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posted Friday, December 4, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 49

Seattle Men in Leather name 2010 Daddy and Daddy's Boy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Men in Leather (SML) named Mark Handel as Seattle Leather Daddy 2010, and Kyle Hardy as Seattle Daddy's Boy 2010 at the Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy contest at the Cuff Complex November 28. This is the 21st year of the contest.

The competition was the highlight of a three-day SML social. On November 27, the organization held a meet 'n' greet for the judges and contestants, as well as a leather-meets-country dancing night (sponsored by Rain Country) at the Cuff. Non-public interviews of the contestants were held Saturday afternoon, with the public contest taking place later that evening. Immediately after Handel and Hardy were announced as the winners, the SML crew attended a dungeon party hosted by Northwest LeatherSir Hugh BR. The following morning, SML held a victory brunch for the new titleholders.

This year's Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy competition head judge was Eric Bonesteel, Emperor Rainier XXXV of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, Northwest LeatherSir 2003, and Seattle Leather Daddy 2006. The judging panel was made up of Gauge Strongarm, San Francisco Leather Daddy XXVII; Hugh BR, Northwest LeatherSir 2010; Sheldon Jacobs, Seattle Leather Grand Dad 1995; and Darian Hawke, Seattle Daddy's Boy 2005.

According to SML President Toby Noon, the competition's winners are expected to promote the men's leather, Levi, and uniform lifestyles to the larger community, sponsor three fundraising events, and help SML further its goals throughout their title year.

Moon says it was great to see the contestants step up and represent the local leather community for 2010. In addition, the SML president said he is thankful for the great job that "our 2009 Daddy 'Will' and Boy 'Parka' did to represent our community during the past year."

The Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy contest was brought to Seattle in 1990 from San Francisco, California, where the San Francisco Leather Daddy and Leather Daddy's Boy contest began in 1983.

"A Daddy or Daddy's Boy title is very different than most other leather titles," Noon told SGN. "It is a 'working title' that carries with it certain responsibilities. Not so much just showing up at Pride events throughout the year or prepping for another contest that the title feeds into."

Becoming a Seattle Leather Daddy or Daddy's Boy is considered a "title for life," he said.

"You become a member of the exceptional fraternity of other Seattle Leather Daddies and Seattle Daddy's Boys," said Noon, "many of whom will assist with the various fundraisers put on throughout the year."

The Seattle Men in Leather is a Gay men's social group promoting with power and pride, the Seattle men's leather community. SML was founded in 1989 and is the Pantheon of Leather 2005 award winner for Large Club of the Year. SML is known throughout the Seattle LGBT community for its organization's dedication to the leather community and their many fundraisers to benefit local non-profits, such as Lambert House. For more information regarding SML, visit the organization's official website at www.seattlemeninleather.org.



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