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Press Release

March 31, 2017

International Olympus Leather Contest

 

Vonn Tramel is pleased to announce the Seven Judge Panel that will select the next International Mr and Ms Olympus Leather over the course of Olympus Leather Weekend in San Diego California May 5-7, 2017.

Head Judge – Dr. Lawrence Burden – aka Dr. Larry


Dr. Larry has served on many judging panels including Los Angeles Leather, Mr. Hoist Leather in London, International Mr. Leather, and is also the permanent Head Judge for International Leather Sir/boy. This will mark his fifth year as Head Judge with the International Olympus Leather Contest.

International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson is the current International Mr. Olympus Leather. He is also Great Plains Mr. Olympus Leather 2015 and Gulf Coast Community Bootblack 2008. He's been honored to have opportunities to teach at events, held positions of leadership in various leather organizations, bootblack for contests and be a part of many organizations such as Mr. Friendly who’s helping reduce the stigma of HIV.

International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo

Slave boo has been involved in the kink world, off and on, for almost 30 years.  After introducing her husband of 17 years to the BDSM community, they have not looked back. Slave boo is Great Plains Olympus Leather 2015, and the current International Ms Olympus Leather. She was humbled by being announced as South Central Regional Leather Person of the Year 2015. Besides her charity work slave boo teaches Negotiations and Expectations, is a mentor and strives to be a Leather Woman her family, and her community can be proud of.

Founder and Producer Emeritus Olympus Leather Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes is the publisher and editor of The Leather Journal which was founded in 1987. The paper of record for the leather-bdsm-fetish community is the longest continuously running Leather publication in history. Dave has judged IML, International Ms Leather, International Mr. Drummer, International Mr. Fantasy, International Leather Sir and Leatherboy, Mr. International Rubber, American Brotherhood, International Puppy, International Master/slave and NLA: International. In total, over 450 contests.

Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhard

“Mama” is respected and revered for her ability to motivate her international Family with her philosophies that include “Ask yourself what can I do to make a difference, and then do it from the heart”. It is estimated that through individual fundraising efforts and volunteering, Mama's Family has raised over 5 million dollars both locally and internationally, since its beginning.

Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl

Caryl has been involved in the San Diego Leather and BDSM communities since 1999 having been involved in a wide variety of groups and events and has been honored with awards including the Sentinel of Leather, Leather Woman of the Year, Community Choice, and Gio Micu Award. She is dedicated to helping people find validation, contacts and education for their kinks and supporting consensual sexual freedom.

Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan

Mistress Cyan was introduced to The Lifestyle in 1989, and has since become a well-respected Leader in The los angeles BDSM and Leather Communities.  She served as Producer of International Olympus Leather from 2010-2015, was Producer of West Coast Olympus Leather in 2008, President of two of the largest FemDom groups in los angeles and served on The Board of Advisers for The los angeles Chapter of Club FEM. In June 2015, Mistress Cyan was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and spent most of the latter half of the year undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. It was during this time that she retired from Olympus Leather. After a long hard fight, she is now back on her feet and back working as hard as ever.

 

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Olympus Leather Weekend is sponsored by Bulldog Custom Leathers, The Leather Journal, The Leather Foundation, San Diego Leather Pride, Boy Pup Creations, The Kinkdom Detroit

Published in International Leather
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 23:34

ILSLb ICCB 2016 draws over 450

Left to right: International Leatherboy 2016 boy jake, International Leather Sir 2016 Ivan and International Community Bootblack 2016 boy patrick. All photos by Dave Rhodes.

The International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend was held in a new hotel in Dallas, TX over Labor Day Weekend where Sir Ivan won the Sir title, boy jake presented the boy medallion and boy Patrick take the Bootblack sash in front of approximately 450 Leatherfolk and Kinksters.

The four-day weekend started at the Downtown Doubletree by Hilton on Thursday, September 1 with a VIP reception, the Pantheon of Leather 2016 Awards in the Skyline Ballroom with Christopher Edwards serving as emcee, introduction of contestants with emcee Wayne Davis, meet and greet and contestant demos, followed by a roast of the 2015 ILSb-ICBB titleholders hosted Bamm Bamm.

Contestants appear on stage during Opening Ceremonies.

Friday and Saturday saw the vendor market open with several classes and demos and a FETCH! Puppy Mosh.

Published in International Leather

David Nelson passed away at his home in Atlanta on April 28, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn C. Nelson. David leaves behind his mother, Carolyn Nelson, brother, Jeff Nelson and sister-in-law, Dolores Nelson.

