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Monday, January 8, 2018

Upcoming Out-of-Town Events for 2018

From Papa Tony:

It's the proper time of year to make travel plans, brothers. There are scads of superb events coming up, and the goal here is to make sure that you:

1. Know about them,
2. Plan for them ahead of time, to save $$$ on flights and hotel expenses, and
3. Know what to do (for a few major events), once you are there.

If you have suggestions for others that you would like to add here, please send them to papatony @ mac.com - Thanks!

The focus of this article in non-local events, so full details about San Diego Leather Pride events are posted here.


2017's big surprise was Palm Springs Leather Pride, during Halloween weekend.  It was the largest Leather/Kink/Fetish event south of San Francisco that I have ever seen, in forty-one years.  It was crowded, and then even more crowded.  THOUSANDS of men, and acting very "single", if you know what I mean…



January 12-14: Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 in Washington, DC



Feb 8-12: Annual International Bear Convergence in Palm Springs




Feb 22-25, 2018: DNA: Drummer North America in Las Vegas. Educational and community-based events, with a major titleholder contest night.




March 18 - 25, 2018: LA Leather Pride 2018

This is an EXCELLENT weekend of events.  Highlights will be the selection of Mr. LA Leather 2018 on 3/24 and the 6th annual Off Sunset Festival on March 25!

Being Los Angeles, they have a lot of very talented folks in the entertainment industry, who also happen to be kinky, and it's all very stimulating.  Don't miss the Street Fair (lots of vendors) on Sunday (see below)




Sunday, March 25, 11am: Off Sunset Festival in Silverlake. Closing event for LA Leather Pride. WELL worth sticking around for.



Wednesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 8:  SmokeOut in Las Vegas




Thursday, Apr 19 - Saturday, Apr 22:  Fist Fest Spring FFling in Augusta, Georgia (Parliament Resort of Augusta)



April 26-29: CLAW, in Cleveland, Ohio.   Photos are here. I have not attended, so here is quote from a friend: I’ve never been to CLAW, so I don’t have any reference.  I do know that there is a focus on education and classes.  There isn’t a contest.  The weekend seems to be focused around brotherhood, and better equipping leathermen with skills and knowledge.






May 24-27: International Mr. Leather 2018 Contest in Chicago. This event is massively pleasing.  I suggest that you visit it at least ONCE in your life.  It has the biggest Vendor Fair anywhere.  There are two distinct crowds who show up:

- The folks who care deeply about community, and who show up to support their local titleholders running for the biggest leathermen's title (such as Mr. San Diego Leather 2017 Nathan, who will be on stage this year), and…

- The men who are looking to have sex and kinky play with as MANY men as possible, within one weekend. The lobby at the host hotel is INTENSE, day or night, with men cruising like mad.  Check the photo, and make plans now!





June 9 – 10, 2018: Los Angeles Pride, with the parade on SUNDAY

Music Festival & Parade is Southern California's biggest LGBTQ celebration. Chart-topping artists, events & more.  Expect to see the largest number of muscular, shirtless gym-bunnies, anywhere on earth. Hugely well-attended.  Offer to march with the Leather Contingent in Sunday's Pride Parade, and meet some great new friends!




Butchmanns Experience in Phoenix, Arizona. Mentoring and educational experience devoted to helping you take ownership of your inner Dom or sub!

June 8 - 10, 2018 All Male

August 24 - 26, 2018 All Women

October 26 - 28, 2018 Pansexual



July 13-15: San Diego Pride, with the parade on SATURDAY, July 14, and the Leather Realm on Saturday and Sunday.  The Leather Realm is WONDERFUL place, but hard to find.  The Pride folks don't want kinky goings-on to scare anybody, so our section is hidden behind fencing, down at the west side of the bottom of the hill at the festival.  Look for folks checking ID's, and maybe a Leather Pride Flag.  Definitely make plans to march with folks in the Leather Contingent.


This is the 2017 Pride Parade Leather Contingent!




July 20-22: Wet ’n Hot Weekend in Palm Springs. Over 500 sexy, attitude-free guys will descend upon an underground location in Palm Springs for a weekend filled with uninhibited pig play, brotherhood and fun. It’s the Biggest Piss Party on the Planet, and it’s unlike anything else that you’ve ever experienced!




Sunday, July 29th, 2018, 11am to 6PM: Up Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair's, smaller, gay-male-oriented brother event.

