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The following were winners at the first Pantheon of Leather Awards, held at Circus Dace Club in Hollywood, CA: Man of the Year Bill Costomiris, Woman of the Year Susie Shepherd, Club of the Year Tarheel Leather Club, Non Profit Organization of the Year Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Business/Business Person of the Year Lee Willis/Stud Works; Forebearer Tom of Finland, Readers' Choice Award Susie Shepherd, Publisher's Award Bob Craig. Regional awards went to: Jay Evans, George Nelson, Race Bannon and Bill Costomiris. A selection panel of three community leaders, Guy Baldwin, Dustin Logan and Jan Lyon decided the winners. Dave Rhodes started a new tradition by presenting The Leather Journal belts, designed by the Stud Works in Seattle, WA, to Louis Jay, Floyd Ballou, Les Robinson, Susie Shepherd and Bill Costomiris for community service. $1,000 in checks were presented to four organizations by Pantheon of Leather executive producer Dave Rhodes.

Three Boston residents were arrested by police and charged with "offering sex for a fee, operating a house of ill fame," and "possession of a dangerous weapon." The case would cost nearly $10,000 to defend and the Leather community raised funds to fight it.

The Crypt added two new stores to its chain in San Diego followed by another in Long Beach with nearly 250 Leatherfolk attending the midweek grand opening there.

Three writers: Guy Baldwin, Mark Thompson and Craig Lee participated in a Gay Writers Series hosted by A Different Light Bookstore in Los Angeles.

Andy Mangels announced that he was starting on a book, The Right to Remain Silent? Gay Cops Tell Their Story, which would be a compilation of testimonies from gay and lesbian peace officers.

A video production seminar to be held at Timberfell Lodge in Tennessee was announced. The weekend would end up a big financial loss for its promoter. AMBUSH! raised $2,000 to benefit the AIDS Resource Center in Dallas, TX.

The sixth Wally Look Alike Contest netted $1,500 for San Francisco's AIDS Emergency Fund.

Zeus Studious held their annual summer party at the Zeus Studios loft in downtown Los Angeles. $10.633 was raised at Pride Night in New York City.

The Crypt, based in San Diego, CA, opened up a store in Seattle, WA.

Lee Willis and the Stud Works hosted a dinner and presented a large memorial plaque honoring those who have died in the Northwest. 60 names were added for the first showing - the memorial maintained, updated and is on display at The Cuff bar in Seattle today.

The world's largest Leather shop began to take shape as Richard Hunter announced that his Eagles Shop and Fetters were moving to San Francisco to become part of Mr. S Leather. Mr. S became large with the merger. Alan Selby founded Mr. S several years before and the store had a terrific reputation under his ownership. Mr. S has won Business of the Year twice at Pantheon of Leather.

Gauntlet, Inc. opened a new store in New York City.

Frank Strona was appointed managing editor at Brush Creek Media which owned Bear and Powerplay Magazines. House O' Chicks began producing the Safe Sex for Women video.

Randy Sauder and Gary from Pink Triangle were named Leathermen of the Year; it was the first time that the Broward (Ft. Lauderdale) Dixie Awards had awards for Leather.

Race Bannon and Mike Truhill (Mike Pierce) won the second Southern California Masters and Slaves Contest at Griff's in Los Angeles. Kerry Richard won the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest sponsored by Centaur MC in Washington, DC; Catrina won the Ms Arizona Leather Contest; JC Collins became Ms San Francisco Leather; Sallee Huber won the Puget Sound Ms Leather title hosted by Leather Star which was a grant-a-wish foundation for persons with AIDS.

Roland Bynum was named Mr. Portland Leather 1991; Leslie McGuire became Portland Leatherwoman 1991 Leonard Martinez was Mr. New Mexico Drummer, Pat Sanchez won Mr. Southwest Drummer; Mr. and Ms Southeast Leather 1991 were Wes Decker and MP Breslin; Mr. Los Angeles Drummer was Marc Lowy.

