2020 Judges 

Patty International Ms Leather 2014

Patty is a butch leatherdyke who has been involved in the Leather Community long enough to see herself through several incarnations and take a few trips around Kinky Block. Born and raised in upstate NY, she has been happily transplanted in Toronto for almost 15 years where she is a dual Canadian-US citizen. She is honoured to hold the titles of International Ms Leather 2014, Ms Leather Toronto 2014, and Ms Northbound Leather 2013. Patty served on the boards of the So You Want to Be Kinky educational series and the International Ms Leather Foundation. She ran the Surge Event Series for leather/kinky women and trans people in Toronto and created the “Surge: Images of Power & Pleasure” calendar as a fundraiser. She presents workshops on mummification and spanking and regularly co-hosts experiential “novice nights” in Toronto. With 20 years in mental health services as a therapist, supervisor and educator, she is passionate about developing the capacity of community members to better understand and respond to those in distress. In response, she has co-developed and regularly presents workshops on suicide/mental health first aid for the puppy and kink/leather communities. One of her other continued passions is working on behalf of Rainbow Railroad raising funds to help lgbt individuals find safe haven from state sanctioned violence, murder, and persecution. Patty was awarded the 2012 Heart of the Flag Federation Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2015 Heart of the Flag Federation Leather Pride Award, and several Pantheon of Leather Awards (Woman of the Year 2015 and 2017, Community Choice Woman 2015). In 2016, she was honoured to be one of the Grand Marshals for the Toronto Leather Pride March. She is an associate member of the Mid Atlantic chapter of ONYX and member of the Vajra Leather Family. Patty believes in working as hard as she plays and is a huge fan of dangerous things wrapped in pretty packages.

Dorian Gray

Mr Cincinnati Leather 2016, Mr Tri-State Leather 2017, IML 2018 Finalist; is the grateful recipient of the 2018 Pantheon of Leather Award/Great Lakes Region, and 2019 Pantheon of Leather Award/Southern California Region. He also held the honor of delivering the Keynote speech for the 2019 Leather Leadership Conference. Dorian moved to San Diego in 2018 from Cincinnati, OH, where he was born and raised. He has been fortunate to use his 13 years in the medical and public health field to help underserved pregnant women fight their addiction to nicotine, to advocate for and assist in the implementation of gender-neutral patient identifiers for one of Cincinnati’s largest health systems, and to create a directory of LGBTQ+ and HIV friendly medical providers in Cincinnati. Since moving to San Diego, Dorian’s career has allowed him to work to identify and close gaps in care for those living with HIV in San Diego. Dorian’s leather journey began when he wondered into the, now closed, leather bar in downtown Cincinnati, On Broadway. It felt like the sexually charged gay bars of old. It felt like home. While navigating and exploring this path, Dorian has been lucky enough to meet his partner in an alley during Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017, travel the world representing the Tri-State area (OH, KY, IN), and find an amazing Sir. Leather is where Dorian found his family. Leather is where Dorian found his true self.

Gail

Gail is a laid-back leather mama that is all about Loving Leather Spaces. Opportunities for travel, presenting, judging, attending, and volunteering at various events, Mama Gail enjoys hosting non-judgmental safe spaces to support, celebrate, and connect with others, allowing them to share their experiences – Continuing the Cycle of Wisdom Sharing – and further Dialogue Without Discord on the topics that matter to you the most. Mama Gail is Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) 2018. Some of Gail’s recognitions, service commitments, and organizations where she is/has been involved include being a Pantheon of Leather Nominee, the first and only woman President of Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association (T.U.L.S.A. est. 1988), FortPruitt Service Award Winner (first and only woman recipient), Co-Key holder for Oklahoma Leather Archive and Display at Oklahoman’s for Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, staff, facilitator, and producer for multiple Leather/Kink events and programs. Fun facts: Flags black and grey on the left, grooves with rope; Master to a slave [Courtney] that calls her "Mistress" (est. 2012)

Suzanne van de Laar

Ms Leather Netherlands, Fetish photographer and mother Born on 1 October 1976 and living with her husband and daughter in The Netherlands. Her life consists of contrasts: Mother and Fetish photographer Suzanne van de Laar (43) has been chosen as Ms Leather Netherlands 2019. In her photography, she tries to capture people as purely as possible and thereby build bridges between all groups in the fetish world. “It doesn't matter to me whether you are male, female, trans, straight, lesbian, gay or bi. For me, the person you are counts. Her own fetish is Leather as she feels safe and powerful when she wears her leather gear. Suzanne wears her leather visibly and proudly and when the opportunity came; she attended the Ms Leather Netherlands competition. Based on her ability to connect people within the various fetish communities and goals to encourage interaction between the male and female communities, Suzanne proudly accepted the title Ms. Leather Netherlands in May 2019. Wearing her Leather visibly during daily social media posts and frequent events gave her the possibility to interact with numerous people from all age and genders. Het goal is to help people who struggling with their fetishes as this sometimes conflicts with their daily life. By listening and giving well-meant but also honest advice, Suzanne brings the smile back on their faces. Her slogan is: “This is me”, emphasizing her “What you see is what you get” mentality and therefore loved by everyone in all fetish scenes.

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