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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Upcoming Events

Wednesday,  June 29th, 6-9PM: Anthony's Thank-You Party.

Friday, July 1, 7PM: SDLOG monthly educational meeting: "San Diego's Leather History"

Saturday, July 2, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 cover. First Saturday of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.

July 1-5; Monster Manhood Weekend in Palm Springs.

Sunday, July 3, CIGARS & BOOTS at Redwing, hosted by California LeatherSir Miles B. First Sunday of each month, out on the patio at Redwing. If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Pup DragZ and San Diego Puppy Play (SDPP). First Wednesday of each month.

Friday, July 8, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Friday of each month. This has become the biggest fetishmen's event in San Diego every month!  It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar.  Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. This month's theme is "SKIN TIGHT", with a special invitation for men wearing Lycra/Spandex.  Here are some pictures from OctoberFebruaryMarchApril and June. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

July 8-10: Wet 'n Hot Weekend in Palm Springs

Friday, Jul7 15, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Friday of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

July 15-17, San Diego Pride, featuring the large, annual and well-attended Leather Realm during the festival. Be sure to come march in the parade with the Leather Contingent. Wear sunscreen!

Thursday, July 21, 8-11PM; Yellow Hanky Night at the Eagle. Third Thursday of each month.

Friday, July 29, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Friday of each month, such as September 30, and (possibly) December 30th for 2011. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment.

July 28-30; International Leather Sir/boy/Community Boot Black in San Francisco, leading into...



August looks pretty open, but September includes Vegas Pride and Folsom Street Fair. Then, Palm Springs Pride is followed by Palm Springs Leather Pride in November.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Upcoming Events

Many folks will be out of town for SF Pride, but we have several fun events on Sunday here in San Diego:

June 25-26; San Francisco Pride

Sunday,  June 26th, 3PM: The "STRUT YOUR STUFF BOOTS CONTEST" fundraiser for the Leather Realm at the Hole - I'm requesting that folks stop by the Hole before 6PM to show support for a very worthy cause. 

Sunday,  June 26th 3-7pm: STRUT YOUR STUFF BOOTS CONTEST at the Hole.

Wednesday,  June 29th, 6-9PM: Anthony's Thank-You Party.

Friday, July 1, 7PM: SDLOG monthly educational meeting: "San Diego's Leather History"

Saturday, July 2, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 cover. First Saturday of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.

July 1-5; Monster Manhood Weekend in Palm Springs.

Sunday, July 3, CIGARS & BOOTS at Redwing, hosted by California LeatherSir Miles B. First Sunday of each month, out on the patio at Redwing. If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Pup DragZ and San Diego Puppy Play (SDPP). First Wednesday of each month.

Friday, July 8, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Friday of each month. This has become the biggest fetishmen's event in San Diego every month!  It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar.  Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. This month's theme is "SKIN TIGHT", with a special invitation for men wearing Lycra/Spandex.  Here are some pictures from OctoberFebruaryMarchApril and June. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

July 8-10: Wet 'n Hot Weekend in Palm Springs

Friday, Jul7 15, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Friday of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

July 15-17, San Diego Pride, featuring the large, annual and well-attended Leather Realm during the festival. Be sure to come march in the parade with the Leather Contingent. Wear sunscreen!

Thursday, July 21, 8-11PM; Yellow Hanky Night at the Eagle. Third Thursday of each month.

Friday, July 29, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Friday of each month, such as September 30, and (possibly) December 30th for 2011. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment.

July 28-30; International Leather Sir/boy/Community Boot Black in San Francisco, leading into...



August looks pretty open, but September includes Vegas Pride and Folsom Street Fair. Then, Palm Springs Pride is followed by Palm Springs Leather Pride in November.

Social Column 2011-06-22

-=-=-=-=-=- REVIEW OF THIS WEEKEND'S AFTER-CONTEST PARTY

This last weekend featured the California Leather Sir/boy,  Bootblack and Puppy Contest.  I'll talk about the contest itself shortly, but first, I want to talk about the after-party at the Eagle:

I don't think I have ever experienced such intensity at a leather bar in my entire life, and I have been in quite a few of them since 1977 (my first was the One Way in West Hollywood, long gone but greatly missed). I arrived at the Eagle directly after the contest, and there were a few men hanging out, early on a Saturday night. They had NO IDEA what was about to land on them.

