Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

LDG rolls out mentorship


Stephen Charles is the newest contestant for the Mr. SF Leather 2012 contest, representing the Homoto Motorcycle Club. (Photo: Courtesy Homoto)
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The Leathermen's Discussion Group (LDG) first announced their new mentorship program at their 15th anniversary celebration last December. I'm happy to report that the program is on track, with mentors and mentees already signed up. There's room for more mentors and mentees, so be sure to sign up if you want to mentor or be mentored. The application form is available for download at their site, If the group's past successes are any indication, this new program will become a vital part of our ever-growing and changing community.

Homoto announces candidate for Mr. SF Leather: The gay motorcycle club Homoto has entered Stephen Charles as their representative in the upcoming Mr. SF Leather 2012 contest. Homoto was founded two years ago by Jay Larson, and is now a member organization of the SF Leather Alliance. Since that time, Homoto has kept a low profile. In their press release, Larson explained, "This is our coming out to the community. We want to show San Francisco that we're a vibrant, active motorcycle-riding organization in the Bay Area, and that sport bike leather has a place in this longtime contest." Homoto's current president Joey Bailey added, "We think that this contest is an excellent opportunity to showcase our organization and become more involved in the queer community of San Francisco." Charles has been involved with the Stop AIDS Project and currently chairs the highly successful GearUp Men's weekend taking place this July. For info on Homoto go to: For info on GearUp go to:

Mr. Edge Leather 2011 Drew Cutler (right) presents Mr. Edge Leather 2012 Will Swagger with his vest. (Photo: Scott Brogan)

Mr. Edge meet & greet: Speaking of Mr. SF Leather, the Edge Bar in the Castro officially welcomed their candidate Will Swagger at their meet-and-greet on Feb. 15. Mr. Edge Leather 2011 Drew Cutler gave Will a nice welcome and presented him with his patch. The Edge appointed Will rather than have a contest due to some unresolved issues with the city's wonky entertainment licensing process.

The Leather Alliance Weekend is happening March 2-4. Go to: for details. The highlight will be the Mr. SF Leather 2012 contest as well as the celebration/roast of Lenny Broberg that same week. Can't wait for that!

Northern California Leather Sir Ray Middling and Northern California Leather boy Seth pose after winning their titles on Feb. 11. (Photo: Scott Brogan)

Leather Sir/boy: The Northern California Leather Sir/boy and Community Bootblack Contest came back to SF on Feb. 11, filling up the Beatbox in SoMa with eager attendees. In fact, the Beatbox is the ideal venue for contests or any other event you might be planning. The stage was set up perfectly, and the staff was friendly and professional, creating just the right vibe. First-time producer Deborah Isadora Wade was given a short five months to bring us the contest, and the night wasn't without its snags. A bit of disorganization and a slow start didn't help. But Wade's production team plus emcees Bubblinsugare and Lance Holman were able to keep the night moving as quickly as possible. The audience seemed disinterested and unresponsive in the beginning, but finally warmed up.

Sir Ray Middling was the only Sir contestant. That doesn't automatically make one the winner. A single contestant still needs to achieve the required number of points. Luckily Ray did, and he's the new Northern California Leather Sir. Boy Seth Watkins won the boy title. That was no small feat considering he had three worthy competitors in boy Lexx, boy Ryan, and boy Tony. They all did an amazing job, gave thoughtful speeches and made this writer feel great about the future of our community. Patrick Mulcahey, former president of the Leathermen's Discussion Group, was presented with the Robert Davolt Spirit of Leather Award. I can't think of anyone more worthy. Sir Ray and boy Seth will compete in the International Leather Sir/boy contest on July 26 right here in SF.

Finally, the 2012 Bare Chest Calendar men presented a check for $151,676.88 to the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resource Center at the Powerhouse last Thursday. That's how much the men raised this past year from selling calendars and other calendar-related events. Great job, guys!

Coming up in leather & kink

Thu., Feb. 23: Daddy Thursdays at Kok Bar (1225 Folsom). Shot & drink specials. 10 p.m.-close. Go to:

Thu., Feb. 23: Bare Chest Calendar Contest at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom). 8-10 p.m. Go to:

Thu., Feb. 23: It's a Trap! Predicament and Playful BDSM with Stefanos and Chey at the SF Citadel. $20. 8-10 p.m. Go to:

Thu., Feb. 23: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse (in conjunction with the Bare Chest Calendar contest). $5 cover to benefit Project Inform. 10 p.m.-close. Go to:

Fri., Feb. 24: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m.-close. Live shower boys, drink specials, loads of fun! Go to:

Fri., Feb. 24: Strip at Kok Bar. Monthly strip party featuring go-go boys and the Cheap Ass contest – win $100! $2 cover, free clothes check so you can strip down to your jocks and undies. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Go to:

Fri., Feb. 24: Monthly Steam Party at The Powerhouse. Featuring the PowerShower, towel dancers & $1/minute massage. Clothes check/towels available. $8 donation suggested for the LGBT Center. 9 p.m.-close. Go to:

Sat., Feb. 25: Klub 86'd at Kok Bar. Featuring Malibu Koktails, Get a Klub 86'd Kard and get it stamped with every drink: 5th drink is free! Taking pictures for mug shots that we'll be posting on Facebook. Guber spins. Go to:

Sat., Feb. 25: 15 Association Men's Dungeon Party at the SF Citadel, a men's only event. 2-8 p.m. Go to:

Sat., Feb. 25: Open Play Party at the SF Citadel. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Go to:

Sat., Feb. 25: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef! 9 p.m.-close. Go to:

Sat., Feb. 25: Boot Lickin' at The Powerhouse. It's all about the boots! 9 p.m.-close. Go to:

 Sun., Feb. 26: Jockstrap Beer Bust at Kok Bar. $8. 3-7 p.m. Go to:

Mon., Feb. 27: Trivia Night with host Casey Ley at Truck. Featuring prizes, insane fun and ridiculous questions! 8-10 p.m. Go to:

Mon., Feb. 27: Dirty Dicks at The Powerhouse. $3 well drinks. 4-10 p.m. Go to:

Tue., Feb. 28: Busted at Truck. $5 beer bust. 9-11 p.m. Go to:

Tue., Feb. 28: Making the Connection at Mr. S Leather (upstairs at 385 8th St.). Join Darren Bondy as he welcomes Graylin Thornton, who will speak about "Not Just for Titleholder." Great discussions and good people, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Go to Facebook for details.

Tue., Feb. 28: Safeword: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30-8 p.m. Go to:

Tue., Feb. 28: And the Cradle Will Fall: Dark Age Play at the SF Citadel. Presented by Keri Leigh. $20. 7-9 p.m. Go to:

Wed., Feb. 29: Nipple Play at The Powerhouse. Drink specials for the shirtless. 10 p.m.- close. Go to:

Wed., Feb. 29: Leather Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison), a male-only club. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play till late. Go to:

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