April 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Competetitors for the 23rd Annual International Olympus Leather Contest have submitted their applications and are preparing to to compete in San Diego during Olympus Leather Weekend at the Events new venue the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley.
Ben Workman is one of three male competitors vying for for the International Mr Olympus Leather title this year. He lives in Texas and is sponsored by Stray Toys and Woofstock Texas.
Here is Ben's Official Bio:
"Ben is a 26 year old leather pup and service slave who has been active in the DFW community for the past five years, which he considers to be the best five years of his life to date. While he grew up around Baltimore, MD, Ben made Dallas his home about six years ago. Even though the relationship he moved across the country for is long over, his love for the city has only grown over the years.
After entering the rope scene in 2013, Ben fell head over heels in love with kink. His love of puppy play led him to create the DFW Kennel Club group in 2015, hoping to create a community that was more accepting and accessible, and with better discernment and consent practices. He is now grateful to see a flourishing pup community full of race and gender diverse people blossoming between the monthly bar moshes, quarterly hotel moshes, and annual Woofstock Texas pup & handler retreat in Cameron, TX.
His life was transformed when he experienced the Leather community for the first time. Now, Ben enjoys his responsibilities as Mr. GPOL 2017, sharing his experiences as a trans man and helping to educate people about their privilege by pointing out his own. He can be found bootblacking at various events around Dallas, teaching wherever he isn't asked to volunteer as security, or chilling at the Eagle.
For the past 2.5 years, Ben has been under the consideration of his owner, Katrine. Although both of them are polyamorous and pansexual, their relationship is entirely based on service; devoid of sexual or romantic energy. This might sound odd to some, but for them, it's perfection - the little family born of their mingled partners is precious to him, and he couldn't be happier under Katrine's hand."
Come see him compete May 4-6, 2017 tickets and informaiton available online at OlympusLeather.com.
Queen Raini is a Dominant Leather Woman/Master/Queen with 30 + years of experience in the lifestyle. As current Onyx Pearl Southeast President, she strives to promote
diversity and education amongst kink and leather communities.
Her current passions include helping kinksters to add sanity and creativity to any scene, helping cross dressers discover and experience their "Inner Diva", and initiating/mentoring the curious and newbies into the lifestyle, all in a safe and non judgmental way.
She also believes there is no "one true way". No matter what steps you took, you are on your Leather Journey.
Some of Queen Raini's favorite kinks include rope, percussion, electricity and sensory play.
"I'm a giver. I give until someone hurts." -Queen Raini
Kai Anderson is a 44 year-old Data Science Engineer who currently resides in Atlanta, GA. A native of Southern California, by way of Washington DC (which he calls his second home) Kai began his leather journey in 2015 when he pledged ONYX Mid-Atlantic. Since then he's made it his personal goal to give back to the LGBTQ community through education and mentoring.
Kai was the first trans-identified Leatherman of Color (2017) and the first PoC transgendered person to finish in the top 10 at International Mr Leather 2017. Kai is passionate about leather history and the role that people of color have played in the leather and BDSM communities. Kai loves music and has played with DC Different Drummers, an LGBT wind ensemble, marching and swing band. A heavy top/switch, impact play & whip enthusiast, Kai enjoys teaching and learning about whips - between ones he's made or purchased he probably has a collection of over 50 whips of various types and sizes. Kai continues to strive toward making the world a better place through cooking, baking & being an all-around cool dude.
Fred Anderson is International Mr. Olympus Leather 2015-2016 and Great Plains Mr. Olympus Leather 2015. He bought his first leather vest from Shades of Grey in Dallas back in 2002 and has met many wonderful people who have helped him along his leather journey...
An avid cigar aficionado and bootblack, Fred likes to teach others about Cigar play and Cigar Service, as well as bootblacking and leathercare. He's also pinned into Mama's Family as "Mama's Cigar Aficionado". A former Gulf Coast Community Bootblack in 2008, he tries to help others care for and maintain their leather. He's had the opportunity to teach at events, held positions of leadership in the local and international leather organizations, bootblack for contests and be a part of many organizations such as Mr. Friendly in helping reduce the stigma of HIV.
Preston “wexx” So is Mr. International Rubber 20 (2017) and Mr. New England Rubber 2016. The first international fetish titleholder of Asian heritage, he is honored to bring the MIR title back to New England and the New England Rubber Men. Preston has been interested in rubber since 2007 but bought his first gear in 2010 after long cultivating his interests in sports gear and spandex.
Preston was resident materials expert at Harvard College Munch, the BDSM student organization at his alma mater. In this capacity, he helped other students explore not only safe, sane, consensual kink but also leather, rubber, spandex, and similar fetishes, at a time when the group was publicly vilified by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News as a university-funded “sex club.”
Having judged fetish contests in New England, New York City, and beyond, Preston believes that being a rubberist is inextricable from one’s person. He is proud to practice his passion by wearing latex out regularly and mentoring new rubberists regardless of their gender or sexuality, including through his “Latex Fetishism 101” workshop about latex care and latex fetish practices.
As Mr. International Rubber 20 and a rubberist of color, Preston’s mission is to rubberize the world — to bring the latex fetish to places further afield and especially to unawakened rubberists.