GLLA Announces Randal Kinnear and Woody Woodruff as GLLA 2016 Contest Emcees

"July 20, 2016 The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announces that the GLLA 2016 contest Emcees will be Randal Kinnear and Woody Woodruff. International Leather Sir 2006 Randal Kinnear brought many laughs to GLLA last year as a contest co-Emcee, and GLLA is thrilled he will return to the stage this year. He is a fundraiser, activist, entertainer, auctioneer, producer, mentor, teacher, and Bootblack. Among Randal’s many accomplishments, he is the former owner and president of ILSb-ICBB, first runner up at International Drummer 2000, the 2003 Pantheon Leather Man of the Year, the 2005 Flesh and Fantasy Man of the Year, and the 2009 Pantheon South Central Regional Award winner. Currently, Randal resides in Dallas, Texas."

By |July 21st, 2016|Community, Events, Events US, News|0 Comments

Beyond Blue, Black, and White: Race in the Leather Community

"I walk into the Eagle Los Angeles on a busy Friday night. After getting my drink, I notice one of my friends walks in with someone I don’t recognize. This stranger has a thick beard with a shaved head. He stands six feet tall. He has a stocky, muscular body adorned by an intricate harness and tight leather pants. His nipples stand on end. Mine do too. My friend makes small talk with me and proceeds to introduce me to this new stranger. This stranger interrupts, “We’ve already met. You’re Rahul. We hung out last week at the other leather bar.” Baffled, I disagreed, “No, we’ve never met before because I was working last week.” He responded, “I couldn’t forget someone as hairy as you are. You have an excellent brown skin tone too. Very hot.” Then I say, “I’m not Rahul. I’m Ali.” After inspecting my physique and my face, he says “I’m so sorry. You look exactly like . . .” I’ve had this conversation many times after moving back to Los Angeles from San Francisco. The truth is that Rahul and I are good friends, but we look nothing alike. We are different people. I turned to the internet for answers."

By |December 8th, 2015|Opinion, People|3 Comments

IML Patrick Smith Goes to Uganda

Today, International Mr. Leather Patrick Smith is wrapping up four days of LGBT outreach in Uganda, a country with a reputation for extreme hostility to the gay and lesbian community. “I always said that as International Mr. Leather, I would go to places in the world not just with established leather communities, but to places [...]

By |September 18th, 2015|News|0 Comments

International Mr. Leather Patrick Smith’s Response to Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

"Today, the nation’s highest court affirmed the age-old principal of equal treatment under the law and changed the lives of millions of LGBT people across the nation. This is the America I dreamed of living in as a child growing up in Canada."

By |June 26th, 2015|News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Kevin Murphy and Patrick Smith

And now for our final two contestant speeches - Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather and our new IML for 2015 and 1st runner up Kevin Murphy, Mr Leather Ireland 2015

By |June 20th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Greg Bearskin and Brian Donner

Next up these two super-hot contestants - Greg Bearskin, Mr. Leather UK and Brian Donner, Mr. TriState Leather.

By |June 19th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ From the LA&M Archives

Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ June 2015 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian   Five Things To Know About Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy:        Mistress Joanne at International Mr. Leather ca. 1994. Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers, Leather Archives & Museum. 1. She loves the color purple. Purple clothes, purple pens, purple leather. When [...]

By |June 19th, 2015|Community, History, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Pup Tugger and Dan Ronneberg

Here are two contestants from IML 2015 who really tore it up with their speeches. Welcome Pup Tugger, Mr. Phoenix Leather and Dan Ronneberg, Mr. DC Eagle.

By |June 17th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches -Trevor Black and Clifton Tatum

Next up! Two more contestant speeches from IML 2015 - Trevor Black- Mr. San Francisco Leather and Clifton Tatum- Mr. Palm Springs Leather.

By |June 15th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Bas Stronks and Matthew Birkhoff

Next up - two more awesome contestant speeches from IML 2015: Bas Stronks, Mr. Hoist 2015 and Matthew Birkhoff, Mr. Big Easy Leather.

By |June 13th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Brett Murden and Andreas Moore

Here to enjoy are two more speeches from IML 2015 Contestants Brett Murden, Mr Leatherman Toronto and Andreas Moore, Bavarian Mister Leather.

By |June 12th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments

IML 2015 Contestant Speeches – Daniel DeLage and Ren Rushold

We're back with two more excellent speeches from IML 2015 - Daniel DeLage, Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2015 and Ren Rushold, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015

By |June 11th, 2015|Events US, News|0 Comments