International Person of Leather 2016

posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:08 AM by Andrew Love   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 1:29 PM ]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New International Person of Leather Named in February!

Las Vegas, Nevada – February 6, 2016 – The beginning of February saw Shahrazad, Ms. Toronto Leather 2016 and an independent contestant from Canada, sashed as the 2016 International Person of Leather. Highlights of the contest this year were some extremely hot fantasies by each of the contestants, as well as some very thought-provoking speeches. First Runner Up was Ms. Donna, Southwest Person of Leather 2015. 
 
What are the new International Person of Leather’s plans for her title year? In the speech component of the contest, Shahrazad posited that “each facet or subgroup within our leather tribe carries an archetypal energy that we can all learn from, despite the fact that we may not be ‘into’ every gender or fetish or SM practice.” She is about to build on this platform of respect and honor for leather diversity with a project that seeks to ask the question “what is it that YOU teach our leather tribe, by virtue of simply being you?” Through her travels this year, she will be collecting answers from a wide diversity of leather, kink, and fetish oriented individuals, and will compile the results to share with the community at large at the end of her title year. 

When asked why she applied as an independent contestant to this year’s contest, Shahrazad replied, “The International Person of Leather title resonates with me at a core level because of the deep respect and acceptance that it stands for in our community. The powerful message that sexual and personal diversities are valued and encouraged is one that speaks volumes to my personal experience as a person of leather who does not neatly fit into a “box”.”

Mr. Andrew Love, Co-Founder of the International Person of Leather Contest said, “What a contest! So many extremely qualified contestants! It’s great to see so much excitement about the contest. Congratulations to Shahrazad, well fought and won.”

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.”
 
Co-Founder of the International Person of Leather Contest, slave Jazz, was excited by the diversity reflected in this year’s five contestants, “we had the Southeast Person of Leather 2015, Autumn, the Heartland Person of Leather 2015, slave adeena, the Rocky Mountain Person of Leather 2015, Ikon, the Southwest Person of Leather 2015, Ms. Donna, and Sharazad, Ms. Toronto Leather 2016 all competing on one stage this year. Next year, it looks like we’ll have contestants from our new Northwest Person of Leather and at LEAST one new Canadian region, if not two. It’s tremendous to see the excitement for this contest, born of a desire to celebrate our diversity rather than limit ourselves by it, spread like wildfire!”
 
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 Shahrazad, International Person of Leather 2016, email 2015IPOL@gmail.com
 
Next up for Person of Leather? Join Jon Marrelli, the regional producer of the Rocky Mountain Person of Leather Competition at Rocky Mountain Rebellion in Salt Lake City, UT on August 25-28, 2016 or visit Atlanta, GA the same weekend for the Southeast Person of Leather competition held in conjunction with SouthEast LeatherFest with regional producer, Lady Catherine Gross. Regional producer of Southwest Person of Leather will host her 2016 contest at Behind Closed Doors in Tuscon, AZ on October 7-9 again this year, and Master Patrice, the regional producer of Heartland Person of Leather plans her contest for Beyond Vanilla, in Dallas, TX for 2016. 

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.