Article and Photos by Brian Mincey
The 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend was held in the Etienne Auditorium of the Leather Archives & Museum October 7-9 in Chicago, Illinois. This year was an exciting contest with 11 contestants hailing from across the USA, vying for the titles of American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy. The contest consisted of individual interviews, fantasies, speeches, and hotwear judging, and featured a number of opportunities for contestants, judges, and attendees to mingle and mix throughout the weekend.
On Sunday evening, contest producers Dean Ogren, George Hester, and Karen Ultra announced the following winners: American Leatherman Doug Kuhn, of Phoenix, Arizona; the first runner-up was Ryan Baehr, from Portland, Oregon, and the second runner-up was Scottie Tidwell, hailing from San Diego, California. Also competing were Sir Kevin, from Baltimore, Maryland, and Todd Sittler, from Pearland, Texas.
American Leatherwoman is Steph, who resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Her first runner-up was Margaret Irene, from Baltimore, Maryland, and second runner-up was Stormy Styles, from Portland, Oregon.
American Leatherboy is Steve Carlisle, from West Hollywood, California. He shared the stage with first runner-up Boy David, from Glen Burnie, Maryland, and second runner-up Josh, who hails from Prairieville, Louisiana.
The Brotherhood Awards, chosen by contestants, went to Steph, Boy David, and Doug Kuhn.
This year’s judging panel included Jefferey “Gummibärchen” Basile, Gabe Sims, Sarah Sloane, Vern Stewart, and Nancy Weinberger. The emcee was Karen Ultra.
The 2015 titleholders – American Leatherman Dan Ronneberg, American Leatherwoman LE, and American Leatherboy Boy Pup Max represented their titles with energy, dignity, and honor.