I will be competing at International Mr. Leather this year, with the contestant orientation just two weeks from today. Several of my class brothers have expressed anxiety, bad dreams, and so forth, but I figured “Nah, I’ve done big contests before. I’m past all that.”
Wrong. Woke up at about 3 am with this dream and then tossed and turned for a couple hours after that.
We were all on stage at IML, waiting for the announcement of the winners. Second runner-up was Mr. Puerto Rico! First runner-up was Mr. Leather Asia (from the Philipines)! And the winner was Mr. Leatherglades (from Florida, “in all his alligator finery” — that quote was part of how he was referenced.
The rest of us stood there and clapped with frozen smiles on our faces, thinking “Who, who, and who? Where did they come from? Were they even running?”
I recently filled out a survey about the possible creation of a Mr. Leather Asia contest.
And yes, my dreaming brain came up with “Leatherglades”. That’s kind of brilliant. And he was wearing a chest harness with baby alligator heads at the ends of the straps, like on this boot — also brilliant, I totally want to see one of those.