International Mr. Leather

IML owner Renslow Charitable Trust holds first meeting

CHICAGO — The Renslow Charitable Trust held its initial organizational meeting at the Executive Offices of International Mr. Leather, Inc. (IML) in Chicago this week. The Trust was formed to manage and ensure Chuck’s express desire that IML be a direct funding source for The Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), located in Chicago.  Chuck announced the creation of the Trust in his speech at the 2010 International Mr. Leather contest. The Trust owns 100% of International Mr. Leather, Inc. and the income from IML will be used exclusively to support the LA&M. The Trustees of the Trust met and elected a new Board of Directors of International Mr. Leather, Inc. In turn, the new Board of Directors elected three individuals to serve as the new Officers of the IML Corporation.

Chicago sends MCL 2017 Daddy G to IML

CHICAGO — Mr. Chicago Leather 2017, Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak, was sent off to IML on Saturday, May 20, with a party at Chicago’s Touche. The send-off party was a fundraiser for both the MCL travel fund and Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ people escape from hostile countries like Chechnya. More than $500 was raised both during performances and a raffle. Chicago drag queen Muffy Fishbasket did a performance starting out with Kellyanne Conway’s notorious inauguration outfit then switching to Harley Quinn toward the end, getting a huge approval from the crowd. The Windy City Sisters of Perpetual indulgence were also on hand to wish Daddy G good luck and, after having him walk on water (water sprinkled on the floor), parting the red C and curing the blind (putting MIR 17 Jeffery Basile’s glasses back on), declared him Saint VPL, patron saint of boys in gray sweat shorts.

IML 2017 send off for Mr. Fetish Jackhammer, Mr. Leather 64TEN

CHICAGO — Jackhammer and leather store Leather 64TEN held an IML send-off for their contestants at Jackhammer on Saturday, May 13. Slade Travis, Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2017, and TJ Howard, Mr. Leather 64TEN 2017, will be two of three contestants representing Chicago at International Mr. Leather over Memorial Day weekend. Saturday was also TJ’s birthday and chances to give him spanking were offered for $5 for two swats with a paddle. The send-off was hosted by the Emperor and Empress of the Imperial Court of the Windy City. A silent auction was held to help raise money for both Slade’s and TJ’s efforts at IML.

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

IML Weekend raises $72,000 for the LA&M

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack weekend raised $72,000 for the LA&M during the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend event.  In addition to donations from visitors to the IML Leather Market, funds were raised at a raffle of a portable sling from Fort Troff, a roast of the outgoing International Mr. Leather (Patrick Smith) and International Mr. Bootblack (Bamm Bamm), and other fundraising events and gifts. Read the full story on Great Lakes Den.

International Mr. Leather

International Mr. Leather returns to longer weekend

CHICAGO — IML is excited to announce the return to a longer weekend format and begin on Thursday, May 25, 2017 through Monday, May 29, 2017. Opening Ceremonies and the popular ‘Contestant Number Draw’ will kick off the IML 2017 weekend on Thursday May 25th. The Congress Hotel is our host hotel and is now accepting reservations for IML weekend. Please use the following link to book your room directly: 2017 IML Packages Now Available

Premier Weekend Package tickets for IML 2017 are now available at

Illinois wins big at IML

CHICAGO — History was made this past Sunday when two Chicagoans reached the International Mr. Leather podium. It is the first time in IML’s 38-year history that any resident of the contest’s home city has reached the podium. Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris was named first runner-up and Mr. Midwest Leather 2016 Adam “Vino” Henderson was named second runner-up. It’s the first time that any Chicago resident has been in the top three and one of the very few times that two contestants from a single city have been in the top three. “It felt amazing,” Todd said the day after the contest.

Illinois IML 2016 Send Off

Chicago sends off their IML 2016 contestants

CHICAGO — With International Mr. Leather (IML) just a couple of weeks away, Chicago got ready to send off their contestants. Unlike past years where there has often only been a single contestant from IML’s host city, there are four Chicagoans going to the contest downtown. So two parties were held this past weekend with Touche hosting the send off for Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris and Jackhammer, just next door, hosting the party for Mr. Leather 64TEN James Tyrcha, Mr. Fetish Jackhammer Justin Herren and Mr. Midwest Leather Adam “Vino” Henderson (Midwest is a regional title but Adam lives in Chicago). Both parties were fundraisers for the titleholder’s travel funds. All four will be at the Congress Hotel and Harris Theater in two weeks for IML 2016.

Help send off Illinois’ titleholders to IML this weekend

CHICAGO — For the first time in years, Illinois will be sending multiple titleholders to International Mr. Leather this Memorial Day. And the parties are all this weekend! IML Send off for Mr. Leather 64ten 2016 Toast – Chicago
Chicago’s James Tyrcha, Mr. 64Ten, is hosting his send off toast on Saturday, May 14 at 8 PM – 10 PM at Leather64TEN, in Chicago, Illinois.  A champagne toast and lite bites at the store! 10% off anything in the store while attending this event!

MACHO Events

MACHO Events produces annual dance party during IML, Bear Pride

CHICAGO — The doors open on the MACHO Events’ Annual Dance Party at 9pm on Friday, May 27th at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at A portion of each ticket will go to benefit the Howard Brown Health Center and The Leather Archives & Museum. Returning is resident DJ Dennis Murray.