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Leather Events, May 9-22, 2019

by Race Bannon

Kinky tea at Wicked Grounds. photo: Serious Male Bondage
Kinky tea at Wicked Grounds. photo: Serious Male Bondage  

From Bare Chests to bare butts, meetings and exhibits, there's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.


THURSDAY 9
Poly Kinky Happy Hour @ SF Eagle
An LGBTQ+ kinky poly people social happy hour that happens every second Thursdays of the month. Meet on the upper patio, look for the poly pride flag. Get a sticker to wear the recognize others; hosted by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018. 398 12th St., 6-8pm. www.sf-eagle.com


A recent rope demonstration party. photo: Rich Stadtmiller  

Rope Burn SF:
It's Gonna Be May! @ SF Catalyst

Rope burn is a group dedicated to creating a safe space for those interested in learning the art of rope restraint. It's not a workshop, but aimed to help people create connections and grow the queer rope community through sharing their knowledge and skills. They want this group to be a fun, sex-positive, relaxed, and informational space, open to all skill levels and sizes. $20 suggested donation, 1060 Folsom St., 7-10pm. www.ropeburnsf.eventbrite.com


Subtle D/s: Inconspicuous Ways to be Kinky @ Wicked Grounds
Simplicity in protocol and subtle acts of power exchange can be so powerful. In a hustle-bustle world, learning to make the most of your time, ability and situation is essential and helps maintain a sense of connection. This class explores fresh ways to keep D/s a part of your day-to-day and to develop your own secret dirty language that you'll always have with you. $10-$35, 289 8th St., 7-9pm, 289 8th St., 12pm-4pm. www.wickedgrounds.com


FRIDAY 10
Drench @ SF Catalyst
Get wet and play hard at this watersports-themed party welcoming everyone of all orientations, preferences, and genders. Fetish gear, underwear or jockstraps are also acceptable. Secure lockers available. $20 in advance, $30 at the door, 1060 Folsom St., 8pm-Midnight. http://yellowandblack.org/drench/

Lick It @ Powerhouse
Come out to dance and play for a taste of some sexy fun. DJ Blackstone brings some soulful beats. No fancy dates, no unrealistic expectations; just some good old down right dirty fun, where Licking It is only the beginning. Beneficiaries: Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Sponsors: Mr. S Leather, 9x6Lubes Pure Silicone, wüfGear. $5 at door, 1347 Folsom St., 10pm-2am. www.powerhousebar.com


SATURDAY 11
SF Leather Pride Contingent Marshal Voting @ SF Eagle
Voting takes place to decide who will be the Leather Pride Contingent Marshals in the SF Pride parade. Voting starts at 2pm and ends at 3pm. Arrive on time if you want to vote. Stay late for winner announcements and a special Saturday Beer Bust. Finalists for Female Leather Marshal are Angel, Ms. Cat, and Sailor. Finalists for Male Leather Marshal are Bob Goldfarb, Christopher Wood, and Graylin Thornton. Finalists for Non-Binary Leather Marshal are Keao Lani, Leigh Ann Hildebrand, and Unicorn boy. 2pm, 398 12th St. www.sfleather.org

Bare Chest Calendar 2020 Finals @ DNA Lounge
Join the celebration of Team 2020 as the men who will appear in the 36th Edition of the Bare Chest Calendar are selected. Hosted by Mark Paladini. Benefits Positive Resource Center. Doors at 3pm. Show starts at 3:30pm. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 375 11th St., 3-6:30pm. www.barechest.org

Leather Lounge @ SF Eagle
BLUF SF hosts this monthly gathering of men so leathermen can gear up, grab a cigar, and socialize every 2nd Saturday of the month. Join their group on Facebook for more information including cover details and special times/themes. 398 12th St., 9pm-2am. facebook.com/groups/BLUFsf/ www.blufsf.com


Sneaker kink studs at the SF Eagles six-year anniversary. Photo: Rich Stadtmiller  

SUNDAY 12

The San Francisco Men's
Spanking Party @ Power Exchange

Safe place for beginners to explore their spanking fantasies or just a good place to meet and talk to other guys into this fetish. You will not be forced to do anything you don't want to do. Walk around, mingle and talk to other guys. You don't have to play. This is not an S&M Leather group, but it's more for guys into spanking and spanking fantasies like the traditional old-fashioned spanking over daddy's knee or a fraternity style pledge initiation paddling. $25 ($15 with student or military ID), 220 Jones St., 1-6pm.

Golden Gate Guards
Mother's Day @ SF Eagle

Join the Golden Gate Guards for food, drinks and a gift basket raffle. They'll also be helping to send off Jawn Marques, Mr. SF Leather 2019, and Amp Somers, Mr. Friendly SF 2019, to complete in Chicago at International Mr. Leather. $15.00 for beer/soda. Food only is $5.00. 398 12th St., 3-6pm. www.ggguards.org

Naked Play @ SF Catalyst
An 18+ men's play party with full nudity mandatory in the play area with slings and benches; cis and trans identified men welcome. Lockers provided per availability. After lockers are full, bags provided for checking clothes and belongings. $10 cash deposit for locker key, which is refunded upon checkout of the locker key. Body-positive space where all shapes, sizes, ages, races and body types are welcome. No body-shaming tolerated. $15, 1060 Folsom St., 6-10pm. https://nakedplay.bpt.me/


