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Washington DC hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

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Washington DC hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

(Detail of photo by Michael Key for the Washington Blade) Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2023 begins on Friday, January 13, and runs through Sunday, January 15. Thousands are expected to participate at MAL this year which boasts a labyrinth of leather merchants, an Onyx leather auction, a Bootblack competition, a Rubber show, a Puppy Park, a Sunday brunch, three power dance parties along with an endless spectacle of leathermen, fetish hogs and their admirers. MAL is an annual event held in Washington DC in January. It is organized by Centaur Motorcycle Club which marks the occasion with Leather Cocktails, a formal reception and dinner...

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Boy Butter love stories

Boy Butter love stories

The personal lubricant Boy Butter aired a new ad on TV last Friday during the grand premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15. The commercial, “Storia D’Amore” (love story in Italian), features two men (models Facundo Rodriguez and Jerreth Ludwig) in a Mediterranean villa. Boy Butter has a history of producing very sensual commercials that air on TV during high-profile broadcasts of TV shows and/or live events. If you thought airing during RuPaul’s Drag Race was racy, check out this commercial which broadcasted regularly on ESPN and ESPN2 during many popular sporting events, including boxing matches, SportsCenter news, and UFC...

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Can I take my vibrator without causing a scene at security?

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Can I take my vibrator without causing a scene at security?

Traveling by air with sex toys, lubricants and other essentials can create an uncomfortable encounter at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Knowing what is allowed and what is restricted can help minimize embarrassing moments and delays. In 2018, a terminal of Berlin's Schönefeld airport was thrown into chaos after airport security discovered a suspicious "device" in a passenger's bag. The routine x-ray check of a carry-on luggage raised suspicions over a mystery device, causing the busy German terminal to be evacuated. Writing on social media the traveler described their embarrassment: "When I arrived, the terminal was being evacuated. I approached...

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Get tested in the comfort of your home

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Get tested in the comfort of your home

Get tested in the comfort of your home in the District or at a lab in the DMV. GetCheckedDC is Washington, DC’s new, free program that provides residents with confidential, convenient testing for both HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).Looking for free, fast, convenient lab testing for HIV, STD, or hepatitis? GetCheckedDC can help — even if you’re uninsured or underinsured for lab testing services.Now, any DC resident can walk into a LabCorp patient service center in the DMV area, with or without an appointment, and get tested for free. Results are posted to GetCheckedDC's patient portal in about a...

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LGBTQIA Pride: The Rainbow Flag

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LGBTQIA Pride: The Rainbow Flag

The Rainbow Flag is a symbol of pride for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (or queer), intersex and ally (LGBTQIA) people. The colors reflect the diversity of the gay community and the spectrum of human sexuality and gender. Using a rainbow flag as a symbol of gay pride began in San Francisco in 1978. Its use has become the convention at LGBTQIA+ rights events in the US and worldwide. Many fly the rainbow flag to celebrate inclusivity, hope and freedom. The first rainbow flags were flown on June 25, 1978, at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. The flags...

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