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Southwest Leather Pride Weekend By Edward Lee

Arizona and the rest of the U.S.

bonds you make in one weekend can sometimes outweigh those you’ve had for much longer. I always try to encourage those considering running for a title to do so, since it was such a transformative and rewarding episode in my life.”

PHOENIX The annual Southwest Leather Pride Weekend will take place March 4-7, 2010 in Phoenix. This unique event attracts a wide variety of people from around

“Basically it is very much like Pride, except it is focused on the Leather community.  It is our weekend to show our pride in who we are as Leather folk,” says Stephen Palaschak, Southwest Leatherboy 2008, 1st runner-up International Leatherboy 2008 and a member of Southwest Leather Pride. This year’s event will kick-off on Thursday, March 4 with a Button Fly & Cigar Pre-Leather Weekend Party at 7 pm at Apollo’s Lounge. On Friday night the Dirty, Secret, Black Party will be held at Velocity starting at 9 pm. Saturday several events will be going on around Phoenix, with a dinner at My Mothers Restaurant at 6:30 pm. The highlight of the weekend takes place Saturday night at the Bunkhouse Saloon with the Southwest LeatherSIR, Southwest Leatherboy and Southwest Ms. Leather 2010 contests. Special guests include, International Leather Sir Raul, International Leather boy bill and Ms. International Leather Hobbit. According to Palaschak, winners of the Southwest contests will go on to compete. “The Southwest is one of 13 regions involved in the International LeatherSIR/

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Besides competing, winners are expected to be leaders in the Leather community and also outreach to the greater Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community as a whole. During his title year, Palaschak went to many of the events sponsored by the Imperial Court as well as the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association. 

boy and International Community Bootblack contest which will be held in July during Dore Alley weekend in San Francisco.  Each of the regions holds a contest to send their representatives to the International contest. The Southwest Leatherwoman usually goes on to compete at International Ms. Leather, but there are other contest options available to her too.”   Organizers are hoping to have at least three contestants in each category. “Wining the title was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life.  When I won, little did I realize the opportunity given me. Over the past two years I have traveled and met many wonderful people.  As one friend put it, the

“We also held ‘Leather Invasions’ at non-leather bars to increase visibility as well as educate the public on who we are as a community. The winners will likely hold fundraising events for both SW Leather Pride, who pays their way to San Francisco, and local charities.  Which charities the titleholder picks is up to them.  Some titleholders have causes that are dear to them, while others simply raise money for wellknown local organizations that they appreciate.” A Sunday victory brunch will be held at Cherry Bar. There are events throughout the weekend that are sponsored by various leather clubs and organizations. The host hotel, Days Inn at 502 W. Camelback, is offering rooms for $52 a night. You must ask for the Southwest Leather Pride room rate. Complete weekend packages are available for $35 which includes: Cigar & Uniform Party, Raffle Tickets/Drawings, Receptions, Cocktail Parties, Southwest Leather Formal Dinner, Saturdays Southwest Leather Black Party Celebration, The Last “Sling” Sunday Brunch and T-shirts. Packages are limited. To purchase weekend packages please email: Seattleflyer@ Individual tickets for the Leather Dinner are $20, and for the brunch $12. For more information or a contestant application go to

The 25th Annual RoadRunner Regional Rodeo

Letter from Publisher


So What Is (Q/A)


By Edward Lee


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Buckle up! The 2010 RoadRunner Regional Rodeo comes out of the chute President’s Day Weekend, February 13 &14. As one of the largest GLBT rodeo event in the southwest, the event attracts rodeo fans and contestants from all over the country.






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Gates open at 8 a.m. with poll bending, chute dogging, roping and racing events, goat dressing, bronc riding and steer riding among the hotly-contested events. However, the ultimate event of the rodeo is bull riding. This is an advanced version of steer riding, but with a one-half ton more beef to contend with and the

added danger that many bulls turn back on the rider and attempt to get even for having their routine disrupted. Have no fear, the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) imposes specified rules, which are strictly enforced, and penalizes any contestant found to be guilty of inhumane treatment of animals, the least of which is their immediate disqualification from further competition. Gay rodeos operate under greatly modified rules of straight rodeo while still preserving this American tradition. Although consisting Contniued on page 3

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Publisher’s Letter Thank you for picking up Desert Knight News, you may wonder why anyone would start a new publication when newspapers and magazines are falling to the wayside. While I have watched mainstream publications including mainstream LGBT ones close, niche publications have continued and even thrived. As a business owner I know that the Bear, Leather and Fetish communities have continued to grow despite the lack of a publication that focuses on their communities. Enter, Desert Knight News, which will take you where others won’t. So what does that mean?

Desert Knight News is for those who seek news, fiction, club/bar information, and cutting edge product information that caters to their lifestyle, but also to those who wish to experiment in these constantly evolving communities. Our tagline, “We will take you where others won’t,” also signals that this publication is not afraid to be politically incorrect. We are not afraid to use the word “cock” or to discuss our sexual nature and fantasies. Quite frankly I miss the days when gay publications weren’t trying to be so vanilla. Don’t get me wrong, there are some wonderful

LGBT mainstream publications here, but there is a need for a true alternative. A publication that allows you to explore, and validates your way of life.

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Charro rodeo arena with an attached dance hall known as the Corona Ranch. AGRA is one of the 5 founding members of the International Gay Rodeo Association and priveleged to hold the Arizona heat for the International Rodeo league. As part of the International Gay Rodeo Association, the RoadRunner Regional Rodeo raises and donates to charities throughout Arizona. This year the following organizations will be benefiting from the event: of traditional rodeo events, rodeo activities have been tailored to provide the animal and human participants with the safest environment possible, while still demonstrating the skill of the contestant. Besides the usual events, the RoadRunner Regional Rodeo will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. According to the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA), it all started in 1982, when a small group traveled to the Reno rodeo and Tish Tanner won the title of Miss Reno National Gay Rodeo. Arizona came to life in the fall of 1984 when John decided to open a second Charlie’s in Phoenix. The bar opened in early November and since John and Kenny Cunitz lived and breathed rodeo, it was only a matter of weeks before AGRA formed. In December 1984 the new group targeted January of 1986 for their first rodeo. Arizona became the fifth state to host a gay rodeo and the event took place in the most unique arena facility on the south side of Phoenix: a Mexican

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Phoenix Chapter. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. The Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network invites the religious community to join them in an informed, sensitive and compassionate response to those affected by HIV/AIDS. They work within faith communities to promote education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. . Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix is one of 125 affiliates around the world and serves Central and Northern Arizona. The organization provides education, mammograms, screening and treatment for those in need. The Community Church of Hope is a spiritual resource for the LGBT community in Phoenix. The church hosts support and advocacy groups such as AA, Affirmations, H.O.P.E. and One In Ten youth group.

