Evening Emcee - Girl Complex, International Ms. Leather 2017
Girl Complex is the current International Ms. Leather 2017 and is a self-described proud, black feminist and womanist. Growing up in San Diego, Girl Complex had to dissect racial relations all while riding a skateboard and boogie boarding. She spent some time trying to understand why her friends had messed up views of black people when they knew her (she blames white supremacy). A product of her environment, Girl Complex has been able to define what it means to be a black, kinky girl on her own terms. Crafting her ideas of blackness from rap videos and television, she is the perfect mix of fun and “What you’re not going to do is”. Her trigger words are "divisive" and "Well, Actually". You can catch her sunbathing and listening to Yacht Rock, or watching anime in Oakland, CA, or youcan lowkey stalk her instagram @Girl_Complex, Twitter @YourGirlComplex, and Facebook Aisia Jones.
girl j - Saturday Keynote Emcee
Being raised in the Leather community, Northwest slave 2016 and International slave 2017, girl j has always felt a deep connection to service. she expresses this through her devotion to her Master and by sharing her personal experiences with other submissives/slaves. girl j is also passionate about sharing how she navigates serving her Master who is both an elder of the community and has Multiple Sclerosis. she can frequently be found behind the scenes volunteering, serving her Master and the community. her personal goal is to show as many TNG-ers that longevity in a service or Power Exchange Dynamic is attainable and incredibly fulfilling. When not presenting or volunteering, girl j can be found traveling the lower 48 states with her Master in T/their semi truck with T/their dog Zach and cat Spirit.
SELF's Head Judge: SIR David Labriola
SIR David Labriola has been a member of the Leather Community since 1985: starting in Pittsburgh PA, then onto Columbus Ohio and most recently in Atlanta,Georgia. David is of the OLD GUARD TRADITION where he earned his Leathers and carries that same tradition on with his current and growing family. His signature pieces are his Cover and his Gloves.
David's first title competition was for the Mid Atlantic Leather 2000 contest where he proudly won the BROTHERHOOD AWARD. Later that same year he competed and won the PENNSYLVANIA MR DRUMMER 2000 CONTEST and later that same year won MID-ATLANTIC MR DRUMMER , which sent him on to win 3rd place in the INTERNATIONAL MR DRUMMER CONTEST 2000. Since then, David has judged numerous leather contests.
He was Head Judge at SOUTHEAST LEATHER FEST in 2001 and 2002, Judge Emeritus for the Northwest Regional Mr. Drummer in 2001,2002 and 2003; and Head Judge of the Mid-Atlantic Mr Drummer in 2001. He was also Den Daddy for the International Mr. Drummer Contests for 6 years from 2001-2006 . And in 2007 he was the Judges Co-coordinator.
Sir David has judged and educated all over the United States and enjoys meeting and passing on his stories and his own personal leather history to anyone and everyone . It could be said that David lives and breathes the Leather Lifestyle. When David has any spare time, he spends it with his "hus-boy", boy Thomas their 4 amazing "girls" ,works on getting his body covered in tattoos and riding around Atlanta on his Harley! One of his most favorite quotes comes from his Title Boy: "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A BOY!!" If you see Sir David around....please by all means chat him up...he is really good for a few stories from "the good ole days !"
Darcy has been active in the public lifestyle since 2005 when she went to her first Orlando Munch. A year later she and two fellow newbies created the Newbie Roundtable group associated with the same munch, through which she met her dominant, Master Cecil. Together they have owned The Woodshed Orlando since 2008.
She is currently the event and education coordinator for The Woodshed and a member of NLA-Orlando, and in the past has been the class coordinator for the Orlando Munch, and a member and officer of Safe Words Toastmasters. She has presented on topics as varied as bootblacking, relationships, and massage at events from Florida Power Exchange, to Spanksgiving in St. Louis and COPE in Columbus, Ohio.
She describes herself as Master Cecil’s submissive, partner, and general “bitch what gets shit done.” Master Cecil describes her as “the brains behind the operation.”
Boypup Max lives in Winter Garden, FL. Max enjoys many kinks and fetishes including cigar play, nipple play, boot worship, belly worship and food play just to name a few. He is collared to his partner Mitch. Max has been involved in the leather community for over five years. He is Co-Founder of Arizona Leather Bears and Cubs, Founder of Central Florida boys of Leather, member of the Phoenix boys of Leather, previous member of Tampa Leather Club, and previous associate member of First Coast Leather Society. He has held the titles of Tampa Bay Leatherboy 2013, Florida Leatherboy 2013 and American Leatherboy 2015.
Max has always had a huge heart for charity work. He was a member of the Royal Sovereign and Imperial Court of the Alamo Empire and served their Majesties as Count del Sol and then Duke de Valero for Reign 24. He was a Postulant with the San Antonio Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and is now with the Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Boypup Max was the Coordinator for Southwest Leather Bear Weekend in Phoenix, AZ in 2012, 2014 and now again for 2017. He served as Coordinator for South Central LeatherSir, Leatherboy & Community Bootblack in Dallas, TX in 2014 and 2015. Max is the Producer for the inaugural Louisiana LeatherSir, Leatherboy & Community Bootblack. He is the Contest Manager for Mr GayDays Leather in Orlando, FL.
He has had the honor of serving as a Judge for several contests over the years. He is excited to be back at Southeast Leatherfest and to get to help choose their new representatives. Max wants to congratulate the outgoing Southeast Leatherfest title holders on a great year.
When asked what drives her, Tina replies, “I love my commitments to our community. I recently identified my involvement with organizing leather/kink events as my own personal fetish. I LOVE seeing people connect, have fun and feel a sense of belonging. I thrive on that.”
Finding leather over ten years ago, her early experiences as NDD/s BootCamp Management Staff, a Brimstone Minion and as Director/Founding Board Member of MAsT Wilmington, DE inspired her to take on more leadership roles in the local and national communities.
Tina has leveraged the knowledge gained and contacts made Co-Producing the 2014 Leather Leadership Conference-Philadelphia and 2010-2013 Philadelphia Leather Pride Nights into current success with: Philadelphia Leather Alliance – President since 2013, Philadelphia Women’s Leather Bar Nights – Co-Founder/Coordinator since 2013, Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman & Bootblack Contest – Co-Producer since 2015 and Event Producer for Drummer North America since its inaugural event in 2015.
As a community influencer, focusing on gender and sexuality inclusion, she made the decision to have the eligibility criteria to compete for North American Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack reflect those values. Her future holds working to further values of inclusion among the communities and continuing to create spaces that foster Making Play Happen.
GearDog, 2017 Surprise Judge, has been in the leather lifestyle and fetish community for 9 years. They became involved in the community through friends in the furry fandom. GearDog is also a lover of costumes and a huge love of puppy play and other role play. They have a passion for spreading awareness for transgender and queer issues and hope to widen the knowledge and acceptance of others in the leather community.
Friday, Technical Bootblack Judge, is SouthEast Bootblack 2015, a title she proudly earned at SELF. She is from Tuscaloosa, AL and is active in the Birmingham community. The New Orleans community has also earned a special place in her heart thanks to the people there and has become one of her favorite cities. Friday loves traveling to various events and likes to take the opportunity to get her hands on leather and hear its stories by those that share its life. When not getting super dirty with some hot leather, she also likes to go on photo adventures, play in rope, and spread love in the form of baked goods.
Shaun Cameron, Technical Bootblack Judge is originally from Atlanta, GA, I grew up in the Marine Corps, where I first started learning how to polish boots, thanks to my step dad. Years later, after relocating back to the Metro Atlanta area, I spent my pre-teen through my teen years around bikers and various motorcycle clubs. It is there that I learned how to care for various other leather garments, such as, vests, jackets, chaps and other leather accessories. I started becoming a part of the LGBT community in the early 90’s, having many friends that were “out”. I slowly started coming out during this time. As of 2016, I have come out to my wife and some friends, though I have been very active in my local LGBT community since 2014. Being a member of the CSRA Leather Bears in Augusta, GA, has allowed me to become a better presence in the community and do what I can to help it grow. This year (2017), with our club and our local resort hosting the 2017 SECC Leather Weekend, I was saddened to hear that there was no one running for the Boot Black title. With the support of my club, wife and friends, I decided to run for the title; not with the hopes of winning it, but to make sure that the attendees of the event would have the service provided. Much to my dismay, I did win the title, with it being my first leather event and my first time Blacking for other people. Now, as a title holder for the SECC, it is my duty to do what I can for the leather community, the SECC, my club and my local community by lending my time and what I have learned to others.
Walter Gingerbear is a queer, poly Leatherman hailing from Indianapolis. He is a past board member of Indianapolis Kink Society, full member of Titans of The Midwest and a member of Mama's Family (Mama's Great Lakes Gingerbear). Walter proudly served his region as Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2012. A skilled top, sadist, energy player and whip aficionado, Walt presents regionally on his main passions: Rough Body Play, Whips and Toy Construction and has presented for CLAW, Bluegrass Leather Pride, NLA-Indianapolis IKS and Kink-U's all over the Midwest. A lifelong craftsman, he also builds custom hand-turned implements that are as mean as they are beautiful. Walt also serves his community as the contest director of International Olympus Leather and Stage Manager for Indiana Leather Pride 2017. In addition, he has a soft spot for; service girls, boys, bois, bootblacks, ashtrays, pain sluts, beautiful boots, fine cigars and his poly family.
Fermosa Judge's Assistant
Fermosa, who identifies as a single babygirl s-type, makes her home in Charlotte, NC. She has been active in the lifestyle for over 10 years. Having served 8 years as a slave to the House of Void. She is an active member of CAPEX where she serves on their board of directors as their Finance Director. CAPEX is a pansexual, non-profit BDSM organization dedicated to providing education, support and a social network for its contributors in a safe, responsible and discretion-conscious environment. She is also a full-patched member of Onyx Pearls Southeast where she serves on the board of directors as their secretary. Onyx Pearls Southeast is the sister organization to the Southeast Men of Onyx.
Chrissie and Melissa - Tally Goddesses
Chrissie (the blond) and Melissa (the brunette) met about 15 years ago, and it's been an adventure in friendship ever since! Starting through the local kink communities in North Carolina, both were education coordinators for their local groups in Charlotte and Greensboro. Fantasm brought them south to the Atlanta region assisting with the Kink Track, and confirming their roles as the girls on the go. The establishment of Frolicon happened around 2005, where both got their feet wet in directing a large scale event. Chrissie has been with the convention for nine years now. Melissa took a break, but has finally come back into the fold. They love to shop, be silly, and find trouble wherever they can of the kinky or non-kinky variety. (Warning: Do not get into a glass elevator with them!)