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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
New Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy named
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New Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy named

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On November 26, Cody Ryan Smith and Damien DeOnier were named Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy, respectively, at the Cuff Complex.

'When I won I was feeling a few things - proud, nervous - but mostly I had this overwhelming feeling of 'OK, now I've got a lot of planning and organizing to do, let's get on that!' Daddy Ryan told Seattle Gay News. 'But I had to cool my jets because we hadn't even gotten off the stage yet and pictures were still being taken.'

Daddy's boy Damien said that winning the title felt overwhelming. 'Shawn and Brandon [Daddy and Daddy's boy 2011] raised about $12,000 for the community and were highly involved in the community. So I have some big shoes to fill.'

Each year, Seattle Men in Leather present the Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy (the 'b' is traditionally lowercase in the leather community) the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Judges for the contest are mostly local to the Seattle area, and typically include at least one drawn from the general Seattle Men in Leather membership (as opposed to a titleholder or other member of the leather community). In a special twist, the audience at the contest also receives one ballot for each title, enabling the community to have a direct say in who its representatives will be.

The Seattle Leather Daddy and Seattle Daddy's boy titleholders are expected to put on or participate in several club fundraisers during the year, and they are encouraged to do additional fundraising events of their own. The titleholders are not expected to compete at regional, national, or international contests, and they may not hold another leather title during their year.

As Daddy's boy, Damien said his first and foremost duty to 'make his Daddy proud.'

'Beyond that,' he continued, 'Daddy and I raise funds for the charity selected by Seattle Men in Leather. We also promote the leather community and safer sex practices.'

This year's beneficiary is Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Chicken Soup Brigade.

'Damien is great,' said Daddy Ryan. 'I look forward to working with him and I'm confident that we'll have a great year together.'

Being Seattle Leather Daddy means a lot to Ryan. 'Having the trust and confidence of the leather community to hold this title makes me proud,' he said. 'More importantly, it makes me want to work hard to make my community proud.'

Damien says he ran for the title to 'help promote the leather community to the wider Gay population.'

'Most guys see someone wearing a leather harness on a dance floor full of spinning glittery men and don't see the community that a leather harness represents,' boy Damien told SGN. 'Leather is more than a fashion statement.'

'The leather community is rich with culture and history, and some of the best people I know,' Daddy Ryan added. 'I'm glad to be a part of a community of people that care about each other and actively finding ways to better support each other.'

For more information on Seattle Men in Leather, including a calendar of events, visit the organization online at www.seattlemeninleather.org.

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