The Joshua Tree Feeding Program is dedicated to offering its clients a hot nourishing lunch, plentiful food to take home, and an opportunity to socialize in a compassionate and loving atmosphere. Spectators ranch Friday night- Dinner/show $30.00 Includes cowboy cook out as well as cowboy karaoke finals all to be held at Rawhide along with contestant registration. There will be dancing the entire night. Entry for show/dancing only (meal not included ) is $8.00. Saturday - All day entry is $17.00. Includes night entertainment on the rodeo grounds. Watch the Web site for special guests, www. Sunday - $ 8.00 all day entry economy saver. Includes all rodeo events, entertainment events and awards ceremony at Rawhide. VIP All Access Weekend Pass - $50.00 Includes Dinner/Show Friday night, entry on both Saturday and Sunday. The RoadRunner Regional Rodeo, Feb. 12-14, at the Gila Indian Community Reservation at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 West North Loop Rd. in Chandler. Tickets range from $8-$100 and can be bought at or on campgrounds on the day of the events. For more information visit www.agra-phx. com.

Q AND A So What Is...

Ask away It’s better to ask – you can’t always fake it!

For all of those who are reading and may not know, what exactly is a Bear or Leatherman? Is it something I may be, is it something I may want to be? Here is a quick reference. Bear is slang for those gay, bisexual, or trans men in the bear communities. It also describes a physical type. Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some maybe heavy-set but some are not. The Bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to. One of the largest and most notable contests, International Mr. Bear, is held each February at the International Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco. It attracts contestants, often with local titles, from all over the world. The first International Mr. Bear was held in 1992. The contest includes Bear, Daddy, Cub, and Grizzly titles with the contestant who receives the highest score winning the bear title, regardless of what type he is. Gay “leather-bears” have competed in leather contests, and “muscle-bears” are another subculture noted by their muscular, often very large muscle body mass. The Bear community has spread all over the world, with Bear clubs in many countries. Bear clubs often serve as social and sexual networks, and members often contribute to their local gay communities through fundraising and other functions. The leather subculture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities and hedonistic eroticism (“kink”). Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men (“leathermen”), but it is also reflected in various ways in the GLBT and straight worlds. Many people associate leather culture with BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/

Submission, Sado/Masochism, also called “SM” or “S&M”) practices and its many subcultures. But for others, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic fashion that expresses heightened masculinity or the appropriation of sexual power; love of motorcycles and independence; and/or engagement in sexual kink or leather fetishism. In recent decades the leather community has been considered a subset of BDSM culture rather than a descendant of gay culture. Even so, the most visibly organized SM community has been a subculture of the gay community, as evidenced by International Mr. Leather in the US (established 1979). Meanwhile, other subcultures have likewise appropriated various leather fashions and practices. Erotic fetishism, is the sexual arousal brought on by any object, situation or body part not conventionally viewed as being sexual in nature. There are so many fetishes that one could not posssibly list them all, but here are a few: Underwear, foot, nipple play, pumping (and we are not talking gym), role play, CEO, mumification, spanking, BDSM, water sports, medical play, electro/electricity, latex, colors, exhibitionism, voyerism and the list goes on and on. Psychologists and medical practitioners regard fetishism as normal variations of human sexuality. Even those orientations that are potential forms of fetishism are usually considered unobjectionable as long as all people involved feel comfortable. Only if the diagnostic criteria presented in detail below are met is the medical diagnosis of fetishism justified. The leading criteria is that a fetishist is ill only if he or she suffers from the addiction, not simply because of the addiction itself.

pleasurable sensations felt while being inserted. The three most commonly used “sounds” are the Pratt which has a slight curvature, the Van Buren which has a J-shaped curve on the end, and the Dittle, which is straight. You need to use lots of lube, so the “sound” can easily slide in on its own (gentle guidance may be necessary; pushing or forcing can cause tearing of the fragile tissue). If you encounter a constriction in the urethra that the “sound” will not pass through, do not try to drive it through. More lube and a narrower sound may be more safe and successful. The main risks with “sounding” include tearing or cutting the urethra and infection. Anything inserted into the urethra is to be cleaned to reduce the chance of infection. Some men may feel burning when urinating, due to irritation. If the feeling continues for an extended period of time, the urinary tract may have become infected. If this occurs, or if there is blood in the urine, the person needs to see a health care provider. For those who use sounds, being open and honest with the provider is vital, in order to discuss alternatives for avoiding infection if they plan to continue “sounding.”

Question: What are “sounds”?

Information provided by in this Q & A is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional.

Sounds are smooth, long, thin surgical steel rods that are inserted into a man’s urethra. Originally they were used to break up kidney stones. Today “sounds” are used for the

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Local News Kyl McDonel named Mr. Phoenix Leather

Time. Cost is $3 Go to for more information. Bears of the West monthly meeting

Phoenix - The Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest, a local preliminary to International Mr. Leather, was held January 9, at Velocity Leather/Fetish bar, 2303 E Indian School Road. The contest was part of a weekend-long leather event that included a Meet and Greet, Bar Crawl, Cigar Social, Happy Hour Social, and a Victory Party. Congratulations to Kyl McDonel on being named Mr. Phoenix Leather. Kyl will represent the Phoenix area at International Mr. Leather 2010, in Chicago, in May. This year’s contest was judged by Bob Weber, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2009; Jeffery Payne, International Mr. Leather 2009; boy Justin, Southwest Leather boy 2009; Eli Edgin, Southwest Ms. Leather 2009; and Master Dennis, Patriarch of the Dragon Clan.

Phoenix - Join the Bears of the West for their monthly meeting every 2nd Thursday of each month at Coco’s Restaurant, located on 7th street between McDowell and Thomas. This month meeting is Feb. 11. There will be updates on featured events for the rest of the year including updates on other items discussed at the last meeting. Dinner at Coco’s starts at 6pm. Meeting starts at 7pm Coco’s Restaurant is located at 2026 N. 7th Street Phoenix. 2010 - Men of Model Signing at Bar 1

member go to www.arizonapowerexchange. org Bear Coffee at Raging Sage Coffee Roasters Tucson - Join the Bears of the Old Pueblo Feb. 3, for great java and warm guys at the Raging Sage Coffee Roasters. It’s a great way to meet and socialize with your local bears! Everyone is welcome!

