Memorial Day Weekend brings annual IML festivities to the Windy City
International Mr. Leather welcomes the leather and fetish world to Chicago this Memorial Day Weekend as more than 50 contestants from across the U.S. and around the world will compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2011.
IML 2011, which celebrates its 33rd year, will be held Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago. The Hyatt Regency Chicago
, 151 East Wacker Drive, is the official host hotel for the weekend.
IML began in 1979 when about 400 gay leathermen gathered in Chicago. Today, the event has grown to be an annual tradition for the leather community drawing contestants and thousands of attendees to the Windy City over Memorial Day Weekend. Once an event for "hardcore" leathermen, IML has expanded in recent years to include a more diverse crowd from the experience to the curious.
Last year's event drew more than 15,000 leatherfolk from around the globe.
International Mr. Leather contestants are judged on a variety of criteria including community involvement, speech, presentation and overall presence. The winner of the IML 2011 Contest will receive a prize package consisting of donations from businesses and organizations supporting the leather community. A complete listing of current and past IML contestants can be found at www.imrl.com
The Judges for the 33rd International Mr. Leather competition are: Tyler McCormick, Albuquerque, NM – International Mr. Leather 2010; Nikitas Chondroyannis, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Workshop Facilitator for Greek Ministry of Culture and Head Judge for Mr. Leatherman, Vancouver; Massimo Fusillo, Rome, Italy – Founder and Past President, Leather Club Roma; Bill Hoeppner, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Co-founder and Board Member, Ft. Lauderdale Leather Pride Weekend and is International Leather Boy, 2008; Sarah Humble, Arvada, CO – Co-founder of FIST, Baltimore MD and LA&M Board member and current Project Manager of the Women's Leather History Project; Adam Latham, San Diego, CA – Producer of Mr./Ms. San Diego Leather and is Mr. San Diego Leather, 2004; Douglas Connors, Ottawa, ON, Canada – 2004 Pantheon of Leather-Canadian Regional Winner and is Mr. Leather Ottawa, 200; Vern Stewart, Washington, DC – Infamous Leather Community Columnist; Trooper, Detroit, MI – President of ICON, Detroit and is Great Lakes Boot Black, 2009.
International Mr. Leather 2011 includes a number of events, view complete weekend event listings on ChicagoPride.com's CalendarQ