Nicholas Hollup was named Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 and Heather Raquel was sashed Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017 on Saturday, February 11th in front of a packed house at the Bike Stop in downtown Philadelphia. Bull, a member of the Atlanta Panther Leather / Levi Club and a recent Philadelphia transplant, was first runner-up for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017, and Kitten, executive producer of Philadelphia Leather Pride night, was first runner-up for Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017. Also competing for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 were Christopher Stratton, who was first runner-up to Mr. Mayhem Leather 2016, and Erich a proud military veteran. The Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest started in 1983 and the Ms. Philadelphia Leather title was added in 1993. The contest stopped in 2009, but was resurrected in 2015. Produced by the Philadelphians MC this contest has become one of the best-produced events in the area. I am also so happy to say that many of the Philadelphia Leather titleholders have become my dear friends. In fact my ShipMate club brother Alex Lemaire and I arrived in the area on Friday and stayed at the beautiful home of Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2007 John Loesch who was such an amazing host that after an evening of bar-hopping, he cooked pancakes, eggs, and bacon at 2:30 in the morning. (I also want to thank Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2005-06 Bill Hawk who made sure that I had a seat at the contest when many folks were standing in the back.)
The first World AIDS Day was first designated for the first day of December in 1988, seven and a half years after the virus was first recognized. It provides an important opportunity for people around the world to show their solidarity with people living with HIV, to commemorate the people who have died from HIV/AIDS, and to recommit to standing united in the fight against HIV.
June 14th is Flag Day commemorating the adoption of the flag of the U.S. by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777, and it is also the birthday of the U.S. Army. But that was not at the top of Ron Zimmerman and Steve Jackson’s agenda on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 after a hectic day at Weichert’s Realtors, picking up their cats, Nick and Nora, from the vet, and preparing to go to the Rowan Tree to participate in the festivities there.
Rev. Edward Thomas Hougen, 74– a longtime gay publisher, activist, and Metropolitan Community Church minister, who lived mostly in Boston but whose works reached nationally and beyond– died August 29th, 2016, in Northampton, Massachusetts, after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer.
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