Raging Sage Coffee Roasters on Campbell (2458 N. Campbell Avenue) is Just north of Grant. This cozy Sonoran bungalow houses one of the best local roasters in town as well as some tremendous baked goods. There is ample parking behind the business with access from Spring Street. The BOTOP meet on the patio on the south side of the coffeehouse so look for Bears under the trees! Triangle Tribe Triangle Tribe is a weekly men’s support group. It is open to all men, and gay, bisexual or questioning men are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting on the first Thursday of every month will be held at another location, otherwise they area held at Wingspan, 425 E 7th Street. Meetings are held from 7:30-8:30 pm.

ISEA Football Frenzy Super Bowl Party

For more information email tsbtucson@yahoo. com Al-Anon Meetings every Saturday

Join the Imperial Court of Arizona as they celebrate the Super Bowl Feb 7 at The Rock on 7th Ave. Hang out and enjoy the football game and have a hamburger and hotdogs served up by the owner of the Rock. It will be held from 3 pm until ? Come out and enjoy the fun… ClubFEM Phoenix Munch Phoenix ClubFEM is an international organization devoted to exploring the Female Dominant/male submissive dynamic. The Dommes are in charge at all times. All submissive males attending the event should be prepared to serve in whatever capacity requested. The first Munch on Feb. 7 will feature Show and Tell as the demonstration topic. Bring your toy bags so that you can share tips and tricks. Please bring a dish to share with the group while you visit. Drinks will be provided. The tentative schedule for the meeting will be: 2 - 2:15pm Announcements and Welcome 2:15 – 3pm Demo – Show and Tell 3– 5pm Social 4 Desert Knight News

Phoenix - Meet some of the models of the 2010: Men of Calendar on Friday February 12 at Bar 1 from 6:55 pm to 11:55 pm.

Tucson Al-Anon meetings are held every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson.

Some of our Models from the Limited Edition 2010: Men of calendar will be on hand to sign your calendars.

This is a GLBT-friendly support group.

This event will occur during the Phoenix Gay Rodeo weekend at the MEET-n-GREET held here at Bar 1 in Phoenix, AZ. YEEEHAW! Bears and BBQ at Bunkhouse Phoenix- Join the Bears of the West for burgers from the grill Feb 20, 2– 5pm. Just $5. Draft Beer specials and more! The Bunkhouse if located at 4428 N. 7th Ave in Phoenix. The Ladies Ride Again, CBT to da MAX Phoenix - On Feb. 27 the Evil Uncle will be hiding under his desk. The Ladies from Hades will be twisting, turning, poking, proding, hanging weights and sticking needles in male private parts for this Weekend Workshop. Please attend and learn the true meaning of the song “Love Hurts” with Miss Fran, Mommy V, Gloryus, Lady JoL, the Stunning Skye and all the rest of the women you see on “America’s Most Wanted. Lunch is provided but the evenings party entrance is not provided. You must be an Arizona Power Exchange member to attend. To become an APEX

Beartinis at the Shelter Tucson - Join the Bears of the Old Pueblo at The Shelter (4155 E. Grant Rd) for Beartinis at 6:30pm every Friday! The Shelter, Tucson’s famously retro, mid-century, hipster dive bar has been serving some of the best cocktails for over 45 years! This local treasure contains an atmosphere that is unabashedly tacky and has some highly talented and friendly bartenders, all wrapped up in cold-war era décor and great music and weird videos. Bears of the Old Pueblo will convene at said swanketeria for drinks and socializing (for bonus fun watch the regulars marvel at the burly, queer invasion) and then afterwards we often pick someplace tasty and affordable for dinner! Everyone is welcome! For more information email sonoranbear@

The Hanky Code is a traditional form of signaling to others what your sexual preferences and interests are. Gay men used this code to communicate with each other in the noisy and distracting environment of gay bars. Although not as widely used these days, it is still a worthwhile resource and is, among those who COLOR BLACK bottom GREY BLACK w/WHITE Check bottom GREY W/BLACK bottom GREY FLANNEL suits BLACK w/WHITE Stripe tops CHARCOAL bottom BLACK VELVET for the camera BLUE, Light BLUE, Robin’s Egg 69ing BLUE, Medium BLUE, Navy (bottom) BLUE, Airforce BLUE, Light w/WHITE Stripe salty seamen BLUE, Teal torturee RED RED w/WHITE Stripe RED w/BLACK Stripe MAROON RED, Dark PINK, Light PINK, Dark MAUVE fetish FUSCHIA MAGENTA PURPLE LAVENDER YELLOW YELLOW, Pale MUSTARD GOLD for two YELLOW w/WHITE Stripe tops GOLD LAME likes muscleboy tops ORANGE (just cruising) APRICOT chubby chaser CORAL (sucks toes) RUST horse GREEN, Kelly to buy) GREEN, Hunter looking for daddy OLIVE DRAB bottom GREEN, Lime (will buy dinner) BEIGE BROWN BROWN LACE BROWN SATIN BROWN w/WHITE Stripe tops WHITE both (J/O)

know, a great conversation starter. Hankies are usually worn in either the back left or right pockets, however, they can also be worn around the wrist, around the ankle or leg at the thigh above the knee, or around the neck with the knot/tie going either right or left.

