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Meet the 2015 IML Contestants Now! If you are competing and your bio is incomplete or not included, please email Vonn Tramel to be included!
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. 501 Eagle 2015 Miles A. McDonald, AKA Milo
Milo has been an active associate member of the Indiana Falcons for five years. He has raised money for the homeless veterans, Step up (an organization that promotes health and well-being among underserved and hard to reach populations),and has helped with many other activities that the Falcons support. Milo competed in his first Leather event in 2012. Milo enjoys the pup scene and his goal, to educate and communicate his love of Leather and knowledge in the communities and people around him. He believes that it is important that the Leather and fetish groups come together and show their support. The world is so diverse like the many fetish groups. We do not want any one group to get lost and networking is essential so we can lead and educate others.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr Alameda County Leather 2014 Al Parso-York
Al has been involved in the Leather Community for more than 30 years, serves on The 15's Fraternal Committee as editor of the Inquisitor, co-founders of Delta International and on the board of the Bay Area Leather Alliance. Al has been a volunteer, supporting charities including The AIDS Emergency Fund, the AIDS Foundation, and the charity funds of The 15 and ACLC. Al married his partner, Andy York, on their 30th Anniversary. Al is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Hayward and vice-president of the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association. A Viet Nam Vet, Al has worked hard on veteran issues and organizations that serve the veteran community.
IML 2015 Contestant: Andreas Moore / Bavarian Mister Leather 2015
Born in England and raised in near Munich, Germany I am very honored to represent the local leather community as Bavarian Mister Leather 2015. I was elected on March, 5th 2015 during the 4-day celebration of the traditional annual beer-festival. My intention is to bring all parts of the community together to create a place of understanding and respect. I am also the representative of the municipal rainbow foundation that supports project concerning Healthcare and Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Youth and Age
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Big Easy Leather 2015 Matthew Birkhoff
Representing America's Gulfcoast is Mr. Big Easy Leather 2015 Matthew Birkhoff. Matthew is 26 years old and a native of New Orleans. LA. Matthew holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications and is currently the Director of Operations and Entertainment for The Bourbon Pub and Parade Disco. Matthew continues to be a symbol of Leather integrity for the Gulfcoast, working with several charities and non-profits such as: The No-AIDS Task Force, Belle Reeve Hospice, The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities and The Archdiocese of New Orleans. The legacy Matthew would like to leave is: "To always stay true to yourself, keep the faith, never give up hope, love one another and always strive for EXCELLENCE."
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Bluegrass Leather 2015 Mark D. Hurte
Mr. Bluegrass Leather 2015 Mark D. Hurte hails from the Bluegrass State where he serves as Founder and Executive Director for No Kill Central KY, a non profit, no-kill animal sanctuary. Better known as KY Big Daddy Mark, he is a former Crossings Lexington Leather titholder, Crossings Lexington is his home bar. His interests are Cigars, Tattoos, Beards, and the kinks of the BDSM lifestyle. Standing 6'5" he never meets a stranger and looks forward to sharing the stage with his Brothers. "Even to be among my IML Class 37 Brothers is to have won because we are all winners!"
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Bolt Leather David Colfescu
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Camp Mars William Nabors
My name is Bill and I'm originally from Butlerville, Arkansas. I'm a pharmacist and live in Pembroke Pines, Florida just southwest of Fort Lauderdale where I have lived for the past 28 years. I live there with my partner of 19 years, Ken, plus one dog and four cats. I love to sing karaoke and go camping.
Bio Submitted By Barry Barragan
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig
Luis is 37 years old and has lived in Chicago for six years. He is a member of The Leather Archives and Museum, Titans of the MidWest and Team Friendly Chicago. He is also co-founder of Chicago Leather Community Outreach and co-producer of the Eagle Rises benefit.
Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig By Chester Munro
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. CODE Florida Leather Woodie Barnes-McWhirter
Woodie Barnes-McWhirter won the Mr. CODE Florida Leather 2014 contest held at the Flamingo Resort last year. He's served his title year well and will be competing this year for IML 36. Woodie is no novice to competing but has come back after winning International Drummer 1999. He's won a couple of Pantheon Awards throughout his leather journey and supports the charity ASAP. You can also find him Wednesday evening on an internet station GSH Radio talk show, the Dan and Woodie Show.
