GBLT Productions.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was elated at the recent results of the largest single fundraising event in its history, an amazing $10,500 raised by The Crucible in Washington, DC and The Bisexual Resource Center. On behalf of NCSF, a beautiful and powerful 100th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson motorcycle was raffled, with hundreds of people buying tickets at many far-flung events across the country. Dozens of volunteers helped sell the tickets, with the end result of $10,500 raised for the important work of NCSF. The winner of the bike was Garett Wolthuis of West Virginia.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt's Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, March 13 raised almost $10,000 for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Producing the benefit were Mark Paladini and Ray Tilton, plus numerous volunteers.

Dennis Cramer announce the results of the Third Annual Erotic Art Exhibit held recently at Tool Shed in Palm Springs, CA. In total over $1,200 was raised from silent auction bids for the AIDS Assistance Program Christmas Stocking Project spearheaded by the Tool Shed each December.

New York held its first Bear Country Fair on Sunday, May 15, from 12-6 PM at the LGBT Center. The event included Country Western Foods and barbecue, dance exhibitions and vendors, animal judging, arm wrestling, live Honky Tonk entertainment.

The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its Fifth Annual New York Erotic Art Fair May 20-22 at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. More than 40 artists from the United States and Europe displayed and sold their work.

Camp Crucible: Admiral's Revenge took place near Washington, DC the week of May 26-31 and highlighted one of the East Coast's kinkiest, all-inclusive, adult only BDSM/Fantasy, five-six day vacation retreat set in 360 secluded acres less than two hours from Washington, DC.

Masters Retreat VIII was held June 24-26 in Dallas, TX at the Crowne Plaza Market Center. The keynote speaker was Skip Chasey.

Master Taino's Master/slave Conference 2005 took July 29-31 in downtown Washington, DC.

The Leather Leadership Conference IX at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of April 8-10 drew approximately 225 Leatherfolk from all over the United States and Canada. The weekend had a Southwestern Native American flair featuring the Fancy Dancers performing a hoop dance at the opening ceremonies on Friday night, keynote addresses by Skip Chasey and slave marsha, a multitude of workshops and presentations, private dungeon parties and other speeches.

On March 19 the Back to Leather Basics was held at the Boston Ramrod and was hosted by Mr. Boston Leather 2005 Jim Maciel. Back to Leather Basics was an educational event that allowed people who were interested in Leather to learn more.

Palpable Testosterone was an introduction to the homoerotic work of Chicago artist Etienne. The exhibit opened Friday, May 13 at the 1926 Exhibition Studies Space in Chicago, IL.

Folsom Europe hosted its Second Annual street fair on September 3 in Berlin, Germany in the area of Fuggerstrasse/Welserstrasse, where the Leather community has its traditional roots in Berlin.

The Fourth Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has come and gone, held April 29 - May 1, and there were no losers other than the Cleveland Indians who got pounded 8-1 by the Kansas City Royals in front of nine CLAW attendees. Everything else won big. Attendance was at 2,500, net dollars raised were in the $20,000 range, there were plenty of dungeon parties, Scott Bloom's Original Pride was seen by two audiences on Saturday and more Leatherfolk got to experience the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in Los Angeles, CA, held its spring Tom's Bar on the Faultline parking lot on Sunday afternoon, May 8 in celebration of the birthday of the man whose illustrations played a major role in shaping the image of a Leatherman, Tom of Finland. The Foundation was celebrating its 20th year.

On Thursday, April 28 at Toucans in Palm Springs, CA Mr. Palm Springs Daddy Bear 1999 Edward Espindola attracted a crowd of about 100 or so of his usual following to Toucan's to raise $21,000 for Camp Heartland, a place where children with AIDS can spend a week having fun in the country with medical personnel available at all times.

The Fourth Annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) which took place on Saturday, June 4 at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA with 172 Leatherfolk attending.

As of June 23, the U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 adult material record-keeping and labeling law was expanded to include the Internet. These regulations updated the record-keeping requirements of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988.