WORN ON LEFT heavy SM top

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latex fetish

has/takes videos

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wants head 69er

cocksucker anything but

cop fucker (top)

copsucker fuckee

pilot/flight attendant likes flyboys sailor lookin’ for cock & ball torturer cock & ball fist fucker fist fuckee shaver shavee furry bear likes bears cuts bleeds 2-handed fister 2-handed fistee dildo fucker dildo fuckee tit torturer tit torturee into navel worship has a navel spanker suck my pits piercer likes drag queens pisser/WaterSports spits hung 8”+ two looking for one

spankee armpit freak piercee drag queen piss freak drool crazy wants 8”+ one looking

Other objects can also be used such as keys and key chains or watch fobs and even a set of handcuffs (Bondage), to let people know if you are ‘top’ or ‘bottom’.

side indicates willingness to receive fellatio. Wearing it in the right back pocket or on the right side indicates desire to perform fellatio. Navy Blue - Anal sex - Wearing it in the left back pocket or on the left side indicates a preference to be the insertive partner (the “top” or “pitcher”) during anal intercourse. Wearing it in the right back pocket or on the right side indicates a preference to be in the receptive role (the “bottom” or “catcher”). Pink (Light Pink) – Dildos. Charcoal- Latex, PVC, or Rubber Fetish. Medium Blue- Uniform fetish - Police uniforms or uniforms worn by other authority figures. Teal- Cock and ball torture. Khaki- Military Sex (Uniform fetish) - Likes wearing military uniforms. Olive drab- Military person- Left: A military top; Right: a military bottom. Kelly green - sex for money - Left: a male prostitute; right: a john (someone looking for a prostitute). Hunter green- Daddy/boy sex- Looking for a boy (left) or looking for a daddy (right). Brown - Scat Burnt umber - Extreme sex - Extreme sex such as branding; or sex that is taboo even among most people in the leather subculture, e.g. , pederasty or bestiality. Orange - Few limits - When worn on the left, orange indicates that the wearer will top in relatively any fetish, anytime, anywhere. Conversely, when orange is worn on the right, it indicates the wearer will bottom in relatively any fetish, anytime, anywhere. Robin Egg Blue (Pale Robin Egg Blue) - 69 Aqua (Printer’s Cyan) – Aquaphilia - Having sex in water, such as in a bathtub, shower or swimming pool. Lime- Sitophilia - Eating food off someone’s body or having food eaten off one’s body. Chamois - Motorcycle sex - Indicates the wearer is looking for sex involving a motorcycle as a prop, or involving one or more bikers in the Continued on page 7

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Examples: Color - Meaning - Practice Black – SM - Indicates the wearer’s interest in hardcore SM play, especially whipping. Red - Anal fisting - Left pocket: Insertive partner. Right pocket: Receptive partner. Yellow - Watersports - Urinating on (left), or being urinated upon by (right), another person. Grey - Bondage - Play involving ropes, handcuffs, or other restraints that limit the bottom’s ability to move. White - Mutual masturbation. Light blue- Oral sex - Wearing it in the left back pocket or on the left Desert Knight News 5

National News International Bear Rendezvous, Feb 11-15 The International Bear Competition will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2010. Titles will be awarded for International Bear Cub, International Daddy Bear, International Grizzly Bear, and the overall title of International Mr. Bear. There are no separate competitions for Cub, Daddy, and Grizzly. The judges will choose the winners of these titles from the total pool of contestants. However, we are asking you to assist the judges by selecting the category you most identify with on the application. Contestants must be registered attendees of International Bear Rendezvous 2010. In addition, contestants are required to participate in a number of additional activities during International Bear Rendezvous, including: • Friday, February 12th, at 7pm, Contestant Social Hour. Meet and greet your fellow contestants.

By D.K. Staff San Francisco – The International Bear Rendezvous is an annual gathering of bears and bear-lovers held in San Francisco. It is hosted by the Bears of San Francisco, who conceived of Rendezvous as a weekend of fun and fundraising. The event fosters a sense of community among participants while at the same time raising money for agencies serving gay and HIV communities at local, state, and national levels. Fundraising is accomplished through sales of registration packages, raffles, auctions, and direct donations from participants and the community. Since the first Rendezvous in 1995, net proceeds have resulted in donations totaling over $500,000 to many non-profit organizations. IBR selects three beneficiaries each year. This year, IBR has selected: Asian-Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Helem via Rainbow World Fund.

• Friday, February 12th, at 8pm, contestants will attend an Orientation Meeting at the host hotel. Please plan your arrival accordingly, so that you can be finished with event check-in before this meeting. •  Friday, February 12th, from 11pm until 1am, contestants will sell raffle tickets at the Eagle Tavern to help raise money for our charities. Contestants will be introduced at the Eagle at 11pm. •  Saturday, February 13th, between 11am and 1pm, contestants will be introduced at the President’s Reception Bloody Mary Mixer. •  Saturday, February 13th, from 3:30pm until 5pm, contestants will sell raffle tickets during the Beer Bust at the Eagle Tavern. •  Saturday, February 13th, 8pm, Contestant Introduction at Dance Hall Days.

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• Sunday, February 14th, from 10am until 3pm, contestants will participate in contest rehearsal and individual interviews with the judging panel at the host hotel. BOSF will provide lunch for contestants. •  Sunday, February 14th, from 9pm until 11pm, contestants will participate in the International Bear Competition at the host hotel. For additional questions regarding the contests email Schedule of Events Wednesday, February 10th 6pm - 11pm - BEAR Hump Wednesday @ 440 - CASTROBEAR presents 8pm - 11pm - Early Bear Movie Night - Movie with SF MovieBears

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Thursday, February 11th 10am - 6pm - Bears Invade The Castro - Visit participating shops to win prizes! 1pm - 5pm - IBR Store - Merchandise (Pins, T-Shirts) Auction Item bidding 5:30pm - 6pm - BOSF Membership Meeting