IML 2015 Contestant: M. Cuir MontrÈal 2015 Elie Darling
Elie Darling is a translator, body modification technician and nightlife purveyor living in Montreal, the city he has called home for ten years. He is a long time activist with a strong commitment to community empowerment. Elie believes that making connections is a vital part of Leather leadership and trusts that his varied areas of knowledge and networking abilities will greatly benefit his Leather community. Unfortunately, he doesnít have a French accent.
Cuir MontrÈal 2015 Elie Darling By Serge Blais
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. DC Eagle 2015 Dan Ronneberg
Originally from Chicago, IL, Dan lives in Arlington, VA, and works in the District of Columbia for the federal government. After graduating from the US Air Force Academy in 1997, he flew as a pilot for 10 years under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As part of the longest continuously-run Leather contest in the nation, Dan is honored to be Mr. DC Eagle 2015 and to follow in the footsteps of the 2014 winner and IML 2014 Ramien Pierre.
Mr. DC Eagle 2015 Dan Ronneberg By Philip Gerlach
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Eagle NYC 2015 Laney Ballard
Living on Long Island since 1992, Laney Ballard moved to New York from Dallas, Texas after meeting his partner Bruce. Raised on a west Texas cotton and peanut farm, he is proud of his Texas heritage, but now considers himself a true New Yorker at heart. In the 80ís and 90ís, Laney worked with men and women living with AIDS as an IV infusion nurse. Since that time, Laney has dedicated his life to charity and community work benefiting various organizations that support people living with HIV/AIDS. Although the atmosphere of HIV/AIDs has changed over the past decade, he continues his work in HIV prevention and education with his new focus on the addition of PrEP to the HIV battle.
Mr. Eagle NYC 2015 Laney Ballard By Johnny Quesada
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. GNI Leather 2014 John Skopoes
I am John Skopoes from Tarpon Springs, Florida. Mr. GNI (Gay Naturist International) Leather 2014. Originally from the Cleveland area and have been in the leather community for the last 15 or so years. My Leather interest started with my motorcycles. Still riding today. I enjoy all leather events and have helped with CLAW for many years. Have enjoyed MAL and IML as well for a long time. Looking forward to the contest and contributing to the Leather community in the future!
GNI Leather 2014 John Skopoes By Bill Ward
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Heartland Leather 2015 Russell McDaris
Mr. Heartland Leather 2015 Russell McDaris lives in Tulsa with his partners Bruce and Tyler where he works as an architect. He is a member of Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association, MAsT: Tulsa chapter, and is an Honorary Member of RRgoL. Coordinator for the newly formed Team Friendly Oklahoma and volunteers graphic design talents to various organizations in Oklahoma.
IML Contestant: Mr. Hoist 2015 Bas Stronks
dutch native, world citizen, living in London. Embraced his kinks from an early age, as the first gay bar he ever set foot in was the Argos in Amsterdam at 20 years of age. He has been on a journey ever since, now calling one man ‘Sir’, and several ‘boy’. Working in Marketing, Bas is also a language geek, a volunteer, a tech aficionado, and has a love-hate relation with the gym.
By Stuart Gregory Photography
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Kreisinger Denk
Rob is a data analyst living in Des Moines, IA with his husband Bryan, their boy steel and their dogs Dita and Kaiser. Rob is an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and is primarily sponsored by Iowa Leather Weekend and The Blazing Saddle bar.
Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Kreisinger Denk By Richard Yates
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leatherman Toronto Brett Murden
Mr. Leatherman Toronto Brett Murden grew up in the punk and body modification communities, and spent his 20's travelling North America. His introduction to the Fetish world was in Calgary, where the community was all inclusive, and Brett has since stood for building similar communities.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather 64TEN Chicago 2015 Michael Pacas
Mr. Leather 64TEN Chica go 2015 Michael Pacas is a scholarship recipient of this year's LGBT Equality Institute, and a founding member of BLUF Chicago. He is a volunteer for the Leather Archives and Museum, the Lakeview Food Pantry, the Windy City Empire and the Night Ministry. He is currently acclamating a Pembroke welsh corgi named Lizzie T. possible therapy dog work. Everyone should have a puppy.
Mr. Leather 64TEN Chicago 2015 Michael Pacas By Israel Wright
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather Chile 2014 Alex Ruiz
Alex Ruiz is a 35 year-old Leatherman from Chile who got hist title as the first Mr. Leather Chile in March 2014. "This has been an amazing adventure and journey that will have its climax representing our Leather community for the first time ever during IML. Very excited and cant wait to meet my brothers." Alex said.
