Welcome to The Leather Journal's annual IMBB and IML Contestants Preview
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DomCon: LA - Draws record crowd
DomCon: Los Angeles, the world’s largest professional and lifestyle domination convention was held May 8-12 at the Hilton LAX in los angeles, CA with a 20-percent increase in attendance. DomCon was a weekend of socials, play parties, vendors, classes and workshops, erotics presentations and the crown jewel of DomCon, the Fetish Ball at Sanctuary Studios LAX on Saturday night. The new awards dinner on Thursday night had about 125 guests, six continentes were represented and the place was abuzz about the vastly-improved and highly-efficient registration process.
International Olympus Leather 2019 - Three winners in Chicago
International Olympus Leather was held in Chicago, Illinois May 3-5 with Rayna kitten becoming International Ms Olympus Leather 2019, Ferris Oxide chosen to be International Mx Olympus Leather 2019 and Randal boy glovez named International Mr. Olympus Leather 2019. 11 International Olympus Leather Alumni were in attendance. Head judge Fred Anderson won the Leather Rhodes Service Award. West Coast Olympus Leather Producer Anthony Harmon passed the West Coast Producers torch to Rayna kitten and Mina Fatale. Anthony Harmon was named International Olympus Leather Contest Producer and Vonn Tramel announced she would be focusing her efforts on the expansion and administrative efforts. Karen Ultra emceed and lit up the stage in a neon-orange dress and blonde wig.
CLAW 19 - so hot that a certain social media site blocked a cover photo, so we used this. Open to see the the next photo.
CLAW XIX (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has come and gone and around 3,000 Leatherfolk are the better for having been part of it. From almost every corner of the planet Leatherfolk traveled the weekend of April 25-28 to Cleveland, OH at the host Westin Downtown Hotel. CLAW was non-stop and fast-paced action with hotel parties, bar parties, dungeon parties, naked pool parties, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party, skills and education sessions, Vendor Mart, Testosterone, silent auction, Leather Jeopardy game, Bound and Beautiful, speed dating, pup vents, International Leather Family Dinner, cigar deck and Kinky Kabaret.
IMsL and IMsBB winners
International Ms Leather 2019 Haley Alice and your new International Ms Bootblack 2019 Gretchen Wellman in San Jose, CA. There are three IMsL and two IMsBB contestants. The IMsBBs are Brooklyn and Gretchen, and the IMsLs are Haley, Heather Kelley and Tuesday Niles. There are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy including Seduction on Thursday night which raw women's energy. Special guests include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.
LA Leather Pride
Two weekends of fun saw the largest attendance for many of the events. History was made when Mr., Ms LA Leather and Bootblack were held together, Assembly was huge, Doug Okeeffe had four Fireside Chats, Tom of Finland on display and the Off Sunset Festival grew. Eagle LA, Bullet Bar, Eagle 562 and Faultline hosted several events. La La Land was ready for great weather after two months of rain and the skies complied.
Avatar Club los angeles - Guy Baldwin
Avatar invited Guy Baldwin, M.S., a los angeles based psychotherapist, BDSM educator, author and activist to be the speaker for its Wednesday, March 27 educational meeting at MCC in the Valley. Baldwin has worked in private practice predominantly with kinky people of all orientations since the early 1980's. It was a 90-minute Q&A session and members of the audience of about 75 Leatherfolk asked plenty of questions. At the beginning of the night, Alan Stroik and Dave Rhodes presented the LALC's Olga Stable-Perez Legacy Award to Dr. Lawrence Burden. See the video recorded by Alan Stroik on Facebook below.
San Francisco Leather Alliance Weekend - The contest
Photo by Dot
Jawn Marques bested five other men to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 and Allison Boots earned enough points to win the San Francisco Bootblack title at the SOMA Arts Cultural Center on Saturday night, March 2. The first runner-up was Amp Somers and the second runner-up was Alpha Pup Gunner. The Leather Heart Award went to Amp Somers. The Mr. SF Leather judges were Bamm Bamm, Annie Blue, Al Rahm, Keao Lani, Erick Lopez, Trey Onyx and IML 2018 James Lee; and the SF Bootblack judges were Lucky Ordaz, Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and Marlene Hoeber. The weekend included the contest, 53rd Annual San Francisco Leather Awards, a meet and greet at Mr. S Leather, Hog Wild dance party at SF Oasis, Stank - Leather Lust at the Powerhouse, a Friday night Release: Open Play Party at SF Catalyst. Saturday included a variety of classes and a vendor fair at SOMA Arts Cultural Center, Leather Brunch at The Willows and a closing men's play party. The weekend concluded with a beer bust at the SF Eagle on Sunday afternoon.
