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Friday, June 09, 2017

Not Fake News

Written by  Rodney Burger
Living La Vida de Cuero! Living La Vida de Cuero!

There is lots of news this week in the leather community and I’m talking real news. This stuff was not reported in the New York Times or on CNN.

In international news: The recently sashed International Ms. Leather 2017, Aisia Jones – a.k.a. Girl Complex from Oakland, California – visited Baltimore on Wednesday, May 24th. I must thank Ms. Baltimore Eagle 1992 Glenda Ryder who got the word out and made sure that representatives from area leather clubs including the ShipMates, Onyx Mid-Atlantic, Cumalot, Fist, Hooker & Boys, Maryland boys of Leather, Mid-Atlantic Onyx Pearls, COMMAND MC, La Garou Midnight Dreary Den, and TNG Baltimore were at the Baltimore Eagle to welcome her and show her why we call Baltimore “Charm City.” Glenda knows a little bit about how to treat an International Ms. Leather (IMsL) titleholder after having owned and produced the popular contest from 2006 to 2013. It was quite a crowd. Mid-Atlantic Onyx really turned out in force and it was great to see Ms. Baltimore Eagle 2005 Jessi HolmanAhart who went on to be selected International Ms. Leather 2005 and bring that sash home to Baltimore. (I have always been extra proud of Jessie since I produced the Mr. and Ms. Baltimore Eagle 2005 contest with help from Sir Steve.) Aisia seemed to have a wonderful time and enjoyed the warm reception she received. She had never been to Baltimore before and was taking a tour of the East Coast before traveling to Chicago for the annual International Mr. Leather Contest. She was absolutely delightful and I was so happy to be able to help welcome her to Baltimore. I know that she will have a wonderful title year.

Speaking of International Mr. Leather: Mr. GNI (Gay Naturists International) Leather 2016 Ralph Bruneau was selected International Mr. Leather 2017 over the Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. At age 64 Ralph became the oldest contestant ever selected for leather’s biggest title. This Los Angeles native, who holds a PhD in clinical psychology, had the crowd cheering from the start when he began his onstage speech with: “I have no shame!” Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Milliard was first runner-up and Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King was awarded second runner-up. The International Mr. Bootblack 2017 title was awarded to Ryan Garner-Carpenter from Cincinnati, Ohio. There were 63 contestants this year for the 39th annual International Mr. Leather Contest. I am also proud to add that Mr. Maryland Leather 2017 Peter Pup Orpheus and Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2016 Rudy Flesher were both selected for the coveted top 20.

In local news: Now that June is here all thoughts turn to Pride events. Look for the Capital Pride Parade Leather Contingent on June 10th in D.C.’s annual parade. The parade unit is being sponsored by the Centaur MC, but all leather folks are invited to join in the parade with them. Check their page on Facebook for details. The group will line up at 3 p.m. and the parade steps off at 4:30. After the parade join the folks from Empire City MC and Potomac MC for a bar night at the D.C. Eagle.

The following weekend the ShipMates Club of Baltimore will once again be kicking off Baltimore Pride weekend by selling Jell-O shots during happy hour at Leon’s on Friday, June 16th starting at 6 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m. COMMAND MC will host “Lust – The Official Leather / Bear / Fetish Event at The Nest above the Baltimore Eagle. Cover charge is $7 and proceeds will benefit the GLCCB.

On Saturday, June 24th the Knight Hawks of Virginia will celebrate Pride with their annual “Leather Pride Cruise” aboard the Carrie B. This floating leather bar sets sail at 10 p.m. from Norfolk Waterside for a three-hour tour. There will even be leather demos and bootblack services provided by Atlantic States Leather Community Bootblack 2017 boy john. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at Leathercruise.com.

This is just some of the news for this month. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Baltimore Pride. You know I always say that the folks wearing leather in the heat of June are the real leather folks. And that’s no lie!

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