This Year's Judges
Ramien Pierre is International Mr. Leather 2014 and Mr. DC Eagle 2014. He is also a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of ONYX – a national leather and kink fraternity for gay and bisexual men of color. His involvement with the DC leather community in general, and ONYX in particular, has helped Ramien embrace his kinks and become a more interesting, powerful, and high-fidelity version of himself.
Ramien believes it is the function of any loving community to take care of its members who are literally and figuratively on the fringes. As Mr. DC Eagle, Ramien has supported charities that focus on LGTB youth and seniors: SMYAL (www.smyal.org) and SAGE Metro DC (https://www.facebook.com/SAGEMetroDC).
As IML, Ramien has expanded his philanthropy to include raising funds for The Leather Heart Foundation and Rainbow Railroad. The Leather Heart Foundation (www.leatherheart.org) provides emergency assistance funds to individuals of all sexual orientations in the Leather, BDSM, M/s, and fetish communities. Rainbow Railroad (www.rainbowrailroad.ca) provides safe houses and asylum for LGTB individuals in the Caribbean, Africa, and Soviet States who are the recent or imminent victims of state-enabled violence.
Ramien lives in Baltimore, MD with his boyfriend/love of his life. He enjoys comfort food, rope play, and knowing that we are each enough.
Kenneth Anthony has served his local community as Mr. Cellblock Phoenix Leather, Emperor of the Imperial Sovereign Empire of Arizona, and producer of a local leather contest. He has also volunteered with various clubs and contests, serving as a board member, stage manager and MC as needed by those organizations. He is currently serving as Treasurer and Dean of the College of Monarchs for the Imperial Court of Arizona and President of the Arizona Men of Leather.
Kenneth is a past recipient of the Pantheon of Leather, Rocky Mountain Region Award, and is a proud member of Mama's Family, Mama's Calm in the Storm. In 2007 he co-founded the Arizona Pups and Handlers with his pup mohawk, one of the first organized groups for puppies in the nation. In his spare time he likes to read and write, publishing a column at askdaddykenneth.com and on Facebook for people seeking kink, poly, and sexual advice.
His biggest accomplishment is being the Daddy to his wonderful boy-pups, Rocko and Mohawk, second would be competing for IML in 2008 and the relationships and family that came from that experience.
Daniel was born in Belgium in 1959 and discovered the leather scene at the age of 23. More than 30 years later, Daniel is still part of the leather community-- his chosen family.
Daniel became the President of MSC Belgium at the age of 30 for a period of almost 20 years. As the current Secretary of the ECMC, he is chairing the European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, the organization that supervises and coordinates almost all the non-profit leather, fetish and motorcycle clubs across Europe. He is committed to give more visibility to the leather organizations in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, where homophobia and anti-gay legislations are not vain words.
One of his greatest achievements (he is really proud about it) is the integration of the Leather Poland Association (Stowarzyszenie Leather Poland) into the large ECMC leather community. The next points of attention for him will be to prepare the integration of the recently created leather communities across Europe: Prague, Dublin, Bristol, Manchester, Potsdam, Lisbon, Zagreb and even Saint-Petersburg. The Europride 2015 will take place in June in Riga, Latvia, a small country with a big disturbing neighbor. It is now time to move things in Eastern Europe too. He remembers the lessons of Stonewall; it took only the courage of a handful of gay men to start a civil rights revolution for our gay community. This revolution must now take place in Eastern Europe too and we must be actors of this revolution. Yes, we can, we are Unstoppable.
During his long leather career, Daniel had been invited to judge many contests across Europe and he was one of the judges at International Mister Leather in 2005. He is now often called to organize juries for similar competitions across Europe. Daniel is also a Governor of the Leather Hall of Fame, an organization based in Cleveland, Ohio and hosted by CLAW. Finally, Daniel is a social animal, so don’t hesitate to talk to him and share mutual experiences over a drink or a meal.
George Giaouris now has been leading the way at Northbound Leather since 1987, a company which grew out of a family leather business that dates back to 1961 in Greece. The first family leather store in Canada dates back to 1969 in Yorkville and then, in 1970, moved to Yonge Street.
The third generation of the Giaouris family is now working at the family business. George is proud to share that Northbound is the only major Canadian leather retailer that continues to manufacture all its clothing in Canada as it strongly endorses local design and manufacturing and maintains an anti-sweatshop and out-sourcing policy.
