" By Ramien Pierre- Part of my titleholder privilege is unearned acceptance when I go into most leather spaces, so I’m often insulated from moments when my race is conspicuous. But I’ve had a few since being named IML. These moments occur frequently enough to me and other leather men of color that I can’t dismiss them. None of these were riot-worthy or chair-throwing incidents. And without knowing the hearts and minds of the other people involved, I wouldn't even call them “racial” incidents. But they were definitely moments when I was reminded that, as a black gay Leatherman, I’m a member of a sub-culture within a sub-culture within a sub-culture."
Credit goes to Patty, IMsL 2014, for the juicy info on the changes and judges.
This year while at MAL, Jon Krongaard, a longtime board member of IML, announced that he was stepping down from day to day activity and that Joey McDonald would be stepping up to take on the role as Executive Director of […]
"I was asked to write about my how I became a pup and how the movement of the pup community has evolved, so here it goes… from my perspective. I found the Leather community on a warm and humid summer evening in Houston, Texas in 1992. Okay, this isn’t a novel, so I’ll cut the crap! I strongly identified as a boy. It wasn’t until about 1999 that a friend of mine, patrick chees, saw my inner pup. He made it his task to bring it out of me. He enlisted my help (and many others) to assist in preparing for the first pup event, the International Puppy Contest (IPC) during the year 2k. (IPC taking place in 2001) This helped ease my way into the pup scene, as well as the two of us having long talks that frequently revolved around our childhood history with bio canines."
Photos by Missy Leach
The final part of IML 2014 took place at the Harris Theatre on Sunday night.
All 46 contestants were brought together for the last time, and had a chance to wave from the stage in their formal attire before the Top Twenty finalists were announced. It was incredibly dramatic as each of […]
IML 2014 Part Two
Photos by Missy Leach
Welcome back to Leatherati’s coverage of IML 2014.
On Saturday evening I boarded the shuttle to the historic Park West theatre for the Pecs and Personality part of the contest. Lenny Broberg once again served as a very gracious and classy host of the proceedings.
The forty-six […]
IML 2014 Part One
Photos by Missy Leach
Welcome to Leatherati’s coverage of IML 2014. Part contest, part convention, part leather family reunion, IML is the granddaddy of leather events, celebrating its’ 36th Anniversary.
This year’s host hotel, the Marriott in Downtown Chicago, has been slowly filling up with leather people for the past few days, and […]
CHICAGO (March 16, 2014) – Paul Ciantar, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 and Canadian Leather Man 2004, has been named as a Judge for the 36th International Mr. Leather Competition. Mr. Ciantar is replacing Carlos Filetti of who withdrew due to a pressing family matter out of the country. Both gentlemen are from Toronto, Canada.
“We wish […]
Miguel Torres of Chicago won the Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 title at Chicago’s Touché on January 25 in front of a capacity crowd.
Miguel was picked out of a field of six contestants and was definitely the crowd favorite. The contest had the biggest crowd in years, with a big turn out from both the area, […]
Leatherati Correspondent Tynan Fox was on hand at MAL for the announcement of Judges for IML 2014. They are:
Andy Cross, San Francisco, CA – IML 2013
Chandler Bearden, Atlanta, GA – Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 and Outreach Specialist for the MISTER Program of Positive Impact
Tobin Britton, Portland, OR – American Leatherwoman 2002, President of both Blackout […]
The Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest was held on January 4, 2014 at Anvil Bar in Phoenix, Arizona. Four men competed for the title with Robert Schenberg being named Mr. Phoenix Leather 2014, and Mark Christiansen selected as first runner up. Cody Millinger and Dorian Flores also competed for the title. The winner of Mr. Phoenix […]
IML Afterthoughts….by Caro
IMLXX5–hard to imagine that what started out over three decades ago as a “bar contest” would grow into the joyous behemoth it’s now become, and each time I go, I enjoy it even more and not just for the obvious: the “eye-candy” or the shopping, or the parties, (all more than valid reasons), […]