International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack 2015 winners were announced at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center on Saturday, September 5 in Dallas, TX with Sir Tug Whitehead from the South Central Region taking the Sir sash, Tim from the Great Lakes Region the boy title and Briar Wood from the South Central Region the Bootblack medallion.
Leather Sir runner-up was Sir Jim, Leatherboy runner-up was Louie and the Bootblack runner-up was Cherielle. There were five Leather Sir contestants, three Leatherboy contestants and two Bootblack contestants.
The contest with the theme, Ties That Shine and Bind, had staged segments and contestant interviews.
Billed as "the players title," contestants performed fantasies on Thursday night in a non-judged presentation and it was hot. No humor, no mock play or anything simulated, it was was raw action.
The Leather Sir and Leatherboy judges were headed by Dr. Larry with Dave Rhodes, George Saltzman, Doug Mezzacapo, Gator, Don Leach and Sir Merrill on the panel.
The Community Bootblack judges were Bootblack Paul, Christopher, Dara, Gabriel Majors and Randall Kinnear. The Bootblack competition was 100 percent judged with no ballots collected.
The emcee was Thib Guicherd-Callin and the ASL interpreters were Sir Robert and Alex.
Awards that were voted on by the contestants were Golden Flogger to Sir Michael and Golden Paddle to Boy Tater and Golden Brush to Cherielle.
The late Thursday night roast of International Leather Sir 2014 Mark Eddy, International Leatherboy 2014 boy Paul and International Community Bootblack 2014 boy ed at the Dallas Eagle was emceed by Thib Guicherd-Callin and it was mercilessly brutal. Guest speakers were as rough. No one was spared, including people who were not even there.
A nice air conditioned bus carried Leatherfolk between the Crowne Plaza and the Dallas Eagle all weekend. Parties at the Dallas Eagle included the Roast, Uniform Party followed by a Cigar Social on Friday night, Victory Party on Saturday night, and a Leather Family Barbecue and Trash Disco on Sunday.
Parties at the Crowne Plaza included a Puppy Park and Mosh on Friday and Saturday, a Pool Party and Cards Against Humanity on Friday, and International Community Bootblack Contestant Bootblacking followed by Kinky Bingo on Saturday.
Not surprising, Dallas was an oven all weekend, including at night. On Wednesday afternoon a water main that serviced the area burst. This caused the hotel to not have any running water until later in the day on Thursday and it caused the air conditioning system which was water-cooled to not work.
As well as the United States, there were guests from Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Jeffrey Payne Lifetime Achievement Award which had been presented at International Mr. Leather for several years was presented Miss Kendra from Indianapolis, IN by Jeffrey Payne, Dr. Lawrence Burden aka Dr. Larry and Bob Weber.
For more information check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com/index.html
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 Equus International Pony and Trainer Contest was held last weekend in Los Angeles, CA at Sanctuary Studios LAX. Produced by Submissann aka Beauty, the weekend long event included classes, a formal dinner and play date event, and in addition to the International Pony and Trainer contest the weekend included a Human Pony Show for the community at large complete with Dressage, obstacle course, blindfold obstacle course, and reigning events and Pony performances.
The International Pony and Trainer contest had two tough teams which included one pony and trainer team Dame Nobel and Ebony Midnight back for their sophomore showing and a freshman competitor Daisiy Dawl a appaloosa circus pony out of Portland, Oregon. After an intense day of interviews, presentations and performances Dame Nobel and her pony Ebony Midnight won by a 2pt margin (at over what I believe was almost an 90% score) over the infectious Daisiy Dawl.
Best in show went to Pony Caddie and her handler Doug, who’s enthusiasm for pony play was evident each time she was able to shake her tail.
Congratulations to Ann on a well planned and hard worked success.
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.
This weekend in Dallas During Women in Leather Legacy Weekend, Penelope Jones, Karida, and Deborah Wade, competed for the title of Women’s International Leather Legacy 2015. The title exists to capture women’s leather history, serving their year interviewing those women willing to be interviewed, and preparing those interviews for the Womens Leather History Project at the Leather Archives and Museum.