MONDAY 13
Ride Mondays @ Eros
A motorcycle rider and leathermen night at Eros, bring your helmet, AMA card, MC club card or club colors and get $3 off entry or massage. 2051 Market St. www.erossf.com

Single Column Ties with Vincent Sparacio @ Eros
SF Ring presents discussions and demonstrations regarding topics of interesting to kinky gay men. 2051 Market St., 7:30-9:30pm. www.erossf.com


WEDNESDAY 15
Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting @ SF Catalyst
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District now exists, but how will it be managed and overseen? Who will advocate to protect our remaining Leather and LGBTQ businesses, and assure that the neighborhood retains its kinky character? How will it raise and allocate funds? Help decide these and other important questions by attending this next community meeting. All are welcome. 1060 Folsom St., 6:30-8:30pm. www.sfleatherdistrict.org

NSA @ OMG
Underwear fetish party with dim lights, hot bartenders and horny men; sponsored by Spunk. $1 well drinks until 10pm to anyone in underwear. $5, free with student ID. Free clothes check. 43 6th St., 9pm-2am (doors close 1am). www.clubomgsf.com


THURSDAY 16
The Mayor of Folsom Street @ The GLBT Historical Society
Exhibition uses archival documents, photographs, artifacts, fine art and digital displays to document the life of Alan Selby, also known as Mr. S, who opened the iconic leather and kink retail store Mr. S Leather in 1979. Curated by Jordy Jones, Jeremy Prince and Gayle Rubin, and drawing on the Alan Selby papers preserved in the society's archives, this trans-disciplinary exhibition situates Selby's life within the context of a changing SoMa neighborhood, AIDS charities and the emergence of a distinct queer leather and kink culture. Light refreshments will be served. $5 (free for members), 4127 18th St., 7-9pm. https://www.glbthistory.org/visitor-info/


FRIDAY 17 — SUNDAY 19
Springtime in Yosemite @ Yosemite View Lodge
Join the Golden Gate Guards for an exciting weekend of fun in Yosemite. The weather and waterfalls should be spectacular this year. This is a great run for beginners to experienced motorcycle riders. See website for pricing. www.ggguards.org


FRIDAY 17
The Exiles: Earning Your Leathers @ SF Catalyst
Earning your leathers is a tradition in the leather community, the D/s and M/s communities in particular, that is almost lost. It's a tradition that has been associated with the submissive or slave or service person doing something that signifies that they have earned the right to wear an item of leather, the most valued symbol of our community. Is that still true? Is this still a valuable protocol? How do we show that some has 'Mastered' a skill or a service, and why would we do that? 1060 Folsom St., 7:30pm-10:30pm. www.theexiles.org

WUHfff @ Powerhouse
Join the Pedal Pups as they party in puppy style. Wear your best gear, jockstrap or best look (clothes check available so you can strip down). DJs Fawks, Jumpr and Astro; door proceeds and shot sales benefit San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Team Pedal Pups. 1347 Folsom St., 10pm-2am. www.powerhousebar.com


SATURDAY 18
Full Nelson Lube Wrestling @ SF Eagle
Join the guys of Pedal Pups for their popular lube wrestling. Enjoy sexy wet pups, beer bust and Jello shots. Funds raised will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and help Pedal Pups reach their goal of raising $100,000 in 2019. 398 12th St., 3-6pm. www.sf-eagle.com


SUNDAY 19
Adult First Aid @ Wicked Grounds Annex
CPR/AED plus Bloodborne Pathogens Certification; whether you need this certification for your profession, or are wanting to learn life-saving first aid knowledge as a Good Samaritan, this class will provide crucial skills and information to help out in an emergency situation. This daylong class will provide you with critical skills for daily life and the dungeon. $95-$125 (see website), 293 8th St., 11:30am-5:30pm. www.wickedgrounds.com


MONDAY 20
SFDsDG @ Wicked Grounds
San Francisco Dominant/submissive Discussion Group, a monthly discussion group for those with an interest in D/s and M/s relationships. Open and inclusive group welcomes everyone who is interested in power exchange, control, protocol, service, and so forth, regardless of what their experience is or of which side of the dynamic slash they are on. 293 8th St., 7:30-9:30pm. www.wickedgrounds.com


WEDNESDAY 22
So, You Think You're Kinky @ SF Catalyst
Leathermens' Discussion Group presentation and discussion: There are kinks, and then there are kinks. As hot as some of the taboo topics may be, not everyone thinks so. Your most powerful feelings and sexual identity may be inextricably linked with an activity that your average person wouldn't know how to describe, and even your kinkster friends can't relate to. We are of the opinion that if you and your partner agree no one is being harmed, you should do it with gusto. This will be an open discussion about managing feelings of being on the outside, 'coming out' with your more esoteric kink, helping others understand and empathize with you, and tantalizing and negotiating with a newbie. 1060 Folsom St., 7:30-9:30pm. www.sfldg.org

Leather and Underwear Buddies @ Blow Buddies
A men's leather/gear and underwear play night. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

NSA @ OMG
Underwear fetish party, sponsored by Spunk. $1 well drinks until 10pm to anyone in underwear. $5, free with student ID. Free clothes check. 43 6th St., 9pm-2am (doors close 1am). www.clubomgsf.com


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