Meet the men behind the tradition

IML AUSThe men behind the new tradition have a rich history and depth of experience in the Leather and Kink Community.

Here is a snapshot…

 

 

Tim Ball
– IML 38 (NSW)

Tim Ball is Sydney Mr Leather 2015/2016 competed in Chicago earlier this year at IML and placed in the top 10 out of 60 finalist from around the world. He is a long standing volunteer for BINGAY and other ACON events.

In previous years Tim managed World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Appeal, Honour Awards and was also National Relationships Manager for Pride In Diversity. As a Leatherman Tim speaks at coming out groups and better sex forums aimed at gay youth.

Over the last year Tim was on the committee for SLPA and worked tightly with Ms Sydney Leather organizing fundraisers, Inquisition, Fair Day, The Mardi Gras parade float and running workshops on behalf of SLPA.

Tim is affiliated with the HowHard initiative for sexually adventurous men and is an Advocate for PrEP.

Stephen Morgan
– IML 38 (Vic)

Stephen Morgan is the Laird Leatherman 2015 and a finalist in IML #38.  Stephen is an Osteopath at Northside Clinic and director of the Ross Watson gallery.   Stephen spent his title year raising funds for the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia during which he founded the High Cow charity dinner to raise the visibility of the leather community to the wider GLBTI community.

Stephen was introduced to the leather and kink scene almost 20 years ago and has developed his skills in impact play and rope bondage.  He flags Hunter green left and red bilaterally.

A keen traveller who likes to attend leather events around the world.  Stephen is also recreational pilot, who will happily spend any spare time he has up in the air furthering the endorsements to his license.   Stephen lives in Melbourne with his partner and their two fox terriers.

Pierre Brand
– IML 31 (Qld)

Pierre Brand became involved in the Brisbane Leather scene around a decade ago with the local leather social club, BootCo. He won the title of Mr Queensland Leather in 2008, then went on to become the first Mr Australia & New Zealand Leather in 2009. With this title he competed at IML 31 in Chicago and finished in the top 20.

Pierre then took on the role of President of BootCo in 2009 for the next 3 years. During his time as President he aimed to encourage younger members of the community to become more involved in the club. He also encouraged more of a variety of kink and fetishes with themed nights. It was also during this time that a lot of progress was made to include trans guys.

As Mr Qld Leather and later as President, he was closely involved in the birth of Brisbane Leather Pride. He also encouraged the pup scene in Queensland to grow and become more accepted.”

Luke Moon – IML 34 (Vic),

Luke Moon found his leather life thanks to a previous partner who said “I can show you the door but you have to jump on the slide!!”

The simple nudge in the right direction has led to growth and an awakening over the last decade, and the ability to meet and be touched by some of the world’s most amazing leather men, women, boys, and pups.

Luke was Laird Leatherman 2011, and has spent many years and countless hours working in community organisations including, The Anti-violence Project (the peak GLBT community organisation leading discussion on violence and its impact within and against the community); executive member of The Melbourne Charges Football Club, Founding Member and executive member of Victorian Leather Inc, executive member of Joy94.9, and numerous other LGBT organisations.

Luke currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where he works for a private equity fund as the Chief Financial Officer.

Alan Norman
– IML 31 (NSW)

Alan is Sydney Mr. Leather 2008 and has been active in leather community since the early 90’s and while a resident of Sydney, represented Sydney Australia and Manacle at the Clarence at the 2009 International Mr Leather competition in Chicago, IL as. He also won “Mr. Ass in Chaps ’94” at the Black Eagle in Toronto, ON Canada.

He was born and raised throughout Southern Ontario, Canada and is honoured to be a founding member of Australian Leatherman. While living in Australia Alan was a committee member of Sydney Leather Pride Association, and honoured to be “King Neptune” for the 2010 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He was an active member of the Sydney Rams Bowling Organization. Additionally, Alan volunteered his time and energy to assist with fundraising efforts for ACON, AIDS Trust Australia and The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

Throughout his professional life Alan has lived in Canada, Australia and South Africa. Alan currently resides in Toronto, ON Canada and is the North American Business Solutions Manager for Travelex.

His community involvement continues to include Hospitality Co-Chair for Walk for Life Vancouver, Volunteer for Walk for Life Toronto and Co-Chair of Boutique for Fashion Cares, presented by the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He was also an active Volunteer for Art with Heart: Canada’s best contemporary art auction.

Chris Ross – IML 23 (US)

Chris has been active in leather since the early 90’s and competed in International Mr Leather in 2001 placing in the top 20 out of 63 competitors.

He is Mr Daddy’s Leather 2001 and was Leather Daddy 94 and Runner up in both East Sydney Drummer in 1990 and Mr San Francisco Leather 2001.

He is a practitioner in SM, bondage, puppy handling and consensual kink and has participated in a range of events from demonstrations in bondage and flogging etc to interrogation. In professional life, he is involved in the military and works as a contractor with the Department of Defense.

Chris has been a resident of California for the since 1994 and involved in supporting HIV-AIDS Education and Prevention Projects in the US including the Mr. Friendly Campaign and PrEP, the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and a supporter Leather Archives Projects and SF K-9 Unit

He has produced and emceed leather events and benefits including Regional Drummer Contests, Mr Leather Contests and fund raisers and frequently invited to judge or mentor future contestants and also works on IML Staff as a Contestant Handler.

He was the founding editor or the Australian Leather Journal, and one of the original 3 founding members of Sydney Leather Pride .

Additional interests extend to musical theater and performance as director, producer, music director or vocalist and composed the original Battle March for Leather Pride performed at the International Drummer Contest Finals and is one of the founding members of the former “XVI” Bondage Club in Sydney.