First Mate 2001 David Oravez Announces Brotherhood Awards

David Oravez, First Mate 2001, announced the recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Award on Saturday September 30.  They are:  David Cunningham, Patrick Lamerson and Nelson Martinez. The Brotherhood Award is given to those who have shown extraordinary and continuous support of Mates Leather Weekend and demonstrate the true meaning of community and brotherhood.  Congratulations, gentlemen, well deserved!

Tom Giuliana Takes First Mate 2017 Title

The 2017 First Mate Contest was held on Saturday, September 30 with Russell Sweeney, First Mate 2016 & Mr. New England Leather 2017 as emcee.  Russell did an awesome job of properly introducing and presenting all 19 contestants in a little over an hour (including intermission and announcements).   After careful consideration by judges Jeph & Kevin Barry, Mr. & Mr. SNOWBOUND 2016 and Founders of Divergent Donations, Jonathan Kharfen, Mr. SNOWBOUND 2015, First Mate 2015 & President of Bay State Marauders and Jay Menick, Mr. SNOWBOUND 2014, Mr. Providence Eagle 2017 and Vice-President of Bay State Marauders, Tom Giuliana of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2017. First Runner-up is Eric Sussman of Provincetown, MA and 2nd Runner-up is Daniel Millar of Boston, MA.


525 leather-folk were on hand for the 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 28 – October 2 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $5,780.00 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, an all-time record. MLW’s annual Clothes Drive brought in 40 articles of clothing and boots which were donated to Ruthie’s Boutique, Provincetown’s Thrift Store, who donates all profits to local charities. In addition, 62 men took part in ASGCC’s Free Health Screening throughout the weekend. These men deserve our respect and admiration for taking such a proactive approach in maintaining their good health and the health of their partners.


Last Chance to Pre-Register for MLW 2017

Thank you to local artist Tim Paquette for designing this year’s MLW t-shirt.  The t-shirt is included with registration or can be purchased at the Leather Market on Saturday for $20.

Pre-Registration ($65 per person) will close on Tuesday 09/26 at noon.

In person, cash only registration will be available at Club Purgatory from 4:00 – 8:00 PM during the Opening Reception on Friday 09/29 at $70 per person.  Earl’s famous buffet served from 6:00-8:00 (included with registration/$10 without)

Mates Leather Weekend

For up to the minute MLW news, click on NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2 AND NEWSLETTER 2 OF 2 issued earlier today.

Included is information on:

First Mate Contest Emcee & Judging Panel, BootBlack Schedule, Buzzcuts for ASGCC, New MLW Event added, FREE Health Screening & Testing Schedule, Restaurant Discounts, MLW Clothes Drive & more.


Fire Ceremony Hosted by Gay Men of Wisdom
Saturday, September 30, 4:00 — 5:30pm, Herring Cove Beach South   FREE
Connect with the energies of the gay male tribe, the ocean and land, and the ancestors. We’ll drum, invoke the directions, and honor gay men’s 14 Distinct Gifts to Humanity.  Bring a drum or rattle if you have one (we’ll have several). Wear leather, ceremonial garb, or whatever you feel comfortable in.

Are You Ready?

The 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend is about to cum to Provincetown…R U Ready?  There’s still time.  Event Passes are $60 until September 1 ($65 after).  Register today.

Need a place to put your head?  Guest houses, many with MLW discounts, are listed on our Accommodations page.  Check out the Roomfinder, where you can enter the type of room you want and one e-mail will be sent to all host houses.  They’ll let you know what they’ve got for you.



HELP!!  This year’s Fetish Party will be “FUR”.  Certain to be a crowd pleaser but we NEED YOUR HELP.  We need a poster-boy, someone who likes attention and would be willing to have a pic of themselves & their FUR (with a leather slant) to be used in all advertising for MLW XXI 09/28 – 10/02/17. In return for the favor, you’ll get a FREE EVENT PASS to MLW.  The image needs to be high-resolution and Rated R (for print ads). If you’re interested, PLEASE send your FURRY/LEATHER pic to Here’s the hard part…we need it by Monday, 04/03.