More and more people kept packing into the joint, and the newcomers were FIZZING with the endorphins of communal joy. I had a total of four people cry on my shoulder from sheer emotional overload. I probably got hugged by at least fifty others, and everybody kept reaching out and touching each other. I couldn't move two feet without somebody grabbing me and wanting to share their excitement.

By the time the bar had reached maximum capacity, I was emotionally exhausted. I wasn't the only one. The folks who have been most active in local leadership activities were walking four feet off the ground, and barely making coherent sense.  One of the out-of-town visiting dignitaries told me that she had visited nearly every Eagle Bar on earth, and she had only seen this joyful of a turnout at one other Eagle bar in Canada.  None of the others could begin to compare. The joyful roar of the crowd was deafening.

Worldwide, leather bars are disappearing, and they aren't being replaced. Online cruising-sites are largely to blame. Why hang out in a bar on a typical evening when everybody is online, and you can connect with a horny stranger through a well-designed profile page? That seems logical, until you see the bad side of it - We became vaporized as a community, and we lost that sense of interpersonal connectedness that defines us as a Tribe. Many men have never experienced that feeling of belonging and brotherhood, and they don't know what they never had.

Here in San Diego, we have swung back HARD to the other extreme.  We're so damned unified and joyful that we are now the standard for every other city to emulate. Once again, Dave Rhodes (the publisher of The Leather Journal) remarked upon our local community's progress in a conversation with me that night, and it's all good news. Other cities are taking notice, and I can't even begin to imagine where we will be in just one year from now, much less ten years in the future. Things are changing too fast for me to make predictions, but what a ride!

-=-=-=-=-=- THIS WEEKEND'S PHOTOS

Here is a slide-show of some of my images from the Meet and Greet and the contest

-=-=-=-=-=- REVIEW OF THIS WEEKEND'S CONTEST

I'm not going to follow the usual "Titleholder Contest Review" formula.  I am much more interested in talking about what it was like to be there.

- Queen Bee's was a nice, big venue, but they are going to have to hold next year's contest in a MUCH bigger place - Maybe 4th and B in downtown San Diego (capacity 350), which has hosted kinky events in years gone by. Folks were turned away at the door this weekend because there simply wasn't any more room.  This is a nice problem to have!

- Lots and lots of out-of-town visitors were in the crowd, and they got to witness San Diego's renaissance firsthand.

- There were massive numbers of volunteers. Working like maniacs, and swarming like ants. Nothing could distract them from the job at hand.

- Lots of very young people in the mix, onstage and off. For decades, the connection between the generations was lost in the leather community. Looks like those days are over, thank goodness. For instance, the guys who won the California LeatherSir and LeatherBoy titles are both 24 years old, and all three of the Puppy contestants are under thirty. Lots of very young volunteers were on duty, and they sure seemed happy. It appears that our community's future is in good hands!

- The contest was run very, very tightly. It finished in excellent time, unlike so many events that I've attended over the decades. Mike and Chris put their whole hearts and souls into preparing for this event, and then everything snapped into place in a very effective way. 

Bottom line: the goal of this sort of event is to warmly invite the leaders of tomorrow to declare their willingness to work on behalf of the community. The weekend's events accomplished that in a way that brought honor to everyone involved, and to San Diego. Watch for this to happen again in San Diego a year from now!

