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MR.LEATHER64TEN 2017

TJ HOWARD

Originally from Jacksonville Fl, TJ moved to Chicago in 2011.  He was peripherally involved with the kink community in Florida but dove into the Chicago community 2 years ago.  A bi-, poly, switch he basically enjoys anything that can be construed as libidinous: leather, gear, impact play, knock out play, sensory deprivation, electro, torture, wax, groups, exhibitionism/public play, and good ole’ fashioned sex.

He’s a coordinator for CLAW, taught multiple seminars, a volunteer for CLCO, works to promote Team Friendly as often as possible, and the current MR.LEATHER64TEN.  He’s a member of Titans of the Midwest and Chicago Band of Brothers. Outside the world of kink he is an avid reader, gamer, music buff, and all around hedonist.

MR.LEATHER64TEN 2016

JAMES TYRCHA

I am James Tyrcha, MR.LEATHER64TEN 2016. I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.  I am a former Military Police Officer in the US Army Reserve. I am a Transmale. I have been actively involved in the Leather/Kink community for just over 3 years now, but have had a strong interest and love for the community for about 20 years and was involved in some capacity.  I have a strong passion for our community and I have held and participated in many fundraisers to raise money for charity!  One of the most recent, I competed in Barlesque 8 in 2015 raising $2690 for TPAN!

I am a member of The Chicago Band of Brothers, The Leather Archives & Museum,  and The Titans of the Midwest.  I competed in IML 38 (2016), and I am currently employed as a Bartender.

My platform, interests, and passions in life are fighting for LGBT rights, HIV rights and education, BDSM rights, and sexual freedom rights. I believe in acceptance for all!  I have been in love with Leather since I was 9 years old!  Yes I am an 80’s brat!  I also love dogs more than life!  I am currently seeking to re-enlist in the US Army Active Duty since the transgender ban has been lifted!

MR.LEATHER64TEN 2015

MICHAEL PACAS

Born and raised Southern Baptist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Yeah. I was two tent revivals away from handling snakes. I used to pray to God, “Why did you make me like this?”  And I got my answer in fifth grade when my classmates chased me around the playground – throwing rocks at me – calling me “queer”. I knew God made me an outsider seeking a home.

And I found it right here where you are sitting NOW. One of my first IML’s, there was Guy Baldwin winning and daring me to stay strong. There was Tony DeBlase unfurling the Leather Pride Flag for the first time. I thought the heart was a little precious at the time, but it became my talisman.

And here we are decades later, tens of thousands in Chicago, alone, standing on the shoulders of giants, with a new generation hungry to fight side by side with us to change the world.

And, change is possible.

Because if some frightened little Southern Baptist Sissy can find himself standing in front of you tonight, strong and proud in his leathers, then anything is possible.

The world is out there waiting for us. The world wants us, and, yes, the world needs us.

Let’s join together and save it.

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