This means you! Men Wanted from all over Europe for CLAW, America’s best gay leather event, held in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of April. Cleveland is on Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, and is a liberal, leather-friendly and less expensive big city between New York and Chicago. More than 2 million people live in the Cleveland metro area. CLAW, short for Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend, has no leather contest and no street fair. Instead, attendees choose among more than 200 events and exhibitors over four days. CLAW has 101 different Skills and Education sessions including participatory BDSM skills classes from flogging to fisting, discussion groups, and excellent presentations on everything leather: relationships, community, history and more.

CLAW is also dozens of parties, day and night, both at the hotel and at nearby gay bars and sex clubs. That’s right, sex clubs! Big parts of CLAW take place at FLEX Spa and Hotel, the flagship location of the FLEX chain of male bathhouses in the U.S. At FLEX, sexy and perverted porn stars party and play with CLAW attendees at Naked Pool Parties during the day, and FLEXXX ASYLUM parties at night. A block away, the Academy Dungeon is a meticulously equipped and maintained BDSM play facility that hosts CLAW skills classes and Men’s BDSM play parties all four days and all four nights.

Fetish specific parties — uniforms, muscle boys, leather bears, pups and handlers, rubber, BLUF — make it easier to meet the guys you like most. Play CLAW Speed Dating and meet 10 tops or 10 bottoms into your fetish in less than an hour.


A big highlight is the vendor mart, sponsored by Mr-S-Leather, with more than 50 excellent stores. Massive silent auctions every day have rare finds and leather bargains. Other highlights include Saturday’s International Leather Family Dinner, the Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony brunch and the Kinky Kabaret, CLAW’s 90-minute finale of singing and comedy. Not to be missed.
Not just an annual event. CLAW is also a uniquely successful community organization with more than 1000 volunteers every year, including 200 in leadership positions. CLAW 17 raised a record $84,000 for community charities, a 20% increase over CLAW 16. To date CLAW has raised $800,000.

The main hotel is fully booked for CLAW 18, but guest rooms are available at our other two nearby hotels, the Hampton Inn (100% CLAW occupancy) and an even bigger block of rooms at the Double Tree. The CLAW rate at both hotels is $149/night. Reserve your room today at