Atlanta Eagle crowns its new leather daddy

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Leather enthusiast Rodney Braddock beat back a handful of competitors to take the leather sash and become Mr. Atlanta Eagle on Saturday during an Atlanta Leather Pride celebration that also included crowning two other titleholders.

Sean Franks was named Mr. Southeast Rubber and Princess Leigha became the new Ms. Atlanta Eagle as part of an epic night of cosplay, role play and leather fun. Just like we told you would happen.

The three contests on Saturday were the highlight of the three-day Atlanta Leather Pride celebration, which also marked the 29th anniversary of its host bar Atlanta Eagle. After the contests, DJ Neon the GlowGoBear rocked a full house for the Sweat Victory Party.

The evening also paid tribute to Alan Penrod, the former Mr. Atlanta Eagle who co-produced Atlanta Leather Pride with partners Nitro Hankinson and David Robinson. Penrod died in January and on Saturday, organizers announced the creation of the Sir Alan Penrod Bare Necessities Fund through the Leather Heart Foundation. Donations and a raffle on Saturday helped raise more than $8,000 to launch the fund.

By capturing the Mr. Atlanta Eagle title, Braddock (top photo center) takes over for Robbie Butler, who won in 2015. Butler took the sash from J.P. Paquette, who replaced Tank Teachworth, who took over from Jeff Donaldson, who won after Wayne Turpin, who took the title from Chandler Bearden, who was crowned in 2010. Penrod won a revitalized Mr. Atlanta Eagle contest in 2009.

Princess Leigha (top photo left) picks up the Ms. Atlanta Eagle title from Khaz Brooks after Lizzy Fountain in 2013 and Jackie Hubschman in 2012.

Franks (top photo right) replaces Jay Jackson, who was named Mr. Southeast Rubber in 2015.


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