6pm – 9pm - Early Registration Pickup including Walk-Up Registration 6pm - 9pm - Welcome Meet-n-Greet Mixer for all attendees during Early Registration, co hosted by “A Bears Life Magazine” 9pm – 12am - Welcome Party w/Food - Lone Star 10pm - 1:30am - Welcome Party w/Live MusicEagle Tavern Friday, February 12th 10am – 12pm - Old SF Mint Tour - new offering 10am - 6pm - Bears Invade The Castro - Visit participating shops to win prizes! 11am - 3pm - Golden Gate Experience California Academy of Sciences/De Young Museum 12 pm - 3pm - St. George Spirits - Hangar One Distillery Tour 12pm - 8pm - IBR Store - Merchandise (Pins, T-Shirts) Auction Item bidding 12:30pm - 6pm - Bears, the Baths and Beyond Steamworks Play Party 3pm - 8pm - Vendor Maul 3pm - 8pm - Local Artist Showing - new offering 3pm - 3am - Bear Den/Hospitality Suite - 31st floor Club Lounge Suite 6:30pm - 2am - Castro Pub Crawl - Play Party and Bar Loop 7pm - 1am - B’EROS - Eros Play Party 7pm - 8pm - No Host Cocktail Bar - before Bingo 8pm - 11pm - Bingo - Sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 9pm - 4am - Sweat@Magnum Dance Party - A BEARRACUDA and CASTROBEAR Presents Production 9pm - 4am - Fire Dance Party - BIG Phattest Events 9pm - 3am - SOMA Pub Crawl - Bar Loop 11pm - 3am - Bear Gaming Parlor - Video games and contests 11pm - 03:00 am - Adult Screening Room - Sponsored by CyberBears/ Pantheon 11pm - 1am - Contestant Introduction - Eagle Tavern (raffle ticket sales) Saturday, February 13th 9am - 3am - Bear Den/Hospitality Suite - 31st floor Club Lounge Suite 9am - 12pm - Club Day - Meet representatives of Bear Clubs from throughout the nation 9:30am - 12:30pm - Barbary Coast Tour - new offering 10am - 12pm - Duck Tour 10am - 6pm - Bears Invade The Castro - Visit participating shops to win prizes! 10am - 6pm - IBR Store - Merchandise (Pins, T-Shirts) Auction Item bidding 10am - 6pm - Vendor Maul 10am - 6pm - Local Artist Showing - new offering 11am - 1pm - Bloody Mary Mixer - Contestant Introduction 11am - 3am - Bear Gaming Parlor - Video games and contests 3pm - 6pm - Eagle Tavern Beer Bust Contestant raffle ticket sales 7pm - 8pm - Hanky Dance Dance Lessons Hosted by Sundance Saloon 8pm - 12am - Hanky Dance - Hosted by Sundance Saloon - with IBR Contestant Introductions, live auction, dancing, gaming parlor 9pm - 2am - Castro Pub Crawl - Bar Loop 9pm - 2am - SOMA Pub Crawl - Bar Loop 9pm - 4am - Bearracuda Dance Party BEARRACUDA 11pm - 3am - Adult Screening Room Sponsored by CyberBears/Pantheon Sunday, February 14th 9am - 03:00 am - Bear Den/Hospitality Suite 31st floor Club Lounge Suite 10am - 04:00 pm - Bears Invade The Castro Visit participating shops to win prizes! 10am - 06:00 pm - IBR Store - Merchandise (Pins, T-Shirts) Auction Item bidding 10am - 06:00 pm - Vendor Maul Contniued on page 7

National News International Bear Rendezvous Continued from page 6

10pm - 06:00 pm - Local Artist Showing - new offering 11am - 01:30 pm - Dim Sum Gobble 11am - 02:00 am - SOMA Pub Crawl - Bar Loop 11am - 03:00 am - Bear Gaming Parlor - Video games and contests 2pm - 05:30 pm - Blow Buddies Play Party Sponsored by Blow Buddies 3pm - 06:00 pm - Eagle Tavern Beer Bust - Cohosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 4:pm - 6pm - Bear Gaming Parlor - Playoffs!

4pm - 10pm - Sunday Furry Sunday CastroBear Presents 6pm - 7pm - No Host Cocktail Bar - before Contest 7pm - 9pm - Dinner Buffet 9pm - 11pm - IBR Contest- Included in All Packages 9pm - 3am - UnderBear Dance Party - by BEARRACUDA 9pm - 4am - Massive Dance Party - BIG Phattest Events 11pm - 3am - Adult Screening Room -

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Light yellow – Spitting - Left—wants to spit on partner during sex; right—wants to be spit upon during sex. Beige (Desert Sand) – Rimming - Anal-oral contact. Rust – Ponyism. Camouflage - Rugged outdoorsman - Having sex outdoors in the country (such as when going camping). Gingham - Urban outdoorsman - Having sex in city parks. Argyle – Geeks - A geek or nerd (left) or interested in geeks or nerds (right). Doily (an actual doily, not a bandana with a doily pattern)- Tearoom trade - Likes to have sex in public lavatories. Gold (metallic gold) lame - Muscle sex Looking for sex with bodybuilders. Silver (metallic silver) lame – Starfucker -

Looking for a rock star or male groupie. Black leather bandana - Leather fetish. Black velvet bandana - Videotaping -Likes to make videotapes of the act while having sex (left); likes to be videotaped (right)]. Gray flannel bandana- Suit and tie fetish - Left-Likes to have sex while wearing a suit and tie; right--likes to have sex with someone who is wearing a suit and tie. Houndstooth – Biting - Likes to bite (Left) or likes to be bitten (right). Black and white checkerboard pattern - Safe sex. e.g., frottage, or mutual masturbation or striptease in front of mirrors.

Monday, February 15th 8:30am - 11:30am - IBR Store - Store and Auction Item Claim 2pm - 6pm - Lone Star Beer Bust - Farewell Party for attendees/TGIO for staff For more information go to bearrendezvous.

Continued from page 5 sexual activities. Mauve - Navel fetish. Dark Pink - Tit torture. Magenta (Printer’s Magenta) – Armpits - Left: likes armpits licked; right: likes to lick armpits. Fuchsia – Spanking. Purple – Piercings - Actually piercing someone (left) or actually being pierced by someone (right) as an erotic stimulation; or one who has piercings (left) or one who desires someone with piercings (right). Lavender (Bright Lavender)- Cross dressing / Gender play Mustard (Gold Ochre)- Size queen Gold (Golden) - Menage-a-trois - Two looking for one (left) or one looking for two (right). Apricot - Chubby chaser. Peach - Bear or cub who is interested in sex with another bear or cub.

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Arizona Men of Leather - Arizona Men of Leather (AML) is a male-identified Leathermen’s social group consisting of individuals who seek or live the Leather/SM/ Fetish lifestyle, providing opportunities for friendship, mentoring, education and support of our community. www.arizonamenofleather. org A-Pah (Arizona Pups And Handlers) This group is devoted to the human-dog, and those that love them. This is a place for pups, handlers and people curious about pup play in Arizona. We are a group in the Phoenix area that has been created to educate people about what pup play is as well as have a family of friends where they can be comfortable about this fun type of play. Desert Dominion - Desert Dominion is an educational and social group whose focus is providing information and education for people interested in the BDSM lifestyle. Desert Dominion gives people a chance to talk with like-minded adults confidentially about BDSM topics and practices. Imperial Sovereign Empire of Arizona Strives to unite the GLBTS communities through charitable fundraising events to meet the needs of all.