With Eagle Plaza approved, proponents work to open in time for Folsom Street Fair A rendering of the future Eagle Plaza
Images - Courtesy of Friends of Eagle Plaza By Carrie Sisto for Hoodline
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed formally approved the new Eagle Plaza. Anticipated to be the cornerstone of the city’s LGBTQ Leather Cultural District, the plaza will be located at 12th and Harrison streets, across from the historic gay bar of the same name. With approvals in place, proponents of the plaza are hoping to have it largely completed before the annual Folsom Street Fair.
IMsL and IMsBB just around the corner
The International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack send out recently noted that there are only 50 days until the big weekend in San Jose, CA. Besides the contests and the big Thursday night Seduction show which is a hallmark of IMsL IMsBB, there are many other awesome events to keep everyone busy. Special guests this year include Barbara Carrellas as keynote speaker and Ruth Marks who will be interviewed by Sarah Humble as part of the Inside the Leather Series. The weekend includes play space, hospitality parties, the Amy Marie Meek pool party and an IMsL IMsBB pet park. DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA95110.
Mid Atlantic Leather - The contest
By Rodney Burger
Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th – 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend's Leather Cocktails held on Saturday night is the kingpin of XXX. Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1993 Frank Nowicki emceed Saturday night's Leather Cocktails and the contest on Sunday. MAL concluded on Sunday evening with a dance at the 9:30 Club featuring music by Tedd Patterson and Manny Ward.
Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2019
By Robert Green
Mike Ebelhar took the 12th title of Eagle LA Mr. Leather in a tight competition of four very sexy men. The runner-up was Valdinei Santos. The Eagle was packed with a line around the building, with Leatherfolk from near and far in attendance. Co-owner Charlie Matula presented the Eagle LA Recognition Award to Riley Black of The Satyrs Motorcycle Club and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. January is the heart of los angeles Leather Contest season with every weekend full of Leather and events. Seven contest weekends in a row run into February. LA Leather Pride Week caps the season March 23-21.
Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather
The Regiment of the Black and Tans produced the Mr. Regiment 2019 Leather contest which was won by Joshua Hernandez on Saturday, November 17 at Eagle LA. The runner-up was Tony Giragos. Jason Mark was entertaining as the emcee. The winner will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather next March. Several Mr. Regiment titleholders have gone on to win Mr. LA Leather. Cover photo by Motorboot Photography
MIR 22 - The Art Of Rubber
11 men vied for the Mr. International Rubber 2019 title on Saturday, November 11 and Guillaume Dupuis emerged victorious. First runner-up was Nico Watson and second runner-up was Rubber Fenix. Guillaume lives in Guillaume Dupuis, Canada. Kylon Hooks served as an entertaining emcee. Mr. International Rubber 22 was chock full of activities including the Mr. International Rubber Contest, Kink Market and Social, Rubber Pup Rumpus, Gear Sale, Demo Pit, Rubber Club Summit, Lubed-up Latex Wrestling and Kink Education. See their web site for a huge gallery.
Palm Springs Leather Pride - Renegade
Richard Passmore was chosen Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday night, October 27 in front of about 650 Leatherfolk and kinksters. Passmore was tops among six men vying for the opportunity to compete at IML in May. First runner-up was Mark Heger and second runner-up was Charlie Mosquero. IML 1992 Lenny Broberg returned and was at the top of his game as emcee. The weekend included Friday, Saturday and Sunday pool parties at the Canyon Club, an Infernal Swap and Cruise Alley street fair at the Barracks on Friday and Saturday nights, a Tom of Finland Formal VIP Evening at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Friday night, A Gars and Gear Party at the Barracks on Saturday afternoon, an Atomic a Cockpit Leather Fetish Event at the Palm Springs Air Museum as well as a Victory Dance at the Barracks on Saturday night. There was a private hosted party at Jim Neuman's Casa Lola on Sunday afternoon. Passmore entered as Mr. Tool Shed 2019 and supports nonprofits, political activism, and education about Leather/sex-positivity.