It doesn’t seem possible that two weeks have passed since MLW XXIII (that’s 23 for David Oravez) came to an end. It feels like it went by in a flash which, as they say, is the sign of a good time. So many hot guys, fun memories, a ton of laughs, and loads and loads of “love” shared. I can only hope that you’re experience was the same. MY SINCERE THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED AND EVERYONE THAT HELPED WITH THE EVENT. I am so incredibly proud to be a part of our kinky, crazy, fun-loving family and so fucking glad that I can be the catalyst for us coming together a couple times a year.

Matt Harker Takes First Mate Title

On Saturday, October 5, Matt Harker of Vineland, NJ won the title of First Mate 2019 among a field of 10 contestants.  First Runner-up is Mikey Angelo of Provincetown and Second Runner-up is Spike of Somerville, MA.  This year’s First Mate Contest was emceed by First Mate 2001 David Oravez and judged by Mr. FLAG 2019 Boggy Fryer, First Mate 2017 Tom Giuliana and Mr. Connecticut  Leather 2020 Mark Richards.  Congrats to all and thanks to all who participated.

First Mate 2001 to Host First Mate Contest

David Oravez, First Mate 2001 and MLW’s resident public speaker will take the stage on Saturday to MC the 2019 First Mate Contest, stepping in for First Mate 2018 Dominic Donahue who is unable to attend this year.

Judging Panel Announced – 3 of 3

Mark Richards, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2020 and Mr. Connecticut Bear 2017, will be on the judging panel for MLW’s First Mate Contest on Saturday October 5 at 11 pm at Crown & Anchor.  Be sure to come by and cheer for your favorite contestant.

BOGGY takes Mr FLAG 2019

Congrats to MLW & SNOWBOUND regular Boggy for taking the Mr. FLAG (Fits Like A Glove) title.  The Mr. Flag Anniversary Weekend and Contest was on 9th, the contest was on the 10th of August at the Providence Eagle in Providence, Rhode Island.    


Relaunch of Drummer Magazine

The folks at Drummer have asked me to share this info on the relaunch of the magazine…

As you probably know, “Drummer” is a legendary gay men’s leather magazine that launched in Los Angles in 1975. It was the largest American leather magazine and has been said to have created the leather movement as we know it today. It has featured writers and artists like Jack Fritscher, Robert Mapplethorpe and Tom of Finland. We’re relaunching it in October as a leather, rubber and BDSM magazine.

“Drummer” is more than just a magazine though – it’s a private gay men’s fraternity that hosts events and parties. “Drummer” magazine is the club’s elite publication, documenting the lifestyle that its members live while setting new trends.


Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Mates Leather Weekend 10/03-10/07/19.  Check out the Schedule of Events for details and use the Room-Finder feature on the accommodations page to get a bed for your head.  Event passes are now available on the site for $65 until July 31, $70 beginning August 1.

Announcing Mr. SNOWBOUND 2019

Congratulations to Ryan Napravnik whose winter/fetish photo entry raised the most money for AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.  The total raised was $1,355, the second highest total in SNOWBOUND history.  That brings SLW’s total funds raised since the inception of the  Mr. SNOWBOUND Contest to $5,877.  Thanks to all five contestants and to all who donated.  Thanks also to ASGCC’s Jason Greene and his team for providing free health screenings throughout the weekend.  Kudos to the 15 men who participated in the program for taking an active role in maintaining their and their partners good health.