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MAL was XL!

February 06, 2024



MAL was XL!

By Rodney Burger

Mr. Virginia Leather 2023 Ken Nelms was sashed Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2024 at the annual MAL Weekend produced by the Centaur MC in Washington, DC during the January 12 – 15 weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Capitol Hill. After a canceled event in 2021 and a smaller MAL in 2022, everything seemed bigger and better this year with nine contestants




My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support.

leslie j anderson foundation poster


Announcing: The Leslie J. Anderson Bootblack Foundation

The Leslie J. Anderson Bootblack Foundation was developed in order to honor and reward Leather Community Bootblacks who contribute to their Community, and to build future horizons for bootblacks to learn more and perfect the craft. A portion of the Foundation's funds will be to assist Community Bootblacks for various small emergencies and travel funds.

The first fundraising contribution The Leslie J. Anderson Bootblack Foundation made, was to the 2015 IML Bootblack Travel Fund. At International Mr. Leather, $500.00 was raised and gifted to Bamm Bamm the Winner of the 2015 International Mr. Bootblack Contest.

The recipient for the 2015 Leslie J. Anderson Bootblack Foundation will be announced at a further date.

For further information, please visit us at: www.thebootblackdaddy.com

Founder: Leslie J. Anderson

President: C. Creane


TLJ's Week in Leather executive Producer will be interviewing Leslie Anderson on Week In Leather, airing 6pm August 5. 2015.