Let's Get Sydney Mr. Leather to Chicago to compete at
International Mr Leather 2016
Sydney Leather Pride AssociationTim won the title of Sydney Mr Leather and is now a spokesman for the leather, kink and fetish community representing SLPA. He aims to attend events as Sydney Mr Leather in Chicago in May representing Australiaâ€™s community and raising awareness for chosen LGBTI causes.
International Mr Leather (IML)IML is an international conference and contest of Leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago. It attracts about 80 competitors from around the world and so to get into the top 20 is a great honour. The conference is a multi-day event offering various shared interest events, such as speakers, socials, themed dance parties and a leather market .
The IML competition is internationally recognized. Contestants must either be a winner of a lower level competition of a bar, local or regional leather contest or be sponsored by a leather-related bar, business, club, or organization. Community involvement and a history of LGBTIQ fundraising and commitment to causes is a great benefit to the competitors when being interviewed.
I would like to thank #HowHard for their sponsorship and support and look forward to being involved in their projects. ACON (formerly AIDS Council Of NSW) was internationally recognised as having the most effective campaigns curbing HIV transmission rates during the AIDS epidemic. They continue to grow offering all kinds of health support to the LGBTI community. Iâ€™ve been proudly affiliated with ACON in some capacity since I came out in the early 90â€™s and now as Sydney Mr Leather have aligned myself with the #HowHard Project. www.howhard.com.au
HowHard is a run by the sexually adventurous Menâ€™s (SAM) project at ACON and provides relevant information, sex packs and safer party lifestyle kits, rapid testing centres, and support contacts for men who play hard and play often.
Background / Tim's Story
QUALIFICATIONS & COMMUNITY PROFILE
Pride In Diversity
Tim was a National Relationships Manager for Pride In Diversity, building corporate memberships for the Australian Workplace Equality Index and facilitating Diversity in the Workplace workshops in corporate environments. He also lead educational presentations to government departments, such as the Federal Police, about diversity, gender identity and sexuality.
In Tim's first year as Fundraising and Events Officer at ACON, he doubled the fundraising revenue for the Honour Awards and World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Appeal and successfully increased his targets each year after that. He helped manage the campaign presence over Mardi Gras and annually managed multiple Fair Day Stalls, many ACON affiliated Mardi Gras Floats, the volunteer registrations, participant enrolments, Safe Sex Sluts (Tradies), Drug Rovers rosters and volunteered at the party running the AVON information and lost property desk.
Tim helped organise the highly successful first Slave Auction which raised $10,000 for ACON.
Feast2Feed:(Volunteer of the Year & Outstanding Achievement Star Award)
Tim helped organise a charity ball to raise funds to set up the website for a sustainable agriculture and aquaculture UN approved not for profit organisation. Tim was also heavily involved in organising 5 shipping containers of donated relief aid to India and Indonesia, earning both an Outstanding Achievement Award and Volunteer Of The Year.
ACON:Tim volunteered for 4 years running the weekly BINGAY evening and the Big Bingays, procured prizes and marketed the events. He is still a reliable volunteer.
Tim regularly donned his leathers and spoke at the Fun & Esteem coming out groups (Now the Young Gay Mens Project â€“ Start Making Sense) where he would chat with men who were new to being openly gay about the leather scene, BDSM, Bondage, Dom & Sub roles and negotiating safer sex and asserting limits. More recently Tim has represented the leather/kink community on a panel at the Better Sex workshops.
Mardi Gras: Tim volunteered as Parade Marshal and info and lost property desk manager at the parties.
Tropical Fruits:Tim was a party set up volunteer and as an ACON Tradie handing out safe sex packs.
Marriage Equality Association:Tim volunteered at the Marriage Equality fundraising launch.
Since starting up his own business, Tim has supported a number of community groups by donating stock to various events:
- St Vincentâ€™s Hospice - he regularly donates excess stock to the local hospice
- Oz Harvest â€“ any larger amounts of excess stock go to Oz Harvest, feeding Sydneyâ€™s homeless
- Redfern Community Centre - Indigenous youth enjoyed his cakes for their birthday
- Harbour City Bears
- Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association
- Sydney Leather Pride
- ACON Bingay
- Mental Heath Week
- Beyond Blue
- Lemons With A Twist
How the funds will be used
- IML registration
- Return flights to Chicago with excess baggage (loads of leathers)
- Accommodation at the designated hotel for competitors
- Travel Insurance & meals
- Other Travel costs
- Any excess funds received will be donated to ACON for their Mental Health projects.
- Limited edition Sydney Mr Leather 2016 IML badge for donations over $50
- IML 2016 souvenirs will be brought back and offered to donors who express interest (for donations over $100).
Mr Sydney Leather's Team
- Representing Sydney Leather Pride Association (SLPA)
- #HowHard Project www.howhard.com.au
- SAX Fetish www.saxfetish.com.au
Regards, Tim. Sydney Mr. Leather.