By Robert Green
Matthew Jensen took the title of Mr. Regiment Leather 2016 in a two night competition, October 10-11. Steven Carlisle was the runner-up. The scoring started during the meet and greet with the contestants’ fantasy scenes played out on stage at Eagle LA. The former Mr. Regiments in attendance were brought on stage showing the strong legacy of Mr. Regiment title; appearing in descending chronological order: Rod Mercado 2015, Andy Covarrubias 2013, Justin Tate Emmerick 2013, Leo Iriarte 2011, Brad Taylor 2010, Ross Wood 2008 and Robert Green 2003.
The main event took place at The Bullet Bar with all judges being former Mr. Regiments. An energetic main bar area was filled with hot bodies clad in all sorts of gear from harnesses, rubber, Leather and of course it wouldn’t be a Regiment contest without lots of uniforms.
Always with a smile and his hearty laugh, show producer Regiment member Esteban Bartholo kept things moving. Emcees Jeremy Ronceros and Andy Covarrubias both brought the sexy charm and the laughs. Hot go-go dancers, frisky socializing and the occasional waft of cigar smoke set the tone on the patio during the breaks. Mr. Regiment 2015 Rod Mercado gave his step-down speech and received his Los Angeles Band of Brothers vest patch.
The new Mr. Regiment Leather, Matthew Jensen, was overwhelmed as the LA Band of Brothers swarmed him for the welcoming spider web ending in a brotherly cheer. Matthew joins the first two Leathermen on the road to the Mr. LA Leather Contest 2016 on April 2. Currently LA Leather has ten confirmed feeder contests, with the LA leather/fetish community growing we could see a couple more titles joining the run for 2016.
By Bryon Hayes
Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend, September 25-27 at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI, enjoyed a record setting number of attendees and three outstanding contestants, and capped off the weekend by selecting Brian Mailley as Mr. Michigan Leather 2016 who will compete at International; Mr. Leather next May in Chicago.
Mailley, from Royal Oak, Michigan competed as Mr. Liberty Leather 2015.
The Mr. Michigan Leather contest featured a Friday night celebration of MML’s 20th Anniversary; various workshops sponsored by Chicago Hellfire Club and a poolside barbeque, complete with 80 degree temperatures and sunshine, on Saturday afternoon.
During the contest Saturday night, musical entertainment was provided by Kelly Carey. Mr. Michigan Leather was once again emceed by Mr. los angeles Leather 2006 Bob Johnson.
There were three contestants: Mailley, Mr. Campit Outdoor Resort Leather 2016 Chris Rice and Mr. Dunes Resort Leather 2015 Adam Way.
The judges were all former Mr. Michigan Leather winners including outgoing Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 Josh Fortuna, Mr. Michigan Leather 2004 Bob Rose, Mr. Michigan Leather 2001 Doug VanKirk, Mr. Michigan Leather 2006 Tony Wolfram, and Mr. Michigan Leather 2012 and International Mr. Leather 2012 Woody Woodruff.
Event sponsors include the Dunes Resort, CLAW, Campit Outdoor Resort, GRAB Magazine, Metra Magazine, Icon Detroit, and LeatherUNITED. MML proceeds benefited the Leather Archives and Museum.
Photo Caption: Contestants Chris Rice, Adam Way, and Brian Mailley, Michigan Leather 2016.
Joe Gregory was best of two men vying for the Mr. Sister Leather 2016 title hosted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Eagle LA on Saturday night, September 19 in front of a full house.
The talented Don Mike was the emcee.
The weekend began on Friday night with a meet and greet at the Eagle LA and concluded with a luau at Pistons bar in Long Beach on Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Sister Leather a feeder for the Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 contest which will be held at the beginning of April. That winner will advance to International Mr. Leather next May.
By Bruce-Michael Gelbert
Street Theater (1982), late playwright, veteran gay activist, Leatherman, and role model to many of us Doric Wilson’s classic gay-and-proud take on June 28, 1969, the night that the Stonewall Rebellion began, made a welcome, two-week, eight-performance return to the Eagle Bar NYC, where it also played in 2002. The play was presented by TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), the theater company founded by Wilson and led later by him with current directors Barry Childs and Mark Finley. Finley directed this revival, which opened on October 14, and it was as fresh, witty, and moving a realization as ever, of an inspiring work, which aware LGBT individuals should take to heart.
Street Theater takes place on Christopher Street on that fateful hot summer day, when the incendiary combination of corrupt police—raiding the Stonewall Inn, popular and Mob-run, in the wake of icon Judy Garland’s funeral—and drag queens, LGBT people of color, Leathermen, lesbians, flower children, ’50s queens, and other nascent activists—pushed to the limit by officially-sanctioned abuse, taking matters into their own hands, and fighting back—blew open the closet doors and gave birth to Gay Liberation and Gay Pride.
Wilson’s sure and stirring dialogue, evidence of his master wit, as a spiritual heir to Oscar Wilde’s mantle, still rang true 33 years after the play’s premieres in San Francisco, at Theater Rhinoceros, and New York City, playing at the Basement and then the notorious Mineshaft, and Finley’s cast, composed of veterans of earlier productions as well as newcomers, delivered the goods with razor-sharp acuity, making scenes sparkle with spontaneity, even for those to whom the script is thrice-familiar.
Period references to Garland; to Dog Day Afternoon bandit John Wojtowicz AKA Little John Basso; to pioneering Street Transvestite Action Revolutionary Marsha P. Johnson; and to New York’s Francis Cardinal Spellman AKA Fanny, fazed few. And the show still packed a powerful punch, after the jokes died down, and the new-found pride — the first chants of “Who takes the payoffs, you take the pay offs” and “Join us,” and the historic rejoinder to “You faggots are revolting!,” “You bet your sweet ass we are!"— took center stage and brought lumps to our throats for so many reasons.
Kudos go to, as good guys, Chris Andersson and Michael Lynch, colorful street queens Ceil and Boom Boom, godmothers to the new activism; Josh Kenney and Rebecca Nyahay, as Leatherman Jack, just one of Wilson’s mouthpieces here, and no-nonsense lesbian C.B., cut from the same tough cloth as each other; Jeremy Lawrence and Tim Abrams as Sidney, senior closet queen, boasting some of the best lines, and coming to see the light, and Timothy, innocent new boy in town, hailing, like Wilson, from the Pacific Northwest, and having to learn fast; and Eilis Cahill as flower child Heather, blessed with uncanny insight and quickly outgrowing her Rego Park roots; to Johnathan Cedano and Desmond Dutcher as gay politicos Jordan and Gordon, already frustratingly bureaucratic; and Ben Strothmann and Patrick Porter as terminally-oppressed Boys in the Band fugitives Michael and Donald, amazingly similar duos; and to, as bad guys, Joe MacDougall and Russell Jordan as dopy undercover vice cops Seymour and Donovan, one with more in common with the men he entraps than he’d want others to believe; and Christopher Borg as no-less-dopy, swaggering lout Murfino, who runs the Stonewall.
Giving the cast the right period look were costume designer Chris Weikel and wig and makeup designer Zsamira Sol Ronquillo.
For more information about TOSOS, visit http://www.tososnyc.org