It's official.  I WILL be attending the Up Your Alley Street Fair weekend this year.  I will be Den Daddy for a lot of leathermen this year, as I have done for decades.  There is no charge for this. After signing-up,  you arrive in San Francisco for the weekend, and send me a text to let me know that you are ready. 

All weekend long, I will send out invitations for tours of a particularly wonderful place to be, for that time-slot, and you can show up if you would like to.  I know a LOT of great folks, places and circumstances that will help you to feel that you are "on the inside", all weekend long.  You will have a safe, exciting and FUN time, with very nice brothers, that you will remember fondly for the rest of your life!  Drop me an email at papatony @ mac.com if you'd like to be a part of the fun.



Wednesday, Aug 15 - Saturday, Aug 18: Fist Fest in Guerneville, CA (Northern California)




Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3, 2018: Southern Decadence, New Orleans, Louisiana. None of the official events are at the leather bar, but the Phoenix (and upstairs at the Eagle) are THE place to be that weekend.




September 1-3, 2018: Master/slave Conference - MsC 2018

MsC 2018 - Building Community!

MsC 2018 is produced by MTTA, Inc., a 501-c-3 all-volunteer non-profit educational organization.

The highly educational and unique event always takes place over Labor Day Weekends. outside Washington, DC

Education, Networking and History!

MsC 2018 will include a diversity of educational opportunities with Workshops, Intensives, Panels, Roundtables and Service Stations on Master/slave relationships

Online Registration & Hotel Room Booking will open in March 2018 




Sunday, September 27: Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Last Sunday in September, every year.   HUGE.  300,000 kinky people within a very small area.  Massive, international event.  Just google "Folsom Street Fair" and check out the pics.  Again, it's kinky Mecca, and should be experienced at least ONCE in your life, but bring friends as a way to stay centered and sane in the midst of the crowd!




October 4-6: Fist Fest in Augusta, Georgia







October 25-28: Desert Leather Pride in Palm Springs.  Simply honking' HUGE in 2017, and it'll probably attract even MORE men in 2018, once word gets around.  Lots of vendors.  Great titleholder contest.




Nov. 6-8: Palm Springs Gay Pride, with the parade on SUNDAY, Nov. 8




Friday, Nov 23 - Sunday, Dec 2, Pig Week  in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy San Diego Leather Pride 2018!





From: AJ aka Ajax

The San Diego Leather Pride Contests and Festival Weekend returns March 14-18, 2018.  The producers and crew at SDLP5 invite you to join one of the biggest, most welcoming, and truly diverse leather communities in America’s Finest City, beautiful San Diego, California.
Five days of festivities begin on March 14 with Leather/Fetish Night @ Pictionary hosted by our 2018 co-emcee, Ms San Diego Leather 2010, Tiger, at Number One on Fifth.  Tiger has been fundraising every Wednesday for five years now, with ALL tips and donations going directly back into the community. Come in your gear and get free chances at the opportunity drawings--Free to attend!



The spacious World Beat Center in Balboa Park is our venue again from the following Thursday March 15 through Sunday March 18.  This has become a favorite venue--it has ample free parking, the WBC is an easy 10-minute ride to the Hillcrest area.  You’ll also enjoy the bootblacks, vendors, and special entertainers in the private, tented area connected to the venue.


Thursday night we open at the World Beat Center with a brief farewell message from the outgoing 2017 titleholders, and then celebrate our “Tribes That Bind” when Sir Karen and Boots host one of the largest All Clubs Nights in Southern California. Over 20 unique clubs are there for you to network with, and to compete in The Leather Olympics where the top three teams chosen by YOU by vote will win prizes and bragging rights for the year. (Contact SDAllClubsNight@gmail.com for more information. $5 suggested donation.)




Since 2013, the leather flag has been flown from Friday to Sunday during Leather Pride.  All are welcome to witness a leather color guard raise the flag at the Hillcrest Flag Pole on Friday March 16 at the intersection of Normal and University (thanks to the Hillcrest Business Association) at 5 p.m.  Then, back at the World Beat Center at 7 are the opening ceremonies with a blessing from the Sisters and contestant introductions. (Free to attend.)




Join us Friday night from 9p - 1a for a “Twisted” fetish dance party like no other.  San Diego Leather Pride presents a night to explore rhythm and movement where they intersect with sexuality and expression!