Mr. Leather Chile 2014 Alex Ruiz By Rodrigo Henriquez
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather Europe 2014 Arnaud Amsterdam
I'm 36 and I was born in Paris, France. I live in Amsterdam since 2003 where I work as a technical translation editor, and I'm single. I have been in the Leather scene for about eight years, worked as a volunteer for XXX Leather parties, and I am a passionate bondage master. I will be representing Europe, but currently also hold the titles of Mr. Leather Amsterdam 2014 and Mr. XXX Leather 2014.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather Ireland Kevin Murphy
From my time involved in the Leather/Fetish community in Ireland I've seen the strength that comes from working together and supporting each other, alongside making sure to enjoy life as it unfolds. Watching our community grow in size has been invigorating. As the first Mr. Leather Ireland to compete in IML, itís an exciting year for me! My goals for the title year ahead are to promote inclusiveness and support, both within Ireland and abroad.
Mr. Leather Ireland Kevin Murphy By Karl Hayden
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather Ottawa Keven Allen
Mr. Leather Ottawa Keven Allen lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he is the current Mr. Leather Ottawa title holder. He has been active in that Leather community since 1973, working with the Ottawa Knights and MASK (Men Appreciating Serious Kink) groups in their charitable and educational activities. His other club affiliations are Classic Biker Trash-Honourary Member, St. Louis, Missouri and Canada Biker Trash-Founding Member, Ottawa, ON, Canada . Keven likes motorcycling, watersports, flogging, bootblacking, Masters and slaves, dungeon creation, Leather work, theatre, languages and travel.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Leather UK 2015 Greg Bearskin
My nickname is Bearskin, born in England with Scottish roots, I wear Kilts in my clan tartan. I have lived all over, including San Francisco, but London is my home. I recently celebrated thirty years with my partner, by having a full back tattoo. I've made cakes for the Royal Family and presented many Television and Radio programs. A Leather man to the core, I enjoy a good cigar, and am a total pogonophile!
Photographer credit Christopher Middleton.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Los Angeles Leather Patrick Smith
Originally from the sub-zero Canadian Prairies, Patrick fell in love with Leather six years ago, when a friend offered to show him the ropes ñ literally. A political activist, Patrick previously served in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He has his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a columnist who has been published in The Advocate. Patrick currently works for Marvel, surrounded by hot superheroes in tight Leather gear.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Louisiana Leather 2015 Jason Ashford
I am Jason Ashford from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently an active member of The Mystic Krewe of the Lords of Leather. I have been on the board of the organization in the past to help raise money to put on our annual Mardi Gras Ball Masque and for other charitable organizations. I am also a founding board member of New Orleans Leather to Geaux, a fun social Leather weekend held in October. As Mr. Louisiana Leather 2015 I am trying to help the continuation of rebuilding a Leather community in the city of New Orleans.
Mr. Louisiana Leather 2015 Jason Ashford By Michael Bingham
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Maryland Leather 2015 Greg King
Mr. Maryland Leather 2015 Greg King, a leather man since 1997, has been a resident of Maryland for two years. Along with his involvement in various causes from LGBT Youth to HIV/AIDS and LGBT Aging, he is also one of the organizers of Bears, Bikers & Mayhem. He is deeply honored to represent and serve the Maryland Leather Community during his title year and has launched a program to explore and collect his communityís history in cooperation with the Carter/Johnson Leather Library and the Baltimore Eagle.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Midwest Leather Jay Johnson
Jay is the current Mr. Midwest Leather. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri where bicycling, grad school, his motorcycle and fetish nights take up most of his time. Jay is the co-creator of Guerrilla Leather Bar, and event that travels to smaller cities and offers interactive fetish demonstrations, where participants can watch, learn and engage in new and exciting experiences. This event is designed to encourage people to come out in leather and be active members of the Leather community. A 20 year career in video production has brought him across some amazing people but none are as nice as those he has met in the Leather community. He looks forward to meeting more members of the Leather community through his extensive travels and to finish out his title year with a lot of new friends he is able to call brothers in Leather.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2015 David Gerard
Born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey and has resided for the past 27 Years in Norwalk. David has owned and operated Born Of. He decided that it was time to come out of my Leather closet entered and won Mr. CT Leather in Sept of 2015 and immediately became immersed, embraced and supported by the community, entered and Won Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015 In Janurary and is presently working and supporting a number of LGBT Charites in his local area as well as increasing awareness of LGBTQ Leather/Fetish Community. David and his partner Roman have been together for the past three years and embrace and enjoy the Kink/Leather lifestyle.
Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2015 David Gerard By Roman Czerepacha
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015 Ren Rushold
Resident of Minnesota, Ren promotes the EagleBolt Bar as well as various events within the Twin Cities. Focused on homeless youth, Hiv Education/ Stigma reduction, and bridging the communities together, with help from local organizations and his IML37 Brother, Mr. TCL, to ensure a prosperous future for generations to come. Native to the Midwest Ren has made waves in getting people to become more active in the community as well as supporting anyone who needs a helping hand.
Photographer: Andrew Bertke
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckhoff
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Long Beach Leather 2014 Douglas Dick
I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, and have lived in Long Beach for the last 20 years. I have been an accounting manager for over 22 years and I operate a part-time photography business. Photography is my passion, and I love making fine-art bondage images; bondage is also my favorite kink. I lived the Leather life since the late 90s, but became seriously active in the community again in 2012.
Mr. Long Beach Leather 2014 Douglas Dick By Rick Motzgus
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. New England Leather Dalton Edward Flint II
Mr. New England Leather is a 45 year-old Leather Dom Daddy that loves subs, boys and pups equally and as often as he can.
Winning Mr. New England Leather has opened Daddy Dalton up to so much more than the kink of the Leather community. It has helped him introduce Leather into as spotlight in his community at fundraisers as well make lifelong friends in the Leather brotherhood all over the world. He can't wait travel to meet many of his brothers after the IML. Regardless of who wins he knows it is a life experience he will hold onto forever with great pride.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015 Thomas Fincannon
Thomas Fincannon is Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015. In addition to his work with the New Jersey Leather Family, he is an associate member of the Philadelphians, New Jersey Amazons, and the Queer Leather Alliance. He has supported several fundraisers, including Project Real and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. His outreach activities have focused on bringing Leather community and education to Atlantic City area of New Jersey.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Ohio Leather 2014 Steve Bianchi
Steve Bianchi is an active member of the Northeast Ohio Leather Community and is honored to represent the title of Mr. Ohio Leather at IML this year. He is also involved in Team Friendly Northeast Ohio working to remove the stigma of HIV. He would like to thank his Leather family, club, friends and community for all the support they have given him in this endeavor.
Mr. Ohio Leather 2014 Steve Bianchi By Bryce McCaughey
IML 2015 Contestant: Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2015 Richard Ziese
Richard Ziese is the current Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2015. He enjoys fundraising and volunteering for his charities Locally and internationally. He currently holds memberships in TULSA and the Lambda Bowling League. Richard is also the curator and donor of the Oklahoma Leather Archives Display at Oklahomans for Equality where he's on the Board of Advisors. His Leather/BDSM/Fetish interests are sounding,water sports, fire cupping, and anything new he and his boy Patrick can explore together.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Oregon State Leather 2014 Steven Steinbock
I think back to last August and being sashed Mr. Oregon State Leather 2014. It has been an incredible journey and one I will never forget. I have discovered what a great community I am involved with and how much love and support I receive from my partner, my boy, my chosen family, and friends in my life. With IML approaching I look forward to the new brothers and friends I will meet on this next journey.
Photography by Leland Carina
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum
Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum is a retired Corrections Officer with the California Deptartment of Corrections Juvenile Division. Heís worked with trouble young people over 30 years. He was first introduced to the San Francisco Leather community back in 2002. Cliff states, ìIíve come to learn that the Leather community is more than hot men cruising a bar, but a community made up of many families that supported each other through fund raising, entertainment, emotional and physical support."
Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum By Dave Rhodes
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Phoenix Leather 2015 Jefferson Ely
A twister lifted Jefferson from his home in Wichita, Kansas and landed him in Phoenix in 2013. As a member of the Phoenix boys Of Leather and Arizona Pups And Handlers, Jefferson has found a fast home in his new location. He is a proud Pup Tugger to his Handler Boy Bamm Bamm and enjoys educating others on his own kinks and lifestyle.
Mr. Phoenix Leather 2015 Jefferson Ely By Jim Soccoman
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Prime Choice 2014 Woody Stiner
I am so honored and humbled to be able to represent Houston, Texas this year at IML. Mr. Prime Choice is a fantastic community title that I always aspired to in my 30's. It is a title strictly for men over the age of 40 who have a strong will to give back to their community. At just over halfway through my title year, I can honestly say this has been one of the greatest endeavors I've ever undertaken. I look forward to meeting face to face all the great guys that up to now have only been met through social media. Chicago and IML 2015, here I come!
