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The second Drummer North America (DNA) held January 28-31 at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada saw Thomas John emerge as Mr. Drummer North America 2016 and Dan Gurule named North America Drummerboy 2016 in front of a crowd close to 300.

Thomas traveled to Las Vegas as Mid Atlantic Drummer 2015 while Dan who lives in Kansas City arrived as Missouri Valley Drummerboy 2015

The Mr. Drummer runner-up was Paulo Batista from San Diego, CA and the Drummerboy runner-up was Billy Seablom. There were six Drummer contestants and five Drummerboy competitors.

There was to be a Drummer North America Bootblack. There were no contestants for that title. Bootblacking was part of the weekend with several bootblacks kept busy.

Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 1993 and emcee extraordinaire Frank Nowicki emceed the weekend.

The judging panel included International Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian Dawson, Ms Alameda County 2009 Deborah Hoffman-Wade, American Leatherman Aaron Duke, Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas founding president Marcus Christenson and Great Lakes Bootblack 2008 Trooper Long.

The tally masters were Andy Liu and Henry Sabia.

“DNA weekend rekindles the Drummer tradition of self-identified masculinity. The weekend is a celebration of gay masculinity, whether it is expressed in leather or sports gear or fetishes, at a joyful family reunion where history is honored and diversity respected,” says Master Mike Zuhl, co-owner of DNA.

Highlights of DNA fetish weekend will include a meet and greet featuring contestant demos, the Top Men’s Cigar, Bourbon and Scotch Social, hospitality suites, the Top Men’s Club educational series of interactive workshops, both men’s and queer play spaces, open shine bootblacking stations, Women of Drummer social events, the HypnotiXXX comedy hypnosis show.

Workshops included Rope Bondage to Shibari by Sir Joel, Flogging by Sir James Keohane, Single Tail Whip Play by Sir George Saltzman and CBT: Using and Abusing the Family Jewels by Master Tony Palazzo.

While The Leather Journal was unable to be there, our spies had things to report.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was there and that meant, of course, more babies added to Mama's Family and a Mama's Family photoshoot. Queer Leather Alliance president Alex Conley was one of those pinned.

Paulo Batista was proud of his tremendous showing as first runner-up and the first transgender man to achieve this level of placement at any International Drummer or North America Drummer - Drummerboy - Drummer Bootblack competition.

There were men-only and queer-space play parties.

Vegas being Vegas, no doubt may hit the Las Vegas Strip and downtown for hot shows, great food and casino play. The Hard Rock Cafe saw many Leathermen as it was across Koval Avenue and down the street from the Alexis Park Resort

There was a Leather Women's Roundtable Discussion and Mama's Family Reunion in the bootblack lounge. American Brotherhood Weekend hosted the brunch on Saturday and ONYX hosted a huge party on Saturday night after the contest.

While all of the official events were going on, the pool at the back end was busy as was the Jacuzzi. There was a variety of pool parties throughout the weekend.

According to all accounts reporting to The Leather Journal the crowd was good and people making up the entire spectrum of Fetish, Leather, Gear, BDSM, Rubber/Latex community had a blast.

For more information including Drummer North America's statement of purpose, regions and other information check out http://drummerna.com/




The judges for the International Mr. Leather 2016 contest were announced during a press conference which began at 12 PM in the 11th floor suite at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC by past executive director Jon Krongaard.

It is no secret that the stepping down IML titleholder is asked to judge each year, so hearing Patrick Smith's name was no surprise.

Before naming each judge, Krongaard short bios of each that left clues for those in the know of each judge.

The IML 2016 judges are International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Boston Leather 2008 Joe Barlow, Mr. Northwoods 2011 Jeff Gruenberger, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2012 Derek Harley, Seattle Leather Grand Dad 2012 Jeff Henness, Women's International Leather Legacy 2015 Penelope Jones, Mr. North Florida Drummer 2000 Steve Laviolette. Secretary of Geared Ireland John O'Brien and International Master 2014 Michael Shorten.

The tally masters for IML 2016 are Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002 Don Leach and past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ONYX Dominion ONYX.

Link to Mid Atlantic Leather 2016 article https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/national-news/item/1798-mid-atlantic-leather-sets-attendance-records

International Mr. Leather 2016 will be held Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend)

in Chicago, IL. The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL will be the host hotel for IML 2016.

For complete bios and photos of the judges and tally masters, weekend information, ticketing, hotel reservations and frequent updates go to http://www.imrl.com

About 25 of the IML Class of 2016 were on hand for the press conference. It was announced that Tyesha Nicole Best will be the social media coordinator for IML 2016.





The Heart of the Flag Federation (HOTFF) announced that Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2016 first runner-up Jeremy Feist, Toronto Leather Pride 2015 Fellowship Award recipient, and Mr. Black Eagle 2016, took on the title of Mr. Leatherman Toronto following the recent resignation of Brandon Michael Lee who stepped down for personal reasons.
Jeremy's first official public role as the Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2016 titleholder will be co-hosting Toronto Bound, scheduled for February 12-14, at The 519 Community Centre, with the other HOTFF titleholders, MsLT 2016 Shahrazad and Toronto Puppy 2016 Pup Benny.

Jeremy Feist is a kinky Swiss Army Knife, ready for whatever you can throw at him. He created and hosts The New Wave, an educational event for new and young people interested in Kink. He can also be found at Northbound Leather, where he works as a salesperson and consultant. He’s also co-host of Kink 101, a Black Eagle Kennel Klub pup, a Second City graduate, and a bootblack at the Black Eagle Toronto.

For more information on the Heart of the Flag Federation and dates of events check out http://www.hotfftoronto.com




By George Cameron

Leather activists George Whiting, passed away on November 20 at the age of 92.

Whiting founded Vancouver Activists in SM (VASM) in 1982 and was presented Pantheon of Leather Award in 1992 and 1999. VASM was modeled after New York's GMS/MA (Gay Male

S/M Activists).

George Edward Saunders Whiting was born on June 10, 1923, in Wool, Dorset, England and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

After living in Australia, he moved to Vancouver, Canada for the rest of his life.

A celebration of Whiting’s life will take place in January.

Photo by Xtra Daily