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

American Brotherhood Weekend revival

Mister Marcus

It was madness and mayhem at Oil Can Harry's Bar in Studio City, Calif. last Thursday, July 3rd when Mr. Oil Can Harry's 2008 Randy Carmenaty staged his dessert auction party. Above is that hot, hot Mr.Eagle-LA Leather 2008 Justin David being "eaten" off of at the rollicking benefit.

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It has come to pass that the American Brotherhood Weekend is a reality and will take place in New Orleans this coming weekend, July 11-13. Most of the action takes place at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

Certain militant types have also advised me that the title of these contests is misleading because it emphasizes "brotherhood" when it should also recognize "sisterhood." Some people suggest changing the name to American Leatherhood Weekend. Well, it is not up to me to name or rename any contest, weekend, or group, so you're harping at the wrong person on this one. The producers of any given contest or leather weekend are the ones to contact – not me.

There are three men vying for American Leather Man 2008 and they are Randy Carmenaty from Los Angeles, Gregg Lakota from Ohio, and Alan Bowers from New Orleans.

2006 ABW Winners (top row) Rusty Jones (Man) and Shelley (Woman) and bottom row Boy Ed and Girl Dawn Marie pass the sashes this coming weekend, but Dawn Marie is nowhere to be found.

There are two women competing for the American Leather Woman 2008 title. They are: Joan Norry from Hayward, California and Lilith Gray from Dallas, Texas.

Two candidates for American Leather Boy are Boy Shane from Wichita, Kansas and Boy Chris from Denver, Colorado.

At my deadline, there were no candidates for American Lather girl. And in fact, last time it was held, Dawn Marie of Philadelphia won it but at this point in time, she seems to have dropped off the face of the earth and is nowhere to be found, heard from, or in contact with anyone. Hmmm. So much for the "girl" movement as it turns out. Where, oh where can she be?

The judges are in place and all is in readiness in New Orleans. So if you're going to be there, give a holler! I'll bring you the results next week.

Int'l. Leather Sir/boy progress report

The ILS/b/Bootblack regional contests roll on toward the finals in San Francisco in October. Volunteers are coming out of the woodwork in San Francisco and the host hotel (Whitcomb at 8th and Market streets) is almost sold out – in fact, an additional block of rooms has been given to ILS/b because of the crush of expected attendees.

Last Friday, July 4, the Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir/boy contests were held at the Bike Stop in Philadelphia, sponsored by boy Justin Costello; Lady Caro was the mistress of ceremonies and when the scores were tallied and certified, the Mid-Atlantic Sir is Andy Liu and the Mid-Atlantic Leather boy is Steve Mercer. Both are from Philadelphia and advance to compete at the international contest in San Francisco in October.

In the coming weeks, more ILS/b regional contests will take place, i.e., Northern California LS/b allegedly taking place the weekend of July 25-26 at the Eagle Tavern, but no details have been announced. The weekend of August 15-16 it's the Great Plains Leather Sir/boy contest in Wichita, Kansas; the same weekend is the Southern California Leather Sir/boy contest being held in San Diego. Indianapolis, Indiana is the site of the Great Lakes Leather Sir/boy competition plus a few other titles in Kendra McClain's hometown the weekend of August 22-23, always one of the biggest and best of the ILS/b/Bootblack circuit.

Former Ms. Alameda County Leather Joan Norry will compete for the American Leather Woman 2008 title in New Orleans this coming weekend.

The final regional contest will take place in Seattle, Washington August 29-30, when Gene Romaine and his crew will present the Northwest Leather Sir/boy competition. This one will complete the regional competitions and all regional winners will be in San Francisco on Columbus Day weekend for the international titles. Hope to see you around and about these events.

From hither and yon

You may or may not have heard that Folsom Street Events and an ad hoc committee called the Leather Community Meetings are working in conjunction with the GLBT Historical Society to find posters of previous Folsom Street fairs. This is the 25th anniversary of the fair. The groups are looking for posters from 1986, 1989, and 1995. Do you have one of those posters stashed away somewhere? If so, please contact Jacob Richard of Folsom Street Events at

The exhibit of these posters will open on Thursday, July 24 and it's entitled: "Fun, Frolic and Fetish: 25 Years of the Folsom Street Fair." Hope someone out there can help in this project.

Longtime San Francisco residents and even some of the "newbies" in our midst were somewhat startled to note last week that the bar on 18th Street near Castro Street that was formerly the Pendulum, has a new glaring awning out in front proclaiming the name as Toad Hall. Veterans around these parts remember Toad Hall right on Castro Street that had a short-lived life but plenty of action during its day. Some of the hottest and friendliest bartenders worked there and the bar itself was involved in many aspects of the SF LGBT community. While it may be deemed honorable to invoke the name of Toad Hall for a new bar, skeptics (and there are always a few among us) are wondering why a new, dynamic name wasn't given to that location. I have no qualms about it myself, but have 17 e-mails from "concerned" citizens who are wondering about the name. Oh, well.

Randy Carmenathy is the Southern California contestant for American Leather Man in New Orleans this coming weekend.

And from the Windy City, Chuck Renslow, president and CEO of International Mr. Leather, sent me a warm note last month, expressing his thanks for my involvement with IML virtually from the beginning. It was appreciated. Thanks, Chuck.

There were thousands of people at the Fillmore Street Fair last weekend. A lot of leather folk were spotted traversing the jazzy corridor that is always a fun one. Hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend. I'll be greeting you from New Orleans next where I'll be judging the American Leather man, woman, and boy contests! Of course, you get the news of the outcome here first.

Eventures In Leather & Kink

Weekend July 10-14

American Brotherhood Weekend in New Orleans, selecting American Leather Man, Woman and boy. All action is at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. Incumbents from two years ago pass the sashes!

Seattle Men in Leather present Equinox IX, a men-only event at a private kink-friendly location in the area.

Sunday, July 13

Castro Lions present their annual leather auction at the Eagle Tavern at the beer/soda bust from 1500-1800. Suggested $10 donation to benefit Castro Lions Charities. Great bargains always - believe me!

Wednesday, July 16

It's Nipple Play Night at the Powerhouse from 2100 to closing with "specials" if you're shirtless. Lots of pinching, squeezing and twisting. There will be another one on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

July 18-20

Pantheon of Leather Awards in Chicago and the Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather competition. Leather honors for mostly deserving people from coast to coast and Canada.

Saturday, July 19

SF Leather Daddy Glen and Daddy's boy Angle, hosting a benefit for PRC at the Powerhouse tonight from 2100 to Midnight featuring muscle boys, dancing, raffles and porn. $5 donation suggested.

Wednesday, July 23

Leather Buddies gather at 933 Harrison for the usual shenanigans with strict dress code, no cologne, no sneakers, and no attitude!

Saturday, Aug 19

Annie Romano's annual "Butch Revue" a panoramic show of talent from Southern California. No details at my deadline.

August 22-24

Great Lakes Leather Alliance in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring the Great Lakes Leather Sir/boy and 3 other titles at Kendra McClain's big leather weekend.

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