DOUGLAS, MI – This past weekend I had the pleasure of covering Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend & Contest at The Dunes Resort in Douglas/Saugatuck Michigan. The winner of Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 will go on to compete at International Mr. Leather 2015 in May of this coming year in the city of Chicago.
This years Judges included International Mr. Leather 1994, Jeff Tucker; Owner of the Kinkdom in Detroit, Mystyss Lily; Gay Naturist International Leather 2010 & Mr. GNI Leather 2010, Sir Dan Marrs; Mr. Chicago Leather 2014, Miguel Torres; & Mr. Michigan Leather 2014, Chuck Braidwood. They were joined by Emcee Mr. LA Leather 2006 & Founder of the Michigan Band of Brothers, Bob Johnson; Judges Slave, Michigan Leather slave 2014, Niki; Tally Masters Michigan Leather Sir 2014, Sir Travis and Chuck TenBrink; & Stage Manager Mr. Michigan Leather 2009 & creator of Mr. Friendly, Dave Watt.
This years Mr. Michigan Leather contestants included Mr. Dunes Leather 2014, David Peterman; Mr. Campit Leather 2014, Neil Seabert; George Kelly; Jason Black; & Mr. Liberty Leather 2014, Josh Fortuna.
The first runner-up this year was Jason Black and the new Mr. Michigan Leather 2015, Josh Fortuna. As mentioned above Josh will go on to represent Michigan as he competes for the International Mr. Leather Title in May.
For those of you who may have never attended a MML Weekend, I feel it’s my responsibility to fill you in on what you are missing.
Beyond the MML Contest itself, the weekend is filled with fun activities. Friday evening kicks off the weekend with registration, the vendor mart, the Boots & Bourbon Weekend Kickoff Party, Judges & Contestant Introductions, & the After Hours Party hosted by LeatherUNITED.
Saturday starts early with breakfast followed by a 12-Step Meeting before classes begin. This years workshops included “So You Want To Bareback? PrEP[-], Und[+], & new HIV Info” presented by Dave Watt, “Flogging Techniques” presented by Brent McGuinness, & “Fetish Wrestling: Bondage With Your Body” presented by Robert Miller. Saturday is also the cookout that celebrates the Birthday of Mr. Friendly. This year was
Mr. Friendly’s 6th Birthday and everyone celebrated with Burgers, sides, & a Friendly Birthday Cake. Of course the Mr. Michigan Leather Contest itself is held Saturday evening and is followed by a Victory Party and yet another After Party. Yes, at MML Weekend everyone works hard and then plays hard.
Sunday started with Breakfast as everyone who decided to get out of bed, discussed the past evenings events. This year Sunday also featured the first ever Wuzzy Bowl as Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2014, TC & Mr. Michigan Leather 2014, Chuck Braidwood would host a football party where the Green Bay Packers were facing the Detroit Lions. Looser’s of the Wuzzy Bowl would be forced to wear pink tutu’s. Also Sunday seen the annual Country Western Tea Dance.
We at the Great Lakes Den would like to congratulate Mr. Michigan Leather 2015, Josh Fortuna on his Title win and we would like to recommend that you the reader attend Mr. Michigan Leather next year and join in on the festivities.
Very special thanks to the MML Event Producers Calvin Pohler & Bryon Hayes for all their help that allowed us to cover this story.