"After approximately 4 years of gathering information from various sources, I am finally prepared to show others what I call my scrapbook. This incorporates the majority of the work that Tony De Blasé included in his original version of the leather history timeline. Portions of his timeline have not been used and information from other sources has been included. The information from other sources is indicated at the end of each item. If the item has not been referenced to another source, then it is from Tony De Blasé’s timeline.

This has been my attempt to join both the heterosexual and homosexual history of the BDSM/ Fetish/Leather Lifestyles. What originally started out as a personal interest hobby turned into a major project. Though this project does not cover all aspects of the BDSM/Fetish/Leather lifestyle, it does include a majority. This project will continue to grow as I stumble across more and more information.

The words on these pages are not my words, but instead those of others who have researched this lifestyle. Again, my main focus was to combine the information that had been obtained from both the het and homosexual sides of life. As I have found information as well, I have included that in this scrapbook as well. But as you thumb through all the pages of this scrapbook, you will see the difference between this and anything else you have seen in the past. It indeed is a scrapbook of our history." -- Gwen Hardy on the original Colors of Leather website.
2000113The Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC celebrated their 35th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary of Leather Cocktails and the 15th Anniversary of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest.
2000217The Leather Archives and Museum opened its doors on Friday, February 20 in cold Chicago weather. The dream of Leather Archives founder Chuck Renslow has finally been realized as over 200 Leatherfolk were in the Windy City for the ribbon cutting, the Centurion Awards and tours of what they helped raise over $200,000 to get started.
2000331The fourth Leather Leadership Conference is held in Washington, D.C.
2000721Atons of Minneapolis host Gopher XIV, The Legend of Paul Bunyan.
2000929The first Great Lakes Leather Conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky.
2000929The first Great Lakes Leather Conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky. (Leather Archives Website)
20001013The Tom of Finland Foundation hosts its sixth Erotic Art Weekend in Los Angeles.
20001110GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists) of New York, NY has been around 20 full years. The club with over 500 members worldwide celebrated its 20th Anniversary during its Leatherfest.
2000116The Roman Eagles became the newest Leather club in Europe when held their first meeting in Rome, Italy.
20001BDSM Berlin (registered Association) is recognized as a non-profit and charitable organization temporarily for one and a half years. (DACHS Timeline)
20001In the city of Olten, a SM group is created. (DACHS Timeline)
200021The city attorney of San Diego drops all charges against the remaining five plaintiffs in the Club X play party raid. (GHardy) 200021A jury in San Diego, CA unanimously acquitted Crickett Watkins, the first of The San Diego Six charged with committing a Lewd Act in Public. The city attorney of San Diego drops all charges against the remaining five plaintiffs in the Club X play party raid. The board of Club X San Diego accepted the recommendation by its LeatherFest executive staff that LeatherFest XI be postponed 2001. The new date would be Labor Day Weekend of 2001 and it was held in Palm Springs, CA.
2000217The leather Archives opens its doors in the new building on Greenview Avenue, Chicago. (Leather Archives Website)
20002Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather is Held
20002Mark Frazier announces the beginning of his SM Video project. The Documentary film, eventually titled Out of the Darkness – The Reality of SM, Premiered in February 2001. (Leather Archives Website) 20002The 15 Association of San Francisco celebrated its 20th Anniversary on the last weekend of February. The club was recognized by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for its long history of community service.
20002Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Cell Block 20002Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Sanctuary of a Dark Angel 20002Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Sarah Jones
20002Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Dean Ross
20002Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Ryan Goldner 20002Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Queen Cougar 20002Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Scott Reikofski and Ryan Goldner 20002Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Ward Pat Califia 20002Pantheon of Leather International Award Herve Bernard 20002Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Black Rose 20002Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year Dungeon 401
20002Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Wally Wallace
20002Pantheon of Leather Local Community Service None Presented
20002Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Joseph Bean 20002Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region (tie) Jack McGeorge 20002Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region (tie) Jonathan Krall
20002Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Dean Ogren 20002Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization Leather Leadership Council 20002Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional (tie) Laura Goodwin 20002Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional (tie) Lolita Wolf 20002Pantheon of Leather Northern California Gary Virginia
20002Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Jeff Henness
20002Pantheon of Leather President Award Pat McCarty
20002Pantheon of Leather President Award Thomas and Joshua Smith
20002Pantheon of Leather President Award Will Hildreth
20002Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region (tie) Leslie Anderson 20002Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region (tie) Rich Dockter 20002Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Shave da Bear by Menamore
20002Pantheon of Leather South Central Region Mark Frazier 20002Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region David Armstrong
20002Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Viola Johnson 200036The first version of the “Datenschlag Chronicle of Sadomasochism” (DACHS) is published as an HTML document on the Internet by Kathrin Passig and Wolf Deunan (BDSM Berlin). The document is approximately 90 KB. (DACHS Timeline)
200036The German magazine Stern published a twelve-page report on fetishism by Andreas Hutzler and Werner Mathes entitled, Wenn die Lust verruckt spielt (When Desire Goes Insane). It covers rubber, nylons, diapers and water sports as well as the primary sources of information exchange concerning fetishism (Marquis and other magazines) A full-page interview with sexologist Erwin J. Haeberle concludes the article. (DACHS Timeline)
2000311The members of Spearhead in Toronto, Canada celebrated their 30th Anniversary at the Royal Canadian Curling Club founded in 1970, Spearhead is the oldest Leather/Denim affiliation in Canada.
20003The Gieben based SM group Small attempts to run ads in the daily newspaper, the Geibener Anzeiger. The Giebener Anzieger does not feel it appropriate to print ads with this type of content and advises the group to contact other newspapers. (DACHS Timeline)
20003The New York Eagle closed its doors in the Meat Packing District after 30 years..
20003Menamore held Lion's Pride XI. The special guest was To Love, To Obey, To Serve and Damphir author Viola Johnson. Over $5,000 was raised for the Leather Archives and Museum.
20003The Kansas City Pioneers celebrated their 25th Anniversary with their Silverado 2000 run at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, MO. As part of the weekend, the first Conference of Conference took place with member clubs of the Mid-America Conference of Clubs, American Motorcycle Conference of Clubs, Texas Conference of Clubs, Southeast Conference of Clubs and the Houston Conference of Clubs. Also, Northwind held Rubbout X in Vancouver, Canada This has become one of the major stops for rubber/latex players each year. The Shipmates held their 26th Anniversary.
2000470 women participate in the second International women’s SM Leather Conference, “Play Mate 2000” in Berlin (DACHS Timeline)
2000513Representatives from 31 groups and organizations gathered at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago for Illinois Leather Summit 2000, a one-day conference that focused on legal issues of concern to the Leather community, specifically concentrating on Illinois laws. The Summit was the result of months of work by kink-friendly attorneys, legal consultants and dedicated volunteers who spent endless hours researching Illinois state, county and municipal statutes.
20005Mike Taylor, Mr. Heartland Leather 2000, is named IML 2000. First runner-up is Scott Bloom, Mr. Pistons Leather, sponsored by Pistons LLC, Long Beach, California. Second runner up is Bob “ Puppy “ Pedder, Mr. Boston Leather 2000, sponsored by CRC Associates, Boston.
200078Two police officers in Attleboro, Massachusetts, break into a warehouse looking for stolen guitars, interrupting a private play party. The resulting arrests and publicity quickly become known as the "Paddleboro case," one of the recent court cases involving SM. They seized partygoers’ Palm Pilots, which contained personal contact information. One of the arrestees was charged with “possession of an item of self-abuse”—the sort of thing that you apparently know when you see it—and another was charged with “possession of a dangerous weapon,” which turned out to be a large kitchen spoon.
2000721The American SM activist and creator of the Leather Pride Flag, Dr. Anthony DeBlase, dies after a prolonged illness. (DACHS Timeline)
2000721Tony DeBlase, creator of the Leather Pride Flag, past publisher of Drummer Magazine, founder of the Leather Archives & Museum, author and Leather community activist, died peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on July 21 after an extended illness, largely involving liver failure.
20007The German SM magazine Twilight is renamed and will henceforth appear under the title of Vamp Magazine. (DACHS Timeline)
2000830The group Magdeburg Bizarr is founded in Magdeburg. (DACHS Timeline)
20008Motor Sport Amsterdam celebrated its 30th Anniversary by hosting the ECMC and Leatherfolk from all over the world during the first weekend of August. And The Rochester Rams celebrated 25th anniversary with a summer run at a campground near Seneca Lake.
200093The Southeast Men of ONYX, a newly formed extension of ONYX from Chicago, presented a Leather/SM/BD 101 seminar as part of the Black Gay Pride celebration in Atlanta, GA.
20009The BDSM Notfalltelefon Rhein-Ruhr (Rhein-Ruhr Emergency BDSM Hotline) is established. Target groups are people needing advice in a BDSM situation. Examples of such situations include: scenes gone wrong, broken boundaries, abuse, rape, threat extortion or blackmail. The hotline has its origins in Smart Thein-Ruhr and is seeking contact with police officers, doctors, lawyers and psychologists, which they can pass on. (DACHS Timeline)
20009The Group Novanilla Ulm is founded in Ulm. (DACHS Timeline)
200010The Swiss SM and fetish magazine Lack and Leder will discontinue publication as of 05/00 (October/November). The reason for the discontinuation is that after six years in publication, the magazine has yet to turn a profit. (DACHS Timeline)
20001117Christopher Posler has been hired as assistant director of the Leather Archives and Museum.
20001127Scott Rodriguez, co-owner of The Cuff Complex died on November 27. Scott was a Seattle Men in Leather member, the founder and president of the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization and was named the 1999 GSBA Business Man of the Year. Scott served as a judge for the International Mr. Drummer Contest, American Brotherhood Contest and numerous local and regional contests. He was recipient of the Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the Year Award in 1994 and Northwest Regional Award in 1997. He served on the boards of Generic Leather Productions (GLP), and NLA, Seattle Chapter.
200011The Leather Archives and Museum, National Coalition For Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and The Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) hosted a reception and weekend outreach effort at the 13th annual NGLTF Creating Change at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, GA. This was the first time such a collective of SM/Leather/Fetish national organizations were represented at the world's largest GLBT conference. 750 Leatherfolk made a highly-visible presence.
20001212NLA Florida presents a proposed pledge of allegiance to the Leather Pride flag at its holiday party in Fort Lauderdale. The pledge reads: “ I pledge allegiance to the Leather Pride flag, and the union of Leather people for which it stands, with safety, sanity and consent for all .” 2000Featuring interviews with a variety of mental health experts, and originally intended to help educate health care and law enforcement professionals about S/M, this is a historical and contemporary account of what people in the “leather” communities do, and how it differs from non-consensual abuse
2000Publication of And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts 2000Publication of Art of Sensual Female Dominance by Claudia Varrin 2000Publication of Bondage by Manson Stanfield 2000Publication of Bride Wore Black Leather, The: And He looked Fabulous by Drew Campbell 2000Publication of Charm School for Sissy Maids by Mistress Lorelei 2000Publication of Come Hither by Gloria Brame 2000Publication of Coming of the Night by John Rechy 2000Publication of Corporal in Charge (re-print) by Jack Fritscher 2000Publication of Defending Pornography by Nadie Strossen 2000Publication of Dirty Pictures: Tom of Finland by Micha Ramakers 2000Publication of Emmanuelle, Bianca and Venus in Furs by Guido Crepax 2000Publication of Erotic Bondage Handbook by Jay Wiseman 2000Publication of Erotic Surrender: The Joys of Female Submission by Claudia Varrin 2000Publication of First Book of John Willie 2000Publication of Flogging by Joseph Bean 2000Publication of Hounds of Hell by Larry Townsend 2000Publication of Justine and The Story of O by Guido Crepax 2000Publication of Marketplace by Laura Antoniou 2000Publication of No Mercy by Pat Califia 2000Quills is released on video 2000Publication of Revenge Bondage by John Savage 2000Publication of Rough Stuff by Pat Califia 2000Publication of The 43rd Mistress by Grant Andrews 2000Publication of The Academy by Laura Antoniou 2000Publication of The Leatherman’s Handbook II by Larry Townsend
2000Publication of The Mistress Manual: The Good Girls Guide to Female Dominance by Lorelei 2000Publication of The Sharp Edge of Love by Galen 2000Publication of The Slave by Laura Antoniou 2000Publication of Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau 2000Publication of When Someone You Love is Kinky by Dossie Easton
2000Publication of Whipping Boy by G.C. Scott
2000The Spike closes after 20 years in New York.
20002000 was the first year IML did not use Etienne's art for the IML poster. Art for the poster was designed by ponyboy from Atlanta, GA.
2000An SM munch is established in Trier. (DACHS Timeline)
2000International Ms. Leather (IMsL) Held its contest in Canada this year.
2000Living in Leather XV was held in Seattle, Washington (GHardy) 2000The first Annual NY S/M Film Festival is held in New York by The Eulenspiegel Society and it is a success with titles such as: The Good, The Bad, and the Ridiculous: S/M at the Movies, Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist, Irving Klaw, Betty Page & Friends and Scorpio Rising 2000The video The Pain Game and Tie Me Up is released by Cleo Dubois of Academy of SM (GHardy) 2000Formation of Albany Power Exchange Albany, NY
2000Formation of Badger boys of Leather Milwaukee, WI
2000Formation of BearScots Edinburgh, UK
2000Formation of CAPEX (Charlotte Area Power Exchange) Charlotte, NC
2000Formation of CLAWS Myrtle Beach, SC 2000Formation of Cords Columbus, OH
2000Formation of Crescent City Outlaws New Orleans, LA
2000Formation of Cuffs (Iowa State Univ) Iowa 2000Formation of Indiana Falcons Indianapolis, IN 2000Formation of Lone Star boys of Leather Houston, TX 2000Formation of Pagoda Bears Reading, PA
2000Formation of Roman Eagles Leather Club Rome, Italy 2000Formation of San Diego Boys of Leather San Diego, Ca 2000Formation of TNG Arizona AZ
2000Formation of Windy City Boys Troop Chicago, IL 2000In place of the group Libertine Linz, a new and still nameless SM group is established. (DACHS Timeline)
2000National Leather Association recognizes Gayle Rubin with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Man of the year was a tie between Spencer Bergstedt and Mark Frazier. Woman of the year was also a tie between Lynda Blakeslee and Lady Victoria (Knight). Chapter of the year is New Orleans. (GHardy)
2000Titles: American Leather boy 2000 Randie Smith 2000Titles: American Leatherman 2000 Dean Ogren 2000Titles: American Leatherwoman 2000 Paula Smith 2000Titles: Drummer 2000 Daniel Clark 2000Titles: Drummer boy 2000 Richard Black 2000Titles: IML 2000 Mike Taylor 2000Titles: IMsL 2000 Jo Romano Blas 2000Titles: Int’l Master 2000 Steve Sampson 2000Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2000 David Hawks 2000Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2000 Alan “Spo” Schwartz 2000Titles: Int’l Mr. Rubber 2000 Tom Kelley 2000Titles: Int’l Mr. Saliva 2000 John Prather
2000Titles: Int’l Ms Bootblack 2000 Michael Ann 2000Titles: Int’l Ms Deaf Leather 2000 Black C 2000Titles: Int’l Slave 2000 Kirk Thomas 2000Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2000 Jazz Thomas 2000Titles: Ms Olympus Leather 2000 Joni Karr 200132SPLF Productions held its inaugural annual event, South Plains Leather Fest at the Radisson Hotel - Dallas in Dallas, TX which offer over 35 workshops and more than 20 vendors.
