Hardy HabermanDallas, Texas
Since the mid-70's Hardy has been an active in the leather community and a member of many BDSM/Fetish organizations including Dallas Motorcycle Club, NLA-Dallas, Discipline Corps and a founding member of Inquisition-Dallas. Considering himself a "Pain Technologist" he specializes in CBT and has an unusual fondness for clips clamps and clothespins, as well as more esoteric SM play. Professionally he is a marketing specialist and filmmaker. His documentary on the leather lifestyle "LEATHER" has won numerous awards and appeared in festivals around the world, and his latest film, "Out of the Darkness, The Reality of SM" is currently being used by health care professionals around the world.
Outside work, he is a gay activist, author & speaker on aspects of the SM/Leather scene. His books "The Family Jewels, A guide to male genital play and torment" published by Greenery Press and “More Family Jewels”, Playing With Pain” And “Soul of a Second Skin” published by Nazca Plain. He also writes a regular column in the Dallas Voice newspaper.
He was awarded NLAI's Man of the Year award in 1999 and the NLA-I Lifetime Achievement award in 2007eceived the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership award. Last year he was honored to be a Judge at both IML and ILSb.
He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Washington DC. Since April, 1995, he and his boy Patrick have been living together in Dallas with their Feline Mistress Elvira.
Recipient of the 2008 Pantheon of Leather's Community Choice Award (man), Dr. Bob has been involved in the BDSM and Total Power Exchange (TPE) scenes since the summer of 2001, throwing himself into the literature of the field as though it were an academic study. He presents, judges, and sells his books at weekend kink conferences throughout the year.
Dr. Bob, an author, educator and photographer is an educational sociologist and researcher by training. He currently has ten books in print and two DVDs (Books: four on Master/slave topics, two on advanced sex techniques, one on fire play, and three erotic art photo books. Additionally, he has produced two educational DVDs: one on fire play and one on beginning impact play).
Dr. Bob RubelAustin, TX
Shahrazad is a multisexual leatherwoman and lifestyle switch who is honoured to hold the titles of International Person of Leather 2016 and Ms. Leather Toronto 2016. An established Pro-Domina in the Toronto scene for over 13 years and the Owner and Headmistress of The Ritual Chamber dungeon in Toronto’s west end, Shahrazad’s passion is teaching people about kink. She has been a featured presenter at such venues and events as Montreal Fusion Weekend, The Everything to Do with Sex Show, Toronto Bound, Queering Power, Ottawa Leather Weekend, Unholy Harvest, Good For Her, Purple Passion NYC, and the Risley and Spankington BDSM Club in Budapest, Hungary. Shahrazad has been a shamanic apprentice to a matriarchal earth-based spiritual path for over a decade and is fascinated by the places where shamanism, ritual, mysticism, and BDSM intersect. She flags orange on the left, and red and hunter green on the right.
Shahrazad - International Person of Leather 2016Toronto, Canada
Whether you know her as Lady of Light, Lady Donna, or Master Donna, and no
matter how dark or light the room may be, you're aware of her presence. Whether
it's the gut laughter or the shadow slipping across the room leaving a trail of
light behind, the soft and sharp touch of nails down your spine, the low
lingering growl, or you've had your eyes locked into hers there's no mistaking
Her interest lies in that spark in your center, the small flame in your soul
that she beckons to grow.
She is our current 2016 Southwest Person of Leather titleholder, and delights in serving
and sharing with the community. Her journey began in 1997. For the weekend, it
continues here at RMR.
Master Donna - Southwest Person of Leather 2015San Diego, CA
"I feared she was, literally, going to consume me".
"She does warm up like I do. She doesn't."
"I never giggled so hard inside a needle scene."
"It was only three needles. I was still high three days later."
"I don't usually like sting. But each time I thought I'd had enough, she
changed the delivery. I found myself taking more and wanting more."
"She definitely hits like a woman. Jeezus."
"I'd like to meet up with her in a back alley sometime."
Bent from birth, SG found his way into the leather faerie community in the 80's, where he learned about the spirituality of BDSM. A decade later, he discovered the leather community, broadening and deepening his appreciation for our practices, sacred and profane. SG passed on what he had learned of the technical aspects of BDSM in the Bay Area before there were public classes. He graduated from the Journeyman 3 Academy, and later became its headmaster. He has also been facilitating weekly groups on intimacy in authority-exchange relationships for over a decade.
SGSan Francisco, CA
Praxxis graduated from The Journey and The Leather Quest class Flesh & Blood in Salt Lake City, UT. He held the title Mr. International Olympus Leather 2013. He has taught for the Path, DomCon Atlanta, and Sin in the City and has worked with individuals interested in learning his techniques. Praxxis has judged several title competitions, and recently had the honor of being head judge for the Rocky Mountain Rebellion Person of Leather Contest. He was happy to serve as the contest coordinator for the International Puppy and Trainer contest at Beyond Vanilla in 2014 and 2015. Praxxis is proud to be involved in the leather community and he looks forward to future travel, teaching and learning opportunities.
