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Hardy Haberman

Dallas, TX

Since the mid-'70s, 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. 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 and speaker on aspects of the SM/Leather scene. His books include 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 NLA-I's Man of the Year award in 1999 and the NLA-I Lifetime Achievement award in 2007, and in 2010 received the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership award.

He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Washington, D.C. Since April 1995, he and his boy Patrick have been living together in Dallas with their Feline Mistress Elvira and troublemaker Jack-the-Cat.

Lolita Wolf

New York, NY

Lolita Wolf discovered the BDSM scene back in the late '80s when "online" meant being on the phone sex lines. She is an activist who defends the sexual freedom for all consenting adults, spreads the word about BDSM, sex and poly and helps the community grow and flourish. Yet, her goal remains "to have fun."

Lolita has many specialties, including bondage, impact play of all sorts, poly relationships, social skills, CBT, etc. Lolita has taught hundreds of classes for organizations and events across the country, including South Plains Leatherfest, Thunder in the Mountains, Dark Odyssey, Kinkfest, Shibaricon and many others. She is well-known for a fun and entertaining style that packs a lot of information into a short class.

Lolita is an Emeritus Board Member of both TES and the Leather Leadership Conference. She is a former Chair of Lesbian Sex Mafia and was an honorary member of GMSMA. She is active with National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Leather Pride Night and Open Love NY.

Her awards include the 1996 and 2000 Northeast Region Pantheon of Leather award, 1996 NLA Order of Merit award, 1997 NLA Lifetime Achievement award, Gloria Brame's Kinky Hall of Fame award, the 1998 Barry Douglas Community Service award, the 1999 Defenders NY Founders Award, the 2000 LA&M Leatherfolk to Watch Out For, the 2001 Black Rose Vaughn Keith National Educator Award and the 2002 Diabolique Ball Community Service Award. Lolita was honored to be a judge for International Ms. Leather in 1995, MAL Bootblack 2002, GLLA Bootblack 2004, Dark Odyssey Littles Contest 2011 and Onyx's Deck The Balls 2012. She was keynote speaker at Beyond Vanilla 2001, SM Odyssey's Folsom Fringe 2007 and South Plains Leatherfest 2009.

Her writing has appeared in On Our Backs, Prometheus and Rachel Kramer Bussel's Lust Chronicles. She has authored two books : Spanking and CBT in a Nutshell and is featured in the Details of Flogging DVD. She also has a chapter in Tristan Taormino's The Ultimate Guide To Kink. She has also appeared in the New York Times' One in 8 Million series: Her website can be found at .

Patrick Mulcahey

San Francisco, CA

Patrick Mulcahey hails from San Francisco, CA and enjoys playing with rope, men, trust and power. He has presented on M/s, leather and SM topics for the Northwest Leather Celebration, Behind Closed Doors, CLAW, Leather Traditions, South Plains Leatherfest and the Master/slave Conference, among others, and has written for and "Growing Pains," the Society of Janus newsletter. In 2012 he served as a judge for the International Master/slave and International Leather SIR/boy contests, and as keynote speaker at Leather Reign in Seattle. He has received the Robert Davolt "Spirit of Leather Award" and was named 2011 "Man of the Year" by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. He with lives with his slave, patrick, is a proud member of The 15 Association, MAsT and Janus, and currently serves as program director of the S.F. Leathermen's Discussion Group.

Woody Woodruff (IML 2012)

Farmington Hills, MI

Woody was born on a small farm in northern Michigan. He now resides in Farmington Hills, Mich., where he lives with his partner of over four years, SIR Papa Bear and their chocolate lab Olive. He has been a member of the leather community ever since that fateful night where he went astray from the farm and happened upon an establishment known as the Ramrod in Ft. Lauderdale. Life has never been quite the same since.

He started his title run in 2011 after winning the inaugural Mr. Liberty Leather contest in Pontiac, MI. He then followed by becoming the 16th Mr. Michigan Leather in 2012 and then in May 2012, became the first Michigan representative ever to win International Mr. Leather. He is also a proud member of Mama's Family, Mama's Singin' LilCub and a member of BLUF 163.

Woody is an accomplished vocalist and has used his talents to benefit the community by organizing and performing charity cabaret events at venues around the state and country. Proceeds from his efforts have benefitted the Mr. Friendly Campaign, AmFar, Ruth Ellis, HRC and many other local and national organizations. He is very active in his local community through Beautiful, an organization encouraging individuals to simply be themselves and to be accepting, and is a founding member of the Michigan Band of Brothers. Whereas he personally chooses these organizations as his benefactors, his main focus is to simply encourage people to find their own passion or "sound," as he calls it, and then to do something about it.

Bryson "Pup Nitro" Hankinson

Atlanta, GA

Nitro was born and raised South Carolina. In 2005, he moved to Atlanta where he met Sir Alan Penrod and began to discover his "Leather heart". Nearly a year later he earned his collar and was given his pup name, "NITRO" (Needs Intense Torture to Reach Orgasm). Nitro currently serves as an Executive board Member of Panther Leather/Levi Club, and is a co-founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. Nitro teaches BDSM and Leather Lifestyle classes on a variety of topics and enjoys any play involving tight bondage, mummification, rubber/latex, electricity, CBT, and watersports. He also serves as a mentor to other boys, helping them find their voice within our beautifully diverse leather community. He is International Leatherboy 2011.