Found on the Bound & Gagged Magazine web site was the ominous words, noting the end of the second longest running Leather publication under its founding owner, "As of June 23, new federal regulation under the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988 will impose record-keeping and inspection requirements for "adult" photographs that will be virtually impossible for us to comply with. Failure to comply is punishable by fine or imprisonment. We are discontinuing our business operations because we do not currently have the resources to comply with these new federal regulations...." said publisher Bob Wingate.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation joined forces to produce Red, White and Leather during July Fourth weekend. Over 30 Leather bars in 17 cities raised awareness and funds for both the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.

The Order for Discipline and Service explored Refining Our Lives as Master and slave the weekend of July 8-9 in Baltimore, MD.

Scat Fest IV was held at Neck of the Woods in north east Pennsylvania and some 300 attended.

Organizers of the Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) presented a $10,000 check to the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center of Greater Cleveland at the 16th Annual Cleveland Pride Festival on June 18.

Minnesota Leather Pride 2005, June 17-26, was another great success as Leatherfolk came together to organize 10 days of classes and workshops, roundtable discussions and bar nights. The celebration culminated in a march down Hennepin Avenue with a giant Leather Pride flag as part of the Twin Cities GLBT pride parade.

The Leather contingent in the New York pride parade included Mr. New York Eagle 2005 Robert Valin, International Mr. Leather 2005 Michael Egdes and American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat among others, and GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists.)

On July 1 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) announced that they formed a partnership.

The renowned Gauntlet II Leather bar, Gauntlet II, in Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, CA changed hands on Friday, July 1. Manager of four years Charlie Matula, along with partner Gannon, and business partners Vince and John took over the business from Ken Erickson, who owned Gauntlet II for the last seven years.

The Annual Leather/Levi Weekend, and event sponsored by San Francisco's Leather community so that novices and newbies can get a taste of Leather by attending a run that touches on motorcycle club, BDSM club and Leather social club runs are like, took place August 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA.

The Capital Pride Heroes Reception on Thursday June 9 honored 30 years of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender heroes. Among the honorees was International Leatherboy 2002 Jose Gutierrez.

The Leather Network, Inc. has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership and control of Leather by Boots: Dallas to Leather Masters located in San Jose, CA.

Attendees of the 27th annual International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend raised $40,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum.

The 15th Oregon State Leather Pride celebration in Portland, Oregon took place the weekend of August 5-14, bringing together nine local fetish organizations and hundreds of Leathermen and Leatherwomen for the festivities.

Being Alive San Diego recently received over $10,000 as this year's San Diego Leather Pride's charitable award recipient.

The Black BEAT Conference was held in Maryland the weekend of August 19-21, bringing together BDSM and Leather people of color from across the country. All races, ethnicites, and sexual preferences were welcome and encouraged to attend.

NLA: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XV, the Beyond Vanilla Bootblack Contest and the International Puppy Trainer 2005 Contest the weekend of September 30  - October 2. The keynote speaker was award-winning author Tristan Taormino.

CLAW 2005 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) made the following donations; $10,000 to the LGBT Center of Cleveland, $5,000 to the Leather Archives and Museum, $3,500 to the AIDS Task Force and $1,500 to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the District Court's decision in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) challenge. Their appeal contended the District Court applied an incorrect legal standard for determining whether protected material was improperly banned under the CDA. The District Court also committed legal error in finding that many local communities do not have predetermined standards of obscenity that can be verified, and then ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove what those standards were.

A powerful speech by leather author Viola Johnson prompted a spontaneous standing ovation by attendees at the second annual Master/slave Conference (MsC), which was held at the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel in Washington, DC, the weekend of July 29-31. Other highlights of the pansexual conference included an awards ceremony, the unveiling of a new flag for the Master/slave and Dominant/submissive communities, the lighting of memorial candles, and the Northeast Master/slave Contest. Throughout the weekend, the conference’s stage displayed a proposed M/s and D/s flag designed by Master Tallen of Washington, DC, with the graphic design by his slave, andrew, also of DC. The flag was sewn by girl Nancy Thompson of Lifestyle Sewing.