Ikonoclast began his BDSM journey in Kansas City in 2002, found his home in the Salt Lake community in 2008, and has remained there since (with side trips to New Jersey and India.) The founder of Utah Leaf & Leather and the current chairman of Utah TNG, Ikon is an active leader and event organizer in Utah and the wider Rocky Mountain community. An information sponge with a passion for education and a background in corporate consulting and training, he has taught for the Path, TNG-U, and Academy in Utah, the BDSM Education Center in Las Vegas, Bozeman Civitas in Montana, and elsewhere, and is an increasingly frequent guest on the Morning Alt radio show. Ikon is the current Rocky Mountain Person of Leather, the first recipient of the Master Bill Keith Heart & Soul Award at International Person of Leather, and a nominee for the 2016 Pantheon of Leather award for the Rocky Mountain region. His interests include decadence, raunch, philosophy, psychology, and violating the Geneva Convention in the dungeon.
Praxxis - International Olympus Leather 2013
Salt Lake City, UT
Ikon - Rocky Mountain Person of Leather 2015Salt Lake City, UT
Diana believes being kinky is a gift to be indulged in, not to feel ashamed of. Her greatest passions involve needles, hooks ( fuck yes!!), blood, ritual, and cbt (those lovely squishy bits). She became involved in her local community a decade ago, and found a place among her people. She is a graduate of Leather Quest (formerly The Journeyman III Academy). She is a community and Leather Quest educator in both Utah and California. She continues to hold leadership positions within her home community, and is an educator and spiritual mentor. She teaches classes from the beginner to advanced level on a variety of subjects (but she is happiest if she can make someone bleed during a demo). Also, a member of Edgewalkers, a group who’s happiest building community around body rites and ordeal.
She has attended Fakir’s school of piercing, branding class, and the spirit+flesh intensive. She uses these skills to enhance her play, facilitate ritual healing, enact rites of passage, and perform energy work. She is always a student seeking out new experiences and knowledge, as well as a presenter passionate about sharing what she has learned.
Diana Salt Lake City, UT
Starting in Southern California in the 1990's, Mr. Dark has been involved in the BDSM community for more than twenty-five years. After moving to Las Vegas in 2000, he joined several groups and in 2008 started the Las Vegas D/s Society. In 2010, Mr. Dark merged Las Vegas D/s Society with Sin City D/s Network which helped create the largest BDSM network in Southern Nevada offering education, health resources and other kink related activities to his local community. With education as his main passion, Mr. Dark created the BDSM Orientation in 2011, Las Vegas's longest running intro to BDSM class and in 2013 he founded the BDSM Educational Center offering monthly classes, a peer to peer mentor program and other BDSM/Kink related resources. In 2014 he stepped down as co-owner of Sin City D/s Network to focus his efforts on bringing BDSM education to communities everywhere.
Mr. Dark began his personal Leather journey in 2013 and in the same year he became the first runner up in the Mr. Southwest Olympus Leather contest. Since then, he continues his Leather journey while bringing BDSM education to as many people as he can. Mr. Dark also dedicates much of his time to various charity events through his group membership in the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas as well as his supporting roles in many other Las Vegas area BDSM and Leather groups.
Mr. DarkLas Vegas, NV
Reggie Alexander and his poly family have been in the leather lifestyle since 2006. Through their company Poly’s Pleasures they have travelled the country attending lifestyle events and selling their chainmail jewelry, clothing and costuming. They can often be found presenting classes on a wide range of topics including business, writing, BDSM technics, Polyamorous and Power exchange dynamics, to name a few. They are also published authors of BDSM, Polyamorous and Power Exchange romance novels.
Reggie AlexanderDenver, CO
Master Jefferson James first became a part of the BDSM community when he joined Desert Dominion in April of 2002. Eighteen months later, he became a member of their Governing Council, serving five years as Education Director and one year as President. During this time, he became faculty of Butchmanns and developed a close relationship with Master Steve and Master Skip, both of whom were very instrumental in his growth as a Leatherman.
Master JeffersonTucson, AZ
Throughout his life, Master Jefferson has had a passion for seeking and sharing knowledge. He has presented at Desert Dominion and Arizona Power Exchange many times, as well as at Rio Grande Leather, the Southwest Leather Conference, and Sin in the City among others. He is also the founder and President of Baja Arizona Leather, producers of Behind Closed Doors and Baja Bound. In 2010 he was proud to receive the Southwest Leather Conference's Spirit of Service Award. In 2013 he was presented his Master's cover at the Southwest Leather Conference by Master Skip. Later that year, he was a judge for the first Arizona Master / slave contest.
Switch Jake has been involved with the BDSM community since 2001. In that time, he has striven to increase knowledge and acceptance of BDSM and alternative lifestyles as a whole. In his educator role, he has taught all over the state of Colorado on a variety of topics. Not solely limited to BDSM venues, Switch Jake has also taught in vanilla establishments including colleges and universities in an effort to bring knowledge to those seeking it. This year alone, he will be presenting or has presented at Sin in the City (NV), Behind Closed doors (AZ) and TGIF (CA) in addition to FetishCon (FL)
As a community leader, Switch Jake leads the Denver Sanctuary TNG party. In this role, he sets up presenters to ensure that newcomers to the BDSM lifestyle are educated as to different types of play and relationship styles. He is also in charge of managing all other aspects of the party.