He was born on December 22, 1961 in Knoxville, TN. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1984 and went on to earn an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University in 1994. David enjoyed working in the retail industry for over 25 years but his true passion was helping others through his work for many charitable organizations.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to charities which were dear to David.

Leather Leadership Conference (leatherleadership.org)

Leather Heart Foundation (leather heart.org)

Full obituary and Services details at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=David-Nelson&lc=4944&pid=179826380&mid=6909013

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Our hearts and soul's go out to David's chosen family. He was surrounded by family and friends at his passing, and I for one will miss is intoxicating smile and seemingly boundless energy. If you ever attended an auction for Southeast Olympus Leather or attended LLC you'll remember David's vivacious presence and love of this community. There are a few leatherfolk that I can honestly say I would have liked to have had the chance to know better and David was among those names.  In Leather - Vonn Tramel.

Published in Leather Obituaries

 

 

There is a lot going on this time around and some of it involves my interests, so I am going to go with that first.

 

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather

I have sold the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest to Vonn Tramel of San Diego, CA. Vonn has worked her way up the chain from being a contestant handler, contestant, stage manager, Contest Director, co-producer to now owner and Executive Producer. I will remain heavily-involved, not as an owner, but as Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus.

There were several things that converged at the same time, revealing to me that it was time for new energy and a change. I believe that Vonn is capable and that she will take it to the next level. Over the last year she has done most of the work. If that is going to be the case, and if the workload is huge, shouldn't she have the freedom to make key decisions on her own rather than having to wait for someone else to agree, amend or not accept ideas.

I am a team player and am not going anywhere. I will be a close part of Olympus Leather, but Vonn is now the boss.

 

Published in Editorial

 

Great Lakes Olympus Leather Contest Winners

By boy John Schmitt
The 2016 Great Lakes Olympus Leather and Great Lakes Power Exchange Contests were held November 7 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN where Rhea became Ms Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2016, and Kevin and kate were chosen to be Mr. and Ms Great Lakes Power Exchange 2016.

Contest Producer boy John announced the Mactep accepted the title of Mr. Great Lakes Olympus 2016.

The judges were MS Great Lakes Olympus Leather Ms Tammy, 2015 Great Lakes Power Exchange Niki, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2013 Sir Papa Behr and owner of Abraided Leather Shane, artist and contestant handler Andi, Scarlett O'Hairy from the Bag Ladies, Indiana Leather Sir 2013 and past Indiana Leather Boy Brent.

The emcees were 2015 Power Exchange Sir Travis, 2015 Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather Mactep and Tri State Pup 2015 Pup Spaz.

 

Published in Regional Leather

 

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The Great Plains Region swept the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2016 contest on Saturday night, October 18 Fred Anderson and Boo winning the Mr. and Ms titles during the contest's 20th Anniversary during DomCon: Atlanta at the Ramada Plaza Downtown Atlanta. This was a celebration of 20 years of the title.

The runner-up in the men's field was Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather Count Jeff and the Ms runner-up was Ms Tammy who was only three points off the pace. The closeness of the results was magnified in that the tallying as Straight scoring. One judge, International Ms Olympus Leather 1999 Cori had to cancel at the last minute so the producers decided to use Straight scoring instead of the planned Olympic scoring.

Ms SECC Leather 2014 Jordan "Roscoe" McCoy, a talented entertainer of many faces, was the emcee for the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest and Pantheon of Leather.

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Pantheon of Leather Awards which saw 30 honors presented on Friday night.

Dr. Lawrence Burden aka Dr. Larry served as head judge with International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014 Dave Faunce, International Ms Olympus Leather 2014 Shy, International Mr. Olympus Leather 1996 Ron Hendon, International Ms Olympus Leather 2001 Sherree Bailey and International Ms Olympus Leather 2009 Simone rounding out the panel. The judges' coordinator was International Ms Leather 2015 Sarge.

Contestants vied in Social Interaction, Interview, Question, Speech and Fantasy categories before tally master Mike Van Horn delivered the results.

There were two other men competing, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Matthew Mullins and Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Mactep.

The step down speeches by International Ms Olympus Leather Shy and International Mr. Olympus Leather Dave Faunce were not long and were well-received. Dave invited his partner Eric to the stage where on bended knee, Dave proposed to him. It was yet another moment in the evening where love was in the air.

Contest Director Vonn Tramel has built a team to produce the weekend and the improvements were very noticeable. Attendance at Olympus Leather was up 85 percent from 2014.