200146The fifth Leather Leadership Conference is held in Chicago.
200175Living in Leather XVI is held in Chicago.
2001824The Leather Archives and Museum celebrated its 10th Anniversary with three days of parties with more than a sprinkling of Leather history-related events the weekend of August 24-26 in Chicago, IL.
200191The first Ms World Leather contest is held in Dallas, Texas. (Leather Archives Website) 20011After a storied history of 27 years, the SFGDI Club voted to disband in January. A huge crowd turned up at the Eagle on January 20th to wish them well.
2001213Out of The Darkness - The Reality of SM, a video containing interviews with leading psychotherapists, PHDs, MDs, CSWs and activists who share information and studies in an effort to distinguish SM from abuse debuted in Dallas, TX. The video was created and produced by Mark Frazier in conjunction with the National Leather Association: International.
2001217San Francisco held the 35th Annual Motorcycle Awards presented by the Inter Club Fund at the California Club there was a three way tie for Man of the Year: Tom Galante of the GDI, Cam Solari and Philip Turner. Two special presentations were to Cam Solari, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gary Kenyon, The Frank Benoit Award.
2001225Richard A. "Dick" McHugh, a fixture in Washington's gay community and owner of the DC Eagle tavern on New York Avenue from 1987 to 2000, died of lymphoma at his home in Washington. Mr. McHugh used the bar for benefits that raised funds for a variety of charities, including Brother, Help Thyself and Food for Friends. McHugh helped many gay organizations get off the ground, including the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. He also supported the Centaur Motorcycle Club, the DC Bear Club and the DC Boys of Leather.
20012Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather is held in Chicago
20012Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year The Cuff Complex
20012Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Philip Turner
20012Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Ian Turner 20012Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Tony DeBlase 20012Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Paula Smith 20012Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Scott and Christina Parker
20012Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Ward Judy Tallwing McCarthy 20012Pantheon of Leather International Award Howard Hao
20012Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Chicago Hellfire Club 20012Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year Mid Atlantic Leather
20012Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Guy Baldwin 20012Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year (tie) Dave Rhodes 20012Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year (tie) Woodie Barnes 20012Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Bob Gunether 20012Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Richard “Patti” Brown
20012Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization Leather Archives and Museum 20012Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Cain Berlinger 20012Pantheon of Leather Northern California Werner Tillinger
20012Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Scott Rodriguez
20012Pantheon of Leather President Award Barbara Nitke 20012Pantheon of Leather President Award Daddy Nick Golden
20012Pantheon of Leather President Award Kent Arnold
20012Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Ted Lessen
20012Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Beyond Vanilla 20012Pantheon of Leather South Central Region George Hester
20012Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Paula Smith 20012Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Jill Carter 200142Death of the leather poet John Eric Larsen, creator of Songs to My Master.
20015Glenn Hughes, the Leatherman singer for the Village People passed away due to AIDs.
20015Stefan Mueller, Bavarian Mr. Leather 2001, becomes IML 2001, the second German to hold this title. The first runner-up is Darrell Moyers, Mr. DC Eagle 2001, and the second runner-up Houston Davenport, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2001, sponsored by the Powerhouse Bar and Stompers Boots.
2001620Brush Creek Media's publishing offices in San Francisco and The Bear Store, their retail operation were closed in late June by the Internal Revenue Service for nonpayment of certain taxes owed. Several days later Brush Creek was back open and operating.
20016Throughout the month of June, In The Life, a gay/lesbian news magazine broadcast its first report on SM/Leather/Fetish on PBS television stations across the country.
20016The first Annual Ms Sunshine State Leather contest is held with Marilyn Z as the winner. (GHardy)
200187In Washington, DC on August 7, gearing up to expand its lobbying and education programs, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) opened a Dupont Circle office in Washington, DC in August. AJ Altheimer, an NCSF staff member from Chicago, relocated to serve as NCSF's office manager.
2001810The Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, IL that holds several fundraising events annually, donated $7,000 to Chicago's Leather Archives and Museum, the largest single donation ever made to the Museum. The huge donation was from proceeds raised at a first-ever IML (International Mr. Leather) -sanctioned tea dance produced by the Foundation.
20018A new Pride Foundation community based scholarship was established for students in the Pacific Northwest entering the fields of sex education, sex therapy, research or something that furthers the understanding of human sexuality, especially alternative sexuality. The scholarship will be named the Tony DeBlase Scholarship Foundation and was created by Aubrey Hart Sparks.
2001912The world of Japanese Rope Artists was saddened with the news of the passing of Osada Eikichi. Osada Sensei was one of the most famous Nawa Sensei's in Japan. He was born on March 15, 1925 in Tochigi Prefecture. He was the founder of the Osada Seminar, a private membership SM organization in Japan. He was well known as an architect of the Japanese SM scene, and is regarded as the founder of the SM/Rope Art show in Japan. Indeed he was recognized as the Grand Master of Rope Art in Japan.
20019Only three days after the terrorists' attacks, San Francisco's Leather community rallied at Club Townsend to raise over $10,000 to contribute to the Red Cross and benefit those in New York and Washington, DC who were in need.
20019Passing of Boy Jarret Christiansen. He was the founder of the Great Lakes Brotherhood of Boys and the fonder of the Boy Gatherings. Jarret was born June 8, 1970, and was an associate member of the DC Boys of Leather.
20011020Northbound Leather of Toronto, Canada sponsored North America's largest fetish party, Ultra. Thousands participated with a huge fashion show, play parties and more.
20011110The new owners of the Eagle's Nest in New York City had their grand reopening at 554 West 28th Street in Manhattan. The Eagle features two large floors, both with bars and pool tables. The previous location was closed on March 5, 2000 after being operated as a Levi/Leather bar since 1970.
20011125Old guard Leatherman Jim Babin died at the age of 83. He was a charter member of Delta International, as well as a member of Chicago Hellfire Club, The 15 Association, Houston's Brotherhood of Pain and several other BDSM groups. Jim was survived by his slaveboy caspian.
20011211On December 11, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and Barbara Nitke, an acclaimed New York City artist who operates her own web site,, filed a court challenge that aimed to overturn the last remaining Internet censorship provision of the flawed Communications Decency Act. In papers filed in Federal District Court in New York City, the NCSF and Nitke claimed that the CDAs remaining obscenity provision is so broad and vague that it violates free speech and inhibits the discussion of sexual issues on the Internet among adults.
2001Boudoir Noir ceases publication after eight years. (GHardy) 2001Publication of The Bear Book II by Les K. Wright 2001Publication of Beauty of Fetish 2 by Steve Diet Goedde 2001Publication of Best of Bizarre by Taschen
2001Publication of Eric Stanton, Reunion in Ropes and other stories by Taschen 2001Publication of Eric Stanton, She Dominates All and Other Stories by Taschen 2001Publication of Erotica by Taschen
2001Publication of Family Jewels by Hardy Haberman 2001Publication of Fetichic 2001Publication of Fetish Highlights by Andreas Jahn 2001Publication of Hardcore Dementia by Dementia 2001Publication of Hotter than Hell by Simon Shepard 2001Publication of Leather Titleholder’s Manual by Jill Carter 2001Publication of Leatherfolk 10th Anniversary by Mark Thompson 2001Publication of Masochism, The Mystery of Jean-Jacques Rousseau Dr by Jaromir Janata 2001Publication of Mistress Ruby Ties it Together by Robin Shamburg 2001Publication of On Our Backs: Best Erotic Fiction by Lindsey McClure 2001Publication of Pucker Up by Tristan Taormino 2001Publication of Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage by Midori 2001Publication of SM Ranch: An Erotic Novel by Luc Milne 2001Publication of The New Bottoming Book by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy 2001Publication of The Velderet by Cecillia Tan 2001Publication of Thorsday Night by Maria Isabel Pita 2001Publication of True Lust: Adventures in sex, porn and Perversion by Tristan Taormino 2001Anniversaries: 10 Years: American Brotherhood Weekend, ABLE Productions, Washington, DC; Defenders: Denver LLC, Denver, CO; Edge Bar, San Francisco, CA; Key West Wreckers, Key West, FL; Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL; Leather Walk by AIDS Emergency Fund, San Francisco, CA; Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather Contest by Alameda County Leather Corps, Hayward, CA; Rubbout X by Northwind, Vancouver, Canada' Texas Leather Pride X by NLA: Austin, Austin, TX; Uniform Leather Ball by Phoenix Uniform Club, San Francisco, CA.
2001Anniversaries: 15 Years: Golden Gate Guards, San Francisco, CA; International Ms Leather Contest, Omaha, NE; Utica Tri's Motorcycle Club, Utica, NY.
2001Anniversaries: 20 Years:Cuffs bar, Los Angeles, CA; Defenders NY, New York, NY; Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM), New York, NY; North West Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, Seattle, WA.
2001Anniversaries: 30 Years: DC Eagle, Washington, DC; The Eulenspiegel Society (TES), New York, NY; Tribe, Detroit, MI; Unicorn Motorcycle Club, Cleveland, OH; 25th Anniversaries.
200110Mickey L compiles for LSM, Selected Leather / SM/ Kink Bibliography and Selected Online Resources
2001Tom “Ropes” McGurk presents Gag on It Video 2001Formation of Atlanta boys of Leather Atlanta, GA 2001Formation of Charlotte Lovers of All Kink(CLOAK) Charlotte, NC 2001Formation of Connecticut Fister CT
2001Formation of Keystone Capital boys of Leather Harrisburg, PA 2001Formation of Leather Sins Chicago, IL 2001Formation of Los Angeles Boys of Leather Los Angeles, Ca 2001Formation of MAS-T New Jersey New Jersey 2001Formation of Vancouver Leather Alliance Vancouver, Canada 2001Formation of Wasatch Leathermens Assoc Salt Lake City, Utah 2001Formation of Wastach Women of Leather (WWOL) Salt Lake City, Utah 2001Formation of Wicked Dallas, TX 2001National Leather Association recognizes Jan Hall with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dean Walradt with Man of the Year, Cecilia Tan with Woman of the Year and Dallas as Chapter of the Year. (GHardy)
2001Titles: American Leather boy 2001 Brian “pup” Mullikin 2001Titles: American Leatherman 2001 Jeffrey Cooper 2001Titles: American Leatherwoman 2001 Phyliss Darcy 2001Titles: Drummer 2001 Gary Vanderventer 2001Titles: Drummer boy 2001 Mark Greene< 2001Titles: IML 2001 Stefan Mueller 2001Titles: IMsL 2001 Joni Perrie 2001Titles: Int’l Master 2001 Master Jim 2001Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2001 Paksen Burrell 2001Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2001
2001Titles: Int’l Mr. Rubber Chad McLaughlan 2001Titles: Int’l Mr. Saliva 2001 Plant
2001Titles: Int’l Ms Bootblack 2001 Charley Flake 2001Titles: Int’l Ms Deaf Leather 2001 Black X 2001Titles: Int’l Slave 2001 Slave Marsha 2001Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2001 Michael Allhouse 2001Titles: Ms Olympus Leather 2001 Sherree Dixon 2001Titles: Ms World Leather 2001 Annie Romano Blas 2002125CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend), was a huge success with $5,000 being raised for the LGBT Service Center of Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum. Mr. Cleveland Leather Dennis McMahon hosted CLAW with the assistance of Mr. West Michigan Leather Robert Miller.
2002215Pantheon of Leather Event Pin 2002215Pantheon of Leather is moved to Chicago from New Orleans due to security concerns and a conflict with the Super Bowl.
2002215Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Northbound Leather
2002215Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Bob Maddox
2002215Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region John Purdie
2002215Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Mike Zuhl 2002215Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Jo Romano-Blas 2002215Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Jo and Annie Romano-Blas 2002215Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Larry Townsend 2002215Pantheon of Leather International Award Benio Takara
2002215Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Avatar of LA 2002215Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year Ms World Leather 2002215Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Peter Fiske 2002215Pantheon of Leather Man of the year Ed Moore
2002215Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Derick Rojas 2002215Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region (Tie) Bill Snook
2002215Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region (Tie) Bill Stadt
2002215Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization NCSF 2002215Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Michael Marino
2002215Pantheon of Leather Northern California
2002215Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Jack Darnell
2002215Pantheon of Leather President Award Bob “Puppy” Pedder 2002215Pantheon of Leather President Award Peter Manston
2002215Pantheon of Leather President Award Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt
2002215Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Phyllis Darcy 2002215Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year Boot Camp XII
2002215Pantheon of Leather South Central Region Terrell Brown 2002215Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Chris Zimmerman 2002215Pantheon of Leather Southern California Region George Wong
2002215Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Jo Romano-Blas 2002222The 15 Association celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a formal dinner at the Officers Club at Fort Mason and two hot dungeon parties the weekend of February 22-24 in San Francisco. Dave Rhodes and Peter Fiske presented the club the award they won for Small Event, Boot Camp XII, the weekend before at Pantheon of Leather in Chicago.
2002719Atons of Minneapolis celebrate 30 years of existence at Gopher XV, including a spectacular outdoor sunset ceremony with a ring of torches set to light the parade of colors and a large XXX symbol set afire. The Mid America Conference of Clubs also met at this event.
200283A proclamation is issued by Mayor Vera Katz of Portland, Oregon, designating this week as “Leather Pride Week” and recognizing the local leather community for its contribution to the city’s diversity. The Concerned Women of America immediately attacked the move. Portland was the second city in the United States to issue such a proclamation, San Francisco having been the first. (Leather Archives Website)
2002823MC Faucon celebrated their 25th Anniversary: Migration 2002 in Montreal, Canada. Also, The Rochester Rams held Rams Run XXVII: Truckstop at a private campground.
200295The Chicago Hellfire Club held Inferno XXXI in rural Western Michigan. The run was held in two sessions which were sold out with 225 men attending each. The following weekend Delta International held a similar men's BDSM run in rural Eastern Pennsylvania with around 300 attending. A good number of men attended Inferno and Delta.
2002913The Corn Haulers LL celebrated their 26th Anniversary with Corn Ball 2002 in scenic downtown Des Moines, IA. The theme was A Dr. Seuss Fantasy Weekend.... Would You? Could You?
20021011VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) celebrated their 20th Anniversary in Vancouver, British Columbia.
20021018The Third Annual New York SM Film Festival took place October 8-13 and featured a program of films and videos that explored various aspects of sadomasochism, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, role play and fetishes. Presented by TES, the festival also included demos, a brunch, a special fundraising gala and an SM play party.
2002118Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride 2002 drew about 175 Leatherwomen to Amsterdam, NL.
2002222The bidding was fast and furious as The LA Boys of Leather held its first Boy/Boi Auction at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA on February 22. $1,600 was raised for the Lupus Foundation and the LA Leather Coalition.
