Selected MAL Woman / Bootblack 2020

Treasure (Reem Wheeler) from Baltimore, a member of the ONYX Pearls, was sashed Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2020 and Ren Laine, from Columbia, Maryland, was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2020 during the annual contest held over the weekend of August 23rd to 25th in Baltimore. There were no additional contestants. Treasure becomes the 11th Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman and Ren is now the fourth person to hold the title of Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack. Produced by Evil Twins Production (Rik Newton-Treadway and Tina Landi) this year’s contest took advantage of the beautiful cooler temperatures with much time spent outside at the […]

Time to Start Running!!

The year is now half over, and it will very soon be time to select some of our area’s 2020 leather titleholders. Who will be Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2020 or Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2020? Who will be sashed Mr. Maryland Leather 2020, Mr. Virginia Leather 2020, Mr. & Ms. DC Eagle 2020, Mr. & Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2020, Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2020, or Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2020? Take it from an old leather titleholder, having a leather title is lots of work. On the bright side, it gives you memories that last a lifetime. A leather title also […]

A Long Journey Home

I’ve interviewed many leather titleholders over the years. For most their story is somewhat simple: They grew up, discovered leather, ran for a leather title, and won. It is an interesting journey, but not terribly dramatic. Sean Penn is not going to win an Oscar for playing that part. On July 11th I sat down with California State Bootblack 2018 Geoff Millard, who was recently runner-up for International Mr. Bootblack 2019 at the big International Mr. Leather Contest (IML) in Chicago. This was his second time hitting the IML stage. When he competed as Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, he […]

Things Are Heating Up!

One would think that the leather community takes a break in the summertime. After all, heat and cowhide do not seem like the best combination. For the many of us who are dedicated members of the leather community the summer months are filled with just as many events as during any other time of the year. In fact, in the Mid-Atlantic area the leather calendar is just getting heated up! How do you turn a random Wednesday into something special? You hang out with the DC Boys of Leather. Join them for happy hour on Wednesday, July 10th from 6 […]

Steve Preston and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr.’s Miracle on McKean

Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” For Parks & People’s Steven Preston and community leader Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., compassion for the community is rooted in their DNA. Preston and Cheatham recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding their collaboration on the “Miracle on McKean” – the Easterwood / Sandtown park and playground and their enduring friendship that has grown from the project. For Steve Preston, parks construction and design manager for the Parks & People Foundation, the word “community” isn’t isolated to a single […]

Meet Northeast Person of Leather 2019

On February 28th, 2015 the first International Person of Leather Contest was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a new type of leather title that was not only a community service title, but was also not limited by sex, gender, race, or any other labels. Additional feeder contests were developed and on March 30th, 2019 the first ever Northeast Person of Leather Contest was held in Baltimore produced by Twisting Culture. The Northeast region includes the Mid-Atlantic states, New England states, and Washington, DC. I was out of town on the weekend of the contest, but on June 10th […]

Jack Thompson Brings IML Sash Home to Baltimore

Leatherman of Color 2019 Jack Thompson, who resides in Baltimore and is an employee of the Baltimore Eagle, was awarded the title of International Mr. Leather 2019 during the 41st annual IML held in Chicago over the Memorial Day Weekend. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 Jawn Marques was first runner-up, and Mr. Leather Ireland 2019 Fionn Scott was selected second runner-up. On Sunday, May 26th the crowd at the Baltimore Eagle, who were watching the contest in Chicago live via social media, erupted when Jack was announced as the winner. The title of International Mr. Leather is the biggest title […]

Highwaymen TNT Toast 41 Years

On Sunday, May 19th leaders of the area’s leather community and members of area leather clubs gathered at the District Chophouse and Brewery in downtown Washington, DC, to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the Highwaymen TNT. The intimate dinner party was held on the lower level of the bustling restaurant in a space that was once the original vault of the Second National Bank. The Highwaymen TNT club was founded in our nation’s capital in May 1978 with eight founding members and a platform of diversity and fun. Some of the founding members had been members of other leather clubs […]

Leaving Mt. Vernon

After 13 years of living in “The Gayborhood,” Don Mullins is moving to Baltimore County. He arrived in October 2006 after spending many years involved in ex-gay ministry, and coming out in summer 2002. “As we all sifted through life post 9/11, I realized I was living a provisional life and not really embracing who I was,” he said, “After months of wrestling with it, I concluded that I was gay, it was never going to change, and I might as well make peace with it.” He appeared in Spotlighter’s Theatre production of Angels In America in 2006 as well […]

ShipMates Celebrate 45 Years of Service

The ShipMates Club of Baltimore, Maryland’s first leather club, toasted 45 years of service to the community with a cocktail party on Saturday, May 4th at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point neighborhood. It was an evening that will go down in leather history as longtime members of many Mid-Atlantic leather clubs as well as current leather titleholders joined in the celebration. The three-hour party – which was chaired by ShipMate member David Sugar – not only included lots of food and drink, but there was also a parade of leather club colors, a swearing in of the new […]