Leather Alliance Weekend
The 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend was March 3rd through March 5th, 2017.
Major events were held at SOMArts, at 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco, with additional events at other locations around the city.
The fun started early, with two “United” parties, one on 2/17 at the Lonestar for the contestants number draw, and another on 2/19 at the Edge where the Class of 2016 and the Class of 2017 join forces to raise money for the SF Leather Alliance.
The actual Weekend festivities started on Friday with a “meet and greet” at Mr. S, and continued with the first-ever Titleholders Reunion party, honoring titleholders from around the world, past and present.
On Sunday we gathered for the 51st annual SF Leather Community Awards ceremony and brunch, after which we headed to the Eagle for the traditional Sunday afternoon beer bust.
The next Leather Alliance Weekend
is Scheduled for March 2 – 4, 2018
See you there!
Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather
becomes 35th Mr. San Francisco Leather
A sold out crowd filled the hall of SOMArts for the Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Contest. Six highly qualified, well-spoken and very attractive men competed for the title before a distinguished panel of judges (video).
The winner was Geoff Millard, representing Daddy’s Barbershop, an institution within the Castro neighborhood and the leathermen’s community. Geoff distinguished himself with an assertive and eloquent 90-second speech, praising the “bad asses” in the audience, and in the greater community, and urging them to defend their rights in the challenging times to come. He displayed his sense of humor and other assets in responding to a pop question (video). He will go on to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2017 in Chicago this June.
Al Rahm, Mr. San Francisco Sober Leather, was selected as first runner up, and Mr. Powerhouse Leather, Travis Santell Rowland, became second runner up. The 2017 Brotherhood Award (voted upon by the contestants themselves) was also awarded to Geoff.
All the candidates showed great poise and confidence, and spoke well in both their prepared remarks (delivered while wearing razor-sharp full leather outfits) and their pop questions (improvised while wearing jockstraps).
The evening included several musical numbers, including Raquela singing “Love Changes Everything” (video), along with numerous honors and tributes, sharp repartee from MCs Lenny Broberg and Donna Sachet, and a heartfelt step-down speech by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2016 Cody Elkin. A silent auction and the passing of a picnic basket raised major funds for the Leather Alliance’s Suicide Prevention Project and other worthy causes.
The crowd gratefully acknowledged the work of Ray Tilton and his production crew for creating a crisp, smoothly run and highly entertaining event. The contest was followed by victory celebrations at the Powerhouse and other Castro and SoMa locations.
Meet the Man
Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2017
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017
A queer, disabled combat veteran, bootblack, and leatherman from Buffalo, NY, living in Oakland with his husband/sub. He flags hunter green on the left, light pink on right, and can switch his light blue, navy blue, black, or grey. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Four Elements Fitness, a gym owned by queer women of color, Geoff is also an expert in choking if anyone wants to feel lightheaded later.
Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather left home at the age of 11, and he bounced between the streets, fosters, or, at times, his parents until he joined the military at 17. He was at ground zero on 9-11 and deployed to Iraq in ‘04 where he became an early opponent of the war. Despite living most of his life in the closet, Geoff learned to love boots in the army, knowing he was a queer pervert from his earliest memories. From homeless youth to open, out, and proud leatherman, Geoff has done some amazing things: he got arrested outside of Bush’s ranch, smoked hookah over the pyramids of Giza, licked a Sir’s boots in Germany, and even briefed President Obama in the Oval Office; just ask, he loves storytelling.
On Friday evening, March 3, 2017, the patio of the San Francisco Eagle was transformed into a private arena for the first-ever International Titleholders Reunion. More than 80 current and former national, regional, state and local titleholders were introduced (video), and joined in welcoming the San Francisco chapter of the Band of Brothers.
SF Leather Community Awards
The 51st Annual SF Leather Community Awards were given out on at the brunch event on Sunday, March 5, 2017. These awards honor those who were active in the SF Bay Area Leather/Kink/Fetish/Motorcycle communities during 2016.
Nominees were chosen by the organizational and individual Directors of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance. Voting for some awards was open to all SF Bay Area residents from Thursday Feb 9th through Thursday Feb 16th, 2017.
Award winners included Demetri Sparks (2016 Philip M Turner Lifetime Achievement Award), Mir Bilodeau & Stela Furtado (tied for 2016 Woman of the Year), and Cody Elkin (2016 Man of the Year).
Congratulations to all the winners!
Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest 2017
You can still order a Mr. SF Leather Contest XXXV T-shirt!
This is the same t-shirt that folks received with their VIP Weekend Package.
But non-VIPs can buy them too.