Friday, October 21, 2011

Fuck the Politics...Let's Play!

I have had numerous requests to post the introductory speech I gave during this year's Southeast Black and Blue Satruday night contests, so here it is:


Fuck the Politics...Let's Play

Welcome to Southeast Black and Blue Weekend:

Good evening everyone, I am Alan Penrod, International LeatherSIR 2011

Welcome to our first Southeast Black and Blue Weekend!  A weekend where we can come together as a community of “players” and embrace who we truly are as Leathermen, Leather women, and hard playing, sex loving kinksters.

If you are player, no matter what gets you off; no matter if this is this first time you have ever been to the Eagle or whether you have been in the lifestyle for 25 years, this weekend is for you! No matter whether you are gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender, or anything else, if you are a player this weekend is for you!

Tonight, Southeast Black and Blue, LLC is proud to re-introduce to Atlanta and the six states that make up the southeast region, three great players contests that called Atlanta home several years ago:  Southeast LeatherSIR, Southeast Leatherboy, and Southeast Community Bootblack. These three great contests, combined with our Mr. Southeast Rubber contest, have made for one hot, sexy, steamy, play-filled weekend.

This weekend is an opportunity for Leather, Rubber and BDSM players from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina to come together and show the rest of country why we are still called “the dirty south”!

While the contests are what brought many of us here this evening, this weekend is about so much more.  This weekend we celebrate what it truly means to march to the beat of a different drummer.  This weekend is a celebration of our rich history and an affirmation of our culture as Leather folk and players. 

This weekend is not about community politics, it’s not about having to always be politically correct, and it is not about politically-charged titleholder platforms. This weekend is not about conforming to someone else’s view of how you should act, what you should do, or who you should be.

This weekend is about embracing the sexual rebel that is inside all of us! This weekend is about being who YOU are, it’s about doing what YOU like to do, it’s about having the sex that YOU like to have, and playing the way YOU want to play. This weekend is about marching to the beat of your own drum and being accepted and respected for that!

This weekend and its contests are about the fun side of leathersex, rubbersex, and BDSM.  It is about getting back to why we are Leathermen, Leather women, and rubber players in the first place:  because it’s fun, it’s sensual, it’s hot, it’s sweaty … sometimes it’s just downright dirty … it’s just what we do!

So, to sum up the intent of this weekend of events in a single phrase:  “Fuck the politics, let’s play!

About the Southeast LeatherSIR and Leatherboy Contests:

The Southeast LeatherSIR and Southeast Leatherboy contests embody our community’s rich diversity while remaining true to its history.  If you are gay and legally indentify as a male, you are eligible to compete for either of these two titles

So what are these two contests all about? To find your answer simply open the pages of an old DRUMMER magazine.  This [DRUMMER] my friends is where these two contests began. 

The contestants competing for the titles of LeatherSIR and Leatherboy will be reaching back to our contest’s roots. Reaching back to the days of Drummer Magazine; back to the days of the Mr. Drummer and drummer boy contests of the 70s, 80s, and 90s; back to the days when we celebrated and embraced radical sex; back to the days when we searched for the sexual rebel. Southeast Black and Blue brings back these players contests.

Look in the pages of a Drummer Magazine. Look in pages of today’s radical sex magazine: “Instigator”!  That is what the Southeast LeatherSIR and Southeast Leatherboy contests are all about.

The players community has a rich and beautiful history of leathersex and this weekend we kick-off a new era here in the south of embracing our hard … sweaty…kinky… rebel sex!

The Dirty South Rises Again!

After a couple of relatively quiet years the dirty south rises like a phoenix in 2011 as we saw three of our local/regional titleholders go on to claim International Players Titles. In November 2010, G-Man won the 2011 Mr. International Rubber Contest in Chicago.  Then, this past July in San Francisco me and Nitro went on the win the 2011 International LeatherSIR/boy contests. It is with these successes that the southeast region welcomes a new event called Southeast Black and Blue Weekend. Calling Atlanta its home, Southeast Black and Blue (SEBB) is a weekend for leather, rubber, and fetish enthusiasts from all walks of life to celebrate who we are as players.  This event serves to remind the rest of the nation why we are still called the “Dirty South”!