Murray Lavigne

Ottawa, Ontario

At age 21, Murray moved to Ottawa from his hometown of Pembroke in 1977. This began his journey into leather and kink. As a passionate community-minded leader, Murray delved into the leather lifestyle before joining the Ottawa Knights in 1990. Since then Murray has been on their executive board, 11 out of 22 years as the president. In 1992, the club brought Mr. Leather Ottawa (MLO) to the nation's capital. It is now the club's largest annual charity fundraiser and has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. True to form, he has been involved in MLO and has taken on sponsorship, vendors and prizes, venues, meals, accommodations, as well as many years as the executive and production producer. Murray was the string that organized Ottawa's first Bootblack contest and ensured that the steps taken in its production shone through. He currently sits on the MLO Executive Board.

His judging experience includes Eastern Canada Leather Sir/boy, Mr. Leatherman Toronto and in the last two years, the National Capital Leather Pride titles of Miss and Mr. Leather Pride. 2013 marked the first year for Mr. Rubber Ottawa and the Ottawa pup competition. The Australian Club Run, London (UK) Leather Weekend, Round-up, MLT & Toronto Bound, MCM, ABW, MAL, Mr. Upstate New York, IML and CLAW are a few of the events he has been involved with. He has attended Prides across the globe and has held the titles of Mr. Round-up 1994 and Mr. North Forty 2004.

Sticking to his "old guard" mentality, Murray has mastered the art of erotic flogging, caning and cropping. Murray also loves wax, water and CBT play. He wants to perfect his skills with single-tail whips. Currently, Murray would like to add a few boys to his Family at home, now that he has more time having retired from the federal transport minister's office in 2010.

His favorite saying: "So many acronyms, so little time!"

Brent Seeley

Portland, OR

Brent Seeley was born and raised in Maine, moving to the Northwest in the mid-90's before settling in Portland, Oregon with his partner, Jeff Halsey. Coincidentally, Portland was the same city where he acquired his first leather motorcycle jacket only a few years earlier. He found the leather community in Portland to be supportive, twisted, and welcoming. He won the Mr. Oregon State Leather 2009 title, and competed with his leather brothers in the IML Class of 2010.

Upon completing his Oregon title year, Brent joined the Blackout Leather Productions board where he currently serves as vice president. Blackout is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization promoting the welfare, health, and education of the gay and lesbian leather/SM/fetish community while eliminating prejudice against that community. Along with the Oregon State Leather and Oregon State Bootblack titles, Blackout produces several events throughout the year including the Northwest Sash Bash.

Brent hosts a monthly Leather, Scotch & Cigar Social, and participates in Portland Leather Men, which has a 25-year tradition of bringing leathermen together every month for potluck dinners. With the PDX Dungeon Men he arranges the men's monthly dungeon parties. He assists with the Oregon Leather History Project and maintains a voting membership in the Leather Archives & Museum. In 2012, Brent was honored with the Pantheon of Leather Northwest Regional Award.

Rik Newton-Treadway

Baltimore, MD

Rik, aka Sir Hooker, has been a community activist for over 30 years. This sadistic, fun-loving, kinky switch is a Maryland native living in Baltimore with his wonderful unionized-in-Maryland, married-in-Vermont hus-boy Paulie. They are soon to marry in Baltimore in November. He also has wonderful boys frankie, matthew, michael and collin, and a large, eclectic kinky Family.

He is president of The Pantheon of Leather Community Service Award-winning Hookerand Boys, which produces Chesapeake Leather Awareness Pride (C.L.A.P.), which features The Mid-Atlantic LeatherSIR and Mid-Atlantic Leatherboy, Mid-Atlantic Community Bootblack and Mid-Atlantic Leather Women contests.

He also produces The Pantheon of Leather Community service Award-winning 12 Days of Christmas, Sat., December 14 at the Hippo in Baltimore ( ).

Rik's Club affiliations include membership in Sons Of The American Legion, Mama's Family, The Praetorian Guard, Hooker and Boys, The Seven Guardsman, The ShipMates of Baltimore, C.O.M.M.A.N.D.,M.C, The TOPMENS CLUB, Leatherskillz, The Women of Disciplines Men's Auxiliary, BlaDeaf, The D.C. Boys of Leather, The Jersey Boys of Leather, Pittsburgh Leather Central, The Keystone Boys of Leather, The Bootblack Brigade, ONYX South East, Vol-Unon, South East Conference of Clubs, and F.I.S.T. of Baltimore and Washington.

He is a voting member of the Leather Archives & Museum and proudly serves The Carter Johnson Leather Library and Collection as war counselor (advisor).

He was Maryland Mr. Drummer in 1999, Maryland Mr. Leather 2009 (top 20, IML XXXI) and he has judged numerous local, regional, and international contests. "Just call him Hooker." Want to know more? Ask him!

He is honored to be here participating in this awesome weekend.

Uwe Langer

Hamburg, Germany

Uwe was born in 1960 behind the iron curtain in East Germany. He served in the East German army for three years and studied electronics at the University in East Berlin. In 1985, he escaped to the West and in1986 finished his studies in Bremen in West Germany.

In 1990 he joined the MSC Hamburg e.V., the largest leather club in Hamburg at this time. The club organized the Leatherparty Hamburg. It remains one of the largest leather events in Germany, and has the longest tradition, this year being the 40th Leatherparty. He has served the Club for several years as a managing board member.

When MSC Hamburg was dissolved, Uwe was a founding member of the Spike Hamburg e.V. The club continued the tradition and organizes The Leatherparty Hamburg until today. He was club chairman for five years and remains on its managing board. He has attended several ECMC AGMs representing one of the above clubs and is a respected leader and leatherman in Europe.

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