Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder and head of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress. They have been featured in numerous media including The New York Times, TIME magazine, MSNBC, The Advocate, PBS, The Washington Post and Huffington Post.
Their professional training is in nuclear engineering and public policy. Following graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Nuclear Engineering and the Technology Policy Program, Sam served as a policy analyst, fellow and director of government affairs focused on nuclear energy at think tanks and energy organizations. They have authored successful legislation and briefed congressional members as well as President Obama and President Trump on the wonders of nuclear physics.
Sam identifies as a genderfluid bisexual whose pronouns are they, them, and theirs. Oh, and in terms of kink, Sam travels from coast to coast teaching their signature "Physics of Kink" class with the tension forces of bondage, thermodynamics of wax play, and Newtonian physics of spanking. They are the proud fiance and Sir to their long term submissive Kuf and Handler to their pups Nano and Jackal.
Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2017 Ryan Coit lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works at the Saloon, a staple establishment of the community. Three years ago he revived "The Tank” bringing back Minneapolis' premier leather cruising night.
Ryan is a photographer and uses his skills to raise funds and visibility for local organizations. For the past several years his life and photography have been greatly influenced by his involvement in the LGBTQ Community. Internationally recognized for presenting images that capture the beauty in all types of individuals expressing their sexual identity.
Coit's work takes on the diverse scent of leather and sweat, the innate beauty of desire, the human body, and sex.
Whether dressed in leather or her true love, latex, Dee has been a community member whose dedicated and consistent behind the scenes support has been integral to the leather and kink community. She has spent years supporting title holders and organizations such as Rainbow Railroad by helping with everything from baking rubber themed cupcakes and securing auction items to judging contests and co-creating, co-hosting Canadian and Latex/Rubber themed parties at leather events. She has taught BDSM 101, How to Plan and Negotiate Role Play Scenes and Latex for Play and Wear. She has spent the past year as the bootblack for her Leather Family and recently has begun to bootblack publically. Dee is a proud associate member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of ONYX.
For almost 30 years, Steve has been connected internationally with the rubber and latex scene. He discovered The Block, London in 1991 and realized this was somewhere that he could express his love for wearing rubber. This empowered him, and his ongoing experience to this day is quite different to his first time wearing rubber in public, where he has to admit to feeling slightly vulnerable and naked. This experience though, helped him support other first-time wearers and he has gone on to build a large rubber collection.
Early in the ‘90’s, not long after the creation of the World Wide Web, he and his partner at that time created one of the first international fetish websites – The Gecko’s Lair. Here he proudly demonstrated his passion for all things rubber.
In 1999, he met his life partner, Bill. Together they have continued their fetish journey and have moved from the UK to live in Switzerland. Steve started the Swiss Rubbermen after a conversation with his close friend, Si Hands. The Swiss Rubbermen have now grown into a large and well-known group of rubber lovers all over Europe. Together with his partner Bill, they host an annual Rubber Pool Party at their home, which has now gained global notoriety.
Steve is an active member of his country elections of Mr Rubber, Mr Leather and Mr Puppy Switzerland and is also on the committee that recently relaunched the Mr Rubber Europe competition.
Pablo Greene is the author of How to Kill a Superhero, the ground-breaking series of sci-fi novels, which travel deep into the world of BDSM, leather, muscle transformation and superhero fetish. The book series blends elements of thrillers, dark fantasy, horror and the erotic into a story that the Kinky Boys’ podcast has described as “incredibly hot, but also brutal.” Pablo and his book series have been featured at International Mister Leather, Southeast Black and Blue, the Leather Archives & Museum, Dart's Domain, No Safeword, Between the Covers in NYC, and Ropecast. Gold, the latest and final book in Pablo’s series, published in March. For the past four years, Pablo organizes POW! the Superhero Fetish Meetup at at International Mister Leather, which continues to grow as a space to welcome people of all genders to sharing superhero fetish.