-=-=-=-=-=- JUDGES AND CONTESTANTS

Judges:
Anthony Rollar  - 2nd Runner-up International Mr. Leather 2011, Mr. San Diego Leather 2010
Lance Holman   - 1st Runner-up International Mr. Leather 2010, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2010
Red Warrior      - International Community Bootblack 2010
Rick Russell        - Mr. Sacramento Leather 2009, Mr. Bolt Leather 2009
boy TC                - So. California Leatherboy 2007
Karen Yew          - Ms. San Diego Leather 2004
Tom Dickerson  - Judge Emeritus California LeatherSIR/boy, Mr. San Diego Leather 2002

Contestants:
Sam Fenix          - California LeatherSIR 2012 from Lancaster, CA
Dino Garcia        - 1st Runner-up California LeatherSIR 2012, Mr. Bullet Leather 2008 & Long Beach Emperor 38

Zachery               - California Leatherboy 2012 from Long Beach, CA

slut bottom Chris  -  California Puppy 2012 from San Diego, CA
Britt                     -  1st Runner-up California Puppy 2012 from San Diego, CA
Zigzag                  -  American Rubber Puppy 2010 from Los Angeles, CA

Anthony's Thank-You Party

From: Mr. San Diego Leather 2010 & Second-Runner-Up IML 2011 Anthony:

With the little funds left over from my IML travel fund, I'm having a Thank you party for everyone who donated, volunteered, or just gave me words of encouragement to help me compete with confidence at IML. Please Do NOT bring anything. This is just one way i would like to show my appreciation for all your Love & Support. If you have attended one of my IML fundraisers; you are invited and I would love to see you there. BIG HUGS & LEATHER LOVE! :)


Wednesday, June 29th.  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

SDLOG Workshop Open to Everyone - San Diego's Leather History

Friday July 1 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joyce Beers Center
1230 Cleveland St
San Diego, Ca

You can find the Joyce Beers Center between the Terra and Aladdin's restaurants on Vermont Street, just north of University.

Please note:  This meeting is open to everyone.

SDLOG is proud to bring you a presentation by the San Diego's Leather History Project

This panel presentation will cover San Diego's Leather History from the view point of those who were there.  The panel will be moderated by Caryl,  the leader of the  San Diego Leather History Project.  Confirmed panelists include  Mark Holmes - Mr San Diego Leather 1984,  Luke Owens - First Leather Columnist for Update and founder of the International Master / slave contest, and Wayne Dietz, who's community involvement has spanned decades.

In addition to the panel discussion there will also be history exhibits that may be reviewed, including binders of articles, posters and historical documentation of major events that have happened in San Diego.

Mark your calendars now to join us as we delve in to San Diego's history!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Multigroup Gay Men's Summer Evening Gatherings in Mission Beach

Note from Tony: This seems like a fun gathering of men who are all about acceptance and brotherhood, and FetishMen are specifically invited to come along!

-=-=-=-=-

Join GO-SD along with members of the San Diego Boys, Soyboys, Gentlemen’s Martini Night, 4X4 Pride, San Diego POZabilities, California Men’s Gathering, Perfect Pace, and Naked San Diego.

This event repeats every month on the third Wednesday until Wednesday September 28, 2011

PLEASE BRING SOME FIREWOOD

Remember to dress warmly and bring a friend or cuddle buddy. Please bring an entree, side dish, and a beverage of your choice. (Alcohol is banned in Mission Bay Park). You may also want to bring a folding chair. Feel free to bring a drum, guitar, flute or musical instrument for a drum circle. You can also help support this event by bringing a portable table, paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins or firewood.

Directions: Take the 8 freeway west toward Mission Bay, exit onto Mission Bay Drive and make a right, then merge into the far left hand lane onto Ingraham Street, heading North, then make a left onto Vacation Rd, then an immediate Right (1st right hand turn) to the parking lot. We’ll be on the left (West) side of parking lot by the rest rooms.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Upcoming Events

I'm starting a new system: One weekly "Social Column" email, and one "Upcoming Events" email, with the overall goal of cutting down on the number of messages going out on the list. 

The next big event that will be attracting a lot of out-of-towners to San Diego will be a week and a half from now. The deadline for contestants for the California Leather Sir/boy,  Bootblack and Puppy Contest has been moved to June 12th. I'm expecting to host as many as seven visitors from other cities in my home that weekend. It's a big deal - we don't get statewide events like this very often, so don't miss it.  The actual contest itself is at Queen Bee's, which is within walking-distance of the Eagle.. Right between the Old Mill Cafe and where Bacchus House used to be.