The public portion of the weekend festivities began Friday night with our SEBB Meet and Greet at the Atlanta Eagle.  This is actually one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend.  Robby and Jack from the Eagle gave us the lower level patio bar where we set up intense BDSM demos, the bootblack contestant Interpersonal Skills station, and where the members of our local Leather club, Panther L/L tended bar and sold jell-o shooters.  All of the tips raised at the bar as well as all jell-o shooter proceeds were donated to the SEBB Titleholders fund. This was an opportunity for the contestants and judges to get to know one another in a more casual setting as well as offer the judges an opportunity to see how each contestant interacts in public with weekend guests and bar patrons.

I teamed up with Insatiable Amazon (Producer of Southeast Olympus) to conduct an intense and sometimes amusing Violet Wand and Stun Gun demo with our slaves.  In addition, Archer provided an incredible Single Tail demo followed by Marshall (International Leatherboy 2006) with his flogging demo. All of the demos were real crowd pleasers.

At 11:00pm our bootblack contestant set up for her interpersonal skills demonstration.  The bootblack judges had 60 minutes to observe how girl dale interacted with her customers.

During the night we had several volunteers going around selling raffle tickets for some great prize drawings to be held during the Saturday evening portion of the contest.

The Friday evening event wrapped up around 3:00am and was very well attended. Well over100 people packed the patio deck to enjoy the kick-off of our first SEBB Weekend. The fun didn’t end there as we heard several reports the next day of some fun private parties that kept many of our out of town guests quite entertained through the following morning.

One thing that we tried to do is make the judging experience as pleasant and fun as possible for those people who have volunteered their time to help us select our titleholders.  To that end we were committed to valuing the judges need for proper rest and time to eat good meals. So instead of starting our day at the early in the morning, the judges all met at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm for the Bootblack Technical Boot, Speech and Personal Interview portions of the contest.  We tried something a little different this year by combining the speech portion of the contest with the closed personal interview.  We did this in order to allow the judges an opportunity to ask the contestants questions about their speech.  This arrangement was very well received by the judges and the contestants.  This portion of the contest concluded at about 3pm. After the interviews were done the judges left the eagle to eat, rest and get ready for the evening’s festivities.

At 5:00pm the Atlanta Eagle was hoping again for a BBQ and $5 beer bust which we named the “Find your Kink BBQ”.  During the BBQ we had a Leather vendor, LeatherHorse Gear, set up to sell leather gear as well as a Leather Swap table of donated gear for sale. All of the proceeds from the gear swap went to the SEBB titleholders travel fund.

During the BBQ there were demo stations set up throughout the bar where people could observe and try out different kinks that they wanted to.  The afternoon kink demo stations included single tails, flogging, paddling, caning, violet wands & stun guns, rope harnesses, and a buzz-cut station.  This was also a time for open bootblacking. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and the BQQ raised over $300 for the travel fund.

The Saturday evening contest began at 8:15pm in front of a crowd of about 100 or so spectators.  As the contest continued the crowd steadily increased in size.  The emcees for the night were the three current ILSb Titleholders: myself, Nitro and Luna (International Community Bootblack 2011). We had two A.S.L. sign interpreters who volunteered their services to translate the contest as needed.  The bootblack was judged on the final category Leather Image in which she made three appearances on stage, one of which was to auction off her two baskets for the travel fund.  The judges used all three of these stage appearances to arrive at a score for the Leather Image portion of the bootblack contest. The rubber contestant was judged on Rubber Image, Play Gear, and Grab Bag Fantasy. Me and Nitro performed our fantasy scene that we did at ILSb which turned out to be a real of the crowd pleaser again. By the end of the evening contest the entire bar was filled wall to wall with people and it was a very enthusiastic and interactive crowd. 

We raised a total of $2,325.50 for the titleholders travel fund over the course of the weekend from things such as our 24 page Sponsors Book, Friday night Panther L/L bar tips, Raffle, Auctions, BBQ Donations, and Gear Swap. 

At the end of the contest we had two new Southeast Titleholders: girl dale our 2012 Southeast Community Bootblack and Jamie Payne our 2012 Mr. Southeast Rubber.

I would like to thank our contest judges for the weekend:
Alex Lindsay, American Leatherman 2009
Boy Dave Hudson, Southeast Bootblack 2011
Red Warrior, International Community Bootblack, 2011
Nefarious, Mr. Southeast LeatherFest 2009
Boy Andy, South Carolina Leatherboy 2011
G-Man, Mr. International Rubber 2011
Pamm, Lloyd E. Russell Foundation and Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2001
Ben Carter, Mr. SECC 2011
Loren Berthelson, Editor-In-Chief,
Master Dan, local rope bondage instructor

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.