New Toronto Leather Pride Titleholders Announced

TLP 2013 Title Team (L to R) Peter Rex, Mr. Rubber Toronto 2013, Youkali Youkali, Ms Leather Toronto 2013 and Robert Miller, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2013.

TORONTO – Robert Miller, is the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Youkali Youkali, is the new Ms Leather Toronto and Peter Rex is the new Mr. Rubber Toronto. The competitions were held on Sat., Aug. 11, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Robert Miller is a 50 year old Leo, happily married to his husband for 20 years, with 2 children. His interests include weight lifting and submission and professional wrestling. To relax, he enjoys sci-fi, horror or action movies, good food, hi energy music, or laying in the grass to soak up some much needed SUNSHINE or at night enjoys walking under the stars and looking for the “big dipper” Family and friends are very important to him, and will do anything to protect them.

He now assumes the role as Toronto’s 22nd leather ambassador and succeeds the amicable and handsome Alex Canning, MLT 2012.
First runner-up for the MLT 2012 title went to Mike Dawson, Mr. Cedar’s Leather. Second runner-up was awarded to David Knott, Mr. Steamworks.

Robert Miller, who was sponsored by the Black Eagle Toronto, was also awarded the MLT Brotherhood award.

After almost a decade absence from the Toronto community the Ms Leather Toronto title made a triumphant return this year.
Youkali Youkali is a literature professor, creative scholar, kinky science-fiction writer, and girly leatherdyke. She was born and raised in Montreal and has been happily living in the GTA for the last decade. She loves to travel overseas, but doesn’t seem to mind commuting between Canadian cities either; you might have met her at various Canadian and international leather events where she gives talks and facilitates workshops, and especially at events organized by the Montreal-based Unholy Army of the Night, of which she is a member of the Board of Governors.

Also competing for the Ms Leather Toronto title was Dana aka Black Orchid from Toronto who placed 1st runner-up.

Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTF) is also very proud to announce the appointment of Peter Rex as our new Mr. Rubber Toronto 2013.
Peter Rex, is 48 years old and is living his fantasy of being a slave. Peter considers himself “hard-wired” for leather sex having had fetish fantasies from a very early age. Peter models himself after Tom of Finland’s drawings. He loves weight training, swimming, and scuba diving. Peter has performed at many gay events; and can sometimes be seen wearing a collar and not much else with his hands cuffed behind his back. Peter has a few tattoos and piercings, and if you ask his master really nicely he may be given permission to show them to you.

HOTF takes the business of judging our competitions very seriously. Our judging panels include experienced members from both the international and Canadian communities. The goal is to give TLP contestants a quality of judging equal to the International competitions where the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto and Mr. Rubber Toronto will eventually compete.

Each year, the judging panels for the MLT and MsLT Competitions have the difficult responsibility of scoring a field of strong contestants.
The judging panel for the Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2013 contest consisted of:

  • members of the local community: Enza Silano of Northbound Leather, Peter Rex, Jake English, Bootblack Toronto 2011 and Ryan Lemesurier, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2011; and
  • from the international community: Head Judge, Jeff Henness (Seattle, WA) Seattle Leather Grand Dad 2012, Jason Hendrix, (Chicago, IL) International Mr. Leather 2004 and Rich Nordin, (Boston, MA) Mr. Boston Rubber 2001.

The judging panel for Ms Leather Toronto 2012 contest consisted of:

  • members of the local community: Archean, Miss Rubber World 2011, black aka Ian Turner, Bootblack Toronto 2002 and Penny Gyokeres, Ms. Black Eagle 2001;
  • from the national community Sir Kira, (Ottawa, ON) International Ms Olympus Leather 2011 and Mel Koome, (Hamilton, ON) Ms Cedar’s Leather 2011; and
  • from the international community: Head Judge, Lamalani Sirverts International Ms Leather 2009 and Q, International Ms Bootblack 2008 both from San Francisco, CA.

HOTF members Jacques “buddy” Coetzer, served as TLP Head Tally Master, Dwayne Bryk served as MLT Tally Master and boy dana Prosser (Atlanta, GA) served as MsLT Tally Master.

The dynamic duo of Deb Pearce, local celebrity and the host of her own television program “foQus with Deb Pearce”, and Brandon Matheson, Executive Producer of Eastern Canada LeatherSIR and Leatherboy contests, emceed the competition at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Sat., Aug 11th.

During the competitions the Toronto Leather Pride Award was presented to noted leatherman, Master Mike Zulh of Pittsburgh, PA. The Toronto Leather Pride Award is presented on an annual basis to an individual or organization in the local, national or international leather community who has contributed significantly to the development of Leather Pride and/or Life Time Achievement.

Spanning four days, the Toronto Leather Pride 2012 weekend started with a welcome reception at Northbound Leather on Thurs., Aug. 09, and ended with the Late Night Cigar Party at the Toronto Black Eagle on Sun, Aug. 12. Weekend participants also enjoyed dancing to DJ Nik Red’s music at Leather Ball 18 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Saturday night after the competitions, the Toronto Leather Pride Day Party at Zipperz/Cellblock on Sunday afternoon, and a series of leather/kink workshops given by experienced and respected members of the local, national and international leather community.

Toronto Leather Pride (TLP) under the banner of Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTF) is a member/volunteer-based, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to producing events that celebrate Leather/Kink/Fetish culture while promoting the sexual minority’s community and our city.

All of our fundraising serves the community at large and Toronto’s sexual minority’s community in particular. Each year the net proceeds of our events go to a beneficiary chosen by our titleholders and Board of Directors.

Our charity of choice for 2011 – 2012 was The 519 Church Street Community Centre.

HOTF/TLP is the proud producer of some of Canada’s largest leather events. We produce: Toronto Leather Pride, Toronto Bound, Leather Ball and the Mr. Leatherman, Ms Leather Toronto, Mr. Rubber Toronto, Toronto Puppy and the Bootblack Toronto competitions and many diverse events throughout the year.

In addition, HOTF hosts scores of fundraisers, bar nights and educational workshops throughout the community, including many where we welcome out-of-town community groups.

Our event weekends attract men, women and trans persons from all over North America, Europe and beyond.

Heart of the Flag Federation press release