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Fetish award season is open!

Yep, its awards season again and we are not talking about Golden Globes, Emmys, BAFTA’s, Razzies & Oscars as we are wholly interested in the gay ones. The fetish world tends to have 3 main Awards annually firstly and our favourite as AT has won one – The X:Awards given out at Darklands, Antwerp taking a rest for 1 year in 2021 due to the pandemic (See previous winners in earlier AT’s). Secondly of course is the Leather Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Traditionally a brunch/ceremony as part of the massive CLAW event  and with last year’s event moved from its April slot to November when 2020 inductees  MLC Munich, Jim Ward and Pauline Réage were inducted. As yet we don’t have the info on whether 2021’s nominees will be inducted in April or later in the year (For full list of previous Wall of Famers see our end of decade feature on it in AT 15)…..of course the famous Rock N Roll music Hall Of Fame is also in Cleveland, Ohio. Thirdly we have the Pantheon Of Leather Awards held over Labor Day Weekend (early September) during the ILSb-ICBB Weekend Event in Dallas, Texas….but the nomination process by the gay fetish public & community should open shortly.
The first Pantheon of Leather was held at the Circus Disco in Hollywood, CA in January 1991 so it is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Since then, Pantheon has been held in Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and now its home is in Dallas, Texas. In that time almost 600 Awards have been presented. Hopefully the event and awards will happen in some form this year (they were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic of course) and they have a great chance as Texas leans pretty hard on the ‘opening up’ side of Covid 19 restrictions and debate.

The process is simple – Open community nominations for The Pantheon of Leather Awards are submitted electronically online each Spring and the nomination form hopefully will open any day now at www.pantheonofleather.com.The Award categories amongst others and a number of regional USA awards are for :-   Man & Woman Of The YearLarge & Small Event Of The YearLarge & Small Club Of The YearNon-Profit Of The YearBusiness & Business Person Of The Year& The International Award.From the 1000 plus nominations received, the Top 5 recipients of nominations move on to the final vote.  The final vote is completed by the Community at Large ie a public vote.Each Pantheon of Leather Award winner is the individual or entity with the most votes received during the Final Voting Process obviously.

The show is usually hosted by the safest pair of hands on a microphone in the fetish World Thib Guicherd-Callin who is also nowadays the main man at IML and it is a great night. The Awards are International but often result in American winners which is something that would be nice to change in the new decade with more overseas nominees and a larger International public vote and also they are pretty favourable towards leather as opposed to our other fetish tribes which may change.

Some of the award categories can be traced back even earlier to 1988 where the first Man Of the Year was Barry Douglas and best event went to International Ms Leather. All of the many winners can be seen on the website above but some (a small sample) of the International highlights are as follows –

MAN OF THE YEAR

2017 Thib Guicherd-Callin
2014 Jaco Lourens
2010 Jeffrey Payne
2009 Bill Hoeppner
2008 Rick Storer
2000 Joseph Bean
1999 Thom Dombkowski
1995 Lenny Broberg
1989 Alan Selby


MR MARCUS HERNANDEZ LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD

(named after the legendary fetish character AT has profiled in the past.

2017 Master Dr. David Cook
2016 David Boyer
2015 Mufasa Ali
2014 Dr. Jack Fritscher, PhD 
2013 George Wong
2012 Rick Storer
2011 Dr. Lawrence Burden and Mike Zuhl (Tie)
2010 Race Bannon
– Before Title was changed – Lifetime Achievement Awards
2009 Joey McDonald
2008 Jeanne Barney
2007 Thom Dombkowski
2006 Mark Frazier2005 Jo Arnone
2004 Alan Selby
2003 Judy Tallwing McCarthy
2002 Peter Fiske
2001 Guy Baldwin
2000 Wally Wallace
1999 Marcus Hernandez
1998 Vern Stewart
1997 Frank Puckett
1996 Don Thompson
1995 Viola Johnson
1994 Tony DeBlase
1993 Chuck Renslow
1992 Tom of Finland


LARGE CLUB OF THE YEAR

2017 Men of ONYX
2015 Heart of the Flag Federation, Inc.
2014 Centaur MC
2013 Men of ONYX
2012 NELA (New England Leather Alliance)
2011 Chicago Hellfire Club
2010 Leather SINS, NFP
2009 COMMAND MC
2008 BLUF (Breeches Leather Uniform Fanclub)
2006 Satyrs Motorcycle Club
2005 Seattle Men in Leather
2004 Mama’s Family
2003 The Eulenspiegel Society
2002 Avatar Club Los Angeles
2000 Black Rose
1996 The 15 Association
1995 GMS/MA
1989 Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club


LARGE NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION

2014 Leather Heart Foundation
2013 NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
2009 Folsom Europe
2008 Folsom Street Events
2007 CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend)
2005 NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom)
2004 Brother Help Thyself
2000 Leather Leadership Conference
1997 Leather Archives and Museum
1996 Countdown On Spanner
1993 AIDS Emergency Fund
1992 National Leather Association
1991 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation


BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

2017 Barking Leather
2016 Twin Cities Leather & Latte
2015 Touché
2012 Dallas Eagle
2010 Black Eagle Toronto
2009 Leather Werks
2008 Recon.com
2007 Eagle LA Bar
2006 Fetish Auctioneer
2004 Cell Block2003 Stompers Boots
2002 Northbound Leather
1999 International Mr. Leather
1997 Leather Rack, DC
1995 The Cuff
1993 Bill “The Hun” Schmeling
1992 Mr. S Leather
1991 Stud Works


***FOR A FULL LIST OF ALL THE 600 PLUS WORTHY WINNERS INCLUDING THE AMAZING FETISH WOMEN WINNERS PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE​​​***

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Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.

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