By Rob Silver
Rick Boehle, from Los Angeles, California won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 at CMEN's West Coast Gathering in Malibu on September 10. Randy Dieter, from Polk City, Florida, was the runner-up. The 2015 Gathering marked the organization's 20th Anniversary.
Rick has actively volunteered as part of West Coast Gathering leadership for the last decade. He is looking forward to representing CMEN at local Leather community events and plans to compete in the International Mr. Leather contest in May 2016.
The judging panel was composed of all former Mr. CMEN Leather winners including Head Judge Mr. CMEN Leather 2004 Mark Lager, Mr. CMEN Leather 2009 Danny Brookshire, Mr. CMEN Leather 2013 Gordon Kirk, Mr. CMEN Leather 2013.
Mr. CMEN Leather 2003 Rob Silver served as emcee.
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, and other naturist recreation and social events in the greater los angeles area throughout the year.
For more information visit http://www.CMEN.info
The Leathermen's Discussion Group of San Francisco, CA (LDG) has been an educational and social hub of the San Francisco Leather Community since 1996. Attend one of the Leathermen's Discussion Group programs or events and find friendly, smart, hot men who experience dominance and submission in pup play, Leather, rubber, kink, BDSM, gear, Master/slave protocols, bondage, and more... and they can help one figure that out.
The LDG Mentor Program helps pair up newer, curious, men seeking experiences with men who have been there and can help. This program isn't dating, hooking up with, playing with, or fucking the person you're paired with: It's about networking with the community and learning from others how to examine one's desires and experiences so they can. Example: One wants to experience flogging. Their mentor won't flog them, but he can help one learn how to find, approach, and negotiate a hot scene with an experienced flogging top in the community.
The Leathermen's Discussion Group is now accepting applications from men who are interested being either a mentor or being mentored. The pplication deadline is January 13.
For more information about the program, and to contact organizer Dr. Richard Sprott, see the Leathermen's Discussion Group web site at http://www.sfldg.org/mentoring
Leathermen's Discussion Group usually meet monthly from 7:30 - 9:30 PM on the fourth Wednesday at the Mr. S Studio (the space above the store, generously donated by Mr. S).
By Joe Barlow
Eric Alden of Boston, MA walked away with the Mr. New England Leather title in Provincetown, MA on Saturday night, November 21, thus becoming the third man to hold this title.
First runner-up was Jonathan of Boston and second runner-up was Sir Rick of Provincetown. Six men competed.
The Mr. New England Leather judging panel consisted of Mr. New England Leather 2015 Dalton Flint, Jon Krongaard, Sister Rosetta Stone, Harry Harkins, George Peet and Hector Aponte.
Encompassing the weekend of November 20-22, Weekend featured a fireside chat with International Mr. Leather founder Chuck Renslow, a New England-focused exhibit by the Leather Archives & Museum, several social, dinner and bar events and of course the Mr. New England Leather 2016 competition.
Eric will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were on hand and were instrumental in helping to raise $1,200 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod throughout the weekend.
Joe Barlow, co-owner of Full Kit Gear, produced the Mr. New England Leather Weekend.
Photos and a full list of sponsors are available at http://www.MrNewEnglandLeather.com
Photos by Jim Maciel
By David Shover
The weekend of November 6-8 was alive in Baltimore, MD with COMMAND MC's 27th Anniversary Run (Corps Of Mem Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club) and the 2016 Mr. Maryland Leather contest.
The 27th Anniversary Run began with a cocktail party hosted by the former Mr. Maryland titleholders. A tradition that began several years ago that helps to welcome Leathermen and Leatherwomen as they arrive for the weekend.
During the weekend there were cocktail parties hosted by the ShipMates of Baltimore, Baltimore Eagle, Leatherboys of MD, and Bears, Bikers and Mayhem.
On Friday night there was a meet and greet party at The Loft where everyone gathered to meet the Mr. Maryland Leather contestants and the contest staff and socialize with old and new Leather friends.
Saturday was filled with excitement of the 2016 Mr. Maryland Leather contest. The annual Silent Auction was set up in Grand Central, the new venue of the Mr. Maryland Leather contest.
The judges begun their job earlier that day with the contestant interviews and community service portion of the contest.
The judges were Mr. Michigan Leather 2014 Chuck Braidwood, Mr. Maryland Leather 2014 David DeBlase, Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2013 Jim KZ, Mr. Touche' 1982 Mike McDonald, International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre, Paul E. Treadway, III and Ms New Jersey Leather 2014 Nikki Wireman.
After an incredible contest, held at Grand Central in Mount Vernon, VA, Mr. Maryland Leather 2015 Greg King passed the title on to Eli Fishburne IV (AKA Eli Onyx) of Hyattsville, Maryland, a member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic.
The runner-up was 28 year-old Jake Rokker who also was awarded the David Allen Brotherhood Award.
King received a loud ovation which recognized his successful year with the title Mr. Maryland Leather stage manager Buz Norwood was presented COMMAND MC's Leather Person of the Year Award.
After the conclusion of the Mr. Maryland Leather contest back at the host Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel, attendees enjoyed a formal Leather cocktail hour and the annual COMMAND MC Anniversary dinner before heading to Leon's / Steampunk for the Victory Party to celebrate with MML 2016.
The weekend was filled with the excitement of seeing old friends and making new Leather friends.
For more details check out http://www.commandmc.org
Founded in 1988, the COMMAND Motorcycle Club serves to promote the Leather lifestyle in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas. COMMAND MC supports the community financially, sponsor the Mr. Maryland Leather contest, regular bar nights and exclusive social events, raise money and awareness for gay-related charities and coordinate with other Leather Clubs and non profit organizations that service the GLBT and HIV/AIDS community of the Baltimore/Washington, DC are.
Note, Bears, Bikers and Mayhem VI will be held March 31 - April 3 in Gettysburg, PA. This is a growing event that is not to be missed.