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Press Releases (archived)

Virtual CLAW 1: “Stay Home Get Together” a Resounding Success

Cyberspace, Planet Earth, April 29, 2020 – 350 people participated in Virtual CLAW 1 (“VC1”) on Zoom, April 25 and 26, the same weekend CLAW 20 was originally scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio.

The two-day, twenty-hour event featured five education sessions each day, including Flogging; Rope Bondage; Cleaning Out; Advanced Ass Play; Naturism and Leather; Pup Play; Social Media and COVID19; Art of TOM, Etienne and the Hun, People of Color in White Dominated Spaces, and Naked Yoga and an all-star lineup of presenters: IML 39 Ralph Bruneau; Scott Douglas of Square Peg Toys®; LA&M Executive Director Gary Wasdin; NCSF’s J. Tebias Perry; Team Friendly leader Dave Watt; Tyger Yoshi; Dale Ross; Daddy J and Pup Spaz. Immediately following VC1, an online Naked Yoga club formed across all four continental time zones.

Several co-presenters also contributed to the virtual sessions, and CLAW’s moderators dispersed downloadable handouts, instant survey questions, videos, photographs, and organized more than 100 questions from the audience. Some notable community members were spotted in the audience, including IML 1989 and Leather Hall of Fame inductee Guy Baldwin of Los Angeles, Recon Events Manager Antoin Strachan of London, UK, and Darklands organizer and Alphatribe publisher Jeroen Van Lievenoogan, from Antwerp.

Saturday night’s Gear Party was another highlight. Attendees geared up at home and made their own drinks to enjoy music by DJ Steve Henderson, conversation, and lots of live video cruising and private messaging. The night ended with a wild video sex party with 2 hours of performances by JustFor.Fans porn stars Silver Steele and Dominic Pacifico – along with lots of performances from the sheltering at home audience.

Sunday evening’s events began with a Cigar Social, hosted by CLAW Cigar Deck Manager and X-Tube star Dillon Halford and CLAW President and co-founder Bob Miller. The virtual event ended with a one-hour flashback to Kinky Kabaret 2016, including show stopping performances by Woody Woodruff, Elle St. Cyr, Robyn Hearts, Bruiser Wolfe, Steven Parker, Rob Anderson and the inimitable Lulu Belle. The encore performance looked and sounded great on Zoom, and was emceed live by Larry Golubski and husband Russ Donaldson from their home in Long Beach, California. Larry and Russ first met on stage at CLAW 2011.

The event was also a fundraiser for CLAW and the community charities it supports. Ticket prices ranged from $0 - $500, with a suggested price of $20 and free admission to anyone for any reason. There were more than 300 paid attendees from 37 states, five Canadian Provinces, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia. 80 people paid $50 or more, resulting in total receipts of nearly $12,000.

VC1 has received widespread praise and gratitude from the attendees. Special thanks to CLAW Systems Coordinator Sir Merrill Squiers and Guest Services Coordinator boy Shannon, who along with Miller led a team of 25 VC1 volunteers. CLAW plans to hold several more virtual events this year.

CLAW 20 has been rescheduled to November 19-22, 2020 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

CLAW Corp is a 501c3 charity dedicated to fundraising, education, volunteerism and other charitable needs of the leather community. CLAW produces a large annual conference for men in Cleveland, Ohio. CLAW holds that adult interest in leather, fetish and BDSM is natural and healthy. We learn that from each other in person – and sometimes online too.

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CLAW Makes Its Largest Charitable Distribution

Cleveland, Ohio, September 10, 2019 -- CLAW Corp. distributed a record $85,000 to community charities, representing the net profits of CLAW 19, held in April. Since it began in January 2002, CLAW’s annual event has now raised $680,000 for 52 charities. CLAW Corp. has helped raise an additional $290,000 at hundreds of smaller events around the country -- bringing CLAW Corp.’s fundraising total to $970,000.

22 different charities were awarded money, each with important missions. The largest shares were awarded to the Leather Archives and Museum ($23,000), the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland ($10,750), the Leather Heart Foundation ($9250), and Rainbow Railroad ($8500). For a complete list of beneficiaries and their missions please click here.

Big thanks to everyone who made these exciting results possible:

  • Sixty sponsors, led by our five Master Sponsors: SquarePegToys®, Mr. S Leather, LeatherWerks, REV4Men, and FLEX Spas
  • Hundreds of people and businesses that donated to the silent auctions
  • 1001 volunteers, including more than 400 in leadership roles
  • More than 2000 attendees

CLAW Corp. also elected four people to three-year terms on the Board of Directors: Jonathan Schroeder from San Francisco (manager of Mr. S Leather), Enza Silano from Toronto (comptroller of Northbound Leather), James Lee from Louisville Kentucky (International Mr. Leather 2018), and Merrill Squiers from Ann Arbor (long-time CLAW leader).

CLAW Corp. is a national leather charity that believes adult interest in leather, fetish, and BDSM is natural and healthy, and that we learn that from each other. We produce a large men’s conference in Cleveland, Ohio annually at the end of April.

CLAW 20 is April 23-26, 2020 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown and will feature more than 250 events and exhibitors, including the world’s largest curriculum of kinky sex education, a huge vendor mart, and dozens of parties. There is no leather contest at CLAW.

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Mission Statements of the Charities of CLAW 19

Leather Charities (“National” Charities) ($46,750; 55%):

  1. Leather Archives and Museum ($23,000)
    Compiles, preserves and digitizes community history. Grant for general operating expenses, free museum Thursdays and Leather Preservation Project;
  2. Leather Heart Foundation ($9250)
    Provides emergency financial assistance to community members across the country;
  3. Team Friendly ($4000)
    Community volunteers fighting stigma of HIV through messages of love and support, effective conversation starters and a diverse product line;
  4. CARAS (Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities) ($3000)
    Support in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results;
  5. National Coalition for Sexual Freedom ($3000)
    Advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions;
  6. Tom of Finland Foundation ($2500)
    Active community center in Los Angeles that protects, preserves, documents and educates about erotic art and erotic artists;
  7. Woodhull Freedom Foundation ($2000)
    Affirms sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. Produces annual Sexual Freedom Summit.

     

    Cleveland and Ohio LGBTQ and AIDS Charities ($29,750; 35%)

  8. LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland ($10,750)
    Provides a wide range of services to Cleveland area LGBTQ communities; grant funds SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) program;
  9. Prince of Peace Neighborhood Center ($4000)
    Computers, gardens and other support to 600 families in Cleveland’s Stockyard area;
  10. Equitas Health - BRAVO Program ($1000)
    Offers culturally specific services and support for LGBTQI victims of violence;
  11. AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland ($2000)
    Provides compassionate, collaborative response to HIV/AIDS. Donation earmarked for the Jon Britton food pantry;
  12. Trials for Hope ($2000)
    Provides backpacks to LGBTQ+ Youth in crises including all day bus passes, flash lights, street cards to shelters and services, snacks and more;
  13. Cleveland Aquatic Team ($1500)
    Fosters physical health and fitness, friendly competition, and community-building within the LGBT community and straight allies;
  14. Equality Ohio Education Fund ($2000)
    Educates Ohio about LGBTQ equal opportunity;
  15. Center for Integrated Therapies ($1000)
    Individualized treatment programs of complementary alternative therapies for pain for persons with HIV/AIDS;
  16. B. Riley Sober House ($1500)
    LGBTQ+ sober living facility in Cleveland providing all a temporary, safe, affirming, recovery orientated living space;
  17. Plexus ($1000)
    Improves the workplace environment for LGBTQ individuals through education, research and development, enriching the entire community;
  18. Out Support, Inc. ($1000)
    Direct support, education and advocacy for the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons, their families and friends in Medina County, Ohio;
  19. Rock n Roll Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ($1000)
    Promotes safer health practices and elimination of hate, stigma, prejudice, ridicule and discrimination;
  20. Blazing River ($500)
    Promotes the arts through community band music;
  21. Ursuline Piazza ($500)
    Education and support for low-income, chemically dependent, minority, or mental health suffering HIV+ Clevelanders.

     

    National LGBTQ Charities ($8500, 10%)

  22. Rainbow Railroad ($8500)
    Helps persecuted LGBTQI individuals travel to safety as they seek a safe haven from state-enabled harassment and violence.

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