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by Rodney Burger

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mr. Maryland Leather 2018 is...

Brendan Patrick, a health-care professional and popular Baltimore Eagle bartender, was selected the 27th Mr. Maryland Leather titleholder on Saturday, November 4th at the annual Mr. Maryland Leather Contest produced by COMMAND MC at the Baltimore Eagle. First runner-up and also recipient of the Brotherhood Award was Daddy Rob Cwiklowski, a member of COMMAND MC, and 2nd runner-up was awarded to Jason Clark-Fox, a member of COMMAND MC. Also competing were COMMAND pledge Glenn Belcher and COMMAND pledge Samuel Goldstein. (It should be noted that a 6th contestant was introduced earlier in the weekend but that contestant did not advance to the onstage contest after the interview process.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I Can’t Do It All Myself!

There have always been problems in the leather community. I’m not talking about persons making inappropriate comments on social media or even pictures of leather titleholders dressed in t-shirts, preppie shorts, sneakers, and leather sashes. I like to look on the positive side of things. I’m talking about the problem of having so many leather events going on at the same time that I can’t get to them all. That’s a good problem to have.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Start Spreading the News!

Joseph Macchia, a talent booker from Maspeth, New York, in the borough of Queens, took home the title of Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 at the annual contest held on Saturday, October 7th at New York City’s iconic leather bar. First runner-up was Johnny Quesada, a photographer from New York City, and second runner-up was awarded to Dwayne Townsend, an actor, model, and aerobics instructor, as well from the Big Apple. Also competing were Damien Basile, Darius “Dax” Fox, and Mike Chapman.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sloppy Seconds

Frat Daddy George from Granby, Massachusetts, was awarded the title of Atlantic States LeatherSIR 2018, Justin Charles from Baltimore, Maryland, was sashed Atlantic States Leatherboy 2018, and Callie Girl from Newport News, Virginia took home the Atlantic States Community Bootblack 2018 title during the Atlantic States Leather weekend held in Baltimore on September 22nd and 23rd. There were no additional contestants.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The New Age of Consent

I admit that I’m now part of the older generation. You know that you have arrived there the first time you catch yourself uttering the phrase: “When I was your age….” I get it. Time brings change. Each generation puts their own stamp on the world and the leather community is no exception. One can embrace change or become that grumpy old man who still lives in the past. The last issue of Baltimore OUTloud carried an article from Dailyxtra.com entitled “Verbal Consent Needed at Sex Positive Spaces?” It spoke about a person being touched without consent and went on to state that young people are very conscious about consent and may interpret non-verbal actions as harassing behavior. Oddly enough I’d just been to a leather contest, and while waiting to go up onstage for the parade of club colors, a friend who I’ve known for years playfully groped me right before I was stepping on stage. When I got home that evening I got a text from him. It said, “Sorry if I crossed a line with touching your cock.” I jokingly replied, “You only crossed the line when you stopped!” It really made me think about how times have changed and how cruising may now be a lost art.

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