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Selected after consultation with Ms. Diana, herself the first recipient and a community icon with over 30 years service to the Los Angeles Leather / BDSM / Kink community, the lifetime achievement award selects a person within the community who has dedicated themselves to fostering our lifestyle in a positive and productive way and who has done so for a minimum of 20 years.

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Larry Kephart was a Leatherman in Los Angeles who served in Vietnam and could be relied upon to volunteer for every and anything.  Upon his death in 2013 — on the night of the very first Master/slave contest we held at Threshold, it was decided that each year we would select a worthy recipient who does community service — which was Larry’s greatest contribution– for this award, which has a special meaning to those of us who produce Leather HEAT.

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Our mission is to share the Leather / BDSM / Kink lifestyle with an ever widening circle of friends to bolster a strong community.  To that end, we seek to show appreciation for those of us who are bridge-builders.  This award is designed to recognize those in the community who hold a similar principle, and who serve to cross lines and barriers to strengthen us in both numbers, and in a common ideal.

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In honor of Leather Bear Garrett Scott, who passed away in April of 2017, we have added this award in his memory.  Garrett was one of those rarest of individuals, who worked tirelessly in the background, always ready and willing and able to help.  He supported all forms of Leather, no matter gender, inclination or desire.  Garrett was our friend, and we hope this award serves to keep his memory and the example he set with no strings attached, alive.

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Hosted by Sir David Labriola

Please come join us for a night of “BOOTS, BOOZE & CRUISE” on Friday, April 28  10pm-12 hosted by Sir David Labriola.

Commemorative t-shirts will be sold via pre-order

$5 for each t-shirt sold will go to the travel fund.

Order your t-shirts by sending money via PayPal to https://www.paypal.me/ DavidLabriola

S-XL  $12 |  XXL    $14  | XXXL  $15

In the note section please indicate your event badge name, size t-shirt(s) and how many of each size you are ordering.

T-shirts ordered by to Friday April 21, will be delivered to the event.  For orders made after Friday, April 21, please include your shipping address and add $5 s&h per t-shirt. The shirt will be mailed after the event.

Cobi Maravilla will be bootblacking and donating half his tips to the travel fund.

Half of all bar tips will go to the travel fund.

So please come join us for a night of “BOOTS, BOOZE & CRUISE” on Friday, April 28  10pm-12 and support your titleholders

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[image_with_text image=”3246″]SpeakHard Salon, hosted by SDLP. Join your hosts San Diego Leather Pride for a post-contest celebration from 10p-1am with signature cocktails and other non-alcoholic libations. Starting at 11pm until midnight, step up to SpeakHard: Leather Storytelling. Storytellers are asked to keep stories between  5-8 minutes in length & for subject matter to be Leather-centric. $69 prize to best storyteller determined by a panel of three judges. Limited to 8 storytellers. Contact Colt to sign up early colteveryday@gmail.com.[/image_with_text]

Master Z:  Keynote Brunch Address (Sunday, April 30th 2017)

Master Z of Dallas is a well-known Dominant, Presenter and Leader in the Leather and BDSm scene.  He is also an ordained Buddhist Monk called Thay Z.  (Thay is pronounced like a man’s tie and means monk, teacher or master).  He held the title of International Master in 2004 and travels all over the United States and Canada making presentations on Master/slave, Sm, Leather and Spirituality.  Master Z is the owner of slave bill, slave kiki, slave tina, slave Trudy as well as being in a power exchange relationship with Douglas from Ottowa.  He is one of the Heads of Household for the Texas Leather Tribe.

Master Z is Chairman and President of the Board of Directors for Butchmanns, Inc. and serves as an Instructor at the Butchmanns Weekend Experience.  He is also the Producer and HeadMaster for boys Training Camps and Co-Producer of Masters Retreat.

Master Z is eternally grateful to his mentors, the late Master Dean Walradt and the late boy Patrick Chees, who taught him much of the Leather protocols and rituals that he cherishes today.  Master Z is certain that his Leather Journey and BDSm experiences are directly related to his Spiritual Path and the path of a monk that he follows today.

HERsTory Panel ( K Yew / Moderator)

The panel covers life in the Leather/BDSM/Kink Community from the female perspective, and from as many points of view as can be brought together.

The individual or collective experience will be the focus of this panel, including community history, or even national as long as it relates to the female involvement for this panel. M/s, D/s LGBTQ, Top/Bottom, gay or straight — all are open for discussion. Questions come from the moderator and will only be on these subjects.  This panel will offer stories and experiences that can encourage and inspire, as well as touch our hearts and minds as women share their victories and challenges in our community.  Audience participation is welcomed.


HISTory Panel (Master George / Moderator)

The panel covers life in the Leather/BDSM/Kink Community from the male perspective, and from as many points of view as can be brought together.

The history itself can be the individual’s history, the community history, or even national as long as it relates to the male involvement for this panel. M/s, D/s LGBTQ, Top/Bottom, gay or straight — all these are open for discussion. Questions come from the moderator and will only be on these subjects. However, there is also audience participation so people may ask any range of question (though it will be asked that they stay in the topic realm as best they can). The panel is enlightening, emotional, and offers a huge amount of history and understanding of who we are, what are community was trotted in, what nourishes it today, and where it might be heading.


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EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER slave rooks began his journey as a rubberist while completing his biochemistry undergraduate study in Germany. He has been involved in BDSM leadership and education for the last seven years. slave rooks is also a photojournalist for Leatherati. He has worked for local news shooting PAC-12 football and basketball. He is the lucky and loving slave of Master Bella. With great pride and privilege, slave rooks is your 2016 SouthEast slave.

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Leather H.E.A.T. was inducted into the Los Angeles Leather Community (LALC) in November 2017.

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