-=-=-=-=- UPCOMING EVENTS -=-=-=-=-

* Events marked with an asterisk are mixed male/female events, usually hosted by Club X, which is a very large, very reputable and very wonderful pansexual club in San Diego. FMSD is focused on gay-male interests, always and forever, but we also support all other local kinky groups that may attract some of our members. Everybody can use some brotherhood!

Friday, June 10, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Friday of each month. This has become the biggest fetishmen's event in San Diego every month!  It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar.  Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. This month's theme is HARNESSES, so please wear one if you've got it. I'll be taking a group photo at around 11PM.  Here are some pictures from OctoberFebruaryMarch and April. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

June 10-12; Los Angeles Pride

June 16, 8-11PM; Yellow Hanky Night at the Eagle. Third Thursday of each month.

* Friday, June 17, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Friday of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

June 17-19; California Leather Sir/boy,  Bootblack and Puppy Contest. It'll be a major leather event in San Diego, so don't miss it!

June 25-26; San Francisco Pride

Sunday,  June 26th 3-7pm: STRUT YOUR STUFF BOOTS CONTEST at the Hole.

Friday, July 1, 7PM: SDLOG monthly educational meeting: San Diego Leather History Panel

Saturday, July 2, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 cover. First Saturday of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.

July 1-5; Monster Manhood Weekend in Palm Springs.

Sunday, July 3, 5-8PM: CIGARS & BOOTS at Redwing, hosted by California LeatherSir Miles B. First Sunday of each month, out on the patio at Redwing. If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Pup DragZ and San Diego Puppy Play (SDPP). First Wednesday of each month.

July 15-17, San Diego Pride, featuring the large, annual and well-attended Leather Realm during the festival.

Friday, July 29, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Friday of each month, such as September 30, and (possibly) December 30th for 2011. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment.

July 28-30; International Leather Sir/boy/Community Boot Black in San Francisco, leading into...



August looks pretty open, but September includes Vegas Pride and Folsom Street Fair. Then, Palm Springs Pride is followed by Palm Springs Leather Pride in November.

Social Column 2011-06-08

Lots and lots of new information coming through, so I'm separating the Upcoming Events listing and the announcements from now on.  My goal is to send this stuff out by Tuesday, so that folks get a little extra reminder just before the weekend arrives. I don't make a penny off of any of this, and it's all time taken away from my actual career, so I sometimes run a little late (like today).

I'm very sad about losing George Wong as a friend, as a peer and as a leader in our community. George was one of the people who shifted Los Angeles's leather community into the present booming age of successes. I never really got to be close friends with him (too many miles apart), but I treasured every chance to attend his Dim Sum brunches, or to see him in action. That man was universally loved, and he spent massive amounts of his life making the world a better place. He got to see huge, beneficial changes in his community while he was still alive, so that makes me very happy.

San Diego Pride 2011 is coming up, and plans are in place for marching in the Pride Parade as a group, and for the Leather Realm at the festival. More info as it comes in…

The Waterboys would like to remind you that Wet 'n Hot 2011 in Palm Springs is about a month away…

Yes,  the IML 2011 contest is over now, but more and more pictures and videos are still being posted.  Post-production takes time!  Thanks to Leatherati, here is a very well-written recap of the experience of attending, and here is the list of Top Twenty contestants.

-=-=-=-=- Anthony's Welcome Home Party

I thoroughly enjoyed the party at the Eagle on June 4th to show love for Mr. SD Leather 2010 Anthony, who came in Second Runner-Up at IML.  Anthony was presented with a cake, and the Eagle provided a sandwich buffet.

My favorite part was when it was time for Anthony to speak to the crowd.  The bar was very crowded, yet the place went SILENT to the point where Anthony could talk in a normal voice, without a microphone, without having to screech over the sound of drunken, indifferent rowdies.

This is a symptom of how far we've come as a community.  Imagine a San Diego leather bar, in 2011, that is thoroughly packed, diverse, wildly happy, unified and respectful of local community-leaders when it came to be time to listen up.  My comment to several people afterward was "NOW, THAT'S A LEATHER BAR!"  

This is the first time that I'm aware of in San Diego's entire history that one of our representatives has been sent to an international titleholder contest and had every single expense covered by donations from the community. This is huge, and just one more symptom of how far we've progressed together. 