The Next Generation: Arizona - TNG-AZ is The Next Generation of Kink and Fetish in Arizona. We’re a social and educational group for ages 18-39 interested in exploring their fetishes, whatever they may be, from S&M to shoes. We hold play parties, coffees, munches, educational demos, discussions and other social functions where people can meet, get to know each other, and learn more about their own sexuality in a comfortable atmosphere. www.

encouragement, teaching and continuing the rich traditions of the Leather community within the Leather/S&M/B&D/Fetish community, using mutual energies, resources and activities which can benefit not only our sisterhood, but also the greater community at large. We value visibility, sorority (“Sisterhood”), honor, education (teaching and learning), herstory and tradition, and promulgation of RACK (Risk Aware Consensual Kink). www.


Bears of the West - The mission of the ‘Bears Of The West’ is to promote opportunities for social and fraternal interaction between its members. This will be accomplished through meetings, activities and charitable events held by members of the club. The club will strive for diversity and acceptance of any person who wishes to join.

APEX (Arizona Power Exchange) - APEX is a not-for-profit corporation that provides education, social opportunities, and support for adults who are interested in Bondage and Discipline; Dominance and Submission; and Sadomasochism (BDSM) who value individual responsibility, integrity, confidentiality, and respect for self and others. APEX provides on-going forums for education and practice of BDSM and opportunities for like-minded individuals to socialize, explore and learn in a respectful and dignified environment. APEX welcomes all sexual orientations, consensual relationships, and risk-aware BDSM and sexual practices.

Phoenix Boys of Leather - In celebration of the essential “boy” spirit, the Phoenix Boys of Leather exists to serve, support, and enrich the Leather community. Membership is open to anyone who self-identifies as a leather boy over the age of 18, without regard to gender, orientation, or appearance. We gather in boyhood and brotherhood to support our members and to serve our community with respect and integrity. www.

Arizona Women of Leather- We are a group of women, organized for the common purpose of visibility, the promotion and

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1 Apollo’s 5749 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 277-9373 2 Bar 1 3708 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 266-9001 3 Bunkhouse 4428 North 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 200-9154 4 Cherry Bar 1028 East Indian School Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 277-7729 5 Cruisin’ 7th 3702 North 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 212-9888 6 Ice Pics Video Bar 3108 East McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 267-8707 7 Pumphouse II 4132 East McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 275-3509 8 Nu-Towne Saloon 5002 East Van Buren Phoneix, AZ 85008 (602) 267-9959 9 The Rock 4129 North 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 248-8559

TUCSON 10 Roscoe’s 4531 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 285-0833 11 Rainbow Cactus 15615 Cave Creek Phoenix, AZ 85032 (602) 971-1086 12 Velocity 2303 East Indian School Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 956-2885 13 Off Chute Too Store 4115 North 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 274-1429 14 Tuff Stuff 1714 East McDowell


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Phoenix, AZ 85006 (602) 254-1429 15 Chute 1440 East Indian School Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602) 234-1654 16 Royal Villa Resort 4312 North 12th Street Phoenix, AZ (602) 266-6883 17 Pleasure World 4029 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 275-0015 18 Paradise Adult Boutique 130 West Osborn Street Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 265-3735

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Clubs/Organizations Continued from page 9 Phoenix Movie Bears - Phoenix Movie Bears is a social activity group for gay men and their friends in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas. We get together on Wednesday nights (and occasionally on weekends) to see a movie at a local theater. www.phoenixmoviebears. com

and Family Counseling Services. www. Ph: 602-535-6468



PHX LAMBDA Center Provides 12-step programs for LGBT people. Ph: 602-635-2090

Bears of the Old Pueblo – The club will strive for diversity and acceptance of any person who wishes to join. This will be accomplished through meetings, activities and charitable events held by members of the club. www.


Transgender Harmony Metro area support TG group, meets twice monthly on 2nd & 4th Saturdays at 7pm.

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS Created by and for people infected and affected by HIV. 1144 E. McDowell Road, PHX Ph: 602-307-5330 Social/Support

Northland Cares Improving the quality of life of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Northern Arizona. Ph: 928-776-4612 Victim/Witness Services of Coconino County Victim/Witness is a non-profit organization that helps victims of crime with assistance referrals within the community, as well as criminal justice advocacy and court escorts. We are an excellent resource in Northern Arizona. Ph: 928-779-6163

Health Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) Providing support services and HIV/AIDS prevention programs to Southern Arizona. Ph: 520-628-7223

Agape Network A food progrm for persons living with HIV/ AIDS. Volunteers & Donations needed. www. Ph: 602-234-6143

TIHAN Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network. www. Ph: 520-299-6647

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Fiction The

Shower Thing By Wade Wright

“Hey Jim. I know you and I have kind of different life styles, but do you mind if I ask you something?” “No, hell no, Sam. What?” “Well, you know that Sara and I rent out that extra bedroom to college kids to bring in some extra cash, right?” “Yeah Sam, you’ve been doing that for some time haven’t you?” “Yeah, yeah, we have. But Jim, I kind of need to ask you something about what’s going on now. When college started again a couple of months ago, we rented the room to a senior by the name of Todd. He’s a nice guy, but I keep wondering just why he keeps coming into the bathroom when I’m taking a shower!” “Into the bathroom!? While you’re taking a shower? Is that what you said?” “Yeah. See the bathroom that’s closest to his room has a walk in shower, and the one by our bedroom has a tub and shower combined. I don’t like the tub and shower, so our agreement when we rented the room to Todd was that I would be using that bathroom for my showers. Everything’s okay -- well except -- I keep wondering why he keeps coming in while I’m showering, and from what I can see, not really for any important purposes. I guess maybe I’m starting to wonder about Todd, and wondering if maybe he is gay, and if so, why he is looking at me?” Jim and Sam work in construction. Jim is a much younger man at thirty one, and Sam is fifty-six. Sam has known that Jim is gay for the entire time that they have worked together, but until now there really was no reason to discuss it. Todd’s bathroom visits are getting him a little confused. “Well Sam, if he is gay, why shouldn’t he be looking at you?” “Jim, I’m about thirty years older than he is! Compared to him, I’m an old man. Young guys don’t go for older guys, do they?” “Yes they do man! Yes they do! Some younger guys like older men, and maybe Todd is one of them. What happens when he comes into the bathroom?” “Well -- he just comes in, usually rinses his face off or something, but the thing that I’ve noticed most is that he keeps looking at me in the mirror. The shower door is a clear glass door, and I can tell he’s watching me when I’m showering.” “So, what do you do?” “What do you mean, what do I do? I just shower.” “Well, I mean, do you grab your dick or your balls any? Do you let him know, you know he’s watching?” “No. No, I just keep washing. Are you saying that I should do something like that?” “I don’t know. Let me ask you something! Would you be interested in doing something with him if you decided that’s what he’s wanting?” “Oh man, I don’t know. Really, I don’t know. I’ve never done anything with a guy. Jim, I 12 Desert Knight News

wouldn’t know what to do! I don’t know what to say. Yeah, I guess maybe -- maybe. Oh shit man -- I guess if I really thought that was what he wanted, yeah I guess I would.”