A panel of judges selected CCMC's Blake Miller as Wolfs Leather Daddy then the bar owner declared Tom Bill a co-titleholder in San Diego, CA; John Thatcher was selected Mr. Leatherman Toronto; John Wilson became Mr. Louisiana Leather; Mitch Johnson won the Mr. San Francisco Leather title; Spike won the Ms Toronto Leather Contest; Jesse Arias won Mr. Long Beach Leather.

Dee Cannon won the International Mr. Leather title at the Vic Theater i Chicago. The host hotel was the Executive House. This was Dave Rhodes' first year to judge IML.

Fresno was the site of the Mr. Northern California Drummer Contest won by Bill Gooch; Mr. Leather Tennessee was taken by Matthew Presley; Murrell Fox won the Mr. Florida Drummer Contest at the Parliament House and Kevin Steadman, who would later become International Drummer Boy, won the Drummer Boy title; Brent Jenson was picked Mr. Inland Empire Drummer in Pomona, CA; the new Mr. Tri-State Cowboy was Sam Walls; Grant Dupont became Mr. Watering Hole Leather in San Francisco. The Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf announced that the first International Mr. Deaf Leather Contest would  be held in Dallas, TX in July.

Tom Palffy won the Mr. Gauntlet II Leather Contest; Mr. Desert Empire Drummer 1991 was Mark Wood. Philip Rubin won the first International Mr. Deaf Leather title in Dallas, TX. Irwin Murphy was named Mr. Oregon Drummer; Mark Frazier became Mr. Gulf Coast Drummer; Mr. Orange Coast Drummer was Kelly "T-Bone" Thibault; Jason Traver won the Mr. San Diego Drummer sash.

 Probably the best-ever produced regional Drummer contest was Southern California Mr. Drummer by Terry LeGrand in 1991. It was also one of the most controversial. Ten preliminaries were held throughout Southern California leading up to the July extravaganza which was won by The Leather Journal art director Jeff Snyder at the Coconut Grove Ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel. Tony Klatt was chosen Southern California Drummer Boy. LeGrand received heavy criticism for what some said was $40,000 spent on promoting and producing the event while others were awestruck by the production that rivaled the finals in San Francisco. Bill Miranda Salzman was Mr. Northeast Drummer; Joe Potter nabbed Rocky Mountain Drummer Kevin Jackson won Mr. Australia Drummer; the new Mr. St. Louis Leather was Tim Bregger; Joe Scibetta became San Francisco Leather Daddy IX.

Mr. Northeast Drummer Bill Miranda Salzman presented a $3,300 check to Chris Babeck of the PWA Coalition in New York City.

Sky Renfro was reinstated as president of the International Ms Leather board. Don Bastian of Calgary, Alberta won the Northwest Mr. Drummer title.

Woody Bebout became Mr. Drummer and Kevin Steadman was named Drummer Boy in San Francisco, CA.

COMMAND MC's third anniversary saw Bob Saint with the Mr. Maryland Leather Contest. Jose Ucles fame started when he won the American Leatherman Competition in Boston, MA. The second annual Leatherfest bore the theme "Southbay in Gear" with Shiloh Unruh and Beth Key winning the Mr. and Ms Southbay Leather titles.

Mr. Barn Drummer Andy Anderson did piercings during Piercing Night which was sponsored by Mr. Leatherman Toronto John Thatcher. Aubrey Sparks made his debut on national visibility when he won the 1991 Seattle Daddy Contest; Craig Poos became Mr. Oklahoma City Leather; the new Mr. Sacramento Leather was Wes Patterson; Jeff Barrett was chosen Mr. San Diego Leather; Jim Battrell was named Russian River Leather Daddy and Taylor Poff was the new Russian River Leather Daddy's Boy. Rob Welcher became Daddy's Boy; Steve Quintana won Mr. Idaho Leather.

