Welcome to BLUF Local

BLUF has members and events in many places around the world. In cities with lots of members, or dedicated teams of volunteers, you'll find BLUF Local. Our Local pages provide news and updates for people who want to know more about the leather scene in a city, and they're available to both members and non-members. If you are a BLUF member, you can join an BLUF Local, so other members can find you easily. To join a local, you need to first join BLUF, which you can do online at join.bluf.com

Like the rest of BLUF, our Locals are run by volunteers. If you'd like to get involved, contact one of the members listed for a city.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam has for many years been one of the principal cities for BLUF events in Europe, and it's where many of BLUF's major milestones have been celebrated, including our 6th and 15th birthdays, the launch of the current BLUF site, and more. Parties are held regularly, including during Fetish Pride and Leather Pride. Current organisers are Joffry, aka wescobootcop (2252) Marc and Willem. BLUF members willingly to help the organizing crew or willing to take part in the Amsterdam local board are requested to message Joffry 2252.

www.facebook.com/BLUFAmsterdamNetherlands/

BLUF Amsterdam AGENDA 2018

Leermannen, de flyer agenda voor 2018 is nu te zien Hi leatherguys the agenda flyer 2018 is now available We thank MR B & ROB Amsterdam for sponsoring our new events flyer.

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Antwerp

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Berlin

Berlin is a key destination for BLUF members, and as well as informal BLUF gatherings at Easter and during Folsom Europe, we're pleased to work with Leather Social Berlin and Male.Space to bring extra events for members. You can find out more by contacting steelcollar (2800) about Leather Social and GermanLTHRcop (420) about Male.Space. Breechesmaster (330) also organises events a few times a year. All official events are listed on this page. Beware of imitations.

Folsom Europe - a great place to catch up with BLUF members

Folsom Europe - a great place to catch up with BLUF members

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Bristol

Members can get more information from BristolUniform (87) SBerg (12) or click Join to stay in touch.

leatherwest.com/bluf/

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Chicago

Information about events for BLUF men in the Chicago area, from Michael, aka chgogearman (307) and elcuero (1864). Regular socials are held at Touche, once a month on the third Saturday, along with events in association with other groups in the Chicago area. BLUF Chicago has its own page on Facebook and a web site.

blufchicago.com

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DC

The Breeches and Leather Uniform Fanclub of DC is brought to you by DC Leather Pride, a non-profit organization that organizes events throughout the year to bring the leather community of the nation's capital together. BLUF:DC events will occur quarterly. DC Leather Pride also organize happy hour invasions and other events. DC Leather Pride recently won with their entry in the annual Scarlet's Bake Sale. For more info, contact Miguel, aka Miguel DC (3352)

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London

Information about London specific events, from Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) and Master Thomas (33). Most BLUF London events take place at The Backstreet in Mile End, but many members also regularly attend the London Leather Social and meetings of London Leathermen. We also organise a presence at the London Pride Parade.

BLUF at Pride 2015

BLUF at Pride 2015

Backstreet: developers are appealing

I last wrote about the planning application for The Backstreet in November - Planning wheels grind exceeding slow - when it had been formally rejected by the Tower Hamlets planning committee. In fact, the official refusal notice wasn't issued until the 14th of December. As I noted at the time, there is a six month window in which the developer can launch an appeal, which means that today - the 14th of June 2018 - was the deadline.

This morning's email included a notification from the Tower Hamlets planning system of a change in status, to Appeal Received; the developers waited until the last possible day, before filing.

So, what happens now?

As you can see from the planning page, the appeal is due to be held by public inquiry. The rules for that are laid down by various statutory instruments, and those who made representations at the planning meetings should receive notifications automatically. Once the start date is set by, then local authority and interested people have five weeks to send representations. A hearing date will be set, which is normally within sixteen weeks of the start date. An Inspector is appointed, who will visit the site, and hold hearings - typically up to three days - and then report to the Secretary of State.

Submissions made during the planning process will be passed to the inquiry, so if you made an objection in the past, then that will be taken into account. It is also possible to make further representations online, and if it looks like that's necessary, we'll post full details of how to do it.