Saturday night after interviews, auctions and presentations had been made, a legacy sash was presented to each of the former WILL’s (with the exception of one of the Angels who was unable to make the event) and then to 2015 Women in Leather Legacy Penelope Jones.
Penelope will join us in the next week or so, she’s just trying to get her feet under her as she assumes her responsibilities but did want to extend her thanks to a few people through a Facebook conversation with me she said " I want to thank Linda "Bootpig" Hall, Michelle Sigler, Tracy Hunt, Lynn and Deb Starnes, Kitty and Jodi from Paddle Your Drawers (I want to thank Sir Bill as well. He's the reason I ran!), Tulsa girls of Leather, House of Phoenix, Gail and slave courtney, Tony Mayes, Bettie Crocker, Lady Faye, Blayn and Parker, Ian and Jerri All the Judges and staff, Jody the contestant liaison I think that covers everyone that either came specifically to support me or those that helped me along the way! XoXo I just need a moment to cry and be overly emotional. Lol I'll be better tomorrow!"
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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I do love a good leather contest. But then, who doesn't, right? Christopher Street West Leather 2016 was held Saturday night (June 7, 2015) at The Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. The always hot pre-pride Leather crowd had the privilege to watch the adorable Jeremy Ronceros and the shining star of Our Gay Group, Don Mike emcee the evening as Christopher Paul stepped down and Jeffrey Erdman take his place as the new Mr. Christopher Street West 2016. First runner up, Caleb Engen, and the other contestants, Francisco Perales and Keshav Tyagi (tee-AH-gee) cheered him on.
The four contestants were a varied bunch, any of whom would surely have done the title proud. Contestant number one, Jeffrey Erdman, originally from Seattle, WA, now lives in los angeles. Francisco Perales is from Fort Worth, TX, and he also has made his home here in LA. Number three, Keshav Tyagi relocated to LA from Boston. Lastly, but not least, is Caleb Engen, who went from N.O. (New Orleans), LA, and now resides in North Hollywood, CA.
There were more judges than contestants and they, too, were a varied bunch. Not only did Tom Wong, Mr. CSW Leather 2007, sit as a judge, but so did Thomas Trafelet and Nicholas Oliver. IML 2015 Patrick Smith and Christopher Paul, the current Mr. CSW rounded out the judging panel.
When asked what the biggest problem facing the leather community today is, Erdman, a lawyer, answered "the biggest problem facing the leather community today is addiction, specifically Crystal Meth addiction." He would like to see a partnership between agencies dealing with the problem of addiction partner with the LGBT community to combat this growing trend.
Francisco Perales, works with homeless Vets and agreed that addiction is a huge issue plaguing the community. He thinks that education is the main way to combat the problem of addiction in our community.
Keshav Tyagi discussed the old guard and new guard, hoping to further a coalition between the two. He feels that the old guard can mentor the new guard and, therefore, form a more cohesive community. He knows first hand how important leather community mentoring is after being rejected by his own cultural community.
Caleb Engen's first question was, does a leather title makes you a better leatherman. He denied that it does stating, "it is who you are, the title does not make you more than you were before".
All four contestants were sure of themselves, well spoken, and would have made an exemplary Mr. CSW 2016. But the votes came in and First Runner up went to Caleb Engen. The title went to Jeffrey Erdman.
Once Christopher Paul passed the sash to Jeffrey and the photo op finished, it was time for Jeremy to wax poetic about the outgoing Mr. CSW. Christopher, in his tenure, had put in over 300 service hours and raised over $5000 for various charities. Impressive indeed! Jeremy Ronceros inducted Christopher into the los angeles Band of Brothers.
Two generous baskets courtesy of Tom of Finland and contained ToF sex toys along with assorted lubes; and Eagle LA basket contained leather scented soap, Eagle LA bling and, of course, alcohol was given away to the generous winners as the celebration continued into the night. Congratulations, Jeffrey Erdman and Caleb Engen! And bravo to Francisco Perales and Keshav Tyagi for running and doing the community proud!