On Wednesday, July 27, Mr. Leather Cowboy 2005 Daniel Reed and Jeff Montgomery from the Triangle Foundation were presented checks, which the Leather Institute for Education (LIFE) Detroit raised at their Third Anniversary Weekend, held July 8-10. A third check for the Leather Archives and Museum will be taken to Chicago to be presented.

Saturday night, August 6, Mr. LA Leather Bear 2004 Wil Wesley presented Margo's Revenge - A Benefit for The American Cancer Society at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA. The "Margo" in the title refers to his sister, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer in 2004. Wil managed to earn over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The Leather Quilt Project was established in the Spring of 2005 by Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 Jeff Willoughby.

A Film Series resumed with SandMutopia University, Rope that Works being shown September 15-16 in the Etienne Auditorium at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.

The 14th Annual Leather Walk benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund in San Francisco, CA took place on Sunday, September 18.

The San Francisco Division of the B&B Corps (Boots and Breeches) held their Roll Call 2005 at the Log Cabin in the Presidio in San Francisco on Friday night, September 23 during San Francisco Leather Pride Week. Almost 100 men attended the formal mess dinner which also featured a boot black, silent auction to benefit the Open Hand Project and a cigar and cognac party. What has become a club tradition was the Krispy Kreme donut dessert that followed the dinner.

Pistons bar in Long Beach celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a low key buffet and door prize giveaway on Sunday afternoon, August 14. The bar has been there under other names for about 37 years, including Mike's Corral. Pistons has produced three International Mr. Leather first runner-ups including Mark Malan in 1997, Sean Reilly in 1999 and Scott Bloom in 2001; as well as American Leatherman 2001 Jeffery Cooper and Dart finishing as first runner-up at American Brotherhood in 2002.

Billed as “The Hottest Leather Event in New England,” Mates Leather Weekend hit the streets of Provincetown, MA September 30 - October 2 for its Ninth Annual run.

The second Folsom Europe, taking place in Berlin-Schoeneberg, Germany September 2-4, became bigger, more attractive and more interesting, drawing a crowd of 10,000. Rough counts estimate that more than 10,000 Euros of collected donations were to be passed on to social projects within the next few months.

The Triangle Denver had new owners, Ric Sullivan and Rich Illgen. Ric was a past titleholder and was active in Colorado's Leather community for over 25 years.

After being in the same location on 7th Street for some 14 years, Mr. S relocated two blocks away to a newer, nicer, and 28,000 square foot retail and manufacturing space. The building would house both Mr. S and Madame S under one roof.

Frank Blondale and Dan Majewski bought the Cell Block in Chicago, IL from founder Roger Hickey and took over operations on September 1.

From Friday, August 26, to Sunday, August 28, Leatherfolk from Canada and the United States congregated in Ottawa for the city's first pansexual Leather, kink, and fetish event. The first HOWL (Helping Out with Leather Fest) Awards were presented to Ottawa Leather Fest's strong supporters.

Being Alive in Los Angeles, CA announced that Edward Hibbs, aka Gogo-Eddie, joined the Being Alive team as the new Peer Support Coordinator at the new Silver Lake location. Hibbs has been emceeing or hosting events such as The Freak Show, Nasty Habit, Dance This Mess Around, Hard Heroes, Silver Lake Leather Street Festival, CSW's Erotic City, Mr. Sister Leather Contest, Mr. Gauntlet II Rubberman Contest and the Wet-n-Wild Contest.

Breast cancer does not discriminate. Mr. LA Leather 2004 Marc Watrel founded Brothers for Sisters, a group of gay men supporting lesbians with breast cancer.

The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its 11th Annual Erotic Artists Fair Weekend at Plummer Park October 6-9 in West Hollywood, CA. The Erotic Artists Fair saw over 75 artists from around the world displaying their talents.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has announced that his office will specifically target "bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior" in pursuing new obscenity prosecutions. The Department of Justice began recruiting in late July for a new antiobscenity squad to pursue obscenity prosecutions, and the FBI announced in September that it was forming an antiobscenity task force to crack down on pornography.

Mates Leather Weekend has concluded its Ninth Annual run and the numbers are in as 600 Leather-clad, rubber-encased and uniformed men and women from all over the country, Europe and North America descended upon Provincetown, MA September 30 - October 2.

