Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend, which took place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Michigan, enjoyed a strong showing of attendees and contestants, and capped off the weekend by selecting Chuck Braidwood as Mr. Michigan Leather 2014.
The runner-up was Mr. Hayloft Leather 2013 Brian Daniels. Also competing were Mr. Campit Leather 2013 Matt Foster and Mr. Leather Cowboy 2013 Paul Robinson.
The judges were outgoing current Mr. Michigan Leather 2013 Steven Teets, International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Minneapolis Leather 2011 Jayson Gylnn, Ms World Leather 2003 Goddess Lakshimi, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2013 Robert Miller and American Leatherman 2011 Tom Savage. Mr. Michigan Leather was emceed by Mr. Michigan Leather 2009 Dave Watt.
For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself, your Leather titles and how you are connected to the community.
Hey there, my name is Joey McDonald. I’m 57 years old and a native Chicagoan, but have also lived in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia and Key West, Florida. I am a US Navy Veteran who served as an openly gay sailor (long, long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). I was lucky enough traveled around the world by the time I was honorably discharged, having visited 32 countries. In the mid-80s, I owned a catering and event planning business. I am a trained master weaver, and spent 15 years in the interior design industry designing and weaving luxury/high-end upholstery fabrics.
I worked for LGBT equality in Illinois until April 2013. I currently work as a Community Health Advocate, serving the homeless, recovering/addicted and HIV/AIDS impacted people and am going to school to get certified as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Although I never won a Leather title, I competed for and was a runner-up for Mr. Windy City 1981. I am a member of the Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather, Inc. (IML). I have served as the IML Den Daddy for the past eight years, working with the men who compete each year. I have the distinction of having volunteered at every IML since its beginning in 1979.
Centaur MC named the judging panel for the 30th Anniversary of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest, to be held in Washington, DC January 16-19. The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago next May.
The judges will be Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2014 Joe Birdwell, International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre, International Leather Sir 2011 Sir Alan Penrod, Lady Justice, Laird Leatherman 2011 Luke Moon, International Mr. Leather den daddy Joey McDonald and Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001 Rodney Burger.
The tally masters will be International Puppy 2014 Rick “Pup Tripp” Hutchings and International Leatherboy 2011 Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson.
By Leo Newcomb
Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend began with a great loss and sorrow for many of us on the eve of our 22nd annual celebration. On October 17, 2016, a week before our kickoff, we were struck with the hardest of blows with the unexpected passing of our beloved club brother, David Murdock, of natural causes. David was one of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert’s pillars and for decades had become proficient in every facet of our weekend. In his memory, we honored him both at the formal Leather dinner and the contest with a video tribute by Randy Carmenaty, narrated by Larry Golubski. It was with a heavy heart that in his honor and in the spirit of who he was, we forged ahead, as David would often say, “the show must go on.."
David must have been watching over us because we take great pleasure and tremendous pride in having hosted one of our highest attended Leather pride events in over a decade. This year we decided to practically overhaul the entire weekend. The theme and namesake, TOPGUN: Desert Opps, began with Hawkers and Vendors: Cruise Alley, which was held on Arenas Road with LA DJ, Manuelito. Over 2,500 Leatherfolk passed through the gate in the Spurline parking lot on Arenas Road as several vendors marketed their wares.
CLAW XIV will be held April 24-27 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio. Shuttle buses will meet every CLAW air-travel attendee — day or night — for their one-minute ride to the lobby door.
Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) has seen a growth rate of about 15 percent each of the past several years. CLAW’s biggest Vendor Mart will feature more than 25 merchants, including CLAW sponsors Leatherwerks, Mr. S Leather, Leatherman NYC, Torso, and Stompers Boots; three Recon Reflex dungeon parties in the warehouse attached to FLEX Spas in downtown Cleveland; and more than 40 skills workshops and other educational offerings, including 25 Years Later, a discussion featuring Guy Baldwin and Brian Dawson, the renowned and groundbreaking Leather titleholders who were International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Drummer, respectively, in 1989.
The Bolt Bar in Sacramento will host Sacramento Leather Weekend, Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. The Bolt is located at 2560 Boxwood Street in Sacramento. Sacramento Leather Weekend will feature a Cigar Social, formal Leather Dinner at a popular Sacramento restaurant, and Leather activities and demonstrations.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Shriners Hospital and Mama’s Family, the largest Leather family in the world with 1,700 members. Founded in San Francisco by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, a stalwart advocate for the LGBT Leather community, Mama's boys and girls each year raise hundreds of thousands for numerous charities, including toy drives to supply holiday presents for needy or sick children. As Mama always says, "Ask yourself, 'What can I do to make a difference?' Then do it from your heart!"
Funds raised will also help send Mr. Bolt Leather 2014 Matt Bunch to represent Sacramento's Leather community at International Mr. Leather in Chicago this May.
Eric Leue bested three others in winning the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2014 title at that bar on Saturday night, February 1 in Los Angeles, CA. The runner-up was Brian Holt. Emcee Pup Don Mike made the announcement to what may have been the largest crowd in Eagle LA history a few minutes after 1 AM.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: los angeles House opened the show with a raunchy blessing that had the crowd in stitches and the judges were the victim of an banana prank that was a riot. It involved and insertion then force feeding. Beyond that is too much information.
The judges were head judge California Leatherman 2003 Kevin Casey, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2013 Bill Robertroy, The Leather Journal publisher and editor Dave Rhodes, International Mr. Leather 2007 Mike Gerle and Mr. DC Eagle 2005 Daddy Scott.
