CLEVELAND, OH – The Holiday Inn Cleveland South, host hotel for CLAW 15, has 50% more guest rooms than any previous CLAW hotel. A second hotel – the nearby Hampton Inn — is also reserved for 100% CLAW occupancy. Despite the increased capacity, rooms are going quickly. If you haven’t been to this amazing leather convention-without-contest yet, there is no better time than this year. CLAW expects more than 1500 leather men to attend CLAW 15.
CLAW’s itinerary is packed. For only $149, the CLAW 15 package includes more than 65 events in four days, including six play parties for men in the Hercules Room — a 2250 sq.ft. BDSM play space in the host hotel. Suitable for both beginners and experienced, the Hercules parties promise incredible experiences for men into BDSM and other kink.
Join the CLAW Volunteer Corp, more than 600 strong! CLAW volunteers get their package for free, in exchange for at least 8 hours of volunteer time doing something fun for us during CLAW. Jobs include a lot of looking at hot leather men in the hotel. Benefits include access to the CLAW Volunteer Hospitality Suite with free hot and cold food and non-alcoholic beverages, open long hours all weekend.
The biggest ever CLAW VendorMart occupies all nine rooms of the Holiday Inn Conference Center. Approximately 25 vendors will offer an amazing array of gear and other sexy products and services, including CLAW sponsors Leatherman NYC, Mr-S-Leather, Torso, Le Chateau Exotique, Leather Masters, Leatherwerks and Stompers Boots.
More than 35 skills workshops and other educational offerings are planned, featuring sessions on flogging, whipping, bondage, cock and ball torture, fisting, Sir/boy roundtable, Master/slave relationships, “prEP” HIV medication, leather history and more. A complete schedule of the Skills and Education offerings at CLAW will be available in February.
The Holiday Inn also features a gigantic indoor swimming pool – twice as big as last year’s. Do not miss the second annual Bears and Balls Pool Party on Friday night. Get wet again at the Pup Pool Party on Saturday afternoon, featuring fun games for pups and handlers. Calling all pigs, and otters! Saturday night, the bears make room in the pool for the other ‘leather animals’ that like to have fun in warm water. Everybody in!
Expanded by popular demand: CLAW Speed Dating: meet 10 men in your category in one hour. Seven different sessions scheduled this year, for men who like BDSM (two sessions, held in Hercules Room); Coaches and Jocks; Leather and Boots; Assplay; Bears/Otters/Pigs; and Speed Dating for Smokers (held in the Boots and Cigars Tent. Make a match or two, and make some friends too — in less than one hour. Top, bottom, or versatile, sign up for the Speed Dating sessions you like on the clawinfo.org. Space is limited. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
CLAW features entertainment every night, including the hilarious and sexy Vendor Mart Showcase and Live Jock Auction, sponsored by Recon; the Stonewall Party (with live drag show) and The Leather Show, an amazing revue of singing, dancing and comedy that is CLAW’s finale on Sunday night. Got talent? Contact CLAW today for information about being an entertainer at CLAW.
Three CLAW silent auctions (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) feature hundreds of bargains on all kinds of gear and related merchandise. If you have gear you don’t use anymore, CLAW would love to help stuff find a new home. CLAW is 501c3 public charity, so donations are tax deductible. All CLAW proceeds donated to community charities. For more info about donating, contact CLAW through their website.
Also on the CLAW 15 schedule at the host hotel: two Pup Mosh Pit Parties, 24 hour cigar tent, a Leather Community Circle of Life, Leather Archives and Museum exhibits, in-room coffee service by our volunteer pups and boys, a wild Leather Burlesque Bingo game, the Titleholders’ Cocktail Party, 12-step meetings, and the third annual Bound and Beautiful Live Muscle Gallery and Silent Auction, a spectacular gallery of intricate bondage and hot male muscle. Take a Bound and Beautiful jockstrap right off one of the sexy muscle men.
CLAW 15 is also proud to feature the world premiere of the trailer for the upcoming film Mr. Benson, based on the classic novel by John Preston. Members of the cast and creative team will conduct a panel discussion on the film project, from adaptation to casting and creative choices, and what lies ahead.
The International Leather Family Dinner is Saturday night and is sponsored by CLAW Master Sponsor, Square Peg Toys. The Leather Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremonies is Sunday. This year’s inductees are Felix Jones (influential early leather community organizer in London and elsewhere), Jeanne Barney (Drummer magazine’s founding publisher) and Pat Bond/Terry Kolb (founders of the Eulenspiegel Society in New York). Both banquets are in the hotel ballroom and require a separate ticket purchase.
CLAW buses will run between the hotels and the five bar parties. The Leather Stallion Saloon, the oldest leather bar in Ohio, hosts the Uniform Fetish Party (Friday) and Hot Ass in Cleveland Party (Saturday). Do you like to dance and be near the sex club? CLAW is a proud partner of Mean Bull — the brilliant dance bar attached to FLEX Cleveland, a spectacular spa hotel and men’s bathhouse that is the flagship of the FLEX chain of gay men’s spas around the US. The Mean Bull schedule is Men at Work, the CLAW Volunteer Party (9:00 pm Thursday), Kinky Muscle Boy Party (Friday) and Gear and Grind Party (Saturday).
Recon Reflex dungeon parties will be Friday and Saturday night from 11pm – 4 am in the warehouse dungeon attached to FLEX and Mean Bull. Find out why Recon events are so popular — the hottest and horniest sex will be there. Separate ticket purchase required.
CLAW is a 501c3 charity of, by and for the Leather Community. CLAW has donated more than $500,000 donated to community charities, including the monies raised at CLAW Nation parties around the country. For more information and to reserve your hotel room and get your package, go to www.clawinfo.org.
Via press release. First published on Ohio Leather & Bear News