When the dust settled at the Harris Theater in Chicago, IL on Sunday night, May 24 Mr. los angeles Leather 2015 Patrick Smith was chosen to be International Mr. Leather 2015 from a field of 52 contestants and Bamm Bamm was best of six competitors in becoming International Mr. Bootblack 2015.
IML 2015 first runner-up was Mr. Ireland Leather Kevin Murphy and second runner-up was Mr. Tri-State Leather Brian Donner. IMBB first runner-up was Bootblack Zach from Cleveland, OH and second runner-up was Brooklyn from Dallas, TX. The contestants chose 13 from Queensland, Australia to receive the Brotherhood Award.
To see the IML 2015 Photo Gallery scroll down and then click on the link.
The Congress Hotel, site of IML for several years during the 1990s, was the host hotel with several others handling the overflow. While some loved the hotel because a lot of sleaze play could go on, its near-proximity to cultural attractions and the beautiful park in front with Lake Michigan in the background, many others were not amused at being stuck in defunct elevators or waiting for them as well as cold water for showers. They changed the curtains and painted a few walls since the 1990s - so it appeared. Their computerized technology was up to speed and we never heard one kvetch about WiFi.
For only the second time in the 37-year history of IML a collection from the audience was raised, this time for the Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian non-profit organization which rescues GLBT people from countries and situations where their lives are in danger. At least $4,200 was collected. The other time was to help pay for the down payment on the Leather Archives and Museum.
International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre's step down speech. Photo by Dave Rhodes
International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg was the emcee for IML 2015 and was he ever smooth. It does not seem that there was even one glitch in the three nights of the contest that caused a delay. All three shows, Opening Ceremonies on Friday and Pecs and Personality on Saturday at Park West, and the Contest on Sunday, moved at lightening speed. The Voice of IML or "voice of God" was Jamie Krohn. International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre gave his rousing stpe down speech during the Opening Ceremonies.
As with IML tradition, the contest evening started with an address to the crowd by IML founder and Executive Producer Chuck Renslow. Their was no featured entertainers and no one we came across complained. The contest itself provided enough of that. With technology of today, tally masters Danny Tamez and Don Leach had the scores added up pronto.
All 52 contestants were introduced on stage then the judges were presented before the Top 20 Finalists were announced by past IML titleholders Joe Gallagher, Larry Everett and Mike Gerle. The tension mounted as it came to naming the 20th man to advance to the Finals and the announcer paused to ad to the suspense. The last one named was Mr. Palm Springs Leather Clifton Tatum.
It was down to business as the 90-second Speech and Physique categories proceeded. The speeches, almost all of them, were top notch with two garnering long standing ovations. Mr. Ireland Leather hit the first home run with the audience when he proposed to his partner Robert on stage. Only the day before, the people passed same sex marriage by popular vote, becoming the first nation to do so by popular vote. Robert said "yes."
The second and perhaps the longest ovation was for Mr. Phoenix Leather Pup Tugger. He reveled in his feminine nature and stood up to the notion that all Leathermen have to be masculine. He was loud and proud and people ate it up. It seemed that every segment of the community was on their feet wildly cheering. If there was a dry eye in the house it would have been hard to find. There was some loud booing from some who disapproved of Tugger's presentation.
Not receiving a standing ovation, but who did receive strong applause, was Mr. SA Learther Herman Groenewald. His humor was great during his speech and question om Sunday and also during Pecs and personality. His wit, warmth and sexy accent made him a charmer. He is the oldest man to ever compete at International Mr. Leather and finished among the Top 20 Finalists.
Three contestants had their mothers in attendance. The winner, International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, had his mother and sisters accompany him on stage after he won. IML is becoming a family affair.
During his address for the Leather Archives and Museum, Rick Storer noted that four protesters carrying hate signs in front on Friday were met by locals who basically ran them off. One woman with a baby in a stroller really told the protesters off. This was the first time that the Leather Archives had ever been picketed by protesters.