There were more auction items and bidding was good enough to show an increase from the 2014 travel fund.

Published in International Leather

 

olympus leather head judge Dr Larry

 

Dr. Lawrence Burden – aka Dr. Larry

Lawrence has been in the Leather scene for 51 years starting at age 16 in New York City. He has been the Secretary, Vice president, and President for two terms of Avatar Club los angeles as well as serving as the Secretary for the los angeles Leather Coalition for three terms. He has served as a Daddy/Mentor to the LA Boys of Leather, from whom he received the Green Star of Excellence Award in 2003 and was made official Den Daddy in 2004. Dr. Larry was the co-recipient of the Mister Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award at Pantheon of Leather 2011. He received the Southland Honors Mentor of the Year, Fundraiser of the Year, and Person of the Year from the los angeles Leather Coalition and was honored by being made a Satyrs’ Motorcycle Club Hellenic Fellow. He was given the President’s Award at the Pantheon of Leather in Chicago and was voted the Pantheon of Leather’s Southern California Regional Award.

He has served on many judging panels including los angeles Leather, Mr. Hoist Leather in London, Sanctuary Leather and International Mr. Leather. He is currently serving in his fifth year as head judge for Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather and is head judge for International Leather Sir/boy.  He has written multiple articles for Instigator magazine to educate new members of the community about the safer aspects of kinky sex and has written for The Leather Journal and Instigator Magazine.  Lawrence has taught Safe/Sane/Consensual and Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) BDSM techniques for Avatar as well as for multiple other organizations.  He is also a member of The 15 Association based in San Francisco.

 

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slave Shy

slave Shy is proudly owned by Master Patrice, who is Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather 2012. She had the honor of winning the Great Plains Olympus title the year her Master stepped down, then went on to win International Ms Olympus Leather in 2014.

She is now lovingly known in her community as the International Fudgepacker, due to the Shydiva Delights Fudge that she has made, packaged and sold for her travel fund as well as donated for several other fundraisers. She even took some to sell when she went to the Mr. Ottawa Leather contest, so she is truly International.

She has a fetish for socks and is always looking for new cute socks to wear. She also collects rubber duckies. Since she began traveling with her title, every time she'd see Orchid and Serpent (shameless plug) vending at an event she'd buy two new duckies. She now has a guest bathroom full of the li'l quackers!

slave Shy identifies as a little, but feels she is more a little boy than girl. She's been a tomboy at heart ever since she was a real little girl.

She has taught classes on littles and, with her Master, has taught classes on Topping From the bottom, Needle play, Violet Wands, and various M/s related topics.

slave Shy has been very service oriented all her life. Since entering this lifestyle, she has found great fulfillment in serving both home and community.

 

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Dave Faunce

Dave was born in los angeles, which created his kindred spirit and unique connection to the City of Angels. His first Leather experience happened in 1990 at the Gauntlet Bar in LA where he was exposed to the hardcore old guard and became a kinky Angelino himself. That experience was the beginning of his raunchy Leatherman journey.

Dave was Mr. Bullet Leather 2012 and was inducted into the los angeles Band of Brothers in 2013. He was Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2014 and International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014.

While utilizing his title for fundraising and charity work, Dave never forgot to party and have fun while bringing a raw and sexually-charged element back into the events.

Dave is also a member of the oldest and longest running gay organization in the world, the Satyrs Motorcycle Club. "Riding a Harley-Davidson and being a gay biker in California is a dream come true. Being in the Satyrs M/C is like having the family you always dreamed of," he stated.  "I am one lucky man to be assimilated into a brotherhood of great men."

Published in Olympus Leather 2015

Ottawa Leather Fest XI will take place from July 31 to August 2 and the theme is The Pillars of Hercules. The honored guests will be CC from Florida who is Chair of Leather Leadership Conference and Master T’Hayla Ferguson who is coleader of MAsT: Toronto and recipient of the Heart of the Flag Federation’s 2013 Woman of the Year award.

There will be a Friday night Meet and Greet, with a screening of the documentary Kink. Saturday will feature seminars including Master Class: Life Lessons from Respected Masters. Saturday evening will be dedicated to the Kinky Cabaret and

Central Canada Olympus Leather contest.

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This year’s judges are head judge CC, former Central Canada Olympus Leather titleholders, Ottawa Bondage and Bad Schoolgirl, permanent trans judge Zelda Marshall and Ms Capital Leather Pride 2014 Shade Nyx. The tally master will be former Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather Count Jeff.

