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Please join the Centaur MC in welcoming the judges for Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015!
Joe Birdwell, Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2014
I grew up in small town in Tennessee where I spent most of my childhood running through the fields pretending to be Wonder Woman; however I managed to grow up to become an architect. Eventually through a job transfer I landed in Pittsburgh and this is where my leather journey began. It all started when I competed for Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish for the first time. I finished 1st runner up but left feeling like I had been reunited with long lost family. After the contest I became very involved in my new found community. I became a member of Three Rivers Leather Club. It was at this point that I began to volunteer and work for many community organizations. Shepherd Wellness, Metropolitan Ministries, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Leather pride to name a few. A year had passed and I decided to run for the Pittsburgh title again this time I won and went on to become Mr. MAL 2014 in January.
I have since been relocated to Tampa where I live with my partner Todd and where I am looking forward to putting my roots down and getting involved in the Florida Leather Community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Centaur MC for all of the love and support you have given me the past year. You are amazing and it is because of you Todd and I consider Washington, DC a second home.
Ramien Pierre, International Mr. Leather 2014
Ramien grew up in suburban Philadelphia, PA, and came to Washington, DC in 2001 for a one-year fellowship. In DC, Ramien found himself embraced by a loving community of people working for the forces of good, and that (not his poor sense of direction) made it impossible for him to leave in the 13 years since. DC is also where Ramien had his leather coming-out. Going to the DC Eagle was his first time at a leather bar, and Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2009 was his first leather event. Since then Ramien has strengthened his connection to the DC-area leather community. He joined the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ONYX – a national leather and kink fraternal organization for men of color. He holds the title of International Mr. Leather 2014, Mr. DC Eagle 2014, and while his home bar is making its transition into a new space at 3701 Benning Road SE, Ramien holds the unofficial title of Mr. DC Eagle-in-Exile 2014.
Ramien loves supporting youth and elder charities, because he feels it’s the job of every community to take care of its juniors and seniors. He also enjoys working up a sweat through competitive volleyball, Olympic-style weightlifting, and hot yoga. To relax he enjoys reading, road trips with his boyfriend, and Netflix bingeing. In terms of his kinks, Ramien enjoys early mornings, rope play, and flogging. Ramien’s preferred personal pronouns are “he”, “him” and “his”. His preferred dessert is cake… always cake!
Alan Penrod, International LeatherSIR 2011
Alan began his journey into the Leather and BDSM lifestyle nearly 2 decades ago while living in South Florida. He began exploring the heavier side of BDSM in 1996 while in his first recognized DOM/sub relationship. Alan moved to Atlanta in 2004 and has been an active member of Atlanta’s Leather, BDSM, and Fetish communities. Alan is a full member and past President of Panther L/L club and the co-founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. He is the co-owner and producer of Southeast Black and Blue Weekend and the co-producer of Atlanta Leather Pride. Alan holds the titles of International LeatherSIR 2011, Southeast LeatherSIR 2011, and Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2009. Alan shares his life with his two collared boys: pup nitro and boy david. He facilitates classes and demos on a wide variety of BDSM topics including corporal punishment, whips, stun guns, hot wax mummification, CBT, clothes pins & clamps, and cigar play.
She’s served in many aspects, as a back patch club member, titleholder, judge, emcee, event staff/co-coordinator, educator, contest producer, writer, Mama’s Family member, and activist. She has also been recognized with Pantheon of Leather’s “Community Choice-Woman of the Year 2007″.
Fundraising has always been a focus for her. She has personally helped raise over $145,000 with the monies benefiting various causes: HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, GLBT, children’s & youth charities. The Lady is a writer and has written an award-winning weekly column for WV Queer News (and now blog) on leather life called “Justice Is Served”, and has been a contributing writer to Leatherati.
In 2009, she was bestowed her Master’s cover by a community of her peers.
She is polyamorous; a kinky BDSM player, an equal opportunity superfreak, a passionate gender outlaw, and a hardcore activist for acceptance and equality, on all fronts.