The following Wednesday.

“Okay then, here’s the plan. Have you ever had the chance to take a shower when your wife isn’t home?”

“Uhhhhh, yeah, yeah.”

“Yeah, I do sometimes. She has her club meetings on Wednesday nights, and so I’m home by myself, well except for Todd.” “Okay then, here is what I suggest. You go in and take a shower. Don’t let the room get too steamy, so the mirror and the shower door don’t get all steamed up. Just as soon as Todd comes in, start soaping up your cock and your balls. Make sure you’re standing so that he can get a clear view. Kind of play with ‘em some. Look up and let Todd see that you know he’s watching you in the mirror. Watch what he does. If he grabs his cock and his bag, you will know damn well that he’s game, and he’s asking for some good ole shower action. Then take it from there! Don’t worry about if you know what to do or not, if he’s as anxious as I think maybe he is, he’ll let you know what to do. Got it man -- got it?” “I guess so, I guess! Well, I hope so anyway, I hope so!”

“Hey Todd, what you looking at guy? Interested in something man?”

“Wanna shower with me some? You need a shower?” “Oh, can I?” “I guess so guy, if you want. I’ve been watching you watch me shower ever since you rented the room here, so since it’s just you and me for a while tonight, why not? This ole man has never done anything like this before, but a buddy of mine that knows what goes on, told me that if I let you shower with me, you’ll teach me some of the tricks, right?” Without answering any, Todd immediately pulled his T-shirt up and off, dropped his cutoffs to the floor and let his uncut boner of about eight inches fall out, and stand proudly. He stepped into the shower and placed his left hand on Sam’s right shoulder and his right hand on Sam’s waist. He licked his lips as he leaned forward slightly and licked the side of Sam’s firm, solid, construction worker’s neck. Continued on page 13

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Sam took a very deep breath and took a small step forward, moving in closer to Todd’s hot and hunky, twenty-two year old, weight room trained, muscled, body! Slowly he slid his hands up and down the sides of Todd’s torso, and watched as Todd bent over so slightly and sucked his left tit into his mouth. Todd’s stiff rod poked slightly at Sam’s mid-section as he too leaned slightly forward and to Sam’s surprise, he realized that he too was now supporting a boner, and a boner that was no shorter, nor thinner, than the one poking him in his own crotch.

reached around to the backside and let Sam, for his very first time, feel the sensation of two young strong weightlifting hands grab onto his own firm butt muscles.

As Todd stooped down, he slid his hands down the length of Sam’s strong solid body, he then

“Jim, about all I can say is, thanks man, thanks! If I had not asked you for some advice the other

Suddenly and without warning, Sam was sharing the most private of his body parts with the face, and the mouth, of his young new admirer. The young man who for months been dreaming that this very special shower could actually happen. The next day.

day, one of my life’s greatest experiences would have never happened -- and that’ll only be the first time! Yeah, I’m an older guy than Todd, but he’s told me that age can add some very good advantages that the younger men just do not have. Thanks Jim, thanks!” Wade Wright is a Phoenix author. Four of his gay erotica books, The Two Straight Guys Yes, Cops Do It, -- Oh Yeah!, Apartment 117, Marshmallow Cream, and Hard Big Pieces of Chocolate are available at: Off Chute Too, 4115 N. 7th Ave., in Phoenix.

Movies MADCAP Theaters presents GRINDHOUSE REDUX Friday February 12 & Saturday February 13 – Four Dimensions of Greta (in 3D) (8pm) & Alvin Purple (10pm) $8 Double feature

ARTHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL Friday February 5 & Saturday February 6 - The Room (9pm) $7 The Room (2003) back by popular demand! The unintentionally hilarious steaming pile of “relationship drama” that’s been hailed as “Floor Plan 9 from Outer Space” and “without a doubt, the worst film ever made, including movies made on Betamax cameras in special education high school classes.” Gag me with a plastic spoon! EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS Thursday February 4 (6, 8pm) & Friday February 5 & Saturday February 6 (6, 8 & 10pm) – Walt & El Grupo $8

Walt & El Grupo, in 1941, Disney was asked to make a goodwill tour of South America by Nelson Rockefeller, the government hoped the popularity of the Disney characters could counter pro-Axis sentiment there. Walt was reluctant. He was not a particularly outgoing man, and he was facing what he would later describe as his worst time: A third of his employees had walked out in a bitterly fought strike, the War had cut off his revenues from Europe, and he owed the Bank of America $3.4 million. The government agreed to underwrite the tour expenses, so Disney left Los Angeles in August, 1941, with an entourage of 16 artists dubbed “El Grupo” for Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Director Theodore Thomas, whose father, the celebrated animator Frank Thomas, was a member of the group has drawn on letters, photographs, new footage of places the artists visited, and interviews with people who welcomed Disney and their descendants for the documentary.

The Foreign-Sex/Comedy-Romp double feature begins with Four Dimensions of Greta (1972). Hans Weimar (Tristan Rogers who later appeared on “General Hospital”) is a German journalist who flies to London to investigate the disappearance of Greta (Leena Skoog), a stunning 18-year-old blond who ran off to become an au pair. Hans interviews four different individuals who all paint a rather different picture of the missing girl (these sequences are in 3D and are 20 minutes approx). We later discover that Greta has been kidnapped by an East End gangster (Alan Curtis).  Then we go down under with Alvin Purple (1973) played by (Graeme Blundell), who is just an ordinary bloke, not drop-dead handsome or anything like that, but somehow women find him irresistible. Even in his teens schoolgirls chased after him and the headmaster’s wife had to “intervene”. His vow to the “sexless Seventies” lasted only as long as it took the girl downstairs to ask to borrow some sugar. He’s referred to a psychiatrist, Dr McBurney (George Whaley), who hires him out as a sex therapist for certain of his women clients. It’s not long before the whole sordid business lands Alvin in court…

Page helps the duo develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also finds himself in a budding romance with a magazine writer as he recounts his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil. We then move to the “future” of 2000 AD for Death Race 2000 (1975).  The economically-struggling United Provinces of America is ruled under the total control of Mr.