George produced his first fetish fashion show in 1979 at the St. Lawrence North Hall that attracted more than 600 people, mostly gay men. The next major party was held in 1988 in a Yorkville club called The Copa. The success of that event spawned monthly fetish parties, originally called The Betty Page Social Club, now known as "Fetish Night" that continues to this day at Goodhandy's and has become the longest running continuous club night in Canadian history, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Recently, he has launched "Fetish Friday," a new once a month party at the new Oasis Aqualounge. He has also produced and sponsored fetish events in Montreal and once ran stores in Chicago, USA as well as Vancouver and Montreal, Canada.
With customers all of over the world, George is proud to share that Northbound has donated well over a $400,000 in cash or products to various charitable organizations including Gelato Cup -Prostate Cancer Research, Book Lovers Ball (a Toronto Public Library fundraiser), Casey House AIDS Hospice, an 11-year involvement with Fashion Cares. He and his team continues to work with many community based organizations such as the Heart of the Flag Foundation, International Leather Sir/boy and International Mr. Leather.
He also has a shorter bio which he wanted to share: "…old perverted Greek guy on Yonge Street...watched them build the clock tower above the St. Charles Tavern...been there on the same block since before the term 'gay' was coined..."
In December of 1996, Patrick’s career in the hospitality industry brought him by good fortune to the Washington Plaza Hotel as Director of Catering, where, within just a month’s time his eyes and mind would be opened to the exiting and wonderful world of leather. Who were all of these men and women gathering in January at the Plaza? This introduction to Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) Weekend and the Centaur MC left Patrick aroused, fascinated, questioning, lusting at first sight and, yes, a bit confused.
First and always a Centaur, Patrick was first welcomed by the club as a groupie, then embraced as an associate member, and ultimately given the honor of full membership in 2003. Later that year, Patrick earned the title of Mr. Double L Leather 2003. What a rush! Who would have thought that — despite frequent moves around the country, an early childhood in England, and a frustrated puberty in Germany -an Indiana boy born into an Air Force family would compete in a leather contest in Rehoboth Beach and become as Mr. Marcus once pronounced “a jewel in the crown of the Washington DC leather community”?
Patrick enjoys working out, traveling to Spain, and reveling in the brotherhood of the Centaur MC — for whom he has served in various elected offices (Tribune, Vice-President, and Treasurer) and, perennially, as the Centaur MC President’s appointed Chairman of MAL Weekend. He has also served on the boards of the Scarlett Foundation and Eagle Wings. Most recently, Patrick received the 2014 Pantheon of Leather Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
A decade ago, Riley Johnson began his public leather life as a bootblack apprentice to International Ms. Bootblack 2005, Suka Malone. He earned the title of Great Lakes Bootblack 2007 and competed for the International Community Bootblack title in 2008, where he was awarded the Golden Brush.
Riley currently serves as the director of the Great Lakes Bootblack Contest, where, since 2008, his instigator nature has been sated through the orchestration of ice cream socials and the annually-infamous Ash Bash featuring bourbons from the region.
Riley is a founding member and the executive director of RAD Remedy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer people to accurate and respectful care in order to improve individual and community health. The organization’s primary project is the Referral Aggregator Database (RAD), a nationally-collaborative database which uses the referral lists of community organizations and structured user reviews to provide folks with all the information they need to pursue care.
Voted 2013 Best Sex Educator, by SF Weekly Magazine & “50 Fierce Femmes” 2014 - Sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco, Midori’s made an amazing career as the traveling coach on the art of creative and intentional living. She was awarded Pantheon Leather Woman of the Year 2003 and Sainted by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 2007 for her activism and tireless outreach. This year, as she has done for the past 11 years, she is participating and fundraising for AIDS/LifeCycle, the 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to LA. Please support her efforts. http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/midori
Dubbed "the super nova of kink" by Dan Savage, Midori is known for her hilarious and practical courses on enhancing fulfillment, boosting confidence and expanding personal growth. Native of Tokyo, Japan, she brings a unique perspective in pleasure and authentic living. She came out into Leather and sex positive activism in the early 1990’s in San Francisco. She wrote the first English book on Shibari Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage as well as Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink and the twisted sci-fi Master Han’s Daughter.
She is currently working on several more books to be published soon and she leads transformative small group intensives. In 2001 she founded Rope Dojo ®, training countless students and trainers over the years. She also does the dreaded ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive for women to discover their authentic power, to lean-in, from the bedroom to the boardroom. In the past few years she’s joined forces with Laura Antoniou of the Marketplace series, creating Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective D/s Protocol Weekend.
When she's not traveling and teaching, she's creating provocative and haunting art and performances.
San Francisco, CA
Master Bruce Ross is a native of New York, but has lived the last 28 years of his life in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an active member of the Leather Community and held the titles of Mr. North Florida Drummer 2000 and Mr. Sun Coast Leather 2001. Bruce was also a contestant of Mr. International Leather 2001. He has also won several local awards for his community involvement.