Luke Moon, Laird Leatherman 2011
The simple nudge in the right direction has led to growth and an awakening over the last decade, and the ability to meet and be touched by some of the world’s most amazing leather men, women, boys, and pups.
Luke was Laird Leatherman 2011, and has spent many years and countless hours working in community organisations including, The Antiviolence Project (the peak GLBT community organisation leading discussion on violence and its impact within and against the community); executive member of The Melbourne Charges Football Club (Gay Rugby), Founding Member and executive member of Victorian Leather, Inc. executive member of 94.9 FM (Gay radio station), and numerous other GLBT organisations.
Luke currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where he works for a global investment firm as the Global Chief Financial Officer. Luke lives by his credo: Loved, Owned, Protected, and is deeply honoured and humbled to be asked to Judge at Mid Atlantic Leather 2015
Joey McDonald, Den Daddy for International Mr. Leather
Joey McDonald has been an active member of the BDSM/Leather community for 37 years. In 1977, as a sailor in the US Navy, Joey was introduced to the scene when his ship made a visit to Bremerhaven, Germany. Two years later while visiting family in Chicago, he volunteered at the first International Mr. Leather competition. He has been a part of the IML family since then, and he currently serves on the IML Executive Board as Den Daddy.
Joey enjoys serving on speaker panels among the LGBT, Leather/BDSM, 12-Step Recovery, HIV/AIDS and African-American communities where he can share his knowledge and thoughts on Mentoring, Kink in Recovery, ‘Safer’ Play, Racism & Sexism, and Magnetic (serodiscordant) Relationships; he also judges contests in and out of leather. In 2009, he was honored with the Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award and was also inducted into Chicago’s Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame.
From 2005 to 2013, Joey worked on Illinois’ Civil Union and Marriage Equality push. He currently splits his days being a community health worker and raising funds & getting school supplies for underprivileged youth. In his spare time, he indulges his fondness for travel, gingers, pups, electricity and honey…. go ahead and ask!
Joey is honored to be a member of the judging panel for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015.
Rodney Burger, Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001
Rodney is from Baltimore, Maryland and in April 2014, Rodney was sworn in for his ninth year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over ten years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. As one of the biggest fans of the Centaur M.C. and MAL, Rodney is greatly honored to have be asked to help select Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015.
Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014, has been an active member of the puppy community ever since he first came out of the kennel in 2008. Before that, he was already active in the Washington DC and Mid-Atlantic area leather community since 2003, beginning with membership in the DC boys of Leather, eventually becoming president of that club. From that modest start he has gone on to serve and be active in a number of community events and organizations. He is a board member at Leather & Kink United in DC and co-chair for the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council’s (AMCC) Outreach Committee. He has received a number of awards for his service, including the DC boys of Leather’s Leatherboy of the Year Award, IPC’s 2012 Good Puppy Award, and is a member of Mama’s Family as Mama’s Pup Tripp.
More recently, Pup Tripp has focused his efforts on the pup community where he has been recognized as both leader and ardent advocate. He is a co-founder and Alpha of the Mid-Atlantic Kennel Korps, the first pup & handler group on the East Coast and has co-coordinated the popular puppy mosh at Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend for several years. As IPC’s International Puppy 2014, his efforts to expand and promote the puppy community have reached beyond the regional scene to reach groups nationwide as well as in Canada.
Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson, International Leatherboy 2011
In 2006, he moved to Atlanta where he met Sir Alan Penrod and began to discover his “Leather Heart”. Nearly a year later he earned his collar and was given his pup name, “NITRO” (Needs Intense Torture to Reach Orgasm). Nitro is currently the President of Panther L/L, and is a Co-Founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. He is the co-owner of Southeast Black and Blue, LLC and co-producer of Atlanta Leather Pride. He has held the titles of Mr. Hotlanta Rubber 2008, Southeast Leatherboy 2011, and International Leatherboy 2011. Nitro teaches BDSM and Leather Lifestyle classes on a variety of topics and enjoys any play involving tight bondage, mummification, rubber/latex, electricity, cbt, and watersports. He also serves as a mentor to other boys, helping them find their voice within our beautifully diverse leather community.