Mr. Florida Leather
    Local Man Will Attend National Event in Chicago 

The winner of the Mr. Florida Leather contest was announced on November 11 at the Fort Lauderdale Eagle after an event-filled weekend. The events started with a uniform/fetish bingo at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Friday, November 9, which was immediately followed by a reception at Chaps Bar where the six contestants met the judges.

      Todd Kitchens of Fort Lauderdale won the contest and will receive over $3000 in prizes, including the trip to Chicago to attend the International Mr. Leather 2002 event. The first runner-up was Lou Molner of Miami Beach and the second runner-up was Ron Cox of Fort Lauderdale.

      Event producer Mauro Montoya stated, “We had six excellent contestants, and the scoring was very close between the top three.”

      Kitchens said, “I’m ecstatic about winning… I’m grateful to Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale and [Montoya] for allowing me to represent them at International Leather 2002.”

      A few of the categories for the event included casual wear/spontaneous response, jock strap and formal wear/speech.

The judges included Larry Everett, International Mr. Leather 1995; Jeffrey Adler, International Mr. Drummer 1997; Paula Smith, American Leather Woman 2000; Jose Bermudez, Mr. Florida Drummer 2001; Marilyn, Miss Sunshine State Leather 2001; and Daddy Clyde of Jacksonville, an icon in the Southeastern U.S. leather community.

Photos By Steve Shires

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