Lance Holman has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident for over 20 years and began his leather journey in the heart of the Castro. Lance holds the title of Mr. San Francisco Leather 2010, Mr Powerhouse Leather 2010 and also enjoys the honor of being named International Mr. Leather 2010 First Runner Up. He believes in the virtues of Honor, Passion and Pride and continues to share these qualities through playful compassion and wreaking divine pleasure.
When he is not playing, he is involved in a number of community activities. This has included being a founding member and treasurer of Onyx Northern CA/Northwest chapter, production of Leather Walk in conjunction with Folsom Street Events, serving on the executive board for the AIDS Emergency Fund board, serving on the board for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund board, and producing a monthly event to foster positive sexual interaction in addition to supporting organizations such as Leather Pride Contingent, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, AIDS Lifecycle and Toys for Tots,. He also has emceed or served as a judge for events such as International Mr Leather, International Leather Sir/Boy, the San Francisco Leather Alliance weekend, Northern California Leather Sir/boy, Palm springs Leather, Mr Powerhouse Leather, the Black Coalition on AIDS, and other events across North America.
Michal Neighbour is the first Mr. Rubber Poland (2017) and the first Mr. International Rubber from the Eastern Europe. His fetish adventure has started with wetsuits and gas masks a long time ago. He is proud of being the co-establisher of The Nest a program realized with the support of The ReFForm foundation (based in Warsaw, Poland). The main aim of this program is to provide mental support to people who have a problem with their self-acceptance and their fetish side of the soul. His main aim is to promote rubber and support those in the fetish community in Central and Eastern Europe in the fight against persecution and discrimination. In addition, he wishes to educate and promote knowledge about rubber as a fetish and BDSM as well as support the organization of events and titles throughout the region.
Daddy B is a 29-year-old Daddy Bear that has enjoyed the kink scene since he was thirteen years old. He started experimenting with feet play such as toe sucking, sole licking, sole biting, tickling, worshiping, and bondage with his neighbor; needless to say the rest was history. He enjoys pushing peoples limits with their consent; and seeing what new levels they can experience together. Some other Daddy B's other fetishes include bastinado, knife play, spanking, fisting, flogging, and tickle torture. He enjoys learning more about the leather/Kink community and being a role model for those entering the community and needed some body positivity!
Stitch is a switch, and has been a player in the kink world since he was 19. While in the Marines he found the sexual draw of Leather and uniforms, and thus began his journey. Since then he had added to his wheelhouse of kinky skills and continues to explore and grow. He was a founder of CAGE, and continues to work with Chicago Puppy Patrol, Chicago Rubbermen, and the Windy City Boys Troop. He advocates for body positivity for all shapes, sizes, and types. He diligently works toward a more inclusive community through social and personal activities. As one of Chicago’s Leather Dandies, he is dedicated to bringing class and a lot of sleaze to his community and happily shares his wisdom when it comes to dapper fashions!
Kylon Hooks is a native of Northeastern Ohio. While he suspected he might be a kinkster at a very young age, those thoughts were confirmed when he stumbled into his first leather bar at age 18 and never looked back. It was also at the age of 18 that Kylon discovered his talent and passion for youth activism and advocacy within the T/GNC and LGB youth communities.
In 1999, Kylon earned the title of Mr. Gay Midwest U.S. of A. Also in '99, after attending his first IML, Kylon moved to Chicago to take up permanent residence. In Chicago he delved deeper into the fetish, kink, and leather lifestyles. This led him to the sex and body-positive, impact and food play-loving, leatherman and kinkster he is today.
Kylon is a founding father of Leather Men Of Recovery (LORE) the Midwest's kinky club for Leathermen actively involved in 12-step recovery. He believes in creating safe spaces for ALL, whether it's a public flogging session, hosting a Sunday Tea, Brüt dance party, or one of the famed D.I.L.F. nights, you can find him causing mischief and dancing up a storm in a local Chicago venue.