-=-=-=-=-=-=- Miles' Cigars & Boots Event

I really need to stay longer at this monthly event (rather than running home to host dinner parties), because the patio at the Redwing gets good and busy with cigar-smoking men as the afternoon continues onward.  I know that I keep harping on about how wonderfully congenial the crowd is, but it's true - I'm continually thrilled with how everyone is so warm, welcoming and relaxed. The usual pattern applies: We have new faces at each of our events, but they tend to return in the following months, and they get even more relaxed as the months go by, and they bring their friends. It's a low-pressure, mellow gathering of fetishmen. Obviously, there's a need for something like that. I do't smoke, but I never miss one of these gatherings.

2011 Leather Community Contingent at San Diego LGBT Pride Parade

date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
time: 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
where: San Diego LGBT Pride Parade
address: University Ave. and Normal Street map
cost: free to all who wish to walk with us
dress code: Wear what makes you feel beautiful , within the San Diego County and City vice laws...

Description
Join as we celebrate another year of pride...........

The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 5th largest in the United States attracting 150,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation.

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011

Time: 11:00 am

Location: The Parade begins at University Ave. and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street.

Stay tuned!!!!

More details about the 2011 Leather Realm @ San Diego Pride ;

The Leather Realm @ San Diego Pride
~ http://fetlife.com/groups/32159
San Diego Leather Realm Volunteer Forum
~ http://fetlife.com/groups/8936

Plans for SD Pride 2011 at the Leather Realm

Hello San Diego Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish Clubs & Organizations!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is crystal bleu and I am the Co-Coordinator for the Leather Realm Clubs & Organizations Committee, hosted by San Diego’s LGBT Pride Festival going July 16th & 17th this summer 2011. Leather Realm is an organization that is committed to the Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish lifestyles striving to help support not only our own individual paths, but the entire LGTBQ community. The San Diego Leather Realm provides on-going education, communication and understanding among, although not limited to, all participants of the Leather / BDSM / Fetish / Kink lifestyles.

I am reaching out to YOU as a vital element in San Diego’s alternative community. Leather Realm’s Clubs and Organizations Committee is devoted to outreach and making opportunity available for those seeking like spirited, kinky/fetish type folk. I am enthusiastic in bringing together clubs, organizations and groups that represent the kink & fetish community within San Diego. Here is where we display our gathered spirit, provide alliance within our kink & fetish, open up and reach out to new individuals seeking kink/fetish camaraderie from within “The Leather Realm”.

What can Leather Realm offer YOU? Literally thousands of people walk through The Leather Realm. Being given opportunity to speak openly and candidly is extraordinary. Leather Realm offers you the unique ability to share with the curious & fascinated in a focused atmosphere. Throughout your two-day experience, you will be given a FREE reserved space strategically placed in the clubs tented area* and have the option of utilizing chairs and a display table. With your submitted logo, our development team is ready to employ your logo or image within The Leather Realm’s advertising & promotion to include use on the Leather Realm website. More offers await your confirmation.
* Tented areas are available on a first come first served basis. This is based on your participation confirmation.

What does Leather Realm need from YOU? We need you to attend San Diego Pride, weekend passes available now. Leather Realm is not responsible for admission into San Diego Pride. We need your confirmed attendance so that there is adequate materials onsite for YOU. We will need your updated logo or image for the Leather Realm website.

… but wait, there's more! Besides offering you free space in the Clubs & Organizations Area of Leather Realm, there may be opportunities to speak and/or present during the two-day event, Please take this time to seize your opportunity. So without any more delays… allow me to …

Welcome You To The San Diego Leather Realm!

Go and find that box labeled club promotions and get those flyers ready! The following is a Leather Realm benefit just for you and your club/organization. Let’s get organized!!