Join folk from varied paths, diverse expression and open minds at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park, under the stars and in the house of music! While DJ Matt Effect (Sydney, Australia) flexes his fingers to create the groove, swell in delight and passion with others, enjoy drink specials and raffle prizes, and savor the LIVE fetish performances all night long! ($25 pre-registration or at the door)




Saturday night, we host the annual San Diego Bootblack and Mr and Ms San Diego Leather Contests with bootblacks and servers who will attend to your desires while you enjoy the array of contestants who have LOTS to show you this year.  The fourth San Diego Bootblack and the 24th and 36th Ms and Mr San Diego Leather will be chosen by a panel of esteemed and titled community members, including Mr San Diego Leather 1997, Mark O’Keefe, and 2017 International Ms. Bootblack, Elisa! ($25 pre-registration or at the door)




Finally, Sunday is your best opportunity to get those leather gifts at the leather vendor faire in the lot, while we host a catered victory brunch with keynote speaker inside the WBC.  Inside you’ll enjoy catered brunch with keynote speaker Girl Complex.  We’re also thrilled to announce that, with your support from the weekend, we will announce the amount raised for our 2018 fundraising partners, the #COMMUNITYBEGINSWITHME and #BEWHOYOUNEEDED campaigns for San Diego charities. ($25 pre-registration or at the door; $10 faire only)



This year we have an improved ticketing system featuring printable, QR-coded tickets to ensure smoother entry. The basic weekend package is an $80 value, but to celebrate our Federal Recognition as 501(c)(4), we’re offering a discounted weekend pass for $60 on our newly redesigned website (Thank you GoGo!), for a limited time only. Grab your pass now before the price goes up, and bookmark our site for plenty of updates on the NEW San Diego Leather Pride! www.sdleatherpride.org

(For more information, email sdbb@sdlp5.com or info@sdlp5.com)

San Diego Leather Pride is a 501(c)(4) social welfare, education, and outreach organization partnered with The Leather Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization; a portion of the weekend proceeds will go to the #BeWhoYouNeeded and #CommunityBeginsWithMe campaigns for San Diego Charities.


~AJ
(858) 395-7171
Knight of Leather 2005
San Diego Leather Daddy 2004

SERVICE: Administration & Support
San Diego Leather Pride (inc)
3288 Adams Avenue, Ste 16421
San Diego, CA 92176-7018
www.SanDiegoLeatherPride.com

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, Member's Party, and January Events!

Table of Contents

I. Happy New Year!
II. Members Only BDSM Party - January 5, 2018
III. Upcoming Community Events
IV. From ME to YOU

I. Happy New Year!


On behalf of all of us on the FMSD Leadership Team, Happy New Year! 2017 was a wild ride for everyone, and 2018 is sure to bring challenges of its own! But fortunately, you have the support of your brothers along the way!

Thank you for making last year a great one, and we look forward to growing together this year!

If you haven't had the chance to check it out! We released a calendar for the new year! 30% of the proceeds go to a local nonprofit organization. December's proceeds went to Sunburst Youth Housing! If you're interested in getting your own calendar, contact FetishMenSanDiego@GMail.com or DoriamFMSD@GMail.com

II. Members Only BDSM Party - January 5, 2018


Join us on January 5th at House of Black, San Diego; we are kicking 2018 off with our first Male-Only Party of the year! This party will be co-hosted by Doriam and Rein, and while the theme lends itself to more SM-type play, all forms of Fetish and Kink are welcome! Including sex play, voyeur, water sports, etc.

As co-hosts, Doriam and Rein will be kicking off the night with an Interrogation Scene at 8:30! If you care to know more about these two, here's some info about each of them:

  • Rein (right) will be celebrating his admissions in to college at this party. He is a Dominant with inclinations toward Sadomasochistic play including being trained to single-tail by Papa Tony, and has been active with FMSD since September 2017. 
  • Never seen Doriam (left) play? He is a Switch who enjoys in-scene protocol. While playful, he is at his core an Edge Player best known for his experience with Rope Bondage and Suspension. He is celebrating his one year anniversary as part of the FMSD Leadership Team. 
We have reduced ticket prices for this party to $20. These funds will be used to pay for venue rental, snack foods, and non-alcoholic beverages. We've also made a few changes to our policies regarding alcoholic beverages - email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com if you'd like to know more.

Please see this post for more information on the benefits of volunteering, and Email: DoriamFMSD@GMail.com to register as a volunteer!