20022Religious Right Extremist successfully causes the Vicious Valentine event to change hotels. Afterwards, they set their sights on four other Leather/SM fetish conferences: Beat Me in St Louis, Leather Leadership Conference VI in Manhattan Beach, Ca., Tribal Fire in Oklahoma and IML in Chicago. (GHardy)
20023Matt, the erotic “Wrestling Artist” dies of pneumonia. Matt was born Charles Kerbs. Charles’s art was published at the age of 16 in Grecian Guild magazine(
20023The Leather Archives and Museum entered a new era at the beginning of March when Rick Storer took over as executive director. Storer has lived in Chicago for 12 years and has worked as a volunteer for International Mr. Leather and the Leather Archives and Museum and was actively involved with Masters and Slaves Together.
200247Guy Baldwin delivers a powerful speech at the sixth Leather Leadership Conference in Manhattan Beach , California, rejecting the philosophy of inclusion and emphasizing Old Guard values and self-responsibility as guides to developing as a leatherperson. The speech causes widespread debate. "What strikes me most about those who question me closely about the Old Guard is how passionately they seem to be searching for something which they believe will somehow satisfy a deeply felt need....a longing for something they sense has been lost to us. When I question people closely about what this need is ... it almost always can be reduced to a few key words: sexiness, cohesion, intimacy, trust, reliability, integrity, accountability, and perhaps most importantly, a sense of family."
2002426St. Louis Leather and Lace held Beat Me In St. Louis VI in St. Louis, MO the weekend of April 26-28 with noted Leatherman and author of The Master's Manual Jack Rinella and author of The Loving Dominant John Warren topping the bill.
200252Tony Brown, one of the original Spanner defendants, passed away at 10:10 AM, 15 days before his 67th birthday. Brown, along with Colin Laskey (deceased) and Roland Jaggard, were three of the 12 men prosecuted in 1989 for adult consensual sadomasochist sex and whose case resulted in the infamous Spanner Judgement (Regina vs Brown et al) which changed British law such that many consenting acts of BDSM between adults in Britain are now deemed assault under British Law. Tony was an active member of the European ECMC movement and an officer of the Midlands MSC Leather Men's Club. Tony received a Centurion award from the Leather Archives, of which they were extremely proud.
2002512ONE Institute and Archives, the oldest gay organization in the United State threw a benefit party while celebrating its 50th Anniversary. ONE Institute and Archives, founded in 1952, has accumulated the largest known collection of gay historical materials.
2002528Stephen Scott dies from an apparent drug overdose during the IML weekend in Chicago. Stephen held the first Mr. Sooner State Leather title. (GHardy)
2002528Stephen Scott was born May 5,1963 in Stamford, CT and died from a drug overdose in the morning of May 28, 2002 in Chicago. Stephen was the first Mr. South Plains Leather in 2001 and the first Mr. Sooner State Leather in 2000, was a Leatherman for over 12 years and served as male cochair of the National Leather Association (NLA) Oklahoma City chapter. Stephen was one of the founders of Tribal Fire. Stephen helped raise thousands of dollars for the Winds House-OKC, the Walt Whitman School-Dallas and the Leather Literary Project through various fundraising endeavors. Stephen was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum and served as director of Outreach and Development. He lived in Oklahoma City with his partner of six years Gregory Gray.
2002531A committee of 13 local men and Ms St. Louis Leather Pride 2002 organized a Leather 101 Weekend at JJ's Clubhouse and Bar in St. Louis the weekend of May 31 - June 2. The weekend offered classes geared for the curious, the beginner, and to re-energize the Master. The special guest was Leather Archives and Museum director Rick Storer.
20025Stephen Weber, Mr. Texas Leather 2002, , sponsored by the Dallas Eagle, becomes International Mr. Leather 2002. First runner-up is Borisz Mos, Mr. Leather Holland 2002, and second runner-up is Herb Kaylor, Mr. DC Eagle 2002.
200266The first pansexual Southern California Leather Gathering took place at Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park in San Dimas and exposed the Inland Empire area to Leather, BDSM, Fetish, Motorcycle and Bear groups.
2002615San Francisco Drummerboy 2001 Jack Garcia and Mr. Edge Leather 2002 Scott Brogan founded the San Francisco Boys of Leather. The formation meeting was at Daddy's.
2002727Bootblacks joined together at the International Ms leather contest to present the National Coalition for Sexual freedom with a check for $4,345.64. “For the Love of Boots” was devised by International bootblack 2001, Paksen and called for international wide bootblacks to hold individual fundraisers in their own communities. (GHardy)
2002727Russ Cosgrove of Calgary, Alberta becomes the first woman living outside the United States to win the title of International Ms. Leather at the contest in Omaha, Nebraska.
20028Issue of the NewsLeather published by NLA Dallas
2002920the Dallas boys of Leather hold Boy Pride Weekend for the first time in Dallas, TX. (GHardy)
20029The Brass City Eagle opens in Waterbury, CT (GHardy) 20029Judy Guerin announces her resignation as executive Director of NCSF. Judy assumed the role of Executive Director in 1999. (GHardy)
200210Butchman’s Academy of Tucson, AZ and the Arizona Power exchange in Phoenix, announce their merger and newly established APEX Academy. (GHardy) 200210Orange Coast Leather Assembly celebrates its tenth anniversary.
200210The Leather Archives and Museum announces they have published a CD containing erotic art images and kinky History articles. This CD is to be the first in a series of similar CD’s made available. (GHardy)
2002113Touche' celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Chicago recently with a week of events. Highlights of the weekend included a Camaraderie and Cabaret party and show at the Leather Archives and Museum featuring the Men of Chicago Beef Dancers in the club room and Big Band music by Bopology.
200211Jack McGeorge became the center of international attention after his appointment on the UN team seeking weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when his SM affiliations and activities with such bodies as the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is made public. McGeorge is retained in his position. (Leather Archives Website) 2002129International Ms Leather 2001 Joni Perrie was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum on December 9. Three members of the board were reelected. Melinda Chateauvert of Washington, DC, Lawrence Fox of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Robert Guenther of Baltimore, MD were elected to serve additional terms.
200212The Chicago Leather Club (CLC) was formed in Chicago. CLC's primary goals were to support good causes for those less fortunate and to support the Leather community. Among the causes CLC supports are Toys for Tots, the Chicago Hellfire Club's McAdory fund and the Leather Archives and Museum.
2002Publication of A Binding Passion by Larry Townsend
2002Publication of American Dommes (GHardy) 2002Publication of Andromeda by Ashbury Park, NJ
2002Publication of Art of Benson 2 by Gord Publications 2002Formation of Bears of St Louis in St Louis, MO
2002Publication of Best SM Erotica by M. Christian 2002Publication of Blue: The Color of Desire by Patrick Linney 2002Publication of Bondage on a Budget by Alison Tyler and Dante Davidson 2002Formation of Brotherhood of Nubian Dominants (BOND)
2002Publication of Carrie’s Story by Molly Weatherfield 2002Publication of Carried Away, An SM Romance Novel by David Stein 2002Publication of Chainmale by Don Bastian 2002Publication of Dominatrix: The making of Mistress Chloe 2002Publication of Endless Knot, Spiritual Odyssey through SM by Mathew Styranka 2002Publication of Fetish Fashion: Undressing the Corset by Larry Utley 2002Publication of Guide to New York's Underground by Claudia Varrin
2002Publication of I was a Teenage Dominatrix by Shawna Kenney 2002Publication of Kiss Foot Lick Boot by Doug Gaines 2002Publication of Lazy Crossdresser by Charles Anders 2002Publication of Master's File by Jack Dickson
2002Publication of Outlaw by John Rechy 2002Publication of Safe Sane Consensual and Fun by John Warren MD 2002Publication of Slave Craft by Guy Baldwin 2002Publication of Spirit + Flesh by Fakir 2002Publication of The Accidental Submissive by Master G 2002Publication of The Compleat Slave by Jack Rinella
2002Publication of Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men by Bill Brent 2002Publication of Urban Aboriginals: A Celebration of leather Sexuality by Goeff Mains 20th anniversary edition 2002Publication of Wired Hard 3 by Cecillia Tan 2002Robert Dante’s Video Bullwhip is released and even though it is produced in Canada, it is banned by Canadian Customs. (GHardy) 2002The Video Secretary is released (GHardy) 2002The video Tie Me Up is released (GHardy) 2002The Video, BDSM, Alternative Loving is released. (GHardy) 2002Formation of Central Texas boys of Leather Austin, TX 2002Formation of Chicago Leather Club Chicago, IL
2002Formation of Dallas boys of Leather Dallas, TX 2002Formation of Florida boys of Leather Jacksonville, FL 2002Formation of Kansas City boys of Leather Kansas City, MO 2002Formation of Leather Wolves Albuquerque, NM
2002Formation of Mythos Group Calgary, CAN 2002Formation of New Age in Leather, (NAIL) Cleveland, OH 2002Formation of New England boys of Leather Arlington, MA 2002Formation of Osos Del Sol Bears CA
2002Formation of Phoenix boys of Leather Phoenix, AZ 2002Formation of San Francisco boys of Leather San Francisco, CA 2002Formation of St Louis boys of Leather St Louis, MO 2002Formation of Women in Control of Kink(Wick’d) Denver, CO
2002The Leather Archives and Museum released a CD containing erotic art images and kinky history articles. The artwork contained on the CD became available to the Leather/Fetish/BDSM community to use on web sites, newsletters, event programs and other mediums.
2002Titles: American Leather boy 2002 Kip Davidson 2002Titles: American Leatherman 2002 Rich “RTB” Trevino 2002Titles: American Leatherwoman 2002 Tobin Britton
2002Titles: IML 2002 Stephen Weber 2002Titles: IMsL 2002 Russ Cosgrove 2002Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2002 Jose Gutierrez 2002Titles: Int’l Leather Pup Pup Tim 2002Titles: Int’l Leather Sir 2002 Dale Breunig 2002Titles: Int’l Master 2002 Scott Parker 2002Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2002 Michael Lanzinni 2002Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2002 William “Bam” Coleman 2002Titles: Int’l Mr. Saliva 2002 Vince Reger
2002Titles: Int’l Ms Bootblack 2002 Kari LaVicchia 2002Titles: Int’l Slave 2002 Christina Parker
2002Titles: Int’l Trainer Master Skip 2002Titles: Mr Olympus Leather 2002 Butch Arnold 2002Titles: Ms Olympus Leather 2002 Sasha von Haner 2002Titles: Ms World Leather 2002 Karen McGee 2003425The Trident International holds its thirtieth anniversary celebration at the run hosted by Trident City of Angels in Los Angeles. A meeting of the chapters house of delegates is also conducted.
2003525John Pendal, Mr. Hoist 2003, is named International Mr. Leather 2003, becoming the first Englishman to hold the title. The first runner-up is Donald Dotson, Mr. Suncoast Eagle 2003, and the second runner-up is Stephen Blackwell, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2003. John donated his grand prize, a 25th Anniversary Harley Davidson motorcycle to the LA&M to raffel off to raise funds for the museum and the Spanner Trust. David Kloss, IML 1979 won the bike in 2006.
2003627San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Pride Weekend drew over 500,000 to its two-day festival and Sunday parade the weekend of June 27-29. There was a big Leather visibility including the Leather Contingent which was the largest in the parade, the Phoenix Uniform Club's Leather Uniform Ball on Friday night, The 15 Association play party on Saturday night, the Dyke March which had Leather visibility on Saturday around dusk, Folsom Fringe hosted by smOdyssey in San Jose, the Fifth Annual Pride Brunch organized by Mr. San Francisco Leather 1996 Gary Virginia and Empress Donna Sachet and a Leather Alley section in the pride festival.
2003725Trident Windy City holds its first run, Neptune 1: Pirates on the High Seas, in Chicago.
2003822The weekend of August 22-24 was a special one at Saratoga Springs Resort in Lake County as 244 Leather/Levi men and women gathered together for Leather Levi Weekend III. Leather Levi Weekend was established to encourage those interested in any of the facets that make up the greater Leather community by proving them a weekend where they could sample a bit of everything, and to do so at their own pace in a safe and Leather-positive atmosphere.
2003127Richard Chatterton, beloved member of the Leather tribe and respected leader of the San Diego community, died early in the morning at age 34.
2003127Richard Chatterton, beloved member of the San Diego Leather community dies. (GHardy)
20031Amos Levy opens The Dungeon, a SM club in Tel Aviv, Israel. (GHardy)
20031The Underground Bar in Southern California opens. (GHardy)
20031The Georgia Supreme Court struck down a 170 year-old law that made it a crime for unmarried people to have sex. The January ruling came in the case of a 16 year-old boy discovered having sex with his girlfriend in the bedroom of her home. The young woman's mother made the discovery. "Our opinion simply affirms that ... the government may not reach into the bedroom of a private residence and criminalize the private, noncommercial, consensual sexual acts of two persons legally capable of consenting to those acts, Chief Justice Norman Fletcher wrote.
200328Icon Detroit marks its tenth anniversary.
2003212James "Jim" Kane died on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from complications of strokes, at the age of 75. Jim was a founding member and officer of the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club. Following the reorganization of the Janus Society in San Francisco, Jim became a board member there, and also a regularly contributing faculty member for Janus educational programs. Cynthia Slater, the founder of the Janus Society, became Jim Kane's tenant in an apartment building he owned with his slave, Ike Barnes. Photos of Jim's basement dungeon appeared in a Drummer Magazine photo-essay called, "Dungeons of San Francisco". Most of Jim's personal collection is now housed at the LA&M.
2003214The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is established (GHardy) 2003215Pantheon of Leather Event Poster
2003215Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather 2003 is held in Chicago
2003215Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Stomper’s Boots
2003215Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Bob Brunson
2003215Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Don DeJardine
2003215Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Gloria McIsaac 2003215Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Tom Stice 2003215Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Annie Romano-Blas 2003215Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year David Kloss and Remi Collette 2003215Pantheon of Leather Florida Region Marilyn Zerquera 2003215Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Cynthia Slater 2003215Pantheon of Leather International Award Stefan Mueller 2003215Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year TES 2003215Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year Inferno XXXI
2003215Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Judy Tallwing McCarthy 2003215Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year (Tie) Randall Kinnear 2003215Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year (Tie) Scott Parker 2003215Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Ric Newton-Treadway
2003215Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Larry Manion
2003215Pantheon of Leather New England Region Dan Oleson
2003215Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization South of the Market Bare Chest Calendar
2003215Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Connie Cox 2003215Pantheon of Leather Northern California Lenny Broberg 2003215Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Billy Lane 2003215Pantheon of Leather President Award Kevin Casey
2003215Pantheon of Leather President Award Lady MJ
2003215Pantheon of Leather President Award Lord Suttle
2003215Pantheon of Leather President Award Steve Lenius 2003215Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region tie Bob DeJardine
2003215Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region tie Jon Langoni
2003215Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year (Tie) T.U.L.S.A. 2003215Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year (Tie) VASM 2003215Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year C.L.A.W. 2003215Pantheon of Leather South Central Region Danny LeCompte 2003215Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Lloyd “Russ” Russell
2003215Pantheon of Leather Southern California Richard Chatterton
2003215Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Fetish Diva Midori 2003222The Warriors Motorcycle Club celebrated their 34th Anniversary in North Hollywood
20032International Master and Slave contest is moved to Dallas, TX to be held in conjunction with South Plains Leatherfest. (GHardy)
2003313American Leatherboy 2001, Bryan "Pup" Mullikin departed this life at his home in Chicago. He was 33 years old. Bryan died of an accidental drug overdose. He served as president of the DC Boys of Leather for two years.