More information will be posted on www.fetlife.com

Published in Central Canada

images/articles/news/sash-bash/2014/Great Lakes OLympus Leather and Great Lakes Power Exchange 2015 titleholders Photo by John Schmitt.jpgThe Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2015 and Great Lakes Power Exchange 2015 contests were held November 13 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN with Mactep becoming Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather, Ms Tammy being chosen Ms Great Lakes Olympus Leather, Sir Travis and niki taking the Power Exchange title.

The panel of judges was comprised of head judge International Ms Olympus Leather 2010 christiana, International Mr. Olympus Leather 2012 Sir Greg, Great Lakes Power Exchange 2014 Linda, vending coordinator of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance Brad Plunket, Ms Great Lakes Leather Pride 2013 Lynn, Sir Victor of the Chicago Puppy Patrol, and Assistant Executive Director of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance slave garrett.

The emcees were Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2014 Master Bear Abbott and International Ms Olympus Leather 2013 robyn.  Tri-State pup 2014, pup Spaz served as judges pup, Den Mother was Lisa Kaye of Indianapolis.

 

Published in Great Lakes Olympus

As the lone contestant, Delmar had to exceed the 75 percent of points possible to become Mr. Southeast Olympus Leather 2015 on Saturday night, October 11 at the Ramada Capitol Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia during DomCon: Atlanta. He garnered the needed score and will represent the Southeast at International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2015.

Delmar is from Tennessee and loves teaching Leather/BDSM/Fetish skills. He is known for his expertise in liquid nitrogen play. Mixing the sting of a metal tipped flogger, violet wand and liquid nitrogen is quite an experience and Delmar does it well.

Southeast Olympus Leather producer Insatiable Amazon said, "Southeast Olympus contest 2014 was awesome, would not be without the continuing support of the community."

The judges were Alex Wisniowski, Judge Judy, girl Dale, Sir Tri, Carlton, judges girl, slave sasha, and the tally master Count Jeff.

Boy David Nelson was back by popular demand as the emcee. He served as the auctioneer for the titleholder's travel fund and knows how to make it entertaining.

Insatiable presented an earned Leather vest in high protocol ritual to her partner Phillip. It was another show-stopper that made the night a winner despite there being only one contestant.

 

Published in South East

PRESS RELEASE BY PANTHEON HOST DOMCON ATLANTA

A few days ago we received a phone call from our host hotel The Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport, that they were unable to host DOMCON Atlanta due to some emergency construction that was going to close the ballroom for three months. With their help, we have secured another hotel, the beautiful 16 Floor Ramada Plaza Hotel Capital Park, in Downtown Atlanta.

All room reservations that were made through The Sheraton Gateway are being transferred to The Ramada Plaza and any deposits made to The Sheraton are being refunded by The Sheraton Gateway.

All who booked within the DomCon room block will receive an email from The Sheraton Gateway informing them of this.

Due to the inconvenience, The Ramada has agreed to discount the standard rooms to $90/night.

All in the Sheraton Gateway room block will get the new rate. If you have not yet booked your room, you may still do so by calling the Ramada Plaza and saying you are in the DomCon Group.

Ramada Plaza Atlanta
Downtown Capitol Park
450 Capitol Avenue SW,
Atlanta, GA 30312To book a room
1-800-854-9517
Say you are booking your room for DomCon


Room rate $90/night

The Ramada Plaza hotel has been a pleasure to work with over the past few days making this transition palatable. The staff has been friendly and helpful, and are happy to have us. There is more than enough space for DomCon and there are some nice amenities such as free internet and a rooftop pool.

We feel this is going to be a great DomCon, and we look forward to seeing you there. We will be posting more info soon here and on the on the NEWS page of the web site at http://www.Dom-Con.com

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park hotel for business and leisure travel in Atlanta, Georgia. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, fitness center, rooftop pool, guest laundry facility, onsite restaurant and lounge. Convenient onsite parking is available for a fee for cars and large vehicles. Our spacious guest accommodations feature desk, iron, ironing board, coffeemaker and flat screen HDTV with movies on demand. Make your hotel reservation online today for the best rate. Parking has been reduced to $7.00

Published in International Leather

International Olympus Leather 2013 And 2014 Winners By Jeff KoastThis was a make or break year for the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2014 Contest. With the Mr. title going to Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Dave Faunce and the Ms sash presented to Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather Shy in the los angeles Ballroom of the Hilton LAX on Saturday night, May 17 this would be a great year!

