Congratulations to Joe Birdwell, Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2014 and Thomas Idoux, First Runner Up
Please join the Centaur MC in welcoming the judges for Mid-Atlantic Leather 2014!
Hailing from the City of Champions, Bryce is no stranger to the leather community. Having celebrated his 10th anniversary in the leather community, his journey is a illustration on determination and perseverance. Having competed for Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather in 2003, he finished first -runner up, then came back the next year and won in 2004. After competing at Mid Atlantic Leather he focused his efforts with the local leather club; Three Rivers Leather Club. Then in 2012 he was asked to compete for a new contest called Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish and won. He then went on to best a competitive field and win 2013 Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather. Proving you can accomplish what you set your mind to.
In addition to his title service, Bryce is a board member of Pittsburgh Leather Pride, key fundraiser for Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Shepherd Wellness, and the annual Toy Drive for Allegheny County Youth and Children’s Services. His travels have taken him to MAL, CLAW, IML, CLAP, 12 Days of Xmas and Scarlett’s. He lives with his partner Mike, two cats, two dogs and a cockatoo. But his proudest achievement is representing the brothers and sisters of the Centaur MC with humility and dignity. He wishes all the contestants the very best and support your local leather club.
Andy was born in Santa Maria, California. He moved to San Francisco 11 years ago, where he currently resides. Although interested in leather from childhood, his adult introduction to the leather community began with the Powerhouse bar on Folsom Street and quickly spread from there.
In 2011 Andy was selected as a Bare Chest Calendar man for the 2012 Bare Chest Calendar, helping to raise over $150,000 for AIDS related charities. He has since served on the Bare Chest Calendar judging committee for the past two years. His title run began with becoming Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2013, and ultimately going on to become Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013. In May 2013 Andy became the 5th International Mr. Leather to hail from San Francisco. Andy has done work with the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, Mr. S Leather, AIDS Emergency Fund, Folsom Street Events, among other nation and community organizations. Andy enjoys watersports, boots, rubber/latex, Daddies, boys, and pretty much everything else.
Chandler Bearden is a native Georgian and has been a resident of Atlanta for nearly 20 years. He was Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010, worked with the LeatherHeart Foundation, and taught Sm 101 classes at the Atlanta Eagle and Southeast Leatherfest. But his interest in the community extends beyond leather. Chandler has lent his time and talents to Hotlanta Roundup (an event for LGBT in recovery), Street Meals Volunteer for the homeless, Intergalactic Love Affair (an annual event benefitting various non-profits), and the Atlanta Meth Task Force. Before culminating in becoming the Outreach Specialist for the MISTER Program of Positive Impact, Chandler’s career pursuits led him through many creative venues, including multimedia design and the body piercing industry. Now, while working on the Community PROMISE project at MISTER, Chandler is developing HIV prevention outreach materials to “meet the community where they are” in the effort to empower people to keep themselves healthy and safe. His team of volunteers delivers encouragement, information, and role model stories to the community — and supplies free condoms, lube, and HIV testing at MISTER.
Kristopher DeBlase has been a member of the leather community for more than 6 years. Just like many others, his interest in the community was sparked by the love of the look/image. Shortly after being introduced to the community, he earned the title Mr. Maryland Leather 2008. Being 23 at the time, he is not only the youngest Mr. Maryland Leather, but was also the youngest that year to go on to compete in the International Mr. Leather contest, where he made the top 20, placing 16th. He has since made it his goal to focus on bringing youth into the community by being a presence. During his title year, he also decided to get involved with youth suicide prevention as it is a cause very near and dear to his heart; almost becoming a suicide statistic himself. SPEAK: Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids has become the organization of his choice. Kristopher continues to sit on their board, and has since help raise over $3,000 for the organization. In recent years, he has also become a full member of COMMAND, MC (Corps of Men Making a Noticeable Difference, Motorcycle Club). He understands the importance of all aspects of our GLBTQ community, and is honored to work alongside many of those in other parts of the community, including the drag queen community and the bear community. Most recently, Kris was honored to be pinned into Mama’s Family as Mama’s Nervous Nellie. Kristopher continues to get involved in the community after his title year and can be seen living true to his IML speech: “I am a Leatherman…I’m here, and I am not going anywhere.”
