Let's hear it
for the boys!
by Scott Brogan
It's come to my attention that a new group has sprung up over the past month, the YLDG: Young Leathermen's Discussion Group. The SF boys of Leather have been defunct for quite some time, so it's exciting that a new and different group geared towards the young men in our community has been created. The group is a branch of the ongoing Leathermen's Discussion Group [LDG], which shows me that it is in good hands. As I understand it, the new group is being mentored by the LDG. The focus is on providing a space for young men, mostly subs/boys but not solely, to congregate and talk about their specific needs, concerns, etc. It's about time! The SF girls of Leather have been going strong for several years now, filling a need in the girls' community. What we've been lacking is something for the boys.
The YLDG meetings feature speakers and guests who provide information about a wide variety of topics and issues. I will give more information once I do more research. I hope to be invited to attend a meeting (hint, hint!) soon, but until then I want to get the word out so subs/boys know it's there as a resource. They meet every Sunday afternoon in the upstairs playspace at Mr. S Leather (398A 8th St.). They have a group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/189277717849683. Check it out if you're interested in attending.
(Photo: Rich Stadtmiller)
International Leather Sir/boy & Bootblack 2012: Congratulations to the 2012 International Leather Sir Jack Duke of Dallas, TX; International Leather boy "boy bamm-bamm" of Kansas; and International Leather Bootblack Ruin of Seattle, WA. They won their titles during Up Your Alley Weekend on Sat., July 28. The ILSb-ICBB contest weekend took place at the SF Holiday Inn and featured the contest (broken up between Fri. & Sat. nights) plus many other events, seminars and more. Due to work responsibilities, I was unable to attend. It was reported to me that the weekend was another big success. I'm not surprised. Based on my experiences from last year, I assumed it would be another blast. Sure enough, it was.
Sadly, the contest weekend is moving to Dallas, TX next year. We hate to see it go. The contest now has new owners/executive producers: IML 2009 Jeffrey Payne and David Roy. If Payne's stellar year as IML is any indication, the contest is in very capable and sexy hands. Perhaps a trip to the always-welcoming city of Dallas is in my future? I hope so. I always have a great time in Dallas. Go to: www.ilsb-icbb.com for more information.
Another production change of note is the addition of Sharrin Spector to the International Ms. Leather/Bootblack (IMsL/IMsBB) producing team. This contest weekend is staying in SF, scheduled for April 18-21, 2013. Go to: www.IMsL.org for details.
Missing the fair: I missed Dore Alley (Up Your Alley) this year due to work. Contrary to what you might think, my glamorous job here at the B.A.R. isn't my only vocation. Even though I was working, I did get to experience part of the fair vicariously through one of my co-workers. His girlfriend is an office manager at one of the apartment buildings across the street from the Powerhouse. She had a front-row seat to the festivities, which from her vantage point was more a parade of fetish and depravity than a fair. She regularly texted updates to my co-worker throughout the day. I've never experienced the fair through the eyes of a non-kink yet savvy straight couple. Who knows, maybe next year I'll be the one led by a leash past her building's lobby window? Naw, I'm too much of a pushy bottom for that.
Coming up in leather & kink
Thu., Aug. 9: Koktail Club Happy Hour at Kok Bar (1225 Folsom). Drink specials and Hamisi doing Hammy Time. 5-10 p.m. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Thu., Aug. 9: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse. Strip down for drink specials. 10 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Fri., Aug. 10: Fridays Underwear at Kok Bar. Boxers, jockstraps, undies and nasty fun! 10 p.m.-close. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Fri., Aug. 10: Lick It! at The Powerhouse. Sexy Lance Holman hosts this monthly fundraiser. Go-go boys, raffles, bootblacks! 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Fri., Aug. 10: Truck Wash at Truck (1900 Folsom). 10 p.m.-close. Live shower boys, drink specials! Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Sat., Aug. 11: GearUp or Go Home! at BeatBox (314 11th St.). Party where you can wear your gear and have a great time. Clothes check available. $15 before 11 p.m., $20 after. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Go to Facebook for details.
Sat., Aug. 11: Leather Beer Bust at Kok Bar. $5 Rolling Rock Beer Bust, $3 all other beer and well koktails. 5-9 p.m. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Sat., Aug. 11: All Beef Saturday Nights at The Lone Star (1354 Harrison). 100% SoMa Beef! 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.facebook.com/lonestarsf.
Sat., Aug. 11: Boot Lickin' at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Sat., Aug. 11: SF Men's Spanking Party at the Power Exchange (220 Jones St.), a male-only event. Go to: http://www.voy.com/201188/.
Sat., Aug. 11: Stallion Saturdays at Rebel Bar (1760 Market). Revolving DJs, afterhours fun! 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Go to: www.stallionsaturdays.com.
Sun., Aug. 12: Truck Bust Sundays at Truck. $1 beer bust. 4-8 p.m. Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Sun., Aug. 12: Jockstrap Beer Bust at Kok Bar. 3-7 p.m. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Sun., Aug. 12: SF MAsT (Masters and slaves Together) at the SF Citadel. 7:30 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org.
Sun., Aug. 12: Baby Daddy at Kok Bar. 9 p.m.-close. Drink & shot specials all night, cartoons, music and no cover! Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Sun., Aug. 12: PoHo Sundays at The Powerhouse. Dollar drafts all day! Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Mon., Aug. 13: Trivia Night with host Casey Ley at Truck. 8 p.m. Go to: www.trucksf.com.
Tue., Aug. 14: Safeword: 12-Step Kink Recovery Group at the SF Citadel. 6:30 p.m. Go to: www.sfcitadel.org/calendar/.
Tue., Aug. 14: Ink & Metal at The Powerhouse. 9 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.
Tue., Aug. 14: Kok Block at Kok Bar. Happy hour prices all night. Pool tournament. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Wed., Aug. 15: Pit Stop at Kok Bar. Happy Hour prices all night. Go to: www.kokbarsf.com.
Wed., Aug. 15: Bare Bear, a Night at the Baths at The Water Garden (1010 The Alameda, San Jose). 6-10 p.m. Go to: www.thewatergarden.com.
Wed., Aug. 15: Underwear Buddies at Blow Buddies (933 Harrison), a male-only club. Doors open 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Play till late. Go to: www.blowbuddies.com.
Wed., Aug. 15: Underwear Night at The Powerhouse. Free clothes check. 10 p.m.-close. Go to: www.powerhouse-sf.com.