This is a long process - assuming the Planning Inspectorate agree that the process should be covered by an inquiry, it's likely at least four months away, and probably more, since the official start date of the process has not yet been set. Then there's the period after the inquiry when the information and recommendation is forwarded to the Secretary of State for the official decision. I don't know how long that typically takes, but it's worth noting that the planning meeting at which the application was rejected took place in August, and it was a further four months before the official notice was issued. Since we're already half way through June, there's a good chance any decision is not going to be made until the end of this year, or even early 2019. Once the appeal is finished, there's also the opportunity for the decision to be challenged in the High Court within a further six weeks.

It's also worth recalling the statement from the developer that they would give The Backstreet one year's notice of when they intend to start work on the site. The timetable for the inquiry process means that a decision is likely to come in the winter, and I suspect that starting work in the middle of winter is not something that the developer is likely to want to do. So, in the event of them succeeding - which is by no means certain, as the application was rejected on several grounds - then I think there's a good chance that work is unlikely to commence until Spring 2020.

Rumours of death

There have been rumours of Backstreet's imminent demise for about as long as I've been going there. None of them has yet come to pass, and I'm fairly confident that we'll be able to see in the start of 2020 in the club, even if the developer prevails with their appeal.

If they don't, and decide to come up with a new proposal, it's back to the drawing board - and remember that the current proposal was first shown to local residents in the Autumn of 2013. Even allowing for a faster process, with all the objections taken into account, this is a long and slow process. So if someone tells you that the bulldozers are moving in soon, they're almost certainly wrong. There's plenty of time left to party.

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Manchester

BLUF Manchester events are organised in association with Manchester Leathermen and take place in the Manchester gay village, centred around Canal Street. Manchester Leathermen also organise a number of other leather orientated events. Information from Dave, aka 30holedms (1108) and Nick (608).

Manchester Leather events

Check out the events for 2 new upcoming events in Manchester and Blackpool arranged by Manchester Leathermen and NFM respectively.

NFM have arrange a gathering in Blackpool at Man Bar on Saturday 2nd June.

MLM have arrange another Leather Afternoon tea at the Richmond Tea rooms on Sunday 24th June after the success of a same event earlier this year.

Don't forget that both groups also arrange regular socials in Manchester on the first weekend of each month. NFM on Friday (the next event is 6th July) and MLM on Saturday (the next event is 2nd June) upstairs at the Thompson Arms.

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Montreal

Welcome to BLUF Montréal

BLUF originated in 1997 out of Montréal as an internet based organization. In recognition of its birthplace, a group of leather men are launching a Montréal Chapter in August 2016. The aim of the Montreal Chapter is to strengthen and grow the local leather scene via the organization of regular meetings and events for BLUF members and the leather community at large in a spirit of cooperation and friendship.

Next gatherings, always on fridays : July 13th. Always at Stud Bar, from 8 to 10 PM.

Members can get more information from LanglitzMontreal (3301) or Master TyranT (1632) LeMaestro(3532) or click Join to stay in touch. BLUF Montréal has is own Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/645761442248452/


Bienvenue à  BLUF Montréal

BLUF a commencé comme club sur internet en 1997 depuis Montréal. C'est dans le respect de la reconnaissance de l'origine, que plusieurs gars de cuir lancent en août 2016 BLUF Montréal. Le but du chapitre BLUF de Montréal est de valoriser la scène de cuir en organisant régulièrement des rencontres ou événements entre eux dans un esprit de collaboration et d'amitié.

Prochaines rencontres, toujours les vendredis : 13 juillet. Toujours au Bar Le Stud, de 20 a 22 heures.

Les membres peuvent obtenir de l'information en communiquant avec LanglitzMontreal (3301) ou Master TyranT (1632) LeMaestro(3532) ou en cliquant "Joindre" pour rester en contact. BLUF Montréal possède sa propre page Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/645761442248452/

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Munich

Information about Munich specific events, from Polarwolf (810). Most BLUF Munich events take place at Underground - hosted by the leather and fetish club MLC. BLUF Munich has its ownpage on Facebook.
We also are presence at the Munich Pride Parade within the MLC.

