The contest came as part of the first Leather Pride, which included a Black & Blue Ball, a victory party and Leather Family Brunch. Five men sought to replace Alan Penrod (top photo, right), who took the title last year and went on to place second runner-up during the International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago in 2009. The man who topped Penrod, so to speak, in the IML contest last year, Jeffrey Payne (top photo, left), was on hand Saturday as one of seven judges.
The five men competed across three categories — bar wear, fetish wear and jockstrap. Chandler Bearden (top photo, center), who placed second behind Penrod in 2009, took the title this year after delighting the crowd with his sports-themed jockstrap garb. Doug Weaver won first runner-up.
Leather Pride also came as the Eagle celebrated its 23rd year in business, the 13th under current co-owners Robert Kelley and Richard Ramey. The two owners have faced their most challenging year in the wake of the Sept. 10 raid in which eight men were arrested after officers stormed the bar during an undercover investigation.
Charges for seven of the men were thrown out or dismissed during a trial last month. Patrons inside the bar complained of mistreatment by officers and those complaints are the subject of two ongoing investigations. The city also faces a federal lawsuit over the raid.
Photos by Omar Vega