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posted Friday, March 15, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 11
Leather Community celebrates 37 years!
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Leather Community celebrates 37 years!

by Toby Noon - Special to the SGN

The Washington State Leather Community will be celebrating the 37th Anniversary of the Washington State Mr./Ms. Leather and Bootblack Contest, along with the 27th Anniversary of the Washington State Leather Pride Week. The contest will be held on March 23 at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.). Doors will open at 6pm and the contest will begin at 7pm. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. Washington State Leather Pride Week will be held March 15 - 24 this year, with many events, at several locations, around the state of Washington. (http://www.wsmlo.org/)

It was 37 years ago at the J & L Saloon, that the first Washington State Contest was held. It was 1983, and several men competed for the title of Washington State Mr. Leatherman (the contest/title name would later be changed to Washington State Mr. Leather). That evening Mark Sauer was the first winner, for what has become an annual celebration of Leather Pride across the state. Each year following, several men would vie for the honor to represent the Leather Community around the state and then follow-up representing the organization and community at various national leather competitions.

In 1989, Vik Stump, a local women's leather leader began the first Washington State Ms. Leather competition. The competition was held at Club S. That year Lauren Burch became the first Washington State Ms. Leather.

In 2000, the title of Washington State Ms. Leather was sold to the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization, finally bring both titles under the same parent organization. The organization adopted using the M in WSMLO for mutual recognition of both titles.

In 2014, with the ending of the Northwest Bootblack competition, WSMLO began the title of Washington State Bootblack and the competition for this title is now merged into the Washington State Mr./Ms. Leather Contest.

WASHINGTON STATE
MR/MS LEATHER & BOOTBLACK CONTEST

Micro, Washington State Mr. Leather 2018, will end his very successful year of fundraising, extensive travel and community service next weekend (March 22-24) The end of year celebration will begin with a Meet and Greet wih all guests of this year's contest on Friday, March 22, at 8pm at the Cuff Complex. Additionally, they will all speak about their year as leaders in the Washington State Leather Community at this year's contest.

We have a distinguished panel of judges who will choose the new Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather and Bootblack 2019. The following members of the leather community, both locally and nationally, are the selected judges. They include, Head Judge WSMLO Board Member Ronda VanderMeer; Princess of the Cuff, Carla, Washington State Ms. Leather 2017; Travis, Washington State Mr. Leather 2017; Beau, Washington State Bootblack 2015; Vince 'Leathercop' Edd, Washington State Mr. Leather 1997; Nightcat, Seattle Daddy 2018; Aleska Manila, Olympia XXXV; and John 'Acere' Bernardo, Seattle Men In Leather.

We are thrilled to have as our Emcees WSMLO Board Members Toby Noon, President and Dr. Danger, Vice President.

On Sunday Morning, March 24, a Victory Brunch will be held for the newly selected Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather and Bootblack 2019, as well as the bestowing of the Leather Emerald and Community Service Awards. Brunch (time & location TBD) with the award presentation beginning at noon. In addition, several other organizations and groups will be presenting their annual awards at this event, including the Seattle Men in Leather, Generic Leather Productions of Washington, Seattle Girls of Leather, Seattle Women in Leather, Sea-Pah, to name a few.

LEATHER PRIDE WEEK
The kick off Washington State Leather Pride Week will be on Saturday, March 16, when the Seattle Men in Leather will be holding their annual Meeting, Dinner and Elections. On Sunday, March 17, WSMLO will be hosting our 2nd annual Leather Community Barbecue at the Cuff. For more information on the events taking place for Washington State Leather Pride Week, and more contest information, you can check out the WSMLO website at: www.WSMLO.org.

[SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER]
[EDITOR'S NOTE: In addition to Leather Pride Week (March 15-24) and WSMLO contest next weekend (Saturday, March 23 with Friday, March 22 Meet & Greet and Sunday, March 24 Emerald Awards & Brunch) Seattle Men in Leather will be hosting their 30th anniversary celebration this Saturday, March 16, from 6:30pm-1am, at Gallery Erato, 309 First Ave S. More info and tickets at www.seattlemeninleather.org.]

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