2018 Contestant Packet

Seattle Leather Daddy
and Daddy’s Boy Contest 2018

For contest application online form click here.

Friday, October 5, 2018 Meet & Greet
Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Avenue
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Interviews
Cuff Complex / Doghouse Headquarters
11:00 am start
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Contest
Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Avenue
Door at 6:00 pm
Contest at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Victory Party

Contestant Packet

Applications will be accepted until 7:00 pm, Sunday, September 30th by form submission here.


Thinking of entering the contest? Glad to hear it!

Entering a leather contest can be exciting, challenging, and most of all fun. Win or lose, they can even change your life to some degree. If you go in with the right mindset, you’re bound to make friends and connections that could open up any number of doors for you. It’s best to go in with your eyes open, knowing everything that’s required of you. While the producers recommend that contestants know what’s in store for them by attending other contests as audience members, they caution contestants to be aware that this contest is a reboot. Some things have changed to create a leaner event that is more fun for everybody involved. Please read the following information carefully.

This is more than a beauty contest or a leather/gear fashion show. Contestants are judged on poise, ability to think on their feet, community involvement, stage presence, comfort using a microphone, leadership, fraternity, and familiarity in the leather community, among many other intangibles.


The Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy’s Boy Contest is an event of the Seattle Men in Leather — a gay men’s social group promoting with power and pride, the Seattle men’s leather community. The Seattle Daddy / Daddy’s Boy contest is open to all gay, bisexual, or male-identifying transgender men.

  • Each contestant must be a member of Seattle Men in Leather and in good standing.
  • Each contestant must be at least 21 years of age and male.
  • Each contestant must have resided in Washington State for a minimum of three months prior to the date of the application.
  • Each contestant must reside within the Seattle Metropolitan Area (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue-Lynwood-Everett), and if chosen winner, must continue residence for the duration of the title year. If unable to fulfill this duty at the discretion of the board, the title may be passed on at the discretion of the board.
  • Each contestant must be available to participate fully in all contest-related activities – Meet & Greet, Interviews, Contest, & Victory Party – including any rehearsals and meetings that may occur with contest officials throughout the contest weekend.
  • Because the contest is held in a liquor establishment, contestants must be aware of the parameters of WAC 314-11-050 (attached). At any time should a contestant knowingly violate one of these rules, they will be immediately disqualified and may be asked to leave the establishment.


The Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy’s boy contest was brought to Seattle in 1989 when SF Leather Daddy I, Alan Selby (Founder, Mr. S Leather) asked then SML President Jeff Henness to start the title here. Our first contest was held at the then newly renamed Eagle and Dave Lewis was our first Seattle Leather Daddy and Cort Odekirk was our first Daddy’s boy titleholder. The San Francisco Leather Daddy and Leather Daddy’s boy contest started in 1983.

A Daddy title is very different than most other leather titles. It is less like Mr. Universe and more like an award for lifetime achievement. You have to come to the position with some sort of resume. It is a “working title” that carries with it certain responsibilities; not so much just showing up at Pride events throughout the year or prepping for another contest that the title feeds into. Becoming a Seattle Leather Daddy is considered a “title for life”. You become a member of the exceptional fraternity of other Seattle Leather Daddies, many of whom will assist with the various fundraisers put on throughout the year.

For comparison, other gay male leather titles tend to feed into other contest systems. Northwest LeatherSir, Leatherboy, and Community Bootblack are licensed by International LeatherSir/boy and feed directly into that annual contest. Washington State Mr. Leather is part of an independent system, but still carries with it the expectation or encouragement to go on and compete at International Mr. Leather, although competing instead at American Brotherhood Weekend is also acceptable.

Conduct and Behavior

Contestants and judges may and should interact with one another and with members of the public during the contest. Private meetings between judges and contestants during the contest are strictly prohibited. Any sexual contact between judges and contestants during the contest is strictly prohibited. Any behavior that might create even the appearance of bias will be brought to the attention of the contest committee who will decide if the disqualification of the judge and/or contestant would be prudent. To avoid accidental violation or propriety, all contestants and judges must display their contestant or judge identification badges during the contest.

Contestants shall treat fellow contestants, emcees, hosts, judges, bar customers, audience members, and property of the host bar with common courtesy, civility, and respect.

Contestants shall be on the stage only during their required appearances. No contestant shall handle or damage, in any way, the attire and props used by another contestant. No contestant shall display or handle a prop in such a manner that it endangers the safety of himself or others participating in or watching the contest.

No titleholder shall, while holding the title, by speech or conduct, behave in such a manner as may damage, injure, or otherwise bring into disrepute the reputation of the contest, his title or SML.