IML 2015 Top 20 Finalists
International Mr. Leather 2015
Patrick Smith - Mr. los angeles Leather 2015, los angeles, CA
Kevin Murphy - Mr. Leather Ireland 2015, Geared Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Brian Donner - Mr. TriState Leather 2014, Cincinnati, OH
4. Greg Bearskin - Mr. Leather UK, London, United Kingdom
5. Pup Tugger - Mr. Phoenix Leather 2015, Phoenix, AZ
6. Dan Ronneberg - Mr. DC Eagle 2015, Washington, DC
7. Trevor Black - Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015, San Francisco, CA
8. Clifton Tatum - Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015, Palm Springs, CA
9. Matthew Birkhoff - Mr. Big Easy Leather 2015, New Orleans, LA
10. Bas Stronks - Mr. Hoist 2015, London, United Kingdom
11. Andreas Moore - Bavarian Mister Leather 2015, Munich, Germany
12. Brett Murden - Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
13. Ren Rushold - Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015, Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
14. Daniel DeLage - Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2015, San Francisco, CA
15. Herman Groenewald - Mr. SA Leather 2015, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
16. Rob Kreisinger Denk - Mr. Iowa Leather 2015, Des Moines, IA
17. Luis Tipantasig - Mr. Chicago Leather 2015, Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
18. Greg King - Mr. Maryland Leather 2015, Baltimore, MD
19. Arnaud Amsterdam - Mr. Leather Europe 2014, Amsterdam, North-Holland, The Netherlands
20. Alex Ruiz - Mr. Leather Chile 2014, Santiago, Chile
The judges who made the decisions were International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre; Mr. Cellblock Phoenix Leather 2008 Kenneth Anthony; Secretary of ECMC Daniel Dumont from Brussels, Belgium; owner of Northbound Leather George Giaouris, Toronto, Canada; Chairman of Mid Atlantic Leather Patrick Grady; teacher and activist Midori; Mr. North Florida Drummer 2000 Master Bruce Ross; Great Lakes Bootblack 2007 Riley Johnson and Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 Jeff Willoughby.
International Mr. Bootblack 2015 contestants
1. Bamm Bamm - Phoenix, AZ
2. Bootblack Zach - Cleveland, OH
3. Astro - Louisville, KY
4. Brooklyn - Dallas, TX
5. 13 - Queensland, Australia
6. Fuzzybuns - Cathedral City, CA
The judges for the 23rd International Mr. Bootblack Competition were International Mr. Bootblack 2014 Scout, International Ms Bootblack 2015 slave tabitha arie and Daddy Tony.
An introductory slide show gave a brief view of ICBB contests from the past and contest founder Harry Shattuck was recognized. ICBB producer Bootdog Johnson announced the winners.
2015 International Mr. Leather Contestants
1. Laney Ballard - Mr. Eagle NYC 2015
2. Pup Tank - Mr. Alamo City Leather 2015
3. Rob Kreisinger Denk - Mr. Iowa Leather 2015
4. Steve Bianchi - Mr. Ohio Leather 2014
5. Clifton Tatum - Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015
6. Will Boyd‐Bohaczek - Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2015
7. Ren Rushold - Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015
8. Keven Allen - Mr. Leather Ottawa 2015
9. Erik Taylo - Washington State Mr. Leather 2014
10. Jeffrey Donnell Williams - Mr. SECC Leather 2015
11. Dalton Flint II - Mr. New England Leather 2015
12. Andreas Moore - Bavarian Mister Leather 2015
13. Woodie Barnes‐McWhirter - Mr. CODE Florida 2014
14. Arnaud Amsterdam - Mr. Leather Europe 2014
15. William Nabors - Mr. Camp Mars Leather 2015
16. Brian Donner - Mr. TriState Leather 2014
17. Herman Groenewald - Mr. SA Leather 2015
18. Greg King - Mr. Maryland Leather 2015
19. Scott "Big Red" MacLaren
20. Al Parso‐York - Mr. Alameda County Leather 2014
21. Dennis Woods - Mr. CMEN Leather
22. Daddy Dave - Mr. Mid‐Atlantic Leather 2015
23. Woody Stiner - Mr. Prime Choice 2014
24. Daniel DeLage - Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2015
25. Matthew Birkhoff - Mr. Big Easy Leather 2015
26. Michael Pacas - Mr. Leather 64TEN Chicago
27. Bas Stronks - Mr. Hoist 2015
28. Josh Fortuna - Mr. Michigan Leather 2015
29. Thomas Fincannon - Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015
