Here’s the first batch of details on Mr Chicago Leather 2018! More info will be posted soon, including application and weekend packages and individual tickets sales.
2018 MCL Contest Weekend Schedule January 25-28
All events held at Touché unless otherwise noted
THURSDAY Jan 25th Touché open 5 pm – 4 am
MCL2018 REGISTRATION open 7 pm-midnight Pick up weekend packages, sales of individual tickets, merchandise
FRIDAY Jan 26th Touché open 5pm – 4 am
MCL2018 REGISTRATION 5 pm – midnight Pick up weekend packages, sales of individual tickets, merchandise
MCL2018 WELCOME COCKTAIL PARTY 10 pm Meet judges, contestants and other guests, introductions and number drawing by contestants at 11 pm hosted by John Pendal IML 2003
ROAST OF GERALD “DADDY G” CERNAK Midnight Mr Chicago Leather 2017 takes a licking, Hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr Santa Clara County Leather 2012
SATURDAY Jan 27th Touché open 11 am – 5 am
LEATHER EYEOPENERS 11 am–noon Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast
MCL2018 REGISTRATION noon – 4 pm Weekend package pick up, sales of individual tickets & merchandise
LEATHER SWAP noon- 4 pm Buy-sell-trade leather-rubber-uniforms-boots-gear
KINK U 1 – 4 pm Presented by Titans of The Midwest in Club Room 1pm – Bottoms Up-Impact Play presenter slave amandeh Great Lakes slave 2015 2pm – WTF is Bootblacking? (Bootblacking 101) presenter Pawlish, International Bootblack 2017 3pm – Double Trouble Co-Topping presenter Mufasa Ali ONYX Leatherman 1997, Mr World Leather 2006/2007International Mr. Bootblack 2017
PRE-CONTEST COCKTAILS 6 pm Hosted by BLUF/Chicago
MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2018 CONTEST Doors open 7 pm Contest begins 8 pm at Leather Archives & Museum 6418 North Greenview, Emcee John Pendal, IML 2003
MCL2018 CONTEST VIEWING PARTY 8 pm For those without tickets to the contest, watch it on the screens at Touché
PURE VICTORY DANCE 10 pm– 5 am DJ Harry T Strict leather dress code in Club Room
SUNDAY Jan 27th Touché open 11am – 4 am
MCL2018 BRUNCH 11 am – 2 pm Andersonville Brewing Company 5402 North Clark Street full brunch buffet $15/person
SUNDAY BEER BUST 11 am – 4 am $1 drafts & sodas, free Chicago Red Hots 3-7pm, Movie Night 7pm in Club Room
MCL2018 CIGAR SOCIAL 2 – 6 pm Hosted by BLUF/Chicago location TBA
LEATHER SHOWTUNES 4 – 9 pm Hosted by The Call Bar 1547 West Bryn Mawr
Mr Chicago Leather 2018 Judges & staff
Ralph Bruneau is International Mister Leather 2017. He competed at IML as Mr. GNI Leather 2016 representing Gay Naturists International, the largest naturist organization in the world. He began his leather journey in 1974 at the legendary Mineshaft in NYC.
In his first career, he was an actor on Broadway and on television creating the role of Mike Doonesbury in the Broadway musical Doonesbury and appearing on TV in shows from soaps to Seinfeld.
In the 80’s at the height of the AIDS crisis be became a volunteer for the Shanti Foundation as a hospice worker and emotional support volunteer. He then went on to get a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Bruneau has a sex-positive, kink-positive practice in Los Angeles and has been nationally recognized for his contributions to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in California. He has taught and lectured about intimacy and sexual expression for over two decades.
He is actively involved in the campaign to end Conversion Therapy working with NCLR and the #BornPerfect campaign. He is on the founding Board of the Los Angeles Gender Center and a co-team leader for Team Friendly SoCal. He is a proud member of Avatar Club Los Angeles and the Southern California Bondage Club. He flags black, grey and houndstooth on the left.
