Denver – The 15th Anniversary of Thunder in the Mountains has an outstanding line-up of presenters and classes, the return of comedian John Pendal, 40,00 sq. ft. dungeon, and a brand new pony track, this promises to be the best party so far.
Even though the Crown Plaza DIA is renting rooms only to Thunder members on the nights of Friday and Saturday (July 13 & 14) please be aware that there may be people in the hotel for various other reasons (staff, maintenance, non-scene guests, bar/restaurant patrons, etc.). Please be respectful of their sensitivities and their sense of morals. Thunder maintains a basic, common sense approach to public behavior, dress, and decorum. That means specifically that there will be no exposed genitals or women’s breasts, no groping, no lewd behavior or scening in the public areas, and there will be no walking of slaves or subs through the public areas of the hotel on chains, ropes or other bondage equipment. This means that when you go to the restaurant to eat or when you decide to walk through the lobby area on your way to a demo, vendor space, or play party, PLEASE remember that you are in a public area and that non-scene staff and other citizens may be present. If you are wearing fetish wear that is risqué, cover up until you get into the secure membership-only areas. Your behavior in this regard, whether in Denver or elsewhere, reflects significantly upon organizers ability to continue booking these great hotels for leather events.
Thunder is a gathering where some of the most experienced and mature players in the country attend. But all attendees (both novice and experienced) can feel at ease and feel relatively free to choose for themselves at any one time the proper course of action in public or scene behavior. This year organizers intend on having another GREAT gathering with the best presenters in the country coming together with the best players in the country.
This year Thunder in the Mountains, LLC, and RMLSb/CBB Producer, Brian Conway, are proud to announce the addition of the Rocky Mountain Leather Sir/boy contest to the big Thunder weekend. The Leather Sir/boy contest grew out of the now defunct International Mr. Drummer & Drummer boy contests started decades ago before by Drummer Magazine in San Francisco, CA.These contests began then and remain today a celebration of male leather sex and leather sex play. The primary goal of the contest winners and of the titles themselves is education, networking, and outreach expressing the eroticism, traditions, and history of gay leathermen worldwide.
The Leather Sir/boy contest is open to gay leathermen and leather boys living in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. (Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). The contest categories include a judged interview, formal speech, physique (expressed by contestants in jock straps), and performance of a leather sex fantasy. Contestants may be sponsored by a club, business, individual or may be self sponsored, but all contestants must agree to the list of specific contestant qualifications.
As part of the leather weekend organizers will also host a competition for Community Bootblack. Unlike the Leather Sir/boy contest, Community Bootblack is open to any person of any gender identity. Bootblacks will be judged on interview, formal speech, technical bootblacking/shine abilities, and interpersonal skills/observation. This contest also focuses on the sexual aspects of the exchange between the bootblack and the customer.
The winners of both the Leather Sir/boy contest and the Community Bootblack contest will be obligated to compete at the International Leather Sir/boy/CBB competition the following year. The international contest will follow the same judging criteria as the regional contests except at the International contest, each region will receive a specific theme around which to build their “fantasy” for the fantasy aspect of the competition. There are 16 separate regions in the U.S. Regional winners must also appear back at the regional contest the following year to present the title to the next year’s winners. Titleholders will be expected to serve as ambassadors for their region and are expected to travel to other leather events around the world to promote the leather philosophy and lifestyle as well as to reach out to those who are curious or new to the scene to provide for them a conduit into the community.
It is with great honor that organizers of both events introduce to Denver and the Rockies the Rocky Mountain Leather Sir/boy contest and the Community Bootblack Contest.
Crowne Plaza – DIA is the venue for Thunder in the Mountains 2012 and 2013. To register online, you must use the Conference Code Number of TMQ.