John hails from Baltimore, MD where he lives with his fiancé Fernando, but calls DC as his leather home. Since becoming Mr. DC Eagle 2009, John competed at IML finishing in the top 20 and spent his title year having fun with contests, fund raisers and hanging out at the DC Eagle. Over the last 4 years, John has been focused on his career which has him traveling considerably these days. Additionally, John spends most of his other free time with his fiancé Fernando and catching time with his 2 amazing kids Meredith and Cole. Additionally, John has joined the Highwaymen TNT Club. And in December, John turns the Big 50 this year! One of his new passions is running 5 and 10K runs. In October, John will run with other former Mr. DC Eagles as team Eagles Fly in the Army 10 miler race.
For the past 3 years John has served as one of the Tallies for the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. He often touts one of the benefits of being the tally is knowing who wins MAL before anyone else. He is honored to be a judge for the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2014 contest and will add this prestigious honor to one of his A-List moment in his self-proclaimed life on the Leather D-List. John wishes the best of luck to all the contestants and congratulations to Bryce Caine, Mr. MAL 2013 for a great year.
John was born and raised in Philadelphia but now resides in Pennsauken, NJ with his spouse, Joe. He has been a vocal and dedicated representative of the leather community for 20+ years as a member of the Philadelphians MC. John recently finished a 4-year commitment serving as Secretary of the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC). John won his title of Mr. Philadelphia Leather in 2007 after spending many, many years behind the scenes supporting the contest as a bartender/manager at the Bike Stop. John competed at IML XXIX.
Over the years, John has been committed to organizing events and raising funds for a number of organizations including The Attic Youth Center, Action AIDS, The Mazzoni Clinic and William Way Community Center. He is most proud of his recent work as a founding member of his employer’s LGBTQ associate resource group.
He holds Associate/Honorary memberships to a number of leather clubs including Centaur MC, Harbor Masters of Maine, KnightHawks of VA, Twilight Guard, Excelsior MC, Pennsmen, Black Guard of Minneapolis, Long Island Ravens and Potomac MC.
Joan joined the Alameda County Leather Corps in 1999 and was president of the club twice before running for and winning Ms. Alameda County Leather 2006. She was ICF Woman of the year in 2005 and 2009. During the 15 years she has been a part of ACLC she has helped produce events raising over $200,000.
Joan was nominated for Pantheon Woman of the year in 2009. She ran as an independent for American Leather Woman in 2008 winning the title and bringing it back to the bay area. She currently is working with The American Brotherhood Weekend as sponsorship chairperson. She is part of Mamas Family (Mamas Cynic).
She has been interested in the leather lifestyle and what it means on a personal level since High School when she got her first pair of handcuffs and used to bring her girlfriend to class on a leash. She personally believes in consensual choices, safe and sane sexual relationships and the rest of the titles are based on individual choices. She prefers not to limit herself with a label or a box that identifies her for others’ comfort and acceptance, and she believes in the right to privacy in the bedroom and in the community.
Nigel grew up in the United Kingdom, but has lived in the USA for the last 15 years. He moved to Washington, DC in 2010 and now calls the Capital City “home”. Always curious about the world of Leather, Nigel’s first exposure to the Community came in 1998 with a fateful visit to the Ramrod in Fort Lauderdale. This opened his eyes to a whole new world of hot men, kink, and a community in touch with their passions and unapologetically living out loud.
Nigel was proud to win the title of Mr. DC Eagle 2013 and went on to compete in International Mr. Leather 2013 placing in the Finals. Nigel is very active in the DC Community and has been a passionate fundraiser for Whitman-Walker Health, AIDS Walk Washington, SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) and the Ali Forney Center in New York City.
Nigel enjoys getting hot and sweaty in all forms (Running Marathons, Triathlons, Naked Yoga and Working Out). He has a love of travel, exploring new places, and is blessed with an amazing Family – biological and chosen. He wishes the very best of luck to the contestants running for Mr. MAL 2014 and is honored to be a part of their once in a lifetime experience.
In 2003, Ryan first discovered his love of leather in Seattle. Since that time, he has made San Francisco his home and it is there that he has discovered a sense of community. Currently, he is the Chair of the Young Leathermen’s Discussion Group and the founding President of the new Bay Area boys of Leather. He has helped coordinate several contests and events in San Francisco and is excited and humbled to come back to Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend to serve the Centaurs as Tally Master.