On Sunday 24th of May 2015, Patrick Smith, Mr Los Angeles Leather 2015, won the 37th annual International Mr Leather (IML) contest. Kevin Murphy, Mr Leather Ireland 2015 became first Runner-up while Brian Donner, Mr TriState Leather 2014, became second Runner-up. International Mr Bootblack 2015 is Bamm-Bamm from Phoenix, Arizona.
The 37th IML contest drew 52 contestants. Europe was represented by five contestants this year, who all made the top 20. Before the announcement of the winner, the Irish contestant surprised the audience by proposing to his partner Rob on the IML stage. And Rob said yes!
Kevin Murphy – Mr Leather Ireland 2015 just proposed to his partner live on stage!! #IML2015
— Intl. Mr. Leather (@IMLchicago) May 25, 2015
— Gay Highwaymen (@DrJordyJones) May 25, 2015
Murphy’s Runner-up place will be widely celebrated, not in the least by his friends from leather and fetish club Geared Ireland.
Eamon Redmond, Chairman of Geared Ireland, reacts to the news:”We at Geared Ireland can hardly find the words to express our pride and joy at the news that our Titleholder Kevin – Mr Leather Ireland is 1st runner-up at IML. This has been an incredible weekend for Ireland with the passing of the Marriage Equality Referendum. In this spirit Kevin proposed to his long-term partner Rob from the stage – a first for IML.”
— Geared Ireland (@GearedIreland) May 25, 2015
If you want to congratulate Mr Leather Ireland 2015, you can find him on Twitter and on Facebook. Or join Geared Ireland for their next event on the 20th of June during Dublin Pride (see Geared Ireland’s website for details).
Source/Picture Credits: imrl.com, Geared Ireland, credits for last picture in this article unknown
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