One final duty, Switch Jake is responsible for training of new DMs for the Denver Sanctuary. He has developed the curriculum and makes sure the DMs are up to the standards the community requires and expects.
Switch JakeDenver, CO
Isaac Cross is a teacher, presenter, and alt-sex theorist from Denver, Colorado. With a background in psychology, Cross has focused his study and education on philosophical and psychological aspects of BDSM, but also teaches various practical skills and techniques in both structured and casual settings.
Cross has previously presented at events and venues across North America and Europe, including workshops at The Armory (home of Kink.com) in California, the Beyond Leather convention in Florida, the Northern Exposure regional conference in Alaska, and the Rome BDSM Conference in Italy. He has also served as the Director of Educational Programming for the Denver Sanctuary, Dungeon Monitor Coordinator for Beyond Leather, and Executive Director for the Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles.
Cross’s writing has been featured in a variety of publications and websites, including XCBDSM.com, where he serves as the Managing Editor. Cross can be reached by email at Cross@XCBDSM.com or by searching XCBDSM on Facebook, Twitter, and Fetlife.
Isaac CrossDenver, CO
Riley C. came into the Salt Lake community just shy of three years ago, during the last couple of years he has found enjoyment in exploring all areas of play with special interest in the areas of impact play as well as play/ritual piercing. He has developed a drive to serve and improve the Salt Lake community, believing that teaching and spreading the knowledge he has accumulated is the best way to repay the community for all it has given him.
Riley C.Salt Lake City, UT
An active member of several leather families, Aren is Pacific Coast and International Power Exchange 2015 as part of a triad, and is the current producer of Pacific Coast Power Exchange. Aren is a graduate of Leather Quest San Francisco’s class of 2011, and is the Junior Headmaster for Journey SF 2016. Aren brings a unique combination of queer leather sensibilities and trickster energy to their work and play as journeyman priestess, writer, leather educator, and slave. Residing in the SF Bay Area with several human and animal members of their intimate network, Aren balances introvert tendencies with an intricate polyamorous life.
Slave george came into the leather lifestyle in 2000, relatively late in life. He is living it 24/7 since being permanently collared by Master Tallen in 2009, his first relationship as a slave. Slave george has been trained at GMSMA, Dungeon Academy, Men's Academy and MTTA Academy and, of course, by Master Tallen.
Though they live in separate cities, the Master/slave relationship is kept alive by frequent communications and many, many trips -- the frequent flyer miles are piling up. They have presented classes and judged Leather Contests all over the U.S. and beyond. Both have served on staff at MTTA Academy and as Regents of Leathermen’s Academy, as well as worked in the production of numerous annual Leather events.
Currently Master Tallen is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and one of the co-founding Producers of the International Person of Leather Contest. He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT, and serves on the EC of Beyond Vanilla, as well as on the staff of the events; WILL, and Leather H.E.A.T. Slave george is a member of NLA Dallas, MAsT, South Florida Bondage Club and South Florida Boys of Leather.
In 2005, Master Tallen created the Master/slave Flag. In 2008 he won the Leather title as Northeast Master. In 2011 he became Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather and subsequently was honored to be selected as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011.
San Francisco, CA
Master Tallen came into the Master/slave lifestyle in 1997 as a slave. He began his evolution into Mastery in early 2002 and is proud of where his journey has taken him. He has experienced a lot on both sides, and with the help of many, has been exposed to numerous perspectives. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and trying to help them find their own paths
Master Tallen & slave GeorgeGun Barrel City, TX
His motto, "Observe that which inspires you, Master it, and continue to serve." Master Gibson, a shaved head, blue eyes that hypnotize, and a smile that can make anyone melt. Built like a bear... well a teddy bear and an average height; at least below the belt. Finding his home in Locus Esti; a Leather Lifestyle organization and chosen Family that has fostered his personal growth and development as a Leatherman and leader in our community. He has held several key positions within the Leather Communities in Salt Lake City UT, many of which involve him leading monthly events, 101, 201 and 301 educational classes, fundraisers and rituals. Having also graduated Leather Quest Salt Lake City in 2011, an 18 month course in advanced Leather and BDSM leadership studies, he was chosen to serve as the Junior Headmaster for the next Leather Quest class of 2013. Upon the graduation of the 2013 Leather Quest Cadets, he was asked to advance to the Headmaster position of The Journey a 6 month series of advanced BDSM and Leather educational studies geared in preparation for admittance into Leather Quest and currently serves his community as the Headmaster of Leather Quest. He also plays a very large role in the safety and security of the Salt Lake City and San Francisco Clubhouse’s. Spending most of his time in volunteer, co-production and production positions you’re likely to see him rushing by to provide his community with unobtrusive service and opportunities to indulge in their hearts desires. When not found happily filling any of the roles listed above, chances are you will find him getting his hands dirty improving the Salt Lake City Clubhouse or spending time working and playing with his two bratty girls.
John GibsonSalt Lake City, UT