30. Doug Dick - Mr. Long Beach Leather 2014
31. Steven Patton - Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2015
32. Jay Johnson - Mr. Midwest Leather 2014
33. Jason Ashford - Mr. Louisiana Leather 2015
34. Alex Ruiz - Mr. Leather Chile 2014
35. Luis Tipantasig - Mr. Chicago Leather 2015
36. Greg Bearskin - Mr. Leather UK
37. John Skopoes - Mr. GNI Leather 2014
38. Richard Ziese - Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2015
39. Patrick Smith - Mr. los angeles Leather 2015
41 Miles "Milo" McDonald - Mr. 501 Eagle 2015
42 Mark "BigDaddy" Hurte - Mr. Bluegrass Leather 2015
43 Trevor Black - Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015
44 Mister Sir Steven - Mr. Oregon State Leather 2014
45 Frank O'Brien - Mr. Quench Leather FL
46 Pup Tugger - Mr. Phoenix Leather 2015
47 Brett Murden - Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2015
48 Eli Correa - Mr. San Diego Leather 2013
49 Dan Ronneberg - Mr. DC Eagle 2015
50 Russell McDaris - Mr. Heartland Leather 2015
51 Max Mackenzie - Mr. Queensland Leather 2014
52 Andy Struckhoff - Mr. Missouri Leather 2015
In the early hours of Monday morning word went around with the news that Sir Greg Slaven had committed suicide after arriving home from International Mr. Leather. Slave held the International Mr. Olympus Leather 2012 and Mr. 501 Eagle 2014 titles. Sir Greg was at IML and so many people remembered seeing him only a few hours earlier. The news was doubly hard on the IML Class of 2014 because another contestant from then, Mr. Ottawa Leather Jon Nizzy, took his life last year.
A roast for International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre and International Mr. Bootblack Scout was held on Thursday night, May 21 archives and Museum. The roast was emceed by International Ms Leather 2014 Patty.
The IML Leather Market covered two floors of the Congress hotel and several rooms. Approximately 17,000 people made their way through Friday through Monday. There was approximately 50 vendors ranging from an Authors' Table to Leather Werks of Fort Lauderdale.
Large sponsored parties at the Congress Hotel were the San Francisco Party on Friday night and the ONYX Party on Saturday night. There was exactly no room to move in the close quarters each party had and many did not get in and enjoyed the music in the hall nearby. The music was loud enough in the hall and no one appeared disappointed - they just had fun until the last drink was served.
The Chicago Hellfire Club held their cocktail party on Saturday and hosted several play parties at their clubhouse during the weekend. The Centaur Motorcycle Club had their party on Sunday morning where member Patrick Grady was pinned into Mama's Family as Mama's Leather Centaur by Dave Rhodes.
Touche', the Jackhammer and Leather 64TEN Chicago were busy all weekend including Monday up north not far from the Leather Archives and Museum. The Leather 64TEN Chicago store was open all hours for several days.
We could go on and on about the many parties and socials. There are far more kinksters who attend IML events without going to the contest. It's been that way since the early years at the Congress Hotel.
Play parties held at the Congress Hotel included Woof Camp Full Circle for pups and handlers which was a winner.
The Leather Archives and Museum President's reception at the Congress Hotel and a CLAW Nation Silent Auction benefit gave the Leather Archives high visibility. The Leather Archives also had a huge exhibit in the IML Leather Market.
The big dance-style parties, the IML Victory Celebration at the House of Blues on Sunday night following the contest and the Black and Blue Ball at Sound Bar on Monday night, drew their usual huge crowds. The IML 2015 winners were introduced on stage at the House of Blues on Sunday night.
IML 2015 weekend was full of the usual debauchery including official and unofficial parties, a roast of the outgoing titleholders, social and cocktail parties, play parties, auctions as fundraisers, circuit parties, bar nights, a 12-Step program, church services and the huge International Mr. Leather Leather Market.