First off, The WHENs & WHEREs
San Diego Pride-
Located in Historic Balboa Park
When: Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17
Hours: Saturday, 12 noon-10pm & Sunday, 11 am-8pm
Location: Marston Point, Balboa Park (6th & Laurel St.)
http://www.sandiegopride.org/

SD Pride Parade Information:
http://www.sandiegopride.org/parade.htm

SD Pride Festival Information:
http://www.sandiegopride.org/festival.htm

Purchase your SD Pride Tickets Here:
http://www.ticketderby.com/event/san-diego-pride-festival-2011-id-5309

We are located at the farthest SOUTH end of Marston Point (YES! We have been moved to a new location, bigger & better).

Now that we know where we will be, let’s discuss what we will be doing. The objective of Clubs area inside of The Leather Realm is Outreach and Awareness. This celebration will offer an LGBTQ friendly surroundings with a comfortable introduction to the San Diego BDSM, Kink & Fetish Community. All the while not leaving behind the excitement and thrill of the SDPride Festival. How will we provide opportunity to do so much in two days? Allow me to elaborate.

First, YOUR Leather Realm on-site Meet & Greet! Not only will you be provided a space for your Group/Club/Organization but this will be a space for you to make your own. Set-up and make arrangements to best suit you. Please ask us your questions and concerns in regards to d├ęcor. I am here for you! The Leather Realm can provide you a table with up to two folding chairs and a simple disposable table coverlette. Bring your banners, fliers, business cards &/or handouts and trinkets-a-flavor.

Next, YOUR updated logo or image displayed on a banner for The Leather Realm website. Please send me your logo, website image or banner and a brief club description (please include your own website address to be linked). Many of the links are pictures of the onsite weekend banners. From here on out your club can be included in all promotional advertising and FUN-raising.

Last, but not least, keep your eyes and ears open. Let’s keep our lines of communication functioning & effective. Below is my e-mail (same as the one on this e-letter) and my cell phone number. Please feel free to call, leave voice mails &/or texts to my cell phone.

Please reply to me, Leather Realm Club Coordinator, crystal bleu at crystalblleu2u@yahoo.com . For further information in regards to the benefits package for contributors, please contact Christi Campbell, Ms San Diego Leather 2009 and the Leather Realm Director at calicogardens1@yahoo.com . I am looking forward to speaking with you and spending a weekend with good people creating grand memories. Again, feel free to contact me with your questions, concerns or to just say hello. Until then… Thank you! We look forward to participating with YOU!

Kindly,
crystal bleu
Leather Realm Committee - Club Co-Coordinator
Email: crystalbleu2u@yahoo.com

GearUp Weekend July 22-24, 2011

Gear Up for the first-annual men-only fetish weekend, July 22-24, 2011, at Saratoga Springs Resort.

Start your Dore Alley week right! Get away to a private, wooded valley in the mountains near Clear Lake for a weekend with other kinky and kink-curious guys.

New to the scene? Uncertain of your place in it? Do you have fantasies to explore, but have never had the opportunity? You are especially welcome.

Take a course in Dominance 101 or Submission 101, or just relax poolside for the entire weekend if you'd prefer. Expose yourself (clothing optional) to new people, old friends, and join in fun, hot and kink-educational activities. Workshops and demos will cover S&M, watersports, bondage, fisting, erotic massage and more, and they will be open to all those interested regardless of skill level. So come enjoy the friendly crowd, relaxed atmosphere and secluded environment.

Your early registration fee of $125 includes:

* Camping space
* Showers and toilets
* Pool and hot tub
* 5 meals (Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast)
* Open Bar
* Dungeon Space
* Demos and workshops

Don't fancy camping? Private cabin rooms are available for $100, bunks for $50.

Applicants Still Wanted for Upcoming Contest

We know that we had some individuals become interested in competing from inquiries at this past IML and technically the deadline was past, but we will still accept any additional applications as long as all photos and application are submitted to us no later than June 12th. Please pass this on to any interested party or group throughout the state of California.

Chris Owen

Co-Producer / Webmaster
California LeatherSIR / Leatherboy
Community Bootblack &
California Puppy
http://CaliforniaLeatherSIR.com

Wet' n Hot Update

Water Boys Presents
Wet ’n Hot 15
July 8-10, 2011

Heya Pissmen!

There’s only one month to go before the Biggest Piss Party on the Planet! Over 300 horny pigs are already on the way, with more signing up every day!