To purchase your ticket, please go to PayPal or email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com or FetishMenSanDiego@GMail.com to scheduled a time to meet Doriam/Scott to purchase your tickets in person!

III. Upcoming Community Events


Thursday, Jan 04 - FMSD: Pre-Party Social
Time: 5PM to 8PM
Cost: --
Location: "Tom's Place", Email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com for Address
Description: Attending Friday's party? This social will give you the opportunity to meet other attendees before the night of the party and set up scenes! Also a great way to meet new folk! This is the LAST CHANCE to purchase tickets to the Party.

Friday, Jan 05 - FMSD: Member's Only BDSM Party
Time: 8PM to Midnight
Cost: $20/Person, payable via PayPal
Location: House of Black, San Diego
Description: See above for more information. This members only party will be hosted from 8 to Midnight at House of Black! Ticket Sales will not be handled at the door and final will-calls will be sent the morning of January 5th!

Friday, Jan 05 - Flogging Friday by Drummer
Time: 10PM to Midnight
Cost: Free to attend, support the venue
Location: San Diego Eagle
Description: Flogging Friday is BACK in 2018! Join us the first friday of every Odd Month (Jan, March, May, etc.) from 10PM to Midnight and experience flogging with the Men of Drummer!

Sunday, Jan 07 - Leather boys of San Diego: Planning Meeting
Time: 4PM to 6PM
Cost: Free to attend, support the venue
Location: San Diego Eagle
Description: Do you identify as a boy/boi? Are you interested in learning more about this realm of leather? Or to give back to your community in a different way? Join the Leather boys of San Diego for their monthly planning meeting (1st Sunday) at the San Diego Eagle!

Wednesday, Jan 10 - SDLP: Your Seat at the Table! #SDLP2018
Time: 7PM to 9PM
Cost: Free to attend
Location: Pleasures & Treasures
Description: Have you ever considered running for a title? Bar? Local? Regional? International? Perhaps you've been curious as to what titleholders DO? Well this is a great opportunity for you to ask current and past titleholders just that!

Thursday, Jan 11 - Club X: XMEN Danger Room! Sharps
Time: 7PM to 9PM
Cost: Free to Club X Members, $5 requested of non-members
Location: Pleasures & Treasures
Description: This month we explore the world of Sharps! What are sharps? Needles, Knives, anything with a pointy bit sticking at the end. This workshop will go over safety, what is in the kit, and how to do this type of play without injuring yourself or others. No blood will be drawn, nor any puncturing demos.

Sunday, Jan 14 - FMSD: Kinky Petting Zoo
Time: 5PM to 8PM
Cost: $5 requested donation, in-person to via PayPal
Location: "Tom's Place", email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com for Address
Description: KPZ is taking the place of our monthly hard skills workshop. This month, we want to welcome anyone new to or interested in kink to join us at Tom's Place for our Kinky Petting Zoo! We'll have several trusted men from FMSD demonstrating different forms of play including Rope Bondage, Flogging, Spanking, Electro, Fire, and more! If you are interested in demoing, please email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com with a brief introduction! We are also looking for local vendors to lay out their own creations for purchase.

Friday, Jan 19 - FMSD: Rope Bondage Demo 
Time: 9PM to Midnight
Cost: Free to attend, support the venue!
Location: San Diego Eagle
Description: Join us on Friday, January 19th at the San Diego Eagle for our monthly demo night! This month, we'll be introducing you to the wonderful world of Shibari and Rope Bondage!

Sunday, Jan 28 - FMSD: Fetish, Kink, and Leather - Oh My!
Time: 5PM to 8PM
Cost: $5 requested donation, in-person to via PayPal
Location: "Tom's Place", Email DoriamFMSD@GMail.com for address
Description: Rounding out January, Doriam will be leading this month's Open-Table Discussion: "Fetish, Kink, and Leather! OH MY!" This gathering will welcome attendees to discuss what a "Fetish" is versus or adjacent a "Kink," how the Leather lifestyle differs or compliments the leather fetish. What makes a Fetish? What makes it Kinky? We'll have to find out! You wont want to miss this one!

IV. From ME to YOU


I'm excited to begin this year with you all; we have plenty of events coming up and more in mind! If you have any time to spare, please consider volunteering and giving us a hand in producing these and future events! Because we are primarily a two-man show, it can become a bit cumbersome.

I am really looking forward to Friday evening! If you haven't purchased your ticket, please do so ASAP! See you then, Gents!

In Service,
Truly,
Doriam C