2003322The Sanctuary of the Dark Angel closes in Atlanta. Doug Harris hosted A final gathering of friends and family at the home at The Sanctuary Of The Dark Angel on Saturday, March 22. Attendees were asked to bring a brief statement or small memento of their time at the Sanctuary over the last 10 years which were acknowledged and placed inside a sealed repository for a future time. 20033The spring meeting of the Mid America Conference of Clubs (MACC) is held at the Conductors run in Nashville, Tennessee.
200345Minnesota Storm forms in the Twin Cities.
2003419The first Leather Day of Caring recognizing local efforts to raise funds for the HIV/Homeless, is established by Ms World Leather 2002 Karen McGee. The event creates funds raised exceeding $56,000 in food, clothing, donations and services. (GHardy) 20034The Lure, a bar which made a major positive impact on the Leather community in New York and nation wide, closed in early April. Much of the Lure's papers and some artifacts including the negative of the famous poster by Rex, and the "Lure Angels" which were also in the Mineshaft were donated to the LA&M
2003621The Los Angeles Leather community gathered together and participated in Los Angeles gay and lesbian pride festivities the weekend of June 21-22. The LA Leather Coalition, with the help of the Christopher Street West committee, produced a successful Second Annual Erotic City Expo on Saturday and Sunday and nine Leather community units marched together in the pride parade on Sunday.
200376Susan Kaplan, 56, passed away. Kaplan was an active member of Congregation Or Chadash. Sue did volunteer work for over 10 years with Leather United, Dedicated and Safe, CDG, and organizations, including International Mr. Leather, for which she served as transportation co-coordinator for the last three years. A volunteer for the Chicagoland AIDS Walk in the early years, Sue was instrumental in galvanizing the Leather community's assistance for the event.
2003711Leathermen Remi Collette and David Kloss , the first IML, are legally married at the Toronto City Hall under a new ruling that the Canadian government must allow same-sex weddings. 2003727Death of Greg Ammell, founding member of the Stallions and co-owner of Laws Leather in Cleveland. 20037Los Angeles boys of Leather successfully hold the first Stars and Stripes weekend in Los Angeles. (GHardy)
2003810Oregon Leather Pride Week ran from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 10 in Portland, OR and featured the Fourth Annual Leather, Feathers and Fur Fetish Ball, Uniform and Buzz Cuts Party, a concert by Mark Weigle and Maria Webster, Leather Family Barbecue, Leather and Lace Show and the Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather Contest.
2003822Black Beat, a predominately African American event is held in Washington, DC for the first time. (GHardy)
2003824SM Dykes Manchester hosts the UK’s first international Women’s SM conference during Europride (GHardy)
20038Sheryl Dee organizes the Leather girl network (GHardy)
2003919The first boy pride weekend is held in Dallas, Texas and was sponsored by the Dallas boys of Leather. (GHardy) 2003109Cine Kink is held for the first time in New York City, Featuring especially selected programs of films and videos that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of alternative sexuality. (GHardy)
20031024Together in leather is held for the first time in Charlotte, NC. (GHardy) 2003111The autumn meeting of the MACC is held at Gateway MC’s 30th anniversary run “ Show Me 30: It’s A Wonderful Life “ in St.Louis. Two new clubs, Minnesota Storm Patrol and the Chicago Leather Club, are admitted , bringing the total membership to 30
200311In the name of protecting Christian values, the religious right successfully caused the pansexual event, Fetish in the Fall, to cancel the event that was to be held in Kenner, LA. (GHardy)
20031215Veteran Texas leatherman Dean Walradt dies at the age of 52 200312Publication of Painfully Obvious by Robert Davolt through Daedalus. In "Painfully Obvious," Davolt gathers 40 essays and runs the topical gamut from why leather matters to how to be a better citizen while still wearing cowhide. While Davolt's credentials are obvious (he turned the lights out at the legendary Drummer Magazine), it is his knowledge of history and literature outside the leather world that make this a better than average read. In fact, one of the best columns of the book is Davolt articulating his thoughts on the demise of Drummer, with thoughtfulness and nary a trace of bitterness. Tim Brough
2003Publication of A Collection of Stories from The Editor of Vulcan America and Rubber Rebel Magazine
2003Publication of Alazar’s Book of Bondage 2003Publication of Bad Boys by Paul J Willis and M. Christian 2003Publication of Bear Like Me by Jonathan Cohen 2003Publication of Black Gloves, White Magic by Tim Brough 2003Publication of Chain by Thom Wolf
2003Publication of Color of Pain, Shade of Pleasure by Cecilia Tan 2003Publication of Demimonde: A Visual Exploration of Fetish by Doris Kloster 2003Publication of Dreaming in Color: Special Edition Anthology of Erotic Writing 2003Publication of Erotic Tickling by Michael Moran
2003Publication of Fantasy Made Flesh by Deborah Addington 2003Publication of Female Domination by Elise Sutton 2003Publication of Fetish World: Secret of Dominance and Submission by Doris Kloster 2003Publication of Kinkorama by Simon Sheppard 2003Publication of Kiss of Fire by Barbara Nitke 2003Publication of Many Kisses: Stories of Dominant Lovers by Susie Santiago 2003Publication of Partners in Power: Living in Kinky Relationships by Jack Rinella 2003Publication of Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism by Peter Weibel 2003Publication of Photography for Perverts by Charles Gatewood 2003Publication of Roughed Up by Simon Shepard 2003Publication of Run Little Leather Boy with Run No More by Larry Townsend Two Novels in one book 2003Publication of Sadomasochism: Ideas in Psychoanalysis by Estela Welldon 2003Publication of Safe Beginnings by Goddess Lakshimi 2003Publication of Safe Word: An Erotic SM Novel by Molly Weatherfield 2003Publication of Sgt. Vlengles’ revenge and other abuses of Power by Tim Brough 2003Publication of The New Topping Book by Dossie Easton 2003Publication of The Reunion by Laura Antoniou 2003Publication of WOOF by Michael Daniels 2003LA&M Highlights: The Leather Archives and Museum received a check in the amount of $5,679.56 from the Leather Literary Project. The Second Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) took place in Cleveland and was a huge success with over $15,000 raised for charity The primary beneficiaries were the LGBT Center in Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum. Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. Mr. Ebony Leather Contest Cain Berlinger producer presented Chuck Renslow of the Leather and Archives and Museum a check for $1,000 from funds raised during the Mr. Ebony Leather 2003 Contest held during IML in May. Mr. Drummer 2000 Daniel J. Rabone teamed up with Gay Coffees, to offer Grind, Wet and Enjoy, a fundraising campaign throughout North America to benefit the Leather Archives and Museum and the Gay Mens Domestic Violence Project. International Ms Leather 2003 Tammie Nelson and Midwest Ursine Indiana editor John Schmitt have started the Protect our Past and Future Fund.
2003New on the Scene: Black BEAT (Black Expressions, Alternative Tastes), Washington, DC; Black Gloves White Magic by Brough, Louisville, KY Calamus Communities, Phoenix, AZ; Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, New Orleans, LA; Community Forum on Asians and Leathersex, kinky GAM and the Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA; Folsom Fair North Productions, Folsom Fair North, Toronto, Canada; Instigator Magazine, Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas League of Gentlemen, Las Vegas, NV; Latin Leather Club, San Francisco, CA; Leather Girl Network, San Diego, CA;, Redwood City, CA; New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Jewish BDSM Match; Mama's Leatherman Contest, San Francisco, CA; Midwest Bound Magazine, Wichita, KS; Minnesota Storm Patrol, Minneapolis, MN; National Leather Association: Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Palm Springs boys of Leather, Palm Springs, CA; Together in Leather, North Carolina; Women's Educational Board (WEB), Central Texas; West Coast Pup and Trainer Contest, Los Angeles, CA
2003The video This Old Boot, Bootblack 101 is released. (GHardy) 2003Tom “Ropes” McGurk presents No Laughing Matter and Pleasure Pain Videos 2003The publisher of O, an adult fetish magazine lost a lawsuit that claimed that television star and self-improvement guru Oprah Winfrey's publication, also named O was tarnishing his trademark, a New York court ruled in February German publisher Brockmeyer's magazine have rarely appeared in the United States since 1995.
2003Formation of Alberto Kink Social Society Alberto, CAN
2003Formation of Arizona Women of Leather (AWOL) Arizona 2003Formation of Bay State Marauders Boston, MA
2003Formation of Cavaliers MC New Orleans, LA 2003Formation of Cincinnati boys of Leather Cincinnati, Ohio
2003Formation of Cubs Club of California CA
2003Formation of MAST - Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fl
2003Formation of MasT – KC Kansas City, MO
2003Formation of Men of Phoenix RI
2003Formation of Minnesota Storm Patrol Minneapolis, MN 2003Formation of NLA - Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
2003Formation of Pittsburgh Leather Archives for Newcomers (PLAN) Pittsburgh, PA
2003Formation of Seattle boys of Leather Seattle, WA 2003Formation of The Round Square Hole (TRSH) Jacksonville, FL
2003Formation of The Training Camp NC
2003Formation of Toronto boys of Leather Toronto, CAN 2003Formation of Vancouver Women of Leather Vancouver, CAN 2003Titles: American Leather boy 2003 Jeff Nowak 2003Titles: American Leatherman 2003 Bill Mitchell 2003Titles: American Leatherwoman 2003 Sheryl Dee 2003Titles: IML 2003 John Pendal 2003Titles: IMsL 2003 Tammie Nelson 2003Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2003 “Titusboy” 2003Titles: Int’l Leather Sir 2003 Mike Russell 2003Titles: Int’l Master 2003 Bert Culter 2003Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2003 Richie Chameroy
2003Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2003 Juan Zazueta 2003Titles: Int’l Mr. Rubber William “Rubberwillie” 2003Titles: Int’l Ms Bootblack 2003 Slaveboi Eddie 2003Titles: Int’l Ms Deaf Leather 2003 Renatta Millet 2003Titles: Int’l Saliva 2003 Connie Cox 2003Titles: Int’l Slave 2003 Nadine 2003Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2003 Robert 2003Titles: Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig 2003Titles: Ms World Leather 2003 Goddess Lakshimi 2004213Pantheon of Leather XIV is held in Chicago.
2004313The Saber Motorcycle Club, South Florida's oldest Levi/Leather club for men celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a festive weekend.
200442Tribe MC hosts its 33rd Do-A Fool run in Detroit, themed as a parody on Grease. The same weekend, the eighth Leather Leadership Conference is held in New Orleans.
2004416The KC Pioneers presented Trails End XXIX: Under the Big Top was held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Demonstrations and workshops were presented by KC Leather University, featuring special guest Jack Rinella.
2004422The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) and Butchmann's Academy held their first all-female weekend in Phoenix, AZ.
2004820The Black BEAT (Black Expressions Alternative Tastes) BDSM conference took place in Hanover, MD.
2004827The Rochester Rams hosted Hell Weekend, their 29th Annual run in Rochester, NY.
2004115Black Rose hosted BR XVII, its annual pansexual extravaganza of programs and play, socializing and shopping in New Carrollton, MD. The entire event - programs, play, and vending was under one roof.
2004123The Southwest Training Academy presented by Master Jim, Slave Marsha and guests of South West Leather Conference was held in Phoenix, AZ.
2004212Alan Selby of Mr. S Leather celebrates his 75th birthday in San Francisco.
2004214Avatar Club Los Angeles celebrated its 21st Anniversary.
2004227Bay State Marauders, a new Leather social club in Boston held their kickoff party at the Boston Ramrod.
20042Publication of the anthology Speaking for our Lives by Hawthorne Press, containing works by Joseph Bean and John Eric Larsen as representatives of leather rhetoric and poetry. (Leather Archives Website)
20042The anthology Speaking For Our Lives is published by Haworth Press, containing works by Joseph Bean and John Eric Larsen as representatives of leather rhetoric and poetry.
20042San Antonio Eagle announces it’s opening (Ghardy) 20042My Vicious Valentine featured Guy Baldwin at their pansexual weekend February 13-15 in Chicago, IL with the theme, We Can Do It.
2004314The first annual "Blessing of the Bikes" is held in New Orleans, sponsored by the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans and the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club.
2004320Spearhead Toronto celebrate its 34th Anniversary with a dinner at the Ramada Hotel and Suites. Also the Seattle Men in Leather presented its Man of the Year Award to Seattle Leather Daddy 2004 Jim Drew.
20043The Phoenix boys of Leather hosted their first Spring Break: Western boy Run in sunny Phoenix, AZ featuring pool parties, games, a sleep-over, demos, vendors and the Phoenix boys of Leather Taking it to the Edge workshop series.
200443Spring meeting of the Mid America Conference of Clubs held in Detroit.
2004410A Leather Day of Caring II is held.
2004429The Leather Network conducted boys Training Camp VI in Dallas, TX at Inquisition Dallas. NLA: Dallas honored key note speaker and guest faculty member Judy Tallwing-McCarthy with 75 in attendance.
2004430CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) is held, including an International Leather Family Dinner.
2004430CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) is held, including an International Leather Family Dinner. (Leather Archives Website)
20044The Cell Block, Chicago's popular leather bar, closes for repairs. Also, Bears LA celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a business casual dress Casino Night at a private residence in Alta Dena, CA. 20044The Cell Block, Chicago’s popular leather bar, closes for repairs. (Leather Archives Website)
200453Daddy Alan Selby of San Francisco died around 9:30am from a serious non-AIDS related illness. (Ghardy) 2004515The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) hosted Kink Karnival in Phoenix, AZ. Also, the Threshold Society based in Los Angeles, presented Breath Play: The Safe and Erotic Approach, A Hands-On Learning Experience by Ms Cynthia.
2004522The Washington, DC chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held its second annual Leather Flea Market at Titan Bar in Washington, DC. Founded in 1991, The Defenders LLC is a fellowship of concerned Christians associated with Dignity/Washington and the leather/Levi community. The club is pledged to help gays and lesbians reconcile their spirituality with their sexual orientation under the motto, ''Deum cognoscere, hominem amare,'' or, ''To know God is to love man.'' The same weekend the Rochester Rams hosted their Can-Am Weekend which was limited to 60 for a weekend of debauchery, fun and games.
20045International Mr. Leather 2004, Jason Hendrix was announced the winner. The LA&M raffled off John Pendal's prize from 2003, a 25th anniversary Harly Davidson Motorcycle. The monies raised benefited the LA&M and the Spanner Trust in the UK. That same weekend, Shibaricon held its pansexual annual exhibition and conference focusing on education and information exchange of rope bondage during Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, IL. Shibaricon was hosted by Fetish Diva Midori and was organized by Mortis and a team of bondage enthusiasts under his BDSM-Chicago organization.
200462The Renegaydes of Augusta, GA held their first run at the Parliament House the weekend of June 2-4 and attracted several Leather/Levi clubs from across the South.
200467The final business meeting of LASH (Leather And Sister Hood) of San Diego after five years of existence.
