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 her community. She has spent many years supporting titleholders and organizations such as Rainbow Railroad by helping with everything from baking rubber themed cupcakes to judging contests to being a demo bottom. She has taught classes on how to plan and negotiate role play scenes as well as a workshop on latex for wear & play. She is the bootblack for her leather family and has recently begun to bootblack publically. At a wider level, Dee helped to start the well loved annual Bevvies with Beavers Party at IMsL. As the spouse of an international titleholder, Dee created and has co-run a Spouse/Partner Tea for the family members of IMsLBB contestants to provide a supportive network and place for honest discussion. Through these quiet means, Dee has sought to support fellow titleholder partners by breaking the myth of the “sash widow” and inviting partners to own their role and capitalize on the opportunities it can bring for them. She is on the board of directors for the International Ms Leather Foundation and is also 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.