Since we’re now entering the final registration crunch, we want to remind you of a few important deadlines:


If you wish to register by mail and pay with a check or money order, we must receive your registration form by June 13. That’s less than one week away!

If you wish to register by mail and pay with a credit card, we must receive your registration form by July 1.

The last day to fax in your registration form is July 5. (You’ll get the quickest response using this method.)

If you are in the Palm Springs area, you can now pick up and return registration forms at Gear Leather & Fetish. The store cannot, however, accept cash or check payments on behalf of Water Boys.

If there’s any space left on opening day (July 8) we’ll accept walk-in registrations (cash only), but why take the risk? If you want to attend, send in your registration form today!

On the hotel front, four of our seven host resorts are now sold out. Of the three which remain, two resorts only have a couple of rooms left! If you want to stay with the group, please register soon. Remember, rooms at Wet ’n Hot resorts are reserved exclusively for the men attending our weekend and you can’t reserve one until you’ve signed up!

You can get all of the details about the party and download your registration form on our hot new website, waterboys.com/wnh.

Help make our fifteenth annual event the wettest one yet! Please join us—and all of your other brothers in yellow—this July 8-10!

Keep it wet!

Dan, Vince and Rik
The guys at Water Boys

P.S. Don’t know about Wet ’n Hot? It’s the Biggest Piss Party on the Planet, held every summer in the gay resort mecca of Palm Springs, California USA! This year’s event is July 8-10. Hundreds of hunky, kinky guys. Three late night outdoor piss/pig parties. Brotherhood, camaraderie. Amazing yellow fun.

STRUT YOUR STUFF BOOTS CONTEST at the Hole

As you look down noticing the HOT breath of the boy beneath You, with the polish coated wet tongue stroking... caressing .....Your boot. ...........
You inhale softly on Your fine cigar and scan the crowd for the evenings entertainment............

HOT boots HOT cigars and HOT Leather folk!!
...........and did we mention HOT?!?!?!

Come join us for a night of events that will assist in raising funds for the Leather Realm @ the San Diego Pride Festival July 16th and 17th.

One of the largest Leather/BDSM/Kink/Fetish educational forums in Southern California.

Sunday, June 26th 3pm to 7pm
The Hole
2820 Lytton Street
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-9019

GOT BOOTS?!? Participants wanted!!!! You wear them......You shine them ......NOW show us what YOU'VE got!!!!

The evening events feature;
~ Strut your stuff boots contest ...
~ 50/50 raffle and auction
~ Bootblacks
~ Hottest boot scene (within limitations of the Host venue).....
~ Cigars and Hot Leather folk smoking them!!!

Food and beverage specials (non alcoholic and alcoholic) just for us.

To find the latest information on the Leather Realm and the 2011 venue year visit our Web site.

The Leather Realm Committee

Monday, June 6, 2011

Keeping Our Money Within the Local Tribe

Just as an experiment, I'm inviting everyone to send an email to me at FetishMenSanDiego @ gmail.com to tell me about your businesses.  A few paragraphs will do:

- Tell us what makes you proud of your work. 
- Contact-information.  Name, address, email, phone, Web site.
- Don't be too "Marketing 101" about it, please. Just be real.

Then, I'll compile what is sent and send it out as one, long message so that we don't flood the mailing-list.

Here's the goal:

It's a terrible economy, and, now that we have such a huge and continually-growing Tribal network in San Diego, we can consciously send our business to local vendors that actively support and desire our patronage. Yes, we have some great leather and fetish shops, but we also have real-estate agents, computer consultants, florists, plumbers and restaurants that need our support.

As I've said many times, FMSD is NOT meant to be a source of SPAM.  This is an experiment to see how supportive we can be when we are outside of a playroom or a bar. There is more to us than that.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Saturday Night: Welcome Home Party for Anthony


WELCOME HOME & CONGRATULATIONS TO ANTHONY 
Saturday, 10pm-1AM
San Diego Eagle
Join us on Saturday night as we celebrate Mr. International Leather 2011 - 2nd Runner Up Anthony Rollar's fantastic showing at IML. We will have drink specials, raffle prizes and scratchers all going for you as well