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International Mr. Leather

International Mister Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen and leatherwomen held annually since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. IML's forerunner was the 1970's "Mr. Gold Coast" bar contest held at Chicago's Gold Coast leather bar, owned by Chuck Renslow and his then lover and partner, Dom Orejudos. As the "Mr. Gold Coast" contest became one of the bar's most popular promotions, it expanded to a larger venue in 1979. Along with the change of venue came a change in name to International Mr. Leather.[1] IML is an independent contest in that there is no contract or formal connection with feeder contests.[2] To qualify, IML contestants must either be the winner of a bar, local or regional leather contest or be sponsored by a leather bar, business, club, or organization.[3] Over the years, a whole conference and another contest, the International Mister Bootblack Competition, have arisen around the IML contest.





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