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New York

Are you a BLUF member in New York? If you fancy stepping up and maintaining this page - or even trying to get people out in gear in the city - please contact Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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NRW

In Nordrhein- Westfalen mit seinen zahlreichen Großstädten leben ca. 200 BLUF Mitglieder. Schwerpunkte sind Köln und das Ruhrgebiet.
BLUF Events gibt es regelmässig im Essener Drexx Club (organisiert von Klaus, aka SmartLeather (212)) und in Köln, Station2be, (von cgn-leather (183)). Weitere Aktivitäten, auch in anderen Städten, sind jederzeit willkommen.

NRW (North Rhine- Westfalia) is the most densely populated urban area in Germany, including cities like Cologne, Essen, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and only a short drive from cities like Amsterdam, Brussels or Antwerp. Around 200 BLUF members are living here. BLUF events are held regularly in Essen, drexx club (organized by Klaus, aka SmartLeather (212)) and Cologne, Station2be (by cgn-leather (183)). Other activities are always welcome.

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Paris

Suite à  l'initiative de Bearpaname (44), Copboots (1915) et Dark_Leather (264), la communauté française BLUF se donne rendez-vous à  Paris. En 2018, il est prévu de proposer trois temps forts en Mars, Mai et Octobre. Habituellement les apéritifs ont lieu à La Mine, les soirées au Mensch et les repas au Gai Moulin.
Tout membre souhaitant prendre part à l'animation de la scène BLUF française est le bienvenu ;-)

Further to the initiative of Bearpaname (44), Copboots (1915) and Dark_Leather (264), the French BLUF community makes an appointment in Paris. In 2018, it's planned to propose three highlights in Mars, May and October. Usually, aperitifs take place in La Mine, BLUF parties in Mensch and Dinners in Gai Moulin. Any member wishing to take part in the animation of the French BLUF scene is welcome ;-)

BLUF_Paris

Comptes rendus Weekend BLUF Paris


Revivez les meilleurs moments et photos depuis 2014 de BLUF Paris avec les liens ci-dessous :

♦ 2014 :
- BLUF Paris, May 2014
- BLUF Paris, September 2014

♦ 2015 :
- BLUF Paris, March 2015
- BLUF Paris, May 2015
- BLUF Paris, October 2015

♦ 2016 :
- BLUF Paris, March 2016
- BLUF Paris, May 2016
- BLUF Paris, October 2016

♦ 2017 :
- BLUF Paris, March 2017
- BLUF Paris, May 2017
- BLUF Paris, October 2017

♦ 2018 :
- BLUF Paris, March 2018
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La Team BLUF Paris : Bearpaname (44), Copboots (1915) et Dark_Leather (264).
 

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San Francisco

BLUF events in San Francisco are organised by Lexx (3656) and Larry Kenney aka HotBootsSF (26), and include an annual dinner before Dore Alley, usually one of the busiest events of the year, plus some events in association with other groups, and bar nights.

www.blufsf.com/

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SoCal

The Assembly Dress Code Event is Friday 23rd March [Tickets](https://lalptickets.com/)
In Southern California, BLUF is most active in Los Angeles, where Robert, aka Motorboot (834) hosts a monthly gathering at Eagle LA on the second Friday of every month. Other events take place in San Diego and Palm Springs, particularly during and around the Desert Leather Pride event.
LA Leather Pride is in March every year, which include The Assembly Dress Code Event hosted by California B&B Corps, The Regiment of the Black and Tans, and BLUF LA.

BLUF LA at Eagle LA

BLUF LA at Eagle LA

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Other resources

Besides the pages for individual BLUF Local groups, you'll find plenty of other useful information on this site, including details of bars, local leather clubs, shops and photographers. Just check the Info & Links menu, or follow links from one of the BLUF Local pages.

There are also articles on the BLUF Blog from some of our local groups, too, and if you're a member, you'll be able to browse through event reports and private photos, or search for other BLUF Local members in any of our cities.

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