COMEDY AND FILM Thursday February 25 - Movie Mashterpiece Theatre – The Bloody Pit of Horror (7pm) $9 (Rescheduled from January Date)

The Phoenix National Comedy Theatre tackles the 1965 Italian Horror Film the Bloody Pit of Horror a la Mystery Science Theater 3000 in a mix of improvisation, comedy and a really bad movie. A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is inhabited by a lunatic who believes himself to be the reincarnated spirit of a 17thcentury executioner whose job it is to protect the castle against intruders – laughs galore will ensue as the National Comedy Theatre troupe perform a live accompaniment to this b-movie schlock. DARE-DEVIL DOUBLE FEATURE Friday February 26 & Saturday February 27 – Stunt Rock (8pm) & Death Race 2000 (10pm) - $8 Double Feature In Stunt Rock (1978) Legendary filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith sends Aussie stuntman Grant page to LA to work on a TV series. There he lends his expertise to rock band Sorcery, whose act features duels between the King of the Wizards and the prince of Darkness.

President (Sandy McCallum), who keeps a passive populace under control with a steady diet of violent sports and inane television. The yearly highlight of the sporting calendar is the annual Trans-Continental Road Race, a gruesome, no-holds-barred road race - and form of population control - where points are won by killing pedestrians, and the older, or more vulnerable the victims, the higher the points! For more information visit: www. or www.   MADCAP Theaters are located at 730 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281-4250 (480) 634-5192. MADCAP Theaters is 501c3 non-profit.   Desert Knight News 13

Books Orange County Leather Association and in Fort Lauderdale, among other places. So he’s certainly knowledgeable about the craft. It is McDiarmid’s experiences as he learns his craft and enters the arena of competitive bootblacking that set the tone of “Bootblacking 101.” While the autobiographical final chapter deals just as much with preparedness and the rules of most contests, the description of the event is an informative read. While this is where the tone of the book was likely formulated, the soul of the book comes earlier.

Review: “Bootblacking 101: A Handbook” By Tim Brough “author and music buff” “Bootblacking 101: A Handbook” by Andrew McDiarmid, is something that you would have expected to see multiple volumes on the topic. After all, you see bootblacks at almost every fetish event. The bootblack room-as-fundraiser is now standard for most contests, especially at International Mr. Leather. There is usually a boot-stand at any leather bar worth its salt. So why it took this long to get an actual book on the subject is surprising. On the other hand, maybe not. “Bootblacking 101: A Handbook” is a pretty thorough look at the topic and it clocks in at barely 100 pages. This means that, as elemental as the bootblacking topic is, there may not be all that much to say about it. McDiarmid is certainly a worthwhile source for bootblacking. He twice competed in the International Mr. Bootblack competition at IML, finishing second runnerup in 1997. He’s done volunteer time with the Leather Archives and Museum. He has given presentations on the subject at the

McDiarmid waxes (sorry - couldn’t resist) philosophical in the section headed “The Tao of Bootblacking.” “Over the years of working in the bootblacking environment,” he states, “I have developed a credo. My Tao of how bootblacking affects me.” He emotionally describes how his philosophy informs the way he works on boots and leathers, and how - as you work on a person’s pair of boots - you aren’t just a bootblack. You are their bootblack. As he postulated in a pamphlet that was originally distributed at Living In Leather 1999, “The Seven Tao Of Bootblacking” sets the tenants of not just how but why a bootblack reaches his spiritual pinnacle when he enters the boot worshipping zone. McDiarmid finds his best footing in this area, and it really is the best part of “Bootblacking 101.” Unfortunately, immediately following this illuminating segment is a story excerpt from McDiarmid’s collection of short stories, “Smoke...Cigars and The Men That Enjoy Them.” Basically re-writing the previous segment with characters as a work of fiction, you wind up re-reading exactly what you just spent the previous five pages during “Marcus’ Ethic from ‘The Hunt’”...except with dialogue and some hot in-bar sexual tension. Plain and simply put, it’s filler in a book that is already somewhat slight. Be that as it may, “Bootblacking 101” covers the ground you really need to know. If you want to get in on the beginner’s level, the first third of the book details “The Basic Bootshine.” For bootblacks on a budget, there is a boot-kit that

you can put together for about twenty bucks. He even humorously warns you away from anything with “insta” or “EZ” in the product name. From there you’ll be cleaning, soaping, spraying and polishing in no time. I can recommend “Bootblacking 101” as a primer to the world of boots and bootblacks. I just can’t say that this book goes deep enough. It’s a good resource for McDiarmid’s Bootblacking Tao and for doing the deed, but in need of some more substantive research. This book feels incomplete, frankly. I kept hoping for more about the different brands of boots themselves, maybe a history of bootmakers and sellers (like the infamous Stompers in San Fransisco), some background on bootblacking through the ages, or even more of a history of the contests (the IML contest is now over 15 years old). There are no inclusions from other bootblacks to enhance McDiarmid’s comments, nor any real attentions paid to the variety of footwear that one might encounter as a bootblack. Perhaps those issues and a little more in-depth research could go into “Bootblacking 201,” but for the most part, “Bootblacking 101” feels more like a few magazine articles stitched together and then stretched out over the length of a book. For those interested in tales of s/m, you might want to read, “Go Ahead, Woman. Do Your Worst!: Erotic Tales of Heroes Chained” by Jasper Mc Cutcheon. Description: What evils await the tortured hemen in Jasper’s five stories? Just imagine what it’s like to be one man alone, stripped naked, bound in chains and completely at the mercy of ravenous and sadistic females. Gangs of them! Whether a medieval dungeon or modernday medical office, the old American West or the wilds of Africa, Jasper’s heroes are fully prepared to take whatever punishments these cruel women are planning to dish out. They’ll deal with their tortures of pain, tortures of humiliations, milkings and denials because they are what Jasper makes them: strong, virile, defiant and manly men. They are heroes chained, but no woman can defeat them. So, go ahead, woman. Do your worst.

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