Daddy to many, Sir to few, and a boy...on *rare* occasion, Kylon is excited to Co-emcee this year's MIR.
Dan the Rubberman was the inaugural Mr. Midwest Rubber in 2006. He has been experimenting with liquid latex for the last 14 years.
Course Description : This class will demonstrate different ways to apply liquid latex to the body and show that liquid latex can be used in other ways as well. The instructor will also cover the health benefits and dangers of using this material.
Lauren DeLand earned her Ph.D in Art History through the happy work of analyzing the queer output of the artists Kenneth Anger, Ron Athey, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Glenn Ligon. Her adopted home of Chicago serves as the inspiration for her writings in art criticism and theory, including an ongoing project on the artist Edie Fake’s renderings of vanished spaces from the city’s queer past.
Course Description : DeLand will do a brief survey of art that crosses into the kink and fetish communities, including work by Nayland Blake, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Glenn Ligon, Kenneth Anger, Ron Athey and Divinity Fugde. This will be followed by a fun game of name that kinky art/artists.
Pup Havok is a slutty sex positive St. Bernard who calls Cincinatti, Ohio home. This boot licking boofer lives up to his namesake in many different fashions. A proud “queer-as-fuck switch," Havok has made quite a name for himself in the leather and Kink community since joining in 2012. He is a co-founder of Project Touch Base, currently serves as a full member of the Titans of the Midwest and the GDI Outlaws, and is the recipient of the Bear Abbot Community Commitment Award 2018. He can be described as extremely touchy-feely given some his favorite kinks include heavy impact, tactile knife, fisting, and of course, puppy play. He also enjoys facing the elements with electro and fire play. He held the title of TriState Puppy 2017 and is currently your IPC International Puppy 2019. As a community educator, Kink enthusiast, feminist, and relationship anarchist, Havok is certainly a good place to start if you're looking to wreak some "havoc" of your own!
Course Description : Consent is the cornerstone of our community. This hands-on class teaches consent in practical ways. Bring a friend, but don’t expect to get paired with them, as you are guided through a series of 9 games. This sexy and simple class will teach even the most experienced player a thing or two and give the rookie a safe and solid foundation.
Pup Icarus is originally from Houston, TX. He has worked with various charities, clubs and organizations around the Chicagoland area. He has also been apart of the Chicago Kink Community since he moved here in 2011. He holds the title of Mr. Midwest Rubber 2016. He is a current board member of Mid-America Fist In Action (M.A.F.I.A), an associate member of Chicago Puppy Patrol, and a supporter of The Chicago Rubber Men and Chicago Area Gear Enthusiast (C.A.G.E).While living in Houston Icarus worked with The A.I.D.S Foundation Houston, Legacy Clinic and the Houston Area Teen Coalition for Homosexuality (H.A.T.C.H.), where he was a mentor for gay youth. Pup Icarus has been fisting for over 18 years. He was drawn to the fisting community by the connection and ecstasy of the act. In his spare time you can find this puppy searching for treats, scritches, belly rubs, and spreading the gospel of rubber peace and love.
Course Description: In this course you will learn the basics of fisting. You will also gain the knowledge of how some of fisting is not just physical but also mental. You will gain information on warms up to help your partner relax and get into the right headspace; as well as proper etiquette for a wonderful fisting experience.
Issa Arden is the MIR Education Coordinator
Pup Icarus is Mr. Midwest Rubber 2016
Preston So is Mr. International Rubber 20
Discussion Topic: MIR continues to support a kink event environment that acknowledges the specific and unique challenges and makes space for coming together. The 2nd annual People of Color Meet-Up at MIR provides a chance for and encourages all POC participating in MIR weekend to meet and network with people sharing these challenges and experiences in an open environment. This year we will focus on what progress has been made in media and print materials. Please feel free to bring examples of posters, postcards, ads, etc. that are doing it right or wrong.