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Two Mister Leather Contests During Leather Pride Amsterdam

by Redaktie in Events & Agenda , 10 October 2017

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This year, Leather Pride Amsterdam will take place end October. The first time it was held was in 1995, when the Motor Sportclub Amsterdam (MSA) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at the end of October with a big leather and fetish weekend in Hotel Arena.

photo (c) Rene ZuiderveldIn that very same weekend, the election of Mr. Leather Europe was organized for the very first time, followed by a fetish party for over 700 people.

The MSA Leather Weekend in 1995 was such a success, that the Amsterdam leather community decided to organize a Leather Pride weekend at the end of October each year, with various activities, including a huge leather party, to increase visibility, and especially to celebrate their fetishes with each other.

To promote the visibility of leather and fetish throughout Europe, the organization of the Mr. Leather Europe contest was transferred in 1995 to the European federation of leather and fetish clubs, the European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ECMC). The ECMC now has associations in thirteen European countries, and is still growing with new associations in Southern and Eastern Europe. The association organizing the annual ECMC meeting may also hold the Mr. Leather Europe election in its city to promote the visibility of leather and fetish in various European countries.

Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe 2016, promoted visibility of the leather community in many countries over the last year, also by highlighting the persecution of gay people in Chechnya, as well as collecting funds to help them escape oppression.

This year, the MSA will organize the Mr. Leather Europe contest. You can cast your vote on the new Mr. Leather Europe 2017 on Saturday, October 28, at 22:00 during the Invasion party. On behalf of the Netherlands, the winner of Mr. Leather Amsterdam 2017, Raymond Timmer, will participate in the Mr. Leather Europe 2017 election.

As the current Mr. Leather Amsterdam, Raymond Timmer will, after Rinse, Arnaud and Frank, pass on the title he carried with honour and pride. It has given him the opportunity to set up and support various projects, such as the Chechnya project in collaboration with Joe King.

This year’s winner will be the first to carry the title Mr. Leather Netherlands. With this new title, Mr. Leather Netherlands, the newly elected Mister will represent the Dutch leather community both nationally and internationally.

André Donker, organizer of the Mr. Leather Amsterdam election as of 2016, has decided to change the title after thorough research to Mr. Leather Netherlands, to give the title its international allure back it had with the title Mr. Leather Holland in 1995, and to make it more attractive to Dutch residents who do not live in Amsterdam.

The election, which is supported by the entire leather community - including the various prominent gay bars and leather and fetish shops, will take place this October 27th during the party “XXXLeather XL Edition.”

Visit both elections and decide who will be the next Mr. Leather Netherlands 2018 and Mr. Leather Europe 2017!

 Amsterdam Leather Pride takes place from October 26-29, 2017. For info & tickets, visit


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