The Centurions of Columbus carted five pickup truck loads of toys to the Franklin County Services and raised $3,000 for the agency to buy "toys for needy children to old to receive stuffed animals." SigMa found a new venue for their monthly meetings in Washington, DC.

The Motorcycle Awards in San Francisco recognized the accomplishments of Northern California's motorcycle clubs and their members. The 25th annual event saw Cycle Runners MC take nine awards including Best Overall Run and Motorcycle Man of the Year (Roland Chavin). Mr. Marcus Hernandez and Frank Naccarato were the emcees for the historic event. This was the first year that the Motorcycle Awards were hosted by the Inter Club Fund. The Barbary Coasters MC had produced the show from the first year up to 1991.

Bear clubs started cropping up around the country. A few of the early pioneers were the Bear Paws of Iowa, Leather Bears and Pacific Bears MC.

The Chicago Hellfire Club began holding their SM University seminars at AA Meat Market.

Mr. Southeast Leather 1991 started the Leather/SM/Fetish discussion group in Atlanta. The 15 Association of San Francisco opened a new dungeon space. The Knights On Iron raised over $1,000 for Mama's Kitchen during their San Diego Harbor Boat Cruise. 3,000 filled the St. Bernard Auditorium in New Orleans for the Lords of Leather Ball. ORGASM (ORegon Guild of Activists in SM) found a new dungeon space.

Shannon Kennedy not only resigned as female cochair of the National Leather Association, but yanked her membership as well. Judy Tallwing McCarthey filled as interim cochair. Threshold, Formerly LA Janus, monthly meeting attendance reached the 300 mark.

Stars MC formed in Albany , NY to represent five cities in the New York Capital area: Schenectady, Troy, Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga. This club would be a major force in promoting club brotherhood on the East Coast in years to come. Jan Lyon was elected to fill the vacant female co-chair position for the NLA.

SM Gays collected more than 1,000 British pounds for the SM Gays Benevolent Fund in London, UK. Founded by Kelly Thibault, the Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) started serving the Orange County Leather community in California. About 300 men, total, attended both sessions of the Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno XX. The Mystic Krewe of Lords of Leather of New Orleans disbanded and reformed under a new charter as Lords of Leather Mardi Gras Krewe and Leather Club.

Chuck Higgins was voted male cochair of the NLA Nearly $7,000 was raised for the Chicago Hellfire Club's McAdory Fund. Mike Miller won the Mr. Oklahoma Leather sash that was sponsored by TULSA (Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association. Brother Help Thyself held a fundraiser in Washington, DC.

Some clubs are known for their regalia - Blue Max MC in Los Angeles held a terrific change of command at Griff's. Threshold Society held their Bizarre Bazaar in Los Angeles.

The Brotherhood of Pain held Hell II in Houston.

The Hartford Colts raised $1,100 in their annual Toys for Tots/AIDS Benefit.

NLA: Arkansas and The Officers Club split and went their separate ways in Little Rock, AR.

Andy Mangels captured The Leather Journal, Issue #29 cover shot of Mr. and Ms National Leather Association Bill Miranda Salzman and Laura Goodwin only moments after they were declared winners.

Feature articles: The NLA's Living In Leather Conference was held in Chicago, marking the first time that the confab was held outside the Pacific Northwest. Perry Watkins, who successfully fought a discrimination dismissal case against the U.S. Army, was the keynote speaker. Jan Lyon and Steve Maidhoff were given Lifetime Achievement honors. Earl Adams was installed as the new president of Avatar Club Los Angeles. The Knights d' Orleans sent photos of their 17th Anniversary Run. Spearhead Toronto's Round-Up '91 run in Toronto was hot. jay wagner made his debut as a correspondent for The Leather Journal by covering events in Toronto. Hot Air '91 sponsored by the Motorcyclemen of New Mexico drew a big crowd. Rosebud XI, hosted by Texas MC and Dallas MC, had 150 attend at Buzzards Peak, TX.