2004620Gay Male S/M Activists' hold the Eighth Annual Folsom Street East block party in New York City. An estimated 8,000 people celebrated the occasion of its new location on West 28th Street in Chelsea with dozens of community groups and vendors, as well as entertainment. The event raised tens of thousands of dollars for several different charities, including the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.
2004625The Leather Network held Master's Retreat VII in Houston, TX the weekend of June 25-27 which was produced by Master Roy of Houston, an alumnus of five previous Retreats. Lynda Blakeslee, Ms Twisted, of Austin was the keynote speaker. Also, The Phoenix Uniform Club of San Francisco, CA held its 27th Annual Uniforms Leather Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building.
20046The meeting of the Trident International is held in Orlando, Florida, hosted by Trident Central Florida.
200474The Los Angeles boys of Leather hosted Stars and Stripes II over Fourth of July weekend in Los Angeles. The Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club of Colorado held their 30th Golden Fleece Run: Jason Returns to 69, July 2-5 that featured a visit from the Cycle Sluts.
200479Bears LA and the Southern California Bear Alliance hosted a great Bearquake 4-Ever at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles the weekend of July 9-11 with about 250 attending most of the events.
2004713A Founding member of Atlanta S/M Solidarity, Frank Best Puckett, Passed away. Frank also served three times as president of one of the oldest Leather organizations, the Atlantis Motorcycle Club, and received the Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997(Ghardy) 2004724The Bay Area Cigar Buddies held a benefit at the Eagle Tavern that raised $256 for the AIDS Emergency Fund in San Francisco. This was the club's first afternoon event, called the Saturday Afternoon Cigar Social.
2004725The Rocky Mountaineer Motorcycle Club held their 19th Annual Cruise Against AIDS and raised $9,247 for the Colorado AIDS Project. There were 39 bikes on the ride.
2004730The Journeymen of Syracuse, NY held Motorcycle and Leather Weekend at Hillside Campgrounds July 30 - August 1 with 50 attendees.
200484The Leather Archives and Museum retired the mortgage on its facility at 6418 N. Greenwood Ave in Chicago. (Ghardy)
200485The Pacific Coast MC held their annual Black Mountain pioneer style run in the mountains east of Los Angeles the weekend of August 5-8 with the usual club cocktail parties, events and the traditional Sunset Party at Cocktail Rocks.
2004819The San Diego boys of Leather were the official hosts for the 2005 Western boy Run to be held August 19-21
20048NELA (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket moved from the Park Plaza hotel to the Sheraton Boston. Political fallout from a negative Boston Globe column, which criticized the Park Plaza for hosting the event last year, made one of the co-owners of that property, The Donald Saunders Company, inhospitable to NELA. However, the other part of the ownership and management of the Park Plaza Hotel, the national chain known as Starwood (which includes Sheraton and Westin), loved NELA, valued the business NELA generated and wanted the Flea to remain their client. They offered their premier convention property, the Sheraton Boston, as the new location for both the August and December Fleas.
20048The autumn meeting of the Mid America Conference is held on a farm in rural Wisconsin.
200493The Seattle Men in Leather hosted Equinox V: Back to Basics over Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6 at a camp on the slopes of Washington's picturesque Mt. Rainier about 90 minutes from Seattle.
200493Bill Brewer of Wilmington, NC, passes away. Daddy Bill was a charter member of NLA-Austin and a member of Menamore Levi/Leather Club. (Ghardy) 2004910The Corn Haulers LL Club of Des Moines, IA held Cornball 2004 the weekend of September 10-12 which featured all of the usual Levi/Leather club mischief.
2004924smOdyssey hosted their Fifth Annual national conference in conjunction with the Folsom Street Fair, smOdyssey Unleashed: Folsom Fringe 04, the weekend of September 24-26 in San Jose, CA. Activities included two dungeon parties, more than 25 classes, luxury coaches to and from the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday and a wind down Sunday night social.
20049Publication of Leather Journey by Matthew Cary. (Ghardy) 20049The Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno has two Sessions and the first always starts the Thursday after Labor Day at a private location in western Michigan. Possibly for the first time, there was no rain all week and the run sold out, meaning that approximately 350 men got to experience Inferno XXXIII. Also, Delta 2004, the run's 10th Anniversary, was held about an hour outside Philadelphia and was well attended.
20049During Las Vegas Bike Fest in September, a yearly event held since 1995 drawing over 150,000 bikers to the City of Las Vegas, the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club was chosen by the Travel Channel to be featured in an hour-long documentary about motorcycling. During the taping, interviews were conducted with the members, motorcycle rides were taken with the film crew, and cameras followed the members as they enjoyed and participated in the different events at Bike Fest throughout the five day event.
2004102OCLA produced Draggin' A Title Around, a fundraiser for the Long Beach AIDS Food Bank and the Center of Orange County, at Pistons in Long Beach
2004109VASM celebrated their 22nd Anniversary in Vancouver, BC the weekend of October 9-10 with events including a men's only dungeon, the Anniversary dinner and a Sunday brunch.
20041015Gateway MC hosted Show Me XXXI: Meet Me in St. Louis the weekend of October 15-17. The run weekend was a reminiscence of the 1904 World's Fair.
200410October started in Provincetown, MA with Mates Leather Weekend featuring a uniform ball, Leather market and swap meet, demonstrations by Winter Encampment, a Leather T Dance at The Boatslip, a First Mate Contest, Sunday cookout and Heavy Metal party to close the weekend that drew hundreds.
200410Portland Uniform Weekend XII, sponsored by Andy Mangels and IN UNIFORM On-line, was held in Portland, OR and included two dinners, haircuts by the men of Clippers, bar and club nights, buffet brunches and a guided uniform shopping tour.
20041111It just gets better and better! was a frequently heard statement in Palm Springs on the weekend of November 11-14 as Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert saw a quantum increase in registrations and attendance for a weekend of parties, dinners and the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest. That same weekend The Gateway City hosted the 17th Annual Creating Change Conference and HiBearNation. Creating Change was sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and annually gathers 2,500 activists and community leaders from all over the United States. HiBearNation is a the premier St. Louis Show Me Bears event that historically draws 500 bears and bear lovers.
20041120The Castaways MC celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a dinner celebration at South Woods of Cudahy in Milwaukee, WI, followed by a beer bust at the Harbor Room. Also, at the Most Holy Redeemer Community Room in the Castro, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 18th Anniversary and inducted their new officers. And A new Leather club, the Appalachian Leathermen of NJ based in New Jersey and will serve the New Jersey Leather community.
20041127The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, the longest running gay organization in the world celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night, November 27 with 330 in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the screening of Original Pride, a documentary produced and directed by Scott Bloom who would later be inducted as club president. The film was impressive and will eventually appear on cable television for all the world to see. The audience seemed to like the encounter with the Hell's Angels and Satyr John Laird's bike challenge with two of them. It led to forming a bond with the legendary and notorious bike club.
200411Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club (COMMAND) celebrated their 16th Anniversary in Baltimore, MD with events taking place at the Baltimore Eagle, Spike, Leon's, and the Phoenix. Also, The Santa Clara County Leather Association's yearly Leather community weekend, Leather Boot Camp Community Fair, was held in San Jose, CA. Events included a meet and greet at Renegades, a vendor fair, demos and classes at the Billy deFrank LGBT Center, a show/contest at the King of Clubs, and a Sunday morning brunch.
2004125The Atons of Minneapolis held their Holiday Fundraiser at the Bolt Underground in Minneapolis, MN to benefit the Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota. The Atons of Minneapolis , founded in 1972, is one of the nation's oldest active gay men's Leather / Levi social fraternity. We are dedicated to promoting a positive image of our lifestyle through our various social activities.
20041211MSDB hosted its Fifth Annual Bizarre Bazaar at Trikkx in St. Paul, MN.
20041226Boy Patrick Chees, Founder of International Pup and trainer contest passed away. Patrick also was a founding member of the Texas Leather Tribe, a key figure in the boys training camps and was Alpha boy to Master Roy Henrick. (Ghardy) 20041231The Spirit of Tri-Cen was alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphians celebrated their 30th Anniversary during Tri-Cen XXX December 31 - January 2. The weekend included a formal banquet, cocktail parties, brunches a visit to the world-famous Mummer's Parade on Broad Street.
200412Hooker and Boys Production whipped out another year of their tinsel town antics with the Sixth Annual production of The 12 Days of Christmas at Baltimore's Club Hippo and raised $47,887. Also, THOR, a new men's BDSM club in Buena Park, CA saw about 15 men attend the first meeting in December.
2004Publication of 13 years of Bondage by Rick Castro 2004Publication of Alazars book of Bondage Vol 2 2004Publication of Best American Erotica by Susie Bright 2004Publication of Better Built Bondage Book
2004Publication of Eroscapes by Tammy Jo Eckhart 2004Publication of Executive Guide to Foot Fetishism and Office Discipline by Christopher Trevor 2004Publication of Executive Ties that Bind by Christopher Trevor 2004Publication of Exotica Journal Vol 1 by Michael Tallgrass 2004Publication of Female Dominance: Rituals and Practices by Claudia Varrin 2004Publication of Fetish and Fetters by The Hun 2004Publication of GRRR! by Michael Daniels 2004Publication of IML: 25 Years of Champions by Joseph Bean 2004Publication of Intimate Invasions: Ins and outs of enema play by M. R. Strict 2004Publication of Karlheinz Weinberg Photos by Martin Jaggi 2004Publication of Kink: Tales of Sexual Adventures by Paul Willis 2004Publication of Painfully Obvious by Robert Davolt 2004Publication of Radical Ecstasy Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy
2004Publication of Sadomasochism, Ecstasies of the Whip by Hans-Jurgon Dopp 2004Publication of SafeWord by Molly Weatherfield Sequel to Carrie’s Story 2004Publication of Soaked by Joseph Bean 2004Publication of Submissive Dreams by Claire Thompson 2004Publication of The Puppy Papers: A Woman’s Life and Journey into BDSM by Steve Toushin
2004Publication of Tom of Finland Art of Pleasure by Taschen 2004Publication of Toybag Guide to Canes and Caning by Janet Hardy 2004Publication of Toybag Guide to Clips and Clamps by Jack Rinella 2004Publication of Toybag Guide to Dungeon Emergencies and Supplies by Jay Wiseman 2004Publication of Toybag Guide to Hot Wax and Temperature Play by Spectrum 2004Publication of Trouble in Paradise by Joseph Bean 2004Publication of Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy by Violet Blue 2004Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather is held in Chicago
2004Formation of 10% Motorcycle Club Plam Springs, CA
2004Formation of Carolina boys of Leather Charlotte, NC 2004Formation of Central Missouri Leather Society (CMLS) Columbia, MO
2004Formation of Dungeon Dwellers MC San Francisco, CA
2004Formation of New England Dungeon Society MA
2004Formation of North American Leathermans Association Indianapolis, IN 2004Formation of Portland boys of Leather Portland, OR 2004Formation of Raven (women) Vancouver, BC
2004Formation of Vancouver men in Leather Vancouver, Canada 2004Rocky Mountaineers of Denver turn 35
2004Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Cell Block
2004Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Tori Bowen
2004Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Douglas Connors 2004Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man John Pendal 2004Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Sheryl Dee 2004Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year George Hester and Danny Alford
2004Pantheon of Leather Florida Region Karen McGee 2004Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Joseph Bean 2004Pantheon of Leather International Award John Pendal 2004Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Mama’s Family 2004Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year American Brotherhood Weekend 2004Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Alan Selby 2004Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Jack McGeorge 2004Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Timmy Snyder 2004Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Thom Dombkowski 2004Pantheon of Leather New England Region Rich “RTB” Trevino 2004Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization Brother Help Thyself
2004Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Bob Forbes 2004Pantheon of Leather Northern California Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt 2004Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Bill “The HUN:” Schmelling 2004Pantheon of Leather President Award Chris Reynolds
2004Pantheon of Leather President Award Mark Leno
2004Pantheon of Leather President Award Steve Sampson 2004Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Rich Dockter 2004Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year Los Angeles boys of Leather 2004Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year 12 days of Christmas
2004Pantheon of Leather South Central region Mark Frazier 2004Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Ami “Gypsie” Offenbacher 2004Pantheon of Leather Southern California Stephen Blackwell 2004Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Mary Elizabeth Boyd 2004Titles: American Leatherboy 2004 Terry Brown 2004Titles: American Leathergirl 2004 Beth Abate 2004Titles: American Leatherman 2004 Robert Napolitano 2004Titles: American Leatherwoman 2004 Storm 2004Titles: IML 2004 Jason Hendrix 2004Titles: IMsL 2004 Lori Ellison 2004Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2004 Ivan Reyes 2004Titles: Int’l Leather Sir 2004 Robert Davis 2004Titles: Int’l Master 2004 Ron Zimmerman
2004Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2004 Allan Tunstall 2004Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2004 Paul (Teddy) O’Rourke 2004Titles: Int’l Ms. Bootblack 2004 Izzy 2004Titles: Int’l Ms. Deaf Leather 2004 Stephanie Juge 2004Titles: Int’l Slave 2004 Slaveboy Tony 2004Titles: International Community Bootblack 2004 Spencer (cub) Jasper
2004Titles: International Mr. Rubber Chris Vincent 2004Titles: Ms World Leather 2004 Pandora 2004Titles: Ms. Olympus Leather 2004 Lillian
200524Detroit held its first Detroit Area Rough and Kinkfest (DARK) Weekend.
2005225The 15 Association of San Francisco celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
200548The first Mr. Midwest Leather Contest was held at One Flite Up in Dubuque, IA.
2005422The Regiment of the Black and Tans, a Los Angeles uniform club currently celebrating its 30th year, held its annual Spring Maneuvers at various locations around the Los Angeles area.
2005429The Fourth Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) held April 29 - May 1, with proceeds benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum and other charities.
2005429Dynamic Diversions, a BDSM event for women only sponsored by American Leather Woman 2001 Phyllis Darcy and her partner Piper Fairbanks, made its debut in Denver, CO.
2005520The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its Fifth Annual New York Erotic Art Fair at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. More than 40 artists from the United States and Europe displayed and sold their works.
200585Rodeo Riders Chicago celebrated their 30th Anniversary with The Antique Rodeo Run in Chicago, IL.
2005818The Knights of Leather of Minneapolis, MN celebrated their milestone 20th Anniversary with a beer bust at the Minneapolis Eagle on Thursday night, August 18 and a fantasy and demo night at the Bolt Underground on Friday night, August 19.
2005915The LA&M Film Series resumed with SandMutopia University, Rope that Works being shown in the Etienne Auditorium at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.
20051118The DC Eagle in Washington, DC celebrated its 35th Anniversary.
200511Bob Gunther died due to emphysema on January 1. He was the founder and owner of the Sling bar on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA. He served as president of Avatar Club Los Angeles, president of Somandros, and was on the Christopher Street West board for several years.
200515John Klamik, better known as Sean, artist and activist, succumbed to pneumonia on January 5, 2005 at West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim, California following a series of strokes and a diagnosis of lung cancer, listed as the official cause of death.

John was born on July 22, 1935 in Chicago, as "Shawn" he contributed mainstream cartoons to mainstream gay newspapers and magazines and, as "Sean," to more specialized gay publications - including Drummer and Red Tails ... created murals for such famous Hollywood sites as Manspace, Hollywood Spa and The Sewers of Paris, as well as for Leather bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco ...