The Hurricane Katrina Gulf Coast Leather Tribe Relief Fund founded by DCI Productions and the International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest has raised $11,413 os far. Benefits were held all over the US and parts of Canada for the Fund, International Mr. Drummer 1997 Jeffrey Adler served as auctioneer for the basket auction on October 7 during the contest weekend in Atlanta while a silent auction took place. The breakdown of donors was thus: Avatar Club Los Angeles $3,038; Boy Stallion of Dallas, TX $800; NLA: Dallas/Beyond Vanilla $1,422; Generic Leather Productions of Seattle, WA $500; Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir/Leatherboy event $400; Eastern Canada sponsors $110; Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2004 James "Tug" Taylor $250; the Barracks bar of Palm Springs $1,000; Mistress Cyan/the Sanctuary of Los Angeles, CA $1,706; Thom Dombkowski of Chicago, IL $50; and Pay Pal $300. The funds will be distributed in the Gulf Coast Leather community through the Lords of Leather.

American Leatherman 2002 Rich "RTB" Trevino and New England Mr. Drummer 2000 Daniel J. Rabone celebrated a decade of commitment by becoming legally married on September 17. The wedding took place on Martha's Vineyard at the home of their friends, Joan Oustifine and Larry Schmutz, who officiated the marriage via a special state designation.

Bringing Back the Big Easy, a benefit gala held the evening of October 1 at the APEX clubhouse in Phoenix, AZ raised $2,000 for NOBLE Relief.

The On October 8th, 2005 Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) held a fundraiser at Pistons in Long Beach, CA for the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County on Saturday, October 8. OCLA raised $1,000, which was given to the Center at OCLA's program evening October 18.

The Tool Shed's 11th Annual Christmas Stocking Program, which annually benefits clients of the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP), began its 2005 donation and sponsorship drive in November in Palm Springs, CA.

On November 11 in Oakland, CA, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented its first annual Leather Leadership Award posthumously to Dr. Tony DeBlase, cofounder of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago and creator of the Leather Pride Flag. The award, presented in Oakland at the Task Force's 18th Annual Creating Change Conference, was accepted by DeBlase's partner of 24 years, Dr. Andrew Charles.

An estimated 2,000 cans of food, dry goods, 20-30 blankets, baby diapers, strollers, toys, gift cards, and more than $300 cash were donated by members of the Het and GLBT BDSM community at Mistress Cyans Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Slave Auction held November 12 at Dragonsgate Studios in Placentia, CA.

All things considered the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) has had a wonderful year. The NCSF responded to over 700 individual incidents, requests for information or referrals; they issued twenty plus media watch announcements profiling over 100 relevant stories; they called for community response via Action Alerts on major website closings (Bound & Gagged Magazine) store closings (Leather Masters II in Allentown, PA) and swing club raids in Philadelphia.

The Leather Archives and Museum has added two members to its board of directors. Philip Rubin of San Francisco, CA and Edward Mogul of Chicago, IL were elected to the board and ratified by the voting membership in December.

On December 12 the board of directors of Folsom Street Events announced the selection of Demetri Moshoyannis as executive director.

The song is meet me in St. Louis, but it was Marry Me in St. Louis for Michael Crecelius and Karen "Ultra" Wilbur on Saturday, December 3 at the Wyndham Mayfair Hotel in downtown St. Louis, MO. Rabbi Stewart Siegel of South Florida presided over what was themed When Worlds Collide.

Hooker and Boys Production whipped out another year of their tinsel town antics with the Seventh Annual production of The 12 Days of Christmas on December 10 at Club Hippo in Baltimore, MD. The $8,952.75 raised was shared between AIDS Action Baltimore, the GLCCB and the ILS/B Gulf Coast Relief Fund.

United States District Court Judge Walker D. Miller issued a long-awaited ruling December 28th, 2005 on the Free Speech Coalition's motion for a preliminary injunction in Free Speech Coalition v. Gonzales, the trade association's challenge to U.S.C. 18 2257, the federal labeling and record keeping regulations.

