I would like to thank International Mr. Leather for granting me a press pass to their events this year.
One week ago today, the International Mr. Leather Contest was held in the Harris Theater and what a wonderful venue it was! Before the show started, the reighning Mr. International Leather (2012), Mr. Woody Woodruff was standing around having his photo taken. Press was given seats in the front, and just a few seats away from mine, was Sister Roma! Blond, blue-eyed and delicious, was Mr. Midwest Rubber. Everyone was photographing him!!! Sister Roma poses with a dark and mysterious leather man. The show’s host. The 50 leathermen vying for International Mr. Leather. Chuck Renslow and his partner Juan. Each contestant gave a short speech and walked the stage in just a jock. It seems they had no idea where the photographers were, or didn’t care. The International Mr. Bootblack 2013 winner was Sammy from Portland, OR, who was so overjoyed that he literally jumped up and down on the stage. The entertainment was Beverly McLellan, who made the final four on “The Voice”. She sang Janis Joplin and was well liked by the audience. Next, the winners were announced. The Second Runner-up was Robert Miller, Mr. Leather Toronto 2013. The First Runner-up was Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012. The winner was Andy Cross – Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013! My seatmates and I picked him as a favorite, along with Mr. Santa Clara early on. He sure did stand out! Congratulations to all the winners! I ran into this man wearing turquoise leather (turquoise is for CBT, in case you are wondering) who looked extremely emotional and I asked him why. It turns out his grandmother had died. She was very old and it was her time, but she had always stood for him and his sexual identity even against those in his family who gave him a hard time about it. So he was understandably saddened by her passing. I offered him a hug and he accepted. His beard was the softest thing! I went upstairs with him and he got more emtional support for the two gentlemen who were waiting to see the winners in person. My portrait of the winners. Mr. International Leather 2013, andy Cross. Mr. Cross was kind enough to pose with me, even though I wasn’t wearing any make up!