Master Bruce has spearheaded the Holiday Helpers organization for the last 14 years in Jacksonville, an organization dedicated to assisting children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Each year this group of volunteers provides Christmas for approximately 400 kids. Master Bruce was instrumental in starting Jacksonville's monthly Leather Social and is involved with the formation of an Old Guard style, by Invitation only First Coast Leather Society club. FCLS is a tribute to the Leather community for the past 9 years which focuses on community involvement and growth within the leather lifestyle. He is their Past President as well.
In the past he has assisted with the organization of the Gay Pride parades for the community. Master Bruce also received the Pantheon of leather award for the Florida region in 2005 for his community service projects as well the work with Holiday Helpers. Bruce believes in allowing people to be who they may be in Leather whether they own Leather gear or not. “You do not need to own a piece of Leather to be LEATHER”. He leads by example.
He was recently ‘capped’ a Master by his Leather tribe and continues to work on bringing the community of Jacksonville together by leading by example. He was recognized by Jacksonville’s CityXtra magazine as most influential Gay male in Jacksonville 2012 and again as number 8 of the top 20 Most Influential people of 2014. "No dream is ever too big as long as you have good people to surround you and help out." I will continue to serve my community and not always in leadership but in working in the trenches alongside them.
Jeff Willoughby, Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 is a native Chicagoan. He first discovered his love of all things kink when he entered the Glory Hole for the first time. Since that time, he has been involved in the Leather community becoming a fundraiser, advocate and activist. He is among one of the first pledge classes of ONYX Men of Color where over the years, he served on the Board as Vice President, Road Captain and Secretary. After becoming Mr. Chicago Leather, his desire to substantially change the lives of those impacted with HIV/AIDS led to his selection to two 3 year terms with the Chicago Area HIV Services Planning Council where as a member and eventually Co-Chair, he was responsible for helping to guide the process of allocating Ryan White Funding to HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout the city of Chicago. During this time, he became co-founder of Kaos Kontrol Productions which, in partnership with CLAWNation, raised funds for several organizations including Vital Bridges, Better Existence with HIV and Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN). This lead to his being asked to join the Boards of Better Existence with HIV and Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend (CLAW) where he served for six years and remains involved as an Event Coordinator and Administrator for the Leather Hall of Fame since 2009. He is also a staff member of Mr. International Rubber as Sponsorship Coordinator and a member of the planning committee for Mr. Chicago Leather 2015.
This Year's Tallymasters
Don has been involved in the Leather Community for over 20 years and came out into leather while living in Ohio, where he was a full member of the Centurions of Columbus and an Associate Member of Trident International Columbus and the Iron Eagles. In 2002, he became the first Great Lakes Leather Sir and remained involved with the Great Lakes Leather Alliance (“GLLA”) weekend for nearly a decade in various roles including contest coordinator. Since 2007, he has been a contest coordinator for the International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy (“ILSb”) contest and also was a member of the IML contestant handling staff since 2008 before he and his partner Mark relocated to South Florida in 2014.
He has judged, emceed and presented at many events throughout the country and in 2010, was awarded the Pantheon of Leather Great Lakes Regional Award, and, in 2013, he was presented with the inaugural Chuck Windemuth Mr. Chicago Leather Mentorship Award. He is extremely proud to be an Associate Member of the Chicago Hellfire Club.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Danny was "leather outed" in NJ where he was fortunate to be welcomed and nurtured by the New Jersey Leather Family. He played a leadership role in ForePlay, a leather/kink block party that for over six years kicked off New Jersey's Pride celebrations. He is the founder of the Asbury Park Sinner Sundays, a monthly leather and kink event designed as a welcoming venue for those new to the scene as well as a relaxed gathering for the men and women of leather in the region.
As Mr. New Jersey Leather 2012, Danny’s fundraising efforts have benefited a variety of agencies and organizations, including The Center in Asbury Park, Making It Possible To End Homelessness, The Leather Archives & Museum, The Carter Johnson Library, and The Prevention Resource Network.
He is most proud of his work with LGBTQ youth in New Jersey He is a founding board member of the Monmouth County Consortium on LGBTQ Youth which assists high school Gay-Straight Alliances connect with the community and resources. Danny served on the Community Advisory committee for Project R.E.A.L., the LGBTQ Teen Drop-in Center, giving New Jersey LGBTQ youth a safe place to meet, learn, and to be themselves.
Life took him back to his hometown of Dallas, TX where he continues his volunteering and fundraising work for Fairness Fort Worth and Resource Center of Dallas. He is grateful for the constant support from his boy john, his bio and chosen families. He would like to send a special thank you to his extended leather family, many of whom are here at IML, for helping turn the page to a new life chapter.