The Heart of the Flag Federation announced that Shahrazad, Ms Leather Toronto 2016, is International Person of Leather 2016.
The International Person of Leather Contest was held on Saturday, February 6, in Las Vegas, NV, during Sin in the City at the Alexis Park Hotel from February 5-7.
The International Person of Leather Contest is a celebration of the diversity in the Leather community. The title exists to promote diversity and is a community service title because the Leather community consists of extremely diverse people with a common thread throughout, that thread being Leather culture.
Each year, a single International Person of Leather is selected, not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications, and to make an impact in their communities.
IPOL expects these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year. The goal of International Person of Leather is to promote and celebrate the diversity of Leather Culture, both regionally and internationally, throughout the alternative sex-positive community, on behalf of the International Person of Leather Contest. Person of Leather: one title, one community.
Shahrazad becomes the 18th Canadian and the fourth HOTF titleholder in five years to bring home an international title.
Five people ran for the title. The runner-up was Master Donna. Ikon was presented the fellowship award from last year’s titleholder IPOL 2015 Papa Bear.
HOTF would also like to take this opportunity to thank Shahrazad’s amazing support team, George, Victoria Windsor, and Susy Gee. Shahrazad’s team traveled with her to Las Vegas to assist in her run for the title.
A celebratory victory party was held for Shahrazad, on Saturday, February 13, at The 519, in the Grand Ballroom during Toronto Bound weekend.
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.
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.
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."
International Olympus Leather Contest
A Positive Image
The ideal of the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Contest is to promote a positive image of the Leather – BDSM – Fetish lifestyle. It is our bfelief the Leather community is comprised of an extremely diverse group of people ranging from the motorcycle and Leather/Levi clubs to the heaviest sadomasochist edge player and all of the Leatherfolk in between. The International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Title seeks to make all Leatherfolk feel good about themselves regardless of race, religion, political beliefs, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, size, handicap, or health condition. It is the goal of the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Contest Community to make all those who wish to be a part of the Leather community feel welcome in doing so.
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.
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