Congratulations to IML Jack Thompson

The producers of the Mr Midwest Leather Contest would like to congratulate and show our support for our new IML 2019, Jack Thompson. We are confident in the thoughtful decision of the judges after a very impressive array of contestants.

The Mr Midwest Leather Contest promotes community, acceptance and inclusion for all our Leather family.

We support those who achieve their goals despite others who try to deny their accomplishments.


IML 2019, Chicago

Daddy Troy, Mr Midwest Leather 2018, represented his community Saturday night at International Mr Leather. The Producers and volunteers of the Mr Midwest Leather Conteset and Midweset Leather Weekend congratulate Daddy Troy for his great work - we're really proud of him!



Also at IML, Chicago 

From left to right: Mr Midwest Leather 2007, Dave Drees, Mr Midwest Leather 2011, Mike Prater, Mr Midwest Leather 2016, Daddy Jeff, Mr Midwest Leather 2018, Daddy Troy, Mr Midwest Leather 2008, Charlie Schoenherr. Spontaneous reunion at the 2019 IML in Chicago.


Daddy Troy, Mr Midwest Leather 2018

Congratulations to our new Mr Midwest Leather 2018, Daddy Troy, of Indiana. And congratulations to John of Nebraska, our First Runner Up, for his very impressive performance. 

The co-producers of the Mr Midwest Leather Contest would like to thank all our friends and volunteers who worked so hard to make the weekend a success. It takes a lot of work, both before and during the events, to make them happen, and we appreciate everyone who took part. 

And a big thank you to Jeff and Jerry of JJ's Clubhouse, Chef Liz, of Tenacious Eats & West End Grill & Pub, the Titans of the Midwest, Tyger and Tron of the Midwest Puppy & Puppy Handler Contest and Jerry Miller. 


Why compete in a leather contest? 

"In 2006, I was approached by the producer of Mr. Midwest Leather to consider running for the title. I had aways loved being part of the leather community, but never thought about entering a contest. That weekend in Chicago is one I will never forget and was one of the best decisions of my life. 
Bonding with ten other leather contestants was so amazing and it doesn't matter if you win or where you place. It is all about the friendships made along the journey. If it wasn't for MMW, I also wouldn't have met my lifelong partner of 12 years! If you even have a slight interest, jump in the race and have fun!"

Bruce, Mr Midwest Leather 2006


"Having lived most of my life in several Midwest states, the Mr Midwest Leather contest was the perfect fit for me as I wanted to run for a title which represented my life span as a leather man. I also found it a great way to meet, represent and mentor other leather folks throughout the entire Midwest region. I am proud to be part of the legacy of Mr Midwest Leather not just in my title year but for the rest of my life as a leather man.

David, Mr Midwest Leather 2007





"Deciding to compete in MMW afforded me the opportunity to explore more about myself and my community. Winning the title provided me a larger platform to provide LGBT visibility and do fundraising for various community groups. In all, it was a character building experience that changed me for the better."

Philip Hitchcock, Mr Midwest Leather 2010


"Why did I choose to run for Mr. Midwest in 2014?

At 40 years of age, I had been around leather for quite a while but hadn't found my place in it yet. I'd been to CLAW and IML several times, but had given up on a lot of my dreams like running for a leather contest. Then I joined Blue Max and found myself in service as a boy, joining my Sir's leather family. He taught me to have confidence in myself and to make decisions without letting fear and doubt cloud my judgement. So once I found my place, I couldn't not run for the contest and it turned out to be an adventurous year I'll never forget!"

Jay, Mr Midwest Leather 2014


The Mr Midwest Leather Contest

Excellent coverage of the 2016 contest as well as the entire Midwest Leather Weekend by Great Lakes Den can be found here. Please check it out. 

The Mr Midwest Leather Contest is held every year and open to Leathermen from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Kentucky. The titleholder represents these 13 Midwestern States at IML and events all over the area. The Mr Midwest Leather title is a platform for doing good in the community.

Do you have what it takes to represent the community? Click here to go to the application page and sign up for the Mr Midwest Leather Contest. It's a great opportunity to meet people, make friends, grow as an individual and as a Leather Man, and give back to the Leather and LGBT community.

Every Mr Midwest goes to IML to compete for the title of International Mr Leather. The Producers of Mr Midwest Leather and their team will work with you from day 1 to prepare for IML and beyond. We will always be there for you. Since 2005, six Mr Midwests have made the Top 20, two have been selected 2nd Runner Up. Ultimately it doesn't matter where you place, though; it's only important that you do your best and come back with your head held high. 

Midwest Leather Weekend: Mr Midwest Leather & Midwest Puppy

Midwest Leather Weekend is made up of two contests as well as associated events, parties and Kink University demos and seminars hosted by Titans of the Midwest. The two contests, Mr Midwest Leather and Midwest Puppy, will be on Saturday night. The two contests will take place before the same panel of judges. While participants from one contest are off stage preparing for the next segment, the participants from the other contest will be on stage. Twice the fun and hot men on one special night.