Ottawa Leather Fest XI will take place from July 31 to August 2 and the theme is The Pillars of Hercules. The honored guests will be CC from Florida who is Chair of Leather Leadership Conference and Master T’Hayla Ferguson who is coleader of MAsT: Toronto and recipient of the Heart of the Flag Federation’s 2013 Woman of the Year award.
There will be a Friday night Meet and Greet, with a screening of the documentary Kink. Saturday will feature seminars including Master Class: Life Lessons from Respected Masters. Saturday evening will be dedicated to the Kinky Cabaret and
Central Canada Olympus Leather contest.
This year’s judges are head judge CC, former Central Canada Olympus Leather titleholders, Ottawa Bondage and Bad Schoolgirl, permanent trans judge Zelda Marshall and Ms Capital Leather Pride 2014 Shade Nyx. The tally master will be former Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather Count Jeff.
More information will be posted on www.fetlife.com
Eagle LA Mr. Leather Patrick Smith was awarded the title of Mr. los angeles Leather 2015 on Saturday night, March 28 at Club 333 in downtown los angeles. He will go to compete at the upcoming International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago in May 22-25, 2015. Over 1,000 revelers from all over the world experienced los angeles Leather Pride 2015 at the Mr. los angeles Leather contest and the post contest dance LEGION, where participants celebrated well into the early morning. On the upper veranda of Club 333 guests had a fantastic view of the iconic lights of the central city.
It was freezing cold and snowing outside JJ's Clubhouse in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, Frbruary 28, but it was warm with Leather inside as Andy Struckhoff was chosen to be Mr. Missouri Leather 2015. There were three men competing.
Fron the beginning of the Mr. Missouri Leather title in 1983 the contest was produced by the Gateway Motorcycle Club. The 2015 version was produced by Mr. Missouri Leather 2010 Terry Laupp and the Mr. Missouri Leather Orgaization.
2015 is the first time that the Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather contest was held at a venue away from the bar, Sunset Temple on Saturday night, February 21, where Jay Heimbach was declared the winner.
On Thursday, February 19, the San Diego Eagle Leather 2015 contest weekend began with a small and lovely Leather family banquet at Claire De Lune. The producers, friends and San Diego Leather family gathered around Russ Mortenson Boyd. Boyd has been the producer of the Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather contest for the last 10 years, and also heads the Leather Foundation of San Diego. He explained how he carefully hand picked the judges from Eagle Bars abroad, and introduced us to the contestant, Jay Heimbach.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Leather Sir/boy and Ms. contests were held on March 20 and 21. There was a Karaoke Meet and Greet held on Friday, March 20, at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis. At this event, the contestants for the weekend were announced. There was one Sir contestant, Sir Chaz. There were also two Ms. contestants, Sara and Rhee. All three spent the evening introducing themselves to the judges and visitors, sharing their desires and visions for an upcoming title year. The judging staff was also announced and included a large cross-section of the community, including current and past title-holders from the ILSb circuit, as well as the IML and IMsL circuit.
Bluegrass Leather Pride Weekend in Louisville Kentucky was held the first weekend in March, and at the end of it, two new titleholders were sashed; Ms Mory won the title of Ms Bluegrass Leather Pride, and Bootblack Meghan won the title of Bluegrass Leather Pride Bootblack.
Both of them will go on to complete at Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend in Indianapolis in October.
Bluegrass Leather Pride Weekend, produced by Ms Constance, a Bound by Kink production, was also thrilled to welcome Master Michael and slave angie, International Master and slave 2014 in their last weekend before stepping down, and Master Z, International Master 2004, as the head judge and keynote speaker.
The judges were Master Z, Indiana Leatherboy 2006 boy Brent, Executive Producer of the Northwest Leather Celebration in San Jose Erich, Great Lakes Master 2014 Ms Brenda, Mr. Tri-State Leather 2013 Dennis Woods, Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2012 Walter Gingerbear and SouthEast LeatherFest boy 2013 boy River.
The emcees were Ms Constance and Gabriel Majors, and auctioneer duties were handled by boy Kevin.
