Announcing the 2017 Judges
The Minnesota Leather Pride Weekend committee is proad to annouce our judges for the 2017 contest.
International Leather Sir 2016 - Sir Ivan
Sir Ivan is International LeatherSIR 2016, Great Lakes LeatherSIR 2016 and Minnesota LeatherSIR 2015.
Sir Ivan's leather and kink life started in 2007 after attending his first Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, where he was feeling turned on by the experience.
He is an active player and enjoys a wide range of kink interests but gray is his favorite hanky color. He is passionate about mentoring boys, educating on BDSM and discussing power exchange, polyamory, leather families, and protocols.
Sir Ivan is very involved in the Twin Cities leather and kink scenes. He's a member of the Titans of the Midwest and North Star Kennel Club. He leads the Minneapolis BLUF club and is a co-founder of Minneapolis Rubbermen.
Born in Venezuela, Sir Ivan has lived in Minneapolis since 1983. One of his ongoing goals is to increase participation and visibility of people of color in the leather and kink scenes.
He has been with his husband for 30 years and their leather family includes four boys.
2016 Women's International Leather Legacy Syn
Originally from Seattle WA, Syn has been a member of the kink community for nine years. For the last three she has called Minnesota home. Charter member of the Twin Cities girls of Leather, Syn serves as their President. She can often be found out at Atons events and with the Twin Cities boys of Leather. When not having kinky good times she is a moderator for the MN Rufflebutts, a club for Lolita Fashion enthusiasts. Syn loves scary movies, books, and long walks through Sephora. She is your 2016 Women's International Leather Legacy.
Tony is a queer identified switch-Daddy who lives in Tulsa, OK, where he's been active in the local & regional Leather/Kink community since 2007. He currently serves as Education Liaison for the IMsL Foundation, and is an Alumni member of the Tulsa Uniform & Leather Seekers Association (T.U.L.S.A.).
He has had the privilege of judging, tallying, judges-boy'ing, and den-staffing at numerous Leather events, and helped produce the Oklahoma Mr. Leather contest weekend from 2008-2014. Tony was awarded the Pantheon of Leather award for the South Central region in 2015, and is a member of Mama's Family (Mama's Half-Pint).
Tony is a lover of cats, bootblacks (one in particular), and facilitating shenanigans for friends & family. He enjoys traveling to Leather/kink events across the country, awkwardly flirting with people along the way.
Since entering Indianapolis community in 2007, finding leather in 2011, and beginning bootblacking in 2012, Marta has worked to build relationships nationwide!
She traveled as Indiana Bootblack 2014, Great Lakes Bootblack 2014, and First Runner-Up International Ms. Bootblack 2015.
Some of her most fulfilling experiences include co-founding Indianapolis Bootblacks' Laboratory skillshare; joining the IML contestant shine team; judging and storytelling at Smut Slam Indianapolis; receiving 2016's Pantheon of Leather Great Lakes Regional award; and bootblacking for Indianapolis Kink Society, CLAW, Indianapolis' High Shine IMsBB documentary fundraiser, and the 30th anniversary of her home bar, the 501 Eagle, prior to its closing.
Aptly named "Mama's Panty Dropper," Marta is a queer femme, Girl, top-leaning Switch, piglet, relationship anarchist and power slut who centers her spouse, Daddy, Handler, and siblings within her poly constellation.
International Leatherboy 2016 - Boy Jake
boy jake is the current International Leatherboy and South Central Leatherboy.
He began his leather journey in Saint Petersburg, FL. His first experience in BDSM was with a female dom who flogged him, not only his first time, but also several subsequent times.
Growing in the Florida Leather Community, Jake became Secretary of the Tampa Leather Club and was on the Advisory Board for Florida Leather Fetish Pride.
Jake moved from Florida to Dallas several years ago where has continued to his growth. He is now a member of Discipline Corps and H.O.M.E. He also serves as President of the Lone Star boys of Leather, an organization he founded last year.
One of his greatest passions is mentoring boys. When not serving the Leather Community, you can find boy jake tending to his estate liquidation business, caring for Leather as a Bootblack, or tied up somewhere.
Ms Iowa Leather 2017 - Alexandra St.James
Kinkster, Social Maven, Diva and Royal are fun ways to describe our next judge!
Joining us from the great state of Iowa is Ms Iowa Leather 2017, Alexandra St.James.
Lexi is no stranger to the stage at Kink events, an Emcee, an Entertainer and now a JUDGE! Get ready to have fun.
Great Lakes Leatherboy 2016 - Boy Woody
Boy Woody is originally born and raised in San Diego. He moved to Minnesota after attending college in Idaho for ASL Interpretation.
He had his first BDSM experience when he was 18, with a Daddy from San Diego. He was first exposed to Leather when he was interpreting for Pridefest in Milwaukee. He was the interpreter for the Leather fashion show and from then on out he was hooked.
He truly started his Leather journey with a Sir from St. Paul. He was taught many things from Him including boot worship and rope bondage.
He was later approached by his current Sir, Sir Ivan in the winter of 2014 at the Minneapolis Eagle. He was honored to be collared by Him on June 28th 2015. He is honored to be by His side and be named the alpha Boy of the family.