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
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
Jeffrey Gummibärchen was chosen to be Mr. International Rubber 2016 in Chicago, IL the weekend of November 6-8. First runner-up was Ferel Jack and second runner-up was Tom. Six men competed.
The contest was emceed by Teri Yaki who has been a staple of the Chicago Boystown scene for over 10 years now.
The judges were Brian Conway, Reid Dalgeish, Steve Dupont, David Merrill, Greg Osko, Scott Turner and Mr. International Rubber 2015 Max Samauth.
The tally masters were Justin Herren and Luis Tipantasig.
Among events held during Mr. International Rubber 2016 were a vendor market, Rubber Club Summit, Recovery in Gear and Lubed Up Latex Wrestling.
Mr. International Rubber will celebrate its 20th Anniversary November 4-6 and a big bash is planned. To see the Mr. International Rubber gallery or find out more go to