Life After IML - February 2006

John onstage talking to the crowd
Friday 28th January - the Mr Chicago Leather "Meet & Greet" at Touché
Photo credit: Chuck Goes

On Friday 27th January I flew to Chicago to MC the Mr Chicago Leather Contest at Touché for the third year in a row. This year we had eight contestants from very varied backgrounds. The contest promoters made sure that everyone involved in the contest felt extremely looked after. Special thanks go to Michael, our sign language interpreter for the weekend, from the Chicago Hearing Society. He managed to keep up with all my ad-libs and audience participation and did a fantastic job.

January is also the month when the next group of IML judges are announced. I don't think it would be appropriate to interview one of the upcoming judges, so instead I contacted one of last year's team: Daniel Dumont. As well as being a good friend, Daniel is also President of MSC Belgium, a leather club which has seen its membership rise by 70% over the last three years. As with all community-minded people Daniel is extremely busy, but he still managed to find the time to say a few words:

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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