The Contest was held during DomCon: los angeles which itself reported a 30 percent increase in full registrations from 2013, its 10th Anniversary. Mistress Cyan was elated to share the news earlier during DomCon: LA. DomCon: los angeles featured vendors, workshops, classes, demos, socials, a Mistress' High Tea, play parties and its crown jewel, the Fetish Ball on Saturday night at the Sanctuary LAX which had about 1,000 pass through its doors throughout the evening.

 

 

Published in Olympus

Thank you for your purchase!

For those attending DomCon you may pick up your wrist band at the International Olympus Contest Booth beginning Friday Morning.  DomCon Attendees who purchase their tickets in advance will also be granted access to the Hospitality Suite where there will be showings of Leather Documentaries including previews from the LA&M of new Documentary as well as several other full length documentaries playing throughout the weekend.  There will be a masseuse in suite for our pleasure Fri/Sat $20/15 min.

For those of you planning on getting busy - The Life Condom Fund will have free condoms available in hospitality throughout the weekend.

Hospitality hosted by Mr. SD Eagle 2014 Paulo Bautista

The first party of the weekend will kick off Friday afternoon:

Friday from 4pm - 6pm

Cigars and 'Staches Hosted by Mr. San Jose Kinkster 2014 Tim Leatherboy Perkins.

For those of you only attending the contest you may pick up tickets in the Second Floor landing outside the los angeles Ballroom starting at 5pm.

There will be a bar and pre-contest entertainment for your enjoyment while you mingle with friends old and new.

Please Like us on Facebook and RSVP!

 

Published in Olympus

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? Please tell me about your Sponsor and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

OB: I am the current Titleholder for Mr. Central Canada Olympus, a regional event which feeds into International Olympus Leather.  I designed the logo as well as the website at  http://ccolympus.wix.com/ccol

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VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

OB: Mama's Family, lead by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt  is a group of over 1700 individuals who together raise over $2,000,000 yearly for various US and International charities.  I was honored to be inducted into Mama's Family in 2013.  

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

OB: Service is all about giving back to the Community that has helped you grow and become the Leatherperson you are today.
 
 
VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Man or Woman and/or Bootblack?
 
OB: I enjoy the look and feel of Leather, the social and sexual activities associated with it, as well as the traditions of Honor, Respect, and Discipline that go with it.
 
 
VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite Olympus Title Holder and in 100 words or less…Why?
 
OB: Without a doubt, Angela Albert, Ms. Olympus Leather 2007, who, sadly, passed away this year.  I always admired Angela's calm and composed demeanor, as well as her warm charm and wit.
 
VT-TLJ: What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?
 
OB: Mainstream media has often focused on the violent and dark aspects of non-consensual Leather/BDSM activities, without presenting concepts such as Safe, Sane & Consensual or Risk Aware Consensual Kink.  Education is the key here.  Whenever I can, I always strive to show the pleasure and satisfaction that can had from various Leather/BDSM activities when they are done in a safe, informed and respectful way.   
 
VT-TLJ:What makes you feel you can represent the Olympus Leather Community, even the folks who you may not identify with?
 
OB: As stated in the International Olympus Statement of Purpose:  "The Leather community is comprised of an extremely diverse group of people ranging from the motorcycle and Leather/Levi clubs to the heaviest SM edge player and all of the Leatherfolk in between.  (Our goal is) to make all those who wish to be a part of the Leather community feel welcome in doing so."  I am a firm believer in this Principle, and committed to live by it and share it whenever I can, regardless of whether I win the International Olympus Title or not.   
 
VT-TLJ:  What makes you most nervous about becoming International Ms or Mr. Olympus Leather?
 
OB: If anything makes me nervous about becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather, it would be living up to the example set by my predecessors.  I am excited about the possibility of winning the Title and look forward to meeting many new friends.
 
ottowa-bondage-cetral-canada-olympus-contestant-1Now the basics:
Name: Jean Taillefer (Ottawa Bondage)
Current Title: Mr. Central Canada Olympus 2013
City, State: Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
 
Regular community events that you produce or participate:
  1. Central Canada Olympus Leather
  2. Mr. Leather Ottawa
  3. Delta International
 
VT-TLJ: Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
 
OB: Lace Up Leather Pants
 

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as International Olympus Leather

OB: As International Mr. Olympus Leather, I pledge to promote a positive image of the Leather lifestyle and to make all Leatherfolk and those who wish to be a part of the Leather community feel good about themselves regardless of race, religion, political beliefs, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, size, handicap, or health condition and make them feel welcome in doing so. I have the time and resources to attend many Leather events, and plan to continue to do so in the future.

