Esteban Bartholo named Mr. CMEN Leather - The Leather Journal

Esteban Bartholo named Mr. CMEN Leather


By Rob Silver

Esteban Bartholo, from Los Angeles, California won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2016 at the CMEN West Coast Gathering on September 8. Chris Lutz and Mike Pietrzykowski, both also from los angeles, were selected runner-ups.


Esteban moved to los angeles from his hometown of Medellin, Colombia in 1998, at the age of 27, and subsequently found his place in the leather community. He has become an active leader in the Leather community in los angeles. He is a co-founder and vice-chair of the Board of Payasos, L.A, a service organization comprised of gay/bisexual, Latino men committed to enhancing the quality of life of numerous los angeles communities and their future generations.  He also currently serves as Commander in Chief of the Regiment of the Black and Tans.

Esteban is looking forward to representing CMEN at local Leather community events and plans to compete in the International Mr. Leather 2017 contest in May.

The judging panel was composed of all former Mr. CMEN Leather winners including Head Judge Mark Lager, Mr. CMEN Leather 2004; Danny Brookshire, Mr. CMEN Leather 2009; and Gordon Kirk, Mr. CMEN Leather 2013. Rob Silver, Mr. CMEN Leather 2003, served as Emcee. Rick Boehle, Mr. CMEN Leather 2015, presented Esteban with the title sash.

 California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy naturism. CMEN's West Coast Gathering is the largest naturist event for gay and bisexual men on the West Coast. This 10-day event takes place in the Malibu hills each September and features outdoor recreation, social activities, seminars, workshops and evening entertainment. Activities allow men to have fun together, share their interests, and develop new friendships. First held in October 1999, the West Coast Gathering has grown to draw 400 to 450 male naturists each year from throughout North America, the Pacific Islands and Europe.

CMEN also hosts smaller naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, as well as other naturist recreation and social events in the greater los angeles area throughout the year.

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