He wrote and illustrated graphic novels ... and illustrated many books and short stories for such writers as Larry Townsend and R.F.M. (Roger Mays).

Indeed, he worked until nearly the end, delivering his final illustrations the day before his first stroke. ( I lost the source for this entry)
200515The death at 2:34 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, of John Klamik - better known as "Sean", the artist. An artist and activist, John succumbed to pneumonia at West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim, California following a series of strokes and a diagnosis of lung cancer, listed as the official cause of death. John was born on July 22, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the world-famous Art Institute. He moved to California in the mid '60s, settling in West Hollywood, which, next to Chicago, was his favorite city in the world.
200516Billy Collison passed away on January 6 and was connected to so many in so many ways including Centaur MC, Academy of Washington, Theatrical Drag Entertainment Organization, Atlantic States Rodeo Association, Regional Rodeo Organization and Brother, Help Thyself. Billy held the title of Mr. BHT one year, won during one of these events by raising money and performing. Billy came on the BHT Board of Directors as the representative of Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. Billy had been a Rodeo Director and Assistant Rodeo Director, both major jobs. When he was appointed to BHT, he served as a director, vice president and other positions.
2005121Jimmy Lee Murray lost his battle with the virus on the night of January 21, 2005. He worked for six years as the Chicago House and Social Service Agency facilities manager. He was recognized by the Gay Chicago Magazine Awards as Employee of the Year. Jimmy was the first Mr. Ebony in Leather and was an early International Mr. Cheeks and Chaps titleholder, and was Mr. North Atlantic Leather 2000.
2005130The 501 Eagle in Indianapolis caught fire. The fire was found to have started on the second floor in the office area due to a faulty paper shredder.
20051The Vancouver Men in Leather celebrated their First Anniversary and AGM at the end of January.
2005211A new group, known as PerverCity, presented Bondage and Bonbons at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, CA.
2005218Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather XV is held in Chicago.
2005218Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year North Bound Leather
2005218Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Carlos Larranaga and Roger Hickey
2005218Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Paul Ciantar
2005218Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Skip Chase 2005218Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Goddess Lakshimi 2005218Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Al Santora & Randie Smith
2005218Pantheon of Leather Florida Region Bruce Ross
2005218Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award David Kloss
2005218Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Viola Johnson
2005218Pantheon of Leather International Award Tania Oudemans
2005218Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Seattle Men in Leather 2005218Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year South Plains Leather Fest
2005218Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Jo Arnone 2005218Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Wally Sherwood 2005218Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Jim Raymond 2005218Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Mark Bozif
2005218Pantheon of Leather New England Region Jim “Tug” Taylor 2005218Pantheon of Leather Non-Profit Organization NCSF 2005218Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Robert Napolitano 2005218Pantheon of Leather Northern California Fetish Diva Midori 2005218Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Andy Mangels 2005218Pantheon of Leather President Award Alex Wisniowski
2005218Pantheon of Leather President Award Lady Dawn
2005218Pantheon of Leather President Award Rick Storer 2005218Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Stephen Bloom
2005218Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year Kansas City Leather University 2005218Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Together in leather
2005218Pantheon of Leather South Central region Dan Azevedo 2005218Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Scott Parker 2005218Pantheon of Leather Southern California Graylin Thornton 2005218Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Kendra McClain 2005220With a fiery flash and a puff of smoke culminating seven years of intense fundraising, the Leather Archives & Museum loudly took ownership of their permanent home on Sunday, February 20. A capacity crowd filling the Etienne Auditorium watched as LA&M President and Founder Chuck Renslow set afire the paid-off mortgage.
20052Leather Archives and Museum burns the mortgage to the building (Ghardy) 200537Jeffrey L. Bays (Daddy Jeff) was killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas, NV. Jeff was survived by his partner, Stan Harrell. Jeff was Mr. Drummer Texas 1997-1998.
2005311New York artist Albert Crudo had two of his paintings vandalized at an Upper West Side cafe, La Fenice 2012 Broadway, NYC. The painting, entitled The Nature of the Beast: Parts I, II, III has been causing quite a stir among patrons since it's installation in early December.
20053The Philadelphians MC commemorated their 30th Anniversary with a weekend-long celebration that drew Leatherfolk from across the Mid Atlantic region to the City of Brotherly Love. During their entire 30-year history, the Philadelphians MC have been avid fundraisers and staunch supporters of a variety of local charities.
200557The Leather Archives and Museum opened the Uniforms Gallery, which exhibited uniforms along with media and artifacts related to uniforms.
200558The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in Los Angeles, CA, held its spring Tom's Bar in the Faultline parking lot in celebration of the birthday of the man whose illustrations played a major role in shaping the image of a Leatherman, Tom of Finland. The Foundation was celebrating its 20th year.
200559Mark Richard Isenberg, a founding member of died on May 9, 2005 due to complications from a heart attack.
2005513Palpable Testosterone was an introduction to the homoerotic work of Chicago artist Etienne. The exhibit opened Friday, May 13 at the 1926 Exhibition Studies Space in Chicago, IL.
2005516Leather Journalist and publisher Robert Davolt passes away (GHardy)
2005516Robert Davolt died of cancer on Monday night, May 16 at Davies Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Davolt was best known as editor of Drummer Magazine, his book Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent & Unauthorized Manual for Leather/SM, recent editor of Bound & Gagged Magazine, Board member of the Leather Archives & Museum, holding the San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX title in 2003, and wrote numerous columns and articles for a variety of publications. He was born in Renton, WA on June 27, 1958. At 17, he joined the United States Navy, stationed on small ships patrolling the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. While in Wisconsin, Robert won the Wisconsin Leather Daddy title in 1995 and competed at International Mr. Leather. Robert was survived by his loving partner of seven years, Joe Granese of San Francisco.
20055Attendees of the 27th annual International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend raised $40,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum.
20055Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 Jeff Willoughby established the Leather Quilt Project in the Spring of 2005.
2005625Bound & Gagged magazine suspended publication immediately after Issue 106 in June 2005.
2005627A fire struck the Iron Eagles home bar, the 540 Eagle, in Canton, OH, and it was a total loss. Lost in the fire was the complete seven-year history of The Iron Eagles - the club's colors, their many trophies and awards, and archives, along with the Colors presented to both The Iron Eagles and The 540 Eagle from other Clubs.
20056As of June 23, the U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 adult material record keeping and labeling law was expanded to include the Internet. These regulations updated the record keeping requirements of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988. Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the District Court's decision in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) challenge. Their appeal contended the District Court applied an incorrect legal standard for determining whether protected material was improperly banned under the CDA. The District Court also committed legal error in finding that many local communities do not have predetermined standards of obscenity that can be verified and then ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove what those standards were.
200571Hudson, curator and owner of Feature Inc., a gallery influential in the early recognition of artist Tom of Finland, has donated two pivotal drawings by the artist to the Permanent Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
200571The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) announced that they formed a partnership. Also, the renowned Gauntlet II Leather bar, in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, CA changed hands.
2005721The 15th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest was held in conjunction with the International Deaf Bear Contest at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.
2005722The Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI celebrated its Fifth Anniversary.
20057The Rochester Rams held their 30th Anniversary, Run XXX.
2005814Pistons bar in Long Beach, CA celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a low-key buffet and door prize giveaway.
200591Frank Blondale and Dan Majewski bought the Cell Block in Chicago, IL from founder Roger Hickey and took over operations.
200593The Chicago Leather Club held its first Back To School Dash. The sold out one-day run featured presentations from community educators on diabetes in the scene, building dungeon furniture and Leather history. The Back To School Dash also included a lunch barbeque at Touche' and a homemade pasta bar dinner at Man's Country. The evening was topped off with an erotic hypnotist and an open bar at the Chicago Eagle. All funds raised were donated to the Leather Archives & Museum.
20051014THOR (Trust, Honor, Order, Respect) of Orange County, CA held their first Top auction at Pistons in Long Beach.
200510A new organization named the San Francisco girls of Leather (SFgoL) was open to Leather girls, people whose primary self-identity was a girl. SFgoL defines the term Leather girl as openly as possible.
2005118Jay Borne, owner of Second Skin Leather and a great contributor to the New Orleans/Southeast Leather community, died Tuesday, November 8 at his home. He fell from his roof while doing repairs in Louisiana. Jay Borne was 51 years old.
2005119David Barker, longtime Hayward resident, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 9. He had been battling AIDS for 23 years and recently cancer. David was one of the original members of the Alameda County Leather Corps and was President of ACLC twice, in 2000 and 2004.
20051110The New York boys of Leather is formed by five founding members.
20051111Oakland, CA, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented its first annual Leather Leadership Award posthumously to Dr. Tony DeBlase, co-founder of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago and creator of the Leather Pride Flag. The award, presented in Oakland at the Task Force's 18th Annual Creating Change Conference, was accepted by DeBlase's partner of 24 years, Dr. Andrew Charles.
20051114The Chicago Hellfire Club, a brotherhood of men who share interests in gay male BDSM, voted at their Monday, November 14 meeting to support a group of charities that support the gay, Leather/SM/Fetish communities with donations totaling over $6,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Lambda GLBT Community Services, the 15 Association of San Francisco's Sorrell Fund, GMS/MA's Hocutt-Ferguson Fund, and the Chicago MAFIA's Windhorse Fund.
20051126Mr. Triangle Denver Contest celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
2005122In a daring daylight raid, thieves got away with a major piece of art from The Barracks Bar in Palm Springs, CA on Friday, December 2. The piece of erotic art, interpreted by local artist William "Taurus" Webster from an original by Stephan, was secured by screws to the outside wall of the bar inside a locked patio area. The thieves removed part of the patio's wooden fencing to gain access to the area. The crime happened between 8:30 AM when the bar's cleaning man finished his work and 1 PM when the day barman arrived.
2005123Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller claimed they were fired after they refused to expose their bosoms to the primate, and after reporting sanitary problems at Koko's home in Woodside, an upscale town south of San Francisco. The pair claimed they were threatened that if they "did not indulge Koko's nipple fetish, their employment with the Gorilla Foundation would suffer," the lawsuit alleged.
20051210The Ottawa Knights hosted its 25th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Centertown Pub in Ottawa, Canada. 940 toys were collected and $2,220 in cash donations were received for the Children's Aid Society of Lanark County and were distributed to the children and their families in the Perth, Smith Falls Region.
20051212Folsom Street Events announced the selection of Demetri Moshoyannis as executive director.
20051228United States District Court Judge Walker D. Miller issued a long-awaited ruling December 28th, 2005 on the Free Speech Coalition's motion for a preliminary injunction in Free Speech Coalition v. Gonzales, the trade association's challenge to U.S.C. 18 2257, the federal labeling and record keeping regulations.
2005Fetish Diva Midori released a new book in August entitled Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink Educational, Sensual, and Entertaining Essays. Midori is an educator and writer on s/m, fetish and human sexuality. She has traveled the world presenting to universities, the s/m community, media and the greater society, and lives in San Francisco. Also, Alex Wisniowski introduced his second documentary, My Leather Jacket II: More Stories from the Road.
2005Publication of 21st Century Kinky Crafts Janet Hardy 2005Publication of A Matter Of Taste: Feasts from the Lyons Den , a cookbook by the Lexington Lyons L/L Club of Lexington, KY.
2005Publication of Becoming a Slave by Jack Rinella
2005Publication of Boy in the Middle by Patrick Califia 2005Publication of Entertainment for a Master (re-print) by John Preston
2005Publication of Flogging: The Basics by Joseph Bean
2005Publication of Kink by Paul Willis
2005Publication of Mummification by Joseph Bean
2005Publication of My Private Life (Re-print) by Mistress Nan
2005Publication of Some Dance to Remember by (re-print) Jack Fritscher 2005Publication of Wild Side Sex by Midori 2005Publication of Wildest Ones by M. Christian
2005After almost four years of being a productive member of the business community in Allentown, PA, through its Bureau of Planning and Zoning, the City of Allentown forced the closing of Leather Masters II, a Leather/BDSM/Fetish shop.
2005After being in the same location on 7th Street for some 14 years, Mr. S relocated two blocks away to a 28,000 square foot retail and manufacturing space. The building would house both Mr. S and Madame S under one roof.
2005Proposed Master and Slave Flag 2005Hurricane Katrina kicks off numerous fundraisers within the leather communities. Stephen Bloom created this logo for advertising. (GHardy) 2005Scott Bloom of the Satyrs Motorcycle club releases his video entitled: Original Pride, The Satyrs Motorcycle Club, covering the 50-year history of the club. (GHardy) 2005The Video Kinsey is released (GHardy) 2005Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that his office will specifically target beastiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior, in pursuing new obscenity prosecutions. The Department of Justice began recruiting in late July for a new anti-obscenity squad to pursue obscenity prosecutions, and the FBI announced in September that it was forming an anti-obscenity task force to crack down on pornography.
2005Formation of Arizona Men of Leather Phoenix, AZ 2005Formation of Brotherhood Leather United Equal (BLUE) OH, Stubbenville
2005Formation of Denver boys of Leather Denver, CO
2005Formation of Eagle Bears Dallas, TX
2005Formation of Excalibur Leather Florida 2005Formation of Green Mountain Leather Club VT
2005Formation of Indiana boys of Leather Indiana 2005Formation of New York boys of Leather NY
2005Formation of NLA – South Florida Florida 2005Formation of Tucson United in Leather Tucson, Arizona 2005Formation of VA Socks (Secret Order of Consensual Kink Society) VA
2005Titles: American Leatherboy 2005 Ryan Setzkorn 2005Titles: American Leathergirl 2005 Beth 2005Titles: American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat 2005Titles: American Leatherwoman 2005 Amanda “Pup” Farrell 2005Titles: IML 2005 Michael Egdes 2005Titles: IMsL 2005 Jessi Holman-Ahart 2005Titles: Int’l Deaf Leather boy Alex 2005Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2005 Mike Fry
2005Titles: Int’l Leather Sir A 2005 Michael Congdon
2005Titles: Int’l Leather Sir B 2005 Dexter Edmond 2005Titles: Int’l Master 2005 Stephen
2005Titles: Int’l Mr Saliva 2005 Dennis McMahon 2005Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2005 Arthur “Boo Boo” Funni 2005Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2005 Michael Ratzlaff 2005Titles: Int’l Mr. Rubber 2005 Frank Bug 2005Titles: Int’l Ms Saliva 2005 Goddess Lakshimi 2005Titles: Int’l Ms. Bootblack 2005 Suka Malone 2005Titles: Int’l Ms. Deaf Leather 2005 Leather Cat 2005Titles: Int’l Slave 2005 Catherine 2005Titles: International Community Bootblack 2005 Shawn Finnery 2005Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2005 Freddie 2005Titles: Ms World Leather 2005 Michelle Jackson
2005Titles: Ms. Olympus Leather 2005 Cara
2005Titles: US Boy 2005 Carlie 2005Titles: US Daddy 2005 Shawn 200645International Ms. Leather returns to its birthplace, San Francisco, CA under the direction of Glenda Ryder.
