CLAW moves back downtown for 2017

CLEVELAND — CLAW moves back to Cleveland after three years in the suburbs, into the magnificent Westin Downtown Cleveland, our biggest and best hotel yet. The bulk of the CLAW schedule will be at the Westin, including the vendor mart, banquets, speed dating, cigar deck and most of the Skills and Education sessions, with some events at the nearby Hampton Inn, bars Leather Stallion Saloon and Mean Bull, FLEX Spa and Hotel and the brand new Academy Dungeon, a 6500 sq.ft well equipped facility that hosts the Men’s BDSM Play parties, and hardcore skills sessions Both the Westin and Hampton are sold out, but CLAW has big blocks of rooms at the nearby Double Tree and the Kimpton Schofield hotels. More than 2000 leather men are expected at CLAW 17.

To celebrate how much Cleveland rocks, CLAW has rented the world renown Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHoF) for a private party on Thursday night from 8 pm – midnight. Located just two blocks from the Westin and the Double Tree, the museum will be fully staffed with all exhibits and bars open. Want to say you’ve sung at the RRHoF? Pick your song for Inductee Karaoke on the main stage. All songs must be by artists that are in the RRHoF. Reserve a spot by writing

CLAW 17 will have 100 different skills and education sessions – a 30% increase over CLAW 16 — on an ever-widening range of topics. Most of the skills sessions at CLAW are participatory. Highlights include “Kinky Tech: A Pervert’s Guide to Internet-enabled Play”, a look at devices available today to facilitate remote play sessions, presented by Brian Bolt Donner; “Caning and Birching – a British vice”, presented by Spanner Trust head Derek Cohen and David Williams, from London; and “Human Pup Play Skills”, presented by Dr. George Forgan-Smith, from Melbourne, Australia. Returning this year: Bootblack Apprenticeships, from one of CLAW’s more than 20 volunteer bootblacks and Entrepreneurial Internships with Square Peg Toys mastermind and CLAW Board member Scott Douglas. A complete schedule of CLAW 17 Skills and Education is available on the CLAW website.

Also new this year: Naked Pool Parties at FLEX Spa (Men only) on Friday and Saturday afternoon, including OINK!, sponsored by CLAW Sustaining Sponsor Nasty Kink Pigs.

The CLAW Vendor Mart is also bigger, with 45 different vendors including CLAW sponsors Mr-S-Leather, Leatherwerks, The Leatherman NYC, Torso, and Le Chateau Exotique.

Friday night’s highlight is “Strip Bingo!” with hot male strippers and special performances, vendor sponsored games and prizes, and more. Sunday night finale is “Kinky Kabaret”, an amazing show of singers and comics, hosted by CLAW’s hilarious emcees Larry Golubski and Lulu Belle.

CLAW 17 will feature a 5th floor urban Boots and Cigar Deck, open 24 hours a day in the Westin parking ramp, a Tom of Finland Art Show, and a special party at the Stallion on Sunday. The men of Nasty Kink Pigs are planning private parties in their hotel suite at the Westin every night from 10-4, for guys wanting to hook up. Room info available at CLAW. Come early and “date” ten other pigs in less than an hour.

The Kennel Master of CLAW’s Pup Events is CLAW Master Sponsor Twisted Headz Smokeshops, and include “MOSH!” a huge pup mosh pit party, “LEASHED!”, a pup handlers’ social, five pup/handler education sessions, pup/Handler Speed Dating, and a pup’s luncheon at the Leather Stallion Saloon, a cherished part of CLAW since day one.

CLAW Speed Dating expands to 11 sessions after record participation and rave reviews from 2016. Meet 10 guys who like what you like in less than an hour. New sessions include “Couples & Thirds” and “Looking for LTR”. Back for more: “Meet and Beat”, Leather and Boots; Assplay; and Smokers’ Speed Dating. Advance registration strongly recommended, especially for bottoms.

Also on the CLAW 17 schedule at the Westin: three big silent auctions, “Rubber Lovers Social, “BLUF at CLAW” social, the third “Man on Man Wedding Reception”, in-room coffee service by volunteer pups and boys, a big raffle, the CLAW store and wheel of fortune, Leather Club Forum, Parade of Colors, a Leather Community Circle of Life, Leather Archives and Museum exhibits, the “Titleholders’ Cocktail Party” and a very special 5th installment of “Bound and Beautiful” — a spectacular gallery and auction of intricate bondage and hot male muscle.

CLAW shuttles will run between the hotels and parties at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Leather Stallion Saloon (“Dick Off” volunteer party; Report For Duty Uniform Fetish Party; and Hot Ass in Cleveland Party) and Mean Bull, the brilliant dance bar attached to FLEX Cleveland, (“Men at Work” with DJ Jerry Szoka ; “Kinky Muscle Boy Party” with DJ Barney Philly; and “Super Villians Gear and Grind Party” with DJ Steve Henderson).

CLAW 17 packages include the men’s play parties at the Academy and the party at the Rock Hall among more than 170 events — everything listed above and more. Packages are still only $169/advance ($189 at the door). Or join the CLAW Volunteer Corp of and get your package for free in exchange for 8 hours volunteering at CLAW. Volunteers have access to a Volunteer Hospitality Suite all weekend, with free hot and cold food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Separate tickets are required for a few things at CLAW: Square Peg Toys celebrates their 20th anniversary year as sponsor of The International Leather Family Dinner ($100) on Saturday. It is the summit of CLAW, and the CLAW year. This year features food from Urban Farmer’s executive chef, and keynote speech “On Masculinity” by Guy Baldwin. Vote who at your table needs the SPT center piece the most. Don’t miss it!

The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and Brunch ($50) is Sunday and honors living legends Durk Dehner, Peter Fiske and MSC Hamburg, all of whom are expected to attend.

For late night pig sex, three FLEXXX ASYLUM parties ($40/each) feature magnificent and kinky adult film stars in a special warehouse space above Mean Bull. Tickets for FLEXXX ASYLUM include admission to the entire FLEX Spa Hotel complex. A small VIP party “Man Meet” kicks off ASYLUM’s Friday night from 9:30-11:00, ($100, only 20 tickets total).

CLAW is a 501c3 charity of, by and for the Leather Community. CLAW has donated more than $700,000 to community charities. For more information, to reserve your hotel room and get your package, go to

via press release