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MAL events continue all weekend

MAL jam-packed with activities from special CODE parties, Mr. Leather contest, Leather Cocktails and much more



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MAL, Mid-Atlantic Leather, gay news, Washington Blade

2010 Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather contest (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)


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The Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is here at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.). Full packages are $180 online and $200 on site and allow attendees to go to official MAL weekend events and activities. The Weekend Pass is $10 to $25 and does not include admission to Official MAL events. MAL is a mostly gay event and attracts leather enthusiasts from all over the country. Below are official and unofficial MAL events:

• The Exhibit Hall for the event is open from 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

• The SigMa D.C. (1014 H St., NE) party is Friday  from 8 p.m.-midnight. This party is not included in the MAL weekend package. Cost for SigMaDC members is $20 and $25 for non-members.

• CODE D.C. is hosting a party at Crucible (16 M St., NE) Friday and Saturday night 9 p.m.-3 a.m. This is party is not part of the MAL weekend package. The cost is $40 a night or $60 both nights in advance online and it is $60 at the door.

• The ONYX dance party “ONYX After Dark” in the Regency Ballroom of the hotel is Friday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

• The D.C. boys of leather: “Where the boys are” is Friday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. in the Congressional Room in the hotel.

• The Mid-Atlantic Kennel Korps host Puppy Park Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom.

• SigMa holds a BDSM demonstration 1-3 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the hotel.

• The ONYX Cocktail Party and Leather Gear Show and Auction happens Saturday from 3-6 p.m. in the Congressional Room.

• Another SigMa DC (1014 H St., NE) party is Saturday night from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. This party is not included in the MAL weekend package. Cost for SigMaDC members is $20 and $25 for non-members.

• Leather Cocktails take place in the Regency Ballroom Saturday evening 6:30-9 p.m.

• The Manhunt Jock Party “Dirty” event is Saturday night 10 p.m.-2 a.m. in the Capitol Room.

• Spurg hosts a free Blackout Party Saturday night 10 p.m.-3 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom.

• The 9:30 Club (815 V St., NW) hosts the party “Blowoff” Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. This event is not included in the weekend package. Cost is $12.

• For weekend package holders there is a brunch Sunday morning from 10 a.m.-noon in the Capitol Room.

• The Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2013 Contest is on Sunday from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom. Tickets are $25.

• U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., NW) hosts Tea Dance 3.0 Sunday night from 5 p.m.-midnight.


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  1. jj

    January 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Worst flu season in a long time plus D.C.’s super high STD/HIV rate, what could possibly go wrong. Use a condom and don’t inhale fellas….

  2. Willie Millard

    January 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    As long as you get a flu shot you should be okay. The media is hyping this flu story. Go out and have some fun.

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André Leon Talley dies at 73

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News of the famed fashion journalist’s death Tuesday was first reported by celebrity news and gossip site TMZ.

Talley was known for his close friendships with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, and Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour among others.

Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s. From 1983 until late 1987, he was the magazine’s the news director and was then promoted to Vogue’s creative director in 1988, a post he held until 1995. He later came back to the magazine in 1998 as the editor-at-large until his departure in 2013.

Born in D.C. on Oct. 16, 1948 and raised in North Carolina, Talley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature in 1970 from North Carolina Central University. He later attended Brown University, after he was awarded a scholarship, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in French Literature in 1972.

Talley’s early career as a journalist saw him working at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Interview magazine. He later became the Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily.

His later career saw Talley hosting his own radio show principally concerned with fashion and pop culture on Sirius XM. He also released a book “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir” on May 19, 2020, which detailed his early career start and some of the issues he encountered as a Black man.

Talley was also an LGBTQ icon. When asked about his sexual orientation by daytime chat show host Wendy Williams during a May 29, 2018 appearance, he stated, No, I’m not heterosexual; I’m saying I’m fluid in my sexuality, darling.”

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Scheel will walk guests through the process of taking care of the end-of-life planning business that needs to be addressed during the golden years. Scheel is Senior Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services.

This event series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions:

Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – “Tools for while you’re living” (overview, general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, disposition of remains, etc.)

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To register for this event, visit the DC Center website.

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Guests can find the link at the DC Center website.

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