The judges' boy was Boy Bill and the contestant handler will be Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2008 Jasun Mark. The tally master was Avatar Club los angeles member Carlos Deviez.
Avatar's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Exposition
By Tommy Trafelet
Avatar Club los angeles will present an exhibition of erotic art at Highways Performance Space on February 17. A celebratory gala will be hosted by International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau, featuring his live performances. A new metal sculpture by Wim Griffith is available as a commemorative for the occasion. On display will be exclusive erotic art from noted artists Wim Griffith, Drubskin, Dean Cameron, Turk McNanty, B.B., Leo Garcia, Don Tingling, Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kirwan, and pieces never seen before. Two no-host bars, a silent auction, and Master of Ceremonies International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau! Special dinner catered by Layne Sanden and special guest chefs. Tickets for the gala are $40 and all information is available at http://www.avatarla.org/35
Plans are underway for the 18th Annual Mates Leather Weekend October 2-5 as 600-700 people are expected to attend this four-night celebration of and for the Leather/Fetish community. Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the infamous Fetish Party, a military theme for 2014.
Steve DuPont has been quite the busy man since winning First Mate 2013. Just a few weeks after MLW, he competed in and won Mr. New England Leather 2014 right here in Provincetown. He then went on to compete in the 2014 International Mr. Leather Contest and was chosen first runner-up.
Steve was just named the recipient of the Pantheon of Leather 2014 New England Regional Award.
Purchase an Event Pass which gets one into every event, food at the Opening Reception and Cookout and a Mates Leather Weekend 2014 T-shirt; or attend the events individually pay the cover charge at the door. Not all events have a cover.
International Mr. Leather 2014 host hotel taking reservations now
Information, such as when major event hotels open their room blocks, is something that The Leather Journal wants its readers to benefit from their loyalty to us. Acting fast, as in today because some of you are reading this on your iPhone or Android, could determine whether you stay International Mr. Leather's host hotel, or being relegated to another hotel where you will have to schlep back and forth to and from all of the action.
The Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile is the host hotel for International Mr. Leather which will be held May 23-26 in Chicago, IL.
Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 Paul Ciantar and Canadian Leather Man 2004, has been named as a Judge for International Mr. Leather 2014, replacing Carlos Filetti of who withdrew due to a pressing family matter out of the country. Both gentlemen are from Toronto, Canada.
“We wish nothing but the very best to Carlos and his family and we look forward to having him join us in Chicago in the future,” said Executive Producer Chuck Renslow.
Other judges on the panel are International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 Chandler Bearden, American Leatherwoman 2002 Tobin Britton, Northeast Mr. Drummer 1997 Will Clark, Mr. Leather Colorado 2006 Mike Maez, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 Jeremy Morris, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010 Justin Terry Smith and Chairman of Leather Friends Italia Andrea Zanella.
The title of Mr. Phoenix Leather 2012 was awarded on January 7 to Steven Lokie,a 29-year-old quality manager from Chandler Arizona. First runner-up was George Saltzman.
The judges were Mr. Phoenix Leather 2011 Mitch Mitchell, Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2011 Doug Pamplin, Mr. Regiment 2001 Gene Mar, Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian D., Southwest Boot Black 2009 slave tabitha and president of the Phoenix boys of Leather boy rocko.
The emcees were Karen Ultra Domme Crecelius andEmperor III of the Imperial Court of Arizona Joseph Brumley.
Lokie represented Phoenix at International Mr. Leather.
Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 Todd Levitt will head the panel of judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 which will be held at the sold out Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16.
A record attendance is expected for Mid Atlantic Leather which will be highlighted by Leather Cocktails on Saturday night. This is a formal affair with high-end food stations throughout the ballroom. Club members and officers are introduced.
Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather 2014 will be held the weekend of October 10-12 at the Blazing Saddle in Des Moines, Iowa. A full weekend of events will entertain Friday through Monday.
all events will take place at The Blazing Saddle, located on East 5th Avenue in the Historic East Village; Wooly's, located just around the comer at 504 East Locust; and Club Red Light, located adjacent to Le Boi Dar at 508 Indianola Avenue. For the fourth consecutive year, Le Chateau Exotique from New Hope, PA is the official Leather vendor.
The events kick off with the Smoke Out/Grill Out at the Blazing Saddle on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM. The fun continues at l PM on Saturday, October 11 with the Titans of the Midwest presenting Kink U at Iowa Leather Weekend. The first of many great demos will be presented for the second year by North Star Kennel Club including a puppy mosh.
By 10 PM on Saturday night February 1, the Providence Eagle was packed with Leathermen, Rubbermen, and Drag queens - all filed in from as far away as Phoenix AZ for Jocktion, a fundraiser to benefit Aids Care Ocean State, Rhode Island’s largest HIV case management and outreach program.
At any given point in time one may have seen a sexy jock -strapped boy on his knees selling raffle tickets for prizes ranging from three packs of DVDs provided by Titan Men Media to jock straps provided by Full Kit Gear in Provincetown, all the way up to a weekend package for IML 2014 taking place in Chicago this coming May.
At 11 PM, Kitty Litter and Mr. New England Leather 2014 Steve Dupont took the stage and the fun started. There were 18 “previously loved” jock straps up for auction, all donated by the International Mr. Leather Class of 2014 as well as a very special jock from International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross.