Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) named the lineup of judges for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest to be held at 7 PM on Saturday, October 31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center on the Grand Concourse during Leather Pride Weekend.
The panel includes Esteban Bartholo, Randy Carmenaty, Randall “Bear Man” Klett, Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt, International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum and Dan Woodward.
Contestants in the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest will be sponsored by Chill Bar, Tool Shed, The Barracks, Off Ramp Leather, Mr. Hot Rodeo and Copa Palm Springs.
The Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest is the capstone of the annual Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend which takes place October 29 - November 15.
The weekend package is $135 and includes the Meet and Greet at Hunters Nightclub, a clothing-optional pool party hosted by the Clifton Tatum, the current Mr. Palm Springs Leather, a Formal Leather Dinner at the Palm Springs Hilton in their beautiful Horizon Ballroom with stunning mountain views, the Tool Shed/PSLOD Vendor Market and Back Lot Cruise Party (special admittance line for VIP's), the 'Gar and Gear Party/BBQ at The Barracks bar, the Mr. Palms Springs Leather Contest, the Victory Leather/Fetish Dance Party at The Barracks, Turning up the Heat Pool Party/BBQ and Soaked T-shirt Contest, and the Official Closing Party at The Barracks (special admittance line for VIP's). Package holders also receive a t-shirt, collectible run pin and dog tags.
For more information and to order your tickets go to http://desertleatherpride.com Most tickets will also be available at the registration tables or event doors.
The Palm Springs Leather Pride staff includes Chair of Palm Springs Leather Pride Skip Mlaker, the Board of Directors and the membership of the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert, Contest co-producers Drew Kramer and Dave Murdock, tally master, Karen Rakow Atkins, judges coordinator, Skip Mlaker and contestant coordinator, Todd Parker, emcee Lenny Broberg and ASL interpreter Michael Klynn.
Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert at http://www.pslod.org is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a safe atmosphere for growth and support of the Leather Lifestyle while nourishing a sense of sister/brother hood and camaraderie within the organization and the community, and to raise funds for deserving projects, clubs, organizations, defense funds or charities which have given direct or indirect support to the Leather community or to the GLBT community at large.
Make it 10 days of PRIDE, start off with Palm Springs Leather Pride and bookend it with Palm Springs Gay Pride, November 6-8! Check it out at http://www.pspride.org
The Leather community made another strong showing at San Diego Pride the weekend of July 17-19 with groups marching and riding together in the Pride Parade in Hillcrest and the Leather Realm in Balboa Park, both in torrential rain.
There was so much rain, particularly on Saturday, July 18 just before, during and after the San Diego Pride Parade. Weather officials claimed that these two days had more rain than San Diego has had in its recorded history in July. In the staging area the rain poured hard and a good number left for shelter, but most stayed and braved the weather. We're not sure if any of the Leatherfolk bailed.
Organizers noted that numbers were down to just under 6,500 in the Leather Realm from last year which basked in typical San Diego sunshine. Almost all of the vendors stayed, the workshops were presented and the plays pace was busy the whole time the Leather Realm was open.
Clubs were reporting back that many who picked up informational material had contacted the clubs.
The Leather Realm had been in a grassy and treed area in past years, but this year it was on asphalt. It was a blessing as no one was slipping on grass and non one got baked from the sun cooking the asphalt in normal San Diego weather.
Fetish Men San Diego had a large contingent leading the parade, there was a pony cart, Bears of San Diego had a truck and the San Diego Eagle had a large flat bed arranged by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2015 2015 Jay Heimbach. As the parade progressed the crowd was good with some finding alcoves and places where they could be under cover and still enjoy the offerings of the many floats and marching contingents.
Among the groups in the Leather Realm were the Leather Foundation, Stomping grounds, Club X, Fetish Men San Diego, San Diego Pups and Handlers, The Leather Journal, the San Diego Cruisers MC and several small vendors.
FMSD - Men's Discussion - Stories of Yore, Personal Pride History on Wednesday night, July 15 at the Stomping Grounds was one of the events leading up to Leather and San Diego Pride
Leatherfolk hit the San Diego Eagle on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday was good because the rain had not arrived - that came a few hours later.
The Leather Realm Committee cochairs were Cobi and Bikkja Amy with at least 20 individuals serving on the committee.
Two more pride events in San Diego include South Bay Pride on September 12 and North County Pride October 10.
The Mr. Wisconsin Leather weekend events are coming together August 21-23, and they look hot! Events kick off on Friday with a special Fire Side Chat with adult performers Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman discussing their experiences being a prominent gay couple in social media. This will be followed by the Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2016 gear and sports-themed kick-off Party at Woof's.
The Mr. Wisconsin Leather contest kicks of at 8 PM at the Bartell Theatre, followed by the Victory Party at Woof's.
Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2015 Will Boyd-Bohaczek will be the head judge and his panel includes Dan Ronneberg, Richard Ziese, Rob Kreisinger Denk, Dirk Caber and Alan Penrod. Robert Miller will be the tally master.
The emcees will be Michael Kaplan and Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson.
The Titans of the Midwest will present a Kink U. series of fetish workshops in succession on Saturday including Caning: The Erotic Discipline by Sir Alan Penrod and his boy David; Fetish
Wrestling: Bondage With Your Body (Mini-course and Open Mat) with Coach Robert Miller and his husband, Coach Bob Blackmore; and Mummification by Mystryss Lily.
The NorthStar Kennel Club will host the MRWL Puppy Pound at SpaWoof.
For more details go to http://www.mrwlevent.com
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The 15th Mister Harbor Room contest was held on July 25 at the Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI with Dennis "DJ" Christie declared the winner.
The contest was emceed by former Mister Harbor Room and former International Mr. Leather contestant Drake McSherry. Assisting Drake and providing entertainment were Karen Valentine and Shannon Dupree.
The evening was dedicated to Mr. Vern Haag, Harbor Room's first Mr. Harbor Room who passed away recently.
Four contestants entered this year's competition including Dennis "DJ" Christie, Joselerio Montoya, Freddie Arotcho-Perez and Joe Dominic.
The judges were Drake McSherry who was the head judge, Brian Grieser, Wayne Nesbit, Brad Borreson, Jason Puls, Alex Rolston and Merle Malterer. The tally master was Duane Nesbit. Assisting the judges were Jorge Gonzalez and Tou Moua.
Dennis is an associate member of the Castaways and is the partner of Mr. Omaha Drummer 1991 Frank Williams for 20 years. He is a volunteer for CLAW, Milwaukee Pridefest and the Red Cross.