Joe’s leather journey began with his first visit to the Twin Cities Leather contest in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016. Since then, he has become an active member in the leather community, working with groups such as Mr. Friendly, ICON Detroit Leather Club, and CLAW Nation. Joe is a Cosmetic Executive by day and Kinky Mother Fucker in the leather community. Joe is happily partnered to his boy Lance and when he’s not traveling for work or attending leather events you can find him sipping a glass of bourbon and watching a movie. Joe flags red, yellow and houndstooth on the left. Joe is proud to have represented Mr. ICON Detroit Leather at IML 39 and wishes the class of IML 40 the best of luck. Joe is thrilled and honored to be a judge in this year’s Mr. Chicago Leather contest and wishes all the contestants the best of luck.
Freddy Miranda is a born and raised Chicago native. He is the current reigning Mr. Illinois Bear 2017. He professionally works in HR and Operations with an emphasis on Nonprofits and Mission based work. He has been recognized at the national level as a Changemaker by Public Allies an Americorp program. He is single and lives in the South Loop of Chicago with his dog Thor. He is the youngest of 5 boys and often tells the story that he was his mother’s last attempt at a girl and blames her for turning out so fabulous. He is an active member of the leather and kink community as a full Brother in ONYX and an associate in Titans of the Midwest. He is an active participant in social justice and community activism strongly believing in the power of collective organizing and servant leadership. He currently volunteers with such organizations as the Broadway Youth Center, the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, Public Allies Chicago, Latino Union of Chicago and is a co-coordinator of the Chicago Community Leather Outreach.
My name is Link, current Mr Midwest Rubber 2017, looking forward to the coming year for our next Mr. Chicago Leather! I came into the active community 5 years ago, peaking in Chicago to find my apex soon after accepting pup play in my life. I have mentored pups and handlers in their fetish journey, taught with the Titans of the Midwest, and volunteered at many events and organizations including the Chicago Puppy Patrol, Mr. Friendly, and C.L.A.W. and looking forward to seeing all of the contestants this coming weekend.
Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak, Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 is a proud Chicago native who’s been actively involved in the local leather and kink community for the past 10 years. He’s a self-described “volunteera-holic” who has 20 years under his belt and an estimated 800 hours of volunteer time in the last 3 years with such organizations as the Chicago Leather Community Outreach (volunteer coordinator), Center on Halsted (prior volunteer of the year), Equality Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Mr. Friendly and helped raise over $30,000 as a member of Team Touché benefitting TPAN’s ride for AIDS and over $10,000 for many others. He’s a full member and current Illinois representative of the Titans of the Midwest and prior executive board member, a member of the Chicago Band of Brothers, Associate member of Blue Max St. Louis Leather Club and the LA&M.
He’s also honored to have been named Saint VPL, Patron Saint of Boys in Grey Sweats by the The Windy City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for outstanding service to the Leather/LGBTQ Communities.
Daddy G is proud to have represented Chicago’s Leather and Kink Community as MCL 2017 at IML39. He continues his message of recognizing and shining a light on volunteers who keep LGBTQ and community service organizations afloat and serving vulnerable populations. He believes volunteering is a form of activism.
He lives in Chicago’s Rogers park neighborhood with his partner of 3 years, Jeffrey, an active member in the rubber and latex community and a prior Mr. International Rubber. Their relationship proves that leather and rubber do go great together, just not in the same closet.
Stephen Turchin has been a part of Chicago’s Leather and Rubber communities for 5 years. He is a member of the House of Leatherganza, Mama’s Family – proudly claiming the title of Mama’s Corset Bitch, and a member of LORE – a club for sober Leathermen that promotes shame-free sex positivity. Since 2013, Stephen has produced Chicago’s annual Heaven or Hell Party, raising over $7,400 for CLAW Nation.
His interests includes bondage, electricity, sleepsack, flogging, sounding and mummification. He is passionate about cooking and has a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. He lives in Edgewater with his husband Daddy Jeff Willoughby, his partner of close to six years, and with Gigi, their Miniature Pinscher.
Isaac has been with the community for a decade now. He believes in good sex, rough kink, and fellowship. You’ll find him popping up at your events, offering help at your charity, or perhaps playing video games with his husband. Recently moved to Chicago after nine years in Indianapolis, he is excited to get out and enjoy the city.