On November 5th, the 27th Mr. Maryland Leather Contest was held at Grand Central Station in Baltimore. This annual contest produced by COMMAND, MC has been selecting Maryland’s representative to the International Mr. Leather (IML) Contest since 1991. The leather community has changed a lot since 1991, but some in the audience for this year’s contest are still talking about this year’s Mr. Maryland Leather titleholder. A yellow stained white jock? An entrance on all fours? A puppy tail? A flannel shirt and COMMAND, MC club vest replacing formal leather? The selection of 26-year-old Peter Dayton who goes by the name of Pup Orpheus as Mr. Maryland Leather 2017 has many tongues wagging.
I cannot tell you how many times I have returned from a leather event and run into a friend who says, “I’ve always wanted to go to that, but I’ve never been.” As one gets older you start to look back over your life. I find that most people do not regret the things that they did, they regret the things that they didn’t do. Make 2017 the year that you do it!
The holiday season for most people is a roller coaster of emotions. It is filled with moments of joy and times of sadness. As you get older the season of cheer can evolve from a time that you look forward to into a time that you look forward to being over. Thank goodness there are three local holiday traditions that always help put me in the spirit. In Baltimore the first Thursday in December brings the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. It was the 45th annual this year and the festivities keep getting bigger. Sir Steve and I started at Leon’s for happy hour. (Hey, I like to be lit before the monument.) There we met several friends from COMMAND, MC who suggested going to Flavor for one more drink before the ceremony. As the choirs sang and fireworks filled the sky, I felt the holiday spirit and the brotherhood of the leather community.
Grey Onyx from Capital Heights, Maryland and a longtime member of Onyx Mid-Atlantic was selected Mr. D.C. Eagle 2017 on Saturday, November 19th during the D.C. Eagle’s 45th anniversary weekend held at the bar’s current location (3701 Benning Road NE). Kyle Collins founder and co-chair of D.C. Leather Pride was selected first runner-up. In the great tradition of the Mr. D.C. Eagle Contest, which is the oldest, continuous leather title event in the leather community, the contest moved quickly. Even with five contestants, it only took 90 minutes to put the contestants through barware, physique, and formal leather / speech. The step-down speech by Mr. D.C. Eagle 2016 Danny Kaylor-Hawkins was heartfelt and brief. The only filler entertainment was a wonderful burlesque performance by International Ms. Leather 2016 Lascivious Jane who performed a hot number from the Broadway hit Avenue Q. The length of the contest allowed for lots of time afterwards to congratulate the participants, greet old friends, and make new ones. Lord knows we have all been to those contests where the winner is sashed and last call is announced at the same time!
Alex “Bear” Conley from Silver Spring, Maryland and founder/president of the Queer Leather Alliance was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2017 at the annual MALW Contest held on November 12th at the Charm City Play Space in Baltimore. Jadelynn “Wicked Jade” Wikkid from Haddonfield, New Jersey was selected the first ever Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack. Also competing to be the 8th Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman was Jessiedots Gate who is the co-producer of Philadelphia Leather Pride Night and hails from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
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