First-Ever International Person of Leather Contest Held in Sin City!

posted Mar 4, 2015, 10:34 PM by Andrew Love

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First-Ever International Person of Leather Contest Held in Sin City!

Las Vegas, Nevada – February 28, 2015 – Last weekend at Sin in the City, Southwest Person of Leather, Papa Bear of Las Vegas, Nevada, became the first-ever International Person of Leather. Highlights of the contest were Papa Bear’s leather bar fantasy and each contestant’s very moving speeches about diversity and acceptance.  First Runner Up is Master Bill Keith,  Heartland Person of Leather 2014.

What are the plans for the first International Person of Leather? To quote Papa Bear, “I look forward to the opportunity to travel and represent this title. I want to touch as many communities as possible. I'm humbled by those who are already reaching out with opportunities to teach and speak about Person of Leather and its pillars.”  When asked why this title is important to him he responded, "What's important to me? It's important that we as a community ensure that everybody feels they have a voice. Making sure that those that feel lost, start feeling like they have a place and know they're not alone. This title is about blurring lines. It's about celebrating diversity in the leather and alternative sex communities.  We are all one community I want to bring that message to as many as I can."

Mr. Andrew Love, Co-Founder of the International Person of Leather Contest said, “I was really moved by the speeches, it was clear to me that the contestants really understood the vision and intent we the Co-Founders set forth in establishing this new contest.  I was also touched by the support of the audience and their personal comments on what it means to them to see Person of Leather come to be.”

The Executive Producer of Sin in the City, Master Konraad, was obviously moved by the contest, stating, “Sin in the City was honored to host the brand new International Person of Leather Contest and give our attendees the chance to witness a new page of leather history and a contest that addresses the needs of our current community."

Co-Found of the International Person of Leather Contest, slave Jazz, was excited by the diversity reflected in all aspects of the contest and production: "We were tickled and touched to have such a distinguished panel of judges in our first year, each a producer or titleholder of one of the major international leather titles. The contest—and its contestants—were truly inspirational, and I am honored to have been a part of it."

The International Person of Leather Contest was founded by Executive Producers Mr. Andrew Love, Master Tallen, and slave Jazz to celebrate an individual in the leather community who promotes diversity and strengthens leather culture as a mentor/educator/individual and spokesperson throughout that person’s title year. Persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations compete against each other for one title, with the stress of this contest being on dedication to one’s community above and beyond any external categorization.

To contact Papa Bear, International Person of Leather 2015, email 2015IPOL@gmail.com


Next up for Person of Leather? Check out the first ever SouthEast Person of Leather competition held in conjunction with SouthEast LeatherFest by Regional Producer, Lady Catherine Gross in June 11-14, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Rocky Mountain Rebellion, Beyond Vanilla, and Behind Closed Doors will also be holding regional Person of Leather contests this year.

Should you be interested in producing one of the International Person of Leather regions, please visit our website: http://www.personofleather.com.

About International Person of Leather (InterPOL):

The International Person of Leather Contest is a celebration of the diversity in the Leather community.  The title of Person of Leather exists to promote that diversity.

International Person of Leather is a community service title.  We see that the leather community consists of extremely diverse people with a common thread throughout, that thread being Leather culture.

Each year, a single International Person of Leather will be selected not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications and to make an impact in their communities. We will expect these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year.

The goal of the International Person of Leather is to promote and celebrate the diversity of Leather Culture both regionally and internationally throughout the alternative sex-positive community on behalf of the International Person of Leather Contest.

Person of Leather: one title, one community.

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