Sir Christopher Booth from Arlington, Virginia, was sashed Mr. DC Eagle 2019 and Alyssa Durnien, who did a wonderful job as Ms. Woods Leather 2017, made history when she was selected the first ever Ms. DC Eagle during the bar’s contest on Saturday, November 17th. Runner-ups were Chad Allen from DC for Mr. DC Eagle 2019 and fetish model and performer Hailey Dollar from Alexandria, Virginia, for Ms. DC Eagle 2019. There were no additional contestants.
I was thrilled when I heard that the Mr. DC Eagle contest which started in 1982 and is the longest-running leather title in the country was adding a Ms. DC Eagle title this year. You may recall that the first female Eagle Bar titleholder was selected in 1992, when Glenda Rider was selected Ms. Baltimore Eagle 1992. Glenda looked on proudly on Saturday night as Alyssa joined the Ms. Eagle sisterhood!
The Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2019 Contest, coordinated by Miguel Ayala, was the centerpiece of a festive weekend celebrating the iconic leather bar’s 47th anniversary. Although the bar has moved several times over the years and has changed ownership, the history continues, and management did not promote a first anniversary every time there was a change. So many years and so many memories! The anniversary weekend started on Friday, November 16th with an AMCC “All Club Night” attended by many of the area’s leather clubs, a meet-and-greet for judges and contestants, and upstairs a Birds of Prey Drag Show featuring Willam from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” fame followed by a dance with DJ Icy Funk.
When we arrived on Saturday evening, the cookout had ended but the gear auction was going strong. Although there was a $15 cover charge this year, admission included two free drink tickets! Who could argue with that? I also saw online that lots of additional free parking was made available behind the small shopping center that sits in front of the bar. I hope this continues. The DC Eagle is a fantastic industrial space housed in a 1920’s meat-packing plant, but parking is sometimes a complaint. This additional parking lot solves that problem.
The emcee for this year’s contest was Mr. DC Eagle 2017 Grey Owl ONYX who did a fantastic job in spite of the fact that the sound system did not seem to carry to the back of the room. (It is a very cavernous space.) Unfortunately, in a bar setting when people can’t hear they start having conversations which just makes it ever harder to hear. I’ve seen this happen so many times over the years. Luckily, I got there early and had a seat upfront.
Tasked with making a selection from four very suitable contestants were Mr. DC Eagle 2018 Daniel Ferguson (head judge), Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2019 Jewel, Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 Joseph Macchia, Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2018 Magnus Wynter (founder and editor-in-chief of Tagg magazine and executive producer of the Tagg Nation podcast Ebone’ Bell), Mr. DC Eagle 2012 Kevin Jordan (director / founding board member of MAsT [Master And slave Together] of Wilmington, Delaware), Mr. Maryland Leather 2009 Rik Newton-Treadway, and nationally-known performer Willam.
Contestants who had been interviewed earlier in the day by the judges, appeared on stage in barware, jock/fetish wear, formal leather, answered an onstage question, and gave a 90-second speech explaining why they wanted the title of Mr. / Ms. DC Eagle. My favorite onstage question which was selected randomly by Chad (and you know this question had to come up in Washington) was: If you were nominated for Supreme Court Justice, what incident would you be testifying about? Chad replied that he would be forced to testify about the very first time he was geared up in leather because not only are there pictures there is also a video!
Keeping the contest rolling along smoothly was tally master Mid-Atlantic Drummerboy 2016 Pup Indigo, judges’ boy Atlantic States Leatherboy 2019 boy kristopher davis, and busy backstage helping the contestants as den daddy was International Community Bootblack 2017 boy john urso.
After the contest a dance was held with DJ Holy Sparklez, followed by a victory brunch on Sunday and a DC gay bar bus crawl.
As we wait for the Baltimore Eagle to reopen, head on down to the DC Eagle. (It’s not that far from Baltimore.) It is the perfect leather bar space. There is always something going on there as there has been for 47 years. Visit Dceagle.com for a complete schedule of events. Enjoy a little taste of leather history in DC.
- Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.