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CONGRATULATIONS TO – MASTER GHEE – Mr. SF EAGLE LEATHER 2022

 

The International Mr. Leather contest is planned for May 26-30th, 2022, in Chicago, IL.  Each year, the SF Eagle sponsors an outstanding contestant to represent the SF Eagle and the local community, while competing for the Mr. San Francisco Leather Title, and attending the IML conference,  in competition for the international title.  Our 2022 winner is Master Ghee!  Please join us in welcoming Master Ghee, and learning more about why he was chosen to carry the SF Eagle banner as we look forward to IML

International Mister Leather (IML) is an international, though largely American, conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. The International Mister Leather conference is a multi-day conference, trade fair and competition which culminates in the inauguration of International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack, to each of two exceptional competitors, respectively. The event hosts educational seminars, lectures, speaker panels, social gatherings, dance parties and a retail trade fair.  The contestants do their best to campaign for popular support while contributing their knowledge, talents, charisma and political charm to make a positive impression on the at-large attendees and the evaluation committee members during the weeklong ordeal.  Unlike other competitions where explicit relationships among contestants risk disqualification, this contest is rooted in intimacy.

IML is an honor that is recognized internationally, that gains its reputation through an informal but broadly-accepted set of traditions, including regional and local contests and competitions that support the international title.  Competitors in the IML contest are selected from the winners of the current year’s local and regional leather competitions, and their entries are generally  sponsored by a leather-themed bar / nightclub, retail business, non-profit organization, social club, or community organization.

Prior to the international competition’s global popularity,  Chicago’s Gold Coast Leather Bar played host to the “Mr. Gold Coast Leather” contest in the 1970’s.  This popular men’s leather bar was owned by Chuck Renslow and his then-partner, Dom Orejudos. The “Mr. Gold Coast Leather” contest became one of the most popular events, and quickly outgrew the confines of the neighborhood bar.  The competition was relocated to a larger venue in ’79, and the name of the contest was changed to reflect the globalization of the event, officially adopting the title of “International Mr. Leather.” 

In 1993, the competition expanded to include the supportive title and role, “International Mister Bootblack.”   

In 2009, the administrative organization for the IML was established as a permanent trust through a charter endowment by the The Leather Museum and Archives, with proceeds benefiting the charter and its parent.

Prior to the international competition’s global popularity,  Chicago’s Gold Coast Leather Bar played host to the “Mr. Gold Coast Leather” contest in the 1970’s.  This popular men’s leather bar was owned by Chuck Renslow and his then-partner, Dom Orejudos. The “Mr. Gold Coast Leather” contest became one of the most popular events, and quickly outgrew the confines of the neighborhood bar.  The competition was relocated to a larger venue in ’79, and the name of the contest was changed to reflect the globalization of the event, officially adopting the title of “International Mr. Leather.” 

In 1993, the competition expanded to include the supportive title and role, “International Mister Bootblack.”   

In 2009, the administrative organization for the IML was established as a permanent trust through a charter endowment by the The Leather Museum and Archives, with proceeds benefiting the charter and its parent.

Master Ghee’s Featured Event listings are being scheduled and will be updated as soon as the dates and times for each hosted event are finalized.  

Please check back here for more information, and periodic updates.

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January
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Sisters Wiener Bust

https://www.facebook.com/events/644908056556812 THE SISTER’S WEINERS BUST on Jan 22nd Beer Bust, Weiner ...

4 - 5
February
7:00 pm - 2:00 am

RorShok

https://www.facebook.com/events/1011117509466798 ЯRFog's out fangs out. Show your sweetie how much ...

6
February
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Kink(Dom)

https://www.facebook.com/events/340799667463884 Welcome to the KINK(dom)! A show where kink and performance ...

6
February
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Kink(DOM)

https://www.facebook.com/events/448560706744634 Welcome to the KINK(dom)!A show where kink and performance ...

4 - 5
March
9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Rorshok

https://www.facebook.com/events/3281501875480149 Ring in the new year with some new kings ...

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In the News @ The SF Eagle

On October 5th, 2021, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the SF Eagle’s status as a cultural landmark in San Francisco.  Championed by District 6 Supervisor, Matt Haney, and nurtured through the process by Honey Mahogany, landmark status designation is an epic process that benefits the LGBTQ+ community by protecting what is now the longest-standing gay institution in San Francisco.  Supervisor Haney had this to say,

“Today is a remarkable day for our city, the LGBTQ community, and the leather community, in that we will finally be approving the San Francisco Eagle as a landmark,” the measure’s sponsor, supervisor Matt Haney, said Tuesday night. “It is imperative that we acknowledge its significance, and that we endeavor to prevent this rich history and an essential part of the South of Market from being erased due to the destabilizing pressures of ongoing gentrification and development.”

Matt Haney, SF District 6 Supervisor

The recommendation to the City Planning Council cited the remarkable role the SF Eagle has played as a rallying point for the local LGBTQ+ and leather communities over nearly 40 years of operation.  Supervisor Haney was joined by a number of other districts as co-sponsor’s of the ordinance including District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar, and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai in support.

To learn more about what landmark status means for venues like the SF Eagle, follow this link.

 

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