200647Nearly 350 people attended the 10th Annual Leather Leadership Conference in New York City, where the first conference was held in 1997. In attendance at the Hotel New Yorker in midtown Manhattan were elected leaders and active members of dozens of SM/Leather/Fetish groups, as well as individual community members, from 26 US states, Washington DC, three Canadian provinces and Germany.
2006512The Bellingham Leather Men celebrated its First Anniversary the weekend of May 12-13 at Warehouse Studios.
200691The Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run took place September 1-4 near Huntington Lake northeast of Fresno, CA. This was Badger's 45th year.
200698The Corn Haulers LL of Des Moines, IA reached a milestone with Cornball '06: XXX Wedding at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, IA. The weekend will also see the 2006 fall MACC Conference.
2006922The Chicago Leather Club held their 2006 Mini Run in Chicago, IL, which benefited the Leather Archives & Museum.
2006126Wally Sherwood, a Leatherman whose efforts at fundraising befitted the Leather communities of San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA over the last 30 plus years, died from renal failure in the early morning of January 26 in Dallas, TX.
2006128The U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed Google to compel the Internet search engine to turn over records on millions of its users' search queries. NCSF believes that Internet users have the right to an expectation of privacy in their web use, and supports Google's refusal to comply with the subpoena.
200624The Arts and Entertainment Center saw a representation of the entire San Diego GLBT Community as the first San Diego Leather Community Awards was held.
2006210NCSF releases an Action Alert regarding TV's Dr. Phil and his latest hour-long special, where polyfidelity issues are discussed and Dr. Phil tells the couple, and the viewing audience, that polyfidelity is nothing but "cheating".
2006210Race Bannon and the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announced the transfer of management of Kink Aware Professionals to NCSF. The Kink Aware Professionals program was founded and had been managed by Race Bannon for many years.
20062First Anniversary celebrated by MAsT: Central NJ. MAsT is a community-inclusive support group for those who identify as owner/master/mistress or property/slave.
20062Pantheon of Leather Pantheon of Leather XVI is held in Chicago
20062Marshall Loeb, dies in San Francisco, Marshall published SMads beginning back in 1972 (GHardy)
20062Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Fetish Auctioneer
20062Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Shannon Short
20062Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Jayne Schmid
20062Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Blackkat 20062Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Dale Rush
20062Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Robert Davis 20062Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Mistress Cyan Reseda
20062Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Master Guardian and slave sugar
20062Pantheon of Leather Florida Region Ray Castro
20062Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Robert Davolt
20062Pantheon of Leather International Award Daniel Ruester, Germany
20062Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Satyrs MC 20062Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) 20062Pantheon of Leather Large Non-Profit Organization Leather Archives & Museum 20062Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year Robert Davis 20062Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Mary Elizabeth Boyd
20062Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Jon Krongaard
20062Pantheon of Leather New England Region Vivienne Kramer
20062Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Blackkat 20062Pantheon of Leather Northern California Darryl Flick 20062Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Jim Drew
20062Pantheon of Leather President Award Edwaard Espindola
20062Pantheon of Leather President Award Jay Hemphill
20062Pantheon of Leather President Award Karen “Ultra” Crecelius
20062Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Lori Ellison 20062Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year KC boys of Leather 20062Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Black Beat
20062Pantheon of Leather Small Non-Profit Organization KC Leather University
20062Pantheon of Leather South Central Region Alan Bowers 20062Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Catherine Gross
20062Pantheon of Leather Southern California Scott Bloom 20062Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt 2006315The new reality show, Top Chef, airing on the Bravo Channel featured the Mr. S Leather and Madame S store in San Francisco, CA for its one-hour second show in the series. This show was filmed in the store in November.
2006326Mama (Sandy) Reinhardt of Mama's Family hands a ceremonial golden hatchet to Mr Marcus (her "Mr Dish") at a surprise birthday party at "440 Castro" (aka Daddy's Bar) Photo taken and permission given by Rich Stadtmiller, aka (Mama's) Santa Cruise
20063Next magazine publishes an article about Robert Valin and the Leather Invasion in New York City.
20063The US Supreme Court refused to hear the Barbara Nitke case against Alberto Gonzales and his Communications Decency Act.
200644Jan Lyon, co-founder of National Leather Association and a former Ms NLA, passed away from medical complications.

As posted by Andy Mangels on the leather titleholders list, Jan became Ms NLA International in 1989 at Seattle's May Day's, April 28-30, 1989. She was also a founding member of NLA and was extremely active in NLA and the Northwest (Washington and Oregon) leather communities for 15-20 years.

She helped staff many Living in Leather conferences and presented at many. At the October 6-8, 1989, Living in Leather IV, Lee Willis and (Jan's then partner) Mary Ridge presented a giant leather studded NLA Banner commissioned by Jan. She was named Leather Journal Woman of the Year (Jan_Feb 1990) and was given the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by NLA at Living in Leather V in Portland, Oregon on October 24-28, 1990. She was also featured in an interview in the Jan-Feb 1991 issue of The Leather Journal #19. (conducted by Andy Mangels).

Often crotchetry and a bit cantankerous, Jan delighted in being a "leather dinosaur" and in fact used "dinosmdyke" as her email address.
200647At the 10th annual Leather Leadership Conference, held in New York City April 7-9, 2006, Matt J donated the banner used for the leather, fetish and sm contingent of the 1993 March on Washington. “We found it when we were cleaning out the Leather Pride Night storage container” Matt commented. The banner is in excellent shape and has been well-preserved during LPN’s custody. The banner measures 20’ x 4’, and will be displayed in the LA&M lobby after processing.
2006420IML Judge Emeritus, Thom Dombkowski passes away.
2006420The passing of International Mr. Leather Judge Emeritus Thom Dombkowski on Thursday morning, April 20 at his home in Chicago, IL. Thomas Raymond Dombkowski was born in Rochester, N.Y., June 28, 1950, to Bernard and Helene, now deceased. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and a law degree from DePaul University. Thom left a career with the Internal Revenue Service to devote himself to the needs of people living with AIDS.
2006422Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi, along with bar manager Hunter Fox, announced that the Los Angeles Leather bar Gauntlet II would become the Eagle LA.
2006517The Leather Archives and Museum celebrated its 15th Anniversary at International Mr. Leather 2006 at the Palmer House Hilton.
20065One of Chuck Renslow’s dreams came true… Who would have guessed that a small contest, held in the Gold Coast would have exploded into the largest leather event in the world and that the contest would be held at one of the premier theatres in the US, the Chicago Theatre.
20065Ray Castro has been the official portrait artist for some of the Leather world's most prestigious contests including International Ms Leather, International Master and slave, International Leather Sir and Leatherboy, Ms World Leather and Mr. Leatherman Toronto. Titleholders for these events have all received portraits of startling vision and passion that captured their unique qualities as champions in Ray Castro's own style. In celebration of this, the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL hosted a special exhibition of Ray Castro's works during International Mr. Leather Weekend in May.
20065The Chuck Renslow President’s Award is presented to CLAW Directors Dennis McMahon and Robert Miller for their continued support of the Leather Archives & Museum. Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend has donated over $10,000.00 to the LA&M since its inception.
2006616Formation of the Tennessee Raptors in Nashville. Espousing Old Guard or Traditional Leather values, the group had its first bar night on June 16 at their home bar, The Chute Complex.
2006626Ramon (Ray Ray) Thomas passed away late in the afternoon of June 26th after a very brief illness in Palm Springs, CA. He was 50 years old. Memorial services were held at the Leather Archives & Museum. Ray Ray's involvement with IML goes all the way back to the very first weekend in 1979. In past years, he worked as our Food and Beverage Coordinator and, most recently, as the Co-Coordinator in charge of the Day Pass/Wristband Registration area. He was a longtime member of the Chicago Leather community and a member of what has come to be called "The Chicago Leather Family." He was very active with the "12 Step Recovery" community, and helped many newly sober Leather folk to understand they could have a life in Leather and Recovery. Ray Ray and his partner John moved to Palm Springs early in 2005 to begin a new life out in the desert.
2006626Ramon (Ray Ray) Thomas passes away.
2006627Activist Eric Rofes passes away.
20066In San Diego, CA Pleasures and Treasures opened at the end of June. This was only a couple of months after Ringold Alley closed. Pleasures is owned by Bill Freyer of Red Hankies of San Diego fame.
20066Alex Werner develops a new Road Show exhibit for the Leather Archives & Museum called Women of Leather. It makes its debut at International Ms. Leather in July.
2006728A Taste of Cine Kink - Chicago, presented by the Leather Archives and Museum, showcased feature films and videos from the best of Cine Kink NYC, the really alternative film festival, with topics that include SM, Leather and Fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, and gender bending.
2006729The Leathermen's Discussion Group celebrated its 10th Anniversary at San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Center.
20067San Diego Boys of Leather ceases to exist
2006830Kink Blamed for Hurricane Katrina: Southern Decadence, a world-famous LGBT event, was slated to start August 31st. According to an evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events, "Hurricane Katrina has put an end to the annual celebration of sin."
2006915The San Diego Leatherboys held their founders meeting and first bar night at the San Diego Eagle.
2006917The 15th Annual Leather Walk saw over $21,000 raised for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
2006920Closing of the Triangle Bar in Denver, CO.
2006920The long lived Triangle bar in Denver closed its doors at 3:00pm after more than 30 years of serving the leather community
2006925The Denver Triangle closed its doors for good on or about September 25. The Triangle had served the Leather community for over 30 years and was the oldest gay bar in Colorado.
20069The Leather Archives & Museum publishes a special edition of the Leather Times to commemorate its 15-year anniversary. This full color issue contained a timeline of the LA&M along with photos from opening day on Clark Street, the ribbon cutting at 6418 N Greenview and memories from staff and volunteers.
2006111The Free Speech Coalition announces its selection of Diane C. Duke as its new Executive Director.
20061111Jonathan Patrick Hayden passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer at the age of 38. Many of you know him as Jon from Leather Creations. He's been a fixture in the Leather Community and at IML and MAL for well over a decade.Jon leaves behind his life partner Jim Young and many, many friends and his loving family.
20061117Colors of Leather presents its first exhibition of a Leather History Library at Florida Fetish Weekend in St Pete, Fl.
20061127Andrew Charles passed away on Monday, November 27, 2006 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67. He is survived by his partner of five years, Thom Butts, and his mother, Carol Goettel in Chicago.
20061127Dr. Andrew V. Charles, partner of the late Tony DeBlase, lost his fight with cancer and passed away in Oregon. Dr. Charles was born Nov. 5, 1939, in Chicago. He received a medical degree from the University of Illinois. A psychiatrist, he worked in Chicago and Vancouver. He lived most recently in West Linn.
2006121It is with profound sadness that I must report the passing of my beloved heart and soul, Glenn Carpenter. He passed away this morning in his sleep.(as reported by Wayne Nesbitt)
2006Publication of History of Barbed Wire by Jeff Mann
2006Publication of Ironrod Chronicals by Alex Ironrod
2006Publication of Love of a Master (re-print) by John Preston
2006Publication of Play Piercing by Deborah Addington
2006Ringold Alley closed in late Spring after serving San Diego's Leather community for about five years.
2006Anniversaries: 10 Years: Leathermen's Discussion Group, San Francisco, CA; Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather, Portland, OR; Mates Leather Weekend, Provincetown, MA; Mr. International Rubber, Chicago, IL.
2006Anniversaries: 15 Years: Three Rivers Leather Club, Pittsburgh, PA; Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL.
2006Anniversaries: 20 Years: International Ms Leather, Omaha, NE.
2006Anniversaries: 30 Years: Corn Haulers LL, Cornball '06: XXX Wedding, Des Moines, IA.
2006Anniversaries: 45 Years: Satyrs Motorcycle Club, Badger Flat Run, Los Angeles, CA.
2006Anniversaries: 5 Years: San Diego League of Gentlemen, San Diego, CA; CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend), Cleveland, OH; Southern California Leather Gathering, Whittier, CA; Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend, Indianapolis, IN.
2006Passing of Jan Lyon. Jan was a founding member of the National Leather Association in Seattle where she lived in 1986.
2006Formation of Louisville Trailblazers (April 10, 2006) Louisville, KY
2006Formation of Tennessee Raptors Nashville, TN
2006Leather Sins, a pansexual BDSM group in the Chicago Area completes its adoption of the Museum Store at the Leather Archives & Museum.
2006Mr. Eagle NYC Robert Valin has launched the NYC Leather Invasion Group composed of diehard leather people who are attempting to revive the "old days of leather" interaction.
2006Titles: American Leatherboy 2006 boy Ed
2006Titles: American Leathergirl 2006 Dawn Marie
2006Titles: American Leatherman 2006 Rusty Jones
2006Titles: American Leatherwoman 2006 Shelley Denton
2006Titles: IML 2006 Bo Ladashevska
2006Titles: IMsL 2006 Lady Faye
2006Titles: Int’l Deaf Leather boy 2006 Boy B
2006Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2006 Marshall Roberts
2006Titles: Int’l Leather Sir 2006 Anthony Kalan
2006Titles: Int’l Master 2006 Mistress Suzan 2006Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2006 Benjamin Palmer
2006Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2006 Steve Kennedy
2006Titles: Int’l Mr. Saliva 2006 Freddie Marshall
2006Titles: Int’l Ms. Bootblack 2006 Alex Betencourt
2006Titles: Int’l Ms. Deaf Leather 2006 Leather Cat
2006Titles: Int’l Slave 2006 ziggy 2006Titles: International Community Bootblack 2006 Henry James
2006Titles: Mr World Leather 2006 Mufasa
2006Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2006 Terrell Brown 2006Titles: Ms World Leather 2006 Jae Januze
2006Titles: Ms. Olympus Leather 2006 Lady Raven 2006Titles: US Boy 2006 Boy Joe
2006Titles: US Daddy 2006 Daddy Don Cherkis
200732325th Anniversary of the Mr. and Ms. Washington State Leather Contest at the Cuff Bar in Seattle.
2007621A display on the Leather Archives & Museum’s Teri Rose Memorial Library won second place at the Diversity Fair at the American Library Association’s 2007 Annual Conference. This prize came with a $200 gift certificate from DEMCO, a library/archives supplier and the Diversity Fair sponsor.
2007816The organization for people of color, Black Beat, holds an event in Baltimore, Maryland. Viola Johnson receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.
20071018Hoedown, the 10th anniversary of Mr. Kentucky Leather in Louisville, KY.
2007112Mr. Leather Ottawa contest in Ottawa - their 15th edition by the Ottawa Knights.
200711925th Anniversary of the Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia Leather contest sponsored by the Bike Stop.
20071123The LA&M Road Show makes its first debut in Canada for the Mr. Toronto Leatherman Competition. This is the first time the LA&M has exhibited in Canada, showing off its new Canadian Pride exhibit.
2007123The Windy City Boys Troop celebrated five years recently with a private dinner at T's Restaurant in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
2007124The Chicago Leather Kennel Club has signed its charter, making it a fully functional leather organization in Chicago.
200723Bondage Video Company Too Much Even For San Francisco... Kink, which distributes its videos on X-rated Web sites with names such as Hogtied and Men in Pain, bought the old State Armory in the Mission District for $14.5 million, saying the vacant building's dark Moorish architecture would make a perfect backdrop for fetish films.