The judges' boy was slave arcane and the tally master and slave were Sir Charles and slave jacki. The official photographer was Jami Guess.
Bluegrass was delighted to have a number of Great Lakes Master and slave titleholders, including Ms Constance and slave drew from 2003; Ms Tammy and slave john from 2004; Sergeant Major and riches from 2006; Sir Charles and slave jacki from 2011; Master Michael and slave angie from 2014; and Ms Brenda and slave arcane from 2014. Also in attendance were three Great Lakes Bootblacks, Gabriel Majors from 2011; Bootblack Bella from 2012; and Bootblack Marta from 2014. Finally, boy Brent from 2006; and boy Tim from 2014.
Plan to join us next year, March 4-6 in Louisville for an event that has been nominated for the Pantheon of Leather Small Event of the Year, Bluegrass Leather Pride Weekend. More details are available at www.bluegrassleatherpride.com
The weekend of February 28, at Sin in the City, Southwest Person of Leather Papa Bear of Las Vegas, Nevada, became the first International Person of Leather. Highlights of the contest were Papa Bear’s Leather bar fantasy and each contestant’s very moving speeches about diversity and acceptance. The runner-up is Heartland Person of Leather 2014 Master Bill Keith.
The International Person of Leather Contest was founded by Executive Producers Mr. Andrew Love, Master Tallen, and slave Jazz to celebrate an individual in the Leather community who promotes diversity and strengthens Leather culture as a
mentor/educator/individual and spokesperson throughout that person’s title year. Persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations compete against each other for one title, with the stress of this contest being on dedication to one’s community above and beyond any external categorization.
What are the plans for the first International Person of Leather? To quote International Person of Leather 2015 Papa Bear, “I look forward to the opportunity to travel and represent this title. I want to touch as many communities as possible. I'm humbled by those who are already reaching out with opportunities to teach and speak about Person of Leather and its pillars.” When asked why this title is important to him he responded, "What's important to me? It's important that we as a community ensure that everybody feels they have a voice. Making sure that those that feel lost, start feeling like they have a place and know they're not alone. This title is about blurring lines. It's about celebrating diversity in the leather and alternative sex communities. We are all one community I want to bring that message to as many as I can."
Mr. Andrew Love, Cofounder of the International Person of Leather Contest said, “I was really moved by the speeches, it was clear to me that the contestants really understood the vision and intent we the Cofounders set forth in establishing this new contest. I was also touched by the support of the audience and their personal comments on what it means to them to see Person of Leather come to be.”
The Executive Producer of Sin in the City Master Konraad was moved by the contest, stating, “"Sin in the City was honored to host the brand new International Person of Leather Contest and give our attendees the chance to witness a new page of Leather history and a contest that addresses the needs of our current community."
Cofounder of the International Person of Leather Contest, slave Jazz, was excited by the diversity reflected in all aspects of the contest and production, "We were tickled and touched to have such a distinguished panel of judges in our first year, each a producer or titleholder of one of the major international Leather titles. The contest and its contestants were truly inspirational, and I am honored to have been a part of it."
Next up for Person of Leather? Check out the first ever SouthEast Person of Leather competition held in conjunction with SouthEast LeatherFest by Regional Producer, Lady Catherine Gross in June 11-14, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Rocky Mountain
Rebellion, Beyond Vanilla, and Behind Closed Doors will also be holding regional Person of Leather contests this year.
Those interested in producing one of the International Person of Leather regions, please visit http://www.personofleather.com
About International Person of Leather (InterPOL)
The International Person of Leather Contest is a celebration of the diversity in the Leather community. The title of Person of Leather exists to promote that diversity.
International Person of Leather is a community service title. Its producers see that the Leather community consists of extremely diverse people with a common thread throughout, that thread being Leather culture.
Each year, a single International Person of Leather will be selected not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications and to make an impact in their communities. We will expect these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year.
The goal of the International Person of Leather is to promote and celebrate the diversity of Leather Culture both regionally and internationally throughout the alternative sex-positive community on behalf of the International Person of Leather Contest.