Wow, What a Weekend!

It is February now, which means that January’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend has come and gone. I must not be the only one who had a great time because the entire 880-room Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill has already been booked for MAL 2020 next January! The big leather gatherings are always lots of fun, but you will also have a great time at some of the smaller leather weekends. You will meet people, explore a place that you may not have visited before, and these events are a real value. Many weekend passes or “run fees” include meals, cocktail […]

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Is …

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th to 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. MAL 2019 was held during a very cold weekend in our nation’s […]

Meet Mr. Maryland Leather 2019

It is that time of year again: the holidays are over, Sir Steve has left for Florida for the winter, the Ravens have lost, and the days are dark and gray. It is so easy to just stay home, curl up on the sofa, and watch TV. It is also easy to feel lethargic and melancholy. On Tuesday, January 8th I had a date with Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Scorpius Red and after what felt like dinner with an old friend, I was once again ready to face the world.     The bar downstairs at the Mt. Vernon Stable was […]

Happy New LEATHER Year

Here we go again. Another year ends and another one begins. I hope you made some good memories in 2018. I often lament those friends I see on social media who are complaining that they’re bored, feeling down, not making friends, and just not having much fun. I know it’s simplistic, but my solution is easy: Get off the computer and get out of the house! Every year your friends in the leather community produce countless events. Some are just get-togethers in local bars that cost little to nothing to attend and others are weekends away that will provide you […]

Leather Community Celebrates Christmas

As it does every year the leather community celebrated the season of giving by giving back. The ShipMates Club of Baltimore hosted their annual Daddy Christmas fundraiser on the traditional first Saturday of December at The Loft at Grand Central. Since the first Saturday fell on December 1st this year, World AIDS Day, the club selected Adullum Community Healthcare Center – which, among other services, provides HIV screenings to low-income and underserved communities – as this year’s beneficiary. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season as the ShipMates hosted what seemed more like a party than a […]

Meet the President of the ShipMates

A few issues ago I introduced you to the president of the COMMAND, MC leather club as it was about to celebrate 30 years of brotherhood. Recently I sat down with another leather club president. On November 28th at Leon’s I met with Jahleel who is very proud to be the current president of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore as his organization prepares to toast 45 years in 2019. Jahleel was born in Houston, Texas, but moved often as a result of his mother’s employment. Before landing in Baltimore 12 years ago from Atlanta, he lived in Rocky Mountain, North […]

History is Made in DC!

Sir Christopher Booth from Arlington, Virginia, was sashed Mr. DC Eagle 2019 and Alyssa Durnien, who did a wonderful job as Ms. Woods Leather 2017, made history when she was selected the first ever Ms. DC Eagle during the bar’s contest on Saturday, November 17th. Runner-ups were Chad Allen from DC for Mr. DC Eagle 2019 and fetish model and performer Hailey Dollar from Alexandria, Virginia, for Ms. DC Eagle 2019. There were no additional contestants. I was thrilled when I heard that the Mr. DC Eagle contest which started in 1982 and is the longest-running leather title in the […]

Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 is …

Scorpius Red from Baltimore, Maryland, was sashed Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 during the 29th annual contest held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Windup Space in Baltimore. First runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 was William “Raven” Holman, who was also awarded the brotherhood award. Tom Aberasturi-Haugvik was named second runner-up. There were no additional contestants. The popular Maryland Leather Weekend which is produced by COMMAND MC also marked the club’s 30th anniversary and kicked off on Thursday, November 1st with a gear party titled “Pigsty V” at club 1722. On Friday evening, as many out of town leather folks […]

The Dogs of Peace Gay couple bonded through love of teaching, now authors of children’s books featuring justice-loving canine

By definition, “peace” conveys harmonious well-being and freedom from hostile aggression. Peace Pom: Ronan Makes a Difference the second book in the series by Mark Gruber-Lebowitz (and illustrated by his husband Sheldon Gruber-Lebowitz), is the story about a young Pomeranian dog who is hoping to tell everyone about peace – how we can feel it ourselves and how we can spread it to those around us. The children’s book, for children of all ages, is a delightful tale that not only educates but touches readers’ souls. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with the book’s creators. For Mark, a retired elementary […]

Looking at The End

I can’t believe that it is almost November and another year has just about come to an end. Here is a quick look at some recent news in the leather community and a few events that you will want to attend between now and the end of the year. Two of my good friends have recently gone to the dogs – and I couldn’t be happier for them! Mr. Maryland Leather 2016 Eli ONYX was sashed Mid-Atlantic Handler 2018 at the Mid-Atlantic Puppy and Handler Contest on May 19th at The Bike Stop. The title of Mid-Atlantic Puppy 2018 went […]