20 Must-See Photos from International Mr. Leather 2017 (NSFW)
International Mr. Leather 2017 (IML) conference took over Chicago for the 38th year this past weekend. Held on Memorial Day weekend every year, IML is an annual gathering that welcomes people from all genders, otters, cubs, bears and pups… oh my!
During the conference, the Mr. Leather competition also takes place. Ralph Bruneau, Mr. GNI Leather 2016, was named International Mr. Leather 2017. Over 2,000 leather enthusiasts packed the Auditorium Theatre for the annual competition where Bruneau became the 39th person to claim the coveted leather title.
Geoff Millard, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, was named 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up was Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe. Ryan Carpenter Garner was named International Mr. Bootblack 2016.
IML draws nearly 20,000 visitors to downtown Chicago, according to organizers. IML is estimated to bring in over 15 million tourist dollars to Chicago.