Another super Philly win – Congratulations to Dan Marinari from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and Stephanie Anders (aka Domme Stephxecutioner) from Philadelphia who were sashed Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2018 on February 10th at the Bike Stop. It looks like the Philadelphians MC who produce the annual contest have come up with two more super leather titleholders.

Talk about a Bolt Bus – There is no bar in Philadelphia called the Philadelphia Eagle – I’m sure you can guess why. But how would you like to visit three Eagle bars in one night? American Leatherwoman 2017 Jackie Thompson will be hosting another Capitol Bus Crawl on April 14th to benefit the Carter / Johnson Leather Library and her travel fund. The bus starts at the DC Eagle, proceeds to the Baltimore Eagle, and then heads on to the Eagle NYC. On the return trip to the DC Eagle there will be a stop at the White Marsh Mall for the Baltimore folks. Tickets are $65 and I’m sure they’re going fast. Full details are on Facebook.

The Untold Story – For the first time in the 14 years that I have been writing this column I had a current leather titleholder refuse to sit down for an interview for this newspaper. I guess he didn’t want to be read.

A star is reborn – In Reading, Pennsylvania, the Reading Eagle is not a bar. It’s a newspaper. For many years the Reading Railmen leather club held monthly bar nights at their home bar, the Red Star Saloon. I was very sad to hear the news awhile back that the owner had passed and the bar had closed. The Red Star Saloon was the last remaining LGBT bar in Reading. I have so many memories of that place starting in 1997 when I was there for a ShipMates’ bar night as a pledge. I even had the pleasure of judging the Mr. and Ms. Reading Leather Contest there. I just heard some good news. The bar has a new owner and will be reopening. The Reading Railmen are already in talks with the new management. It looks like Reading will once again have a LGBT bar. I can’t wait to return.

Say it isn’t so – It is always sad when a bar closes and I keep hearing that another LGBT bar is having management and financial issues. Running a bar can be taxing. It is always sad to hear last call.

Is it chili in here? On Sunday, March 4th the 12th annual New Jersey Leather Family Chili Cook Off will be held at Georgies located at 812 Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Doors open at 2 pm and there will be a $5 requested donation at the door. Proceeds will benefit HIV services at the Center in Asbury Park.

100,000 reasons to love MAL – I never fail to have a fantastic time each January when the Centaur MC present Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC. From seeing leather friends from all over the country and beyond to attending the many dances and cocktails parties, it’s a wonderful way to start the New Year. Did you know that it is not just about shopping for leather and having fun? Centaur MC President Todd White recently announced that after MAL 2018 the Centaur MC will be donating $100,000 to local charities! This year’s recipients will be the Leather Archives & Museum, Shepherd Wellness, Moveable Feast, HIPS, Rainbow Railroad, the Leather Heart Foundation, Team DC, Black Gifted and Whole, and Brother Help Thyself. And you thought Mid-Atlantic Leather was just about all the hot guys in leather.

It’s starting to turn red – Speaking of events in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 24th Onyx Mid-Atlantic will be hosting Code Red, the annual red-themed fundraising event supporting the fight against HIV and AIDS in the LGBTQ community at Stanton & Greene (319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE). The fun starts at 7 pm and there will be a contest for the best in red, dancing, drag performances, kinky scenes, a gear auction, and much more. Details can be found on Facebook under: Code Red IV: Stop the Stigma.

Another brief event – Also on March 24th the Baltimore Eagle will be hosting the Testosterone Black Light Underwear Party hosted by Testosterone Party International with music by DJ Ron Hamelin. Tickets are $7 and the drawers open at 9pm – I mean the doors open at 9.

Who let the dogs out? Saturday, March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at Leon’s Back Room there will be a gathering of pups and handlers. With two-for-one drinks and no cover change it’s sure to be a dog gone good time!

And that’s just some of the news that just came in.

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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 ( 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.
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