Books and Publications

A documentary on the 50 years of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club titled Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club produced and directed by Scott Bloom of Tragoida Productions was shown at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland, OH.

The Lexington Lyons L/L Club of Lexington, KY published a cook book, A Matter Of Taste: Feasts from the Lyons' Den.

Fetish Diva Midori released a new book in August titled Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink.

Alex Wisniowski introduced his second documentary, My Leather Jacket II: More Stories from the Road.

New on the Scene

Arizona Men of Leather (AML), Phoenix, AZ; LIFE Detroit, Detroit Area Rough and Kinkfest (DARK), Detroit, MI; Northeast Florida Leather Council, Jacksonville, FL; Desire, Palm Springs, CA; Bear Country Fair, New York, NY; Leather Quilt Project, Jeff Willoughby, Chicago, IL; San Francisco girls of Leather, San Francisco, CA; New York boys of Leather, New York, NY; Southern California Bondage Club, North Hollywood, CA; Bellingham Leather Men, Bellingham, WA

Milestones

35 Years: DC Eagle, Washington, DC

30 Years: Philadelphians MC, Philadelphia, PA; Rochester Rams, Rochester, NY; Rodeo Riders, Chicago, IL; Eagle NYC, New York, NY

25 Years: The 15 Association, San Francisco; New England Leather Alliance, Fetish Fair Fleamarket, Boston, MA; Ottawa Knights, Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Ottawa, Canada

20 Years: Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Knights of Leather, Minneapolis, MN

15 Years: International Deaf Leather Contest; NLA: Dallas, Beyond Vanilla XV, Dallas, TX

10 Years: Bears Ventura, Ventura, CA; Pistons bar, Long Beach, CA; Mr. Michigan Leather 2005 Contest, Douglas, MI; ONYX, Black Out Weekend, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Los Angeles, CA; Mr. Triangle Denver title, Denver, CO

Five Years: Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt's Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner in San Francisco, CA; Tom of Finland Foundation, New York Erotic Art Fair, New York, NY; San Diego boys of Leather, San Diego, CA; Harbor Room, Milwaukee, WI; Mr. and Ms Marigny Leather, New Orleans, LA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Bob Gunther died due to emphysema on January 1. He was the founder and owner of the Sling bar on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA; served as president of Avatar Club Los Angeles; president of Somandros and was on the Christopher Street West board for several years. Added July 7, 2007.

Billy Collison passed away on January 6 and was connected to so many in so many ways including Centaur MC, Academy of Washington, Theatrical Drag Entertainment Organization, Atlantic States Rodeo Association, Regional Rodeo Organization and Brother, Help Thyself. Billy held the title of Mr. BHT one year, won during one of these events by raising money and performing. Billy came on the BHT Board of Directors as the representative of Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. Billy had been a Rodeo Director and Assistant Rodeo Director both major jobs. When he was appointed to BHT, he served as a director, vice president and other positions.

Gay Leather history in the NY-PA area has turned another page with the passing of Harry Malcolm on August 30, 2004. Harry was born in Stamford, CT in 1926. He was 77 at the time of his death. Harry served in Korea with the United States Army from 1954 until 1956. He was a member of the Long Island Spuds, Thunderbolts and the Vanguards, and honorary associate of the Philadelphians and the Long Island Ravens.

After living with HIV for 17 years, Jimmy Lee Murray lost his battle with the virus on the night of January 21, 2005. He worked for six years as the Chicago House and Social Service Agency facilities manager. He was recognized by the Gay Chicago Magazine Awards as Employee of the Year. Jimmy was the first Mr. Ebony in Leather and was an early International Mr. Cheeks and Chaps titleholder, and was Mr. North Atlantic Leather 2000.

Carol Jean Bendick, born in Queens, NY, on December 7, 1957; longtime Denver resident; career postal employee; co-host for many years on Colorado OUTSpoken, formerly the Lambda Report; Emeritus member of the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club passed away in early February. She was survived by her partner Tamara Parker.

Michael Prince, friend, community activist, dedicated scene historian photographer, and a true gentleman passed away in early February.

