TI always enjoy writing my interviews with folks in the leather community. It is also fun to share my experiences at contests and leather club’s weekend events. (Next up is the Bay State Marauders’ 16th anniversary weekend in Provincetown at the end of March.) Every now and then I feel the need to play catch-up and inform you of recent leather news and details about additional leather events that just got announced. In the busy Mid-Atlantic leather community, it is just one thing after another!  

Looking for something new? There is a new leather contest and event scheduled for Saturday, March 30th in Baltimore at the Baltimore Playhouse (3010 Washington Boulevard). “Twisting Culture” is presenting the Northeast Person of Leather Contest. This preliminary to the International Person of Leather contest held in Las Vegas is “open to everyone regardless of gender, race, age, or any other -isms.”  Although the contest is planned as a fast and fun event lasting around 90 minutes, a whole day of activities is scheduled. Starting at 11 am there will be a social hour with snacks followed by an afternoon of kink-related classes. The contest is scheduled to run from 4 to 5:30 pm followed by a catered dinner. In the evening there will be a play party. For details and to make reservations, visit “Twisting Culture” on Facebook or FetLife. (Tickets may be purchased at the door, but attendees must sign up in advance.)    

Speaking of gender-nonconforming leather contests, the inaugural MX Virginia Leather Contest was held at Fallout in Richmond over the weekend of March 1st and 2nd. Congratulations to Blue who was selected MX Virginia Leather 2019. The contest was emceed by Hooker & Boys member boy Jake and Ms. DC Eagle 2019 Alyssa Durnien.

In fact, I missed the MX Virginia Leather Contest because my fellow ShipMates and I had a bar night at the DC Eagle on March 2nd. I love the DC Eagle. It has that gritty industrial look of a throwback leather bar. Recently several friends forwarded to me a real-estate ad listing the building for sale. Many jumped on the bandwagon and reported another LGBT bar down the drain. I am happy to report that according to a recent article in the Washington Blade, the DC Eagle’s owners plan to sell the building and lease it back from the new owners. The bar has no plans to go out of business and thanks to new LGBT-friendly owners of a neighboring shopping center, can offer over 150 parking spaces. On Friday, March 22nd from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Mr. DC Eagle 2019 Christopher Booth will host a class on “Basic Bondage: Beginner Rope & Knots,” presented by Loki Sorensen. This class will include demons and opportunities for attendees to practice. On March 29th at 9 pm Ms. DC Eagle Alyssa Durnien will host another of her popular bar nights. These are just two of the many events at the DC Eagle. Come out and support DC’s historic leather bar.        

Congratulations also go out to two more new leather titleholders in our area. All my best to Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2019 Jason Boyask and Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2019 Sara Withoutanh who were selected to represent the City of Brotherly Love on February 16th at the Bike Stop. 

The ShipMates of Baltimore will be heading to Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 6th for a joint bar night with the Pennsmen at the Brownstone in Harrisburg. You are also invited to help Maryland’s first leather club toast 45 years on May 4th at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. Go to: “ShipMates Club of Baltimore 45th anniversary” on Facebook for details. 

Bar hopping is always a fun thing- but are you ready for this? On April 27th get ready for another Capitol Bus Crawl. The party will start at 5 pm at the DC Eagle. You will be transported to the Bike Stop in Philadelphia and on to the Eagle New York City before returning to the DC Eagle. Tickets are $50 online or $80 the day of the event (if not sold out.) Proceeds benefit the Carter / Johnson Leather Library and the Billy Thompson, Jr., Memorial Fund via Brother Help Thyself. Look for Capitol Bus Crawl on Facebook. 

If you would rather just party with leather folks in one bar: COMMAND MC has a bar night in Baltimore on Saturday, April 6th at Leon’s starting at 9 pm; ONYX Mid-Atlantic presents “Leather & Lace” at the Green Lantern in DC on Friday, March 29th starting at 10 pm; and get ready to welcome spring with the DC Boys of Leather on March 23rd as they present “Spring is Hung” at the DC Eagle. The DC Boys of Leather invite you to wear your pastel gear, undies, or best bunny suit and receive three free Jell-O shots. Sounds like a good thing to me! ‏These are just a few of the leather events coming up soon in the Mid-Atlantic area. We are fortunate to have so many leather events going on here. Come out and join in the fun. I’m sure that as soon as this goes to print, I will hear about another thing!

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Rodney Burger
Rodney Burger
Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.