LOUISVILLE – March 4-6 marked the fifth anniversary of Bluegrass Leather Pride Weekend in Louisville, KY. The Friday night meet and greet was started at the Barracks with a cigar social. From there, the weekend continued at the Warehouse. Saturday morning marked the beginning of the educational series. Workshops such as Erotic Bootblacking, Electroplay, and History of Leather Contests were offered. Most of the classes were overflowing with attendees.
Lunch was provided for attendees prior to the afternoon activities, which included more classes as well as the contestant interviews. Unlike many contests, Bluegrass Leather Pride Weekend conducts open interviews. When asked for the reasoning, BLP’s Executive Producer, Ms Constance said that it is simply to maintain transparency and integrity.
There were two contestants this year, Ms. contestant Ms. Mory Martinez and Bootblack contestant Bootblack Meghan. Without competitors, each contestant must reach 70% of the available points. Both contestants easily passed that mark, scoring as high as 91%. The contest was emceed by Bootblack Gabriel and Ms. Constance. A good time was had by all. Of particular interest was MS Cerrin, who was asked to repeat her poignant step-aside speech from last year, a simple but direct plea to the community to reach out to those newcomers in our midst.
The weekend ended with a buffet brunch with a rousing speech by judge and keynote speaker, Master Z.
Justin St. Clair