Jeffrey L. Bays (Daddy Jeff) was killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas, NV on Monday, March 7, 2005. Jeff was survived by his partner Stan Harrell. Jeff was Mr. Drummer Texas 1997-1998. He also founded several Leather organizations including HEEL in Houston, TX, San Diego Sand Men, co-founded OCLA (Orange County, CA, and was a founding member of Fort Troff in Atlanta, GA. Jeff was a member of many Leather/uniform groups including the Regiment of the Black and Tans, San Diego League of Gentleman, Las Vegas League of Gentleman and Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas.

Born in 1951, Maire passed away in her sleep Friday morning March 4, 2005. She was survived by her Master and daughter Ivy. Maire was a member of the Oklahoma Leather/BDSM community and also volunteered at the North Winds House in Oklahoma City, OK as a counselor.

Mr. Indiana Leather 1992 Garret Pope died on February 20, 2005 at the age of 43 from a massive heart attack.

After almost four years of being a productive member of the business community in Allentown, PA, through its Bureau of Planning and Zoning, the City of Allentown forced the closing of Leather Masters II, a Leather/BDSM/Fetish shop.

Mark Richard Isenberg, a founding member of Leatherpost.com died on May 9, 2005 due to complications from a heart attack. Mark was born on Born October 3, 1963 and is survived by his husband Everett Considine and dog Boomer. Mark was a consummate Leatherman who cared greatly about the Leather community and made sure that Leatherpost.com supported that community in anyway it could. Mark's well-known Phoenix tatoo has become the nationally-recognized logo of Leatherpost.com

The Leather community was stunned by the news that Robert Davolt had died of cancer on Monday night, May 16 at Davies Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Davolt was best-known as editor of Drummer Magazine, his book Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent & Unauthorized Manual for Leather/SM, recent editor of Bound & Gagged Magazine, holding the San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX title in 2003 and numerous columns and articles for a variety of publications. He was born in Renton, WA on June 27, 1958. At 17, he joined the United States Navy, stationed on small ships patrolling the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. While in Wisconsin, Robert won the Wisconsin Leather Daddy title in 1995 and competed at International Mr. Leather. Robert was survived by his loving partner of seven years, Joe Granese of San Francisco.

Ray E. Hard died of lymphatic cancer. Ray was 69. He was a member of the Links MC and became an active member of the Spartan MC in 1981. He held the office of president of Spartan MC for five years. He was a part of Brother Help Thyself and AMCC and all the acronyms one can list. Ray was also one of the seven men who originated Leather Cocktails that was once held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.

John Klamik, best known in the Leather community as the artist Sean, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2005. Sean's art is probably best known to Leatherfolk as having appeared in Drummer Magazine then The Leather Journal. His illustrations also graced the still sought-after RFM Catalogs from the mid 1970s. He contributed to the Tom of Finland Foundation and appeared at Erotic Artists Weekends held in Los Angeles, CA.

Born in 1967, Alameda County Leather Corps member Chester B. Rice passed away recently. Chester held the Mr. Alameda County Drummer 1999 title, coproduced Toys For Munchkins and he helped his club produce events such as Leather Elegance, Skivvies, and Beauty's Revenge.

On the morning of Monday, June 27, a fire struck the Iron Eagles' home bar, the 540 Eagle, in Canton, OH, and it was a total loss.

Bound & Gagged Magazine ceased publication.

Andres Burgos, owner of the thriving Gargoyles Shoes and Clothing in the French Quarter, died on May 22 at age 42 of kidney failure at Charity Hospital. His permanent place in Leather history was assured when he helped organize the New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club and served as the first president. He was an AIDS activist who supported many worthy causes such as Buzzy's Boys and Girls, Food for Friends and Project Lazarus. Andres, an honorary member of the Knights d' Orleans and active with the Lords of Leather, was survived by his partner Robert Haynes.

Leatherman Chris Hall, who died on June 2 from liver failure, was honored when the Fifth Anniversary of the Marigny Leather Contest was dedicated to him on August 7 at the Phoenix bar in New Orleans, LA. Chris was a longtime graphic artist with Ambush Magazine. He used his talents to design Night of the Black Mask posters for the Knights d' Orleans and was also a leader in the Rainbow Deaf Society.

