During a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel on May 28, the recipients of the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards XXI Regional Awards were announced. Charlie Schoenherr, the owner of the Mr. Midwest Leather competition, was announced as the recipient of the Midwest Regional Award. The award ceremony will be held on August 5 in Los Angeles.
Of seven contestants in the International Mr. Bootblack competition, St. Louis had two contestants: Sparky and Loki. Also on May 28, Loki was announced as 2ndrunner up in the bootblack competition.
In the 33rd International Mr. Leather competition, St. Louis was represented by two men: Philip Hitchcock (Mr. Midwest Leather 2010) and DJ Kaiser (Mr. Missouri Leather 2011). Competing against 51 other contestants from around the world in the preliminary rounds of Interviews and Pecs & Personality, Hitchcock and Kaiser placed into the top 20 and competed on the Harris Theater stage in Millenium Park on May 28. After showing off their formal leather wears, physique wear, and delivering a platform speech, Philip Hitchcock took 15th place and DJ Kaiser took 9th place.
Close on the boot heels of International Mr. Leather, St. Louis will get its own taste of the Leather lifestyle with the first Black and Lou Pride Ball. Terry Laupp, Mr. Missouri Leather 2010, heads up organizing this event with the St. Louis Leather community in conjunction with Pride St. Louis. The Black and Lou Pride Ball will be held at JJ’s Clubhouse on Friday, June 10th from 9 PM till 2 AM. The $5 admission will benefit Pride St. Louis.
People are encouraged to wear their favorite leather, gear, or fantasy wear. In celebration of the diversity in the St. Louis community, the Black and Lou Pride Ball will feature the Mr./Ms. St. Louis Black and Lou Competition. This contest is open to everyone (but dress to impress!) The winner(s) will ride on St. Louis PrideFest Parade float. This event will also feature a special exhibit from The Leather Archives & Museum presented by Gateway MC. Street legal attire is required at all time.