 

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VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? Please tell me about your Sponsor:

 

sin in the city southwest olympus logoPB: Sin in the City is an official sponsor and travel fundraiser of Mr. SouthWest Olympus Leather 2014. I have served as SiTC’s Technical Engineer for the past two years and look forward to more work and fun with them February 27 – March 2, 2015.

 

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.

PB: The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (“The Center”), here in Las Vegas is an amazing resource for all aspects of our community. The Center supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the LGBTQ community and its allies in Southern Nevada. From HIV and STI testing, to education and employment resources for those in need, to a community recreation center for young LGBTQ, to community meeting space and even to an extensive library, all of the services provided by The Center benefit our community greatly as a whole.

VT-TLJ: Tell me in your own words how you feel about service.

PB: Service to community is a guiding principle in my life. I truly believe that we can only keep what we have by giving it away; what better way to give it away than by helping out in our home: in our community? Regardless of role or identification, I believe EVERY person in a community should be looking at how they can serve and give back.

VT-TLJ: What makes you a Leather Man or Woman and/or Bootblack?

PB: I am a Leather Man because that is my path. Leather’s core values of honor, integrity, honesty, respect, doing the right thing, and community service are principles that guide my daily life. This is who I am at root: leather will forever be a part of me.

VT-TLJ: Who is your favorite Olympus Title Holder and in 100 words or less…Why?

PB: How cruel to ask this when I have two current International Olympus Leather titleholders on the judging panel at IOL this year! While I greatly appreciate both Praxxis and Robyn, I’d have to say that Mr. Andrew Love immediately comes to mind as one of my favorite Olympus Titleholders through the history of the contest. He has used his title to help further the education and activities in his home community of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as to reach out and educate far beyond his local city or state.

VT-TLJ: What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?

PB: Even with more mainstream media exposure, there is a dearth of accurate information about what it is that we do that actually being distributed to the public at large. This leaves our community constantly engaged in a battle against the misconception that the practice of BDSM and/or power imbalanced or authority transferred relationships is abusive and unhealthy. I feel that the best way to combat these misapprehensions is via transparency and open communication (education). The more that people are allowed to see our healthy lives, the more they can understand at least something about how we live, the less they have to misunderstand. Using the S.S.C. platform as the catchphrase it was created to be for those outside of our way of life and practicing R.A.C.K. in our interactions with each other can only help to manage the flow of misinformation.

VT-TLJ: What makes you feel you can represent the Olympus Leather Community, even the folks who you may not identify with?

PB: The Olympus title celebrates those people who can transcend roles and identifications to find the common ground between all members of our vast and diverse Leather community and present a positive Leather image. I believe myself to be a Leather Man of integrity and honor, and have yet to find someone who has chosen this way of life with whom I did not share some amount of common ground. I find the free-exchange of ideas that comes from diversity in experience exceedingly valuable.  I do not believe that I need to be a carbon copy of an individual or group to represent them; instead, I need to be a skilled listener. How can I represent aspects of the Olympus Leather Community who I may not identify with? By taking the time to create the bonds of fellowship and by being humble enough to learn where it is that they are coming from.

VT-TLJ: What makes you most nervous about becoming International Ms or Mr. Olympus Leather?

PB: I find myself a bit nervous about all that I’m going to miss in the time I’ll spend away from my home community. I know, however, that the Las Vegas and the SouthWest communities will be in good hands while I’m traveling on a larger scale.

Papa Bear south west olympus leatherNow the basics:
Name: Papa Bear
Current Title: Mr. Southwest Olympus Leather 2014
City, State: Las Vegas, NV
website: http://www.swolympus.com

VT-TLJ: What regular community events that you produce or participate in:

PB:

  1. Leather Church
  2. Sin City D/s Society Meet and Greet
  3. Vegas Valley TNG meet and greet

VT-TLJ: Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear:

PB: Boots

VT-TLJ: 100 words about what you will do as International Olympus Leather:

If I am selected to represent as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014, I will use the opportunity to employ education as a means of bringing together all of the diverse aspects of our community. Community education is my greatest passion, and I believe that educational opportunities are often overlooked as the valuable bonding tool they can represent. I look forward to maintaining a presenting a positive leather image through education and fellowshipping at as many events across the globe as I can possibly attend.

 

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