Brenda Howard passed away at the age of 58 on June 28. She had a long battle with cancer. Brenda was born on December 24, 1946. Brenda was the facilitator of the Polymorphous Perverts and Switchables SIG at TES (The Eulenspiegel Society) and from NLA: Metro New York. She was a leader of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance in the early post-Stonewall movement. She was involved in countless activist projects and campaigns on behalf of the whole GLBT communities. Brenda was also one of the organizers of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march in 1970 (now known as Gay Pride Parade). In her later years she ran the Bi SM Group. She is survived by her partner, Larry.

Born in June 1967, John Sanduilak, or better known by all as simply "Little John" passed away in the afternoon on September 6 in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He had fought a long and brave battle against HIV, but is now at rest. John was well known in the Leather community and worked within the community for many years.

Ricky Alves passed away in early August. He lived in San Diego, CA. Ricky Alves served San Diego's Leather community not only as an active member, but also as a former Emperor in the Imperial Court de San Diego. He most recently worked as a member of the staff of the San Diego Eagle.

Omar Mosley passed in the morning on September 1 at San Francisco General Hospital. Indications are that he had cancer and HIV disease and had experienced renal failure in the last week. Omar was very active in the Leather community and was Mr. Northern California Drummer, 1992 and was also the second Mr. Ebony in Leather. He participated in hundreds of charity and social events for decades in San Francisco.

Ken Ferguson, our friend and one of the former owners of the famous and much missed Ambush of San Francisco, CA bar died suddenly in his home on October 8.

Salem Joseph Buchholz passed away Friday, October 14, 2005 at his home in San Francisco, CA. The cause of his sudden death was attributed to heart failure with complications related to diabetes and HIV. He was 58 years of age. Salem was the initial visionary of the Leathermen's Discussion Group, which he had organized in 1996 with the aid of San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII Don Thompson and others.

Tommy-D "Angulo" Fierros, 36, was born on January 10, 1969 in Phoenix, AZ and passed away peacefully on October 27, 2005. He was a member of The Universal Brotherhood of the Leatherlords. He was well known for his generosity and contributions to Logan's Playground, Body Positive, Shanti, Battered Women Shelters, Phoenix Lambda, Zoo AA and many other charities that needed a hand.

Jay Borne, owner of Second Skin Leather, and a great contributor to the New Orleans/Southeast Leather community died Tuesday November 8 at his home. He fell from his roof while doing repairs in Louisiana. He's been into Leather for over 25 years. Jay Borne was 51 years old..

David Barker, longtime Hayward resident, passed away on Wednesday morning November 9. He had been battling AIDS for 23 years and recently cancer. David was one of the original members of the Alameda County Leather Corps and was President of ACLC twice, in 2000 and 2004. He held the title Hayward Leather Daddy I in 1999. He also was the chairman of the Imperial Star Empire in 1996. Until recently, David managed the Turf Club bar in Hayward. He was survived by his partner of nearly 12 years, Den Calkins.

Rick Jackson passed away on the night of, November 2, 2005 from complications following heart surgery. He is survived by his husband Bernie Bright. Rick was a long time associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and was an active member of Delta International. In Toronto, he was one of the facilitators at the Leather/SM/Fetish Coming Out Group.

Hans Liechti passed away due to a heart attack at his Palm Springs, CA home on November 21. Hans was an early member of the California B&B Corps and remained a close and treasured friend of the Corps.

The Leather community was saddened when the news spread that Lurch died on December 8 due to a heart attack. He was HIV positive and had been dealing with other illnesses. He was 55. Lurch emceed and/or entertained at many club runs and Leather contests over the years including Golden Gate Guards runs, bear events, Satyrs MC's Run to Badger Flat and most recently, at the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2006 Contest in November. He appeared in a mainstream television commercial for Foster Farms. His Crisco scthick was a riot, no matter how many times it was told. He was founding president of Bears of San Francisco.

Northwest Leatherboy 2005 James Hall succumbed to Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), at 1:50 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2005. He was survived by his partner Brian Olheiser. A memorial service will be held in the near future, in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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