Friday, October 21, 2011

Dallas Rocks the Gulf Coast

During the weekend of September 23-24, 2011 I had the great pleasure of attending and judging the Gulf Coast Regional LeatherSIR and Leatherboy contests.  The weekend of events began Friday evening with a contestant and judges Meet and Greet which was held at the Dallas Eagle. The meet and greet was an opportunity for people to meet the contestants, judges, tally masters, contest producers, and other contest staff. During the introductions the contest judges and bar patrons were introduced to the two SIR contestants (Sir Trust, aka Peter Reid and Jack Duke) and one boy contestant (Michael Dang).  After the introductions there were several live auctions and a silent auction of several donated items.

Saturday morning began very early with contestant interviews beginning at 9:30am. The interviews went relatively well with two of the interviews being particularly entertaining, especially when the contestants were asked direct questions about the types of sex and play they enjoy most. The one thing that continues to trouble me as a contest judge is that oftentimes contestants are completely unaware of the history of the contests which they are competing.  This field of contestants was no exception as two of the three contestants struggled to answer questions concerning the history and purpose of the LeatherSIR/boy contests and it connection to DRUMMER.  The greater disappointment is that this was not the first time I had interviewed LeatherSIR/boy contestants that were unfamiliar with the historical nature of our contests.  It was this realization that led to the development of the very short message that I delivered during the Saturday night public portion of the contest which went as follows:

Good evening everyone

I would like to take a moment to thank the producers of the Gulf Coast LeatherSIR/Leatherboy contests for bringing me and my boy pup Nitro to Dallas this weekend to participate in your regional contests.  I would also like to thank Jeffery and David for opening their home and hosting us this weekend. 

While we are here tonight to watch and support these contests, this weekend is about so much more.  This weekend we celebrate what it truly means to march to the beat of a different drummer.  It is a celebration and affirmation of our culture and our history as Leathermen, Leather women, and hard kinky players. 

The international LeatherSIR/Leatherboy & Community Bootblack contests more than many others… embodies our community’s rich diversity and remains true to its history … as we reach back to our roots …back to the days of Drummer Magazine and the International Drummer contests of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  This weekend we embrace who we are … and what we love to do: hard … sweaty…kinky… leather… sex!

Tonight, we will add to our rich history as we name a new set of titleholders for the Gulf Coast Region…a new set of titleholders to represent this region at the International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy contest in San Francisco in July. 

I am honored and humbled to be part of this great event… and I Thank you for welcoming me and my boy to your beautiful city!

Thank you all and have a fantastic evening!

Speaking of the evening contest, it began with a VIP Reception at the Dallas Eagle that started at 6:30pm.  Light snacks were served and attendees had the opportunity to interact with the contestants and judges before the evening contest began.  The contest began promptly at 8:00pm.  The contest was very fun and all three contestants appear to have had a really great time. As is usually the case, the highlight of the evening was the leather sex fantasies. The fantasies were quiet entertaining and with the theme of “Fetish” it seemed oddly fitting that all of the fantasies involving animals some sort. I must say the vegan fisting the chicken was simply awesome!

As the contest drew to a close the 2012 winners were announced:

SIR Jack Duke, Gulf Coast LeatherSIR

boy Michael, Gulf Coast Leatherboy

Bootblack Brenton, agreed to serve as Gulf Coast Bootblack for another year.

I would like to congratulate Gulf Coast Producer Dan Parry and all of the contestants on a job well done.

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