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Queensland Leather 2014 Max Mack
Mr. Queensland Leather 2014 Max Mackis from Brisbane, Australia. Max is an openly transsexual competitor and the first openly transsexual man to win an Australian male-only Leather title. Max is a manager in mental health and also works as an advocate in the LGBT community. His favorite passtimes include rigging, performance based work and running. Max has since the beginning of his transition lost 195 LBS.
Mr. Queensland Leather 2014 Maximus By Tammy at Studio Too
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. San Diego Leather 2013 Eli Correa
Raised in California, Eli served eight years in the Army which sparked his interest in the Leather/Fetish Community. Once out, he began to explore his kinky side through mentoring, learning, and experiences. He holds the titles of Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 and Mr. San Diego Leather 2013. With his titles he has traveled, judged, created events, fundraised and volunteered. Currently he is going to college for his business marketing degree and enjoys spending time with his partner.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015 Trevor Black
"Born and raised in Petaluma, California, Trevor Black travelled down to San Francisco to start his new life at the tender age of 18. Soon after, his involvement in nightlife introduced him to his leather family, where his exploration of kink, bondage, and leather began. Trevor currently works full time in nightlife working behind the bar and throwing parties for the masses. Now 23, you can find Trevor at one of his events, speaking at Magnet, suspended from the ceiling by rope in San Francisco's SOMA district, or at home cuddling his roommates cat."
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. SA Leather 2015 Herman Groenewald
Herman became South Africaís fourth Mr. SA Leather, a seasoned Leather man he has been involved with SA Leather from its inception in 2009. Herman was also part of a few dedicated Leather men who managed to make changes to the existing constitution and open up their memberships, no longer discriminating against anyone based on their gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference. He has a passion for charity work and heís also a bonsai Master in South Africa.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. SECC 2015 Jeffrey Donnell Williams
(SECC South East Conference of Clubs) Jeffrey Vice President of Knight Hawks of Virginia, Norfolk, VA, helping EVAN (Eastern Virginia AIDS Network) and the LGBT Center of Norfolk, VA.
He is currently a Musculoskelelal Technician for LifeNet Health, Virginia Beach, VA, a former Armed Forces Emergency Services worker, American Red Cross, Washington, DC and a former Weatherman in the United States Navy.
Jeffrey lived in Virginia Beach, VA; SHAPE (Supreme Headquarter Allied Powers Europe) Mons, Belgium; Honolulu, HI; Boston, MA; Washington, DC area ; Diego Garcia; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His interests are Movies, Gardening, Fine Art, Music and Travel.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. TriState Leather 2014 Brian Donner
Representing the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, Mr. TriState Leather 2014 Brian Donner is a founding member of the CNKY Ruff Pups, the Marketing Committee Chair of Titans of the Midwest, and is working hard to build safe and supportive spaces in the Midwest.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2015 Steven Patton
Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2015 Steven Patton lives in Minneapolis, MN, where he works in state and federal programs for homeless youth and parenting teenagers. He is a member of the North Star Kennel Club, Titans of the Midwest, and recently co-founded Ladies of the Lakes, Minnesotaís Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His current focus includes bridging gaps between generations, strengthening trans-welcoming environments, and HIV education. In his spare time he volunteers at the local wildlife rehabilitation center.
Twin Cities Leather 2015 Steven Patton By Everett Allen Photography
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Washington State Leather Erik Taylor
Born during a blizzard on his Grandmother’s Birthday it almost seemed destined for Erik Taylor to be a storyteller. He enjoys taking photos of many of the unique places he has both visited and lived. His blog posts are being printed in The Leather Journal.
IML 2015 Contestant: Mr. Wisconsin Leather Will Boyd-Bohaczek
I am excited to be Wisconsin's first legally married contestant for International Mr. Leather. I will proudly stand with my brothers and sisters in the community until equality happens. Until then I believe being collared is close enough which I am also.
IML Contestant: Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 Josh Fortuna
The current Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 lives in the Metro Detroit area. He started the Leather Project – A Second Skin in 2014. The Leather Project allows people who are unfamiliar with leather a chance to try it out and experience what could become their second skin. This also gives him the chance to educate, share stories and experiences about our leather community.