American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders - The Leather Journal

American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders

 

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American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders
By Sarah Sloane
The American Leatherman 2017 title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ONYX. Joining Rod as the American Leatherwoman 2017 is Jackie Thompson, who also resides in Maryland. Jackie also held the title of Ms Capital Pride Leather 2009, and is a member of Highwaymen TNT.

Joining Rod on the American Leatherman podium were BJAPRIES as first runner-up and Rob “Papa Bear” Anderson as second runner-up. They were joined in competition by Daddy Don and Shannon O’Feral. Jackie ran unopposed for the title of American Leatherwoman.

 

The judging panel included bella, Bobbie Smith, David Katzenberg, Jeff Willoughby, and Laura Antoniou. Additionally, the 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend title family of Doug Kuhn, Steph Sanders, and Steven Carlisle participated in the contest judging.

The event was held at Touche’ and at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL. The emcee was Karen Ultra.

Entertainment was provided by Diamond Richards Devereaux Yaki, Empress 12 of the Windy City Empire.

Two additional fundraising efforts - a MST3K-style roasting of the movie, Fifty Shades of Gray, hosted by Laura Antoniou and Karen Ultra, and an ABW Bingo game held during the contest weekend - raised over $900 for Vital Bridges, a Chicago charitable organization which provides food and housing support for people who are HIV+.

American Brotherhood weekend was made possible by sponsorships from: One Web, Touche’ Chicago, Johnny Boy, Joan Norry, LIP Service, and an Anonymous donor.

For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

Photo by Brian Mincey

 

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