Responsibilities and Expectations of the Titleholders

  • Titleholders will maintain the spirit of Seattle Men in Leather (SML), promote the Seattle men’s leather community with pride, and assist in fostering camaraderie, community, and charity in the community.
  • Titleholders are expected to act as an ambassador of SML to the greater LGBTQ community and represent the men’s leather and fetish lifestyles in a spirit of pride, fun and unity with the Seattle LGBTQ community.
  • Titleholders have a duty to the Seattle Men in Leather club. Therefore, titleholders are expected to attend at least 1 SML event per month.
  • The Board of Directors will appoint a member of the board to serve as titleholder liaison. The liaison and the board will do their utmost to support the titleholders in their efforts for a fun and successful title year.
  • Titleholders will need to work together closely to execute the responsibilities of their title year.
  • Titleholders are required to organize & work the following 3 fundraisers during their title year.
    • Pictures with Santa – second weekend in December
    • Father’s Day Chili Feed – third Sunday in June
    • Daddy/Daddy’s Boy contest – Columbus Day weekend (October)
  • Titleholders are encouraged to participate in fundraisers and community events as they desire to raise visibility of the Leather community and to act as ambassadors to the LGBTQ community at large.
  • Titleholders will be given a year’s membership in Seattle Men in Leather.
  • The images and likenesses of titleholders may be used by SML for publicity purposes (see Audio/Visual Media Release & Waiver within this packet).
  • Titleholders shall not hold a title awarded by another organization during their title year with SML. If a titleholder is awarded another title, the titleholder will be instructed to relinquish the SML title at the discretion of the board.
  • In the event any titleholder cannot fulfill his obligations during their title year, the title may be passed on to the first runner-up at the discretion of the board
  • If a titleholder moves away from the Metropolitan Seattle Area, the title may be passed on at the discretion of the board

Prizes for the Titleholders

The following items will be provided to each of the winners:

  • Title back patch
  • Vest from Doghouse Leathers
  • One year membership in Seattle Men in Leather
  • Year patch for the sash

The following items will be provided to each of the outgoing titleholders upon successful completion of their title year:

  • Title belt
  • Name added to the plaque hanging in The Cuff Complex

Contest winners will be awarded a title vest and a title sash. These are awarded for use at public appearances during their title year. When attending any casual leather event, titleholders are expected to wear their title vest. When attending any formal leather event, titleholders are expected to wear their title sash. Titleholders may keep their vests. The sash must be returned at the end of the title year. All sashes and other regalia deemed as property of SML shall be returned to SML in a timely manner and in undamaged condition, allowing for reasonable wear, at the contest at which the successor to the title is chosen. Failure or refusal to return any item at the required time or in the required manner shall make the titleholder liable to SML for all costs of recovery or replacement, including legal fees and reasonable attorney fees.

Weekend Schedule (required activities)

Friday October 5, 2018 – Meet & Greet / Title Image

Contestants will be introduced to the public. Contestants will meet the judges. Contestants will also draw numbers which will determine the order of their appearance for the weekend during interviews and during the contest. Contestants should wear their Leather Title Image at this time and will be judged on their image (20 points) and social interaction (20 points)
Time & Place TBD

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Interviews

Contestants will be interviewed by the panel of judges. Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes but be prepared to spend longer. Time will also be spent meeting with the Den Daddies and stage managers, reviewing logistics for the contest evening, and rehearsing with the microphone on stage. (150 points)
Time & Place TBD

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Contest

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Contest starts promptly at 7:00 pm and runs between 1 ½ to 2 hours. You must arrive at the bar no later than 6:00 PM. You must bring all of your gear with you. You are allowed to have someone pack your gear in and out of the backstage area, but you are not allowed to have any helpers backstage during the contest. There will be Den Daddies on hand to assist you. (80 judged points + approx. 150 audience points)
Cuff Complex. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Judging Criteria

  • In order to ensure fairness in selecting the winners of the contest, the Olympic scoring systems will be used (the highest and lowest scores are disregarded).
  • In the event of a tie, the non-Olympic scores (without the high/low exclusions) will be used to determine the winner. If both the Olympic and non-Olympic scores are tied, the judging panel will meet to break the tie.
  • If a contestant runs unopposed, the contestant will need to earn 60% + 1 of the total available points in order to win the title. It is therefore possible to run unopposed and not win.
  • Contestants and judges will be identified on the scoring sheets only by their numbers and letters (respectively).

Contestants are judged in the following categories:

Application (20 points)
Points are based on the clarity and relevance of answers to application questions, including demonstration of and enthusiasm for the leather lifestyle and understanding of the responsibilities and expectations of the Leather Title.
Meet and Greet (20 points) / Leather Title Image (20 points)
The contestant’s interpretation of the image of a Leather Daddy or Leather Daddy’s Boy, e.g., a leather image suitable for the bar (or similar casual, cruisy venue or event)
Interview (150 points)
Ability to answer questions clearly and succinctly. Questions should try to establish:

  • knowledge of and enthusiasm for the leather lifestyle, and dedication to the larger Seattle Metropolitan Area LGBTQ Community
  • how the contestant will promote the Seattle men’s leather community
  • how the contestant will foster attitudes of camaraderie, community and charity
  • how experienced or willing to learn the contestant is in community service, outreach, and fundraising events
Physical Image and Attitude (20 points) / Surprise Question (25 points)
The contestant’s interpretation of what looks hot and shows off his best physical attributes, (e.g., jockstrap with 1” strap over the ass crack, sports gear, anything that you think makes you look sexy suitable for play but still bar legal. In other words, what do you wear when you want to show off your body and how do you carry yourself?) The contestant’s ability to answer a randomly selected question provided by the contest committee. Contestants will be judged on creativity, image, stage presence, attitude, and sense of humor. You will not be judged on your physique or body shape but rather on how you carry yourself when you express yourself in a physical way.
Formal Leather Image (20 points) / Formal Question (15 points)
The contestant’s interpretation of a formal leather image of a Leather Daddy or Daddy’s Boy, e.g., an image suitable for a more formal leather event and the contestant’s ability to answer a pre-determined, suitably formal question. The contestants will be judged on image, poise, stage presence, attitude, and knowledge.
Audience Vote (~150 attendees)
Each audience member will have one vote each for Leather Daddy and Daddy’s Boy. Historically, there have been around 150 attendees at the contest.

Total: 290 judge points + approximately 150 audience points