2007217Pantheon of Leather 2007 Pantheon of leather Awards are held in Chicago
2007217Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year Eagle LA Bar
2007217Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the year Chuck Renslow
2007217Pantheon of Leather Canadian Region Dan Falkenham
2007217Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Man Joee Arteaga
2007217Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman Lady Justice
2007217Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Dean Ogren and John Prather
2007217Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Mike Zuhl and Matt Vertz
2007217Pantheon of Leather Florida Region Gwen Hardy
2007217Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award Guy Baldwin
2007217Pantheon of Leather International Award Bo Ladashevska
2007217Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Centaur Motorcycle Club
2007217Pantheon of Leather Large Event of the Year International Mr. Leather
2007217Pantheon of Leather Large Non-Profit Organization Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW)
2007217Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Thom Dombkowski
2007217Pantheon of Leather Mid Atlantic Region Master Taino
2007217Pantheon of Leather Mid West Region Master Z Chicago
2007217Pantheon of Leather New England Region Scott Erickson
2007217Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Connie Cox
2007217Pantheon of Leather Northeast Regional Robert Valin
2007217Pantheon of Leather Northern California Dodger Allen
2007217Pantheon of Leather Northwest Region Cheryl Spector
2007217Pantheon of Leather President Award Caron "Cara" Ryer
2007217Pantheon of Leather President Award Dr. Richard Sprott
2007217Pantheon of Leather President Award Michelle Jackson
2007217Pantheon of Leather President Award Philip Dietch
2007217Pantheon of Leather Rocky Mountain Region Jon Langoni
2007217Pantheon of Leather Small Club of the Year WOOLF (Wichita Organization of Leather Fetishes)
2007217Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year Leatherman's Discussion Group - 10th Anniversary
2007217Pantheon of Leather Small Non-Profit Organization 12 Days of Christmas by Hooker and Boys
2007217Pantheon of Leather South Central Region George Hester
2007217Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Dexter Edmund
2007217Pantheon of Leather Southern California George Wong
2007217Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year Pandora
2007321Mr. Marcus Hernandez, columnist for the Bay Area Reporter, celebrates his 75th birthday.
2007325The LA&M hosts its first wedding today, between Joseph and Leslie and ordained by Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy.
20073Alden Spafford was killed in a motorcycle accident on a freeway in the East Bay.
200745Glenda Ryder, new owner of International Ms Leather moves the contest back to San Francisco, Ca
2007410The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) announces that has become its newest Corporate Sponsor.
2007522Release date of the DVD, Mr. Leather, a documentary by Jason Garrett about the contestants vying for the Mr. L.A. Leather 2003 title.
2007524The Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club unanimously voted to bestow 'Mama's Family' their Outstanding Community ServiceOrganization Award
2007530$50,000 was raised for the Leather Archives & Museum during International Mr. Leather 2007, held over Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago. Over $29,000 was raised through daypass admissions to the infamous IML Leather Market. The remaining $21,000 was raised through a fetish gear auction, individual contributions and other fundraisers. The museum will use these funds to support its core mission of preserving and providing access to leather and fetish culture and history. The Leather Archives & Museum thanks the organizers and attendees of International Mr. Leather 2007 for their generous support of the institution.
200765MidTangent Productions (MTP) presents their third annual production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A QUEER TALE. This wild adaptation, written and directed by Tony Lewis, is an adrenaline-fueled and modernized twist to the Bard’s crazed classic. It is thought-provoking, fun and even a bit heartbreaking. This year MTP decided it was time to start giving back to the LGBT community that has supported us these past few years. The show’s themes of sexuality, personal rights and forbidden desire made the Leather Archives & Museum a natural fit.
2007611Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested by a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to a report just issued by Roll Call.
2007616The Leather Archives & Museum auctioned off a 1998 convertible Toyota RAV4 automobile to raise funds for the organization. The RAV4 was donated to the museum by a local Chicago man for fundraising purposes. The LA&M received $6,500.00 for the automobile.
200771In Orlando, Florida, Full Moon Saloon owner Bob Graves announced, rather abruptly, that his 18-year-old bar would close on Saturday July 1.
20077110th Annual Butch Revue at the Hole in San Diego. This event is produced by former Ms. World, Annie Romano.
200778Castro Lions 20th annual Leather & Whatever Auction at the Eagle Tavern. Over $37,000 will be distributed to worthy charities.
2007720Police have arrested a San Francisco man on murder charges stemming from what authorities believe was a sadomasochistic bondage session that ended in the victim's death. Terry D. Frazier, 40, was arrested Wednesday in the July 11th death of former community activist Joe Konopka, 65.
2007721AIDS Emergency Fund 25th anniversary gala at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco. This is a quarter century of AIDS activism.
2007722Fifth Folsom Fair North flourishes thanks to perfect weather. The fifth edition of the annual leather fair, FFN drew record crowds to a fenced-off area of Allan Gardens on Jul 22 in Canada.
2007729San Francisco Leather Daddy contest celebrates 25-year anniversary.
2007827NCSF celebrates 10 years of advocacy.
2007827An S&M dungeon run by an Allston-Brighton, MA. couple allegedly trawling the Web for johns was busted by police as part of a citywide crackdown on Internet prostitution postings.
2007914The Eagle Tavern in San Francisco celebrates its 10th anniversary.
2007929The Miller Brewing Company, a sponsor of Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, has asked to have its logo removed from an advertising poster that has offended some Christians. However, Folsom Street Events, the non-profit organization putting on the 24th annual Folsom Street Fair put out a press release that indicated the design is the first in a series that draws from well-known paintings, album covers, movie posters or other iconic images.
20071012The Catholic League, Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth have called for a boycott of Miller Brewing Company because they are one of the sponsors of Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. "Miller is sponsoring an incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.
20071020CellBlock/Detroit Eagle manager Dan Majewski passes away from a massive heart attack.
20071021Danny Majewski, manager of the Detroit Eagle and co-manager of the Chicago Cellblock died suddenly while bartending at the Detroit Eagle.
20071023United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit issued its decision in the case of Connection Distributing Company v Keisler striking down 2257 as unconstitutional on its face.
200710Touche Leather Bar in Chicago turns 30. Also, Galleria Domain II in Chicago celebrates its five-year anniversary.
200710A special THANKS! to The Society of Janus in San Francisco for the donation of over 700 books and magazines to the Leather Archives & Museum collections.
20071113Peter LaBarbera of American’s For Truth tries to stir up trouble for the International Mr. Rubber Contest by posting his usual blatherings on his website mentioning the LA&M and the Center on Halsted… “Rubber-men were treated to the lecture, “A brief history of kink in America,” at the Center on Halsted in Chicago on November 10. History is important to the “fetish community”: this particular presentation was made by the Leather Archives & Museum, a Chicago “museum” that caters to sadomasochists”. With a link in his story that points to the LA&M website. Unfortunately, only received 8 hits from the link.
20071123Bound South and the Leather Masked Ball raises over $8,000.00 for the Leather Archives & Museum.
20071129CineKink is back in Chicago. This special showcase featured films and videos culled from the best of CineKink NYC, "the really alternative film festival," with topics that include S/M, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, and gender bending. The films were shown at the Leather Archives & Museum in the Etienne Auditorium.
2007121The new owners and producers of ILSb and ICBB, Mark Frazier, Randal Kinnear and Lou Molnar, announce a change to the long-standing "bio-male" requirement for the ILSb contests and float the possibility of moving the content weekend to San Francisco.
2007122Jack Mackness, a founding member of Spearhead and co-owner of the legendary Leather bar, the Toolbox, passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 76. "He was one of the community's elders," says Leatherman and friend David Adkin. "He was a true leader with a generous spirit."
20071217NCSF announces the addition of a new, full-time Executive Director, Keith Richie.
2007Publication of Bootblacking 101 by Andrew McDiarmid
2007Titles: American Leatherboy 2007 No Contest Held
2007Titles: American Leathergirl 2007 No Contest Held
2007Titles: American Leatherman 2007 No Contest Held
2007Titles: American Leatherwoman 2007 No Contest Held
2007Titles: IML 2007 Mikel Gerle
2007Titles: IMsL 2007 Lauren
2007Titles: Int’l Deaf Leather boy 2007 boy B
2007Titles: Int’l Leather boy 2007 Sparky
2007Titles: Int’l Leather Sir 2007 Oliver Pratt
2007Titles: Int’l Master 2007 Sir Larry Martins
2007Titles: Int’l Mr. Bootblack 2007 Spot
2007Titles: Int’l Mr. Deaf Leather 2007 Jerry Garmany
2007Titles: Int’l Mr. Saliva 2007 Doug O'Keefe
2007Titles: Int’l Ms. Bootblack 2007 Ms V
2007Titles: Int’l Ms. Deaf Leather 2007 No Contestants
2007Titles: Int’l Slave 2007 slave Barb Martins
2007Titles: International Community Bootblack 2007 boy Jean
2007Titles: Mr World Leather 2007 No Contest
2007Titles: Mr. International Rubber 2007 Maurizio
2007Titles: Mr. Olympus Leather 2007 Sir Jeff
2007Titles: Ms World Leather 2007 No Contest
2007Titles: Ms. Olympus Leather 2007 Angela Albert
2007Titles: US Boy 2007 boy Earl Coffman
2007Titles: US Daddy 2007 Eric Siglin
200829(Detroit) With attendees that included homeless youth, LGBT and straight elders, civil rights leader Julian Bond and New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change celebrated its 20th anniversary.
2008320BLF to host their 10th Anniversary weekend, Easter in Berlin.
200851The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the International Ms. Bootblack Contest,
2008522The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the International Mr. Leather Contest,
2008530The Knights of Leather hold Tournament, their 20th Run. announced its launch of a new online magazine published, edited and written by one of this country's most controversial and misunderstood sub-cultures: Swingers.
2008114A German couple were fired from their jobs at a retirement home after using company expenses for an S&M vacation, instead of attending a work-training seminar. Bosses learned that "the middle-aged couple had actually taken a holiday apartment used by devotees of sado-masochistic sex near the Dutch border."
2008118In Italy you can legally record a sex tape without consulting your partner, according to the country's supreme court. The court ruled in favor of a man who was being tried for taping his bedroom antics with a former girlfriend without her consent.
2008120Ronald "Daddy Clyde" Clark passed away in Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his life partners, Jim & Wayne.
2008121The 21st sees the first national fetish day in the UK and a concept and day that seems to be spreading around the world. The concept first mooted on an Internet forum was simple enough, a proposal that on a specified day anyone in the BDSM / Fetish scene show their support by wearing anything from an item of purple to a full purple outfit.
2008123BBC News: A goth man who leads his girlfriend around with a dog lead and collar was stopped from getting on a bus amid fears for passenger safety, a bus firm confirmed. The company said it was writing to Mr Graves "to apologize for any distress caused by the way this matter was handled".
2008124Mr. Marcus of the Bay Area Reporter gives an oral history to a crowd of over 40 people in the Etienne Auditorium of the LA&M. Seen that evening, Marcus dressed in drag singing Down-town in the movie Men Behind Bars.
2008130Despite complaints from some alumni, the College of William and Mary is hosting the Sex Workers' Art Show on campus.
2008130Scolding Fetish Gets Man in Hot Water: Tokyo - A lonely Japanese man has been arrested for allegedly calling directory assistance thousands of times because he liked to be scolded by female operators.
2008131In a controversial move believed to be a first by an American college, San Jose State University President Don Kassing has suspended all campus blood drives because of a longstanding government policy that bars gay men from donating blood.
2008131Some Lego fans are making the famous children's toy "more 'adult.'" The Sun, a U.K. based newspaper recently discovered Lego porn videos on YouTube that include "explicit toy action in animated video spoofs of adult films." One of the videos named, Crissy's Lonely Valentine's Night, starring Crissy Canyon as 'Suzie' and Eric Neverhard as 'Phone Guy', features voiceovers and saucy music.
20081The US Supreme Court ruled that the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent now owns the trademark of Dykes on Bikes. San Francisco Dykes on Bikes Women's Motorcycle Contingent is an organization committed to creating a local, national and international community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. Our mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women's communities and beyond, and reach out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education.
20081The Regiment of the Gloves and Garter forms in Los Angeles.
200821Avatar Club Los Angeles, CA celebrates 25th Anniversary.
200824A federal judge upheld a jury verdict that found the Rev. Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebecca Phelps-Davis, had invaded privacy with intent to inflict emotional distress on the father of a Marine whose funeral Phelp's Westboro Church had picketed.
200827A copper male "chastity belt" used in 19th-century Catholic France is expected to fetch up to £3,000 on eBay. According to U.K.'s Metro, the antique "anti-masturbation device...was designed to enclose the genitalia to make sure boys did not commit the 'sin' of masturbation."
200829The Eagle PDX closes the doors at its old location and moves to 27 NW 6th St.
200829Guy Baldwin received the Leather Leadership Award today for his longtime work on behalf of the Leather community. Mikel Gerle, International Mr. Leather 2007, presented the award to Baldwin, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, author and activist on behalf of “erotically uncommon people.” Accepting his award, Baldwin talked about how our community needs to be united against agents of intolerance.
2008217A children's book about two male penguins that hatch and parent a chick was pulled from library shelves in Loudoun County, Virginia elementary schools this month after a parent complained that it promoted a gay agenda.
2008219A U.S. federal appeals court has overturned a statute outlawing sex toy sales in Texas, one of the last states - all in the South - to retain such a ban.
2008219Japan's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a collection of erotic photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe does not violate obscenity laws, a decision that should allow the sale of the book for the first time in eight years. The decision overturned a 2003 Tokyo High Court ruling that the book Mapplethorpe was indecent, court spokesman Takashi Ando said. It was believed to be the first time the top court has overruled a lower court ruling on obscenity.
200838John Turner, 63, of Deptford PA, one of the first openly gay physicians to treat HIV/AIDS patients in the earliest years of the epidemic, died Friday of complications of a neuromuscular disease at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury.
2008310LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Faced with rising divorce rates and poor communication between couples, the Church of England says it is time to talk about sex. The Anglican Church is publishing a course and a guide to marriage called Growing Together that encourages married couples to be open and frank with each other.
2008310Nampa, Idaho - After an open meeting, the Nampa Public Library board ruled in favor of removing two books containing sexual content. The Joy of Sex and The Joy of Gay Sex are no longer on the shelves at the library. Both sides came out in force to a Monday night meeting to voice their opinion over the books.
2008318GLAAD Awards held in New York, among the recipients, ABC's "Boston Legal" won the nod for outstanding individual episode (in a series without a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered character in its regular cast) for "Do Tell."
2008328Margot Weiss, assistant professor of women’s studies at the College of William & Mary, presents a lecture, Sex Play and Social Power: Race, Gender and the Politics of SM.
20083The Spike, New York's famed leather bar opens after being closed for years due to gentrification.
20084National Conference To Address Gay Black Concerns: Hundreds of LGBT African Americans will meet in Baltimore this month in the first ever conference aimed at empowerment. The three-day conference is being organized by the National Black Justice Coalition - the nation's largest Black LGBT rights group.
2008510Equality Illinois Education Project and the Leather Archives & Museum [LA&M] are coming together to host a seminar day to educate people on the importance of the Illinois civil union bill (House Bill 1826) and legal protections for the LGBT community.